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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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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

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

My notes say I've had this beer a while ago, but they didn't say where or when, nor did they give details on my session. This review applies to a recent tasting on nitro at Prohibition Taproom, Philly, PA.

Dark brown-black pour, opaque, with a small cap of tan head that receded completely after a few minutes. The recipe boasts peated malts and vanilla bean, but I didn't really get either of these items in the aroma or taste. On the nose, a pretty standard stout, dark roasty malts, some milky sweetness, and a vegetal woody quality. About the same on the palate, dark malts, sweet and roasty, oak, earthy hops in the distance, maybe a vague hint of vanilla somewhere in there. Medium mouthfeel, pretty smooth and fairly drinkable. Not what I'd call a go-to or anything. Might be better if the smoke and/or vanilla actually came out from hiding, but overall it's still a solid stout.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-06-2012 08:03:14 | More by Rifugium
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a dark black opaque body with a thin fizzy head of tan bubbles that doesn't last through the pour.

S- The smell of smoky wet oak and vanilla is a nice compliment to the slightly sweet graham cracker and dark roasted malts.

T- This beer has a nice deep dark malt flavor with some notes of crystal malt and black patent also. This is enhanced by a nice oak flavor with a hint of smoke and faint vanilla notes. The finish has a slight oatmeal tangy to it. As this beer warms there are some notes of fresh coffee in the malt.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with some slipperiness in the texture.

D- This beer has a nice character with a good quality stout that is enhanced by the wood and vanilla. They are not to strong and not to soft. Very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2006 21:19:57 | More by rhoadsrage
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger light brown head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Baked chocolate nose and flavor is slight oak and baked chocolate that goes to a burnt chocolate finish. $4.50 for a 12oz bottle at Skyland Resort Luray, VA.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 22:38:42 | More by jdhilt
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Zorro

California

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

12 Oz bottle Sampled through the efforts of Boxing Day BIF and Pentathlete. Bottling Date 10/28/05.

Pours a deep brown colored beer with a fast fading tan head.

Smell is sweet with an aroma of chocolate and nuts laced with a bit of coffee. There is a rather sharp scent of acid from the dark roasted malt used. Strong roasted coffee scent here that is very pleasant.

Taste is sweet and smoky at the start. Fairly neutral background flavor that accentuates the chocolate, smoke and coffee. The acid level works well here to brighten the coffee flavors like a medium roasted Kona coffee.

Mouthfeel is OK, but not that good.

Pleasant and tasty stout with a very moderate alcohol level. As close to a session beer as stouts ever really get.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2006 07:03:30 | More by Zorro
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Wasatch

Utah

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

Thanks goes to BuckEyeNation for this. Bottled 07/19/06

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice fizzy tan head, nice little oil spills and lacing follow. The nose is of slightly roasted sweet malts, lots of vanilla, and some coffee/caramel. The taste is sweet, vanilla, and a nice touch of coffee/caramel. This stout is quite different to me than other's I've had so far, sweeter, and more vanilla in there. Medium body. Very drinkable, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2007 02:58:18 | More by Wasatch
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

German-style refillable growler filled at the brewpub.

First pint glass pours with a frothy 1/2" mocha head, which lasted faded pretty quick down to an uneven layer of bubbles, but laced beautifully. Opaque dark brown/black brew, with roasty dark grains and vanilla barrel filling the nose. Taste starts with sweet chocolatey coffee, mellows with vanilla notes, and closes with a slight vinous character. Mouthfeel and drinkability are very nice. Always a pleasure to have the chance to revisit this brew.

Serving type: growler

07-10-2005 01:12:47 | More by ppoitras
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

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

My pour created a finger of thick, foamy, deep-tan head with good retention. Color was a deep, dark brown with cola highlights at the edges. Nose had a bourbon-like vanilla quality. Mouthfeel was medium with a definite oakiness in the mouth. Finish had an interesting admixture of smoke, charcoal, oak and vanilla. While it was interesting, I probably would not want to drink more than a couple at a time. I think that the oak was too prevalent and I would have rather the vanilla come to the forefront.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 02:35:28 | More by woodychandler
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stakem

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a brown bottle with a bottling date of 3/17/10 into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Label reads: "Dominion Oak Barrel Stout rasises the bar for American stouts. Our method of dry-hopping with vanilla beans & oak chips broadens our stout's flavor spectrum even further." So for a beer named Oak Barrel Stout, do they age this brew in oak and then add oak chips to further increase the oak character or is the oak chips used just to simulate the properties imparted by oak barrels? Regardless, here goes.

