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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,248 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,248
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 63
Gots: 70 | FT: 3
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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Photo of Ricochet
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark, deep amber reflections coming off of it with little head and lace and the smell was very complex. I want to say a hint of hamburger, like when I worked at McDonalds, we cooked those patties, and there was no other scent like that. A note was in this beer. Also vanilla and yes, a little bourbon. Tops for appetizing. Mouth was chewy as to be expected. with a decent swallow and rounded toasty aftertastes. Not bad. Taste was a bit of let down, thinking this would be bigger, but is still damn good. Vanilla makes the most of the burnt malt flavors with a back end wine and raisin note with subdued hops character but could not really taste the bourbon barrel other than the remanants of oak. Perhaps I'm just comparing it too closely with a beer I had in IN at Rich-o's.

Good beverage. Not really a standout for me.

Ricochet, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

La Cave Du Vin in Cleveland had this on tap this week. I tried a small glass.

Looked like a run-of-the-mill stout (dark brown-to-black color, thin beige head, etc). But the flavors were a little more original. The biggest surprise to me was the vanilla bean flavor. I think this could have been improved by being made less thin and watery though.

Not bad, but not great. Just different.

TurdFurgison, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of StoryOfTheGhost
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this beer as part of a beer of the month club for Christmas, and I really enjoyed it.

A- Dark black, with a thin dark caramel head

S- I smell the coffee and the wood smells up front. The bourbon is not as strong as a smell as I expected or hoped, but still has a very nice scent to it

T- Very similar to the smell. Great flavor of roasted malts. The bourbon is faint. Very low alcohol taste, which was expected with an abv that runs low for the style

M- This is the reason that I did not give the beer a better rating. Watery. Taste does not stay with you as long as I would desire, which is a shame, because it tastes good

O- This is an excellent beer, and one that I would drink again. It goes down very smooth, and it would be pretty easy to knock back several.

StoryOfTheGhost, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of sommersb
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 07-03-2014
Freshness: Bottled on 03-25-2014
Packaging: 12 oz. bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Nonic pint
Purchased: Single from Let's Pour mailorder

A: Big tan head sits on a black, opaque beer. Shows good head retention and lacing.

A: Smells like roasted malts, oak wood, coffee and lightly of vanilla.

T: Flavors include dark bread, toasted grain, coffee and chocolate. Bitterness is light.

M: Light in body with a moderate carbonation, the finish is semi-dry with notes of chocolate and toasted malts.

O: All in all a very good stout that I'd recommend.

sommersb, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Dominion- Oak Barrel Stout

A- Dark brownish black with a good size head. 1 ring lacing and heavy carbonation.
S- Smooth creamy vanilla, toffee, oak chips.
T- Sweet vanilla immediately hits you followed by a smooth creamy caramel/ toffee malt. Slight butterrum notes.
M- Sweet yet velvety smooth, not as carbonated as it looks. Solid oak flavor solid til the end.

Overall- Haven't had 1 of these in a few years and finally got around to reviewing. Solid and easily drinkable. Still as good as I remembered.

NJpadreFan, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of Backer2004
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchase a cup of regular coffee, pour a bit of sugar and add ice. This is the best way to describe the taste, smell, and appreance of Oak Barrel Stout. This is not an insult. The hints of vanilla and chocolate add to this surprisingly good stout, that was not as heavy or difficult to drink as others of this style. Enjoyed with a slice of cheesecake and was a great combination. Received three bottles in a Beer of the Month club.

Backer2004, Dec 27, 2004
Photo of beerthulhu
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- Bottled 3/13/12. Consumed 11/17/12.

A: Rich chocolate pour has deep merlot highlights. Slight head, medium sandstone tint, weak hold and minimal lacing.

S: Deep rich chocolate aroma, creamy warm chocolate and marshmellow with a hint of vanilla richness. Throw in a bit of fresh coffee and there you go. Nice level of awareness.

T: Flavor was chocolate-coffee with vanilla bean that was rich and deep in tone and flavor. A touch of smoky malt, dry oak and peat with some sweet licorice. Burnt sugar sweetness, sweet dark fruit of cherries and sugary raisins peep through every now and then.

M: Mouthful contained a nice level of carbonation, was thick, luscious and viscose with a smooth texture and clean finish of coffee-dark fruit on the tongue.

O: Overall a nice level of complexity, rich deep stout, sweet dark fruit and chocolate gives this a big beer flavor in a little bottle. Smooth drinking and highly recommended.

beerthulhu, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of IBUnit63
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle date 9/16/2008...12 oz. into Medley's (Shockoe Bottom, Richmond, VA c. 1997)/Red Hook pint. One of these courtesy of CrellMoset (first in-person trade) - thanks dude!

