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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

1,112 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1112
Reviews: 646
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.

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TheHopHeadGirl

District of Columbia

3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Label says dry hopped with vanilla but all I taste is smokey beer that is as dark as a Guiness. It has a boring label that's cream in color with a brown botlle. If you are into a smokey sharp stout this is a great beer for you. This is smokey whiskey and water.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 04:45:58 | More by TheHopHeadGirl
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zplug123

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a beer mug:

A: Black as oil, with a strong tan head that disappears into a ring of lacing. No light escapes from one side to the other.

S: Complex roasted characteristic, with dark chocolate tinge and vanilla after note.

T: Malty beer with notable oak tone, even bitterness throughout the taste. Sweet (vanilla?) end

M: Moderate-bodied but smooth, clean aftertaste. Could be mistaken for a porter, as it goes down easy.

D: On a cold autumn day, nothing warms up better than a good stout. Went through two bottles in a night and that was just the right amount.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 03:09:24 | More by zplug123
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resirob

Pennsylvania

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

Got 2 bottles in a case swap with co-workers. I will probably go back for a full case in a couple of weeks.

Deep black with a large dark tan, creamy head that settles to a nice pancake blanketing the top of the brew. Lacing all the way down.

Aromas of nutty, roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and some oaky and floral hop notes.

Taste starts off malty sweet, with shades of vanilla and a little chocolate. The roasty/nutty/oaky character then takes over, with an occasional vanilla appearance now and then. Hop bitterness slides in for a small cameo in a dry finish with lots of lingering tastiness. Very, I say, very nice.

Mouthfeel was quite smooth, but a little thinner than I expected.

Drinkability is excellent. The dry finish and average alcohol content make for an quaffable, but nice to savor, brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2004 18:36:51 | More by resirob
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neobassman

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of this local offering as part of a systematic review of domestic stouts. This one has much to offer. The pour is slightly thick, producing a modest head that dissipated quickly. Color is almost black with essentially no light passing through. Mild carbonation. The smell is complex and aligns well with the taste. Not much bitterness, and not much cooked coffee flavor. Nice maltiness in the heart of the flavor, and some pleasant sweetness, as well. The brewer states that the beer is dry-hopped with fresh vanilla beans and "toasted oak" chips to simulate a bourbon barrel aging. That may be, but I did not get a significant oak or vanilla experience from this brew - they're probably in there somewhere contributing to the overall flavor, but I was surprised these flavors were not prominent since the label touts them front and back.

This beer is not much like Guinness because it lacks the strong burnt coffee and salty components of Guinness, which may be a plus or a minus depending on how much you like the Irish icon. Oak Barrel is a good stout, pleasant and inoffensive. I would enjoy it again, though it does not rank among the leading American stouts in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2007 01:00:59 | More by neobassman
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RollingRocker

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i've never tried this until now i was out looking for old dominion's oatmeal stout (then i found out they were bought out by Anheuser-Busch and was discontinued and this was suggested) dark appearance and average smell. but the taste is excellent a nice roasted coffee taste with a light chocolaty finish (i love it) almost creamy mouthfeel but not too heavy. i really love this stout. i could drink this on a regular basis.

-RR

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 23:02:55 | More by RollingRocker
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BigTomZ

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured black with a nice head that lingered longer than expected.

Smells roasty with caramel vanilla background. Subtle without being simple.

I was impressed with the taste. Has a nice toasted malt base with notes of vanilla, toffee, and molasses. The oak is underlying but definitely present.

This is a bit thin for a stout, but only a bit. Still plenty of substance to it.

This isn't too strong and the taste doesn't lean too much towards one thing, so I could easily drink 6 of these in an evening.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 01:25:24 | More by BigTomZ
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raven3131

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark coffee... creamy long laced head... Overwhelming french vanilla nose. It was almost tough to find anything else floating around in there because the vanilla was so overpowering.

First sip was coffee, chocolate and malt balls! A nice tongue coater, and more oak and vanilla come out as you get closer to the bottom of the glass.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2005 13:21:25 | More by raven3131
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mday

Delaware

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A :: Pours a thick black with a one finger creamy tan head. It reduced to nothing within minutes.
S :: Oak, dark malt, chocolate
T :: A little woodiness from the oak with the chocolate and malt showing through the most. This leaves a long lasting bitterness in your mouth.
M :: Thinner than I expected for this stout. Medium-heavy carbonation
D :: The flavors are balanced and I could definitely enjoy a few of these. Again, a little thinner than I would like, but still good overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 02:41:56 | More by mday
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dragonglen

Pennsylvania

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

12oz bottle poured into a stout glass.

