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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

1,116 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1116
Reviews: 647
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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futaboots

Florida

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

Smell this brew first. Hello coffee grinds. This stout, when I stick my nose in my glass, it smells almost exactly like when I stick my nose into a bag of ground up coffee beans. Coffe, coffee, coffee, coffee, coffee.

More coffee in the flavor, but not as prominent. There is that burnt, roasted barley taste that is characteristic of most stouts. Unfortunately the bourbon flavor is very easy to miss. The vanilla is slightly more noticeable, but again amounts to nothing much in the grand scheme of things. Normally I wouldn't be nitpicking about vanilla and bourbon, but the label and case make a big deal about the bourbon oak and vanilla beans used in the fermentation of this beer, but they really don't make that much of an impact.

One more nitpick, I wish the mouthfeel were a little thicker, since I like my stouts nice n' thick.

However, this is an excellent beer, and a solid example of my favorite style.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2005 00:55:20 | More by futaboots
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

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

Pours opaque dark brown with a dense rocky tan head. Smell is smoky, roasted coffee. Sweet oaky aromas.

Tastes of smoky chocolate. Underpinnings of coffee. Vanilla. That's about it, it sticks to a few basic flavors and blends them well. Mouth is creamy without much aftertaste. Pretty drinkable if not overly complex.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2005 01:25:27 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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klewis

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2005 19:53:20 | More by klewis
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rajendra82

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A new arrival in Georgia, this six pack of 12 oz. brown bottles was bottled on June 9, 2005, and took only about 15 days to get on the shelves. The beer looked dark brown to black when poured, and had a fleeting half inch thick light brown colored head. The lacing left was thin but wide.

Putting the nose to the glass revealed an aroma of cocoa powder, dark roasted coffee, and floral hops. The taste was sweet, roasty and, soft, with toffee like malts, mixing in with roast grains. The mouthfeel was creamy and tongue coating, but a bit thin for the style. Aftertaste had a little more hop bitterness apparent, than is the norm.

I found this beer to be a bit more one dimensional than I was anticipating. Pleasing American take on the Stout style, but could have used a bit more thickness of body.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2005 03:49:19 | More by rajendra82
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hungryghost

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2005 03:15:14 | More by hungryghost
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very smooth and oak adds value to taste, however another stout with a variation among many good stouts available. Medium mouthfeel, worthy to drink on its own without food. Toast, coffee, well carbonated, toasty,and vanilla but is it real vanilla? Sweet cocoa aftertaste. Second tasting a couple of weeks alter.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2005 04:48:03 | More by Sammy
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frazbri

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ruby accented opaque black body topped by a thick, tan head. Cocoa aroma with spruce undertones. Chocolate and little charcoal, mildly bitter and moderately sweet. Fairly light in body, medium high cabonation, and dry in finish.

This is a mellow, balanced stout. I like this beer, but it didn't wow me. It is a good session stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2005 23:54:13 | More by frazbri
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axisjones

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2005 04:57:36 | More by axisjones
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WesWes

New York

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a roasted, black patent, and chocolate malt scent with some vanilla and oak aroma. The taste is great. It has a smooth and creamy black patent and chocoalte malt flavor. It is rich with malts and dry on the finish with a sweet vanilla aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great stout. It has excellent flavor and aroma; a good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2005 00:29:19 | More by WesWes
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blitz134

California

3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Relatively hard pour led to very little chocolate milk colored head on top of this nearly black brew. Only peaking corners of red and caramel show through on this one. I would like to see a little more head, which should be possible with the lower abv content.

Lots of vanilla in the nose along with other ripe fruits. Also an overall sweet malt smell which adds some burnt caramel to the aroma. Taste is really complex and offers flavors from all different angles. The vanilla and oak flavors generally offer themselves at the forefront. Then some toasted malt and nut flavors come up. I also pick up some chocolate as well. A good flavor overall, but it seems a little cloying and almost as if much of the flavor was added with extracts. I was expecting a more toasted malt flavor with hints of oak, but this one is really sweet.

Mouthfeel is nice and almost full bodied, which is a nice feature for this lower abv brew. There is a bit much carbonation for the style though, and that brings this part down a bit.

Drinkability is pretty good. The low abv helps out a lot, but the overally sweet character might make this hard to consume a couple of.

