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Squatters Outer Darkness - Utah Brewers Cooperative

Squatters Outer DarknessSquatters Outer Darkness

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BA SCORE
90
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319 Ratings
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Ratings: 319
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%


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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.

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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an effectively black body with a tan-colored head, though it dissipates easily despite pleas and cries to stick around.

Smell: Vaunting malt-packed roastiness with vanilla, dark chocolate liqueur, though also a bit fudgy, and a clump of molasses. Mildly fruity hint of cherry skins -- no cherries -- just the skins, thanks.

Taste: Starts sweet, races towards ardent roast, then, it gives you a sip of smooth liquor with insulating notes of chocolate, vanilla bean, and coffee. Blurred fruitiness flaunting an edge of dark cherry. Light spiciness. Rather subtle oak character. Some hop character and bitterness penetrating the heavy layer of malts. Roasty, warming, lightly spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-light carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: The thumb points... up!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 16:00:56 | More by ChainGangGuy
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ehammond1


4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for opening this one, Nathan!

Big, thick, and nearly black with a moderately sized dark brown head that eventually leaves lots of stick (small bubbles and spiderwebs) on the glass.

Lot of roasted malt, a bit of chocolate, and a mild smoke character make up the aroma. There's also just a touch of licorice and dark fruit character, but this leans further toward the roasty/chocolatey spectrum. Nice.

The flavor follows similarly, with the roasted malt, chocolate, and slight licorice flavor rounding things out. Small hint of warming alcohol. Moderate bitterness.

Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Damn good.

Delicious stout, paired especially well with Elaine's homemade toffee peppermint brittle.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 18:14:59 | More by ehammond1
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to foofaa for busting this one out for us to try.

A - Pours jet black with a small half finger tall tan head leaving light lace down the glass.

S - Smells is all over the place. Initially there are hints of smoke, chocolate, and coffee with a weird off aroma sneaking in at the end of each sniff, almost brett like. As it warms the off aroma diminishes and it replaced by a huge maple syrup kick. Minus the off aroma this one is pretty good.

T - Starts off with lots of dark roasted malt quickly giving way to a mix of coffee grounds, dark chocolate, and plenty of smoke. The off flavor remains, really messing with the flow of the other flavors. Just like the nose, it slowly fades but it is still there. Finish is pretty roasty with some sweetness.

M - Medium-Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Dark, roasty feel that doesn't linger on the pallet for very long. There is a weird off flavor in there initially, slowly fading as it warms.

O - I am not sure what was going on with this one. Initially we thought it may be infected since it was giving off some weird off flavors and aromas but as it warmed up a bit it got a little bit better. I wouldn't mind giving it another go at a later time.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 23:38:26 | More by orangesol
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CLBizzle

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Bomber's bottle date was 11/1/11. Such a great day for a beer to be born. Poured into an Imperial Pint glass.

A: Black Body. Thin carmel head that sticks around for a minute. Thick lacing on the glass as the beer is being "reviewed".

S: Toffee and coffee hit the nose.

T: Creamy chocolate flavors come across on the tongue. Robust malty flavor which finishes sweet. Molasses flavor, but not as thick of a mouthfeel as I thought the stout would have with multiple mashes. With as high of an OG as a 10.5% beer must have had the beer is dangerously drinkable.

O: First beer that I have had from Squatter's and I must say that I am impressed. I love a great Imperial stout and this one is no slouch.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 00:28:34 | More by CLBizzle
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StoneBrewFanatic

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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."

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 23:41:25 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
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Pencible

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
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).

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 15:05:02 | More by Pencible
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gtermi

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This is one the best looking beers I have ever seen. It pours a motor oil black with a thick 2-3 finger brown head. The head fades and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

S: Has a strong chocolate malt scent. I am also getting a lot of roasted malt and coffee.

T: Has a lot of strong roasted malt. You can taste a little of the booze, but its pretty faint. When the beer lingers on the tongue, you start to pick up a food amount of chocolate and coffee. Very nice

M: This beer is very crisp and burns the back of the throat and the tongue. It isnt bad by any means, just not great.

O: This is a very great beer. I havent had much from Squatters, but the ones I have had are enjoyable. Russian Imperials are some of my favorite style beers and this doesnt let me down.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 05:27:04 | More by gtermi
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MADhombrewer

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (born on) date 11 01 11. Poured into a 6oz St Arnold glass.

