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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,008 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,008
Reviews: 548
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 23
Gots: 34 | 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.

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BeerBelcher

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Perhaps I did this beer a diservice by trying it after my first Lion Stout (which I was very impressed by). It struck me as occupying a weird middle ground - its flavor was neither sweet nor exceptionally dry. Depending what kind of stout I'm in the mood for (roasty or sweet) I could find better examples of both. This beer satisfies a need for stouts I just don't have.

This beer pours an attractive inky black with lots of fluffy white head that fades on the surface of the liquid, but clings aggressively to the glass. Aroma is very lightly sweet and roasted, like coffee with condensed milk in it. Flavor is rather roasty, but occupies an unsatisfying ground that is neither exceptionally dry and roasty (no "burned pizza crust") nor sweet like the aroma would indicate. Mouthfeel is not bad, but just a bit watery up front. Not bad, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2007 01:31:32 | More by BeerBelcher
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dfried

Minnesota

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

Quite dark in color, just some brownish highlights at the edges, 2cm tan head. Sweet sugary aroma, chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, with a tangy herbal hop notes. The taste had more coffee and smoky charred grain hints than the aroma led on, but plenty of silky milk chocolate shows up in the aftertaste with a lot of caramel and some nutty notes. Medium bodied, tasty and easy to drink.

Overall: a pretty good stout. More candy bar-ish than is typical for the style. Not a lot to set it apart from other stouts, but it would be a decent session beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2007 18:36:01 | More by dfried
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown body body, ruby tinges around the edges, under a puffy cocoa head, plenty of lacing, rocky, looking good for a stout.

Aroma is sweet and roasty, lots of espresso notes, nuts, chocolate...nougat, caramel...it's a candy bar, nearly, more I sniff it...toffee! Me like!

Taste: just right. Full bodied, big on board the palate, bittersweet, tart yet again chocolatey, very cocoa-licious! Hmmm, mmm!

Quite satisfying, full flavored, with huge hops, tempered by roasty chocolate malts...mmm, mmm...I quite like it.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2007 10:13:21 | More by feloniousmonk
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AltBock

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with a black label that has a real life picture of a skier going down a snow covered Rocky Mountain. It looks like the skier is going down on one of those slopes that only the thrill seekers go on. You know the ones, they usually call them Satan's Tornado, The Widowmaker, The Slope of Death, the list goes on and on. This picture is in the center of a silver medal with hop vines and barley on the side of the coin. Above the coin in black and gold letters is the name of the beer and below the coin in the yellow Avery banner. To the left of the picture is the barcode, Government warning, and the name of the photographer. If you're curious, his name is Larry Prosor. On the other side of the picture is just a little blurb about the beer and the refund prices. Avery tells you who the photographer is, but they didn't bother to date the bottle. I guess you can't have both on a bottle. Served in a Bell's Brewery American pint glass.

Out Of Bounds Stout poured an extremely dark brown that almost had me fooled that it was a dark black beer. It tried to pull a fast one, but it didn't work. If you hold it up to the light, you can see a few glimmers of ruby red highlights in the middle of the beer. It had a 1 and a half inch head of tan/mocha foam that had decent retention that left behind some mocha rings along the edge of the beer and some spotty tan lace around the glass. The aroma consisted of roasted coffee beans, roasted malts, cocoa, dark chocolate, and with a slight funky smell of black smoke in the background. The taste was slightly dry with bitter dark chocolate, roasted malts, cocoa powder, roasted coffee beans, and a few dry roasted hops in the background. When the beer really warms up, a slight hint of caramel will emerge in between the dark chocolate and roasted malts. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a slight dry aftertaste of bitter dark chocolate and roasted malts. Avery says this beer is an "extreme experience." That's stretching it a bit too far. A nice offering from Avery that has plenty of roasted flavors, but it's no where near extreme. Going down the Widowmaker, now that's extreme! This beer? Not even close. Would I pick this one up again in the future? I might if I'm in the mood for a decent reasonably priced Dry Stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2007 05:11:22 | More by AltBock
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letsgopens

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Avery Out of Bounds Stout is a solid Irish Dry Stout with a moderate flavor and aroma. It pours to a clean black with moderate carbonation. The creamy tan head diminishes relatively quickly leaving a slight lace.

The aroma is that of deep cocoa with heavy coffee highlights.

