Out Of Bounds Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Out Of Bounds StoutOut Of Bounds Stout

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,212 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,212
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 26
Gots: 83 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002

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Ratings: 1,212 | Reviews: 575
Reviews by Bumpon10s:
Photo of Bumpon10s
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a oily black, no head. When put to the light, nothing is seen.

S - A bit odd on the nose, smells like coffee and malts with a touch of alcohol, I was expecting different, but I guess this is on the mark.

T - Tastes like old coffee, has that nice roasted flavor, but very watery when it comes down to it. Weak in taste, but that could have been predicted with the 5% ABV.

M - One the of thinnest stouts I've had outside of Guiness, I understand it is a Irish stout, but it is packing a whimper in this. No tingle, no bite, just rolls right down.

D - Well, if you like a weaker stout with a lower ABV, you'll take a shine to this. Frankly I just thought it was a little weak and needed a bit more to it, I wouldn't be seeking this out again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Immortale25
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Very resilient specs of lacing cling to the glass and don't let go.

S- Semisweet aroma of dark roast brings to mind chocolate, coffee and a bit of char.

T- Roasty bitterness with a dark chocolate quality leads to some hop bitterness on the back end. Smooth and well-balanced between the sweet and bitter. After multiple sips, the hops really start to show.

M- Has the optimal viscosity of a straight-up stout with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- A very solid stout that I've been wanting to try for a while now. Drinkable, flavorful and with a bit of a hop kick. I'm on board.

Photo of DanielMB
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

I think this an underrated beer. It pours very dark brown, almost black, with a nice one-finger beige head that recedes fairly quickly. It smells and tastes like dark chocolate with coffee notes, with a decent hop presence in the background--sort of like a junior imperial stout. This is a solid beer.

Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice rich black with some crimson color highlights with a huge fluffy almond colored head that sticks nicely to the side of the glass,some roasted malt and nuttiness come thru in the aroma along with a touch of unsweetened chocolate that comes thru more as I drink more.A mellow tasting brew at first but as it warms alot more flavor elements come out some highly roasted malt and some cocoa powder with a lingering dry earthiness in the finish,quite tasty.A smooth creamy-like feel makes this brew very easy to drink,one of the better dry stouts I have had in awhile.

Photo of tectactoe
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nearly black color with a bit of light coming through the very edges of the glass. A very dark beer, here. Very fine head that sustained fairly well. Smells heavily of roasted malts, roasted malts, and more roasted malts, with a faint hint of sweetness, resembling bittersweet chocolate or roasted coffee beans. Unfortunately, the smell isn't as "strong" as I was hoping, but it definitely came out a bit more upon warming up. It tasted like you'd expect a stout to taste - roasted malt, toasted barley, faint coffee bitterness, maybe a touch of dark fruit sweetness and black licorice. Didn't taste many hops at all, but there may be a slight hint of them somewhere. Medium body for a stout, but still fairly creamy. Decent amount of carbonation leaving a crisp feeling on your tongue which isn't always commonplace for stouts.

Overall a pretty good beer. There are plenty of stouts out there, and this one doesn't really "stand out" from the rest, but it might be worth a try. Solid, but nothing spectacular.

Photo of blitz134
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nearly opaque black, but has some garnet highlights showing through the body when held to the light. Nice big light chocolate head on top, reduced down in lumps, grabs the glass nicely. A nice foam head stays throughout.

Aroma is nicely filled with dark toasted malts. Some bittersweet chocolate and some hints of coffee come through. Some sweeter malts finish it up. Somewhat light aroma though.

Taste again has lots of dark toasted malts with a bit of black patent type char hanging in there. Fairly bitter overall, finishes with some dark coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Light carbonation. Coats the mouth extremely well and the flavor really lingers. The stickiness of this one in the mouth makes it feel like a really substantial stout.

Nice drinkability, a fair amount of bitterness which is right on for the style but mouthfeel isn't overly thick and heavy. Sits light on the stomach. Something I could come back to often since the ABV is low but the flavor is still there. A true to style irish dry stout, and beats guiness by a mile.

Photo of teal
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fairly decent beer/stout. Nice and bitter with a good amount of roast to it.

Very dark with a tan head.

I would buy this again as I think it's easily something I could drink over and over, though stouts are my favorite style.

Mouthfeel isn't overly thick which helps a bit with having more than one.

Overall a good stout IMO and one I'll continue to purchase.