A - It poured nice and dark with almost no head and very few rising bubbles, leaving almost zero lacing while consumed.

S - The vanilla really jumps out with some malt. It also smells a little darker than it looks.

T - Surprisingly I can taste the oak a lot more than the vanilla. If I attempt to smell while drinking the vanilla becomes more prevalent, but the oak is definitely the stringer of the tastes.

M - Nice and smooth, better than other stouts I've had recently.

D - I love stouts but this is really nice for a change of pace. The vanilla flavor is nice, but I really enjoyed the oak taste, they really compliment each other well. I could drink this beer all night long.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2007 23:52:28 | More by dragonglen
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cozmohollis

Delaware

4.59/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The body is black with some dark reddish-brown color on the sides.
The head is thick and tan in color. And recedes to a creamy look.
The lace is only minor.

Smell: Scent of toffee, caramel, coffee, oak, and vanilla. A very pleasant smell.

Taste: Dark malts upfront that were roasted and crisp with a little bitterness to them.
In the middle was a sweetness that was balanced but complex. Notes of
chocolate, coffee, caramelized toffee, and vanilla that mix together
perfectly. Ends with a light roasted flavor that is smooth.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth and full body. In the middle it has an acidic crisp feeling when
all of the complex flavors mixes.

Overall: I love everything about this stout. My favorite thing is the complex flavors
and how smooth it is. A very interesting brew. One of my favorite stouts.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 04:47:47 | More by cozmohollis
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dwpiercetx

Texas

4.93/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got lucky enough to get stuck at BWI airport in Baltimore and went to Ram's Head. Tried the Copperhead first and liked it. Next I tried this wonderful stout. Extremely smooth and very flavorful. Of course the malts were just right. Each drink left that leveled effect that the commercials are telling about. I hope to get stuck at BWI again soon.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2008 05:40:13 | More by dwpiercetx
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jrbuch

New York

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Jet black. Completely opaque. Small brown head from a rough pour, otherwise no head.

S - The vanilla really comes through on the smell. Can smell the sweat malts.

T - Lots of character, vanilla, spicy wood, very sweet.

M - A very light mouthfeel for a stout. I was hoping for it to be a little heavier.

D - Could drink a few of these very quickly. Great for winter.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 18:21:19 | More by jrbuch
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motleybrew

New York

4.88/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On a tour of the OD brewery, I was lucky enough to encounter this big beer on a nitro tap. it is fabulous. Don't fall for imitations that come out of a bottle, there is nothing like this baby on tap and nitro. It is smooth and creamy like a guiness, but a slight bit more seductive on the tongue, a bit less scorched, and a tang more vanilla. Dark as pitch, I didn't even try to see through...a frothy, but contained head which didn't disappear no matter how long i waited. I couldn't stop drinking it...um, and neither could the 6 odd other people with me -- or the sales guy that brought us on the tour.

Bottles (I've had it) just don't do justice to this beer. i could rate it as one of the all time best darks...It is a reason for not attempting a dark homebrew unless I get myself a nitro tap. it is worth the trip...400+ miles from here.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-22-2004 05:04:41 | More by motleybrew
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BlastTyrant

New York

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a somewhat thin tan head. Aroma of vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Flavor is roasty and sweet, with a dry nutty finish. A bit of sour acidity creeps in and balances nicely with the other flavors. A nice chocolate and spruce bitterness mix in the finish as well. Complex flavor, but not over the top in any respect. Just a nice, well crafted stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2005 20:54:34 | More by BlastTyrant
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DookDrinkyCrow

Maryland

4.78/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark Amber pour, virtually non-transparent, as a stout should be

Smell: Sweet, Malty, Oak Barrel

Taste: Roasted Malt character, then slowly melts away with a sweet buttery vanilla finish

Mouthfeel: Smooth

Drinkability: Good drinkability, however it can fill you up fast

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 23:07:43 | More by DookDrinkyCrow
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ewpgolf2

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought this stout off the shelf and slowly cooled to 57*F. bottled stamp date: 5-30-07. Chose a (clean)snifter in anticipation of a heavy aroma to enjoy. It poured dark with 1/4" head. Sat so dark in the glass that you cannot see light through it-at all! Aroma was of smokey burnt wood with a sweet caramel background. I expected more with the taste based upon the prelude. The taste was toasty/nutty with a bitter aftertaste. I couldn't get away from the bitterness throughout the beer and seemed to intensify as it warmed. Mouthfeel was surprisingly smooth and clean for such a dense beer.
Overall, I expected more. The head completely dissapeared 1/2 way through and the flatness prevailed. I didn't sense any of the vanilla in the taste either which I would've liked. I would drink this again but not back to back. I'll pair one bottle with food next time.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 21:25:23 | More by ewpgolf2
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Fear4Beer

Delaware

3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 03:12:15 | More by Fear4Beer
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beermanWV

West Virginia

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

Black with a moderate chocolate head.

