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Out Of Bounds Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

573 Reviews
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80
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Reviews: 573
Hads: 1,227
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 28
Gots: 89 | 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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Photo of 55kabinski
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I like this beer a lot but am mainly leaving a review to correct the BA info on abv. It's listed here as 6.3% but is actually 5.1%.

Moderator can feel free to remove this review if s/he likes after the mis-info is corrected....

Now I have to hit minimum of 259 characters....

I like this beer a lot but am mainly leaving a review to correct the BA info on abv. It's listed here as 6.3% but is actually 5.1%.

Moderator can feel free to remove this review if s/he likes after the mis-info is corrected....

I like this beer a lot but am mainly leaving a review to correct the BA info on abv. It's listed here as 6.3% but is actually 5.1%.

Moderator can feel free to remove this review if s/he likes after the mis-info is corrected.... (737 characters)

Photo of StrangeBrew1
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best all around colorado style stout you can find.This is the beer that got me hooked me on Avery beers and is I believe a perfect example of what the company inspires. Experimenting with making beer using unconventional ingredients and coming up with a one of a kind original tasting product. Prost! (304 characters)

Photo of pezoids
4.89/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured tar black in color with a light brown head of creamy foam. The aroma has a wonderfully roasted nuttiness with slightly burnt dark grains and toasted breads. There’s also some cocoa/chocolate notes. Beautiful bouquet. The taste is sublime with mellow coffee notes and a perfect roasted bitterness. A chocolate sweetness entices the palate and the beer goes down with a silky smoothness. The body is solid and this finishes clean and leaves me satisfied. Actually, this leaves me wanting more – like a case or two. An excellent stout that I would highly recommend. (571 characters)

Photo of Illtryit
4.69/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a typical stout black with tan head one finger deep.

Smell sweet carmel and roasted malts.

Taste is all roasted and toasted malts and barley with just the slightest hop bite towards the end. Depth and complexity make this one heck of a stout.

Silky smooth feel with light carbonation. Very robust.

Overall, I would easily recommend this stout to all interested in trying a full flavored brew. Avery hit a home run with Out of Bounds!!! (445 characters)

Photo of david18
4.62/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was exactly what I was hoping it would be. The best of great stout aroma and flavor (which i think comes from the stronger stouts) without the high alcohol. A perfect cold weather afternoon or session beer. Great dark color, very roasty aroma and flavor. As good as any imperial I've ever had. (303 characters)

Photo of Winter
4.59/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a nice tan head. Opaque except for some mahogany hues at the bottom of the pint. Tan head eventually flattens to cover the surface of the body. Excellent aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate and roasted coffee. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and chewy. Initial flavors of roasted coffee, mocha and caramel treat the tongue. Hop bitterness kicks emerges in the middle and carries into the long coarse finish. Dry and coating roasted malt finish. A great offering from Avery and a must-try for stout fans. (515 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Avery Brewing Company Out of Bounds Stout

12 ounce bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a quarter of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed a few wispy clouds that collected in the center of the top of the beer.

Aroma: Wow! Big aromas of roasted malt, imparting notes of coffee and smoke, accented with some light licorice aromas too.

Taste: Wow!! Great, bold flavors of roasted malt, imparting flavors of toasted pumpernickel bread, freshly brewed coffee, without the coffee-like bitterness, a little smoke, a little dark chocolate, all followed by some brown sugar-like sweetness and some beautifully balanced hops. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy, nicely complemented with some pretty good carbonation. With an ABV of 6.3%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Damn, this is another great stout! Seriously bold flavors of roasted malt, beautifully balanced with some sweetness and hops! Absolutely delicious! (1,110 characters)

Photo of Justin23060
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

1/2 cm tan head off a pretty vigorous pour. Head diminished but laced slightly. Pitch black with only a slight red highlight. Smells super nutty sweet mocha chocolate (like one of those peanut butter cookies with the chocolate kiss on top). Tastes just as good (again one of those cookies comes to mind, but this time washed down with some roasty coffee). Sweetness hangs on almost to the end but at the last minute it quickly turns to the proper dryness for the style. A nice chewy mouthfeel without being overly heavy. I was getting pretty tired of stouts in general because some offering seem a bit watery while others can be chokingly heavy. This perfect body and balance between sweet and dry of this offering has changed my mind. (735 characters)

Photo of The_1084
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very dark color with a thick, caramel colored head almost 3 fingers in width and leaves an unquestionable lace on the glass.

