Out Of Bounds Stout - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by krustster:
3.73/5 rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
I bought this one on the strength of its artwork and the little badge at the bottom that said "Experts Only" as well as its claim that it would give me that little extra something I'd been looking for. Not expecting too much, but hopefully it'll be a little different.
It pours a dark coffee brown, not just in color but consistency as well. It looked pretty clear as I was pouring but once in the glass the darkness is more evident. Head was very fluffy, almost overflowed but faded before long and left a large amount of "lacing" on the glass. It's hard to quantify but this beer, while pretty enough, looks a little weak.
Smell was a surprise as hops were the most predominant element (though they did claim to use "a mountain of hops" so it should have been expected) with some malts behind it that don't seem as "roasty" as the norm. I might be insane but this smells closer to a scotch ale than a stout to me, which is not a bad thing but certainly unique. Just a hint of vanilla and is that...maple? Okay, maybe this really does have a little something extra.
After tasting, the smell ended up being the best part, it didn't taste bad but the element of surprise was kind of lost. Again the hops are at the forefront, it's far from a pale ale (which I will admit I hate) but very unusual for a stout. There is a lot more coffee and roastedness in the taste itself compared to the nose which was more hops and malts. Nothing outstanding here, but the combination is pretty unusual. It borders on becoming something other than a stout but holds together just enough to still qualify--not that it matters.
Feel is not particularly substantial but the relative thinness of it does make a good match for the crisper taste. Overall this is easily drinkable and a nice attempt at doing something different, without any real missteps, but at the same time it doesn't really stand out. It's worth trying if you get a good price; if you're more of an IPA person this would probably be a decent gateway to the heavier dark beers.
Serving type: bottle
11-26-2013 02:54:45 | More by krustster
More User Reviews:
3.8/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
This beer is dark brown / black color. It has a decent foamy head. The aroma is filled with cocoa toasted malts. Not too heavy or too light. This was a pretty good beer. I know thhat I enjoyed this beer. I would like to have it again if I can find it again.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 20:55:39 | More by jaredtp
Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,019 ratings.