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Out Of Bounds Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,157 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,157
Reviews: 564
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 23
Gots: 64 | 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 MattyG85
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark and black with a little amber red showing at the bottom. Big tan head fades into a patchy layer. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Strong aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malts. Hints of vanilla and hops.

Taste: Burnt roasted malts up front followed by coffee and chocolate. Hints of dark fruits in the finish with a light hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a light to medium carbonation. Very creamy and somewhat dry.

Overall: A solid version of a lighter stout.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Notes...Tried the Out of Bounds Stout....I love friends that bring over great brews that are difficult to get...Home Brew....I mean you!!! The color was obviously dark with a creamy head. The smell was malty with grain and oatmeal. The was realy quite nice...hints of malt and caramel balanced well with a hints of espresso. The mouthfeel was good, came off the pallete clean. Some bitterness, but a decent tasting stout.

Photo of DelMontiac
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12Oz bottle into a pint glass. Figured I better get all the Avery I can since they're pulling out of my state.

Pours black with a quarter-inch mocha head that fizzles away to a thin skin in under a minute. Scant lace left on the glass.

Aroma is mostly dark roast coffee beans and dark chocolate. A hint of vanilla and some detectable grassy hop notes.

Taste is stong black coffee, followed by some bittering hoppiness before giving way to vanilla and dark chocolate. The aftertaste is dark roasted malt, toasted grains, and straw.
pretty good mix of flavors here.

The feel is good, not really heavy for a stout, but full enough. Carbonation is a bit fizzy, but tones down after some swirling making it better.

A solid offering from Avery. Nothing to jump up and down over, but good enough for the girls I go with.

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour was near spot on for the style and really showed a tremendous amount of promise. Dark as night with a rich and creamy tan head that rose up from the bottom and settled down very nicely along the top of the glass. Bu that was about the best it would get. Too light of a n aroma, as roasted malts and chocolate notes seem to be horribly off balance. Hints of coffee maybe? But it all seemed to be a bit of a mess for me to be honest. Smooth, even carbonation on a somewhat mellow profile, needed a bit more of a punch to really be anything worthwhile to me. Roasted chocolate, hints of tobacco, a light sweetness, but again it really all seemed terribly off balance to me to be honest.

Overall it was ok, nothing really great. Maybe it was me but it just falls in line with a bunch of other average stouts.

Photo of Adamthome1
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Smell is good, crisp, roasty, good pour with mild head and lacing

Taste is nice and roasty, has some good stout qualities, roasty, characters of coffee and caramel, espresso aftertaste, creamy mouthfeel...Little high on the carbonation and the hop choice seems a bit off - it's not as smooth as some other in category

Very happy overall, I bought it in a mix and match, I can see myself getting a 6 pack of this.

Photo of FatBoyGotSwagger
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip.

The beer has a very dark deep red appearance in the light.

Smells of roasted malts.

Tastes Fantastic, Roasted malts upfront then slowley fading to a chocolate coffee finish.

It is an easy drinker, The dryness of the irish stout is a perfect.

Overall the perfect stout for anytime of year.

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

Poured into a pint glass. Dark black with just a weak smidge of light through at the edges. Head is one finger and a leathery tan color. The head is also creamy in appearance and the lace seems to be a bit sticky and does stay to leave it's etch on the inside of the glass.

The smell dark roasted malts that come out mostly as dark coffee grounds. There is a bit of bitter chocolate and alcohol. Wonderful!!

Initially I get the coco and coffee flavor. Quickly they are are replaced with a very tart cherry flavor and chalk finish.

The mouth is pretty standard. I think it is chalky at the end, but this is an Irish Dry Stout. So it is classified right.

Overall I am happy to have purchased this. If I trate this one or drink it?..

Photo of madpentzer
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm reviewing this off notes from Beer U: Stouts at Stone Brewery.

A - Pours a dark reddish brown with a finger head. The head goes away quickly, but is easily swirled back.

S - Aroma's of roasted malts, almost smokey. I also pick up the smell of burnt coffee.

T - Burnt malt and coffee with a bitter finish.

M - Balanced carbonation and really easy to drink.

O - This is a pretty good beer, but not amazing. Tastes more like a foreign export stout rather than a irish dry stout.

Photo of Douglas14
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out pretty dark but has brownish-reddish hues coming through the edges. The OOBS has a nice light tan head that resides too quickly. It has a nice roast aroma that has some subtle sweetness coming through also. Lot's of chocolate and coffee Just a touch of hops in the nose.

The flavor is similar to the nose - lot's of roast and chocolate flavors. What is nice about this beer is that the roast character lasts throughout the whole sip...it keeps a consistent profile the whole time...not too much changing. The ABV is right where I like it for my American Stouts (yeah I don't know why this is under Dry Irish Stout...this is NOTHING like a Dry Irish Stout).