Bourbon is the most predominate smell, followed by oak, and vanilla. These three smells overpower a hint of roasted malt.

Oak and vanilla at first, followed by sweetness and the warmth of the alcohol. Tons of flavor. Mouthfeel is thinner than expected compared to the strong aromas and complex flavor. I recommend to those who enjoy oak aged beers. Something different with the vanilla.

Good beer to relax in the evening after a long day. I don't think I would want to drink more than 2 in evening.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 01:10:05 | More by beermanWV
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jduffy21

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this from a bottle poured in to a Samuel Adams glass. This stout was black as night with a beautiful tan head that reduces to a nice thin lace on top. This has smell of a robust coffee. The first sip is of coffee with a hints of vanilla at the end. Overall this is a really flavorful stout. This stout is smooth drinking, definitely on of my favorites. Very tasty!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 01:45:39 | More by jduffy21
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maestrotmbg

District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Smells outstanding poured directly from the bottle. Slightly sweet and quite toasted. The head disappears quite quickly leaving a dark pleasing baking chocolate color beer. This great start is somewhat let down once you get the beer into your mouth however. The prominent toasty oakiness in the smell is very subtle in the flavor which is lighter than many beers in this style and flees the pallet quite abruptly. The negligable mouthfeel and aftertaste makes this beer easy to drink which I guess is a plus. It's not bad but I won't be recommending it to anyone who is looking for an oak aged stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 23:57:22 | More by maestrotmbg
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greywolf

Delaware

5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this beer had become a fav myself and my wife and a few freinds first tried this beer at the brewery in dover de,,,
it was truly amazing,,,the color smell teste.was just awsome..i do suggest if u get this beer in the bottle let it rest b4 drinking...i found this to be better but thats just me...enjoy

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-22-2011 12:13:56 | More by greywolf
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Jade

Ohio

2.23/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I'm not even going to go through the usual list. Sorry, but this beer is not worth buying. Stay away. Bourbon barrel beer...this is not. Stout...this is not. Watery charred crap it is. If you think this is world-class or excellent or even good, stick with your Coors Light. Wow! Only redeeming quality is some silkiness. Look at my other stout reviews. This is not one to sit back and enjoy. Almost...a drain pour!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 03:01:33 | More by Jade
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guild337

Virginia

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

I have had this beer multiple times over the years, especially after moving back to Virginia 3 years ago. But this is the first time since AB (Coastal) bought out Dominion. But I was aware of the purchase, and expected to see that my keg was indeed a AB branded one. None the less, my experience was an overall pleasant one.

A - Deep and dark brown, with a slightly redish brown lovely head (once I got the CO2 pressure correct).

S - Coffee, dark chocolate, and hints of the vanilla bean. A tiny bit of earthiness.

T - A very nicely ballanced stout. It was on-tap in my kegorator for a Halloween party and the diverse crowd really seemed to like it. I enjoyed the subtle coffee and vanilla flavors.

M - A little syrupy and thick, but not unpleasant. And it was great on a crisp evening.

D - Low alchohol and not so overbearing bitterness lend to a somewhat sessionable brew. But I wouldn't recommend overindulging. The sugar content lends to quite the hangover the next day. All in all a great little (formerly) local stout. On-tap that is.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2009 00:58:34 | More by guild337
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DOCALYN

Virginia

5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Of all the stouts except Imperial Stouts I like this one best. Creamy and malty full of wonderfull bourbon aromas this stout is not as dry as a typical Irish Stout. The bitterness of BlackPatent malt is subdued and balanced tho' dry not excessive. Best enjoyed on tap.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2001 14:16:57 | More by DOCALYN
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plazabevinc

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours Very Black (like coke)and rich with a nice dark head. The smell and taste of oak is very noticeable. The beer has a very earthy smell and taste. It is a great beer for the price. May be my favorite beer in this category. It is a great bridge beer between lighter beers and hard core stouts. I hope AB INC's marketing takes this beer to more markets to show it's true potential.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 03:47:44 | More by plazabevinc
Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,112 ratings.