Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company
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4.23/5 rDev +7.4%
Bottles 1/23/12. Poured into chalice. Deep brown; almost black. Deep tan thin head. Gone quickly, but this rim remains. Smell is very mild...roasted malts with a hint of vanilla. Taste is of roasted malts and vanilla. A bit of oakey/wood hits the palate with a sweet milky taste. The more it warms up, the more vanilla comes out in the flavor. A bit bitter finish, but works well with the sweet vanilla. Overall, a really great stout, and as a fan of vanilla brews, this is as vanilla as I ever had.
04-15-2012 22:58:55 | More by DrinkSlurm
United Kingdom (England)
3.95/5 rDev +0.3%
Poured from a 355 ml bottle into a snifter glass to a jet black colour (shades of brown around the edge of the glass when held to the light) and with a smallish tan head.
On the nose roasted malts, a hint of vanilla, a little coffee but not getting any kind of oak or wood hit which I was expecting!
Flavour wise I get roasted malts, vanilla, a little mix of chocolate and coffee, but again no hint of the oak for me. Good flavours though so not a major detraction for me!
Mouthfeel was excellent, creamy smooth and very drinkable, medium in body and limited carbonation.
Overall a good stout, but just not getting the 'oak' that I Was expecting!
04-15-2012 15:20:53 | More by Ruds
3.83/5 rDev -2.8%
Poured an inky opaque with a nice tan head that laced well.
Seems a bit muted with a roast malt dominence.
Roasty coffee vanilla bean goodness. A hair washed out, but good non the less.
Seems a bit thin and a shade watery, that said I like it enough to buy this again.
I suggest playing The Black Crowes w/ Jimmy Page LOUDLY while consuming this.
04-12-2012 02:38:41 | More by welldigger888
3.65/5 rDev -7.4%
12 oz. bottle poured into standard pint.
A - Pours an opaque dark brown color with a two finger head that lasts for a while. Leaves a nice sticky lacing.
S - Aromas are mild. Some coffee, skim milk, and roasted barley. I really don't get any of the vanilla and only the slightest amount of oak.
T - The flavor is toasty, and I start to pick up some sweet vanilla as it warms. The flavors, like the aroma, are subdued.
M - Good carbonation and a medium feel.
O - The aroma and flavors are not very powerful, but it isn't bad. I didn't know anything about this beer or brewery but I wasn't overwhelmed. The price was right, though, so I would rate the value as strong.
04-11-2012 04:14:56 | More by NoLeafClover44
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
Born on date: 1/27/12
A: Opaque black with just over 2 fingers width of light khaki colored head, which takes a fair amount of time to dissipate down to a thick film which remains throughout the drink. Leaves a few sporadic areas of patchy lacing.
S: Roasted malts, chocolate, oak,vanilla, a touch of dark fruits. The bourbon character is very subtle, but nonetheless a very inviting aroma on this one.
T: A big roasted malt character, a nice milk chocolate flavor, vanilla, a mild degree of coffee, a hint of dark fruits (raisin), a degree of booze is noted which is surprising considering the relatively low ABV. It leaves a nice lingering milk chocolate and roasted malt aftertaste. Pretty tasty but I am getting effectively no bourbon notes, which is disappointing. Still real good though.
M/D: Silky smooth, carbonation on the low side which I like, medium to light bodied. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but not bad for a single stout. Pretty good drinkability, I could certainly see this as a sessionable stout.
O: Overall, a real good beer. One of the better single stouts I have had. Decent complexity in the palate profile, and a great nose. I wish the bourbon characters were more prominent, but still well done, and worth a try especially as a flavorful, sessionable alternative to a big RIS.
04-05-2012 03:42:33 | More by zac16125
4.3/5 rDev +9.1%
Pours a deep brown with a coffee-tan head. Bitter dark malts on the nose along with vanilla, coffee, chocolate and a touch of oak.
Rich creaminess up front with bitter dark malts. Sweet chocolate and caramel round out the edges around mid palate creating a semi-sweet taste which is then cut by a dry oakiness. Its not a lot of oakiness but its just the right amount across the back of the tongue that it creates a nice dry finish and brings the beers flavor ride to rest.
Incredibly complex with more flavors than I can name including touches of smoke and creamy vanilla as well as coffee. The layers of flavor are immense and all compliment each other amazingly. An impressive brew.
04-03-2012 22:56:43 | More by jtierney89
3.05/5 rDev -22.6%
The brew is dark brown, almost black, a high tan head, medium lacing and curtains.
Smelling of sweet chocolate, dates and figs.
More chocolate, milk chocolate on chocolate bread, oak chips, some lemon peel.
Medium carbonation, a bit flat, medium body.
Wonder if the oak really improved this one.
04-02-2012 20:53:30 | More by rarbring
Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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