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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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1,159 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,159
Reviews: 564
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 23
Gots: 64 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002

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Photo of maximum12
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I've grown fond of Avery over the last few years, & somehow this one has escaped my attention to date.

Pours black, surprize, surprize. Full tan head makes me happy, with big, booming bubbles rather than those dainty things most beers boast. Smell isn't strong, lots of faint odors mixing in.

I have to admit I've never heard of an Irish Dry Stout, but I like it & will look up others of the style. It's tasty. A little more hop-like bite to it than a regular stout, to go along with the earthy, malty taste & a distinct chunk of dirt in the nose (in a good way).

Feels rich & pleasing in the mouth, & benefits from a unique taste to my untrained palate.

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

Very dark black color, toasted tan head is billowing and attractive. Ridiculously tall, with wonderful stick and the start of some nasty lacing.

Strong aroma, the usual suspects including heavily roasted malt, espresso, bitter chocolate, and some citric, resiny hops.

Somewhat more aggressive in the mouth than on the nose, the coffee takes center stage and lasts with tenacity. Good heft in the mouth, not overly lush due to the emergence of the hops, which leave an almost floral, delicate flavor behind in the finish.

Maybe a touch too harsh for the optimal balance, but still a damn good stout.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nearly opaque, with tan head that is large at first.

Nose has a lot of dark chocolate, roastiness, charred grill cooking, & espresso crema.

Palate flavors are dark/bitter chocolate (not at all sweet), big roasty flavors, twizzler licorice, and extraordinary dryness at the finish.

Very dry, serious, and assertive for a "plain" irish stout.

Photo of jeffmonarch
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Nice dark brown with a thick dark tan head.

S - Rich and chocolatey, roasted malts, coffee also.

T - Strong malt flavor with some hints of the chocolate and coffee. The coffee is stronger in the finish.

M - Full bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer.

Photo of BrewerB
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The BJCP calls this beer an American Stout and I'm reviewing it against those guidelines.

Aroma has plenty of roasted grain character. Ground coffee, dark chocolate. Slight burnt notes. Very low level of citrus hops, hard to detect (would like a little more). Touch of sweetness.

Appearance is medium-black, opaque, noticed garnet highlights. Formed a 2-finger, light tan head which didn't retain.

Flavor hinted at the roasted grains with strong coffee-like flavor, nearly espresso. Very light piney hops flavor, medium-high level of bitterness. Missing out on some malt sweetness and a bit more hop flavor.

Medium-full bodied, slightly creamy. Some astringency though not excessive. Moderate level of carbonation (should be higher). Light warming from alcohol.

Very drinkable, I could easily finish a few pints. This stout is clean, smooth, and has a well-varied roast character. Add a little more sweetness from malt, a touch more bitterness and the beer becomes an A/A+.

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

12 ounce pour into a pint glass.

A - Pours a very dark brown/black. Very large tan head which subsided into an 1/8 inch head. Just a little lacing.

S - Chocolate and coffee.

T - Slight chocolate taste and coffee, then malts. Slightly bitter finish.

M - Medium thickness. Slightly creamy feel.

D - Drinkable.

Photo of YankChef
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nuevo sam adams pint glass

Very dark with some brick colored hues when held up to light

Smell: roasted espresso and some other chocolaty type characteristics and maybe some dried fruit.

Taste. More of the same on the flavor, a touch on the sweet side with less bitterness than i was expecting.

Overall: At the very least this is a great alternative to guiness much richer and more full bodied, but then again that is compared to guiness.

Photo of Taffle
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of Bounds is a visual sensation as it pours a robust, blackened mohagony that renders a fantastic, big, brown head.

Roasted, chocolaty, a bit sweet.

Very intense and subtly bitter coffee bean flavors. Dark chocolate comes to mind as the process drifts. Out of bounds definitely represents its name by taking a 5.1% out of its league with flavors. This is one bold beer. Makes you want to say "Ting tang, walla walla bing bang" - or maybe that's just the hops cousing talking.

Once again, so much to the palate. Rich, big feel. Good dry balance.

I need more Avery's after sampling this one. Bring on the Reverend!

