Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

673 Reviews
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Reviews: 673
Hads: 1,398
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 73
Gots: 134 | FT: 2
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Old Dominion Brewing Company visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.00% 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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Photo of doppelmeup
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Very dark brown, with a rich, creamy head that was mostly white.

Aromas of vanilla, chocolate, coffee and toffee.

Taste was very smooth, with nice vanilla accent to the typical stout flavors of coffee and dark chocolate. Hints of bourbon complemented. An excellent beer.

Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel, closer to a porter than a really heavy stout. Nice clean aftertaste.

Very drinkable brew that I'd highly recommend. (458 characters)

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark black with some ruby-ish cola hints coming through on the bottom when the beer is near light. Medium-sized brown head dissipates quickly, leaving a ring of lace and a thin foam on top of the beer.

Smell: Roasted malts and molasses as expected, with a woody hint and notes of vanilla.

Taste: Begins with sweet molasses flavor and a vanilla note, finishing with more vanilla, roasted malt, and a slight woodiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth with light carbonation. Finish is a bit sticky, but dries out.

Drinkability: This is a great stout, and probably my favorite stout overall. Definitely worth it, and this is very drinkable and sessionable. (751 characters)

Photo of Hughesed
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very creamy and overall a great beer. I had this as part of the Beer of the month a while back and then again at Eulogy in Philadelphia PA. Pours nice and smells great. I have not been able to find any in NJ or PA to pick up a case. The vanilla finish is great. (261 characters)

Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BA Himerman for adding this bad mofo in as a surprise in our trade, which had been a spectacular one to begin with. I poured mine, which had a bottled on date of 041606 into one of my pint glasses from a 12 oz. brown glass bottle.

The beer poured a very dark brown with a finger of tan, soda like head. The nose was dark malts and strong vanilla tones. A very nice aroma on this beer. The flavor of a distinct, mellow dark maltiness to start that mellowed into a vanilla and then lightly oaky flavor after the swallow. It's a medium bodied beer, but incredibly drinkable, and a stout that I wish were available here in Jacksonville. (645 characters)

Photo of NCSUdo
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, bottled 06/18/08

A: Deep black under a small tan head. No lace, no retention.

S: Roasted malt and some wood. Vanilla bean is tucked in there along with some coffee hints. Vanilla gives it a bit of a subtle sweet candy character.

T: Coffee character seems to be a little bigger here, espresso like and some roasted malt. Vanilla and wood are there, with vanilla being the bigger of the two. Again, a candy like character, this time more like a chocolate candy rather then a sweet candy. All the tastes really meld well.

M/D: Full bodied, very smooth. Extremely drinkable. 5.2% but has all the makings of a big beer with out any of them overshadowing the beer. Really a good brew. (696 characters)

Photo of SlothB77
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a tap

A: black with a thin light brown head that lingers, but doesn't get in the way. Pours thinner than expected.

S: roasted chocolate and vanilla, cream, very subtle coffee

T: has a very smooth and creamy taste, very little bitters. Has that creamy sweetness. Tastes light. Very pleasant smoky oak aftertaste that dissipates quickly.

M: medium carbonation, medium-bodied, low acidity. Very little bitters, very smooth and dry. The taste doesn't last in your mouth that long, and that kind of just makes you want to drink more of it.

O: This beer has become a staple with me and my friends. Where I live, it is widely available and probably one of the best beers I know I will be able to find at most places. It seems everyone who I have try this beer loves it. (797 characters)

Photo of orangedive
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - .5 inch dirty cream head. Ink black with a slight brownish hue in the light.

S - Smells outstanding. Maple & Vanilla flavors--wonderful sweetness, subtly sweet. Some oak and sweet chocolate. Delicious.

T - Great. Sweet but not too sweet. More coffee than chocolate. Not much bitterness. Nice balance with maple and brown sugar flavors. Really good.

M - A little thin but nice.

D - Good. A great beer. Could have several but it's nice just to savor it. (459 characters)

Photo of stjarnflikka
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Oliver Twist!

Pours a ver, very dark beer thats almost black with some red edges. There is a finger thick foam that rappidly dissipates and leaves a cobweb of lacing on top, nice!

