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RATINGS: 414   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 ibus 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nickls (2507) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2012
Bottle. Jet black pour with a nice creamy dark tan head. Coffee, roast, plum, alcohol, and burnt toast in the aroma. Flavor is very coffee driven, slight bitter chocolate, burnt malty bitterness, liquorice, and a roasty dry finish. Medium to thicker body with tight carbonation. Nicely dry, roasty, and doesnt near the sweetness as others. Good stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
piscator34 (2493) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 15, 2012
Bottled sample. Black in colour with moderate carbonation. Black in colour with moderate carbonation. Aromas are of chocolate, vanilla, clean roasted malt, and sweet oak. Flavors are of intense yet smooth milk chocolate, pale malt, vanilla, caramel, mint, and a bit of coffee. Heavy bodied and well balanced. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
poisoneddwarf (2493) - Coeur d Alene, Idaho, USA - MAR 27, 2016
750 ml foiled bottle from StefanSD for free beer week. Aroma is tobacco, licorice, vanilla, light roast. Pours black with a large tan head with great retention and lace. Seems pretty average for an impy, but its definitely tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - APR 13, 2010
Sampled at tasting at stevos. Pours black with garnet edges and quick brown head. The aroma is ash, a bit of cocoa, and a bit of syrup. The flavor is sweet, cocoa, and hints of coffee and nuts. Good woody bitterness in the finish.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2448) - Ouray, Colorado, 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2010
bottle thanks to swalden28 via footbalm. poured black with a copper head and some lace. aroma and flavor were chocolate, dark roast, fudge, and slight pine. body was heavy with low carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - APR 23, 2013
750ml bottle. Dark brown almost black with a small creamy tan head. Big aroma is bitter cocoa, licorice, molasses, black malt and alcohol. Flavor is roasty bitter black malt, licorice, chocolate, coffee and some alcohol presence. Fullish body with a soft, slick mouth feel. This one is very strong and bitter, lots of dark black malt. Im usually not a fan of black licorice but it works pretty good in this one.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
portableparty (2344) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2011
Bottle to snifter. Pour dirty oil black with a tan redish foamy head that fades to a creamy sticky film that shows lacing. Aroma is sweet and malty with some mild coco and soy ( the only thing that is not awesome!) Taste is awesome bitter hops coco and creamy roasty malts with soy and some anise in the mix. Palate is full rich creamy and finishes sticky and dry. This is a definite must try! Very good offering, and will buy again for $10.00 a bottle!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
illidurit (2327) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Bottle shared at the November 2012 Santa Cruz tasting. Pours, well, darkly. Roasted malt, burnt coffee, chocolate, anise. A decent attempt at an Abyss-style RIS but it rings a bit hollow. The bar is a lot higher than this for imperial stouts these days.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 9, 2012
massively black. brown head. full of burnt malt, lactose, caramelized malt, big chocolate and mild licorice. creamy and bold. fantastic.


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