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 amicar
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a nice big bomber while on vacation. Pours a nice black color with a slight head of off- white to tan. A little hoppy citrus on the nose and some roast coffee aroma as well. Taste is nice- roasty and slightly burnt. Not overwhelming roast sensation, though; actually a little less than I might like. Mouthfeel is fairly crisp and dry. Could be a little thicker. The slightly thinner mouthfeel definitely makes it easy to drink a couple of these guys...

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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 BadBadger
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a rather easy to drink stout. Pours a nice nearly opaque dark color. The head was moderate in size and duration. The smell was non-stimulating, with only faint hints of the malts within. The taste is slightly better than average, being slightly malty with limited hints a fruity flavors. The mouthfeel, which is very smooth, really makes this a highly drinkable brew. While I wouldn't recommend searching this beer out, if you come across it, it is worth giving a go as a mild and highly drinkable stout.

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Photo of sevineyes
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle featuring a skier on the label.

A: Nice. Very black. Only the slightest hints of red in direct light. Tan head with weak lacing.

S: Big roastiness with some smoke.

T: Malty caramel with roastiness continuing. Has some grapefruit coming in on the mid-tones and going into the finish. Big roastiness dominates and ligers well into the aftertaste.

M: Smooth, getting close to creamy. Dry finish

D: Very drinkable for a stout.

Overall: Wish there was some more complexity in the taste. Pairs very nice with some smoke oysters.

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Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great smell. Like a BBQ just lit with fresh cedar chips. Nice deep black color, but hard to get a head out of it and what little I teased up faded fast. Mmmm quaffable and bitter without being annoyingly over-hopped like a lot of Avery’s stuff. Damn solid beer that I’d LOVE to see on draft somewhere.

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Photo of UncleFlip
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

HUGE tan head as this one hits the glass. Mainly smallish bubbles, but there are some huge floaters in there. Looks nice and black in the glass, but is a deep ruby when held up to the light. As the head falls, a nice wet lace is left behind.

Smell is nice and roasty, with some yeastiness underneath. Reminds me of the hearty brown wheat bread my parents used to bake.

Flavour is extremely roasty up front, with ust a hint of hop bitterness. The flavour stays very consistent throughout. Not much morphing here. Depending on your tastes, that could be a good thing or a bad thing....

Slightly more carbonation than I like in a stout. It's high and active. On top of that, I like a slightly thicker liquid in a stout.

The drinkability loses points for me because of the mouthfeel. It's not bad, but I've had better.

Be well

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Photo of Higravity
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a porter but a little darker with a good white hat. The beer thins too much on the side. The smell is nice roasted with out too much coffee more chocolate. Tastes good if a little thin, I would like a touch more body, I know it is only 5% and all but... I guess you could session it but not something to seek out.

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Photo of NClifestyle
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours up black, with ruby highlights. head is thick tan, with large bubbles, drops to a nice layer of 'surface of the moon' looking crags and holes atop the beer.
smells of smoky chocolate, maybe coffee as well. a touch grainy and sharp.
taste is cocoa with a harsh hop bite right behind that, followed by the irish dry stout roast bitterness. taste could use more malt presence.
mouthfeel has some nice carbonation tingle all over the place, especially under the tongue and in the back. medium for sure.
drinkability is ok, i like the beer enough, that i would order it before most of the big 3, but it's not the greatest out there, either.


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Photo of rustymoore
2.66/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Avery hasn't impressed me so far as I have tried this stout and their IPA but here goes. Poured dark to black with very little head and almost no lacing. Smells strong with coffee most of all and hints of chocolate. Hops are ever present as well. Tastes of strong coffee which doesn't appeal to me as much as some stouts as well as its very bitter and watered down. Isn't even a pleasent feeling drink perhaps due to the watered down nature. Something that I wouldn't drink regularly.