Appearance- Pours a very thick black liquid. Very little dark tan head. Even after a vigorous pour. 4.5/5

Smell- Big dark, bitter chocolate notes. Small amount of hop aroma as well. This even smells thick. 4.5/5

Taste- Lots of bitter chocolate. I taste a small hint of peppermint but it goes away as it gets warmer. The alcohol is not very prominent, although I think it will be as I get deeper into the bottle. The second pour produced a much larger head. There are some earthy tone to it as well. 4/5

Mouthfeel- Very thick. The more I write these reviews the more I see I maybe a "mouthfeel snob". This one I like very much. It coats every part of your mouth. 4.5/5

Overall- This is a really good beer. I saw it on the shelf and took a chance. It paid off. Squatters is turning out to be a solid brewery. 4/5

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 01:05:31 | More by MADhombrewer
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portia99

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 00:22:43 | More by portia99
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Gushue3

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tom for this bottle. Date on bottle is 02/22/11

Poured into my Stone IRS snifter.

A Pours very dark dark brown, almost pitch black. Sits opaque in my glass and theres a large 2 finger milk chocolate head about it. Really big retention thats hesitant to go down but leaves retention when it finally does. Looks mighty fine to me, verge of 5

S Big roast upfront with a slight alcohol shiff, but not nose buring. Chocolate and some dark fruits in there. Smells nice.

T Follows the nose with a big roast but sweet malts. Some bitterness comes toward the middle that has a bittersweet finish. Some alcohol and chhoclate underneath it all. Nice flavors.

M Feels about a medium to heavy thickness and feels a little light. Does that make sense? I'd like a little heavier.

O

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 00:58:57 | More by Gushue3
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stouts4me

Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a medium viscosity of dark brown/black, into my New Belgium snifter. A 1/4 " tan puffy head floats on top of the impermeable black body. You can smell chocolate and a slight alcohol nose.Mouthfeel is very good,roasty, chocolaty, malty goodness. For $10 this is a good deal, 10.5% alcohol should age nicely, overall you couldn't go wrong here.

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Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 01:30:25 | More by stouts4me
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice beer. Let it warm some out of the fridge. Poured with a nice tan, foamy, frothy, thick head and some lace. Color is an opaque brown black. Aroma is fairly mild, roast, malt, leather, toffee. Flavor is similar to nose, bittersweet up front followed by a little carbonic tang. Finish is like flavor, balanced, with some alcohol warmth. Very nice

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 03:26:15 | More by drpimento
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ferrari29

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 20:32:47 | More by ferrari29
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Pegasus

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an obsidian black, crowned by a moderate, dense dark tan cloud-top head, which retains quite well. The lacing is quite thick and glass-coating.

Aroma: Strong hop notes, dominate the aroma, as well as earthy, smoky, and black bread notes. Amost all this complexity, there are also sweet alcohol notes, although they are overshadowed by the hops and malt.

Taste: Opens with a strong wave of hops, atop a massive dark malt presence. The malts are wonderfully complex, offering up charcoal, dark bread, bitter cocoa, coffee, earth, and smoke. The hop presence plays a supporting role, although superbly well, with the moderate presence providing a graceful balance to the stunning palate conjured up by the malts. Beneath all this, there is sweet, slightly vinous alcohol, although it is subtle and graceful. Finishes with lingering notes of charcoal and herbal hops.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft and velvety.

Drinkability/notes: Very well-done, graceful and superbly complex without being over-the-top. Recommended.

Presenation: Packaged in a custom twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber with a pop-off crown, served in a Belgian chalice.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 16:22:21 | More by Pegasus
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Beernoisseur

Utah

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's getting along toward imperial stout season. This particular entry from squatters is pretty damn good. It's also extra hoppy for an imperial stout. The aroma is very herbal, with sweet vanilla and toffee. The flavor is surprisingly bitter, with sweetness in the somewhat distant background. Dark chocolate and molasses dominate the flavor with coffee and burntness playing supporting roles. Mouthfeel is full, as you'd expect.

This beer is a treat, but it's one that I'd have to be in the mood for.

