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Squatters Outer Darkness - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Ratings: 372
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
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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3.68/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 28, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev -9.1%

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!

JAXSON, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

Stinkypuss, May 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Tiernan, Jan 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

tbryan5, Jul 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

GRG1313, Jan 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

kirkse, Apr 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

atoulouk, Jan 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

jlee185, Jan 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

ChiefHopHead, May 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

cbcrunch, Mar 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

DerwinWentworth, Apr 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

tobelerone, May 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

johnnyboy76, May 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Zachtheporter, Mar 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

illidurit, Jun 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

donspublic, Aug 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

DantheMan75, Mar 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

TXhomebrewer, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of Urbancaver
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

Urbancaver, May 02, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

PStriedl, Aug 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

King_KongDCO93, Dec 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

CoryR, Nov 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

rdooley, May 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

djrn2, Apr 12, 2014
Squatters Outer Darkness from Utah Brewers Cooperative
90 out of 100 based on 372 ratings.