Photo of bigdeuce
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Does Avery make a bad beer? This is no exception. Creamy head on the top, lacing down the glass. Smells of cocoa and coffee, though not as much as an imperial. Taste is great, chocolatey and very rich for a low alcohol beer. A terrific winter session beer. I will be revisiting this one often.

Photo of morebeergood
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer as an after dinner drink yesterday while at a restaurant. Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Pours with a fairly large head. Dark black in color, with a slightly brownish white colored head. Smell was good, lots of roasted notes. First sip, though, got me hooked. Slight hint of chocolate intertwined with coffee greeted my taste buds, followed by that roasted dark malty flavor that we all drink stouts for. Mouthfeel was dead on, just enough body to it to give it some substance, but smooth enough to make it an easy drinker. I wish all stouts by American breweries were like this, because Avery nailed it.

Photo of GClarkage
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

05/27/08- Purchased at City Beer in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info present. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Very black in color with a 3/4 inch creamy dirty white head. Very nice lace marks remain.

Smell- Heavily roasted malt, mild hop notes and heavy coffee grounds in the air.

Taste- All the flavors in this beer are intense. The malts are highly roasted, if not towards the burnt side, the coffee really stands out as well. Dark chocolate swirls between the malts and coffee. Hops play a minor role, but are there.

Mouthfeel- A bit higher carbonation that I would like, but it's still not that high. If you are used to nitro or cask this will seem fairly carbonated for you.

Drinkability- One of the better domestic irish dry's I've had. Heck one of the better any kind of domestic stouts I have had. Very drinkable.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is mostly of roasted malts and dark chocolate along with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is very malty with strong flavors of dark chocolate, roasted coffee and touches of fruit and smokiness. There's a very mild hops presence as you would expect that provides a little balance. The after-taste is slightly smoky and full of dark chocolate bitterness.

M: Smooth with a little crispness, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky and extremely dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, slightly filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer even though I don't typically go for this style.

Photo of hops4me
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black down the middle with just a little bit of brown down the sides of the glass. Tan head remains to the bottom with some small lacing. Smells of chocolate and some malty fruitiness. The taste is different. It really has alot of roasted character to it. I would say a hair too much. Alot of coffee roast in it with a small amount of chocolate. Not bad just very roasty. I would drink again.

Photo of rye726
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is close to black with a whispy tan head. A collection of dry roasty malts and some sweet fruit tones. Taste also has a nice dry malt component followed by some richer choclates and coffee. Very faint hop presence does its job. A crisp medium body begs this to be enjoyed with a big greasy burger. A good drinkable stout.

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

Light beige head that settles slowly and into a rocky foam. Light shines through--dark, dark brown.

Lots of chocolate and slightly chaulky. Smells like there's a touch of cream.

Far more coffee flavored than the smell would indicate. Lots of black patent malt. Chewy body with high carbonation. The aftertaste is all black coffee.

Very flavorful dry stout. Much more bitter (from burnt barley) than the average dry offering.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque, seal brown nearing black hue with a tall, creamy tan head. Great retention and lacing for an Irish Stout, especially for being drank from a Duvel chalice. Musk & dark coffee notes noticed first in the aroma, followed by milk chocolate, cocoa beans, brown sugar, peat, and earthy hops.

A great bitterness greets the palate on the first sip, dominated by coffee and chocolate, but well-balanced by a nice hoppy presence. Typical for the style, this stout finishes dry with a pronounced, lasting bitter note. The body is on the thicker side of medium, with a good carbonation level and a hint of creaminess. Overall, I was pleased with this stout. It's not an extrordinary beer, but I'll definately be looking forward to my next encounter with Out of Bounds. Avery delivers again.

Photo of blackjack000
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark with some ruby highlights. Attractive light caramel head in a good amount, reduces down to a static 3/8 inch of good color, leaves tiered lacing.

Smell: Nice brown sugar smell, singed maple twigs, crumbled baker's chocolate.

Taste: Emphasis on roasted taste, a little too much so. The taste doesn't balance well. There's a lot of roast up front, leaving the tongue to feel like it's missing the rest. A lot of baker's chocolate up front. Still, interesting and stimulating. I just feel it needs a little backup to round out the flavor a bit.

Mouthfeel: A little too thin. Carbonation creates a somewhat odd effect. I'm not sure if it enhances or detracts from the overall feeling. As carbonation levels off after a minute, the beer begins to feel like a dry stout again. I am enjoying it.

