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Out Of Bounds Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,110 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,110
Reviews: 558
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 22
Gots: 55 | 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 alleykatking
1.58/5  rDev -58%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle.

A- Poured a jet black color. Half finger tan head dies down almost as soon as it rose. No real lacing on the sides of the glass. Everything just falls back into the beer.

S- Weak coffee notes try to dominate the full aroma. Some roasted malts in here along with a bigger metallic scent that coats the entire aroma. No real hops that most everyone says they pick up.

T- Light roasted malts in the front give way to metallic body. Some watery bittery flavor in the middle that I can't put my finger on. A light sourness on the backend of this along with the taste of metal and alcohol. Very terrible tasting beer.

M- Lighter mouthfeel. Carbonation was alright for the beer and style I suppose. Metallic flavors left on the palate and in the aftertaste. No real drying on the palate from the alcohol. The flavors were a mess not flavorful at all.

D- This is a bad tasting beer. I'm sure it has to be a bottle. I drain poured this after I drank about half the pint. I will re-review this one when I get a chance to get another bottle. This one was bad though...very bad.

alleykatking, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of garymuchow
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Again with Avery, no dating on the bottle, so I have no idea on age. <sigh>.
Black, black, black with a little bronze on the edges. Nice tan head that settles in a rocky fashion.
Slight tart aroma with roast, coffee, some chocolate. Nice.
Sweet, tart, bitter, sour, roast with lots and lots of drying on the finish. This one may be getting a touch of age on it as a small amount of staleness seems to be appearing.
Ample carbonation, maybe a tad too much as it seems to be cutting the smoothness some, especially as these bubbles seems little sharp. Even a touch of heft to this body, but it slows down drinking only a bit.
I'd like to get a fresh one of these as I bet I'd bump it up a couple of points.

garymuchow, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of bump8628
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Before I get into the review I notice the bottle indicates 6.3% ABV, as opposed to the 5.1% listed here and on Avery's website. Interesting, perhaps they stepped this one up a bit.

Pours nearly black with a thick espresso head that fades to sporadic clumps.

Aroma is very mild coffee with some herbal hops.

The taste is where it really ratchets up a notch. Bold cocoa and herbal coffee lead the way with some burnt sugar and a very generous helping of bitter, herbal hops. This one dries out at the end further enhancing the astringent and bitter qualities.

This is certainly different than the Dry Stout that the Out of Bounds that I've tried in the past was. This one is drinking much more like a bigger American Stout. Intense flavors through and through with the coarse herbal hops almost competing with the roasted barley. It appears Avery really has stepped this beer up. Not a surprise when you know Avery's brewing philosophy.

bump8628, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of Richardberg
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured into a pint glass. dark and oily, but not very thick -- neither in terms of viscosity or translucence. small head, no lace.

S - roasted (but not burnt) malt, coffee, touch of chocolate

T - pretty much like the smell. bitterness comes to the forefront briefly, but fades nicely, allowing a bit of charcoal and coffee ground to emerge. dry finish, as you'd expect.

M - the only real weak point. it's hard to imagine a 5% dry stout (vs something crafted toward the oatmealy/creamy direction) capable of matching the rich, luscious feel of a stronger brew in the same family.

D - super easy to drink. standard, unassuming, yet tasty.

I've had a lot of crazy only-in-America inventiveness from other Avery brews, but this one seems like a straight-up imitation of the classic Irish style. (actually, it reminds me of Moylan's Dragoons most of all, which is from California.) which is a good thing.

Richardberg, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of buschbeer
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured into a pint glass to one finger of tan head. This beer is dark brown in color. The aroma is nutty with fresh ground coffee. I also get some chocolate. The taste is primarily coffee. It is not a bitter coffee taste. The mouthfeel is creamy. This beer is a pleasant surprise.

buschbeer, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of zimmerbloke
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Blind Beers BIF:

Blind Beer #2 - Out of Bounds Stout (Avery Brewing)
A very nice beer... smell and taste both predominantly roasted malt. Thicker body, somewhat dark head, didn't really coat the glass at all. A little bit of chocolate malt as well, but still primarily a strong, heavily roasted flavor. Through the entire beer, I had this pegged as a porter... the mouthfeel, color and taste of the beer all made a very convincing case for it, at least.

4.0/3.5/4.0/3.5/4.0

Upon opening the envelope and seeing it was Avery's dry stout, I definitely think this one made it as a member of the ever-blurring stout/porter borderline (see: Founder's Porter, which is probably more of a stout than this is, and vice-versa). Enjoyable!

zimmerbloke, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of WJVII
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Too long between reviews, but had a chance to get this on my trip to MN. Poured into a pint glass this brew is a nice chocolate brown color with a thick 2 finger tan head leaving decent lacing as the brew settles. The aroma is thick of chocolate, coffee, caramel, and slight burnt malt. There is a yeast affect to the initial sip followed by a strong coffee and milk chocolate sweetness. This brew is medium body with slight bitterness in the finish for good balance. The warmer the more aroma and flavor you get. Nice stout and I am glad I purchased.

