1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Dominion Oak Barrel StoutDominion Oak Barrel Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

1,217 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,217
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 62
Gots: 66 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Dominion Oak Barrel Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,217 | Reviews: 655 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of SolipsismalCat
SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown/black with three-finger, tan, creamy, foamy head that lasted a few minutes. Good lacing.

S: Oak, roasted chocolate and coffee. Mild.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Oak and vanilla exactly as advertised. Not sure I like it though. Vanilla carries through in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation and ridiculously smooth. I mean, this is smooth. Slightly warm too, which is nice.

O: This beer looks great and is so smooth, but the nose and taste are just above average in my opinion. Maybe I'm just not a fan of the vanilla. Still, good overall.

01-08-2012 01:09:10 | More by SolipsismalCat
Photo of dherling
dherling

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -10.2%

Poured out a near black with a thin tan head that dissipated into nothing. The nose offered strong malt notes accompanied by light smoke, bbq, hickory, and mollasses. The taste had some nice malt, smoke, mollasses, and maple syrup flavors, but everything fell a bit short. Has a very light body and clean finish, more reminiscent of a porter than a stout and not satisfying at all. Granted, this is a beer you can drink a lot of without getting sick, something most aoked beers can't claim, but at the end of the day it starts off with promise and then falls flat.

05-02-2007 02:13:00 | More by dherling
Photo of Fish113d
Fish113d

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%

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!

01-25-2005 03:15:07 | More by Fish113d
Photo of santoslhalper
santoslhalper

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -2%

Appearence: Pours a pitch black with a creamy, thin light brown head.

Smell: The smell is a very complex malty mix of vanilla, bourbon and wood with a strong coffee feel to it.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is ridulously complex. Coffee, wood, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla and a huge bourbon taste create a deep, lucious flavor. The mouthfeel is smooth and rich.

Drinkability and Overall: This is a very nice stout. Just about as complex as a beer can get at 5.2% alcohol. The drinkability isn't too high simply complex it's such a complex taste. One or two and your taste buds would be wasted. Thanks (again) to NeroFiddled for this wonderful brew.

05-29-2005 22:04:01 | More by santoslhalper
Photo of Hopfenpeter
Hopfenpeter

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%

Having enjoyed the Baltic Porter of the same brewery, I ventured on to this nice dark red almost black coca cola colored stout. Brown head building the beer looked so inviting, I did not give the foam the time to dissipate.
The smell hints all the characteristic of a good stout, but is not strong.
I really liked the taste of this beer with the vanilla, dark chocolate and coffee in the front, the roasted malt dominating the middle and the bittersweet aftertaste in the back. Nicely balanced, a very drinkable stout. Good job Dominion brewery.

01-10-2011 04:26:06 | More by Hopfenpeter
Photo of Higravity
Higravity

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

Well I tried this beer again and I must say it has changed a bit since the first time I had it. I am not sure if it is a new batch or just some left-overs, but it is definately better than my first review stated. The aroma has really come along and there is a woody vanilla to the roasty stout. The taste was much much more even and even a little milk stout-ish, a nice roasty flavor that gives way to a oaky (read slight tannin) and vanilla flavor with a bit of lactic sweetness. The body is well rounded but a little gelatin like, slick almost in the finish of the beer. Overall a good breakfest for what is going to be a trying day.

09-07-2005 13:12:08 | More by Higravity
Photo of DruRho
DruRho

Maryland

4/5  rDev +1.8%

03-23-2013 22:27:29 | More by DruRho
Photo of Joecaddie
Joecaddie

Delaware

3/5  rDev -23.7%

08-17-2014 03:18:47 | More by Joecaddie
Photo of bconsidine
bconsidine

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

07-15-2013 17:43:15 | More by bconsidine
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
DrunkMcDermott

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

Interesting brew in that it has the complex mix of flavors of a "big" beer... but isn’t. Pours with a syrupy smell of vanilla and a bit of maple. When in the glass, there’s a brown spongy head over a ruby to black body. Taste is of a dry stout, but well mellowed with a trace of smoke and coffee. Vanilla is in just the right proportion to be a "part" of the beer instead of making it a "flavored" beer, if you get my meaning. Very light oakiness helps smooth out the brew, too.

03-30-2006 16:19:29 | More by DrunkMcDermott
Photo of delta490
delta490

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.8%

10-06-2013 16:40:24 | More by delta490
Photo of taigor
taigor

New York

4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-27-2012 15:46:53 | More by taigor
Photo of Atron67
Atron67

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%

picked up at the local grocery store in Fredericksburg.

was slightly sweet, reminded me of a milk stout, but it was very tasty the oak and vanilla flavors were strong and it worked very well together to give a very drinkable complex stout that wasnt a sipper

11-26-2008 14:59:03 | More by Atron67
Photo of jp312
jp312

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

09-03-2012 23:44:25 | More by jp312
Photo of thekanna
thekanna

Maryland

4/5  rDev +1.8%

A: Nice tar black color with a very thin tan head even after a turbulent pour.

S: Roasted malts, some smokiness, and faint vanilla beans. Gives off the general aroma of old wooden furniture, or an antique barn, full of age and complexity.

T: Good balance of roasted malts, oak, and espresso. There is some cacao powder-like bitterness to round out the end, with just a hint of phenols reminiscent of good scotch.

M: Medium, almost slightly too thin body. Would have liked more heaviness in the mouthfeel to complement the gravity and complexity of the oaky taste.

D: Nice to sip and admire the woody notes.

