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Out Of Bounds Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

573 Reviews
THE BROS
80
good

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Reviews: 573
Hads: 1,228
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 28
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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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serviceable balanced stout. Fine for a dry Irish style stout, with some coffee, a tad heavy roast with a spot of smoke, jet black colour, appropriate carbonation, medium mouthfeel, and dryish finish. A bit bitter and acidic in aftertaste, like coffee can be. (258 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a 1 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, coffee beans, and some cocoa powder notes. Taste is of dark roasted malt and some coffee and cocoa flavors. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slight crispness but a somewhat light body. Overall, this is a pretty good stout but it smells better than it tastes in my opinion. (557 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (717 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (366 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

yum! pours a dead sexy black color into a stout glass with a one and a half inch tan head. smells like dark roasted barley and faint coffee. taste is really roasted and a little smokey, chicory root and licorice notes on the tongue too. great bitter finish smooth smooth smooth. i wouldnt call this a dry irish stout, as its not really dry at all, and the malt profile is much different. mouthfeel is perfect, creamy and expanding, down easy. i could drink a sixer of these no problem. sturdy abv caps it off, great beer from avery! my favorite stout this season (562 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a foamy tan head that leaves lots of lacing behind

Smell: Bitter coffee, wafts of smoke and a touch of fruit

Taste: Starts out with a bitter chocolate flavor that blends into coffee; a fair amount of charcoal and some bitter hops kick in at mid-palate; the hops dominate the finish, overwhelming the anticipated stout flavors; a rather burnt finish

Mouthfeel: A bit thin, but otherwise OK

Drinkability: A complex though quite hoppy stout, marred by the light mouthfeel and burnt flavors (533 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This stout poured out as a deep brown color with a tan colored head on top that bubbled away pretty quickly. The lacing was very light and had minimal retention. The smell of the beer is a little toasted with some chocolate aromas in there too, but they are very faint. The taste of the beer was decent, a little on the light side I thought for a stout but it didn't have a decent dry roasted flavor to it. The mouthfeel wasn'ttoo bad, it's a little watery, but it's supposed to be that way I think. Overall this stout isn't too bad but I've had better. (553 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

It's another Avery winner. Has the look of an ideal stout--color, head, lacing... Aromas are all sound--Chocolate, coffee, dark fruits. And a bittering quality that only America can provide. Tastes sweet with barley malt, chocolate malt, light cherries, dates, and figs. Bitter flavors rise up from the foreground displaying hops and a bit of a grainy texture in the body. Otherwise creamy, and silky. Finishes a bit astringent (ok, i'm being picky.) but thinned from alcohol sweetness. Lasting chared and bitter flavors. (521 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.29/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black dark ale with a very small head with almost no retention. Aroma consisted mainly of medium roasted malt. I enjoyed the roasted notes very much and appreciated the balance between the roastiness and the bitterness. Also, a found no watery feeling at the end, which is something I despise in some stouts. (331 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Midnight black. Thanks to generous garnet highlights, the beer isn't a complete black hole. The toasted tan cap has enough substance to it that it persists as a thick, creamy cap and leaves a pretty impressive amount of lace in its wake.

The aroma is primarily of roasted malt and coffee, secondarily of bittersweet chocolate and hops. I prefer less coffee, but I can't fault it too much. The flavor is more aggressive than the nose. Unfortunately, the roasted malt is brash and borderline astringent with a charcoal-like character. Other changes relative to the nose are that coffee and hops are more prominent and chocolate recedes into the background.

An initial suggestion of sweetness fades by the midway point, giving way to a dryness that becomes parching by the finish. Irish Dry Stout is right. The flavors simply don't meld well enough for me to consider this a good version. It's a little too harsh, a little too dissonant. Points for boldness though. The body is thinner than I prefer, but not bad for the style.

Out Of Bounds Stout doesn't quite trip my trigger. As far as I'm concerned, it's a few fixes away from even being considered among the best domestic versions. Roasting the malt for a shorter time to decrease the harshness/astringency and making the body more full and creamy would be good starting points. (1,340 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a deep black color. 1 to 2-finger head. Mocha/tan color. Great lacing all the way down the glass.

S - It smelled of chocolate and malt.

T - It had a bitter coffee/roasted malt flavor.

M - Soft and smooth. Medium-bodied brew.

