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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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very good

1,160 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,160
Reviews: 564
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 24
Gots: 64 | 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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Photo of NEhophead
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown bottle, served in a tumbler.

Pours a ruddy brown/nearly opaque, beneath a dense, off-white head of foam that plasters the tumbler's sides on impact. Cascading lace that decorates the entire glass.

Fragrantly clean, roasted malts with an intense whaff of peat and light scotch. Mild notes of vanilla and freshly brewed coffee.

Slightly bitter coffee bean with sharp, rich hints of espresso and milk chocolate. Heavy cream and peat-smoked malt gives a swarming, smokey flavor. Floral hops make for a brief, yet assertive bitterness at mid-sip. The finish is dry and slightly spicy, followed by an aftertaste of bitter coffee, caramel, and peat.

Medium in body; dry, assertively bitter. Airy on the palate and unobtrusive.

A very flavorful Dry Irish Stout, which is quite a pleasant change of pace to the boring, one-dimensional offerings that are out there in abundance. When you're in the mood for this style, a six pack of Out of Bounds won't disappoint.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark pour. Looks a bit glossy and the head, while small, has nice retention and contrast with the body.
Smell is nice, dry chocolate and coffee. Some hints of green vines and raisin. A good aroma on a cold night.
Coffee and chocolate dominate the flavor. Doesn't seem to be much else.
The dryness is nice. Really bites the toungue. But is a bit thin in the back.

Photo of scott
2.66/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sticky lace to follow a large head above a dark body.
With a deep huff, very trace aroma of coffee. Pleasurable.
The beer stops being good at the smell, because this becomes a stinging, hopped-up mouth of char. Very lackluster, and not fun to drink.
I love Avery, but this falls very short. No real balance, no real character, and finish is almost awful, if you want something more than "dry".

Photo of plaid75
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown/blackish hue with a one and a half finger pillowy caramel head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a solid burnt grain element with soft caramel and cocoa aromas.

The taste was upfront dry roasted coffee and burnt grain. Subtle caramel sweetness at the finish.

The mouthfeel was full and dry.

Overall a very nice dry stout. Very sessionable.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Toasted in honor to those who are in the middle of a massive winter storm. Stouts are best enjoyed during blizzards! Black in color, simple, with a thin crusty light shoe brown head; smokey malts, chocolate and lightly roasted coffee beans are combined in the aroma. Up front, a pleasant smokey-bitterness, dark roasted malts slide across the palate and form a roasty bitterness. Pleasant barley malts and cocoa flavorings come across. Medium bodied; very creamy and dry, there are some leafy hops noted as this beer warms up a bit. Do not serve cold; drink at cellar temp. A darn good dry stout. Give it a try!

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with a nice beige head and some lacing as well. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, licorice, coffee, dark fruit and smoke. Taste is of chocolate, roasted malt, and espresso. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth and has a pleasant carbonation level. Pretty drinkable stout that would make a nice session.

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

Poured into a Sammie Smith english pint glass. Pours a very dark opaque, not quite totally black; right on style. Very large and rocky head--very impressive. Very good lacing. Not much of an aroma which surprised me. The taste is really roasty and very nice, with a bit of a hop bite on the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel is very smooth and full. A really good drinking irish style dry stout. Avery has done another good job here. Avery is quickly becoming one of my fave western brewers.

Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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

Pours with a jet black body and khaki colored, rocky head that sticks tenaciously to my glass. Roasted malts and coffee sweetened with brown raw sugar on the nose. On the tongue, this beer steps up its complexity. It starts out thick and just a bit bitter with hops, before moving on to silky sweet/sour malts typical to the style. The finish is long and bone dry, with roasted malts warming the tongue. This beer is on the thick and substantial side, especially compared to the paragons of the style, but it doesn't compromise drinkability. Overall, this is a very good Irish dry stout, staying pretty true to style while also being identifiably American.

Photo of Blakaeris
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep purple to black with a decent tan head. Nice lacing.

Smell is strong roasted grain, with generous chocolate and coffee character. A touch of milk sugar sweetness.

Taste is all roasted grain up front. However, in the middle there is an odd cedar like flavor that doesn't blend well and lingers through the rest of the experience. Finish is extremely dry .