Overall, a decent brew, and definitely different than most other stouts. Worth a shot. This one seems like a love it or hate it, I fall in between but think it is a good shot. Its just a little too sweet for me…

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2005 02:12:14 | More by blitz134
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TPSReports

Alabama

2.68/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A friend of mine served me a bottle of this brew this afternoon. I must say that I was not impressed.

The beer pour from the chilled bottle like cold coffee, with a similiar smell. The tall dark airy head that formed quickly went away.

The aroma was of chocolate and coffee with a hint of alcohol.

The first sip ws mainly coffee with a hint of chocolate -- and a very slight tint of alcohol. All remaining sips followed suit.

Mouthfeel was not impressive. I was expecting a more creamy feeling beer with a slight carbonation. Neither was present, unfortunately. I may as well have had coffee flavored tap water swishing around.

Oh, well. Nothing tasted, nothing tasted.

I would not recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2005 22:55:38 | More by TPSReports
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OldSock

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Presentation and Appearance – 12 oz bottle at cellar temp in a pint glass. Thick, creamy latte colored head tops a nearly pitch black beer. Good lacing and decent head retention.

Smell – Closer to the aroma of a milk/sweet stout, good roast character, coffee and oak but there is definitely some sweetness as well, it may be the vanilla mentioned on the label.

Taste – Classic roasted barley is the main player, think coffee and chocolate, but it is not overdone to the point of bitterness. The hops are subtle, but pleasant with mild citrus hints in the aftertaste. The vanilla is there as well, making the whole thing taste a little like an iced coffee drink. Pretty good balance, a bit sweet for my taste but it is a welcome change from the more intense stouts that I have had recently.

Mouthfeel – Creamy smooth, but a little too light bodied in my book for a stout. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability and Notes – Good stout, certainly enjoyable and drinkable. This would be a good stout for people who are not stout fans, its easy to drink and really tasty. That being said it is not as deep and rich as many of the top tier American Stouts.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2005 03:57:58 | More by OldSock
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santoslhalper

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Pours a pitch black with a creamy, thin light brown head.

Smell: The smell is a very complex malty mix of vanilla, bourbon and wood with a strong coffee feel to it.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is ridulously complex. Coffee, wood, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla and a huge bourbon taste create a deep, lucious flavor. The mouthfeel is smooth and rich.

Drinkability and Overall: This is a very nice stout. Just about as complex as a beer can get at 5.2% alcohol. The drinkability isn't too high simply complex it's such a complex taste. One or two and your taste buds would be wasted. Thanks (again) to NeroFiddled for this wonderful brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2005 22:04:01 | More by santoslhalper
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whartontallboy

New York

3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a thin brown head that slowly dissipates.

You can really pick up on the oak barrel and vanilla in the nose, it gives the brew sort of a vanilla/roasted malt/winey smell with a bit of a hop character thrown in for good measure.

The taste is pretty smooth, with a nice balance of sweetness, roasted malt, vanilla, and a earthy flavor. It's a nice flavor, but I feel it's somewhat hamstrung by a very thin mouthfeel that doesn't really let it run as well as it could. It's a little too watery and not quite aggressive enough to really do this one justice. Not bad, but certainly not perfect.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2005 05:29:12 | More by whartontallboy
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arizcards

Arizona

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my friend Mr Doyle for a sample from his monthly beer club.

This brew is black as night. Poured a good 3 inch head that dissapated quickly. Nose is of a slight hint of coffee and vanilla. Taste is a wonderful blend of coffee and chocolate. The finish is a nice dry vanilla hop. Mouthfeel is fairly chewy and smooth. Drinkability is very good, this brew is recommended!

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2005 01:40:04 | More by arizcards
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LarryKemp

Texas

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

This beer poured a deep brown/black with a firm medium tan head.

The vanilla was quite noticable in the nose but never overpowered the sweet maltiness.

The flavor was strong and malty with the vanilla taking the backseat. I was not able to detect the oak in the taste or the aroma.

The moutfeel was okay but not really as full as I had expected from the other elements of this stout.

A very fine beer. One that I look forward to drinking again and again.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2005 23:59:41 | More by LarryKemp
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froggyfrog

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark with one and a half fingers of dark tan foamy head.

Smells like vanilla.

Tastes of bitter coffee and vanilla bean mostly. Oak flavor is very subtle.

Finishes with a moderate to high bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium-heavy and generally smooth.

