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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Reviews: 594 | Ratings: 1,333
Photo of ordybill
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a malt and coffee aroma
Appearance= black with a very appealing tan head.
Taste- Malt and coffee but the more I have of the beer the less impressed I am with the flavor. It seems "empty" after the beer first hits your taste buds
Palate- A heavy body brew with medium carbonation and has a slightly oily texture.
Overall- An OK stout, I was expecting much more from Avery.

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Photo of faulkster4
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

straightforward. pours with almost no head, very very dark. hoppy with very little malt flavor. almost closer to a porter (or black ipa) than a stout. still, a tasty brew.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Black with a nice tan head. Leaves heavy lacing,
S-Tons of cocoa up front, mild roast and coffee. Delicious.
T-Creamy, cocoa, coffee, roasted malts.
M-Thick body, medium carb.
O-I wasn't expecting much from this brew. I don't know why, regardless this is an excellent stout. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is from Avery? They can do better.

Pours a dark root beer color, with a pretty tan head.

Smells has hints of lager - not in bad way though.

Taste of hops, some maltiness. Overall mid flavor, not a lot of depth.

Feels lighter than I want in a stout. Feels closer to a porter.

Not bad, but in world with many better - not again for me.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on March 16, 2015

Dark brown pour with long lasting tan head and lacing.

Aroma of toasted grain, dark malts, and a bit of coffee.

The body is medium to better than medium.

The taste brings out a coffee, grainy character with an earthy bitter bite at the end.

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Photo of leantom
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got to have this just now. Very good. Here goes:

A: Beautiful. Pitch black with a massive head and great lacing. Can't say more about it, in fact.

S: Lots of dark chocolate, roasted coffee and nuts. Also a hint of caramel. A little too bitter, though

T: Follows the nose ,which is good. Very dark, roasted flavor. Also a hint of caramel, though, that kind of balances the roasted flavors. Good.

F: Little too light and watery, but still OK.

O: Solid beer. Would have again.

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Photo of Thads324
2.05/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Ill save the other tasting notes as they aren't necessary.
This beer tastes like burnt plastic. Phenolic. It's awful. I've tried it multiple times now, definitely different batches, always the same. Mouthfeel is astringent too.
Please Avery, adjust your mash temperatures.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear, very dark brown, but with a feeble head of brown foam that dissipated quickly, leaving a trace of lacing.

S: Deep, rich aromas of black bread, fruitcake, and dark chocolate, with a hint of coffee in the background.

T: Far less rich or complex than the aroma led me to expect. Toasted (almost burnt) grain is the first flavor, followed by acrid bitterness. In fact, other than a brief appearance of tart fruit and acidic coffee, this one's all bitter, but not in that juicy, hoppy way that a DIPA might provide.

M: Moist and decently carbonated, but not at all thick or chewy, like many stouts.

O: I usually really enjoy the offerings from Avery, but this one just didn't do it for me -- especially not the flavor.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a stout glass. Black in color with a quickly dissolving head that leaves lacing on the side. Smells like roasted black coffee and subtle roasted barley. Tastes like black coffee with subtle hints of bitter chocolate that works with the coffee taste. It has a medium body with light carbonation. It is thin for a stout, but not so thin that it is watery, with a barely noticeable hop flavor as swallowing. This is something that is probably very good on tap, but just good bottled.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle dated 10/17/2014, poured into a snifter 2/5/2015.

A- Medium-dark brown body, nearly black. One finger offwhite head. Good retention time. Fair lacing.

S- Sweet caramel, roast, toffee. Earthy, floral hop aromas. Fair bit of coffee. Nothing too special, but comes with a reasonable amount of roasted barley.

F- Grainy roasted barley, a bit of caramel sweetness, some espresso, plenty of earthy hop flavours and a very floral bitterness. Nice complexity, plenty of roasted malt with a nice floral hop component.

M- Medium bodied, not too thick nor thin, nice depth of flavour. A bit undercarbonated for the s tyle, but sufficiently carbonated for enjoyment. Bitter floral notes on the backend.

O- Decent stout, the hops used in this is a bit different than typical American stouts, but the roastiness and hops come together for a very tasty if bitter combination.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.55/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Avery Brewing Company Out of Bounds Stout

12 ounce bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a quarter of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed a few wispy clouds that collected in the center of the top of the beer.

Aroma: Wow! Big aromas of roasted malt, imparting notes of coffee and smoke, accented with some light licorice aromas too.

Taste: Wow!! Great, bold flavors of roasted malt, imparting flavors of toasted pumpernickel bread, freshly brewed coffee, without the coffee-like bitterness, a little smoke, a little dark chocolate, all followed by some brown sugar-like sweetness and some beautifully balanced hops. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy, nicely complemented with some pretty good carbonation. With an ABV of 6.3%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Damn, this is another great stout! Seriously bold flavors of roasted malt, beautifully balanced with some sweetness and hops! Absolutely delicious!