Solid 2-finger maple walnut doughy head topping an espresso-brown body. Head has fairly solid staying power, moderate lacing and a few muffin tunnels. Great look for a session stout with a little visible carbonation.

Good dry stout nose...slate, roasted chocolate malt with a little tannin from husks and nice grass on the hops. Mild alcohol sweetness comes through but is countered by the espresso and huge malt. Opens up with warmth.

Wow...this is very smoky with a fair amount of slate. Big chocolate malt presence (a little patent in there?) - lots of grain presence. Hop bitterness is quite grassy and nicely prevalent. No real alcohol or sweetness present but it's not bone dry.

Skate and smoke on the palate is interesting but a little prevalent. Hops take a back seat. A little bit of a metallic tinge with warmth.

Drinks better than average, albeit smokiness precludes extreme drinkability.

IBUnit63, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of troysoy2
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Opaque black in my large Ommegang tulip. Finger and a half of fine khaki head quickly diminishes to a surface covering. Not much lacing really.

Sweet on the nose. Caramel, hints of oak and bourbon, dark roasted malt, vanilla.

The taste is also quite sweet, but it's not cloying. Vanilla and caramel on the front, with the roasted malt bitterness following. Warm, oak notes come out after that, on a velvety smooth finish with a hint of warm alcohol.

I'm impressed, but it might be a little too sweet for my liking.

troysoy2, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of beerphilosopher
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass froma 12oz bottle.

A - Semi-opaque brown/black with a tight tan head. Good retention and solid lacing.
S - Wow, the vanilla hits you right away. Very pleasant. There are also notes of smokiness, along with dark coffee and chocolate. Very rich.
T - This is very good, with many flavors competing for attention here. Dry oak, in a bourbon sort of way ... heavy vanilla mingled with chocolate as well. Aftertaste is almost a strong coffee, hop bitterness. Complex and challenging.
M - Thich but not too much so. Fills the mouth with a myriad of flavors that finish very smoothly.
D - This beer surpassed it's expectations in my view ... this is truly one of the better stouts I've tried. The vanilla and oak characteristics are dominant, almost to the point of forgetting that this is a beer. This could be a dessert in itself. I like this one and would order it again for sure.

beerphilosopher, Nov 03, 2005
Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The date on the back of the bottles label reads 07/31/12

A - Pours out a black beer which you can see light threw on the edges. The mocha head was a nice two finger hieght that was rocky and bubbly as it died off relatively fast. Average lacing on this one.

S - Real light and smooth with a distinct woody vanilla aroma along with some light dark roasted malts. I also pick up some smoke.

T - This one has the right amount of sweetness that seems pretty mild like the smell with a light roast, the barrel and vanilla are intertwined and are quit pleasant on the palate. I also get the smoke and some dark chocolate flavor like on the smell. Nice light and complex.

M - Smooth and slick and it seems slide right down with a light carbonation and a light body which seems to work really well with this brew.

O - Found this one to be really pleasant and easy drinking with a lot of complexities. Like how Dominion has a date on the back of their bottle. Really nice light stout that I could definitely session. Worth a try if you like a light complex stout. Cheers!

DrinkMoreBigBeers, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of mulder1010
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. thanks to The CPJ for this one

A-- Poured dark cola color and settled black. Decent sized light chocolate colored head did a bit of reverse cascade and settled to just above film. One finger read retention on swirling but also recedes pretty quickly. Just a few carbonation bubbles on the sides of the glass.

S-- Oak, rolled oatmeal, and vanilla. More Oak than vanilla in the smell to me.

T-- Oak, more like lots of oak. Get vanilla bean and oatmeal. More like an oatmeal stout in oak barrels to me.

M-- Medium feel and medium carbonation. Lots of dryness from the oak and it does in a way mask the vanilla bean taste. A little bit of a bitter lemon acidic finish to this as well.

D-- A sipper due the amount of oak in this. Still very drinkable and can have multiple bottles in a sitting. If not in the mood for a monster stout this is a very good alternative. A lot of flavor and character and perfect carbonation for this level of beer. Might need a touch more vanilla but otherwise very good beer.

mulder1010, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of garymuchow
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to WVBeergeek for this sample.
Aroma shows a nice mix of roasty malt with just a touch of vanilla (that increases as it warms) and it addds a nice coffee quality (Amaretto).
Poured with virtually no head, instead it showed a fizzy scattered top that left immediately. Dark brown to black.
Interesting mix of full rich flavor qualities, yet somehow thin feeling. Nonetheless, taste is bold, especially initially. The boldness wavers middle to finish, but the taste aspects (rich roast-touch of chocolate) stay throughout. Bitterness increases as it warms which is alright as it blends with the dryness. A touch of vanilla at the end.
Feel is somehow not quite right. Lacks softness and fluffiness from carbonation and as noted above too thin.
I enjoyed the opportunity to sample something different. Low alcohol and thinness make this an almost easy drinking stout.

