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Out Of Bounds Stout | Avery Brewing Company

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Out Of Bounds StoutOut Of Bounds Stout

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002

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Photo of Stevedore
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle dated 10/17/2014, poured into a snifter 2/5/2015.

A- Medium-dark brown body, nearly black. One finger offwhite head. Good retention time. Fair lacing.

S- Sweet caramel, roast, toffee. Earthy, floral hop aromas. Fair bit of coffee. Nothing too special, but comes with a reasonable amount of roasted barley.

F- Grainy roasted barley, a bit of caramel sweetness, some espresso, plenty of earthy hop flavours and a very floral bitterness. Nice complexity, plenty of roasted malt with a nice floral hop component.

M- Medium bodied, not too thick nor thin, nice depth of flavour. A bit undercarbonated for the s tyle, but sufficiently carbonated for enjoyment. Bitter floral notes on the backend.

O- Decent stout, the hops used in this is a bit different than typical American stouts, but the roastiness and hops come together for a very tasty if bitter combination.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.55/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Avery Brewing Company Out of Bounds Stout

12 ounce bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a quarter of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed a few wispy clouds that collected in the center of the top of the beer.

Aroma: Wow! Big aromas of roasted malt, imparting notes of coffee and smoke, accented with some light licorice aromas too.

Taste: Wow!! Great, bold flavors of roasted malt, imparting flavors of toasted pumpernickel bread, freshly brewed coffee, without the coffee-like bitterness, a little smoke, a little dark chocolate, all followed by some brown sugar-like sweetness and some beautifully balanced hops. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy, nicely complemented with some pretty good carbonation. With an ABV of 6.3%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Damn, this is another great stout! Seriously bold flavors of roasted malt, beautifully balanced with some sweetness and hops! Absolutely delicious!

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottling code of 14045B6 which translates to 02/14/14

Appearance - Pours near black with cola brown edging and a tan colored 2 finger head. Good retention, resulting in a thin layer of suds across the top. Small spots of lace cling tight, sporadically dispersed around the glass.

Smell - Prominent milk chocolate aroma with hints of roast in the distance.

Taste - Hmmm, much lighter than the nose would have one believe. Watered down chocolate notes and hints of stale coffee. More watered down flavor in the finish that comes through with a light earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with low amounts of carbonation.

Overall - This stout has a promising aroma, but that's about it. The taste is a bland mess. Maybe 10 months of shelf life has killed what might be an otherwise great stout, but I'm not getting much of what might have been. Candidate for a re-review, but to be blunt my expectations with a fresher bottle isn't very high.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Sampled last Saturday night, December 6, 2014. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 10 ounce 'Boot'.

Pours a very dark brown that is almost black with ruby highlights. Close to a 1-finger beige head is seen that settles down to a 3mm of so after a bit. Sheets of lacing is seen that sticks to the sides of the glass when sipped. The aroma is of roasted malts with a good amount of cocoa. Pretty much the same is said for the taste with a light hint of coffee, unlike some stouts that have a lot. Just a very slight bitter finish which is probably from the semi-sweet cocoa. Very tasty and goes go easy. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation for this brew style. Overall, I liked this one.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

The smell for me is borderline gross.
Luckily it doesn't transfer to the taste much.
The taste has a lot of roasted malts and tobacco with a thick char and ash feel.

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Photo of DanielMB
4.5/5  rDev +19%

I think this an underrated beer. It pours very dark brown, almost black, with a nice one-finger beige head that recedes fairly quickly. It smells and tastes like dark chocolate with coffee notes, with a decent hop presence in the background--sort of like a junior imperial stout. This is a solid beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Very resilient specs of lacing cling to the glass and don't let go.

S- Semisweet aroma of dark roast brings to mind chocolate, coffee and a bit of char.

T- Roasty bitterness with a dark chocolate quality leads to some hop bitterness on the back end. Smooth and well-balanced between the sweet and bitter. After multiple sips, the hops really start to show.

M- Has the optimal viscosity of a straight-up stout with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- A very solid stout that I've been wanting to try for a while now. Drinkable, flavorful and with a bit of a hop kick. I'm on board.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

A decent stout, but this is the junior varsity compared to Mephistopheles. If you want a 6-pack of a drinkable stout rather than going for the gusto, then this is a good choice. But as good as Avery is with their bigger beers, why not gear up for that instead?