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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 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 micromaniac129
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

The smell for me is borderline gross.
Luckily it doesn't transfer to the taste much.
The taste has a lot of roasted malts and tobacco with a thick char and ash feel.

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Photo of DanielMB
4.5/5  rDev +19%

I think this an underrated beer. It pours very dark brown, almost black, with a nice one-finger beige head that recedes fairly quickly. It smells and tastes like dark chocolate with coffee notes, with a decent hop presence in the background--sort of like a junior imperial stout. This is a solid beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Very resilient specs of lacing cling to the glass and don't let go.

S- Semisweet aroma of dark roast brings to mind chocolate, coffee and a bit of char.

T- Roasty bitterness with a dark chocolate quality leads to some hop bitterness on the back end. Smooth and well-balanced between the sweet and bitter. After multiple sips, the hops really start to show.

M- Has the optimal viscosity of a straight-up stout with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- A very solid stout that I've been wanting to try for a while now. Drinkable, flavorful and with a bit of a hop kick. I'm on board.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent stout, but this is the junior varsity compared to Mephistopheles. If you want a 6-pack of a drinkable stout rather than going for the gusto, then this is a good choice. But as good as Avery is with their bigger beers, why not gear up for that instead?

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Photo of Mikus
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured midnight black into the old snifter. 1 finger of ecru (the wife's word) head, with very small bubbles. She's a looker. This had some nice mild coffee and chocolate aromas, with a nice, faint tobacco note as well. The tobacco note transferred to the taste, and the slight sweetness, nice malty notes, and slight bitterness were good, but not the complete package. Mouthfeel was rather light for the style, but nothing worrisome. I must admit, this is a good stout. I am a bit partial to bigger stouts myself, and this may have clouded my judgment just a little bit. Solid, but maybe more of a tick than a keeper for me.

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Photo of delta490
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

Pitch black until disturbed, at which point it goes a little brown. Light tan head. Aroma is coffee and dark bread. Taste is similar with more pronounced coffee and earthy hops. Nice weight

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Photo of tkdchampxi
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%

Excellent regular stout. Nice roasty qualities with some malt complexity and a subtle hop presence. Pleasant but not overwhelming makes for a drinkable experience.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a mocha head.

S: Roasted malt, anise, molasses, hop presence is there but it isn't super hoppy; some citrus, some red berries, some dark fruit, some pine, some fruity yeast esters in the nose.

T: Orange and lemon are present, red berries are more present. Most present is roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: A more than solid stout, definitely recommended if you like stouts.

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Photo of Roxie_B
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle
Looks: Pitch black, finger of tan head that’s gone after about a minute
Smell: This smells dusty. Maybe it’s just me?
Taste: Malty and sweet. Coffee in the middle. SUPER sweet chocolate finish. Small pop of citrus hops.
Mouth feel: Not as thick and creamy as some but it’s definitely a stout.
Overall: It’s a decent enough stout.

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Photo of jaredtp
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer is dark brown / black color. It has a decent foamy head. The aroma is filled with cocoa toasted malts. Not too heavy or too light. This was a pretty good beer. I know thhat I enjoyed this beer. I would like to have it again if I can find it again.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours a dark brown/black color with a decent, foamy head. The aroma is filled with cocoa, coffee, and toasted malts. The flavor is well-balanced and smooth. It’s a stout that isn’t too heavy or too light. Smooth malts and cocoa are very evident. This finishes a with a bit of chalky, malt after taste.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz brown bottle purchased from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco.

Pours a deep red-black colour, quite clear when held to the light. Head forms a coarse mess of beige froth that leaves tiny, intricate lace. Body is solid without being heavy—it moves around quite smoothly in the glass. Carbonation is fine. Looks good.

Nose is extremely pleasant. Big toasty, nutty sweetness, with overtones of coconut, Nutella and vanilla. Smooth, and extremely potent. Slight popcorn characters come through too, which would be unusual were it not for the darker grounding that just make it become part of the sweetness. Really genuinely excellent stuff.

Taste is much more restrained, but still solid: clean, smooth dark malt with echoes of those aromatic nut characters. Slight liquorice tones and a hint of something slightly medicinal on the mid-palate. The main problem is that it's really quite light towards the back: it makes it feel thin, whereas the nose made it seem like it was going to be smooth, rich and luscious.

Very drinkable overall, and with some really great flavours to it. This could be a genuinely superb brew if it were a bit bigger... I say that, and then remember that perhaps the "bigger" version of this is something like Avery's Mephistopheles Stout. And, yes, that is a beer throbbing with indescribable power. I guess it's no bad thing to be the smaller, wimpier brother to a beer like that.

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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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