Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company
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Reviews by FirstMan:
2.25/5 rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
I picked up a six pack of this while I was down in Washington D.C. for a trip a few weeks back. I had a couple while I was there, and brought a couple with me to review later on. Honestly I'm not quite sure why I brought it with me, because I'm really not impressed with this beer.
Coloring is black as a stout should be with a less than vigorous head. Sort of wispy and light. While the coloring is right, there's a creamy, smooth visual character that good stouts have - such that you see it's more viscous and thick than normal beers. This does not have that. It appears more watery.
There's something weird with the smell. Possibly this is the oak aging and the vanilla so touted on the bottle, but it sort of smells like the underside of a pier, if you ask me. There's a salt-water sort of funk underlying. Notes of molasses and smoke in there, but the other thing really comes on strong. Almost like too many smells got locked in a room and one of them stabbed the other - a week ago.
The taste is again too much with too many and none of them are all that good. Initially I taste "vanilla" (tm), which is closely followed by a somewhat acrid wood character. That funky smell is there in the taste too, but not as much. I find myself wanting hold my nose when I taste it - that is generally not a good thing. The surprising characteristic, though, is how hollow the taste is. There are big initial notes that pop up and then disappear, leaving very little middle to provide continuity. Lacks balance.
Watery mouthfeel - A stout should have a certain viscous bigness.
I did not like this beer.
Serving type: bottle
12-03-2005 00:58:59 | More by FirstMan
More User Reviews:
3.94/5 rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Found in Whole Foods sampler. $12.99 for 12.
A: Decent pour, could use more lasting head and more lacing.
S: Roasty malts, oak, vanilla, and chocolate. Plenty of smokey oak.
T: Follows the smell. Starts with creamy roasted malts, chocolate, a little cocoa powder, then smoked flavors, roasted barley, charred oak. It's soft and creamy. Nice balance of bitter, smoke, vanilla, and sweet. Warming. Great night cap.
M: Creamy and smooth, medium body with modest carbonation.
F: Densely packed flavor as in a RIS, without the ABV. Perfect everyday, slightly sweet stout, with good balancing hops, bitter, and smokey finish. Must try.
Serving type: bottle
04-08-2014 02:24:52 | More by Act25
District of Columbia
3.5/5 rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Bottle poured into stone snifter.
Appearence is decent. Smell is lacking. It kills me that they can claim "oak barrel stout" when it is just aged on oak chips - not in actual barrels. Taste follows the nose - almost like a weak stout with a hint of vanilla. This seems way overrated.
Serving type: bottle
04-08-2014 01:11:15 | More by hops202
4/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz. pint on tap at Pinocchio's in Media, PA.
A: Opaque black with a two-finger creamy tan head. Absolutely no light shining through, even when held up to direct sunlight. Head retention is superb, with some decent khaki lacing left down the glass.
S: Coffee, caramel, hints of vanilla, oak, and bourbon-like booze.
T: Lots of roasted malts upfront provided some smokiness and sweetness; vanilla and caramel with some underlying roasted coffee bitterness and some boozy bourbon. Lots of roasted flavors in the finish. Bourbon character comes through a lot as the beer warms.
M: Full-body, smooth as satin with tons of creaminess and subdued carbonation. Not overly heavy, went well with some appetizers.
O: Definitely one of the better stouts I've had. Lots of rich, complex flavors with smooth drinking qualities. A definite recommendation.
Serving type: on-tap
03-23-2014 01:38:42 | More by ThePaintedGrey
Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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