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Out Of Bounds Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,078 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,078
Reviews: 555
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 24
Gots: 50 | 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 Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Sammy, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

t0rin0, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

djrn2, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

zestar, Jul 13, 2014
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.

Thorpe429, Oct 04, 2009
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -20.2%

acurtis, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +6.4%

nmann08, Dec 09, 2011
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.

metter98, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Texasfan549, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
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

brentk56, May 17, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 22, 2004
Photo of BEERchitect
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

BEERchitect, Aug 08, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Phyl21ca, Feb 01, 2005
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

kjkinsey, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

GRG1313, Jan 20, 2013
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.

mikesgroove, May 09, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

jaydoc, Oct 20, 2013
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.

womencantsail, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Knapp85, Oct 27, 2011
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 oberon
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

oberon, Nov 12, 2004
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +6.4%

JAHMUR, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

largadeer, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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...).

TMoney2591, Jan 17, 2012
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Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
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