Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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88
very good

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Reviews: 673
Hads: 1,397
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 73
Gots: 134 | 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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Photo of mjsheehan08
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black, with a pretty dismal head. Not to much lacing on the glass. 

Smells sweet, hints of vanilla, coffee and roasted malt. The barrel is really present in the nose, bourbon is there, wood isn't as much. 

Taste follows the nose, and the beginning is sweet from the vanilla, the middle hits with a soft touch of the coffee and malt. The finish has a strong feel on bourbon, with a very slight alcohol heat on the way down. 

Mouthfeel is mild, minimum carbonation. Very slick and creamy. 

I could probably drink a bunch of these.  (551 characters)

Photo of ajaxivan
3.14/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

10-5-2010 bottling date poured into pint glass

A: Decent black color but after pouring vigorously no head to speak of.

S: Hints of vanilla and oak. Maybe some dark fruit

T: Im getting a decent amount of vanilla, just enough i would say. Thats about it unfortunately

M: Thin to medium, not smooth at all

D: By no means complex , still not bad if your looking for a easy drinker. Good price point for what you get i think. Not my favorite but wouldnt turn one down if offered, i left wanting a little more. (509 characters)

Photo of Afterburner
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The other day I had this on tap. It was tasty. Today, I had the bottled version. It was bottled on Thursday, and consumed on Sunday. As a reminder, the bottled versions are not the same as the keg version offered at Dominion's brewery. The bottle versions, as well as the keg versions offered in restaurants, are aged with toasted oak chips and vanilla, instead of being aged in old bourbon barrels.

All of the comments I made about the draft version apply here to the bottled version. It's a dark, thick brew, dark brown foam head, and so on.

The primary difference, at least to my taste buds, is that the oak flavor is much more assertive in the bottled version. You get a very woody, oaky flavor mid-palate that wasn't present in the keg version I had at the Vienna Inn. IMHO, that makes the bottled version much more interesting, and therefore superior.

Of course, the kegged version isn't bad, either. I certainly wouldn't pass one up in any case. But if you can find a bottled version, it's worth a try.

Edit Addendum: I let another bottle sit out for a while and assume room temperature, so I could bring out the aromatics. One of these buggers served at 55-65F has a metallic tang to the aroma that isn't noticable when the beer is chilled. And there is a pronounced nutty aftertaste present in the room-temperature beer. (1,341 characters)

Photo of seanpachefddfa
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperaance poured a dark black with a thin darktan head. The head did not last very long and not much lace.
smell smells of toasted malts and oak at first. Also getting a faint vanilla coffee and mabey a little dark brown sugar aroma .
Taste very true to the aroma, but the coffee and vanilla come out more in the taste than they do in the smell.
mouthfeel not quite as heavy as i would expect from a stout but still very good. Very smooth.
Drinkability very Drinkable for a stout, Icould drink 4 or 5. (502 characters)

Photo of StoutHearted
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This drink had me from hello- I loved it from first sip. The oak is very apparant and will kick you in the teeth if you're not used to it. To oak lovers like myself, it feels like home. The reiging image in my head as I drank this beer was of vanilla bean ice cream. Whether this beer made me crave it, or its smell strongly resembled that tasty treat, I couldn't figure out. Either way, this brew was begging to be turned into a beer float.

Not much head when I poured it, what was there quickly turned to caramel lace over a typical dark stout-black brew. No matter, the beer held a strong aroma throughout the drink. At room temperature, it is fantastic. Forget the black forest cake, this beer is dessert in itself. (723 characters)

Photo of rotsaruch
4.92/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A growler obtained 11/27/02. A big creamy head floating on this beautiful black as the nite without any stars in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean (I remember of nites like that from days in the Navy) brew. The aroma is something that it is hard to describe. It has this fragrance of vanilla and bourbon. The smoothness and balance of this brew is remarkable. There is sweet softness of the malt embracing the palate and the slight presence of hops at the finish. It has to be one of the most distinctive, drinkable stouts that I have ever had. (543 characters)

Photo of swthomas55
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pint on tap at Lizardville.

Aroma has delicious vanilla, along with roasty, coffeeish and cocoa notes. Underneath is clearly a stout.

It pours black, with a decent tan head.

Presents itself as a dry stout, with malt and roast in balance and not sweet. Then the vanilla comes in and rounds it out. The finish is dry and roasty with hints of vanilla.

Overall, I find it quite enjoyable. It is a good dry stout, but rounded and expanded by the oak barrel vanilla. (466 characters)

Photo of corylew
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5 month old bottle poured into a handmade bulbous pint glass.

