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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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1,078 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,078
Reviews: 555
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 24
Gots: 50 | 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 redneckchugger
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

poured into a crystal mug, light black( if such a thing is possible) dense brown head, beautiful.
smell is weak, some roasted malts, expresso
taste is dark bitter chocolate, roasted malts, strong coffee, excellent taste, the nose doesn't even hint at the complexity of the taste.
mouthfeel leaves a bit to be desired, tastes good but its thinner than a stout should be.
this is one of the most drinkable stouts i have tried recently, overly thin yes, but that makes it drinkable as hell, overall a very good beer, it has it flaws, but i will be buying this again.

redneckchugger, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of bluejacket74
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. It smells like roasted malt, chocolate and some coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also a charcoal/burnt/chalky taste. Finishes with a nice bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium, and leaves a slight coating on the tongue. Drinkability is good, not a bad choice for a session beer IMO. For the style it's pretty decent, I'd buy this again in the future.

bluejacket74, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Yep...it's Black. It originally poured with at least a 2-finger head of tan bubbless that took at least 3 minuted to completely fall. There is a whole lot of thick lacing left on the glass where the beer was.

Aroma: I get a whole lot of chocolate and some grassy hops as the predominant aromas. To support the chocolate, there is a little bit of dry roast as well as a bit of dark caramel.

Taste: The beer has a very defined chocolate flavor with a clear hoppy presence. I think that the hops are a bit grassy for this style, so they seem to take over the perception of the beer in my opinion. As the beer warms a bit more, there is a more roasty presence coming out that remindes me more of an actual dry stout. There is not really an alcohol presence in this beer and the finish is dominated by the malt. I get a whole lot of caramel in the finish that stays with you for some time. The hops are there in the flavor, but not a whole lot for bittering.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer to drink, but it doesn't fit the category very well...I guess that is why they call it "out of bounds". It has a decent flavor, but the flavors that are there seem to be out in the open by themselves...so it doesn't really meld all that well. I am a pretty big fan of Avery beers, but this is probably one of my lesser favorite of the line. It is OK, but I will be sticking to a number of other stouts.

SkeeterHawk, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of TechMyst
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This begins my foray back into stouts from IPAs. Drank one; then I had a "session" of the remaining 5. [Note: This is NOT a SESSION brew, I do not care what anyone says or thinks.] Rich chocolate/nut aroma. Spotty sheen of tan head. Even a vigorus pour does not yield a lasting head. Very opaque black, transmitted color is a deep amber with ruby tints. Slick and slightly chalky/resinous palate. Superglue lacing. Stout up front, straight porter in middle and aftertaste. Each phase is plesant. Definitely NOT one-dimentional. Even my emitted noxious gas was plesant tasting. Soft conditioning, made me feel fuller than mouthfeel. Drinkable fast or slow, but if you start slamming you'll soon go to sipping. Almost perfect, except for palate being a little chalky. If you like Guinness, step up to this stout tough guy!

TechMyst, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of soupyman10
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice deep brown color, with light red highlights, a finger of tan head that dissolves fast. Nose of strong roasted malt, and coffee. Taste is likewise. Roasted malt, coffee, and some brown sugar as well. Body is a little thin, but the carbonation is good. A solid stout but not one to go nuts over.

soupyman10, Sep 19, 2007
Photo of TheBierBand
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the 12 oz bottle into my pint glass to forma 1-1/2" tan head.... had to slow down on the pour to keep it within the boundry of the glass... The head slowly dissipated leaving VERY pronounced lacing on the glass.

The aroma.... WOW!.... lot's of dark chocolate and coffee.... smells like a Starbucks!

The taste falls down a bit after the nice smell.... I was expecting MORE. Quite bitter and sour tasting.... not THAT bad... but I was expecting something sweeter. Charcoal, and woody... like a sawmill. Pronounced flavor.... not shy in any way.

Mouthfeel....WAY too fizzy.... highly carbonated... too much in my opinion.

Drinkability: I'll only have this one... I don't recommend this....

TheBierBand, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of Atron67
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- It poured a clear black with a chocolate brown that foamed up high, however fell relatively quickly, left pretty good lacing

S- roasted malty scents with a bitter balance that seems pretty solid

T- has a nice roasted flavor throughout and a solid bitterness backing as noticed from the balance

M- has a medium body and a sharp carbonation

D- a solid stout

Atron67, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of prototypic
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: It's a dark, chocolaty brown color. Head is creamy, off white, and about two fingers. Retention and lacing were good.

Smell: It's a nice blend of chocolate, coffee, and a toasted nut aroma. Neither really overpowers the other. Simply a very malty, sweet scent.

Taste: It's got a very strong bitter taste to it. Not in hoppy sense, but more like a strong, bitter coffee. Chocolate and toasted nut flavors are clearly second billing. Definitely dry and a bit chalky feeling.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. It goes down easy enough, but I really think one is enough for me. Just a bit too much of a dry, bitter taste (not in a particularly good way). All in all, it's okay. Wouldn't go out of my way to recommend it though.

prototypic, Aug 22, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Opaque dark brown-almost black body with medium sized tan head. Head fades slowly and leaves behind a nice collar and plenty of lacing sticks to the glass. I didn't see any difference in the body when I held it up to the light but then again it is one dark dreary day.

S- A sweet chocolate smell is first to hit the nose and is pretty potent. A bitter toasted coffee smell comes in right after that with equal potency.

