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Out Of Bounds Stout - Avery Brewing Company

Out Of Bounds StoutOut Of Bounds Stout

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very good

962 Ratings

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Ratings: 962
Reviews: 546
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%

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 viverlee


3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A fine beer, no doubt. Just not up to the usual, higher standards of Avery Brewing Company.

STYLE: American Stout

ABV: 6.3%

LOOK: Hole-in-the-ground black with a slow run of carbonation to a decent, but not exceptional, khaki head.

NOSE: Old leather, tobacco, graham crackers.

MOUTH: Bitter coffee, crisp, almost fruity. Soft smokiness gently fills the lungs. Touch of warm chocolate and soft baseball mitt to balance.

BA Rating: 85

Hayward Abbey Rating: 81

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 03:10:32 | More by viverlee
Photo of Darkmagus82


4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Pours a black color with thin brown head. The head faded fast leaving almost no lacing.

Smell – The smell is a wonderful mix of dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Mixed with these aromas are lighter aromas of some hops as well as a light toasted nut aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with some of the chocolate detected in the nose. This is mixed with a roasted malt flavor. Together these two, with a light sweet flavor create the initial taste of roasty milk chocolate. As the taste advances however, the sweetness and some of the chocolate flavor begin to fade as tastes of espresso come to the tongue. The bitterness increases at the expense of the chocolate flavor as the taste moves to the end eventually finishing, when combined with a light nutty and more earthy hop flavor, to leave a roasted bitter flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The beer is just a little bit above average thickness with the carbonation level being just below average. The lower carbonation is very fitting as it is a beer that is made to coat the tongue. The body however could use a slight boost in chewiness to really accentuate the roasted flavors.

Overall – This is a pretty good stout. It has a very nice flavor profile as well as a very nice aroma. Only thing holding it back is the lack of an lacing (which really can be pardoned) as well as the somewhat too thin of a body. Overall though it is quite nice.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2012 01:30:22 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a deep black, with a thin tan head. Big roasted aromas. Coffee, chocolate. Excellent creamy mouthfeel. Smooth, subtle carbonation. Semi-sweet chocolate, roasted coffee beans, cracker dryness. Really a great beer here. One I would happily enjoy time and again.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 18:24:39 | More by Onenote81
Photo of t420o


3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Avery out of bounds stout

A- pour produces a 1 finger fizzy heead that is mocha in color. This rests atop a very dark brown/ black body. No lacing left 3

S- hot chocolate mix, coffee, peaty, slight alcohol, light hop smell, slight smokiness3.5  

T- light smoky flavor on the forefront with coffee, chocoalte, mollasses, brown sugar, and a light hop flavor also. Quite nice 3.5

M- very good mouthfeel. Carbonation on the lower end. Good viscotity 4

O- a good stout but far from great. I'd have it again but would not seek it out. 3.5


Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 18:24:48 | More by t420o
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strong, smoky aroma has tones of molasses, coffee and caramel plus a hint of licorice. It pours a deep sable with a fine-bubbled and somewhat fluffy light tan head. Flavor has notes of roast coffee and molasses with subtle tones of caramel and licorice, not as well-rounded as the best stouts I have tried but still worthwhile. Smooth texture has firm body but only average fizz. Overall, a decent stout if not outstanding. Give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 03:00:43 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of ONUMello


3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Very dark brown with a one-finger tan head.
S: Exactly like chocolate covered espresso beans. I like it.
T: Similar to the nose, but more bitter. Bitter coffee comes through quite a bit above everything else.
M: Thinner than I expected, and also with a bitter bite.
O: Far from the worst stout I've had but also far from the best.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 02:46:11 | More by ONUMello
Photo of dlello2


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

A - Black, no light coming through. Finger of khaki head sticks around edges of glass for some time. Appears to have a medium body.

S - Smells of fresh coffee, bittersweet chocolate. Some malty sweetness.

T - The roastiness does it for me on this one... before that comes chocolate, espresso, a touch of hops... the sweetness is cut by a really nice roasted flavor to end with. Quite balanced, great!

