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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002

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Photo of gordavidson
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle without a freshness date. Pours a dark brown color with an excellent looking, 3-finger topping of beige foam. Retention is good and lacing is even better.

Milky, roasty, chocolaty...most everything a low ABV stout should be comes through on the nose. Most impressive.

Taste is slightly burnt cocoa with a fair amount of sweetness and roasted bitterness lingering long into the finish with some grassy support from the hops. By the look and smell, I was sure this was the perfect stout, but alas it was not quite meant to be with this one. Still tasty though, as it is a multi-faceted malt forward stout with some definite hoppy complexities added in. I think this brew fits better as an American stout than an Irish Dry. Never gets boring, even as the glass approaches empty status. I would happily purchase a sixer of this at least once a year. Strangely enough, this is one of the few Avery beers that is not available in Tx.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark brown color, with hints of red and a creamy tan head. Aromas of coffee, Hershey's chocolate syrup and a little dark brown sugar. Pretty similar on the palate, with a little bit of hops backing up the familiar stout flavors. Another good Avery offering.

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Photo of bgildea
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of jones3aj
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Kicked back with a cold one after a long Friday at work. I have to say I was hoping for more to talk about, but this one is pretty pedestrian.

A - Nice, opaque color. Poured loosely into the glass, and developed a short-lived, 1/2" head of light tan. Didn't last very long.

S - Heavy on the malt side. Just a slight sweetness in the smell. Possibly a chocolate note, but more of an afterthought. Perhaps I was LOOKING for something because there just wasn't much there..

T - Definitely had a malty taste, but not much else. Reminded me of Guinness.

M - Felt as watery as it tasted. Smooth, with a slight zing of carbonation. I was looking for a little more tingle, but was let down. Should have expected this with the lack of a head.

D - Easy to drink, but not something I'd likely buy more of. I look for more of an experience when drinking my beer. This came and went, and I won't likely look back.

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Photo of biglite351
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - dark with Ted around the edges. Thick off-white head.

S - heavy malts, nut not much else. Nice though.

T - heavy malts like the scent. Not much else to comment on though.

M - mild coating with no tingles or anything.

D - it is tasty but boring. You could easily drink a lot of this, but you would probably opt for something more with more flavor.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark, ruby brown color. Poured a 1 finger tan head with fair retention. Lacedin in uneven rings.

S: Big, rich toasted malt aromas; slightly sweet mollases.

T: Bitter coffee, burnt toast and nuts. Rich and flavorful. Dry and bitter in the finish.

M: Full body. Low carbonation. Thick, rich and creamy.

D: Very drinkable. Smooth and pleasing. A bit filling.

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

Nice dry stout with a sweet roasted edge.

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle. Avery label design pivoting on the illustration of a skier going down a mountain next to a snowed cliff. Side brief paragraph notes ingredients and main intent. Lacks any bottling or best by date. Served in a snifter.

A - Brown-black pour with brown edges, nice brown head, medium retention, surface memory and a bits of lacing.

S - Roasted nose with a bit of coffee and hints of sweet chocolate. A bit shy.

T - Nice expansion of the nose with a balanced roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate notes, and a light sweetness in the background.

M - Medium body with good carbonation, and a smooth feel if a bit thin at times that works fairly well under this mix.

D - Nicely drinkable, not too deep or flimsy, about right as a tasty middle weight stout.

Notes: Nice surprise from the small regular bottles of Avery. Maybe nothing remarkable but rather reliable.

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Photo of BigIrishman
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours very very dark amber (not completely black as you can see the redness up against a light). Small slightly caramel bubly head.

Smell: Very malty. The roasted malts dominate the smell, but there's a dark chocolate background.

Taste: Smokey and roasted malts up front, hoppy bitterness hangs in the background. Very slight chocolate and light coffee.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and a little sticky.

Drinkability: The taste is subtle so palate fatigue is definitely not an issue. This beer is pretty sessionable and I can definitely see myself throwing back a bunch of these.

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Photo of arizcards
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle from Total Wine in early January for $1.49.

