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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

1,079 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,079
Reviews: 556
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 23
Gots: 50 | 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 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
Photo of Bierguy5
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black liquid, with some slight ruby highlights around the edges. Small compact tan head, which disappeared too quickly, leaving little to no lace on the glass. Smells of black licorise, maybe a little dark fruit and alcohol. Good roasty flavor. Some bitterness from the roast character, and not much hop bitterness. Finish is dry, slight coffee flavor lingering on the tongue. Medium body, low carbonation. Overall, a nice Irish Stout. Pretty drinkable as well. I would give this a thumbs up.

Bierguy5, Sep 23, 2004
Photo of jdhilt
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a one-finger brown head that fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Totally black color. Medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Nose is roasted coffer/chocolate. Starts with a chocolate/coffee flavor and finishes with a nice malt/hop balance. It's an Irish dry stout but it is not as dry as a Guinness. $1.65 for a 12 oz bottle; found at Vintage Cellar, Blacksburg, VA

jdhilt, Sep 11, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Midnight black. Thanks to generous garnet highlights, the beer isn't a complete black hole. The toasted tan cap has enough substance to it that it persists as a thick, creamy cap and leaves a pretty impressive amount of lace in its wake.

The aroma is primarily of roasted malt and coffee, secondarily of bittersweet chocolate and hops. I prefer less coffee, but I can't fault it too much. The flavor is more aggressive than the nose. Unfortunately, the roasted malt is brash and borderline astringent with a charcoal-like character. Other changes relative to the nose are that coffee and hops are more prominent and chocolate recedes into the background.

An initial suggestion of sweetness fades by the midway point, giving way to a dryness that becomes parching by the finish. Irish Dry Stout is right. The flavors simply don't meld well enough for me to consider this a good version. It's a little too harsh, a little too dissonant. Points for boldness though. The body is thinner than I prefer, but not bad for the style.

Out Of Bounds Stout doesn't quite trip my trigger. As far as I'm concerned, it's a few fixes away from even being considered among the best domestic versions. Roasting the malt for a shorter time to decrease the harshness/astringency and making the body more full and creamy would be good starting points.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 22, 2004
Photo of mobyfann
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Paid $1.59 for a single...

As with most stouts, they look good; that being a nice blackish base with a tannish head, good rentention and lacing to follow... The aroma is nice and light of chocolate and coffee...

The taste is nice, but a little less than that of what the smell gave away. The mouthfeel is just average, a little heavier than I'd expect for a 5.1% ABV... Thus the drinkability is above average, it is not a session beer like other, even heavier stouts I've had in the past...

Final Thought: Pretty solid showing for Avery with this one...

mobyfann, Aug 21, 2004
Photo of CSquared
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle

Appearance: Poured dark black with a nice medium brown colored head. Nice lacing and the head had a good bit of staying power.

Aroma: The aroma is quite nice with dark roasted malt notes. Some coffee and chocolately notes as well.

Taste: The flavor echoed the aroma for the most part, but the beer had a tannin-like bite to the end

Mouthfeel: OK, pretty average of a dry stout. Thin-medium body, but unpleasant bite to finish

Drinkability: Fine beer with excellent nose and taste, but the bite would have me looking for a different stout after one or two

CSquared, Aug 07, 2004
Photo of Jason
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Astounding dense and rocky terrain of a head, a shade or two lighter than pitch black.

Smell: Faintness of licorice is mostly masked by a mellow charcoal and berry fruitiness.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Smooth and slick in the mouth with a medium body, solid yet lightly rounded charcoal flavor. Hints of licorice and a mild berry twang, a ghost-like minty and woody hop bitterness rolls with the growing char-malt character.

Drinkability & Notes: Quite robust for a smaller stout, hefty yet not huge. The long lingering roasted barley flavors really shine.

Jason, Jul 29, 2004
Photo of aracauna
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice black body with mahogany around the edges. The head is dense and sticky and the a nice milky tan color. Good staying power and lacing. BEAUTIFUL aroma. Very strong coffee malt rises up above everything. Just gorgeous smell. The flavor falls flat after that aroma. It’s nice a roasty, but a lot thinner than I was expecting. I was expecting a rich, full-flavored stout, but what I get is pretty typical of a better-than-Guinness dry stout flavor.

aracauna, Jul 27, 2004
Photo of mattcrill
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a nice stout! Pours into the glass jet black and has a nice foamy head that retains well. I smell espresso and hints of chocolate...this is going to be a good beer. The taste is definitely "out of bounds". Nice and complex...roasted malts, coffee, and a hint of sweetness all lightly brush the palate but none of them are overpowering. This was easy drinking for me. A really enjoyable stout that goes well with some barbequed pork. This is pretty close to what I think of when it comes to classic stout taste. Good work from Avery.

mattcrill, Jun 20, 2004
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
Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,079 ratings.