M - A touch oily/slick, could have more carbonation. Really the only complaint about this beer.

O - This was a really good stout... actually closer to a porter than a stout (really what's the difference). The roasty aftertaste was my favorite part.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 03:58:22 | More by dlello2
Photo of troysoy2


3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A finger of fluffy light tan head over a not quite black, not quite opaque, deep, red-brown body. Retention is decent, and lacing, while not thick, presents itself the whole way down.

The smell is quite nice, with a wet, floral hop presence hanging over robust toasted grain and a load of caramel.

The taste is not stunning, but it's tasty, and I must say, this is one drinkable beer! I could drink it all day and night if I had to. A lightly roasted grain is complemented by a ton of flavorful caramel and buttery toffee. But this is never perceived as being too sweet, as there is an overlying sense of floral hops to dry out the taste. There is also a slight plum flavor at work in this stout. Mouthfeel is creamy, but interestingly light bodied, giving it an oily character.

Not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 05:00:43 | More by troysoy2
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a 1 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, coffee beans, and some cocoa powder notes. Taste is of dark roasted malt and some coffee and cocoa flavors. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slight crispness but a somewhat light body. Overall, this is a pretty good stout but it smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 03:51:35 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of BillH200174


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

Dark brown/black color with big head that is retained throughout. There is heavy lacing, and this beer is beautiful to behold. Aroma is big roasted/smoky malt. Flavor matches with initial malty sweetness, strong smoke flavor, and a dose of hops to finish things off.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 18:37:45 | More by BillH200174
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost two fingers of dark brown foam, highly dimpled surface, looks like someone just whipped it with an egg beater, decent retention given the large amount of larger bubbles, the lacing is not thick but stays present in wide sticky sheets on the glass sides. The liquid is close to black but you come down deciding it’s really just very dark brown, touch of orange at the glass bottom. Loads of roast to the nose, still it’s the green, herbaceous hoppiness which is most evident, this over coffee, cocoa and malted milk ball accents, pronounced floral side too, the burnt qualities make it difficult to discern much fruit, its general dryness makes an impression just smelling it. Full-bodied, close to heavy but more so just dense for the sake of being dense, nothing gained texturally from it. Here the dryness takes some sting out of the roastiness, palate already deadened some. Dark roast coffee beans, cocoa to pine, dried flowers, earth and tar bring big pucker factor. The carbonation does not distinguish itself, however, doesn’t really seem undercarbonated either. OK, a pinch of cherry to red plum fruit. Could give you a little more to love here but no doubting its strong personality.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 23:24:57 | More by farrago
Photo of WastingFreetime


4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

A. Very opaquely dark brown (nigh black), two fingers of craggy tan head lasts for quite some time and leaves tremendous amounts of lacing behind... the only thing holding presentation back from a perfect five score is that it is not truly black in color.

S. Roasted malt and coffee aroma, but I can't really find dark chocolate aroma in this one. A garnish level aroma of sweet malt does exist once the glass warms up, but doesn't quite seem to mesh as well with the other smells in the nose as I would have liked.

T. Flavor is mostly comprised of nice and strong roasted malt character mixed well with some charred malt character. There are transient dashes of herbal hopping, strange bursts of fruity sweetness, and tannic woody components from time to time. Most of the bittering seems to originate from the blackened malts in this brew. Flavor is quite lovely and complex for such a low gravity beer.

M. Creamy texture and a body on the lighter side of medium thickness, seems as though it ought to be thicker than it really is...

A nicely sessionable stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 04:09:54 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of OWSLEY069


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

Pours jet black with a light tan head. In the aroma, a big roast and almost a sweet oatmeal like. In the taste, dry roast, with notes of coffee. A smooth and medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a dry roast and note of pine hops in the aftertaste. A good flavor and nice hop presence in the end, quite nice.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2012 17:32:24 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of gustogasmic


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

Loving Avery lately- this is the first stout I've had of theirs.

