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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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1,191 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,191
Reviews: 572
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 27
Gots: 73 | 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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Ratings: 1,191 | Reviews: 572
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Photo of corey0212
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm absolutely loving this beer. Looks black in the glass, but held up to the light, the beer takes on a deep red color. Smell is incredibly dark, roasty, coffee deliciousness. Taste is just bitter enough, with a really smooth chocolatey finish. Carbonation is completely perfect for a stout. Well done, Avery!

Photo of tonistruth
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- deep brown brew with good holding 2 finger fluffy head and soapy lacing

S- deep roasted malts, coffee

T- coffee with hints of chocolate, lots of astringencies, dry woody flavors, burnt and roasted malts (especially in finish/after)

M- smooth body with a very dry finish

D- fits style like a glove, fantastic aftertaste, recommended for dry stouts

Photo of AlexJ
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Near black pour with a medium head of milk chocolate froth that stays puffed up and laces well.

Aroma of charred dark malts, dark chocolate, coffee, and earthy tones of wood and pine.

Flavor is big and roasty, centering around bitter dark chocolate and brewed coffee with some slight fruitiness in the middle and a nice dry finish of mildly bitter hops. Well rounded and thouroughly sessionable.

Medium bodied. smooth, and hearty. Not as creamy as it could be. Overall a great stout.

Photo of Dalem
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Almost black in color with waves of a ruby hue when you hold it up to the light. A nice roasted barley is the first thing that noticed in the smell followed by something like an irish cream and coffee scent. A way inviting introduction that almost instantly takes my thoughts off the cold wind I hear whipping outside. Though the scent is very appealing I'm not going to get my hopes up just yet. I fell for the trick about a week or so ago with my last delving into the stouts then got really bummed out with the taste.
No dissapointment here though. A nice dark roasted coffee taste right up with a bit of cream running through through it and some hazelnut flavor in there as well. Since this is a dry stout there is a hop thing in the end but the slight bitterness that comes from it is balanced out with the brew's initial flavors. A medium body that set it's apart from that watery backend that Guiness type darks have but not that thick neck/hairy knuckes heaviness that some of the "extreme stouts" a lot of mirco's are mixing up. I still haven't immersed myself into a many of Avery's beers yet to make the call that they are one of America's top 5 brewery's yet but everything I've tried by them so far has been something damn good.

Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours extremely dark. Looks pitch black until you hold it up to light and just an ever so slight of a touch of amber shines through. GREAT tan head that lingers around for the entire life of the pint.

Smells very roasty, robust, coffee, chocolate, caramel. Wonderful nose on this beer. Taste is more roastiness, rich malts, coffee...roasty flavors cling to your palette WELL after the sip is done. Great flavor. Finishes slightly dry with some hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little thinner than I would prefer, perfect carbonation for a stout. Slightly dry finish. This is an extremely drinkable and pleasurable stout. I wasn't it to be this good actually because I remember being underwhelmed when I first tried it over a year ago.

Photo of Jmamay22
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've always wished more breweries brewed an Irish styled stout and was happy to pick this up when I saw it at a local store. No best by date.

Pours a thick opaque jet black with ruby redness around the edges of my glass. Nice full thick creamy head and sticky lacing, but the head retention is less than fabulous.

Smells of roasted malts and coffee. Nice burnt acidic flavors as the hops peak through. Roasted coffee is particularly strong.

Taste is similar to a Sierra Nevada Stout, but drier. Roasted flavors of the nose come through in the flavor and carries a great dry finish. Some hint of black licorice and chocolate, but these are faint.

Mouthfeel is a little thin in my opinion and lacks some of the creaminess I was hoping for was I initially poured this one. The more I drink this the more I loath the mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little off as well and comes off being too strong. Drinkability is great and this would serve as a delicious sessionable beer.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Avery- Out of Bounds Stout

A- Dark brown almost black. Thick creamy head. Heavy lacing.
S- Green hops, light roasted coffee beans, and molasses.
T- Fresh green hops, and sweet molasses malt with creamy, not overly roasted coffee bean.
M- Hoppy and bitter up front but opening up to a creamy velvety soft finish.

Overall- Reminded me of Tröegs- Dead Reckoning <--- although this is a porter. Nice and hoppy and dry up front, creamy in the end. Delicious.

