Out Of Bounds Stout - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 571
Hads: 1,220
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 27
Gots: 89 | 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 PhillyStyle
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Tir na nOg Irish Pub - Raleigh, NC

Poured a very dark deep black with a nice cascade effect that in turn developed into a nice off-white color head that was thick and very well retained and settled into a thin
cap with some nice lacing.

Light malted barley aroma with a hint of nuts. I expected more of a robust aroma.

The taste is good, malty with that same hint of nuttiness, but it had an unexpected aftertaste, dry and slightly unpleasant. This turned me off a little to it.

The beer has a medium body, a bit watered down for a stout, creamy and fairly drinkable, not with standing the dry bitter aftertaste. A good Irish Dry Stout, but certainly not my favorite. (683 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The acronym for Avery Out of Bounds Stout is AOOBS. Why didn't Boulder brewing think of this?

Dark brown with a rocky beige head. Lots of clinging foam left by a sifting powder coat retention. Sharp lookin' ale.

Smells like mochachino and crusty chocolate pudding.

OOB is floral tinged dark fruit up front and finishes sweet burnt caramel roast malt in back. A lot of reviews cite this beer as being over charred and full of acrid roast malt - I'm not gettin' it. Definitely on the sweet side. A bit thin but at 6.3% it passes.

A fine moderate ABV, non-barrel aged, non-soured, everyday stout. (600 characters)

Photo of Retail1LO
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on draft into 4 oz. sampler. Pours a jet black with a Guinness like head. Head leaves. Copious amounts of lacing left behind. The nose is very subtle and muted, but roasty. The beer has a very nondescript taste. Some acrid coffee, and an abundance of roasted malt. The mouthfeel is thick with moderate carbonation. Overall, a decent but unspectacular brew. (363 characters)

Photo of kirok1999
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep ruby black with a nice tan head that hangs around for a while.

S- Nothing negative to say, but nothing very positive either. Mild malt smell, some hops try to break through.

T- Dry and astringent. Not at all fruity, creamy and smooth with very mild carbonation. Definite charcoal notes.

M- Very dry and smooth.

D- For the style, it's better than most. The dry crispness makes it easy to drink with some nuts or cheese. (447 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.75 A: Black color. Just over one finger of frothy tan head. Retention is about average and a decent amount of lacing is left.

3.75 S: Moderate roastiness. Lactose like tanginess. Chocolate and vanilla. Caramel and light molasses. Quite nice.

3.25 T: Taste is like the nose, but less impressive. Moderate roast. Chocolate and vanilla are subdued as is the caramel. Lactose or lactose-like component is still there.

3.25 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lacking creaminess.

3.0 D: Started out strong, but ultimately didn't do much for me. (581 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This stout poured out as a deep brown color with a tan colored head on top that bubbled away pretty quickly. The lacing was very light and had minimal retention. The smell of the beer is a little toasted with some chocolate aromas in there too, but they are very faint. The taste of the beer was decent, a little on the light side I thought for a stout but it didn't have a decent dry roasted flavor to it. The mouthfeel wasn'ttoo bad, it's a little watery, but it's supposed to be that way I think. Overall this stout isn't too bad but I've had better. (553 characters)

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear, very dark brown, but with a feeble head of brown foam that dissipated quickly, leaving a trace of lacing.

S: Deep, rich aromas of black bread, fruitcake, and dark chocolate, with a hint of coffee in the background.

T: Far less rich or complex than the aroma led me to expect. Toasted (almost burnt) grain is the first flavor, followed by acrid bitterness. In fact, other than a brief appearance of tart fruit and acidic coffee, this one's all bitter, but not in that juicy, hoppy way that a DIPA might provide.

M: Moist and decently carbonated, but not at all thick or chewy, like many stouts.

O: I usually really enjoy the offerings from Avery, but this one just didn't do it for me -- especially not the flavor. (727 characters)

Photo of sevopie
3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Black, with brown tones on the edges. Tannish/Brownish rocky head that laces well.

Smell - Coffee and chocolate malts dominate, but there is a slight hint of a medicinal smell on the edge of it all.

Taste - The taste is almost burnt malt, with a cocoa hint. Again though, the medicinal twang is there, this time along with the alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium/heavy body with a mild carbonation.

