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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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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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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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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
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Fish113d

Pennsylvania

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

Pouring slightly chilled into a pint glass, it pours a dark brown with red tints throughout allowing little light (if at all any) to poke through. It also leaves a nice 1cm head w/ some nice clingy edge lacing.

The smell is of vanilla and roasted malts. Toffee or caramel comes through as well, along with a notion of almonds. No hops at all in the aroma.

Taste is great! Toffee, almonds really come through, along with a slight smokiness on the finish. The finish is also a little dry leaving the idea of tasting oak barrels. However, most of the sip is nice and sweet.

Carbonation on the tip of your tongue at first with this one. However, this is a nice chewy and creamy stout w/ a slightly dry finish and a nice malty aftertaste.

Drinkable? I say "oh hell yes!" This was well crafted and would make for a great session beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2005 03:15:07 | More by Fish113d
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necoadam

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a dark, dark brown/ruby color with a tan head, but went to lacing after a while.

Smell consisted of light scents of vanilla and oak come at you first, with some roasted malts and ever so light hops also come through.

Taste was good. There's more vanilla in the taste than in the aroma, but the oak was about the same. Towards the middle the roasted malts come in nicely to balance it all out.

Mouthfeel was between light-medium, but quite creamy. Perhaps a bit overcarbonated, but I won't knock any points for that, it was pretty minor.

Nice. I like the addition of the oak mixing with the malts to give it a raw earthy feel to it.

Many thanks Pisskynights!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2005 20:56:33 | More by necoadam
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Wonka

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 fl. oz. bottle
Bottling Date: 7/15/04

Here is a pretty darned black pour with faint hints of red/brown on the fringes. The head was of reasonable thickness, tinged in light brown and loaded with tiny bubbles. Smell is complex with sweet chocolate, oak, smoke and vanilla. Mouthfeel is crisp with less body than desired. The back end thins out too quickly. Taste is an enjoyable mix of chocolate malt, coffee, some bourbon and slight oak. Drinkability was a only shade above average since I feel the body was left behind.

I really would prefer having this one on tap since I was underwhelmed by the bottled product.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2005 21:40:03 | More by Wonka
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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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stjarnflikka

Sweden

4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Oliver Twist!

Pours a ver, very dark beer thats almost black with some red edges. There is a finger thick foam that rappidly dissipates and leaves a cobweb of lacing on top, nice!

Smell is fruity, vanilla, grapes and some tones of wine. There is perhaps some chocolate and burned barley or coffee in there aswell.

Taste is smooth, nice and wonderful. Really smooth like velvet and starts with chocolate together with vanilla and a bourboun like taste. Then comes fruits like cherries and grapes, wine hits you and in the end there is a nice sweetness clinging on together with vanilla, a small bitterness and a oaky dry chocolate finish.

This beer is just damn smoot, like velvet and like candy. Really drinkable, really delicious, sadly not my favourite stout-type though ;(

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2005 22:16:32 | More by stjarnflikka
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Illini5596

Illinois

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

Truly one of Dominion's best beers. A little hard to come by, but can still be found if you look hard enough (lets hope they start shipping out of state soon!). The color is a deep rich dark brown, hinting at the full bodied nature of this beer. The aroma is subtle, and the head unfortunately minimal, but the taste is a work of art. Dominion's Oak Barrel Stout has a truly complex and thick taste, combining the taste of malt with hints of vanilla, coffee and chocolate overlayed with the complexity of oak. A true pleasure to drink, quite possibly one of the best stouts out there. My only complaint is the mouthfeel, as it is a bit thick and tends to linger a bit longer than I prefer. If you ever see this, buy it and treat yourself to a very enjoyable evening.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2005 08:28:47 | More by Illini5596
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merlin48

Kentucky

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

A very nice brew for my first review of the year. Found a sixpack of this at Jungle Jim's International Market in Cincinnati. The Virginia border is just two miles from my house, and it's distressing that I can't find Old Dominion's excellent brews without driving at least three hours. This one pours a deep brown and opaque body, with two fingers of tightknit, tan head. Dramatic sheet and patch lacing is left behind. Excellent looking stout.
Aroma has vanilla, milk chocolate, mild coffee, and notes of oak wood.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a medium body and just enough carbonation to mingle the complexity of flavors.
Taste is much like the aroma, with creamy vanilla and chocolate. Some toasted walnuts are noted, and there are coffee notes but little bitterness. I don't pick up any notes of bourbon, and there are only some mild notes of dark fruits such as figs and raisins. Still, this is one of the tastiest American stouts I've sampled. Insanely drinkable at 5.2%. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2005 18:36:33 | More by merlin48
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VoodooBrew

