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RATINGS: 368   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   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 ibuís and bottle conditioned. We hope you have as much fun drinking it as we did making it. Please share with another and drink wisely.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cpetrone84 (1537) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2010
A-pours a jet black thick and viscous liquid with a mahogany brown head that is tight and creamy. S-light notes of roasted to burnt malt, hints of chocolate, lots of sweetness and dark fruits. T-very sweet, tons of roasted or burnt malts, notes of chooclate, light vanilla, very bitter and astringent burnt coffee, dark fruits in the back add some sweetness. M-somewhat smooth, a little grainy on the palate, thinner, high carbonation. D-nothing out of the norm here and little hot for the starndar flavors it provides. pretty average imperial stout and very burnt and bitter flavors fighting against lots of malty sweetness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2010
Black wax dipped bomber. Pouring virtually pitch black and impenetrable by light, the body supports a gorgeous, smooth and spongy head of dark brown foam. Sticky, tattered sheeting coats the glass almost entirely. Itís really a beautiful looking beer. The nose is very hoppy, showing strong citrus and pine tendencies that fight through the huge chocolate and barley roast. Anise makes an appearance, as do stewed raisins and various other dark fruits. A hint of coffee also comes across. Altogether, thereís something that just seems a little off to me....maybe the intense hoppiness clashing with the anise? Flavors too are nice, but not entirely cohesive. Big chocolate and coffee roast compete with resinous pine and bitter citrus rind for top billing. Ultimately, they end up detracting from one another, as a third contingent, one of dark fruits and sharp anise spice, also vies for attention. The palate is full, but it drags a bit as the carbonation is probably a bit too active and the alcoholic heat is a little aggressive. Warming roast really lingers well after the finish. I feel like Iím bashing this beer a bit too much, as it is indeed a really nice brew, but itís just not what I wanted it to be.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (5215) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Dark brown pour with creamy tan head and lace. Roasted malt with a hint of bitter coffee and a woody aroma. Sweet malt flavor and chocolate. Medium/full bodied good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2010
Bottle shared by Superdave at Hellbillyís Shootout in Sosco Tasting. Pours oily black with a one finger tan head. The nose is roast, cocoa and coffee. The taste is dark fruits, charred malt and ashy cocoa with more coffee in the finish. Medium creamy mouthfeel. Nice stuff Ė thanks Dave!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4157) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2010
Bottle thanks to swalden28. The look is dark, black in color, with red tinges, and a tan head. The smell is malts, caramel, and roast. The taste is roasty, malts, some sweetness, and chocolate.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shag (2638) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 18, 2010
This poured dark black color with a tan head. Perfect score! The aroma contains some chocolate, coffee, cocoa powder, and espresso. The flavor is rich but balanced all the same with more milk chocolate, malted milk balls, and a hint of coffee. Hot damn, this reminds me of Expedition a little bit. This is from Utah? Iíll be a monkeyís cousin in law! Awesome!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2010
Squatters outer darkness. 750ml bottle from Doug... Pours a solid dark close to black pour with a thin soapy tan head... Light smoke, roasted malt, and chalky cocoa chocaltiness... Sweet roasted malt and chocolate, touch of smoke. Smooth, chewy body with somewhat of a chalky mouthfeel. excellent. 8/4/8/4/16

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2010
Taste thanks to Jeremy
Dark brown, thin tan head. Heavily sweet nose of chocolate, bubblegum, light ethanol, and licorice. Astringently bitter roast flavor, more chocolate with a lightly sweet burnt sugar finish. Unoriginal, a bit thin, and overly hot despite the lack of complexity. Meh.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheAlum (5909) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2010
22 oz bottle shared by Kan. Thanks! Utah rate! Pours a pitchblack pour, opaque, thicker bodied, a decent brownish head dies to a decent film, lacing edge, light. Aromas are molasses and caramel, toffee, roasted malts, dark cocoa, coffee, nice and roasty with a sweet balance, a faint dark fruit. Initial is heavier sided, sweeter molasses, vanilla, a touch of smoked meatiness, roasty malts, coffee, a lot of elements come into play, smokiness really gives me something to hold onto. Creamy sweetness, roast and smoke. Very nice balance with a lingering smokey roast finish with a touch of creamy sweetness. A tasty one and very appreciated. Cheers!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JAXSON (530) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2010
I really canít give this one as detailed of a rating as Iíd like to. Enjoyed in the middle of a tasting involving various other legendary imperial stouts and barleywines. Deep thick blac, 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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