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RATINGS: 411   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   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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4.5
Braudog (6763) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2017
Bottle. Pours with the perfect visuals. Pitch black, with a tan head that fades to tan. The nose is superb, rich with toasty goodness. Thick with all the appropriate flavors -- dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, warm brownies. Delish. (#6735, 8/5/2017)

4
hauxe (835) - Butzbach, Hesse, GERMANY - JUL 24, 2017
From a can. Pours thick and black with a tan head. The head is foamy, modest lacing. Aroma is primarily bacon and bitter chocolate. Taste is bittersweet, trending bitter at the finish. Amid subtle cherry hints are plenty of smoke, bacon, and chocolate. Body is thick and chewy. A rich and complex brew.

3.3
GenDV138 (7285) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 12, 2017
Bottle at the RateBeer DC tasting. Dark brown with light tan head. Aromas of bitter chocolate, light smoke, malt, caramel. Tastes of malt, caramel, cocoa. Medium-light body with a dry finish.

3.7
solidfunk (9018) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUL 8, 2017
Roast and some chocolate. Caramel. Black pour. Bittersweet finish. Oily like environmentally disturbed seals. Bottle.

3.9
alexsdad06 (10486) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2017
750 ml bottle shared with a group (also originally sampled at RBSG 2010) from notes. Pours dark brown to black in color with a small khaki colored head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, dark fruit, tobacco, earthy bitterness, solid.

3.6
User134089 (1644) - - MAY 25, 2017
Type: 12-oz. can Glass: AleSmith Barrel-Aged Reserve snifter From: Bier:Thirty Bottle & Bistro in Boise, Idaho Price: $4.99 Purchased: April 21, 2017 Consumed: May 6, 2017 Reviewed as: Russian Imperial Stout Misc.: Enjoy by July 30, 2018 Picked this up with four others at Bier:Thirty on a recent work trip to Boise after getting a random 6-pack of cans earlier at Whole Foods. Looked quickly on Untappd to see that it had good ratings and picked it up. It was that quick. Poured a pitch black oily color with two fingers of frothy tan head. Very light bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Decent lacing. Good retention. (Sight - 3.75) Lots of different notes in the nose. Got oak, molasses, barley, malt chocolate, cocoa, dark fruits, plum, toffee, black licorice, anise and vanilla cream. (Smell - 3.75) . Taste mainly followed the nose. Got roasted barley lead the way, followed by oak, molasses and milk chocolate. Vaguely reminded me of Founders Dirty Bastard. Also got toasted toffee, plum, earthy raisins, dark fruits, cocoa nibs, hints of anise and caramel syrup. Could taste that that booze early, but it mellowed late. (Taste - 4.00) Full body. Slick texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth, warming finish. For sure the best part of the beer. (Feel - 4.25) This was a solid beer overall. Would have it again for sure. (Overall - 4.00) 3.95 89 B+

4.9
ronaldtheriot (1953) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - MAY 16, 2017
Outer Darkness has a thin, tan head, a dark brown, nearly black appearance, some glass lacing, and a bit of brown, around the edges. Aroma is of rich, dark-roasted malt, brown bread crust, and some chocolate. Taste is of those elements, with no unpleasant burnt or charred features. Mouthfeel is heavy and velvety, and Outer Darkness finishes rich and sip-able. RJT

3.3
coachd (860) - Missouri, USA - MAY 5, 2017
Definitely getting molasses and licorice from the aroma, also chocolate and a bit of spice. Nice jet black color with a brown head. Tastes a little watery, some sharp roast up front and more of the molasses/licorice, but odd tasting. Thin palate, overall it was just okay. I probably wouldn’t drink this again.

4
Andrew196 (1922) - Katy, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2017
Pours black with a creamy tan head, quickly dissipates, spotty lace. Aroma of chocolate, licorice, toasted nuts, mint. Creamy and silky on the tongue. Chocolate, Kahlua, nuttiness, lactose, licorice... Nice lingering roast finish.

4.4
Cajun (534) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - APR 3, 2017
Can - Pours black, creamy tan head. Aroma of dark roasted malts, chocolate, nuts, coffee, and scorched pancakes. Flavorful tastes of bakers chocolate muffins, hints of coffee and wood. Bitter hops presence.


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