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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,063 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,063
Reviews: 554
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 24
Gots: 47 | 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 santoslhalper
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Poured a deep black with a little reddish tint. The head is creamy, and leaves a beige collar.

Smell: The smell is the regular roasted malt aroma, with subtle chocolate and hop hints.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The flavor is mostly roasted malts, with a slightly complex flavor. The burnt taste is a little overboard, and is almost accentuated by the hop bitterness. Speaking of which, I think the hops are a little overboard and uncalled for. The mouthfeel is thin, and not as dry as I thought it should be. A huge, huge thank you to NeroFiddled (a world class trader) for this beer.

Drinkability and Overall: While this is not my favorite style in the world, this is a pretty decent representation. I'm not saying it's worth going out of your way to try this one, but if nothing is else was available, I'd have no problem qauffing this for quite some time.

santoslhalper, May 29, 2005
Photo of SEOhioSipper
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance-Poured a very, very dark, pretty much black, color with some reddishness around the edges when held up to the light. Had a nice thick tan head that lasted nicely. Some decent lacing evident on the glass.

Smell-Heavy chocolate (dark) aroma followed by a nice roasted, coffeeness. Very pleasant.

Taste-The taste is that of dark semi-sweet chocolate followed by the taste of a dark roasted coffee.

Mouthfeel-This stuff is pretty thick but the carbonation is fairly low. Doesn't leave a lasting impression on my mouth. There is a slight oily feeling in the mouth.

Drinkability-I would buy it again. But because it is pretty heavy I would stick to 1-2 a nite (more like 1).

SEOhioSipper, May 18, 2005
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 BeerFink
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep brownish ruby color, almost black. A sticky tan head is kicked up that smells of roasted barley and coffee. Black malts are up front, with a slightly burnt charcoal flavor. Transitions to rich coffee and chocolate flavors with some delicate roastedness and a hint of nuttiness. Hops are present at the end, showing a little spice and very subtle citrous. Finish is slightly hoppy but mostly roasted, leaving a dryish aftertaste. Really quite the tasty dry stout, much more robust than nitro stouts. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but that's part of the dry stout. That is part of the wicked drinkability. My glass was empty in no time. I would have no problem at all going through a few of these at a time.

BeerFink, May 13, 2005
Photo of cubedbee
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a dark dark brown (looks black unless held directly to light) with a thich foamy beige head. Smell is delicious---coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. Taste is very interesting---sweet, but with the burnt flavor really coming through strong. Very dry finish with a faint aftertaste of hops bitterness. Mouthfeel is thin for a stout. Beats Guinness any day, but there's nothing exceptional would make me go out of my way to find this brew.

cubedbee, May 08, 2005
Photo of Vancer
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark, almost black pour with tan head that unfortunately dissipated fairly quickly. Excellent chocolate malt aroma! Taste was different; dry burnt toast, charcoal – maybe a touch of malty goodness. Strange, but not unpleasant, gritty, almost salty mouthfeel and body. Glad I had two bottles, I was adjusted and enjoying the second much more than the first.

Vancer, Apr 18, 2005
Photo of RoBotGod
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Has all of the characteristics of a classic stout. I found it to have an almost refreshing taste for a stout. Therefore, I feel the bottle was appropriately labeled with the snow and the guy tearing up a mountain side. With the black color of a snowman’s eye balls and the dark tan pour help keep it true to this style of beer. If your looking for a "reach out and grab you" stout then you best passing on this beer. In the end, its a stout I would pick up again.

RoBotGod, Mar 07, 2005
Photo of gbontrag
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

45F
Smells like engine, looks like oil. Not even a hint of color around the edge. Straight up blackened malts. Makes for a blackened beer. Tiny hop burps. This tastes a little flat. Probably old as it was on sale. Robust - NOT. Dry, chalky and scratchy. Blah. I didn't find it very engaging. My wife and I both got 8 ounces down then set the pints aside and lost interest. She folded laundry, and I put away dishes. Boring.

gbontrag, Feb 15, 2005
Photo of SixpointJMH
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As I've heard both good dand bad things about Avery, it made me curious about their brews. I have to say that my first sampling of their products was far from disappointing, and was in fact very, very good.

It pours a dark black colour with a big creamy tan head. Stickiness is moderate but noticeable.

