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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.

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

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Woody flavored and pitch black. I would call this a typical stout which does everything right but it is too good to be labeled "typical". The mouth and nose follow a main trail of malt dark chocolate. Side paths lead to a coffee flavor. Noticeably in the back ground there is a woody flavor? The result of the Oak barrel? I do not know but wouldn't be surprised if it were. The finish is smooth not crisp or dry at all.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 00:23:31 | More by Theheroguy
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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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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown color with a decent tan head and a little lacing

S-dark malt, caramel, coffee, vanilla

T-dark roasted malt, coffee, caramel, vanilla, some bitterness on the finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-a decent stout with nice flavor, good value

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 23:58:37 | More by MDDMD
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Rons35

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 00:15:11 | More by Rons35
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a fluffy tan head that settles down slowly to a creamy band. Nicely sticky lacing. Roasty aroma; hints of chocolate and coffee; toffee and subtle vanilla. Mild woodiness.

The vanilla is much more prominent in the flavor; fairly sweet, with toffee, brown sugar, and caramel notes. Some roasty espresso and charred flavors; moderate bitterness. Again the oak note is fairly mild.

This is not an imperial stout and while it has pretty big flavors the body is medium and the carbonation is definitely on the high side. There's just a little bit of stickiness but the overall feel is almost prickly. As I work my way through the glass it seems to get thinner and a bit watery in terms of the intensity of the flavors rather than the other way around. Doesn't really ever open up and winds up not being particularly complex. Still, a tasty brew for vanilla fans and an inexpensive buy to boot.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 05:31:19 | More by tobelerone
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Treebs

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a Founders tulip. Bottled 03/14/12. Big thanks to Holland for the extra.

A: Pours a normal black color with a quick dissolving tan head. It settles to a thin ring and leaves some small splotches of lace.

S: Toasted malts, a little chocolate with a touch of oak in the background. The vanilla bean is faint, but you catch a whiff of the sweetness once the glass warms.

T: Bakers chocolate, sharp cocoa some toasted malts and smooth oak make up the main components of the taste. It's mildly sweet, but there really isn't any noticeable vanilla bean flavors.

M: A little thin with some above average carbonation. A little to prickly for me. I would have liked a little carbonation due to the thinness.

O: The taste and nose were solid, but nothing special. The only detractor was the thin body and prickly carb, but for 6.10% you really can't expect a thick body.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 00:01:04 | More by Treebs
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-very dark brown with a thin tab head

S-dark roasted chocolate. Burnt wood. Vanilla beans. Slightly smokey. Good smell. Medium strength. 

T-comes in with a decent taste of dark roasted chocolate, burnt oak, and quite a bit of bitterness. It's a decent taste with a bit of plastic bitterness to it. It definitely has some vanilla to it. Good matching after-taste with a but of smoke to it. 

M-medium creamy carbonation with a semi-dry finish

O-giving this a 5 because it's got to be the best stout I've had for this price. It has a decent complexity to it seen in some of te higher end aged stouts. It's missing a lot of robustness and serious flavor, but hey that doesn't bother me knowing how cheap I got this. 

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 04:03:50 | More by AdamBear
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MarcatGSB

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A fellow beer geek stopped in The Fitz and handed this puppy over. Thanks Mike! Poured from 12 oz. bottle, bottled date 02/12/2012 into Kuhnhenn tulip.

Look: Pours a jet black with a large frothy mocha colored head. Very persistent and lovely. Some minimal lacing remains on the edge of the glass, but it is a very nice looking beer.

Nose: Immediate reaction is wow, there is some oak there. Nice roasted character coming forward. Some notes of coffee and smoke.

Taste: The wood hits me right away, give way to some real burnt flavors and chocolate. A nice mixture of oak, chocolate, malt, and then a touch of vanilla at the end.

Mouth: Rather thin, but hovering around 6%, what do I expect. It's a real dry stout, which leaves my mouth wanting more.

Drink and overall: Hey, pretty solid. I have to say. I like what they have done with this thin(ner) bodied stout. The addition of oak chips and vanilla gave it some real depth, but it wasn't too heavy, or cloying and I could definitely enjoy a few of these in one sitting. Cheers to Dominion, I will seek out more of your brews!

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 03:35:43 | More by MarcatGSB
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vfgccp

New York

1.45/5  rDev -63.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A - Not a bad looking stout. Deep black cherry body with cranberry highlights. Fine khaki head with nice lace and retention.

S - A potato vinegar off-note ruins the nose, but there's a layer of caramel molasses and gingerbread beneath the funk.

