Squatters Outer Darkness | Utah Brewers Cooperative

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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 AGoodStout
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of huthuty
4.68/5  rDev +15%
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 -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jeschaefer
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sohearn
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of benloho
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dr_Fox
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
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 +8.4%
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 +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
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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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.98/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Outer Darkness has a thin, tan head, a dark brown, nearly black appearance, some glass lacing, and a bit of brown, around the edges. Aroma is of rich, dark-roasted malt, brown bread crust, and some chocolate. Taste is of those elements, with no unpleasant burnt or charred features. Mouthfeel is heavy and velvety, and Outer Darkness finishes rich and sip-able.


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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Big, straight black beer, big brown foamy head, and a lingering lacing around the sides. Perfectly filled a tulip glass. Not too much carbonation.

Smell is crisp and full of so many aromatic additons. Roasted malts, milky dark coffee, a little bit of cream, marshmallow. A tiny bit of booze - dark flavored and super good to drink.

Honestly one of my favorite porters I've tried, period. I am damn satisfied with this beer. Squatters was always good with the double IPA, but the porter is absolutely a next level beer. Thank you Squatters.

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Photo of princessbay710
4.81/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pour is opaque liquid black with a beautiful chocolate head. I wish the smell was a bit firmer, because the foam alone takes you to a new planet. Surprising from Squatters, since their "Hop Rising" IMO is quite monotone and a bit too heavy. Taste is rich, beautiful chocolate and straight porter. Love it!

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Photo of mig100
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mojuyt
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.94/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ColSanders123
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IdrinkGas
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thebeers
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Rootscipio
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SHODriver
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +3.4%
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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Squatters Outer Darkness from Utah Brewers Cooperative
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 596 ratings