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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,080 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,080
Reviews: 556
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 23
Gots: 50 | 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 NeroFiddled
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A black body reveals mahogany highlights at its base. It's initial short but creamy tan head drops readily to just a thin collar, although it does leave some nice lace. The nose is quite bold with sweet cocoa, dark chocolate, a touch of smoke, and a good helping of fresh brewed coffee. Very nice! The body is medium with an exceptionally fine carbonation that tickles the tongue. Although it appears sweet with chocolate and cocoa throughout the first few tastes, the roastiness and underlying bitterness develop on the palate as you progress through the glass. It starts with some nutty, caramelish cocoa; followed by rising notes of fruitiness. As it crosses the palate, dark chocolate emerges but morphs quickly into bittersweet chocolate as the hop bitterness begins to rise. Some underlying leafy hop flavor is sometimes noteable at this point. Roastiness, and even some smoky character, become evident at the swallow; and lead into a long, dry finish that's roasty, chocolatey and bitter with some leafy/floral hop character giving it depth. It's almost a touch woody as it lays in the mouth. Really nicely complex while maintaining a great deal of drinkability in it's body and mouthfeel. Worth trying!

NeroFiddled, May 06, 2003
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.4/5  rDev +17%
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.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of McNealc31
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is right on, deep brown with amber edges. But it’s the smell that will hook you early. Luckily, the taste is even more delicious. Roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, anise, and big body. The finish is dry, quite bitter, and chalky.

This doesn’t have the accoutrements of oatmeal, coffee, barrel aged, or any of that, but it doesn’t need it. A stout done right, this is one to find.

McNealc31, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of dogger6253
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice retention on the inch and a half of pillowy, coffee-colored head. It just hangs there leaving gorgeous patches around the glass' edge. This beer is dark. There is such a small amount of cherry glowing around the bottom, but not noticeable unless you're looking deep into it, which is easy to do as the body of this beer sucks you in like a moth to flame. I want to get burned. Really badly.

Wonderful smell, coffee, cherries and a touch of chocolate; all with a nice, roasted finish. Also bits of caramel and toffee present.

A pretty decent taste with this, very smoky. Pretty high malty flavor combined with burnt coffee and cocoa, there's also sort of a caramel sweetness. Pretty well-balanced flavor that introduces a small taste of hops at the finish that masks the alcohol behind it.

The mouthfeel of this is very rich and deep, incredibly creamy and dry. I'll be drinking many more of these, but not tonight...

dogger6253, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of cyrock1
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep brown with a 1/2 inch light tan head.

Smell: Roasted and toasted malt with a little chocolate in the background.

Taste: Roasted malt, coffee, toffee, and bitter chocolate. Some chocolate too on the second taste.

Mouthfeel: An ever-present carbonation keeps the flavors lingering till a litte bit of hop bitterness finishes them off.

Drinkability: I like it a lot, a well balanced beer!

cyrock1, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of bgildea
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark Brown with slight hint of red. Decent light tannish head that faded quickly, with slight lacing.

S: Smells very earthy and delicious. Hints of nuts, roasted malts, maybe some vanilla or carmel.

T: Great balance of flavors. The coffee and roasted malts hit you initially, with a nice hint of hops for a finish. Great use of flavors that blend well.

M: Really nice chew to it. A lot thicker than I was expecting, so I was pleasantly surprised.

D: This beer is very drinkable. I will definitely buy this one again. Great balance of flavors and a nice tasty surprise.

Overall: Overall the beer was very good. If you like a nice stout with a hint of hops, you will really enjoy this one. I'd recommend this beer to any dark beer drinker.

bgildea, May 22, 2010
Photo of bditty187
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Basically black in hue, there is some ruby highlights around the edges, especially when held to a light. Still, the liquid is basically opaque. The head was over two fingers in height, beige in color. Head retention was very good; it slowly faded to a rocky cap that lasted the entire consumption. This beer looks very typical of a stout, aside from the fact the subsequent lacing looks like tattered wallpaper. Impressive. The nose is malty, kind of smoky, roasty with coffee influences, plus some chocolate and charcoal. Astringent. There is also a faint, slick, milky sweetness at the distant back. This bouquet is stout-like, the potency is fairly sturdy and the smells are articulated clearly. I really like the nose. The hint of smoke elevates the bouquet over many of its brethren. Inviting to say the least. The palate doesn’t make the nose out to be a liar. Pleasant roasty flavors, faint smoky qualities, slick chocolate with a milky sweetness that is very minimal. Coffee beans. Licorice. Charred wood. Distant piney hops it seems. I really like this beer; it is very tasty with plenty of flavors in the mix. I mean this is just a stout after all and damn, its good! It is robust in a restrained kind of way. Hey, I used the word “restrained” in a review for a beer from Avery! I’ve come to the conclusion Avery’s best beer comes in 12-ounce bottles. Moderate abv, I could session with this dandy. Long aftertaste, I really want some sharp cheddar cheese or grilled meat! Medium in body, modest carbonation, the mouthfeel is pleasant, I could ask for a little more body but it is good “as is.” This stout is damn drinkable. Give me a six-pack! Lovely stuff from start to finish, thus far this is the best tasting and most eloquent beer I’ve had from Avery. I purchased a 12-ounce bottle in Brookfield, WI. Recommended. I want more.

bditty187, Nov 12, 2004
Photo of isualum12
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strong. Really strong in a good way.

