Out Of Bounds Stout
Avery Brewing Company

Out Of Bounds StoutOut Of Bounds Stout
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American Stout
Ranked #707
Ranked #28,467
3.78 | pDev: 10.32%
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Very Good
Out Of Bounds StoutOut Of Bounds Stout
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3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This one was interesting in that a) it was furthering my Avery horizontal; b) it was furthering The CANQuest (tm) & c) mine was a CAN (surprise!) where the last review was a Bottle. 8=O

From the CAN: "Experts Only"; "This big, roasty stout takes flavor to the extreme. We aren't afraid to use a ton of roasted barley and a mountain of hops to give this full-bodied stout that little extra something you've been looking for."; "Brewed with Rocky Mountain water, malted barley, hops, and yeast."

I was very curious to try this one so I Crack!ed open the vent & beCAN a slow, gentle C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass. It foamed nicely to form two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with very good retention. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44) with cola highlights at the edges. Nose smelled of dried, dark fruit - raisins & prunes; bittersweet chocolate; treacle; anise & caraway. Mmm. Mouthfeel was big, full & creamy, like a dollop had been scooped into my mouth & onto my tongue. The taste was slightly bitter with the anise & treacle really leading the way with the fruit & chocolate as acCANpaniment. Deelish. Finish was semi-dry to dry, not totally dry, but plenty dry enough to keep me happy. YMMV.

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2.17/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Unknown vintage; drank 12/31/14 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown hue.

HUGE tan head; frothy lace.

Bakers chocolate, oatmeal & spicy hop nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

A gross clash of hop bitterness, chocolate & booze heat (?!) in the flavor; a nearly undrinkable mess.

Another bad beer from Avery...

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Jul 01, 2019
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3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Foam/bubbly head, long lasting, solid lace, the color of dark cold brew. The smell is malt-heavy and sour. This beer's taste itself is soapy and bitter, too hop heavy. This is really just pretentious stout. I'm ultimately unimpressed.

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SB2017 from Iowa, Jul 12, 2018
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4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Pours a dark brown black color with notes of dark red where the light hits it, with a medium creamy tan head and very little lacing.

S: Dark roasted malt, mixed with notes of coffee, a little chocolate, some peat, earthiness and ash, very nice smelling.

T: Dark roasted malt, earthiness, notes of coffee and bittersweet chocolate, mixed with a light peat and some ash, a light to medium bitterness at the end.

F: Medium body, wish it was slightly creamier.

O: It's been around for a while but this is still a good go to stout.

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Parmesan from Colorado, Apr 22, 2018
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3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

A- Deep brown, bordering black. Head is dense and just off-creamy in texture.

S- Sweet caramel and vanilla. Roast. A little bit of a wood character. Faint booze as well.

T- Sweet vanilla roast. Almost a tobacco character comes out.

M- Body is medium full with some slight astringency. Aftertaste is long but enjoyable.

O- Not bad. Solid, not over-the-top stout.

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BWED from Colorado, Apr 22, 2018
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
6.3% ABV (as marked on bottle)
The Beerbistro (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
August 26, 2011
The beer poured a solid brownish-black colour with a thin tan coloured head. Aroma was roasted malt, burnt wood, coffee, and vanilla. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was roasted malt, dark chocolate, and molasses. The better of the two beers I had this evening.

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cyrenaica from Ontario (Canada), Mar 28, 2018
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3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Everyday stout. Not outrageous.
a) Black, good 1 inch loose head, lasts, and provides lacing all the way down glass.
s) Too faint, and while hops, coffee, malt, char - another oily smell lowers the mark.
t) Ample bittered of charcoal, coffee, chocolate, hops, and malt. Hoppy dry stout.
f) Pleasing but light feel, bittering on tongue, nice finish, char remains.
o) Solid every day stout. I'd have one a day.

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Act25 from New Jersey, Dec 23, 2017
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3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big, roasty stout packs a ton of flavor. Uses plenty of rich roasted barley and a large amount of hops. Faint coffee presence but more of a roasted flavor than actual coffee. Full-Med. bodied, but extremely crushable.

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3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a tulip

L: Dark, dark brown pour.. nearly black. 1.5 fingers of off-white head. Modest ring of lacing.

S: Roasted grains... chocolate and coffee. Sweet and toasty.

T/F: Follows the nose. Nice roasted malts and grains. Good cocoa and espresso notes. Mild hopping at the end adds some bitterness to the roast. Medium in body. Finish is espresso and slightly acidic.

O: A pretty standard stout. Good quality and flavor. Nothing earth shattering but a stand-up representation of the style.

