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Out Of Bounds Stout - Avery Brewing Company

Out Of Bounds StoutOut Of Bounds Stout

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very good

965 Ratings

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Ratings: 965
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002)
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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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2004 03:39:35 | More by FormatKid
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2004 23:21:48 | More by bditty187
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2004 23:16:48 | More by oberon
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2004 14:00:26 | More by pezoids
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2004 21:05:55 | More by Gueuzedude
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2004 14:29:34 | More by bmills1608
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2004 12:00:48 | More by merlin48
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2004 22:22:19 | More by far333
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2004 02:13:52 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

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

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2004 22:41:15 | More by jdhilt
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2004 16:18:11 | More by BuckeyeNation
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...

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2004 05:20:33 | More by mobyfann
Photo of CSquared

North Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2004 22:43:16 | More by CSquared
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2004 18:14:58 | More by Jason
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2004 05:31:23 | More by aracauna
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2004 02:35:43 | More by mattcrill
Photo of Billolick

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2004 01:04:56 | More by Billolick
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

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

The beer poured translucent black with ruby highlights. The head was tan and thin, but laced the glass.

The aroma was coffee and dark chocolate with a hint of caramel in the background.

The flavor was dry coffee and chocolate. There was a harshness to the flavor and lacking in any real balance.

The finish was dry and acidic roasted grain flavors. The body was medium.

12 ounce bottle. Love the label with the fresh powder.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2004 00:07:48 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of Skidz


4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking dark brown pour that sits a deep mahogony in the glass, bit of red on the sides, small tan head on top, glorious lacings.

Smells of raisins, lots of raisins, some roasted grains, chocolate malts and caramels. I really liked the nose on this one. Tastes of a wide variety of fruits and some great roastiness in grains with sweets to back it all up. Let's see what we got in the basket here: Cherries, raisins, apples and some light citrus (blood orange?) bring in the front. Chocolates and carmels, like in the nose balance off some great floral hops and I swear I taste citrus in here too. Nice, but slightly sharp, bitterness finishes this beer off. What a ride!

This beer loses in mouthfeel though. A pretty shallow, medium body combined with quite and excess of carbonation grinds my tongue like sandpaper and leaves me full of air. Although, that only furthers my decision is saying there are citrus hops in this, becuase it really tastes like grapefruit going the other direction. :)

Nice to drink, loads of flavors and a nose that is top notch. I only wish for a better body and more flow, rather than a mouthful of goodies, seeminly all at once. I'm definately going to do this one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2004 04:33:53 | More by Skidz
Photo of pio


3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a black near opaque volume with ruddy tints. a slender dark tan head that won't go beyond a thin blanket. acceptable pieces of clinging lace.
perfumy floral hops and a candy/sugar top smell. nice and heavy notes of espresso and cocoa. other toasty nut type scents abide and a hint of darkened sugar rounding out the bottom of the scent profile.
wonderfully dry start with espresso then cocoa on it's coat-tails. drying up almost too bitter for me but i guess it's supposed to be "extreme". eventually it leaves the palate very clean for the style. there is a toffee note in the middle that is alluring.
not very carbonated and the body seems a tad light, almost watery.
not quite the most sessionable beer but damn good. it'd make a nice breakfast beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2004 00:17:38 | More by pio
Photo of Beaver13


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

The Out of Bounds poured a dark black with a smallish tan head that quickly went to a collar that laced the glass. It has a strong aroma of roasted malts, coffee and lots of semi-sweet chocolate. It is medium bodied and tastes of roasted malts and some chocolate up front with a very bitter, coffee-like, dry finish. Overall, a nice dry stout. The hops are very bold, but not quite over the top.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2004 05:28:04 | More by Beaver13
Photo of sulldaddy


3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I pour my sample into my snifter. It pours pitch black and a tan frothy head foams up about 1 cm. The head fades very slowly and is always a thin layer throughout my sampling.
Aroma is coffee with sugar and cream, some faint chocolate and roastiness too.
The flavor is sugary sweet up front but this is quickly overpowered by roasted malt and espresso which carries to the finish. The finish has a slight bitter flavor which I attribute to coffee flavor not hops.
The body is fairly thick and there is a slightly creamy texture. Very soft carbonation.
This is a nice stout and is drinkable. Would probably sit heavy if I had more than 2 bottles though.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2004 22:22:15 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of stewart124


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

Pitch black with a rusty head. The foam lasts for a good amount of time and leaves nice lacing. Smells of toasted malts and a mocha aroma. Very inviting amell. Deep roasted/burnt taste with mocha flavors and a rich body. Hints of coffee and a sweet toffee feel. There is a strong lingering chocolate aftertaste with a smooth finish. This is a very drinkable beer by Avery.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2004 18:34:34 | More by stewart124
Photo of Gusler


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

The beer after disembarkation, pours soot black with some deep garnet high light, the head is personable in size, the texture frothy, the color a light chocolate with the lace a fine sealing sheet upon the glass. Nose is toasted grain, sweet malt, hints of caramel and coffee, quite fresh and inviting, start is ambrosial, nice malt profile, top is light to moderate in feel. Finish has big hop spiciness, carbonation piercing, quite dry and bittersweet, a pleasant enough stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2004 01:32:17 | More by Gusler
Photo of clvand0


3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark brown color and has a tan colored head. The aroma is malty with hints of a chocolate or coffee. It has a dark chocolate and coffee flavor, but with some hops tossed in. Very nicely blended and enjoyable. This is another well made beer from Avery Co.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2004 19:06:59 | More by clvand0
Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 965 ratings.