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Out Of Bounds Stout - Avery Brewing Company

Out Of Bounds StoutOut Of Bounds Stout

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very good

960 Ratings

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Ratings: 960
Reviews: 546
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%

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 Reaper16


3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served on-tap @ Egan's, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a pint glass

Pours a nice, dark blackish color. There's some brown at the edges, but it's hard to say just how much in the dark of this bar. 1.25 fingers of lion's pelt colored head, but it looks remarkably dense. From afar you'd think this was a nitro-tap, really. That head density yields perfect notches of lacing.

There's not much to the aroma, but what's there works. Plenty of milk chocolate and a bit of espresso. There's a light hop presence in the nose -- mostly "green" smells and not anything specific. Brown malt, non-roasted, aromas are here for sure. Solid stout nose.

The taste is quite good. Brown malt flavors and milk chocolate dominate. This is how Guinness is supposed to taste, only not quite as dry as a proper Irish Dry Stout. There's an adequate amount of roast flavor here and just enough hoppiness to balance everything out. It's flavorful but light.

The mouthfeel initially strikes me as too light, bordering on watery. But it's been awhile since I've had a non-Imperial stout beer. The mouthfeel is fine, and the lightness makes this so quaffable.

Overall, this is a good little American Stout. I wish this was 1% weaker in ABV for the amount of flavor, but still I'd have no problem knocking back a few pints of this.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2012 01:10:02 | More by Reaper16
Photo of Darkmagus82


4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Pours a black color with thin brown head. The head faded fast leaving almost no lacing.

Smell – The smell is a wonderful mix of dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Mixed with these aromas are lighter aromas of some hops as well as a light toasted nut aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with some of the chocolate detected in the nose. This is mixed with a roasted malt flavor. Together these two, with a light sweet flavor create the initial taste of roasty milk chocolate. As the taste advances however, the sweetness and some of the chocolate flavor begin to fade as tastes of espresso come to the tongue. The bitterness increases at the expense of the chocolate flavor as the taste moves to the end eventually finishing, when combined with a light nutty and more earthy hop flavor, to leave a roasted bitter flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The beer is just a little bit above average thickness with the carbonation level being just below average. The lower carbonation is very fitting as it is a beer that is made to coat the tongue. The body however could use a slight boost in chewiness to really accentuate the roasted flavors.

Overall – This is a pretty good stout. It has a very nice flavor profile as well as a very nice aroma. Only thing holding it back is the lack of an lacing (which really can be pardoned) as well as the somewhat too thin of a body. Overall though it is quite nice.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2012 01:30:22 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of OWSLEY069


4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a light tan head. In the aroma, a big roast and almost a sweet oatmeal like. In the taste, dry roast, with notes of coffee. A smooth and medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a dry roast and note of pine hops in the aftertaste. A good flavor and nice hop presence in the end, quite nice.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2012 17:32:24 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of legalpete19340


4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Came to the table looking almost black with a couple fingers of thick dense off white head. Laced all the way down to the end of the drink.

S: Mild burnt aroma with some light coffee and a sweetness that is maybe toffee or chocolate and berries. Bit of smoke.

T: Flavor is good with a mix of coffee, roasted almost burnt malt and mild sweetness like dark chocolate. Picking up a solid hop note with herbal and grassy flavors. End is very smooth.

M: A bit beyond medium with flat and creamy quality.

O: I enjoyed this beer a lot. For a widely available basic stout it packs a lot of flavor. Nothing incredible just a good solid brew that I will be glad to order again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2012 03:40:07 | More by legalpete19340
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2012 21:50:09 | More by goblue3509
Photo of TheBrewo


3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served on tap at the Blind Tiger in New York, NY. It arrived in a Stevens Point pint glass. The brew glowed a dark black color, and sported a half finger tall head of coffee colored bubbles. Retention was nice, with thick bubbly lacing left around the glass. Carbonation appeared active, and no sediment was noted. The aroma was thick with big nuttiness, more specifically, of peanut. There was also a coffee sweetness, and a lighter toffee flavoring. The malts were cool, metallic, and creamy. As we sipped, the flavoring began with lactic sourness and thick grain, of darkened, cooked coffee beans. There was a brief citric hops slickness, but this fizzled out as the height of the roastiness peaked through the middle. There were hints of lighter booze, with bittering hop activity and grassiness returning once the malts began to settle. The finish was of more of that coffee dryness, with roast, and souring grain at the outset. The aftertaste breathed of lactics, sourness, hop oils, and tinny metallics. The body was lighter to medium and the carbonation was average. The coffee and malts lent a drying astringency to the mouth, with only decent smack and slurp. The abv was standard, and this is a sipper.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the dry finish, and the robust malt activity throughout. The other flavors, however, were a bit subdued, and we would have liked to see a thicker feel to back up the stronger flavoring. This is a nice beer, but it isn’t ideal, as the flavoring is not rounded out as nicely, and as strongly, as one might hope.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2012 23:19:47 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of Retail1LO


