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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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1,114 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,114
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 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
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a 12 ounce bottle and into my nonic Imperial pint glass. This stout appears a deep dark nearly black color with about two fingers of dense creamy, lingering foam. Aromas and flavors of rich roasted grains, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, caramel, coffee/mocha, and a touch of smokiness. Medium to moderate body and adequately carbonated for the style. Nice and flavorful and quite drinkable.

ClockworkOrange, May 17, 2009
Photo of adamette
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle purchased at Winking Lizard in Mentor, Ohio into a clean, clear pint glass. Review from notes. Consumed a few weeks ago.

A Light brown head over a jet black body. Nice lacing. True to style.

S Deep dark malt with that dark chocolate almost dry smell but not much else going on. This is very typical of the style.

T Nice milky smooth Stout taste. Deep dark roasted malt for sure. This is a really nice stout.

M Appropriately big feel but that welcome smoothness that really enhances this beer.

D Good for the style which I do not think is supposed to be a session beer.

Notes: Nice effort from Avery which in my experience can be hit and miss.

adamette, May 05, 2009
Photo of merryjoulton
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with a gorgeous brown head. Smell is roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, bread and coffee. Tastes a little smoky actually, chocolatey and roasty. Mouthfeel is great for a stout this size, definitely not too light. Drinkability it great.

merryjoulton, May 04, 2009
Photo of stephens101
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a satiny black with a little over one finger or deep tan head. Has nice head retention with a thick sheet of lace and a layer left on top. Has a rich aroma filled with roasted coffee beans, roasted malts, caramel malts and dried prunes. Taste is satisfying and robust with extra-dark chocolates, charred wood, pine, dark coffee and subtle hops at the end. Has a medium body, and not as thick as could be, but there's a decent amount of taste to keep it going.

stephens101, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of Overlord
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer hit the spot, but it has some problems with it that become more evident the more you consume. A single 12 oz'er is more than enough for an evening.

Pours a dark brownish black that's too translucent. I want my stouts black and thick, dammit! Still, not a bad looking beer, just not very stoutish. Almost no head.

Smells like coffee, roasted malt, and bitterness. That's right, I can smell the acrid bitterness.

Taste is nice. Really, really bitter with coffee and acrid burnt-char flavoring. At first, really different and neat. By oz. 8, gets old. Mouthfeel is too thin.

The real problem with this beer is the price. I could have the Victory Storm King Stout for a few bucks more (DAMN!), or had the still superior by a wide margin Stockyard Oatmeal Stout for about half as much.

Overlord, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of DoctorDog
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a nonic.

A- Black/opaque. Pours with ~2+ fingers of light brown head, which fades slowly, leaving a thin cap. Ample lacing noted.

S- Earthy notes mingle with acidic coffee.

T- Malty, slightly sweet chocolate, burnt coffee, and definitely a charcoal characteristic. Quite bitter on the finish.

M- Ooof. Dry is an understatement. This makes my tongue shrivel at first, but seems to relent a bit as I consume for awhile. Definitely a bit astringent. Medium body with moderately high carbonation.

D- The astringent characteristics of this beer would prevent me from consuming more than one of this.

Future outlook: Interesting beer that was surely worth trying, but ultimately didn't fully work for me. I am glad to have tried, but don't see much need to want to try it again.

DoctorDog, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of kmo1030
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

deep black/brown with moderate tan head that fades to half a finger. good lacing.
the aroma is mostly of milk chocolate with some molasses. a little burnt. pretty subtle overall.
the taste has a nice smooth chocolatey flavor that moves into the molasses, some coffee, and a little bit of burnt malt. there's some moderate bitterness, but i don't find much in the way fo hop flavor. pretty dry while maintaining sweet sort of flavors. interesting effect, and quite good.
the mouthfeel, i would say, is medium bodied, but with pretty active carbonation that i could do with some toning down of.
the drinkability is good, as i said, pretty dry and as a result refreshing, like many irish stouts. a little more chocolatey though.

kmo1030, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of gpogo
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Black with a moderately sized light brown head. Head eventually dissipates, but left a nice lacing before reducing to a foam cap.

A- Slightly bitter roast barley. Light notes of coffee.

T- Grainy malt flavor. Bitter malt along with hints of dark chocolate. Not as much of a coffee taste as was in the aroma. Finishes dry.

M- Medium body and low carbonation. Very smooth.

D- A nice stout.

gpogo, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of Jayli
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep brown, light passes through, ruby highlights to it. The head pours a one finger rocky head, decent retention, leaves sheets of lacing behind on the glass. Nose is a of nice coffee notes, chocolate and of roasted malts. Taste is more predominantly of roasted malts with coffee as a nice mix in though lighter in the taste than it was in the nose. Bitter chocolate and hops finish this beer. Mouthfeel is medium body and slightly chewy, with a sweet/bitter aftertaste. This beer has nice drinkability.

