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Out Of Bounds Stout - Avery Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Out Of Bounds StoutOut Of Bounds Stout

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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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002

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Photo of alleykatking
1.65/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle.

A- Poured a jet black color. Half finger tan head dies down almost as soon as it rose. No real lacing on the sides of the glass. Everything just falls back into the beer.

S- Weak coffee notes try to dominate the full aroma. Some roasted malts in here along with a bigger metallic scent that coats the entire aroma. No real hops that most everyone says they pick up.

T- Light roasted malts in the front give way to metallic body. Some watery bittery flavor in the middle that I can't put my finger on. A light sourness on the backend of this along with the taste of metal and alcohol. Very terrible tasting beer.

M- Lighter mouthfeel. Carbonation was alright for the beer and style I suppose. Metallic flavors left on the palate and in the aftertaste. No real drying on the palate from the alcohol. The flavors were a mess not flavorful at all.

D- This is a bad tasting beer. I'm sure it has to be a bottle. I drain poured this after I drank about half the pint. I will re-review this one when I get a chance to get another bottle. This one was bad though...very bad.

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Photo of Thads324
2.05/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Ill save the other tasting notes as they aren't necessary.
This beer tastes like burnt plastic. Phenolic. It's awful. I've tried it multiple times now, definitely different batches, always the same. Mouthfeel is astringent too.
Please Avery, adjust your mash temperatures.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.23/5  rDev -41%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours pitch black with no light penetration. A small, tan head and some scattered lace.
Smell is hops, coffee(weak), and a resiny/floral scent.
Taste is hops, resin, coffee and floral. Way too hoppy.
Finishes dry, as expected, with lingering hops. Have really liked previous Avery offerings but this brew is way, way too hoppy for my idea of a stout, even a dry stout.

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Photo of PaleAlien2
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Since when does Kingsford charcoal brew beer?

Seriously, I had high hopes for this one when I poured it and took in the nice chocate and coffee aroma, but it tasted like someone had dissolved a charcoal brickette in it.

Recommended for those who like their brews extra roasty, otherwise stay away. This one's not for me.

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Photo of davexisxrabid
2.54/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured an almost black with brown tinges at the edges of the glass and held up to the light. One inch tall head, decent retention, gives way to big bubbles.

Aroma is strong ground coffee beans, a little hop twinge, earthy and pungent.

Flavor is dominated by the roasted malt flavor, a little overpowering and unpleasant. Has a watery bitterness I found unpleasant as well. Reminiscent of the sourness many Irish stouts have (Guiness comes to mind) but far more than I was expecting.

Medium mouthfeel, not the thickness I was expecting from a stout. Didn't have a residual sweetness so not much lingering on the palate other than a thin watery bitterness.

Not my cup of tea. I've had better stouts and will probably stick with them. Of course I wasn't expecting something chewy like an imperial stout, but I was expecting a little more body and flavor than the one-note flavor I was experiencing here.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.63/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours dark chestnut brown with some faint reddish hues around the edges. Sturdy tan head settles slowly with sporadic lacing throughout.

Smell: Full of French Roast coffee and rich carob. Handful of black walnuts. Boiled sugar. Also, there's a vague, but noticeable blueberry fruitiness.

Taste: Gah! The bitter, roasted flavors border on tasting unpleasantly 'burnt'; its like charcoal, and I find it thoroughly contemptable. Don't look for sweetness in the flavor, for you will find none.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin, though some ashy qualities keep it from going down smooth. The finish overshoots past simply being dry and ends up considerably coarse.

Drinkability: Well, I suppose. "But," I'd quickly retort, "There's a vast world of superior stouts out there to be had."

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Photo of scott
2.66/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sticky lace to follow a large head above a dark body.
With a deep huff, very trace aroma of coffee. Pleasurable.
The beer stops being good at the smell, because this becomes a stinging, hopped-up mouth of char. Very lackluster, and not fun to drink.
I love Avery, but this falls very short. No real balance, no real character, and finish is almost awful, if you want something more than "dry".

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Photo of rustymoore
2.66/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Avery hasn't impressed me so far as I have tried this stout and their IPA but here goes. Poured dark to black with very little head and almost no lacing. Smells strong with coffee most of all and hints of chocolate. Hops are ever present as well. Tastes of strong coffee which doesn't appeal to me as much as some stouts as well as its very bitter and watered down. Isn't even a pleasent feeling drink perhaps due to the watered down nature. Something that I wouldn't drink regularly.

