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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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Reviews: 162 | Ratings: 545
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 bmwats
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle into a tulip.

A: Black. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, brown-white head. Settles quickly, leaving a smattering of foam on the surface and a thick beer ring. Spotty, but consistent lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, black licorice, baked sourdough bread, a pungent malt, and a hint of molasses.

T: Earthy malt, dark bittersweet chocolate, and a tinge of licorice.

M: Thick and hearty, full body. Slightly sweet, with a slightly bitter finish. Neither so much though. Very neutral and well-balanced. Dry with a high alcohol character.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is great here. Dark and intimidating with a nice head, and decent lacing. Great nose...chocolate, licorice, and earthy malt. Flavor, in suit, is a bittersweet dark chocolate with a full-bodied malt character. Overall, this is a great quaff.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Photo of jdense
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big bottle shared with colleague to celebrate new hire, 5.7.12.

Dark brown head over opaque dark brown body, medium dissipation with above average lacing. Pretty intense nose, chocolate, some molasses, plenty of roast backed by citrus hop aromas. Taste is very chocolatey upfront, roast prominent but not as much as in the nose, molasses stickiness, the licorice root helps to balance the dark chocolate notes, grapefruit to balance the sweetness, quite complex. Mouthfeel is well on the heavy side of medium, like drinking motor oil, slick and lubricating, not a lot of effervescence. A pretty pleasant surprise, I'm starting to become a fan of this brewery's big beers. Worth a try.

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Photo of CharlieMurphy
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very interesting greyish/tan tinted muddied black with some dark bourbon and oil hues. It appears to have a viscousity of clean oil fresh out the plastic bottle or a cognac. Skim of medium-dark brown head. Head settles out to a pattern akin to a cross section of different neuronal bodies (non-geek: different sized whole circles and rings in varying depths) that remain stagnant. I'm a little nervous given the liquor looking quality of the pour.

S: Espresso, oak, bourbon, booze, smokiness like a casual smoker's breath, musk. Lesser notes of cinnamon, molasses, licorice, and maple. Overall all flavors are mild but there is a wealth of docile variety in the nose.

T: Pretty smooth, less action vs. the nose. Some hop filling bitterness effervesces some of the more subdued flavors detected in the nose. This has a roastiness to it that is light and faded, yet leaves you so intrigued. Zero alcohol. The oaking seems to be more believable than spirit-barrel aged now, yet I almost wanna say there's a rum like quality hiding underneath the floorboards in this beer.

M: Carbonation is low and appropriate. Mouthfeel is full initially via the subtle bitter hop wave. Surprisingly very drinkable.

O: A very interesting brew atypical for the style. My expectations changed a few times throughout enjoying this.

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Photo of richj1970
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pitch black with a one finger mocha colored head. Light spotty lacing.

S: Lots of espresso and bitter dark chocolate.

T: Strong black coffee, bitter dark chocolate, and roasted almonds.

M: Creamy and full bodied. There is almost a chocolate shake quality to this one.

O: I enjoyed this stout quite a bit. Very big flavors and enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a thick creamy tan head that leaves superb lacing.

Nose is chocolate malt, coffee and some alcohol;

Taste is coffee, chocolate malt, pronounced alcohol and some slight hop bitterness to round it out. The alcohol provides some good warming.

Has a nice mouthfeel to it, creamy and thick.

A tasty RIS, though the high ABV does cut down somewhat on it's drinkability.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Bruce! Pours a pitch black color with a small brownish tan head that disappears quickly. Scent is very chocolatey. Tons of sweet chocolate with some pleasant vanilla notes. Fresh nuts as well...peanuts, almonds, and cashews. Light hints of mocha and dark fruits. Sugary molasses. Taste is sweet molasses at first with nice hints of brown sugar. Sweet vanilla with dark and milk chocolate. Very nutty with a ton of dark and roasted malt. Mellow dark fruit flavors...dates, raisins, plums. Finishes sweet with some bittersweet chocolate. Mouthfeel is full bodied and highly carbonated, especially for this particular style. Drinkability is high for such a big beer. Overall, I really enjoy this beer and will be seeking out other brews from this brewery.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ Brewforia Beer Market, served in a small chalice.

A: Opaque dark brown & black, with a brown head that leaves behind some lace. Very stout-like. Carbonation seems lower.

S: Malts and stout aromas right up front; chocolate, cocoa and cacao beans, fudge, lots of dark malt, roasty notes, some dark fruit (maybe prune or fig), and a kiss of earthy hop.

T: Follows the nose; cacao and dark bittersweet cocoa powder, fudge and black malt, hints of oily herbal hops, some roasty bitterness, a hint of smooth caramel, and alcohol is more present here with a noticeable burn...taste finishes with milk chocolate on the aftertaste.

MF: Excellent; oily, creamy, smooth pretty full body, lower carbonation, with a touch of alcohol burn.

O: Definitely better than I remembered from the first bottle. This beer needs to be consumed fresh. Recommended.

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Photo of Roguer
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Super dark brew topped by a large dark brown head. Great retention.

Strong aroma of chocolate, roasted barley, a hint of banana, and booze.

The booze does not translate to the flavor, but everything else does: rich chocolate, molasses, roasted barley, and just a touch of oak.

Thick, creamy, chewy; everything a big RIS should be.

This is a fantastic RIS from a brewer I've never heard of. I think it's in the same tier as FIS, Ten-FIDY, and Speedway Stout.

