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RATINGS: 349   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
schmidtguy (37) - Englevale, North Dakota, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Great Beer, pours a very dark brown with a small cream head, smell of roasted malts, hint of chocolate and licorice and some booze, taste is roasted malts and bitter dark chocolate, very smooth you smell booze but none on the taste, i get a slight licorice after taste that is enjoyable....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
islay (1055) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfinney23 (1573) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2014
Fairly typical imperial stout until the licorice finish kicks in, balancing very nicely with the chocolate and molasses.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
RickTStiles (696) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Rich aroma, molasses, fig, maple. Taste is chocolate and licorice. Finish is long and boozy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stevoj (1958) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RespertFTW (515) - Michigan, USA - APR 13, 2014
Bomber. Brown and tan head. malt and chocolate aroma and flavor. Some molasses.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mittenator (1204) - Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2014
Bomber. Deep brown with a dark tan head. Deep malt and chocolate aromas. Malt, molasses and slight chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Experiment_Ale (858) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (3891) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcox90 (1521) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Bottle shared by Phatdog1 @ RBNEG. Pours black as a moonless night in the country with a thin beige ring. Aroma is full of dark malt, bakers chocolate and molasses. Flavor contains the aforementioned flavors as well a hint of vanilla bean. Wants to be sweet, but gets dragged to the dark side by the roasted malt and molasses. Thick heavy bodied with a sticky palate. This was terrific and I bet it would age incredibly well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (2939) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 18, 2014
750 ml bottle shared at the RBNG by Phatdog1. 2013 vintage. Pitch black color. Aroma is lots of roasted malts, ash, and burnt molasses.

Taste of big charred, toast, molasses, caramel, dark chocolate and roasted earthiness. Hints of coffee bitterness on the finish, lingering deep roast notes. Sweet without being cloying. Medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a chalky / ashy texture I enjoy. The ABV shows up a touch but it is a very green bottle. Real nice.

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