Out Of Bounds Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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1,132 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,132
Reviews: 560
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 21
Gots: 59 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002)
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Photo of birchstick
3/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Photo of herman77
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: About one shade away from black with brown hued edges. Small, creamy looking tan head. Excellent lacing.

S: Roasty malts, a bit of coffee, a hint of vanilla sweetness and a touch of smokey malts.

T: Lots of roasted malt character right away. Charcoal like flavors. A tiny bit of sweetness to keep it in check. Some coffee flavor and a touch of hops. Slight bitter finish and that charcoal taste comes back again.

M: Medium to fuller body. Low carbonation, smooth and a bit creamy.

D: Doesn't do much for me. Its not bad, but its not good either.

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

So far this kind winter, there have been enough ridiculous powder days that most of my shredding has taken place in bounds. However, there are always days when even the back bowls are skied out and it is necessary to seek pow elsewhere. This is when I ski out of bounds, and afterward, there is nothing better than a big, roasty stout for après. Avery's Out of Bounds Stout is just that, an Irish Dry Stout made with an abundance of roasted barley and a mountain of hops. This, plus the overall quality and complexity of this beer stand it out as different, and yeah, I'll say it, way better than the most popular examples of Irish Stouts like Guinness, Beamish, and Murphy's.

Let me explain. Out of Bounds pours black as night with some rusty highlights on the edge. The head is plentiful, milk chocolate in color, and drops readily leaving a nice lace ring. I am drawn in with inviting aromas, predominately of coffee, accompanied by sweet malt and toffee. The flavor is even more pronounced than the smell led on. Foremost, I really enjoy this dry style of stout because it allows for an awesome toasty flavor and a really balanced, but apparent hoppy bitterness (you know Avery loves their hops)! Nutty caramel and cocoa open the palate, leading way to that roasty, toastiness with the hops and little smoke. The finish is lasting, dry and a bit woody. The 6.3% ABV is higher than normal for the style, but it still maintains a surprising level of drinkability in it's body and mouthfeel.

Out of Bounds Stout is going to be very versatile when it comes to food pairings. Try it with your favorite braised or other slow cooked meats. Last night I enjoyed mine with some Osso Bucco and they complimented each other very nicely. Especially this time of year, a great cheese pairing for this Stout would be Hoch Ybrig, a raw cow's milk cheese from the mountains of Switzerland that is washed in a white wine brine. This cheese has a strong, full flavor from the wash that will stand up well to the strength of the Stout. This is also a fondue cheese, and your Out of Bounds would go great with fondue!

Photo of StaveHooks
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Close to black in color with some brown hued edges. 1 finger tan head. Nice lacing.

S - Coffee, a sugary chocolate, toasted almond, roasted grains.

T - Dry heavily roasted malt-almost burnt, smokey hops come through and add bitterness to the already harsh burnt malt. Some dairy sweetness is there in the middle. Finishes bitter and dry. The aftertaste has some baby aspirin in it.

M - Low carbonation, medium body.

The malts seem over roasted and the bitterness does not blend well. The flavor reminded me of charcoal water. Kind of harsh but I would drink another one.

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

Pours a black hue with a tan head in my beer mug. It has nice retention with very good lacing that clings nicely to the glass. The aroma is a pleasing choclolate and coffee smell that is pleasing to the nose. The taste is chocolate followed by some coffee with a hint of hops and some malts trying to come out, and that is followed by some licorice and raisins. The slight bitter aftertaste is a dark chocolate with some alcohol and as the beer warms can feel the alcohol in my throat when drinking this beer. The mouthfeel is a nice creamy feel that melts on the lips and tongue and the medium body makes it a good drinkable beer. This is overall a good beer just as my ratings in all five categories say it is. A must try for all stout lovers.

Photo of Bizz88
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown not quite black with a bit of a reddish halo, nice creamy two fingered tan head that left alot of sticky lacing. Aromas were slight at best with a smokey malt up front. On the palate a robusto burnt coffee and bitter sweet chocolate. Full bodied with a fair amount of carbonation to dance gracefully across the taste buds.

