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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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1,046 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,046
Reviews: 552
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 24
Gots: 44 | 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 BitteBier


3.63/5  rDev -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.

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


4.1/5  rDev +9%

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

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


3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

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


3.55/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

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

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

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


3.78/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

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


3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

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

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


3.33/5  rDev -11.4%

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.

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


3.13/5  rDev -16.8%

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.


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


3.68/5  rDev -2.1%

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

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


4.05/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

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


4.1/5  rDev +9%

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.

01-11-2007 03:59:17 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of scott


2.63/5  rDev -30.1%

Sticky lace to follow a large head above a dark body.
With a deep huff, very trace aroma of coffee. Pleasurable.
The beer stops being good at the smell, because this becomes a stinging, hopped-up mouth of char. Very lackluster, and not fun to drink.
I love Avery, but this falls very short. No real balance, no real character, and finish is almost awful, if you want something more than "dry".

01-04-2007 00:26:58 | More by scott
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured a deep brown/blackish hue with a one and a half finger pillowy caramel head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a solid burnt grain element with soft caramel and cocoa aromas.

The taste was upfront dry roasted coffee and burnt grain. Subtle caramel sweetness at the finish.

The mouthfeel was full and dry.

Overall a very nice dry stout. Very sessionable.

12-24-2006 19:07:49 | More by plaid75
Photo of GeoffRizzo


4.15/5  rDev +10.4%

Toasted in honor to those who are in the middle of a massive winter storm. Stouts are best enjoyed during blizzards! Black in color, simple, with a thin crusty light shoe brown head; smokey malts, chocolate and lightly roasted coffee beans are combined in the aroma. Up front, a pleasant smokey-bitterness, dark roasted malts slide across the palate and form a roasty bitterness. Pleasant barley malts and cocoa flavorings come across. Medium bodied; very creamy and dry, there are some leafy hops noted as this beer warms up a bit. Do not serve cold; drink at cellar temp. A darn good dry stout. Give it a try!

12-22-2006 02:31:08 | More by GeoffRizzo
Photo of hckyfn9999


4.05/5  rDev +7.7%

Pours a black color with a nice beige head and some lacing as well. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, licorice, coffee, dark fruit and smoke. Taste is of chocolate, roasted malt, and espresso. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth and has a pleasant carbonation level. Pretty drinkable stout that would make a nice session.

12-13-2006 02:13:05 | More by hckyfn9999
Photo of sraimondi


3.93/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured into a Sammie Smith english pint glass. Pours a very dark opaque, not quite totally black; right on style. Very large and rocky head--very impressive. Very good lacing. Not much of an aroma which surprised me. The taste is really roasty and very nice, with a bit of a hop bite on the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel is very smooth and full. A really good drinking irish style dry stout. Avery has done another good job here. Avery is quickly becoming one of my fave western brewers.

12-03-2006 00:04:14 | More by sraimondi
Photo of zeff80


3.93/5  rDev +4.5%

A - Pours out a deep black color. 1 to 2-finger head. Mocha/tan color. Great lacing all the way down the glass.

S - It smelled of chocolate and malt.

T - It had a bitter coffee/roasted malt flavor.

M - Soft and smooth. Medium-bodied brew.

D - Very good stout. The roasted malt flavor is very nice.

11-30-2006 13:06:26 | More by zeff80
Photo of geexploitation


3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

Pours with a jet black body and khaki colored, rocky head that sticks tenaciously to my glass. Roasted malts and coffee sweetened with brown raw sugar on the nose. On the tongue, this beer steps up its complexity. It starts out thick and just a bit bitter with hops, before moving on to silky sweet/sour malts typical to the style. The finish is long and bone dry, with roasted malts warming the tongue. This beer is on the thick and substantial side, especially compared to the paragons of the style, but it doesn't compromise drinkability. Overall, this is a very good Irish dry stout, staying pretty true to style while also being identifiably American.

11-27-2006 02:03:02 | More by geexploitation
Photo of Blakaeris


3.4/5  rDev -9.6%

Pours deep purple to black with a decent tan head. Nice lacing.

Smell is strong roasted grain, with generous chocolate and coffee character. A touch of milk sugar sweetness.

Taste is all roasted grain up front. However, in the middle there is an odd cedar like flavor that doesn't blend well and lingers through the rest of the experience. Finish is extremely dry .

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

I found this beer to be a little off. The flavors aren't as balanced as it could be. The unusual woodyness and immense dark grain seem a little harsh. I didn't have any trouble drinking this one. But there is better out there.

11-20-2006 23:47:53 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of bashiba


4/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured a deep black with a thick tan head, super lacing.

Smell has a big black burnt malt odor with a bit of coffee.

Taste like the smell, a bitter burnt black malt taste with lots of charcoal and smoke flavors along with a bit of coffee, a little more bitter than the average stout.

Mouthfeel has a medium body to it with a very dry finish.

Very drinkable, a very good dry irish, I'm really digging the extra bitterness in it.

11-20-2006 03:55:55 | More by bashiba
Photo of nlmartin


3.53/5  rDev -6.1%

This beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a black coloration to the body with minimal ruby opaqueness to light. The head has a lightly creamed coffee coloration and rises about 1 1/2 fingers high.

Smell: The smell of pleasingly funky dark roasted coffee rises up to my nose. Bittersweet chocolatey malts float about the smell.

Taste: This beer has a pleasing dark roasted coffee and bitter sweet chocolate flavors. The char notes compliment the charcoal flavors of the beer.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beers body is sleightly less than medium bodied. The carbonation is on the low side. I would have liked a bit bigger body to this beer. The beer was fairly easy to drink and has been sessioned at my place on numerous occasions.

11-13-2006 12:21:47 | More by nlmartin
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Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%

Pours opaque black with big brown head. Roasty aroma, full of chocolaty notes. Generously hoped. Very rich and appetizing. Mouthfeel is dominated by a strong roast - burnt malt. Aroma seems meak by comparison. Flavour has strong dimension of roast that flavours seem trampled by. Seems they got alittle carried away with that smokey, roast mouthfeel - I find it a little out of balance with the other features of this beer. What I didn't like was the really grainy, astringent mouthfeel upfront, which is then followed by a lingering dry finish. Otherwise they've hit a nice balance between the malt and hops. Very drinkable. Overall this is one satisfying stout.
Thanks for the trade HogTownHarry!

11-06-2006 20:52:48 | More by biegaman
Photo of thelagerheads


4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

12 oz bottle
Merchant's Fine Wine
Dearborn, MI

This one couldn't wait to get out of the bottle and celebrate. So after pouring 85% foam between an Ayinger mug and a Sunset tall glass and refilling with the excess from the bottle it finally came to a mushroom cloud atop the Sunset glass and sl-l-l-l-l-lowly settled. There's still a smoke puff of scud cloud at top and that's fine with me daddy-o. Everything has its purpose and as such this cloud performs its duty. Similar to winter cloud cover does in keeping heat from escaping and the tempertaure from plummeting this buffer zone keeps me from gulping this fucker right down. Exultant dark mark, mucilaginous hops and an indeterminable scintilla of fruit that gives a puissant taste which perorates in idiolallic tongues. Yes, it is OK to look over the precipe, laugh and then consider jumping.

11-05-2006 13:49:55 | More by thelagerheads
Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,046 ratings.