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

$8.29 for the 6 pack, 1111787 stamped on the bottle.

It pours a very dark brown with about an inch of tan foam and is good with the lacing.

It smells roasty with some dark chocolate notes and some hops, some toffee, nice dry nose.

Roasted malt and dark chocolate bitterness with a light amount of perhaps milk chocolate sweetness mid palate, some toffee, and finishes decidedly dry and bitter. Well brewed to the style and quite enjoyable. I think I'll have another...

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Photo of russwbeck
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to MrHirschybar for providing this in the n00b BIF #4!

A: Brown pour, looks to be a little more clear when pouring than I expected. About a finger of very light brown head that really doesn't stick around for very long.

S: Roasted and caramel malts meet the nose immediately. Some coffee helps balance out a slight sweetness I'm noticing.

T: Pretty basic taste. Roasted malts, a little watered down. Some caramel is noted in there as well, with some slight coffee on the backend.

MF: Light body and nicely carbonated.

O: A very drinkable stout. No flavors jump out and wow you, but it's good for a hot summer day, if ever there was such a stout.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: deep black, crimson shimmering body, 2 finger head, good lacing

S: bitter chocolate, light roasted coffee, nuts

T: light dark chocolate, hint of coffee, roasted malt, subtle bitter finish

M: med body, solid carbonation, hint of smooth/creaminess

O: Very nice dry stout. This little gem
is can stand up to most critics that dry stout's
should be light. Not world class, but still good.


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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass, it's a dark nearly black beer with a finger of off-white head.

The aroma is like dark roasted chocolate. It's not too strong with a bitter tinge to it.

The taste is the same flavor, bitter and roasted. The taste is a little more crisp and clean than the aroma, with a smooth finish.

It's a little thin but that's typical for a dry stout.

A decent beer, but not one of my all-time favorites.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint. Charred brown capped with a dense and bumpy tan head. Good retention and a load of sticky lacing.

A fair amount of coffee and chocolate chips along with roasted malt in the nose. As it hits the tongue, I'm thinking maybe American stout at first; it's a bit chocolatey, a bit fruity, and plenty hoppy. Midswallow, though, it begins to dry out in a hurry, eventually wrapping up with a bone-dry burnt and roasted finish.

Overall impression: A superior alternative to the 'big 3' of the style.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark and black with a little amber red showing at the bottom. Big tan head fades into a patchy layer. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Strong aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malts. Hints of vanilla and hops.

Taste: Burnt roasted malts up front followed by coffee and chocolate. Hints of dark fruits in the finish with a light hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a light to medium carbonation. Very creamy and somewhat dry.

Overall: A solid version of a lighter stout.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Notes...Tried the Out of Bounds Stout....I love friends that bring over great brews that are difficult to get...Home Brew....I mean you!!! The color was obviously dark with a creamy head. The smell was malty with grain and oatmeal. The was realy quite nice...hints of malt and caramel balanced well with a hints of espresso. The mouthfeel was good, came off the pallete clean. Some bitterness, but a decent tasting stout.

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

Poured from a brown 12Oz bottle into a pint glass. Figured I better get all the Avery I can since they're pulling out of my state.

Pours black with a quarter-inch mocha head that fizzles away to a thin skin in under a minute. Scant lace left on the glass.

Aroma is mostly dark roast coffee beans and dark chocolate. A hint of vanilla and some detectable grassy hop notes.

Taste is stong black coffee, followed by some bittering hoppiness before giving way to vanilla and dark chocolate. The aftertaste is dark roasted malt, toasted grains, and straw.
pretty good mix of flavors here.

The feel is good, not really heavy for a stout, but full enough. Carbonation is a bit fizzy, but tones down after some swirling making it better.

A solid offering from Avery. Nothing to jump up and down over, but good enough for the girls I go with.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Avert Out of Bounds Stout

On tap, pours a dark brown with a mocha head and a fair amount of lace work. Aroma is light, roasted malts and dry cocoa. In the flavor, roasted malt, coffee, aniseed, fennel. A little herbaceous but with a nice firm maltyness. A well balanced stout, full bodied feel and over all it's quite sessionable.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour was near spot on for the style and really showed a tremendous amount of promise. Dark as night with a rich and creamy tan head that rose up from the bottom and settled down very nicely along the top of the glass. Bu that was about the best it would get. Too light of a n aroma, as roasted malts and chocolate notes seem to be horribly off balance. Hints of coffee maybe? But it all seemed to be a bit of a mess for me to be honest. Smooth, even carbonation on a somewhat mellow profile, needed a bit more of a punch to really be anything worthwhile to me. Roasted chocolate, hints of tobacco, a light sweetness, but again it really all seemed terribly off balance to me to be honest.

