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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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678 Reviews

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Reviews: 678
Hads: 1,417
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 18.37%
Wants: 75
Gots: 147 | 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 Gajo74
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look- dark brown, not quite opaque, slightly translucent especially coming out of the bottle. Minimal head and slight ring like lace.
Smell- coffee, dark fruits, vanilla, musty wood and alcohol.
Taste- some sweetness that is somewhat fruity and malty. Mostly dark grains. Woody. Slightly bitter hops bite and dry finish. I'm not really tasting the vanilla.
Feel- medium bodied and prickly carbonation.
Overall a decent stout but not one of my favorites. It has some nice qualities but not overly flavorful.

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Photo of toti1972
2.98/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Dark colour, good smell to chocolate and some vanilla but not very strong, light bodied, light carbonation, and average stout, it's ok but I have tried better ones. Maybe I was expecting something more after reading the reviews, I don't think I'll have it again.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: April 4, 2015... GLASSWARE: Brew at the Zoo pint... OCCASION: the Easter vigil is upon us--and my Lenten sacrifice is over... APPEARANCE: dark brown, thick and rocky head; thins but stands moderately still as the pour finishes; dark black body... AROMA: some rum fragrances early; peaty and sweet, with some woody notes; some chocolate and milk as well... PALATE: soft and smooth, with some lactic qualities--holds a reasonable aftertaste but doesn’t intrude; medium-bodied and subtly creamy... TASTE: a nice blend of lactic chocolate and darker, malty flavors; drinkably agreeable without being thin; good balance of alcohol and flavor; the woody hints are just that--a pleasant brew for the early spring months rife with wind and rain; just a touch of vanilla makes this end with a peaceful atmosphere .....OVERALL: I first drank this years ago from a holiday sampler, but in seeking its standalone, I find it a worthy first beer after a long Lenten journey; an all-around balanced stout with enough nuance to stand out...

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Photo of DIM
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful beer, black body and a thick, impressively long lasting mocha colored head.

Odd but appealing aroma. Light smoke, earthy roasted malts, chocolate, faint vanilla, and an overall milky quality.

The flavor is a letdown after the smell. It has some interesting notes, but it's kind of flavorless overall. The peaty smoke works well, but the vanilla is very faint. Not much else here, just a little chocolate milk. The body is pretty watery.

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Photo of chinchill
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark brown, opaque in the glass, with a tan head that has limited retention but leaves some lacing on the glass.

Medium-full and smooth body with medium+ carbonation that seems too lively.

The flavor has a very nice vanilla bean component with a very faint oak barrel component and a moderate level of dark roasted malts. The vanilla is more obvious in the nose and but builds in the flavor with repeated sipping, eventually becoming a tiny bit too strong. Lightly sweet sweet-bitter balance.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an almost clear intense brown so deep as to appear black expressing a ruby tint when held to the light. More when I find out. The pour produces almost 3 fingers of moderately lasting, tightly bubbled, foamy, mocha head that leaves a streaky speckling of lace. Aroma is dark malt, roast, smoke, dark semisweet chocolate, woody vanilla & undertones of figs, prunes, tobacco & thin floral hop tones. Taste is wood, vanilla, dark semisweet chocolate, roasted (burnt) malt & smoke followed by toffee, figs & faint coffee. Finishes much like the rest of the sip but rapidly develops more intense bitterness, smoke & burnt notes in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is heavy bodied with medium carbonation, creamy, chewy & wet with a tiny spice prickle in the finish.

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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 !

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 edition, 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with an eighth of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Strong aromas of roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, but not much else, but then again, I’m stuffed up, so there’s that…but other reviewers note aromas of vanilla, roasted nuts, some dark chocolate and stone fruit!

Taste: Great! Massive malt bomb up front, with some great notes of freshly baked pumpernickel bread, some subtle coffee flavors, and quite a bit of vanilla and brown sugar-like sweetness. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Chewy and very smooth and creamy as there is practically no carbonation to speak of, what-so-ever. With an ABV of 6.1%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: I really, liked this stout. Love the massive malt presence, blended beautifully with vanilla and brown sugar. I’m certainly getting some more of this.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

App: pours a deep brown/burgundy, tan head that resolved quickly.