Beer poured black with ruby undertones. Tan head was very large on pour, leaving lacing behind. Nose is hints of coffee, mocha, hops. Taste is coffee, mocha, with a nice dry hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and very smooth. Drinkability is quite good at the abv level and with all the good flavors going on. Nice effort, I am quite impressed!

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great black color, very small bubbles and compact lacing. Big aroma made up of coffee predominantly.

Very hoppy and dry taste that comes out very smooth as if made w/ oats. Decent amount of smoke flavoring, but not enough to be called 'smoky'. Same thing on the mocha tip. Just a great culmination of all good things in a variety of stouts, all together in one.

Fantastic price.

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Photo of ThreeDimesDown
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This stout pour dark with thick creamy, dark tan head. The head retains throughout the drink creating very nice lacing.

Aromas of chocolate and coffee are accompanied by roasted malt.

The taste doesn't deter far from the smell, starting with chocolate and coffee nodes with slight roasted maltiness and ending slightly dry.

The stout has a pleasant creaminess with a medium to full mouthfeel and lots of small bubble carbonation.

Could definitely throw a few of these back and not get too far ahead of yourself.

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Photo of kbeals
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours out a dark black. Shows through deep red along the edges with two fingers of creamy brown head sitting on top. Really good lacing and head retention complement the beer nicely.

S- Lots of deep, dark roasted flavors with just a slight touch of sweetness. The sweetness almost tastes like molasses. Pretty pleasant overall.

T- Tastes of black coffee and other roasted flavors. Taste is pretty much what I would expect from an Irish Dry Stout. Finishes off slightly dry.

M- Nice heavy mouthfeel, slightly creamy. Maybe just a tad watered down. Good doses of carbonation.

D- Easily drinkable. One of the better Irish Stouts I've had. A solid 4.0 beer.

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

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours very dark brown to almost black. Seems to be a few amber highlights. Strong head formation, mocha color, well retained at 2mm.

S - Roasted barley and some yeast bready notes. Certainly a dry nose.

T - Starts off with a smooth bittersweet chocolate, which is immediately accompanied by some roasted barley and coffee notes. Gets more dry, edge and puckering through the mid-stream - yeast and barley come together to make a bready burnt note. Finishes with a husky burnt note.

M - Strong beer body - carbonation is balanced, but backs it up to make it even more fully bodied. Leaves behind a dry, almost acidic film.

D - Easy drinking for a dry stout. ABV is manageable. Flavors do begin to wear after a while as the roasted notes almost turn to ash.

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Photo of DNICE555
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle - love the skier skiing the backcountry on the label.

A - Dark brown - plenty of lacing.

S - Nuts, chocolate, expresso, quite nice.

T - Chocolaty with some nice coffee and a bitter backbone to balance it out

M - Full bodied as hell for 5.1 percent. Low carbonation.

D - Did I just find my new favorite low abv session stout?

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Photo of BeerGodz
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Black, clear, nice dense head head with good retention & very good lacing

Smell: Milk chocolate, malt, oatmeal, mellow roast coffee

Taste: Up Front: It mirrors the smell - Chocolate up front. Finish: Malt, oatmeal, coffee

Mouthfeel: Medium body, low carbonation, with a dry finish

Drinkability: A good session beer for sure!

Overall Impression: A pretty solid beer all around. I thought it was just a touch too sweet for a Dry Stout, but was still enjoyable.

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Photo of jmerloni
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark brown, creamy black with gigantic brown racuous head with great lacing and retention.

S - fantastic. Huge toffee and chocolate smell that has a bitter end sniff.

T - Just awesome. Every sip is huge. Not even toffee and chocolate but just straight up mocha. Mocha beer with a sugary middle and kick of bitterness on the afterbite. Just fantastic.

M - Electric but when they kick sugary in the middle there's a little bit of a watery taste. But good overall.

D - Drinkable though they could get old. I would probably session with these though. Would buy this again - a great stout.

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Photo of rpstevens
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a dogfish head signature glass. The beer is a jet black, letting no light through, with a one finger off-white head. The head fades to a tight cap, leaving ample lacing on the walls of the glass.

