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Out Of Bounds Stout | Avery Brewing Company

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Out Of Bounds StoutOut Of Bounds Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
591
Ratings:
1,320
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
15.61%
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
126
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 591 | Ratings: 1,320
Photo of profzoom
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of isthisme2
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

apperance- dark black with reddish tones. nice head on the pour that thinned to a lasting ring with a touch of lacing.

smell - nothing real bold. burnt caramel, spice with some dark chocolate smoky tones.

taste – roasty and dry. big flavor with a nice finish.

mouthfeel – dry and bold. gentle carbonation. for some reason i find myself inclined to mention dry again.

drinkablity – truly a bold stout. perhaps a bit overdone on the boldness, this stout falls short of amazing but deserves a curious try.

overall impression - my number rakings rate this stout a little higher than i lead on in my review, but i just don't have the heart to rate it below a four in any category. nice stout.

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

I've said it before, I'll say it again and again...I love stouts. When I first started enjoying Guiness, I've loved the dark coffee deep roasted wow of a stout. Here's another one.

Poured with no light. Small headwith that full smelling, appetizing, hops, malt, slight coffee, all the things that make a stout great. Mouth was thick, with the roasted malt aftertaste and coffee. Taste was more of the same. I guess this was a bit different from a milk stout because it was not as creamy, and I guess the dry note was about what I tasted. Still, the great finish of dark coffee and the alcohol was another welcome sign.

This was very good. Another excellent stout. I'll have more and I could see having a few while watching a flick.

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Photo of walleye
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from the bottle. poured a dark brown to black, with a small tan head, that left a small amount of lacing. aroma bitter sweet chocolate, malts, coffee, brown sugar as it warmed got some hops. flavor that chocolate jumps right out there than a nice balance of malts, brown sugar coffee and got some honey. a very good beer.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap last night, now it's time to review the bottled example. Here goes.

Appearance- Black as night with a ruby outline, only at the bottom of my glass. A quarter-inch head reduces to a sporadic jumbling of different sized bubbles, awaiting their sentencing. Minimal lacing, thin consistency.

Smell- Dark, rich coffee with a terrific roasted malt profile... this is wonderful. Nonsweet chocolate chunks and smoke come next, all within a light, encompassing body of roasty malts and hops.

Taste- A mouth-gripping Irish Stout-type bitterness holds on to the back of the mouth and tongue, while the creamy, roasty, slick malt notes party everywhere at once. After the swallow, you marvel at the world left behind... at least, until the next sip.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Creamy yet carbonated enough to excite the tastebuds, and enough taste to offset the light body. The burnt notes are sharper in the bottle than on-tap, which is the reason I give overall drinkability to the draft version.

Delicious stout, regardless. Huge flavor, get some however you can find it.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison a couple months ago.

Pours a dark dark brown/black with a pinky of khaki head. Smells of milk chocolate cocoa powder, cherries, and a slight hop bite. Tastes is strong roasted black coffee up front, with mild bittersweet chocolate and a faint metallic hop bite that I've come to expect from Irish dry stouts. Mouthfeel is certainly thicker than the Guinness and Beamish I've had in the past which was a pleasant surprise. Certainly superior to the two mass-produced imports. Still one of my least favorite styles of stout, but this was an enjoyable rendition. Worth a go.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of Bumpon10s
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a oily black, no head. When put to the light, nothing is seen.

S - A bit odd on the nose, smells like coffee and malts with a touch of alcohol, I was expecting different, but I guess this is on the mark.

T - Tastes like old coffee, has that nice roasted flavor, but very watery when it comes down to it. Weak in taste, but that could have been predicted with the 5% ABV.

M - One the of thinnest stouts I've had outside of Guiness, I understand it is a Irish stout, but it is packing a whimper in this. No tingle, no bite, just rolls right down.

D - Well, if you like a weaker stout with a lower ABV, you'll take a shine to this. Frankly I just thought it was a little weak and needed a bit more to it, I wouldn't be seeking this out again.