Smell is fruity, vanilla, grapes and some tones of wine. There is perhaps some chocolate and burned barley or coffee in there aswell.

Taste is smooth, nice and wonderful. Really smooth like velvet and starts with chocolate together with vanilla and a bourboun like taste. Then comes fruits like cherries and grapes, wine hits you and in the end there is a nice sweetness clinging on together with vanilla, a small bitterness and a oaky dry chocolate finish.

This beer is just damn smoot, like velvet and like candy. Really drinkable, really delicious, sadly not my favourite stout-type though ;( (797 characters)

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Served a clear, black liquid with garnet highlights with a tan head that settles nicely to a creamy layer. Great lacing as it goes down.

S: Char, roasted and burnt barley, coffee with cream, faint oak and vanilla. Hops are faint and earthy.

T: Somewhat sweet, clean, roasted and burnt barley is rich but not over bittering. Some coffee with cream flavor, milk chocolate, vanilla, and light oak tannins. All are smooth and well balanced.

M: Full body but not thick, smooth carbonation with a somewhat sweet finish.

D: The drink ability is in the balance of this beer, it goes down more like a porter and has a solid mix of flavors. Very worthy stout!! (657 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark ruby color-not quite totally opaque.good sized tan head tha receedes to about 1/8".Roasted aroma-slight hints of vanilla.Big flavor of chocolate.Roasted malts.The vanilla is very slight-almost an after taste.I dont get any oak.There is a slight "whiskey" flavor in the backround.Nice smooth mouthfeel-goes down very easy.A great beer overall-could consume this all night.My only complaint about this and other beers of this type like the Sam Chocolate Bock is I find I am biased to look for what I see on the label in the way of flavors.Well worth seeking out and trying however. (589 characters)

Photo of cxs285psu
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A very dark color with a thin light brown color head. I have had a more frothy head before, so I am wondering if there is carbonation issues or if time in the bottle effected this. Non-the-less, the Aroma is clearly vanilla and chocolate with a light roasted smell. The taste brings out a light oak flavor with the vanilla and chocolate dominating. Very smooth feel. The vanilla is quite an enjoyable change up for a stout. A thoroughly enjoyable beer that I will certainly have again. (485 characters)

Photo of Clydesdale
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque dark brown, with faint hints of brown around the edges when held to light. Not a huge head, but some rocky, tan bubbles appear.

S: Toffee and coffee are most evident, with notes of vanilla, whiskey, and caramel.

T: Dark roasted malts are huge up front, with an oaken bitterness. Dark chocolate and espresso follow it with notes of caramel and subtle vanilla. Definitely finishes with a bourbon/whiskey touch. This is very complex, lots of flavors at work here. As it warms, the bourbon flavors become more apparent, along with hints of alcohol.

M: Remarkably smooth and almost creamy, with very tight carbonation.

D: Fairly easy to drink considering the complexity at work. This one has a lot of character, and is one of the more interesting beers I've had in a while. (795 characters)

Photo of shippos
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured with a nice black body and decent looking creamish-tan head.
nice roasted barley aroma that seems smoothed out, not intense. Aah the vanilla is now seeping through, the warmer it gets the more prominent the aroma is.
Ohhhh man is that good, reminds me of stoney's vanilla porter but only this kicks it's ass! nice creamy mouthfeel, followed by a lucious mixture of vanilla and roasted barley that seem to have just melted and mellowed with the wood.
Very nicely done. Hopefully this will become available in upstate NY sometime soon. Big big thanks to OldFrothingSlosh for the bottle. (595 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured a deep brown color with off-white head. Smell is of chocolate, caramel, coffee, and toasted malt (very nice mixture). Taste starts off hoppy, but the coffee and toasted malt begin to come through. Fishi is dry, bitter, and truly enjoyable. An excellent Stout. (266 characters)

Photo of BigTomZ
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured black with a nice head that lingered longer than expected.

Smells roasty with caramel vanilla background. Subtle without being simple.