Look- black as night with tan head

Smell has a cherry bourbon which is great

Taste is a thing of wonder and greatness. It is amazing. Bourbon but not overpowering with chocolate overlay.

Feel. It is thick. And heavy in the mouth

Overall this ISA great beer. Please put me in the fan category

isualum12, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a charcoal black, with slight brown hues on the edges in the light. An oatmeal colored head sits well on top, and dissipates to chunky bubbles and film. Nice sticky lacing. The beer smells of bitter chocolate and dark roasted malts. The taste is brilliant. Dark, rich, and roasted malts, bitter chocolates, espresso coffee. Delicious. The mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, a well done American Stout. AT 6.3% it's very sessionable, and it tastes good along the way. Well done by Avery.

JuicesFlowing, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

GClarkage, May 29, 2008
Photo of francisweizen
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an excellent dry stout from Avery. It pours a dark black, ruby-red colour with a nice fluffy, tan head. The aromas are of chocolate, caramel, various types of malts and hops, alcohol and yeast. The taste. Delicous! A yummy blend of chocolate and caramel flavors, with a bit of coffee thrown into the mix as well. The mouthfeel is a tad bit thin and the drinkability is not perfect. But this is one of the best dry stouts I have ever had!

Cheers!
-F

francisweizen, May 27, 2003
Photo of Bcant
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass, but I wish I was drinking it from a snifter. Ebony with a capichino head. Bouquet of bitter-sweet choclate. Very soft and round in the mouth and it goes down nicely. The taste starts much like how it smells but finishes like good espresso. I only have one from a mixed six but I will be returning for more as soon as the evenings get cooler.

Bcant, Sep 25, 2005
Photo of Fatehunter
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Black with a quarter inch tan head.

S - Roasted, burnt malt. Coffee and a little cocoa. Smells like darkness.

T - Burnt malt, not sweet. Then more burnt malt towards the end and wrapped up with some good biting bitterness

M - Fairly crisp for a stout, but nice. Ends a little softer in texture. Moderate carbonation.

D - I really like this stout. A straightforward dark tasting stout. It does not have any crazy flavors, just the basics and done very well. Very drinkable all night long.

Fatehunter, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of russpowell
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A very true to style stout:

Pours dark mahogany to black with a healthy 3 fingers + tan head. Very good head retention and lacing

Smell: Intense burnt malt, coffee & chocolate

Taste: toasty malty, slight fruityness caves into coffee and bitter graininess (works here). Finishes very dry and fruity

MF Chewy and creamy with ideal carbonation

A little too dry to enjoy more than a few, but stout lovers would probably easily session this. Although I prefer the new world porter, Avery comes through again

russpowell, May 13, 2006
Photo of SixpointJMH
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As I've heard both good dand bad things about Avery, it made me curious about their brews. I have to say that my first sampling of their products was far from disappointing, and was in fact very, very good.

It pours a dark black colour with a big creamy tan head. Stickiness is moderate but noticeable.

The smell is different, but awesome: it's big and bold without being overpowering and there's something to it that I can't quite place my finger on yet which sets it apart from other brews, and in a good way. It's a bit sweet but primarily rough and rugged, with a hint of smoke notes throughout. There's a chocolate base that runs throughout as well. Just incredibly nice overall.

The flavour is right up there as well: sweetness prevails for a while but soon gives way to a hearty burnt, roasted malt flavour. Even the chocolate seems to take on burnt qualities here. The finish is very dry, but spot on for the style. Mouthfeel is creamy but hearty.

I have nothing bad to say about this brew. It's really just a stellar beer overall, and I wish I had picked up more than one bottle of it. Yum.

SixpointJMH, Feb 04, 2005
Photo of mgironta
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured with a barely there tan head that hung around for the duration of the drinking, but left no lacing on the glass. The body was a deep and dark brown. Due to the color, there was no visible carbonation on the brew. The nose was glorious. It had lots of coffee, roasted malts and chocolate, which is exactly what I expect from a stout. The taste was very much of the same that was apparent in the nose. I got a lot of coffee and roasted malts, not as much chocolate, with a creamy mouthfeel. The brew had very low carbonation and the finish lasted awhile with the roasted malts. It also had medium thickness. This was definitely a great brew and I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to try it. I will definitely have this one again.

mgironta, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of Brunite
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Aroma: There's a roasted malt smell here along with a bit of hops.

