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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 Osiris9588


3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, no date, poured into a pint glass. The color is motoroil black and opque. The tan head rises to two finger, rather creamy and nice cap forms on the surface. Good retention and plenty of lacing coating the glass.

The aroma is dominated by roasted barley, malt, some charred wood, and bitter coffee notes. The flavor is the same, very strong with coffee, roasted malt, and hops on the finish.

The mouth is light, yet dries out, getting bitter and smoky on the finish. I wish there was some more complexity, more of a progression into the rather harsh finale. It's alright, but not one of my favorites from Avery.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2006 19:09:16 | More by Osiris9588
Photo of rarevos

New York

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

Poured into pint glass.

A: Pours a dark, dark brown with tannish-head. Sticky trails left behind as the head recedes to a light blanket with some big bubbles scattered.

S: Roasted grain at first, with some wheat germ or walnuts. Bit of a cereal grain aroma, too. Oat bran or bran flakes.

T/M: Cereal grain flavor up front with some roasted grain on top of that (it really does have two distinct grain characteristics). There's a bitterness as the sip works its way to the back of your mouth. Finish is long, bitter, and burned. This is a pretty dry beer, so the category is accurate.

D: Pretty solid stout. Nothing unexpected, but nothing out of whack. Dry, pleasant on a cold day, and hits the spot. I can see myself eaasily enjoying one or two of these in an evening.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2006 19:44:03 | More by rarevos
Photo of laintringulis


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

served in a pub glass. Pours a dark brown/dark with moderate thick beige head that thins out, but last throughout drinking.

Smells primarily of roasted grains, earthy hops, lightly-medium roasted coffee and a light smokiness.

Taste very clean. Earthy, toasted/roasted coffee and grains with a slightly dry alcohol finish. Well balanced, flavors melt very well.

Malty sweet in the beginning with a little powder cocoa in the middle and dry finish. Medium bodied without being watery. I would have preferred a little more chewiness.

Very easy to drink, sessionable. Not a complex beer, but a well done beer, very solid.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2006 03:59:33 | More by laintringulis
Photo of javenbohall

New York

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich, very dark brown with almost no head and a few tan bubbles. Looks much thinner along the edges when I tilt the glass and shows some reddish highlights. Not all that aromatic for a stout, but smells faintly nutty and malty. Very smooth and creamy at first sip, but it doesn't take long for the hops zing to kick in. Prickly on the tongue as I swallow, and finishes very dry with a bit of bitter aftertaste. This is certainly not a boring beer. I'm pretty sure I'm a fan and will definitely revisit.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2006 23:53:49 | More by javenbohall
Photo of Erdinger2003


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

Pours a jet black color with brownish white head that has more than 1/4 inches worth of head on it. Leaves lacing as it falls, but has no real lacing itself. The head is thick a fluffy like ice cream. The smell is like an expresso with good roastiness and some cocoa as well. Taste is coffee, like the expresso smell. Mouthfeel is smooth, overall I think it's ok, worth drinking more often.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2006 03:26:32 | More by Erdinger2003
Photo of Zorro


4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled due to BIGsBIF and the kindness of BeerBeing.

Pours a very dark brown colored ale with some red highlights. Minimal head formation.

Smell is Lots and I do mean a LOT of dark chocolate. Smells sweet with a little bit of coffee aroma. Toasted grain and nut aromas complete the smell profile.

Taste is semi sweet and full of roasted malt taste at the beginning. Definitely sweet for the style I would have put this one in the Milk Stout category. Strangely this is all roasted malt in flavor and doesn't really have much of a chocolate or coffee flavor to it. This holds on to the malt flavor to the point that you can taste a trace of ash in this.

Mouthfeel is good.

Tasty enough but there are better versions of the style. Probably should be reclassified as a Milk Stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2006 00:51:54 | More by Zorro
Photo of tattooedtolley


4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark black that showed some red highlights in good lighting. Very attractive look to it.

Smell: Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, maybe a hint or so of fruit. Coffee seemed to dominate this one. I drink no coffee what so ever but I dig that taste in a stout. Maybe I would like coffee a little cooler and with alcohol and hops, lol.

Taste: The roasted malts and coffee dominate the taste, much as I expected from the aroma. Mothing really knocks me down about it but it is a very well crafted stout none the less.

Mouthfeel: Full body but overly so.

Drinkability: I stopped at one, but I only had one. I could get down with a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2006 17:46:25 | More by tattooedtolley
Photo of kirok1999


3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep ruby black with a nice tan head that hangs around for a while.

S- Nothing negative to say, but nothing very positive either. Mild malt smell, some hops try to break through.

T- Dry and astringent. Not at all fruity, creamy and smooth with very mild carbonation. Definite charcoal notes.

M- Very dry and smooth.