The initial flavor brings to mind dark bitter Dutch baking chocolate accompanied by coffee and a malty sweetness. The finish is that of roasty marshmallow and a slight hoppiness that is more 'rough around the edges' than pleasurably bitter.

Overall I would say that it is an average beer with above average potential.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2007 04:17:25 | More by letsgopens
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mattd017

Florida

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tumbler

Pours a deep black that obscures all light. A thin tan head quickly rises, no waiting for this stout to foam, but disappears way to quickly. Smells of piney hops and burnt oak with something sweet and malty creeping in from the back. Dry, hoppy taste, and burnt caramel. Mouthfeel a little thin for a stout, not as creamy as it should be. Good brew, but lacks a little something to make it a great.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2007 01:17:19 | More by mattd017
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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

This came of as more of an English stout to me, not th best, but a pretty good one. The flavor was mostly coffee with some sweetness from the yeast. It was a big, rich flavor, a bit heavy, but still nice. The aroma also focused on the coffee/roasted grains. Worth a try if you're into stouts.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 06:39:08 | More by tempest
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Crosling

Colorado

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

Black in color with a small but lasting head of white foam. Moderately aromatic with hints of chocolate, roasted malts and burnt currants. Big roasted malt flavor with notes of chocolate, coffee and plums followed by a substancial citrus twang from the hops. Very hoppy but it works with this very well. Nice mouthfeel. A very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2007 06:33:35 | More by Crosling
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

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

Into a pint glass, pours a very dark black to mahogany, a thick two inch head that settles down to a thick creamy foam, never letting below that, with an obscene amount of lacing, laid down in thick rings. Defines the stout look pretty much. Unfortunately, can't be so generous with the aroma, focuses on the dark malts, roasted and maybe even a bit smoked. A slight bit of coffee and no hops.

The taste is also a bit odd, the smoked malt thing returning, roasted a whole bunch, not very much depth to it. The body is somewhere around medium, the carbonation about right, but still comes off a bit.. well, off. In all, not my favorite selection from Avery, and I do like my stouts, but overall pretty decent.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2007 01:44:48 | More by objectivemonkey
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dogger6253

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice retention on the inch and a half of pillowy, coffee-colored head. It just hangs there leaving gorgeous patches around the glass' edge. This beer is dark. There is such a small amount of cherry glowing around the bottom, but not noticeable unless you're looking deep into it, which is easy to do as the body of this beer sucks you in like a moth to flame. I want to get burned. Really badly.

Wonderful smell, coffee, cherries and a touch of chocolate; all with a nice, roasted finish. Also bits of caramel and toffee present.

A pretty decent taste with this, very smoky. Pretty high malty flavor combined with burnt coffee and cocoa, there's also sort of a caramel sweetness. Pretty well-balanced flavor that introduces a small taste of hops at the finish that masks the alcohol behind it.

The mouthfeel of this is very rich and deep, incredibly creamy and dry. I'll be drinking many more of these, but not tonight...

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2007 06:16:57 | More by dogger6253
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slyke

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of Bounds Stout pours black with a generous, pillowy tan head. There is nice lacing as the beer is drunk.

Aroma is of spice, roasted coffee, and bitter chocolate.

Taste is similar to the aroma with the bitterness playing a key role. The anise-like spice is a positive aspect of the beer, but it is overwhelmed a bit by the bitterness. Unfortunately that bitterness reminds me of inexpensive coffee that has been sitting in the urn all day.

Mouthfeel is good. Just what I expect from the style.

Drinkability is alright. I will finish the beer without any problem, but one is enough. Give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 17:37:20 | More by slyke
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RevDru

New Mexico

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep brownish black with just a slight head of foam.

S - Herbal tones, with strong black licorice and just a hint of bitter chocolate.

T - Coffee and herbs. The licorice that was in the nose does not seem to come out. Smoked oak tones.

M - Crisp and not too filling or cloying. Rather light for a stout.