The smell is different, but awesome: it's big and bold without being overpowering and there's something to it that I can't quite place my finger on yet which sets it apart from other brews, and in a good way. It's a bit sweet but primarily rough and rugged, with a hint of smoke notes throughout. There's a chocolate base that runs throughout as well. Just incredibly nice overall.

The flavour is right up there as well: sweetness prevails for a while but soon gives way to a hearty burnt, roasted malt flavour. Even the chocolate seems to take on burnt qualities here. The finish is very dry, but spot on for the style. Mouthfeel is creamy but hearty.

I have nothing bad to say about this brew. It's really just a stellar beer overall, and I wish I had picked up more than one bottle of it. Yum.

SixpointJMH, Feb 04, 2005
Photo of SheepNutz
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Once again, props to Chris (clvand0) for sharing this. 12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a deep jet black color with one finger of light tan head. There is little lacing. The smell has lots of roasted malt mixed with cocoa powder. A great chocolatey nose. The taste is also fairly chocolatey. It has a good burnt malt background and even a hint of hops are present. The mouthfeel is fairly nice and strong. The drinkability is great for this stout. A nice offering from Avery.

SheepNutz, Feb 03, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an ever so slightly browned black color with a finger of head that falls to ring the beer. The nose is awesome. Lots of sweet chocolate, very creamy. This smells really nice. The flavor really nice, starting of a sweet chocolate but moving towards a sweet coffee on the finish. I really like it. The feel is a big moderate, with a slight drying finish. Overall, this beer is super good. This is easily a session stout.

kmpitz2, Feb 03, 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 ppoitras
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Pisskynights. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1/2" of light brown head, which laced nicely, over the dark, dark brown/black opaque brew. Aroma is of coffee and chocolate malts, with some hoppiness apparent as well. Taste is all about the coffee and other dark malts, with little balance it, leaving bitterness in the mouth in a big way. Kind of thought from the aroma it would be a bit more balanced. Mouthfeel and drinkability just good, for above mentioned bitterness. Just didn't work so well for me for a Milk/Sweet Stout.

<edit> Looks like this has changed styles to a Dry Stout since my review, but upon revisiting, it stays with the same ratings. Maybe the mouthfeel and drinkability could swing up a bit, but not enough to change my (most likely correct) first impression.

ppoitras, Jan 16, 2005
Photo of swamiswamu
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours dark with a nice frothy stout head. There's plenty of lacing and the head lasts. Good malty body with a slight hop finish. This is far from an earthshattering brew, but it is quite nice. This would be a good craft beer to offer to Guinness worshippers. Cheers.

swamiswamu, Jan 13, 2005
Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An all around good brew. Appearance is almost black with and initial creamy light tan head. Decent lacing remains. Smell is of burnt malt and coffee. Taste has nice initial malt nose that lasts to mid-palate. The burnt malt kicks in at the finish, leaving a very nice dry, slightly bitter finish. Very easy on the palate and tongue...very drinkable.

edchicma, Jan 11, 2005
Photo of ejacques
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok, this is my first Beeradvocate.com review, so please bear with me.

Appearance - Pours a nice dark brown with about a 3/4 head which left nice lacing throughout the pint. Upon holding to the light, a dark ruby/amber rather than jet black appearance.


Smell - Exceptional. Roasted barley and malt jump out right away. Even more prominent as the pint warmed.


Taste - Hints of roasted barley, malt, slight coffee and chocolate.


Mouthfeel - A little watery to me, but I tend to find most dry stouts watery in mouthfeel.


Drinkability - Despite the watery mouthfeel, I could see myself drinking several of these.

ejacques, Jan 11, 2005
Photo of Gavage
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.

Gavage, Dec 11, 2004
Photo of FormatKid
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a six pack of this with a friend, I’m interested to try a dry irish stout *besides* the ubiquitous Guinness. When allowed to warm up a bit and poured into a pint glass the body appears to be solid black, but when held to light it’s translucence is revealed and a ruby-red shows through. The head is tan, and ample, it retains like a champ and leaves thick sheets of lace down the pint. The nose is rather estery, I can pick up fruit aromas similar to dark berries before the pint even approaches my face. As my nose approaches I pick up powdery cocoa aromas and dark, roasty coffee. This is quite a flavorful dry-stout, the flavors of milk-chocolate and bitter chocolate toy back and forth with each other, faint berry flavors and dark roasted coffee stand firmly together before a bitter earthy hop kick in the finish. Nice and roasty with a medium bitterness throughout. This beer is nice and smooth and gets more so at cellar temp, holy damn what a great session stout. I would recommend anyone try it, and I will not hesitate to grab some more the next time I see it.

