Squatters Outer Darkness | Utah Brewers Cooperative

Squatters Outer DarknessSquatters Outer Darkness
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4.08/5
569 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:
#2,512
Reviews:
173
Ratings:
569
pDev:
10.54%
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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.57/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Imperial pint glass. My basement fridge set at 45 degrees. Center pour produces massive head so that I can only fill glass half way before head threatens to spill out on counter.

Smells very nice. Dark fruits and chocolate. A little more hops on the nose than I would expect from a stout.

Taste is good, gets better as it warms. Probably should have waited longer before sampling. The hops on the nose are not as prominent on the palate. A little soy sauce comes along for the ride with the chocolate and fruit. Nice.

This has a great thickness to it. This is how a stout should feel.

Overall, did I mention I didn't taste the high alcohol content, it did catch up with me. I would have shared ( the wife prefers lagers). I'll buy this again.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1/12 vintage. Poured from a 750 ml into a Half Acre snifter.

A- pours black with a 1 finger dark tan head. Big amoeba blotches all over the glass.

S- chocolate, roast, molasses

T- roasted malts, dark fruits, bitter molasses takes center stage in this beer.

M- medium body and carbonation. Very creamy, smooth feel that finishes slightly dry.

O- good RIS, but not a fan of bitter molasses that is actuated in this beer.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer was chilled and allowed to warm up. The beer was served in a shaker pint.

A- The body of the beer is indeed black with no opaqueness to light. The head was one finger high after a hard pour. The color of the head is caramel. Nice head retention. Thick rings of lacing marks the beers passage.

S- The aroma of acidic over cooked coffee rises out of the glass. Coupled with the intial aroma is the smell of cocoa dark roasted malts nearing chared at times. Dark fruit tones peak out from time to time.

T- The flavor of the beer is brown sugar / molasses sweetened darkly roasted and toasted malts. Cocoa dipped raisins and dark fruit. Nice earthy almost smoked finish.

M- The body of the beer is slightly fuller than medium. The carbonation is on the low end but works well with the overall beer. The beer is 10% with no alcohol noted except as a nice warming.

O- This is a pretty good stab at the RIS. The beer only gets better as it warms up.

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opaque like you'd assume a RIS should be - big head, with two fingers. Deep brown head - like medium toast.

Highly-malted nose, licorice seems to be primary, but supported with some smoke. Big nose, but little depth here.

Almost brutish in how much is packed into this beer - I get a lot of raisins, some licorice, campfire smoke. Seems a little disjointed though.

Thick, like filtering stout sediment through the teeth and back to the tongue. Sticky, a little hot to close.

Strange thing - some good things going on here in this beer. Nothing outstanding, but it could be a decent long-evening sipper. And that is its intent tonight.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into tulip. No dating info.

Really like the label. Pours a midnight black with dark tan mocha head. Head retention was minimal as was the lacing. Smell is a burnt wood char with chocolate and coffee components. Minor pine hoppiness and some dark fruits. Flavour was distinctly a burnt coffee and bittersweet chocolate. There is some molasses, raisins, prunes and pepper. Mouthfeel was decently smooth and medium-light heavy body. Overall a pretty non-descript RIS, nothing that stood out as special.

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Photo of Ranz
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured pitch black in my Duvel tulip, the brew creates a mousse-like head that almost lumps on the top. Lacing is thick and even. It's a lovely presentation.

S: Chocolate truffles, drunken cherries, roasted malt, and a sharp tinge--probably from the licorice root--make a really nice scent here. I wish it were a bit stronger like other RISs I love, such as Old Rasputin and Sea Monster. Still, it's quite good here.

T: Oven-roasted hops are immediately present with a sharp medicinal kick; there's also a thick milkiness to it at the front. The malt comes in on the back of the palate with a slow burn that turns into something like a coffee porter. I'd like some more chocolate here.

M: It's not as thick and viscous as I'd like, but it's drinkable for sure. The carbonation on the front is pronounced, and it has a very thick, long finish.

O: It's not quite as solid as I had remembered, but this was a fantastic dessert beer. This would probably make a good introduction beer into the RIS genre.

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Photo of ebrauser
3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. (approx. 3 weeks after bottling of the series) into a brandy glass

Appearance: Chocolate brown, impossible to see through, with a thin brown head. Classic Imperial stout.

Aroma: Potent chocolate, coffee, and alcohol in the nose, along with some prune and raisin notes. Swirling released an aroma slightly like rubbing alcohol.

Flavor: Strong fruity beginning doesn't do much to mask the intensity of the alcohol, which is present throughout. Notes of figs and raisins with coffee and a cherry like sweetness. Bitter finish, like a mix of dark chocolate and everclear.

Mouthfeel: Strong, heavy body that feels thick and syrupy going down. Doesn't coat the mouth much at all.

Overall: I'm wondering whether I cracked this one open too early after bottling, and I'm excited to let the second and third ones age (vertical test??) for a while. The beer lacks some complexity that I expected from Squatter's, but here's hoping that it comes out with time

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle pours a viscous black color with a small but brown head. Decent retention and it leaves a solid wall of thin head on the side of the glass.