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

Thanks to Eric for the bottle. No indication of date/bottle code. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a shaped pint glass. This brew appears a dark brown color with 3 fingers of dark tan head that rises up and above the top of the glassware. It slowly recedes leaving a sticky coating of lacing all over the glass. When held to the light, it displays some lighter brown and reddish clarity.

The aroma of this brew includes notes of chocolate malt roastiness along with herbal and earthy hop aromatics. Some very minor indications of dark fruits are evident as the brew warms. Overall this is a fairly solid example of the style and smells enjoyable.

The taste includes some roasted malt character tasting a bit chocolaty over top of a mineral filled base that displays some seemingly citrus hop flavors. As the brew warms it picks up some dark fruit indications but it never gets sweet as it is balanced nicely by the hop and roasted grain bitterness. It lingers with a flavor of chocolate malt meets herbal hops.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Overall well balanced and quite enjoyable. Half way through the experience the 6% alcohol is noticed with a bit of warmth to the back of the throat. This is a decent brew and fairly drinkable that I wouldn't mind sitting down and having a few of.

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

Appearance -It is dark brown with lively head 1 inch
Smell- toffee and coffee. roast character is also there
Taste- coffee and roasty bitterness. hops are also present.
Mouthfeel- dry and creamy
Drinkability -is good. Doesn't ruin taste buds. Sessionable.

Photo of Morey
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This stout pours pretty much pitch black in color. You can see a very small amount of light through it depending on how bright the light is that you're holding it up to. Beige colored head stands about one finger tall following a medium-aggressive pour. Head has now settled to a thin lace after about 5 minutes or so.

Somewhat odd aroma. It's roasty and slightly smokey like most other stouts, but there's something else that I just can't seem to pinpoint, and I'm not sure that I like it.

Taste is dry and slightly bitter upfront. Roasted malt is in there as well. The dry finish lingers a bit...maybe too much.

Medium body, with a lingering dry finish on the palate.

Drinkability= One or two, and I'd be ready to move on.

Morey's Bottom Line: Not sure that I've had this style before, so I can't say whether this is true to style or not. But if it is, this probably isn't my favorite style.

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

12oz bottle no dates using Dogfish Head signature glass

A: Pours black with a thin head that dissipates rather quickly. The lacing is wonderful though.

S: The smell is very malty and roasted but hops are for sure present.

T: The taste has a malty coffee like character at first followed by the hops. It is a wonderful mixture of bitter, citric hop flavor with the roasted malts. Slightly bitter on the finish.

Overall I think this is a nice surprise for me. Not my everyday or even every week drinker but a strong well rounded beer. I think the mixture of the malts and hops is very well done and smooth with just enough bitter at the end for a little bite. Great beer Avery Brewing!!

Photo of 55kabinski
5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I like this beer a lot but am mainly leaving a review to correct the BA info on abv. It's listed here as 6.3% but is actually 5.1%.

Moderator can feel free to remove this review if s/he likes after the mis-info is corrected....

Now I have to hit minimum of 259 characters....

I like this beer a lot but am mainly leaving a review to correct the BA info on abv. It's listed here as 6.3% but is actually 5.1%.

Moderator can feel free to remove this review if s/he likes after the mis-info is corrected....

I like this beer a lot but am mainly leaving a review to correct the BA info on abv. It's listed here as 6.3% but is actually 5.1%.

Moderator can feel free to remove this review if s/he likes after the mis-info is corrected....

Photo of Fatehunter
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Black with a quarter inch tan head.

S - Roasted, burnt malt. Coffee and a little cocoa. Smells like darkness.

T - Burnt malt, not sweet. Then more burnt malt towards the end and wrapped up with some good biting bitterness

M - Fairly crisp for a stout, but nice. Ends a little softer in texture. Moderate carbonation.

D - I really like this stout. A straightforward dark tasting stout. It does not have any crazy flavors, just the basics and done very well. Very drinkable all night long.

Photo of redjameskidd
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As one of the earlier reviewers said, I too believe this is an underappreciated beer, as far as stouts go.

Appearance: jet black, creamy tan head.