Pours a dark brown color that when held to the light displays some deep ruby colors and suggests a clarity to this brew if it wasn't so dark. The head initially formed with a finger of tanned bubbles that receeds to a very thin cap and sticks in patches of lace about the glass. Aroma includes some favorable scents of dark grain suggesting chocolate and coffee along with the sweet scent of vanilla pushing straight through the back making itself easily noticeable. Further investigation of the nose reveals some hop character and a bit of the woodsy oak notes. The flavor of this brew follows along with what the aroma indicated. Dark roasty grain flavor upfront with a touch of hops. The dark grain flavor includes chocolate and coffee character along with a strong vanilla flavor and a finish that has a noticeable amount of alcohol and an interesting mixture of burnt grain/vanilla sweetness and an oaky/woody dryness that urges you to continue to sip this brew. As it warms, the base grainy flavor seems quite fresh and is enjoyable. The flavor it leaves in the mouth is reminescent of walking through a grain mill. This is a taste I usually only get at the local brewpub, enjoyable to say the least coming from a bottle. Medium to full bodied with a modest level of carbonation. The inclusion of the vanilla bean could be tamed a little more to make it more subtle but all together it works. Pretty decent brew, would have no problem enjoying a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 02:25:19 | More by stakem
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Coming in a slim 355ml brown bottle, bottling date 07/05/2013, this is a stout dry-hopped with vanilla beans & oak chips.

A: pours an ebony brown colour, coming with a very thin, smooth layer of khaki froth and low level of carbonation.
S: richly vanilla chocolaty, treacle-ish, sweet toasted nutty, even peanutty due to the lively elements of nuts, while the winey acidity and a subtle savoury touch as of black prunes adds to the complexity.
T: quite aromatic, gristy and roasty upfront, the vanilla beans obviously lend extra mineral-ish and rough gristy feel to the flavour, otherwise the black prunes and bitter herbs are two other main flavour elements to be enjoyed; the maltiness feels never heavy on the palate, rather giving way quickly to the hop bitterness and an increasingly dry palate lingering in the end of each sip, always accompanied by a decent touch of acidity.
M&O: softly effervescent, not terribly smooth though, the body comes rather light against the flavour profile which again is not quite robust, either. Interestingly, without specifying the alc. strength on the bottle, my impression is that it goes just around 6.0-6.5%abv. Not bad, but not the most complex I’ve had, either.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 20:41:01 | More by wl0307
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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

The surface is uneasy with bubbles rising at a constant, hence spewing more head onto the beer. As result, its ocher/tapioca toned top appears bubbling like lava. The beer doesn't allow any light to pass through it, even when held up directly unto it. Most density, however, is lifted from its black coloured body by flashes of chestnut and ruby.

The smell is simply delicious. The vanilla is very strong, as if the beans used to flavour it were still floating right under my nose. It brings to mind steamed milk and ice cream. Combined with the roast this also resembles hot chocolate or flavoured coffee. It's too rich and roasty to smell like bourbon, but the oak/vanilla combination is forefront. The oak is present, but smells fresh; the use of oak chips rather than oak barrels is apparent.

Just as it smells like all things vanilla flavoured, so too does it taste. Flavours of chocolate and vanilla ice cream, gourmet flavoured coffees, and specialty hot chocolates. In part also to its texture and sweetness, it may most of all be reminiscent of sweet creamy liqueurs. Frangelico hazelnut liqueur, in particular, comes to mind, but I'd also accept Amaretto or certainly Bailey's and other chocolate liqueurs.

The likeness to bourbon comes out more in the flavour. Again, it is too roasty and bitter to be an outright match, but there certainly is some resemblance. I am a huge fan of bourbon-barrel aged stouts, but I've found with this that the combination of oak chips and vanilla beans, however different, can achieve an end result every bit as good, if not better.

