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Squatters Outer Darkness | Utah Brewers Cooperative

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Utah Brewers Cooperative

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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
Ranking:
#2,523
Reviews:
173
Ratings:
569
pDev:
10.54%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of stephens101
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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 Rockjocknroll
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eunicetiger
3.34/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
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 +4.7%
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 StoutAtTheDevil
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beer-wolf
4.66/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Wando52
4.71/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GarbageMan10
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nuggetz
3.54/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
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 +12.7%
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 -4.4%
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 calcnerd
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CoreyC
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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 Demi
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bbtkd
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
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 RBuckley73
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrHolden
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MuFugga
3.44/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jbdpsu82
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of okono
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Squatters Outer Darkness from Utah Brewers Cooperative
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 569 ratings
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