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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

1,112 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1112
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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Jarod

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came to me in traditional pint glass, on the warm side; color was pitch black in the center and became more brown/black towards the edges and cocoa brown on the very edge, no light passed through. There was light to barley any carbonation noticeable. The head that was formed was creamy, thick and sticky but fell fairly fast to a light skim and a ring on the edges, the color was a medium cocoa powder brown, with some highlights and dark points across the surface. There was some sticky lace throughout the glass, more prominent in the beginning then towards the end. Typical stout characteristics. The aromas that came from the glass were of caramels, vanilla bean, some cocoa powder oak wood, toffee, some dark malts, a light coffee at times, and bourbon notes throughout, vanilla and bourbon seemed to become alittle more pronounced as it warmed and near the last sip. The tastes were more complex then the aromas. Tastes of roasted malts, and oak were the first flavors that hit my buds along with a slight bitter coffee, then some sweet malts, vanilla bean, caramel, toffee, chocolates, more oak wood, and warming notes of bourbon dominated the rest of the taste, and ended more with a pronounced bourbon flavor and the other flavors seemed step to the rear, especially as it warmed. Aftertaste was on the roasted malt, alcohol side but not real lasting. Body was on the full side especially as it warmed. Decently complex seemed to became more complex as it sat. A good beer and nice and warming. One of the better beers that is being done with oak barrels, barrel aging, etc. I have this beer in 12oz. bottle and look forward to comparing it with the nitro version.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-07-2004 10:57:59 | More by Jarod
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bruachan

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DOBS pours an opaque black with no light shining through whatsoever. the pour i got had no head either. i suspect the bartender was at fault. a coffee roastiness quickly appears, in aroma and tasting. but then the chocolate kicks in. the beer actually tastes like someone has squirted hershey's chocolate syrup in it; reminded me of young's double chocolate stout. i enjoyed this, but my tastebuds would get a warped idea of what beer tastes like if i drank DOBS too much. at only 5.2% however, anyone who was very fond of the beer could put a few down without falling off their bar stool.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2004 14:08:49 | More by bruachan
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JISurfer

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is simply the best Stout I have ever put in my mouth! The head was nice and thick, and lasted the whole drink. The color was a beautiful dark black, just the way I like's 'em. The smell was awesome! It had abunch of things going on at once. First had a smell of butterscotch, then was vanilla, then malty with a tinge of alcohol. The taste was similar, but was more on the butterscotch/vanilla malt taste, with a slight hint of the hops. The drinkability on this one is way over a 5. It's a dark and heavy beer, but at the same time, it's not too filling, so you can put back quite a few of them.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2004 05:01:19 | More by JISurfer
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99bottles

Pennsylvania

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

Apperance: Served on-tap this beer is a deep brown with slight hints of red, meaning that it is somewhat lighter in color than say, a Guinness. Unfortuantely, my first came without a head, but my second had a nice 1/2" of fizzy tan that quickly subsided to thin lace.

Smell: Nothing too crazy here. A nice solid roasted malt smell dominates with some light cherry and vanilla scents.

Taste: A very good stout, all in all. This is very smooth and has nice light chocolate and espresso tastes that initally spring foth and then subside to allow an oaky, vanilla, cream soda finish to creep in and linger. You can tell this has been aged in oak, as there is a very wooden taste in the end, but it is in no way overpowering and perhaps even a little understated. The vanilla taste gets to be a bit much after a couple of these, but the nicely rounded character isn't really affected in a way that would deter me from buying this again. Just a nice solid stout.

Mouthfeel: Soft and approachable, this has very low carbonation even for a stout and a somewhat thin body. Very easily drank.

Drinkability: This is good. The beer is immensely drinkable, and the taste is so smooth it's like swallowing a silk hankerchief. The light mouthfeel make this an ideal session stout and the ABV is low enough to put them away easily. If this were as available as Guinness, I'd make the switch for my new fallback stout. AS a beer it's not earth shattering, but it is good.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2004 01:34:17 | More by 99bottles
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motleybrew

New York

4.88/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On a tour of the OD brewery, I was lucky enough to encounter this big beer on a nitro tap. it is fabulous. Don't fall for imitations that come out of a bottle, there is nothing like this baby on tap and nitro. It is smooth and creamy like a guiness, but a slight bit more seductive on the tongue, a bit less scorched, and a tang more vanilla. Dark as pitch, I didn't even try to see through...a frothy, but contained head which didn't disappear no matter how long i waited. I couldn't stop drinking it...um, and neither could the 6 odd other people with me -- or the sales guy that brought us on the tour.

