Out Of Bounds Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Out Of Bounds StoutOut Of Bounds Stout

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Reviews: 572
Hads: 1,220
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 27
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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Reviews: 572 | Hads: 1,220
Photo of klewis
2.87/5  rDev -24.3%
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. (606 characters)

Photo of TheGordianKnot
2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into Pint Glass...

A- Pours black liquid with brown hues around the edges. About a one finger tan head that settles down to absolute nothing- not even a film, it's just gone.

S- Very strong aroma. As soon as I opened this you could smell it from 5 feet away! Coffee and roast is prominent in the nose. There is a presence of dark fruit, lending a slightly tart cherry aroma. Also a subtle sweetness coming through, not so much chocolate like you get in a lot of stouts, this is more of a vanilla... Very very nice aroma.

T/M- Wow, this does not follow the nose. The bitterness is incredibly unbalanced. It is waaay too bitter from the roast. Its not a hoppy bitterness, its just a charred malt that isn't smooth. I also get a slight vanilla taste mixed in with an off rubber flavor. There really isn't much else I can find past that extremely overdone roastiness. Medium body with light carbonation make it have a pretty good mouth feel.

O- I will say the roast subdued a little as it sat and got warmer. But this thing was very unbalanced. Obviously a stout should have a roasty character (most likely in the forefront) but this was just too much to handle. (1,181 characters)

Photo of goblue3509
2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
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. (485 characters)

Photo of birchstick
3/5  rDev -20.8%
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. (543 characters)

Photo of Murchmac
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
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. (350 characters)

Photo of denver10
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
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. (379 characters)

Photo of biglite351
3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
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. (354 characters)

Photo of mwearl
3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
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. (648 characters)

Photo of udubdawg
3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
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. (980 characters)

Photo of theopholis
3.07/5  rDev -19%
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. (543 characters)

Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
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. (352 characters)

Photo of dherling
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
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. (627 characters)

Photo of cokes
3.09/5  rDev -18.5%
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. (661 characters)

Photo of brewmudgeon
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
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. (338 characters)

Photo of skrib09
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
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. (339 characters)

Photo of cproioi
3.11/5  rDev -17.9%
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. (711 characters)

Photo of viverlee
3.12/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A fine beer, no doubt. Just not up to the usual, higher standards of Avery Brewing Company.

STYLE: American Stout

ABV: 6.3%

LOOK: Hole-in-the-ground black with a slow run of carbonation to a decent, but not exceptional, khaki head.

NOSE: Old leather, tobacco, graham crackers.

MOUTH: Bitter coffee, crisp, almost fruity. Soft smokiness gently fills the lungs. Touch of warm chocolate and soft baseball mitt to balance.

BA Rating: 85

Hayward Abbey Rating: 81 (464 characters)

Photo of Osiris9588
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, no date, poured into a pint glass. The color is motoroil black and opque. The tan head rises to two finger, rather creamy and nice cap forms on the surface. Good retention and plenty of lacing coating the glass.

The aroma is dominated by roasted barley, malt, some charred wood, and bitter coffee notes. The flavor is the same, very strong with coffee, roasted malt, and hops on the finish.

The mouth is light, yet dries out, getting bitter and smoky on the finish. I wish there was some more complexity, more of a progression into the rather harsh finale. It's alright, but not one of my favorites from Avery. (629 characters)

Photo of yamar68
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours like a black cup of coffee - edge of ruby clarity, curdled finger of khaki head that sticks to every part of a dirty glass.

Fruity dark malts, sweet chocolate, pretty tame... some caramel/toffee, hard water, faint brown sugar, some cinnamon maybe?

Semisweet darkness, nutty brown ale qualities, tame vanilla flavors, more nutty notes, nothing to write home about.

Average. (383 characters)

Photo of blakelive784
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz bottle served in a weizen glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a non-transparent incredibly dark shade of brown, with a nicely creamy 2 finger head. Retention is above average, and the head leaves nice lacing as it recedes.

S - Roasted barley, cream, bittersweet chocolate, a bit of coffee, and nuts. Pleasantly subtle.

T - Bitter coffee and chocolate doused with a fair amount of roasted barley. Not as much cream as the nose predicted. It's a bit stale, and not nearly as complex as I though it would be.

M - Medium bodied and coarse. Needs more body.

D - Not a bad stout overall. Actually sessionable, but not a great one by any means. (651 characters)

Photo of frenchblood21
3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into tall wine glass.

Appearance- Almost pitch black, but can see a hint of light when held directly up to it. A vigourous pour leads to a surprisingly large light tan head.

Smell- Coffee and mocha are right up front. This is followed by a "barn" and barley smell.

Taste- More of a chocolate taste than in the nose. Hops and barley are much more prevelant than in the nose.

Mouthfeel- Too thin and much too watery for me. Has the feel of a light pilsner and not a stout.

Overall- Completely average...I only bought a single bottle, but if I would have bought a sixer, I would be upset. A pass for me. (629 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears after a vigorous pour deep purple ruby almost opaque with a decent sized tan head, leaving scattered patches of lacing. Aroma contains deep roasts which bring out the chocolate and coffee notes but this one has a milk tone to it from the crystallized lactose added to the boil. Taste seems a bit off to me, with a woody offness to me other than that is the cream tone and deep roasts causing the chocolate and mild coffee notes, not too impressed seems dumbed down. Fuller bodied smooth carbonation, decent brew. Drinkability this one lacks an overall crisp flavor the lactose tone seems off in some way making me a little off centered on whether or not I like this one. (678 characters)

Photo of santoslhalper
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Poured a deep black with a little reddish tint. The head is creamy, and leaves a beige collar.

Smell: The smell is the regular roasted malt aroma, with subtle chocolate and hop hints.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The flavor is mostly roasted malts, with a slightly complex flavor. The burnt taste is a little overboard, and is almost accentuated by the hop bitterness. Speaking of which, I think the hops are a little overboard and uncalled for. The mouthfeel is thin, and not as dry as I thought it should be. A huge, huge thank you to NeroFiddled (a world class trader) for this beer.

Drinkability and Overall: While this is not my favorite style in the world, this is a pretty decent representation. I'm not saying it's worth going out of your way to try this one, but if nothing is else was available, I'd have no problem qauffing this for quite some time. (874 characters)

Photo of terrabyte
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very dark black, with a huge frothy brown head.

Aroma consisted of a deep dark chocolate with a coffee bean smell. Very inviting.

Flavor consists of chocolate and coffee, but not as much as I was expecting from the nose. There is a decent gritty aftertaste that is similar to old cofee. Unfortunately most of the flavor was washed out by a seltzer taste. It also ended quite bitter and amazingly dry. Too dry for me.

Mouthful was a little overcarbonated, but letting it warm up and swirling it aggressively helped some. Yet by the end, I felt like I was really missing something from a bad bottle.

Drinkability is pretty good. It would be better if this was for sure a good bottle. I've got a handful from a place that have all been questionable. I'm starting to get a little ticked. I'll be back for sure on this one. Even I've heard of it before and will keep an eye out.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.19/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass. Poured a nice dark deep brownish black with a nice thick foamy head. The size of the head disappated, but thickened up on standing, and left lacings as I drank the beer. Smelled very slightly of oatmeal. Didn't pick up much for flavor. Slightly grainy with very small touch of brown sugar. Tasted bitter on the tounge and in the mouth. Very easy to drink, but not very pleasant due to the bitterness/acidity. (432 characters)

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