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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

Dominion Oak Barrel StoutDominion Oak Barrel Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,114 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1114
Reviews: 646
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.69%


Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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Atlas1

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

To preface this accordingly, I must say that I'm a fan of the Old Dominion brews. I live in Washington, DC and visit the brewery once every 2-3 months for sixtels and pony kegs. Their beers are good, not great, and the customer service at their brewpup is subpar (most of the waitstaff is clueless, and the bartenders appear to be idiots), but I like what they do, so I keep going back. The Oak Barrel Stout pours a deep rich reddish black with a thin head. Not much foam or lace to speak of. But the aroma is what captures you. Strong vanilla scent, with some chocolate, some caramel, and a woody overtone. The taste is just as nice, with the vanilla present again, as well as some bitter coffee, and a hint of citrus in the finish, which is unusual for a stout of this nature, but present nonetheless. Mouthfeel is a bit weak. Overall, I like the Oak Barrel, mostly because it presents a formidable opponent to some lesser stouts out there. The problem is that you can't find it everywhere. So you're stuck drinking inferior stouts until Old Dominion can get distribution wider-spread.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2006 00:06:04 | More by Atlas1
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dherling

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a near black with a thin tan head that dissipated into nothing. The nose offered strong malt notes accompanied by light smoke, bbq, hickory, and mollasses. The taste had some nice malt, smoke, mollasses, and maple syrup flavors, but everything fell a bit short. Has a very light body and clean finish, more reminiscent of a porter than a stout and not satisfying at all. Granted, this is a beer you can drink a lot of without getting sick, something most aoked beers can't claim, but at the end of the day it starts off with promise and then falls flat.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2007 02:13:00 | More by dherling
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bennetj17

Arizona

3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark black colour with minimal light coming through about the edges. Thin tan foam that dissipates quickly. Sweet vanilla nose with chocolate and coffee notes. Smells like a cake or some sort of sweet dessert.

In the taste the vanilla flavor is strong, but other malt notes come out weak and a bit watery. It is sweet and almost tangy with faint roastiness and hints of cocoa. Medium body, somewhat thinner than I prefer my stouts, with healthy carbonation.

I was not a big fan of this beer. The vanilla sweetness up front lingered and dominated the flavor too much. It's a nice attempt at a relatively low ABV beer with alot of taste...

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2007 21:43:07 | More by bennetj17
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badbeer

Iowa

3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with a beige head that quickly recedes to a a ring around the glass. Smell gives me quite a bit of roast and some cherries. Upon further agitation of the glass, I got a little bit of a malted milk ball aroma; really don't think I picked out vanilla. Taste is a bit roasty at the beginning, but then I get a much more creamy taste that comes through. Again, I don't know that I would have specifically picked out vanilla if I didn't know it was used. Medium carbonation and body is a little less than medium. Thanks to dsigmon for the sample!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 06:35:05 | More by badbeer
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stumac

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So it wasn't aged in oak barrels but it did have oak chips in it...

it pours up a black color with a dark cream colored head. the nose is slight metallic malts, slight vanilla bean. the taste is toasted malts, vanilla bean, slight oak, medium body, low carbo. Eh *shoulder shrug* a decent brew....

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 21:23:54 | More by stumac
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praufs01

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark opaque with light brown head.

Aroma - Musty and earthy smells.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied ale with light carbonation.

Taste - Light bitterness with molasses and a light oaky flavor that finishes dry on the palate.

Overall - Pretty decent stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 02:39:08 | More by praufs01
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Lazerlobe

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A rich dark liquid poured fills the glass with a khaki colored cap of foam. Head is quick to recede but remaining microfoam is quite pleasing.

S: Molasses, melted candy bar, soot, caramelized sugar.

T: Some bitterness and weak oxidation come through with heavily burnt sugar, milk chocolate, vanilla and ash. !

M: Carbonation is a tad high body the body seems appropriate.

D: Not the worst stout but nothing I'd trample folk to get.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 19:46:08 | More by Lazerlobe
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draheim

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (bottled 2/21/2012) into a snifter. Pours a dark brown w/ a thick frothy head, sticky lace.

Aroma: Faint bitter roasted malt, hint of vanilla

Taste: Not as roasty or dark as the nose. A little astringent, some oak.

Mouthfeel is thin, weak.

Overall, disappointing. More porter than stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 06:30:49 | More by draheim
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- poured into a pink glass, pours a very dark brown, almost opaque. Two funger dark tan creamy head that reduces to a solid skim frothy layer, a bit of lace.

S- smoky roasted malt, milk chocolate, a bit of oak and just a hint of vanilla. Nothing stands out greatly.

T- roasted malts with notes of dark fruit, chocolate and vanilla bean. The oak chips give it a slight smoky bitterness. Finishes dry.

M- medium body, lighter than most stouts. Moderate carbonation and with a bit if foamy mouthfeel, finishes a bit watery.

