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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
160
Ratings:
541
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
19.9%
 
 
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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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 t2grogan
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Clonies720
4.71/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

10.5% ABV. Bottling date of 03/27/2012

Appearance: Pours a pitch Abyss-black with a creamy, dark chocolate head to match. Aggressive pour gives me about a 1.5 inch head.

Aroma: Roasted barley dominates the nose. It turns into sweet black liquorice with a hint of star anise. Delectable aromas of creamy chocolate abound.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Malty sweet start that ends with a dry, roasted coffee-like finish. Has a nice kick at the end that alerts you of its strong alcohol presence, but isn't overwhelming. Has somewhat of a creamy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation with a full body.

Overall: Love it. A practically perfect Russian Imperial Stout.

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Photo of MikeC144
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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 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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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of Lgrec8
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Mora2000
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to swalden28 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a very nice black color with a large brown head. The aroma is dark chocolate with some bitterness. The flavor is chocolate, roasted malt, pepper and smoke. Thick, inky mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of jamesmk48
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Meyers1023
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BigE90
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a pitch black with a vibrant head into tulip. Great stout appearance.

S: very malty with a touch of molasses and chocolate coming through

T: wow, this was served very cold to start, approx 36 degrees. Flavors were a bit lacking at first, just a sharp stout bite that left me wondering what do I have. After a 30 minute wait to let it warm up, the flavors started to come through and the bite was gone. Just a sweet taste of chocolate and raisins that was very mellow and smooth.

M: a medium feel. Flavors evolved as it lingered in my mouth.

O: a good Russian imperial in my opinion. Would consume again.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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 ehammond1
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice. Bottle says born on 01/17/12.

Appearance: Pours a dark and oily black with no other color coming through. Moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of tan head that slowly recede to a thin creamy layer. Decent lacing on the glass.

Smell: Big aroma of dark roasted malts with good hints of chocolate and coffee. A considerable amount of molasses along with some licorice. Also some hints of vanilla, oak, and dark fruits including raisin, fig, and prune. Smells pretty robust and good.

Taste: Tastes as big as it smells. Lots of dark roasted caramel malts. Big notes of chocolate and coffee. The licorice/anise presence is really big here. Its almost too much but starts to blend in better as you go. Lots of molasses throughout. Subtle hints of oak and vanilla. Near the back are some dark raisin, prune, and fig. Some earthy hops towards the finish.

Mouthfeel: A fairly thick, full body with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, somewhat sticky and syrupy. Still goes down fairly smooth and the high alcohol is hidden pretty well.

Overall: A pretty solid imperial stout. Very rich and fairly complex. Its what I would look for in a big stout.

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4.08/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of glid02
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle shared by Andy, straight from Utah - thanks!

Pours black with a 1.5-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of strong roasted malts with hints of char. Also present are mild amounts of semi-sweet chocolate and tobacco.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Huge and robust roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by mild amounts of semi-sweet chocolate that cut the roast somewhat. Midway through the sip slight tobacco makes a brief appearance before being overtaken by moderate amounts of char. The char and roasted malts carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I finished my glass very quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a very big fan of this beer, one of the more robust roasted big stouts I've had in a while. Very good and complex and well worth a shot.

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