09-01-2009 01:29:16 | More by thekanna
Photo of ManekiNeko
ManekiNeko

Virginia

4.9/5  rDev +24.7%

Served from a growler purchased at the brewery less than 24 hours ago. The brewery uses a slow-pour system on this beer.

Appearance: Black with some dark reddish brown highlights. A nice and thick dark tan head, about 3/4" tall. Head eventually recedes to a film after two minutes, but some great lacing is left on the sides of the glass. Wowee!

Smell: A stout you actually want to spend some time sniffing, which, in my experience, is kind of a rarity. Strong vanilla, butterscotch, and cocoa smells. Some oak and oatmeal notes as well.

Taste: A splash of vanilla followed by bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts. Butterscotch, cocoa, and bourbon flavors, too. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Mighty tasty and slightly different from a standard stout.

Mouthfeel: Substantial and hearty, yet smooth. There's a nice pleasant warming sensation in the mouth, belly, and throat as this goes down. I'm ready for winter now, dammit! Just need to train the St. Bernard to crack open a growler.

Drinkability: YES, OH MY GOD, YES!!! This was the winner of the "Which Beer Will Go Home in my Growler?" contest. I'm thinking that the growler will never see anything but this stuff, too. Might have to pick up a second one...

10-19-2003 20:38:25 | More by ManekiNeko
Photo of Act25
Act25

New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

04-08-2014 02:24:52 | More by Act25
Photo of JandJMD
JandJMD

Maryland

4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-04-2014 21:06:34 | More by JandJMD
Photo of mhenson42
mhenson42

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

05-24-2012 00:15:38 | More by mhenson42
Photo of Atlas1
Atlas1

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -10.2%

To preface this accordingly, I must say that I'm a fan of the Old Dominion brews. I live in Washington, DC and visit the brewery once every 2-3 months for sixtels and pony kegs. Their beers are good, not great, and the customer service at their brewpup is subpar (most of the waitstaff is clueless, and the bartenders appear to be idiots), but I like what they do, so I keep going back. The Oak Barrel Stout pours a deep rich reddish black with a thin head. Not much foam or lace to speak of. But the aroma is what captures you. Strong vanilla scent, with some chocolate, some caramel, and a woody overtone. The taste is just as nice, with the vanilla present again, as well as some bitter coffee, and a hint of citrus in the finish, which is unusual for a stout of this nature, but present nonetheless. Mouthfeel is a bit weak. Overall, I like the Oak Barrel, mostly because it presents a formidable opponent to some lesser stouts out there. The problem is that you can't find it everywhere. So you're stuck drinking inferior stouts until Old Dominion can get distribution wider-spread.

12-11-2006 00:06:04 | More by Atlas1
Photo of atoulouk
atoulouk

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

11-05-2013 22:11:12 | More by atoulouk
Photo of Murph
Murph

Arizona

4.88/5  rDev +24.2%

This brew pours ever so slowly from the tap but when it finally reaches you it is blacker than night with a nice creamy brown head that lightly laces the glass. The oak barrels that this stuff is aged in lend a big vanilla quality to the nose with some more subtle burnt malt and sweeter chocolate characterisitics in the background. The brew opens up on the tongue with strong vanilla flavors before it is highjacked by the strong burnt malt presence and its wonderful bitter qualities. The bitter is then joined by a smoothly sweet chocolate quality that complements and balances the bitterness nicely as it fades out. The chocolate sweetness fades out into a nice smooth vanilla finish that lingers pleasantly on the tongue. This has to be one of the smoothest, silkiest beers that I've ever had, an amazing mouthfeel to accompany the heavyish body of the brew. This is a truly awesome brew that is certainly one of my favorite stouts, if only I lived a little closer to the brewpub.

02-27-2003 11:47:59 | More by Murph
Photo of assurbanipaul
assurbanipaul

Texas

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

Pours a dark black-brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is sweet and dark, vanilla and molasses, dark European chocolate.

Taste is more of the same: Dark chocolates, sweet vanilla, molasses with a nice roasty malt bitterness. Faint whiskey elements somewhere in the middle. Aftertaste is mild espresso, dry and malty.

Mouthfeel is medium, probably could use more body for the style. Smooth, sweet but not cloying. Would be a perfect dessert beer, maybe over ice cream. Thanks to meathookjones for the sample.

09-27-2004 03:17:12 | More by assurbanipaul
Photo of wahhmaster
wahhmaster

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Corned Beef & Co. shaker pint.

Appearance: Very nice. Pours a dark cola color with a large, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of roasted malts and coffee. There is a faint scent of dark chocolate in the background as well.

Taste: Starts mildly bitter up front and develops into a roasted malt flavor. Has hints of vanilla, coffee, and chocolate. All of this is backed by a considerable amount of oakiness which lingers into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and lightly carbonated. No complaints here.

Drinkability: Really a superior stout. I'm not usually that big of a stout fan but this one might make me a believer. Definitely worth a try.

06-19-2010 22:03:29 | More by wahhmaster
Photo of PhageLab
PhageLab

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%

Poured into the Duvel Tulip.

A - Pitch black, nice thin layer of froth, nice retention, laces quite well.

S - Chocolate, peanut butter, fresh soil, caramel.

T - Dark chocolate malt profile, toasty, notes of burnt cinder, smoke flavor, ash, and nuts. Very bitter. Surprisingly this one tasted better when it was chilled.

M - Full bodied, low carbonation, dry finish. My problem here was the consistency. The body was full, but the finish seemed oddly watery.

D - Pretty good, very tasty and balanced, I could actually do several of these. Impressive, and definitely worth a try.

02-28-2008 18:15:19 | More by PhageLab
Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,217 ratings.