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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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far333

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a 22-ounce mug. Dark chestnut colored with a dark beige dimpled head that sinks quickly but leaves a thin cap atop.

Aroma of oak and smoke, plus cocoa and a bit of brown sugar riding beneath.

Flavors of cocoa, molasses, and smokey charred bark. Definitely noticeable oak flavors throughout the gulp. Dark chocolate lingers.

Mouthfeel is tangy and tannic, puckering the cheeks slightly. The oak barreling seems to impart a certain flavor and dry mouthfeel that is just shy of detracting from the experience.

Pretty drinkable, but could be more complex and rely on the oak less.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2007 17:21:09 | More by far333
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shivtim

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served up on tap, came cascading. Beautiful. It's deep ruby brown, with a giant foamy tan head that settles into place. The nose is sweet toasted malts and creamy coffee. Taste is smoky malts with hints of earthy fruits and sweet white vanilla frosting on the end. Mouthfeel is good and full. Drinkability is up there. Great brew.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2007 02:52:29 | More by shivtim
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cro250klr

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice coffee black look with a soft tan head.

S - Coffee, chocolate, vanilla. Not the strongest aromas that I've ever experienced.

T - Again, the coffee, chocholate and vanilla stand out. I was a bit let down by the lack of oakiness. It is there, but not as strong as I was anticipating.

M - Soft and smooth. Lightly carbonated.

D - I can do a bunch of these. The flavors meld together well and one doesn't overpower the other. The lighter ABV allows you to have a few. Could use a bit more oak flavor but I'd still go for this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2007 12:56:46 | More by cro250klr
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a mostly opaque black with some brown showing aroune the edges. No head and no lacing. The smell is mostly lightly scented with vanilla and a touch of grain. The flavor is very smooth and light with some light roastiness and detectable vanilla, but not a lot more going on. Very, very smooth mouthfeel- you could just suck this down like a glass of milk. Not the most interesting stout in the world, but refreshing for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2007 22:42:42 | More by Georgiabeer
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Illinick

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mad Mex-Monroeville
A: Very dark, opqaue brown that displays mahogany and ruby-ish colors when held to light. Small head that shrinks quickly and remains as a semi-sticky ring, milk chocolate in color. Some decent lacing, but nothing to right home about.
S: Faint at times, but when a good whiff is had it displays scents of caramel, slight oak, a roasted, almost charred vanilla bean smell, and some well rounded bourbon scents. A sweet smelling brew that has a charred oak back bone.
T: Delicious and complex. Very little carbonation and sweet flavors of caramel, oak and roasted malts up front with sweet vanilla and bourbon flavors ending the sip. The bourbon flavors are not harsh, but are on the sweet side pairing nicely with the definate vanilla. A nice off-set to the charred oaky flavors up front. A nice flavor profile.
MF: Chewy and medium.
Overall: A delicious brew that exhibits a complex flavor profile. Nicely done carbonation. If the appearance were a little better this one would be tops. The flavor is top notch nonetheless. Definately worth a try and at the ABV, a few can be had.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2006 18:09:22 | More by Illinick
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jokelahoma

Missouri

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

Has the good fortune of trying this one at the brewpub in Virginia.

Glass is filled with a not quite opaque, deep, deep black liquid, with garnet around the edges. Deep khaki colored head doesn't stand extremely tall, but what little is here lasts a good while.

The aroma is understated wood. In fact, this smells exactly like ... wait for it ... a stout from a wood barrel. Go figure. There are toasty, spicy, almost cedary overtones to this. There's a little sweetness to the smell as well. I thought I had detected diacetyl on one sniff, but if it was there it ran away, as I could never find it again. Just the smell of a good English style sweet stout.

The taste is also quite woody, perhaps more so than any other wood aged beer I've tried. It's almost spicy from the wood, in fact. Even the aftertaste seems more akin to a pepper beer than to a wood aged one. There's little else to give away that this is a stout other than a very mild roastiness at the very end of the aftertaste, once the pepper flavors have died down. This isn't terribly complex, between the spicy wood and barely perceptable roast malt flavors, but it is good for the sweet stout style.

The body is thin, more like a porter than a stout, really. It isn't bad, but it could be more substantial.

