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RATINGS: 351   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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 ibu’s and bottle conditioned. We hope you have as much fun drinking it as we did making it. Please share with another and drink wisely.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnnymusky (178) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Bomber brought by brian the regular.....awesome stuff....molasses chocolate berries....yummy stuff....fantastic beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4843) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2014
From the July 2014 3R6P gathering. +++ Sampled from a 750 ml brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a medium sized foamy beige head that faded quickly and left no lacing. The aroma was toasty malts, black licorice, wood, chocolate and coconut. The flavor was bitter dark chocolate, toasty malts, red wine, wood and coconut. Long finish of chocolate, red wine and coconut. Thick and smooth though undercarbonated. Excellent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
islay (1078) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 8, 2014
2 oz. or smaller pour, from a bottle at St. Paul Summer Beer Fest. Consumed on 6-7-14. Pours dark brown with tan head. Smoky aroma features coffee, plum, and raspberry scents. Flavors of molasses and plum. Barley wine-like taste. Coffee finish. A solid beer overall for sure.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfinney23 (1590) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2014
Fairly typical imperial stout until the licorice finish kicks in, balancing very nicely with the chocolate and molasses.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
RickTStiles (709) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Rich aroma, molasses, fig, maple. Taste is chocolate and licorice. Finish is long and boozy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stevoj (2022) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 27, 2014
Sampled at Boise’s Imperial Stout get together, over 120 bottles to choose from. Going with the flow on this rating. This one was one of my contributions.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RespertFTW (520) - Michigan, USA - APR 13, 2014
Bomber. Brown and tan head. malt and chocolate aroma and flavor. Some molasses.

-- rated with beerbasher

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mittenator (1251) - Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2014
Bomber. Deep brown with a dark tan head. Deep malt and chocolate aromas. Malt, molasses and slight chocolate.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Experiment_Ale (918) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2014
At the Big Texas Beer Fest on 4/5/2014. Draft pours black with a thin layer of coffee-colored cream head. Aroma is malty, big caramel. Taste is chocolate, caramel, light roasted malt, has some tangy weird notes in the back ground; toffee.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 24, 2014
2013 vintage bottle, sampled 3/15/14
Dark brown, mahogany pour with magenta highlights on the edges and tons of beige head that is thick and well-retained.
Prunes, light cigar and plentiful, sweet milk chocolate notes crowd around in this rich, nicely aromatic aroma. Dries out on the end, predictably, due to the alcohol, but dosent get sharp or solvent-like. A touch of wood dryness as well, and maybe a little bit of buttercream from said barrel, but nothing crazy, which is nice. Hoppiness is quite low, perhaps a touch of acidity but hops seems to be mainly for bittering, here.
Sweet, rich, rather roasty flavor has tons of natural carbonation lending a delightfully creamy, tight texture to the beer. Full bodied due to all the sugars but they are certainly dextrinous and not worty or underattenuated-like. Furthermore there’s a good dose of raisin/prune vinousness and some buttery oak to help balance. Has a decidedly vintage feel to it, perhaps from the lack of hoppiness and the fair amount of ashiness that emerges, along with the smooth, slick, creamy palate. Really nice. Certainly on the sweeter side, maybe a bit too much so, but enjoyable nonetheless.


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