Out Of Bounds Stout | Avery Brewing Company

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Out Of Bounds StoutOut Of Bounds Stout

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002

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Photo of handmuffin
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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Photo of tone77
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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Photo of Harrison8
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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Photo of Franziskaner
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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Photo of Schmidts
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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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
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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Photo of DenverHopHead
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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Photo of zac16125
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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Photo of tillmac62
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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Photo of rodbeermunch
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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Photo of mickyge
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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Photo of jmd1978
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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Photo of OldSwampy
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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Photo of cjgiant
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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Photo of drtth
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a nice deep dark brown color with a 1" dark fluffy tan head that begins to slowly but visibly recede down to an irregular island of foam over part of the liquid and leave patches and legs of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass. Sipping creates some scattered small patches and legs of lacing, some of which slide back down to the liquid.

The aromas include some chocolate, some dark roast from the malt and a bit of coffee.

The flavors are dominated by the dark roasted malt with some chocolate and hints of coffee mixed in. There is some definite bitterness but it's hard to tell whether from the hops or the almost burnt nature of the dark roasted malt. There is also some sweetness that is always around the edges or in the background.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and a mostly smooth from the very light but ongoing carbonation. The finish begins about mid-way through as the chocolate, coffee and sweetness leave behind the dark roast flavor that then becomes the residual bitterness.

This is an easy to drink stout which I don't think I'll be having again, certainly not on a regular basis since the "charred" flavor at the end is not among my favorite ways to have a beer end. This is also a stout which helps illustrate the importance of paying attention to temperature since as the beer warms the flavors become much more well integrated and harder to single out.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

from very old ratings, no comments.
Circa 1996

Not sure when I had this last, but I know I had it in college....one of those 7 years (no, I'm not a doctor).

This is a classic stout; despite being eclipsed the bigger bolder stouts of this century, Out of Bounds still holds up. A little dry like an irish stout, but roasted malt comes through and some chocolate/coffee like flavors. There is a creaminess that makes this very drinkable; not unlike another Avery, Ellies Brown Ale.

Glad I tried this again....and from a can this time. I would have turned my nose up at that 20 years ago.


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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown body with mahogany tints, too dark to determine clarity. Light tan head that sticks around for a surprising amount of time, velvety looking, with plenty of lace. Nose contains dark roasty malt, bitter chocolate, vanilla and marshmallow, and a crisp bitterness and acidity. Flavor is roasted malt, suggesting bitter chocolate, char, and caramel, vanilla from somewhere that combats the acidity present. The acidity, paired with these layers of malt, make me imagine coffee. The hops are surely playing into this acidity, but contribute very very little in the way of flavors themselves (thank you Avery). Definitely dry, moderately bitter from both hops and the roasted malt. Full bodied, nearly thick, but the carbonation is a little prickly and paired with the acid it can verge onto the disruptive side.
I love surprisingly good beers. They don't lie when they advertise huge roasty notes and a mountain of hops, but the high acidity and moderate-high bitterness was balanced by a warm vanilla/sugary note, without adding actual sweetness. Another sleeper agent from Avery. Cheers!

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Photo of MaximalC
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark mahogany color with a solid cap of khaki foam. The aroma features plenty of roasted malt, along with coffee, dark chocolate, earthy hops, and hints of peanut brittle and peat. Broad sheets of finely reticulated lacing adorn the glass as the beer recedes.

The taste follows through on the big, roasty flavors promised by the nose. The bitterness is up there, both on account of the burnt malt as well as the earthy hops. Complexity is minimal, coming in the form of dark chocolate, nuts, and licorice, but the taste remains solid nonetheless. Medium body and carbonation afford a smooth, semi-creamy mouthfeel with a supremely dry finish.

Overall, this is a fine, full-flavored, roasty stout. It could do with a bit more body and complexity, but there are no major flaws that would stop me from enjoying it again.

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Photo of Raime
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Avery Brewing Out of Bounds Stout.

I haven't seen much outta this brewery around here which is weird since apparently they have a lot of highly rated beers. I remember having their IPA which was the only brew I've had outta them buttttt it was definitely a bit on the old side based on the flavors. Anyway, hoping for something solid outta this brew. Soooo let's see what we get.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle hard poured into a pint glass. This brew pours a deep black though it shows garnet hues here and there in the corners. The head starts off as a thick lightly mocha head which starts leaving immediate stick as the head slowly dies down. Carbonation is completely unreadable due to the depth of the brew. The remaining lacing is between low and moderate though it is quite sticky.

