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Squatters Outer DarknessSquatters Outer Darkness

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Utah Brewers Cooperative


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 thebeers
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, motor oil black with hint of ruby when held to the light. Half finger of chocolate-colored head. It leaves thin sheets of lacing when you sip it that disappear fairly quickly.

Big malty aroma with undertones of molasses and black licorice. Maybe a little smoke, ginger and fish in there, too. There's definitely a kiss of hops as well, but the licorice masks it.

Chocolatey taste up front with a roasted, smokey quality to it, followed by fairly strong licorice and molasses. Sweet at first and then a flash of bitterness on the back end. It's like an old-timey molasses cookie with an old-timey piece of licorice on top that's been dunked in a chocolatey milk stout. It tastes good. A little hint of alcohol as well.

Medium bodied -- lighter than what you'd expect from looking at it -- with strong carbonation.

This beer is an effing delight. Best by date in July 2018, so I'm guessing this is still pretty fresh.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a finger of dense dark tan head that fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass
S: Smells of roasted malts with a lot of chocolate notes along with some charred wood and a hint of licorice
T: Taste is roasty with chocolate malts, charred wood, that slight licorice, a little coffee and even more chocolateyness. Swallow is charred wood with some burnt sugars and roasted malts with a hint of coffee.
M: This beer is on the heavier side of medium which is surprising. I would have liked a little more body out of it. It's silky instead of velvety on the palate as well. Carbonation is low and adequate for the style while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this one has some great flavors and complexity. It would have been nice for it to have a bit more body but that doesn't detract too much from the experience. I'd say this is one to try if you're into Russian Imperial Stouts.

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Photo of russpowell
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 2 fingers of caramel colored head. Average head retention & good lacing
S: Dark fruit, cocoa carob, booze & black cherry once warm

T: Dark fruit, cocoa, charred grains, a little booze burn up front along with figs & a little black cherry. Dark chocolate, raisins & cherry as this warms & booze, some carob & molasses as well. Finishes fruitty with woody hops, dryness & charred grains & some vanilla taffy notes

MF: Medium body, firm carbonation, warming

Great take on the style, awesome value as well. Complex, not an easy drinker

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Photo of retry4z
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very roasty with dark chocolate, coffee beans, cocoa, and balancing malty sweetness from Roger and caramel. Reminds me of black Cantus, but without the oakiness.

Very grainy. Excellent, full-flavored stout.

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Photo of stephens101
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Gunmetal black with a slight and bubbly tan froth. Smells of gum, milk chocolate, pine and leather. Some metallic notes are also noticed. Tastes complex yet inviting with concerted notes of licorice, prune, black grape, pine and molasses. Medium to heavy and somewhat syrupy, which is not a deal breaker. Has a fleeting heat in the finish.

A well-balanced, straight-forward RIS that does it's job well.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

$ 11.36 (Including tax)/25 mL bottle ($ 0.454/oz) at Spec’s, SATX
Enjoy by 1/29/17 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter, allowed to warm to 50 degrees
Aroma – roasted malt, molasses, licorice, lasts
Head large (Maximum seven cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, slowly diminishing to an irregular three to six mm frothy ring and thin frothy layer with a slightly heaped island
Lacing – no real lacing, just ring drag
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor – heavy into molasses with some licorice coming through and ending with roasted malt. Moderately sweet at the start, becoming slightly bitter at the end. No alcohol, no diacetyl, no distinct hop flavor or smell.
Palate – full, creamy, soft carbonation

A decent RIS with a decided molasses slant. I’m not adverse to purchasing this again but it’s not something I’ll seek out.

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4.25, Overall 4

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Photo of NicolasBird
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass. Pretty black, if not a very dark brown. Had a finger of dark tan head that faded very fast. Smells like a dry high percent cocoa chocolate, a little bit of sweet fresh baked bread smell, some molasses definitely comes through, and a very small hint of vanilla, very nice smell. The taste is about exactly as I smelled it but with a slightly boozy back end, just lovely. Mouth feel is medium. Lacing is pretty neat, it just leaves a bunch of different sized spots around the glass.