Jayli, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of Rayek
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep chocolate brown color borders on black. A rocky tan head is held up by active carbonation. Head retention is average and patches of lace are left behind.

S: A nice combination of baking chocolate and charred wood greats the nose. Not super complex, but still a good overall aroma.

T: Starts out with a chocolate and licorice combination that's quickly followed by a coffee and charred wood bitterness. Finishes a touch dry with a very faint acidity.

M: Medium body is creamy and smooth, and makes the beer feel stronger than it is.

D: A nice little stout. I rather liked the simplicity off it, as it goes down very easy. I found it to be a very nice session beer to share with friends.

Rayek, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of surfer4life
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - pours dark as tar, but appears lighter than most. Nice thick head, lacing down the glass.

S - Plenty of hops in the nose, some coffee and a little chocolate.

T - Taste is coffee and walnuts with some hop bitterness. Chocolate sweetness on the finish.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Not the thickest I've had but heavier than I thought it would from the pour.

D - I'd say it's average drinkablity. Nothing really wows you though.

surfer4life, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of Kemmerlin
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown color with a thin creamy head and light but sticky lacing.
S: Of course fresh chocolate malt notes is the main aroma but there is definitely some caramel malts that sweeten it up a bit making your mouth water.
T: A light tasting stout with some light citrus notes mixed into toffee, chocolate, and caramel flavors. Tasty.
M/D: The brew is light on the tongue with a decent amount of carbonation and sweetness. The drinkability is smooth, easy and desirable to the stout drinker.

Kemmerlin, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of dotsonjamesg
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in an 6 oz frosted stout cup. Purchased this brew in a six-pack at Springhill Liquor in Little Rock, AR.

Appearance: Filtered black with a luscious one-finger head that lingers; some good retention here.

Smell: Coffee, currants, caramel malts, and chocolate caress my nostrils.

Taste: Strong bite at first that works in to a mix of subtle flavors including chocolate and coffee. Not much complexity here though, like most dry stouts. I expected a little more since the smell was so great. If the brew had a little more sweetness and a lot more alcohol, it would taste just like a Russian Stout. Very dry, bitter ending here.

Mouth feel: Lightly carbonated and it makes my mouth really dry.

Drinkability: If you can enjoy a good stout, its great. The brew isn't too heavy on the palate and it goes down smooth.

Most of Irish Dry Stouts are weak and leave more to be desired so they have never really been a big favorite of mine. This stout is a little different. It has big character and is pretty well rounded. I think it has changed my mind about Irish Dry Stouts. I highly recommended it to anyone who enjoys a nice stout.



dotsonjamesg, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of droomyster
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely dark mahogany with tons of cascading action where its big tan head forms at the top. Head is exceptionally frumpy and long lasting. Smells of expresso and coal. Taste is very sweet, surprisingly so. Flavors are big on the burnt toffee, and strong roastiness. Body is not as full as I would like, but this is one heck of a tasty beer.

droomyster, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of Spidey13
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of Bounds pours a clear black with garnet highlights and a small tan head. The nose consists of roasty malts with a bit of chocolate and raisin with a hint of orangey hops.

The flavor is very roasty up front with a nice pop of hop bitterness on the back which lingers a bit. The flavor is pretty simple, but yummy. The beer has a medium mouthfeel with fairly low carbonation.

Overall, I really liked this beer. It's a very good American stout.

Spidey13, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of magictrokini
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle @ Hamilton's. Poured black with borwn edges, lots of creamy tan foam, nice lacing, even in the snifter. Roasted, nearly burnt malt nose, Quik-like cocoa powder, coffee and cream. Creamy mouthfeel, but a bit loose at times. Once this one warmed up a bit, the flavor really popped. Milk chocolate with a touch of Baker's, much smoother than expected coffee flavor, with a generous helping of cream. I thought this was a milk stout before coming ont his site. Slightly bitter hop finish with a charcoal/smoke/roast character. Very nice.

magictrokini, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of shivtim
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nearly opaque black, with ruddy brown tints around the edged. Gorgeous cascading thick dark beige head. Head slowly fades, leaves viscous foamy lacing.

Nose is charred malts, sweet sugar plums, coal, and chocolate cake. Taste is bitter burnt malts, acidic chocolate powder, and lingering smoky malts. Distinct lack of sweetness. Mouthfeel is average.

shivtim, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of LeftyBWS
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass.
A: Chocolate amber color. Light brown head, frothy and fluffy, about an inch thick. Thin lacing sheets down the sides.
S: Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts.
T: Chewy chocolate malts lead into a sweeter toffee flavor followed by a sweet but not too cloying finish with some lip-smacking dry malts. Somewhat plain, but nice.
M: Nice malty feel. Good dry stouty finish.
D: Good. Tasty and easy to drink.