D - Very good stout. The roasted malt flavor is very nice. (309 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (814 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice rich black with some crimson color highlights with a huge fluffy almond colored head that sticks nicely to the side of the glass,some roasted malt and nuttiness come thru in the aroma along with a touch of unsweetened chocolate that comes thru more as I drink more.A mellow tasting brew at first but as it warms alot more flavor elements come out some highly roasted malt and some cocoa powder with a lingering dry earthiness in the finish,quite tasty.A smooth creamy-like feel makes this brew very easy to drink,one of the better dry stouts I have had in awhile. (576 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (603 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.63/5  rDev -30.6%
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." (794 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Another Avery revisiting, this time going even darker. It pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of deep ecru foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, light char (really more of a darkly-toasted bread kinda thing), dark chocolate powder, and a pinch of black pepper for good measure. The taste pretty much follows the same pattern, though everything is darker, roastier, toastier, more charred, and, subsequently, bitterer. (Aside: A reviewer before me mentioned something about chicory. ... In retrospect, I think that's indeed something that came through, just surreptitiously, without making itself known very well.) The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a pretty solid stout, but it's a bit too roasty for my tastes, especially in something like this, which, to me, is meant to be more of an everyday stout (if that makes sense...). (935 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.39/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A black body reveals mahogany highlights at its base. It's initial short but creamy tan head drops readily to just a thin collar, although it does leave some nice lace. The nose is quite bold with sweet cocoa, dark chocolate, a touch of smoke, and a good helping of fresh brewed coffee. Very nice! The body is medium with an exceptionally fine carbonation that tickles the tongue. Although it appears sweet with chocolate and cocoa throughout the first few tastes, the roastiness and underlying bitterness develop on the palate as you progress through the glass. It starts with some nutty, caramelish cocoa; followed by rising notes of fruitiness. As it crosses the palate, dark chocolate emerges but morphs quickly into bittersweet chocolate as the hop bitterness begins to rise. Some underlying leafy hop flavor is sometimes noteable at this point. Roastiness, and even some smoky character, become evident at the swallow; and lead into a long, dry finish that's roasty, chocolatey and bitter with some leafy/floral hop character giving it depth. It's almost a touch woody as it lays in the mouth. Really nicely complex while maintaining a great deal of drinkability in it's body and mouthfeel. Worth trying! (1,210 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is mostly of roasted malts and dark chocolate along with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is very malty with strong flavors of dark chocolate, roasted coffee and touches of fruit and smokiness. There's a very mild hops presence as you would expect that provides a little balance. The after-taste is slightly smoky and full of dark chocolate bitterness.

M: Smooth with a little crispness, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky and extremely dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, slightly filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer even though I don't typically go for this style. (810 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Astounding dense and rocky terrain of a head, a shade or two lighter than pitch black.

Smell: Faintness of licorice is mostly masked by a mellow charcoal and berry fruitiness.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Smooth and slick in the mouth with a medium body, solid yet lightly rounded charcoal flavor. Hints of licorice and a mild berry twang, a ghost-like minty and woody hop bitterness rolls with the growing char-malt character.

Drinkability & Notes: Quite robust for a smaller stout, hefty yet not huge. The long lingering roasted barley flavors really shine. (645 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pretty dark and a little bit of light shows through. Head is dark tan and has some nice staying power while leaving a bit of lace on the way down. Nose is a nice roasted bean thing. Quite nice really. Flavor is extremely robust and full. Great smoky qualities to it. Meaty, hearty. Just thick but smooth. Feel has a good carbonation to it and the liquid is good too. Overall this is a very nice dry stout. My first sip ended up killing half of the pint. (459 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A very true to style stout:

Pours dark mahogany to black with a healthy 3 fingers + tan head. Very good head retention and lacing

Smell: Intense burnt malt, coffee & chocolate

Taste: toasty malty, slight fruityness caves into coffee and bitter graininess (works here). Finishes very dry and fruity

MF Chewy and creamy with ideal carbonation

A little too dry to enjoy more than a few, but stout lovers would probably easily session this. Although I prefer the new world porter, Avery comes through again (507 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (446 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.83/5  rDev -25.3%
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. (1,348 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 smcolw
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light beige head that settles slowly and into a rocky foam. Light shines through--dark, dark brown.

Lots of chocolate and slightly chaulky. Smells like there's a touch of cream.

Far more coffee flavored than the smell would indicate. Lots of black patent malt. Chewy body with high carbonation. The aftertaste is all black coffee.

Very flavorful dry stout. Much more bitter (from burnt barley) than the average dry offering. (427 characters)

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Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 573 ratings.