Nose is a rich chocolate and dark fruit tinged in smoke. Rich and bold with a moderate sweetness. Nice.

Pretty good complexity of licorice, roast and dark, unsweetened chocolate. There is some definite hoppy bitterness on the end, leafy and still pungent after about 6 months. The alcohol is still not quite smoothed out, but overall it is pretty good. I cant decide if some more age would be good for it, but I have a couple I'll be experimenting with.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.66/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to ChewyLewy for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and char flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice cocoa and char qualities all around.

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Photo of argock
3.66/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml brown bottle into a clear glass tulip. Enjoy by 09/04/14 near bottom of the bottom. A great gift from my awesome sister Tami.

A: Black with 1-finger of beige head with good retention and a craggy collection of lacing.

S: The aroma is mosly medium caramel malts and roast with a little bit of fig dark fruitiness.

T: THe flavor is bold, but a bit too strong on roast to the point of being a little ashy. There are some fig and raisin dark fruit flavors that unfortunately fight against the stiff bitterness and herbal, woody hopping. It is not overly boozy but does have some alcohol presence.

M: A bit sticky with full body and light carbonation.

O: A big and bad imperial stout with some booze and a lot of char -- if you love roasty stouts, then this is a beer you have got to find.

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Photo of Beerlover
3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Initially rated this a perfect five, out of a 22 oz or 750, second time having it out of a 12 oz can, just 20 some days before "drink by" date. Id like to blame it on the fact that its so close to drink by date than the fact its canned but this beer has lost a lot of its "pop" i loved the molasses in the aroma and flavor the first time i had it but this time its un-noticeable. Also perhaps this tasted a lot better the first time becaus of it being a celebratory beer for seeing an old friend after a long hiatus now id have to give it a 3.75 rather than a perfect 5.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 rate.

I really can't give this one as detailed of a rating as I'd like to. Opened it right after Sloth, and in the middle of a tasting involving various other legendary imperial stouts and barleywines. Deep thick black, creamy brown head. Lightly bitter focusing on coffee and bitter chocolate. Not a terribly complex or rich flavor expression, but nice enough. Enjoyable. Thanks footbalm!

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cosmicevan
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

been sitting on this one for a while waiting for the right night...for some reason, that night is tonight. not sure of the vintage, but the label is yellow and it says reserve series with golden foil.

a - opened the bottle and filled my darkness snifter. beer poured a sludgy pewter black with a thin cream colored head that slowly evaporated leaving slimy lacing all over the side of the glass.

s - bold and complex, but nicely balanced at first. notes of milk chocolate with roasted malt. some charred burnt matches in the background. i can pick up the alc in the nose as well, but as a mentholated coolness in my nose. no leading flavors, a subtle mix.

t - roasted malt with a touch of rubber at first. there are some notes of coffee and a touch of bitterness, but mostly just roasted malt with alcohol. some bakers chocolate on the finish. gets better and more milk chocolatey as it opens up.

m - full and tingly. medium heavy. silky.

o - overall, in the land of big and bold RIS ruling my world, outer darkness is worth a try...but not one that i'll actively be seeking out again and again. don't get me wrong, it's good...just not great.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
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 rodbeermunch
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
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 brentk56
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a fudge color with a modest head that leaves a few shards of lace behind

Smell: Roasty, with vague hints of chocolate, caramel and licorice

Taste: Very roasty, up front, with subtle hints of chocolate, caramel and licorice in the middle; some dark fruits add complexity after the swallow and into the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Decent, but a bit too roasted without enough complexity to follow through; there are better examples of the style out there

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2009 vintage bomber

Pours a dark brown color with a tan head. Aroma of dark, chocolatey malts and alcohol.

In the taste, big roasted malts and booze notes. Some leather and sherry notes from oxidation, but mostly boozy and malty. Low hop bitterness at this advanced stage, but the toastiness is still big.

Full bodied, creamy and smooth. Overall this is a pretty good imperial stout, but is probably at its peak or perhaps its past that.

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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 KarlHungus
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an opaque black color with a solid light tan head. Lacing is strong, and lingers until the beer is gone. The aroma is of roasted malt, cream, vanilla, and cocoa powder. The taste is dominated by a bitterness that distracts from the nice malt characteristics found in the aroma. There are some roasty notes to be found they are just covered in brash hops. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side for an imperial stout with a smooth texture, and appropriately moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a decent stout that I wouldn't turn down in a pinch, but wouldn't go out of my way for either.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by Mark last night, thanks man. '13 vintage.

This one pours a deep, dark brown, almost black, with a small head, and no lacing.

This one smells like chocolate, bourbon, some earthy licorice, and caramelized sugar.

This one is pretty tasty, but slightly thin tasting. I definitely a slight licorice flavor, with some sweet chocolate, mild bourbon, and some vanilla cream. It feels like a BA stout light, I wish it was a little bit more thick tasting, but the flavors here are definitely solid.

This is medium bodied, not quite as thick as I'd like, with a lower level of carbonation. There is no heat on this one, which is quite nice.

This was pretty tasty, but lacking just a little bit for me.

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Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of kirkse
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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