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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,336 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,336
Reviews: 663
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 69
Gots: 106 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.50% 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 DrinkMoreBigBeers
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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!

Photo of therubicon
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of orfeu
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of Redwood21
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of dnrobert24
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a beer that I could have just sat and smelled and smelled and smelled. It poured a beautiful black chocolate with a thin white, not tan, head. Taking a whiff of the beer was like waking up after camping to the smell of rain-soaked charred oak campfire logs--it was a subdued smokey-oaky scent. It was heavenly. In comparison, the flavor and mouthfeel were thin and a bit of a let-down. I could taste the classic stout malts that resemble the acidic bitterness in coffee, but there was not much more there. Nevertheless, the aroma kept me coming back for more.

Photo of sonicdescent
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of nrbw23
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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

Photo of AltBock
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of greenmonstah
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Dark brown, almost black. Half a finger of brownish head. Retention is mediocre. Almost no lacing.

S - Vanilla and chocolate. Bit of coffee bitterness and something of a charred character.

T - Opens with some roasted malt and chocolate flavors. Strong vanilla flavor with some oak hints. Finish is chocolate and vanilla with some char. Really good and complex for an American Stout.

M - Plenty of carbonation and a medium body. Wet with a slightly drying finish. A bit too carbonated.

O - Really surprisingly good. Didn't expect to love it like this, but for the style and ABV the taste is phenomenal. A lot of flavor packed into a little package.

Photo of ffejherb
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of kevinglin
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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.

Photo of Rons35
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this beer out of a Founders snifter. Pours very dark, with a slight brownish/coffee colored head that settled quickly into a thin band around the glass. The smell of sweet chocolate is faint but noticeable. Also, the smell of oak and a little smoke mixes in nicely. Towards the end of the glass, the smell of the bourbon really stands out.

This beer has a very sweet, but very drinkable taste that leaves you wanting more. This is where the vanilla bean comes into play. Not really noticing any of the bourbon flavor you typically find in a barrel aged stout, but you can taste a hint of the oak. It's a very light drinking beer, I'd prefer if it had a little more thickness, but it is only a 6%er, so I'll let that slide.

Overall this is a very good stout that I was very surprised with. For the price (about $10 per 6), it's tough to beat. It's not an overpowering stout, but it's definitely one that I'll have again and recommend to fellow beer drinkers.

Photo of hungryghost
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours the deepest of dark mahogany, small brown head, little to no lacing.
Smell is sweet of vanilla, roasted caramel and a slight hint of coffee.
Very well balanced beer for the amount of flavors. Velvety smooth going across the taste buds. Feel the vanilla, roasted caramel and slightly sweet malt, all the flavors are smooth, nothing is overpowering. Nice. Something different in the finish, not smoke, dare I say woody/oakey?
It is a little thinner than I generally like a stout to be but the flavor makes up for it.

Photo of Hypersomnia
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Oak Barrel Stout pours a very black beer that has a very thick, hearty and slow to settle head that lingers with a consistency of shaving cream. The lacing an thick as well and show properties that have raised my expectations.

The nose is more hops, a subtle tinge of pine and some vanilla, bread and nutmeg.

The flavor is powerful with a rich amount of hops that are immediately apparent and just short of overwhelming. Not as balanced as I was hoping for but not over kill either. This is quite the quaffable beer and a very enjoyable stout with strong notes of dark roast coffee , vanilla, caramel and tight bitter almost like a UK ESB. The oak flavors are so subtle I am not even sure if I can taste them. However they could be hiding in the other stronger flavors making them more rounded.

The mouthfeel is more watery than I expected for a dark stout which such a rich and thick head. But it is more than acceptable.

Overall a very enjoyable stout. I would love to have this one again.

Photo of garymuchow
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of Ricochet
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JoeD15
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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