O- I like the smokiness of this one, but the flavors and aromas are a bit subdued. The mouthfeel is also lighter than a traditional stout, worth trying though.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 03:44:09 | More by Treyliff
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

poured a deep brown/black with 1/4" of tan head which dissipated quickly. smells of vanilla, oak, chocolate, and toasted grains. nutty in flavor with a hint of caramel, a subtle smokiness.. i don't taste any chocolate, coffee or the regular stout flavors. more really just wood flavors and pecans. medium body, low carbonation, watered down for the style. even for just being a stout it feels watered down. this isn't a terrible beer, but it seems like very little aging was done to this in barrels, and it seems like maybe they should've worked on their stout profile before bothering putting it in a barrel.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 09:02:30 | More by facundoCNB
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is dark brown with a thin beige head. The aroma brings chocolate, roast, milk chocolate or chocolate milk. Really smooth and creamy. Perhaps a touch of oak if any at all. Vanilla and cream soda like flavors. Fairly sweet. A decent beer, but one is plenty.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 22:41:42 | More by Huhzubendah
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark with a darker tannish head. Nose is a touch of wood and not a whole lot else going with it. The first hit of flavor gave cause for concern. But then it ended up being not so bad. However, the flavor profile is a bit acidic and citric in nature that makes it kind of leaning towards an not so loved realm. It isn't bad, but there is just this edge that I personally don't like. And the feel is a bit thin on the liquid. Carbonation is kind of low too. It is nice to drink, but I don't really see how an oak barrel has really done anything for this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 01:03:37 | More by RblWthACoz
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Yesac

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - solid black, thin tan head

S - mild oak & bourbon

T - Very smooth and thin. Moderate bite from the oak.. roasted malt.. vanilla bean bourbon.Tart finish.

M/D - Silky smooth. Thin on the palate. Little to no carbonation. The thinness makes this brew easy to drink but constrains complexity.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 20:06:45 | More by Yesac
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jwinship83

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from yesac in a recent trade. thanks! poured into a standard pint glass and served just below cellar temperature.

A- this one pours a black colored body with a small and quickly fading khaki colored head. very little lacing left behind.

S- the odor is very faint. roasted malts, a bit of oak and vanilla, an a little bit of chocolate.

T- pretty weak really. roasted malts and dark chocolate. a little bit of barrel--vanilla and a bit of astringency from the oak.

M- light to medium bodied with a nice low level of carbonation. pretty creamy as well.

D- meh, not that impressed with this one. its nice to see what the effect of barrel aging has on a smaller beer, but i dont think ill be bending over backwards to try this ever again.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 20:22:43 | More by jwinship83
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JunkYardJake

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into tulip.
Pours a near black color with a small tan film on top. Very little lacing. Smell is very subdued. Some roasted malts and a little chocolate and coffee. Chocolate malt, although mild, is the most dominate flavor in the palate, followed by lactose sweetness and a kiss of oak from the oak chips that were added. The oak character is nice because it is subtle and doesn't hide the other flavors like some stouts that are actually aged in barrels. The thing is, there isn't alot of other flavors. The vanilla beans get lost completely and there is no prominent hop flavors. Also, the roasted malt and coffee in the nose, doesn't really show up. Yet, the chocolate and oak are enough to make it work. Medium bodied with low carbonation. The mouthfeel is silky smooth and rolls around nicely. Overall, an approachable and enjoyable stout that, due to it's mild flavor profle, is quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 17:19:39 | More by JunkYardJake
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark brown/black,, not much head, some lacing.

Smell - Mild oak, malts, sugars, cinnamin. Coffee, chocolate and some spices.

Taste - Mild stout, vanilla, oak and coffee bitterness. Rather bland and incredibly mild for a oaked stout. Oak flavors are present but not very strong. I got malts and coffee as main flavor.

MOuthfeel - Not much on mouth or tounge other then some bitterness. Aftertaste is thin and quickly gone.

Overall - A average beer at best. To mild and bland for my liking. Too easy to drink for what style it is. Maybe a good starter for a stout drinker but Not worthy after you've had a kbs or old rasputin.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 08:07:10 | More by wvsabbath
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Beer_Runner


3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 08/07/12 (opened 46 days after bottling)

A: A slow pour into a standard pint glass resulted in about two-and-a-half fingers of a very robust and clumpy mocha colored head that slowly dissipated to about a quarter finger and left a good lacing. The brew dark brown and opaque with a cola hue.

S: The aroma is mild and consists of dark roasted malt with a touch of vanilla and a bit of oak.

T: The taste begins with a dark roasted malt and oak blend, and a touch of vanilla also comes through along with a touch of sweetness.

M: The body just barely makes it into the heavy range and it also has a slightly creamy feel. There is also very little carbonation, which is just fine in this style of beer.

