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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Photo of beerphan
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> american pint
code screened on bottle:

Pours a dark brown with hazlenut highlights. A thick generous active head slowly recedes to a brown pillow of suds. Patchy globs of sticky lace.

Nose: Malty, chocolate

Thin oily body that finishes dry and creamy. Burst on black patent malt with burnt coffee, dark chocolate and lactose. The beginnings of some dark fruit flavors way in the back, trying to fight through the burnt malt. Grassy and herbal hops definitely present but struggles to compete. A quick hit bitterness leaves the mouth dry and chalky.

A good hearty Irish Stout.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with no freshness information anywhere. drank from my stone IRS snifter. i picked up this sixer on clearance.

A- this one pours out a mostly opaque black body. only a little bit of ruby red can be seen around the edges of my glass. the head lasts about what i would have expected it to, and leaves behind very small spots of lacing.

S- the first thing i notice are very dark and roasted malts. burnt smelling almost. after that, it opens up with some milk and dark chocolate. at the end i pick up some coffee/espresso.

T- the dark roasted malts i could smell come to the front. very dark and teetering on burnt. after that, the chocolate comes into play. both milk and dark. more dark than milk. the finish is pleasantly hoppy.

M- the body is medium, bordering on full. nice and bitter, just as the style should be. the alcohol is well hidden.

D- a fine example of the style. i like that this is a stout with plenty of flavor with a somewhat moderate ABV. i feel this one is under appreciated by most.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looks like a nice dark black with an inch of chocolate foam.

S - Smells like milk chocolaty roasty coffee goodness. But I love this style so hope it tastes good.

T - Wow a nice bitterness of coffee and chocolate but kind of like a milk stout. Actually ends up kind of dry and bitter so it is pretty balaced.

M - Medium and drinkable. Kind of good.

D - A very nice dry stout and I liked it and would appreciate it in my glass. Very good beer.

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Photo of rembrant
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour- Dark dark brown. a bit of light gets through at the edges. The main body is opaque. No real head but leaves a viscosity film on the glass.

Aroma Straight up roast malts mostly,also doing some dark fruits and molasses.

Taste The coffee,dark fruits,roasty/smoky grains and malts and dark brown sugar all do their show in a nice harmony. started this off a bit cold and it has a very solid flavor profile,the body is a bit wet/thin relative to heavier stouts but not bad for an Irish. It gains a little body as it warms. Good balance of Malt-hop-sweet-bitter. Second pour it tries to do a beer head,and gives up. There's a caramel up front that's not evident when colder,then the coffee flavors take over. warmer brings a little more complexity but this does well chilled as a summer stout too.

Mouth Not a THICK stout really but as it warms it gets a bit of sticky syrup action that add to the heft. The aftertaste is quite clean without overdoing the espresso aftertaste. Carbonation is there but not very obvious. It's not a genre that is supposed to be too thick,and it is a bit wet. That's good for a all-round.

Drinkability, Pretty good. The basic flavor balance is on the money. The money,in this case,is reasonable. In no way "hard to finish" and not boozy. Good wide temp range,making for a nice Year Round.

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Photo of tehawful
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Black with a thick foamy heads that leaves decent lacing around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Strong aroma of roasted malt with a hint of dark fruit.

Taste: Heavy roasted coffee taste up front with a subtle bitter-sweet characteristic. The roasted flavor is strong enough to lend an almost smokey taste, though it comes across a little artificial. Finishes with a decent amount of hops which is probably contributes to the name "Out of Bounds". Overall, the roasted qualities are too close to a burnt taste for me.

Mouthfeel: Good medium-full body with little carbonation.

Drinkability: The aroma is probably my favorite part of this beer, it really got me excited to taste it. The intensity and profile of the roasted and smokey flavors was a little more than what I normally prefer, but still a good stout overall.

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Photo of bnes09
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thick charcoal black color. Dark red to brown when held up to light. Pours a thin tan head but the retention and creamy lacing is unparalleled.

Rich cocoa and coffee bean aroma. Hints of pine and maple in the nose.

