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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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On cask at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is black with a small, broken head. The aroma offers some light roast and chocolate. Super smooth and easy drinking. Man, you've got to love a good cask ale...nothing like it. Light in body with a mild chocolate and roast character working together nicely. Also, a bit of bready malt and a hint of bitterness in the finish. Solid.

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Photo of spoony
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 355 ml bottle into a snifter.

A-This brew pours creamy out of the bottle with very little carbonation. A normal pour produces about one and one-half fingers of pillow head that starts to crater and recede after a minute or two. The brew is mostly black.

S-The smell is a pleasant, if non-descript, mixture of chocolate, dark-roasted malts, and some charcoal and smoke. There is a faint bitterness.

T-The taste is smooth with charcoal flavors, a touch of smoke, some dark sweet fruit, and a little hop twang in the middle. There is a fair amount going on, but I don't know if it all comes together very well.

M-The feel is decently robust with a medium to full body. This is smooth drinking and easy to sip on.

O-As I mentioned above, there is a quite a mixture of smells and flavors here. Sometimes that is a good thing, but here the flavors don't seem to layer or integrate with one another, so my palate is left confused. This beer does get credit for good looks and for coaxing flavors out of a 6.3% stout that I would normally expect to find only in an 8 or 9 percent RIS, but the flavors here just didn't hookup.

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Photo of claspada
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a midnight black color with no light escaping and a medium size khaki head that dissipates to leaves a small brown cap with some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with roasted maltiness and espresso coffee. Next there is some bittersweet chocolate and undefinable hops. I am also getting some semi-sourish notes which are a little odd.

That tastes follow the nose but are a bit more in your face and brash with astringent roasted, almost stale coffee flavors, charred/roasted maltiness and some bittering hops in the background. .

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is fairly dry and astringent overall.

Overall in a sea of great stouts, this one is forgettable and lacks anything which really warrents me to come back.

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Photo of RuEXP1
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from bottle into an imperial pint glass. Very dark with a slight reddish/brown hue. Slight bubbles along the base with little moving carbonation. Little to no head when poured. Slight amount of lacing.

S: Smells pleasant. No strong alcoholic smells. Pretty typical for a stout, chocolate/coffee forefront.

T: Taste does not vary a lot from the initial smell but has a deep roasted flavor. Big on flavor. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

M: Not a very thick consistence, mixed with the lack of head leaves me wishing for a bit more. Looking for it to hold on the tongue a bit longer before dissipating. Level of carbonation is excellent. Not too much but not missing either.

O: Overall this is a very solid stout that has a a great flavor. It does not shy away from boldness and will not leave one disappointed. Only wish is that it had a slightly thicker consistency with greater head.

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Photo of pkalix
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

super dark, light head on top, smells like the typical stout- some earthiness, chocolate, coffee, toasted aromas.
taste is like the above. small 'band-aid' taste to it. akin to sucking on a band-aid on your finger, if you know what i mean. i also agree with another reviewer's description of smelling/tasting like cigarette smoke on the skin or clothes... light hop flavor.
overall, avery has some really decent stuff. having that large A as a standard on their labels help to recognize and remember when you've had their products. while the stout isnt one of my favorite styles, it easily meets the other stouts in its taste and i could probably have another one of these.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

P: Black body with cocoa colored micro bubbles. Small amount of micro bubble lacing.

S: Aroma reminds me of old coffee in those round convenient store coffee pots. Roasted salted cashews, hints of cocoa, wheat toast and tobacco.

T/M: Follows the nose with a super roasted profile, cocoa, toast, coffee and tobacco. Prickly carbonation in a medium body. Finishes dry.

O: A solid stout offering but not a crowd pleaser. Nothing stands out to really bring me back to this. Glad I tried it but probably won't revisit.

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Photo of C3likesbeer
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle in pint glass

A- black with one finger brown head decent lace

S- malty with feint coffee and chocolate

T- smoky and roasted dark chocolate in the back

M- medium and carbonated with hoppy finish

O- Definitely a stronger "medium body" beer. I liked it but there was nothing there that makes me want to buy more. I like Avery and love Ellie's Brown Ale. For me this a solid but not spectacular stout.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The acronym for Avery Out of Bounds Stout is AOOBS. Why didn't Boulder brewing think of this?

