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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,303 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,303
Reviews: 658
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 64
Gots: 83 | FT: 3
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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Photo of GeezLynn
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown, almost black with a huge, frothy tan head.

S: Bready combination of dark malts and plenty of hops. Also bit of woody character with little chocolate and the vanilla.

T: Mainly dark roasted malts. Oak seems to mute much of the flavors. Finish is slightly bitter with a very abrupt and dry ending. Vanilla? Not much here.

M: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Fairly sticky.

Overall, tasty, but I really didn't get as much of the advertised oak chips and vanilla as expected. Still a mildly flavorful, easygoing stout.

7/23/10
Revisited this beer thanks to a generous throw in. Had to move this down from a 3.7 to a 3.5. Can't really pick up much oak other than the smoothing effect and a touch of vanilla. Extremely bland and lacking any character. Well brewed, with no off flavors, but completely undistinguished. Less flavor than a good dunkel or schwartz. Not bad, but definitely a training wheels stout.

Photo of ant880
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of mralphabet
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Oz. Bottle poured into Frosted Pint Glass

A: Dark Brown to Black... Nice head and lacing

S: Smells of Chocolate, coffee, vanilla and a solid Oakey presents

T: Tastes as it smells... very clean finish

M: Not as creamy as most Stouts I've had...A bit on the watery side, and a little bit to much carbonation.

D: Very nice and easy to drink, I would buy again....

Photo of HumphreyLee
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of alex_hart
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of CreekyJarls
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Dithyramb
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presented in a chilled 12 oz. brown bottle this Saturday night.
Poured a beautiful black, with just a bit of carbonation on the sides of the glass. A thick and juicy dark brown head slowly rose. Excellent retention and lacing.
Roasted malts, some vanilla, and just some hop bitterness in the aroma.
Smooth and creamy light bodied stout. The vanilla soda like effects are here, slightly weighted down with some dark roasted malts. There was too much sugarness going on to really detect much of the wood--plus, I didn't let it warm up too much before I finished the bottle.

We had just finished out at a scrappy county crab feast, and stopped off in Little Italy on the way home for a light dessert. The vanilla and chocolate accents of the stout went perfectly with canollis and tira misu. A light drinking, but full bodied, stout that would be worth several.

Photo of Bill235
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of NCSUdo
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, bottled 06/18/08

A: Deep black under a small tan head. No lace, no retention.

S: Roasted malt and some wood. Vanilla bean is tucked in there along with some coffee hints. Vanilla gives it a bit of a subtle sweet candy character.

T: Coffee character seems to be a little bigger here, espresso like and some roasted malt. Vanilla and wood are there, with vanilla being the bigger of the two. Again, a candy like character, this time more like a chocolate candy rather then a sweet candy. All the tastes really meld well.

M/D: Full bodied, very smooth. Extremely drinkable. 5.2% but has all the makings of a big beer with out any of them overshadowing the beer. Really a good brew.

Photo of ski271
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very dark brown, almost black, with a medium-sized, khaki, frothy head with moderate retention. Smells of deep roasted malts. Chocolate, vanilla peat, wood and some light dark fruits. Taste-wise, wow the peat you right up front! Thick malts with vanilla and bitter chocolate. The hops are very subdued, just a little bit of bitterness on the finish, a bit lacking on the balance that the label brags about. It has a full body, lightly-syrupy-turning lightly-dry texture, and low carbonation. Interesting, but the smokey peat aroma and flavor are overdone and distracting.

Photo of twowheelssoar
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip. Bottling date edged off the side of the label. 0/17/? Beige head rests on a black body. Slick, clear lacing slides quickly down the glass. Aroma is dominated by coffee and malty sweetness. Taste is moderately sweet with coffee notes and roasted malt. I don't exactly pick up on the vanilla but it may be responsible for some of the residual sweetness, taste is more like a milk stout. Exceptionally easy to drink and delicious. My only complaint is naming a beer aged on oak chips "oak barrel stout". Just a touch misleading.

Photo of NumberNone
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of changeup45
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10/8/2004. Black color with a relatively thick tan head and a little staying power for lacing. Strong coffee and malty aroma. Coffee flavor with roasted malts and a definite woody oak taste. Nicely balanced and a well-rounded stout. Definitely easy drinking too for the style. Solid.

Photo of heysuz
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of paresis
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

served into a pint glass from a 12oz. brown long neck bottle with a twist-off cap.

Opque,black/dark brown. Light tan creamy head dissapating quickly down to a steady coating of foam throughout the remainder of the beer.

An interesting complex malty nose,lots of vanallia,very woody,carmelly/chocolaty with a slight sweet honey note. Very inviting could not wait to taste this one.

Lots of vanallia in the taste also, woody and carmelly,chocolate overtones throughout.Tasted like a vanallia creme soda with a splash of chocolate. A nice puckering spicy bitter finish.

A very creamy mouthfeel, like drinking a nitrogenated beer.Light and airee feeling,goes down nice and easy, just not a beer I would want to drink all night long. A beer that's worth a try.

Photo of TWStandley
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of mooseisloose
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another of over 150+ different brews that has arrived at my doorstep via BOTMC, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a combination of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts, almost a roasted malted milk ball smell. This is a new one for my olfactories and is quite pleasing. This brew pours to a motor oil color and consistency with a tan, yet transitioning from darker to light, head consisting of multi-sized bubbles ranging from medium to small with a pillow top. Head laces as it recedes. On the taste the mouthfeel quickly stands out as highly viscous and silky. The taste then starts with a milky roasted flavor, that slowly ascends to a sweeter chocolate and vanilla, then transitions to a smoky bitterness that still remains sweet in the background. The finish stays bittersweet throughout. This is a delicious brew, I highly recommend.

Photo of Pellinore1
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to CaptinRedBeard for this bottle.

Pours a very deep brown, producing about two fingers of light brown head.

This smells primarily of dark roasted malts, with vanilla and hints of coffee.

The flavor begins with pleasant roastiness and a hint of coffee, and this is quickly overtaken by a big vanilla presence. After swallowing, vanilla lingers on the tongue.

This is a medium bodied beer, with pleasant carbonation, and quite drinkable.

Photo of JandJMD
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of philipquarles
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Adamharbaugh for this one!

Pours black with a small tan head. Very nice retention and lacing.

Smells strongly of coffee and vanilla (as advertised); these pretty much eclipse everything else. Smells less like beer than a mocha frappuccino.

Tastes strongly of dark roasted (almost charred) malts and coffee. Light vanilla comes later on, as well as some slight fruit notes. Fairly dry.

Mouthfeel is quite nice; thick and almost creamy. What I would really expect from a stout. A very nice beer overall.

Photo of Act25
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found in Whole Foods sampler. $12.99 for 12.

A: Decent pour, could use more lasting head and more lacing.

S: Roasty malts, oak, vanilla, and chocolate. Plenty of smokey oak.

T: Follows the smell. Starts with creamy roasted malts, chocolate, a little cocoa powder, then smoked flavors, roasted barley, charred oak. It's soft and creamy. Nice balance of bitter, smoke, vanilla, and sweet. Warming. Great night cap.

M: Creamy and smooth, medium body with modest carbonation.

F: Densely packed flavor as in a RIS, without the ABV. Perfect everyday, slightly sweet stout, with good balancing hops, bitter, and smokey finish. Must try.

Photo of Neffbeer
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,303 ratings.