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

I found this beer to be a little off. The flavors aren't as balanced as it could be. The unusual woodyness and immense dark grain seem a little harsh. I didn't have any trouble drinking this one. But there is better out there.

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

Poured a deep black with a thick tan head, super lacing.

Smell has a big black burnt malt odor with a bit of coffee.

Taste like the smell, a bitter burnt black malt taste with lots of charcoal and smoke flavors along with a bit of coffee, a little more bitter than the average stout.

Mouthfeel has a medium body to it with a very dry finish.

Very drinkable, a very good dry irish, I'm really digging the extra bitterness in it.

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

This beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a black coloration to the body with minimal ruby opaqueness to light. The head has a lightly creamed coffee coloration and rises about 1 1/2 fingers high.

Smell: The smell of pleasingly funky dark roasted coffee rises up to my nose. Bittersweet chocolatey malts float about the smell.

Taste: This beer has a pleasing dark roasted coffee and bitter sweet chocolate flavors. The char notes compliment the charcoal flavors of the beer.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beers body is sleightly less than medium bodied. The carbonation is on the low side. I would have liked a bit bigger body to this beer. The beer was fairly easy to drink and has been sessioned at my place on numerous occasions.

Photo of biegaman
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with big brown head. Roasty aroma, full of chocolaty notes. Generously hoped. Very rich and appetizing. Mouthfeel is dominated by a strong roast - burnt malt. Aroma seems meak by comparison. Flavour has strong dimension of roast that flavours seem trampled by. Seems they got alittle carried away with that smokey, roast mouthfeel - I find it a little out of balance with the other features of this beer. What I didn't like was the really grainy, astringent mouthfeel upfront, which is then followed by a lingering dry finish. Otherwise they've hit a nice balance between the malt and hops. Very drinkable. Overall this is one satisfying stout.
Thanks for the trade HogTownHarry!

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

12 oz bottle
Merchant's Fine Wine
Dearborn, MI

This one couldn't wait to get out of the bottle and celebrate. So after pouring 85% foam between an Ayinger mug and a Sunset tall glass and refilling with the excess from the bottle it finally came to a mushroom cloud atop the Sunset glass and sl-l-l-l-l-lowly settled. There's still a smoke puff of scud cloud at top and that's fine with me daddy-o. Everything has its purpose and as such this cloud performs its duty. Similar to winter cloud cover does in keeping heat from escaping and the tempertaure from plummeting this buffer zone keeps me from gulping this fucker right down. Exultant dark mark, mucilaginous hops and an indeterminable scintilla of fruit that gives a puissant taste which perorates in idiolallic tongues. Yes, it is OK to look over the precipe, laugh and then consider jumping.

Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bold, bitter, & burnt. That's how I would characterize this beer. Appearance is very dark brown/black; slight tan head stays consistent throughout. Fair amount of lacing. Aroma is crisp, burnt, & malty. First sip and everyone thereafter is bitter & hoppy. Aftertaste is bitter as well. Solid stout, but would be hard to drink more than a few at a time.

Photo of Osiris9588
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, no date, poured into a pint glass. The color is motoroil black and opque. The tan head rises to two finger, rather creamy and nice cap forms on the surface. Good retention and plenty of lacing coating the glass.

The aroma is dominated by roasted barley, malt, some charred wood, and bitter coffee notes. The flavor is the same, very strong with coffee, roasted malt, and hops on the finish.

The mouth is light, yet dries out, getting bitter and smoky on the finish. I wish there was some more complexity, more of a progression into the rather harsh finale. It's alright, but not one of my favorites from Avery.

Photo of rarevos
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

A: Pours a dark, dark brown with tannish-head. Sticky trails left behind as the head recedes to a light blanket with some big bubbles scattered.

S: Roasted grain at first, with some wheat germ or walnuts. Bit of a cereal grain aroma, too. Oat bran or bran flakes.

T/M: Cereal grain flavor up front with some roasted grain on top of that (it really does have two distinct grain characteristics). There's a bitterness as the sip works its way to the back of your mouth. Finish is long, bitter, and burned. This is a pretty dry beer, so the category is accurate.

D: Pretty solid stout. Nothing unexpected, but nothing out of whack. Dry, pleasant on a cold day, and hits the spot. I can see myself eaasily enjoying one or two of these in an evening.