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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 jbsteiny
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

At the airport bar, they poured me a tulip from the 750 (I don't think I've ever been anywhere that does this before!).

looks perfect - very dark brown with nice chestnut highlights and a thick creamy-coffee colored head that eventually fades but leaves beautiful lacing on the top 2/3 of the tulip. smells of licorice, molasses, brown bread, British hops, and yummy. taste doesn't quite live up to it - I agree with the reviewer who said there's a little cough syrup in the finish - but it's a very good RIS.

carbonation is maybe a little prickly, but the finish is dry and the flavors are rich. nice job, Squatters!

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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 drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Paul, thanks! I liked this beer. Beer is black with a tan head, nice retention, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation. Looks like a beer.

Beer is sweet with liquor bourbon, mild roast, mild smoke, some sweet fudge.

Beer is medium to big in body, very sweet on the onset, mild to moderate bitterness on the backend. A good beer overall, the bourbon and some chocolate fill out the midpalate a lot. Really nice. I'd have this again. There was a lot left in the bottle the following morning after the tasting but I think that is because this was late in the day and people were fatigued. I know I was.

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Photo of alexgash
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Born 03/27/12.

Very dark, used oil brown-black body. Pinkie finger of dense, creamy, dirty peanut brown head. Good lacing. Big roasted malt and coffee on the nose. Plenty of dark chocolate, molasses, sugary dark fruits, and licorice as well. Very nice.

Charred malt and herbal hop bitterness up front. Milk chocolate and molasses sweetness follow. A little fig and singed caramel. Dark chocolate and coffee bitterness increase into the finish. Woody, tannin-like flavors are there as well. Lingering malty sweetness. Medium-full body with a slightly overcarbonated feel. Still, this a very good imperial stout!

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Photo of Rutager
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

I knew nothing of this brew when I picked it up at Rays in Wauwatosa. Another pleasant surprise. Pours a very appealing heavy pitch black. A velvety smooth Russian Imperial Stout with complex blend of sharp malts up front, coffee, coco, mild caramel, hops, and a warming alcohol finish. Good shit.

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

Outer Darkness is code. It's the name for Hell in Mormonism. But it's not ordinary Hell--it's Hell for the most extremely evil. Utah's alcohol laws are extremely evil.

This beer is not evil in the least. Nice dark color and dark chocolate head. The mouthfeel is thick and slightly prickly with carbonation. The aroma and taste are very good. The smell is very sweet chocolate liqueur, toast, and brown sugar. The taste is lovely caramel--interesting for this style--and chocolate (brownie?) with a coffee finish. Also molasses. The alcohol is completely hidden.

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

Bottle (born on) date 11 01 11. Poured into a 6oz St Arnold glass.

Appearance- Pours a very thick black liquid. Very little dark tan head. Even after a vigorous pour. 4.5/5

Smell- Big dark, bitter chocolate notes. Small amount of hop aroma as well. This even smells thick. 4.5/5

Taste- Lots of bitter chocolate. I taste a small hint of peppermint but it goes away as it gets warmer. The alcohol is not very prominent, although I think it will be as I get deeper into the bottle. The second pour produced a much larger head. There are some earthy tone to it as well. 4/5

Mouthfeel- Very thick. The more I write these reviews the more I see I maybe a "mouthfeel snob". This one I like very much. It coats every part of your mouth. 4.5/5

Overall- This is a really good beer. I saw it on the shelf and took a chance. It paid off. Squatters is turning out to be a solid brewery. 4/5

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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 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 Auror
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Born on 11/01/11, so more than a year old at the date of review (11/26/12). Poured into a small tulip glass and allowed to warm before pouring. Thanks to KCBaby for sending this my way.

Appearance- Deep black monster with a light mocha-colored head. Average head on pour, receded fairly quickly to leave a persistent top.

Smell- Deep coffee notes, bitter chocolate, bran, molasses. More so than perhaps any beer I've sampled yet, it smells like a brewery during production. Damp barley. Very strong aromatic punch for a stout.

Taste- A true big Russian Imperial Stout. Slight hoppiness and coffee in the open leads to a heavy, sweet malt presence in the middle. Bitter chocolate finish. Slight alcohol on the close, but melded nicely. A bit dry in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Carbonation level is a bit hit or miss. Feel is a bit oily and viscous. It's balanced, but not as creamy as I would like for the style. Alcohol masked very well, though.

Overall- The dryness and mouthfeel lead to ok drinkability. I'd like to try this fresh to compare, I wonder how in your face the hops are, since they are still prevalent in the taste a year later. The molasses and malt dominance might be because of the age as well, but I don't sense any flavor vacuum from something that may have faded.

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Photo of baconsausage
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark with a lingering thin tan head tat laces all the way down the glass. Sweet chocolate malt, coffee and vanilla on the nose. Sweet dark and bready flavors are balanced and accentuated by vanilla and stone fruit, and a burnt orange hop bitterness. A little saccharine taste that is the only off flavor here. A different and unique imperial that is very enjoyable.

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Photo of Douglas88
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle from the Brewpub. I missed this beer's release, but I've been eagerly anticipating it. To my knowledge, Utah's first Imperial Stout (minus homebrews). Pours a dark opaque brown color with an initial large brown head that goes down to some bubbles. A powerful nose; loads of alcohol, cocoa, wood, rich roasted notes. The flavor is hot and massive; molasses, cocoa, roasted malts, light fruit, vanilla, wood, a smooth nice mouthfeel. Very hot. Somewhat dry and very aggressive. A very nice brew from Squatters as usual. Might gain with some age.

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Squatters Outer Darkness from Utah Brewers Cooperative
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