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 MsRif
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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 -11.4%
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 +4.5%
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 -7.9%
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 +13.8%
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 +3.2%
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 -4.8%
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 +24.1%
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 +6.1%
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 +1.9%
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 -2.1%
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 +5.8%
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 +5.8%
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 -6.6%
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%
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 +11.6%
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 +9.8%
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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Photo of wvsabbath
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark black, decent 1/2 creamy head, with plenty of lacing.

Smell - Dark roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, molasses. Some hops sneak in there also.

Taste - Mild coffee and malts are the dominate flavor. Smooth and bold, not too sweet, yet not overally too flavor heavy. Its very dry, not sweet at all. Malts are bold and roasted. No alcohol presence at all.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickkness, and dr as hell on the tounge. Mouth is coated with malt and nut. Aftertaste is thin and mildly bitter.

Overall - Soild and very easy to drink. Better then most american stouts. Really could use more creamy flavor and sweetness, this one is a little to plain, but overall decent to drink and enjoy.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle, aged.

Look: Pours a dark brown with an impressive 2 finger head that lingers and laces. Beautiful stout pour.

Smell: Malted barley, earthy tones, some sweetness of caramel. Not much coffee/choco many stouts have.

Taste: Well balanced. Good hops, malts, barley. Finishes with a nice sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly crisp for a stout. Good carbonation and coating. My favorite feature of this beer.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought at The Library in Manhattan, KS. Enjoyed at home in Oklahoma City.

Pour from a bottle into a small rocks glass so I could take my time and savor it. Very impressed. Nice toasted malt aroma. Flavor is rich and complex. Fairly dry. Some nice bitterness rounded out by slight lingering licorice and mollasses (just a hint), a little bit of charcoal, nice smooth mouthfeel. Long lingering flavor.

This is a good beer. One of the best stouts I've had in a long time. Reminds me of Guiness Extra stout, except a tinge sweeter and more winey notes.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 07/03/11 notes. Had on tap at Hattle n Hum in NYC.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of off white head and light to moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and light cream. Very Guinness like, and quite enjoyable.

t - Tastes of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and vanilla/cream.

m - Medium to full body and low to moderate carbonation. Thick and creamy.

o - Overall a really nice Irish dry stout, reminds me of Guiness in every aspect. Would have it again.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: near black with just the slightest ring of brown around the top and bottom. 3/8 inch tan head with little retention and no lace

Smell: Coffee and bitter chocolate dominate the nose on this one

Taste: Very muted coffee and chocolate notes not what I expected from the nose. Hints of licorice and dates

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation. Not as thick as I would like it to be

Overall: Decent stout not something I would seek out but for the right price I would drink it again

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft served in a pint glass

A: A very dark, opaque looking black color with a plentiful, off-white head that lingers. This is a good looking brew, like Camerion Diaz in The Mask good; you’ve never seen her before and didn’t know what to expect, and then you were just like, “…damn…”

S: Aroma is strong with coffee and malts, like Juan Valdez put his fingers up your nose.

T/M: The coffee is apparent in the taste along with a bit of hazelnut, like if Folger’s made a Ferrero Rocher flavor, then spiked it.

Out of Bounds Stout is a good overall beer, not as stout as a true stout, but good nonetheless. It’s like the first girlfriend you ever had; could have been better, but it’ll do for now. It’ll do just fine.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep black, with a thick head of tan foam. Superb, frilly, and detailed lacing. Impressive!

Roasty aroma -- burnt cocoa and coffee. Appealing.

Taste is slow-rolling and complex. I get burnt malts, and an almost woody quality. Some chocolate, but leaning more heavily on the charred side. A very tasty and delicious stout.

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Photo of cooncat
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this as a single for $1.89 at VE in Boardman, OH.

A vigorous pour into my SA glass produces a near opaque beer, with garnet highlights around the edges. A crown of beige foamy head is impressive in size, but not particularly long lived. There is very nice lacing left on the glass as the beer is quaffed, however. Nice look.

The nose is a bit understated, with roasty caramel malts, coffee and a touch of chocolate present. I was looking for a bit more.

The taste is similar to the nose in flavor aspects: roasty caramel/barley, coffee and a hint of chocolate. The flavor is bolder than the nose. This is a dry stout ... not astringent dry, or even Guinness dry, but dry. The mouthfeel is light-medium. I'd have liked to see a bit more body, but its pretty much on par for beers in this style category.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer, and even, I might add, enjoyable. If you're a Guinness fan, you'll definitely enjoy this. I could easily quaff 2 or these in a session.

Na Zdravje!

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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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