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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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1,176 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,176
Reviews: 567
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 27
Gots: 67 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002

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Photo of dotsonjamesg
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
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.



Photo of droomyster
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of shivtim
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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.

Photo of albern
3.21/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of optiontwo
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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.

Photo of thain709
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
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

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.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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

Solid black pour with a light brown head. Strong roasted malt and coffee aromas. Flavors are also of roasted malt and other grain. A somewhat creamy mouthfeel, peaty, just a faint hint of dark chocolate. Finishes a with a very crips coffee bitterness. Lingers quite a while. Aftertaste makes you believe you literally drank a stiff black coffee. Becomes a bit overly bitter if it warms too much. A good version of the style and very sessionable, just dont let it sit too long.

Photo of skrib09
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

poured black stout with a tan colored head. kind of a rocky looking head.

smell those roasted malts.

tastes kind of average to me. i get the roasted flavors, a hint of coffee maybe... some chocolate trying to get through.

a bit dry towards the back for me. nothing spectacular. maybe a hint of carbonation.

below average drinkability.

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

Pours a dark flat black color with a decent tan head.

Aromas are of chocolates, sweet cream, dark roasted malts, and a light smokey note.

Taste is slightly sweet with creamy malts, chocolates, coffee, and a little bit of cola. Finish is crisp, with a nice hop bite, some bitterness that has some pine like notes.

Mouthfeel is very good. Almost "fluffy" feeling with a nice full feel, nice and thick.

Drinkability is really high. This is a very nice Stout. Really tasty, but very light in the ABV, and quite sessionable.

Photo of sudsface69
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The deepest shade of brown, with a tan head that has good retention.

Aroma: Baker's chocolate, raisin, coffee, dark fruit, herbs, hops, wet soil, as well as an aroma of dark toast.

Taste: Definitely a dry stout. Fairly sharp and piquant. Generous amount of hops, that combined with the roasted grains, leave a distinct bitterness on the palate. Mouth feel is fairly light, but in consideration of the style, not inappropriate. I'm not blown away by this beer, but I also can't find any huge faults with it. A solid example of a dry stout.

Photo of Beejay
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- dark brownish pour, with a little bit of deep red.. nice brown head.

S- sweet with chocolate.. faint scent like berries.

T- dark chocolate, bitter, like dark bread.

M- thick and syrup like

D- a good stout, i'd get it again.. not amazing.. but very good.

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

On tap @ Avery.

Poured deep black with some garnet highlights and a loose off-white head.

The aroma mostly of roasted malts, hints of bittersweet chocolate, and mild fruits. Some herbal and earthy hops were there as well.

The flavor of the beer had a mild malty backbone, but was mostly carried by the dark caramel and roasted malts. The hop bitterness was assertive and earthy and balanced out the beer well.

The body and mouthfeel were both medium. The carbonation level was appropriate and complimented the rest of the beer.

This is beer is well balanced and easy to drink. Very flavorful for a 5 percent'er.

Photo of PaleAlien2
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Since when does Kingsford charcoal brew beer?

Seriously, I had high hopes for this one when I poured it and took in the nice chocate and coffee aroma, but it tasted like someone had dissolved a charcoal brickette in it.

Recommended for those who like their brews extra roasty, otherwise stay away. This one's not for me.

Photo of theopholis
3.07/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Very dark, almost black body with dark amber highlights when held up to the light. Practically no head, and no lacing.

Smell - Wow! A pungent aroma of dark coffee and roasted grains. There's also a hint of black licorice.

Taste - Strong flavors of coffee and roasted malt predominate. A hint of bitter chocolate, and bittering hops. The coffee/roasted taste is a bit over-powering. there's almost no malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Thick body with a bit of a coarse texture. Carbonation level is good.

Drinkability- One is enough.

Photo of SShelly
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber.

Dark brown w/ nice ruby highlights, fluffy offwhite head with lots of staying power, looks TASTY!

Aroma is very light and roasty, very very mellow.

Flavor starts with a light bitterness with tons of roast behind it, and a mild chocolate throughout that coats the pallet.

A nice, mellow brew that serves its purpose, not really exceptional but definitely drinkable.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating on the bottle (although the photo is by Larry Prosor). Emerges a not quite pitch black. There are some chocolate colored highlights at the very edge and the bottom on the glass. A large tan head forms and has copious amounts of lacing.

Aroma was a bit subdued for a stout. Mostly chocolate with a touch of coffee and other graininess. Really quite mellow.

Kind of a burnt cereal flavor. A good dose of chocolate however makes this one somewhat interesting. I cant say this one is mind blowing, but above par. Mostly choc with minimal coffee.

Not bad I guess. PRetty thick and chewy on the mouthfeel redeems this one from normalcy. Glad to have it but would not seek this one out.

Photo of wiseguy142
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pretty solid black that lightens up to a slight ruby/purple as my glass gets thinner at the bottom. Good lacing developin on the sides but the tan head disappeared quickly. I poured it and set it down about 2 feet from my face but could still smell it from that distance. Smells very strongly of roasted barley.. more intense than some other Irish stouts and a little more of a raisin character to it and trails chocolate aroma. Actually very nice and I think it's underappreciated in some of the reviews. Just a little more chocolate aroma in there and it would remind me of Rogue's chocolate stout. Taste is a lot thinner than the aroma and wouldn't live up to anyone's expectations if they were looking for something super alcoholic and extreme. Lots of coffee flavors and pretty moderate bitterness with good hop flavor. On top of the roasted malt flavor there is a bit of a fruity sweetness. Kind of standard. I can see why the extreme versions of stouts get higher reviews since I'm having a hard time thinking of what they can do better here. I'd probably like to see more of a creamy/grassy beer where the flavor isn't so obviously just from X amount of roasted barley on top of a base grain. This is what you find in Guiness, IMO. Still, not bad. The coffee flavor is probably the best part of it, but it lacks the complexity needed to be unique and outstanding.

Photo of colts9016
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour: Very thick and dark brown with a tan head.
Nose: chocolate, toasted, roasted and coffee malt. heavy barley nose, seems there is hints molasses and citrus.
Taste: Heavy barley and roasted malt complexes. There was a bit hoppy on the end with a touch of sweetness.
Body: Full thick
Finish subtle but lasting.
Overall: A very good stout but not great.

Photo of cdkrenz
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Nice three quarter inch medium to dark brown head on top of a pitch black body. The head is frothy and shows some solid stamina.

S - The aroma of dark coffee and sweet chocolate with a hint of alcohol. There's also a slight black licorice scent.

T - The flavors of coffee, malt, a subtle hint of cocoa, and hops make for a beer not lacking in flavors. However, the combination is not as well put together compared to other stouts I've enjoyed.

M - Thick and filling with a bit of a coarse texture.

~ I'm not sure where to put the Out Of Bounds Stout. I do think its still in play but I'm putting it in as a role player as opposed to a great scorer.

Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,176 ratings.