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Squatters Outer Darkness - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Squatters Outer DarknessSquatters Outer Darkness

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150 Reviews
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Reviews: 150
Hads: 503
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 20.2%
Wants: 62
Gots: 147 | FT: 9
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Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Wasatch on 12-24-2009

Welcome to the biggest beer Squatters Pub Brewery has ever made! A Russian Imperial Stout is one of the most intensely flavored beers a brewer can create. The combination of rich roasted barley, oak, molasses and licorice root combine to create an utterly unique and complex imperial stout experience.

We had to mash in twice to get our starting gravity of 27 plato (1.108 specific gravity). We boiled 3.5 hrs to enhance caramelization and used molasses and licorice root at the end of boil. Outer Darkness is aged with oak, has 65 IBUs and bottle conditioned. We hope you have as much fun drinking it as we did making it. Please share with another and drink wisely.
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Photo of nlmartin
3.61/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer was chilled and allowed to warm up. The beer was served in a shaker pint.

A- The body of the beer is indeed black with no opaqueness to light. The head was one finger high after a hard pour. The color of the head is caramel. Nice head retention. Thick rings of lacing marks the beers passage.

S- The aroma of acidic over cooked coffee rises out of the glass. Coupled with the intial aroma is the smell of cocoa dark roasted malts nearing chared at times. Dark fruit tones peak out from time to time.

T- The flavor of the beer is brown sugar / molasses sweetened darkly roasted and toasted malts. Cocoa dipped raisins and dark fruit. Nice earthy almost smoked finish.

M- The body of the beer is slightly fuller than medium. The carbonation is on the low end but works well with the overall beer. The beer is 10% with no alcohol noted except as a nice warming.

O- This is a pretty good stab at the RIS. The beer only gets better as it warms up.

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Photo of eclipse54
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 25 ounce bottle that was born on 02/22/2011. After removing the foil wrapping, it goes into the Deschutes tulip...

As the stream emerges from the neck of the bottle, it takes on a dark brown color with purple hues near the edges; once in the glass, however, it is completely black. A centimeter of brown, bubbly head rises, but doesn’t hand around long. Smells of dark fruits (plum, raisin, date), brown sugar, caramel, and mocha. Fruitier than expected, but still good. A bit of roasty character rounds out the nose. Taste begins with the fruit, moves into chocolate, coffee, caramel, and even a bit of vanilla before the roasted malt and coffee ground finish it out. A bit of warming alcohol on the finish. Mouth is nice and smooth, and finishes nicely (slightly dry, not sticky). Overall, a good RIS that I'll gladly have again. With some age, I could certainly see this only improving.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into tulip. No dating info.

Really like the label. Pours a midnight black with dark tan mocha head. Head retention was minimal as was the lacing. Smell is a burnt wood char with chocolate and coffee components. Minor pine hoppiness and some dark fruits. Flavour was distinctly a burnt coffee and bittersweet chocolate. There is some molasses, raisins, prunes and pepper. Mouthfeel was decently smooth and medium-light heavy body. Overall a pretty non-descript RIS, nothing that stood out as special.

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Photo of champ103
3.2/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a pitch black color. A small tan head of about a centimeter forms, and recedes in a minute. Nice lace is left behind though.
S: Roasted malt, acrid coffee, bitter bakers chocolate. Fairly simple and straight forward.
T: Again a large amount of roast and coffee. The coffee is very acrid and sharp. Bitter chocolate and some bitter hops pokes its head through. Two different bitter flavors that work at odds along with plenty of alcohol.
M/D: A full body with good carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Lots of hot alcohol that makes this harder to drink than I would like.

A fairly average RIS. Not bad, but nothing something I would recommend. Pretty much a one and done for me.

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Photo of HosP
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can't remember what generous BA sent this to me, but whoever it was thanks! Poured 750ml into a snifter.

A- Pours black with a big dark brown head. Leaves a lot of lace on the glass with a thin cap left on top.

S- Roasted aroma dominated by chocolate. A little sweet notes mixed with some coffee notes. Still unsure how I feel on the nose.

T- Interesting flavors. Chocolate flavors come to the front right off the bat. Roasted coffee flavors follow well behind in the middle. Turns a little sweet and some slight bitterness from some hops come through. Really throws off the end of the beer for me. Some hotness comes through as it warms too.

M- Full body, low carbonation. Feels a little thick and chewy.

O- Not the best RIS I've had by far. Flavors are in there, just need to be brought out more and balanced better. Still not bad to drink, just not on the same level as some of the good RIS's out there.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul!