Moving on to an entirely different subject, I love that this beer is brewed in Salt Lake City, and the name references a somewhat deep doctrinal element from Mormonism. Well played, Squatters.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 05:27:02 | More by Beernoisseur
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served this 25 oz. brown bottle in a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. No date, but a yellow label. The body was an opaque dark brown with a rich dark tan head. Viscous, dense and creamy. Taking a drink left me with a "chocolate milk mustache". There was a persistent cap that left some lacing.

The smell was Faintly of cocoa. Walnuts. The aroma was the weakest characteristic of this beer.

The taste was a light roasty bitterness and mild fruitiness. Chocolate and cream. Mild flavors and very well hidden alcohol made this one very easy to drink.

The mouthfeel was creamy with a rich body. Fine carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 12:14:53 | More by Cresant
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EnJeiBee

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - It poured dark as the night with a thick deep tan head. The head slowly receded leaving minimal lacing in it's wake

S - Dark chocolate, roast malt, a light hints of a smoky spiciness

T - Rich deep flavors that match the nose combine with a great hop bitterness and sweet cherry-like tang that wasn't present in the aroma.

M - Not quite full bodied and silky smooth. It reads more like a heavy milk stout on the palate than I expected. Although many people have noted slight heat from the alcohol, I did not.

O - I was pleasantly surprised by this brew. Although it isn't quite what you would expect from a RIS, I was happy with it. The nose and flavor were subtly complex and the mouthfeel was great!

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 02:16:40 | More by EnJeiBee
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cosmicevan

New York

3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 01:58:39 | More by cosmicevan
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CharlieMurphy

New York

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very interesting greyish/tan tinted muddied black with some dark bourbon and oil hues. It appears to have a viscousity of clean oil fresh out the plastic bottle or a cognac. Skim of medium-dark brown head. Head settles out to a pattern akin to a cross section of different neuronal bodies (non-geek: different sized whole circles and rings in varying depths) that remain stagnant. I'm a little nervous given the liquor looking quality of the pour.

S: Espresso, oak, bourbon, booze, smokiness like a casual smoker's breath, musk. Lesser notes of cinnamon, molasses, licorice, and maple. Overall all flavors are mild but there is a wealth of docile variety in the nose.

T: Pretty smooth, less action vs. the nose. Some hop filling bitterness effervesces some of the more subdued flavors detected in the nose. This has a roastiness to it that is light and faded, yet leaves you so intrigued. Zero alcohol. The oaking seems to be more believable than spirit-barrel aged now, yet I almost wanna say there's a rum like quality hiding underneath the floorboards in this beer.

M: Carbonation is low and appropriate. Mouthfeel is full initially via the subtle bitter hop wave. Surprisingly very drinkable.

O: A very interesting brew atypical for the style. My expectations changed a few times throughout enjoying this.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 03:46:49 | More by CharlieMurphy
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Squatters recently showed up just across the big river in Wisconsin, & I snatched this one up when it appeared. One more beer I don't have to pay FedEx to haul to my doorstep. Yeehaaa! 22 oz. bomber passed into a couple of nicely molded pieces of glassware.

Pour is black. Shockingly frilly head. Like an English royal wedding in a cup. Nose, ah, give me a hat for that too. Beautiful deep chocolate, sweet malts, nice charred edge. I like.

Outer Darkness is a classic Russki with an edge of charred forest. Roasted & toasted is the name of the game, cut nicely with powdered chocolate. Sleek malt base. Mild hop nip that really adds to the brew. Then the blaze of roast takes over & brings this one right up & over the edge of Char Canyon. Lovely. I love char. You hear that? I LOVE CHAR! Dammit, I could drink this until my brain developed holes in it. Right on, man.

This is an excellent RIS, hews right to the standard & then jacks it up a couple notches. The roast is just perky. Love it. Hope there's still another bottle on the shelves.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 03:49:09 | More by maximum12
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PhiloPsych

California

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Outer Darkness is code. It's the name for Hell in Mormonism. But it's not ordinary Hell--it's Hell for the most extremely evil. Utah's alcohol laws are extremely evil.