The oak, the vanilla, and the roast malt are all in perfect proportion. The brewers have struck a harmony between the creaminess and the roast, the bitter and the sweet. Dominion's Oak Barrel Stout is a beverage that is all those things at once, and that is something of a marvel. A delicious, delicious flavoured marvel. The brewers have listed this on the label as their "little treasure". Indeed it is, and I owe a big thanks to IDatetheFormula for sending me this gem!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 02:42:06 | More by biegaman
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

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

Appears a pitch, opaque black with only a dark, caramel toned brown yielding any light at the very bottom of the glass. A small tan head fades into a scattered cap and collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass but slides back into the brew.
Smell is of dusty cocoa, caramel, vanilla, and oak. Perhaps there is a touch of creaminess as well.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas that leads to a balanced stout that seems sweet and not really roasty like many other stouts.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with light oak tannins complimenting the cocoa, caramel, and vanilla flavors that run along the palate but don't linger. Slightly sweet up front with a gentle, tannic, bitter end that is very soft, smooth, mildly slick, and semi-dry. Really nice IMO.
A nice drinking stout. That 5.2 goes down like nothing.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 23:25:02 | More by weeare138
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

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

On tap at the BWI Rams Head.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with surprisingly good head retention and decent lacing. I don't get a lot on the nose, but that's often the case with over chilled beers at the airport. However, I do get some light coffee and chocolate. The beer smells nice enough, what there is. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, although there is also a hint of licorise and some drying hoppy bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is light and fairly watery, though drinkability is pretty decent.

This is a nice, low alcohol, easy to understand stout. While nothing exciting, it's still a pleasant, easy to enjoy stout. My guess is the airport is probably not the best place to enjoy this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2009 18:16:50 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black beer with a red and brown edge to it. Not much in the head category. Didn't pick up much in the nose, definitely not the overpowering vanilla many speak of.

Taste, nice, mild, the slightest amount of vanilla. Very light bourbon presence. Same with the oak. This is a nice example of making a full bodied, wood aged stout, without having it be of such abv that will wreck you. A twist of leather for ya. Hints of chocolate. Hints of everything, nothing is massive, but it still is full of flavor. A very drinkable stout at a good price, $3 a single.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 04:36:22 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Bighuge

Minnesota

1.73/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Close to black. Fizzy, airy big brown head. Seems overcarbonated. Is this a sign of bad things to come?? It has been for me in the past with other beers. Aroma is weak and has very little to do with stout or bourbon. Well, the mouthfeel IS overcarbonated and very gaseous. Hard to swallow. The flavor is off. After cutting through all of the CO2, there's a sourness to be found and that's about it. Like watered down lemon juice. This is not good. Don't think I'll finish it.

Thanks for the effort anyway marc77.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2004 02:31:50 | More by Bighuge
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

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

- Bottled 3/13/12. Consumed 11/17/12.

A: Rich chocolate pour has deep merlot highlights. Slight head, medium sandstone tint, weak hold and minimal lacing.

S: Deep rich chocolate aroma, creamy warm chocolate and marshmellow with a hint of vanilla richness. Throw in a bit of fresh coffee and there you go. Nice level of awareness.

T: Flavor was chocolate-coffee with vanilla bean that was rich and deep in tone and flavor. A touch of smoky malt, dry oak and peat with some sweet licorice. Burnt sugar sweetness, sweet dark fruit of cherries and sugary raisins peep through every now and then.

M: Mouthful contained a nice level of carbonation, was thick, luscious and viscose with a smooth texture and clean finish of coffee-dark fruit on the tongue.

O: Overall a nice level of complexity, rich deep stout, sweet dark fruit and chocolate gives this a big beer flavor in a little bottle. Smooth drinking and highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 02:42:14 | More by beerthulhu
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

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

A. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Dark blackish in colour with a nice off white head and spotty lacing.

S. Malts and a bit of vanilla.

T. Great roasted taste with the oak barrel adding depth and some sweet not quite smokey notes that have to be the vanilla.

M. A very well rounded one. Full bodied indeed.

D. Very drinkable, excellent for sessions.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 00:14:34 | More by Stinkypuss
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown with a short, medium tan head. Quickly reduced to a ring and left a bit of spotty lace behind. Lots of malt and chocolate covered cherries in the aroma. Mild roast and vanilla. Same malt character in the flavour, but with chocolate in front. Slightly acidic with muted cherry and weak vanilla. There's a bit of woodiness in the finish. Soft carbonation and silky texture with some lingering dryness. Medium bodied. Solid beer, but I think I was expecting more from the advertised vanilla and oak. Thanks northyorksammy!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2006 00:07:54 | More by DrJay
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is dark brown with a thin beige head. The aroma brings chocolate, roast, milk chocolate or chocolate milk. Really smooth and creamy. Perhaps a touch of oak if any at all. Vanilla and cream soda like flavors. Fairly sweet. A decent beer, but one is plenty.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 22:41:42 | More by Huhzubendah
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz received as a very thoughtful extra in a recent trade with dsigmon (this brew has been on my wants for at least a year!)... shared with Brenda ... the Lion's share going into my New Belgium snifter. Bottled 1/18/08.