This was interesting, to say the least. The beer really picked up the wood flavors, almost to the point of overkill. Again, it isn't a bad beer by any means. But it's not something I'd want to order over and over, either. Good for what it is, and worth at least a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2006 00:24:44 | More by jokelahoma
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this brew from a nitro-tap, wile traveling in Arlington,VA. It’s an incredibly black liquid with a unremarkable nitro-induced head. The aroma is of highly roasted barley mingled with a subtler smoke quality. There’s also a bit of chocolate, wood, and malt in the smell. I’d expected the aromas to be a little more intense, but their somewhat faint. The taste has an initial modest sweetness, but quickly dries out in the mid-taste. Nice bitterness in the finish. The medium fullness and very smooth (nitrogen) body make this very drinkable. All in all, this one’s not bad.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-22-2006 10:00:52 | More by Suds
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Foxman

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It came to me a fundamentally lightless black, velvety and dense, with a finger of light brown head that lingered at the edges for some time. Beads of lacing lay strewn across the inside of the glass.

The aroma was not as hefty as anticipated, but there was enough to denote roasted, burnt malt, coffee, black cherry, some smoky oak, and dark berries. On the fade, there's a mellow measure of vanilla.

Upon sipping, the flavor was also a touch thin at first, but it promptly sorted itself to bring charred malt to the fore, followed by a smoked whiskey wood combo along with some dark coffee bitterness and earthy cherry presence. A mild hop character emerged, softly floral and capably bitter on the downside. The finish was some residual roasted malt bite along with lingering hops bitterness, fading soon to a dry memory. After a brief scare, the flavor filled out to a full, down-to-earth bit of comfort.

Just short of medium bodied, it has a creamy feel on the palate that gives a nice counter to the earthy bitterness that rides in.

While not especially assertive, at least initially, it is still a very enjoyable, classy stout. The smokiness is kept tame but capable, and that's a pleasing touch in my mind. As it rounds out, the flavor is full and crisp in its way. The manageable ABV and rather refreshing nature make this nicely drinkable, with multiple indulgences virtually guaranteed. I'm glad I got the chance to try, and now I'm looking forward to my next opportunity.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2006 13:49:11 | More by Foxman
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mcallister

Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep dark brown nearing black liquid. No light penetrates any crevice of this one. Thick tan head with great retention, with sticky lacing.

Big vanilla, mocha, oak, black cherry, and roasty malt in the nose.

Rich creamy mouthfeel, about as close to a milkshake withough ice cream as you can get.

A coffee component comes into play in the taste. Like a latte, heavy cream, choclate covered cherry, good wood integration, and a finish of at least 45 seconds. Drinkable as hell if not a tad to sweet.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2006 18:53:50 | More by mcallister
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WonderWoman

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown with a thin head.
Smelt of smoky malt and molasses
Tasted smoky and oaky with hints of bitter grape seeds. It finished with a lacquer after taste.
The mouth feel was smooth and bubbly
I felt this was an ok blended stout. Not the best and certainly not the worst.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2006 01:19:16 | More by WonderWoman
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer came a phenomenally dark brown with a collar of thin, head.

Smelled like and smoky, much like a porter, with a slight bit of blueberries.

Tasted of very dry and clean with currants, red grapes and blueberries. This then picks up some dark chocolate and finishes with an awesome smoky, oaky blend that lingers long into the finish.

The mouth feel is light and extremely carbonated.

This a very light and easy beer for the style with a just a fantastic smoke/oak blend.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2006 13:53:56 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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dedrinker

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my favorite beers. Appearance? Like most Dry Stouts, but then the aromas of vanilla and rum, the creamy mouthfeel (nitro) and flavors of dry roast layered with vanilla, and that rummy sweet bourbon note befuddle my brain, and I become silent; secretly hating everyone else in the room that doesn't have one in front of them. The bottled and keg version for sale outside the brewery is purely criminal - no good.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-20-2006 15:44:33 | More by dedrinker
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sinistrsam

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, where the hell have I been? Under a rock evidently.
Picked this out of many brews on tap at Mad Mex in Pittsburgh. Poured a wonderful obsideon with a little light getting through. Thick foamy tean head.
I recenetly posted a rating where I compare an aroma to a chocolate malt. Where heres yet another. Are American microbreweries starting to impliment this taste variety? If they are its been too long coming. Damn this was a good aroma. Chocolate and cream, mild caramel and sweet malts, mild hops, alcohol. Not much coffee.
The taste was much of the same, with a great complexity and balance between sweet and bitter tastes, chocolate and sweet cream. The motufeel was very good as well, a sweetness and creamy smoothness balanced by alcohol and mild bitterness. Wonderful and wonderfully drinkable too. Hats off to Old Dominion.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2006 21:13:34 | More by sinistrsam
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NolanGTI

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pretty solid Irish Stout. Pours dark as night with a thin head that dissipated quickly. The nose gives off vanilla, roasted malt, and a hint of coffee. Tasted solid, but not spectacular. Leaves a little to be desired in the mouth, almost slightly undercarbonated even for the style.