D - I think this would be a good stout for non-stout drinkers. It is not too heavy on the palate and the flavor is not overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2007 19:42:32 | More by RevDru
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BitteBier

Indiana

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

This one puts the "dry" in Irish dry stout. Dark as can be on the pour; a bright light coaxes only a bit of crimson at the margins. Capped by a rocky, clingy tan head. Darkly roasted smells dominate the nose--coffee and bittersweet chocolate, though a bit of ripe, dark fruit is present too. The taste is similar, with a bit of sweetness overtaken by heavily roasted malts. Medium-bodied at the start, giving way to a lingering dry finish that invokes downing a spoonful of cocoa powder. Intense but not very nuanced. I am glad to have tried it but won't likely grab it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 15:43:25 | More by BitteBier
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isubsmith

Minnesota

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

Very dark opaque black pour with a nice 1-2 finger creamy white head. The head lingers for some time. Tons of lacing on the glass

Heavy roasted malt and coffee smell. Hints of dark bitter chocolate.

Taste mirrors the nose - light coffee and roasted malt upfront. Heavy bitter finish. Overall - very roasty, very bitter

I agree with another review here - the mouthfeel is not nearly as creamy as expected from an irish stout. Pretty much medium body, maybe a little heavier than Guiness but nothing excessive.

Maybe a little bitter but still very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 02:20:57 | More by isubsmith
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udubdawg

Kansas

3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle.

Poured into a pint glass, this beer left an impressive, lasting, frothy head of a very light tan color. The beer itself is nearly jet black. Lacing is basically a thin sheet coating much of the glass. Sadly this would be the highpoint.

Nose isn't absent, but seems to be missing something. Heavily roasted - burnt even - coffee seems the most noticeable. Maybe some unweetened chocolate. Definate points for the suggestion of dryness even in the smell.

Taste reminds me of drinking iced coffee. A smoky suggestion of something beyond dark roast. Bitterness right up front, and very drying. Feels a bit thinner than I tend to like, and is on the high side of what I'd consider ideal carbonation for the style. Hard to argue with a thinner mouthfeel though - this isn't one of my creamy sweet dessert stouts.

Drinkability? I'll have to average it - one bottle can be quite drinakable, however I would rarely want to make this a session, or even have more than one.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2007 23:34:49 | More by udubdawg
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fank2788

Connecticut

3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with no freshness date poured to a pint glass
This beer pours a really nice opaque black with a huge 3 finger dark tan head that laces all over the place. The smell is black coffee and a lot of roast malt and black patent with a touch of a wood smokey character as well, maybe a bit too heavy on roasted malt/burnt coffee. The taste is full of bitterness from the dark malts combined with a burnt or iced coffee taste, not something I'm a big fan of. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, definitely still a medium bodied beer but maybe I'm too used to the full body and smoothness of guinness. A decent to good Irish dry stout not a standout by any means but not bad for a change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2007 01:52:13 | More by fank2788
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markgugs

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a mug

A: Pours an inky jet black, with a massive frothy 2-finger tan head, which leads to instant lacing as you drink it.

S: Has a light roasted coffee aroma, with hints of bitter dark chocolate...

T: ...which leads right into the taste. Like drinking iced coffee flavored with sprinklings of cocoa and some slight caramel sugars. If you like bitter, roasted dark stouts, this is for you. Avery's site claims "mountains of hops," but I'll be damned if I can find them in here.

M: Not as creamy as I prefer my stouts, and a bit more carbonated, but on the whole, a decent medium-bodied beer.

D: I'd probably try this again, though I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way for it. A good, not great beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2007 04:31:47 | More by markgugs
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

Serviceable balanced stout. Fine for a dry Irish style stout, with some coffee, a tad heavy roast with a spot of smoke, jet black colour, appropriate carbonation, medium mouthfeel, and dryish finish. A bit bitter and acidic in aftertaste, like coffee can be.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2007 02:08:19 | More by Sammy
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jkaufman

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours black with a 1/2"-thick head that quickly thins out, leaving a nice lacing behind.

Smell: Coffee, caramel, and nutty.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Coffee dominates (a bit overwhelming) and is backed by roasted and nutty malts. Overall the mouthfeel is a bit thin, very smooth, and dry. Moderate carbonation. A bitter coffee taste is left behind after each sip.

Drinkability: While it's pretty easy to drink a bottle of this, I wouldn't make it a session beer.

Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2007 04:26:18 | More by jkaufman
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DarrellK

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

It's a good fit for the style, hitting the characteristics pretty well.

Appearance is very dark and opaque, with a head that is almost too much when served at the proper temp (they suggest it should be cold which is not to my liking for a stout).

Aroma is average and sort of Guiness like.

Taste is a bit more coffee like that Guiness Draft but not as much has bottled Guiness.