Smell - The smell on this brew is big and milk chocolate like. Cocoa nibs are all there as well along with a good dosage of bakers chocolate. There are hops though they are minimal to the malt levels. Smells a lot like Sierra Nevada Stout for the most part with the addition of a bit of ash like aspect.

Taste - Once again the flavor follows a lot like the nose. Big chocolate notes consisting of milk and bittersweet bakers chocolate. The hops are once again there though they are a bit earthy and once again with a touch of the ash. Chocolates develop into darkness as the brew continues to warm up. This beer is 90% chocolate and 10% hoppyness. Quite tasty but not overly huge. Again reminds me a lot of the Sierra Nevada Stout.

Feel - The feel on this beer was a bit underwhelming. The body is about moderate and the creamyness is quite nice but the overall feel wasn't as slick or as heavy as I had expected. But..this is just an American Stout and not an imperial so its kind of expected. STILL NEED A BIT MORE THICKNESS GUYS. Also...now that it's sat a good few minutes...it's taken on a nice chocolate brownie like ordeal and it coats the mouth almost strikingly accordingly to a sweet chocolate treat.

Overall - Some parts of my review were from when the beer was still cold. So disregard that. As it warmed it became a chocolatey treat. Still wouldn't drink more than two or three at a time due to the fact it is a stout after all. Probably the best standard, non imperial American stout I have ever come across. I know my review doesn't sound overly enthusiastic right now but dealing with a pre Christmas party around a bunch of asshats I can't stand is a bit annoying ;). Try this one for sure guys..

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

had this on tap at avery in a pint glass
pours brown amber with a small tan head
smell is chocolate, cocoa and smoky
taste smoky chocolate
feel viscous and a little thin
overall not bad not my favorite stout like the out of mind and stoutworks orange much better

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Bright dark brown with ruby highlights. Produces a ½” tan foam cap that recedes moderately fast.

S: Spice scented chocolate and coffee with some grain aromas. Touch of anise to licorice.

T: Spicy dark chocolate seasoned with coffee finishes with a coffee like astringent dryness. Some dark dried fruit. Malt flavors are high, hop flavors are low, yeast flavors are medium low, hop bitterness is medium to medium low.

F: Very creamy smooth with a medium to medium full body and medium carbonation.

O: A nice, rich chocolaty very drinkable stout.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Out of bounds stout pours an almost black color with a small, long lasting, lacing head. There is a big black licorice aroma. The taste is creamy, with nice notes of smoke, and big black licorice flavors. Nice flavors, body just a tiny bit flat. Overall its a very nice simple stout.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, totally opaque ale with a thin skein of tan foam. Smells of roasted malt, Werthers carmals and chocolate. Taste is roasted malt, caramel, lactose but not sweet, semi-sweet chocolate with orangish rind hop flavor and somewhat hop-bitter as well toward the back of the palate. Body is medium with a higher carb and the hop presence lends almost a strangely crisp feel to this toasty stout which is unexpected. Interesting and drinkable brew. Finish is dryish, slightly bakers chocolate like residue and roast elements.

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Photo of South2NW
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very deep brown in color, not quite black. a finger or 2 of tan head that doesn't hang around long. smell is dark roast coffee and unsweetened chocolate. Taste starts off with some bitterness and is quickly balanced out by some sweet, roasty malts. Not too heavy or too thin in the mouth. Quite nice. Overall, a very nicely done stout, but no huge flavors that make this extra memorable. But, I would pick it up again. good apres ski beer

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Photo of beergoot
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark, mahogany brown body; very thick, dense, creamy head. Cocoa and dark malt aroma; mild sourness. Rich, roasted nut and mild chocolate flavor; a bit astringent; good bitterness. Medium bodied; somewhat sweet finish.

A solid stout with respectable flavor and appearance. The mouthfeel seems a bit weak, but that's the only knock (such as it is). Better than many stout offerings and comes with a decent ABV while still maintaining an easy drinking personae.

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