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 TheSixthRing
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottling code of 14045B6 which translates to 02/14/14

Appearance - Pours near black with cola brown edging and a tan colored 2 finger head. Good retention, resulting in a thin layer of suds across the top. Small spots of lace cling tight, sporadically dispersed around the glass.

Smell - Prominent milk chocolate aroma with hints of roast in the distance.

Taste - Hmmm, much lighter than the nose would have one believe. Watered down chocolate notes and hints of stale coffee. More watered down flavor in the finish that comes through with a light earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with low amounts of carbonation.

Overall - This stout has a promising aroma, but that's about it. The taste is a bland mess. Maybe 10 months of shelf life has killed what might be an otherwise great stout, but I'm not getting much of what might have been. Candidate for a re-review, but to be blunt my expectations with a fresher bottle isn't very high.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep purple to black with a decent tan head. Nice lacing.

Smell is strong roasted grain, with generous chocolate and coffee character. A touch of milk sugar sweetness.

Taste is all roasted grain up front. However, in the middle there is an odd cedar like flavor that doesn't blend well and lingers through the rest of the experience. Finish is extremely dry .

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

I found this beer to be a little off. The flavors aren't as balanced as it could be. The unusual woodyness and immense dark grain seem a little harsh. I didn't have any trouble drinking this one. But there is better out there.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a nonic.

A- Black/opaque. Pours with ~2+ fingers of light brown head, which fades slowly, leaving a thin cap. Ample lacing noted.

S- Earthy notes mingle with acidic coffee.

T- Malty, slightly sweet chocolate, burnt coffee, and definitely a charcoal characteristic. Quite bitter on the finish.

M- Ooof. Dry is an understatement. This makes my tongue shrivel at first, but seems to relent a bit as I consume for awhile. Definitely a bit astringent. Medium body with moderately high carbonation.

D- The astringent characteristics of this beer would prevent me from consuming more than one of this.

Future outlook: Interesting beer that was surely worth trying, but ultimately didn't fully work for me. I am glad to have tried, but don't see much need to want to try it again.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark black color, with a huge, chunky, creamy tan colored head, great retention. On the nose the aromas were faint really just whiffs of black coffee. Mouthfeel is creamy and fairly smooth. On the palate the flavors were mild, light malt flavors coffee, hints of caramel, not as sweet as like, bitter roastiness in the finish. Decent brew…

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Photo of scratch69
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Black in color. About a half a fingers worth of head that disappeared pretty quickly. Very little lacing.

Smell- Roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee.

Taste- Dark roasted malts dominate with a touch of hops bitterness to balance it out.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied and smooth. Well carbonated with a dry finish.

Overall - A decent stout, not overly complex.

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Photo of Slynger
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pitch black with a tan lid.

Primarily roasted in the nose, with chocolate undertones and a touch of piney hops.

Very light chocolatey sweetness quickly fades into dry, charred, roasted malts carry through to leave a lingering bitterness in the finish.

Medium bodied and smooth mouthfeel, with a lightly sharp carbonation.

I'm not a huge fan of the charred flavor here. It's kinda like slightly burnt popcorn, still edible but not really enjoyable. If that's your thing though, this is a decent irish dry stout.

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Photo of JamesS
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Has a very nice opaque color, with a slight head and a bit of lacing. It has a very slight scent of burnt grains, but nothing very strong. It's one of the weaker smelling stouts I've had. Very nice taste, though, an excellent coffee flavor to go with the burnt grains. It goes down fine, with just a hint of roughness. A good stout.

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Photo of shivtim
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nearly opaque black, with ruddy brown tints around the edged. Gorgeous cascading thick dark beige head. Head slowly fades, leaves viscous foamy lacing.

Nose is charred malts, sweet sugar plums, coal, and chocolate cake. Taste is bitter burnt malts, acidic chocolate powder, and lingering smoky malts. Distinct lack of sweetness. Mouthfeel is average.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Perhaps I did this beer a diservice by trying it after my first Lion Stout (which I was very impressed by). It struck me as occupying a weird middle ground - its flavor was neither sweet nor exceptionally dry. Depending what kind of stout I'm in the mood for (roasty or sweet) I could find better examples of both. This beer satisfies a need for stouts I just don't have.