The smell is roasted malts, hints of caramel and brown sugar (but very faint) some light coffee and a healthy dose of earthy hops. Overall this beer doesn't have a very strong aroma, but when you really seek it out it's pretty inviting/interesting.

The taste mirrors the smell, but packs a little more punch. There is some roasted malt flavor, and then the lemon zest hops really over power the sweet flavors of the beer. The finish is a bit of coffee and caramel, but the hops really overpower everything else in this one.

The beer is light to medium bodied, well carbonated and the alcohol is not present at all. The finish is nice and dry, and this is a beer that I wouldn't mind having a six pack of, but but I wouldn't finish them all at once, it would linger in the back of the fridge.

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Photo of CHickman
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black, but looks dark reddish brown when held up to the light, with a tan 1/4 inch creamy head that dissipates quickly; smells nutty and malty up front, with roasted coffee, light hops and burnt wood.

Tastes like it smells, with sweet roasted malt, nut, roasted coffee, light hops, lemon, burnt wood, smoky grains, yeast and chocolate/cocoa; very smoky and roasted malt taste overall with a finish on the dry side, and a caramel sweetness. The flavor is quite complex and enjoyable.

Carbonation is light, with a smooth creamy mouthfeel; this beer goes down easy considering the full body and heavy smoke taste that eventually gives way to nice flavor of malts and some fruits. It's like a very tasty light stout, with a nice dry burnt finish. A nice beer that I would certainly have again.

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Photo of RTrain12
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle poured in to a pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful black with a light brown head. Head is about a 1/4" tall and sticks around almost for the hole beer. Alot of lacing in the glass also.

S: Smells of coffey and Roasted malts.

T: Tasted liked roasted malts with a dry hoppy finish. Finishes a little bitter also.

M: Medium bodied with very small carbonation. I think it was pretty smooth.

D: Not a bad beer overall. I have drank a couple of these at once! I'd probally buy it again.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of CPeterson
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A -- Pours with the appearance of my morning coffee, thick and brown / copper with a hint of translucence. A good head slowly falls and leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

S -- Oatmeal, earthy roasted malt, nutty and caramel.

T -- Solid and dry with a strong roasted malt, grain, some almond. A pleasant hop or coffee bitterness is followed by a lingering dryness and some light tartness.

M -- Dry and thin while still lingering on the palate. Appropriate to the style.

D -- Approachable, solid...a good beer, worthy of any drinker to try.

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Photo of davexisxrabid
2.54/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured an almost black with brown tinges at the edges of the glass and held up to the light. One inch tall head, decent retention, gives way to big bubbles.

Aroma is strong ground coffee beans, a little hop twinge, earthy and pungent.

Flavor is dominated by the roasted malt flavor, a little overpowering and unpleasant. Has a watery bitterness I found unpleasant as well. Reminiscent of the sourness many Irish stouts have (Guiness comes to mind) but far more than I was expecting.

Medium mouthfeel, not the thickness I was expecting from a stout. Didn't have a residual sweetness so not much lingering on the palate other than a thin watery bitterness.

Not my cup of tea. I've had better stouts and will probably stick with them. Of course I wasn't expecting something chewy like an imperial stout, but I was expecting a little more body and flavor than the one-note flavor I was experiencing here.

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Photo of m1ked
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint at the Gate on a cold ass saturday.

A- Pours a pitch black with a thin tan skim on top that turns into a splotching of foam on a see through skim. Kind of looks like spots of mold on white bread, just the pattern....not the gross aspect.

S- I get some low roasted coffee, dark berry, bitter chocolate. Nothing unusual.

T- Better palate than nose for sure. Rich dark chocolate and bitter coffee. The rich dark cocoa just fills the mouth and then is met and eventaully succombs to the bitter coffee. A touch of bourbon or port booze at the end, no real heat though. Delicious. Would have guessed a irish dry stout though.

M- In the the beginning seems like it is going to blossom into some full bodied brew, but it quickly dries out...tricky.

D- This is a great session stout beer, rich but not heavy. Great flavor but not too boozy. I'll call it a winter session stout.

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Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 1,351 ratings