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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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002

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

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass.

A - black liquid with a creamy head of tan foam that hung around for the whole glass and left some good spots of lacing.

S - roasted coffee bean aroma with just a hint of cocoa.

T - rich, roasted flavor with a good bitterness kicking in before a dry finish.

M - full bodied brew with a creamy feel to it.

D - a few pints can be had very easily.

Photo of TheTrevor
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark opaque black with a single-finger tan head. The smell is rich chocolately roasty malts. The taste of bittersweet chocolate and a hint of coffee. The mouthfeel was a little thinner than I expected, and is extremely drinkable for a stout. A good example of the style.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This deep black brew lets no light come through the ink. The beautiful head is light brown and very dense and creamy. A TON of lace is left on the glass as the head slides from four fingers to one and a half. This is a perfect looking stout! I rarely see this much foam and lace on a beer, and I'm happy to give this one a five for appearance.

S - Rich milk chocolate, espresso, and half-n-half cream. This smells like an Easter chocolate bunny ...it's funny, but that's what popped into my head when I sniffed this one. Bitter dark chocolate is there too, along with some rye toast. I really like the aroma, but it could be a bit more assertive (a very minor complaint).

T - This is much more roasty and bitter than it smells. The flavors favor bitter dark chocolate and thick espresso over the milk chocolate cream of the nose. There is an almost sour lactic-acid flavor too, along with a good dose of charred-grass hops.

M - This is light bodied (as it should be given the style), and creamy with a touch of bristling carbonation. This feels slick on the palate, like day old coffee.

D - Not bad at all. I got my hopes up based on the beautiful head and lace, and was a little disappointed with the forceful sour lactic flavor. I would not hesitate to pick up a six of this if I felt like drinking a nice dry stout, but it's nothing to crap your pants about.

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

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Poured into a pint glass (Wasatch) a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy tan head, nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is roasty/malty, nice touch of toffee/coffee/caramel. The taste is very nice, roasty/malty, with some toffee/coffee/caramel. The finish is dry/slight bitterness. Medium body. Drinkable, I like this one, very tasty, true to style. Thanks Joe.

Photo of Murchmac
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark black with a two finger head.

Not an overwhelming smell of anything. Cant get much out of the smell.

Cant get much out of the taste except burnt malts, some hops, and a stingy kind of aftertaste.

Not much of a mouthfeel, semi carbonated, all around ok.

Good beer to have one bottle of, but I wouldnt want to drink a six pack of it.

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

Very dark brown brew, with one and a half fingers of tan froth. Lots of coffee in the smell, with hints of caramel and chocolate, but not enough for my tastes. The taste brings out a bit more of the sweetness of chocolate and caramel to thankfully complement the coffee, which is still a bit overwhelming for me. I'd prefer less coffee and more chocolate. The mouthfeel is odd--hints of wood that are a welcome surprise, but with a slightly flat texture that detracts from the feel and taste overall.

This isn't a complete disappointment, but I was certainly hoping for more from Avery, whose wares are normally top-shelf. Not this one. Irish Dry Stout is an apt style, but not one with which I'm enamored. This needs more balance in the flavors. Coffee is fine; primarily coffee minimizes the contributions of other elements that can only improve this nice, but not great, beer.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours an ink black with a big, two finger, rocky head that is a caramel color. Leaves a nice sticky lace and has good staying power.

Lots of smells here....bittersweet chocolate, toffee, caramel, mocha, espresso, nut. A very pungent malt nose, real strong.

This beer just gets better and better. Bittersweet chocolate and espresso dominate the palate. Nutty finish....full-bodied and great tasting stout.

Full-bodied and dry. The finish is quite smooth, bittersweet chocolate taste that lingers.

Very satisfying stout. I love the smell of this one....could smell it for hours. Great version of this style. Another solid offering from Avery.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is dark brown to black with good carbonation, The head it gig 2 plus fingers, tan and leaves some lace.