Smell: roasted malts and chocolate milk.

Taste: I really enjoy a stout that is restrained on the sweet side and instead emphasizes the roast, which this does. All roasted barley and black patent flavors.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, almost feels like a milk stout.

Drinkability: I would be all too happy to down these all night.

Overall: This, along with North Coast's Old #38 Stout, are two of my favorite dry stouts. They are exactly what they SHOULD be.

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

12oz bottle -> american pint
code screened on bottle:

Pours a dark brown with hazlenut highlights. A thick generous active head slowly recedes to a brown pillow of suds. Patchy globs of sticky lace.

Nose: Malty, chocolate

Thin oily body that finishes dry and creamy. Burst on black patent malt with burnt coffee, dark chocolate and lactose. The beginnings of some dark fruit flavors way in the back, trying to fight through the burnt malt. Grassy and herbal hops definitely present but struggles to compete. A quick hit bitterness leaves the mouth dry and chalky.

A good hearty Irish Stout.

Photo of jwinship83
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with no freshness information anywhere. drank from my stone IRS snifter. i picked up this sixer on clearance.

A- this one pours out a mostly opaque black body. only a little bit of ruby red can be seen around the edges of my glass. the head lasts about what i would have expected it to, and leaves behind very small spots of lacing.

S- the first thing i notice are very dark and roasted malts. burnt smelling almost. after that, it opens up with some milk and dark chocolate. at the end i pick up some coffee/espresso.

T- the dark roasted malts i could smell come to the front. very dark and teetering on burnt. after that, the chocolate comes into play. both milk and dark. more dark than milk. the finish is pleasantly hoppy.

M- the body is medium, bordering on full. nice and bitter, just as the style should be. the alcohol is well hidden.

D- a fine example of the style. i like that this is a stout with plenty of flavor with a somewhat moderate ABV. i feel this one is under appreciated by most.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looks like a nice dark black with an inch of chocolate foam.

S - Smells like milk chocolaty roasty coffee goodness. But I love this style so hope it tastes good.

T - Wow a nice bitterness of coffee and chocolate but kind of like a milk stout. Actually ends up kind of dry and bitter so it is pretty balaced.

M - Medium and drinkable. Kind of good.

D - A very nice dry stout and I liked it and would appreciate it in my glass. Very good beer.

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

Pour- Dark dark brown. a bit of light gets through at the edges. The main body is opaque. No real head but leaves a viscosity film on the glass.

Aroma Straight up roast malts mostly,also doing some dark fruits and molasses.

Taste The coffee,dark fruits,roasty/smoky grains and malts and dark brown sugar all do their show in a nice harmony. started this off a bit cold and it has a very solid flavor profile,the body is a bit wet/thin relative to heavier stouts but not bad for an Irish. It gains a little body as it warms. Good balance of Malt-hop-sweet-bitter. Second pour it tries to do a beer head,and gives up. There's a caramel up front that's not evident when colder,then the coffee flavors take over. warmer brings a little more complexity but this does well chilled as a summer stout too.

Mouth Not a THICK stout really but as it warms it gets a bit of sticky syrup action that add to the heft. The aftertaste is quite clean without overdoing the espresso aftertaste. Carbonation is there but not very obvious. It's not a genre that is supposed to be too thick,and it is a bit wet. That's good for a all-round.

Drinkability, Pretty good. The basic flavor balance is on the money. The money,in this case,is reasonable. In no way "hard to finish" and not boozy. Good wide temp range,making for a nice Year Round.

Photo of tehawful
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Black with a thick foamy heads that leaves decent lacing around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Strong aroma of roasted malt with a hint of dark fruit.

Taste: Heavy roasted coffee taste up front with a subtle bitter-sweet characteristic. The roasted flavor is strong enough to lend an almost smokey taste, though it comes across a little artificial. Finishes with a decent amount of hops which is probably contributes to the name "Out of Bounds". Overall, the roasted qualities are too close to a burnt taste for me.

Mouthfeel: Good medium-full body with little carbonation.

