Saturday was a cool and cloudy February day, one that was just calling for a nice stout to end it. I’ve had a Squatters Outer Darkness sitting in my fridge for a while just waiting for me to crack it open. So today was the perfect opportunity to give it a try.
Squatters is part of the Utah Brewers Cooperative based in Salt Lake City. This Reserve Series brew is a very complex and intensely flavored Russian imperial stout. It pours a pitch dark black with a brown head that disappears rather quickly. The smell is of oak, vanilla and deep dark chocolate. The taste is much of the same with a touch of molasses, licorice and of course, bittersweet dark chocolate.
This is a well hopped stout, and there’s some bitterness in the finish. The ABV is 10.5%, so it packs quite the punch like all Russian imperial stouts.
Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much from this beer, so I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Squatters has a good double IPA called Hop Rising that I enjoy quite a bit, so maybe it shouldn’t have come as such a surprise. Oh, and the label kicks ass, so that should have told me this was going to be a good beer.
This gets 4.5 bottle caps out of 5 from me. Look for Squatters Outer Darkness at Whole Foods in Baton Rouge while it’s available. I’ll probably grab another soon to age until next winter.