O: This is a very oak and vanilla focused beer. It is also a very sweet beer. It is a good solid stout. The vanilla and the sweetness combine to give this beer a cola-like flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 00:22:56 | More by Beer_Runner
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mattcrill

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must admit, this beer holds a special place in my heart b/c it started getting me interested in craft beers. However, I haven't had it for a while and my tastes have definitely sharpened...

Appearance: beautiful, smooth, and black pour with a great foamy tan head. Looks like liquid dark chocolate in the glass.

Smell: Sweet malt smell first but then a little bit of hops toward the end to round out the smell

Taste: Slightly bitter with hints of coffee, sweet bread, and some oats. A bitter aftertaste with a little hint of vanilla.

Overall: A good but not great beer. Carbonation is a little overpowering but defintely try this interesting twist on the American stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2004 12:22:56 | More by mattcrill
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whartontallboy

New York

3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a thin brown head that slowly dissipates.

You can really pick up on the oak barrel and vanilla in the nose, it gives the brew sort of a vanilla/roasted malt/winey smell with a bit of a hop character thrown in for good measure.

The taste is pretty smooth, with a nice balance of sweetness, roasted malt, vanilla, and a earthy flavor. It's a nice flavor, but I feel it's somewhat hamstrung by a very thin mouthfeel that doesn't really let it run as well as it could. It's a little too watery and not quite aggressive enough to really do this one justice. Not bad, but certainly not perfect.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2005 05:29:12 | More by whartontallboy
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beveragecaptain

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. This beer pours out nearly black with a small head. Stale hop aroma along with just a little bit of roasted malt. After the boring aroma, I was surprised how tasty this beer is. Starts of malty and woody. Slightly astringent. Vanilla flavor comes in near the finish, and there is a little sweetness. The flavor is very subtle for an oak aged beer. Mouthfeel is a little too light. Decent drinkability. Not as good as I was hoping, but still pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2005 02:02:50 | More by beveragecaptain
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MSchae1017

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the 12oz bottle.

This beer pours a dark black with hints of red lace with a smallish tan head that disspates to just some whisps of foam with a decent amount of lacing down the side of the glass. The smell is roasted malts with hints of vanilla and wood. The taste is up front with the roasted and black malts. Again the vanilla and wood make a lingering presence here. The mouthfeel is rather thin but not bad on carbonation. Overall a good stout, but not one I was so thrilled with I'd like to get over and over again.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 01:27:17 | More by MSchae1017
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Saunapoika

Florida

3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First impression was one of suprise. With a name like Oak Barrel Stout, I was assuming a deep filling, hearty, dark brew.

Appearance is a slightly opaque black.

Aroma starts off with hints of vanilla and then is overpowering with the smell of bourbon. While quaffing this brew, I imagined a Guiness with a shot of Jim Beam poured in.

Carbonation was perfect but no head retention or lacing throughout my experience.

Overall, this is an enjoyable brew. I however, was expecting a bit more of a filling beer. Not to say it wasn't good but not quite what I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2006 01:13:06 | More by Saunapoika
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown with a red tint. Small head that doesn't linger long. Small flecks of lacing cling to the glass.

S - Smells like oak and vanilla coffee, maybe a touch of chocolate. The aroma has an unplaceable earthiness to it. Overall the smell is very strong.

T - My first thoughts are of root beer. It isn't sweet, but it has a bit of a birch flavor, along with some vanilla, chicory and coffee. Good.

M - Carbonation is too high. Medium bodied with a bit of a gummy feel in the aftertaste. A bit drying at that. Worst part of the beer.

D - Even though the mouthfeel is pretty awful, somehow this beer remains drinkable. As long as you are drinking it, the gumminess doesn't bother you or the slightly drying aspect. The flavor itself is complex and devoid of sweetness. I really enjoyed this one. I might have it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2007 02:42:30 | More by mrasskicktastic
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cro250klr

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice coffee black look with a soft tan head.

S - Coffee, chocolate, vanilla. Not the strongest aromas that I've ever experienced.

T - Again, the coffee, chocholate and vanilla stand out. I was a bit let down by the lack of oakiness. It is there, but not as strong as I was anticipating.

M - Soft and smooth. Lightly carbonated.

D - I can do a bunch of these. The flavors meld together well and one doesn't overpower the other. The lighter ABV allows you to have a few. Could use a bit more oak flavor but I'd still go for this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2007 12:56:46 | More by cro250klr
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maestrotmbg

District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Smells outstanding poured directly from the bottle. Slightly sweet and quite toasted. The head disappears quite quickly leaving a dark pleasing baking chocolate color beer. This great start is somewhat let down once you get the beer into your mouth however. The prominent toasty oakiness in the smell is very subtle in the flavor which is lighter than many beers in this style and flees the pallet quite abruptly. The negligable mouthfeel and aftertaste makes this beer easy to drink which I guess is a plus. It's not bad but I won't be recommending it to anyone who is looking for an oak aged stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 23:57:22 | More by maestrotmbg
Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,114 ratings.