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Out Of Bounds Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Out Of Bounds StoutOut Of Bounds Stout

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1,020 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,020
Reviews: 549
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 24
Gots: 39 | 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 AtLagerHeads


3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The body is nearly opaque and black with a nice cap of single finger tan head that retained decently and laced very decently. The nose is of coffee with subtle roasting notes, but very, very light.

The flavor is less coffee-like and more roasted malts with light notes of dark chocolate. Very rough around the edges and quite bitter. This brew needs a little refinement!

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin for such a dark and thick beer. Decent drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2004 05:01:42 | More by AtLagerHeads
Photo of JISurfer

South Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The smell was definately the best part of this brew. It smelled just like coffee. No if, ands, or buts. Too bad the taste wasn't as good. The taste had the potential to be a nice creamy stout, but died out quickly to a not so awesomeness flat taste. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad beer by any means, but there are plenty better out there. If you want a nice milk stout, go with the Mackeson's XXX stout. This one was a little too grainy for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2003 21:18:51 | More by JISurfer
Photo of benmiliron


3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've becoming more and more of an Avery fan as the years go by. Out of Bounds is pure classic stout. Black like charcoal, mouthfeel like Guinness. Well developed flavors of coffee, bitter chocolate and burnt malt. I didn't find too much sweetness in this one though. Lack-lustre head, but that didn't seem to affect this stout's aroma one bit. A good beer for the winter, by the fire or trekking through the woods.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2003 02:12:42 | More by benmiliron
Photo of Winter


4.58/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a nice tan head. Opaque except for some mahogany hues at the bottom of the pint. Tan head eventually flattens to cover the surface of the body. Excellent aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate and roasted coffee. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and chewy. Initial flavors of roasted coffee, mocha and caramel treat the tongue. Hop bitterness kicks emerges in the middle and carries into the long coarse finish. Dry and coating roasted malt finish. A great offering from Avery and a must-try for stout fans.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2003 14:28:57 | More by Winter
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
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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3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown color, I can hardly see through the glass when held up to a light, small creamy tan head that leaves some lacing in my glass, has a chocolate and coffee aroma. Dark roasted malty chocolate burnt coffee flavor, light to medium body that has a crisp and carbonated mouthfeel, nice bitter and dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2003 01:25:20 | More by maxpower
Photo of beerguy101


3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color. Medium head. Aroma is malty and choclately. A medium bodied stout. Malts are roasted, touch of chocolate, slightly sweet. Hops are fairly bold and spicy. They sort of overpower the malts, Still it’s a very drinkable dry stout. Mouthfeel is a touch thin. Finish is dry and clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2003 02:14:29 | More by beerguy101
Photo of jackndan


3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out Of Bounds Stout: pours a very deep black, not much light if any can penetrate. A vigorous pour splashed up some tannish head, with fairly long lasting staying power. The aroma is somewhat chocolatey, with a bit of coffee. First sip is somewhat hoppy, with some coffee flavors as well. Very deep into the aftertaste, there is a nice blast of roasted malts. The taste is nice, the mouthfeel is very smooth. Nice balance, and taste, easy to drink, and worth picking up.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2003 02:43:47 | More by jackndan
Photo of jcalabre


3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I would not categorize this as a sweet or cream stout. Rather, it has far more of a dry stout's taste. In fact, looking at Avery's web page, it says the same thing

I'll rate this as a dry stout. it has a nice roasty/toasty aroma and flavor with a clean dry finish

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2003 02:57:18 | More by jcalabre
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4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown hue with a tan head. A very good stout, nice roasted maltiness with chocolate and coffee tones. This is another solid offering from Avery. I am starting to feel like a spokesman for these guys but this one is underrated too. I say buy it and see for your self.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2003 00:00:54 | More by jtw5877
Photo of Brent


4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a liquid pitch black that shows amber around the edges against the light. Aroma and flavor are an impressive coffee with lots a cream and sugar. The roasted malt is deftly handled, with no cardboard or over-roasted notes. Like drinking an iced Starbucks mocha latte. A coffee bitterness finishes very clean at the end, surprisingly so for such a dark beer. Quite sweet, but not cloying, and yet somewhat dry. I was quite impressed by this stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2003 14:25:44 | More by Brent
Photo of francisweizen


4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an excellent dry stout from Avery. It pours a dark black, ruby-red colour with a nice fluffy, tan head. The aromas are of chocolate, caramel, various types of malts and hops, alcohol and yeast. The taste. Delicous! A yummy blend of chocolate and caramel flavors, with a bit of coffee thrown into the mix as well. The mouthfeel is a tad bit thin and the drinkability is not perfect. But this is one of the best dry stouts I have ever had!


