Utah Brewers Cooperative
Squatters Outer Darkness Russian Style Imperial Stout
Russian Imperial Stout
12oz, 4-Pack
Thin half finger of extremely dark brown head, does not coalesce enough to really call it "foam" and it is gone seconds after the pour, zero lacing. Pitch black liquid with a thin sliver of yellow at the edges, some fat bubbles are visible clinging to the glass side but clearly few made it to the surface. The nose is blunt and lacks movement and length, a shame since there seems to be an abundance of milk chocolate, vanilla bean, black licorice, lactose and wood char, not getting any fruit scents, barley and rice, then band-aid, can't shake nagging suspicion there's something like bacterial taint going on. In the mouth it's smooth to the point that the full body seems lighter. Minimal if any carbonation. The booziness in your face and you feel it, can taste like a shot of bourbon. So, no surprise you get vanilla, molasses, and smoky wood char. The licorice, anise in full effect and layers on fried bacon notes. As in the nose no specific fruit materializes. No chicory but verges on bitter. Truncated finish. Not sure what's up here but not the experience expected. Willing to revisit with a can from a different batch.
3 out of 5