S - Gives off the aroma of bitter chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts.

T - Enters with a touch of chocolaty coffee and leaves with a bitter, roasted taste.

M - Thick and creamy with moderate carbonation.

O - Overall this is a great stout and I have plans on drinking more of these in the future. (437 characters)

Photo of DanielMB
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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. (301 characters)

Photo of thelagerheads
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$1.59
12 oz bottle
Merchant's Fine Wine
Dearborn, MI

This one couldn't wait to get out of the bottle and celebrate. So after pouring 85% foam between an Ayinger mug and a Sunset tall glass and refilling with the excess from the bottle it finally came to a mushroom cloud atop the Sunset glass and sl-l-l-l-l-lowly settled. There's still a smoke puff of scud cloud at top and that's fine with me daddy-o. Everything has its purpose and as such this cloud performs its duty. Similar to winter cloud cover does in keeping heat from escaping and the tempertaure from plummeting this buffer zone keeps me from gulping this fucker right down. Exultant dark mark, mucilaginous hops and an indeterminable scintilla of fruit that gives a puissant taste which perorates in idiolallic tongues. Yes, it is OK to look over the precipe, laugh and then consider jumping. (861 characters)

Photo of TechMyst
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This begins my foray back into stouts from IPAs. Drank one; then I had a "session" of the remaining 5. [Note: This is NOT a SESSION brew, I do not care what anyone says or thinks.] Rich chocolate/nut aroma. Spotty sheen of tan head. Even a vigorus pour does not yield a lasting head. Very opaque black, transmitted color is a deep amber with ruby tints. Slick and slightly chalky/resinous palate. Superglue lacing. Stout up front, straight porter in middle and aftertaste. Each phase is plesant. Definitely NOT one-dimentional. Even my emitted noxious gas was plesant tasting. Soft conditioning, made me feel fuller than mouthfeel. Drinkable fast or slow, but if you start slamming you'll soon go to sipping. Almost perfect, except for palate being a little chalky. If you like Guinness, step up to this stout tough guy! (820 characters)

Photo of Brent
4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a liquid pitch black that shows amber around the edges against the light. Aroma and flavor are an impressive coffee with lots a cream and sugar. The roasted malt is deftly handled, with no cardboard or over-roasted notes. Like drinking an iced Starbucks mocha latte. A coffee bitterness finishes very clean at the end, surprisingly so for such a dark beer. Quite sweet, but not cloying, and yet somewhat dry. I was quite impressed by this stout. (451 characters)

Photo of jmbranum
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought at The Library in Manhattan, KS. Enjoyed at home in Oklahoma City.

Pour from a bottle into a small rocks glass so I could take my time and savor it. Very impressed. Nice toasted malt aroma. Flavor is rich and complex. Fairly dry. Some nice bitterness rounded out by slight lingering licorice and mollasses (just a hint), a little bit of charcoal, nice smooth mouthfeel. Long lingering flavor.

This is a good beer. One of the best stouts I've had in a long time. Reminds me of Guiness Extra stout, except a tinge sweeter and more winey notes. (551 characters)

Photo of JEdmund
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance
Big, espresso roast-colored head which softens to a pillow. Loads of lacing as it settles and lowers as I drink. Deep black color.

Aroma
Nice! This has a good kick of hop aroma, which is surprising, but welcome. There's certainly a roasted malt smell too, but the hops are definitely evident. I enjoy bringing the glass up each time to draw in the smell.

