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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002

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Photo of Dankenstein716
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Was intrigued that it's brewed with water from the Rocky Mountains...

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Photo of khargro2
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EvanRobertson
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Avatar113
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of MattGrimley
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cjgiant
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated end of November, 2015:
Pours quite black, but rolls out of the bottle easily. Off white to light tan head is present while the beer was in existence, nice and fluffy to foamy.

Nose isn't very strong but bitter roasted notes are obvious. Coffee with a little tea-like herb mixed in.

Taste is fairly bold, with a decent dose of bitterness - especially for a 6% stout. The feel indicates the relative lightness of this beer, but the flavors do not. Bitter medium roast coffee with what appears to be hop bitterness accentuating the roasted malt lightly astringent bitterness. With warmth, the astringent bitterness drops a little, and the flavor seems to add a little nuttiness. Lingering taste is husky grain or nut skin bitterness.

Not usually a fan of big, bitter American stouts, but this one was enjoyable for this tasting. Bold and bitter, to be sure, and for me, I probably have to be in the mood for this to hit again.

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

Photo of byronic
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drtth
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a nice deep dark brown color with a 1" dark fluffy tan head that begins to slowly but visibly recede down to an irregular island of foam over part of the liquid and leave patches and legs of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass. Sipping creates some scattered small patches and legs of lacing, some of which slide back down to the liquid.

The aromas include some chocolate, some dark roast from the malt and a bit of coffee.

The flavors are dominated by the dark roasted malt with some chocolate and hints of coffee mixed in. There is some definite bitterness but it's hard to tell whether from the hops or the almost burnt nature of the dark roasted malt. There is also some sweetness that is always around the edges or in the background.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and a mostly smooth from the very light but ongoing carbonation. The finish begins about mid-way through as the chocolate, coffee and sweetness leave behind the dark roast flavor that then becomes the residual bitterness.

This is an easy to drink stout which I don't think I'll be having again, certainly not on a regular basis since the "charred" flavor at the end is not among my favorite ways to have a beer end. This is also a stout which helps illustrate the importance of paying attention to temperature since as the beer warms the flavors become much more well integrated and harder to single out.

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Photo of LukeGude
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent stout

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Photo of q33jeff
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

from very old ratings, no comments.
Circa 1996

Not sure when I had this last, but I know I had it in college....one of those 7 years (no, I'm not a doctor).

This is a classic stout; despite being eclipsed the bigger bolder stouts of this century, Out of Bounds still holds up. A little dry like an irish stout, but roasted malt comes through and some chocolate/coffee like flavors. There is a creaminess that makes this very drinkable; not unlike another Avery, Ellies Brown Ale.

Glad I tried this again....and from a can this time. I would have turned my nose up at that 20 years ago.


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Photo of Nhoelzen
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown body with mahogany tints, too dark to determine clarity. Light tan head that sticks around for a surprising amount of time, velvety looking, with plenty of lace. Nose contains dark roasty malt, bitter chocolate, vanilla and marshmallow, and a crisp bitterness and acidity. Flavor is roasted malt, suggesting bitter chocolate, char, and caramel, vanilla from somewhere that combats the acidity present. The acidity, paired with these layers of malt, make me imagine coffee. The hops are surely playing into this acidity, but contribute very very little in the way of flavors themselves (thank you Avery). Definitely dry, moderately bitter from both hops and the roasted malt. Full bodied, nearly thick, but the carbonation is a little prickly and paired with the acid it can verge onto the disruptive side.
I love surprisingly good beers. They don't lie when they advertise huge roasty notes and a mountain of hops, but the high acidity and moderate-high bitterness was balanced by a warm vanilla/sugary note, without adding actual sweetness. Another sleeper agent from Avery. Cheers!

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Photo of dcotom
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Johncnh
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chrispy_Creams
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of AlexDSM
4.57/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Pete_2112
4.59/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MaximalC
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark mahogany color with a solid cap of khaki foam. The aroma features plenty of roasted malt, along with coffee, dark chocolate, earthy hops, and hints of peanut brittle and peat. Broad sheets of finely reticulated lacing adorn the glass as the beer recedes.

The taste follows through on the big, roasty flavors promised by the nose. The bitterness is up there, both on account of the burnt malt as well as the earthy hops. Complexity is minimal, coming in the form of dark chocolate, nuts, and licorice, but the taste remains solid nonetheless. Medium body and carbonation afford a smooth, semi-creamy mouthfeel with a supremely dry finish.

Overall, this is a fine, full-flavored, roasty stout. It could do with a bit more body and complexity, but there are no major flaws that would stop me from enjoying it again.

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Photo of jooler
3.06/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Doesn't really taste like a stout. Tastes more like a lager with dark roasted Malts

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Photo of foundersfan1
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out Of Bounds Stout from Avery Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,335 ratings.
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