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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: 502
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 UCLABrewN84
3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to ChewyLewy for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and char flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice cocoa and char qualities all around.

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Photo of argock
3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml brown bottle into a clear glass tulip. Enjoy by 09/04/14 near bottom of the bottom. A great gift from my awesome sister Tami.

A: Black with 1-finger of beige head with good retention and a craggy collection of lacing.

S: The aroma is mosly medium caramel malts and roast with a little bit of fig dark fruitiness.

T: THe flavor is bold, but a bit too strong on roast to the point of being a little ashy. There are some fig and raisin dark fruit flavors that unfortunately fight against the stiff bitterness and herbal, woody hopping. It is not overly boozy but does have some alcohol presence.

M: A bit sticky with full body and light carbonation.

O: A big and bad imperial stout with some booze and a lot of char -- if you love roasty stouts, then this is a beer you have got to find.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 rate.

I really can't give this one as detailed of a rating as I'd like to. Opened it right after Sloth, and in the middle of a tasting involving various other legendary imperial stouts and barleywines. Deep thick black, creamy brown head. Lightly bitter focusing on coffee and bitter chocolate. Not a terribly complex or rich flavor expression, but nice enough. Enjoyable. Thanks footbalm!

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

been sitting on this one for a while waiting for the right night...for some reason, that night is tonight. not sure of the vintage, but the label is yellow and it says reserve series with golden foil.

a - opened the bottle and filled my darkness snifter. beer poured a sludgy pewter black with a thin cream colored head that slowly evaporated leaving slimy lacing all over the side of the glass.

s - bold and complex, but nicely balanced at first. notes of milk chocolate with roasted malt. some charred burnt matches in the background. i can pick up the alc in the nose as well, but as a mentholated coolness in my nose. no leading flavors, a subtle mix.

t - roasted malt with a touch of rubber at first. there are some notes of coffee and a touch of bitterness, but mostly just roasted malt with alcohol. some bakers chocolate on the finish. gets better and more milk chocolatey as it opens up.

m - full and tingly. medium heavy. silky.

o - overall, in the land of big and bold RIS ruling my world, outer darkness is worth a try...but not one that i'll actively be seeking out again and again. don't get me wrong, it's good...just not great.

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Photo of brentk56
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a fudge color with a modest head that leaves a few shards of lace behind

Smell: Roasty, with vague hints of chocolate, caramel and licorice

Taste: Very roasty, up front, with subtle hints of chocolate, caramel and licorice in the middle; some dark fruits add complexity after the swallow and into the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Decent, but a bit too roasted without enough complexity to follow through; there are better examples of the style out there

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2009 vintage bomber

Pours a dark brown color with a tan head. Aroma of dark, chocolatey malts and alcohol.

In the taste, big roasted malts and booze notes. Some leather and sherry notes from oxidation, but mostly boozy and malty. Low hop bitterness at this advanced stage, but the toastiness is still big.

Full bodied, creamy and smooth. Overall this is a pretty good imperial stout, but is probably at its peak or perhaps its past that.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an opaque black color with a solid light tan head. Lacing is strong, and lingers until the beer is gone. The aroma is of roasted malt, cream, vanilla, and cocoa powder. The taste is dominated by a bitterness that distracts from the nice malt characteristics found in the aroma. There are some roasty notes to be found they are just covered in brash hops. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side for an imperial stout with a smooth texture, and appropriately moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a decent stout that I wouldn't turn down in a pinch, but wouldn't go out of my way for either.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by Mark last night, thanks man. '13 vintage.

This one pours a deep, dark brown, almost black, with a small head, and no lacing.

This one smells like chocolate, bourbon, some earthy licorice, and caramelized sugar.

This one is pretty tasty, but slightly thin tasting. I definitely a slight licorice flavor, with some sweet chocolate, mild bourbon, and some vanilla cream. It feels like a BA stout light, I wish it was a little bit more thick tasting, but the flavors here are definitely solid.

This is medium bodied, not quite as thick as I'd like, with a lower level of carbonation. There is no heat on this one, which is quite nice.

This was pretty tasty, but lacking just a little bit for me.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Captured this one in a nice Chimay snifter, the body is pitch black, my super bright bicycle led light won’t even shine through it. The head is a nice dark tan color and slowly builds up. As I poured it out it looked like a headless beer, but after a few seconds, almost 8 seconds, the head forms and it starts off rather thick and slowly thins out into a few island bubbles all gathered by a thick wall of lacing. The aroma is rather light, I can pick up some dark fruits, alcohol and mild fig and coffee mixes. Very thick bodied, it really envelopes your tongue, and it pretty smooth tasting. The flavors are a bit mild at first but do pick up as it gets warmer. More coffee and roasted malts and hops come out. T the light side if you ask me this is a really smooth ale and I highly recommend drinking after its warmed up a bit, the aroma is still o

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Photo of yourefragile
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

2010 (?) bottle with gold foil on neck.

Pours a viscous, oily dark borwn with a dense dark mocha head. Head fades to a thick collar and bubbly film with thin webs of lace. Charred nose of oak, bitter citrus, roasted malt, fig and pine. Thick, smooth body with low carbonation. Gingerbread, licorice and anise start flavor over top the roast malt and slightly charred oak. Nice balance of sweet and roast flavors, light molasses and pine bitterness on finish. Interesting oaked RIS with a touch of Anchor Xmas flavors.