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

served in a pub glass. Pours a dark brown/dark with moderate thick beige head that thins out, but last throughout drinking.

Smells primarily of roasted grains, earthy hops, lightly-medium roasted coffee and a light smokiness.

Taste very clean. Earthy, toasted/roasted coffee and grains with a slightly dry alcohol finish. Well balanced, flavors melt very well.

Malty sweet in the beginning with a little powder cocoa in the middle and dry finish. Medium bodied without being watery. I would have preferred a little more chewiness.

Very easy to drink, sessionable. Not a complex beer, but a well done beer, very solid.

Photo of javenbohall
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich, very dark brown with almost no head and a few tan bubbles. Looks much thinner along the edges when I tilt the glass and shows some reddish highlights. Not all that aromatic for a stout, but smells faintly nutty and malty. Very smooth and creamy at first sip, but it doesn't take long for the hops zing to kick in. Prickly on the tongue as I swallow, and finishes very dry with a bit of bitter aftertaste. This is certainly not a boring beer. I'm pretty sure I'm a fan and will definitely revisit.

Photo of Erdinger2003
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a jet black color with brownish white head that has more than 1/4 inches worth of head on it. Leaves lacing as it falls, but has no real lacing itself. The head is thick a fluffy like ice cream. The smell is like an expresso with good roastiness and some cocoa as well. Taste is coffee, like the expresso smell. Mouthfeel is smooth, overall I think it's ok, worth drinking more often.

Photo of Zorro
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled due to BIGsBIF and the kindness of BeerBeing.

Pours a very dark brown colored ale with some red highlights. Minimal head formation.

Smell is Lots and I do mean a LOT of dark chocolate. Smells sweet with a little bit of coffee aroma. Toasted grain and nut aromas complete the smell profile.

Taste is semi sweet and full of roasted malt taste at the beginning. Definitely sweet for the style I would have put this one in the Milk Stout category. Strangely this is all roasted malt in flavor and doesn't really have much of a chocolate or coffee flavor to it. This holds on to the malt flavor to the point that you can taste a trace of ash in this.

Mouthfeel is good.

Tasty enough but there are better versions of the style. Probably should be reclassified as a Milk Stout.

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

Appearance: Pours a dark black that showed some red highlights in good lighting. Very attractive look to it.

Smell: Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, maybe a hint or so of fruit. Coffee seemed to dominate this one. I drink no coffee what so ever but I dig that taste in a stout. Maybe I would like coffee a little cooler and with alcohol and hops, lol.

Taste: The roasted malts and coffee dominate the taste, much as I expected from the aroma. Mothing really knocks me down about it but it is a very well crafted stout none the less.

Mouthfeel: Full body but overly so.

Drinkability: I stopped at one, but I only had one. I could get down with a few of these.

Photo of kirok1999
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep ruby black with a nice tan head that hangs around for a while.

S- Nothing negative to say, but nothing very positive either. Mild malt smell, some hops try to break through.

T- Dry and astringent. Not at all fruity, creamy and smooth with very mild carbonation. Definite charcoal notes.

M- Very dry and smooth.

D- For the style, it's better than most. The dry crispness makes it easy to drink with some nuts or cheese.

Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought a 12 oz bottle at odies big ten in lansing michigan ($1.89)
pours almost black with some reddish hues poking through, thin sheet of a head.
the aroma light, hint of hopsack, bit of malt, little coffee
the flavor is full, rich, malty, bitter, roasty, spicy, bitter.

Photo of cproioi
3.11/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at Baba Budan's in Cincinnati Ohio

The beer pours a pitch black body with a tan head that left decent lacing. The smell was largely of roasted malts giving it a chocolately aroma. Somewhat devoid of the coffee-esque aroma of a lot of stouts. The taste followed in suit of the taste, largely of chocolate but very low in the coffee area. There was a slight note of hops present in the taste that I couldn't detect in the nose.

Out of Bounds Stout had a medium body that lacked the feeling I look foward to in a good stout. It wasn't a bad stout it just seemed to be another beer from a brewery that seems to make so-so beer to me. It's a nice style but it had nothing to set it apart from anything.

Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,160 ratings.