Overall it was ok, nothing really great. Maybe it was me but it just falls in line with a bunch of other average stouts.

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Photo of Adamthome1
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Smell is good, crisp, roasty, good pour with mild head and lacing

Taste is nice and roasty, has some good stout qualities, roasty, characters of coffee and caramel, espresso aftertaste, creamy mouthfeel...Little high on the carbonation and the hop choice seems a bit off - it's not as smooth as some other in category

Very happy overall, I bought it in a mix and match, I can see myself getting a 6 pack of this.

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

Poured into tulip.

The beer has a very dark deep red appearance in the light.

Smells of roasted malts.

Tastes Fantastic, Roasted malts upfront then slowley fading to a chocolate coffee finish.

It is an easy drinker, The dryness of the irish stout is a perfect.

Overall the perfect stout for anytime of year.

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Photo of azdback
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Dark black with just a weak smidge of light through at the edges. Head is one finger and a leathery tan color. The head is also creamy in appearance and the lace seems to be a bit sticky and does stay to leave it's etch on the inside of the glass.

The smell dark roasted malts that come out mostly as dark coffee grounds. There is a bit of bitter chocolate and alcohol. Wonderful!!

Initially I get the coco and coffee flavor. Quickly they are are replaced with a very tart cherry flavor and chalk finish.

The mouth is pretty standard. I think it is chalky at the end, but this is an Irish Dry Stout. So it is classified right.

Overall I am happy to have purchased this. If I trate this one or drink it?..

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

I'm reviewing this off notes from Beer U: Stouts at Stone Brewery.

A - Pours a dark reddish brown with a finger head. The head goes away quickly, but is easily swirled back.

S - Aroma's of roasted malts, almost smokey. I also pick up the smell of burnt coffee.

T - Burnt malt and coffee with a bitter finish.

M - Balanced carbonation and really easy to drink.

O - This is a pretty good beer, but not amazing. Tastes more like a foreign export stout rather than a irish dry stout.

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Photo of Douglas14
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out pretty dark but has brownish-reddish hues coming through the edges. The OOBS has a nice light tan head that resides too quickly. It has a nice roast aroma that has some subtle sweetness coming through also. Lot's of chocolate and coffee Just a touch of hops in the nose.

The flavor is similar to the nose - lot's of roast and chocolate flavors. What is nice about this beer is that the roast character lasts throughout the whole sip...it keeps a consistent profile the whole time...not too much changing. The ABV is right where I like it for my American Stouts (yeah I don't know why this is under Dry Irish Stout...this is NOTHING like a Dry Irish Stout).

The finish is nice and it's super drinkable. I have this in my top 10 - maybe top5 - go-to 6-pack souts (first place going to obsidian stout).

Anyway, great beer and available at a great price. I'm glad that a brewery like Avery that does some extreme stuff also makes traditional beer as well.

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

undated 12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

pours a brownish-black. Essentially opaque but seems clear. Short-lived 1 finger head.

S - a swirl of roasted grain aromas. ABV of 6.3% or higher seems evident.

T - rich taste; clearly made with a generous amount of roasted barley. Hops not obvious but detectable, especially in the finish. And this stout is a little bitter for style. Finish also has coffee notes. Strong roasted grain flavor doesn't cross the line into burnt flavor.

M - full body; smooth but not quite creamy.

O - a bold stout, both in its use of more roasted barley and in the ramped up hopping. Well done!.

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

Very drinkable. Roasted malt and coffee dominate but are very smooth. I am somehow getting a bit of oats, don't know about that.
I'd love to get another six pack of this guy for the house. It's a go to beer for me. Very pleasant in all aspects and cheap for the quality.

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Photo of plfahey
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Black, with faint ruby highlights. Nearly opaque, but appears relatively clear. Moderate khaki head with moderately high retention.

Aroma-Big, dark, and roasted, with intoxicating aromas of bittersweet chocolate. Secondary aroma of coffee and roasted malt, with some sticky, earthy, green, and piney hops showing through.

Flavor-The flavor is...interesting to say the least. Has the same chocolatey malt flavors, with stronger espresso notes-pretty high roast character. Hop flavors play a much larger role here, with herbal, woodsy, and piney character challenging the malt in the mid-palate. Hop bitterness is moderate. The finish features a balance of green hops and roasty malt, but the hops win out in the end. It manages to firmly dry out the palate, and the flavors go on and on forever.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate to moderately high carbonation. Relatively smooth, with little, if any alcohol warmth.