This is an excellent stout. It was more vanilla and less oak than I was expecting. But the flavor profile is really quite complex. There seemed to be nuances in the taste that I couldn't quite place. I look forward to trying this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2005 15:53:16 | More by froggyfrog
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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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Wolfsdenbrew

New Mexico

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

Pours with a moderate tan head leaving moderate amount of lacing on sides of the glass. Pours an almost opaque black with a bit of ruby highlights.

Aroma is definitely vanilla with dark fruits, prunes, etc. Also a bit of molasses in the nose.

The taste is composed of sweet, roasty malts and vanilla. There is a smoley character there and an oakey finish along with a modest bitter hop bite at the end.

Good carbonation level and medium to full body.

Delightful stout I must say.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2005 06:08:52 | More by Wolfsdenbrew
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cubedbee

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black color, but with very little head which quickly fades. If you love vanilla, as I do, the smell is absolutely amazing. Taste is very fizzy upfront, a little too much carbonation. After the fizz passes, the taste is very of vanilla and some roasted malts. In the aftertaste, you can really taste the oak chips along with some lingering vanilla. Mouthfeel is pretty thin, but even so, this beer is incredibly tasty and drinkable for fans of vanilla.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2005 22:02:33 | More by cubedbee
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mntlover

Tennessee

3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black, have to hold to light to see the red highlights, with a nice brown head that atkes a while to fall to a thin cap that leaves some lace behind.
Aroma is sweet roasted malt chocolate hints mingle with vanilla some hops and earthy woody aroma also present.
Taste is well carbonated is the first thing you notice too much carbonation for a stout. After the fiz passes you pick up some roasted malt mixed with vanilla some cappicino like flavor is also present but overall seems kind of light. Finish is lingering vanilla some dry woody flavors and light hops that linger with some light burnt flavors. Overall not a great stout thought this one was going to be great but its just ok.
Mouhthfeel is lighter then it should be and to highly carbonated for my tastes.
Drinkability is ok again not bad just much better options are out there unless you happen to love vanilla and carbonation then this might be your beer. Thanks to merlin48 for this sample and the many others he has provided.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2005 20:15:39 | More by mntlover
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of an over-all flat experience for a beer. Poured very black in color. Held it up to the light and could not any flicker to appear through the beer. There was absolutely no head, and I tried to get one with two bottle. The aroma came across as burnt malts. Dark chocolate and smokiness was very present in the flavor. Vanilla too. The mouthfeel is very heavy and filling. Very dense. Drank it with some chocolate fondue and it was a decent complement. While still drinkable, it is not particularly jumping across to me as "GREAT!!!" but still worth giving a shot.

Late addition: Got a great head with the third bottle and it was starting to grow on me too.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2005 01:38:52 | More by MuddyFeet
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JoeNobody

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a grand pilsner this stout is wonderfully dark with a nice light brown head. The vanilla and oak used in the fermenting bring out a tasteful almost caramel flavor. Has similar smell and taste characteristics to root or birch beers.

Drinkability is high. Because of it's dark color it looks thick but is actually very light and goes down very smooth. This makes for a great after dinner or late night dessert. I'm almost tempted to add vanilla ice cream and make a nice Oak Barrel Float.

Bottoms Up!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2005 18:10:50 | More by JoeNobody
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BeerFink

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very black with a creamy light brown head. The smell is quite strong, although I can't detect much over the vanilla. As the beer warms, the aroma becomes more complex. Toffee and chocolate are there, as well as roasted malt. Up front, the taste is slightly burnt, then quickly transistions to roasted malt. Towards the end, the vanilla comes through, smoothing the taste and adding a unique sweetness. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. The finish is bitter chocolately, roasted grains, and a slight smokiness that imparts a dry quality. The bourbon alcohol presence becomes apparent as the beer warms further, but it is well hidden. The taste is quite complex due to the blend of malts used - a very interesting brew. I really want to try this one on-tap.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2005 02:42:33 | More by BeerFink
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kmo1030

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

deep dark brown with a light brown head that fades quickly. strong maltiness to the aroma with hints of vanilla, toffee and coffee. smokey woody aromas come out as it warms. strong vanilla/toffee/buttery flavor, mild coffee too strengthening as it warms. oak flavor is present, but most pronounced in the aftertaste. sort of light feeling body for the style, with an average level of carbonation. a good stout but not a great stout. seems almost a little porter like.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2005 01:56:51 | More by kmo1030
Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,116 ratings.