Out Of Bounds Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Out Of Bounds StoutOut Of Bounds Stout

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1,136 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,136
Reviews: 562
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 21
Gots: 59 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002)
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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?

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

Look: Black, clear, nice dense head head with good retention & very good lacing

Smell: Milk chocolate, malt, oatmeal, mellow roast coffee

Taste: Up Front: It mirrors the smell - Chocolate up front. Finish: Malt, oatmeal, coffee

Mouthfeel: Medium body, low carbonation, with a dry finish

Drinkability: A good session beer for sure!

Overall Impression: A pretty solid beer all around. I thought it was just a touch too sweet for a Dry Stout, but was still enjoyable.

Photo of jmerloni
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark brown, creamy black with gigantic brown racuous head with great lacing and retention.

S - fantastic. Huge toffee and chocolate smell that has a bitter end sniff.

T - Just awesome. Every sip is huge. Not even toffee and chocolate but just straight up mocha. Mocha beer with a sugary middle and kick of bitterness on the afterbite. Just fantastic.

M - Electric but when they kick sugary in the middle there's a little bit of a watery taste. But good overall.

D - Drinkable though they could get old. I would probably session with these though. Would buy this again - a great stout.

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

Poured from a bottle into a dogfish head signature glass. The beer is a jet black, letting no light through, with a one finger off-white head. The head fades to a tight cap, leaving ample lacing on the walls of the glass.

The smell is roasted malts, hints of caramel and brown sugar (but very faint) some light coffee and a healthy dose of earthy hops. Overall this beer doesn't have a very strong aroma, but when you really seek it out it's pretty inviting/interesting.

The taste mirrors the smell, but packs a little more punch. There is some roasted malt flavor, and then the lemon zest hops really over power the sweet flavors of the beer. The finish is a bit of coffee and caramel, but the hops really overpower everything else in this one.

The beer is light to medium bodied, well carbonated and the alcohol is not present at all. The finish is nice and dry, and this is a beer that I wouldn't mind having a six pack of, but but I wouldn't finish them all at once, it would linger in the back of the fridge.

Photo of CHickman
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black, but looks dark reddish brown when held up to the light, with a tan 1/4 inch creamy head that dissipates quickly; smells nutty and malty up front, with roasted coffee, light hops and burnt wood.

Tastes like it smells, with sweet roasted malt, nut, roasted coffee, light hops, lemon, burnt wood, smoky grains, yeast and chocolate/cocoa; very smoky and roasted malt taste overall with a finish on the dry side, and a caramel sweetness. The flavor is quite complex and enjoyable.

Carbonation is light, with a smooth creamy mouthfeel; this beer goes down easy considering the full body and heavy smoke taste that eventually gives way to nice flavor of malts and some fruits. It's like a very tasty light stout, with a nice dry burnt finish. A nice beer that I would certainly have again.

Photo of RTrain12
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle poured in to a pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful black with a light brown head. Head is about a 1/4" tall and sticks around almost for the hole beer. Alot of lacing in the glass also.

S: Smells of coffey and Roasted malts.

T: Tasted liked roasted malts with a dry hoppy finish. Finishes a little bitter also.

M: Medium bodied with very small carbonation. I think it was pretty smooth.

D: Not a bad beer overall. I have drank a couple of these at once! I'd probally buy it again.

Photo of HalfFull
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle. Pours a solid black in color with deep garnet highlights, and sports an inch of fluffy mocha foam. Head breaks down to offer light lacing and maintaining a thin cap.

Lots of roasted coffee and milk chocolate on the nose, leaning towards a bit of a burnt malt aroma as the beer warms up a bit.

Flavor follows the malt profile of the aroma with coffee and a dry char on the finish that offers a flash of dark fruit and then a return to the bitter dryness. Rather thin on the feel for the style, lacking the creaminess I'm accustomed to. Decent drinkability but a bit too burnt in flavor for me.

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

A -- Pours with the appearance of my morning coffee, thick and brown / copper with a hint of translucence. A good head slowly falls and leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

S -- Oatmeal, earthy roasted malt, nutty and caramel.

T -- Solid and dry with a strong roasted malt, grain, some almond. A pleasant hop or coffee bitterness is followed by a lingering dryness and some light tartness.