Starts off with a robust dark chocolate to coffee bitter, roasted flavor. Hops are also pretty assertive with a piney bitterness and in the perfect proportion for balance. Smooth molasses sweetness brings it all together and provides a mellowing effect. Hints of maple, almond and a smokey character come to life as well.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Dense medium body with some small bubbles mingled in. Its a little drying on the palate but smooth and creamy at the same time. Leaves a dry, bitter dark chocolate after taste.

Wow! What an exceptional example of an Irish Dry Stout. Seems like it would almost be better suited for the American stout style due to the smooth texture and sweet, balanced flavors. Great session beer for stout lovers like myself. Incredibly complex and rich flavors and outstandingly refreshing.

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Photo of claybeer
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There is not a whole lot to say about the appearance on this beer. It's dark? It's closer to black instead of a dark brown and there is little to no head. Wow! It makes up for the dull appearance in the nose. A great coffee smell and some bitter chocolate. There is a little bit of an unpleasant burnt grain smell. The bitterness is the first thing I notice. The chocolate and coffee flavors don't show up until the finish. After all the flavor there is some alcohol heat. It is a well balanced stout and easy to drink. It would be a great food stout to enjoy with a big steak or even some bitter chocolates after dinner.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Blue Palms

A: The pour is a dark brown color with a rather unimpressive off-white head.

S: The main aroma to this beer is an incredible quantity of roasted malts. Lots of coffee and more restrained amounts of bitter chocolate aromas as well.

T: The high levels of roast in this beer provide a strong level of bitterness. Like the nose, quite a bit of coffee and to a lesser extent, dark chocolate.

M: The body is medium with a fairly lively carbonation.

D: As the beer warmed up, it got a little astringent and quite bitter. Still, a pretty decent stout that I found easy enough to drink.

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Photo of hopsyum
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Note: bottle says 6.3% abv, not 5.1% like this site says. This is fortunate because the alcohol is well hidden.

A- Pretty standard color and head for a stout. Extremely dark with slight red hues around the outside when held up to light. 1/2" head held up nicely.

S- Again, average smell, nothing too fancy but some chocolate and coffee (duh).

T- This is quite a yummy tasting stout. Dry hops are definitely more prevalent, and they are more obvious than normal. Coffee and chocolate are there in normal fashion, but the hops do set this beer apart from the regular stout. Nice.

M- A pleasant-feeling beer in the mouth. I notice nothing out of the ordinary from another stout.

D- This beer goes down surprisingly well for a 6.3% stout. I only had one, but I could definitely go for at least one more.

Overall, an enjoyable stout. There are few things that really strike me as exceptional, such as the usage of hops, but again nothing is out of place and it all works.

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Photo of alleykatking
1.65/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle.

A- Poured a jet black color. Half finger tan head dies down almost as soon as it rose. No real lacing on the sides of the glass. Everything just falls back into the beer.

S- Weak coffee notes try to dominate the full aroma. Some roasted malts in here along with a bigger metallic scent that coats the entire aroma. No real hops that most everyone says they pick up.

T- Light roasted malts in the front give way to metallic body. Some watery bittery flavor in the middle that I can't put my finger on. A light sourness on the backend of this along with the taste of metal and alcohol. Very terrible tasting beer.

M- Lighter mouthfeel. Carbonation was alright for the beer and style I suppose. Metallic flavors left on the palate and in the aftertaste. No real drying on the palate from the alcohol. The flavors were a mess not flavorful at all.

D- This is a bad tasting beer. I'm sure it has to be a bottle. I drain poured this after I drank about half the pint. I will re-review this one when I get a chance to get another bottle. This one was bad though...very bad.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Again with Avery, no dating on the bottle, so I have no idea on age. <sigh>.
Black, black, black with a little bronze on the edges. Nice tan head that settles in a rocky fashion.
Slight tart aroma with roast, coffee, some chocolate. Nice.
Sweet, tart, bitter, sour, roast with lots and lots of drying on the finish. This one may be getting a touch of age on it as a small amount of staleness seems to be appearing.
Ample carbonation, maybe a tad too much as it seems to be cutting the smoothness some, especially as these bubbles seems little sharp. Even a touch of heft to this body, but it slows down drinking only a bit.
I'd like to get a fresh one of these as I bet I'd bump it up a couple of points.

