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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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577 Reviews

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Reviews: 577
Hads: 1,268
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 15.61%
Wants: 35
Gots: 107 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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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Reviews: 577 | Hads: 1,268
Photo of KYGunner
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very black but a light opal coloring the head was stiff thick and fizzy but disappated quickly.

The scent is dry chocolate with malt base and a slight smokiness.

The flavor is so interesting as there's an evident dry cocoa powder with a lactose or milky tone. Some smokiness hints it's way into a malty taste but the dry chocolate pevails.

The feel is a bit thin but easily drinkable, dry and crisp.

Overall, this is tame, very tasty and easily moves it's way into the starter stouts.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque dark brown, almost black with very little head and moderate lacing.

The smell is of faint coffee, caramel and dark fruit.

The taste follows the smell with the coffee being primary. Slightly bitter aftertaste. There is a slight metallic presence that is very unflattering.

Crisp mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

Not a bad effort yet, nothing about this stout really jumps out and grabs me.

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Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color. 1/2 inch head of a dark tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, slight alcohol, hint of pine, and a hint of dark citrus. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable bitterness. Tastes of strong roasted malt, sweet malt, slight hops, hint of pine, hint of dark citrus, and slight alcohol. Overall, good appearance, body, aroma is simple, and the blend is dramatically bent towards roasted malt flavors and bitterness.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.75 A: Black color. Just over one finger of frothy tan head. Retention is about average and a decent amount of lacing is left.

3.75 S: Moderate roastiness. Lactose like tanginess. Chocolate and vanilla. Caramel and light molasses. Quite nice.

3.25 T: Taste is like the nose, but less impressive. Moderate roast. Chocolate and vanilla are subdued as is the caramel. Lactose or lactose-like component is still there.

3.25 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lacking creaminess.

3.0 D: Started out strong, but ultimately didn't do much for me.

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Photo of soju6
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a black color with a small head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate and some dark fruit.

T: Taste of coffee, roasted malt, some dark chocolate and a bit of dark fruit. Has a distinct bitterness with a dry finish and a lingering coffee bitterness.

F: Moderate body, fairly smooth with bit of a gritty texture.

O: Nice beer for the style.

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Photo of teal
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fairly decent beer/stout. Nice and bitter with a good amount of roast to it.

Very dark with a tan head.

I would buy this again as I think it's easily something I could drink over and over, though stouts are my favorite style.

Mouthfeel isn't overly thick which helps a bit with having more than one.

Overall a good stout IMO and one I'll continue to purchase.

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Photo of scotorum
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought this almost by accident. I was filling a mixed six at Ryan & Casey's in Greenfield and this was staring me in the face, it was relatively cheap and it is a stout, one of my favorite styles, so WTH.

Poured into a tulip glass from the 12 oz. bottle.

a. Black and more black, half finger tan head dissipated slowly leaving a ring clinging to the sides which mostly remained and deepened as the glass was drained. Nice!

s: Mildly malty.

t: Porter. Why did they call it a stout? Oh "out of bounds stout." Nevermind...

m: Moderate with plenty of hop bite. Smoother as it warms.

o: A surprise that it tastes so much like a porter, apparently a hopped-up stout. Perhaps a bit thin for a porter and definitely for a stout, nevertheless a quality brew and a bargain at the $1.25 it cost me. I'd definitely buy more ...the next time I want porter.

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Photo of wac9
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

i was going to hate this beer but the more i drink the better it got great color looks good in a glass says the ypound it with hops but its not a factor here it just has a bitter sweet taste and it a stout so im saying try it you may like it a rosaty good fun beer enjoy

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On cask at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is black with a small, broken head. The aroma offers some light roast and chocolate. Super smooth and easy drinking. Man, you've got to love a good cask ale...nothing like it. Light in body with a mild chocolate and roast character working together nicely. Also, a bit of bready malt and a hint of bitterness in the finish. Solid.

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Photo of spoony
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 355 ml bottle into a snifter.

A-This brew pours creamy out of the bottle with very little carbonation. A normal pour produces about one and one-half fingers of pillow head that starts to crater and recede after a minute or two. The brew is mostly black.

S-The smell is a pleasant, if non-descript, mixture of chocolate, dark-roasted malts, and some charcoal and smoke. There is a faint bitterness.

T-The taste is smooth with charcoal flavors, a touch of smoke, some dark sweet fruit, and a little hop twang in the middle. There is a fair amount going on, but I don't know if it all comes together very well.

M-The feel is decently robust with a medium to full body. This is smooth drinking and easy to sip on.

O-As I mentioned above, there is a quite a mixture of smells and flavors here. Sometimes that is a good thing, but here the flavors don't seem to layer or integrate with one another, so my palate is left confused. This beer does get credit for good looks and for coaxing flavors out of a 6.3% stout that I would normally expect to find only in an 8 or 9 percent RIS, but the flavors here just didn't hookup.