This beer is not evil in the least. Nice dark color and dark chocolate head. The mouthfeel is thick and slightly prickly with carbonation. The aroma and taste are very good. The smell is very sweet chocolate liqueur, toast, and brown sugar. The taste is lovely caramel--interesting for this style--and chocolate (brownie?) with a coffee finish. Also molasses. The alcohol is completely hidden.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 06:59:09 | More by PhiloPsych
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Outer Darkness, Russian Style Imperial Stout ("Russian Style"? I don't think there's a single Imperial Stout from Russia. It's not in the style of a Russian Imperial Stout. The style is named after the Russian Empire.)
Squatter Beers, Reserve Series, Salt Lake City, Utah, Utah Brewers Cooperative.
10.5 % alcohol by volume.

"Russian Style Imperial Stout is one of the most intensely flavored beers a brewer can create. Outer Darkness goes through multiple mashes to achieve it's high original gravity. Outer Darkness has 65 IBUs, is black as night and cold cellared like a Siberian winter. We hope you have as much fun drinking it as we did making it.

Please share with a friend and consume responsibly. (nope, drinking alone.)

Brewing a more Sudstainable future." Oh, terrible puns.

Let's drink it up!

Deep, stygian darkness (what?), creamy, cocoa/tan head, lush and lively. Looking great.

Vast aromatics…rich cocoa, and espresso notes, chocolate cake with chocolate frosting…lightly hoppy, massive malt. Very nice.

Taste: all that and more. Richness aplenty, deep malt flavor, nicely textured…but, all in all, this one doesn't go far enough.

Or is it me? I'm going to open a bottle of Expedition Stout, and drink them side by side. See if this Outer Darkness is really lacking. (Mmmm, I'm tempted to compare with a Surly Darkness, but that would be a long night!)

(I have to admit, and I didn't realize it at first, but there's an advantage the Expedition has…it's a 2008.)
We have to adjust for temperature, as the Expedition bottle came straight out of the fridge, but, to take a phrase from "Community", the Bell's beer is streets ahead. More flavors, more depth, more charcoal, tar, more sweet molasses, mixed with bitterness, hops, char, …the expedition has an edge on it that the utah beer wishes it had. It's a boozy stout, that lack s the extra character a great one requires.
The squatters beer barely tastes "imperial"…it may be strong, it may be full-bodied, but it's a minor league player. I'm getting the feeling these guys don't really understand imperial stouts. They can't just be high alcohol, it has to have more. This one just lacks, and lacks, and lacks.

They'll have to try harder to get a "Russian Style Imperial Stout" worth anyone's attention.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 09:38:12 | More by feloniousmonk
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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...

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 00:23:17 | More by tavernjef
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nlmartin

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer was chilled and allowed to warm up. The beer was served in a shaker pint.

A- The body of the beer is indeed black with no opaqueness to light. The head was one finger high after a hard pour. The color of the head is caramel. Nice head retention. Thick rings of lacing marks the beers passage.

S- The aroma of acidic over cooked coffee rises out of the glass. Coupled with the intial aroma is the smell of cocoa dark roasted malts nearing chared at times. Dark fruit tones peak out from time to time.

T- The flavor of the beer is brown sugar / molasses sweetened darkly roasted and toasted malts. Cocoa dipped raisins and dark fruit. Nice earthy almost smoked finish.

M- The body of the beer is slightly fuller than medium. The carbonation is on the low end but works well with the overall beer. The beer is 10% with no alcohol noted except as a nice warming.

O- This is a pretty good stab at the RIS. The beer only gets better as it warms up.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 13:53:37 | More by nlmartin
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eclipse54

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 25 ounce bottle that was born on 02/22/2011. After removing the foil wrapping, it goes into the Deschutes tulip...

As the stream emerges from the neck of the bottle, it takes on a dark brown color with purple hues near the edges; once in the glass, however, it is completely black. A centimeter of brown, bubbly head rises, but doesn’t hand around long. Smells of dark fruits (plum, raisin, date), brown sugar, caramel, and mocha. Fruitier than expected, but still good. A bit of roasty character rounds out the nose. Taste begins with the fruit, moves into chocolate, coffee, caramel, and even a bit of vanilla before the roasted malt and coffee ground finish it out. A bit of warming alcohol on the finish. Mouth is nice and smooth, and finishes nicely (slightly dry, not sticky). Overall, a good RIS that I'll gladly have again. With some age, I could certainly see this only improving.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 02:39:04 | More by eclipse54
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