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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Dominion Oak Barrel StoutDominion Oak Barrel Stout

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very good

680 Reviews

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Reviews: 680
Hads: 1,430
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 18.37%
Wants: 76
Gots: 154 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001

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.
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Reviews: 680 | Hads: 1,430
Photo of wisebier
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ive had this on tap several times

L: very dark, looks black, brown tints in light; tan creamy head, wish it lasts longer

S: malts; roasted toasty ,smoke; oak; some vanilla; smells great

T: sweet on the start with roasted toasty malts bitterness coming in and balancing it; hints of oak (not overpowering but id like more oak, Smoke hickory flavors, some hop flavor at the end, but not a lot to me; good oak stout overall, that's doesn't feel too heavy.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This seemed relatively one dimensional to me as all I got was vanilla bean. It would presumably present some oak or barrel flavor but it simply never landed on my palate.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had from the 12oz bottle into a shaped pint, pours very dark brown with a fluffy tan head that retains. Nice malty aroma, roasty, with hints of oak in the back. Well rounded flavor here, a little sweet, some chocolate, nice bitter roast, and a bit of barrel in the back. Not really any discernible vanilla, though. Body is thin and smooth, not a lot of carbonation. Easy to drink and a great flavor profile on this, layered in spite of the low-ish ABV.

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Photo of shanegatter
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow, wasnt sure what to expect with this one but it had a nice dark pour with littl froth that stick to the glass, smell?, taste slight bitter aftertaste, feel nice and smooth

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Photo of willic
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good, fun, dark, rich, intense! I remember when these guys were from Blacksburg, before becoming what they are now. This is a nice, not overpowering barrel aged stout. Very drinkable! I wish I had another tonight!

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Photo of ajilllau
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

We got this beer to pair with a New Orleans dinner and specifically to pair with oysters. It paired really well with them. Beer has a nice dark color to it with a head that settles well.

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Photo of Kwak
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

nice look and smell to this one good stout with hints of vanilla bean don't know what the oak barrel brings to it
overall a good stout verry tasty

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Photo of khargro2
2.73/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle purchased at Jungle Jim's Eastgate in Cincinnati, OH.

Dark charred oak is a common theme of this beer in both appearance and taste. The smokiness of the beer greatly outweighed any other flavors. I did not enjoy it as much as most, but still respect what they were trying to do. The smokiness was prominent and the body was lacking.. Tasted like watered down vanilla beans with charred wood accents. Again, apparently I didn't enjoy it as much as others and I would prefer many other stouts.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: very dark, almost black; small tan head that dissipates quickly

Smell: sweet malts; roasted grain; oak; some vanilla; smells great

Taste: sweet on the start with roasted grains coming in and balancing it; hints of oak (not overpowering in this one); tannins linger in the end; some hop flavor, but not a lot to me; decent stout overall

Mouthfeel: thin and fizzy, almost like a cola

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Photo of jancona
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle - definite vanilla bean flavor with a touch of chocolate sauce. Not getting the oak, but still a nice stout. Would definitely get again.

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Photo of Crockettr
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 4.5

definitely has a burnt oak smell, but I detect almost a cascade dry hop with vanilla finish. very interesting.
mine appears to be pushed with co2, would be better if pushed with nitrogen to smooth it out.
I liked it, just didn't like the help cleaning thefloors while I was trying to taste.

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Photo of Cnote_crafty_1
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of my all time favorite stouts from way back this one gets much praise and admiration. If you are looking for a good all around dark beer this is always a good one to drink.

Nothing extremely different, or unexpected here. It is extremely black with a tan head. It is a thin head with not much lacing.
This is the one place where some might deduct points. The smell is a faint roasty, burned, woody almost skunky aroma. It is not a good smell, but I don't find many stouts with good smells if any.
The main taste I get is a roasted coffee flavor that I gather comes from the roasted barley. It is malty, toffee, slight sweetness and then a dry lovely finish with an aftertaste that sticks with you. The aftertaste is more roasted coffee. If you are reaching and trying hard to find it you might get some vanilla. They say that they brew it with vanilla, but I can never get any of that out of it. I just taste a nice sweetness and it is incredibly smooth.