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Photo of claspada
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a midnight black color with no light escaping and a medium size khaki head that dissipates to leaves a small brown cap with some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with roasted maltiness and espresso coffee. Next there is some bittersweet chocolate and undefinable hops. I am also getting some semi-sourish notes which are a little odd.

That tastes follow the nose but are a bit more in your face and brash with astringent roasted, almost stale coffee flavors, charred/roasted maltiness and some bittering hops in the background. .

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is fairly dry and astringent overall.

Overall in a sea of great stouts, this one is forgettable and lacks anything which really warrents me to come back.

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Photo of RuEXP1
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from bottle into an imperial pint glass. Very dark with a slight reddish/brown hue. Slight bubbles along the base with little moving carbonation. Little to no head when poured. Slight amount of lacing.

S: Smells pleasant. No strong alcoholic smells. Pretty typical for a stout, chocolate/coffee forefront.

T: Taste does not vary a lot from the initial smell but has a deep roasted flavor. Big on flavor. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

M: Not a very thick consistence, mixed with the lack of head leaves me wishing for a bit more. Looking for it to hold on the tongue a bit longer before dissipating. Level of carbonation is excellent. Not too much but not missing either.

O: Overall this is a very solid stout that has a a great flavor. It does not shy away from boldness and will not leave one disappointed. Only wish is that it had a slightly thicker consistency with greater head.

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Photo of pkalix
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

super dark, light head on top, smells like the typical stout- some earthiness, chocolate, coffee, toasted aromas.
taste is like the above. small 'band-aid' taste to it. akin to sucking on a band-aid on your finger, if you know what i mean. i also agree with another reviewer's description of smelling/tasting like cigarette smoke on the skin or clothes... light hop flavor.
overall, avery has some really decent stuff. having that large A as a standard on their labels help to recognize and remember when you've had their products. while the stout isnt one of my favorite styles, it easily meets the other stouts in its taste and i could probably have another one of these.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

P: Black body with cocoa colored micro bubbles. Small amount of micro bubble lacing.

S: Aroma reminds me of old coffee in those round convenient store coffee pots. Roasted salted cashews, hints of cocoa, wheat toast and tobacco.

T/M: Follows the nose with a super roasted profile, cocoa, toast, coffee and tobacco. Prickly carbonation in a medium body. Finishes dry.

O: A solid stout offering but not a crowd pleaser. Nothing stands out to really bring me back to this. Glad I tried it but probably won't revisit.

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Photo of C3likesbeer
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle in pint glass

A- black with one finger brown head decent lace

S- malty with feint coffee and chocolate

T- smoky and roasted dark chocolate in the back

M- medium and carbonated with hoppy finish

O- Definitely a stronger "medium body" beer. I liked it but there was nothing there that makes me want to buy more. I like Avery and love Ellie's Brown Ale. For me this a solid but not spectacular stout.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The acronym for Avery Out of Bounds Stout is AOOBS. Why didn't Boulder brewing think of this?

Dark brown with a rocky beige head. Lots of clinging foam left by a sifting powder coat retention. Sharp lookin' ale.

Smells like mochachino and crusty chocolate pudding.

OOB is floral tinged dark fruit up front and finishes sweet burnt caramel roast malt in back. A lot of reviews cite this beer as being over charred and full of acrid roast malt - I'm not gettin' it. Definitely on the sweet side. A bit thin but at 6.3% it passes.

A fine moderate ABV, non-barrel aged, non-soured, everyday stout.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- poured unto a snifter, pours opaque pitch black, no light getting through this one. Small light tan head that eventually disappears completely leaving just a but if lace

S- smoky camp fire, some stale smoked tobacco, a bit of coffee and chocolate. It actually smells a bit like cigarette smoke on your clothes or skin, weird.

T- bold smoky roasted malt with some tobacco and molasses, strong hop profile on the finish leaving a bitterness with a bit of chocolate on the palate.

M- medium body, low carbonation, with a somewhat creamy finish

O- this one had plenty of taste for the ABV, but it didn't seem to gel quite right, and the tobacco-like smell was a bit if a turn off.

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Photo of Moose90
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle into Tulip Pint
Bottled: 12342 = December 8, 2012
Tasted: January 4, 2013

A - Black, dark, with a nice dark brown head that leaves great lacing.

S - Dark and roasty, black coffee, thinking a nice dark Italian roast variety, some floral hop character, but not much; very nice.

T - Great flavor, this is big and roasted. Not burnt, but if it was any more roasted it may very well be. Good depth in the malt character, mostly dark chocolate and bitter coffee, but there is a little toffee sweetness.

M - Medium-Full body, ample carbonation. This is how I like stouts to go down, nice and dry, no cloying stickiness or sweetness here.

O - Good beer, kind of unique in how dry and roasty it is, while still maintaining balance. A perennial favorite for me.

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Photo of argock
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Received as part of a beer exchange with friends.