The smell is ok typical chared malt, not real toasty, a couple non-descript fruity notes.

The taste is good and develops as it warms, some chared chocolate notes burnt toast and coffee.

The mouthfeel is good nice body and ok carbonation,

The drinkability is good, a fine example of a stout.
Prosit, MK

Photo of raid765
2.78/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The smell and appearance clearly identify it as a stout, but lack any unique characteristics to set it apart from the rest. Taste is typical for the style, with a lingering roasted flavor being the highlight.

Overall, not spectacular, but not bad. It is what you expect out of a stout, but nothing remarkable.

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

Deep black color with a very slight carbonation level. Nice roasted aroma-somewhat chocolatey. Very mild caramel sweetness to the aroma. Good solid roasted flavor. Mellow espresso taste to it. More hopiness then I care for but it doesn't detract from the other flavors. Decent body. Quite enjoyable.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pretty dark and a little bit of light shows through. Head is dark tan and has some nice staying power while leaving a bit of lace on the way down. Nose is a nice roasted bean thing. Quite nice really. Flavor is extremely robust and full. Great smoky qualities to it. Meaty, hearty. Just thick but smooth. Feel has a good carbonation to it and the liquid is good too. Overall this is a very nice dry stout. My first sip ended up killing half of the pint.

Photo of corey0212
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm absolutely loving this beer. Looks black in the glass, but held up to the light, the beer takes on a deep red color. Smell is incredibly dark, roasty, coffee deliciousness. Taste is just bitter enough, with a really smooth chocolatey finish. Carbonation is completely perfect for a stout. Well done, Avery!

Photo of tonistruth
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- deep brown brew with good holding 2 finger fluffy head and soapy lacing

S- deep roasted malts, coffee

T- coffee with hints of chocolate, lots of astringencies, dry woody flavors, burnt and roasted malts (especially in finish/after)

M- smooth body with a very dry finish

D- fits style like a glove, fantastic aftertaste, recommended for dry stouts

Photo of AlexJ
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Near black pour with a medium head of milk chocolate froth that stays puffed up and laces well.

Aroma of charred dark malts, dark chocolate, coffee, and earthy tones of wood and pine.

Flavor is big and roasty, centering around bitter dark chocolate and brewed coffee with some slight fruitiness in the middle and a nice dry finish of mildly bitter hops. Well rounded and thouroughly sessionable.

Medium bodied. smooth, and hearty. Not as creamy as it could be. Overall a great stout.

Photo of Dalem
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Almost black in color with waves of a ruby hue when you hold it up to the light. A nice roasted barley is the first thing that noticed in the smell followed by something like an irish cream and coffee scent. A way inviting introduction that almost instantly takes my thoughts off the cold wind I hear whipping outside. Though the scent is very appealing I'm not going to get my hopes up just yet. I fell for the trick about a week or so ago with my last delving into the stouts then got really bummed out with the taste.
No dissapointment here though. A nice dark roasted coffee taste right up with a bit of cream running through through it and some hazelnut flavor in there as well. Since this is a dry stout there is a hop thing in the end but the slight bitterness that comes from it is balanced out with the brew's initial flavors. A medium body that set it's apart from that watery backend that Guiness type darks have but not that thick neck/hairy knuckes heaviness that some of the "extreme stouts" a lot of mirco's are mixing up. I still haven't immersed myself into a many of Avery's beers yet to make the call that they are one of America's top 5 brewery's yet but everything I've tried by them so far has been something damn good.

Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a thin tan head that lasts. Some trailing lace sticks to the glass.

The smell is of roasted coffee, chocolate and some dark fruitiness.

The taste is of roasted coffee (slightly burnt), milk chocolate and a touch of smoke. Sharpness from metallic notes and high acidity interfered a bit, giving it something of an astringency. Alcohol a touch more noticeable than expected for abv level. Finishes dry.

Full-bodied and a bit hefty for style. Not quite as creamy (despite fullness) than I would really like in the style.

