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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

1,109 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,109
Reviews: 558
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 22
Gots: 53 | 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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.55/5  rDev -32.2%
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."

ChainGangGuy, Nov 27, 2005
Photo of rustymoore
2.6/5  rDev -30.9%
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.

rustymoore, Jan 31, 2006
Photo of scott
2.63/5  rDev -30.1%
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".

scott, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of 1424IpA
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

1424IpA, May 30, 2013
Photo of Birmz
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Birmz, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of Photchkiss
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Photchkiss, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of klewis
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

klewis, Jun 29, 2005
Photo of Cleaver35
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Cleaver35, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of rderedin
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

rderedin, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of raid765
2.8/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

raid765, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of kojevergas
2.8/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

kojevergas, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of TheGordianKnot
2.83/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

TheGordianKnot, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of goblue3509
2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

goblue3509, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of jal_005
3/5  rDev -20.2%

jal_005, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -20.2%

acurtis, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Photekut
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photekut, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of 40ontarget
3/5  rDev -20.2%

40ontarget, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of Kevincredible
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Kevincredible, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of poopsmitherson
3/5  rDev -20.2%

poopsmitherson, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of drone
3/5  rDev -20.2%

drone, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of mj81
3/5  rDev -20.2%

mj81, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of theopholis
3/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

theopholis, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of crobinso
3/5  rDev -20.2%

crobinso, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of ztcoll
3/5  rDev -20.2%

ztcoll, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of Rand_ale_Thor
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Rand_ale_Thor, Apr 16, 2014
Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,109 ratings.