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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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1,115 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,115
Reviews: 558
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 22
Gots: 55 | 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 jkaufman
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

jkaufman, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of DarrellK
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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

DarrellK, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of tavernjef
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

tavernjef, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of terrabyte
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.


terrabyte, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

sinstaineddemon, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of NEhophead
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

NEhophead, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Mebuzzard, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of scott
2.63/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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".

scott, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of plaid75
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

plaid75, Dec 24, 2006
Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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!

GeoffRizzo, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of hckyfn9999
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

hckyfn9999, Dec 13, 2006
Photo of sraimondi
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

sraimondi, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

zeff80, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of geexploitation
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

geexploitation, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of Blakaeris
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Blakaeris, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of bashiba
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

bashiba, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of nlmartin
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

nlmartin, Nov 13, 2006
Photo of biegaman
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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!

biegaman, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of thelagerheads
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

thelagerheads, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bold, bitter, & burnt. That's how I would characterize this beer. Appearance is very dark brown/black; slight tan head stays consistent throughout. Fair amount of lacing. Aroma is crisp, burnt, & malty. First sip and everyone thereafter is bitter & hoppy. Aftertaste is bitter as well. Solid stout, but would be hard to drink more than a few at a time.

oldirtycaffrey, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of Osiris9588
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Osiris9588, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of rarevos
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

rarevos, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of laintringulis
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

laintringulis, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of javenbohall
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

javenbohall, Sep 30, 2006
Photo of Erdinger2003
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Erdinger2003, Sep 27, 2006
Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,115 ratings.