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Photo of Mikus
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured midnight black into the old snifter. 1 finger of ecru (the wife's word) head, with very small bubbles. She's a looker. This had some nice mild coffee and chocolate aromas, with a nice, faint tobacco note as well. The tobacco note transferred to the taste, and the slight sweetness, nice malty notes, and slight bitterness were good, but not the complete package. Mouthfeel was rather light for the style, but nothing worrisome. I must admit, this is a good stout. I am a bit partial to bigger stouts myself, and this may have clouded my judgment just a little bit. Solid, but maybe more of a tick than a keeper for me.

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Photo of delta490
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

Pitch black until disturbed, at which point it goes a little brown. Light tan head. Aroma is coffee and dark bread. Taste is similar with more pronounced coffee and earthy hops. Nice weight

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Photo of tkdchampxi
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%

Excellent regular stout. Nice roasty qualities with some malt complexity and a subtle hop presence. Pleasant but not overwhelming makes for a drinkable experience.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a mocha head.

S: Roasted malt, anise, molasses, hop presence is there but it isn't super hoppy; some citrus, some red berries, some dark fruit, some pine, some fruity yeast esters in the nose.

T: Orange and lemon are present, red berries are more present. Most present is roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: A more than solid stout, definitely recommended if you like stouts.

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Photo of Roxie_B
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle
Looks: Pitch black, finger of tan head that’s gone after about a minute
Smell: This smells dusty. Maybe it’s just me?
Taste: Malty and sweet. Coffee in the middle. SUPER sweet chocolate finish. Small pop of citrus hops.
Mouth feel: Not as thick and creamy as some but it’s definitely a stout.
Overall: It’s a decent enough stout.

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Photo of jaredtp
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer is dark brown / black color. It has a decent foamy head. The aroma is filled with cocoa toasted malts. Not too heavy or too light. This was a pretty good beer. I know thhat I enjoyed this beer. I would like to have it again if I can find it again.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours a dark brown/black color with a decent, foamy head. The aroma is filled with cocoa, coffee, and toasted malts. The flavor is well-balanced and smooth. It’s a stout that isn’t too heavy or too light. Smooth malts and cocoa are very evident. This finishes a with a bit of chalky, malt after taste.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz brown bottle purchased from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco.

Pours a deep red-black colour, quite clear when held to the light. Head forms a coarse mess of beige froth that leaves tiny, intricate lace. Body is solid without being heavy—it moves around quite smoothly in the glass. Carbonation is fine. Looks good.

Nose is extremely pleasant. Big toasty, nutty sweetness, with overtones of coconut, Nutella and vanilla. Smooth, and extremely potent. Slight popcorn characters come through too, which would be unusual were it not for the darker grounding that just make it become part of the sweetness. Really genuinely excellent stuff.

Taste is much more restrained, but still solid: clean, smooth dark malt with echoes of those aromatic nut characters. Slight liquorice tones and a hint of something slightly medicinal on the mid-palate. The main problem is that it's really quite light towards the back: it makes it feel thin, whereas the nose made it seem like it was going to be smooth, rich and luscious.

Very drinkable overall, and with some really great flavours to it. This could be a genuinely superb brew if it were a bit bigger... I say that, and then remember that perhaps the "bigger" version of this is something like Avery's Mephistopheles Stout. And, yes, that is a beer throbbing with indescribable power. I guess it's no bad thing to be the smaller, wimpier brother to a beer like that.

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Photo of kcrosson492
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - Amber-dark appearance with a thick cream head. A bit on the light side for a stout.

S - Healthy, coffee scents with a bit of metallic edge.

T - Relatively empty taste for a full stout. Relatively bitter compared to what is to be expected of a quality stout.

M - Good, hearty taste but a bit on the bitter side (~45-50 IBUs) for a stout.

O - A notable stout. Definitely recommendable. Not, however, what could be had with similar brews.

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Photo of FLima
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deepest black color with a thick two finger caramel head with decent retention and leaving lots of laces.
Very present creamy chocolate aroma, some spices, bread crust and nuts.
Bitter and roasted flavor with notes of cocoa, dark and creamy chocolate, some vanilla, charcoal and lactose, lots of spicy yeast and finishing with coffee and earth. Perfect sweetness level. Quite dry aftertaste with a bitter lingering roast note.
Velvet medium body with low carbonation.
Flavorful Stout with character, still quite light and drinkable. Relatively hoppy but far from aggressive.