garymuchow, Dec 11, 2004
Photo of matty
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours out of the bottle like motor oil.Minimal head and carbonation.Pleasant aroma of burnt oak chips and a wisp of vanilla.Taste is also pleasant with the same oak chips and vanilla.This is something I would buy again but I doubt I could drink more than 3 at one sitting.

matty, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of orfeu
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a recent trade from BA nriech, bottled on July 19 2006. Pours a deeply dark chocolate brown, almost black, with a rather thin light mocha head. Roasty black malt aromas mix with a faint vanilla sweetness. Some coffee undertones and a bit of earthy hops appear as well, but overall the nose is surprisingly restrained, since this is served at just about cellar temperature and no colder. I'm not sure if this is a good or bad thing. Meaning: It's not overpoweringly vanilla-scented, but I'm not all that excited by the nose either. Okay, the taste helps me decide: the nose is good. Regarding the flavor, the vanilla sweetness and the roasted malt characteristics mentioned above really come forward in the taste, but not too forcefully in either respect. They are quite well balanced, in fact. A dry oakiness is also present in the taste, lingering for a while afterwards, lending a vinous aspect to the finish. Slight carbonation, a bit slippery in the mouthfeel, leaning towards a velvet smoothness. Medium body. Not the dryest stout in the world. I like mine to be pretty heavy on the roasty side of things, and the vanilla beans prevent that from really taking over in this beer. But it's got a very compelling flavor profile nevertheless. I'd like to try this on tap someday as I get the feeling it might be a little more exciting that way. Easily sessionable, as long as you don't mind a slight, persistent vanilla flavor in stouts.

orfeu, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of Redwood21
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

interesting... thats what comes to mind as i sip this brew...

It poured almost jet black and myine had almost no head. i noticed that the born on date was 11-22-06, its now 3-30-07, i do not know if this age (which is not all that old) had any effect on it.

The smell is definatly oaky and vanilla. Its like melted chocolate in bourbon
the tast follows suit minus the liquor taste. There is a certain bitterness and a slight drying effect. it almost tastes like vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce on it.
Mouthfeel: there is some drying as said before. its a full bodied beer but i would say on the lighter side of that. nice in the mouth though.

It is drinkable but would not be my choice.

Redwood21, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of sonicdescent
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Sharp Edge in Canonsburg, PA

Pours a black with a frothy brown head but lace is minimal.

Smells of roasted coffee malt and a light oak scent.

Tastes same, the oak character is pretty minimal, but still tasty.

Medium bodied and carbonated.

Would have this again, a very nice stout though slightly undistinguished.

sonicdescent, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of ralree
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a tan head of about 1/2 a finger (disappointing head), smells of coffee with a nice woodsy aftertaste. Tastes like sweetened coffee, alcohol completely undetectable in the flavor. Leaves the mouth feeling dry, clean, and refreshed. Not too thick, but not watery - just about right in texture. Has a distinct bitterness that is strong, but in a very pleasant way - probably offset by the sweetness. Much easier to drink than most stouts, partly because the mouthfeel isn't as coating and the fact that it is not as heavy. Goes down smooth.

ralree, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of nrbw23
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours black with a thin tan head. Head has pretty good lacing and not too much lacing here.

S- Vanilla, tons of roasted malts, faint bourbon, chocolate, coffee and a big oaky woody presence.

T- Follows the nose really well. Very malty with hints of dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, and vanilla and oak. Great balance with clean dry finish.

M- A bit on the watery side, medium in body and a little on the high side on the carbonation.

D- Really easy to drink

nrbw23, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of klewis
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - poured black with hints of red into a goblet with big, frothy, tan head and left lots of lacing down the glass.

Smell - Vanilla, esters, slight chocolate aromas

Taste - The oak is prominent, but it's just the right amount. Lots of vanilla, some toffee. Overall, very well-balanced and smooth flavors.

Mouthfeel - Perhaps a little light for a stout.

Drinkability - Not as good as the Oak Aged Yeti, but it is at least reminescent of it. A very good beer at the least.

klewis, Jun 25, 2005
Photo of Grundle20
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
The beer drains like motor oil from the bottle both in color and consistancy. There are wispy patches of foam that skate about the surface of the beer but no real sustained head to speak of.

