Squatters Outer Darkness | Utah Brewers Cooperative

Squatters Outer DarknessSquatters Outer Darkness
BA SCORE
87.5%
Liked This Beer
4.08 w/ 567 ratings
Squatters Outer DarknessSquatters Outer Darkness
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:
#2,487
Reviews:
173
Ratings:
567
Liked:
496
Avg:
4.08/5
pDev:
10.54%
Alströms:
0
 
 
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Long time want from Doodler. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
22 February 2011

APPEARANCE: A black pour is relatively thick and yields a two finger, medium looking, fluffy and creamy, dark tan head with excellent retention. Jet black body with very high levels of carbonation visible for the style. Head fades to a good foam cap and clings to the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp remains until the end and leaves some decent lacing on the glass. A bit too much carbonation for the style, but really nice otherwise.

SMELL: Roasted grain, dark, baker's chocolate, some sweet cream and vanilla notes. Bold stuff. Still some hops left here as well. Pretty good.

TASTE: Roasted malts, dark chocolate and some alcohol up front. Big and lingering finish of dark, bitter baker's chocolate and fudge, light vanilla cream, sweet dark fruit and a touch of alcohol on the palate. Some caramel sweetness lingers on the palate as well.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Slightly light on the palate, semi-creamy, goes down fine and finishes sticky. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: Really nice and would gladly drink again. Lots of good flavors and aromas with a nice look and decent-enough feel. A touch light perhaps, but that's a minor issue. Good beer. Cheers again Doodler!

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Squatters Outer Darkness pours a black color with a small tan head. There is a sweet and full black licorice. The taste is sweet with lots of black licorice flavors, and a strange "spice" note that is enjoyable. Good full flavors good body. Overall a very nice flavorful and sweeter stout.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 9 fl oz brown glass bottle (Born: 09/03/13) with interesting label art and gold foiled-over branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at Whole Foods HQ and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current 90 rating. 10.5% ABV confirmed. Reviewed as a Russian Imperial Stout because it's identified clearly as such on the front of the label. "Reserve series." "65 IBU's [sic]."

Paired with Swiss chocolate.

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to come to room temperature over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of nice khaki-tan colour. Nice fluffy creaminess. Pretty good thickness. Nice consistency. Not as luscious or milky as would be an ideal for an Imperial Stout, but attractive, certainly. Inconsistent lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is pretty good for the high ABV - about 3-4 minutes.

Body colour is a solid opaque black. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's pretty standard fare for an imperial stout. Certainly above average, but not mind-blowing. While not unique or special, it's definitely appealing and I'm looking forward to trying it. There are no egregious flaws.

Sm: Too milky and airy. It lacks substance and depth; this is a very empty aroma. Unevocative milk chocolate, timid dark malts, some coffee/dark chocolate bitterness. Roasted barley notes are sorely lacking. As it warms, a bit more malty sweetness emerges, but it's still lackluster. Faint vanilla. Shallow oak. Faint sweet fruits - cherry, perhaps? If so, it's one of the most mediocre cherry notes I've ever encountered in an imperial stout. With further warmth, I pick up some appealing cocoa dust.

No yeast character, hop character, or overt alcohol is detectable. I'm a bit underwhelmed so far, but I'm optimistic. Aroma is of below average strength. I can't believe how timid it is. It does seem soft, to its credit.

T: Dark malts, chocolate malts, a bit of molasses. Dark chocolate and accompanying bitterness emerges about the climax, joined by faint unevocative coffee notes. There's little of interest in the coffee notes - no roast, espresso, creaminess, or anything intriguing. There's not even the depth of say cold-pressed Folgers; all I get is a weak earthiness and bitterness that isn't flattering. A bit of artificial vanillicin comes through on the finish. There's really no evocative oak wood here at all. A bit of cocoa dust. Hints of tar. Some luckily faded anise (I despise licorice/anise). A bit burnt. Where's the roasted barley? The lack of roast is really hurting the flavour profile. Bitterness/sweetness is messy and imbalanced. Slightly burnt.

Below average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. It's pretty underwhelming in that the complexity and subtlety is quite limited for the style. Balance is decent and it has some fair cohesion, but it's by no means a gestalt build.

No yeast character or hop character comes through. There is a bit of alcohol presence, but it doesn't detract that much.

I'm pretty disappointed, to be honest. This is a rather boring build for an imperial stout overall. I like it in a general sense, and there are no off flavours or anything, but there's just nothing remarkable about it.

Mf: A bit sticky and chewy. Smooth and wet. Nice body and thickness. Decent presence on the palate. It could really use more of a soft creamy feel. Not luscious. Overcarbonated. Suits the flavour profile decently, but doesn't come off custom-tailored to it.

Not oily, astringent, hot, boozy, gushed, rough, or harsh.

Dr: Drinkable enough for its pretty well hidden 10.5% ABV. I'm a bit dumbfounded by its current 90 rating; are Utah residents artificially inflating this rating or something? I mean, maybe this is incredible stuff if you only drink Utah beers. Snark aside, it's a run-of-the-mill Russian Imperial Stout with little to offer the discerning drinker. A forgettable beer I wouldn't bother with again. I wouldn't recommend it to friends or trade partners. Worth trying once, but ultimately quite mundane.

The vanillicin and cocoa dust were the highlights for me, but the lack of roast and generally lazy balance really hold it back.

Might age decently. Worth throwing in your cellar if you've got space and patience.

Pairs well with chocolate, but which imperial stout doesn't?

Low B-

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7/3/12 bottle. Thanks Steasy66!

Appearance. Pours very thick and black with a finger of thick looking tan head that rises from the darkness.

Smell. Heavy molasses, licorice, some brown sugar and vanilla, semi sweet chocolate and a drop of dark coffee.

Taste. Again, licorice ...lots of it, molasses, oaky vanilla, bakers chocolate and molasses.

Mouthfeel. Full body, low+ carbonation.

Overall. Big stout with big flavours. Very nice.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Out of a shaker pint.

Dark and inky body that pours hard out of the bottle. Just a slight, brown sugar cap on this one. It certainly looks the part.

That nose is intense! There is plenty of roasted malt, dark chocolate for sure, a bit of brown sugar, and a good bit of boozy character.

The palate follows the nose fairly closely. Again the dark chocolate and roasted malt hits hard. There are even dark fruit flavors at play mid-palate. Unfortunately, there is also a rather large wave of booziness that takes over far too soon, and some bittering that is a bit out of place with how intense the smokey, roasted malt already is.

The feel is great for this one: hefty medium body and fairly creamy. It finishes really dry as well.

Outer Darkness is a little too intense for my palate. If the boozy and smokey characteristics backed down a little and let the dark chocolate and dark fruit flavors last a little longer mid-palate, I would be happier. As it is, this Russian Imperial Stout is good, looking up at great.

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Squatters Outer Darkness from Utah Brewers Cooperative
Beer rating: 87.5% out of 100 with 567 ratings
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