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Squatters Outer Darkness - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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BA SCORE
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391 Ratings
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Ratings: 391
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 50
Gots: 112 | FT: 7
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Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Wasatch on 12-24-2009)
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Photo of TMoney2591
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

TMoney2591, May 30, 2011
Photo of portia99
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

portia99, Dec 19, 2011
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.

LtCracker20, Feb 18, 2012
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.

kagent777, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of tavernjef
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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...

tavernjef, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of brewcrew76
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Solid black with a dense mocha head and a thick layer of foam that remains for some time.

S - Roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, herbal, earthy hops.

T - Intense roasted malts, a good deal of black patent astringency, dark baking chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, cold black coffee and bitter herbal , earthy hops.

M - Full body with low carbonation. Thick and chewy.

D - Big, thick, sweet and burnt with some bitterness. A sipper for sure.

brewcrew76, Apr 05, 2011
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.

Nerudamann, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of Fatehunter
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Fatehunter, Aug 19, 2013
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."

StoneBrewFanatic, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of corywalston
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

A. Aggressive poor. A beautiful reverse waterfall of bubbles. 2inch of brown head that retains its shape. No carbonation. Color is black
S. Roasted malt, Smokey, chocolate, coffee, nutty, creamy.
T. Same as it smells. Also taste charcoal and the alcohol is very evident and astringent.
M. Creamy, syrup, heat for the alcohol
O. The first sip is good with all the flavor of an RIS. But the rest of the bottle is rough to get down due to the taste of alcohol. The alcohol taste the way Isopropyl alcohol smells. It is very over powering it gives me a slight headache. On the other hand it delivers one hell of a buzz for 10.5%. If you’re an RIS lover like me than I recommend you skip this on your quest to the perfect RIS.

corywalston, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -1.5%

t2grogan, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev -1.5%

valkyre65, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of r0nyn
4/5  rDev -1.5%

r0nyn, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of JamesStreet
4/5  rDev -1.5%

JamesStreet, May 14, 2013
Photo of BeardedRiker
4/5  rDev -1.5%

BeardedRiker, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of dumptruck81
4/5  rDev -1.5%

dumptruck81, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev -1.5%

zonker17, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of JamLand
4/5  rDev -1.5%

JamLand, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of Kmlund
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Kmlund, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of BruceBruce
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Oily black, quarter inch pretty head great brown color that I don't know exactly how to describe it.

S. Oak, then Licorice, then soy sauce, not joking, even asked my Asian roommate

T. Chocolate, Licorice, Oak, must be my imagination but almost thought of bourbon but after warming up, just realize is all of the flavors coming together and me wishing there was bourbon.

M. Not as thick or creamy, I like that, its a very light feel

O. Great beer, I like it a lot and will try it in the bottle tomorrow to see if I can notice a difference. Recommend this to anyone who is like me an on a stout kick in the summer.

BruceBruce, Jun 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

humpty1602, Jun 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

LadyOfMuchBeer, Jan 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

jlb502, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

bsinger45, Apr 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

AxesandAnchors, Nov 22, 2012
Squatters Outer Darkness from Utah Brewers Cooperative
91 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.