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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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1,063 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,063
Reviews: 554
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 24
Gots: 47 | 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 mrmanning
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of HogtownHarry. Thanks! Pours dark, dark brown with a frothy head of mocha foam. Nice lace left behind. The nose is or roasty malts and coffee beans, mint, and fresh cut grass with loads of hops and dark chocolate, with hints of vanilla extract. Tastes very green for a stout, with loads of minty hops and freshly brewed black coffee, leading to a woody dark chocolate and vanilla. Finishes quite bitter and creamy ,with aftertastes of dark rum. This looked and tasted like an impy, but is only 5.1%, wow. Excellent. Thanks a lot for this gem Harry!

mrmanning, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of cpetrone84
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-deep black color with thin light khaki colored head

S-nice roasted chocolate aroma with a hint of licorice and something sweet

T-hint of sweet berry up front, strong roasted malt and a note of charcoal, balanced with some bitterness

M-relatively smooth with some carbonation and slick in the mouth

D-pretty full flavored for being so low in alcohol, I could enjoy this beer.

cpetrone84, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of mirish72
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally tried this after passing it over a number of times. Changing of the seasons calls for more porter and stout.

Pours black with a one finger head that quickly dissipates. Has a strong roasted malt aroma. Tastes more bitter than I would have expected, but still with a nice balance and very drinkable.

Not as crisp as I expected but overall pretty tasty. Props on the bottle label.

mirish72, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. One of the best looking beers of this style I've seen in quite some time. Close to black in color until held up to the light it's clearly a dark brown. It has an insanely frothy head to it with tons of different sized bubbles that is tan in color. This beer produces a hearty amount of lacing. It is around the entire glass and on a funny note there is a portion of it that actually looks like a world map on my glass, I'm sure the bulb portion helps with it, but it is a very good looking beer. The smell is pretty decent, smells to me mostly of semisweet chocolate as opposed to the more common bittersweet chocolate. The smell follows with some coffee and some what smells of a pine dry hop, where the bitterness comes in. The taste is good, but it has an earthy aftertaste that isn't too pleasant. However, the initial taste is good. It starts off with the malts, and they are pretty heavy. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate now. Then it's followed by the hops. So you get the hop teamed up with that previously mentioned earthy taste. I had to ponder for a minute on how I would rate the mouthfeel. I'm generally not a huge fan of the mouthfeel of the Irish Dry stout except for on certain days, however I found this to be better than most I've tried. It seemed much lighter bodied than most Irish Dry stouts, but it still manages to leave that classic dry feeling in your mouth. It's as if they achieved the same results but went a different route. With all that's going on here, it's still a pretty drinkable beer.

AndyAvalanche, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of stangski83
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely a good session stout. Very smooth going down and definitely a smoky characteristic in there. For the style, I would have to say that this is one of the more enjoyable and session-able stouts that is available. The smokiness is good, but not completely overwhelming.

Bought this bottle at a grocery store in Wisconsin and could see myself warming up after shoveling snow or some other cold weather activity. Nice to warm up with one of these bad boys - definitely fitting to have the skier on the label!!!!

Overall, nothing earth shattering, but a really solid stout at a reasonable price. My first tasting from Avery's offerings!

stangski83, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of angelmonster
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice 3 finger chocolate head. Body is pitch black. Lacing is above average and head retention is good

Smell is big on roasted chocolate malt. Very sweet with some coffee and chocolate syrup too. No hops are detected, this beer smells like desert, a light version of Southern Tier's Choklat.

Taste is all about the malt. Tons of roasted malt come through at first. It's pretty smoky, almost burnt. There is some sweetness of chocolate and it ends with some bitter coffee and hops.

Mouth feel is pretty light but not watery like Guinness. Beer is well carbonated but not overly. A decent amount of head is present but I think more is better.