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

I had this beer at the O'Brien's 12th anniversery party. I must say that I was surprised to see this beer listed on this site as an Irish Dry Stout. I didnt think it was very dry at all.

This beer pours a pitch black color letting in no light when held up. The dark brown head fades slowly, leaving a thick lacing on the sides of the glass.

This beer has a very strong coffee aroma. It smells malty and sweet. I can detect a slight caramel aroma. I can smell a very slight smokey aroma also.

This beer has a very strong coffee flavor. It tasted like I was sucking on a coffee bean. Behind the coffee flavor, I taste chocolate. Also, I can taste a caramel flavor. It is quite malty.

This beer is full bodied. It goes down smooth leaving a coffee aftertaste. It is low in carbonation. It has a thick mouthfeel.

This beer might make a decent session beer. The alcohol content is low, and the flavor is not too aggressive. However, the coffee flavor might become overbearing after a few.

Is this beer worth drinking? You bet it is. I would probably keep a few of there in my beer fridge if I could find them.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, Riley's

appearance: pours a deep and dark brown, looks black from a distance, but there is a defined ruby tint present. light bubbly tan head and a very small amount of lacing...nice color but head/lacing is not inspiring

smell: an overwhelming amount of bitter cocoa powder, strong roasted barley...there are some other aromas underneath (light coffee, caramel, cream, smoke) but are overpowered by the cocoa powder

taste: very dry and bittersweet cocoa powder is dominant, and not in a good way. heavy on the roasted barley/malt, light sweetness coming from the hops but this beer is just a trainwreck

mouthfeel: finishes dry, medium carbonation, a little creamy

drinkability: not hard to drink but not good

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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 ChainGangGuy
2.63/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours dark chestnut brown with some faint reddish hues around the edges. Sturdy tan head settles slowly with sporadic lacing throughout.

Smell: Full of French Roast coffee and rich carob. Handful of black walnuts. Boiled sugar. Also, there's a vague, but noticeable blueberry fruitiness.

Taste: Gah! The bitter, roasted flavors border on tasting unpleasantly 'burnt'; its like charcoal, and I find it thoroughly contemptable. Don't look for sweetness in the flavor, for you will find none.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin, though some ashy qualities keep it from going down smooth. The finish overshoots past simply being dry and ends up considerably coarse.

Drinkability: Well, I suppose. "But," I'd quickly retort, "There's a vast world of superior stouts out there to be had."

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Photo of profzoom
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This stout poured a deep coffee color and cascaded into a relatively thick head. I am used to a darker head with most stouts than what I saw with this example; it was only a bone color.

The aroma was quite nice. Sweet and malty with the hint of roasted nuts. The taste was not as impressive. I was hit first with a sharpness and bitterness I would associate more with a hoppier style, and as the carbonation tickled my tongue, the taste slowly disappeared. If this beer were a Twinkie, it would have no cream filling.

Overall, a so-so stout I'm glad I at least tried but doubt I will be purchasing again.

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Photo of isthisme2
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

apperance- dark black with reddish tones. nice head on the pour that thinned to a lasting ring with a touch of lacing.

smell - nothing real bold. burnt caramel, spice with some dark chocolate smoky tones.

taste – roasty and dry. big flavor with a nice finish.

mouthfeel – dry and bold. gentle carbonation. for some reason i find myself inclined to mention dry again.

drinkablity – truly a bold stout. perhaps a bit overdone on the boldness, this stout falls short of amazing but deserves a curious try.

overall impression - my number rakings rate this stout a little higher than i lead on in my review, but i just don't have the heart to rate it below a four in any category. nice stout.

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Photo of Ricochet
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've said it before, I'll say it again and again...I love stouts. When I first started enjoying Guiness, I've loved the dark coffee deep roasted wow of a stout. Here's another one.