Drinkability: Excellent initial roasted taste and dryness. However, after that novelty wears away, it leaves a little too much of a void for the rest of the beer. Still, a nice dry stout whose smell I prefer over the average, and taste will make it stand out in my mind.

Photo of Slynger
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pitch black with a tan lid.

Primarily roasted in the nose, with chocolate undertones and a touch of piney hops.

Very light chocolatey sweetness quickly fades into dry, charred, roasted malts carry through to leave a lingering bitterness in the finish.

Medium bodied and smooth mouthfeel, with a lightly sharp carbonation.

I'm not a huge fan of the charred flavor here. It's kinda like slightly burnt popcorn, still edible but not really enjoyable. If that's your thing though, this is a decent irish dry stout.

Photo of williamherbert
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black with not a speck of light passing through. Short-lived cardboard brown head. Nice swath of light brown lace.

Smell is a nice lightly burnt malt. Nutty porterish aroma with a hint of coffee. Smoky with a hint of sweetness. Dry and mild too; hints of pub ale. Very very good.

Burst of bittersweet coffee and toasted malt. Not incredibly bitter. Dry sweet pub malt balances the harshness. Perfectly balanced.

A bit dry, but smooth. Tiny bite on the way down. Does leave a milky film. It's a delicious, balanced brew. Dry, bitter and biscuity. Quote good.

Photo of joekfsu
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours opaque black with limited brown foamy head that is mostly diminishing. Aroma of hops and malt. Initial flavor is dominated by hop bitterness with some sweet malt. Flavor ends with the hops, where they become more floral than straight bitter. Aftertaste is moderately lasting. Limited lacing, light carbonation, medium body, and limited alcohol noted. Drinkability is very high, liked the dry stout style and thought it was impressive for an "average" tier beer.

Photo of aerozeppl
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Mostly black with some brown around the edges. Nice amount of off white head. Some lacing.

S: Some roast in there. Almost likes oatmeal.

T: Super bitter and super dry. Not really my thing. Even for an irish dry stout this is really dry.

M: In a word dry. Carbonation is good for the style.

D: The dryness cuts down on the drinkability quite a bit for me but for what it is it is good. Realizing I just do not like dry stouts.

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

a: Black body, thick off-white head settles to a thin line. Just a little lacing, poor retention.

s: Dark roasted malt, bordering on burnt, with some notes of coffee.

t: Charred, roasted malt provides bitterness. Heavy doses of dark roast coffee and charcoal.

m: Smooth, slick, medium body.

d: On the richer side for the style. Very robust charred flavor. A little too charred for my taste, creates a pretty harsh flavor. Not a bad stout, but not one of favorites.

Photo of wheelinshirt
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz longneck bottle from Abe's in Bethlehem purchased as part of a mixed six pack. Poured into a pint glass.

Almost pitch black but it looks dark brown around the edges, pretty sizeable tan head that gets fluffy and rocky, leaves nice lacing. If the retention was a little better this would have been a perfect 5.

Smell was dark malts, some pretty burnt smelling roasted malts and a good dose of chocolate and coffee as well.

Taste was very similar. No noticeable alcohol but a significant amount of dark malt flavor--this one isn't shy. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is substantial enough, not too heavy, this isn't an imperial stout or anything. Fairly easy to drink, i could have had another right after, but the dark roasted malt character would be hard to take in too large of doses.

Photo of BMoney575
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 3-7-08

Pours an absolute pitch black, with a filmy tan head that leaves thick rings of lacing.

Smell is very Irish dry stout, malty but smoky in an almost cigarette-like way.

Taste is just like the smell, very smoky and bitter. Very unique, with a strong aftertaste that is quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel is good, maybe a bit thin, but suitable for the style.

Drinkability is actually quite good, the aftertaste is very good.

Overall, I'm not a fan of Irish dry stouts, but I enjoyed this one. Something I could actually see myself having several of.

Photo of StrangeBrew1
5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best all around colorado style stout you can find.This is the beer that got me hooked me on Avery beers and is I believe a perfect example of what the company inspires. Experimenting with making beer using unconventional ingredients and coming up with a one of a kind original tasting product. Prost!

Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,159 ratings.