2 finger khaki head drops pretty quickly leaving ribbons of crusty lace.. the brew is black.

Aroma is chocolate .. mild vanilla .. milder oak giving way to medium for the style roasted grains .. slight burnt toast and a sweetness that ties it together with a black bow... a little toffee as it warms.

Body on this one is very smooth.. medium full body with just the right amount of roasted barley out of the gate... a little bit of coffee on the end. Just enough vanilla and toastiness to add some hints of bourbon... the oak adds a nice tannic drying sensation that adds to the complexity in the finish.

Another homerun from dsigmon ... Brock thanks again ... exceptional and very generous extra.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 07:46:00 | More by JohnGalt1
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a mostly opaque black with some brown showing aroune the edges. No head and no lacing. The smell is mostly lightly scented with vanilla and a touch of grain. The flavor is very smooth and light with some light roastiness and detectable vanilla, but not a lot more going on. Very, very smooth mouthfeel- you could just suck this down like a glass of milk. Not the most interesting stout in the world, but refreshing for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2007 22:42:42 | More by Georgiabeer
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smakawhat

Maryland

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very large light milk cocoa head of about four fingers is produced that seems quite foamy and uniform. This head just doesn't wanna budge or go anywhere. Kind of pock marked and not totally uniform but looks pretty good.

On the nose is some toasty malt, but also some salty jerky quality. It does smell sort of rauchbier like which seems unusual, but it's quite alright.

Taste is kind of basic but solid. Smoke meat and sausage on the finish really big. Rauchbier feel and wetness. In the mouth though there isn't much taste to this beer and it seems to only bring the flavor out on the finish. Some wet feel for body, and a little quick and dry.

Overall though this is kind of surprising this is not what I expected for this style, I was thinking more of big roast and chocolate/coffee/licorice sort of for this style. But it's basically rauchbier light to me and a good one to boot.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 23:34:58 | More by smakawhat
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superspak

Michigan

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/31/2012. Pours a fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big caramel, milk chocolate, vanilla, toffee, roasted malt, oak, toast, light coffee, and light smoke. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, oak, smoke, roasted malt, toast, toffee, and light smoked ham. Slight roasty bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, oak, toast, toffee, and smoke on the finish for a bit. Very nice flavor balance and robustness; very pronounced but balanced oak flavor; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. It feels a touch on the thin side, but it’s not detrimental. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice oak aged stout. Nice amount of robust flavors for a 6% beer with a nice balanced smoke complexity; and extremely smooth to drink as expected. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 06:12:17 | More by superspak
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Cork Cityin Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color. The beer has a two finger tall creamy dark tan head that has great staying power, leaving almost a full finger remaining throughout the drinking of the beer.Significant lacing is observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark roasted malts, caramel sweetness, coffee, and some definite oak woodiness.

T: Starts out a little sweet then the roasted/burnt malt flavors kick in. After that there are many different notes in the flavor - caramel, coffee, vanilla, oak, and milk chocolate. Nice complexity to the flavor.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: The beer has a very good flavor and is quite enjoyable. This is a good sipping beer and I am glad that I got the chance to try it. Pretty easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2012 02:41:05 | More by dbrauneis
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dirtylou

Washington

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

12oz single, obtained from timtheenchanta and the blue max bif

appearance: pours into an offshore pint glass...body is a very bold and dark mahogany pushing opaque black...creamy brown foam with decent lacing. nice looking stout

smell: robust, fresh coffee bean, lots of roasted aromas, nutty, vanilla bean, cookie dough, chocolatey, sweet dark fruit

taste: a very good american stout. I have only had 2 beers from this brewery and both have been knockouts, maybe i should find some more. big roasted malt body, woody, smokey, vanilla bean, fresh coffee, oak, cocoa powder, light apple sweetness, fig

mouthfeel: rich and slick

drinkability: good

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2006 20:33:59 | More by dirtylou
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Dogbrick

Ohio

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

On draught at St. James Tavern. This beer is a deep dark brown/black with a ruby halo and a thick beige head. Thick lacing as well. Great aroma of roasted coffee/mocha, chocolate and malt. Creamy body with a nice amount of coffee, vanilla and chocolate malt in the flavor, a tad more enjoyable than the bottled version. The finish is velvety smooth and has a smokey character along with some hops. Overall this is a pretty good Stout, easy to drink and very tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2005 14:26:27 | More by Dogbrick
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