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Squatters Outer Darkness - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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436 Ratings
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Ratings: 436
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 52
Gots: 123 | FT: 6
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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 Pintofbrown
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Out of a shaker pint.

Dark and inky body that pours hard out of the bottle. Just a slight, brown sugar cap on this one. It certainly looks the part.

That nose is intense! There is plenty of roasted malt, dark chocolate for sure, a bit of brown sugar, and a good bit of boozy character.

The palate follows the nose fairly closely. Again the dark chocolate and roasted malt hits hard. There are even dark fruit flavors at play mid-palate. Unfortunately, there is also a rather large wave of booziness that takes over far too soon, and some bittering that is a bit out of place with how intense the smokey, roasted malt already is.

The feel is great for this one: hefty medium body and fairly creamy. It finishes really dry as well.

Outer Darkness is a little too intense for my palate. If the boozy and smokey characteristics backed down a little and let the dark chocolate and dark fruit flavors last a little longer mid-palate, I would be happier. As it is, this Russian Imperial Stout is good, looking up at great.

Photo of cbutova
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%

A- 750ml poured to a wide goblet with a deep black, thick body. A light mocha head fills the glass to one finger and falls to a frothy island and thin ring. Decent head retention and moderate spotty lace.

S- Roasty and raisiny notes come on strong with intensity. Ashy burnt grains, dark chocolate, caramel, dark fruits and slight alcohol. Just dark and burnt all around.

T- Packs a hefty punch of dark grains delivering dark chocolate, burnt cereal, charcoal, heavily caramelized sugars, molasses, nutty and licorice notes. Raisins come on in the finish with some earthy hops.

MF- Thick bodied sips with creamy and a slight chewy consistency. Silky medium carbonation finishing with a deep roast bitterness.

Very dark burnt grains combine with a helping of raisiny dark fruits to punch the palate. Not a game changer but something I would enjoy again. A solid RIS but a hard style with many excellent brews.

Photo of SomethingClever
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured entire bottle into oversized snifter

A: Black as Tennessee tea had a slight mocha head gone quickly beer is a year and almost 2 months old. good lacing great retention on the glass.

S: I got a lot of licorice a little dates, figs dark fruit smell

T: pure licorice, some chocolate, a little dark fruits finish heavy

M: I wanted to say thin but it ends up thick at the end beer clings to your tongue nicely it's not amazing thick but it's pretty damn good

O: it reminds me a lot of 2014 Stone Russian Imperial Stout. The licorice is right there but you get a little here and there different it's a solid beer but it doesn't stand out.

Photo of Justin_Neff
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle at the brewpub in Park City. Tasting notes from last night (2/17/13).

A: Pours dark, dark brown, but appears black in the glass. Aggressive pour results in 4 finger, fluffy and slightly fizzy, dark tan colored head. Leaves good lacing on glass.

S: Roasty chocolate, oak, sweet molasses that almost emits a nutty aroma. Also some vanilla smells intertwined within.

T: Sweet and roasted malts. Molasses, sweet figs, vanilla, chocolate, and oak.

M: full body, not nearly as creamy as I would like, but good carbonation level.

O: Very glad I was able to try this while here in Park City. A little pricey ($17 for a 25 oz bottle) but it was definitely worth it. Love the sweet and bitter balance with this, and complexity is really nice. A year in the cellar would probably make it twice as complex.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer #58 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

A very roasted stout. Minor amount of molasses on it too. But the roasty tone is the main thing going on here. Nice unwavering flavor. Mild booze tone on the backside, but not so much that it's killing the experience. I like this beer. It's a fairly easy to drink RIS.

Photo of Zorro
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black colored beer with a small brown colored head.

Smells strongly of chocolate and caramel. Slight aroma of apple and toasted coconut. Sligt coffee aroma.

Starts out strongly tasting of chocolate and it is a little sweet. Mildly bittersweet taste. Coconut and caramel it tastes vaguely like a Mounds candy bar. Can't taste alcohol but it is sensed as a slight sting. Tasty yet mild tasting could pass for a Milk Stout.

Mouthfeel is full.

