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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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1,131 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,131
Reviews: 560
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 21
Gots: 58 | 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 znichols
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A straight black stout with minimal creme colored lacing that sticks around both as a cap and on the sides of the glass. Looks pretty thick.

S- I get a strong aroma of char-almost like charcoal. A little bit of baker's chocolate and sweet malt in there as well. Thats about it. Not a bad aroma, but nothing thats going to blow you away.

T- Wow, not expecting some of these flavors. Burnt toast, German chocolate cake, anise seed, iced coffee, and a little earthyness. Very interesting. Just a touch of alcohol and the slightest bit of spicy hops if you look for it. Not bad!

M- Lighter bodied than i figured and very dry/drinkable. Medium carbonation. Slick and smooth. I could toss back 3-4 of these in a night.

O- An enjoyable stout. I would get again if not for enjoying at a bonfire on a cool night, at least to give to a fan of darker beers as a somewhat "sessionable" stout. The dryness keeps it from getting too cloying. Out of Bounds Stout followed by an Avery IPA, a great 1-2 punch.

Photo of Illtryit
4.68/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a typical stout black with tan head one finger deep.

Smell sweet carmel and roasted malts.

Taste is all roasted and toasted malts and barley with just the slightest hop bite towards the end. Depth and complexity make this one heck of a stout.

Silky smooth feel with light carbonation. Very robust.

Overall, I would easily recommend this stout to all interested in trying a full flavored brew. Avery hit a home run with Out of Bounds!!!

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

Appearance - Stouts are always black so it comes down to the head. This one wasn't impressive at 1 finger at best.

Smell - This has the smell of a higher ABV world class Russina IS. Smokey and chocolatey and malty. Really nice.

Taste - Similiar to the smell, this tastes more like an imperial. Smokey, hoppy and chocolately. Perhaps a little off balance with bitter/hoppiness but otherwise this is a good stout with alot of flavor to it.

Mouthfeel - a little light in body and water but its ok

Overall - a very interesting stout with plenty of flavor and hoppiness. Slightly off-balance but its very well made and flavorful. Enjoy!

Photo of lurpy1
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle. Nice deep brown, minimal head, although that could have been the bush league pour I administered. There's a little olfactory coffee, plus a slightly malted flavor, and a short, slighty bitter and appealing smell. Taste is quite dry, tends towards the bitter, but holds up pretty well. Some coffee. Not a tremendous amount of body.

I enjoyed this beer. On one hand it was what I expected, but based on memory, it was not similar to ubiquitous Irish Stouts like Murphy's/Guiness. OOB Stout had more complexity but a somewhat thinner mouthfeel.

A recommended drink.

Photo of bfields4
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep black body with a mocha head.

Roasted malt aroma. Bitter espresso and touch of charcoal. Maybe just a bit of dark chocolate.

Sweet roasted malt dry charcoal finish. A bit of espresso, vanilla flavors are present.

Creamy nice smooth body. A little sweeter than your average Irish Dry. Not a bad beer, but more of a coffee stout than a true irish dry in my opinion which is not a bad thing just not what I was looking for in this beer.

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

From my notes:

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with a 1.5" tan head, being fed with minimal carbonation.

Smells of coffee, dark chocolate and bitter hops, with a decent malt backbone.

Tastes creamy, with a medium amount of alcohol. Bitter dark chocolate is balanced by sweet vanilla. A coffee bitterness hits again mid-sip, with a hoppy finish that is marred only by the chalky feel of the dark chocolate.

Medium to full bodied, with a creamy start followed by a chalky feel on the tip of the tongue and a dry finish.

A nice stout, with the bitterness of a RIS and not an Irish stout. I would definitely try this one again.

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

First had: on tap at their brewpub

A dandy fine stout. Nothing special, just all the usual goodness. Tasted great when the coffee toddy was added to evolve it into the Out of Sight Stout.

Poured a brown-black, with a small, tannish head. Roasty aroma, dark malts, and coffee notes. Similar taste, as expected: dark malts, roasted coffee, a little cocoa, a little smoke. Left a slightly bitter aftertaste. Heavy-medium body, and quite drinkable.

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

12oz. bottle poured into my DFH signature glass.

A: Pours a very blanketed black with very little head. What little head that comes up quickly goes back down into a little film ring around the edge of the glass. No real lace on the way down.

S: I'm picking up some wonderful roasted coffee beans with a faint hint of vanilla and sweet chocolate.