T - Unfortunately the vinegar carries through to the the flavor profile. Astringent vinegar, raisin, and black molasses. The vinegar lingers deep into the aftertaste.

M - medium light body.

O - I bought this bottle at a wegmans, and I'm not sure if anyone else had quality problems with the bottles they bought from there but I wouldn't recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 20:17:16 | More by vfgccp
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UCLABrewN84

California

2.7/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared at drewone’s tasting.

Bottled on 1/27/12.

Pours a clear dark brown with a tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, vanilla bean, and slight cocoa. Taste is the same with a woody aftertaste. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with only a slightly crisp and thin bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor stout with some mediocre aromas and flavors and a bad mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 01:06:31 | More by UCLABrewN84
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cavedave

New York

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Evan, thanks again for these.

Dark brown, opaque with a tight knit finger of light brown lather.

Smell is of roasty malts. Some dark caramel, light peaty note, some coffee, and a hint of bitter chocolate. As I drink I get occasional whiffs of milk chocolate too. Very subdued aroma, though.

Mmm, delectable taste. Dark sweet starts things off, some char kicks in , just the right touch of it, espresso notes, hints of bitter chocolate. End of sip features the sweet cresting into a really tasty blast of the roasty and hop bitter notes. Didn't really get any oak or vanilla.

Quite easy drinking, almost like a milk stout, low carb., clean flavors, excellent finish, and decent complexity.

Really surprised by this one. I love regional beers I have never tried that rock, this one does. You'll love it.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 22:32:41 | More by cavedave
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andrewjraab

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this in my beer of the month club that I received as a Christmas present from my wife...

It pours a deep black and is thick as hell. Two fingers of brownish head and quickly dissipates to a thing later that remains. Smells - oak, caramel, vanilla, coffee - smells amazing. The taste matches the smell - a nice and complex flavor profile from start to finish. Creamy malt profile up front balanced with a bitter finish. This is a well crafted stout and that is very complex. You need to try this.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 02:45:52 | More by andrewjraab
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dtivp

West Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with amber hues, half of a finger foamy tan head, fades quickly to a thin spotty cap with light lacing.

Aroma of vanilla, smoke, oak and roasted malt.

Taste starts a little sweet with vanilla then the oak, malt and some smoke hits the palate. The oak and smoke become more dominate as the beer warms.

Mouth Feel is medium leaning light body with light carbonation, a little thin, smooth with a slight oak after taste.

Overall a good stout, needs a little more body, however, I enjoyed it a lot more as it warmed.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 02:10:00 | More by dtivp
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Holland

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a nice very dark black color with a slight brown on the edges. Good sized head with lacing that stays to cover the glass for a while. Does not look very thick, but it's not a huge stout.

S: vanilla, wood, sweetness, caramel, and some roasted and smokey malt

T: initially dominated by the vanilla and sweetness, it changes to to a little more brown sugar, oak, and some earthy flavor. Smoke flavor comes out when it warms.

M: I want a thicker stout, but this is good in carbonation and has around a medium body.

O: good beer overall, especially with the complexity over time. It changes even more as it warms. For $10 per 6 pack, you can't miss on this.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 01:53:19 | More by Holland
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to duff27 for the bottle share. Thanks Chris!

reviewed from notes 5/10/12.

Vintage 2010 poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with a small tan head. Nice lacing with head that drops to a ring around the beer glass.

Smell: Oddly enough salty peanuts; its unmistakeable. Also hints of oak, roast, vanilla, and lite smoke. Lots of things to pick out of this nose.

Taste: Vanilla and oak upfront. Mild roasty and bitter notes. Little bit nutty and salty in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin for a barrel aged stout. low end of a medium bodied beer with low carbonation. No much heat or booziness found in this brew.

Overall: Solid Ba Imperial Stout that is almost on the borders of being a brown ale with the nuttiness and salty peanut notes in the nose/taste of the brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 08:38:07 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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Duff27

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle

Initially head is short lived, leaves collar. Nice alcohol legs.

Oaky nose, some vanilla but mostly smells of a tree!

Pretty complex stout here. Vanilla dominates but doesn't overpower. Some oak, "nuttiness".

Mouthfeel is a little thin, kind of distracting. Lower end of spectrum of carbonation due to age I'm guessing.

Slightly oxidized but tasty none the less. Loved the vanilla aspect of this one, pleasant surprise. Thanks mikeyv35.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 01:04:24 | More by Duff27
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siege06nd

Virginia

2.65/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Laughably lame description of this on the bottle. Anyways...