Photo of Beaver13
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Out of Bounds poured a dark black with a smallish tan head that quickly went to a collar that laced the glass. It has a strong aroma of roasted malts, coffee and lots of semi-sweet chocolate. It is medium bodied and tastes of roasted malts and some chocolate up front with a very bitter, coffee-like, dry finish. Overall, a nice dry stout. The hops are very bold, but not quite over the top.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours extremely dark. Looks pitch black until you hold it up to light and just an ever so slight of a touch of amber shines through. GREAT tan head that lingers around for the entire life of the pint.

Smells very roasty, robust, coffee, chocolate, caramel. Wonderful nose on this beer. Taste is more roastiness, rich malts, coffee...roasty flavors cling to your palette WELL after the sip is done. Great flavor. Finishes slightly dry with some hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little thinner than I would prefer, perfect carbonation for a stout. Slightly dry finish. This is an extremely drinkable and pleasurable stout. I wasn't it to be this good actually because I remember being underwhelmed when I first tried it over a year ago.

Photo of Jason
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Astounding dense and rocky terrain of a head, a shade or two lighter than pitch black.

Smell: Faintness of licorice is mostly masked by a mellow charcoal and berry fruitiness.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Smooth and slick in the mouth with a medium body, solid yet lightly rounded charcoal flavor. Hints of licorice and a mild berry twang, a ghost-like minty and woody hop bitterness rolls with the growing char-malt character.

Drinkability & Notes: Quite robust for a smaller stout, hefty yet not huge. The long lingering roasted barley flavors really shine.

Photo of merlin48
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a dark, opaque body with a short, tan, head that is shortlived, falling into collar and spiderweb lacing.
Aroma highlights roasted coffee, chocolate, and a note of anise.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with low carbonation and a slight, hops bite.
The taste is roasted malts, with coffee,anise, and bitter herbal hops. Some diacetyl slickness is picked up here. The chocolate promised by the aroma is nonexistent in the taste. Finish is hops bitter, with a coffee aftertaste.
A decent, dry stout, but not outstanding. The malt profile could be more assertive, but it's above average for style.

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, pours black with a dark tan head, leaving well developed lacing behind. Nose of expresso and chocolate. Nice roasted and black malt character. Some sweetness in the middle. Coffee, chocolate, cocoa, vanilla flavor notes. Medium bodied and nice syrupy, sticky mouthfeel. Long lingering finish. Nice sweet stout.

Photo of frenchblood21
3.16/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into tall wine glass.

Appearance- Almost pitch black, but can see a hint of light when held directly up to it. A vigourous pour leads to a surprisingly large light tan head.

Smell- Coffee and mocha are right up front. This is followed by a "barn" and barley smell.

Taste- More of a chocolate taste than in the nose. Hops and barley are much more prevelant than in the nose.

Mouthfeel- Too thin and much too watery for me. Has the feel of a light pilsner and not a stout.

Overall- Completely average...I only bought a single bottle, but if I would have bought a sixer, I would be upset. A pass for me.

Photo of magictrokini
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle @ Hamilton's. Poured black with borwn edges, lots of creamy tan foam, nice lacing, even in the snifter. Roasted, nearly burnt malt nose, Quik-like cocoa powder, coffee and cream. Creamy mouthfeel, but a bit loose at times. Once this one warmed up a bit, the flavor really popped. Milk chocolate with a touch of Baker's, much smoother than expected coffee flavor, with a generous helping of cream. I thought this was a milk stout before coming ont his site. Slightly bitter hop finish with a charcoal/smoke/roast character. Very nice.

Photo of Osiris9588
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, no date, poured into a pint glass. The color is motoroil black and opque. The tan head rises to two finger, rather creamy and nice cap forms on the surface. Good retention and plenty of lacing coating the glass.

The aroma is dominated by roasted barley, malt, some charred wood, and bitter coffee notes. The flavor is the same, very strong with coffee, roasted malt, and hops on the finish.

The mouth is light, yet dries out, getting bitter and smoky on the finish. I wish there was some more complexity, more of a progression into the rather harsh finale. It's alright, but not one of my favorites from Avery.

Photo of MattyG85
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark and black with a little amber red showing at the bottom. Big tan head fades into a patchy layer. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Strong aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malts. Hints of vanilla and hops.

Taste: Burnt roasted malts up front followed by coffee and chocolate. Hints of dark fruits in the finish with a light hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a light to medium carbonation. Very creamy and somewhat dry.

Overall: A solid version of a lighter stout.

Photo of far333
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great name and label. The full glass is very inviting, with its deep dark brown color and light brown foamy head. Aroma is malty and chocolatey, and I defintely can pick out some hop smells. Mouthfeel is a little tingly upfront, with a watery finish. Flavor is nearly non-existent on the front of the tongue, and seems like an imperial as it rolls down the sides of the tongue - bitter chocolate and coffee, with a bitter linger. Doesn't seem true to the style, but a tasty beer nonetheless. Thanks Brent.