This beer pours an attractive inky black with lots of fluffy white head that fades on the surface of the liquid, but clings aggressively to the glass. Aroma is very lightly sweet and roasted, like coffee with condensed milk in it. Flavor is rather roasty, but occupies an unsatisfying ground that is neither exceptionally dry and roasty (no "burned pizza crust") nor sweet like the aroma would indicate. Mouthfeel is not bad, but just a bit watery up front. Not bad, but not great.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Mostly black with some brown around the edges. Nice amount of off white head. Some lacing.

S: Some roast in there. Almost likes oatmeal.

T: Super bitter and super dry. Not really my thing. Even for an irish dry stout this is really dry.

M: In a word dry. Carbonation is good for the style.

D: The dryness cuts down on the drinkability quite a bit for me but for what it is it is good. Realizing I just do not like dry stouts.

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Photo of pio
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a black near opaque volume with ruddy tints. a slender dark tan head that won't go beyond a thin blanket. acceptable pieces of clinging lace.
perfumy floral hops and a candy/sugar top smell. nice and heavy notes of espresso and cocoa. other toasty nut type scents abide and a hint of darkened sugar rounding out the bottom of the scent profile.
wonderfully dry start with espresso then cocoa on it's coat-tails. drying up almost too bitter for me but i guess it's supposed to be "extreme". eventually it leaves the palate very clean for the style. there is a toffee note in the middle that is alluring.
not very carbonated and the body seems a tad light, almost watery.
not quite the most sessionable beer but damn good. it'd make a nice breakfast beer.

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Photo of Pencible
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a translucent black garnet with some tan head.
S: It smelled like roasted coffee and dry dark chocolate, with some pumpernickel bread.
T: It tasted like bitter dark chocolate, with some burnt coffee and earthy barley. It had a bitter aftertaste that was somewhat clean.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a nice stout. Nothing special, but the scent was solid. The taste and body could have been better, and the finish was a little rough. So it wasn't the easiest to drink, but still not a bad brew.

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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 DarthKostrizer
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: near black with just the slightest ring of brown around the top and bottom. 3/8 inch tan head with little retention and no lace

Smell: Coffee and bitter chocolate dominate the nose on this one

Taste: Very muted coffee and chocolate notes not what I expected from the nose. Hints of licorice and dates

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation. Not as thick as I would like it to be

Overall: Decent stout not something I would seek out but for the right price I would drink it again

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Photo of Furlinator
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque dark brown, almost black with very little head and moderate lacing.

The smell is of faint coffee, caramel and dark fruit.

The taste follows the smell with the coffee being primary. Slightly bitter aftertaste. There is a slight metallic presence that is very unflattering.

Crisp mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

Not a bad effort yet, nothing about this stout really jumps out and grabs me.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

P: Black body with cocoa colored micro bubbles. Small amount of micro bubble lacing.

S: Aroma reminds me of old coffee in those round convenient store coffee pots. Roasted salted cashews, hints of cocoa, wheat toast and tobacco.

T/M: Follows the nose with a super roasted profile, cocoa, toast, coffee and tobacco. Prickly carbonation in a medium body. Finishes dry.

O: A solid stout offering but not a crowd pleaser. Nothing stands out to really bring me back to this. Glad I tried it but probably won't revisit.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- poured unto a snifter, pours opaque pitch black, no light getting through this one. Small light tan head that eventually disappears completely leaving just a but if lace

S- smoky camp fire, some stale smoked tobacco, a bit of coffee and chocolate. It actually smells a bit like cigarette smoke on your clothes or skin, weird.

T- bold smoky roasted malt with some tobacco and molasses, strong hop profile on the finish leaving a bitterness with a bit of chocolate on the palate.

M- medium body, low carbonation, with a somewhat creamy finish

O- this one had plenty of taste for the ABV, but it didn't seem to gel quite right, and the tobacco-like smell was a bit if a turn off.

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Photo of thain709
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark...black...a big tan head that settles into a nice cap...great lacing

S - I get some malts and hops upfront...a faint chocolate scent towards the back

T - Big time roasted malts...a slight hop bitterness blended in...strong coffee aftertaste

M - A little watery...lacking the body I expected

D - This was an average stout...it didn't blow my socks off...and I didn't hate it

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark ruby color. The head is about one finger high, with a mocha shade. Retention is just acceptable, but there's nice lacing left behind.

S: Smells like a milk stout. That is, it's heavy in both lactose and chocolate notes, with some undertones of vanilla and coffee. There isn't as much roasted backing as I'd like. All in all, this smells like it will be rock-solid.