Drinkability: The aroma is probably my favorite part of this beer, it really got me excited to taste it. The intensity and profile of the roasted and smokey flavors was a little more than what I normally prefer, but still a good stout overall.

Photo of bnes09
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thick charcoal black color. Dark red to brown when held up to light. Pours a thin tan head but the retention and creamy lacing is unparalleled.

Rich cocoa and coffee bean aroma. Hints of pine and maple in the nose.

Starts off with a robust dark chocolate to coffee bitter, roasted flavor. Hops are also pretty assertive with a piney bitterness and in the perfect proportion for balance. Smooth molasses sweetness brings it all together and provides a mellowing effect. Hints of maple, almond and a smokey character come to life as well.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Dense medium body with some small bubbles mingled in. Its a little drying on the palate but smooth and creamy at the same time. Leaves a dry, bitter dark chocolate after taste.

Wow! What an exceptional example of an Irish Dry Stout. Seems like it would almost be better suited for the American stout style due to the smooth texture and sweet, balanced flavors. Great session beer for stout lovers like myself. Incredibly complex and rich flavors and outstandingly refreshing.

Photo of claybeer
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There is not a whole lot to say about the appearance on this beer. It's dark? It's closer to black instead of a dark brown and there is little to no head. Wow! It makes up for the dull appearance in the nose. A great coffee smell and some bitter chocolate. There is a little bit of an unpleasant burnt grain smell. The bitterness is the first thing I notice. The chocolate and coffee flavors don't show up until the finish. After all the flavor there is some alcohol heat. It is a well balanced stout and easy to drink. It would be a great food stout to enjoy with a big steak or even some bitter chocolates after dinner.

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.

Photo of hopsyum
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Note: bottle says 6.3% abv, not 5.1% like this site says. This is fortunate because the alcohol is well hidden.

A- Pretty standard color and head for a stout. Extremely dark with slight red hues around the outside when held up to light. 1/2" head held up nicely.

S- Again, average smell, nothing too fancy but some chocolate and coffee (duh).

T- This is quite a yummy tasting stout. Dry hops are definitely more prevalent, and they are more obvious than normal. Coffee and chocolate are there in normal fashion, but the hops do set this beer apart from the regular stout. Nice.

M- A pleasant-feeling beer in the mouth. I notice nothing out of the ordinary from another stout.

D- This beer goes down surprisingly well for a 6.3% stout. I only had one, but I could definitely go for at least one more.

Overall, an enjoyable stout. There are few things that really strike me as exceptional, such as the usage of hops, but again nothing is out of place and it all works.

Photo of alleykatking
1.58/5  rDev -58%
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.

Photo of garymuchow
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Again with Avery, no dating on the bottle, so I have no idea on age. <sigh>.
Black, black, black with a little bronze on the edges. Nice tan head that settles in a rocky fashion.
Slight tart aroma with roast, coffee, some chocolate. Nice.
Sweet, tart, bitter, sour, roast with lots and lots of drying on the finish. This one may be getting a touch of age on it as a small amount of staleness seems to be appearing.
Ample carbonation, maybe a tad too much as it seems to be cutting the smoothness some, especially as these bubbles seems little sharp. Even a touch of heft to this body, but it slows down drinking only a bit.
I'd like to get a fresh one of these as I bet I'd bump it up a couple of points.

Photo of bump8628
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Before I get into the review I notice the bottle indicates 6.3% ABV, as opposed to the 5.1% listed here and on Avery's website. Interesting, perhaps they stepped this one up a bit.

Pours nearly black with a thick espresso head that fades to sporadic clumps.

Aroma is very mild coffee with some herbal hops.

The taste is where it really ratchets up a notch. Bold cocoa and herbal coffee lead the way with some burnt sugar and a very generous helping of bitter, herbal hops. This one dries out at the end further enhancing the astringent and bitter qualities.

This is certainly different than the Dry Stout that the Out of Bounds that I've tried in the past was. This one is drinking much more like a bigger American Stout. Intense flavors through and through with the coarse herbal hops almost competing with the roasted barley. It appears Avery really has stepped this beer up. Not a surprise when you know Avery's brewing philosophy.

Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,132 ratings.