Taste & Mouthfeel
Right on--this is my kind of stout: big on roasted flavors followed by a big hop blast balancing out at the end. Pretty substantial mouthfeel and a fairly high level of carbonation. Crisp and dry aftertaste, with notes of coffee and chocolate.

Overall
This may be my favorite stout. I definitely recommend! (694 characters)

Photo of opwog
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now listening to: Headhunters - God Made Me Funky

Picked this up as part of my "to go" stash from Hollingshead.

This is a really solid Irish Stout. Thicker and richer for the style, but nice dry roastiness from the malt. Builds a huge head that falls quickly into clumpiness and finally down to a surface ring that lasted the whole glass.

Because this is a pretty straight forward Irish Stout, I am cutting the review of what this is, to take some time to comment on what it isn't. This isn't the first time that I thought that a label may be misrepresenting what is inside. I don't think that this is intentional, it is just a matter of the label designers not thinking about how the average person may read their label. The beer name is "Out Of Bounds" and shows somebody partaking in a death defying extreme skiing move. Then down where the ABV is usually shown, they replaced it with "Yeah, it is!" Then on the side; this is part of the brief notes about the beer; "...our Out Of Bounds Stout is an extreme experience. Live life on the edge..."

When I see a name like "Out of Bounds" and more specifically, when the ABV is intentionally replaced with "Yeah, It Is" as a reference back to the name and then finally followed up in the notes referring to it as an "extreme experience," Call me crazy but I am expecting the beer inside to be a strong ale at some level. To me, this is not how you label a beer that barely eclipses 5%.

But like I said before, this is a good beer. I just don't think that some breweries think long enough about how the general market might interpret their labels. (1,607 characters)

Photo of redjameskidd
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As one of the earlier reviewers said, I too believe this is an underappreciated beer, as far as stouts go.

Appearance: jet black, creamy tan head.

Smell: roasted malts and chocolate milk.

Taste: I really enjoy a stout that is restrained on the sweet side and instead emphasizes the roast, which this does. All roasted barley and black patent flavors.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, almost feels like a milk stout.

Drinkability: I would be all too happy to down these all night.

Overall: This, along with North Coast's Old #38 Stout, are two of my favorite dry stouts. They are exactly what they SHOULD be. (599 characters)

Photo of FormatKid
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a six pack of this with a friend, I’m interested to try a dry irish stout *besides* the ubiquitous Guinness. When allowed to warm up a bit and poured into a pint glass the body appears to be solid black, but when held to light it’s translucence is revealed and a ruby-red shows through. The head is tan, and ample, it retains like a champ and leaves thick sheets of lace down the pint. The nose is rather estery, I can pick up fruit aromas similar to dark berries before the pint even approaches my face. As my nose approaches I pick up powdery cocoa aromas and dark, roasty coffee. This is quite a flavorful dry-stout, the flavors of milk-chocolate and bitter chocolate toy back and forth with each other, faint berry flavors and dark roasted coffee stand firmly together before a bitter earthy hop kick in the finish. Nice and roasty with a medium bitterness throughout. This beer is nice and smooth and gets more so at cellar temp, holy damn what a great session stout. I would recommend anyone try it, and I will not hesitate to grab some more the next time I see it. (1,079 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an ever so slightly browned black color with a finger of head that falls to ring the beer. The nose is awesome. Lots of sweet chocolate, very creamy. This smells really nice. The flavor really nice, starting of a sweet chocolate but moving towards a sweet coffee on the finish. I really like it. The feel is a big moderate, with a slight drying finish. Overall, this beer is super good. This is easily a session stout. (434 characters)

Photo of bnes09
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thick charcoal black color. Dark red to brown when held up to light. Pours a thin tan head but the retention and creamy lacing is unparalleled.

Rich cocoa and coffee bean aroma. Hints of pine and maple in the nose.

Starts off with a robust dark chocolate to coffee bitter, roasted flavor. Hops are also pretty assertive with a piney bitterness and in the perfect proportion for balance. Smooth molasses sweetness brings it all together and provides a mellowing effect. Hints of maple, almond and a smokey character come to life as well.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Dense medium body with some small bubbles mingled in. Its a little drying on the palate but smooth and creamy at the same time. Leaves a dry, bitter dark chocolate after taste.