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Photo of bump8628
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Before I get into the review I notice the bottle indicates 6.3% ABV, as opposed to the 5.1% listed here and on Avery's website. Interesting, perhaps they stepped this one up a bit.

Pours nearly black with a thick espresso head that fades to sporadic clumps.

Aroma is very mild coffee with some herbal hops.

The taste is where it really ratchets up a notch. Bold cocoa and herbal coffee lead the way with some burnt sugar and a very generous helping of bitter, herbal hops. This one dries out at the end further enhancing the astringent and bitter qualities.

This is certainly different than the Dry Stout that the Out of Bounds that I've tried in the past was. This one is drinking much more like a bigger American Stout. Intense flavors through and through with the coarse herbal hops almost competing with the roasted barley. It appears Avery really has stepped this beer up. Not a surprise when you know Avery's brewing philosophy.

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Photo of Richardberg
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured into a pint glass. dark and oily, but not very thick -- neither in terms of viscosity or translucence. small head, no lace.

S - roasted (but not burnt) malt, coffee, touch of chocolate

T - pretty much like the smell. bitterness comes to the forefront briefly, but fades nicely, allowing a bit of charcoal and coffee ground to emerge. dry finish, as you'd expect.

M - the only real weak point. it's hard to imagine a 5% dry stout (vs something crafted toward the oatmealy/creamy direction) capable of matching the rich, luscious feel of a stronger brew in the same family.

D - super easy to drink. standard, unassuming, yet tasty.

I've had a lot of crazy only-in-America inventiveness from other Avery brews, but this one seems like a straight-up imitation of the classic Irish style. (actually, it reminds me of Moylan's Dragoons most of all, which is from California.) which is a good thing.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured into a pint glass to one finger of tan head. This beer is dark brown in color. The aroma is nutty with fresh ground coffee. I also get some chocolate. The taste is primarily coffee. It is not a bitter coffee taste. The mouthfeel is creamy. This beer is a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of WJVII
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Too long between reviews, but had a chance to get this on my trip to MN. Poured into a pint glass this brew is a nice chocolate brown color with a thick 2 finger tan head leaving decent lacing as the brew settles. The aroma is thick of chocolate, coffee, caramel, and slight burnt malt. There is a yeast affect to the initial sip followed by a strong coffee and milk chocolate sweetness. This brew is medium body with slight bitterness in the finish for good balance. The warmer the more aroma and flavor you get. Nice stout and I am glad I purchased.

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Photo of ectomorph
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with no best by date noted, poured into a pint glass.

A - Almost black (but not quite) body holds up a big dense tan head that sits there staring at you forever.

S - Dark roast coffee, licorice, and a hint of smoke picked up initially. Unsweetened chocolate and fresh bread round out the robust malt profile of this dry stout.

T - Again dark coffee and chocolate take center stage. This is a really malty and full figured stout. As the beer warms I notice more roasty notes coming through.

M - I'm not saying it's not dry, but for the style it's a little on the big boned side. Medium body clears pretty well, but this is more American stout IMO.

D - Moderate to high. On a cold night, I could drink 5-6...

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Photo of hosehead83
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve-ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Dark brown/black in color, with a big cloud-deck of tan foam
Aroma-dark roasted coffee. baker's chocolate
Taste-Black coffee and semi-sweet baking chocolate. Subtle hop notes. Dry, black coffee finish. Overall, a nice version of the style.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep and dark. Bordering on pitch black but some amber hues come through on the edges when held to a light. The light brown head is thin but creamy and has pretty good retention.

S- Coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, and smoke. Aromatic and very appealing.

T- Exactly the same as the aroma. Roasty and sweet, but very well balanced. I am really digging this.

M- Smooth with a nice amount of carbonation. There is a long lasting roasted aspect on the finish.

