The world is a dark beer. At least, that’s how it feels to me. Somehow three of my last five reviews have been porters or stouts, and that’s not going to change this week because the only two beers I have in the house are both…..stouts.
That’s okay though, because I’ve really come to love the range of good dark beers out there. I’ve always been such a hard-core IPA hop head, but stouts have become one of my favorite types of brews. Smoky, roasty, hoppy – the good ones have it all.
By these critera then, Avery Brewery’s Out of Bounds is a ridiculously good beer. It pours a dark but not completely opaque color, and appears a bit red when held up to light. The foam crown is an impressive two-finger tall dark cream color, and while it evaporates quickly, it leaves beautiful lacing down the glass as it disappears down my gullet.
Tastewise, there’s a crazy amount of flavor packed into this brew. It starts out really smoky, masking a roasted malt sweetness that dominates through the middle. The end notes quickly turn into stanky hopped goodness with lots of subtle notes of pine, floral, and citrus. As it warmed, I even got some hints of cherry or plum fruit. To me, this beer is kind of like Brooklyn Decker. It’s got it all going on!
So while I’ve been a bit stuck in my dark beer rut, this is a great brew to be stuck on. The sheer number of different flavor types boggles my mind, and the fact that they all blend into each other deserves serious props. Quietly, Avery has become one of my favorite breweries. Cheers!