T: Nice dry roasted coffee with a light oat malt background. Smooths out to a semi-bitter baker's chocolate. There are hints of a nice light sweet toffee or caramel as well.

M: Very dry on the tongue and medium bodied. Leave a very subtle bitter coffee on the tongue, but that quickly subsides to bland afterthought.

O: This was a very true to style Irish dry stout. I thought it was quite good for the style and I liked the subtle sweetness for this guy.

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

Actually upset i grabbed a dry irish stout on accident..didn't disappoint too much..

Appearance is dark and stacks a small head that laces up and sticks around for just a short while..Smell is slightly of coffee or chocolate, very faint mind you, and the taste is slightly dry, what i was afraid of, but very full-bodied, imo.

Overall, not to bad. Need to stop being so stigmatic about beer genres..Open your mind..


Photo of jamex
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found a great bottle shop that lets me pick up singles. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a brandy glass (I know...)

Great color and nice head. Smells amazing; like a freshly made Frappuccino. Taste was really good with just the right coffee notes. Roasted malt might have been a TAD bitter, but still delicious.

Stouts recently have taken a back seat to their bigger Imperial brothers, but this one was good enough to rekindle my interest. I wanted another one when I was finished. Good job Avery.

Photo of longbongsilver
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mix'n'match selection here, since I've had Maharaja decided to try this as I was feeling in a stout mood. Pours pitch black, white creamy head of a couple inches, the last little bit of which is persistent. Smells like a really dark roast coffee, with some raisin in the background -- definitely more roasty character there than the usual casual stout.

Taste is even more deep coffee, with some nuttiness in the background and a hint of sour fruit breaking up a huge malt backbone. Goes down very creamy in a way more typical of sweet stouts, yet without the sweet character associated.

There's stouts in the imperial section that are deceptively subtle. This is the first normal (non-imperial) stout I've had that does the opposite somehow: this tastes like it's double the strength it says on the bottle. Nice...

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark black, decent 1/2 creamy head, with plenty of lacing.

Smell - Dark roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, molasses. Some hops sneak in there also.

Taste - Mild coffee and malts are the dominate flavor. Smooth and bold, not too sweet, yet not overally too flavor heavy. Its very dry, not sweet at all. Malts are bold and roasted. No alcohol presence at all.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickkness, and dr as hell on the tounge. Mouth is coated with malt and nut. Aftertaste is thin and mildly bitter.

Overall - Soild and very easy to drink. Better then most american stouts. Really could use more creamy flavor and sweetness, this one is a little to plain, but overall decent to drink and enjoy.

Photo of cagocubs
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle, aged.

Look: Pours a dark brown with an impressive 2 finger head that lingers and laces. Beautiful stout pour.

Smell: Malted barley, earthy tones, some sweetness of caramel. Not much coffee/choco many stouts have.

Taste: Well balanced. Good hops, malts, barley. Finishes with a nice sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly crisp for a stout. Good carbonation and coating. My favorite feature of this beer.

Photo of jmbranum
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought at The Library in Manhattan, KS. Enjoyed at home in Oklahoma City.

Pour from a bottle into a small rocks glass so I could take my time and savor it. Very impressed. Nice toasted malt aroma. Flavor is rich and complex. Fairly dry. Some nice bitterness rounded out by slight lingering licorice and mollasses (just a hint), a little bit of charcoal, nice smooth mouthfeel. Long lingering flavor.

This is a good beer. One of the best stouts I've had in a long time. Reminds me of Guiness Extra stout, except a tinge sweeter and more winey notes.

Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 07/03/11 notes. Had on tap at Hattle n Hum in NYC.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of off white head and light to moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and light cream. Very Guinness like, and quite enjoyable.

t - Tastes of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and vanilla/cream.

m - Medium to full body and low to moderate carbonation. Thick and creamy.

o - Overall a really nice Irish dry stout, reminds me of Guiness in every aspect. Would have it again.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: near black with just the slightest ring of brown around the top and bottom. 3/8 inch tan head with little retention and no lace

Smell: Coffee and bitter chocolate dominate the nose on this one

Taste: Very muted coffee and chocolate notes not what I expected from the nose. Hints of licorice and dates

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation. Not as thick as I would like it to be

Overall: Decent stout not something I would seek out but for the right price I would drink it again

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

Draft served in a pint glass

A: A very dark, opaque looking black color with a plentiful, off-white head that lingers. This is a good looking brew, like Camerion Diaz in The Mask good; you’ve never seen her before and didn’t know what to expect, and then you were just like, “…damn…”

S: Aroma is strong with coffee and malts, like Juan Valdez put his fingers up your nose.

