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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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1,195 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,195
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 27
Gots: 73 | 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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Ratings: 1,195 | Reviews: 574
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!

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

A-pours thick brown with ruby highlights when held up to a light,fluffy head fills half of my mug postponing the rest of my pour,it leaves behind lots of stickiness

S-toffee,coffee as black and burnt as it gets

T-chocolate,charcoal,burnt hamburger,gritty nutty finish

M-body is "fuller than full".... dirty...,dry...,robust...,delicious

D-this stout is not nearly as drinkable as other more mass produced stout brews,but much more complex and heavy,very solid

Photo of awall422
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours dark dark, just short of black, some reddish hues when held up to the light. nice tan head with great lacing.

aroma is roasty grains and burnt coffee.

taste is initially sweet with the dryness and bitterness hitting as you swallow.

mouthfeel is fairly thin, and a graininess that feels a little rough on the tongue.

overall a nice example of a dry stout.

Photo of JEdmund
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big, espresso roast-colored head which softens to a pillow. Loads of lacing as it settles and lowers as I drink. Deep black color.

Nice! This has a good kick of hop aroma, which is surprising, but welcome. There's certainly a roasted malt smell too, but the hops are definitely evident. I enjoy bringing the glass up each time to draw in the smell.

Taste & Mouthfeel
Right on--this is my kind of stout: big on roasted flavors followed by a big hop blast balancing out at the end. Pretty substantial mouthfeel and a fairly high level of carbonation. Crisp and dry aftertaste, with notes of coffee and chocolate.

This may be my favorite stout. I definitely recommend!

Photo of brantadid
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured black with a huge two finger light tan head. Fantastic head retention with tons of sticky lacing coating the glass after the head diminished some. A beautiful beer.

Incredible aromas from this beer. Rich tasted barley, burnt coffee, malt, faint cocoa and chocolate notes. Some many layers of smell.

What happened? Why did the aromas translate to the taste? Tasted like an average dry stout. Burnt malt flavors followed by a dry, slightly sour finish.

Mouthfeel was light. Low carbonation. I knew this was a dry stout going into it, but after smelling the beer, I expected more.

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

Poured from a bottle an opaque dark black with a quickly fading mocha-colored head.

Aroma of coffee and roasted malts.

The taste is pretty much like the aroma. Heavy on the coffee and the roasted malts. The finish is bitter and leaves a strong aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thinner than expected and mildly carbonated.

Easy to drink. A good stout and worthy of a try.

Photo of dmamiano
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours almost black with a big brown head..much lacing observed.
Smells of chocolate, cream..kind of like a fudgecicle with a hint of burnt ashy like smell.

Taste is dry and very bitter. Full mouthfeel with roasted grains nd chocolate on the palate. Very creamy. Bitter finish.

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

Has a very nice opaque color, with a slight head and a bit of lacing. It has a very slight scent of burnt grains, but nothing very strong. It's one of the weaker smelling stouts I've had. Very nice taste, though, an excellent coffee flavor to go with the burnt grains. It goes down fine, with just a hint of roughness. A good stout.

Photo of dsa7783
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz single bottle purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for about two bucks... picute of a skier with snow on the logo sticker... first time I was able to locate a single of this brew, so I decided to give it a try... perhaps the most impressive facet of this brew was its very attractive dark, jet-black, ebony hue with an incredible five-fingered, frothy, tan, reddish head which exhibited enormous staying power... smell was comlete with roasted malts, dark coffee, and sugars... taste was very powerful, with strong dark espresso, latte, and malt essences... very flavorful, and thick brew which further enhanced Avery's reputation for producing world-class, top-notch brews... this stout was an excellent representation of the style... not overbearing or cloying with a modest 5.1% ABV that was still rich and creamy... supreme chocolate and coffee flavors burst through on this sample... packs quite a punch... really good stuff... Recomended...

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.

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Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
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