C.V. Howe (Marketing Director) puts it well on Avery’s website in saying that Out of Bounds is, “a roast monster!” Pouring a garnet hue with a creamy beige head it is no wonder this beer might be a pub favorite based on looks alone. Pressing your nose to the glass, you will get a huge whiff of dark roasted grains. In addition you’ll get a sort of tropical fruity quality and a bready yeast profile. The first think that came to mind was Guinness Extra Stout to which I would say has a rival.
Although this is an American stout, the aroma, appearance, and taste are pretty close. With an aggressive hopping of Buillon and Fuggles a very noticeable earthy, herbal bitterness came through in both the nose and palate. Hands down this is an easy, smooth, sessionable stout. The moderate abv adds a little life without overstepping it’s boundaries. I could see this as a great beer to enjoy post-ski down a mountain side next to a warm fire. Hearty and filling. While sipping on this beer I wondered what might happen if they put this beer on nitrogen?
Roasted grains hit the front of the palate in a clean but bitter way which roll over into a bitter hop display. The finish is burnt and dark chocolate with a hint of campfire smoke. A truly delicious beer that I will be buying much of during the winter months.