D- A very tasty stout that is well made and memorable. Worth trying.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle without a freshness date. Pours a dark brown color with an excellent looking, 3-finger topping of beige foam. Retention is good and lacing is even better.

Milky, roasty, chocolaty...most everything a low ABV stout should be comes through on the nose. Most impressive.

Taste is slightly burnt cocoa with a fair amount of sweetness and roasted bitterness lingering long into the finish with some grassy support from the hops. By the look and smell, I was sure this was the perfect stout, but alas it was not quite meant to be with this one. Still tasty though, as it is a multi-faceted malt forward stout with some definite hoppy complexities added in. I think this brew fits better as an American stout than an Irish Dry. Never gets boring, even as the glass approaches empty status. I would happily purchase a sixer of this at least once a year. Strangely enough, this is one of the few Avery beers that is not available in Tx.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark brown color, with hints of red and a creamy tan head. Aromas of coffee, Hershey's chocolate syrup and a little dark brown sugar. Pretty similar on the palate, with a little bit of hops backing up the familiar stout flavors. Another good Avery offering.

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Photo of bgildea
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark Brown with slight hint of red. Decent light tannish head that faded quickly, with slight lacing.

S: Smells very earthy and delicious. Hints of nuts, roasted malts, maybe some vanilla or carmel.

T: Great balance of flavors. The coffee and roasted malts hit you initially, with a nice hint of hops for a finish. Great use of flavors that blend well.

M: Really nice chew to it. A lot thicker than I was expecting, so I was pleasantly surprised.

D: This beer is very drinkable. I will definitely buy this one again. Great balance of flavors and a nice tasty surprise.

Overall: Overall the beer was very good. If you like a nice stout with a hint of hops, you will really enjoy this one. I'd recommend this beer to any dark beer drinker.

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Photo of jones3aj
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Kicked back with a cold one after a long Friday at work. I have to say I was hoping for more to talk about, but this one is pretty pedestrian.

A - Nice, opaque color. Poured loosely into the glass, and developed a short-lived, 1/2" head of light tan. Didn't last very long.

S - Heavy on the malt side. Just a slight sweetness in the smell. Possibly a chocolate note, but more of an afterthought. Perhaps I was LOOKING for something because there just wasn't much there..

T - Definitely had a malty taste, but not much else. Reminded me of Guinness.

M - Felt as watery as it tasted. Smooth, with a slight zing of carbonation. I was looking for a little more tingle, but was let down. Should have expected this with the lack of a head.

D - Easy to drink, but not something I'd likely buy more of. I look for more of an experience when drinking my beer. This came and went, and I won't likely look back.

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Photo of biglite351
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - dark with Ted around the edges. Thick off-white head.

S - heavy malts, nut not much else. Nice though.

T - heavy malts like the scent. Not much else to comment on though.

M - mild coating with no tingles or anything.

D - it is tasty but boring. You could easily drink a lot of this, but you would probably opt for something more with more flavor.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Out of Bounds is listed at 6.3% ABV and 51 IBUs.

Served cold at the Avery Brewery in Boulder. I was hoping for a warmer cask temp to get more flavor out of this stout. Out of Bounds looks inky black. The glass is filled so full it almost has a meniscus... so no head.

Aroma is roasty-toasty goodness with a nice dry-hop quality that is probably the defining character for Out of Bounds, for me.

Flavor is fantastic, just as it is out of the bottle. Great hoppiness for a stout but it really works well. Caramel, chocolate, and coffee.

Mouthfeel is exceptional, as the cask always seems to make beers better in this respect.

Overall fantastic. I really need to revisit this beer in the form of a six pack.

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

A: Dark, ruby brown color. Poured a 1 finger tan head with fair retention. Lacedin in uneven rings.

S: Big, rich toasted malt aromas; slightly sweet mollases.

T: Bitter coffee, burnt toast and nuts. Rich and flavorful. Dry and bitter in the finish.

M: Full body. Low carbonation. Thick, rich and creamy.

D: Very drinkable. Smooth and pleasing. A bit filling.

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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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