The finish is nice and it's super drinkable. I have this in my top 10 - maybe top5 - go-to 6-pack souts (first place going to obsidian stout).

Anyway, great beer and available at a great price. I'm glad that a brewery like Avery that does some extreme stuff also makes traditional beer as well.

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.

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

undated 12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

pours a brownish-black. Essentially opaque but seems clear. Short-lived 1 finger head.

S - a swirl of roasted grain aromas. ABV of 6.3% or higher seems evident.

T - rich taste; clearly made with a generous amount of roasted barley. Hops not obvious but detectable, especially in the finish. And this stout is a little bitter for style. Finish also has coffee notes. Strong roasted grain flavor doesn't cross the line into burnt flavor.

M - full body; smooth but not quite creamy.

O - a bold stout, both in its use of more roasted barley and in the ramped up hopping. Well done!.

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.

Photo of plfahey
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Black, with faint ruby highlights. Nearly opaque, but appears relatively clear. Moderate khaki head with moderately high retention.

Aroma-Big, dark, and roasted, with intoxicating aromas of bittersweet chocolate. Secondary aroma of coffee and roasted malt, with some sticky, earthy, green, and piney hops showing through.

Flavor-The flavor is...interesting to say the least. Has the same chocolatey malt flavors, with stronger espresso notes-pretty high roast character. Hop flavors play a much larger role here, with herbal, woodsy, and piney character challenging the malt in the mid-palate. Hop bitterness is moderate. The finish features a balance of green hops and roasty malt, but the hops win out in the end. It manages to firmly dry out the palate, and the flavors go on and on forever.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate to moderately high carbonation. Relatively smooth, with little, if any alcohol warmth.

Although BA classifies this as a Dry Irish Stout, this definitely falls outside of that category-more like an American Stout with the high hop rates. The aroma is great, and the flavor is strong and in your face-I just am not sure that I love the extremely high hop flavors and the fact that they overtake the malt in the finish. Good, but definitely not my favorite. I will say though, that some foods blunt the hop attack a little bit (I'm enjoying it with Rosemary, Chili, Orange, and Maple glazed nuts), which makes for a rather pleasant gustatory experience.

Photo of rawfish
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, near black with some mahogany highlights. Pours a nice light mocha colored head, 2 fingers high and with excellent retention.

Smell takes a little while to come out but once it starts to warm and the head retention leaves it's very pleasant. Initial blast of earthy hops matched with an almost smokey characteristic and roasted malts w/ fennel seed. It begins to sweeten on the back end and begins to remind me of vanilla iced coffee.

Taste is bold, in your face coffee from the roasted malts bordering on astringent with some ash and charcoal. Also features a mild sweetness in the middle of the drink like berries. Finish is drying, earthy bitter hops, slightly acidic. Flavor lingers on for quite a while, of bittersweet chocolate and burnt character.

Servicable for a stout, carbonation and body are decent. Intense dark flavor, that lingers on forever. Hides it alcohol well though.

Photo of JizackFH
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a very dark brown color. It has a 1.5-finger light tan head, that has decent retention. The head leaves some nice sticky lacing behind.

S - The smell is of roasted malts and chocolate. It smells a tad burnt, and there is also a hint of coffee present.

T - The tasted is mostly very dark roasted malts. There are good chocolate flavors present, both milk and dark chocolate. The finish is a bit hoppy, and I'm getting some coffee flavors. There is some lingering hop and roasted malt bitterness.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down smooth. There is some lingering bitterness as well. Good mouthfeel for this style.

D - Good drinkability here. This is definitely one of the better Irish Dry Stouts that I've had. It has a really good flavor to it. I would have no problem drinking a few of these in a sitting. I recommend giving this one a shot.

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

12oz bottle into a pint glass late at night.

A- Out of bounds goes into the glass a dark black color with no light going through it, very dark stuff here. A tight fitting cap of dark tan foam almost looking nitro like. A sheet of lace.

S- Took some warming to bring out smell, like most Irish drys. Lightly melted chocolate, a hint of vinilla cream, A nice amount of hops ala a light storm king. A smudge of an ashy scent with warming.

T- This is a nice Irish Dry, one that I actually liked and wanted more of after drinking. Hints of chocolate, toasted bread, roast to a small degree, no caramel/toffee, Vanilla, you know..

M- A very smooth velvetly feel, rich, semi sweet, light bodied but appears like more, this gives off a nitro feel without the nitro, I like this.

D- Off the charts, a well put together ID, I'll put this one in the rotation for the future.

Photo of cyrock1
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
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!

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

Very dark with one finger of head that held on for a little while before settling to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is mostly roasted malt with a faint hint of chocolate. After the roast it smells sort of like a Kit-Kat bar.