Overall a very drinkable Stout with some interesting flavors that make this a worthwhile try.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2006 17:08:10 | More by NolanGTI
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doubleipa

Georgia

4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised to see this on the menu at Summits in Sandy Springs. Personally, I really love the oak/bourbon style of stouts. The aroma was very oaky, but not overpowering. Thhis was very easy to drink; very creamy with minimal carbonation. I hope that I can find some of this in a bottle. I could drink a lot of these on a cold winter day.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2006 14:37:44 | More by doubleipa
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jaluria

Connecticut

4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2006 14:53:36 | More by jaluria
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2006 15:34:29 | More by TurdFurgison
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PeatReek

California

3.03/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

(Sure looked like a nitro pour, not 100% sure).

Appearance: what can you say about a stout? The beer is black, the head is tan and sticks around a while.

Aroma: dominated by oaky sweetness... rum or bourbon? Definitely one or the other.

Taste: again overwhelmed by oak and sugar, now I'm willing to commit to calling it rum. In fact now that it occurred to me, I'm having trouble tasting anything but rum. Sure there's some roast flavor somewhere in there, but it's taking a back seat to the oak flavor for sure.

Mouthfeel: Definitely full-bodied and creamy like a nitro stout should be. tha'ts nice at least.

Overall, it was hard to score this stout because the middle scores imply "average," which this wasn't. But the rummy oak flavor kind of clobbered everything else, and I couldn't really give it many more points on that account.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-27-2005 22:50:38 | More by PeatReek
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

German-style refillable growler filled at the brewpub.

First pint glass pours with a frothy 1/2" mocha head, which lasted faded pretty quick down to an uneven layer of bubbles, but laced beautifully. Opaque dark brown/black brew, with roasty dark grains and vanilla barrel filling the nose. Taste starts with sweet chocolatey coffee, mellows with vanilla notes, and closes with a slight vinous character. Mouthfeel and drinkability are very nice. Always a pleasure to have the chance to revisit this brew.

Serving type: growler

07-10-2005 01:12:47 | More by ppoitras
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Dogbrick

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at St. James Tavern. This beer is a deep dark brown/black with a ruby halo and a thick beige head. Thick lacing as well. Great aroma of roasted coffee/mocha, chocolate and malt. Creamy body with a nice amount of coffee, vanilla and chocolate malt in the flavor, a tad more enjoyable than the bottled version. The finish is velvety smooth and has a smokey character along with some hops. Overall this is a pretty good Stout, easy to drink and very tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2005 14:26:27 | More by Dogbrick
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soulfly967

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Smokin' Joe's in the Soutside of Pittsburgh.

Poured a nice dark color with thick creamy browish head that lasted to the very end. The smell was of vanilla, roasted malts, and some caramel. The taste was supurb. A wonderfuld blending of vanilla and woody flavors from the oak fade into a nice malty balance near the end. The mouthfeel was thick and creamy, just the way I like 'em! I would have to say that this is very drinkable. I enjoyed several that night. Very good beer.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-30-2005 19:51:29 | More by soulfly967
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kegerator

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

dark in color, basically black with a nice 1 inch creamy off white/tan head that showed decent retention.
smell was roasty malts with hints of chocolate and caramel.
taste was sweet malt and caramel with hints of bitter chocolate
the mouthfeel was quite silky yet light in body. alomst too light to me.
all in all a very nice stout.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2005 19:09:00 | More by kegerator
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karst

Missouri

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

Served by circa.1750's bar maid at Shield's Tavern Williamsburg, Va. brewed in nearby Hampton Roads Va St. George Brewery. Very very dark color its head quickly becomming a light brown halo at edge of glass with a little matrix of lace. Complex aroma of roasted malts vanilla, chocolate and oaky Bourbon barrel. Tasted malt and burned barley (coffee?) A Bitter oak tannin finish that my son disliked but I found interesting. Some of this strong finish was off set by its heavy mouth feel. Nice body. At 5% ABV it would take several pints to turn you into a "Gigglenna" You will have a great time with this Stout.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2005 16:57:05 | More by karst
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with just a ring of light brown for the head. Leaves scattered lacing. The aroma is oaky, malty, and bourbony. I get hints of vanilla as well. Very nice aroma. The flavor is malty and chocolatey with the oaky, bourbon flavors coming out in the back. It has a smooth creaminess throughout. This is a top notch brew shared by StuBob.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2004 03:23:22 | More by BeerBuilder
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farHillsBrewer

Maryland

4.53/5  rDev +15%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-02-2004 01:42:10 | More by farHillsBrewer
Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,114 ratings.