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Out Of Bounds Stout - Avery Brewing Company

Out Of Bounds StoutOut Of Bounds Stout

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BA SCORE
85
very good

962 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 962
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2007 02:08:19 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 03:51:35 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2004 16:18:11 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 01:27:56 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

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
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2005 01:20:05 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2005 18:04:00 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2005 17:22:05 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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
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metter98

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 03:54:44 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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."

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2005 00:07:07 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2004 23:16:48 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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...).

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 18:50:43 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +17%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2003 19:05:35 | More by NeroFiddled
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown body body, ruby tinges around the edges, under a puffy cocoa head, plenty of lacing, rocky, looking good for a stout.

Aroma is sweet and roasty, lots of espresso notes, nuts, chocolate...nougat, caramel...it's a candy bar, nearly, more I sniff it...toffee! Me like!

Taste: just right. Full bodied, big on board the palate, bittersweet, tart yet again chocolatey, very cocoa-licious! Hmmm, mmm!

Quite satisfying, full flavored, with huge hops, tempered by roasty chocolate malts...mmm, mmm...I quite like it.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2007 10:13:21 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 04:58:00 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2006 04:12:41 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice earthy black malt scent that is dry and a bit chocolatey. The taste is good also. It has a rich, dry black malt flavor. It goes down smooth and finishes quite earthy. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good stout. It has an intense black flavor; no compromise here.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2005 22:46:43 | More by WesWes
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zeff80

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2006 13:06:26 | More by zeff80
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours with a frothy, creamy, fairly thick, brown head. The beer itself is an opaque, deep brown, almost black color. The aroma is at first rich and chocolaty with notes of espresso and roasted malt, biscuits and bready toast, it then begins to pick up some husky notes that detract a bit, comes from using too much American roasted malts (just a guess though). At certain times I can see this flavor really appealing to me, but right now it is a little much, though not so much that I am going to dump this beer, which I am prone to do if a beer leaves me feeling unsatisfied.

In some ways this tastes very much like Ellies Brown, just with more dark malt character. It is fairly light, nicely drinkable, but the rough dark malt notes that where barely perceptible in Ellies Brown are starting to become dominant here. This is not a bad flavor per se, but it just adds a harshness to this beer that is not really needed.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2004 21:05:55 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 23:36:26 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a thin tan head that lasts. Some trailing lace sticks to the glass.

The smell is of roasted coffee, chocolate and some dark fruitiness.

The taste is of roasted coffee (slightly burnt), milk chocolate and a touch of smoke. Sharpness from metallic notes and high acidity interfered a bit, giving it something of an astringency. Alcohol a touch more noticeable than expected for abv level. Finishes dry.

Full-bodied and a bit hefty for style. Not quite as creamy (despite fullness) than I would really like in the style.

Not bad - could be a bit smoother. One that I liked more as it progressed. A little rough for the style, but decent enough overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2007 23:14:03 | More by jwc215
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 04:46:38 | More by RblWthACoz
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2003 16:04:00 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gavage

New Jersey

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

Deep brown / black in color with a 2" tan head. Nice lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt and coffee. The flavor is what is expected - roasted malt, coffee, hint of chocolate and toffee. Little hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is smooth and partly creamy at the start with a super dry finish. The coffee and roasted malt tones last long on the tongue after swallowing. Nicely drinkable, a decent session stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2004 00:05:36 | More by Gavage
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Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
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