Overall a very tasty stout. Not quite a match for Stone RIS though.

Photo of Jeffo
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Long time want from Doodler. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
22 February 2011

APPEARANCE: A black pour is relatively thick and yields a two finger, medium looking, fluffy and creamy, dark tan head with excellent retention. Jet black body with very high levels of carbonation visible for the style. Head fades to a good foam cap and clings to the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp remains until the end and leaves some decent lacing on the glass. A bit too much carbonation for the style, but really nice otherwise.

SMELL: Roasted grain, dark, baker's chocolate, some sweet cream and vanilla notes. Bold stuff. Still some hops left here as well. Pretty good.

TASTE: Roasted malts, dark chocolate and some alcohol up front. Big and lingering finish of dark, bitter baker's chocolate and fudge, light vanilla cream, sweet dark fruit and a touch of alcohol on the palate. Some caramel sweetness lingers on the palate as well.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Slightly light on the palate, semi-creamy, goes down fine and finishes sticky. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: Really nice and would gladly drink again. Lots of good flavors and aromas with a nice look and decent-enough feel. A touch light perhaps, but that's a minor issue. Good beer. Cheers again Doodler!

Photo of TMoney2591
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of portia99
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle (born on 02/22/11) received in trade with Wasatch. Thanks again John! Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a thick body of nearly pitch black except for some rich ruby/mahogany highlights on the edges when held to the light. A low finger of capuccino colored foam rests for a minute or so and falls to a loose collar and rocky islands on the surface...nice sheets of lacing left on the glass. Good looking impy stout.

S - Quite low in aroma overall. Mostly I'm able to pick up milk and dark chocolates. Some booze is present at a lower level, along with some dark fruit, touch of anise and dark roasted malts way in the background. What is here is good, but intensity is a bit lacking.

T - Dark fruit and deeply charred and dark roasted malts take center stage here. A bit of a burnt toast character is present. Not positive but I think I'm getting some hints of cherries in the flavors and dark chocolate joins the mix too. Finishes with some mild booze and a hit of molasses.

M - Rather full mouthfeel...carbonation is at a lower level and gives this a velvety smooth creaminess to the feel. Alcohol is noticeable but doesn't really contribute any warmth to the feel - well contained overall.

O - Overall, a solid example of the RIS style. Fairly well balanced and with decent complexity - although lacking in the finer nuances that could make others in this style great. Would easily enjoy having this again sometime in the future.

Photo of Hopglutten
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of BretSikkink
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Inky black pour with little initial head. However, a sturdyish tan foam forms after a minute or so and keeps nicely. Great stick, and a great look over all.

Similarly happy with the nose, which is powerful and complex enough for the style. I get some chalkiness among the dark chocolate, overripe fruit, and caramel. Hints of molasses and herbs, lightly charred all around. Very nice.

The taste profile follows, with a moderate sweetness that is definitely not cloying while cold - due to the thick nature, this one could get quite sticky towards room temp. Solid roast notes, with chocolate and coffee leading. Oak and herbal bitterness come in toward the tail end. The strong alcohol presence is reminiscent of drinking tequila and vanilla rum. Not necessarily a hugely bad thing, but this one is really hot when you stop to notice.

And it's rather easy to pass by. With its girth and velvety smooth nature, Outer Darkness glides right on by, and it's in the gullet before the heat gets turned on. Not a bad drinker, but its bite is worse than its bark.

Photo of jkball01
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of donspublic
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tavernjef
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous dark brown pour settling inky black in the glass with a mighty thick dark tan foam of mashed up graham cracker-like quality. The lacing is more like shelving as it grabs on to the glass with thickly set curtains of foamy soup.

Aroma is a bit sherry-like in its warmth and medicinal, which is a bit off putting. Quite sweet rounded in with milk chocolate and soured milk. A touch of very ripe dates and raisin waft about in its sweet nose.

Taste is tangy and dark with a bright side to its fruityness as earthy dark cherry, fig, and nuts mix with a clean, fluffy milken-esque sourness and chocolate coating of sweetness. It's fairly unique in its taste, but a little too bright, medicinal, and overly sweet for an RIS. The chocolate tones are nice along with what I think of like s'mores with marshmellow sweetness, burntish stuff, and graham cracker dustings. Tangy, broading, and earthy sweet with a dark fruity pep coated in chocolate, cocoa, and graham cracker.

