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RATINGS: 353   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 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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ngleason (5) - - MAY 25, 2011 does not count
Awesome beer here. Pours very dark with little light penetrating this beer. Very complex aroma of all the right things.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
AWMiller (512) - Mansfield, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2011
Oh my Ö this brew is hitting right near the top of my all-time favorites!!! Poured up a hearty black colored body with an enormous bubbly mocha-colored head with unending retention and lacing. Decadent aromas of spices, dark chocolate, light hints of roasted coffee beans, caramel, toffee, and cloves. After pouring I took a quick sip and then let it sit for an hour to warm so that the flavors and aromas would intensify! Oh how long that wait was because that first sip was oh-so-blissful! The flavors are so intensely filled with the dark chocolates, toffee, hearty coffee; each so rich that one does not want to swallow that delicious liquid so quickly! Full-bodied, thick-n-rich, with a warming finish that is dry and full of lingering chocolaty sweetness. This would pair well with many meals but Iíd much rather save this for dessert on its own!!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (4566) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 17, 2011
Really a great beer from start to finish. Pours much darker than used car oil, and thicker too. Tons of roasty characters and licorice notes. Very thick, definitely a sipper, but a darn good one. Wish I could afford to drink it all the time.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SPDickerman (954) - Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Pours pitch black with minimal dark brown fizz. Smells strongly of chocolate and coffee. Taste follows the nose: intense coffee and chocolate. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and mild mouth-carbonation, Squatters Outer Darkness finishes with some solid dark chocolate bitterness.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RZahler (47) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2011
outstanding, recommended, good†value, alcoholic, thick, bitter, umami/savory, caramel, molasses, piney, buttery, dark, mahogany, headless, tan†head, leaves mouth feeling tingling and wanting more.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nsanders (499) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2012
Near black with a thick mocha colored head. Smells like rich chocolate, alcohol, smoked wood, and cream; you can smell it at armís length upon opening. The flavor is sweet and dessert like at first, but is countered by a strong bitterness. The body is heavy with a creamy texture. Delicious. I was worried when i saw this was from Itah, but it is so good, you could have it for dessert.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lupulucid (189) - - JUL 9, 2013
After trying more than half a dozen of the best imperial stouts Iíve encountered, Outer Darkness was my favorite. Itís pitch black with plenty of hops for balance and a nice chalky mouthfeel. Complexity is significant and flavors change as temp changes and as oxidation occurs. The finish is long and delicious.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JimisDose (13) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2012 A nice medium bodied imperial stout. A nice balance of alcohol, hops, bitterness, and sweetness. I think imperial stouts are the king of beers and this is a solid contribution. This great imperial stout soaks the tongue with a roasted malty chocolate flavor. I typically enjoy very hoppy and therefore bitter/alcoholic beers. This stout isnít shy with the hops or alcohol but it is relatively subtle, especially for an imperial stout. However, the balance of hops and malts, coffee and chocolate, caramel and alcohol is extraordinary. One can hold this on the tongue like a great wine. My standard imperial stout is Oskarís 10W-50. This beer is not as creamy but hits the palate with slightly more complexity, and more carbonation.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Efeswasmy1st (15) - LaCrosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 3, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2012 Poured from bottle among friends at Bodega Brew Pub in LaCrosse, WI. Appearance is light black, with some head. Aroma is bourbony, fig, and other ripe fruits. Taste is same, with complexity in the bourbon and fig. Palate is easy, wanting more. Overall, give me more when it is available.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GoFisch (5) - Spearfish, USA - JAN 24, 2013 does not count
This is a large, complex beer and I am still a novice when it comes to describing the finer points of a beverage, so I will do my best to do it justice. The aroma has a pleasant fruity, smokiness to it. The closest thing I can compare it too is....chocolate covered raisins. It pours an ink black, even direct light doesnít shine through. After pouring, a rich brown head develops that leaves a ring after each sip. At first sip I notice a fruity character, smooth at first, with a hint of the alcohol. This develops first into semi-sweet chocolate and finally a lingering smokiness on the back of the tongue. Thick, creamy mouth-feel. Iím sure as the beer warms, new flavors will present themselves. Overall a very interesting and complex stout. Each sip seems to bring something new. One of the better stouts Iíve had in a long time.


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