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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

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Photo of Cubatobaco
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

While on vacation in Prescott, AZ, my girlfriend and I had lunch at "The Raven Cafe". Don't pass this place up if you are ever in the area. They have a very nice staff, great menu (if you're and organic person it's great), and a wonderful beer/wine selection

On to the review! I was able to try this before buying a pint and was blown away! It is dark as motor oil and leaves a lacing on the glass that one would have to scrape off with their finger. The carbonation around the caramel head drew me to purchasing it as I'm a sucker for a well-carbonated RIS.

The aroma is strongly present of Kalamata olives, malt, roasted coffee, dark chocolate and small hint of caramel. Even though I dislike olives more than the devil himself, I could keep my nose in the glass all day! Hershey's Special dark chocolate rushes onto your tongue from the first sip! The flavors of the aromas mentioned before follow in close unison. On the palate, it reminds me of DFH Bitches Brew. Maybe that is why I am enjoying it so much.

The mouthfeel is that of your average RIS. I believe it could have used a tab bit more thickness and carbonation, but that is a small detail to worry bout given its flavor. I would highly recommend this to anyone that has not tried it before. This is surely a dessert in its own right!

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Photo of rangerman21
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Date tasted: 6/3/13
Brewery: Squatters Beers (Utah Brewers Cooperative)
Beer: Outer Darkness
Served from: Bomber
Bottled on/born on date: 1/25/13

Appearance: Dark, almost black little or no light gets through. Brown head with great retention. The head almost looks like a chocolate milkshake in terms of color.

Smell: Carmel sweet, with a hint of alcohol. The booze smell isn't overwhelming.

Taste: A hint of coffee flavor, dark malts really shine here, good amount of bitterness in the finish. A complex taste. Despite the booze in the nose, the booze doesn't overpower the flavors.

Mouthfeel: Awesome mouthfeel, it is smooth and thick with just the right amount of carbonation to complement the big flavor.

Overall: This is what I want a Russian Imperial Stout to taste like. This beer is tastes good, smells good, looks great and I really enjoyed it. I would definitely get it again. I would like to get another bottle and lay it down for a year or so and see how it changes. This was the "Reserve Series" bottle. Don't know if that's different from normal or not, but thought it worth mentioning.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown black with light brown foam that settles to a thin skein leaving fits of lace. Smells of chocolate, raisins, prunes, faint coffee. Taste chocolate malt, vanilla, light alcohol, faint bourbon, a hint of anise and dark dried fruit. Mouthfeel is a bit creamy, medium heavy, decent carbonation. Works well. This is a decent effort and a tasty RIS.

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Photo of Clonies720
4.71/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

10.5% ABV. Bottling date of 03/27/2012

Appearance: Pours a pitch Abyss-black with a creamy, dark chocolate head to match. Aggressive pour gives me about a 1.5 inch head.

Aroma: Roasted barley dominates the nose. It turns into sweet black liquorice with a hint of star anise. Delectable aromas of creamy chocolate abound.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Malty sweet start that ends with a dry, roasted coffee-like finish. Has a nice kick at the end that alerts you of its strong alcohol presence, but isn't overwhelming. Has somewhat of a creamy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation with a full body.

Overall: Love it. A practically perfect Russian Imperial Stout.

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Photo of dbossman
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick and black with a huge frothy cocoa colored head and decent lacing

S: So much sweet chocolate and dark roasted malts; some dark fruits like raisins and prunes linger beneath; this smells so rich and delicious

T: Wow, that is rich and chocolatey and malty with some bitterness from the hops; a touch of coffee and dark fruits linger beneath; man, this tastes amazing--it has 2 years on it and it's drinking so well

F: Pretty creamy but just a tad thin for a big stout

O: This is an amazing stout that hides the alcohol so well; I honestly think this could hold up with the rare, brewery release brews in a blind tasting

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Photo of Knapp85
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This poured out as a deep black color with a brown colored head on top. The retention was pretty good on this and the lacing was nice and sticky. The smell of the beer is robust, big amounts of roasted and chocolate malt. The taste of the beer is complex, there is a bit of sweetness to it that reminds me of molasses, the roasted and chocolate malts give the beer some additional depth. There is a solid amount of bitterness in there also. The mouthfeel is thick there is a nice carbonation as well. Overall it's a good brew. I think it's a little underrated on here.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 2011 vintage bottle with the old label chilled and poured into a Kate the Great tulip. Stored in my cellar for about a year and a half.