T/M: The coffee is apparent in the taste along with a bit of hazelnut, like if Folger’s made a Ferrero Rocher flavor, then spiked it.

Out of Bounds Stout is a good overall beer, not as stout as a true stout, but good nonetheless. It’s like the first girlfriend you ever had; could have been better, but it’ll do for now. It’ll do just fine.

Photo of secondtooth
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep black, with a thick head of tan foam. Superb, frilly, and detailed lacing. Impressive!

Roasty aroma -- burnt cocoa and coffee. Appealing.

Taste is slow-rolling and complex. I get burnt malts, and an almost woody quality. Some chocolate, but leaning more heavily on the charred side. A very tasty and delicious stout.

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

Got this as a single for $1.89 at VE in Boardman, OH.

A vigorous pour into my SA glass produces a near opaque beer, with garnet highlights around the edges. A crown of beige foamy head is impressive in size, but not particularly long lived. There is very nice lacing left on the glass as the beer is quaffed, however. Nice look.

The nose is a bit understated, with roasty caramel malts, coffee and a touch of chocolate present. I was looking for a bit more.

The taste is similar to the nose in flavor aspects: roasty caramel/barley, coffee and a hint of chocolate. The flavor is bolder than the nose. This is a dry stout ... not astringent dry, or even Guinness dry, but dry. The mouthfeel is light-medium. I'd have liked to see a bit more body, but its pretty much on par for beers in this style category.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer, and even, I might add, enjoyable. If you're a Guinness fan, you'll definitely enjoy this. I could easily quaff 2 or these in a session.

Na Zdravje!

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

$8.29 for the 6 pack, 1111787 stamped on the bottle.

It pours a very dark brown with about an inch of tan foam and is good with the lacing.

It smells roasty with some dark chocolate notes and some hops, some toffee, nice dry nose.

Roasted malt and dark chocolate bitterness with a light amount of perhaps milk chocolate sweetness mid palate, some toffee, and finishes decidedly dry and bitter. Well brewed to the style and quite enjoyable. I think I'll have another...

Photo of russwbeck
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to MrHirschybar for providing this in the n00b BIF #4!

A: Brown pour, looks to be a little more clear when pouring than I expected. About a finger of very light brown head that really doesn't stick around for very long.

S: Roasted and caramel malts meet the nose immediately. Some coffee helps balance out a slight sweetness I'm noticing.

T: Pretty basic taste. Roasted malts, a little watered down. Some caramel is noted in there as well, with some slight coffee on the backend.

MF: Light body and nicely carbonated.

O: A very drinkable stout. No flavors jump out and wow you, but it's good for a hot summer day, if ever there was such a stout.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: deep black, crimson shimmering body, 2 finger head, good lacing

S: bitter chocolate, light roasted coffee, nuts

T: light dark chocolate, hint of coffee, roasted malt, subtle bitter finish

M: med body, solid carbonation, hint of smooth/creaminess

O: Very nice dry stout. This little gem
is can stand up to most critics that dry stout's
should be light. Not world class, but still good.


Photo of theboozecruise
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass, it's a dark nearly black beer with a finger of off-white head.

The aroma is like dark roasted chocolate. It's not too strong with a bitter tinge to it.

The taste is the same flavor, bitter and roasted. The taste is a little more crisp and clean than the aroma, with a smooth finish.

It's a little thin but that's typical for a dry stout.

A decent beer, but not one of my all-time favorites.

Photo of PDXHops
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint. Charred brown capped with a dense and bumpy tan head. Good retention and a load of sticky lacing.

A fair amount of coffee and chocolate chips along with roasted malt in the nose. As it hits the tongue, I'm thinking maybe American stout at first; it's a bit chocolatey, a bit fruity, and plenty hoppy. Midswallow, though, it begins to dry out in a hurry, eventually wrapping up with a bone-dry burnt and roasted finish.

Overall impression: A superior alternative to the 'big 3' of the style.

Photo of MattyG85
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

Appearance: Dark and black with a little amber red showing at the bottom. Big tan head fades into a patchy layer. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Strong aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malts. Hints of vanilla and hops.

Taste: Burnt roasted malts up front followed by coffee and chocolate. Hints of dark fruits in the finish with a light hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a light to medium carbonation. Very creamy and somewhat dry.

Overall: A solid version of a lighter stout.

Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,131 ratings.