Smell:
The scent is weak but touches of vanilla and bittersweet chocolate can be picked up. I'm not sensing any oak character but I also can't recall the last time I went up and sniffed a tree.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
The beer drinks smooth and slightly thick with a big body of blanketing malts. Bittersweet chocolate can be drawn from the malts and there is again a presence of vanilla. There's more of a woody character here but I find it to taste more like basswood or cherry wood smells. There is a the slightest tinge of bitterness in the ass end of the drink. The finish is rich with chocolate notes which make for a rather flavorful aftertaste.

Drinkability:
It's a stout so I inherently don't want to drink too many of these, but the flavor of this one is particularly delicious. This would be an excellent meal or breakfast beer.

Bottom Line:
One of the more impressive stouts I've had in a while which admittedly isn't many. I don't really get a lot of of the oak character but it's tasty all gimmicks aside.

Grundle20, Dec 20, 2006
Photo of AltBock
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was able to grab a fresh pint of oak Barrel Stout at Stephanie's In Doylestown, PA around 8/9/2009.

It wasn't the most properly lit bar in PA, but from what I could see when I held this beer up to the light, it was a solid coal black colored beer. There were no highlights along the sides. It was just pure blackness. Sitting on top of this black beer was a creamy 1 1/2 inch mocha colored head of foam. It had great retention that left behind a few mocha blots of lace and a tiny skim of foam.

This beer had a nice roasted and slightly sweet aroma. The one aroma that stood out had to be the bitter dark chocolate. Behind the dark chocolate was some dark roasted malts, a pinch of of roasted coffee, a subtle whiff of bourbon and charred oak, and a drop of sweet vanilla.

The taste was pretty much the same as the aroma. It was roasted and slightly dry with dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, bourbon, charred oak, roasted coffee beans, and just a subtle pinch of sweet vanilla. The two biggest flavors in this beer had to be the dark chocolate and the bourbon. Toward the bottom of the glass, the dark chocolate and bourbon combined their powers to create a sweet alcohol flavor.

This was a medium bodied Stout with a decent level of carbonation and a dry aftertaste of dark chocolate, roasted malts, charred oak, and touch of bourbon.

For some reason, I've always wanted to try this beer and after I've tried this beer on tap, I know why. It was an easy drinking Stout that wasn't all that heavy with bourbon and oak. If I saw this in a bottle shop, I'd probably buy one or two bottles.

AltBock, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of Lunch
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Rams Head Tavern in Savage, MD into a shaker pint at the slightly colder than appropriate temperature (01/11/09). I allowed the beer to warm for several minutes.

A: Pours a very dark shade of deep brown to almost black with a 1.5 finger light mocha colored head with decent retention and some nice lacing.

S: Soft bouquet of roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, vanilla, caramel and some oak. Not the strongest aroma but quite nice.

T: Roasted malt and coffee hit the palate first along with some nice oak tones. Vanilla, chocolate, cocoa, and caramel are detectable as well. The flavors are all very clean and fresh. Not a big beer by any means, by a very nice American Stout indeed.

M: Medium-bodied with appropriate carbonation, but seemed at little thin at times.

D: Excellent drinkability and only 5.2%. A very sessionable American Stout with a better flavor profile than most.

Overall I was really impressed by this beer as it contained a great amount of flavor while keeping the abv. extremely low. This is perfect sessionable American Stout. Recommended.

Lunch, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a jet black with a dirty tan head. Nose is full of roasted malt, coffee, and a hint of oak. Taste is full of cocoa, roasted malt, and molasses.Mouthfeel was nice and heavy, heavier than the bottle version and more complex. The bottle did not do this brew justice.

barleywinefiend, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of ffejherb
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Old Dominion at the Washington DC airport on 7/8/09.

A - Charcoal black body with burgundy highlights and about half a finger of creamy tan head that receded to a wispy film and yielded moderate lacing around the glass.

S - Woody and nutty with subtle smokey notes and some charcoal. Hops are earthy and leafy. Malt also takes on quite a roasty character with coffee and, to a lesser degree, chocolate.

T - Heavy on the roast with a dominant coffee character and also plenty of earthy and oaky notes, as well as a slight licorice presence. Decent amount of bitterness in the backend. Some chocolate flavor comes out in the finish and is accompanied by some oaky astringency.

M - Medium bodied with a watery texture and just a slight oily mouthfeel. Carbonation is soft to moderate on the palate. Finish is dry and somewhat astringent with a mild lingering bitterness.

D - Pretty complex stout with a dominant roasty character, plenty of oak/woody notes, and some other subtle intricacies, resulting in a flavorful brew overall.

ffejherb, Jul 14, 2009
Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,248 ratings.