Avery “Out of Bounds Stout”
This stout gives off aromas of smoked barley, cold coffee, some bittersweet chocolate, dark fruits, and bitter hops. On the palate, an initial sweet malt jumps in, quickly followed by chocolate malts. Unripened blackberries add a tart accent midway, as sweetness is slowly overtaken by bitterness. Flavors evolve to let coffee dominate, followed closely by bittersweet chocolate. Earthy hops settle in for the finish, adding a leafy quality with light citric sourness. Lingering malty notes grow increasingly charred, leaving with walnut hulls and cocoa powder. There’s a prominent sourness on the front end that fades as the beer warms. Mouth feel is super smooth, slowly giving way to a dry and chewy texture.
All in all, it’s a dry stout with a strong charcoal quality, taking on a more roasted quality compared to other stouts in my immediate memory. Its approach is one of bitter coffee more so than sweet chocolate. Drinkability is great, and alcohol is imperceptible. Although I prefer Avery’s New World Porter over this, it’s still solid, I recommend it.
Hops: Bullion, Sterling
Malts: Two-row barley, roasted barley, Black, Caramel 120, Carapils, Wheat