The beer is dark brown, bordering on black, with 1/2" of tan head that leaves a considerable amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma brings roast, chocolate, booze. Really nice flavor, and easy to drink. Alcohol presence is subtle, allowing chocolate and roast flavors to take center stage. The feel is full bodied with appropriate carbonation. Overall, a very solid beer. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of baconsausage
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark with a lingering thin tan head tat laces all the way down the glass. Sweet chocolate malt, coffee and vanilla on the nose. Sweet dark and bready flavors are balanced and accentuated by vanilla and stone fruit, and a burnt orange hop bitterness. A little saccharine taste that is the only off flavor here. A different and unique imperial that is very enjoyable.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

Look - when poured it looks like oil, dark dark black, a little thick looking, with a very low level of tan-colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - very strong smell, but in a good way, much like molasses.

Taste and Mouthfeel - not as strong of a taste as I was expecting. Hints of caramel or maple sugar underneath a strong sense of malt and roasted-ness. Texture is pretty thick, but not overwhelming. Aftertaste is a little bitter, but also not overwhelming.

Overall - not a bad brew at all. Not terribly interesting in its taste span, but still interesting taste in general.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Paul, thanks! I liked this beer. Beer is black with a tan head, nice retention, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation. Looks like a beer.

Beer is sweet with liquor bourbon, mild roast, mild smoke, some sweet fudge.

Beer is medium to big in body, very sweet on the onset, mild to moderate bitterness on the backend. A good beer overall, the bourbon and some chocolate fill out the midpalate a lot. Really nice. I'd have this again. There was a lot left in the bottle the following morning after the tasting but I think that is because this was late in the day and people were fatigued. I know I was.

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Photo of zhanson88
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer during a layover at Salt Lake airport at the Squatters pub....I was very pleasantly surprised to see that they had some bottles on location. This was the most recent version of Outer Darkness, brewed in 2010. Served in a tulip.

Appearance: Pours pitch black and opaque, with maybe the slightest hint of ruby around the edges. About 1.5 fingers of espresso colored head form. Excellent head retention and lacing, with very good legs as well. Pretty impressive looking.

Smell: I get some roasted malts, bitter and milk chocolate, licorice and molasses. Light char as well. It smells a bit on the sweeter side.

Taste: Roasted malts, quite a bit of milk chocolate, licorice, a touch of alcohol. Turns pretty charred on the back end with some coffee bitterness. Up front it's pretty sweet with the milk chocolate and licorice, but the char and roast balance it out pretty well. Not going to lie, I really enjoyed this.

Mouthfeel/Overall: This beer is between light and medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation for a RIS. Reasonably smooth, but could be creamier. Overall, I was impressed. Great flavor and reasonably complex imperial stout. The chances of me getting hold of another bottle are pretty slim but I would jump at it if I had the chance.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Lunch for this, I think. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a color that is nearly black with a half-finger tan head that leaves some spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carries chocolate and plenty of roast along with a bit of bourbon and oak. The flavor is mostly roasted malt and bourbon along with a bit of oak. Mild vanilla as it warms. The body is medium with light carbonation. A nice beer.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.18/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle split with steepH2O while sitting next to the new firepit and generally enjoying the emerging burst of sun from behind the tree stand that guards his backyard.

Pours black with some big league soda bubbles, a consistent and long lasting cream colored head and a ruinous trotching of this here New Belgium goblet. Steep wants less carbonation...I'll concur, though I like what this beer does to this glass.

Grape, sweet malt, coffee, nuts, and wood. On the sweeter side of what I prefer in a RIS.

Woodiness creeps and lingers after the sip, leaving a long drying finish. Not sure if there's barrel here, but it plays strong at the finish and once I perceive it, does not go away but hits harder.

A tad too thin, too sweet, and too carbonated to carry this into the upper eschelon. Having this back to back with Black Metal, this fell short of that beer.

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Photo of samtallica
1.92/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Not sure of vintage on this as there is no bottling or best by date. Embossed bottle with gold foil poured into a 10oz brandy snifter.

A: Pours deep black with a 1 finger khaki head. Lacing sticks to the glass as I drink.

S: Booze hits the nose first and is almost overwhelming. Behind the booze are roasted chocolaty notes, raisins, and a slight tartness.

T: The booze and tart finish are all I taste in the first sip. Subsequent sips reveal dried fruit and well hidden chocolate. As I continue to sip all I can focus on is this weird solventy tartness and the heat. I can't even finish the 8 oz pour.