Bottles (I've had it) just don't do justice to this beer. i could rate it as one of the all time best darks...It is a reason for not attempting a dark homebrew unless I get myself a nitro tap. it is worth the trip...400+ miles from here.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-22-2004 05:04:41 | More by motleybrew
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garthwaite

Virginia

4.78/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This masterpiece pours nearly black with a tan bubbly head that lasts the entire pint. All kinds of subtle scents to pick up - deep earthy cocoa, roasted malt, honey, oak, & of course - vanilla. This stout tastes ridiculously good. Perfect blend of rich & fantastic chocolate malts with millions of complexities from delicate vanilla to roasted oak with hints of bourbon & subtle tobacco in between. This brew is full-bodied with a silky smooth milk-like feel. The finish is earthy with a perfect touch of bourbon. Simply spectacular.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2004 17:09:42 | More by garthwaite
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pheurton

Pennsylvania

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

came out of the tap thick and black, with a tan head that managed to leave the thinnest layer on top of the beer the whole time. deep roasted barley aroma mixed with charred oak and vanilla. soft carbonation makes for a very smooth and sturdy body. very complex flavors of milk chocolate, espresso, and a campfire smokiness are evident...unique to say the least. finishes with a touch of herbal hopiness and lingering burnt flavor.

quite a unique and complex stout, this one impressed me. my first beer from old dominion, i'll be seeking others out for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2004 17:01:03 | More by pheurton
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JimsArcade

Pennsylvania

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

From a growler, Dominion Oak Barrel Stout pours with minimal dark brown foam into a pint glass. The foam is rather coarse and sticks to the sides of the glass. Based on appearance alone, this looks to be a bold brew.

Bourbon (with its characteristic sensation of alcohol) and coffee dominate the nose. Bringing the aroma through to the mouth heightens the alcohol’s presence.

Like the nose, the first sip is almost all bourbon and coffee. Roasted malts come to play as the beer warms. As the beer warms toward the finish, this stout tastes more like a liquor/beer mixture than a pure beer. It’s unusual but pleasing.

This is a very fine beer. While I have difficulty treating it like a pure stout (it tastes more like an imperial stout, and given the aging process it would be better classified as a hybrid), I would recommend it to anyone who wants to try something quite unique.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2004 03:29:05 | More by JimsArcade
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Edwin

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My new favorite beer. This is an awesome brew and absolutely MUST be tried.

Appearance - Pours out a black body with a delicious loking tan head. Looks aren't everything, so I was, of course, cynical, but it does look beautiful.

Smell - A wonderful mix of nuts, chocolate, grains, and just plain beer goodness.

Taste - Incredible. Nutty, chocolaty, grainy, sweet, but not overly. An explosion of a stout that completely blew me away. I am a stout lover, but this one really broke the mold and shines through.

Mouthfeel - Just like any micro stout...smooth as a baby's ass.

Drinkability - I can say this is one beer that makes me drop anchor. I was trying to order something different every beer and had to keep ordering these. An excellent beer to drink for an evening.

Overall - Get this beer. It's truly a testament to stouts.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2004 23:03:50 | More by Edwin
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

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

On tap poured into a pint glass. It pours a jet black color with two fingers of dark tan foam. There is lots and lots of lace rings left down the sides of the glass. The smell is full of roasted malt, coffee, and a hint of oak. The taste is full of mocha, burnt malt, and molasses. A hint of hops on the finish. The body is a little watery, yet very smooth. The drinkability is fantastic. An awesome stout!

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2004 15:51:46 | More by SheepNutz
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AndIWantYou

Washington

4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2004 02:55:45 | More by AndIWantYou
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TinusTime

Virginia

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

Pours a deep black with just hints of chestnut brown. Nice inch high head that did settle quickly into just a patch of khaki on top. Aromas of Chocolate, butter, vanilla and caramel. Taste was nice very chocolatey. For a moment I thought the bartender had poured me a Rogue Chocolate Stout. Hints of the Bourbon barrell finally seep in at the finish. Drinks smooth as silk with nice light carbonation leaving the tongue feeling clean and not heavy. A very very drinkable stout although I was a bit surprised by the amount of chocolate flavour in the stout.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2004 14:58:57 | More by TinusTime
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

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

Wow, indeed. This is a very nice stout from a brewery that I am sad to say I know very little about. The brew tapped out an attractive deep and rich color, although the thickness is not what I had hoped. The head was present, deep and dark brown, but vanished in time. This brew offers everything a good stout should be. The roasted maltiness combined with some hints of bittersweet or semisweet chocolate really hit the spot. This is one highly drinkable brew.

gds

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2004 13:13:53 | More by goindownsouth
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Hex92

Virginia

2.23/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

The bartender said it had a hint of vanilla. It looked like a good beer. Nice color and head. BUT this was an overpowering flavor of vanilla. The tap handle said oak barrel stout, but it should have read vanilla flavored beer. Not good. I guess it would be appealing to women and those who love the vanilla, but when you put a beer to your lips and expect to taste beer and get this...Well lets just say I was not impressed. I wouldn't order this again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2004 03:31:10 | More by Hex92
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

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

The beer arrived at the table black with a ruby highlight. The head was brown, two finger high, and clung to the glass like it's life depended upon it.

