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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,354 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1,354
Reviews: 670
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 69
Gots: 115 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001

We use smoked and peated malts to create an intricate malt foundation. Our method of dry hopping with vanilla beans and oak chips pushes the depth of this stout’s flavor spectrum even further.
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Ratings: 1,354 | Reviews: 670
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3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ksills
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cath
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JoeMans
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DIM
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful beer, black body and a thick, impressively long lasting mocha colored head.

Odd but appealing aroma. Light smoke, earthy roasted malts, chocolate, faint vanilla, and an overall milky quality.

The flavor is a letdown after the smell. It has some interesting notes, but it's kind of flavorless overall. The peaty smoke works well, but the vanilla is very faint. Not much else here, just a little chocolate milk. The body is pretty watery.

Photo of chinchill
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark brown, opaque in the glass, with a tan head that has limited retention but leaves some lacing on the glass.

Medium-full and smooth body with medium+ carbonation that seems too lively.

The flavor has a very nice vanilla bean component with a very faint oak barrel component and a moderate level of dark roasted malts. The vanilla is more obvious in the nose and but builds in the flavor with repeated sipping, eventually becoming a tiny bit too strong. Lightly sweet sweet-bitter balance.

Photo of LAND_MINE
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of whatname
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of woggydoggy
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beerguy1969
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Will drink this one again I am sure....

Photo of bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AlaskaAg
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HeadiestDudeonLot
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is about as perfect as it gets as winter comes to a close.

Photo of ksolekjr
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonewallSipper
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I usually do not drink stout, but this one I like, the hint of vanilla very drinkable.

Photo of SpectrePLUS
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mothmanscott
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an almost clear intense brown so deep as to appear black expressing a ruby tint when held to the light. More when I find out. The pour produces almost 3 fingers of moderately lasting, tightly bubbled, foamy, mocha head that leaves a streaky speckling of lace. Aroma is dark malt, roast, smoke, dark semisweet chocolate, woody vanilla & undertones of figs, prunes, tobacco & thin floral hop tones. Taste is wood, vanilla, dark semisweet chocolate, roasted (burnt) malt & smoke followed by toffee, figs & faint coffee. Finishes much like the rest of the sip but rapidly develops more intense bitterness, smoke & burnt notes in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is heavy bodied with medium carbonation, creamy, chewy & wet with a tiny spice prickle in the finish.

Photo of Csikic93
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jfstilling
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pianoguy
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured in a glass. Note; The ABV on my bottle (dated 11-25-14) is listed at 6.% not the 5.50% listing for this beer

Pours a creamy one inch head (that goes away rather quickly) over a very dark coffee color.
The head forms in an slightly "guinness" sort of way (that entertaining little dance of tan carbonation as the head builds) Decent lacing... Can't say enough about the look of this stout! Had to give it a 5 ...

Smell; Coffee... and vanilla.... a hint of oak

Taste; Toffee, Toffee, Toffee ! It's the vanilla over oak that gives it a toffee sort of taste ... Like a Heath Bar with hops !!

Feel was good but maybe a bit over carbonated for my taste

Overall: A very enjoyable stout...Wish the beer of the month club had sent more of this one !

Photo of bplabernie
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of liquorpig
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of veteranbv
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yurymetelski
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Syncro-Vox
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,354 ratings.