Feel: extemely smooth and silky wonderful.

Pick a day when you are in the mood for a dark beer and have at it,


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Photo of Gajo74
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look- dark brown, not quite opaque, slightly translucent especially coming out of the bottle. Minimal head and slight ring like lace.
Smell- coffee, dark fruits, vanilla, musty wood and alcohol.
Taste- some sweetness that is somewhat fruity and malty. Mostly dark grains. Woody. Slightly bitter hops bite and dry finish. I'm not really tasting the vanilla.
Feel- medium bodied and prickly carbonation.
Overall a decent stout but not one of my favorites. It has some nice qualities but not overly flavorful.

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Photo of toti1972
2.98/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Dark colour, good smell to chocolate and some vanilla but not very strong, light bodied, light carbonation, and average stout, it's ok but I have tried better ones. Maybe I was expecting something more after reading the reviews, I don't think I'll have it again.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: April 4, 2015... GLASSWARE: Brew at the Zoo pint... OCCASION: the Easter vigil is upon us--and my Lenten sacrifice is over... APPEARANCE: dark brown, thick and rocky head; thins but stands moderately still as the pour finishes; dark black body... AROMA: some rum fragrances early; peaty and sweet, with some woody notes; some chocolate and milk as well... PALATE: soft and smooth, with some lactic qualities--holds a reasonable aftertaste but doesn’t intrude; medium-bodied and subtly creamy... TASTE: a nice blend of lactic chocolate and darker, malty flavors; drinkably agreeable without being thin; good balance of alcohol and flavor; the woody hints are just that--a pleasant brew for the early spring months rife with wind and rain; just a touch of vanilla makes this end with a peaceful atmosphere .....OVERALL: I first drank this years ago from a holiday sampler, but in seeking its standalone, I find it a worthy first beer after a long Lenten journey; an all-around balanced stout with enough nuance to stand out...

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Photo of DIM
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful beer, black body and a thick, impressively long lasting mocha colored head.

Odd but appealing aroma. Light smoke, earthy roasted malts, chocolate, faint vanilla, and an overall milky quality.

The flavor is a letdown after the smell. It has some interesting notes, but it's kind of flavorless overall. The peaty smoke works well, but the vanilla is very faint. Not much else here, just a little chocolate milk. The body is pretty watery.

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Photo of chinchill
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark brown, opaque in the glass, with a tan head that has limited retention but leaves some lacing on the glass.

Medium-full and smooth body with medium+ carbonation that seems too lively.

The flavor has a very nice vanilla bean component with a very faint oak barrel component and a moderate level of dark roasted malts. The vanilla is more obvious in the nose and but builds in the flavor with repeated sipping, eventually becoming a tiny bit too strong. Lightly sweet sweet-bitter balance.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an almost clear intense brown so deep as to appear black expressing a ruby tint when held to the light. More when I find out. The pour produces almost 3 fingers of moderately lasting, tightly bubbled, foamy, mocha head that leaves a streaky speckling of lace. Aroma is dark malt, roast, smoke, dark semisweet chocolate, woody vanilla & undertones of figs, prunes, tobacco & thin floral hop tones. Taste is wood, vanilla, dark semisweet chocolate, roasted (burnt) malt & smoke followed by toffee, figs & faint coffee. Finishes much like the rest of the sip but rapidly develops more intense bitterness, smoke & burnt notes in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is heavy bodied with medium carbonation, creamy, chewy & wet with a tiny spice prickle in the finish.

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Photo of pianoguy
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured in a glass. Note; The ABV on my bottle (dated 11-25-14) is listed at 6.% not the 5.50% listing for this beer

Pours a creamy one inch head (that goes away rather quickly) over a very dark coffee color.
The head forms in an slightly "guinness" sort of way (that entertaining little dance of tan carbonation as the head builds) Decent lacing... Can't say enough about the look of this stout! Had to give it a 5 ...

