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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Reviews: 594 | Ratings: 1,333
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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Photo of williamherbert
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black with not a speck of light passing through. Short-lived cardboard brown head. Nice swath of light brown lace.

Smell is a nice lightly burnt malt. Nutty porterish aroma with a hint of coffee. Smoky with a hint of sweetness. Dry and mild too; hints of pub ale. Very very good.

Burst of bittersweet coffee and toasted malt. Not incredibly bitter. Dry sweet pub malt balances the harshness. Perfectly balanced.

A bit dry, but smooth. Tiny bite on the way down. Does leave a milky film. It's a delicious, balanced brew. Dry, bitter and biscuity. Quote good.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.27/5  rDev +13%
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 ejacques
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok, this is my first Beeradvocate.com review, so please bear with me.

Appearance - Pours a nice dark brown with about a 3/4 head which left nice lacing throughout the pint. Upon holding to the light, a dark ruby/amber rather than jet black appearance.

Smell - Exceptional. Roasted barley and malt jump out right away. Even more prominent as the pint warmed.

Taste - Hints of roasted barley, malt, slight coffee and chocolate.

Mouthfeel - A little watery to me, but I tend to find most dry stouts watery in mouthfeel.

Drinkability - Despite the watery mouthfeel, I could see myself drinking several of these.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Bright dark brown with ruby highlights. Produces a ½” tan foam cap that recedes moderately fast.

S: Spice scented chocolate and coffee with some grain aromas. Touch of anise to licorice.

T: Spicy dark chocolate seasoned with coffee finishes with a coffee like astringent dryness. Some dark dried fruit. Malt flavors are high, hop flavors are low, yeast flavors are medium low, hop bitterness is medium to medium low.

F: Very creamy smooth with a medium to medium full body and medium carbonation.

O: A nice, rich chocolaty very drinkable stout.

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Photo of forsakenpariah
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler -> pint glass

A - Nearly pitch black with hints of dark brown breaking through when held up to a light. Half finger off white head that falls quickly yet leaves fantastic lacing.

S - Roast and chocolate notes up front. Coffee nd faint hops come out as it warms.

T - Sweet chocolate, roast, and coffee. Pretty straightforward stout flavors. Not very complex but the delivery is very solid.

M - Medium heavy body with some tingly carbonation.

O - Not super spectacular but a very solid classic American stout. I wouldn't go out of my way to drink it again but I wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of iceburger97
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a- black with slight shades of mocha
smell- black coffee, sausage roll and sweet grains
taste- robust dark roast coffee with sweetness that seemed to tie the flavor together for a complete taste
mouthfeel- very good, great carbonation seemed to help
overall- a good balanced base flavor, sweet, excellent carbonation, hops are present as compliment but don't mess up the rich, sweeter flavor, an above average stout in my opinion

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Sampled last Saturday night, December 6, 2014. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 10 ounce 'Boot'.

Pours a very dark brown that is almost black with ruby highlights. Close to a 1-finger beige head is seen that settles down to a 3mm of so after a bit. Sheets of lacing is seen that sticks to the sides of the glass when sipped. The aroma is of roasted malts with a good amount of cocoa. Pretty much the same is said for the taste with a light hint of coffee, unlike some stouts that have a lot. Just a very slight bitter finish which is probably from the semi-sweet cocoa. Very tasty and goes go easy. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation for this brew style. Overall, I liked this one.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Avery- Out of Bounds Stout

A- Dark brown almost black. Thick creamy head. Heavy lacing.
S- Green hops, light roasted coffee beans, and molasses.
T- Fresh green hops, and sweet molasses malt with creamy, not overly roasted coffee bean.
M- Hoppy and bitter up front but opening up to a creamy velvety soft finish.

Overall- Reminded me of Tröegs- Dead Reckoning <--- although this is a porter. Nice and hoppy and dry up front, creamy in the end. Delicious.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Out of bounds stout pours an almost black color with a small, long lasting, lacing head. There is a big black licorice aroma. The taste is creamy, with nice notes of smoke, and big black licorice flavors. Nice flavors, body just a tiny bit flat. Overall its a very nice simple stout.

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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 Kemmerlin
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown color with a thin creamy head and light but sticky lacing.
S: Of course fresh chocolate malt notes is the main aroma but there is definitely some caramel malts that sweeten it up a bit making your mouth water.
T: A light tasting stout with some light citrus notes mixed into toffee, chocolate, and caramel flavors. Tasty.
M/D: The brew is light on the tongue with a decent amount of carbonation and sweetness. The drinkability is smooth, easy and desirable to the stout drinker.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Once again, props to Chris (clvand0) for sharing this. 12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a deep jet black color with one finger of light tan head. There is little lacing. The smell has lots of roasted malt mixed with cocoa powder. A great chocolatey nose. The taste is also fairly chocolatey. It has a good burnt malt background and even a hint of hops are present. The mouthfeel is fairly nice and strong. The drinkability is great for this stout. A nice offering from Avery.