Drink ability is pretty good. Extremely sessionable beer. Pretty light bodied but tons of flavor is packed into it. This is pretty similar to Odells Cutthroat Porter so if you like that one you're gonna love this beer

angelmonster, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of u2carew
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Pours with a tan color head - tight and creamy. Lacing is thin and sticky. Nearly opaque.
S) Bread. Coffee. Roasted grains.
T) Coffee. Cocoa. Roasted grains. Mellow hops in the finish and the aftertaste.
M) Gritty. Chewy. Slightly crisp up front. Full bodied.
D) A well crafted stout. I'd have another.

u2carew, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of grayburn
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The mouthfeel in this beer and the high hopping had me thinking this was a much "bigger" beer than it is, the smell and taste are a shared spotlight between hops and roasted barley, not really an "irish" thing to add flavor and aroma hops, is it? this is a good american stout with a very nice mouthfeel. Drinkability is good as well, another good brew from Avery.

grayburn, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of Hibernator
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Avery Out of Bounds Stout
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a jet black with a light brown head on top. Nice trails of sticky lacings decorate the glassware.

Pleasant aroma of dark malts, maybe coffee notes and chocolate.

Juicy dark chocolate flavors with some light caramel sweetness. Hints of espresso too with a nice hop snap. Very drinkable and nicely brewed. Complex and flavorful.

Surprised to see how high I rated this brew in comparison to other BA's. I found this to be a tasty stout with a great drinkability level.

Hibernator, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery in August 2009.

Pours a very dark black that is almost completely opaque. Little head or lacing. The smell is roasted malt combined with a slight nuttiness and hints of coffee. Taste is similar with a little bit of hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is too thin. Not terribly drinkable, as there isn't much complexity and it's a little thin for me.

Thorpe429, Oct 04, 2009
Photo of aristeros
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. I've had many Avery beers before, especially the bitter stuff. Pours darker than black coffee, with murky red highlights when held to light. One finger of tan head with good retention and lots of lacing.

I can smell the roasted malts without even lifting the glass. Also present is some black coffee and dark chocolate. Strong roasted malt flavors that aren't really different from the nose, namely espresso and dark chocolate, but also some earthy notes. Slightly bitter, dry finish. Very 'traditional stout.'

Medium to full-bodied, lower carbonation. Slightly creamy mouthfeel, lower ABV and you don't taste much alcohol as expected. Definitely sessionable.

A good, solid, traditional stout from a brewery that (I thought) could only produce beer for hopheads. I stand corrected.

aristeros, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of sweetbrew82
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass/ no freshness date

P: Completely opaque with 3 fingers worth of milk chocolate-colored foam on top. The head is packed impressively tight with a thick and creamy texture to it. Showed just average retention, though, before it evaporated to a thin halo while leaving some a little lace.

A: The aromas of this stout don't burst out of the glass and punish the olfactory receptors, but it smells better than I expected it to. It consists of roasted malts, baker's chocolate, more than enough coffee, a nice citric hop presence, and some mineral undertones.

T: Follows the nose for the most part with lightly roasted malts upfront that make me think Crystal is the most abundant malt here, followed by chocolate & black malt in that order, but who knows. What I do know is that they form a nice foundation while imparting flavors of cocoa nibs and a coffee flavor that edges more towards espresso than black coffee. Although, I seem to get a little charcoal bitterness from the slightly acrid edge that's gotta be from the overdone malts. There's lots of mineral notes in here as well as an herbal spice undercurrent, with some citrusy hop notes buried in there, too. Finishes very dry with an almost burnt, bitter aftertaste predominantly comprised of chocolate. It's called an Irish Dry Stout for a reason, it does have an almost dry chalkiness to it.

M: This is a medium-full beer with a slightly slick, slightly chewy feel that offers hints of creaminess underneath. Pretty darn smooth and drinkable!