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Photo of SamN
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A very nice looking stout, very dark black with a darker-tinted, looser beige head. Smell is grainy and slightly roasted, with a sliver of alcohol. Sort of faint, but interesting stout aromas. Taste is reminiscent of Anchor Porter; has a certain savory taste, somewhat like soy sauce. Cocoa, nutty colombian-coffe, very mild sweetness. Nice mild hop bitterness compliments the grain bill well, very balanced beer.

A flavorful beer from Avery, a bit lighter than I look for in an American stout. Interesting flavor profile, but for some reason, this beer just doesn't call my name.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 12/22/2012. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, biscuit, light toffee, light nuttiness, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, biscuit, light toffee, light char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Moderate roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roast, coffee, toast, biscuit, light char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roasted malt flavors; with a good roast/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, smooth, and moderately dry/chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice stout. All around good balance and complexity of very roasty, dark, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a semi-opaque dark brown/cola color with a creamy, one-finger head which dissipated quickly. Hardly any lacing to speak of.

S - Medium strength aroma of roasted grains, burnt coffee, and unsweetened chocolate.

T - Taste matches the nose; lots of burnt and bitter notes. Some nuttiness in the mid-palate. No sweetness at all. Getting some piney hops in the finish, which do not work well with the overdone burnt/ashy flavor at all. Not very rich or complex, and the end result winds up being kind of underwhelming.

M - Thin bodied, with medium carbonation. Very dry. Too thin to work well with the flavor profile, this could use some beefing up.

O - If you like dry, bitter stouts this might be your thing, but overall I was disappointed. Poor mouthfeel, not very well balanced, and in my opinion could use either some sweetness or richness to balance this thing out. I really like Avery, but not their best effort here.

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Photo of bodhi185
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle purchased from Total Wine in Ontario, CA:
A: Dark black with a whispy tan head.
S: Earthy malty notes with a bit of chocolate.
T: Bitter chocolate and roast with a nice bit of hoppiness coming through midway.
M: Thin for a stout with this voracity.
O: Great beer, especially for the price: $1.50/bottle. Would love to see a larger version of this beer with a little more to chew on. I'd recommend "Off-Piste-ing" or maybe "Piste'd Off".

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Photo of MartzMimic
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown at 56 degrees with a small tan creamy head. Aromas of chocolate, coffee and malts abound. Coffee predominates the taste, with a chocolate nuttiness. Decent bitterness. The carbonation tingles the tongue, but the mouth is light for a stout. This is a nice stout, and excellent at this price ($1.40).

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Photo of Gryphon69
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
no date

A- Pours near black with a slight mahagony hue, very light colored head despite a heavy pour. Pretty clear when held under a light: as in not much cloudiness, pretty.

S- Dark malts forward. some bittersweet chocolate, raisins/prunes, lastly some vanillas. Nose is very muddled to me and took some time to get it all.

T- Much like the nose with the dark malts leading the way. finish is sorta dry.

M- Medium body, some creaminess nothing heavy or sticky, low carbonation and fizziness.

O- I picked up a 6pack of this and it sat in my truck most of the day which it never got above 25 out, had this when I got home and it was still rather cold, think it will be better after it actually warms up a bit.
Will review it again after it gets warm

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours almost pure black, but just a little bit of brown peeks through the edges. Small, 1 finger head forms and retains very well. Lacing is very good and the head is tan to chocolate in color.

S- Tons of dark, roasted malts. Delicious smelling from the start just from the malts before displaying a little bit of coffee presence. Not much chocolate or other sweetness here, just a lot of somewhat dry, roasted malt scents.

T- Just like the scent, except not as deep and delicious. Starts like a dry stout with dominant roasted malt flavor. Just a touch of smokiness is in there too. Coffee flavor comes in towards the end and is not very strong or dark. Lingering roasted malt flavor is the aftertaste.

M- Fairly ordinary here. Medium carbonation, not too thick, not too watery, and rather easy drinking. Nothing special, but the weight and feel of this beer supports the flavor well enough.

Overall, a very good, everyday stout. Not too dry, and it displays a fair amount of dark flavors.

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Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 585 ratings.