Mouth is quite thin and would have less body if not for the head.

A decent overall brew, but I expect more from Avery, which usually serves up a more robust brew, still, it is an Irish Dry so they did hit that mark

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2007 22:16:34 | More by DarrellK
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very dark brown, mostly black with nary a sliver of dark ruby at the edges. Small capping of tanned firm foam slips away quickly to an always present mist and fluffy collar. Lacing is well stitched across the glass in a fine sheeting and tiny strings.

Aroma is mostly dry and dark of roasted malt, has strong notes of old coffee, dried pencil erasers, char, chalkboard must, and weird alcoholic smoke and rubber. Mostly off setting and off at first but milds out a bit as it sits, but still unpleasing.

Taste is a dry dark brigade of char and old coffee flavors that's fairly robust yet mildly placed and lasts with alot of left over charred bits, smoke, and very light raisin skin sweetness. The dryness is forward and bittered in a old coffee, heavy roasted tone thats a bit much. Some may like it, but the bitterness wasn't matching the char enough for me to like it much.

Feel is dry and roasted with char wrapped in a semi rounded mediumish body. Lengthy dryness unsues to the Nth degree with char, smoke, and ash. Very light backing of dark malt sweetness, but man, this had some bigtime char stuff that just wasn't my thing.

An OK dry stout. Perhaps a bit one sided with the char and some offness that was unsuiting to the overall experience.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2007 04:54:19 | More by tavernjef
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terrabyte

Wisconsin

3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very dark black, with a huge frothy brown head.

Aroma consisted of a deep dark chocolate with a coffee bean smell. Very inviting.

Flavor consists of chocolate and coffee, but not as much as I was expecting from the nose. There is a decent gritty aftertaste that is similar to old cofee. Unfortunately most of the flavor was washed out by a seltzer taste. It also ended quite bitter and amazingly dry. Too dry for me.

Mouthful was a little overcarbonated, but letting it warm up and swirling it aggressively helped some. Yet by the end, I felt like I was really missing something from a bad bottle.

Drinkability is pretty good. It would be better if this was for sure a good bottle. I've got a handful from a place that have all been questionable. I'm starting to get a little ticked. I'll be back for sure on this one. Even I've heard of it before and will keep an eye out.

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Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 00:56:42 | More by terrabyte
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

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

A - pours inkwell black, with a stubborn cappuccino colored head that is a full 3 fingers thick, even from and angled pour, that pits and becomes rocky as it dissipates

S - coffee and chocolate aromas are dominant and very enticing, with a musty hoppy background that seems to lend to a foreshadow of a balanced flavor

T - coffee bean flavors dominate the flavor and nearly drown out any other flavors, with some background hints of the hoppiness i smelled, plus some anise highlight, overall a very nice flavor

M&D - smooth and well balanced, a nice stout, from a nice brewery, well flavored and well balanced, an easy down stout that is easy to enjoy

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 00:43:49 | More by sinstaineddemon
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown bottle, served in a tumbler.

Pours a ruddy brown/nearly opaque, beneath a dense, off-white head of foam that plasters the tumbler's sides on impact. Cascading lace that decorates the entire glass.

Fragrantly clean, roasted malts with an intense whaff of peat and light scotch. Mild notes of vanilla and freshly brewed coffee.

Slightly bitter coffee bean with sharp, rich hints of espresso and milk chocolate. Heavy cream and peat-smoked malt gives a swarming, smokey flavor. Floral hops make for a brief, yet assertive bitterness at mid-sip. The finish is dry and slightly spicy, followed by an aftertaste of bitter coffee, caramel, and peat.

Medium in body; dry, assertively bitter. Airy on the palate and unobtrusive.

A very flavorful Dry Irish Stout, which is quite a pleasant change of pace to the boring, one-dimensional offerings that are out there in abundance. When you're in the mood for this style, a six pack of Out of Bounds won't disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2007 15:19:02 | More by NEhophead
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

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

A dark pour. Looks a bit glossy and the head, while small, has nice retention and contrast with the body.
Smell is nice, dry chocolate and coffee. Some hints of green vines and raisin. A good aroma on a cold night.
Coffee and chocolate dominate the flavor. Doesn't seem to be much else.
The dryness is nice. Really bites the toungue. But is a bit thin in the back.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2007 03:59:17 | More by Mebuzzard
Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,008 ratings.