Out of Bounds StoutMarch 1, 2002 Boulder, CO
Avery Brewing Co.
Available: CO, WI, PA, WY, IL, MI, OH, VA, DC, NM
This stout is brewed with Bullion Fuggles hops, among other varieties, and American two-row and caramel 120 malts.
Thick, dark and DRY―Solid Stout! “Plunge into the black,” as the label says. This beer is heavy and hard, without being overweight. Not a soft spot anywhere, this IS the edge. Awesome, and irresistible, too.
- Fred Eckhardt
The beer pours implacably black, allowing only the faintest red highlights to escape the glass. The tan head is prodigious. The intense nose is pure cappuccino. On the palate, the beer is surprisingly and pleasantly light, with hops, malt and roast flavors playing broadly across the tongue in lockstep harmony. The brewer has a deft hand with roasted malts―they are aggressive, but well-structured, and the beer finishes cleanly. Unusual, but very nice. Try it with barbecue or with chocolate desserts.
- Garrett Oliver
Mountainous dark head. Solid ebony color. Luxurious black-chocolate aroma. Smoothly massages the tongue. Complex coffee flavors. If it were coffee, I would say Blue Mountain. It’s coffee all the way, but with extraordinary length, starting slowly, building up, then very gently subsiding. Very dry and appetizing, but no astringency. By highlighting one flavor, I do not suggest that it is one-dimensional. On the contrary, it has real depth.
- Michael Jackson
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer Style and Saké.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Michael Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.