M -- Dry and thin while still lingering on the palate. Appropriate to the style.

D -- Approachable, solid...a good beer, worthy of any drinker to try.

Photo of davexisxrabid
2.45/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured an almost black with brown tinges at the edges of the glass and held up to the light. One inch tall head, decent retention, gives way to big bubbles.

Aroma is strong ground coffee beans, a little hop twinge, earthy and pungent.

Flavor is dominated by the roasted malt flavor, a little overpowering and unpleasant. Has a watery bitterness I found unpleasant as well. Reminiscent of the sourness many Irish stouts have (Guiness comes to mind) but far more than I was expecting.

Medium mouthfeel, not the thickness I was expecting from a stout. Didn't have a residual sweetness so not much lingering on the palate other than a thin watery bitterness.

Not my cup of tea. I've had better stouts and will probably stick with them. Of course I wasn't expecting something chewy like an imperial stout, but I was expecting a little more body and flavor than the one-note flavor I was experiencing here.

Photo of m1ked
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint at the Gate on a cold ass saturday.

A- Pours a pitch black with a thin tan skim on top that turns into a splotching of foam on a see through skim. Kind of looks like spots of mold on white bread, just the pattern....not the gross aspect.

S- I get some low roasted coffee, dark berry, bitter chocolate. Nothing unusual.

T- Better palate than nose for sure. Rich dark chocolate and bitter coffee. The rich dark cocoa just fills the mouth and then is met and eventaully succombs to the bitter coffee. A touch of bourbon or port booze at the end, no real heat though. Delicious. Would have guessed a irish dry stout though.

M- In the the beginning seems like it is going to blossom into some full bodied brew, but it quickly dries out...tricky.

D- This is a great session stout beer, rich but not heavy. Great flavor but not too boozy. I'll call it a winter session stout.

Photo of Gyle41386
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Dark reddish-brown pour. One finger of plush tan foam. Good retention, nice lacing.

Aroma is of milk chocolate and roast. Dry stouts are very porter-y in that sense to me. Good coffee nose.

Sweet chocolate up front, light coffee bitter finish. Very flavorful Irish Dry Stout.

Medium body, very creamy and smooth. Very, very drinkable Irish Dry Stout. Definitely one of the best I've had.

Photo of ocmpoma
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- rich, dark brown with a thin tan head that dissipates but leaves a thin film as I work my way down.

S- classic, nutty stout aroma edged with sweet, nutty notes and some caramel and even a hint of earthy undertones.

T - sweet, nutty, and tangy. Very low bitterness and the caramel and nutty notes are highlighted on the finish. There's a bit of a sour pucker on the lingering aftertaste.

M- rough and even perhaps just a bit gritty, which balances very well with the sweeter taste and complements the complex flavors.

D- Quite drinkable; the mouthfeel complements the sweetness of the brew. Overall, a very enjoyable stout.

Photo of kiddynamite920
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glad to see more Avery hitting shelves around my area.

A: Pours nice and pitch black, with a thin and tan head. No light is getting through. Pretty dark and thick looking.

S: Nice dry aroma with good bitter chocolate and malt smells. Has a certain grain aroma, oats? Chocolate seems to be the most prevalent smell.

T: Rich and bitter, grainy and chocolatey. Nice bitter hops here as well. Very roasty and robust.

M: Thin and dry, perfect for the style. Just the slightest burn from some alcohol, bitterness surrounds the mouth. Fantastic.

D: The bitter dryness makes this one not so easy to put back. One is very drinkable, two becomes a tad too much. Great flavor makes it very drinkable though.

Photo of Moonraker7
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nearly black. Head is a dark tan color, with some hints of red.

S: Coffee, Mocha, roasted malts

T: Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate. Finished off with some hops.

M: Full bodied, smooth. Perfect amount of carbonation for this style.

D: Already on my second, it's a very well balanced stout. Nothing in it is too overpowering, yet it is still very flavorful.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. No date or info.

A - Clear on the pour, it's almost black in the glass with dark amber brown highlights around the edges. A billowing tan head pops up to three fingers, lowers slowly, and leaves exceptional lace.

S - Dark roasted malts give off a rich nose of burnt coffee, mocha, a hint of chocolate, and milky cream. While it isn't very complex, it certainly is appetizing.

