Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company
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Reviews by motleybrew:
4.88/5 rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
On a tour of the OD brewery, I was lucky enough to encounter this big beer on a nitro tap. it is fabulous. Don't fall for imitations that come out of a bottle, there is nothing like this baby on tap and nitro. It is smooth and creamy like a guiness, but a slight bit more seductive on the tongue, a bit less scorched, and a tang more vanilla. Dark as pitch, I didn't even try to see through...a frothy, but contained head which didn't disappear no matter how long i waited. I couldn't stop drinking it...um, and neither could the 6 odd other people with me -- or the sales guy that brought us on the tour.
Bottles (I've had it) just don't do justice to this beer. i could rate it as one of the all time best darks...It is a reason for not attempting a dark homebrew unless I get myself a nitro tap. it is worth the trip...400+ miles from here.
Serving type: nitro-tap
06-22-2004 05:04:41 | More by motleybrew
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3.95/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle served in a snifter. Bottled on 05/12/14.
Appearance: Completely black with a thin cappuccino-color ring and skin across the top.Islands and strands of persistent lacing.
Smell: Roasted malt and hint of raisins. Maybe a little bit of smoke wood and smoky notes and some chocolate, but they're weak.
Taste: Black coffee, roasted malts, oak with hints of vanilla. Simple but well done. Vanilla blooms in the mouth as the beer warms up; it's a delayed taste.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, but not as thick and creamy as you expect in a stout. A bit on the watery side. Light carbonation.
Overall / Drinkability: Overall it's missing some things that I would expect from a stout (smell is mild and the mouthfeel is weak), and yet it's got a quite good flavor profile and appearance. So overall, very good in some aspects and weak in others making it an above average stout in my opinion. Not sure I would want another one in an evening, but I think with food like steak or even dessert a second glass would be welcoming.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2014 23:25:54 | More by damndirtyape
3.88/5 rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours an opaque black with a lingering frothy cappuccino head.
Nutty, toasted malt, coffee grounds, and vanilla form the initial aroma. Roast malt and toasted oak emerge as it warms.
Flavor has a deeply roasted malt backbone throughout, with lightly bitter coffee and notes of char emerging in the finish, accompanied by oak. Hints of dark cherries hit early, adding complexity. Vanilla is fairly subtle, but this has aged a year.
Body is moderate, with modest carbonation and light alcohol warmth.
Fairly complex beer, with a nice tart and char balance. It's not overly roasted, and the toasted oak complements well.
Serving type: bottle
07-19-2014 16:49:44 | More by barczar
Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,186 ratings.