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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: 1,229
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 28
Gots: 90 | 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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Reviews: 573 | Hads: 1,229
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)

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 07/03/11 notes. Had on tap at Hattle n Hum in NYC.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of off white head and light to moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and light cream. Very Guinness like, and quite enjoyable.

t - Tastes of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and vanilla/cream.

m - Medium to full body and low to moderate carbonation. Thick and creamy.

o - Overall a really nice Irish dry stout, reminds me of Guiness in every aspect. Would have it again. (537 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev +10%
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. (527 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 12/22/2012. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, biscuit, light toffee, light nuttiness, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, biscuit, light toffee, light char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Moderate roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roast, coffee, toast, biscuit, light char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roasted malt flavors; with a good roast/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, smooth, and moderately dry/chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice stout. All around good balance and complexity of very roasty, dark, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,294 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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!. (632 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (676 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (453 characters)

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (1,323 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On cask at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is black with a small, broken head. The aroma offers some light roast and chocolate. Super smooth and easy drinking. Man, you've got to love a good cask ale...nothing like it. Light in body with a mild chocolate and roast character working together nicely. Also, a bit of bready malt and a hint of bitterness in the finish. Solid. (369 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

05/27/08- Purchased at City Beer in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info present. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Very black in color with a 3/4 inch creamy dirty white head. Very nice lace marks remain.

Smell- Heavily roasted malt, mild hop notes and heavy coffee grounds in the air.

Taste- All the flavors in this beer are intense. The malts are highly roasted, if not towards the burnt side, the coffee really stands out as well. Dark chocolate swirls between the malts and coffee. Hops play a minor role, but are there.

Mouthfeel- A bit higher carbonation that I would like, but it's still not that high. If you are used to nitro or cask this will seem fairly carbonated for you.

Drinkability- One of the better domestic irish dry's I've had. Heck one of the better any kind of domestic stouts I have had. Very drinkable. (877 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - black with a huge, dense, foamy, brown head that has great retention

S - roasted malts with some citrusy aromas

T - big roasted malts, a coffee-like bitterness, some underlying chocolate, citrusy aftertaste

M - medium to full bodied, well carbonated, a bit crisp

This is a solid beer. It's simple but full flavored. The nose caught me off guard but the big, roasty flavor made up for it. I really enjoyed this one. If I come across it again, I'll buy a few more bottles. (478 characters)

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