T - Rich and malty with a heavy roasted flavor that's got some coffee likeness, with mocha too. Again, not very complex but darn good.

M - Very smooth and creamy with a dry and bitter finish with a light carbonation tickle on the way down. Full-bodied.

D - Awesomely drinkable for a stout! The mouthfeel is nice and smooth and the flavor is right on-par. I could go for a 6 pack of this in my fridge!

Photo of david18
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was exactly what I was hoping it would be. The best of great stout aroma and flavor (which i think comes from the stronger stouts) without the high alcohol. A perfect cold weather afternoon or session beer. Great dark color, very roasty aroma and flavor. As good as any imperial I've ever had.

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

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle as pictured.

A: Dark brown with a reddish tint. Light tan head with moderate lacing.

S: Faintn licorice, charcoal and berry fruitiness.

T&M: Smooth and thick with a medium body. Charcoal and licorice flavor. Mild minty and hop bitterness. Dry finish.

Very good stout.

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

This one poured a deep deep brown, pretty much black. Head was good, very even and almost looked sandy. It laced nice and the head lingered.

Nose seemed a bit mild. Hoppy with some butterscotch, caramel, and diacetyl.

Flavor is better than the nose, excellent in fact. I could definitely tell they barreled in the hops! The typical coffee and chocolate were more amplified than most, especially the latter of the two. Brown sugar, molasses, the slightest brush of alcohol and astringency rounded it out. Sweet and bitter were balanced excellent.

There's no lack in body or feel. The nice full body was creamy and had the right amount of bite from the carbonation. The hops added more by pinching the cheeks, and the finish was long and dry. Drinkability is good, short frequent sips drained it pretty quick.

Photo of elgiacomo
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nov 23, 2007

12oz bottle. Pours a thin dark brown with a small fizzy head, almost like cola. Looks black once in the glass.

Aroma is roasted, smoky, with a bit of a funk I can't quite put my finger on.

Flavor is sweet chocolate up front followed by bitter coffee. Dry, bitter, smoky finish.

Lively carbonation. This is rather thin, although the mouthfeel ends up being somewhat creamy despite the thin body and high carbonation.

A nice solid dry stout.

Photo of seebus
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Rich malt with full, roasted grains, light hops. Moderate caramel
A - Very deep brown, good clarity (held up to light), tan head with good retention.
F - Rich, sweet malt up front with moderate caramel & burnt caramel. Big roast character lasting through the finish. Strong hop bitterness, medium-low hop flavor.
M - Medium-low carbonation, full body, light astringency from roasted grains (fits the style, of course).
O - The bitterness and roast character is big enough to lend a dry finish to a big, chewy stout. A good example of an American Stout, but perhaps this sample is a little old. I would expect a bigger (maybe fresher) malt aroma; the hops are there but indistinguishable. The grain bill is heavy on the roast -- right where it should be. Overall a tasty beer I will buy again.

Photo of shohog
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz bottle into clear pint glass and got a beautiful tan colored head. Could see through it when held up to the light with a nice clarity and dark ruby hues detected.

The smell was of typical coffee, roasted malts, and hint of dark chocolate and a hint of spices.

The taste is very pleasant, smooth and drinkable. The lacing left behind on the glass is fantastic. IMO, maybe a bit heavy to be a Irish stout but it is very tasty. I would certainly buy this again.

No bitter after taste and not too filling to drink 2 to 4 of these in a couple of hours.

very nice stout!

Photo of PhiloPsych
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darker and thicker than cola out of the bottle. Thick dark brown in the glass with a one finger dark tan head the dissipates rapidly. Smell is darkly roasted malt. A bit of coffee and cocoa in the taste, but mostly toasted malt--a touch of vanilla in the finish, which is nice. Goes very nicely with an apple tart (or two).

Photo of Duhast500
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

The color is a dark black with about two fingers with light brown foamy head. Some slight lacing.

The smell is very malty with a bit of espresso flavor mixed in with a nutty and roasty flavor.

The taste is really roasty and is a little like peanut brittle. Is the flavor is a bit smokey with some nice dark chocolate as well.

The feel of this beer has a nice medium feel and is pretty easy drinking for a stout. there is some nice aftertaste and is still a pleasant beer.

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!

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.

Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,136 ratings.