Although BA classifies this as a Dry Irish Stout, this definitely falls outside of that category-more like an American Stout with the high hop rates. The aroma is great, and the flavor is strong and in your face-I just am not sure that I love the extremely high hop flavors and the fact that they overtake the malt in the finish. Good, but definitely not my favorite. I will say though, that some foods blunt the hop attack a little bit (I'm enjoying it with Rosemary, Chili, Orange, and Maple glazed nuts), which makes for a rather pleasant gustatory experience.

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Photo of rawfish
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, near black with some mahogany highlights. Pours a nice light mocha colored head, 2 fingers high and with excellent retention.

Smell takes a little while to come out but once it starts to warm and the head retention leaves it's very pleasant. Initial blast of earthy hops matched with an almost smokey characteristic and roasted malts w/ fennel seed. It begins to sweeten on the back end and begins to remind me of vanilla iced coffee.

Taste is bold, in your face coffee from the roasted malts bordering on astringent with some ash and charcoal. Also features a mild sweetness in the middle of the drink like berries. Finish is drying, earthy bitter hops, slightly acidic. Flavor lingers on for quite a while, of bittersweet chocolate and burnt character.

Servicable for a stout, carbonation and body are decent. Intense dark flavor, that lingers on forever. Hides it alcohol well though.

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

A - This beer pours a very dark brown color. It has a 1.5-finger light tan head, that has decent retention. The head leaves some nice sticky lacing behind.

S - The smell is of roasted malts and chocolate. It smells a tad burnt, and there is also a hint of coffee present.

T - The tasted is mostly very dark roasted malts. There are good chocolate flavors present, both milk and dark chocolate. The finish is a bit hoppy, and I'm getting some coffee flavors. There is some lingering hop and roasted malt bitterness.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down smooth. There is some lingering bitterness as well. Good mouthfeel for this style.

D - Good drinkability here. This is definitely one of the better Irish Dry Stouts that I've had. It has a really good flavor to it. I would have no problem drinking a few of these in a sitting. I recommend giving this one a shot.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.31/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass late at night.

A- Out of bounds goes into the glass a dark black color with no light going through it, very dark stuff here. A tight fitting cap of dark tan foam almost looking nitro like. A sheet of lace.

S- Took some warming to bring out smell, like most Irish drys. Lightly melted chocolate, a hint of vinilla cream, A nice amount of hops ala a light storm king. A smudge of an ashy scent with warming.

T- This is a nice Irish Dry, one that I actually liked and wanted more of after drinking. Hints of chocolate, toasted bread, roast to a small degree, no caramel/toffee, Vanilla, you know..

M- A very smooth velvetly feel, rich, semi sweet, light bodied but appears like more, this gives off a nitro feel without the nitro, I like this.

D- Off the charts, a well put together ID, I'll put this one in the rotation for the future.

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Photo of cyrock1
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep brown with a 1/2 inch light tan head.

Smell: Roasted and toasted malt with a little chocolate in the background.

Taste: Roasted malt, coffee, toffee, and bitter chocolate. Some chocolate too on the second taste.

Mouthfeel: An ever-present carbonation keeps the flavors lingering till a litte bit of hop bitterness finishes them off.

Drinkability: I like it a lot, a well balanced beer!

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

Very dark with one finger of head that held on for a little while before settling to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is mostly roasted malt with a faint hint of chocolate. After the roast it smells sort of like a Kit-Kat bar.

Roasted malt dominates the flavor. Roasted bitterness as well. Definately dry and no sign of alcohol.

Body is lighter side of moderate with lively carbonation.

Very easy drinking. A little more alcohol than the Irish imports, but a better beer.

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Photo of Jesse13713
3.24/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance - A surprisingly clean-white froth on top. Average lacing. Pitch black with perhaps some caramel color if I look hard enough.

Smell - A strong coffee taste overpowers the hints of light malts and oats. No sense of chocolate in here. A very roasted smelling beer.

Taste - A bitter coffee strongly overpowers any other notes in this stout. Definitely different than most I've had. The initial taste is a slight bitter coffee bean working with dark fruits, and then it smooths out into a more robust dark coffee taste. I feel it is sort of lacking in anything other than bitter coffee, but it is definitely tasty. Quite smokey as well.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Quite addictive to drink. The taste is slightly bitter for a stout. The dark fruits become more prominent as you continue to drink. While quite addictive, definitely not my favorite stout. Different in coffee robustness than most other stouts.

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Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,336 ratings.
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