Dark brown with a rocky beige head. Lots of clinging foam left by a sifting powder coat retention. Sharp lookin' ale.

Smells like mochachino and crusty chocolate pudding.

OOB is floral tinged dark fruit up front and finishes sweet burnt caramel roast malt in back. A lot of reviews cite this beer as being over charred and full of acrid roast malt - I'm not gettin' it. Definitely on the sweet side. A bit thin but at 6.3% it passes.

A fine moderate ABV, non-barrel aged, non-soured, everyday stout.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- poured unto a snifter, pours opaque pitch black, no light getting through this one. Small light tan head that eventually disappears completely leaving just a but if lace

S- smoky camp fire, some stale smoked tobacco, a bit of coffee and chocolate. It actually smells a bit like cigarette smoke on your clothes or skin, weird.

T- bold smoky roasted malt with some tobacco and molasses, strong hop profile on the finish leaving a bitterness with a bit of chocolate on the palate.

M- medium body, low carbonation, with a somewhat creamy finish

O- this one had plenty of taste for the ABV, but it didn't seem to gel quite right, and the tobacco-like smell was a bit if a turn off.

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Photo of Moose90
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle into Tulip Pint
Bottled: 12342 = December 8, 2012
Tasted: January 4, 2013

A - Black, dark, with a nice dark brown head that leaves great lacing.

S - Dark and roasty, black coffee, thinking a nice dark Italian roast variety, some floral hop character, but not much; very nice.

T - Great flavor, this is big and roasted. Not burnt, but if it was any more roasted it may very well be. Good depth in the malt character, mostly dark chocolate and bitter coffee, but there is a little toffee sweetness.

M - Medium-Full body, ample carbonation. This is how I like stouts to go down, nice and dry, no cloying stickiness or sweetness here.

O - Good beer, kind of unique in how dry and roasty it is, while still maintaining balance. A perennial favorite for me.

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

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Received as part of a beer exchange with friends.

A: Black with 2-fingers of beige, small-bubbled head with good retention and generous lacing.

S: Very hoppy aroma with pine and citrus coupling with strong roasted malt

T: Good not great flavor with big roast component which enhances the already pretty bitter hoppiness. There isn't a lot of malt complexity -- pretty straightforward. A little coffee in the finish presumably due to the heavy black malt component.

M: Medium body with a good controlled light-medium carbonation.

O: A decent American stout with hefty roasted character and a good spike of hoppiness. I wish they let the malt character come through which would take a reduction in roasted malt. Decent but not really a go-to beer.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter.

Very dark brown color while pouring. One finger thick tan colored head forms and stays for some time before receding into a thin layer. Excellent lacing on the sides. Opaque and jet black in the glass. A lot of suspended yeast that gives it a dirty appearance.

Smell: Chocolate and roasted malts smell dominate the nose. A lot of sweetness come through the nose. Somewhat sweet esters or something. No coffee smell is observed. Over all a mild smell. Some caramel is present as well.

Taste: Some chicory and roasted malts with not so much sweetness as suggested by the nose. Balanced taste. Some bitterness, that is extremely mild, due to burnt up roasted malts. Semi dry finish. Slight taste of caramel as well as suggested by nose.

Mouth feel: Medium bodied feel with moderate carbonation. Malts derived astringency that s meager.

Easy to drink and otherwise smooth. Nothing that stands out here. Very run of the mill stuff that falls below expectations.

Style Rate: 4
Personal Rate: 3.75

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown with two-finger, tan, creamy and foamy head that lasted several minutes and left a nice film. Great lacing.

S: Rich roasted malt. Dark chocolate then coffee.

T: Moderate sweetness and light to moderate bitterness. Roast malt matches the nose. Chocolate.

M: Medium to full bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O: Well-rounded, above-average stout. The nose and mouthfeel stood out to me the most. I like this beer.