Poured with no light. Small headwith that full smelling, appetizing, hops, malt, slight coffee, all the things that make a stout great. Mouth was thick, with the roasted malt aftertaste and coffee. Taste was more of the same. I guess this was a bit different from a milk stout because it was not as creamy, and I guess the dry note was about what I tasted. Still, the great finish of dark coffee and the alcohol was another welcome sign.

This was very good. Another excellent stout. I'll have more and I could see having a few while watching a flick.

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Photo of walleye
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from the bottle. poured a dark brown to black, with a small tan head, that left a small amount of lacing. aroma bitter sweet chocolate, malts, coffee, brown sugar as it warmed got some hops. flavor that chocolate jumps right out there than a nice balance of malts, brown sugar coffee and got some honey. a very good beer.

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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 Golden2wenty1
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison a couple months ago.

Pours a dark dark brown/black with a pinky of khaki head. Smells of milk chocolate cocoa powder, cherries, and a slight hop bite. Tastes is strong roasted black coffee up front, with mild bittersweet chocolate and a faint metallic hop bite that I've come to expect from Irish dry stouts. Mouthfeel is certainly thicker than the Guinness and Beamish I've had in the past which was a pleasant surprise. Certainly superior to the two mass-produced imports. Still one of my least favorite styles of stout, but this was an enjoyable rendition. Worth a go.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Boulder, CO. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: This stout poured a deep reddish-brown color that readily let light through when held up to a window. The tan head rose up easily to two fingers and settled slowly, becoming rough and fluffy as it did so. A thin layer of bubbles remained on top of the beer for the entire drink, leaving tons of lace on the side of the glass.

Smell: A nice stout aroma. Husky grains, dark roasted malt, light coffee, and cream made up the bulk of the smell. There were occasional hints of hops as well. Nothing crazy or special, just classic stout.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin and watery for any beer, but especially so for a stout. Smooth overall, but in a lifeless, watery way.

Taste: Roasted malts, bitter coffee, and dark chocolate hit the tongue immediately. The initial bitterness then transformed into a hops bitterness on the finish, lingering well into the aftertaste. The sharpness of dark fruit lingered underneath, but didn't contribute much flavor. There were hints of milk and cream in the aftertaste.

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Photo of Bumpon10s
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a oily black, no head. When put to the light, nothing is seen.

S - A bit odd on the nose, smells like coffee and malts with a touch of alcohol, I was expecting different, but I guess this is on the mark.

T - Tastes like old coffee, has that nice roasted flavor, but very watery when it comes down to it. Weak in taste, but that could have been predicted with the 5% ABV.

M - One the of thinnest stouts I've had outside of Guiness, I understand it is a Irish stout, but it is packing a whimper in this. No tingle, no bite, just rolls right down.

D - Well, if you like a weaker stout with a lower ABV, you'll take a shine to this. Frankly I just thought it was a little weak and needed a bit more to it, I wouldn't be seeking this out again.

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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 Pete9094
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at Ortino's in Schwenksville,PA. Pours with a nice roasty head. Initial thoughts are of black coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel with nice hop bite. Chewy..,smooth...,this beer has a nice mouthfeel. This is my second selection from Avery and, thus far ,they are two for two.

Check out Ortino's if you are looking for a nice place to "browse" for craft brewed sixer's. Located on Rt 29 in the center of downtown Schwenksville,PA.

Go Phillies!

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Photo of tgbljb
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured a deep brown, almost black color with puffy tannish head that fell to a thin long-lasting ring. Smell is nice with chocoalte and coffee predominate. Taste is good with notes of coffee and choclate, but hops are a bit overpowering. Finishes a bit dry for me. Overall a good beer, but not great.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.23/5  rDev -41%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours pitch black with no light penetration. A small, tan head and some scattered lace.
Smell is hops, coffee(weak), and a resiny/floral scent.
Taste is hops, resin, coffee and floral. Way too hoppy.
Finishes dry, as expected, with lingering hops. Have really liked previous Avery offerings but this brew is way, way too hoppy for my idea of a stout, even a dry stout.

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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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