A. Surprise, it pours black. Very black. With a half finger of light brown head. Lacing is pretty good and head is pretty tightly beaded. Looks really good.

S. Not much. Some mild vanilla and the tiniest hint of chocolate.

T. Some thin vanilla and chocolate. Lots of graininess. A weak sweetness is the dominant note. Seriously, Dominion?

M. Pretty highly carbed for style. Pretty flabby overall.

O. Singularly underwhelming in almost every way. This beer is thin, mostly flavorless, and is way too watery for a robust stout aged with vanilla and oak chips. I wasn't expecting much from Dominion, but I've definitely had better. Woof.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 22:45:28 | More by siege06nd
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TheHopHeadGirl

District of Columbia

3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Label says dry hopped with vanilla but all I taste is smokey beer that is as dark as a Guiness. It has a boring label that's cream in color with a brown botlle. If you are into a smokey sharp stout this is a great beer for you. This is smokey whiskey and water.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 04:45:58 | More by TheHopHeadGirl
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AtrumAnimus

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 22:33:01 | More by AtrumAnimus
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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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MadScientist

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A:
Excellent clarity with a deep ruby/garnet color and a medium tan head of fine bubbles that dissipates leaving just after a ring around the edge of the glass after about a minute.

S:
The aroma is a bit faint but what is there shows the oak and vanilla with aromas of vanilla, toffee and some carmel along with the roasted malt character an American stout. There is some diacetyl which is probably from the oak.

T:
Again the vanilla and oak are upfront with flavors of vanilla, toffee and cocoa initially. A pleasant moderate amount of coffee flavor in the middle and finish. There is a little sweetness in the beginning and middle while it eventually progresses to a moderately dry finish. Faint, nondescript hops flavors of citrus with a descent amount of bitterness thought out.

M:
The light to medium-light body is too thin for an American stout. The moderately high carbonation is appropriate and the bit of astringency probably results from the hops/malt bitternes and the oak aging.

O:
The oak and vanilla defiantly come through and are nicely balanced in a very solid beer but I'd like stronger aromas in the nose, more body and better head retention.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 00:17:11 | More by MadScientist
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottles 1/23/12. Poured into chalice. Deep brown; almost black. Deep tan thin head. Gone quickly, but this rim remains. Smell is very mild...roasted malts with a hint of vanilla. Taste is of roasted malts and vanilla. A bit of oakey/wood hits the palate with a sweet milky taste. The more it warms up, the more vanilla comes out in the flavor. A bit bitter finish, but works well with the sweet vanilla. Overall, a really great stout, and as a fan of vanilla brews, this is as vanilla as I ever had.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 22:58:55 | More by DrinkSlurm
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Ruds

United Kingdom (England)

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 355 ml bottle into a snifter glass to a jet black colour (shades of brown around the edge of the glass when held to the light) and with a smallish tan head.

On the nose roasted malts, a hint of vanilla, a little coffee but not getting any kind of oak or wood hit which I was expecting!

Flavour wise I get roasted malts, vanilla, a little mix of chocolate and coffee, but again no hint of the oak for me. Good flavours though so not a major detraction for me!

Mouthfeel was excellent, creamy smooth and very drinkable, medium in body and limited carbonation.

Overall a good stout, but just not getting the 'oak' that I Was expecting!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 15:20:53 | More by Ruds
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welldigger888

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured an inky opaque with a nice tan head that laced well.

Seems a bit muted with a roast malt dominence.

Roasty coffee vanilla bean goodness. A hair washed out, but good non the less.

Seems a bit thin and a shade watery, that said I like it enough to buy this again.

I suggest playing The Black Crowes w/ Jimmy Page LOUDLY while consuming this.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 02:38:41 | More by welldigger888
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NoLeafClover44

Delaware

3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into standard pint.

A - Pours an opaque dark brown color with a two finger head that lasts for a while. Leaves a nice sticky lacing.

S - Aromas are mild. Some coffee, skim milk, and roasted barley. I really don't get any of the vanilla and only the slightest amount of oak.

T - The flavor is toasty, and I start to pick up some sweet vanilla as it warms. The flavors, like the aroma, are subdued.

M - Good carbonation and a medium feel.

O - The aroma and flavors are not very powerful, but it isn't bad. I didn't know anything about this beer or brewery but I wasn't overwhelmed. The price was right, though, so I would rate the value as strong.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 04:14:56 | More by NoLeafClover44
Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,114 ratings.