Poured into the Red Wings pint. A luxurious 1/2" caramel/bone head forms and disappears after the first few gulps. Very sticky and thick lacing.

Dark chocolate and a light hoppiness are the aroma. Some cherry.

Taste is full of dark fruit with roasty notes and slight hop bitterness, which ends up carrying the aftertaste. The dark fruit flavors work well with a slight tartness. Sticky, thick mouthfeel.

Not very alcoholic but certainly not an easy one to drink down quickly. The picture on the bottle is fitting- this is one to drink at the bottom of the ski hill, a thick, sustaining brew. But the perfect ski beer remains Bell's Double Cream Stout, in my mind.

A good example of the style that manages to get dark fruit qualities without actually adding fruit (like the North Peak porter with cherries in it).

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 04:17:30 | More by gustogasmic
Photo of rhoadsrage


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

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a jet black body with a big cratered tan head that is creamy and last for a long time. The microbubbles swirl up the side of the glass.

S- The dark char of black malt has a slightly earthy dry corn note in the finish.

T- The black roasted malt has some dark fruity chocolate hints with a slightly inky character. The mellow char quality has a tart note and some dry cream in the finish as the beer warms up.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a creamy texture and a gentle fizz in the finish.

O-- The big black stout is dry with a big roasted barley gives it nice flavor but is a bit to big for a session beer but still tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 20:35:50 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of legalpete19340


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

A: Came to the table looking almost black with a couple fingers of thick dense off white head. Laced all the way down to the end of the drink.

S: Mild burnt aroma with some light coffee and a sweetness that is maybe toffee or chocolate and berries. Bit of smoke.

T: Flavor is good with a mix of coffee, roasted almost burnt malt and mild sweetness like dark chocolate. Picking up a solid hop note with herbal and grassy flavors. End is very smooth.

M: A bit beyond medium with flat and creamy quality.

O: I enjoyed this beer a lot. For a widely available basic stout it packs a lot of flavor. Nothing incredible just a good solid brew that I will be glad to order again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2012 03:40:07 | More by legalpete19340
Photo of TenHornsProud


3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light, clear black with a big tan head that lingers and laces.

Smells of roasted grain, nutty malt, some general sweetness and coffee.

Taste is caramel roasted character up front that goes into a more roasted and bitter coffee flavor that ends on a nice, bitter finish with hints of coffee and roast....no real chocolate character jumps out.

Medium to lighter body with higher carbonation is OK, but not preferred to my taste. Decreasing the carbonation or increasing the body would be nice.

This is a nice, roasty/coffee tasting stout with some hop bitterness. Pleasing and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 03:30:44 | More by TenHornsProud
Photo of BB1313


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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours jet black with a white foamy head which eventually fades but there's great retention and sticky lacing. Lots of coffee and chocolate in the nose; very roasty malts. There's also a hint of smoke and a touch of hops. The flavors are nice, somewhat bitter and loaded with coffee and more chocolate. The flavors are nice, but seem kind of one dimensional. Mouthfeel is nice, smooth, creamy, nice amount of carbonation and remains light. Alcohol goes unnoticed, although the lack of depth in the flavors make this one I wouldn't drink a ton of all night, althought I could considering the ABV.

If you're looking for a lighter stout that is flavorful and not too heavy, this would be a really good choice.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 21:19:19 | More by BB1313
Photo of frenchblood21


3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into tall wine glass.

Appearance- Almost pitch black, but can see a hint of light when held directly up to it. A vigourous pour leads to a surprisingly large light tan head.

Smell- Coffee and mocha are right up front. This is followed by a "barn" and barley smell.

Taste- More of a chocolate taste than in the nose. Hops and barley are much more prevelant than in the nose.

Mouthfeel- Too thin and much too watery for me. Has the feel of a light pilsner and not a stout.

