There are plenty of reasons to be scared of the dark:
- The troll that lives under your bed.
- The coat on the hook that looks like the boogieman.
- The piece of furniture that you stub your toe on.
- Stephen King
(you’re welcome for reminding you about Pennywise)
Russian Imperial Stouts, however, are great reasons to LOVE the dark. Rarely do I come across one and not try/buy it, and that is because it is one of the most intensely flavored beers a brewer can create. Such is the case with Squatters Outer Darkness. Sporting an impressive 10.5 ABV and a middle-of-the-road IBU of 65, this is one hefty sonofagun. I picked up mine from Cannata’s in West Houma and brought it home where it chilled for a few weeks until the perfect opportunity arose to share it with a padnuh.
It poured a beautiful opaque brown/black with a finger or so of rich, thick creamy head. Some quick sniffs revealed roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, earthy hops, caramel, molasses and smoke. The first sip exploded with toffee, caramel, dark roasted malts, molasses and dark fruits – not to mention a creamy mouthfeel that was just out of this world. It finished with a lot of bitterness, roast and chocolate. Superb stuff, really really, good stuff. There’s a reason this one sports an impressive score of 99 on ratebeer.com.