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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,215 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1,215
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 61
Gots: 66 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001)
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klewis

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

06-25-2005 19:53:20 | More by klewis
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Grundle20

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

12-20-2006 18:11:29 | More by Grundle20
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AltBock

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

08-16-2009 06:31:42 | More by AltBock
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Lunch

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

01-07-2010 17:04:39 | More by Lunch
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

06-15-2009 22:27:52 | More by barleywinefiend
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

07-14-2009 17:20:55 | More by ffejherb
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kevinglin

Germany

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%

Thin, tan head, very dark brown with some ruby highlights at the bottom of the glass.

Aroma of roastiness and some hints of sweet chocolate - no hops. Taste is quite enjoyable - I think that is where I'm getting a bit of the oak character, the roastiness is obviously present with perhaps some toastiness, and a bit more sweetness than I expected - a pleasant surprise. A hint of hops balances the brew pretty well, but this is a malt-dominated ale.

Nice, creamy mouthfeel, full-bodied, but not overly heavy.

Overall - very drinkable, especially for stout lovers. Not extreme, not super hoppy, not over-the-top, but an enjoyable brew - I'd have another if made available again.

07-11-2008 15:35:23 | More by kevinglin
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RoyalT

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Appearance – This one poured a ruby dark brown in color with a nice head that showed off a cool-looking orange tan.

Smell – The traditional vanilla from American oak barrels came on big at the taste, although I’m sure it was just added vanilla extract. There was also a light stouty malt note or two, but mostly the malts were buried by the vanilla.

Taste – The vanilla/oak was AWOL at the taste, which was OK because that allowed the other wonderful flavors to come out more. The dark malts and light chocolate were nicely complimented by a fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel – This Stout was light to medium in the body and very well put together.

Drinkability – This wasn’t bad. It was very different for sure. It is an interesting interpretation of the style and a “must try” for any serious BA.

Comments – A big, huge thanks to skyhand for not only putting together the BA tasting night but also for supplying this gem.

04-25-2004 02:50:49 | More by RoyalT
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JoeD15

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

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mjtiernan

New York

4/5  rDev +1.8%

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amstokesdb9

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.8%

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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.8%

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JMS1512

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%

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DruC4

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.8%

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Stokes_

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.8%

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danp14

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.8%

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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.8%

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cliff1066

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-19-2012 02:49:35 | More by cliff1066
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jheezee

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.8%

08-27-2012 21:36:55 | More by jheezee
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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

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Hessian257

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%

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sjones5045

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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