Notes: This is a pretty decent stout if I do say so myself. It's got little patches of rough spots here and there, but it offers enough flavors to keep me interested over the course of a session. I don't know why I doubted the crew at Avery, but I just didn't expect much from this brew. I'm glad to say that I was wrong, and pleasantly surprised to say that I would drink this stout again.

sweetbrew82, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of cbutova
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a one finger tan head that leaves medium-thick lacing down my pint glass. Looks almost like a better version of Coca-Cola. Smell is faint, get some dark roasted malts, roasty flavors in general and a almost hoppy citrus smell, mostly just roasted malts though, nothing overly great here. Taste is good, tastes again of mostly roasted malts, with a good hop and citrus balance, definitely some oatmel sweetness in here too, a good solid stout taste. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for a stout here, a little watery but still almost medium, a strange citrusy malt taste is left on the tongue from this one, different than any stout I have had. Drinkablity is decent here, not too thick, no alcohol or bad tastes, might get filling after a while though, and I personally would get sick of the aftertaste.

cbutova, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of PhillyStyle
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Tir na nOg Irish Pub - Raleigh, NC

Poured a very dark deep black with a nice cascade effect that in turn developed into a nice off-white color head that was thick and very well retained and settled into a thin
cap with some nice lacing.

Light malted barley aroma with a hint of nuts. I expected more of a robust aroma.

The taste is good, malty with that same hint of nuttiness, but it had an unexpected aftertaste, dry and slightly unpleasant. This turned me off a little to it.

The beer has a medium body, a bit watered down for a stout, creamy and fairly drinkable, not with standing the dry bitter aftertaste. A good Irish Dry Stout, but certainly not my favorite.

PhillyStyle, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Stoutly. Dark dark opaque black. Small head and little lacing.

S- It has a nice nutty character absent form most stouts I've had. Hazelnut and almonds combine with a bit of roasted malt and some coffee to make a nice aroma.

T- Again, a bit of a nutty character that's absent from most I've had. Nice. The hops come in to give a bit of a citrus kick with a leafy finish. Not bad, although not too robust.

M- A bit thin and watery. No carbonation to give it a bit of creaminess.

D- Pretty drinkable. Tasty, although not my favorite stout.

LordAdmNelson, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of EliottJW
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

came to the table in an imperial pint nonic. 1/2" tannish head that subsided quickly. not much lacing to speak of. dark brown and slightly penetrated by light at the edges.

smells nice and sweet. a bit bready.

nice toasted malts at the front. toasty and biscuity. ends up sitting at the back of the throat for quite a while.

light to medium body. dry and totally smooth.

this was a pretty darn drinkable beer. could have had a few more if we were sticking around.

EliottJW, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of charlzm
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 07/18/09 at Blue Palms, Hollywood, CA.

Virtually black beer with very dark brown highlights. A small, dense tan head of at least partially nitrogen-enhanced bubbles floats on the top.

Aroma almost non-existent, save for a hint of smoky malt.

Slighty sour with some dark over-roasted malt character. Some coffee bitterness.

Slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Simple flavor, unobtrusive enough to put away a pint without really thinking about it. As a Guinness competitor, competent enough. Not really a shining example of an Irish dry stout, though.

charlzm, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of TurtleCove
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Chimay chalice.
Initial head is one finger of tan foam, medium sized bubbles which subsides fairly quickly to a nice lacing, leaving good traces on the side of the glass. Color is actually a very dark brown like good Irish bog water, although in the glass it appears essentially black.
Not a particularly strong smell but what there is is primarily of nice rich chocolate malts.
Mouthfeel is dry with moderate carbonation.
I practically grew up drinking Guinness Extra, although it's been a while since I had one, so this beer felt somewhat familiar and comfortable. The first taste impression is of the bitter chocolate malts, swirling around the palate there is a slight volatile, yet pleasant, taste like a ripe cheese. The finish is full, bitter and earthy as expected from a dry stout.

TurtleCove, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of TexIndy
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Opened with a loud pop. No dating info. It was a pitch black color. It had a large tan head that very, very slowly settled into a constant foam. Had amazing lace.