WJVII, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of ectomorph
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with no best by date noted, poured into a pint glass.

A - Almost black (but not quite) body holds up a big dense tan head that sits there staring at you forever.

S - Dark roast coffee, licorice, and a hint of smoke picked up initially. Unsweetened chocolate and fresh bread round out the robust malt profile of this dry stout.

T - Again dark coffee and chocolate take center stage. This is a really malty and full figured stout. As the beer warms I notice more roasty notes coming through.

M - I'm not saying it's not dry, but for the style it's a little on the big boned side. Medium body clears pretty well, but this is more American stout IMO.

D - Moderate to high. On a cold night, I could drink 5-6...

ectomorph, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of hosehead83
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve-ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Dark brown/black in color, with a big cloud-deck of tan foam
Aroma-dark roasted coffee. baker's chocolate
Taste-Black coffee and semi-sweet baking chocolate. Subtle hop notes. Dry, black coffee finish. Overall, a nice version of the style.

hosehead83, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of david131
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep and dark. Bordering on pitch black but some amber hues come through on the edges when held to a light. The light brown head is thin but creamy and has pretty good retention.

S- Coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, and smoke. Aromatic and very appealing.

T- Exactly the same as the aroma. Roasty and sweet, but very well balanced. I am really digging this.

M- Smooth with a nice amount of carbonation. There is a long lasting roasted aspect on the finish.

D- A very tasty stout that is well made and memorable. Worth trying.

david131, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle without a freshness date. Pours a dark brown color with an excellent looking, 3-finger topping of beige foam. Retention is good and lacing is even better.

Milky, roasty, chocolaty...most everything a low ABV stout should be comes through on the nose. Most impressive.

Taste is slightly burnt cocoa with a fair amount of sweetness and roasted bitterness lingering long into the finish with some grassy support from the hops. By the look and smell, I was sure this was the perfect stout, but alas it was not quite meant to be with this one. Still tasty though, as it is a multi-faceted malt forward stout with some definite hoppy complexities added in. I think this brew fits better as an American stout than an Irish Dry. Never gets boring, even as the glass approaches empty status. I would happily purchase a sixer of this at least once a year. Strangely enough, this is one of the few Avery beers that is not available in Tx.

twiggamortis420, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark brown color, with hints of red and a creamy tan head. Aromas of coffee, Hershey's chocolate syrup and a little dark brown sugar. Pretty similar on the palate, with a little bit of hops backing up the familiar stout flavors. Another good Avery offering.

emmasdad, May 24, 2010
Photo of bgildea
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark Brown with slight hint of red. Decent light tannish head that faded quickly, with slight lacing.

S: Smells very earthy and delicious. Hints of nuts, roasted malts, maybe some vanilla or carmel.

T: Great balance of flavors. The coffee and roasted malts hit you initially, with a nice hint of hops for a finish. Great use of flavors that blend well.

M: Really nice chew to it. A lot thicker than I was expecting, so I was pleasantly surprised.

D: This beer is very drinkable. I will definitely buy this one again. Great balance of flavors and a nice tasty surprise.

Overall: Overall the beer was very good. If you like a nice stout with a hint of hops, you will really enjoy this one. I'd recommend this beer to any dark beer drinker.

bgildea, May 22, 2010
Photo of jones3aj
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Kicked back with a cold one after a long Friday at work. I have to say I was hoping for more to talk about, but this one is pretty pedestrian.

A - Nice, opaque color. Poured loosely into the glass, and developed a short-lived, 1/2" head of light tan. Didn't last very long.

S - Heavy on the malt side. Just a slight sweetness in the smell. Possibly a chocolate note, but more of an afterthought. Perhaps I was LOOKING for something because there just wasn't much there..

T - Definitely had a malty taste, but not much else. Reminded me of Guinness.

M - Felt as watery as it tasted. Smooth, with a slight zing of carbonation. I was looking for a little more tingle, but was let down. Should have expected this with the lack of a head.

D - Easy to drink, but not something I'd likely buy more of. I look for more of an experience when drinking my beer. This came and went, and I won't likely look back.

jones3aj, May 15, 2010
Photo of biglite351
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - dark with Ted around the edges. Thick off-white head.

S - heavy malts, nut not much else. Nice though.

T - heavy malts like the scent. Not much else to comment on though.

M - mild coating with no tingles or anything.

D - it is tasty but boring. You could easily drink a lot of this, but you would probably opt for something more with more flavor.

biglite351, May 13, 2010
Photo of GilGarp
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Out of Bounds is listed at 6.3% ABV and 51 IBUs.

Served cold at the Avery Brewery in Boulder. I was hoping for a warmer cask temp to get more flavor out of this stout. Out of Bounds looks inky black. The glass is filled so full it almost has a meniscus... so no head.

Aroma is roasty-toasty goodness with a nice dry-hop quality that is probably the defining character for Out of Bounds, for me.

Flavor is fantastic, just as it is out of the bottle. Great hoppiness for a stout but it really works well. Caramel, chocolate, and coffee.

