Squatters Outer Darkness - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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427 Ratings
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Ratings: 427
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 53
Gots: 114 | FT: 5
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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 Ranz
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured pitch black in my Duvel tulip, the brew creates a mousse-like head that almost lumps on the top. Lacing is thick and even. It's a lovely presentation.

S: Chocolate truffles, drunken cherries, roasted malt, and a sharp tinge--probably from the licorice root--make a really nice scent here. I wish it were a bit stronger like other RISs I love, such as Old Rasputin and Sea Monster. Still, it's quite good here.

T: Oven-roasted hops are immediately present with a sharp medicinal kick; there's also a thick milkiness to it at the front. The malt comes in on the back of the palate with a slow burn that turns into something like a coffee porter. I'd like some more chocolate here.

M: It's not as thick and viscous as I'd like, but it's drinkable for sure. The carbonation on the front is pronounced, and it has a very thick, long finish.

O: It's not quite as solid as I had remembered, but this was a fantastic dessert beer. This would probably make a good introduction beer into the RIS genre.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle pours a viscous black color with a small but brown head. Decent retention and it leaves a solid wall of thin head on the side of the glass.

Nose is a rich chocolate and dark fruit tinged in smoke. Rich and bold with a moderate sweetness. Nice.

Pretty good complexity of licorice, roast and dark, unsweetened chocolate. There is some definite hoppy bitterness on the end, leafy and still pungent after about 6 months. The alcohol is still not quite smoothed out, but overall it is pretty good. I cant decide if some more age would be good for it, but I have a couple I'll be experimenting with.

Photo of ebrauser
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. (approx. 3 weeks after bottling of the series) into a brandy glass

Appearance: Chocolate brown, impossible to see through, with a thin brown head. Classic Imperial stout.

Aroma: Potent chocolate, coffee, and alcohol in the nose, along with some prune and raisin notes. Swirling released an aroma slightly like rubbing alcohol.

Flavor: Strong fruity beginning doesn't do much to mask the intensity of the alcohol, which is present throughout. Notes of figs and raisins with coffee and a cherry like sweetness. Bitter finish, like a mix of dark chocolate and everclear.

Mouthfeel: Strong, heavy body that feels thick and syrupy going down. Doesn't coat the mouth much at all.

Overall: I'm wondering whether I cracked this one open too early after bottling, and I'm excited to let the second and third ones age (vertical test??) for a while. The beer lacks some complexity that I expected from Squatter's, but here's hoping that it comes out with time

Photo of argock
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of JAXSON
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
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!

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
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

Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of kirkse
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Hendrick24
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of atoulouk
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of jlee185
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of PassMeAZima
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of ChiefHopHead
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of cbcrunch
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Wayne17
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of tobelerone
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of Fireslayer
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of johnnyboy76
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Zachtheporter
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Squatters Outer Darkness from Utah Brewers Cooperative
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