Smell: subdued aromas, oak, vanilla, kind of horsey wet burlap, earthy woody, some caramel notes but very slight
Taste: malty sweet forward, hint of vanilla and oak, a bit of cocoa and hint of coffee (not strong). Rather sweet throughout with a bit of hoppy crispness and bit for balance. Fairly clean, dry finish
Mouthfeel: surprisingly light body, rather effervescent (for the style) especially as it warms in the mouth.

O: An easy drinking American stout, initially surprised by how light the body was, by the end I found it rather enjoyable. Good Flavor profile, no need for food to accompany this beer.

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Photo of mdagnew
4/5  rDev +2%

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast

Poured pretty much pitch black. Dirty mocha tan head poured small but tight, thick and foamy then faded quite quickly to decent half finger coating... some light clingy lacing...

Aroma - Strong roasted dark chocolate malts mixed with a good dose of freshly ground coffee beans, burnt butter, cola traces, vanilla, some piney / grassy hops, toasted (charred ?) malt loaf, chocolate cookie dough, slight smokiness, cocoa powder...

Taste - Strong charred / sooty notes, bitter black coffee mixed with sweetish milk chocolate and also some dark bitter chocolate... lots of pepperiness, vanilla, light oakiness, light pine, some powdered chocolate, light treacle, grassy and earthy traces, some tobacco smokiness, faint roasted nuttiness...

Feel - Quite smooth and creamy... medium / full bodied.. a very quaffable brew even at 6% - no real trace of the alcohol..

Overall - A very good stout and better than i was expecting... recommended...

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lots of vanilla on this stout. It's a great morning beer, not too dark on the roasted malt, not too thick, just right. Short lived tan head just a quarter inch tall. The nose presents smoked malt in small proportion and quite a bit more hops than is common in the style. Vanilla is the predominant flavor, but the malt complexity is awesome and layered. Oak presence is light and sweet, I'm guessing a pretty quick aging process. The body is a bit thin for a stout, and for the richness of flavors. It seems watered down to me, but the flavors are awesome. My first beer from old dominion is a hit.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Very dark brown with a one-finger head
S: Coffee, cocoa, bourbon, roasted malt
T: Matches the nose note for note, though a bit lighter than I expected
M: Medium-bodied but again a touch thin
O: Solid and worth a try but could be a bit fuller

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.39/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Revisited 03-28-15 after initial review last August.
Bottle dated 02-18-15 (this puppy is fresh) into pint glass. I'd call it a ruby brown - not red, but not brown either. Thick light tan head of coarse bubbles reduces to a thin and long-lasting film.
Taste is, unfortunately, underwhelming. Vanilla and dark malt initially, then...nothing.
It's way too thin for a stout. Too much carbonation. As a result, it's not as smooth as I'd expect.
There are a lot of really good stouts out there. This isn't one of them.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Dominion pub in Dulles Airport, served chilled in a pint glass.

The color is deepest walnut brown with a thick dark tan head with fine bead spots of lace cling. The smell is strong with vanilla nd coffee-like roasted malt aroma with woody accent and mild yeasty fruit-like nose with mild nutty nougat in candy with caramel malt essence and the roastiness high in the smell. The feel is very good with smooth vanilla creaminess mild roasted texture and medium body with moderately low sweetness and light woody texture with semi-dry finish and low alcohol influence.

The flavor of malt is dominant with a yeast flavor trailing at first with noticeable vanilla and some sweetness with a mild caramel malt flavor and subtle roasted barley core with more vanilla adding to the base with yeast adding to the complexity as it warms. There is perhaps a little raisin and light spice in the finish with low alcohol flavor. Overall this is a very good stout -pretty well integrated vanilla makes me think it is used to augment the 'oak barrel' as the name implies but smooth flavor and easy to quaff at the 6% strength

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in a snifter. Bottled on 05/12/14.

Appearance: Completely black with a thin cappuccino-color ring and skin across the top.Islands and strands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt and hint of raisins. Maybe a little bit of smoke wood and smoky notes and some chocolate, but they're weak.

Taste: Black coffee, roasted malts, oak with hints of vanilla. Simple but well done. Vanilla blooms in the mouth as the beer warms up; it's a delayed taste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but not as thick and creamy as you expect in a stout. A bit on the watery side. Light carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: Overall it's missing some things that I would expect from a stout (smell is mild and the mouthfeel is weak), and yet it's got a quite good flavor profile and appearance. So overall, very good in some aspects and weak in others making it an above average stout in my opinion. Not sure I would want another one in an evening, but I think with food like steak or even dessert a second glass would be welcoming.