Mouthfeel is exceptional, as the cask always seems to make beers better in this respect.

Overall fantastic. I really need to revisit this beer in the form of a six pack.

GilGarp, May 12, 2010
Photo of Haybeerman
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark, ruby brown color. Poured a 1 finger tan head with fair retention. Lacedin in uneven rings.

S: Big, rich toasted malt aromas; slightly sweet mollases.

T: Bitter coffee, burnt toast and nuts. Rich and flavorful. Dry and bitter in the finish.

M: Full body. Low carbonation. Thick, rich and creamy.

D: Very drinkable. Smooth and pleasing. A bit filling.

Haybeerman, May 08, 2010
Photo of Daniellobo
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dry stout with a sweet roasted edge.

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle. Avery label design pivoting on the illustration of a skier going down a mountain next to a snowed cliff. Side brief paragraph notes ingredients and main intent. Lacks any bottling or best by date. Served in a snifter.

A - Brown-black pour with brown edges, nice brown head, medium retention, surface memory and a bits of lacing.

S - Roasted nose with a bit of coffee and hints of sweet chocolate. A bit shy.

T - Nice expansion of the nose with a balanced roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate notes, and a light sweetness in the background.

M - Medium body with good carbonation, and a smooth feel if a bit thin at times that works fairly well under this mix.

D - Nicely drinkable, not too deep or flimsy, about right as a tasty middle weight stout.

Notes: Nice surprise from the small regular bottles of Avery. Maybe nothing remarkable but rather reliable.

Daniellobo, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of BigIrishman
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours very very dark amber (not completely black as you can see the redness up against a light). Small slightly caramel bubly head.

Smell: Very malty. The roasted malts dominate the smell, but there's a dark chocolate background.

Taste: Smokey and roasted malts up front, hoppy bitterness hangs in the background. Very slight chocolate and light coffee.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and a little sticky.

Drinkability: The taste is subtle so palate fatigue is definitely not an issue. This beer is pretty sessionable and I can definitely see myself throwing back a bunch of these.

BigIrishman, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of arizcards
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle from Total Wine in early January for $1.49.

Beer poured black with ruby undertones. Tan head was very large on pour, leaving lacing behind. Nose is hints of coffee, mocha, hops. Taste is coffee, mocha, with a nice dry hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and very smooth. Drinkability is quite good at the abv level and with all the good flavors going on. Nice effort, I am quite impressed!

arizcards, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great black color, very small bubbles and compact lacing. Big aroma made up of coffee predominantly.

Very hoppy and dry taste that comes out very smooth as if made w/ oats. Decent amount of smoke flavoring, but not enough to be called 'smoky'. Same thing on the mocha tip. Just a great culmination of all good things in a variety of stouts, all together in one.

Fantastic price.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of ThreeDimesDown
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This stout pour dark with thick creamy, dark tan head. The head retains throughout the drink creating very nice lacing.

Aromas of chocolate and coffee are accompanied by roasted malt.

The taste doesn't deter far from the smell, starting with chocolate and coffee nodes with slight roasted maltiness and ending slightly dry.

The stout has a pleasant creaminess with a medium to full mouthfeel and lots of small bubble carbonation.

Could definitely throw a few of these back and not get too far ahead of yourself.

ThreeDimesDown, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of kbeals
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours out a dark black. Shows through deep red along the edges with two fingers of creamy brown head sitting on top. Really good lacing and head retention complement the beer nicely.

S- Lots of deep, dark roasted flavors with just a slight touch of sweetness. The sweetness almost tastes like molasses. Pretty pleasant overall.

T- Tastes of black coffee and other roasted flavors. Taste is pretty much what I would expect from an Irish Dry Stout. Finishes off slightly dry.

M- Nice heavy mouthfeel, slightly creamy. Maybe just a tad watered down. Good doses of carbonation.

D- Easily drinkable. One of the better Irish Stouts I've had. A solid 4.0 beer.

kbeals, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of katan
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours very dark brown to almost black. Seems to be a few amber highlights. Strong head formation, mocha color, well retained at 2mm.

S - Roasted barley and some yeast bready notes. Certainly a dry nose.

T - Starts off with a smooth bittersweet chocolate, which is immediately accompanied by some roasted barley and coffee notes. Gets more dry, edge and puckering through the mid-stream - yeast and barley come together to make a bready burnt note. Finishes with a husky burnt note.

M - Strong beer body - carbonation is balanced, but backs it up to make it even more fully bodied. Leaves behind a dry, almost acidic film.

D - Easy drinking for a dry stout. ABV is manageable. Flavors do begin to wear after a while as the roasted notes almost turn to ash.

katan, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of DNICE555
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle - love the skier skiing the backcountry on the label.

A - Dark brown - plenty of lacing.

S - Nuts, chocolate, expresso, quite nice.

T - Chocolaty with some nice coffee and a bitter backbone to balance it out

M - Full bodied as hell for 5.1 percent. Low carbonation.

D - Did I just find my new favorite low abv session stout?

DNICE555, Mar 23, 2010
Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,110 ratings.