I was impressed with the taste. Has a nice toasted malt base with notes of vanilla, toffee, and molasses. The oak is underlying but definitely present.

This is a bit thin for a stout, but only a bit. Still plenty of substance to it.

This isn't too strong and the taste doesn't lean too much towards one thing, so I could easily drink 6 of these in an evening. (505 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The surface is uneasy with bubbles rising at a constant, hence spewing more head onto the beer. As result, its ocher/tapioca toned top appears bubbling like lava. The beer doesn't allow any light to pass through it, even when held up directly unto it. Most density, however, is lifted from its black coloured body by flashes of chestnut and ruby.

The smell is simply delicious. The vanilla is very strong, as if the beans used to flavour it were still floating right under my nose. It brings to mind steamed milk and ice cream. Combined with the roast this also resembles hot chocolate or flavoured coffee. It's too rich and roasty to smell like bourbon, but the oak/vanilla combination is forefront. The oak is present, but smells fresh; the use of oak chips rather than oak barrels is apparent.

Just as it smells like all things vanilla flavoured, so too does it taste. Flavours of chocolate and vanilla ice cream, gourmet flavoured coffees, and specialty hot chocolates. In part also to its texture and sweetness, it may most of all be reminiscent of sweet creamy liqueurs. Frangelico hazelnut liqueur, in particular, comes to mind, but I'd also accept Amaretto or certainly Bailey's and other chocolate liqueurs.

The likeness to bourbon comes out more in the flavour. Again, it is too roasty and bitter to be an outright match, but there certainly is some resemblance. I am a huge fan of bourbon-barrel aged stouts, but I've found with this that the combination of oak chips and vanilla beans, however different, can achieve an end result every bit as good, if not better.

The oak, the vanilla, and the roast malt are all in perfect proportion. The brewers have struck a harmony between the creaminess and the roast, the bitter and the sweet. Dominion's Oak Barrel Stout is a beverage that is all those things at once, and that is something of a marvel. A delicious, delicious flavoured marvel. The brewers have listed this on the label as their "little treasure". Indeed it is, and I owe a big thanks to IDatetheFormula for sending me this gem! (2,055 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 edition, 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with an eighth of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Strong aromas of roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, but not much else, but then again, I’m stuffed up, so there’s that…but other reviewers note aromas of vanilla, roasted nuts, some dark chocolate and stone fruit!

Taste: Great! Massive malt bomb up front, with some great notes of freshly baked pumpernickel bread, some subtle coffee flavors, and quite a bit of vanilla and brown sugar-like sweetness. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Chewy and very smooth and creamy as there is practically no carbonation to speak of, what-so-ever. With an ABV of 6.1%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: I really, liked this stout. Love the massive malt presence, blended beautifully with vanilla and brown sugar. I’m certainly getting some more of this. (1,054 characters)

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap (at the Ram's Head Tavern @ BWI airport) in a glass that I would characterize as a cross between a pint glass and a stange glass:

A: The beer was a solid black served with a brownish head that was not retained (honestly I think that this was due to the draw than to the beer)

S: Roasted malt, a little vanilla for a touch of sweetness, presumably from the oak.

T: The taste is excellent, top notch. Follows the nose really well, with the main flavor being the malt but combined really well with the vanilla with some hints of coffee or chocolate.

M/D: Low carbonation and it was rich, creamy and smooth, so it was highly drinkable. Overall, if I could find this beer in Atlanta, it would probably become a stable in my fridge. Excellent beer. Highly recommend. (778 characters)

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's black it has a tanned head, it's stout go figure.

The aroma just makes the mouth water
cocoa, caramel, petrol, charcoal YOU NEED TO SMELL THIS TO BELIVE IT!

Taste is deep and well rounded the vanilla is there dark flavours that only come out in the night burn't toast with lots of unsalted butter and a drop of port.

Good solid mouthfeel slightly over carbonated but hey it is easier to take fizz out than put it in .