Taste: Best part. Roasted flavors followed by a big hop blast balancing out at the end. Sweet chocolate...bittersweet...a touch of coffee...malts...each sip wants a follow-up. A bit dry and lingering but nice.

Mouthfeel: Creamy....smooth...decent carbonation.

Overall: Blows away the competition. No need to ever have the import biggies with this around. This is NOT watered down roasted malt beer. This is great stuff.

Brunite, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of david131
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep and dark. Bordering on pitch black but some amber hues come through on the edges when held to a light. The light brown head is thin but creamy and has pretty good retention.

S- Coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, and smoke. Aromatic and very appealing.

T- Exactly the same as the aroma. Roasty and sweet, but very well balanced. I am really digging this.

M- Smooth with a nice amount of carbonation. There is a long lasting roasted aspect on the finish.

D- A very tasty stout that is well made and memorable. Worth trying.

david131, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of BARFLYB
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass late at night.

A- Out of bounds goes into the glass a dark black color with no light going through it, very dark stuff here. A tight fitting cap of dark tan foam almost looking nitro like. A sheet of lace.

S- Took some warming to bring out smell, like most Irish drys. Lightly melted chocolate, a hint of vinilla cream, A nice amount of hops ala a light storm king. A smudge of an ashy scent with warming.

T- This is a nice Irish Dry, one that I actually liked and wanted more of after drinking. Hints of chocolate, toasted bread, roast to a small degree, no caramel/toffee, Vanilla, you know..

M- A very smooth velvetly feel, rich, semi sweet, light bodied but appears like more, this gives off a nitro feel without the nitro, I like this.

D- Off the charts, a well put together ID, I'll put this one in the rotation for the future.

BARFLYB, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of Enginerrr
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had the pleasure of sampling this from their tasting room in Boulder. Personally, stouts are hit-and-miss. This stout has an excellent dark brown color. It is a little disappointing with how little head there is.

The appearance is made up for with the smoothness and flavor. It 's not as strong as some stouts, but still has powerful flavors and goes down nicely.

Excellent beer to have by itself

Enginerrr, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of corey0212
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
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!

corey0212, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of BeerFink
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep brownish ruby color, almost black. A sticky tan head is kicked up that smells of roasted barley and coffee. Black malts are up front, with a slightly burnt charcoal flavor. Transitions to rich coffee and chocolate flavors with some delicate roastedness and a hint of nuttiness. Hops are present at the end, showing a little spice and very subtle citrous. Finish is slightly hoppy but mostly roasted, leaving a dryish aftertaste. Really quite the tasty dry stout, much more robust than nitro stouts. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but that's part of the dry stout. That is part of the wicked drinkability. My glass was empty in no time. I would have no problem at all going through a few of these at a time.

BeerFink, May 13, 2005
Photo of GilGarp
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Out of Bounds is listed at 6.3% ABV and 51 IBUs.

Served cold at the Avery Brewery in Boulder. I was hoping for a warmer cask temp to get more flavor out of this stout. Out of Bounds looks inky black. The glass is filled so full it almost has a meniscus... so no head.

Aroma is roasty-toasty goodness with a nice dry-hop quality that is probably the defining character for Out of Bounds, for me.

Flavor is fantastic, just as it is out of the bottle. Great hoppiness for a stout but it really works well. Caramel, chocolate, and coffee.

Mouthfeel is exceptional, as the cask always seems to make beers better in this respect.

Overall fantastic. I really need to revisit this beer in the form of a six pack.

GilGarp, May 12, 2010
Photo of Buebie
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, went into a pint glass.

A great looking head forms with nice whipped topping textured head. A glorious looking brown head on this for a regular stout. Receeding slowly to leave thick sticky sponge cake looking drapes of lace. A quarter inch is left behind as a cap.
The beer itself is black in color with no light pentration.

Smokey chocolate charcoal aromas, burnt marshmellows, some mild dark fruit and plenty of smoked peat.

Mouthfeel is bigger in this then expected for a table beer. Some creamy fuller bodie mixed with carbonation throughout.
Its dark alright with a roasty bitter smoke laced chocolate grain taste.
More bits of charcoal and a touch of smoked oak. Finishing bitter with a great big long lasting charred smokey finish.

This has to be one of the better sessionable regular ol' stouts I've ever had. Huge flavor, great mouthfeel, overall terrific. You cant go wrong with this beer. Highly recommend.

Buebie, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of Naes
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stout pours black in color with a two inch layer of dark tan head. Retention is good, but the lacing is minimal.
The aroma is roasty with a strong coffee bean smell.
The flavor is just as it smells. It is roasty with a bitter coffee flavor. This is a unique flavored stout. It finishes dry, bitter and is not sweet in the least bit.
Mouth feel is full bodied and generously carbonated.

Naes, May 07, 2006
Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,080 ratings.