Photo of Jwale73
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Poured a dark brown, almost black color with a 1/2 inch, light tan head that dissipated quickly into a thin surface skim with light consistent lacing throughout the tasting. Smell of roasted malt and coffee. Flavor consistent with smell. Lightly carbonated with a slight tingle on the tongue and a somewhat chalky, bitter finish. All and all, not a bad dry stout.

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

Pours very dark brown to black leaving a 1 finger brownish tan head that stays around, leaving a good amount of lacing. Smells is roasted malts and coffee. Somebody else mentioned raisins. Now that they pointed that out I can smell a little of it too. Bitter coffee right away with a big roasted taste. Chocolate is there too. A little of that raisin in the aftertaste. Pretty drinkable.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nearly opaque black color with brownish hues. The head is large, tannish white, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, coffee, and milk chocolate. The taste is of roasted malt with a faint hint of coffee. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Overall, this is a decent dry stout. I would drink it again, but I would rather have an O'Hara.

Photo of woemad
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle for $1.49. No freshness date.

This poured a dark brown that took on a more ruby-ish shade when held up directly to light. Tight, tan head that didn't hang around for too long. Modest sheets of lace dripped down the sides of the glass.

The smell is of black, bitter coffee, cocoa powder, mollasses and a little whiff of raisins.

The roasty, bitter coffee flavor is what jumps out at first, but it is matched by a low key mollasses-like sweetness that blunts the bitter edge. As the beer warms, more chocolaty notes emerge. The finish is dry.

This is medium bodied, almost light bodied. The mouthfeel is a little oily. Carbonation is perfect for a dry stout.

This makes a nice alternative to Guinness, and would make an excellent session stout. If this were to turn up in Spokane for a decent price, I would definitely buy it again.

Photo of redneckchugger
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

poured into a crystal mug, light black( if such a thing is possible) dense brown head, beautiful.
smell is weak, some roasted malts, expresso
taste is dark bitter chocolate, roasted malts, strong coffee, excellent taste, the nose doesn't even hint at the complexity of the taste.
mouthfeel leaves a bit to be desired, tastes good but its thinner than a stout should be.
this is one of the most drinkable stouts i have tried recently, overly thin yes, but that makes it drinkable as hell, overall a very good beer, it has it flaws, but i will be buying this again.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. It smells like roasted malt, chocolate and some coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also a charcoal/burnt/chalky taste. Finishes with a nice bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium, and leaves a slight coating on the tongue. Drinkability is good, not a bad choice for a session beer IMO. For the style it's pretty decent, I'd buy this again in the future.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.31/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Yep...it's Black. It originally poured with at least a 2-finger head of tan bubbless that took at least 3 minuted to completely fall. There is a whole lot of thick lacing left on the glass where the beer was.

Aroma: I get a whole lot of chocolate and some grassy hops as the predominant aromas. To support the chocolate, there is a little bit of dry roast as well as a bit of dark caramel.

Taste: The beer has a very defined chocolate flavor with a clear hoppy presence. I think that the hops are a bit grassy for this style, so they seem to take over the perception of the beer in my opinion. As the beer warms a bit more, there is a more roasty presence coming out that remindes me more of an actual dry stout. There is not really an alcohol presence in this beer and the finish is dominated by the malt. I get a whole lot of caramel in the finish that stays with you for some time. The hops are there in the flavor, but not a whole lot for bittering.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer to drink, but it doesn't fit the category very well...I guess that is why they call it "out of bounds". It has a decent flavor, but the flavors that are there seem to be out in the open by themselves...so it doesn't really meld all that well. I am a pretty big fan of Avery beers, but this is probably one of my lesser favorite of the line. It is OK, but I will be sticking to a number of other stouts.

Photo of TechMyst
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This begins my foray back into stouts from IPAs. Drank one; then I had a "session" of the remaining 5. [Note: This is NOT a SESSION brew, I do not care what anyone says or thinks.] Rich chocolate/nut aroma. Spotty sheen of tan head. Even a vigorus pour does not yield a lasting head. Very opaque black, transmitted color is a deep amber with ruby tints. Slick and slightly chalky/resinous palate. Superglue lacing. Stout up front, straight porter in middle and aftertaste. Each phase is plesant. Definitely NOT one-dimentional. Even my emitted noxious gas was plesant tasting. Soft conditioning, made me feel fuller than mouthfeel. Drinkable fast or slow, but if you start slamming you'll soon go to sipping. Almost perfect, except for palate being a little chalky. If you like Guinness, step up to this stout tough guy!