The aroma was excellent. Coffee, chocolate and roasted malts dominated. Great stout aroma. Only had a few Irish Dry Stouts but this one is at or near top of that list. Starts out like a regular stout but ends with a less bitter finish. For a stout, very easy drinking. Misses the big bang in flavor of a regular stout but is good in it's own right.

Overall, a really good beer that I recommend. Would be a good change-up beer in the stout rotation if available here. Would love to try on tap.

[CU-stouts-6xr; tap]

TexIndy, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from Total Wine, on to the beer:

Opaque in color, some hues of ruby red are exposed towards the bottom of the glass. Great head retention, and it leaves some lacing on the glass. A pleasant aroma. Mildly intense hops mix well with the semi-sweet chocolate and powdered cocoa. Tastes...like a hoppy stout. Mocha is discovered at first. Raw roasted barley is second. Then, from nowhere, comes some juicy hops. Faint astringency on the palate in the aftertaste, but more the most part it is dry.

As the name states, this beer indeed a little out of bounds in the dry stout style. Much hoppier than the Irish counterparts. Certainly worth a purchase.

DoubleJ, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of Buebie
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, went into a pint glass.

A great looking head forms with nice whipped topping textured head. A glorious looking brown head on this for a regular stout. Receeding slowly to leave thick sticky sponge cake looking drapes of lace. A quarter inch is left behind as a cap.
The beer itself is black in color with no light pentration.

Smokey chocolate charcoal aromas, burnt marshmellows, some mild dark fruit and plenty of smoked peat.

Mouthfeel is bigger in this then expected for a table beer. Some creamy fuller bodie mixed with carbonation throughout.
Its dark alright with a roasty bitter smoke laced chocolate grain taste.
More bits of charcoal and a touch of smoked oak. Finishing bitter with a great big long lasting charred smokey finish.

This has to be one of the better sessionable regular ol' stouts I've ever had. Huge flavor, great mouthfeel, overall terrific. You cant go wrong with this beer. Highly recommend.

Buebie, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a small light tan head. Aroma of rich roasted malt and some burnt/charred notes. Flavor is also quite roasted and burnt with some bitter chocolate and light nutty notes. A sturdy palate. I enjoyed this in my beer geek infancy about a year ago and I still enjoy it today!

LilBeerDoctor, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of jsh420
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours the closest thing to black but its the darkest brown it could possibly be without being black - 1 finger head that leaves lacing all down the glass

smells of roasted malts bitter chocolate

taste is much the same with mild hops on the finish(i think this beer might be a few months old because the hops dont jump out and i have had this beer many many times)

mouthfeel is medium/light with plenty of carbonation that gives it that creamy feel and but the bitter hops and chocolate give it a nice dry finish

drinkability - this is one of my favorite lighter stouts to put away any time of year

jsh420, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of drizzam
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Poured into a pint glass, pours a dark brown color with a really nice fluffy tan head that seems to retain forever, leaving a good lace down the inside of the glass.

Smell - Smells like a decent combination of roasted malts and dark bitter chocolate.

Taste - The taste mimics the smell, heavy on the roasted malts with a hint of dark chocolate. There is a hoppy presence there on the swallow, leaving a bit of a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel, but a bit bitter for me as a session brew. A little pricey as well, but overall a really decent brew.

drizzam, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of czechsaaz
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice roasty aroma. Black malt with a slight hop presence.

Deep black with a tan head but held up to the light it is dark brown. A thin layer of foam sticks around throughout drinking.

Great roast malt flavor. I get chocolate and coffee and a hint of smokey bitterness. Decent bittering hop presence but the malt is the dominant flavor. Slightly sweet in the aftertaste but there's also a lingering roasty bitterness.

Full bodied with a really good creamy carbonation level.

Very well done example of the style. Not too bitter or roasty but not too sweet either. Dig it!

czechsaaz, May 19, 2009
Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,063 ratings.