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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 | website

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 delta490
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

Pitch black until disturbed, at which point it goes a little brown. Light tan head. Aroma is coffee and dark bread. Taste is similar with more pronounced coffee and earthy hops. Nice weight

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Photo of tkdchampxi
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%

Excellent regular stout. Nice roasty qualities with some malt complexity and a subtle hop presence. Pleasant but not overwhelming makes for a drinkable experience.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a mocha head.

S: Roasted malt, anise, molasses, hop presence is there but it isn't super hoppy; some citrus, some red berries, some dark fruit, some pine, some fruity yeast esters in the nose.

T: Orange and lemon are present, red berries are more present. Most present is roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: A more than solid stout, definitely recommended if you like stouts.

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Photo of Roxie_B
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle
Looks: Pitch black, finger of tan head that’s gone after about a minute
Smell: This smells dusty. Maybe it’s just me?
Taste: Malty and sweet. Coffee in the middle. SUPER sweet chocolate finish. Small pop of citrus hops.
Mouth feel: Not as thick and creamy as some but it’s definitely a stout.
Overall: It’s a decent enough stout.

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Photo of jaredtp
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer is dark brown / black color. It has a decent foamy head. The aroma is filled with cocoa toasted malts. Not too heavy or too light. This was a pretty good beer. I know thhat I enjoyed this beer. I would like to have it again if I can find it again.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours a dark brown/black color with a decent, foamy head. The aroma is filled with cocoa, coffee, and toasted malts. The flavor is well-balanced and smooth. It’s a stout that isn’t too heavy or too light. Smooth malts and cocoa are very evident. This finishes a with a bit of chalky, malt after taste.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz brown bottle purchased from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco.

Pours a deep red-black colour, quite clear when held to the light. Head forms a coarse mess of beige froth that leaves tiny, intricate lace. Body is solid without being heavy—it moves around quite smoothly in the glass. Carbonation is fine. Looks good.

Nose is extremely pleasant. Big toasty, nutty sweetness, with overtones of coconut, Nutella and vanilla. Smooth, and extremely potent. Slight popcorn characters come through too, which would be unusual were it not for the darker grounding that just make it become part of the sweetness. Really genuinely excellent stuff.

Taste is much more restrained, but still solid: clean, smooth dark malt with echoes of those aromatic nut characters. Slight liquorice tones and a hint of something slightly medicinal on the mid-palate. The main problem is that it's really quite light towards the back: it makes it feel thin, whereas the nose made it seem like it was going to be smooth, rich and luscious.

Very drinkable overall, and with some really great flavours to it. This could be a genuinely superb brew if it were a bit bigger... I say that, and then remember that perhaps the "bigger" version of this is something like Avery's Mephistopheles Stout. And, yes, that is a beer throbbing with indescribable power. I guess it's no bad thing to be the smaller, wimpier brother to a beer like that.

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Photo of kcrosson492
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - Amber-dark appearance with a thick cream head. A bit on the light side for a stout.

S - Healthy, coffee scents with a bit of metallic edge.

T - Relatively empty taste for a full stout. Relatively bitter compared to what is to be expected of a quality stout.

M - Good, hearty taste but a bit on the bitter side (~45-50 IBUs) for a stout.

O - A notable stout. Definitely recommendable. Not, however, what could be had with similar brews.

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Photo of FLima
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deepest black color with a thick two finger caramel head with decent retention and leaving lots of laces.
Very present creamy chocolate aroma, some spices, bread crust and nuts.
Bitter and roasted flavor with notes of cocoa, dark and creamy chocolate, some vanilla, charcoal and lactose, lots of spicy yeast and finishing with coffee and earth. Perfect sweetness level. Quite dry aftertaste with a bitter lingering roast note.
Velvet medium body with low carbonation.
Flavorful Stout with character, still quite light and drinkable. Relatively hoppy but far from aggressive.

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Photo of SamN
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 12/22/2012. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, biscuit, light toffee, light nuttiness, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, biscuit, light toffee, light char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Moderate roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roast, coffee, toast, biscuit, light char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roasted malt flavors; with a good roast/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, smooth, and moderately dry/chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice stout. All around good balance and complexity of very roasty, dark, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a semi-opaque dark brown/cola color with a creamy, one-finger head which dissipated quickly. Hardly any lacing to speak of.

S - Medium strength aroma of roasted grains, burnt coffee, and unsweetened chocolate.

T - Taste matches the nose; lots of burnt and bitter notes. Some nuttiness in the mid-palate. No sweetness at all. Getting some piney hops in the finish, which do not work well with the overdone burnt/ashy flavor at all. Not very rich or complex, and the end result winds up being kind of underwhelming.