T: Okay, I didn't notice all these hops on the nose. While it opens with a touch of lactose sweetness, the finish is surprisingly hoppy. Not bitter, just clean and dry-feeling with a hint of pine flavor. It's really simple, but pretty good otherwise.

M: It starts off clean and dry like I said, with a sweet linger in the middle of the palate accumulating slightly. As such, it's not quite as drinkable as it could be. Both body and carbonation are about medium, maybe slightly erring to medium-high.

O: Nice one here. I'd love to try it a bit fresher so the hops will be more defined. Right now, however, it's solid but unexceptional. I'm on the fence about buying this one again.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from brown 12oz bottle to pint glass. Thanks to KC for the brew!

A - The beer pours extremely dark, almost pitch black. A small 1/2 finger brown head with some retention and lacing.

S - Not much here: a faint roasted character with some charcoal. A bit of malty sweetness as well. Not much.

T/M - The beer starts smooth on the tongue with a nice roasted malt grain bill. The middle of the beer brings out a mild bitterness, charcoal flavor, and slightly fruity character. Hints of licorice. The beer is medium bodied and silky. Well carbonated.

D - Fairly average.

Pretty standard fare.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-07-2011 16:48:05

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Photo of nick76
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is sweet and very coffee like. The color is rich dark brown but when poured it has a small head. Flavor is rich with plenty of coffee and chocolate. Bitterness is about right for a stout. But despite having a rich flavor it has a thin palate for a stout. Aftertaste is like toasted bread that is bordering on burnt.

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Photo of TheBierBand
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the 12 oz bottle into my pint glass to forma 1-1/2" tan head.... had to slow down on the pour to keep it within the boundry of the glass... The head slowly dissipated leaving VERY pronounced lacing on the glass.

The aroma.... WOW!.... lot's of dark chocolate and coffee.... smells like a Starbucks!

The taste falls down a bit after the nice smell.... I was expecting MORE. Quite bitter and sour tasting.... not THAT bad... but I was expecting something sweeter. Charcoal, and woody... like a sawmill. Pronounced flavor.... not shy in any way.

Mouthfeel....WAY too fizzy.... highly carbonated... too much in my opinion.

Drinkability: I'll only have this one... I don't recommend this....

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Photo of tectactoe
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nearly black color with a bit of light coming through the very edges of the glass. A very dark beer, here. Very fine head that sustained fairly well. Smells heavily of roasted malts, roasted malts, and more roasted malts, with a faint hint of sweetness, resembling bittersweet chocolate or roasted coffee beans. Unfortunately, the smell isn't as "strong" as I was hoping, but it definitely came out a bit more upon warming up. It tasted like you'd expect a stout to taste - roasted malt, toasted barley, faint coffee bitterness, maybe a touch of dark fruit sweetness and black licorice. Didn't taste many hops at all, but there may be a slight hint of them somewhere. Medium body for a stout, but still fairly creamy. Decent amount of carbonation leaving a crisp feeling on your tongue which isn't always commonplace for stouts.

Overall a pretty good beer. There are plenty of stouts out there, and this one doesn't really "stand out" from the rest, but it might be worth a try. Solid, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Tir na nOg Irish Pub - Raleigh, NC

Poured a very dark deep black with a nice cascade effect that in turn developed into a nice off-white color head that was thick and very well retained and settled into a thin
cap with some nice lacing.

Light malted barley aroma with a hint of nuts. I expected more of a robust aroma.

The taste is good, malty with that same hint of nuttiness, but it had an unexpected aftertaste, dry and slightly unpleasant. This turned me off a little to it.

The beer has a medium body, a bit watered down for a stout, creamy and fairly drinkable, not with standing the dry bitter aftertaste. A good Irish Dry Stout, but certainly not my favorite.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The acronym for Avery Out of Bounds Stout is AOOBS. Why didn't Boulder brewing think of this?

Dark brown with a rocky beige head. Lots of clinging foam left by a sifting powder coat retention. Sharp lookin' ale.

Smells like mochachino and crusty chocolate pudding.

OOB is floral tinged dark fruit up front and finishes sweet burnt caramel roast malt in back. A lot of reviews cite this beer as being over charred and full of acrid roast malt - I'm not gettin' it. Definitely on the sweet side. A bit thin but at 6.3% it passes.

A fine moderate ABV, non-barrel aged, non-soured, everyday stout.

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Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,332 ratings.
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