Smell; Coffee... and vanilla.... a hint of oak

Taste; Toffee, Toffee, Toffee ! It's the vanilla over oak that gives it a toffee sort of taste ... Like a Heath Bar with hops !!

Feel was good but maybe a bit over carbonated for my taste

Overall: A very enjoyable stout...Wish the beer of the month club had sent more of this one !

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 edition, 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with an eighth of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Strong aromas of roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, but not much else, but then again, I’m stuffed up, so there’s that…but other reviewers note aromas of vanilla, roasted nuts, some dark chocolate and stone fruit!

Taste: Great! Massive malt bomb up front, with some great notes of freshly baked pumpernickel bread, some subtle coffee flavors, and quite a bit of vanilla and brown sugar-like sweetness. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Chewy and very smooth and creamy as there is practically no carbonation to speak of, what-so-ever. With an ABV of 6.1%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: I really, liked this stout. Love the massive malt presence, blended beautifully with vanilla and brown sugar. I’m certainly getting some more of this.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

App: pours a deep brown/burgundy, tan head that resolved quickly.

Smell: subdued aromas, oak, vanilla, kind of horsey wet burlap, earthy woody, some caramel notes but very slight
Taste: malty sweet forward, hint of vanilla and oak, a bit of cocoa and hint of coffee (not strong). Rather sweet throughout with a bit of hoppy crispness and bit for balance. Fairly clean, dry finish
Mouthfeel: surprisingly light body, rather effervescent (for the style) especially as it warms in the mouth.

O: An easy drinking American stout, initially surprised by how light the body was, by the end I found it rather enjoyable. Good Flavor profile, no need for food to accompany this beer.

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Photo of mdagnew
4/5  rDev +2%

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast

Poured pretty much pitch black. Dirty mocha tan head poured small but tight, thick and foamy then faded quite quickly to decent half finger coating... some light clingy lacing...

Aroma - Strong roasted dark chocolate malts mixed with a good dose of freshly ground coffee beans, burnt butter, cola traces, vanilla, some piney / grassy hops, toasted (charred ?) malt loaf, chocolate cookie dough, slight smokiness, cocoa powder...

Taste - Strong charred / sooty notes, bitter black coffee mixed with sweetish milk chocolate and also some dark bitter chocolate... lots of pepperiness, vanilla, light oakiness, light pine, some powdered chocolate, light treacle, grassy and earthy traces, some tobacco smokiness, faint roasted nuttiness...

Feel - Quite smooth and creamy... medium / full bodied.. a very quaffable brew even at 6% - no real trace of the alcohol..

Overall - A very good stout and better than i was expecting... recommended...

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lots of vanilla on this stout. It's a great morning beer, not too dark on the roasted malt, not too thick, just right. Short lived tan head just a quarter inch tall. The nose presents smoked malt in small proportion and quite a bit more hops than is common in the style. Vanilla is the predominant flavor, but the malt complexity is awesome and layered. Oak presence is light and sweet, I'm guessing a pretty quick aging process. The body is a bit thin for a stout, and for the richness of flavors. It seems watered down to me, but the flavors are awesome. My first beer from old dominion is a hit.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Very dark brown with a one-finger head
S: Coffee, cocoa, bourbon, roasted malt
T: Matches the nose note for note, though a bit lighter than I expected
M: Medium-bodied but again a touch thin
O: Solid and worth a try but could be a bit fuller

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.39/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Revisited 03-28-15 after initial review last August.
Bottle dated 02-18-15 (this puppy is fresh) into pint glass. I'd call it a ruby brown - not red, but not brown either. Thick light tan head of coarse bubbles reduces to a thin and long-lasting film.
Taste is, unfortunately, underwhelming. Vanilla and dark malt initially, then...nothing.
It's way too thin for a stout. Too much carbonation. As a result, it's not as smooth as I'd expect.
There are a lot of really good stouts out there. This isn't one of them.

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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 680 ratings.