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Out Of Bounds Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Out Of Bounds StoutOut Of Bounds Stout

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very good

573 Reviews

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Reviews: 573
Hads: 1,239
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 15.61%
Wants: 30
Gots: 96 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002

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Reviews: 573 | Hads: 1,239
Photo of thelagerheads
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of TechMyst
4.5/5  rDev +19%
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!

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Photo of Brent
4.48/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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.

This may be my favorite stout. I definitely recommend!

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Photo of opwog
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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Photo of redjameskidd
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

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Photo of FormatKid
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

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Photo of bnes09
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Photo of Mindabyss
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
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.


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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.39/5  rDev +16.1%
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!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of dogger6253
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
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...

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Photo of russpowell
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
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

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As I've heard both good dand bad things about Avery, it made me curious about their brews. I have to say that my first sampling of their products was far from disappointing, and was in fact very, very good.

It pours a dark black colour with a big creamy tan head. Stickiness is moderate but noticeable.

The smell is different, but awesome: it's big and bold without being overpowering and there's something to it that I can't quite place my finger on yet which sets it apart from other brews, and in a good way. It's a bit sweet but primarily rough and rugged, with a hint of smoke notes throughout. There's a chocolate base that runs throughout as well. Just incredibly nice overall.

The flavour is right up there as well: sweetness prevails for a while but soon gives way to a hearty burnt, roasted malt flavour. Even the chocolate seems to take on burnt qualities here. The finish is very dry, but spot on for the style. Mouthfeel is creamy but hearty.

I have nothing bad to say about this brew. It's really just a stellar beer overall, and I wish I had picked up more than one bottle of it. Yum.

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Photo of McNealc31
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is right on, deep brown with amber edges. But it’s the smell that will hook you early. Luckily, the taste is even more delicious. Roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, anise, and big body. The finish is dry, quite bitter, and chalky.

This doesn’t have the accoutrements of oatmeal, coffee, barrel aged, or any of that, but it doesn’t need it. A stout done right, this is one to find.

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Photo of bditty187
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Basically black in hue, there is some ruby highlights around the edges, especially when held to a light. Still, the liquid is basically opaque. The head was over two fingers in height, beige in color. Head retention was very good; it slowly faded to a rocky cap that lasted the entire consumption. This beer looks very typical of a stout, aside from the fact the subsequent lacing looks like tattered wallpaper. Impressive. The nose is malty, kind of smoky, roasty with coffee influences, plus some chocolate and charcoal. Astringent. There is also a faint, slick, milky sweetness at the distant back. This bouquet is stout-like, the potency is fairly sturdy and the smells are articulated clearly. I really like the nose. The hint of smoke elevates the bouquet over many of its brethren. Inviting to say the least. The palate doesn’t make the nose out to be a liar. Pleasant roasty flavors, faint smoky qualities, slick chocolate with a milky sweetness that is very minimal. Coffee beans. Licorice. Charred wood. Distant piney hops it seems. I really like this beer; it is very tasty with plenty of flavors in the mix. I mean this is just a stout after all and damn, its good! It is robust in a restrained kind of way. Hey, I used the word “restrained” in a review for a beer from Avery! I’ve come to the conclusion Avery’s best beer comes in 12-ounce bottles. Moderate abv, I could session with this dandy. Long aftertaste, I really want some sharp cheddar cheese or grilled meat! Medium in body, modest carbonation, the mouthfeel is pleasant, I could ask for a little more body but it is good “as is.” This stout is damn drinkable. Give me a six-pack! Lovely stuff from start to finish, thus far this is the best tasting and most eloquent beer I’ve had from Avery. I purchased a 12-ounce bottle in Brookfield, WI. Recommended. I want more.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an excellent dry stout from Avery. It pours a dark black, ruby-red colour with a nice fluffy, tan head. The aromas are of chocolate, caramel, various types of malts and hops, alcohol and yeast. The taste. Delicous! A yummy blend of chocolate and caramel flavors, with a bit of coffee thrown into the mix as well. The mouthfeel is a tad bit thin and the drinkability is not perfect. But this is one of the best dry stouts I have ever had!


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Photo of cyrock1
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep brown with a 1/2 inch light tan head.

Smell: Roasted and toasted malt with a little chocolate in the background.

Taste: Roasted malt, coffee, toffee, and bitter chocolate. Some chocolate too on the second taste.

Mouthfeel: An ever-present carbonation keeps the flavors lingering till a litte bit of hop bitterness finishes them off.

Drinkability: I like it a lot, a well balanced beer!

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Photo of bgildea
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark Brown with slight hint of red. Decent light tannish head that faded quickly, with slight lacing.

S: Smells very earthy and delicious. Hints of nuts, roasted malts, maybe some vanilla or carmel.

T: Great balance of flavors. The coffee and roasted malts hit you initially, with a nice hint of hops for a finish. Great use of flavors that blend well.

M: Really nice chew to it. A lot thicker than I was expecting, so I was pleasantly surprised.

D: This beer is very drinkable. I will definitely buy this one again. Great balance of flavors and a nice tasty surprise.

Overall: Overall the beer was very good. If you like a nice stout with a hint of hops, you will really enjoy this one. I'd recommend this beer to any dark beer drinker.

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Photo of isualum12
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strong. Really strong in a good way.

Look- black as night with tan head

Smell has a cherry bourbon which is great

Taste is a thing of wonder and greatness. It is amazing. Bourbon but not overpowering with chocolate overlay.

Feel. It is thick. And heavy in the mouth

Overall this ISA great beer. Please put me in the fan category

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a charcoal black, with slight brown hues on the edges in the light. An oatmeal colored head sits well on top, and dissipates to chunky bubbles and film. Nice sticky lacing. The beer smells of bitter chocolate and dark roasted malts. The taste is brilliant. Dark, rich, and roasted malts, bitter chocolates, espresso coffee. Delicious. The mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, a well done American Stout. AT 6.3% it's very sessionable, and it tastes good along the way. Well done by Avery.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

05/27/08- Purchased at City Beer in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info present. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Very black in color with a 3/4 inch creamy dirty white head. Very nice lace marks remain.

Smell- Heavily roasted malt, mild hop notes and heavy coffee grounds in the air.

Taste- All the flavors in this beer are intense. The malts are highly roasted, if not towards the burnt side, the coffee really stands out as well. Dark chocolate swirls between the malts and coffee. Hops play a minor role, but are there.

Mouthfeel- A bit higher carbonation that I would like, but it's still not that high. If you are used to nitro or cask this will seem fairly carbonated for you.

Drinkability- One of the better domestic irish dry's I've had. Heck one of the better any kind of domestic stouts I have had. Very drinkable.

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Photo of mgironta
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured with a barely there tan head that hung around for the duration of the drinking, but left no lacing on the glass. The body was a deep and dark brown. Due to the color, there was no visible carbonation on the brew. The nose was glorious. It had lots of coffee, roasted malts and chocolate, which is exactly what I expect from a stout. The taste was very much of the same that was apparent in the nose. I got a lot of coffee and roasted malts, not as much chocolate, with a creamy mouthfeel. The brew had very low carbonation and the finish lasted awhile with the roasted malts. It also had medium thickness. This was definitely a great brew and I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to try it. I will definitely have this one again.

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Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 573 ratings.