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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Ratings: 1,343 |  Reviews: 598
Photo of kristiekatk
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
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 +5.9%
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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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
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 +15.2%
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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Photo of 05Harley
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Photo of cratez
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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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Photo of McNealc31
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
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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Photo of mrfrancis
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Photo of MsRif
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Avery. Poured a lovely deep, dark brown with a large, creamy beige head. Lacing was excellent. Aroma was that of chocolate, roasted malts and coffee. Taste is smooth with a nice chocolate/roasted malt taste with undertones of coffee. Bitter and dry to an extent, but not overly so.

Creamy...very, very easy to drink! Only got a sample, but I certainly could have had a full pint of this. Unfortunately when you are sampling 18 or so brews, pints aren't always in order.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This stout poured out as a deep brown color with a tan colored head on top that bubbled away pretty quickly. The lacing was very light and had minimal retention. The smell of the beer is a little toasted with some chocolate aromas in there too, but they are very faint. The taste of the beer was decent, a little on the light side I thought for a stout but it didn't have a decent dry roasted flavor to it. The mouthfeel wasn'ttoo bad, it's a little watery, but it's supposed to be that way I think. Overall this stout isn't too bad but I've had better.

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Photo of mastodonj
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've drunk this too many times to remember since it's been one of my go-to stouts during the winter months in Colorado since the mid-90's.

But, thought it was time to do an official review.
Just had one on-tap here in Boulder.

A - of course it's a nice dark brown with loads of lacing and a beige head that is just creamy enough

S - There's always a smoky, chocolate, coffee-ish smell that stands
out. Sets this one apart from the typical stout.

T - Smooth full bodied but that extra bit of bitterness that Avery
is known for. A Dry stout but not over the top.

M - above average thanks to the creaminess and bitterness

Overall, this should be on everyone's short list, at least in Colorado, when a Stout is in order.

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

12 oz bottle poured into perfect pint glass. No expiration date on bottle.

A: I got 1 inch of creamy tan head that dissipated in 60 to 90 seconds leaving nice lacing on the glass and little cap on the beer all the way down. Black in color. A little bit of light at the edges on tilt.

S: Lots of dark chocolate with charred malt and a touch of yeastiness.

T: Dark chocolate, roasted malt with a slight burnt toast aftertaste. Not in an unpleasant way.

M: On the lighter side of a medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was perfect in my opinion and had a medium finish.

O: This is a solid stout. It is my first of this offering from Avery. While it is not a very quick drinker, it remains pleasant and easy to drink until the end and the thought of having another was strong. It did feel a bit too watery at times for the style. Overall, a very solid stout.

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Photo of Enginerrr
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had the pleasure of sampling this from their tasting room in Boulder. Personally, stouts are hit-and-miss. This stout has an excellent dark brown color. It is a little disappointing with how little head there is.

The appearance is made up for with the smoothness and flavor. It 's not as strong as some stouts, but still has powerful flavors and goes down nicely.

Excellent beer to have by itself

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Photo of gdrydenc
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep, dark brown. Nearly black, with hints of maroon/red. There isn't quite the head I like when I get IDS on tap, but out of a bottle it just isn't to be expected.

S - Typically I have to fight through foam in order to get a smell from a beer. Because this has not even a film of head on it, I can get my nose right into the beer. The smell is mainly roasted malts. There's a bit of booziness in it. A hint of coffee in the smell.

T - The taste starts out with the nearly-chocolate sweetness, but the finish is predominantly coffee beans. The coffee flavor lingers for quite some time after the swallow. Good taste to this beer, but fairly standard for the style.

M - Once again, the lack of nitro is a bummer on this, as it doesn't have the cool creaminess, but it's still good for in a bottle. Its a bit thin, but the flavor lingers throughout my mouth regardless.

Overall, this is a solid stout, the flavor is good, but it's nothing outstanding for the style. Maybe I just don't like the style, but it's not an alarmingly great beer.

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Photo of znichols
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A straight black stout with minimal creme colored lacing that sticks around both as a cap and on the sides of the glass. Looks pretty thick.

S- I get a strong aroma of char-almost like charcoal. A little bit of baker's chocolate and sweet malt in there as well. Thats about it. Not a bad aroma, but nothing thats going to blow you away.

T- Wow, not expecting some of these flavors. Burnt toast, German chocolate cake, anise seed, iced coffee, and a little earthyness. Very interesting. Just a touch of alcohol and the slightest bit of spicy hops if you look for it. Not bad!

M- Lighter bodied than i figured and very dry/drinkable. Medium carbonation. Slick and smooth. I could toss back 3-4 of these in a night.

O- An enjoyable stout. I would get again if not for enjoying at a bonfire on a cool night, at least to give to a fan of darker beers as a somewhat "sessionable" stout. The dryness keeps it from getting too cloying. Out of Bounds Stout followed by an Avery IPA, a great 1-2 punch.

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Photo of Illtryit
4.69/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a typical stout black with tan head one finger deep.

Smell sweet carmel and roasted malts.

Taste is all roasted and toasted malts and barley with just the slightest hop bite towards the end. Depth and complexity make this one heck of a stout.

