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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Reviews: 678
Hads: 1,417
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 18.37%
Wants: 75
Gots: 147 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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 KickbacksSteve
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip. Bottling date edged off the side of the label. 0/17/? Beige head rests on a black body. Slick, clear lacing slides quickly down the glass. Aroma is dominated by coffee and malty sweetness. Taste is moderately sweet with coffee notes and roasted malt. I don't exactly pick up on the vanilla but it may be responsible for some of the residual sweetness, taste is more like a milk stout. Exceptionally easy to drink and delicious. My only complaint is naming a beer aged on oak chips "oak barrel stout". Just a touch misleading.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown to black with a nice creamy brown head with a lasting ring and spotty lace. Complex cocoa, vanilla, and oak aromas and flovors. Cocoa is big on the nose with a bit more vanilla in the flavor . Medium-full bodied with a smooth roasty and vanilla finish.

I prefer the bottled version better. The draft version at the OD Brewpub has too much bourbon character.

Per Label: "7 different malts and 2 hops. Dry hopped with fresh vanilla beans and toasted oak"

Bottled: 04/08/04
Tasted: 10/28/04

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Photo of farHillsBrewer
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Have enjoyed a couple of these at Growler's Pub in Canton, a new pub opened by John Bates, former bartender at Racers Cafe.
It sits beside Guinness on the nitro tap, and is a special treat worth going donwtown for.
After the cascade of tiny bubbles finishes, you are left with a thick creamy head about an inch think, which is still partially there when the glass is empty. The mouthfeel provided by the nitro charge is as soft as cloud 9. The taste is all malt with pleasing notes of vanilla, oak, and toasty malt. It goes down so easily and the glass is finished before you realize. You are left with a finish of dark malt and some sweetness.
Highly recommended.

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Photo of axisjones
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Stone Impy Stout snifter. Impenetrable tar black with a massive rocky light brown head. The head settles down to a clean 1/4 inch after a little while.

The aroma is all about mocha hot chocolate roasted espresso beans. A really sweet appetizing smell, I just wanna jump right in.

A delicious stout! Creamy with an almost tart bitterness, rich chocolate flavors with a vanilla bean espresso taste. Thick and luscious, dampened only by the slightest hint of sourness in the finish, most surely because of the roasting. A lingering carbon finish.

Yeah, this hits the spot all the way. Goes down smooth as hot chocolate. I could probably chill with a few bottles by a roaring fire and discuss the merits of 1700 colonialism, puff a pipe, and be quite at peace with the world. Thanks to blitz134 for hooking me up with this awesome surprise!

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Photo of Tballz420
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My label is much different than the one pictured. But it appears to be this beer.

Thick-ass black body, you can spot some hues on the very edge if you look for it. Fluffy tan head, very sticky. Scent is a thick chocolate malt, a bit of roast. Mmm, nice blend. Deep dark malts dominate the brew, very nice touch of bitter hops. Full body, a bit wet but pretty thick. When i want a stout, thats what i want.

As they would say in chicago: "you can put it on the boaaard! YES!"

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Photo of stckhndlr
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- a dark dark brown almost black. I held a flashlight up to it and it just barely penetrates it. 1 finger head has a mocha color to it. carbonation bubbles trickle from the bottom and a little bit of sediment can be noticed.

S- got some chocolate malts with hints of the oak barrel coming through. it has a very sweet caramel smell to it when you get deeper into it mixed with a nice frothy coffee smell. Very complex. I even get some dark fruit smell in there as it warms up. Kinda reminds me of dark cherries.

T- It's hard to pick out the most up front flavor on this one. It is just as complex as the smell. smokey malts are probably the first thing I taste then the chocolate comes in and finally the caramel mocha coffee finish. The dark roast coffee flavor just sits on your tongue forever almost as a reminder to keep drinking.

M- medium body but very frothy. it just covers you palate. after you swallow it has that coffee effect on the tongue. A bit chalky. kinda gives you a dry feeling but it makes you salivate for more.

O- What a great beer. I am still developing a taste for stouts but this one is great. High marks for complex flavor and smells. Pick one up.

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Photo of advill88
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer is black as night, with a one and a half finger tan head.

S - Nutty oaky aroma, with hints of coffee and chocolate

T - Starts off slightly sour with a touch of hops, but then a nice strong maltiness kicks in with hints of bourbon and chocolate, and a smooth vanilla finish and a bit of sweetness.