Photo of BadBadger
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a rather easy to drink stout. Pours a nice nearly opaque dark color. The head was moderate in size and duration. The smell was non-stimulating, with only faint hints of the malts within. The taste is slightly better than average, being slightly malty with limited hints a fruity flavors. The mouthfeel, which is very smooth, really makes this a highly drinkable brew. While I wouldn't recommend searching this beer out, if you come across it, it is worth giving a go as a mild and highly drinkable stout.

Photo of ThreeDimesDown
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This stout pour dark with thick creamy, dark tan head. The head retains throughout the drink creating very nice lacing.

Aromas of chocolate and coffee are accompanied by roasted malt.

The taste doesn't deter far from the smell, starting with chocolate and coffee nodes with slight roasted maltiness and ending slightly dry.

The stout has a pleasant creaminess with a medium to full mouthfeel and lots of small bubble carbonation.

Could definitely throw a few of these back and not get too far ahead of yourself.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great black color, very small bubbles and compact lacing. Big aroma made up of coffee predominantly.

Very hoppy and dry taste that comes out very smooth as if made w/ oats. Decent amount of smoke flavoring, but not enough to be called 'smoky'. Same thing on the mocha tip. Just a great culmination of all good things in a variety of stouts, all together in one.

Fantastic price.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.16/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears after a vigorous pour deep purple ruby almost opaque with a decent sized tan head, leaving scattered patches of lacing. Aroma contains deep roasts which bring out the chocolate and coffee notes but this one has a milk tone to it from the crystallized lactose added to the boil. Taste seems a bit off to me, with a woody offness to me other than that is the cream tone and deep roasts causing the chocolate and mild coffee notes, not too impressed seems dumbed down. Fuller bodied smooth carbonation, decent brew. Drinkability this one lacks an overall crisp flavor the lactose tone seems off in some way making me a little off centered on whether or not I like this one.

Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

undated 12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

pours a brownish-black. Essentially opaque but seems clear. Short-lived 1 finger head.

S - a swirl of roasted grain aromas. ABV of 6.3% or higher seems evident.

T - rich taste; clearly made with a generous amount of roasted barley. Hops not obvious but detectable, especially in the finish. And this stout is a little bitter for style. Finish also has coffee notes. Strong roasted grain flavor doesn't cross the line into burnt flavor.

M - full body; smooth but not quite creamy.

O - a bold stout, both in its use of more roasted barley and in the ramped up hopping. Well done!.

Photo of OStrungT
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer at the O'Brien's 12th anniversery party. I must say that I was surprised to see this beer listed on this site as an Irish Dry Stout. I didnt think it was very dry at all.

This beer pours a pitch black color letting in no light when held up. The dark brown head fades slowly, leaving a thick lacing on the sides of the glass.

This beer has a very strong coffee aroma. It smells malty and sweet. I can detect a slight caramel aroma. I can smell a very slight smokey aroma also.

This beer has a very strong coffee flavor. It tasted like I was sucking on a coffee bean. Behind the coffee flavor, I taste chocolate. Also, I can taste a caramel flavor. It is quite malty.

This beer is full bodied. It goes down smooth leaving a coffee aftertaste. It is low in carbonation. It has a thick mouthfeel.

This beer might make a decent session beer. The alcohol content is low, and the flavor is not too aggressive. However, the coffee flavor might become overbearing after a few.

Is this beer worth drinking? You bet it is. I would probably keep a few of there in my beer fridge if I could find them.

Photo of DarrellK
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

It's a good fit for the style, hitting the characteristics pretty well.

Appearance is very dark and opaque, with a head that is almost too much when served at the proper temp (they suggest it should be cold which is not to my liking for a stout).

Aroma is average and sort of Guiness like.

Taste is a bit more coffee like that Guiness Draft but not as much has bottled Guiness.

Mouth is quite thin and would have less body if not for the head.

A decent overall brew, but I expect more from Avery, which usually serves up a more robust brew, still, it is an Irish Dry so they did hit that mark

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a jet black body with a big cratered tan head that is creamy and last for a long time. The microbubbles swirl up the side of the glass.

S- The dark char of black malt has a slightly earthy dry corn note in the finish.

T- The black roasted malt has some dark fruity chocolate hints with a slightly inky character. The mellow char quality has a tart note and some dry cream in the finish as the beer warms up.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a creamy texture and a gentle fizz in the finish.

O-- The big black stout is dry with a big roasted barley gives it nice flavor but is a bit to big for a session beer but still tasty.

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Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
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