A: Black with 2-fingers of beige, small-bubbled head with good retention and generous lacing.

S: Very hoppy aroma with pine and citrus coupling with strong roasted malt

T: Good not great flavor with big roast component which enhances the already pretty bitter hoppiness. There isn't a lot of malt complexity -- pretty straightforward. A little coffee in the finish presumably due to the heavy black malt component.

M: Medium body with a good controlled light-medium carbonation.

O: A decent American stout with hefty roasted character and a good spike of hoppiness. I wish they let the malt character come through which would take a reduction in roasted malt. Decent but not really a go-to beer.

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Photo of AmitC
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter.

Very dark brown color while pouring. One finger thick tan colored head forms and stays for some time before receding into a thin layer. Excellent lacing on the sides. Opaque and jet black in the glass. A lot of suspended yeast that gives it a dirty appearance.

Smell: Chocolate and roasted malts smell dominate the nose. A lot of sweetness come through the nose. Somewhat sweet esters or something. No coffee smell is observed. Over all a mild smell. Some caramel is present as well.

Taste: Some chicory and roasted malts with not so much sweetness as suggested by the nose. Balanced taste. Some bitterness, that is extremely mild, due to burnt up roasted malts. Semi dry finish. Slight taste of caramel as well as suggested by nose.

Mouth feel: Medium bodied feel with moderate carbonation. Malts derived astringency that s meager.

Easy to drink and otherwise smooth. Nothing that stands out here. Very run of the mill stuff that falls below expectations.

Style Rate: 4
Personal Rate: 3.75

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown with two-finger, tan, creamy and foamy head that lasted several minutes and left a nice film. Great lacing.

S: Rich roasted malt. Dark chocolate then coffee.

T: Moderate sweetness and light to moderate bitterness. Roast malt matches the nose. Chocolate.

M: Medium to full bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O: Well-rounded, above-average stout. The nose and mouthfeel stood out to me the most. I like this beer.

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Photo of yamar68
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours like a black cup of coffee - edge of ruby clarity, curdled finger of khaki head that sticks to every part of a dirty glass.

Fruity dark malts, sweet chocolate, pretty tame... some caramel/toffee, hard water, faint brown sugar, some cinnamon maybe?

Semisweet darkness, nutty brown ale qualities, tame vanilla flavors, more nutty notes, nothing to write home about.


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Photo of JamesMN
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown and basically opaque. Half finger tan head with big soapy bubbles.

Aroma: Basic American Stout assets. Cream, roasted chocolate/coffee.

Taste: A semisweet roasted chocolate presence engulfs the palate in the first half and then transitions into more of a bittersweet chocolate taste. Some hop bitterness takes over near the end. You are left with a black coffee flavor in the finish. Says on the packaging that they use a "mountain of hops" in the recipe. I guess I'd agree that it is hoppier than most other American Stouts but not enough to really be noticeable. As it warms up a little, profiles of dark fruits and currants come through just a bit. It's almost like a light version of an Imperial Russian Stout. You don't taste any of the 6.3% abv.

Mouthfeel: Possibly a tad over carbonated but within the range it should be in. Medium bodied and average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: I liked this one. At just under $10 for a six-pack it's a fair deal. It's robust beyond it's 6.3% abv. Expect a big roasty profile and some decent bitterness. Would I drink it again? Yes, especially in the colder months.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nearly black color with a bit of light coming through the very edges of the glass. A very dark beer, here. Very fine head that sustained fairly well. Smells heavily of roasted malts, roasted malts, and more roasted malts, with a faint hint of sweetness, resembling bittersweet chocolate or roasted coffee beans. Unfortunately, the smell isn't as "strong" as I was hoping, but it definitely came out a bit more upon warming up. It tasted like you'd expect a stout to taste - roasted malt, toasted barley, faint coffee bitterness, maybe a touch of dark fruit sweetness and black licorice. Didn't taste many hops at all, but there may be a slight hint of them somewhere. Medium body for a stout, but still fairly creamy. Decent amount of carbonation leaving a crisp feeling on your tongue which isn't always commonplace for stouts.

Overall a pretty good beer. There are plenty of stouts out there, and this one doesn't really "stand out" from the rest, but it might be worth a try. Solid, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of BeckyGee
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - This beautiful stout pours a dark black with light barely pouring through deep brown edges. Its light, caramel colored head is two fingers of velvet that lingers and leaves a beautiful lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts and chocolate faintly suggest a campfire, which this beer would pair with beautifully.

Taste / Mouth feel - A fairly typical stout, thinner than expected, like a tall roasted coffee with just a teaspoon of cream. The warmth of the alcohol and crispness mirror the rapidly changing leaves outside on this fall day in Denver.

Overall, I would drink this beer again.. and again. I wouldn't seek it out in warm weather, but would welcome it alongside a warm chili in the cool of the fall or winter.

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Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 577 ratings.