M - Thin bodied, with medium carbonation. Very dry. Too thin to work well with the flavor profile, this could use some beefing up.

O - If you like dry, bitter stouts this might be your thing, but overall I was disappointed. Poor mouthfeel, not very well balanced, and in my opinion could use either some sweetness or richness to balance this thing out. I really like Avery, but not their best effort here.

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Photo of bodhi185
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle purchased from Total Wine in Ontario, CA:
A: Dark black with a whispy tan head.
S: Earthy malty notes with a bit of chocolate.
T: Bitter chocolate and roast with a nice bit of hoppiness coming through midway.
M: Thin for a stout with this voracity.
O: Great beer, especially for the price: $1.50/bottle. Would love to see a larger version of this beer with a little more to chew on. I'd recommend "Off-Piste-ing" or maybe "Piste'd Off".

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Photo of MartzMimic
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown at 56 degrees with a small tan creamy head. Aromas of chocolate, coffee and malts abound. Coffee predominates the taste, with a chocolate nuttiness. Decent bitterness. The carbonation tingles the tongue, but the mouth is light for a stout. This is a nice stout, and excellent at this price ($1.40).

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Photo of Gryphon69
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
no date

A- Pours near black with a slight mahagony hue, very light colored head despite a heavy pour. Pretty clear when held under a light: as in not much cloudiness, pretty.

S- Dark malts forward. some bittersweet chocolate, raisins/prunes, lastly some vanillas. Nose is very muddled to me and took some time to get it all.

T- Much like the nose with the dark malts leading the way. finish is sorta dry.

M- Medium body, some creaminess nothing heavy or sticky, low carbonation and fizziness.

O- I picked up a 6pack of this and it sat in my truck most of the day which it never got above 25 out, had this when I got home and it was still rather cold, think it will be better after it actually warms up a bit.
Will review it again after it gets warm

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours almost pure black, but just a little bit of brown peeks through the edges. Small, 1 finger head forms and retains very well. Lacing is very good and the head is tan to chocolate in color.

S- Tons of dark, roasted malts. Delicious smelling from the start just from the malts before displaying a little bit of coffee presence. Not much chocolate or other sweetness here, just a lot of somewhat dry, roasted malt scents.

T- Just like the scent, except not as deep and delicious. Starts like a dry stout with dominant roasted malt flavor. Just a touch of smokiness is in there too. Coffee flavor comes in towards the end and is not very strong or dark. Lingering roasted malt flavor is the aftertaste.

M- Fairly ordinary here. Medium carbonation, not too thick, not too watery, and rather easy drinking. Nothing special, but the weight and feel of this beer supports the flavor well enough.

Overall, a very good, everyday stout. Not too dry, and it displays a fair amount of dark flavors.

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

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Acquired this bottle as part of a mixed six pack at the local beer store. Surprisingly, this is somehow only my second review of a beer from Avery Brewing Co. Expectations are pretty good.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a deep dark mahogany color; opaque black in the glass with just the slightest mahogany hue around the edges when held to the light. One finger of chocolate tan head that dissipates rather quick. Thin strands of stringy lacing. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is of wonderful bitter chocolate / cocoa, coffee beans, some mineral well water, caramel / toffee, and some dirty herbal earthiness imparted from the hops. Some berry, figs, dates, and raisins also in there. Lightly leathery with some cold char notes also. Smells pretty complex and nice.

T - Taste follows the nose: cold coffee, bittersweet chocolate, hint of vanilla, and lots of bitter earthy, mildly citrusy, hop bitterness. Mild berry tartness, with some dried dark fruits reminiscent of raisins, figs, and dates thrown in for good measure. Delicious and complex.

M - Smooth and creamy, with some coarse carbonation and bitter chocolate / coffee lingering on the finish alongside some dried dark fruitiness. Long dry & bitter finish.

Overall, a very nice year-round stout from Avery Brewing Co., very complex and flavorful, yet manages to still be approachable and drinkable, with a rewarding 6.30% abv. Recommended.

Avery Brewing Out Of Bounds Stout ---4/5.

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Photo of barczar
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque black with garnet highlights and a frothy tan head that dissipates slowly, leaving sheets of lacing.

Roast malt, dark chocolate, and coffee form the aroma. Nutty, toasted notes accompany hints of dark fruit.

Bittersweet chocolate dominates the profile initially, giving way to roast malt, finishing with coffee bitterness. Nutty notes resound in the finish. Malted milk balls come to mind. There's a subtle touch of dark cherry. An acrid character surfaces in the finish.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and light alcohol warmth. There's a bit of lingering harshness.

Great balance of sweetness and roasty bitterness. The chocolate character is pleasant. There's a bit of harshness that's offputting.

