Squatters Outer Darkness | Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Squatters Outer DarknessSquatters Outer Darkness

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Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

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.

Added by Wasatch on 12-24-2009

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Photo of jrsqc7
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Most definitely an opaque black body with a smallish head the colour of burnt peanuts. There is very little lacing.

Smells like coffee and toffee, but the tastes ain’t exactly similar. It’s Ethiopian light roast and sweet malts and perique tobacco-esque hop notes. Carbonation is very light.

Good! But not great.

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Photo of Csm5150
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of farrago
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin half finger of extremely dark brown head, does not coalesce enough to really call it “foam” and it is gone seconds after the pour, zero lacing. Pitch black liquid with a thin sliver of yellow at the edges, some fat bubbles are visible clinging to the glass side but clearly few made it to the surface. The nose is blunt and lacks movement and length, a shame since there seems to be an abundance of milk chocolate, vanilla bean, black licorice, lactose and wood char, not getting any fruit scents, barley and rice, then band-aid, can’t shake nagging suspicion there’s something like bacterial taint going on. In the mouth it’s smooth to the point that the full body seems lighter. Minimal if any carbonation. The booziness in your face and you feel it, can taste like a shot of bourbon. So, no surprise you get vanilla, molasses, and smoky wood char. The licorice, anise in full effect and layers on fried bacon notes. As in the nose no specific fruit materializes. No chicory but verges on bitter. Truncated finish. Not sure what’s up here but not the experience expected. Willing to revisit with a can from a different batch. (Best by 07/30/18)

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Photo of deereless
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of buschbeer
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1 PINT, 9 FLUID OUNCE bottle
Served in a snifter
Enjoy by 03/02/16

This beer pours black and is topped with an inch of deep mocha head that leaves spotty lacing.

Anise and dark chocolate are the first to greet my nose. I also get roasted malt and hints of black coffee.

Once again anise and dark chocolate are the stars of the taste. There is some mild bitterness in the finish with dark, roasted malt.

Full bodied, thick, viscous

This is a solid stout. It reminds me a lot of Founders Imperial Stout or Bell Epedition Stout. Plus it has aged very well.

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Photo of Bryan12345
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zeff80
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Poured out an opaque, jet-black head of foam. It smelled of coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Strong roasted notes with coffee, chocolate with a nice bitterness.

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Photo of Suds
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a twelve ounce can, this brew is utterly black. The head is tan and soapy. The aroma is intense...smokey, coffee, licorice, The taste is balanced slightly sweet, with roasted malt and spicy hops. Alcohol warming. The body is exceptionally thick and luxurious. Excellent beer.

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Photo of OKCNittany
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of B_B
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of npendres
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Acquired long ago from Wasatch so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Born on date of 2/22/11, poured from 16.9oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short dark brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong chocolate, licorice, molasses and roasted malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of chocolate, coffee, molasses and licorice. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in along with a mild alcohol sting. The hops presence is extremely mild as expected for a beer of this style and age. There’s a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and quite viscous, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easy, slightly filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good big stout to sip on for a long time and it seems to have aged quite nicely.

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Photo of tvenne
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AGoodStout
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of huthuty
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Totally black, poured with only some head so I rocked the can a bit
Smell is hellish, smell burnt malt and wood, some chocolate
Taste is carmelly and BITTER, shook my spine, second sip brought out even more chocolate like taste, and the slightest amount of sweetness
Overall a great stout
As a side note I tried to hold LED lights on one end of the glass to show color, the light couldn't make it through, I had to shine it to a corner where the light only made it past 1/8th of inch of light, this part I managed to light through was very red

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Photo of Casey_L
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jeschaefer
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sohearn
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of benloho
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dr_Fox
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big black pour, typical SRM for an imperial stout. Almost 3/4" of tan head on the top. Its dense like a kid with an IEP. Big roasty aroma. No adjunct territory here.

Taste, goes in heavier on the roasted malt notes than it does dark fruit. There's plenty of bitterness with this one. Hefty brown malt beyond just black patent. Cascade hopping. Decent at hiding the alcohol. Mild hints of chocolate and burnt licorice. It isn't giant on the dark fruit notes like plum and raisin, but they aren't insubstantial either. There's dozens of bangers just like this one basically. Its good, but it isn't going to be something you seek out when you go on vacation either. Does a solid job on a cold night.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is black as night, I took outside and zero sun getting thru it. Thick tan head with about 2" foam and good lacing. Smells of sugary malt, licorice, caramel, smoke, and oak. The taste is very good, minimal alcohol feel, full of dark chocolate, burnt molasses, sugary caramel, coffee, and some oak notes. This is a heavy beer, excellent for winter time or when you just want a real strong beer. Leave a clean finish with hardly any burn at all, very well done, love it.

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Photo of MonkeyPilates
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: AleSmith Barrel-Aged Reserve snifter
From: Bier:Thirty Bottle & Bistro in Boise, Idaho
Price: $4.99
Purchased: April 21, 2017
Consumed: May 6, 2017
Reviewed as: Russian Imperial Stout
Misc.: Enjoy by July 30, 2018

Picked this up with four others at Bier:Thirty on a recent work trip to Boise after getting a random 6-pack of cans earlier at Whole Foods. Looked quickly on Untappd to see that it had good ratings and picked it up. It was that quick.

Poured a pitch black oily color with two fingers of frothy tan head. Very light bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Decent lacing. Good retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Lots of different notes in the nose. Got oak, molasses, barley, malt chocolate, cocoa, dark fruits, plum, toffee, black licorice, anise and vanilla cream. (Smell - 3.75)
Taste mainly followed the nose. Got roasted barley lead the way, followed by oak, molasses and milk chocolate. Vaguely reminded me of Founders Dirty Bastard. Also got toasted toffee, plum, earthy raisins, dark fruits, cocoa nibs, hints of anise and caramel syrup. Could taste that that booze early, but it mellowed late. (Taste - 4.00)

Full body. Slick texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth, warming finish. For sure the best part of the beer. (Feel - 4.25)

This was a solid beer overall. Would have it again for sure. (Overall - 4.00)

3.95 | 89 | B+

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Squatters Outer Darkness from Utah Brewers Cooperative
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 585 ratings