M - Fairly heavy bodied with strong carbonation and a nice creamy texture

D - This is one of the few stouts I could probably drink all night because of its incredible rich and smooth taste. One of the better stouts I've had - highly recommended.

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Photo of unknownlamer
4.51/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This pours the perfect black with a hint of ruby around the edges. The smell is of burnt grain with a touch of vanilla and oak. The taste is of roasted grain with an oak taste dominating in the middle, and a nice vanilla mixed with a mild burnt taste in the finish.
This is my favorite stout, and is very drinkable and complex. A work of art.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a pitch black with a tan head that leaves nice lacing.

Nose is vanilla bean, roasted malts, coffee and a hint of oak.

Taste is like the nose, vanilla bean, roasted malts, coffee and some oak.

This is a very drinkable stout, a very nice session one at that.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to kegatron for this one.

A - Pours dark brown with ruby highlights wehn held to the light and a thin tan head.

S - Strong vanilla aroma with toffee, carmalized brown sugar and oak.

T - A lot of vanilla again with toffee, maybe even some hazelnut, milk chocolate and sone oak.

M - Somewhat thin for a stout but smooth with lighter carbonation.

D - Really not your typical stout but I really like it. If the mouthfeel were heavier this might become too sweet and dessert like. Not the malty flavors of normal stouts but it works. This isn't a beer I think I would typically like but every one I have gets better and better.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pitch black with a two-toned brown and tan head. good retention and prominent lacing.

S: roast interacts with chocolate interacts with oak interacts with vanilla. the combination comes across as a milk chocolate-ly smell with some woodyness.

T: flavor starts full of oak. good smoke flavor. moves into a bitter roast. sort of a black coffee-like flavor. vanilla isnt as prominent on the palate, but the smokiness from the oak is very welcomed!

M: gentle fizz on a medium full body. if there was a slightly more silken mouthfeel i think it would make this brew that much more enjoyable.

D: great complexity between the wood and vanilla. just nice to have some other flavors worked into your standard roast, chocolate, sweet stout flavors. very enjoyable and unique american stout.

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Photo of shapudding
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Last time I had this was on tap over in malvern at The Flying Pig after the beer fest at The Desmond! (schweetness!!)

Poured a pitch black with a creamy, milkshakey thick head that quickly left my glass leaving only a smally caramelly foam mainly at the edges. Giving it a bit of a wrily, you can bring back a light covering. You really cant see through this beauty. You can smell the oak in it.

Maybe because I read the label first, but I do smell the bourbon...

Very rich and dark scents... sherry, over-ripe cherries, black coffee... Alot of carbination hits your mouth, yet it is not too "bubbly" feeling, it stays smooth. Tastes of coffee, burnt toast, vanilla. The oak is everpresent. After it warms up, the bourbon really makes it presence known! Almost as though you just did a shot and then took a sip from your pint...

Very nice tasting. One to sit back and think about while drinking. Yummy! Highly enjoyable stout!

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Photo of AndIWantYou
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mmmmm. Now this is what a stout is all about. It was dark, malty, slightly hoppy, and pretty filling. The light in Old Dominion's Ashburn, VA, brewpub was fairly dim, but Oak Barrel looked black as night in my glass. I didn't detect the bourbon flavor, just a rich, creamy stout that made my barbecue sandwich quiver in fear, knowing that it didn't have the body and texture to stand up to such a wonderful concoction. Regrettably, since the tab was on my girlfriend's father, I didn't want to order another beer until he did, and he didn't, so I only got one taste of this divine liquid.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into nonic. Second review, previous was on-tap at brewery.

Pitch black with a light brown one finger head that slowly settles to a thin even cap. Little spots and strings of lacing coat the glass.

A light smokiness met with a bit of creaminess. Some roasty characteristics are in there as well. Some sweet milk chocolate is in the foreground.

The malts give off a strong burnt flavor, but are met with some contrasting bittersweet chocolate. Some more liquid smoke is in the background. Full bodied. Creamy overtones are there throughout. The bitter malts linger for a little bit after each sip.

I liked this beer but out of the bottle (most likely very fresh), this is a fantastic stout. If the brewpub was still around I would most likely order this every time it was available. It looks like the beers haven't gone downhill after being shifted to a new brewing location. Recommended.

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Photo of crwills
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I liked this. A lot. One of my favourite stouts in recent memory, in fact.