FormatKid, Dec 09, 2004
Photo of bditty187
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Basically black in hue, there is some ruby highlights around the edges, especially when held to a light. Still, the liquid is basically opaque. The head was over two fingers in height, beige in color. Head retention was very good; it slowly faded to a rocky cap that lasted the entire consumption. This beer looks very typical of a stout, aside from the fact the subsequent lacing looks like tattered wallpaper. Impressive. The nose is malty, kind of smoky, roasty with coffee influences, plus some chocolate and charcoal. Astringent. There is also a faint, slick, milky sweetness at the distant back. This bouquet is stout-like, the potency is fairly sturdy and the smells are articulated clearly. I really like the nose. The hint of smoke elevates the bouquet over many of its brethren. Inviting to say the least. The palate doesn’t make the nose out to be a liar. Pleasant roasty flavors, faint smoky qualities, slick chocolate with a milky sweetness that is very minimal. Coffee beans. Licorice. Charred wood. Distant piney hops it seems. I really like this beer; it is very tasty with plenty of flavors in the mix. I mean this is just a stout after all and damn, its good! It is robust in a restrained kind of way. Hey, I used the word “restrained” in a review for a beer from Avery! I’ve come to the conclusion Avery’s best beer comes in 12-ounce bottles. Moderate abv, I could session with this dandy. Long aftertaste, I really want some sharp cheddar cheese or grilled meat! Medium in body, modest carbonation, the mouthfeel is pleasant, I could ask for a little more body but it is good “as is.” This stout is damn drinkable. Give me a six-pack! Lovely stuff from start to finish, thus far this is the best tasting and most eloquent beer I’ve had from Avery. I purchased a 12-ounce bottle in Brookfield, WI. Recommended. I want more.

bditty187, Nov 12, 2004
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 pezoids
4.9/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured tar black in color with a light brown head of creamy foam. The aroma has a wonderfully roasted nuttiness with slightly burnt dark grains and toasted breads. There’s also some cocoa/chocolate notes. Beautiful bouquet. The taste is sublime with mellow coffee notes and a perfect roasted bitterness. A chocolate sweetness entices the palate and the beer goes down with a silky smoothness. The body is solid and this finishes clean and leaves me satisfied. Actually, this leaves me wanting more – like a case or two. An excellent stout that I would highly recommend.

pezoids, Nov 02, 2004
Photo of Gueuzedude
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.

Gueuzedude, Oct 18, 2004
Photo of bmills1608
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color - Dark black
Head - Foamy, thick, really nice. Tan in color.
Nose - Milk chocolate and coco.
Taste - Creamy rich and chocolatey, mild roasty-ness, quite full and fresh tasting. A bit of sugary sweetness in the middle. Finishes somewhat sweet, ends with a bit of roasted astringency and a touch of hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel - Creamy
Carbonation - Low

Overall - A perfectly drinkable stout. Mildly complex, quite chocolate oriented, reminds me a bit of a cream stout.

bmills1608, Oct 12, 2004
Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a dark, opaque body with a short, tan, head that is shortlived, falling into collar and spiderweb lacing.
Aroma highlights roasted coffee, chocolate, and a note of anise.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with low carbonation and a slight, hops bite.
The taste is roasted malts, with coffee,anise, and bitter herbal hops. Some diacetyl slickness is picked up here. The chocolate promised by the aroma is nonexistent in the taste. Finish is hops bitter, with a coffee aftertaste.
A decent, dry stout, but not outstanding. The malt profile could be more assertive, but it's above average for style.

merlin48, Oct 12, 2004
Photo of far333
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great name and label. The full glass is very inviting, with its deep dark brown color and light brown foamy head. Aroma is malty and chocolatey, and I defintely can pick out some hop smells. Mouthfeel is a little tingly upfront, with a watery finish. Flavor is nearly non-existent on the front of the tongue, and seems like an imperial as it rolls down the sides of the tongue - bitter chocolate and coffee, with a bitter linger. Doesn't seem true to the style, but a tasty beer nonetheless. Thanks Brent.

far333, Sep 30, 2004
Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,063 ratings.