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Photo of barczar
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a lingering frothy cappuccino head.

Nutty, toasted malt, coffee grounds, and vanilla form the initial aroma. Roast malt and toasted oak emerge as it warms.

Flavor has a deeply roasted malt backbone throughout, with lightly bitter coffee and notes of char emerging in the finish, accompanied by oak. Hints of dark cherries hit early, adding complexity. Vanilla is fairly subtle, but this has aged a year.

Body is moderate, with modest carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

Fairly complex beer, with a nice tart and char balance. It's not overly roasted, and the toasted oak complements well.

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Photo of sommersb
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 07-03-2014
Freshness: Bottled on 03-25-2014
Packaging: 12 oz. bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Nonic pint
Purchased: Single from Let's Pour mailorder

A: Big tan head sits on a black, opaque beer. Shows good head retention and lacing.

A: Smells like roasted malts, oak wood, coffee and lightly of vanilla.

T: Flavors include dark bread, toasted grain, coffee and chocolate. Bitterness is light.

M: Light in body with a moderate carbonation, the finish is semi-dry with notes of chocolate and toasted malts.

O: All in all a very good stout that I'd recommend.

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Photo of Geraurd
2.87/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

In high hopes for this beer died as soon as I poured it. The head was almost non-existent, had almost no aroma, and tasted very gland in general. Got better as it warmed up, but not at all the beer that it surely would like to be. I didn't detect even the slightest hint of the vanilla beans that were mentioned, and that was possibly the most interesting part of the description.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Had this on tap at Dulles Airport. From notes.

A - Black pour with one finger of creamy tan head. Good carbonation coming up. Spotty lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Cola, sugar, sweet dark malt, some chocolate.

T - Roast, chocolate, sweet mostly. Not too much going on.

M - Very smooth, mild carbonation, medium body. Nice.

O/D - Fairly drinkable. Not sure where the smoke or barrel are, but it wasn't too bad. Scored lower because it lacks what it advertises.

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Photo of DanLane
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I really like stouts, and this has been one of my favorites for a couple years now. I picked it up at Martin's this time.
A- Can't see through it, and it pours a great looking 1' froth.
S- Nothing crazy here, just a hint of vanilla like the bottle advertises.
T- A great, smooth taste that hits you with that vanilla flavor. It's so smooth but still has that roasted flavor of a stout.
Overall, like I said before it is one of my favorites, and it's always easy to find here in Virginia so I pick it up pretty often.

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Photo of Omnium
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Dark Brown/Black with one finger of fizzy brown head, no lacing
S - Really nice roasty aroma, you do get some slight hints of a woody character, slight vanilla, and a touch of smoke.
T - Bitter coffee rind, earthy and woody tones as well, a little hop bite, roasted malt.
M - A little too carbonated, would prefer it to be more silky, but still good.
O - This is a classic beer to me, one of the beers that got me into craft, and I still enjoy it to this day. the oak presence is really nice, and not dominating. Very earthy in flavor, but overall an outstanding beer.

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Photo of 64vdub
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this as an extra in a trade. I'm not much of a stout drinker, but this one was tasty. Super smooth and easy to drink. There is a wonderful oakiness which I know was intended and just a slight hint of vanilla over the roasted malt body. I am impressed...this beer may have just opened a new door for me.

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Photo of Act25
3.93/5  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.

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Photo of hops202
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into stone snifter.

Appearence is decent. Smell is lacking. It kills me that they can claim "oak barrel stout" when it is just aged on oak chips - not in actual barrels. Taste follows the nose - almost like a weak stout with a hint of vanilla. This seems way overrated.

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

12oz. pint on tap at Pinocchio's in Media, PA.

A: Opaque black with a two-finger creamy tan head. Absolutely no light shining through, even when held up to direct sunlight. Head retention is superb, with some decent khaki lacing left down the glass.

S: Coffee, caramel, hints of vanilla, oak, and bourbon-like booze.

T: Lots of roasted malts upfront provided some smokiness and sweetness; vanilla and caramel with some underlying roasted coffee bitterness and some boozy bourbon. Lots of roasted flavors in the finish. Bourbon character comes through a lot as the beer warms.

M: Full-body, smooth as satin with tons of creaminess and subdued carbonation. Not overly heavy, went well with some appetizers.

O: Definitely one of the better stouts I've had. Lots of rich, complex flavors with smooth drinking qualities. A definite recommendation.

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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 678 ratings.