Out Of Bounds Stout | Avery Brewing Company

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Out Of Bounds StoutOut Of Bounds Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
588
Ratings:
1,311
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
15.61%
 
 
Wants:
41
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122
For Trade:
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Photo of russpowell
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A very true to style stout:

Pours dark mahogany to black with a healthy 3 fingers + tan head. Very good head retention and lacing

Smell: Intense burnt malt, coffee & chocolate

Taste: toasty malty, slight fruityness caves into coffee and bitter graininess (works here). Finishes very dry and fruity

MF Chewy and creamy with ideal carbonation

A little too dry to enjoy more than a few, but stout lovers would probably easily session this. Although I prefer the new world porter, Avery comes through again

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As I've heard both good dand bad things about Avery, it made me curious about their brews. I have to say that my first sampling of their products was far from disappointing, and was in fact very, very good.

It pours a dark black colour with a big creamy tan head. Stickiness is moderate but noticeable.

The smell is different, but awesome: it's big and bold without being overpowering and there's something to it that I can't quite place my finger on yet which sets it apart from other brews, and in a good way. It's a bit sweet but primarily rough and rugged, with a hint of smoke notes throughout. There's a chocolate base that runs throughout as well. Just incredibly nice overall.

The flavour is right up there as well: sweetness prevails for a while but soon gives way to a hearty burnt, roasted malt flavour. Even the chocolate seems to take on burnt qualities here. The finish is very dry, but spot on for the style. Mouthfeel is creamy but hearty.

I have nothing bad to say about this brew. It's really just a stellar beer overall, and I wish I had picked up more than one bottle of it. Yum.

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Photo of McNealc31
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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Photo of bditty187
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Basically black in hue, there is some ruby highlights around the edges, especially when held to a light. Still, the liquid is basically opaque. The head was over two fingers in height, beige in color. Head retention was very good; it slowly faded to a rocky cap that lasted the entire consumption. This beer looks very typical of a stout, aside from the fact the subsequent lacing looks like tattered wallpaper. Impressive. The nose is malty, kind of smoky, roasty with coffee influences, plus some chocolate and charcoal. Astringent. There is also a faint, slick, milky sweetness at the distant back. This bouquet is stout-like, the potency is fairly sturdy and the smells are articulated clearly. I really like the nose. The hint of smoke elevates the bouquet over many of its brethren. Inviting to say the least. The palate doesn’t make the nose out to be a liar. Pleasant roasty flavors, faint smoky qualities, slick chocolate with a milky sweetness that is very minimal. Coffee beans. Licorice. Charred wood. Distant piney hops it seems. I really like this beer; it is very tasty with plenty of flavors in the mix. I mean this is just a stout after all and damn, its good! It is robust in a restrained kind of way. Hey, I used the word “restrained” in a review for a beer from Avery! I’ve come to the conclusion Avery’s best beer comes in 12-ounce bottles. Moderate abv, I could session with this dandy. Long aftertaste, I really want some sharp cheddar cheese or grilled meat! Medium in body, modest carbonation, the mouthfeel is pleasant, I could ask for a little more body but it is good “as is.” This stout is damn drinkable. Give me a six-pack! Lovely stuff from start to finish, thus far this is the best tasting and most eloquent beer I’ve had from Avery. I purchased a 12-ounce bottle in Brookfield, WI. Recommended. I want more.

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

This is an excellent dry stout from Avery. It pours a dark black, ruby-red colour with a nice fluffy, tan head. The aromas are of chocolate, caramel, various types of malts and hops, alcohol and yeast. The taste. Delicous! A yummy blend of chocolate and caramel flavors, with a bit of coffee thrown into the mix as well. The mouthfeel is a tad bit thin and the drinkability is not perfect. But this is one of the best dry stouts I have ever had!

Cheers!
-F

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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 bgildea
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
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 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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Photo of JuicesFlowing
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 GClarkage
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

05/27/08- Purchased at City Beer in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info present. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Very black in color with a 3/4 inch creamy dirty white head. Very nice lace marks remain.

Smell- Heavily roasted malt, mild hop notes and heavy coffee grounds in the air.

Taste- All the flavors in this beer are intense. The malts are highly roasted, if not towards the burnt side, the coffee really stands out as well. Dark chocolate swirls between the malts and coffee. Hops play a minor role, but are there.

Mouthfeel- A bit higher carbonation that I would like, but it's still not that high. If you are used to nitro or cask this will seem fairly carbonated for you.

Drinkability- One of the better domestic irish dry's I've had. Heck one of the better any kind of domestic stouts I have had. Very drinkable.

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Photo of mgironta
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured with a barely there tan head that hung around for the duration of the drinking, but left no lacing on the glass. The body was a deep and dark brown. Due to the color, there was no visible carbonation on the brew. The nose was glorious. It had lots of coffee, roasted malts and chocolate, which is exactly what I expect from a stout. The taste was very much of the same that was apparent in the nose. I got a lot of coffee and roasted malts, not as much chocolate, with a creamy mouthfeel. The brew had very low carbonation and the finish lasted awhile with the roasted malts. It also had medium thickness. This was definitely a great brew and I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to try it. I will definitely have this one again.

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Photo of david131
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
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 Fatehunter
4.31/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Black with a quarter inch tan head.

S - Roasted, burnt malt. Coffee and a little cocoa. Smells like darkness.