Photo of soupyman10
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice deep brown color, with light red highlights, a finger of tan head that dissolves fast. Nose of strong roasted malt, and coffee. Taste is likewise. Roasted malt, coffee, and some brown sugar as well. Body is a little thin, but the carbonation is good. A solid stout but not one to go nuts over.

Photo of TheBierBand
3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the 12 oz bottle into my pint glass to forma 1-1/2" tan head.... had to slow down on the pour to keep it within the boundry of the glass... The head slowly dissipated leaving VERY pronounced lacing on the glass.

The aroma.... WOW!.... lot's of dark chocolate and coffee.... smells like a Starbucks!

The taste falls down a bit after the nice smell.... I was expecting MORE. Quite bitter and sour tasting.... not THAT bad... but I was expecting something sweeter. Charcoal, and woody... like a sawmill. Pronounced flavor.... not shy in any way.

Mouthfeel....WAY too fizzy.... highly carbonated... too much in my opinion.

Drinkability: I'll only have this one... I don't recommend this....

Photo of Atron67
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- It poured a clear black with a chocolate brown that foamed up high, however fell relatively quickly, left pretty good lacing

S- roasted malty scents with a bitter balance that seems pretty solid

T- has a nice roasted flavor throughout and a solid bitterness backing as noticed from the balance

M- has a medium body and a sharp carbonation

D- a solid stout

Photo of prototypic
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: It's a dark, chocolaty brown color. Head is creamy, off white, and about two fingers. Retention and lacing were good.

Smell: It's a nice blend of chocolate, coffee, and a toasted nut aroma. Neither really overpowers the other. Simply a very malty, sweet scent.

Taste: It's got a very strong bitter taste to it. Not in hoppy sense, but more like a strong, bitter coffee. Chocolate and toasted nut flavors are clearly second billing. Definitely dry and a bit chalky feeling.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. It goes down easy enough, but I really think one is enough for me. Just a bit too much of a dry, bitter taste (not in a particularly good way). All in all, it's okay. Wouldn't go out of my way to recommend it though.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Opaque dark brown-almost black body with medium sized tan head. Head fades slowly and leaves behind a nice collar and plenty of lacing sticks to the glass. I didn't see any difference in the body when I held it up to the light but then again it is one dark dreary day.

S- A sweet chocolate smell is first to hit the nose and is pretty potent. A bitter toasted coffee smell comes in right after that with equal potency.

T- Mild sweet chocolate and caramel malt upfront. This is taken over by a rich toasted malt balanced with bitter hops. The finish is rather dry with both a subtle sweetness and bitterness lingering. Much more complex than other irish dry stouts I have had.

M- High carbonation and medium weight body. Somewhat prickly to swallow.

D- This is a good, drinkable irish stout. Its much tastier and more drinkable than others I have had from this style. Something that I will revisit in the future. Good for a dreary day.

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a black color with a red hue. The head was thick and rocky. The aroma was of malt and coffee, but was faint. The taste was roasted and coffee flavor with the sweetness from the malt noticeable. The mouthfeel is full and slightly oily, leaving a coating on the tongue. The synergy of the flavors and mouthfeel of this brew make it a delight to drink.

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For the style, this beer had quite a bit of flavor. Poured a dark, chocolate milk brown in color with nary a head. Really it was only a slight film. Nose was earthy and malty with ust a slight hint of charcoal. Flavor was very nice. Malty with some burnt chocolate bits. Also, got quite a bit of charcoal and cinder flavor which was quite nice. Medium body that slightly thickened as the beer warmed while sitting on the bar's porch in the summer sun. Would definitely recommend.

Photo of cjgator3
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark black color with a light tan head. Aroma is dark and roasty with some coffee and charcoal. The taste is dark roasted malt with a nice dry and lingering bitter finish. Overall, this is a really nice stout that I will certainly be purchasing again. Recommended.

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Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
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