Appearance: Dark brown to black in color. I would say this is definitely darker and thicker than the average imperial stout. Definitely still some carbonation. Slight dark brown head falls quickly into a really light lacing.

Aroma: Molasses, overripe cherries, dark fruits and some bitter dark chocolate. There is definitely a touch of oxidation but it is barely noticable. Really nice combination of bitter and sweet flavors. Really nice complexity and balance.

Taste: The dark fruits and cherry notes really stand out and lend a really unique and tasty spin on this imperial stout. Molasses and caramel notes provide some really nice sweetness. That sweetness is more than offset by bitter dark chocolate. Very little alcohol burn, but with a nice warming sensation. Great for the cold weather. Really tasty.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation. Really nice for the style.

Overall, a really nice surprise. For a non barrel aged imperial stout, this showed incredible depth and a really unique and memorable character. All the flavors really played well of each other and the cherry tones really paired well with the heavy, roasted dark chocolate tones.

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Photo of Ranz
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
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 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 acevenom
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer cap comes off with an audible pop and lots of smoke emerged from the bottle. The beer is poured into a large snifter glass. The beer pours dark chocolate brown out of the bottle. The beer collects opaque in the bottle with a dark tan head that slowly builds as it climbs the glass. The head retreats slowly and there are lots of tiny bubbles that can be seen rising from the side of the glass. Lots of sticky lacing gets left behind on the glass during consumption. I get some chocolate and vanilla in the nose. The beer doesn't smell too roasty, but I do get some of those roasted malt notes along with some sweetness. There's also some alcohol. There's a nice interplay of sweet and dark roasted malt notes. More of that roasted note lingers in the back end. I get some of that alcohol, but that's no surprise at 10.5% ABV. There's those chocolate and vanilla notes in the flavor that I picked up in the nose. The body is full and creamy and it is on the moderately carbonated side. The beer goes down very smoothly and the alcohol provides some nice warming qualities. This is a very good beer.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle at the brewpub in Park City. Tasting notes from last night (2/17/13).

A: Pours dark, dark brown, but appears black in the glass. Aggressive pour results in 4 finger, fluffy and slightly fizzy, dark tan colored head. Leaves good lacing on glass.

S: Roasty chocolate, oak, sweet molasses that almost emits a nutty aroma. Also some vanilla smells intertwined within.

T: Sweet and roasted malts. Molasses, sweet figs, vanilla, chocolate, and oak.

M: full body, not nearly as creamy as I would like, but good carbonation level.

O: Very glad I was able to try this while here in Park City. A little pricey ($17 for a 25 oz bottle) but it was definitely worth it. Love the sweet and bitter balance with this, and complexity is really nice. A year in the cellar would probably make it twice as complex.

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Photo of DavidST
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter, born on 3/27/12. This pours a motor oil looking pitch black color with a large long lived mocha head which leaves a lacing, perfect look for an RIS. The smells are of dark roasted malts, some noticeable alcohol, a little coffee and coco. The feel is thick and creamy. The taste is good, you get the dark roasted malts, a nice amount of bitterness, some alcohol burn on the way down, very good but not as complex as other RIS.

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Photo of mactrail
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this one in the basement in Salt Lake for the last year waiting for the Christmas visit. Born date is the auspicious 11/01/11 to counteract, I hope, the theological implications of the name.

Very dark, very winey, very thick. First impression is a huge malty explosion followed by a hoppy burn. Burnt sugar with alcohol heat. The buttery and fruity flavor is a perhaps an artifact of aging. Smell of alcohol, plastic, and Butterfingers. Huge cocoa flavor with sort of a nutty, buttery, caramel taste, and maybe a little oxidized.

Creamy bubbles last for glass after glass. I'll have to try a fresh one next year. From the 22 oz bottle bought at the Utah Liquor Store in Sugar House.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, stamped with BORN/03/27/12. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half tan head that stayed around for a long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like roasted malt, chocolate, molasses, and some coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some licorice, dark fruit and burnt/charred malt. There's also a nice lingering bitter roasty finish that gets sweeter as the beer warms up more. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a little creamy with medium/high carbonation. I think this is a good overall brew. Definitely worth a try!