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

Perfect looking imperial stout; jet black with a huge brown head that settles down slowly. Extensive lacing on the glass. Nice aroma of roasted, burnt malt, bittersweet chocolate, molasses.

The taste falls a little short. The nose packs a lot of fudgy chocolate goodness but in the flavor there’s much less chocolate and it’s all of the bitter variety; lacks sweetness and instead is dominated by burnt malt and overall bitterness; some molasses and caramel but buried beneath the strong roasted burnt flavor. Hints of coffee and anise, oak and vanilla. Lingering bitter finish with some warming booziness.

Outer Darkness also feels a little too thin, medium-bodied rather than full, with a bit too much carbonation. Not smooth and chewy enough for the style. Not a bad imperial but also not anything exceptional, unfortunately. Still glad I got a chance to try this one.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from bottle into a stemmed-Tulip shaped glass

A - Lights out, black colored body; not much head formed; good amount of lacing though; light brown trim around the edge of the glass

S - Licorice; dark roasted malt; chocolate - dark; leather and smokey; raisin; small grassy hop

T - Coffee stout; dark chocolate; licorice; semi-high ABV taste, alcohol; hops; toasted bread; raisin fig; dark fruit; bitter with a slight touch of hoppy grass

M - Coffee-espresso; heavy-full body; slightly effervescent; tangy and bitter

D - Great, well-balanced RIS; worth a shot, very easy to drink and pair with desserts

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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 Gueuzedude
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2009 bottle release; Sampled January 2012
A healthy pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a dense, long lasting, initially three-finger thick, darkly browned head that leaves a nice lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer smells of lightly acrid, amply roasted malt with notes of thick black coffee, a touch of toasted woodiness and burnt whole grain toast. This is backed by a subtle, yet distinct fruitiness that has a oaky vinous quality as well as a hint of burnt prunes. The roast character here is quite ample and provides an almost smokiness, which is boosted by he concentrated malt character that almost has an umami like savoriness to it. As the beer warms up a burnt fruitiness starts to become noticeable; it smells more of burnt raisins than anything.

The beer has a nice, soft, slightly prickly up front, carbonation, but this is quickly overwhelmed by the thick, ample body. Despite the thickness, the beer really doesn’t taste very sweet at all; rich and savory with a deeply roasted, complex sweetness, the beer reminds me of dark chocolate, a roasted peat like smokiness (that almost seems a touch salty at times), a dark concentrated espresso character. As the beer warms up, and perhaps my palate adjusts a bit, I start to notice a touch more sweetness; this accentuates a dark cocoa flavor, notes of burnt molasses and even a licorice like note in the finish. There is a hint of a woody flavor and edge to the finish. The wood flavors seem to add a touch of tartness to this somehow (though the ample burnt character also adds a touch of acidity here), and there is a sort of buttery note that almost has me thinking there is something funky going on here; in the end this is subtle enough that it could just be a soft, but clean, oak influence, but I can’t actually quite tell. The roast character provides a solid bitterness to this beer, in the finish this mixes with a bitter hop bite.

This is quite taste, certainly better than I was expecting; for some reason I thought this had been Bourbon barrel aged and not just oak aged, but I am quite happy to be wrong. I really like how restrained the oak character is; it is very subtle and really plays a supporting role; in fact, if I didn’t know it was here, I would be hard pressed to identify it as it really just boosts the complexity of this beer without being overtly noticeable. I really like how savory the concentrated malt character is in this beer; I am quite sure this beer will age quite gracefully.

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

A: This poured a nearly opaque pitch black, with some fairly dark tan head.
S: It smelled like roasted coffee and creamy milk chocolate, with some molasses and brown sugar.
T: It tasted like milk chocolate and molasses, with some roasted coffee and brown sugar. It had a clean and bittersweet aftertaste with lingering resinous hops and alcohol.
M: It was fairly thick with some carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a nice RIS that was well balanced and enjoyable. The scent and taste were good, with solid body. The alcohol was noticeable, so it should be sipped. Age may help mellow this brew, but it was still good fresh (but not great).

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Photo of DRyan
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle "born on" 11/1/11, poured 10/26/12

A: Pours inky black with a dark an head. The head is not as vigorous as some stouts, but recedes very slowly and leaves a LOT of lacing.
S: Roasty, chocolatey, with some nuttiness, a little different that most Imperial Stouts, but easily identifiable as such.
T: Dark chocolate, licorice, lots of malty goodness, with some bitterness and some alcohol sting (but not much). There is also an odd bit too it, an aftertaste that for whatever reason makes me think "cough syrup," though it tastes nothing like cough syrup. I didn't age this bottle, I bought it a couple of months ago, so I don't know how it was stored for its first 10 months of life... this might be a bit of "left out in the light and heat" I'm tasting
M: Smooth and silky, with very fine carbonation. A great feeling, one of the nicer IS's I've had as far that that goes.
D: Would be amazing if it weren't for that aftertaste; I need to try a fresh bottle and see if that aftertaste is still there. For a 10.5% beer it drinks easily, and diesn't sit as heavy as a lot of stouts, Imperial or otherwise.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.85/5  rDev -4%

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.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
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!

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