Wow! What an exceptional example of an Irish Dry Stout. Seems like it would almost be better suited for the American stout style due to the smooth texture and sweet, balanced flavors. Great session beer for stout lovers like myself. Incredibly complex and rich flavors and outstandingly refreshing. (1,038 characters)

Photo of Mindabyss
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a large snifter

A: Pours out black, not very thick at all. Great cappuccino head 2 fingers wide.

S: Mostly roasted barley with a slight and I mean slight hop presence. Little hints of toffee and chocolate are great not overpowering.

T: Alot like the nose you get lots of roasted barley upfront with a tiny bit of hops. Great Toffee sweetness almost like the chocolate flavored salt water toffee. Burnt Black coffee with a touch of sugar.

O: A little sweet for a "Dry Stout" but I'm a fan of sweetish stouts. This one isn't sweet like a milk stout but I love it. Almost like a Guinness Extra Stout with some sugar.

MALTY ROASTED GOODNESS (672 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.39/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A black body reveals mahogany highlights at its base. It's initial short but creamy tan head drops readily to just a thin collar, although it does leave some nice lace. The nose is quite bold with sweet cocoa, dark chocolate, a touch of smoke, and a good helping of fresh brewed coffee. Very nice! The body is medium with an exceptionally fine carbonation that tickles the tongue. Although it appears sweet with chocolate and cocoa throughout the first few tastes, the roastiness and underlying bitterness develop on the palate as you progress through the glass. It starts with some nutty, caramelish cocoa; followed by rising notes of fruitiness. As it crosses the palate, dark chocolate emerges but morphs quickly into bittersweet chocolate as the hop bitterness begins to rise. Some underlying leafy hop flavor is sometimes noteable at this point. Roastiness, and even some smoky character, become evident at the swallow; and lead into a long, dry finish that's roasty, chocolatey and bitter with some leafy/floral hop character giving it depth. It's almost a touch woody as it lays in the mouth. Really nicely complex while maintaining a great deal of drinkability in it's body and mouthfeel. Worth trying! (1,210 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pretty dark and a little bit of light shows through. Head is dark tan and has some nice staying power while leaving a bit of lace on the way down. Nose is a nice roasted bean thing. Quite nice really. Flavor is extremely robust and full. Great smoky qualities to it. Meaty, hearty. Just thick but smooth. Feel has a good carbonation to it and the liquid is good too. Overall this is a very nice dry stout. My first sip ended up killing half of the pint. (459 characters)

Photo of dogger6253
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice retention on the inch and a half of pillowy, coffee-colored head. It just hangs there leaving gorgeous patches around the glass' edge. This beer is dark. There is such a small amount of cherry glowing around the bottom, but not noticeable unless you're looking deep into it, which is easy to do as the body of this beer sucks you in like a moth to flame. I want to get burned. Really badly.

Wonderful smell, coffee, cherries and a touch of chocolate; all with a nice, roasted finish. Also bits of caramel and toffee present.

A pretty decent taste with this, very smoky. Pretty high malty flavor combined with burnt coffee and cocoa, there's also sort of a caramel sweetness. Pretty well-balanced flavor that introduces a small taste of hops at the finish that masks the alcohol behind it.

The mouthfeel of this is very rich and deep, incredibly creamy and dry. I'll be drinking many more of these, but not tonight... (930 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A very true to style stout:

Pours dark mahogany to black with a healthy 3 fingers + tan head. Very good head retention and lacing

Smell: Intense burnt malt, coffee & chocolate

Taste: toasty malty, slight fruityness caves into coffee and bitter graininess (works here). Finishes very dry and fruity

MF Chewy and creamy with ideal carbonation

A little too dry to enjoy more than a few, but stout lovers would probably easily session this. Although I prefer the new world porter, Avery comes through again (507 characters)

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Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
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