The aroma has chocolate, and a sweet aroma like cream. Also present is an oaky vanilla aroma and a slight roasty aroma.

The flavor is vanilla with an ever so slight sourness. The flavor has chocolate with a light creamy texture and a little bitterness in the back.

The finish is off dry and chocolate with a restrained bitterness. The body is medium and a little light. It goes down easy and smooth.

I like the beer, but it isn't a good as other stouts I have had.

On tap at J. Brian's Taproom in Fredericksburg.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2004 01:47:52 | More by GCBrewingCo
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Hefe

Maryland

4.9/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on tap at RFD in DC on 1/17/04

Appearance: Inky black with a quickly dissapating tan head.

Smell: Heavenly, with dark roasted chocolate malt, plum, vanilla and a hop punch at the end.

Taste: Echoes the nose, with the addition of coffee/mocha tones as well as sweet bourbon and hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full and creamy, with very fine carbonation.

Drinkability: A little too rich for session drinking but thats not what this was meant for anyway. This is meant for dinner or afterwards.

As near to a perfect brew as I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2004 01:01:02 | More by Hefe
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ManekiNeko

Virginia

4.9/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from a growler purchased at the brewery less than 24 hours ago. The brewery uses a slow-pour system on this beer.

Appearance: Black with some dark reddish brown highlights. A nice and thick dark tan head, about 3/4" tall. Head eventually recedes to a film after two minutes, but some great lacing is left on the sides of the glass. Wowee!

Smell: A stout you actually want to spend some time sniffing, which, in my experience, is kind of a rarity. Strong vanilla, butterscotch, and cocoa smells. Some oak and oatmeal notes as well.

Taste: A splash of vanilla followed by bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts. Butterscotch, cocoa, and bourbon flavors, too. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Mighty tasty and slightly different from a standard stout.

Mouthfeel: Substantial and hearty, yet smooth. There's a nice pleasant warming sensation in the mouth, belly, and throat as this goes down. I'm ready for winter now, dammit! Just need to train the St. Bernard to crack open a growler.

Drinkability: YES, OH MY GOD, YES!!! This was the winner of the "Which Beer Will Go Home in my Growler?" contest. I'm thinking that the growler will never see anything but this stuff, too. Might have to pick up a second one...

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2003 20:38:25 | More by ManekiNeko
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served as a sample at the Penn Festival. The color was a ruby-brown, and maintained a quality head. The smell was of coffee and other malts. The taste was of malts and coffee, and was on the bitter side, but not overly so. The mouthfeel was fairly smooth for a non-nitro stout. Drinkability-wise, this was an excellent balance and I could absolutely drink these all day!

This was the true surprise of the festival, and one I didn't expect to be so good! I hope that I can find this one nearby, because I would certainly purchase it in the future!

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2003 08:19:46 | More by beergeek279
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Murph

Arizona

4.88/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew pours ever so slowly from the tap but when it finally reaches you it is blacker than night with a nice creamy brown head that lightly laces the glass. The oak barrels that this stuff is aged in lend a big vanilla quality to the nose with some more subtle burnt malt and sweeter chocolate characterisitics in the background. The brew opens up on the tongue with strong vanilla flavors before it is highjacked by the strong burnt malt presence and its wonderful bitter qualities. The bitter is then joined by a smoothly sweet chocolate quality that complements and balances the bitterness nicely as it fades out. The chocolate sweetness fades out into a nice smooth vanilla finish that lingers pleasantly on the tongue. This has to be one of the smoothest, silkiest beers that I've ever had, an amazing mouthfeel to accompany the heavyish body of the brew. This is a truly awesome brew that is certainly one of my favorite stouts, if only I lived a little closer to the brewpub.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2003 11:47:59 | More by Murph
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rotsaruch

Pennsylvania

4.93/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A growler obtained 11/27/02. A big creamy head floating on this beautiful black as the nite without any stars in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean (I remember of nites like that from days in the Navy) brew. The aroma is something that it is hard to describe. It has this fragrance of vanilla and bourbon. The smoothness and balance of this brew is remarkable. There is sweet softness of the malt embracing the palate and the slight presence of hops at the finish. It has to be one of the most distinctive, drinkable stouts that I have ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2002 18:11:50 | More by rotsaruch
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marc77

California

4.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewpub. Virtually black in hue w/ a thick, dense, creamy beige head that leaves intricate lace. Roasted barley coffee notes, dark caramel and milk chocolate in aroma, w/ a touch of diacetyl butterscotch. Hugely oaky vanilla flavor from the barrel conditioning accompanied by a perfectly smooth chocolate malt, carob and dark crystal malt combination. Superlative balance of rich malt flavors and hop bitterness. It's hearty, full bodied, yet isn't overly rich. Oak Barrel Stout (formerly known as Bourbon Stout) finishes w/ a light sweetness and satisfying lingering roastiness. Absolutely outstanding and truly unique.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2002 11:53:16 | More by marc77
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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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