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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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4.2
   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....


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BucannonXC5 (1639) - San Diego, California, USA - 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
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
ronaldtheriot (1904) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
coachd (775) - 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 wouldnt drink this again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Andrew196 (1813) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cajun (531) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ttoadee (1434) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2017
The viscosity as I poured this jet black brew was noticeable. A small mocha head left quickly. The nose shows coffee, chocolate and faint liquorice. Bittersweet . You need teeth to bite through the middle of this beer; full bodied blackened malt, liquorice, cherries, hint of caramel, and a large helping of molasses. The finish is sticky on the tongue, bittersweet, and silky malt smoothness. ABV lays very low, and very dangerous. Decidely good.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DerGantzel (410) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2017
An aroma of roasty malt, chocolate and coffee with hints of fruits. Black with a dark brown long lasting foam. High sweetness and light-medium bitterness - really great taste. Soft carbonation, creamy texture and full body. Wonderful.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wlajwl (6664) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 2, 2017
Aroma is slightly burnt toast, dark fruit and dark malts. The flavor is slightly burnt toast, dark fruit, mild/medium sweetness in the middle, dark malts and an acidic/slightly sour finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ibrubeer (379) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 27, 2017
Can. Aroma is a little sweet, roasty, coffee. Dark black color, inky, beige head, little lacing. Flavors abound! A little sweet, caramel. Full body, creamy, inky mouthfeel. Awesome RIS.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ads135 (4544) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 30, 2016
A very decent Russian imperial stout. Super dark, almost more bitter than sweet. Lots of chocolate and coffee.


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