I was going to keep this beer cellared, but I live in Utah so figured I'll just drink this one to find out what it tastes like first, then I will buy another to cellar. Best beer I've had from squatters though, totally solid. Cheers!

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

L: pours thick and pitch black with 2 fingers of tan head
S: dark roasted malt, black licorice, molasses
T: like the nose, all dark roasted malt. Quite bitter, no sweetness, and molasses in the after taste. Not a fan
F: thick and smooth

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally picked up this beer, after walking past it for months, and I was very pleased with this.
Pours a pitch black with copious brown head, resolving with minimal lacing and scant effervescence. Tastes is sweet toasted malts and molasses/caramel with transition to coffee, dark semi sweet chocolate and hints of smoke, leather and some bitter notes leading to a rather clean finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and effervescent, almost full bodied.
Overall, this is a thoroughly enjoyable RIP, reasonably priced. Similar to Clown Shoes Blaecorn Unidragon – I wouldn’t hesitate to pick this stout up again.

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Photo of g_rat
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: black with a faint amber tint, fairly thick, looks just like used motor oil, nice dark brown head that disapates rather quickly but leaves behind a nice amount of lacing

Smell: Strong malt and molasses up front. Followed by dried fruit (prunes), smoked wood, and coffee. Hints of chocolate, brown sugar, and bitter hops

Taste: Black coffee, nice bitter finish with a sharp alcohol bite (almost tastes like a bourbon barrel aged brew)

Feel: At first is pretty smooth with light carbonation, tingling alcohol burning sensation occurs after several seconds.

Overall: A very good stout that is pretty well balanced. I would absolutely buy again, just not blown away. A little bit too boozy for my taste.

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

I bought at a local store and poured it into a big mug. I think it was very good with a lot of taste, but perhaps a bit boozy.

(L) It was very dark brown, almost black, with an inch thick mocca head.

(A) Moderate coffee and booze aroma

(T) The taste was a lot of coffee and dark chocolate, perhaps a hint of dark fruit, bitter, boozy, lingering after taste.

(F) Full bodied and creamy.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Squatters Outer Darkness Russian Imperial Stout, 10.5% ABV, 65 IBU. Oaky, coffee, and chocolate tastes prevail, dry finish. Not too bitter. I would buy it again.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. Pours dark brown black with a big creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet grainy roast chocolate malt with some dark fruit and black licorice.

The flavor is sweet lactic chocolate malt with heavy roast and some dark fruit and black licorice and then a bitter heavy roast finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a decent imperial stout. A little too sweet and roasty for me.

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Photo of don1481
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into snifter.

Appearance: Classic RIS appearance. Pitch black and with a beige head that leaves a substantial amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smells like a classic RIS as well. Slightly boozy on the nose.

Taste: slightly bitter, little bit of chocolate, little bit of coffee notes.

Mouthfeel: Slick, bitter aftettaste.

Overall: Very nice. Not the best ive ever had, but very nice.

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Photo of alarmclock314
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, best by date of 3/2/16. Pours black with a medium sized brown head. Smells of dark fruit, roasted malt, oak, and molasses; great intensity. The taste follows closely with more dark fruit; less pronounced roasted malt and less bitter than most RIS's. Average carbonation and slightly thin body. Overall, it's a good RIS if you like dark fruit and molasses, but is could be more true to the style.

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Photo of CraftFan5
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Intrigued by the possibilities with this one. Also I like the uniquely shaped bottle. Let's see how those dry Utahns make a stout. Here we go! 750 ml bottle into a teku.

A - So far so good. Pitch black with a dark, mocha head. Tight bubbles, so not too much movement there. Exactly how a stout should look.

N - Straight up roast. No frills. Maybe some dark fruit, like cherries or plums.