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Photo of Bcant
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass, but I wish I was drinking it from a snifter. Ebony with a capichino head. Bouquet of bitter-sweet choclate. Very soft and round in the mouth and it goes down nicely. The taste starts much like how it smells but finishes like good espresso. I only have one from a mixed six but I will be returning for more as soon as the evenings get cooler.

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Photo of Pete9094
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at Ortino's in Schwenksville,PA. Pours with a nice roasty head. Initial thoughts are of black coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel with nice hop bite. Chewy..,smooth...,this beer has a nice mouthfeel. This is my second selection from Avery and, thus far ,they are two for two.

Check out Ortino's if you are looking for a nice place to "browse" for craft brewed sixer's. Located on Rt 29 in the center of downtown Schwenksville,PA.

Go Phillies!

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Photo of tgbljb
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured a deep brown, almost black color with puffy tannish head that fell to a thin long-lasting ring. Smell is nice with chocoalte and coffee predominate. Taste is good with notes of coffee and choclate, but hops are a bit overpowering. Finishes a bit dry for me. Overall a good beer, but not great.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.23/5  rDev -41%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours pitch black with no light penetration. A small, tan head and some scattered lace.
Smell is hops, coffee(weak), and a resiny/floral scent.
Taste is hops, resin, coffee and floral. Way too hoppy.
Finishes dry, as expected, with lingering hops. Have really liked previous Avery offerings but this brew is way, way too hoppy for my idea of a stout, even a dry stout.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

It's another Avery winner. Has the look of an ideal stout--color, head, lacing... Aromas are all sound--Chocolate, coffee, dark fruits. And a bittering quality that only America can provide. Tastes sweet with barley malt, chocolate malt, light cherries, dates, and figs. Bitter flavors rise up from the foreground displaying hops and a bit of a grainy texture in the body. Otherwise creamy, and silky. Finishes a bit astringent (ok, i'm being picky.) but thinned from alcohol sweetness. Lasting chared and bitter flavors.

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Photo of mentor
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle obtained directly from Avery Brewing in Boulder and consumed a couple days later. Pours a one-finger tan head over a dark brown liquid. Held to light it's dark brown with redish tints. Smells roasty, some chocolate, and a hint of toffee. Tastes potent roast. Some chocolate and caramel. There's a hint of rough grassy co-humulone, but hop flavor is minimal. I get some bitter, which I think is hops, but could be bitter from the roast. The aftertaste has a hint of cherry sour. Md body bordering on Md-thick and moderate carbonation. Still a thin layer of head over the top of the liquid and amazing lacing on the inside of the glass.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - dark garnet color. Thin, light mocha head with scant papery lacing.

Aroma - pleasant smoky and roasted grain. Hints of coffee peek through, then increase as the beer settles.

Taste - heavily charred malt, burnt espresso beans. Some moderate bitterness on the swallow, blending with the charcoal flavor. Not the widest range of flavors, but the intensity is good.

Mouthfeel - fairly good body yet still a little thin for an "out of bounds" stout. Peppy carbonation.

Drinkability - pretty good stuff but there are better rounded stouts that appeal more to me.

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Photo of klewis
2.87/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: very dark brown with some reddish hue. Small and very brief head on the pour that quickly subsided.

Smell: Lots of chocolate, toasted malt. Couldn't wait to taste it.

Taste: Alas, the taste was totally unexpected and quite disappointing. The taste is dominated by a flavor that tastes like campfire ashes smell. Besides a little bit of hop bitterness in the finish, that's all I get from it.

Mouthfeel: A little light for the style, and it leaves the mouth feeling very dry.

Drinkability: This beer would probably be great with a good cigar, but it just doesn't stand up on its own.

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Photo of karengarys
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours dark as one would expect with a carmel color foamy head which turns to a small island soon. A ring remains for a while, and leaves stickey foam on the glass.

Smells like coffee. Some hop.