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Captured this one in a nice Chimay snifter, the body is pitch black, my super bright bicycle led light won’t even shine through it. The head is a nice dark tan color and slowly builds up. As I poured it out it looked like a headless beer, but after a few seconds, almost 8 seconds, the head forms and it starts off rather thick and slowly thins out into a few island bubbles all gathered by a thick wall of lacing. The aroma is rather light, I can pick up some dark fruits, alcohol and mild fig and coffee mixes. Very thick bodied, it really envelopes your tongue, and it pretty smooth tasting. The flavors are a bit mild at first but do pick up as it gets warmer. More coffee and roasted malts and hops come out. T the light side if you ask me this is a really smooth ale and I highly recommend drinking after its warmed up a bit, the aroma is still o

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
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 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 cfrobrew
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bomber 2012.

Appearance: Pitch black truly opaque and oil like

Scent: Sweet Strong milk Chocolate with espresso.

Taste: Dark Chocolate, coffee not as much as the scent but strong. The alcohol is strong, may subside with age but still works withe flavor

Mouth Feel: Thick and smooth, very pleasant. light head that is renewed with every sip.

Overall: Excellent Russian Imperial stout, great flavor, strong but not overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle poured into a snifter

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Photo of johnnieoz
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bomber born on 2/22/11, purchased at the Las Vegas Town Square Whole Foods in August 2011, consumed this late Oct. 2012 evening (the first chilly one in Austin, TX) in my trusty Jämtlands Bryggeri tulip.

A: Espresso with a true crema.

S: Sweet, burnt molasses and licorice dominate.

T: Truly delicious sweet malt flavors, balanced by some hops, and corralled by the molasses, licorice additions and oakiness.

F: Almost as viscous as I like it with a sweet n' oaky aftertaste that coats the palate and gullet.

O: For those of us that prefer double/imperial stouts w/o coffee or cocoa, this ranks second only to the Abyss IMHO. It's a great RIS that aged well regardless and I believe most folks would appreciate its quality.

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Photo of DRyan
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle "born on" 11/1/11, poured 10/26/12

A: Pours inky black with a dark an head. The head is not as vigorous as some stouts, but recedes very slowly and leaves a LOT of lacing.
S: Roasty, chocolatey, with some nuttiness, a little different that most Imperial Stouts, but easily identifiable as such.
T: Dark chocolate, licorice, lots of malty goodness, with some bitterness and some alcohol sting (but not much). There is also an odd bit too it, an aftertaste that for whatever reason makes me think "cough syrup," though it tastes nothing like cough syrup. I didn't age this bottle, I bought it a couple of months ago, so I don't know how it was stored for its first 10 months of life... this might be a bit of "left out in the light and heat" I'm tasting
M: Smooth and silky, with very fine carbonation. A great feeling, one of the nicer IS's I've had as far that that goes.
D: Would be amazing if it weren't for that aftertaste; I need to try a fresh bottle and see if that aftertaste is still there. For a 10.5% beer it drinks easily, and diesn't sit as heavy as a lot of stouts, Imperial or otherwise.

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Photo of 604growler
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In the airport pub and they poured me a small glass from the bottle. Tastes a lot like an old Rasputin but more licorice taste. Very nice.

a - high tan head, black, not much to improve on here
s - licorice, molasses, smoke, very nice
t - licorice, molasses,not too much bitterness making it a very nice RIS
m - no complaints here
overall I think this is as good as any available to me. I'd take this over old Raspy and that's one of my go to beers. Comparable to the Speedway Stout I had two days ago

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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 RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer #58 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

A very roasted stout. Minor amount of molasses on it too. But the roasty tone is the main thing going on here. Nice unwavering flavor. Mild booze tone on the backside, but not so much that it's killing the experience. I like this beer. It's a fairly easy to drink RIS.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
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 barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice, slick deep black color with a small brown cap with nice bubbles and moderate lacing

S: Big roasted malt, bitter chocolate, wood, light bourbon and black licorice

T. Yup, that would be black licorice and bitter chocolate I taste along a big burnt harshness which sordoves fades away but the booze seems to elevate the burnt aroma. The finish is rather dry, smokey and somewhat bitter with cocoa and earthiness and a hint of coffee beans

M: Big bodied, digging it, not a robust creamy Stout but it is a RIS with some BA influence so.. but a in your face kinda guy

O: Overall, I dug it but I wanted some sweet molasses damn it.

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