T - Burnt malt, not sweet. Then more burnt malt towards the end and wrapped up with some good biting bitterness

M - Fairly crisp for a stout, but nice. Ends a little softer in texture. Moderate carbonation.

D - I really like this stout. A straightforward dark tasting stout. It does not have any crazy flavors, just the basics and done very well. Very drinkable all night long.

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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 Bcant
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass, but I wish I was drinking it from a snifter. Ebony with a capichino head. Bouquet of bitter-sweet choclate. Very soft and round in the mouth and it goes down nicely. The taste starts much like how it smells but finishes like good espresso. I only have one from a mixed six but I will be returning for more as soon as the evenings get cooler.

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Photo of Suds
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, blackish color with slight ruby highlights. The head is tan, thick, dense, and long-lasting. This is a fine looking brew! The aroma has a pleasing and very intense roast barley smell. There’s a lot of burnt, and heavily roasted malt as well…coffee, dark chocolate, and a lot of grain. It’s exactly as a stout should smell. The flavor follows through and doesn’t disappoint. A bit of sweetness is upfront, but it’s mostly dry and very satisfying. Creamy, mouthfilling, and very thick. Nice. There are no complaints with this brew.

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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 corey0212
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm absolutely loving this beer. Looks black in the glass, but held up to the light, the beer takes on a deep red color. Smell is incredibly dark, roasty, coffee deliciousness. Taste is just bitter enough, with a really smooth chocolatey finish. Carbonation is completely perfect for a stout. Well done, Avery!

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown with two-finger, tan, creamy and foamy head that lasted several minutes and left a nice film. Great lacing.

S: Rich roasted malt. Dark chocolate then coffee.

T: Moderate sweetness and light to moderate bitterness. Roast malt matches the nose. Chocolate.

M: Medium to full bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O: Well-rounded, above-average stout. The nose and mouthfeel stood out to me the most. I like this beer.

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Photo of BeerFink
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep brownish ruby color, almost black. A sticky tan head is kicked up that smells of roasted barley and coffee. Black malts are up front, with a slightly burnt charcoal flavor. Transitions to rich coffee and chocolate flavors with some delicate roastedness and a hint of nuttiness. Hops are present at the end, showing a little spice and very subtle citrous. Finish is slightly hoppy but mostly roasted, leaving a dryish aftertaste. Really quite the tasty dry stout, much more robust than nitro stouts. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but that's part of the dry stout. That is part of the wicked drinkability. My glass was empty in no time. I would have no problem at all going through a few of these at a time.

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Photo of Brunite
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Big, espresso roast-colored head which softens to a pillow. Loads of lacing as it settles and lowers as I drink. Deep black color with ruby edges.

Aroma: There's a roasted malt smell here along with a bit of hops.

Taste: Best part. Roasted flavors followed by a big hop blast balancing out at the end. Sweet chocolate...bittersweet...a touch of coffee...malts...each sip wants a follow-up. A bit dry and lingering but nice.

Mouthfeel: Creamy....smooth...decent carbonation.

Overall: Blows away the competition. No need to ever have the import biggies with this around. This is NOT watered down roasted malt beer. This is great stuff.

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Photo of Naes
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stout pours black in color with a two inch layer of dark tan head. Retention is good, but the lacing is minimal.
The aroma is roasty with a strong coffee bean smell.
The flavor is just as it smells. It is roasty with a bitter coffee flavor. This is a unique flavored stout. It finishes dry, bitter and is not sweet in the least bit.
Mouth feel is full bodied and generously carbonated.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap last night, now it's time to review the bottled example. Here goes.

Appearance- Black as night with a ruby outline, only at the bottom of my glass. A quarter-inch head reduces to a sporadic jumbling of different sized bubbles, awaiting their sentencing. Minimal lacing, thin consistency.

Smell- Dark, rich coffee with a terrific roasted malt profile... this is wonderful. Nonsweet chocolate chunks and smoke come next, all within a light, encompassing body of roasty malts and hops.

Taste- A mouth-gripping Irish Stout-type bitterness holds on to the back of the mouth and tongue, while the creamy, roasty, slick malt notes party everywhere at once. After the swallow, you marvel at the world left behind... at least, until the next sip.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Creamy yet carbonated enough to excite the tastebuds, and enough taste to offset the light body. The burnt notes are sharper in the bottle than on-tap, which is the reason I give overall drinkability to the draft version.

Delicious stout, regardless. Huge flavor, get some however you can find it.

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Photo of Buebie
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, went into a pint glass.

A great looking head forms with nice whipped topping textured head. A glorious looking brown head on this for a regular stout. Receeding slowly to leave thick sticky sponge cake looking drapes of lace. A quarter inch is left behind as a cap.
The beer itself is black in color with no light pentration.

Smokey chocolate charcoal aromas, burnt marshmellows, some mild dark fruit and plenty of smoked peat.

Mouthfeel is bigger in this then expected for a table beer. Some creamy fuller bodie mixed with carbonation throughout.
Its dark alright with a roasty bitter smoke laced chocolate grain taste.
More bits of charcoal and a touch of smoked oak. Finishing bitter with a great big long lasting charred smokey finish.

This has to be one of the better sessionable regular ol' stouts I've ever had. Huge flavor, great mouthfeel, overall terrific. You cant go wrong with this beer. Highly recommend.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.27/5  rDev +13%
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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Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,311 ratings.
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