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

1,136 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,136
Reviews: 562
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 21
Gots: 60 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002)
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Reviews by krustster:
Photo of 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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Immortale25
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
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
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
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 t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of OhioBobcat
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of cimms001
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Bitzer
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of DahWag
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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 bulldogg915
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of teal
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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 DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of DWolf
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Beaver13
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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 ajkelly451
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of nstroup
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of jal_005
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of SAxDRC5
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
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
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
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