Roasted malt dominates the flavor. Roasted bitterness as well. Definately dry and no sign of alcohol.

Body is lighter side of moderate with lively carbonation.

Very easy drinking. A little more alcohol than the Irish imports, but a better beer.

Photo of Jesse13713
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance - A surprisingly clean-white froth on top. Average lacing. Pitch black with perhaps some caramel color if I look hard enough.

Smell - A strong coffee taste overpowers the hints of light malts and oats. No sense of chocolate in here. A very roasted smelling beer.

Taste - A bitter coffee strongly overpowers any other notes in this stout. Definitely different than most I've had. The initial taste is a slight bitter coffee bean working with dark fruits, and then it smooths out into a more robust dark coffee taste. I feel it is sort of lacking in anything other than bitter coffee, but it is definitely tasty. Quite smokey as well.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Quite addictive to drink. The taste is slightly bitter for a stout. The dark fruits become more prominent as you continue to drink. While quite addictive, definitely not my favorite stout. Different in coffee robustness than most other stouts.

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark amber (near jet black) in color and poured with a thin beige head that died down let left thick lacing along the edges of the glass and a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of chocolaty roasted malts in the nose.
T: Flavors of dark roasted malts dominate the overall taste, which has a mild amount of bitterness. There are some notes of chocolate and coffee.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, dry and a bit creamy on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: This beer goes down effortlessly; I could easily have several of these in one night because it's hardly at all filling. No traces of the alcohol are perceptible.

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

A - Nearly black with brown ruby tinges. Tan head that ends up leaving a clinging lace around the sides of the glass.

S - Roasted barley. Faint mint, roasted coffee, and some herbal earthy notes. Faint smokiness. Smells like winter.

T - Lots of complexity here - big malt profile and follows the nose well - herbal earthy hops, some mint, some licorice, bit of bitter coffee and roasted malts. Yummy.

M - Just a bit prickly, medium bodied and dry.

D - Pretty good, though the abv is inching upward.

Overall a very nice stout. I'd gladly drink again.

Photo of witster18
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a great tasting stout, and stouts are probably the beers that I drink the most, and the most variety...

This is really roasty with big flavors. The 6.3 abv is gorgeously hidden, and this beer is delicious. This, Eliot Ness(6.2) and Edmond Fitz porter(5.8) are probably the best beers on the planet in terms of hiding nearly all of the alcohol in the taste.

It could get you in trouble if not for the fact that this beer is a little too rich and roasty to session.

A great one a night dessert beer.

Deep chocolate, mildly smoky, bitter but not overdone... good beer....

slight hazelnut note... kinda like a Columbus Nut Brown Stout if there were such a thing.... uh oh... time for a mixer:)

Photo of zoso1967
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of Bounds pours a deep dark and nearly impenetrable brown that might as well be black. A hard pour yields just a quarter inch of head that fades quickly but leaves nice splashy lace. The color of the head is a pretty standard tan color.

I cannot get over how much the aroma smells like the beer bread that I made last week. It has a very bready malt backbone that is augmented by some nice bitter cocoa and coffee notes. It also has a really nice nutty sort of character to it and a hint of earthiness.

The flavor has a dry roasty character to it with a good amount of bitter dark chocolate and plenty of coffee. It also has just a slight chalkiness and a nice bready malt sweetness that is a good foil to the astringency and bitterness of the beer. While I do not pick up on much hop flavor, there is definitely a good amount of hop bitterness present.

The body is medium and quite dry. Carbonation is low, but it is not necessarily smooth. I think that the roasted malts and the dryness counteract the smooth quality. Also, the finish is dry and roasty leaving dark chocolate notes on my tongue.

This is a very drinkable stout that has a great roasty character. Perhaps not terribly sessionable, but if you want a nice roasty stout that you can drink a couple of, this might just be what you are looking for.

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

Poured into my Bruery tulip.

Pours out a nice black that flows into my glass nice and dark. No light gets though the body when held to the light. A nice big and fluffy head emerges on the pour. The head is a nice tan and as it recedes leaves some sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. The head eventually settles to a thin layer onto of the beer.

Getting coffee, roast and perhaps some oats out of this one. Some hop notes come out as well. Not very complex but smells nice.

Lot of coffee taste and roast just like the smell. Also so bitterness in the finish that could be from the hops or coffee. The aftertaste is some light coffee flavor that is pleasant. Coffee is for sure the dominate flavor in this one. Much like the smell, this isn't overly complex but it is a good beer.

The body is leaning toward the lighter side. It is still thick enough to do a good job coating the mouth but not the thickest beer I've had by far.

This was all around a solid beer but wasn't mind blowing by any means. Goes down smooth and was an easy drink. If you're a fan of the style, it's a good one to try.

Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,157 ratings.