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RATINGS: 385   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (2528) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Tasted on 3/20/11 from a 25oz bottle purchased at Discount Liquor. Pours oil black with a thick brown head that slowly recedes to thin lace, leaving residue along the inside of the glass. The nose is darkly roasted coffee with dark chocolate, molasses, and some nuttiness. The flavor is lightly sweet with molasses, prune, vanilla, moving to the more bitter and roasted notes of dark chocolate, and dried berries. The body is full with average carbonation and a long roasted and bitter chocolate finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
madmitch76 (19649) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2011
3rd March 2011
Bottle shared at ACBS courtesy of Steptin. Cheers James! Opaque black beer, good thick tan head. Malty coffee nose. Light palate - soft and semi dry. Dark malt, splash of minerals. Lots of rich coffee - somewhat bitter. Mild alcohol heat in the finish which also reveals a trace of red fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (9983) - Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2011
Lost my notes, but it is a nice, roasty one but with a nice sweetness. It pours a pitch black with a foamy tan head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (5222) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 12, 2011
Bottle from Douglass88 as Secret Santa 2010. Chocolate, creamy, cocoa stout. Alcohol pretty well hidden. Not overly intense and overpowering, but a nice smooth feel (like Darkness). Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (15792) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2011
Bottle thanks to Steptin at ACBF ’11. Black colour with lasting tan head. Coffee aroma. Touch of alcohol heat in the mouth. Very dark roasted flsbour both of malts and dark fruits. Ok

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2011
Rather simple cocoa and charcoal aroma. Flavor is pretty tasty; very dark roasted notes, more charcoal. Medium bitter, charred finish, but pretty well integrated into the flavor as a whole. Pretty intense, but not altogether unpleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirdeye11 (5860) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2011 (22oz bottle marked 12/2009 via trade with sledutah, thanks Craig!) midnight black pour, extremely thick and very dark tan head. Nose of licorice, milk chocolate, bit of wood and smoke. Taste is a bit salty/umami when cold, licorice, very light touch of smoke, rich chocolate, oaky tannins, very rich linger, pretty complex and delicious overall. Medium to thick in body (finally a non-disappointing stout!) and great linger.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msante79 (2217) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2011
#1400. Bottle from Sun Devil. Pours near black with nice thick dark tan head. Beautiful pour. Aromas of some roast, some dark fruit, and sweet chocolate. Flavor is loaded with roasted near burnt malts, bitter chocolate, and a bit of dark fruit. Finishes dry and roasty. Not boozy at all. Mouthfeel might be a tad thin, but it is so malty and dry it works. I am finding that this is the type of imperial stout I really prefer over a coffee or syrupy mess. Nice stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - FEB 6, 2011
bottled at wasatch brew pub. pours dark black with a frothy tan head. aromas of chocolate, burnt grains and coffee. flavors similar. this beer really lingers on the tongue with the burnt grain/coffee flavors. Pretty good beer, very stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - FEB 2, 2011
750 bottle courtesy of Daknole. Thanks. Pours an opaque black color with a small tan head that slowly fades to a ring and leaves some sticky lacing. The aroma is strong with chocolates, mocha and anise. The flavor is burnt grains, toasted earthy hops, chocolate, coffee and black licorice. The palate is full and creamy with soft carbonation. Finishes long and dry with lingering biter black licorice. Overall: Very tasty--this is a first rate RIS.

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