Tastes like coffee. It is a bit coffee bitter. Not much hop nor sweetness to balance.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin with an overtone of creaminess. It has a bit of a watery finish.

Finish is somewhat bitter, leaving a coffee aftertaste.

I think this beer is a little thin, with the coffee flaver a bit strong for the mouthfeel with little to balance it.

Not a favorite stout, i wouldn't refuse one, but if I had a choice i'd find others.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice earthy black malt scent that is dry and a bit chocolatey. The taste is good also. It has a rich, dry black malt flavor. It goes down smooth and finishes quite earthy. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good stout. It has an intense black flavor; no compromise here.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Poured a deep black with a little reddish tint. The head is creamy, and leaves a beige collar.

Smell: The smell is the regular roasted malt aroma, with subtle chocolate and hop hints.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The flavor is mostly roasted malts, with a slightly complex flavor. The burnt taste is a little overboard, and is almost accentuated by the hop bitterness. Speaking of which, I think the hops are a little overboard and uncalled for. The mouthfeel is thin, and not as dry as I thought it should be. A huge, huge thank you to NeroFiddled (a world class trader) for this beer.

Drinkability and Overall: While this is not my favorite style in the world, this is a pretty decent representation. I'm not saying it's worth going out of your way to try this one, but if nothing is else was available, I'd have no problem qauffing this for quite some time.

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

Appearance-Poured a very, very dark, pretty much black, color with some reddishness around the edges when held up to the light. Had a nice thick tan head that lasted nicely. Some decent lacing evident on the glass.

Smell-Heavy chocolate (dark) aroma followed by a nice roasted, coffeeness. Very pleasant.

Taste-The taste is that of dark semi-sweet chocolate followed by the taste of a dark roasted coffee.

Mouthfeel-This stuff is pretty thick but the carbonation is fairly low. Doesn't leave a lasting impression on my mouth. There is a slight oily feeling in the mouth.

Drinkability-I would buy it again. But because it is pretty heavy I would stick to 1-2 a nite (more like 1).

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Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a foamy tan head that leaves lots of lacing behind

Smell: Bitter coffee, wafts of smoke and a touch of fruit

Taste: Starts out with a bitter chocolate flavor that blends into coffee; a fair amount of charcoal and some bitter hops kick in at mid-palate; the hops dominate the finish, overwhelming the anticipated stout flavors; a rather burnt finish

Mouthfeel: A bit thin, but otherwise OK

Drinkability: A complex though quite hoppy stout, marred by the light mouthfeel and burnt flavors

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Photo of BeerFink
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep brownish ruby color, almost black. A sticky tan head is kicked up that smells of roasted barley and coffee. Black malts are up front, with a slightly burnt charcoal flavor. Transitions to rich coffee and chocolate flavors with some delicate roastedness and a hint of nuttiness. Hops are present at the end, showing a little spice and very subtle citrous. Finish is slightly hoppy but mostly roasted, leaving a dryish aftertaste. Really quite the tasty dry stout, much more robust than nitro stouts. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but that's part of the dry stout. That is part of the wicked drinkability. My glass was empty in no time. I would have no problem at all going through a few of these at a time.

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Photo of cubedbee
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a dark dark brown (looks black unless held directly to light) with a thich foamy beige head. Smell is delicious---coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. Taste is very interesting---sweet, but with the burnt flavor really coming through strong. Very dry finish with a faint aftertaste of hops bitterness. Mouthfeel is thin for a stout. Beats Guinness any day, but there's nothing exceptional would make me go out of my way to find this brew.

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Photo of Vancer
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of RoBotGod
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Has all of the characteristics of a classic stout. I found it to have an almost refreshing taste for a stout. Therefore, I feel the bottle was appropriately labeled with the snow and the guy tearing up a mountain side. With the black color of a snowman’s eye balls and the dark tan pour help keep it true to this style of beer. If your looking for a "reach out and grab you" stout then you best passing on this beer. In the end, its a stout I would pick up again.

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Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
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