M: Medium-heavy body with good carbonation. Maybe a little over carbonated for my tastes but that is the least of this beer's problems.

O: I guess the appearance was nice but as I said, I can't finish this pour. Maybe it'd be better fresh and this appears to be an older bottle.

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Photo of Phelps
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a big 750ml bottle into my Lost Abbey tulip.

Mormonism teaches that a person who dies is destined for one of several places depending on what he has done or believed in life. For the goodie-goods, there are three kingdoms known as the telestial, terrestrial or celestial. For those of us who enjoy fornication and the occasional cup of coffee, there’s Outer Darkness, where Satan and his homies hang out. I don’t know much about Outer Darkness the beer other than that molasses was added near the end of the boil.

Looks pretty. Molten dark chocolate in color and thick, with a medium-tan head that bubbles away quickly, leaving just a very thin ring.

Roasty nose! Lots of burnt bread, dark chocolate and espresso. Good amount of matching, piney hops. Very light metallic character in the background.

Burnt flavor. Crispy black bread, a light bit of espresso. Cocoa nibs add a bit of sweetness while substantial piney hops add moderate bitterness and balance. Good, dark stuff.

The creamy, medium-full body is a pleasure to move about. Carbonation lightly massages the tongue, causing the velvety liquid to fizz gently.

I like! It’s roasty with a good balance. Perhaps not quite worth the price tag, but it’s a quality RIS. Now to find someone to fornicate with.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler.

Thanks to jodan for this LIF'ed bottle!

After a bottle bomb seemed to ruin things, this lightened the day a bit during brewing. It pours a straight obsidian topped by a finger-and-a-half of stark tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. Honestly, this smell is pretty tame, kinda boring. The taste goes a bit further, with notes of roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, molasses, coffee, anise, and a touch of leather. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a veery nice stout. I wouldn't say it's excellent, but I would never turn a glass down.

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Photo of BigE90
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a pitch black with a vibrant head into tulip. Great stout appearance.

S: very malty with a touch of molasses and chocolate coming through

T: wow, this was served very cold to start, approx 36 degrees. Flavors were a bit lacking at first, just a sharp stout bite that left me wondering what do I have. After a 30 minute wait to let it warm up, the flavors started to come through and the bite was gone. Just a sweet taste of chocolate and raisins that was very mellow and smooth.

M: a medium feel. Flavors evolved as it lingered in my mouth.

O: a good Russian imperial in my opinion. Would consume again.

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Photo of Alpar
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

BIG thanks to Trappistlover for this one!

A: Great carbonation. More then to be expected from such a big brew. Rich and dark. No light is getting through here. Lots of lacing!

S: Big malts mixed with some chocolate and alcohol. Maybe some coffee and some molasses.

T: Very smooth chocolate and alcohol burn with a dry end taste of burnt coffee.

O: I really enjoyed this beer and happy I got to try it. Taste is pretty on point with an RIS and not too far off from others in the style. Still a great beer though.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Wow, what a great looking stout! Pours like crude, with a beautiful brown, chocolate mousse colored head. Dissipates to a milky brown film with lots of big, heavy bubbles plopped on top. Nice lace and alcohol feet coat the glass.

S - Big aromas of dutch chocolate, anise, espresso, roasted and toasted malts, notes of raisins, figs and other dark fruits. A bit of alcohol wafts in, but it fits in well with the bunch.

T - Predominant chocolate notes with bits of bittersweet espresso, dark fruits, a hint of alcohol heat. Lots of roast with a nice sweet cocoa linger.

M - Heavy on the palate, full bodied, very rich. Carbonation is low to no, and the finish is slightly drying...like a powdered chocolate dry. Feels great, but a smoother finish would have been grand.

D/O - Drinkability is fantastic. The booze, thought noticeable, melds with it was as a whole, making this easy to put away. Overall, this is quite a stellar RIS, plain and simple. Stoked to get it off the shelf here!

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Photo of Derek
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a tan head, thin ring of retention, awesome leg/lace.

S: A lovely aroma of bakers chocolate and booze, roasted nut, burnt caramel, sponge toffee, licorice, cider and a light spice. Not overpowering, but nice.

T: Bakers chocolate, burnt toffee, molasses, licorice, roasted nut, piny resin, a little tar, light spicing, solid bitterness, warming alcohol.

