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RATINGS: 381   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (15005) - 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

3.7
   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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirdeye11 (5773) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msante79 (2212) - 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.

4.1
   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.

4
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madvike (3087) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 26, 2011
Bottle shared by nuplastikk...thanks Greg! - Pours dark, with a nice brown head. Smells roasty, with coffee and a bit of heat. Taste is super roasty, with burnt charcoal and a ton of dark malt. Decent, but fairly nondescript, and a little heavy on the char notes.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DalzAle (2009) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Bottle thanks to Hellbilly. Pitch black oily pour, light brown head and a great aroma of roasted coffee and bitter chocolate. Flavor is slightly smokey roasted coffee, bitter dry chocolate and very boozy/hops on the finish. Decent, would like to get another bottle to age.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (9272) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 10, 2011
750mL gold foil courtesy of Travlr. Pours a near jet black with an excellent, massive, tan latte head with great retention and big sheety lace. Aroma of dark fruit, big raisins, heavy metals. Taste is bitter, extreme amounts of char and wood, tar, and brine. But there is some burning alcohol in there and even plastic character. Palate is soft and viscous with lots of oak or vanilla tannins coming though.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EricE (1368) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Thick black pour with a tan head. Marshmallow aroma with roast and blueberry. Flavor is similar to aroma. Very roast with a bitter finish. Slight melon note.


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