T - Hmm, much more dark fruit on the tongue than the nose. This reminds me a lot of Surly Darkness (similar name??) in that the fruits are much more pronounced than the roast. Very tasty.

M - Yeah yeah, all froth. Perfect here.

O - A very enjoyable imperial stout. Lovely.

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Photo of JebBeerFish
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I traded for this and glad I did. Pours a beautiful dark black with 1/3 head on gentle pour. Aroma is of dark roasted coffee. Taste is creamy roasted coffee, bitter chocolate and oatmeal. Very tasty. The best beer of about 6 different ones had during the tasting. I would definitely have again.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: A rich deep opaque mahagony pour with a 1” light tan foam collar. S: Rich fruit with roast and a suspicion of smoke. T: Dark fruit, oily, chocolate, muted prune, and a dark chocolate bitter finish. F: Creamy and chewy with medium low carbonation O: A hefty Russian Imperial Stout with big flavors and alcohol that is easy to savor and enjoy.

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Photo of arizcards
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 750 ml bottle at TW Arrowhead in late June for $9.49. Enjoy By 3-2-16. Not often you see a beer of this magnitude with a best by date.

Beer poured black with a nice brown head upon the initial pour.

Nose has hints of chocolate and roasted malts.

Taste initially was big on the baker's chocolate and was a tad boozy and warming like the style should. As i am enjoying it becomes more sweet with presumably a molasses influence. Malts are nicely roasted and the hopping is adequate to make everything balance out in a very nice fashion.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy like a RIS should be!

Overall this is a very enjoyable beer. Been eyeing it for awhile but the bottles i was seeing were expired which is confusing. I guess with the molasses in the recipe it could turn into soy sauce.
Would do again and recommend.

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Photo of MFMB
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whewwwww not saying I'd get this again but it was fun to try once. The taste I keep thinking about when I drink this is bakers chocolate. A dry chalky chocolate taste. Fun to try and while I won't be buying this by the case it got high marks from me because it's a beautiful thing to look at.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.74/5  rDev -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 brewskifan55
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass. Thanks, Alan.

A: Jet black with a tinge of copper around the edges. A one finger tan head that lingers. Thick lacing.

S: Holy cow, this is nice. Chocolate, coffee, anise, licorice, molasses. The Russians are coming.

T: Fantastic. Follows nose with a stampede of flavors, dominated by chocolate and molasses. Oak pervades throughout. Warming only makes it more heavenly. Then the 10.5% slides in for the kill.

M: Medium to heavy with medium to heavy carbonation. Chewy and robust.

O: Those red eyes on the label are calling me back. Whenever I see another one of these beauties, I'm grabbing it. A standout RIS.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had in 7oz bottle @ Squatters in the Salt Lake City Airport

Appearance - Pours near black with cola brown edging where light can penetrate. Half finger, cocoa brown head with fair retention before breaking down to a broken layer of surface suds. Virtually no lacing is left on the glass.

Smell - Sweet molasses met by a roasted malt edge. Hints of deep chocolate goodness.

Taste - Mmmm. Complex, deep and dark chocolate notes with a solid roasted coffee undertone. Molasses sweetness. Hints of raisin and fudge. Finish is bittersweet with jammy fruit and ground coffee earthiness.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with a light, syrupy texture. Low carbonation. The finish is a booze-influenced bone dry finish.

Overall - A fantastic impy. Hits on all the right notes. Think Old Raspy meets Founders Imperial Stout and you've got a good idea of where this stands. Maybe the best thing to ever come out of Utah? :P

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Photo of Jasonrm72
3.11/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours well, Looks good, but I thought the smell was fairly bland, not much going on.
The body is thinner than what I like my RISs to be. I also didn't get any big roast character. It was a bit bland. Finishes with a creamy feel, but still missing some flavor.
It has a good price point for a 750ml, 10.5% ABV. But there are others I'd rather drink.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

7 oz bottle into a tulip glass served at the Wasatch Brewpub in Park City. Great Stout from these folks. I picked up a couple more to take home. Get some when in town.

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