Overall- Completely average...I only bought a single bottle, but if I would have bought a sixer, I would be upset. A pass for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 23:18:44 | More by frenchblood21
Photo of goblue3509


2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown cola color with a one finger dark khaki colored head. The head leaves some rings of lace on the glass. The aroma is of roasted malt and a touch of earthy hops. The taste follows suit with a big roasted malt backbone, there is also a slight earth hop bite. That is really about it. The taste is not overly complex. The mouthfeel is lowly carbonated and a bit thin. Overall this is an average stout the mouthfeel is a little thin and the taste leaves a little lacking.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2012 21:50:09 | More by goblue3509
Photo of denver10


3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown/black with an alrioght head. Smell is a little roasty with some earthiness to it. Taste follows suit with some roasted malt, earthy hops, some fruit, and a mild bitterness. Moutfeel kinda felt closer to what I expect from a porter than a stout, some carbonation and medium bodied at its thickest. Overall, not a huge fan of this. Not bad but not really my thing.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 19:32:16 | More by denver10
Photo of teromous


3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It pours a syrup-looking brown, and is black as oil in the glass. There is a thin head that goes away pretty fast. Spotted lacing. Looks like an average stout.

S: I get lots of lightly roasted scent. There is a light nutty scent...like walnuts.

T: I get some light charcoal. I can taste some bittering hops, and a pine-like flavor.

M: The mouthfeel is very present, with lots of mellow bitterness and just the right hop bite. It's medium bodied. Light dryness but slightly sticky.

O: Overall the taste and mouthfeel were better than I expected from the scent. It's a good stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 16:48:33 | More by teromous
Photo of jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled September 30, 2011.

Beer is black with two fingers worth of tan head. Good retention and a bunch of sticky lacing.

Smell contains chocolate, creamy scents, coffee, and grassy hops. Pretty nice.

Taste has lots of roasted malt, a creamy flavour, some chocolate and a touch of hoppy bitterness. Some caramel. A smooth and nice flavour that is very drinkable. Stronger than it tastes.

Mouthfeel is also good. Moderate carbonation (almost too much), and a nice creamy body.

Overall, a nice stout. Nothing surprising or unusual, just a tasty beer. Overall rating reflects the fact that I oscillated between 3.5 and 4 for taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 01:34:57 | More by jrenihan
Photo of 9InchNails

New Jersey

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

Dark with some ruby highlights. A khaki color head that fades into a film. Some lace on the glass.

Caramel, coffee, dark fruits and chocolate. Brown sugar and smokiness in the background.

Big time roastiness, caramel, coffee, bitter chocolate, dark fruits and smoke.

Smooth, silky, dry, slight carbonation. It leaves the mouth a little sticky. Medium body.

Not a bad stout, feels nice and the taste is there but I can't put my finger on what is lacking.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 03:39:42 | More by 9InchNails
Photo of TheBrewo


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

This beer was served on tap at the Blind Tiger in New York, NY. It arrived in a Stevens Point pint glass. The brew glowed a dark black color, and sported a half finger tall head of coffee colored bubbles. Retention was nice, with thick bubbly lacing left around the glass. Carbonation appeared active, and no sediment was noted. The aroma was thick with big nuttiness, more specifically, of peanut. There was also a coffee sweetness, and a lighter toffee flavoring. The malts were cool, metallic, and creamy. As we sipped, the flavoring began with lactic sourness and thick grain, of darkened, cooked coffee beans. There was a brief citric hops slickness, but this fizzled out as the height of the roastiness peaked through the middle. There were hints of lighter booze, with bittering hop activity and grassiness returning once the malts began to settle. The finish was of more of that coffee dryness, with roast, and souring grain at the outset. The aftertaste breathed of lactics, sourness, hop oils, and tinny metallics. The body was lighter to medium and the carbonation was average. The coffee and malts lent a drying astringency to the mouth, with only decent smack and slurp. The abv was standard, and this is a sipper.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the dry finish, and the robust malt activity throughout. The other flavors, however, were a bit subdued, and we would have liked to see a thicker feel to back up the stronger flavoring. This is a nice beer, but it isn’t ideal, as the flavoring is not rounded out as nicely, and as strongly, as one might hope.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2012 23:19:47 | More by TheBrewo
Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 962 ratings.