3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on draft into 4 oz. sampler. Pours a jet black with a Guinness like head. Head leaves. Copious amounts of lacing left behind. The nose is very subtle and muted, but roasty. The beer has a very nondescript taste. Some acrid coffee, and an abundance of roasted malt. The mouthfeel is thick with moderate carbonation. Overall, a decent but unspectacular brew.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2011 18:42:29 | More by Retail1LO
Photo of MsRif


3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Avery. Poured a lovely deep, dark brown with a large, creamy beige head. Lacing was excellent. Aroma was that of chocolate, roasted malts and coffee. Taste is smooth with a nice chocolate/roasted malt taste with undertones of coffee. Bitter and dry to an extent, but not overly so.

Creamy...very, very easy to drink! Only got a sample, but I certainly could have had a full pint of this. Unfortunately when you are sampling 18 or so brews, pints aren't always in order.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2011 23:33:34 | More by MsRif
Photo of mastodonj


3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've drunk this too many times to remember since it's been one of my go-to stouts during the winter months in Colorado since the mid-90's.

But, thought it was time to do an official review.
Just had one on-tap here in Boulder.

A - of course it's a nice dark brown with loads of lacing and a beige head that is just creamy enough

S - There's always a smoky, chocolate, coffee-ish smell that stands
out. Sets this one apart from the typical stout.

T - Smooth full bodied but that extra bit of bitterness that Avery
is known for. A Dry stout but not over the top.

M - above average thanks to the creaminess and bitterness

Overall, this should be on everyone's short list, at least in Colorado, when a Stout is in order.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2011 01:44:05 | More by mastodonj
Photo of Enginerrr


4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had the pleasure of sampling this from their tasting room in Boulder. Personally, stouts are hit-and-miss. This stout has an excellent dark brown color. It is a little disappointing with how little head there is.

The appearance is made up for with the smoothness and flavor. It 's not as strong as some stouts, but still has powerful flavors and goes down nicely.

Excellent beer to have by itself

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2011 03:33:52 | More by Enginerrr
Photo of Rifugium


4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at their brewpub

A dandy fine stout. Nothing special, just all the usual goodness. Tasted great when the coffee toddy was added to evolve it into the Out of Sight Stout.

Poured a brown-black, with a small, tannish head. Roasty aroma, dark malts, and coffee notes. Similar taste, as expected: dark malts, roasted coffee, a little cocoa, a little smoke. Left a slightly bitter aftertaste. Heavy-medium body, and quite drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2011 22:45:02 | More by Rifugium
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 07/03/11 notes. Had on tap at Hattle n Hum in NYC.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of off white head and light to moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and light cream. Very Guinness like, and quite enjoyable.

t - Tastes of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and vanilla/cream.

m - Medium to full body and low to moderate carbonation. Thick and creamy.

o - Overall a really nice Irish dry stout, reminds me of Guiness in every aspect. Would have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2011 18:13:15 | More by mdfb79
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac


3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft served in a pint glass

A: A very dark, opaque looking black color with a plentiful, off-white head that lingers. This is a good looking brew, like Camerion Diaz in The Mask good; you’ve never seen her before and didn’t know what to expect, and then you were just like, “…damn…”

S: Aroma is strong with coffee and malts, like Juan Valdez put his fingers up your nose.

T/M: The coffee is apparent in the taste along with a bit of hazelnut, like if Folger’s made a Ferrero Rocher flavor, then spiked it.

Out of Bounds Stout is a good overall beer, not as stout as a true stout, but good nonetheless. It’s like the first girlfriend you ever had; could have been better, but it’ll do for now. It’ll do just fine.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2011 00:50:08 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Avert Out of Bounds Stout

On tap, pours a dark brown with a mocha head and a fair amount of lace work. Aroma is light, roasted malts and dry cocoa. In the flavor, roasted malt, coffee, aniseed, fennel. A little herbaceous but with a nice firm maltyness. A well balanced stout, full bodied feel and over all it's quite sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2011 17:53:40 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of claytong


3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very drinkable. Roasted malt and coffee dominate but are very smooth. I am somehow getting a bit of oats, don't know about that.
I'd love to get another six pack of this guy for the house. It's a go to beer for me. Very pleasant in all aspects and cheap for the quality.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2011 06:36:55 | More by claytong
Photo of womencantsail


3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Blue Palms

A: The pour is a dark brown color with a rather unimpressive off-white head.