D- For the style, it's better than most. The dry crispness makes it easy to drink with some nuts or cheese.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2006 00:07:38 | More by kirok1999
Photo of plaztikjezuz


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

bought a 12 oz bottle at odies big ten in lansing michigan ($1.89)
pours almost black with some reddish hues poking through, thin sheet of a head.
the aroma light, hint of hopsack, bit of malt, little coffee
the flavor is full, rich, malty, bitter, roasty, spicy, bitter.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2006 04:18:28 | More by plaztikjezuz
Photo of cproioi


3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at Baba Budan's in Cincinnati Ohio

The beer pours a pitch black body with a tan head that left decent lacing. The smell was largely of roasted malts giving it a chocolately aroma. Somewhat devoid of the coffee-esque aroma of a lot of stouts. The taste followed in suit of the taste, largely of chocolate but very low in the coffee area. There was a slight note of hops present in the taste that I couldn't detect in the nose.

Out of Bounds Stout had a medium body that lacked the feeling I look foward to in a good stout. It wasn't a bad stout it just seemed to be another beer from a brewery that seems to make so-so beer to me. It's a nice style but it had nothing to set it apart from anything.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2006 23:24:13 | More by cproioi
Photo of dherling

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer was poured slow out of a tap, and it produced a rich, thick head that lasted nearly as long as I had the beer in front of me. I nearly burned my nostrils trying to smell this, The very dark roasted malt smelled smoky, like embers, with coffee and charcoal. It had a lovely mouthfeel, very creamy. If you like malt, this has it in spades, but the flavor was a litttle too overdone for me, like sucking on a burndt down forrest. I had a hard time finishing this one, although it was somewhat of a unique take on a stout. Worth buying a bottle and sharing it with some friends just so you can say; been there, done that.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2006 05:17:16 | More by dherling
Photo of gueuzeonhigh


4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I very much enjoyed Avery's IPA so seeing this stout on the shelf I didn't hesitate to grab a six ready to enjoy its contents.

Sure enough- the stout didn't let down my hopes.

Poured like a dark almost opaque walnut stain.
Upon hitting my glass a respectable head appeared. It was somewhat short-lived but laced my glass with abandon. Head created a tight dense foamy sculpture After a few minutes head dissipated creating atolls ringing the inner circumference of the glass.

The nose wasn't what I expected--almost non-descript. I tiny wisp of bitter. I wish there was more.

Flavor did not disappoint. Predominant stout flavor and body although I sense a thin finish-- or I'd love even more flavor body in this beer. Hops galore almost like an IPA without the fruitiness. Toasted malt commingled with the hoppiness.

The finish is clean lingering bitter hops signature with a definite appearance of toasted malt.

This is a very appealing beer and I have to restrain myself from polishing off the entire six in one sitting.

I know I'll look for this beer on my next beer restock excursion.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2006 04:32:17 | More by gueuzeonhigh
Photo of neonbrown82


4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of several of the new Avery beers available at John's Grocery. It's one of the better Avery beers I've had because there is little room to go over the top for the style.

The beer pours to a nice black color, but the cocoa colored head falls to a film just as quickly as it rises. Lacks the subsequent lacing.

The smell is good. Dry roasted barley and black patent malt. Not much to it, but it smells just how I would imagine any Irish Dry Stout to smell.

The taste is good as well. I would recommend this to any Guinn-ass drinker. Rich, roasty, dry, and delicious malt flavors. A nice touch of German hops in the finish. Most importantly, it's not dumbed down and ruined by some stupid nitro dispense system. Still has quite a creamy body, though nothing compared to a nitro dispense, but that's one thing I'm willing to give up if it means I can actually taste my beer.

Pretty easy to drink several. Hopefully the rest of the new Avery beers will fail to disappoint as well, unlike many of the hi-gravity beers of theirs I've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2006 08:33:44 | More by neonbrown82
Photo of Kendo

New York

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

Poured black with crimson highlights when held to the light. Mocha chocolate milkshake-colored head with decent lacing.

Smelled of coffee, toast and something a tad more fruity -- maybe figs or prunes.

Taste: roasted malt and burnt coffee, with a coffee-type bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with decent heft for the style.

Drinkability: The burnt coffee flavors were abit of a turn-off for me, admittedly a non-coffee drinker. I could imagine it being more drinkable in the winter, but for me I'd much prefer a number of stouts over this one. It's not bad, but it wasn't great.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2006 01:11:28 | More by Kendo
Photo of Graebner


3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Only by watching as your pour can you tell that this beer is anything less than pitch black. Has a slight mahagony tint to it, but you have to hold it up to bright light to see it.

Smells like caramel, chocolate, lots of coffee, some licorice, black currant.

Tastes a little sour at first, like yeast or vegemite, molasses, a little hop bitterness, soy, some creamy smoothness like heavy cream in earl grey.

Mouthfeel is good, very chewy, but it's stout, eh? Smooth, creamy, leaves a little bitterness and molasses feel afterwards, but it's pretty good.

Could drink this for quite a while. Definitely sessionable, even though it's quite a monster of a stout. There are plenty of beers I'd rather drink, but I could drink this one for as long as I was out.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2006 01:58:16 | More by Graebner
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New Jersey

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

12 ounce bottle. Avery Out of Bounds Stout pours out black with a large, brown head. The aroma is an earthy roastines. Roasted coffee flavor with some nuttiness. Not much hop flavor. There is a restrained sweetness, but the finish is very dry. The mouthfeel is creamy. Good drinkability. If this beer had a stronger maltiness, it would be a perfect dry stout. As is, it's still pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2006 02:02:43 | More by beveragecaptain
Photo of blitz134


4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nearly opaque black, but has some garnet highlights showing through the body when held to the light. Nice big light chocolate head on top, reduced down in lumps, grabs the glass nicely. A nice foam head stays throughout.

