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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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1,020 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,020
Reviews: 549
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 24
Gots: 39 | 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 DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Typical stout. Dark and black. Carbonation bubbles apparent. Coffee colored head. This was about a half incch thick. Quickly dissipated.

S- Roasty and really welcoming. Smelled off coffee beans and chocolate. ]

T- Bitter, coffee, some hop, malty yet not overly sweet.

M- Tingly, carbonated, medium bodied.

D- Easy drinker here. Nothing over the top. Typical but well done. I would drink a few of these in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 00:07:10 | More by DavidSeanNJ
Photo of goindownsouth


3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Consumed from a 12 ounce bottle on 11/02/08.

Pitch black in color with a dense appearance. Thick and rocky tan head with a decent lacing left throughout. Aromas of fruit with roasted malt goodness. Smooth on the palate with a medium body. The hop twinge went well with the red fruit and roasted malt in this brew. Rather sturdy for something considered to be a sessionable brew. The malt definitely showed out as the brew warmed. Not bad at all overall. One I would certainly not shy away from.

Zum wohl!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 00:24:22 | More by goindownsouth
Photo of MarkSCCOT

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

If I have ever had a Stout that could improve with a little age, this might be it. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A. Very nice. Healthy tan head that slowly settles down to about one and a third fingers. Black, dark obsidian brew.

S. Now it starts to dissapoint. I let it warm, hoping it would open up, but alas it never did. The dark fruits are very faint.

T. Here is where I had problems. I could almost taste the dark malt trying to peak out, but a bittering hops finish would always beat it down. Maybe with a little age? Hopefully so, but the weak malt makes me think otherwise.

M. Here is where I enjoy a good Irish Stout. Rather than being oily and cloying, the finish is dry and bitter. Nice in this category.

D. Needs a little work. With all the beer on the shelf it may be awhile before I return to this one. The abv and the weak malt made me defer trying to age any.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 21:31:18 | More by MarkSCCOT
Photo of sevopie


3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Black, with brown tones on the edges. Tannish/Brownish rocky head that laces well.

Smell - Coffee and chocolate malts dominate, but there is a slight hint of a medicinal smell on the edge of it all.

Taste - The taste is almost burnt malt, with a cocoa hint. Again though, the medicinal twang is there, this time along with the alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium/heavy body with a mild carbonation.

Drinkability - Overall, I like this brew, if not for the medicinal smell/taste. I'm wondering if its just my 6-pack, but its very faint, so who knows if its just my tastes or not.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 10:14:13 | More by sevopie
Photo of thehosh


3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(bottle into standard pint glass)

A - pours thin, but superbly dark, coffee, the way I like coffee, dark. It definitely sets your expectations for a good stout. Absolutely no opacity.

s - very light smell. sweet initial scent. Not a whole lot there.

t - starts and finishes clean, almost crisp. coffee and cocoa are dominate in the aftertaste.

m - this is my favorite part of this beer. great carbonation. Some might think too much, but I think it adds to this beer. Consistent film head throughout the beer. The end it my favorite part, this is a very refreshing stout!

d - GREAT. Absolutely solid. This is one of the better, "everyday" stouts that I have had. I could see this beer earning a spot in my fall fridge lineup. very drinkable, great taste, great feel.

This overall is a very good beer to me. I went through my first one very quickly and went back for a second. Not watery, not milky, just good beer. Recommended

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 00:52:35 | More by thehosh
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown with a thick tan head. Held up to the light, some nice deep garnet hues shine thru. Surprisingly good lacing. Nice sticky web all the way down the glass.

Smells of coffee/chocolate, slight whiff of alcohol. Smell is faint.

Coffee, bitter chocolate, burnt/brown bread elements. Some creamy notes as well. All flavors are on the medium/milder side. Nothing real strong or in your face.

This one is more on the light-to-medium body side. Almost thin, which allows some of the burnt coffee ground flavors to be more apparent (it is what lingers when the sip finishes cleaner -- no coating factors here. Not a filling stout by any means. You can have a few and not be sick of it. Also a good one to mix in line if doing a session -- you can bounce back to this one and not have it be the dominant beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 14:22:07 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of thartman


3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle, very dark brown, almost black. Decent mocha colored head with clingy lacing left on the glass.

Chocolate on the nose, roasted malt, licorice and charcol.

Taste of unsweetened chocolate, espresso, charcol, roasted malts, toasted nuts.

Some cabonation on the patate, a little thin in body, Finish is dry.... nice lingering aftertaste of roasted malt, chocolate, and hops.