Drinkability - Overall, I like this brew, if not for the medicinal smell/taste. I'm wondering if its just my 6-pack, but its very faint, so who knows if its just my tastes or not. (594 characters)

Photo of SamN
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A very nice looking stout, very dark black with a darker-tinted, looser beige head. Smell is grainy and slightly roasted, with a sliver of alcohol. Sort of faint, but interesting stout aromas. Taste is reminiscent of Anchor Porter; has a certain savory taste, somewhat like soy sauce. Cocoa, nutty colombian-coffe, very mild sweetness. Nice mild hop bitterness compliments the grain bill well, very balanced beer.

A flavorful beer from Avery, a bit lighter than I look for in an American stout. Interesting flavor profile, but for some reason, this beer just doesn't call my name. (582 characters)

Photo of tehawful
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Black with a thick foamy heads that leaves decent lacing around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Strong aroma of roasted malt with a hint of dark fruit.

Taste: Heavy roasted coffee taste up front with a subtle bitter-sweet characteristic. The roasted flavor is strong enough to lend an almost smokey taste, though it comes across a little artificial. Finishes with a decent amount of hops which is probably contributes to the name "Out of Bounds". Overall, the roasted qualities are too close to a burnt taste for me.

Mouthfeel: Good medium-full body with little carbonation.

Drinkability: The aroma is probably my favorite part of this beer, it really got me excited to taste it. The intensity and profile of the roasted and smokey flavors was a little more than what I normally prefer, but still a good stout overall. (836 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (1,262 characters)

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Yep...it's Black. It originally poured with at least a 2-finger head of tan bubbless that took at least 3 minuted to completely fall. There is a whole lot of thick lacing left on the glass where the beer was.

Aroma: I get a whole lot of chocolate and some grassy hops as the predominant aromas. To support the chocolate, there is a little bit of dry roast as well as a bit of dark caramel.

Taste: The beer has a very defined chocolate flavor with a clear hoppy presence. I think that the hops are a bit grassy for this style, so they seem to take over the perception of the beer in my opinion. As the beer warms a bit more, there is a more roasty presence coming out that remindes me more of an actual dry stout. There is not really an alcohol presence in this beer and the finish is dominated by the malt. I get a whole lot of caramel in the finish that stays with you for some time. The hops are there in the flavor, but not a whole lot for bittering.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer to drink, but it doesn't fit the category very well...I guess that is why they call it "out of bounds". It has a decent flavor, but the flavors that are there seem to be out in the open by themselves...so it doesn't really meld all that well. I am a pretty big fan of Avery beers, but this is probably one of my lesser favorite of the line. It is OK, but I will be sticking to a number of other stouts. (1,408 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery in August 2009.

Pours a very dark black that is almost completely opaque. Little head or lacing. The smell is roasted malt combined with a slight nuttiness and hints of coffee. Taste is similar with a little bit of hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is too thin. Not terribly drinkable, as there isn't much complexity and it's a little thin for me. (366 characters)

Photo of surfer4life
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - pours dark as tar, but appears lighter than most. Nice thick head, lacing down the glass.

S - Plenty of hops in the nose, some coffee and a little chocolate.

T - Taste is coffee and walnuts with some hop bitterness. Chocolate sweetness on the finish.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Not the thickest I've had but heavier than I thought it would from the pour.

D - I'd say it's average drinkablity. Nothing really wows you though. (497 characters)

Photo of cdkrenz
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Nice three quarter inch medium to dark brown head on top of a pitch black body. The head is frothy and shows some solid stamina.

S - The aroma of dark coffee and sweet chocolate with a hint of alcohol. There's also a slight black licorice scent.

T - The flavors of coffee, malt, a subtle hint of cocoa, and hops make for a beer not lacking in flavors. However, the combination is not as well put together compared to other stouts I've enjoyed.

M - Thick and filling with a bit of a coarse texture.

~ I'm not sure where to put the Out Of Bounds Stout. I do think its still in play but I'm putting it in as a role player as opposed to a great scorer. (657 characters)

Photo of elgiacomo
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nov 23, 2007

12oz bottle. Pours a thin dark brown with a small fizzy head, almost like cola. Looks black once in the glass.

Aroma is roasted, smoky, with a bit of a funk I can't quite put my finger on.

Flavor is sweet chocolate up front followed by bitter coffee. Dry, bitter, smoky finish.

Lively carbonation. This is rather thin, although the mouthfeel ends up being somewhat creamy despite the thin body and high carbonation.

