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

Pours a light, clear black with a big tan head that lingers and laces.

Smells of roasted grain, nutty malt, some general sweetness and coffee.

Taste is caramel roasted character up front that goes into a more roasted and bitter coffee flavor that ends on a nice, bitter finish with hints of coffee and roast....no real chocolate character jumps out.

Medium to lighter body with higher carbonation is OK, but not preferred to my taste. Decreasing the carbonation or increasing the body would be nice.

This is a nice, roasty/coffee tasting stout with some hop bitterness. Pleasing and easy to drink.

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Photo of HaVoKnYnJ
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The last of a six-pack I purchased some time ago (pre-Christmas?)...slow pour into an Omegang Hennepin glass. Very small almond head, with tight, even lacing. In the dim light of my living room, the beer is black all the way through...but without strong light, it's hard to really tell if there are highlights or no.

Smells like strong coffee, baker's chocolate, some extra aromas, but as I'm only learning the art of hops appreciation, I'll leave that to the more experienced reviewers (for now!).

Tastes strong. Bitter chocolate, strong, almost burned coffee. Other lighter notes, almost citrusy. Definitely a sipping stout. There will be no quaffing of this bad boy. For my tastes, the burnt coffee taste is a little overpowering, but not so much as to make me slow down. Like a great espresso, the strength is part and parcel of the experience.

It feels a little light in the mouth, a little thin. There is just enough carbonation to it, but it could have been just a hair thicker tasting/feeling.

For my tastes, I think I would most likely max out at two of these in a sitting. This is a no nonsense, "pay attention to me" kind of beer. Hanging out with friends, everyone sharing in the craft beer revolution, this would be a hit. I don't think I could handle a beer like this at the 'average' bar, while being distracted by yuengling drinking friends, who no doubt would be ordering their third or fourth rounds while I was still savoring my first. Save this for those occasions when you can pay this stout the attention it deserves. It will be worth your while.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 12/22/2012. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, biscuit, light toffee, light nuttiness, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, biscuit, light toffee, light char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Moderate roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roast, coffee, toast, biscuit, light char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roasted malt flavors; with a good roast/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, smooth, and moderately dry/chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice stout. All around good balance and complexity of very roasty, dark, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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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 Hootie159
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of ajkelly451
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of user785335
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ryanflc
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RuEXP1
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from bottle into an imperial pint glass. Very dark with a slight reddish/brown hue. Slight bubbles along the base with little moving carbonation. Little to no head when poured. Slight amount of lacing.

S: Smells pleasant. No strong alcoholic smells. Pretty typical for a stout, chocolate/coffee forefront.

T: Taste does not vary a lot from the initial smell but has a deep roasted flavor. Big on flavor. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

M: Not a very thick consistence, mixed with the lack of head leaves me wishing for a bit more. Looking for it to hold on the tongue a bit longer before dissipating. Level of carbonation is excellent. Not too much but not missing either.

O: Overall this is a very solid stout that has a a great flavor. It does not shy away from boldness and will not leave one disappointed. Only wish is that it had a slightly thicker consistency with greater head.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown and basically opaque. Half finger tan head with big soapy bubbles.

Aroma: Basic American Stout assets. Cream, roasted chocolate/coffee.

Taste: A semisweet roasted chocolate presence engulfs the palate in the first half and then transitions into more of a bittersweet chocolate taste. Some hop bitterness takes over near the end. You are left with a black coffee flavor in the finish. Says on the packaging that they use a "mountain of hops" in the recipe. I guess I'd agree that it is hoppier than most other American Stouts but not enough to really be noticeable. As it warms up a little, profiles of dark fruits and currants come through just a bit. It's almost like a light version of an Imperial Russian Stout. You don't taste any of the 6.3% abv.

Mouthfeel: Possibly a tad over carbonated but within the range it should be in. Medium bodied and average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: I liked this one. At just under $10 for a six-pack it's a fair deal. It's robust beyond it's 6.3% abv. Expect a big roasty profile and some decent bitterness. Would I drink it again? Yes, especially in the colder months.

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Photo of RevDru
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep brownish black with just a slight head of foam.

S - Herbal tones, with strong black licorice and just a hint of bitter chocolate.

T - Coffee and herbs. The licorice that was in the nose does not seem to come out. Smoked oak tones.

M - Crisp and not too filling or cloying. Rather light for a stout.

D - I think this would be a good stout for non-stout drinkers. It is not too heavy on the palate and the flavor is not overpowering.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of the bottle and into my glass this beer produced a billowing, foamy head of brown suds. Nice retention in clumps and it did lace fairly well. Appearance is very deep brown with aromas of rich malts. The flavors were equally dark, coffee, chocolate, mocha and some black licorice. Smooth mouthfeel, light carbonation and easy to drink. Nothing groundbreaking but a good example of the style.