South Carolina

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

This looked like a unique beer when I saw it at the store, and Dominion generally makes good brews, so I figured I'd give it a try.
This pours mostly black with some deep brown touches, and the head, although disappointingly minimal, is a dark tan, and appears not to leave any tracings.
The smell is instantly sweet with a trace of tartness. You can pick up some of the vanilla and coffee elements that are soon to come...
I would describe the flavor primarily as being a sort of cross between coffee ice cream and vanilla yogurt. I must admit I'm not the most practiced when it comes to tasting oak, but I think an argument could be made for a slight woodiness on the aftertaste.
As you make your way through the beer that initial tartness either subsides or one becomes used to it, and the overall sweetness that remains is now coupled with a more prominent roasted quality.
As far as stouts go, this one has more of a light body that I'd say puts it on par with a schwatzbier. This is not to say that it goes down more smoothly than any stout, however-- the carbonation could probably be held just a little bit more in check.
Overall this is a decent and interesting beer, not without its interesting flavor nuances. This beer doesn't ask too much of the habitual stout drinker, but it does do a nice job of showing flexibility within the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2004 01:39:33 | More by VoodooBrew
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Backer2004

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchase a cup of regular coffee, pour a bit of sugar and add ice. This is the best way to describe the taste, smell, and appreance of Oak Barrel Stout. This is not an insult. The hints of vanilla and chocolate add to this surprisingly good stout, that was not as heavy or difficult to drink as others of this style. Enjoyed with a slice of cheesecake and was a great combination. Received three bottles in a Beer of the Month club.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2004 01:38:19 | More by Backer2004
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dgallina

Georgia

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

Pours black with a significant creamy tan head and noticeably strong carbonation. Quickly subsides into smooth film and good lace. Smells of roasted coffee, woody oak, and vanilla. Good aroma but a little faint. Tastes of roasted coffee base malts, overlaid with strong and slightly smokey wood, oak-like tones and *tons* of vanilla. Flavor is toasty, subtle, exquisite! Body is chewy, ever-so-creamy, very nicely carbonated.

My sample was super-fresh and delicious. A *very* nice and unique stout style that would become a favorite session beer for me if it were distributed here.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2004 16:43:15 | More by dgallina
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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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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to WVBeergeek for this sample.
Aroma shows a nice mix of roasty malt with just a touch of vanilla (that increases as it warms) and it addds a nice coffee quality (Amaretto).
Poured with virtually no head, instead it showed a fizzy scattered top that left immediately. Dark brown to black.
Interesting mix of full rich flavor qualities, yet somehow thin feeling. Nonetheless, taste is bold, especially initially. The boldness wavers middle to finish, but the taste aspects (rich roast-touch of chocolate) stay throughout. Bitterness increases as it warms which is alright as it blends with the dryness. A touch of vanilla at the end.
Feel is somehow not quite right. Lacks softness and fluffiness from carbonation and as noted above too thin.
I enjoyed the opportunity to sample something different. Low alcohol and thinness make this an almost easy drinking stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2004 22:53:36 | More by garymuchow
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Cfahooligan

Colorado

4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2004 05:03:42 | More by Cfahooligan
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GClarkage

California

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

12/02/04- Received via trade from BA member meathookjones.

Appearance- Pours a dark brown and black color with a nice creamy white head and decent lacing left in the glass.

Smell- Smells just like a chocolate and vanilla milkshake to me. That's a good thing!

Taste- A bit more roasted than I expected. Still a good combo of hops and deep roasted malt. Dark chocolate and burnt roasted malt flavor mostly. Definite vanilla and oak flavors throughout also.

Mouthfeel- A tad over-carbonated for me, but all the flavors swirling around make it a bit creamy and easy to swallow.

Drinkability- Wish it was a tad sweeter, but other than that it's a pretty good stout. One of the better ones I have had.

Thanks to meathookjones for a very good beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2004 05:25:31 | More by GClarkage
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Globetrotter

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I asked friends in No. Va. to get a six of this for me back in April. Finally got my hands on it in November, so it was already nicely aged. Poured a drak murky burgundy under a purplish beige 1.5 finger head that settles fairly slowly, leaving nice lace rings. There's a good roasty nose with vanilla and chocolate notes. The mouth is quite prickly, yet syrupy thick. We've got marvellously smooth nut and chocolate flavors, with sweet caramel. The ever so slight hops presence breaks through the malt only late in the finish. Slightly dry aftertaste, but the lasting impression is mostly sweet. Recommend this as a very nice nightcap.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2004 04:42:18 | More by Globetrotter
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ChrisBowers

Virginia

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

Totally different animal than on nitro-tap. Out of the bottle it pours with a small tan head. Far less creamy and smooth than the draft product. I feel as if it is almost a bit overcarbonated. Vanilla is less pronounced but it is still there. More bittersweet chocolate is present. Maybe a little espresso. Not what I expected after having it on draft many times but still a very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2004 19:35:39 | More by ChrisBowers
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BeerManDan

California

3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After being poured, the color was a very dark brown, with very little tan foam and no lace. The smell was of roasted malts and a hint of spice. The flavor was dominated by roasted malts with a hint of bourbon on the palate. The finish was dry, but, also had a cream feel in the mouth to make this stout well balanced. As the bottle said, "Our little treasure!". The only set back is that it was a little to bitter.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2004 03:15:31 | More by BeerManDan
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clvand0

Kentucky

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

This was given to me by a fellow BA. Pours a very dark brown color with a very small tan head that doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma is very strong of vanilla and roasted malts and some alcohol. Very interesting. The flavor is of floral hops and slight vanilla with some coffee and chocolate. The body is slightly more thin than I expected it to be. Slightly oily, but enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2004 18:29:14 | More by clvand0
Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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