A nice solid dry stout. (461 characters)

Photo of Vancer
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark, almost black pour with tan head that unfortunately dissipated fairly quickly. Excellent chocolate malt aroma! Taste was different; dry burnt toast, charcoal – maybe a touch of malty goodness. Strange, but not unpleasant, gritty, almost salty mouthfeel and body. Glad I had two bottles, I was adjusted and enjoying the second much more than the first. (362 characters)

Photo of Quaffer
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Boulder, CO. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: This stout poured a deep reddish-brown color that readily let light through when held up to a window. The tan head rose up easily to two fingers and settled slowly, becoming rough and fluffy as it did so. A thin layer of bubbles remained on top of the beer for the entire drink, leaving tons of lace on the side of the glass.

Smell: A nice stout aroma. Husky grains, dark roasted malt, light coffee, and cream made up the bulk of the smell. There were occasional hints of hops as well. Nothing crazy or special, just classic stout.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin and watery for any beer, but especially so for a stout. Smooth overall, but in a lifeless, watery way.

Taste: Roasted malts, bitter coffee, and dark chocolate hit the tongue immediately. The initial bitterness then transformed into a hops bitterness on the finish, lingering well into the aftertaste. The sharpness of dark fruit lingered underneath, but didn't contribute much flavor. There were hints of milk and cream in the aftertaste. (1,079 characters)

Photo of dmamiano
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
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.
Nice. (283 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.29/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black dark ale with a very small head with almost no retention. Aroma consisted mainly of medium roasted malt. I enjoyed the roasted notes very much and appreciated the balance between the roastiness and the bitterness. Also, a found no watery feeling at the end, which is something I despise in some stouts. (331 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, Riley's

appearance: pours a deep and dark brown, looks black from a distance, but there is a defined ruby tint present. light bubbly tan head and a very small amount of lacing...nice color but head/lacing is not inspiring

smell: an overwhelming amount of bitter cocoa powder, strong roasted barley...there are some other aromas underneath (light coffee, caramel, cream, smoke) but are overpowered by the cocoa powder

taste: very dry and bittersweet cocoa powder is dominant, and not in a good way. heavy on the roasted barley/malt, light sweetness coming from the hops but this beer is just a trainwreck

mouthfeel: finishes dry, medium carbonation, a little creamy

drinkability: not hard to drink but not good (737 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle. Pours a solid black in color with deep garnet highlights, and sports an inch of fluffy mocha foam. Head breaks down to offer light lacing and maintaining a thin cap.

Lots of roasted coffee and milk chocolate on the nose, leaning towards a bit of a burnt malt aroma as the beer warms up a bit.

Flavor follows the malt profile of the aroma with coffee and a dry char on the finish that offers a flash of dark fruit and then a return to the bitter dryness. Rather thin on the feel for the style, lacking the creaminess I'm accustomed to. Decent drinkability but a bit too burnt in flavor for me. (639 characters)

Photo of herman77
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: About one shade away from black with brown hued edges. Small, creamy looking tan head. Excellent lacing.

S: Roasty malts, a bit of coffee, a hint of vanilla sweetness and a touch of smokey malts.

T: Lots of roasted malt character right away. Charcoal like flavors. A tiny bit of sweetness to keep it in check. Some coffee flavor and a touch of hops. Slight bitter finish and that charcoal taste comes back again.

M: Medium to fuller body. Low carbonation, smooth and a bit creamy.

D: Doesn't do much for me. Its not bad, but its not good either. (554 characters)

Photo of profzoom
3.27/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This stout poured a deep coffee color and cascaded into a relatively thick head. I am used to a darker head with most stouts than what I saw with this example; it was only a bone color.

The aroma was quite nice. Sweet and malty with the hint of roasted nuts. The taste was not as impressive. I was hit first with a sharpness and bitterness I would associate more with a hoppier style, and as the carbonation tickled my tongue, the taste slowly disappeared. If this beer were a Twinkie, it would have no cream filling.

Overall, a so-so stout I'm glad I at least tried but doubt I will be purchasing again. (610 characters)

Photo of JISurfer
3.27/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The smell was definately the best part of this brew. It smelled just like coffee. No if, ands, or buts. Too bad the taste wasn't as good. The taste had the potential to be a nice creamy stout, but died out quickly to a not so awesomeness flat taste. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad beer by any means, but there are plenty better out there. If you want a nice milk stout, go with the Mackeson's XXX stout. This one was a little too grainy for me. (448 characters)

Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 571 ratings.