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Photo of raid765
2.78/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The smell and appearance clearly identify it as a stout, but lack any unique characteristics to set it apart from the rest. Taste is typical for the style, with a lingering roasted flavor being the highlight.

Overall, not spectacular, but not bad. It is what you expect out of a stout, but nothing remarkable.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.83/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Brown Palace mini-hefeweissbier glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a two and a half finger head of nice cream lacing, good thickness, and fairly impressive retention. Colour is a nontransparent solid black.

Sm: Heavy caramelized malt, with cream, chocolate, and nuts. A moderately strong aroma, and quite a nutty one all-around.

T: Quite nutty, which becomes particularly apparent on the climax and in the finish. Not as much cream as I'd like, but what is there emerges in the first half. The climax holds all the chocolate, which serves well as a welcome release from the other flavours. It's balanced to a degree in terms of structure, but suffers from a problematic flavour balance. The profile can't fully commit to nuts (and shouldn't). Some roasted barley as a foundation would be very welcome here, but instead they use caramelized malt. This is a poor decision. All around, it's a pretty decent brew.

Mf: Should be very dry and pretty coarse. Instead, it's mildly dry and rather smooth. This is downright wrong for the style, and ends up feeling like it's somewhere between a stout and a porter.

Dr: Quite drinkable, but not without its flaws. I'd try it on nitro, but elsewise it isn't captivating enough to invest in again.

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Photo of klewis
2.87/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: very dark brown with some reddish hue. Small and very brief head on the pour that quickly subsided.

Smell: Lots of chocolate, toasted malt. Couldn't wait to taste it.

Taste: Alas, the taste was totally unexpected and quite disappointing. The taste is dominated by a flavor that tastes like campfire ashes smell. Besides a little bit of hop bitterness in the finish, that's all I get from it.

Mouthfeel: A little light for the style, and it leaves the mouth feeling very dry.

Drinkability: This beer would probably be great with a good cigar, but it just doesn't stand up on its own.

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Photo of goblue3509
2.98/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown cola color with a one finger dark khaki colored head. The head leaves some rings of lace on the glass. The aroma is of roasted malt and a touch of earthy hops. The taste follows suit with a big roasted malt backbone, there is also a slight earth hop bite. That is really about it. The taste is not overly complex. The mouthfeel is lowly carbonated and a bit thin. Overall this is an average stout the mouthfeel is a little thin and the taste leaves a little lacking.

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Photo of birchstick
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours a dark brown / black without much of a head

S - smells of sweet oats and milk chocolate with a touch of coffee

T - starts off with a lot of chocolate flavor that is by far the most dominant flavor on the palate - not only upfront but through the of the drink. A touch of burnt coffee is on the finish, but not much. Not uber complex, but pretty solid.

M - medium body with a high amount of carbonation

D - pretty solid stout. Not the most complex beer out there, but what is there is delicious. I would definitely drink it again.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark black with a two finger head.

Not an overwhelming smell of anything. Cant get much out of the smell.

Cant get much out of the taste except burnt malts, some hops, and a stingy kind of aftertaste.

Not much of a mouthfeel, semi carbonated, all around ok.

Good beer to have one bottle of, but I wouldnt want to drink a six pack of it.

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Photo of denver10
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown/black with an alrioght head. Smell is a little roasty with some earthiness to it. Taste follows suit with some roasted malt, earthy hops, some fruit, and a mild bitterness. Moutfeel kinda felt closer to what I expect from a porter than a stout, some carbonation and medium bodied at its thickest. Overall, not a huge fan of this. Not bad but not really my thing.

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Photo of biglite351
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - dark with Ted around the edges. Thick off-white head.

S - heavy malts, nut not much else. Nice though.

T - heavy malts like the scent. Not much else to comment on though.

M - mild coating with no tingles or anything.

D - it is tasty but boring. You could easily drink a lot of this, but you would probably opt for something more with more flavor.

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Photo of mwearl
3.06/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a black coffee color, minimal head and minimal lacing. Smell a little sweet and a little malty but nothing significant that stands out. Taste was weird at first for a Stout, then exciting because it was different but ultimately average. Alcohol definitely present especially for a 5.1 % ABV. Then a roasty malt with a mocha coffee flavor finishing very bitter. Mouthfeel is medium and odd for a stout. Very tannic on the tongue with unusually high carbonation and a lot of lingering bitterness for a "dry" stout. Not very drinkable IMO. I'm a huge Avery fan but this is probably the least favorite stout I have tried.