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Photo of Pencible
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a translucent black garnet with some tan head.
S: It smelled like roasted coffee and dry dark chocolate, with some pumpernickel bread.
T: It tasted like bitter dark chocolate, with some burnt coffee and earthy barley. It had a bitter aftertaste that was somewhat clean.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a nice stout. Nothing special, but the scent was solid. The taste and body could have been better, and the finish was a little rough. So it wasn't the easiest to drink, but still not a bad brew.

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Photo of Joshpu
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle to snifter.

A: Poured black with a dark brown tinge. Poured vigorously with a two finger beige head. Pretty nice lacing.

S: Dark chocolate and coffee, roasty malts. A toasted or smoked smell as well. Slight hops also.

T: Big chocolate and coffee, slight sweet caramel and a slight hop/coffee bitter aftertaste.

M: Light to medium bodied. Somewhat thin beer and overall very drinkable. Kind of a dry and bitter aftertaste, but overall fairly light on the palate.

Overall I thought this was a well executed low abv stout. Lots of flavor for a lighter stout.

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Photo of krustster
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I bought this one on the strength of its artwork and the little badge at the bottom that said "Experts Only" as well as its claim that it would give me that little extra something I'd been looking for. Not expecting too much, but hopefully it'll be a little different.

It pours a dark coffee brown, not just in color but consistency as well. It looked pretty clear as I was pouring but once in the glass the darkness is more evident. Head was very fluffy, almost overflowed but faded before long and left a large amount of "lacing" on the glass. It's hard to quantify but this beer, while pretty enough, looks a little weak.

Smell was a surprise as hops were the most predominant element (though they did claim to use "a mountain of hops" so it should have been expected) with some malts behind it that don't seem as "roasty" as the norm. I might be insane but this smells closer to a scotch ale than a stout to me, which is not a bad thing but certainly unique. Just a hint of vanilla and is that...maple? Okay, maybe this really does have a little something extra.

After tasting, the smell ended up being the best part, it didn't taste bad but the element of surprise was kind of lost. Again the hops are at the forefront, it's far from a pale ale (which I will admit I hate) but very unusual for a stout. There is a lot more coffee and roastedness in the taste itself compared to the nose which was more hops and malts. Nothing outstanding here, but the combination is pretty unusual. It borders on becoming something other than a stout but holds together just enough to still qualify--not that it matters.

Feel is not particularly substantial but the relative thinness of it does make a good match for the crisper taste. Overall this is easily drinkable and a nice attempt at doing something different, without any real missteps, but at the same time it doesn't really stand out. It's worth trying if you get a good price; if you're more of an IPA person this would probably be a decent gateway to the heavier dark beers.

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Photo of alisacal
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark mocha, some lacing in glass.

Smell: Roasted malts.

Taste: Roasted malts and coffee, bitterness bumps up against too strong for me, but not quite. Good balance between malt and hops.

Mouth: very full bodied with a dry finish.

Overall: Quite nice. Would definitely drink again.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to s thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or bubbles seen coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Vanilla, creamy, chocolate, toasted malts, and roasted malts.

Taste: Creamy vanilla, smoke, ash, chocolate, roasted coffee, and some toasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, smoky bitterness, full bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty nice American stout that is drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark ruby color. The head is about one finger high, with a mocha shade. Retention is just acceptable, but there's nice lacing left behind.

S: Smells like a milk stout. That is, it's heavy in both lactose and chocolate notes, with some undertones of vanilla and coffee. There isn't as much roasted backing as I'd like. All in all, this smells like it will be rock-solid.

T: Okay, I didn't notice all these hops on the nose. While it opens with a touch of lactose sweetness, the finish is surprisingly hoppy. Not bitter, just clean and dry-feeling with a hint of pine flavor. It's really simple, but pretty good otherwise.

M: It starts off clean and dry like I said, with a sweet linger in the middle of the palate accumulating slightly. As such, it's not quite as drinkable as it could be. Both body and carbonation are about medium, maybe slightly erring to medium-high.

O: Nice one here. I'd love to try it a bit fresher so the hops will be more defined. Right now, however, it's solid but unexceptional. I'm on the fence about buying this one again.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very black but a light opal coloring the head was stiff thick and fizzy but disappated quickly.

The scent is dry chocolate with malt base and a slight smokiness.

The flavor is so interesting as there's an evident dry cocoa powder with a lactose or milky tone. Some smokiness hints it's way into a malty taste but the dry chocolate pevails.

The feel is a bit thin but easily drinkable, dry and crisp.

Overall, this is tame, very tasty and easily moves it's way into the starter stouts.

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Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 586 ratings.
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