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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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1,055 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,055
Reviews: 553
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 24
Gots: 46 | 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 Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, pours black with a dark tan head, leaving well developed lacing behind. Nose of expresso and chocolate. Nice roasted and black malt character. Some sweetness in the middle. Coffee, chocolate, cocoa, vanilla flavor notes. Medium bodied and nice syrupy, sticky mouthfeel. Long lingering finish. Nice sweet stout.

Billolick, Jun 15, 2004
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured translucent black with ruby highlights. The head was tan and thin, but laced the glass.

The aroma was coffee and dark chocolate with a hint of caramel in the background.

The flavor was dry coffee and chocolate. There was a harshness to the flavor and lacking in any real balance.

The finish was dry and acidic roasted grain flavors. The body was medium.

12 ounce bottle. Love the label with the fresh powder.

GCBrewingCo, Apr 28, 2004
Photo of Skidz
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking dark brown pour that sits a deep mahogony in the glass, bit of red on the sides, small tan head on top, glorious lacings.

Smells of raisins, lots of raisins, some roasted grains, chocolate malts and caramels. I really liked the nose on this one. Tastes of a wide variety of fruits and some great roastiness in grains with sweets to back it all up. Let's see what we got in the basket here: Cherries, raisins, apples and some light citrus (blood orange?) bring in the front. Chocolates and carmels, like in the nose balance off some great floral hops and I swear I taste citrus in here too. Nice, but slightly sharp, bitterness finishes this beer off. What a ride!

This beer loses in mouthfeel though. A pretty shallow, medium body combined with quite and excess of carbonation grinds my tongue like sandpaper and leaves me full of air. Although, that only furthers my decision is saying there are citrus hops in this, becuase it really tastes like grapefruit going the other direction. :)

Nice to drink, loads of flavors and a nose that is top notch. I only wish for a better body and more flow, rather than a mouthful of goodies, seeminly all at once. I'm definately going to do this one again.

Skidz, Mar 26, 2004
Photo of pio
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a black near opaque volume with ruddy tints. a slender dark tan head that won't go beyond a thin blanket. acceptable pieces of clinging lace.
perfumy floral hops and a candy/sugar top smell. nice and heavy notes of espresso and cocoa. other toasty nut type scents abide and a hint of darkened sugar rounding out the bottom of the scent profile.
wonderfully dry start with espresso then cocoa on it's coat-tails. drying up almost too bitter for me but i guess it's supposed to be "extreme". eventually it leaves the palate very clean for the style. there is a toffee note in the middle that is alluring.
not very carbonated and the body seems a tad light, almost watery.
not quite the most sessionable beer but damn good. it'd make a nice breakfast beer.

pio, Mar 12, 2004
Photo of Beaver13
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Out of Bounds poured a dark black with a smallish tan head that quickly went to a collar that laced the glass. It has a strong aroma of roasted malts, coffee and lots of semi-sweet chocolate. It is medium bodied and tastes of roasted malts and some chocolate up front with a very bitter, coffee-like, dry finish. Overall, a nice dry stout. The hops are very bold, but not quite over the top.

Beaver13, Mar 11, 2004
Photo of sulldaddy
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I pour my sample into my snifter. It pours pitch black and a tan frothy head foams up about 1 cm. The head fades very slowly and is always a thin layer throughout my sampling.
Aroma is coffee with sugar and cream, some faint chocolate and roastiness too.
The flavor is sugary sweet up front but this is quickly overpowered by roasted malt and espresso which carries to the finish. The finish has a slight bitter flavor which I attribute to coffee flavor not hops.
The body is fairly thick and there is a slightly creamy texture. Very soft carbonation.
This is a nice stout and is drinkable. Would probably sit heavy if I had more than 2 bottles though.

sulldaddy, Feb 07, 2004
Photo of stewart124
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a rusty head. The foam lasts for a good amount of time and leaves nice lacing. Smells of toasted malts and a mocha aroma. Very inviting amell. Deep roasted/burnt taste with mocha flavors and a rich body. Hints of coffee and a sweet toffee feel. There is a strong lingering chocolate aftertaste with a smooth finish. This is a very drinkable beer by Avery.

stewart124, Jan 31, 2004
Photo of Gusler
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer after disembarkation, pours soot black with some deep garnet high light, the head is personable in size, the texture frothy, the color a light chocolate with the lace a fine sealing sheet upon the glass. Nose is toasted grain, sweet malt, hints of caramel and coffee, quite fresh and inviting, start is ambrosial, nice malt profile, top is light to moderate in feel. Finish has big hop spiciness, carbonation piercing, quite dry and bittersweet, a pleasant enough stout.

Gusler, Jan 28, 2004
Photo of clvand0
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark brown color and has a tan colored head. The aroma is malty with hints of a chocolate or coffee. It has a dark chocolate and coffee flavor, but with some hops tossed in. Very nicely blended and enjoyable. This is another well made beer from Avery Co.

clvand0, Jan 16, 2004
Photo of ngandhi
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Rich hop nose with burnt biscuit in the background. Deep, vagrant, and slutty.

More charcoal on the palette, roasted walnuts, old cigar, and hops. The hops clash with the dark malt bitterness and come off as metallic. The beer's only redeeming quality in taste (besides its remarkable bravado) is the intermingling of chocolate malt and fruity yeast. It's a stretch, though, and you might only see it on the finish.

You'll have plenty of time to, though. The finish is good but lingers with undeveloping bitternesst. Ultimately, Out of Bounds drinks too long and washes out devoid of any beer character.

Avery packs this brew with an astounding array and magnitude of malt and hops, but, as I've noticed in several of their brews, the flavors dull each other out of existence. I look forward to "loaded" beers such as this -- many breweries have shown how interesting big beers can be -- but Out of Bounds lack subtlety, vision, or purpose.

It'll be a long time before I choke another one of these down.

Relax, relax.

ngandhi, Jan 06, 2004
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

AtLagerHeads, Jan 03, 2004
Photo of JISurfer
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

JISurfer, Dec 14, 2003
Photo of benmiliron
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

benmiliron, Dec 03, 2003
Photo of Winter
4.58/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

Winter, Nov 13, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
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.

WVbeergeek, Nov 06, 2003
Photo of maxpower
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

maxpower, Oct 17, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

beerguy101, Oct 07, 2003
Photo of jackndan
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

jackndan, Oct 03, 2003
Photo of jcalabre
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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

jcalabre, Aug 26, 2003
Photo of jtw5877
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

jtw5877, Aug 10, 2003
Photo of Brent
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Brent, Jul 25, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
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!


francisweizen, May 27, 2003
Photo of Dogbrick
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Dogbrick, May 13, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
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!

NeroFiddled, May 06, 2003
Photo of Wildman
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Wildman, Apr 05, 2003
Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,055 ratings.