M: Very full bodied, slight residual sweetness, light roasted acidity, drying alcohol finish. Great.

D/O: Exquisit.

Usually a brew of this strength wears on me... but the more I have, the more I like it (could be the warming to room temp too).

An overall great brew. Put this head-to-head with any of the top Imperials (blind) and I'm sure it would do well. Brewing news really ought to do an IS bracket... there's enough of them now.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

507th review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
650 ML

Thanks to Scotchboy for the trade.

App- A nice creamy milk chocolate brown with a two finger head. Huge lacing on this one. Very good looking stout.

Smell- Only two things come to mind with this one. Malt and chocolate. No roast, no hops. Just those two. Smells very big and sweet.

Taste- Milk chocolate tempered with some hops for some spritiness and slight malts to balance it out. Was good.

Mouth- Medium bodied and low carbed. Left a very creamy heavy cream and some milk chocolate taste. Like a good piece of Belgian chocolate.

Drink- A very nice well balanced malty/hoppy stout. The chocolate is this is outstanding. I would have liked to get two bottles to age one but one was good.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter

Thanks to injuredreserve for this beer from the Show Someone What You're Made Of BIF.

This beer pours a beautiful blackness with and sandy brown foam. The aroma is a bit boozy at first, but then settles in to a slightly fruity, but mostly chocolate roast aroma that is expected with such a style. The flavor was coffee and lots of it. The thing about that is that nowhere on the label was the word coffee written anywhere. It is my estimation that this is all the product of roasted malt manipulation, and props to Squatters for that. The mouthfeel was a touch rough until it warmed up then it actually was more on the chewy side, like I prefer my stouts. Overall this was a very good beer, something that you would find me hard pressed to turn down at any time.

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Photo of azdback
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Surly pint glass. Dark black, but not all light sucking. Beautiful light brown two finger head. Lace is sticky and patched to the end.

Smell is medium roasted coffee and just a hint of chocolate. I do get a hint of tart also. Quite a bit of alcohol is present in the nose.

Taste is kind of a tart, sweet, bitter, smooth battle all at once. The overall taste is roasted flavors, but the pallet has to go through quite a battle to get the reward (pick it).

The mouth is as expected. Rich, smooth and full. Chewy to the end. There is a bit of alcohol warming that is quite nice.

I was a bit disappointed with this one, but not a bad representation of the style. Maybe if you are looking to dabble in the heaving hitting RIS's this one isn't a bad choice to start you journey with.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First of all. LOVE the label on this one!

Poured in line before dld. Pours a clean dark brown with a solid amount of light brown head that dissipates leaving a layer of bubbles on the corners and some lacing on the glass. Smells roasted and fruity. Dark plum and raisin on the nose. Tastes sharp and a bit bitter. The coffee gives a burnt taste that is not very appealing to me. A hint of chocolate and dark fruitiness but the roasted characteristics leave something to be desired.

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Photo of cavedave
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to acurtis for leaving this bottle that we didn't get to drink at a stout tasting.

Very dark brown, thick and opaque,topped by half a finger of brown/beige head that recedes to a lasting, lively skim.

Smell is medium strength aroma of caramel, chocolate, dark fruit, spicy alcohol, with hints of earthy hops and light molasses.

As it warms and opens the magnificent flavors of this really start to shine. It starts with some caramel and milk chocolate, picks up some figgy and fruity sweet, dark bread, spicy alcohol, and it finishes with the alcohol vapors ushering the mineraly, earthy hops to a marriage with clean, charry roast that gives it a wonderful complexity.

It drinks very light despite being highly viscous, perfect carbonation (med.) for the flavor profile, and a finish that isn't epic but is excellent.

This is one of the finest stouts I've tried. Low expectations for it were dashed on the rocks of superior taste, clean balanced complexity, and marvelous drinkability.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can't remember who brought this. Was it Brendan or Paul? Either way, thanks!

A: The pour is thick and dark. Almost black with a nice viscosity and a small brown head.

S: Plenty of nice roasted malts on the nose. There's a hint of booze and a touch of smoke. A nice bit of coffee and plenty of dark chocolate. Maybe some molasses, earthy hops, and dark fruits.

T: Mild booze up front but there's tons of roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate. Definitely some dark fruits, earthy hops, and a moderate bitterness. Really robust and bold flavors.

M: Just about full in body with a smooth, medium carbonation.

O: Glad that I got to try this. I've been wanting to for awhile now.

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Squatters Outer Darkness from Utah Brewers Cooperative
89 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.