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Photo of udubdawg
3.06/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle.

Poured into a pint glass, this beer left an impressive, lasting, frothy head of a very light tan color. The beer itself is nearly jet black. Lacing is basically a thin sheet coating much of the glass. Sadly this would be the highpoint.

Nose isn't absent, but seems to be missing something. Heavily roasted - burnt even - coffee seems the most noticeable. Maybe some unweetened chocolate. Definate points for the suggestion of dryness even in the smell.

Taste reminds me of drinking iced coffee. A smoky suggestion of something beyond dark roast. Bitterness right up front, and very drying. Feels a bit thinner than I tend to like, and is on the high side of what I'd consider ideal carbonation for the style. Hard to argue with a thinner mouthfeel though - this isn't one of my creamy sweet dessert stouts.

Drinkability? I'll have to average it - one bottle can be quite drinakable, however I would rarely want to make this a session, or even have more than one.

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Photo of theopholis
3.07/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Very dark, almost black body with dark amber highlights when held up to the light. Practically no head, and no lacing.

Smell - Wow! A pungent aroma of dark coffee and roasted grains. There's also a hint of black licorice.

Taste - Strong flavors of coffee and roasted malt predominate. A hint of bitter chocolate, and bittering hops. The coffee/roasted taste is a bit over-powering. there's almost no malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Thick body with a bit of a coarse texture. Carbonation level is good.

Drinkability- One is enough.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bold, bitter, & burnt. That's how I would characterize this beer. Appearance is very dark brown/black; slight tan head stays consistent throughout. Fair amount of lacing. Aroma is crisp, burnt, & malty. First sip and everyone thereafter is bitter & hoppy. Aftertaste is bitter as well. Solid stout, but would be hard to drink more than a few at a time.

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Photo of dherling
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer was poured slow out of a tap, and it produced a rich, thick head that lasted nearly as long as I had the beer in front of me. I nearly burned my nostrils trying to smell this, The very dark roasted malt smelled smoky, like embers, with coffee and charcoal. It had a lovely mouthfeel, very creamy. If you like malt, this has it in spades, but the flavor was a litttle too overdone for me, like sucking on a burndt down forrest. I had a hard time finishing this one, although it was somewhat of a unique take on a stout. Worth buying a bottle and sharing it with some friends just so you can say; been there, done that.

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Photo of cokes
3.09/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Magnificent looking stout. Deep dark body, with a huge chunky head. Aromas were very faint, but leaning towards black coffee. There was an almost tea-like hop presence that was enjoyable. Unfortunately, the malts did not hold up their end of the bargain. Basically, the malt flavors were MIA until the beer warmed to room temp. Quite a strange sensation, to have a beer with the look and feel of having a sturdy malt base, but having a minimal malt taste.
When the malts do finally show up, they have a decent roasted coffee hints.
It is a stout that could be tinkered just slightly and made pretty good. However, I don't currently recommend it.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

3.5 A tan head, black beer, some lacing
3.5 S rich choco coffee w/ decent complexity evident
3 T too much coffee, bitterness, cocoa powder
3.5 M good carb, fine bubbles. a bit thin
2.5 D far too coffee-like for me with too little else going to make me think i'm drinking beer. could see how coffee lovers would enjoy, but it's not for me.

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Photo of skrib09
3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

poured black stout with a tan colored head. kind of a rocky looking head.

smell those roasted malts.

tastes kind of average to me. i get the roasted flavors, a hint of coffee maybe... some chocolate trying to get through.

a bit dry towards the back for me. nothing spectacular. maybe a hint of carbonation.

below average drinkability.

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Photo of cproioi
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at Baba Budan's in Cincinnati Ohio

The beer pours a pitch black body with a tan head that left decent lacing. The smell was largely of roasted malts giving it a chocolately aroma. Somewhat devoid of the coffee-esque aroma of a lot of stouts. The taste followed in suit of the taste, largely of chocolate but very low in the coffee area. There was a slight note of hops present in the taste that I couldn't detect in the nose.

Out of Bounds Stout had a medium body that lacked the feeling I look foward to in a good stout. It wasn't a bad stout it just seemed to be another beer from a brewery that seems to make so-so beer to me. It's a nice style but it had nothing to set it apart from anything.

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