Not bad - could be a bit smoother. One that I liked more as it progressed. A little rough for the style, but decent enough overall.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours extremely dark. Looks pitch black until you hold it up to light and just an ever so slight of a touch of amber shines through. GREAT tan head that lingers around for the entire life of the pint.

Smells very roasty, robust, coffee, chocolate, caramel. Wonderful nose on this beer. Taste is more roastiness, rich malts, coffee...roasty flavors cling to your palette WELL after the sip is done. Great flavor. Finishes slightly dry with some hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little thinner than I would prefer, perfect carbonation for a stout. Slightly dry finish. This is an extremely drinkable and pleasurable stout. I wasn't it to be this good actually because I remember being underwhelmed when I first tried it over a year ago.

Photo of Jmamay22
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've always wished more breweries brewed an Irish styled stout and was happy to pick this up when I saw it at a local store. No best by date.

Pours a thick opaque jet black with ruby redness around the edges of my glass. Nice full thick creamy head and sticky lacing, but the head retention is less than fabulous.

Smells of roasted malts and coffee. Nice burnt acidic flavors as the hops peak through. Roasted coffee is particularly strong.

Taste is similar to a Sierra Nevada Stout, but drier. Roasted flavors of the nose come through in the flavor and carries a great dry finish. Some hint of black licorice and chocolate, but these are faint.

Mouthfeel is a little thin in my opinion and lacks some of the creaminess I was hoping for was I initially poured this one. The more I drink this the more I loath the mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little off as well and comes off being too strong. Drinkability is great and this would serve as a delicious sessionable beer.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Avery- Out of Bounds Stout

A- Dark brown almost black. Thick creamy head. Heavy lacing.
S- Green hops, light roasted coffee beans, and molasses.
T- Fresh green hops, and sweet molasses malt with creamy, not overly roasted coffee bean.
M- Hoppy and bitter up front but opening up to a creamy velvety soft finish.

Overall- Reminded me of Tröegs- Dead Reckoning <--- although this is a porter. Nice and hoppy and dry up front, creamy in the end. Delicious.

Photo of Jwale73
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Poured a dark brown, almost black color with a 1/2 inch, light tan head that dissipated quickly into a thin surface skim with light consistent lacing throughout the tasting. Smell of roasted malt and coffee. Flavor consistent with smell. Lightly carbonated with a slight tingle on the tongue and a somewhat chalky, bitter finish. All and all, not a bad dry stout.

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

Pours very dark brown to black leaving a 1 finger brownish tan head that stays around, leaving a good amount of lacing. Smells is roasted malts and coffee. Somebody else mentioned raisins. Now that they pointed that out I can smell a little of it too. Bitter coffee right away with a big roasted taste. Chocolate is there too. A little of that raisin in the aftertaste. Pretty drinkable.

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

This beer pours a nearly opaque black color with brownish hues. The head is large, tannish white, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, coffee, and milk chocolate. The taste is of roasted malt with a faint hint of coffee. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Overall, this is a decent dry stout. I would drink it again, but I would rather have an O'Hara.

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

12oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle for $1.49. No freshness date.

This poured a dark brown that took on a more ruby-ish shade when held up directly to light. Tight, tan head that didn't hang around for too long. Modest sheets of lace dripped down the sides of the glass.

The smell is of black, bitter coffee, cocoa powder, mollasses and a little whiff of raisins.

The roasty, bitter coffee flavor is what jumps out at first, but it is matched by a low key mollasses-like sweetness that blunts the bitter edge. As the beer warms, more chocolaty notes emerge. The finish is dry.

This is medium bodied, almost light bodied. The mouthfeel is a little oily. Carbonation is perfect for a dry stout.

This makes a nice alternative to Guinness, and would make an excellent session stout. If this were to turn up in Spokane for a decent price, I would definitely buy it again.

Photo of redneckchugger
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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.

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