Body is tangy, creamy, silken, and quick to unfold on the tongue with chocolatey fluff, creamed milk, and dark fruity tang. Keeps a tang on the tongue that lasts. Not quite as rich or thick as I'd like out of an RIS, but not bad.

Outer Darkness is more like a Imperial Milk Stout to me then a RIS. It's got more things going for it than not. But it could use a beefed up body and tone and remove its medicinal touches...

Photo of LtCracker20
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A pitch black body with 1-finger's worth of coffee colored head that swiftly falls to a thin and spotty cap. Leaves some OK lacing.

S- Slight oaky vanilla, maybe cinnamon, cloves, a little hot pepper aroma as well. Also, of course, roasted malts, deep dark chocolate, and espresso.

T- Spicy up front, like hot peppers, vanilla, oak, a touch of warmth from the ABV, more spices, good bitterness in the back end, and a touch of bittersweet chocolate.

MF- A little lighter than I would've liked, but not too thin where as to detract from the flavors.

Photo of kagent777
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 Bottle purchased on the day of re-release about 1.5 yrs ago. Poured into my CCB snifter.

Appearance: Black beer that pours very thickly. Just a ring of carbonation around the edge of the glass. Not much lacing.

Smell: Oaky and strong roasted malts. Alcohol along with some chocolaty semi sweetness.

Taste: The taste follows the smells. Oak and roasted malts. Some sweet char and chocolate. Molasses and licorice. I also get some dried fruit, raisins, and fresh red grape juice. Some lingering bitterness after the initial sweetness fades. A big flavor profile, but not too complex, maybe with more age (I have one more bottle purhcased at the same time.)

Mouthfeel: The carbonation may be a little too strong for this big of a beer. It actually gives the front of the tongue a bit of a jolt at the front end of the sip. The body is nice and thick as it should be.

Overall: Maybe I am tough on this one because it is easy for me to get. Or maybe I do not know what I am talking about. Nothing wrong with the beer, except that I would not carb quite so much. I am curious to see what another year and a half will do for the other bottle.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of acashk
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark as night into my snifter with two fingers of dense mocha head that has great retention and plenty of sticky lacing.

S - Lots of chocolate malts, bitter sweet cocoa notes, roasted malts, anise, dark fruits and a touch of booze.

T - Deep roasted malts, bitter sweet chocolate, espresso, anise, a little hope bite and finishes with a molasses booze combination.

M - A little to bright/crisp for my liking, has a big think body and seems slightly unbalanced with noticeable alcohol.

O - So far the best beer I've had from Squatters. Solid offering of a Russian Imperial and I look forward to trying more from the "reserve series."

Photo of Fatehunter
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured two fingers of brown head on a pitch black body.
The aroma is black licorice, burnt wood, roasted malt and dark chocolate. Smells amazing.
The taste is almost equal to the aroma. Smooth throughout; roasted malt, touch of burnt, moderate bitterness to round it out. Excellent.
The texture is smooth with moderate carbonation.
Nailed it.

Photo of RedHaze
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz waxed bottle. Thanks to Wasatch for this one.

Pours about as pitch black as I've ever seen with a dark mocha one finger head. The resulting lace is thick, leaving layers of foam behind.

Smell; relatively tame in the aroma department for a big RIS. Chocolate and espresso with a little alcohol sprinkled in, but overall the aromas are kind of subdued.

Taste; makes up for the somewhat lacking aroma. Milk chocolate, espresso beans, faint dark fruits and licorice. A mild smokiness floats through the middle with a touch of vanilla, and all topped off with just a little spicy alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and silky smooth. Dinkability is good, but as with all beers of this type, limited by the high abv.

This one damn good RIS. Glad to see breweries making beers like this in Utah.

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of r0nyn
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of JamesStreet
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Squatters Outer Darkness from Utah Brewers Cooperative
91 out of 100 based on 436 ratings.