Pours deep brown, not quite black. Light pretty visible through the corners. Thin dark tan head forms and disappears about as fast as it appeared.

Smells great. Oak and vanilla come to the nose behind carbonation in a balanced way. Not overpowering.

Tastes wonderful. Slightly sweet, while light in body, which compliments the hints of vanilla well. Not much oak in the flavor, just a tad in the nose. Well carbonated and tasty.

Mouthfeel is nice. An evident 6% in body. Could be a little heavier to bring out some more malt flavor but I can't complain.

Overall, this beer empties very well. It's an interesting balance between a lighter bodied beer and a strong flavor. Highly recommended. Don't let the lack of head and light color throw you off. (816 characters)

Photo of Fear4Beer
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

This review is for the Dominion Oak Barrel Stout in a 12oz bottle and served in a tall glass. This beer is a nice dark brown/black... you can't see through it. What I got from this beer was a bunch of oak, vanilla, chocolate, and coffee bean in that order. If you are into those sort of notes, you will probably like this sort of beer. I'm figuring out that this isn't my style of beer. Not a big fan of beers like this. I figured I'd give this a try. Again, you might really like it if you are into these sort of flavors. (522 characters)

Photo of dnrobert24
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a beer that I could have just sat and smelled and smelled and smelled. It poured a beautiful black chocolate with a thin white, not tan, head. Taking a whiff of the beer was like waking up after camping to the smell of rain-soaked charred oak campfire logs--it was a subdued smokey-oaky scent. It was heavenly. In comparison, the flavor and mouthfeel were thin and a bit of a let-down. I could taste the classic stout malts that resemble the acidic bitterness in coffee, but there was not much more there. Nevertheless, the aroma kept me coming back for more. (567 characters)

Photo of Illini5596
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Truly one of Dominion's best beers. A little hard to come by, but can still be found if you look hard enough (lets hope they start shipping out of state soon!). The color is a deep rich dark brown, hinting at the full bodied nature of this beer. The aroma is subtle, and the head unfortunately minimal, but the taste is a work of art. Dominion's Oak Barrel Stout has a truly complex and thick taste, combining the taste of malt with hints of vanilla, coffee and chocolate overlayed with the complexity of oak. A true pleasure to drink, quite possibly one of the best stouts out there. My only complaint is the mouthfeel, as it is a bit thick and tends to linger a bit longer than I prefer. If you ever see this, buy it and treat yourself to a very enjoyable evening. (766 characters)

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 ! (770 characters)

Photo of dafizzif
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep black, with a dark, caramelly head.
Smell: Chocolates with very dark, roasty malts and some vanilla. Less oak than one would think, though it is still there.
Taste: Coffee, chocolate, and vanilla, all soaked in oak. Nice.
Mouthfeel: Very light. Watery. Not really how I like my stouts, but it was what I expected.
Overall: This is a fine beer that I would gladly try again but do not see myself buying again unless something more interesting is not available. (479 characters)

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

Very good stout. This is actually enjoyable from the bottle unlike Guiness which taste like feces from anywhere but the tap.

Pours dark opaque with a mild head. Disipated quickly and left only mild lacing. Perfectly carbonated. Its a stout that is well balanced enough to get even non beer drinkers to enjoy. (310 characters)

Photo of axisjones
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Stone Impy Stout snifter. Impenetrable tar black with a massive rocky light brown head. The head settles down to a clean 1/4 inch after a little while.

The aroma is all about mocha hot chocolate roasted espresso beans. A really sweet appetizing smell, I just wanna jump right in.

A delicious stout! Creamy with an almost tart bitterness, rich chocolate flavors with a vanilla bean espresso taste. Thick and luscious, dampened only by the slightest hint of sourness in the finish, most surely because of the roasting. A lingering carbon finish.

Yeah, this hits the spot all the way. Goes down smooth as hot chocolate. I could probably chill with a few bottles by a roaring fire and discuss the merits of 1700 colonialism, puff a pipe, and be quite at peace with the world. Thanks to blitz134 for hooking me up with this awesome surprise! (859 characters)

Photo of Saunapoika
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First impression was one of suprise. With a name like Oak Barrel Stout, I was assuming a deep filling, hearty, dark brew.

Appearance is a slightly opaque black.

Aroma starts off with hints of vanilla and then is overpowering with the smell of bourbon. While quaffing this brew, I imagined a Guiness with a shot of Jim Beam poured in.