T- Mild sweet chocolate and caramel malt upfront. This is taken over by a rich toasted malt balanced with bitter hops. The finish is rather dry with both a subtle sweetness and bitterness lingering. Much more complex than other irish dry stouts I have had.

M- High carbonation and medium weight body. Somewhat prickly to swallow.

D- This is a good, drinkable irish stout. Its much tastier and more drinkable than others I have had from this style. Something that I will revisit in the future. Good for a dreary day.

PittBeerGirl, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a black color with a red hue. The head was thick and rocky. The aroma was of malt and coffee, but was faint. The taste was roasted and coffee flavor with the sweetness from the malt noticeable. The mouthfeel is full and slightly oily, leaving a coating on the tongue. The synergy of the flavors and mouthfeel of this brew make it a delight to drink.

barefootbrewer, Aug 02, 2007
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For the style, this beer had quite a bit of flavor. Poured a dark, chocolate milk brown in color with nary a head. Really it was only a slight film. Nose was earthy and malty with ust a slight hint of charcoal. Flavor was very nice. Malty with some burnt chocolate bits. Also, got quite a bit of charcoal and cinder flavor which was quite nice. Medium body that slightly thickened as the beer warmed while sitting on the bar's porch in the summer sun. Would definitely recommend.

MuddyFeet, Jul 28, 2007
Photo of cjgator3
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark black color with a light tan head. Aroma is dark and roasty with some coffee and charcoal. The taste is dark roasted malt with a nice dry and lingering bitter finish. Overall, this is a really nice stout that I will certainly be purchasing again. Recommended.

cjgator3, Jul 26, 2007
Photo of EStreet20
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, shaker pint glass.

A - A nice look. Nearly pitch black with a nice tan colored head.

S - Nice roasty aroma. Some scents of coffee. A bit of chocolate but rather subdued.

T - A nice taste for a dry stout. Has a roasted flavor of coffee throughout with some nice bitterness, then finishes dry with little aftertaste.

M - A nice medium body that goes down smooth.

D - Easy to put down, and enough bitter coffee like flavor to keep you coming back.

Notes: A nice, simple straightforward dry stout.

EStreet20, Jul 20, 2007
Photo of mwearl
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a black coffee color, minimal head and minimal lacing. Smell a little sweet and a little malty but nothing significant that stands out. Taste was weird at first for a Stout, then exciting because it was different but ultimately average. Alcohol definitely present especially for a 5.1 % ABV. Then a roasty malt with a mocha coffee flavor finishing very bitter. Mouthfeel is medium and odd for a stout. Very tannic on the tongue with unusually high carbonation and a lot of lingering bitterness for a "dry" stout. Not very drinkable IMO. I'm a huge Avery fan but this is probably the least favorite stout I have tried.

mwearl, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of jletts
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- dark brown to black with a smooth powdery head.

S- strong rich chocolate, with hints of vanilla, coffee and cherries.

T- oak aged dark roasted coffee beans with waves of bitter woody hops.

M- initially almost over-carbonated fading to a thin, slightly watery finish.

D- a complexed stout, but the bitter coffee flavors were a little abrasive and it seemed a bit distracting at times.

jletts, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of mdm46410
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. This stout poured a deep black color with a huge, rocky tan head that lasted, leaving behind some faint lace. The aroma consisted of a big, roasty chocolate malt note, followed by a bit of coffee. The flavor was made up of dry, roasted malts, with some light coffee and chocolate notes. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied leaving with a dry, slightly bitter finish. Well done. A good sessionable stout.

mdm46410, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of gmfessen
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a very dark brown - pretty much black, with a sparkling, frothy brown head. Smell is of roasted malt and there is a surprising amount of hops in the nose. Taste is mostly toasted/slightly burnt malt but is balanced out nicely by a grassy hoppiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light, creamy carbonation. This is a drinkable stout, pretty tasty too.

gmfessen, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of Derek
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an insane amount of head (had to pour in stages). Black, light tan head, phenominal retention, great lace.

S: Floral & spicy hops, plenty of chocolate, pleasant fruityness, underlying brown sugar.

T: Very chocolately, not overly dry, bitterness is quite assertive. Bready malt with flavours of roasted coffee and hints of dark caramel, brown sugar, fruit & nuts.

M: Light to moderate body is smooth, with a light roasted-acidity in the finish.

D: Quite drinkable.

Derek, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of Durge
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A solid dark black color with a fine head. Aroma strikes me as somewhat like "mash", pre-bourbon, but the taste jumps out to full charcoal. This seems somewhat of a mix of stout and porter, pretty thick and robust but very drinkable. Good stuff.

Durge, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of mountdew1
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass. Poured a nice dark deep brownish black with a nice thick foamy head. The size of the head disappated, but thickened up on standing, and left lacings as I drank the beer. Smelled very slightly of oatmeal. Didn't pick up much for flavor. Slightly grainy with very small touch of brown sugar. Tasted bitter on the tounge and in the mouth. Very easy to drink, but not very pleasant due to the bitterness/acidity.

mountdew1, May 31, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
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.

BeerBelcher, May 26, 2007
Photo of dfried
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.

dfried, May 24, 2007
Photo of feloniousmonk
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.

feloniousmonk, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of AltBock
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.

AltBock, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of letsgopens
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.

letsgopens, Apr 26, 2007
Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,078 ratings.