Decent tasty brew, and very drinkable. I think I'll have another.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 22:57:20 | More by thartman
Photo of brewmudgeon


3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

3.5 A tan head, black beer, some lacing
3.5 S rich choco coffee w/ decent complexity evident
3 T too much coffee, bitterness, cocoa powder
3.5 M good carb, fine bubbles. a bit thin
2.5 D far too coffee-like for me with too little else going to make me think i'm drinking beer. could see how coffee lovers would enjoy, but it's not for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 15:05:36 | More by brewmudgeon
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: When poured from a bottle to a pint glass, this beer had a black color and a thick texture. Lots of long-lasting head and some good lacing.

S: A subtle aroma, consisting mainly of coffee and malt.

T: Flavor had a nutty quality, along with the aforementioned coffee and malt. Pretty well done and never overpowering.

M: A fair amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Above medium-bodied.

D: Overall, this is a pretty tasty beer. Not the most outstanding brew I've ever had, but well made and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 13:05:13 | More by avalon07
Photo of treehugger02010


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this out of the Avery variety case from Bryn Mawr Beverage in Brywn Mawr, PA and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: It poured a pitch black body with a big tan head, excellent retention that left copious amounts of lacing.
Smell: Not much depth but a lovely roasted chocolate.
Taste: Nutty, roasty and sweet.
Mouthfeel: Silky Smooth.
Drinkability: Good.
Don't drink and review.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 18:30:04 | More by treehugger02010
Photo of thekevlarkid


3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of the bottle and into my glass this beer produced a billowing, foamy head of brown suds. Nice retention in clumps and it did lace fairly well. Appearance is very deep brown with aromas of rich malts. The flavors were equally dark, coffee, chocolate, mocha and some black licorice. Smooth mouthfeel, light carbonation and easy to drink. Nothing groundbreaking but a good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 17:56:24 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of maximum12


3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I've grown fond of Avery over the last few years, & somehow this one has escaped my attention to date.

Pours black, surprize, surprize. Full tan head makes me happy, with big, booming bubbles rather than those dainty things most beers boast. Smell isn't strong, lots of faint odors mixing in.

I have to admit I've never heard of an Irish Dry Stout, but I like it & will look up others of the style. It's tasty. A little more hop-like bite to it than a regular stout, to go along with the earthy, malty taste & a distinct chunk of dirt in the nose (in a good way).

Feels rich & pleasing in the mouth, & benefits from a unique taste to my untrained palate.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 01:57:51 | More by maximum12
Photo of BretSikkink


3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark black color, toasted tan head is billowing and attractive. Ridiculously tall, with wonderful stick and the start of some nasty lacing.

Strong aroma, the usual suspects including heavily roasted malt, espresso, bitter chocolate, and some citric, resiny hops.

Somewhat more aggressive in the mouth than on the nose, the coffee takes center stage and lasts with tenacity. Good heft in the mouth, not overly lush due to the emergence of the hops, which leave an almost floral, delicate flavor behind in the finish.

Maybe a touch too harsh for the optimal balance, but still a damn good stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 04:14:17 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of yemenmocha


4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nearly opaque, with tan head that is large at first.

Nose has a lot of dark chocolate, roastiness, charred grill cooking, & espresso crema.

Palate flavors are dark/bitter chocolate (not at all sweet), big roasty flavors, twizzler licorice, and extraordinary dryness at the finish.

Very dry, serious, and assertive for a "plain" irish stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 21:03:13 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of jeffmonarch


4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Nice dark brown with a thick dark tan head.

S - Rich and chocolatey, roasted malts, coffee also.

T - Strong malt flavor with some hints of the chocolate and coffee. The coffee is stronger in the finish.

M - Full bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 03:25:50 | More by jeffmonarch
Photo of BrewerB


3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The BJCP calls this beer an American Stout and I'm reviewing it against those guidelines.

Aroma has plenty of roasted grain character. Ground coffee, dark chocolate. Slight burnt notes. Very low level of citrus hops, hard to detect (would like a little more). Touch of sweetness.

Appearance is medium-black, opaque, noticed garnet highlights. Formed a 2-finger, light tan head which didn't retain.

Flavor hinted at the roasted grains with strong coffee-like flavor, nearly espresso. Very light piney hops flavor, medium-high level of bitterness. Missing out on some malt sweetness and a bit more hop flavor.

Medium-full bodied, slightly creamy. Some astringency though not excessive. Moderate level of carbonation (should be higher). Light warming from alcohol.