Carbonation was perfect but no head retention or lacing throughout my experience.

Overall, this is an enjoyable brew. I however, was expecting a bit more of a filling beer. Not to say it wasn't good but not quite what I was expecting. (582 characters)

Photo of advill88
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer is black as night, with a one and a half finger tan head.

S - Nutty oaky aroma, with hints of coffee and chocolate

T - Starts off slightly sour with a touch of hops, but then a nice strong maltiness kicks in with hints of bourbon and chocolate, and a smooth vanilla finish and a bit of sweetness.

M - Fairly heavy bodied with strong carbonation and a nice creamy texture

D - This is one of the few stouts I could probably drink all night because of its incredible rich and smooth taste. One of the better stouts I've had - highly recommended. (560 characters)

Photo of SSBrennan
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a thick dark tan head, a great looking beer.

Smells of sweet roasted malts, vanilla, and a hint of coffee.

The taste is rich with vanilla and caramel. There is an initial almost smoky flavor of roasted malt with a bracing crispness. The finish is very smooth and rich.

The richness and weight is perfect for me.

Despite it's weight this beer is delicious enough to have a few. (412 characters)

Photo of rokoch27
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful roasted, burnt aroma and black as night with slight browning around the edges when held up to light. Glides down your throat like soft silk, temping you with flavors of vanilla oak and dark malt. This beer is sweet like dark chocolate and complex enough to sit and savor, but not overly so. Good stuff Old Dominion! (325 characters)

Photo of JClarson
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark tan head. Black in color with an amber tinge.

S- Smokey oak hits the nose then follows with chocolate and caramel candies.

T- Roasted/chocolate malt follows all the way through. Slight vanilla and oak at the finish.

M- Creamy with a lingering smokey aftertaste.

O- If you see this in the store pick it up and try it you won't be disappointed. The oak and vanilla dry hopping give this beer a unique taste that is not too overwhelming and doesn't take over your palate. (481 characters)

Photo of WonderWoman
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown with a thin head.
Smelt of smoky malt and molasses
Tasted smoky and oaky with hints of bitter grape seeds. It finished with a lacquer after taste.
The mouth feel was smooth and bubbly
I felt this was an ok blended stout. Not the best and certainly not the worst. (286 characters)

Photo of orangedive
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - .5 inch dirty cream head. Ink black with a slight brownish hue in the light.

S - Smells outstanding. Maple & Vanilla flavors--wonderful sweetness, subtly sweet. Some oak and sweet chocolate. Delicious.

T - Great. Sweet but not too sweet. More coffee than chocolate. Not much bitterness. Nice balance with maple and brown sugar flavors. Really good.

M - A little thin but nice.

D - Good. A great beer. Could have several but it's nice just to savor it. (459 characters)

Photo of StoryOfTheGhost
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this beer as part of a beer of the month club for Christmas, and I really enjoyed it.

A- Dark black, with a thin dark caramel head

S- I smell the coffee and the wood smells up front. The bourbon is not as strong as a smell as I expected or hoped, but still has a very nice scent to it

T- Very similar to the smell. Great flavor of roasted malts. The bourbon is faint. Very low alcohol taste, which was expected with an abv that runs low for the style

M- This is the reason that I did not give the beer a better rating. Watery. Taste does not stay with you as long as I would desire, which is a shame, because it tastes good

O- This is an excellent beer, and one that I would drink again. It goes down very smooth, and it would be pretty easy to knock back several. (777 characters)

Photo of AndIWantYou
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mmmmm. Now this is what a stout is all about. It was dark, malty, slightly hoppy, and pretty filling. The light in Old Dominion's Ashburn, VA, brewpub was fairly dim, but Oak Barrel looked black as night in my glass. I didn't detect the bourbon flavor, just a rich, creamy stout that made my barbecue sandwich quiver in fear, knowing that it didn't have the body and texture to stand up to such a wonderful concoction. Regrettably, since the tab was on my girlfriend's father, I didn't want to order another beer until he did, and he didn't, so I only got one taste of this divine liquid. (588 characters)

Photo of Edgecrusher
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: Growler picked up from the brewery.

Appearance: Black like the night. Very little lacing on glass. Nice head.

Smell: Choc and coffee. Very strong aroma.

Taste: Very flavorful. Taste matches the aroma-no surprises.

Mouthfeel: A tad on the thick side and slightly chewy.

Drinkablilty: Not an every day drinker, but excellent for a few a week.

Overall a very solid beer-would buy again. (403 characters)

Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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