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EMV from Pennsylvania, Oct 01, 2017
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3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can into a pint glass. canned 9/8/16, so 11 months old.

looks like a great stout, black body with some amber tones when held up to the light. Big creamy colored head, which leaves thick lacing.

aroma is only of roasted malt.

Kinda tingly on the tongue, roasted malted barley with some faint coffee notes. The hops have faded after 11 months, and the malted barley is a bit more heavily roasted than i would like personally.

medium heading towards full on the mouth, roasted malt on the finish.

Overall, and bearing in mind that this beer is almost a year old, it's still a little too roasted for this particular palate. A fresh one in all it's malted glory would likely be too much for me.

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MikeWard from Pennsylvania, Aug 13, 2017
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3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 7/11/16. Served from bottle into glass at home. Pours deep black, completely opaque, with a small short lived but still velvety tawny colored head. Aroma full of roasted malt, lightly burnt toast and a little dark chocolate. No detectable hop aroma. More dark roasted malt flavor with bittersweet chocolate. No detectable hop flavor. Medium bitterness, medium carbonation and a dry finish. No alcohol flavor detected. Full bodied with a smooth creamy texture. The bottle label describes large amounts of hops used in the brewing but that is undetectable in the glass, although this may just be a matter of age. Overall this beer has an uncomplicated straightforward aroma and flavor but a great mouthfeel and finish.

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handmuffin from Wisconsin, Mar 28, 2017
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3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A shout out to the sailor of stouts, woodychandler, for providing this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of coffee, smoke. Taste is smokey, roasted malts, some bitterness, hints of charcoal. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

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tone77 from Pennsylvania, Dec 13, 2016
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3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

My first review was in 2016: "This beer may -- or may not -- be heavenly. But I'm drinking it in heaven; eating brownies and watching the Cubs win game 7 of the World Series." (1906 was the last time that happened.)

Serendipitously on a differently momentous evening (mid-term election 2018), I opened a can and offer this review.
Out Of Bounds Looks average in an undistinguished style. Smells give me roasted malt only. Tastes are a step above with toasted malts providing as much bitter as the hops. Bitterness finishes dry. And a few Halloween chocolates round out the evening.

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Beginner2 from Illinois, Nov 03, 2016
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3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours black, with less than a finger of khaki colored head. Fair retention, with a few strands of lacing left behind for keeps. Slightly musty, malty aroma note, backed with biscuit and toasted malts with a smidgen of chocolate. Flavor profile refrains from making too much of a statement. There are notes of roasted and musty malts, with chocolate, and a little pine hop bite at the back. Mouth feel is on the thin side, and almost watery. Overall, it's a fine stout that is easily drinkable for those concerned with pounding their dark beer faster, or for those who find the thick winter stouts to be too much.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Harrison8 from Missouri, Oct 27, 2016
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4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black in color with no light penetration. There's a quarter inch of creamy brown on top. The aroma is of bitter black malt with just a faint trace of smokiness. The flavor is an outstanding blend of bitter roasted malt with a lightly smokey note. There's a sweet dark licorice note at the end. What a ride for the palate! The mouth is creamy and smooth. Vastly underrated.

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Franziskaner from Missouri, Oct 22, 2016
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4.59/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours Dark with a tan small head. Smells of Coffee and Chocolate, and malts. Taste is a deep coffee and Chocolate malts and a nice perfect Bitterness. Finishing with a bitter Chocolate Flavor. It Feels very smooth in your Mouth and Refreshing! I give it an overall rating of 5. This is a very GOOD Stout, what an American Stout should be. Give this one a try, you will like it I sure did!

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Schmidts from Pennsylvania, Oct 09, 2016
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3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazelnut pour forms a dark chocolate black with brown edges. 2 finger head to start, 1/2 finger retention. Hilly lace.

Aromas of milk sugars, caramel malts, and light roastiness.

Flavor is a bit thin, with some metallic characteristics; equal amounts of caramel malts and roasted barley; hints of campfire smoke and burnt ash. Some lactose sugars linger among the finish.

Feel is also on the thin side, with some dull carbonation and a roasty/chapped finish.

Overall, I feel $8.99 for a six pack wasn't too big of a gamble, and it wasn't - but I'd be pissed if I paid more. Out of Bounds just doesn't deliver, it's just an uninspiring beer brewed with dark malts. Ironically its namesake is practically their approach to this stout - not even within boundaries of spec. Pass on it if you see it.

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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota, Sep 26, 2016
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4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a bottled on date of 7/11/16; into a pint glass.
Appearance- dark, but plenty of light penetrates giving an off brown mahogany tone. Bubbles very visable on the sides; head is a medium, froathy layer of beige. Lacing is thick and sticky!
Smell - chocolate brownie and sweet caramel, very nice actually!
Taste - very pleasantly surprised! Big and bold roasted coffee flavors teamed with pine hop notes!
Feel - medium body, robust flavor profile with a stellar malt to hop balance; finish is a bit dry, but overall feel is full!
Overall - I've somehow managed to miss this year round option from Avery that is easy to find; my expectations were low and this one proved to be a keeper!