Very drinkable, I could easily finish a few pints. This stout is clean, smooth, and has a well-varied roast character. Add a little more sweetness from malt, a touch more bitterness and the beer becomes an A/A+.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 02:10:00 | More by BrewerB
Photo of tedpeer


3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce pour into a pint glass.

A - Pours a very dark brown/black. Very large tan head which subsided into an 1/8 inch head. Just a little lacing.

S - Chocolate and coffee.

T - Slight chocolate taste and coffee, then malts. Slightly bitter finish.

M - Medium thickness. Slightly creamy feel.

D - Drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 01:12:29 | More by tedpeer
Photo of YankChef


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nuevo sam adams pint glass

Very dark with some brick colored hues when held up to light

Smell: roasted espresso and some other chocolaty type characteristics and maybe some dried fruit.

Taste. More of the same on the flavor, a touch on the sweet side with less bitterness than i was expecting.

Overall: At the very least this is a great alternative to guiness much richer and more full bodied, but then again that is compared to guiness.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2008 00:56:19 | More by YankChef
Photo of Taffle


4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of Bounds is a visual sensation as it pours a robust, blackened mohagony that renders a fantastic, big, brown head.

Roasted, chocolaty, a bit sweet.

Very intense and subtly bitter coffee bean flavors. Dark chocolate comes to mind as the process drifts. Out of bounds definitely represents its name by taking a 5.1% out of its league with flavors. This is one bold beer. Makes you want to say "Ting tang, walla walla bing bang" - or maybe that's just the hops cousing talking.

Once again, so much to the palate. Rich, big feel. Good dry balance.

I need more Avery's after sampling this one. Bring on the Reverend!

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 03:00:06 | More by Taffle
Photo of bigdeuce


4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Does Avery make a bad beer? This is no exception. Creamy head on the top, lacing down the glass. Smells of cocoa and coffee, though not as much as an imperial. Taste is great, chocolatey and very rich for a low alcohol beer. A terrific winter session beer. I will be revisiting this one often.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 22:39:00 | More by bigdeuce
Photo of morebeergood


3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer as an after dinner drink yesterday while at a restaurant. Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Pours with a fairly large head. Dark black in color, with a slightly brownish white colored head. Smell was good, lots of roasted notes. First sip, though, got me hooked. Slight hint of chocolate intertwined with coffee greeted my taste buds, followed by that roasted dark malty flavor that we all drink stouts for. Mouthfeel was dead on, just enough body to it to give it some substance, but smooth enough to make it an easy drinker. I wish all stouts by American breweries were like this, because Avery nailed it.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 23:21:02 | More by morebeergood
Photo of GClarkage


4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

05/27/08- Purchased at City Beer in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info present. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Very black in color with a 3/4 inch creamy dirty white head. Very nice lace marks remain.

Smell- Heavily roasted malt, mild hop notes and heavy coffee grounds in the air.

Taste- All the flavors in this beer are intense. The malts are highly roasted, if not towards the burnt side, the coffee really stands out as well. Dark chocolate swirls between the malts and coffee. Hops play a minor role, but are there.

Mouthfeel- A bit higher carbonation that I would like, but it's still not that high. If you are used to nitro or cask this will seem fairly carbonated for you.

Drinkability- One of the better domestic irish dry's I've had. Heck one of the better any kind of domestic stouts I have had. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 18:30:39 | More by GClarkage
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is mostly of roasted malts and dark chocolate along with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is very malty with strong flavors of dark chocolate, roasted coffee and touches of fruit and smokiness. There's a very mild hops presence as you would expect that provides a little balance. The after-taste is slightly smoky and full of dark chocolate bitterness.

M: Smooth with a little crispness, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky and extremely dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, slightly filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer even though I don't typically go for this style.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 04:58:00 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of hops4me


3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black down the middle with just a little bit of brown down the sides of the glass. Tan head remains to the bottom with some small lacing. Smells of chocolate and some malty fruitiness. The taste is different. It really has alot of roasted character to it. I would say a hair too much. Alot of coffee roast in it with a small amount of chocolate. Not bad just very roasty. I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 02:57:36 | More by hops4me
Photo of rye726


3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is close to black with a whispy tan head. A collection of dry roasty malts and some sweet fruit tones. Taste also has a nice dry malt component followed by some richer choclates and coffee. Very faint hop presence does its job. A crisp medium body begs this to be enjoyed with a big greasy burger. A good drinkable stout.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2008 17:47:22 | More by rye726
Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,020 ratings.