Serving type: bottle

05-27-2003 11:36:59 | More by francisweizen
Photo of Dogbrick


4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is kind of the kid brother to The Czar but it is a decent Dry Stout. Pours a dark brown (but not opaque) with a dark red halo. Aroma is strong roasted coffee with a little chocolate in the background. Rich with a big coffee presence, along with a little malt and chocolate. Finish is very dry and toasty with a light hops zing. Well-balanced and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2003 07:27:45 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
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
Photo of Wildman


4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very dark amber, almost black color. It formed a medium tan small bubbly head that left trace lace as it subsided. An aroma of malt and roasted coffee. A flavor of malt and roasted coffee with a touch of burnt bitterness in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2003 16:20:30 | More by Wildman
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa


3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark black color, with a huge, chunky, creamy tan colored head, great retention. On the nose the aromas were faint really just whiffs of black coffee. Mouthfeel is creamy and fairly smooth. On the palate the flavors were mild, light malt flavors coffee, hints of caramel, not as sweet as like, bitter roastiness in the finish. Decent brew…

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2003 07:50:08 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
Photo of Mitchster


3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark brown to walnut brew forms a rocky tan head which sits atop medium sized bubbles. The head is clingy and meringue like with good retention and nice lacing. The aroma is very nice... like dark-roast freshly ground coffee, fresh grains, semisweet chocolate, vanilla and chalk. Begins with semisweet coffee, vanilla, cocoa, and chalk followed by a light earthy bitterness and long roasted tones. There is a touch of floral hoppiness in the burnt finish. Thinner mouthfeel than I am used to in a stout, perhaps because it's filtered. Pretty good job they've done here, but it would benefit from being smoother and full-bodied. This brew is good, but it just didn't excite me much, Was a bit too, well, "Out of Bounds" for my likings.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2003 19:35:17 | More by Mitchster
Photo of RBorsato


3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a light brown lasting head and good lace. Sweet caramel-ish aroma. Also a bit roasty and hoppy on the nose. Caramel, roasty and hoppy flavor. Med-full bodied with a bitter roasty finish.

Although this is fairly good, this is probably my least favorite of all the Avery beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2002 13:10:44 | More by RBorsato
Photo of Murph


3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with some deep brown hints on its edges and a nice thick brown head that sinks to a thick fil on top of the brew but coats the glass nicely. Some chocolatey-caramel malt aromas are in here but there is also something that doesn't belong and I can't pick it out. Starts off thin and watery. Goes quickly to a big sweet chocolate taste with some roasted/burnt malt flavors following on the heels of the sweetness. The finish gets a bit metallic and burnt (not in a good way). Brew is, at first a bit thin before picking up to a decent, but still slightly thin, body. Metallic and burnt flavors at the end take some away from this brew. It seems to fall just a bit short of being really good. The flavors are a bit raw without any smooth transition between them. I agree with Cokes, if they just put a little bit of time in then they could make this a fine beer, but it definitely isn't there yet.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2002 08:06:22 | More by Murph
Photo of cokes


3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Magnificent looking stout. Deep dark body, with a huge chunky head. Aromas were very faint, but leaning towards black coffee. There was an almost tea-like hop presence that was enjoyable. Unfortunately, the malts did not hold up their end of the bargain. Basically, the malt flavors were MIA until the beer warmed to room temp. Quite a strange sensation, to have a beer with the look and feel of having a sturdy malt base, but having a minimal malt taste.
When the malts do finally show up, they have a decent roasted coffee hints.
It is a stout that could be tinkered just slightly and made pretty good. However, I don't currently recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2002 00:28:54 | More by cokes
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Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
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