Aroma is nicely filled with dark toasted malts. Some bittersweet chocolate and some hints of coffee come through. Some sweeter malts finish it up. Somewhat light aroma though.

Taste again has lots of dark toasted malts with a bit of black patent type char hanging in there. Fairly bitter overall, finishes with some dark coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Light carbonation. Coats the mouth extremely well and the flavor really lingers. The stickiness of this one in the mouth makes it feel like a really substantial stout.

Nice drinkability, a fair amount of bitterness which is right on for the style but mouthfeel isn't overly thick and heavy. Sits light on the stomach. Something I could come back to often since the ABV is low but the flavor is still there. A true to style irish dry stout, and beats guiness by a mile.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2006 02:02:41 | More by blitz134
Photo of riversider76

New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours about as close to black as you can get. Nice tan head, great retention, and lacing. Smell is of roasted coffee and chocolate, with a hint of sweetness. Body is on the light side. Taste is almost fruity up front, but The finish was a bit bitter for me.Still a good beer,and well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2006 20:36:31 | More by riversider76
Photo of russpowell


4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A very true to style stout:

Pours dark mahogany to black with a healthy 3 fingers + tan head. Very good head retention and lacing

Smell: Intense burnt malt, coffee & chocolate

Taste: toasty malty, slight fruityness caves into coffee and bitter graininess (works here). Finishes very dry and fruity

MF Chewy and creamy with ideal carbonation

A little too dry to enjoy more than a few, but stout lovers would probably easily session this. Although I prefer the new world porter, Avery comes through again

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2006 04:12:41 | More by russpowell
Photo of Naes

New York

4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stout pours black in color with a two inch layer of dark tan head. Retention is good, but the lacing is minimal.
The aroma is roasty with a strong coffee bean smell.
The flavor is just as it smells. It is roasty with a bitter coffee flavor. This is a unique flavored stout. It finishes dry, bitter and is not sweet in the least bit.
Mouth feel is full bodied and generously carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2006 04:18:33 | More by Naes
Photo of Shultzerdugen


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

12 oz. brown bottle.

About as close to black as you can get as far as color goes, with a massive biege head, rocky and leaving lace rings.

Rich coffee smells greet the nose, along with apple and berry like esters, molasses, and candied cherries. Surprisingly sweet overall.

Full bodied with a touch of graininess. Mild roasted coffee flavors with a lemony finish. Burnt toast tastes gather strength mid-glass and leave a lingering bitterness on the palate. Fruity berry flavored esters make an appearance as the temperature rises.

A solid stout to be sure, but it lacked a certain "wow" factor to push it over the top.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2006 02:22:46 | More by Shultzerdugen
Photo of PeatReek


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

The body is black! What color is it around the edges? Black there too! Head is slightly tan/grey, not at all deep brown. And thick and rocky. Smells very strongly of black tea. Oh man! Now that I thought of that, I can't smell anything else. Slightly bready, a little bit of a soda scent. Taste & mouthfeel: Taste is also tea-like, dry and bready, resolving to roasty malt. A slight bitterness persists in an otherwise clean palate. Body is kind of thin, and I'm not sure how I feel about that; thicker would be OK but the lightness keeps it drinkable. Notwithstanding the glacial overpass pictured on the bottle, the tea flavor makes me think this would be a nice summer afternoon beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2006 03:49:38 | More by PeatReek
Photo of bearrunner44


3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Another great-looking Irish stout. Opaque blackness, with a creamy light brown head that leaves a ton of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Dry barley, very dry. Some roasted chocolate flavor takes a bit of the edge off. Hops are evident, but they're only complimentary to the malt dryness. Spinach-like.

Taste: Dry malt, with some slick mocha sweetness. Oily hop bitterness wanders beneath the roasted character of the malt, leaving a lingering herbal impression in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied. Slick, with moderate carbonation.

Verdict: I can't say it's the best Irish stout around, but it's a nice stab at it.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2006 02:06:46 | More by bearrunner44
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4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an opaque black with a light whitish beige head. looks decent.

smells pretty strongly of dark coffee. not my personal preference.

tastes like it smells, mainly strong coffee flavors. nice full creamy body smooths out a rather robust flavor. nicely done stout.

mouthfeel is full and robust. good stout but not the most drinkable. strong flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2006 10:48:33 | More by JasonCoop
Photo of Boto


3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle: There was pretty much no head at all on my sample. The beer pours a very dark brown color. The main component of the nose is chocolate malts, with a fair amount of sweetness in there also. There is also some coffee notes. The taste is a good mix of chocolate malts, with some roastiness and coffee flavors. A bit of the sweetness comes through also. Nice!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2006 22:08:55 | More by Boto
Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,020 ratings.