LeftyBWS, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of albern
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer certainly looks good. It is an inky black that is impenetrable to light. I held this directly up to sunlight and nothing came through. The head is a very nice creamy, thick tan color with loads of lacing and retention. The nose isn't pronounced but there are some cocoa, chocolate, nutty flavors, some roasted notes in there as well.

The taste is a little disappointing. There is an overpowering charcoal and pitch taste to the beer that subsumes everything else going on. The roasted and nutty notes, the other qualities, including some hop presence is just overpowered. This isn't the most well balanced beer. If you like charcoal, charred roasted grain, pitch and tar, this one will do. As an Irish Dry Stout, I'll go for a Guinness or Murphy's or Beamish anyday over this one. The aftertaste is slightly oily but the burnt wood notes just linger way too long.

albern, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of optiontwo
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. poured into broad mouth glass

Appearance: Black with a quarter inch tan head.

Smell: Starts off with fresh coffee, dark caramel malt, and chocolate all mixing together with a little bit of nuttiness at the end.

Taste: At first there's a bitter chocolate flavor with a strange twinge of sour. This is a pretty hoppy stout but finishes with a long roasted coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and refreshing for the style.

Drinkablity: Fairly high for a stout.

Overall: I found this to be an interesting stout but it could be a little over-hopped (I can't believe I just wrote that) but it's still full of good stout flavor.

optiontwo, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of CHSLBrew
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Very dark brown brew with some faint ruby highlighting. It looks like it would be pretty clear, if it wasn't so darn dark. Fluffy and thick light brown head retained nicely.

S-Much in the range of roasted malt and choco-coffee notes. A slight nutty/bicuit character to it in the background. Overall, a lighter aroma.

T-Very roasty, with coffee hints and a countering hop bitterness. Perhaps a slight astringency. I sensed some hop character in there, deep under the roasted goodness. Finishes with a coffee aftertaste.

M-Low carbonation provides this moderately-full-bodied beer a little excitement. Slow-moving in my mouth, very smooth.

D-A very drinkable brew exhibiting many of the characteristics of the style. Pour me another one.

CHSLBrew, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of thain709
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark...black...a big tan head that settles into a nice cap...great lacing

S - I get some malts and hops upfront...a faint chocolate scent towards the back

T - Big time roasted malts...a slight hop bitterness blended in...strong coffee aftertaste

M - A little watery...lacking the body I expected

D - This was an average stout...it didn't blow my socks off...and I didn't hate it

thain709, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of opwog
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now listening to: Headhunters - God Made Me Funky

Picked this up as part of my "to go" stash from Hollingshead.

This is a really solid Irish Stout. Thicker and richer for the style, but nice dry roastiness from the malt. Builds a huge head that falls quickly into clumpiness and finally down to a surface ring that lasted the whole glass.

Because this is a pretty straight forward Irish Stout, I am cutting the review of what this is, to take some time to comment on what it isn't. This isn't the first time that I thought that a label may be misrepresenting what is inside. I don't think that this is intentional, it is just a matter of the label designers not thinking about how the average person may read their label. The beer name is "Out Of Bounds" and shows somebody partaking in a death defying extreme skiing move. Then down where the ABV is usually shown, they replaced it with "Yeah, it is!" Then on the side; this is part of the brief notes about the beer; "...our Out Of Bounds Stout is an extreme experience. Live life on the edge..."

When I see a name like "Out of Bounds" and more specifically, when the ABV is intentionally replaced with "Yeah, It Is" as a reference back to the name and then finally followed up in the notes referring to it as an "extreme experience," Call me crazy but I am expecting the beer inside to be a strong ale at some level. To me, this is not how you label a beer that barely eclipses 5%.

But like I said before, this is a good beer. I just don't think that some breweries think long enough about how the general market might interpret their labels.

opwog, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of Halcyondays
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, a new Avery beer I found at Hi-Times, a Dry Stout,

A: Pours black with a full off-white head, good lacing.

S: Licorice root, characoal, roasted malt, I get a bit of a medicinal quality too.

T: Full-flavoured roasted malt, maybe a little too much burnt sugar, but it doesn't harm the beer much. Sweet finish of a more caramelized brown sugar flavour, hint of lemon.

M: I did find the mouthfeel to be too oily and thin for the style, but it's not watery. Light-bodied, mildly dry.

D: A nice stout from Avery, better than middle of the road. I could pick this up again and enjoy a couple pints.

Halcyondays, Jan 21, 2009
Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,114 ratings.