Pours a perfect pitch black into a pint glass, with a 1/2 inch milk chocolate head and tons of lacing. Aroma is just fantastic. Vanilla, milk chocolate, espresso, little bit of brown sugar, and fresh baked bread. Flavour is sweet but not overpowering, roasted graham cracker, honey, chocolate, some tart fruity hops. Low carbonation. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel, although good have used a bit more body. For an average-ABV stout though, very good.

Since this brewery seems to be affiliated with A-B now (didn't know until I came to review it) maybe I can find it again easily... would love a case of this for the Fall/Winter.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I finally get to try OLD DO' Oak Barrel Stout in the bottle. I tried this back in me pre-BA days at the Flying Pig. It was quite delicious. Well, the label has a decent bit of info about the popularity of this brew at the brewpub. Born on date 23 April 2004. ABV 5.2%.

OBS pours out of the 12 oz. browner with dark, pitch violet brown color that lets the teeniest bit of light hazing thru. It's practically black with a thin coating of khaki cake head. Bumped up my appearance due to the gorgeous lattice lace patterns in me pint.

Tons of dessert like scents flow freely with every sniff. First, vanilla beans that are used in the brewing come through. Then coffee with sugar and cream aromas. Chocolate cake with icing notes grace the nose.

First swigs are of chocolate latte flavors. Then, the creamy stout flavor stands up. Buttery flavor and feel. Baker's chocolate and Kaluha.

Standard stout feel. Not the thickest knife 'n fork feel, but chewy. Feels almost nitro tapped.

Easy drinkability, especially with a reasonable 5.2% ABV and chewy but swiggable feel. I would have another if you offered!

Last swigs: The nose is top notch. This is liquid dessert. I am surprised that this isn't in the top 50, but it has recently been released. Let's see how this grows in popularity. A few swirls gives rise to the head instantly. This is a wickedly good brew that continues to taste sweet to the end! This is one of my favorite beers I have had in a long time. I read an article in Ale Street News that 7 out 10 local drinkers at the OLD DO' Pub prefered this from the bottle than the draught. Picked it up for $35 a case.

Beer is good. Happy barrel beering.

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Photo of cozmohollis
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The body is black with some dark reddish-brown color on the sides.
The head is thick and tan in color. And recedes to a creamy look.
The lace is only minor.

Smell: Scent of toffee, caramel, coffee, oak, and vanilla. A very pleasant smell.

Taste: Dark malts upfront that were roasted and crisp with a little bitterness to them.
In the middle was a sweetness that was balanced but complex. Notes of
chocolate, coffee, caramelized toffee, and vanilla that mix together
perfectly. Ends with a light roasted flavor that is smooth.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth and full body. In the middle it has an acidic crisp feeling when
all of the complex flavors mixes.

Overall: I love everything about this stout. My favorite thing is the complex flavors
and how smooth it is. A very interesting brew. One of my favorite stouts.

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Photo of Ego
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

music: nailbomb

12 oz bottle, pours very nicely with one full finger of head that is a shade darker than off white, opaque and black, the head consists of very fine bubbles and I can see the head being replenished... so the head is retaining nicely, unlike size D boobs on a 50 year old. lacing is also very nice. a good lookin stout.

this is dry hopped with vanilla, so of course it is in the nose and blends expertly with the deep tones here, you can smell the toasty oak right underneath the vanilla, we have coffee notes, powdered cocoa... man alive this rules...

taste etc...
smooth as your girl after a brazilian wax, rich and velvety.. and the flavors.. they all come through, the vanilla taste is nicely pronounced here, the carbonation just barely approaches prickly and carries this brew well. the chocolate and burnt flavors all meld right in your mouth... this one is outstanding.. near perfect. if the flavors were slightly more deep and the beer a touch thicker this would rate 5's across.

worth seeking out for stout fans, and a great session beer for the winter!

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Photo of chodinheaven
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown or black, completely opaque with a nice and fluffy tan head on top that sticks around for a bit but reduces down to a thin sheet with a thick ring around it. Leaves some patchy lacing. Smells of vanilla and cream float up as well as a nice bit of dark roasted malts. Some milk chocolate aromas are present as well, rounding out a pleasantly sweet aroma profile.