Silky smooth feel with light carbonation. Very robust.

Overall, I would easily recommend this stout to all interested in trying a full flavored brew. Avery hit a home run with Out of Bounds!!!

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Photo of bubseymour
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Stouts are always black so it comes down to the head. This one wasn't impressive at 1 finger at best.

Smell - This has the smell of a higher ABV world class Russina IS. Smokey and chocolatey and malty. Really nice.

Taste - Similiar to the smell, this tastes more like an imperial. Smokey, hoppy and chocolately. Perhaps a little off balance with bitter/hoppiness but otherwise this is a good stout with alot of flavor to it.

Mouthfeel - a little light in body and water but its ok

Overall - a very interesting stout with plenty of flavor and hoppiness. Slightly off-balance but its very well made and flavorful. Enjoy!

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Photo of lurpy1
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle. Nice deep brown, minimal head, although that could have been the bush league pour I administered. There's a little olfactory coffee, plus a slightly malted flavor, and a short, slighty bitter and appealing smell. Taste is quite dry, tends towards the bitter, but holds up pretty well. Some coffee. Not a tremendous amount of body.

I enjoyed this beer. On one hand it was what I expected, but based on memory, it was not similar to ubiquitous Irish Stouts like Murphy's/Guiness. OOB Stout had more complexity but a somewhat thinner mouthfeel.

A recommended drink.

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Photo of bfields4
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep black body with a mocha head.

Roasted malt aroma. Bitter espresso and touch of charcoal. Maybe just a bit of dark chocolate.

Sweet roasted malt dry charcoal finish. A bit of espresso, vanilla flavors are present.

Creamy nice smooth body. A little sweeter than your average Irish Dry. Not a bad beer, but more of a coffee stout than a true irish dry in my opinion which is not a bad thing just not what I was looking for in this beer.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my notes:

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with a 1.5" tan head, being fed with minimal carbonation.

Smells of coffee, dark chocolate and bitter hops, with a decent malt backbone.

Tastes creamy, with a medium amount of alcohol. Bitter dark chocolate is balanced by sweet vanilla. A coffee bitterness hits again mid-sip, with a hoppy finish that is marred only by the chalky feel of the dark chocolate.

Medium to full bodied, with a creamy start followed by a chalky feel on the tip of the tongue and a dry finish.

A nice stout, with the bitterness of a RIS and not an Irish stout. I would definitely try this one again.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at their brewpub

A dandy fine stout. Nothing special, just all the usual goodness. Tasted great when the coffee toddy was added to evolve it into the Out of Sight Stout.

Poured a brown-black, with a small, tannish head. Roasty aroma, dark malts, and coffee notes. Similar taste, as expected: dark malts, roasted coffee, a little cocoa, a little smoke. Left a slightly bitter aftertaste. Heavy-medium body, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of Treebs
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into my DFH signature glass.

A: Pours a very blanketed black with very little head. What little head that comes up quickly goes back down into a little film ring around the edge of the glass. No real lace on the way down.

S: I'm picking up some wonderful roasted coffee beans with a faint hint of vanilla and sweet chocolate.

T: Nice dry roasted coffee with a light oat malt background. Smooths out to a semi-bitter baker's chocolate. There are hints of a nice light sweet toffee or caramel as well.

M: Very dry on the tongue and medium bodied. Leave a very subtle bitter coffee on the tongue, but that quickly subsides to bland afterthought.

O: This was a very true to style Irish dry stout. I thought it was quite good for the style and I liked the subtle sweetness for this guy.

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Photo of gatorbreath
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Actually upset i grabbed a dry irish stout on accident..didn't disappoint too much..

Appearance is dark and stacks a small head that laces up and sticks around for just a short while..Smell is slightly of coffee or chocolate, very faint mind you, and the taste is slightly dry, what i was afraid of, but very full-bodied, imo.

Overall, not to bad. Need to stop being so stigmatic about beer genres..Open your mind..


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Photo of jamex
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found a great bottle shop that lets me pick up singles. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a brandy glass (I know...)

Great color and nice head. Smells amazing; like a freshly made Frappuccino. Taste was really good with just the right coffee notes. Roasted malt might have been a TAD bitter, but still delicious.

Stouts recently have taken a back seat to their bigger Imperial brothers, but this one was good enough to rekindle my interest. I wanted another one when I was finished. Good job Avery.

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Photo of longbongsilver
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mix'n'match selection here, since I've had Maharaja decided to try this as I was feeling in a stout mood. Pours pitch black, white creamy head of a couple inches, the last little bit of which is persistent. Smells like a really dark roast coffee, with some raisin in the background -- definitely more roasty character there than the usual casual stout.

Taste is even more deep coffee, with some nuttiness in the background and a hint of sour fruit breaking up a huge malt backbone. Goes down very creamy in a way more typical of sweet stouts, yet without the sweet character associated.

There's stouts in the imperial section that are deceptively subtle. This is the first normal (non-imperial) stout I've had that does the opposite somehow: this tastes like it's double the strength it says on the bottle. Nice...

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Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 1,343 ratings
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