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Photo of Atron67
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- It poured a clear black with a chocolate brown that foamed up high, however fell relatively quickly, left pretty good lacing

S- roasted malty scents with a bitter balance that seems pretty solid

T- has a nice roasted flavor throughout and a solid bitterness backing as noticed from the balance

M- has a medium body and a sharp carbonation

D- a solid stout

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is dark brown to black with good carbonation, The head it gig 2 plus fingers, tan and leaves some lace.

The smell is ok typical chared malt, not real toasty, a couple non-descript fruity notes.

The taste is good and develops as it warms, some chared chocolate notes burnt toast and coffee.

The mouthfeel is good nice body and ok carbonation,

The drinkability is good, a fine example of a stout.
Prosit, MK

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark amber (near jet black) in color and poured with a thin beige head that died down let left thick lacing along the edges of the glass and a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of chocolaty roasted malts in the nose.
T: Flavors of dark roasted malts dominate the overall taste, which has a mild amount of bitterness. There are some notes of chocolate and coffee.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, dry and a bit creamy on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: This beer goes down effortlessly; I could easily have several of these in one night because it's hardly at all filling. No traces of the alcohol are perceptible.

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

A & S: roasty malts, sweet tones, and a slight nuttiness. The head doesn’t pour so thick but it’s retained really well throughout the drink. The beer is black but not jet black (some specks of brown leaking through) Good speck of lacing, along with some bigger clumps closer to the liquid.

T & M: not a super complex but pretty much what you would ask for in this beer: roasty malts, bits of coffee tones, smokey, but no sweetness in the taste unlike in the nose. woody and mildly bitter in the finish. The style is suppose to be lighter, but this beer is definitely full bodied. The carbonation is higher then most stouts but I believe that’s what they were aiming for. Mouthfeel is my favorite part of this beer its smooth, but its still semi crisp and even a bit on the refreshing side. easy to drink.

O: It was weird I felt like this beer was better on the colder side, when it warmed it seemed to become less smooth which is usually the opposite case. I was surprised by this beer, I was thinking it was going to be much lighter and less rich but its very strong and powerful for the style.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz single bottle purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for about two bucks... picute of a skier with snow on the logo sticker... first time I was able to locate a single of this brew, so I decided to give it a try... perhaps the most impressive facet of this brew was its very attractive dark, jet-black, ebony hue with an incredible five-fingered, frothy, tan, reddish head which exhibited enormous staying power... smell was comlete with roasted malts, dark coffee, and sugars... taste was very powerful, with strong dark espresso, latte, and malt essences... very flavorful, and thick brew which further enhanced Avery's reputation for producing world-class, top-notch brews... this stout was an excellent representation of the style... not overbearing or cloying with a modest 5.1% ABV that was still rich and creamy... supreme chocolate and coffee flavors burst through on this sample... packs quite a punch... really good stuff... Recomended...

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Photo of atone315
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Darker and thicker than cola out of the bottle. Thick dark brown in the glass with a one finger dark tan head the dissipates rapidly. Smell is darkly roasted malt. A bit of coffee and cocoa in the taste, but mostly toasted malt--a touch of vanilla in the finish, which is nice. Goes very nicely with an apple tart (or two).

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Photo of RTrain12
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle poured in to a pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful black with a light brown head. Head is about a 1/4" tall and sticks around almost for the hole beer. Alot of lacing in the glass also.

S: Smells of coffey and Roasted malts.

T: Tasted liked roasted malts with a dry hoppy finish. Finishes a little bitter also.

M: Medium bodied with very small carbonation. I think it was pretty smooth.

D: Not a bad beer overall. I have drank a couple of these at once! I'd probally buy it again.

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Photo of Bizz88
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown not quite black with a bit of a reddish halo, nice creamy two fingered tan head that left alot of sticky lacing. Aromas were slight at best with a smokey malt up front. On the palate a robusto burnt coffee and bitter sweet chocolate. Full bodied with a fair amount of carbonation to dance gracefully across the taste buds.

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

12oz. bottle: There was pretty much no head at all on my sample. The beer pours a very dark brown color. The main component of the nose is chocolate malts, with a fair amount of sweetness in there also. There is also some coffee notes. The taste is a good mix of chocolate malts, with some roastiness and coffee flavors. A bit of the sweetness comes through also. Nice!

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

Black in color with a small but lasting head of white foam. Moderately aromatic with hints of chocolate, roasted malts and burnt currants. Big roasted malt flavor with notes of chocolate, coffee and plums followed by a substancial citrus twang from the hops. Very hoppy but it works with this very well. Nice mouthfeel. A very good beer.

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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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