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3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass
Bottled on: 2/29/16

A: Pour is black, with brown and ruby hues when held to lift. Large 2+ fingers width of tan head builds and appears dense. Dissipate very slowly and leaves tons of lacing. 4.25

S: Aroma is roasty, lactose-like creamy, subtle coffee and even more subtle cocoa. 3.5

T: Taste follows the aroma, roasty, heavy cream, bitterness, unsweetened chocolate. 3.75

M/D: Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and carbonation is high. Drinkability is average. 3.5

O: Overall, a pretty good standard stout. Worth the tick, but nothing special. 3.5

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zac16125 from South Carolina, Jun 20, 2016
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3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BOD 327/15. Pitch black pour. Normal head volume, outstanding lacing and retention.

Very good nose of light chocolate, roast, malt with a caramel note, a bit of char and an odd berry like fruitiness. Had it had more intensity, it would rate outstanding.

Medium body that is very smooth and has a light creamy aspect, especially on the finish. Outstanding carbonation / body balance with just enough middle effervescence to open it up and still deliver a light prickly finish.

The flavor profile is hard to rate due to the strong berry flavor (raspberry and blue berry) since the description has no mention of these additives. However, what's in the glass is outstanding, albeit lacking a bit of intensity. It begins with light roast then flows to bakers chocolate. The middle has slightly sweet underpinnings that a light herbal hop note cascades over. Bitterness is very mild and has some hop flavor but is mostly roast with a bit of char. From the middle on fruit takes center stage and coasts through the finish over a bit of char with a nice herbal hop note.

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tillmac62 from South Carolina, May 30, 2016
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is one of those 20+ year old stout recipes that holds up still to this day.

Pours black, tiny bubble brown head 3/4" with above average lace. Aroma dropped those coffee malt notes.

Taste is a substantially Cascade hopped bitterness paired with substantial malt. Despite its high bitterness, it drinks pretty smoothly, like it was a well hopped (C hops) stout made with oatmeal. Underpinnings of char, roast even a tinge of smoke. Pretty cool that this is still a stout in the 12oz format and 6 packs while being under $10.

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3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured cola colored brown and had a slight dissipating head. I got a roasted/ chocolate taste. A lighter stout and I tasted alcohol at the finish. Not a bad beer and it was pretty drinkable.

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mickyge from Massachusetts, Apr 24, 2016
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3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown/black color with tan head. Nose of roasted coffee with hints of chocolate and burnt nuts. Tastes of dark roast coffee, notes of chocolate, coffee, toasty malts with a touch of oatmeal. I get a slight bitterness from the hops on the finish. Finish lingers like your morning cup of coffee. Overall not the best stout but enjoyable. Reminds me of a scotch ale or porter. Not a bad thing

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jmd1978 from Missouri, Apr 17, 2016
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4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle to glass, no date that I could find, but it tasted fresh.

Color: blackish brown, somewhat coal-toned. Head minimal, though relatively durable, paler than some stouts. Nose: something reminded me of tree roots (a good thing)... a bit funky, malty, with some typical caramel / cola stout notes. Flavor: exceeded expectations based on looks and nose. A tiny zing at the outset, into a nice balanced stout, with malty caramel and chocolate hints, and what to me is the right touch of hops on top without too much bitter or burnt aspect at any point. Mouthfeel smooth, substantial, solid without too much creaminess or sharpness. Could perhaps be bigger or wilder, but that might come at the cost of a nice solid package . The integrated flavor here is worth returning to.

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OldSwampy from Virginia, Apr 12, 2016
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4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated end of November, 2015:
Pours quite black, but rolls out of the bottle easily. Off white to light tan head is present while the beer was in existence, nice and fluffy to foamy.

Nose isn't very strong but bitter roasted notes are obvious. Coffee with a little tea-like herb mixed in.

Taste is fairly bold, with a decent dose of bitterness - especially for a 6% stout. The feel indicates the relative lightness of this beer, but the flavors do not. Bitter medium roast coffee with what appears to be hop bitterness accentuating the roasted malt lightly astringent bitterness. With warmth, the astringent bitterness drops a little, and the flavor seems to add a little nuttiness. Lingering taste is husky grain or nut skin bitterness.

Not usually a fan of big, bitter American stouts, but this one was enjoyable for this tasting. Bold and bitter, to be sure, and for me, I probably have to be in the mood for this to hit again.

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cjgiant from District of Columbia, Mar 16, 2016
Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
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