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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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of kristiekatk
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pouring a deep black with ruby tinting around the edges, Out of Bounds also has a creamy, tan head which gives way to an attractive, spotted lacing.

The aroma is a bit faint, but with distinct traits. Predominately, bitter chocolate, dark fruits and roasted grains. These carry over into the taste, which is originally tart but then switches over to roasted malts, black coffee, charcoal and mild hops.

Though a tad watery, it still possesses a smooth and creamy body that leads way into a dry, slightly chalky finish. It has a light enough carbonation for the style, but still enough to make it noticeable.

Overall, I think this is a beer definitely worth trying. It’s Avery though, they can’t really do much wrong. Such a solid brewery. The fact that it’s not too heavy makes it very drinkable and makes me wish I picked up more than one for my evening.

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Photo of Dope
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown pour. Huge billowy milk chocolate head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Roasted malt. Creamy chocolate. A little bit of anise?

T: Like the nose, lots of roasted malt and a nice creamy milk chocolate taste. A little coffee, especially noticeable in the aftertaste with a bitter twinge.

M: Medium body, a little too heavy for an irish dry stout. This is thicker like a regular stout.

O: Good stout, I prefer thicker stouts so this is definitely a favorite for an irish stout for me. Pretty simple, tasty and drinkable.

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4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a charcoal black, with slight brown hues on the edges in the light. An oatmeal colored head sits well on top, and dissipates to chunky bubbles and film. Nice sticky lacing. The beer smells of bitter chocolate and dark roasted malts. The taste is brilliant. Dark, rich, and roasted malts, bitter chocolates, espresso coffee. Delicious. The mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, a well done American Stout. AT 6.3% it's very sessionable, and it tastes good along the way. Well done by Avery.

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Photo of isualum12
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strong. Really strong in a good way.

Look- black as night with tan head

Smell has a cherry bourbon which is great

Taste is a thing of wonder and greatness. It is amazing. Bourbon but not overpowering with chocolate overlay.

Feel. It is thick. And heavy in the mouth

Overall this ISA great beer. Please put me in the fan category

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

No bottling information :(

Traded for a sixer.

Nice looking beer with a dark brown appearance and a ruby hue. A creamy two inch light tan head covers the top with polka dotted lacing sticking to the sides.

The aroma is noticeable and not too faint. Bitter chocolate, black licorice, charcoal, dark fruit and some roastiness sum up the nose.

The flavor is sweet at first with flavors of dark fruit but quickly switches over to roasted malt, coffee and black licorice. What I find interesting is the flavor profile is close to the nose but the sequence of taste is slightly different.

Mouthfeel is pretty good with a medium to sticky body and smooth feel from the start. A bite of hop bitterness follows the foot steps and a near perfect dryness finishes things up. The carbonation is light but plenty enough to notice.

Overall a descent beer that's full of flavor and aroma at just over 6%. I wouldn't say it's a stand out for the style but it's certinly worthy and one I revist at times. It's a good example to switch too when following up from an overly sweet beer.

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3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Siciliano's Specialty Market in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Pours a dense brown hue with faint ruby edges, a sliver of beige froth, and strands of stringy lacing on the nonic glass.

Smell is roasted grain, cocoa powder, subtle coffee note, black licorice, smoky woodiness, oatmeal raisin cookie, and cream.

Taste is roasted malt, unsweetened chocolate, mild tartness mid-palate, more cocoa powder, black coffee bitterness transitions to a mild leathery flavour with some char on the cough.

Mouthfeel is full side of medium-bodied, creamy carbonation, slick middle, brief roasted/coffee bitterness precedes a chalky burnt ash finish. Slight burn in the throat.

Overall, this big dry stout makes for a nice quaff on a cool fall evening. Despite what the name suggests, there's nothing "out of bounds" here, just well-integrated flavours and aromas with a little heat from the higher-than-usual ABV. Worth trying.

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4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is right on, deep brown with amber edges. But it’s the smell that will hook you early. Luckily, the taste is even more delicious. Roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, anise, and big body. The finish is dry, quite bitter, and chalky.

This doesn’t have the accoutrements of oatmeal, coffee, barrel aged, or any of that, but it doesn’t need it. A stout done right, this is one to find.

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3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an inky, oily black with a thick, pillowy beige head. Subtle brownish amber highlights are present when the beer is held up to the light. As some other reviewers have noted, head retention is fantastic.

S: Roasted grain, burnt toast, coffee, and dark chocolate aromas waste no time in making their presence known. It's not the most subtle smelling ale in the world, but overall, it's far from bad.

T: Opens grainy and tart with notes of roasted grain and burnt toast, as well as coffee, cream, and dark, bitter chocolate from the malt. Slight mineral and earthy hop notes are just barely detectable, but are easier to pick up as the beer warms in the glass. The finish is as grainy and tart as the entry with the coffee, chocolate, and cream notes reasserting themselves in a particularly forceful manner.

M: Medium-bodied, dry, and firm with crisp, active carbonation that sets this stout apart from many others. Pretty drinkable overall.

O: In the end, Out of Bounds Stout is one of Avery's better regular offerings. If you've had Irish dry stouts before, then this one will probably not dazzle you, though it is a solid example of the style.

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Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,335 ratings.
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