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Photo of angelmonster
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice 3 finger chocolate head. Body is pitch black. Lacing is above average and head retention is good

Smell is big on roasted chocolate malt. Very sweet with some coffee and chocolate syrup too. No hops are detected, this beer smells like desert, a light version of Southern Tier's Choklat.

Taste is all about the malt. Tons of roasted malt come through at first. It's pretty smoky, almost burnt. There is some sweetness of chocolate and it ends with some bitter coffee and hops.

Mouth feel is pretty light but not watery like Guinness. Beer is well carbonated but not overly. A decent amount of head is present but I think more is better.

Drink ability is pretty good. Extremely sessionable beer. Pretty light bodied but tons of flavor is packed into it. This is pretty similar to Odells Cutthroat Porter so if you like that one you're gonna love this beer

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Photo of pkalix
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

super dark, light head on top, smells like the typical stout- some earthiness, chocolate, coffee, toasted aromas.
taste is like the above. small 'band-aid' taste to it. akin to sucking on a band-aid on your finger, if you know what i mean. i also agree with another reviewer's description of smelling/tasting like cigarette smoke on the skin or clothes... light hop flavor.
overall, avery has some really decent stuff. having that large A as a standard on their labels help to recognize and remember when you've had their products. while the stout isnt one of my favorite styles, it easily meets the other stouts in its taste and i could probably have another one of these.

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

Appearance : poured into a dfh snifter. Dark as night with a sensuous mocha cream swirl of a head.
Smell: lightly roasted coffee. Some sweetness nicely balances the roughness of the coffee.
Taste: Wow, this is better than expected. Perfectly balanced. Complex enough to be interesting and so drinkable.
Overall: this'll become a mainstay assuming decent availability. Nicely done.

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Photo of awall422
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours dark dark, just short of black, some reddish hues when held up to the light. nice tan head with great lacing.

aroma is roasty grains and burnt coffee.

taste is initially sweet with the dryness and bitterness hitting as you swallow.

mouthfeel is fairly thin, and a graininess that feels a little rough on the tongue.

overall a nice example of a dry stout.

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

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Nice dark brown with a thick dark tan head.

S - Rich and chocolatey, roasted malts, coffee also.

T - Strong malt flavor with some hints of the chocolate and coffee. The coffee is stronger in the finish.

M - Full bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer.

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

pours an opaque black with a light whitish beige head. looks decent.

smells pretty strongly of dark coffee. not my personal preference.

tastes like it smells, mainly strong coffee flavors. nice full creamy body smooths out a rather robust flavor. nicely done stout.

mouthfeel is full and robust. good stout but not the most drinkable. strong flavor.

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

Pours nearly opaque, with tan head that is large at first.

Nose has a lot of dark chocolate, roastiness, charred grill cooking, & espresso crema.

Palate flavors are dark/bitter chocolate (not at all sweet), big roasty flavors, twizzler licorice, and extraordinary dryness at the finish.

Very dry, serious, and assertive for a "plain" irish stout.

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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 oberon
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice rich black with some crimson color highlights with a huge fluffy almond colored head that sticks nicely to the side of the glass,some roasted malt and nuttiness come thru in the aroma along with a touch of unsweetened chocolate that comes thru more as I drink more.A mellow tasting brew at first but as it warms alot more flavor elements come out some highly roasted malt and some cocoa powder with a lingering dry earthiness in the finish,quite tasty.A smooth creamy-like feel makes this brew very easy to drink,one of the better dry stouts I have had in awhile.

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Photo of blitz134
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nearly opaque black, but has some garnet highlights showing through the body when held to the light. Nice big light chocolate head on top, reduced down in lumps, grabs the glass nicely. A nice foam head stays throughout.

Aroma is nicely filled with dark toasted malts. Some bittersweet chocolate and some hints of coffee come through. Some sweeter malts finish it up. Somewhat light aroma though.

Taste again has lots of dark toasted malts with a bit of black patent type char hanging in there. Fairly bitter overall, finishes with some dark coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Light carbonation. Coats the mouth extremely well and the flavor really lingers. The stickiness of this one in the mouth makes it feel like a really substantial stout.

Nice drinkability, a fair amount of bitterness which is right on for the style but mouthfeel isn't overly thick and heavy. Sits light on the stomach. Something I could come back to often since the ABV is low but the flavor is still there. A true to style irish dry stout, and beats guiness by a mile.

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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 BeerFMAndy
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. No date or info.

A - Clear on the pour, it's almost black in the glass with dark amber brown highlights around the edges. A billowing tan head pops up to three fingers, lowers slowly, and leaves exceptional lace.

S - Dark roasted malts give off a rich nose of burnt coffee, mocha, a hint of chocolate, and milky cream. While it isn't very complex, it certainly is appetizing.

T - Rich and malty with a heavy roasted flavor that's got some coffee likeness, with mocha too. Again, not very complex but darn good.

M - Very smooth and creamy with a dry and bitter finish with a light carbonation tickle on the way down. Full-bodied.

D - Awesomely drinkable for a stout! The mouthfeel is nice and smooth and the flavor is right on-par. I could go for a 6 pack of this in my fridge!

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Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,333 ratings.
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