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Photo of yamar68
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours like a black cup of coffee - edge of ruby clarity, curdled finger of khaki head that sticks to every part of a dirty glass.

Fruity dark malts, sweet chocolate, pretty tame... some caramel/toffee, hard water, faint brown sugar, some cinnamon maybe?

Semisweet darkness, nutty brown ale qualities, tame vanilla flavors, more nutty notes, nothing to write home about.


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Photo of JamesMN
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown and basically opaque. Half finger tan head with big soapy bubbles.

Aroma: Basic American Stout assets. Cream, roasted chocolate/coffee.

Taste: A semisweet roasted chocolate presence engulfs the palate in the first half and then transitions into more of a bittersweet chocolate taste. Some hop bitterness takes over near the end. You are left with a black coffee flavor in the finish. Says on the packaging that they use a "mountain of hops" in the recipe. I guess I'd agree that it is hoppier than most other American Stouts but not enough to really be noticeable. As it warms up a little, profiles of dark fruits and currants come through just a bit. It's almost like a light version of an Imperial Russian Stout. You don't taste any of the 6.3% abv.

Mouthfeel: Possibly a tad over carbonated but within the range it should be in. Medium bodied and average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: I liked this one. At just under $10 for a six-pack it's a fair deal. It's robust beyond it's 6.3% abv. Expect a big roasty profile and some decent bitterness. Would I drink it again? Yes, especially in the colder months.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nearly black color with a bit of light coming through the very edges of the glass. A very dark beer, here. Very fine head that sustained fairly well. Smells heavily of roasted malts, roasted malts, and more roasted malts, with a faint hint of sweetness, resembling bittersweet chocolate or roasted coffee beans. Unfortunately, the smell isn't as "strong" as I was hoping, but it definitely came out a bit more upon warming up. It tasted like you'd expect a stout to taste - roasted malt, toasted barley, faint coffee bitterness, maybe a touch of dark fruit sweetness and black licorice. Didn't taste many hops at all, but there may be a slight hint of them somewhere. Medium body for a stout, but still fairly creamy. Decent amount of carbonation leaving a crisp feeling on your tongue which isn't always commonplace for stouts.

Overall a pretty good beer. There are plenty of stouts out there, and this one doesn't really "stand out" from the rest, but it might be worth a try. Solid, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of BeckyGee
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - This beautiful stout pours a dark black with light barely pouring through deep brown edges. Its light, caramel colored head is two fingers of velvet that lingers and leaves a beautiful lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts and chocolate faintly suggest a campfire, which this beer would pair with beautifully.

Taste / Mouth feel - A fairly typical stout, thinner than expected, like a tall roasted coffee with just a teaspoon of cream. The warmth of the alcohol and crispness mirror the rapidly changing leaves outside on this fall day in Denver.

Overall, I would drink this beer again.. and again. I wouldn't seek it out in warm weather, but would welcome it alongside a warm chili in the cool of the fall or winter.

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Photo of tdm168
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - black with a huge, dense, foamy, brown head that has great retention

S - roasted malts with some citrusy aromas

T - big roasted malts, a coffee-like bitterness, some underlying chocolate, citrusy aftertaste

M - medium to full bodied, well carbonated, a bit crisp

This is a solid beer. It's simple but full flavored. The nose caught me off guard but the big, roasty flavor made up for it. I really enjoyed this one. If I come across it again, I'll buy a few more bottles.

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Photo of forsakenpariah
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler -> pint glass

A - Nearly pitch black with hints of dark brown breaking through when held up to a light. Half finger off white head that falls quickly yet leaves fantastic lacing.

S - Roast and chocolate notes up front. Coffee nd faint hops come out as it warms.

T - Sweet chocolate, roast, and coffee. Pretty straightforward stout flavors. Not very complex but the delivery is very solid.

M - Medium heavy body with some tingly carbonation.