Truly amazing ale. (446 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My last reviewed beer of a trip to Kclingers. Served in a bottle chilled and sampled in a pint glass.
The beer exhibits an offwhite head that is rather small and fades rather quickly to an edge layer. The color is pitch black with no light getting through the glass.
Aroma is light chocolate and some hints of sweet brown sugar and vanilla. First sip reveals a fairly thick beer with very mild carbonation. Flavro is mostly roasted malt hits mixed with mild sweet vanilla and some biting coffee on the finish. No real hint of alcohol or oak that I can detect. A very tasty beer that I am glad I finally procured. Some piney hop notes actually show up on a burp or two. Nice one! (680 characters)

Photo of Afterburner
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The other day I had this on tap. It was tasty. Today, I had the bottled version. It was bottled on Thursday, and consumed on Sunday. As a reminder, the bottled versions are not the same as the keg version offered at Dominion's brewery. The bottle versions, as well as the keg versions offered in restaurants, are aged with toasted oak chips and vanilla, instead of being aged in old bourbon barrels.

All of the comments I made about the draft version apply here to the bottled version. It's a dark, thick brew, dark brown foam head, and so on.

The primary difference, at least to my taste buds, is that the oak flavor is much more assertive in the bottled version. You get a very woody, oaky flavor mid-palate that wasn't present in the keg version I had at the Vienna Inn. IMHO, that makes the bottled version much more interesting, and therefore superior.

Of course, the kegged version isn't bad, either. I certainly wouldn't pass one up in any case. But if you can find a bottled version, it's worth a try.

Edit Addendum: I let another bottle sit out for a while and assume room temperature, so I could bring out the aromatics. One of these buggers served at 55-65F has a metallic tang to the aroma that isn't noticable when the beer is chilled. And there is a pronounced nutty aftertaste present in the room-temperature beer. (1,341 characters)

Photo of Stimack
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this brew at Mahar’s last evening. This beer poured to a deep black color with a nice chunky tan head that had excellent retention and left lacing through out, a fantastic looking brew! The aromas are of vanilla, with chocolate, oak and roasted highlights. The taste has a number of things going on, a little hop up front followed by an excellent mix of vanilla, cocoa and espresso, simply a fantastic tasting brew! One knock against it, it could be thicker but actually makes it a brew that can be had during any season! I must say that I was unsure of this brew when I got it, but man I glad that I did! This is a brew that I am going to look for in the future! Try this brew, I think you will be happy! (714 characters)

Photo of ujsplace
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a one-finger thick foamy, tan head that disappears into a thin, whispy layer sitting atop a black colored brew with hints of ruby along the very edges. Descent lacing.

Smells of chocolate, coffee, vanilla and oak.

Tastes initially of milk chocolate, followed by vanilla and there is definitely a woody flavor in there as well.

Incredibly smooth and creamy.

An excellent stout. Pick this one up if you see it... (443 characters)

Photo of FenwaySquid
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prsentation: 12 oz. borwn bottle, bottling date of 070507 on the label, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a completely opaque deep dark brown color. The head formed small, less than one finger thick, and faded into some lacing.

Aroma: Roasted chocolate malt, coffee, some caramel too, hints of vanilla in the background.

Taste: Roasted and chocolate malts up front, kind of bitter. The beer gets sweeter in the middle, still chocolate, but some vanilla comes through as well. I also got some bourbon and oak. The finish was semi-sweet chocolate with the vanilla lingering in the background, kind of bitter but still sweet at the same time.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, almost silky like an oatmeal stout, medium to full bodied. The carbonation was subdued, which fit nicely.

Overall: An excellent brew, top notch. The ABV's only 5.2%, which would make this a great session beer for a cold winter's night. Highly recommended, if you see this around grab it immediately. (978 characters)

Photo of TinusTime
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black with just hints of chestnut brown. Nice inch high head that did settle quickly into just a patch of khaki on top. Aromas of Chocolate, butter, vanilla and caramel. Taste was nice very chocolatey. For a moment I thought the bartender had poured me a Rogue Chocolate Stout. Hints of the Bourbon barrell finally seep in at the finish. Drinks smooth as silk with nice light carbonation leaving the tongue feeling clean and not heavy. A very very drinkable stout although I was a bit surprised by the amount of chocolate flavour in the stout. (556 characters)

Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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