S: The main aroma to this beer is an incredible quantity of roasted malts. Lots of coffee and more restrained amounts of bitter chocolate aromas as well.

T: The high levels of roast in this beer provide a strong level of bitterness. Like the nose, quite a bit of coffee and to a lesser extent, dark chocolate.

M: The body is medium with a fairly lively carbonation.

D: As the beer warmed up, it got a little astringent and quite bitter. Still, a pretty decent stout that I found easy enough to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2010 02:58:24 | More by womencantsail
Photo of m1ked


4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint at the Gate on a cold ass saturday.

A- Pours a pitch black with a thin tan skim on top that turns into a splotching of foam on a see through skim. Kind of looks like spots of mold on white bread, just the pattern....not the gross aspect.

S- I get some low roasted coffee, dark berry, bitter chocolate. Nothing unusual.

T- Better palate than nose for sure. Rich dark chocolate and bitter coffee. The rich dark cocoa just fills the mouth and then is met and eventaully succombs to the bitter coffee. A touch of bourbon or port booze at the end, no real heat though. Delicious. Would have guessed a irish dry stout though.

M- In the the beginning seems like it is going to blossom into some full bodied brew, but it quickly dries out...tricky.

D- This is a great session stout beer, rich but not heavy. Great flavor but not too boozy. I'll call it a winter session stout.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2010 22:46:58 | More by m1ked
Photo of david18

New York

4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2010 22:53:00 | More by david18
Photo of Thorpe429


3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery in August 2009.

Pours a very dark black that is almost completely opaque. Little head or lacing. The smell is roasted malt combined with a slight nuttiness and hints of coffee. Taste is similar with a little bit of hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is too thin. Not terribly drinkable, as there isn't much complexity and it's a little thin for me.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2009 18:12:37 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of EliottJW


3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

came to the table in an imperial pint nonic. 1/2" tannish head that subsided quickly. not much lacing to speak of. dark brown and slightly penetrated by light at the edges.

smells nice and sweet. a bit bready.

nice toasted malts at the front. toasty and biscuity. ends up sitting at the back of the throat for quite a while.

light to medium body. dry and totally smooth.

this was a pretty darn drinkable beer. could have had a few more if we were sticking around.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2009 09:51:49 | More by EliottJW
Photo of SacoDeToro


4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Avery.

Poured deep black with some garnet highlights and a loose off-white head.

The aroma mostly of roasted malts, hints of bittersweet chocolate, and mild fruits. Some herbal and earthy hops were there as well.

The flavor of the beer had a mild malty backbone, but was mostly carried by the dark caramel and roasted malts. The hop bitterness was assertive and earthy and balanced out the beer well.

The body and mouthfeel were both medium. The carbonation level was appropriate and complimented the rest of the beer.

This is beer is well balanced and easy to drink. Very flavorful for a 5 percent'er.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2009 20:32:05 | More by SacoDeToro
Photo of rye726


3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is close to black with a whispy tan head. A collection of dry roasty malts and some sweet fruit tones. Taste also has a nice dry malt component followed by some richer choclates and coffee. Very faint hop presence does its job. A crisp medium body begs this to be enjoyed with a big greasy burger. A good drinkable stout.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2008 17:47:22 | More by rye726
Photo of dherling

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2006 05:17:16 | More by dherling
Photo of OStrungT


4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer at the O'Brien's 12th anniversery party. I must say that I was surprised to see this beer listed on this site as an Irish Dry Stout. I didnt think it was very dry at all.

This beer pours a pitch black color letting in no light when held up. The dark brown head fades slowly, leaving a thick lacing on the sides of the glass.

This beer has a very strong coffee aroma. It smells malty and sweet. I can detect a slight caramel aroma. I can smell a very slight smokey aroma also.

This beer has a very strong coffee flavor. It tasted like I was sucking on a coffee bean. Behind the coffee flavor, I taste chocolate. Also, I can taste a caramel flavor. It is quite malty.

This beer is full bodied. It goes down smooth leaving a coffee aftertaste. It is low in carbonation. It has a thick mouthfeel.

This beer might make a decent session beer. The alcohol content is low, and the flavor is not too aggressive. However, the coffee flavor might become overbearing after a few.

Is this beer worth drinking? You bet it is. I would probably keep a few of there in my beer fridge if I could find them.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2006 03:46:00 | More by OStrungT
Photo of jcalabre


3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I would not categorize this as a sweet or cream stout. Rather, it has far more of a dry stout's taste. In fact, looking at Avery's web page, it says the same thing

I'll rate this as a dry stout. it has a nice roasty/toasty aroma and flavor with a clean dry finish

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2003 02:57:18 | More by jcalabre
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Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 960 ratings.