O - Not super spectacular but a very solid classic American stout. I wouldn't go out of my way to drink it again but I wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of mgironta
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured with a barely there tan head that hung around for the duration of the drinking, but left no lacing on the glass. The body was a deep and dark brown. Due to the color, there was no visible carbonation on the brew. The nose was glorious. It had lots of coffee, roasted malts and chocolate, which is exactly what I expect from a stout. The taste was very much of the same that was apparent in the nose. I got a lot of coffee and roasted malts, not as much chocolate, with a creamy mouthfeel. The brew had very low carbonation and the finish lasted awhile with the roasted malts. It also had medium thickness. This was definitely a great brew and I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to try it. I will definitely have this one again.

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

This one starts with a milk chocolate pour that turns black in the glass. A one finger tan head recedes to a sheet pretty quickly. With the appearance of carbonation, it actually looks a lot like cola.

A light espresso and toffee scent, as well as something fresh and green, but not too roasty.

The taste is dry and quite a bit like a light roast black coffee. There's a light, brown sugar sort of sweetness. The hops are clean, not overly bitter, and balance out the bittersweet roast.

The mouthfeel, again, is nice and dry. The carbonation's refreshing on the tongue.

A solid stout, both for a summer day or these transitional chilly months.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black! Has reddish hue at the bottom of bottle. Head is tan and with OK lacing. Not too out of ordinary for a stout.

S- Black Licorice, black coffee, with roasted barley and malt. Some chocolate as well. Faint alcohol note, even at 6.3% ABV.

T- Tasty! It is a well balanced beer for sure! The malts and barley are a welcoming taste on the palate. Chocolate, with a fresh brewed black coffee taste. The alcohol is present, but it is just a very subtle warmth. Very dry. It's like an Irish Stout.

M- Super easy drinking stout. It's as drinkable as a Guinness, Murphys, or Bemish! It's hard to find a dark beer with so much character in a light body these days, but the Out of Bounds Stout did it!

Overall, this beer has it all going on. Full bodied & malty with a roasted coffee and chocolate flavor. Light body for super drinkability. I'd have this any day of the week. A+ Avery!

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Photo of Reaper16
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served on-tap @ Egan's, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a pint glass

Pours a nice, dark blackish color. There's some brown at the edges, but it's hard to say just how much in the dark of this bar. 1.25 fingers of lion's pelt colored head, but it looks remarkably dense. From afar you'd think this was a nitro-tap, really. That head density yields perfect notches of lacing.

There's not much to the aroma, but what's there works. Plenty of milk chocolate and a bit of espresso. There's a light hop presence in the nose -- mostly "green" smells and not anything specific. Brown malt, non-roasted, aromas are here for sure. Solid stout nose.

The taste is quite good. Brown malt flavors and milk chocolate dominate. This is how Guinness is supposed to taste, only not quite as dry as a proper Irish Dry Stout. There's an adequate amount of roast flavor here and just enough hoppiness to balance everything out. It's flavorful but light.

The mouthfeel initially strikes me as too light, bordering on watery. But it's been awhile since I've had a non-Imperial stout beer. The mouthfeel is fine, and the lightness makes this so quaffable.

Overall, this is a good little American Stout. I wish this was 1% weaker in ABV for the amount of flavor, but still I'd have no problem knocking back a few pints of this.

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

12 Oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Pours black with red tints around the edges. A half finger of a light brown head.

S- I get a bit of chocolate in this one. A fresh hop bitterness. A lot of roasty, malty notes.

T- There is a bit of bitterness up front with a slight fruity hop character. It washes over with a lot of smokey and roasted malts that stick around in the mouth. This beer has a large complex roastyness and a great balance of hop bitterness.

M- This stout is on the bitter side of stouts but for me, it keeps it drinkable. It leaves you with a roasty mouth but its surprisingly refreshing.

O- Great stout. Im really digging the hop character and bitterness in this one.

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Photo of The_1084
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very dark color with a thick, caramel colored head almost 3 fingers in width and leaves an unquestionable lace on the glass.

S - Gives off the aroma of bitter chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts.

T - Enters with a touch of chocolaty coffee and leaves with a bitter, roasted taste.

M - Thick and creamy with moderate carbonation.

O - Overall this is a great stout and I have plans on drinking more of these in the future.

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Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,332 ratings.
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