Fantastically rounded out in the taste. Soft notes of chocolate come through a rich coffee flavor, creating a mocha like taste that blends really well with the vanilla. Oaky wood flavors are bold, creating a smokiness that balances out the sweet chocolate/vanilla flavors so smoothly and effortlessly, making this one of the most drinkable stouts I've ever had. Barely any alcohol feel, but a sizeable hit of piney hops create a prickliness that help the smokiness and medium-high carbonation level balance everything out. These hops make for a coffee-like bitterness that is perfect for the style as they don't overpower the sweet side of things at all, yet hold their own as a major player in the flavor profile. This is a very complex yet simple brew that finishes clean and a bit dry, with an aftertaste that begs for another sip. I think it just seems simple due to how well everything is balanced out, meshing into a beer that has no off flavors whatsoever and is perfectly enjoyable every sip.

This is easily one of the most drinkable stouts I've ever had, yet it is very complex and delicious. I usually like imperial stouts over regular, but this one is so good that I think I will try to have this in my fridge more often. Definitely pick it up if you see it.

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Photo of Cfahooligan
4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is quite possibly my favorite stout ever. This is the first beer my father and I shared together as adults. He took me to his favorite watering hole it happend to be Old Dominion brewery.

From draft, its near perfect. It has extreme vanilla on the first nose. Inhaling deeper you get a very woody scent straight from the oak barrels it came from. It's so deep brown its near black. Caramely(maybe not a real word) head. Rich in color as in smell. Taste is like pure heaven. It is a real vanilla stout with bourbon hanging on everytaste bud with out killing the vanilla. The vanilla despite its strength, is not over powering as well. Leaving a very smooth stout. So enjoyable you can have it for breakfast of dessert. This is a beer you must seek while in Virginia. You might not be a stout person but it is something you will remember always. That's how important this stout is to me. I remember when Jason and Todd both privileged to have it on draft, had their first taste. It was like watching a kid try something sweet for the first time in their life. It truly is an amazing beer. It is one of the first beers that made me understand why beer is so great. Between that and Arrogant Bastard.

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Photo of deaconoflove
4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ap. Very dark, almost black with thin tan head.
Sm. Malty, bready, vanilla, chocolate with some citris in the back.
Ta. Choco caramel vanilla. Sweet, but not cloyingly so. It's like liquid beer truffles. Faboo!
Mf. Sweet and smooth, but not heavy.
Dr. Wish I had another one handy. Very good.

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Photo of hiikeeba
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was bottled on 6/29/06 at the brewery. It wasn't pastuerized.

The beer pours up nicely. It is black with a smooth tan head. It has a smoky, malty aroma. Starts with a malty, almost chewy flavor; has a velvety mouthfeel and finishes on the back end silghtly sweet.

I love all stouts. Most have a coffee like finish as a result of the roasted malts, but this is an exceptionally smooth beer. It is one of my favorites. My only regret is that I live 1200 miles away from the source!

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Photo of bds1313
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is beer is incredible. From the thick dark coloring to the sweet oak vanilla malt aroma, to the oak infested chocolate vanilla coffee taste. When I tried this beer for the first time it found it's way around to about 10 of my friends and we finished off the bars entire supply of it in one night. Has a lot of drinkability if you like stouts. This beer is definately a keeper.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to aprilluvsbeer for this via trade! I make an occaisional stout and love to try all sorts. Many times, my own variations on a recipee included, I'm better off sticking with favorites.

This brew is the definition of tasty sbulime stout! Wows without needing to hit you over the head with any one flavor.

A - Rich ruby black with a creamy light tan head

S -Rich malts, oak, vanilla, chocolate, coffee and toffee.

T - like it smells but velvety smooth and very well balance. Almost soft if that makes any sense.

M - very smooth and creamy .

D - goes down very easy.

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Photo of jaluria
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a good beer in bottled form, but exceptional on-tap.
Appeared an opaque, viscous black color with a soft, tan colored head that didn't remain but left behind some nice lacing. Aromas of wood, alcohol, vanilla, and roasted sugar seemed to come out very nicely. The taste was just an explosion of sweetness with a roasted/smoky character upfront and a honey & vanilla finish. The flavors of this beer on-tap are much more prominent and aggressive than in the bottled verison which is much much more subtle and gentle. The dominating flavors work very well together and generate a lingering sweetness that feels more like root beer or an ice cream float than a stout. I felt my tongue coated after every sip with an almost bready/chewy texture. So rich and so smooth I could have this all day, though eventually the sweetness might rot my teeth.

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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 678 ratings.