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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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677 Reviews

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Reviews: 677
Hads: 1,415
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 18.37%
Wants: 75
Gots: 146 | 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 cavedave
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Evan, thanks again for these.

Dark brown, opaque with a tight knit finger of light brown lather.

Smell is of roasty malts. Some dark caramel, light peaty note, some coffee, and a hint of bitter chocolate. As I drink I get occasional whiffs of milk chocolate too. Very subdued aroma, though.

Mmm, delectable taste. Dark sweet starts things off, some char kicks in , just the right touch of it, espresso notes, hints of bitter chocolate. End of sip features the sweet cresting into a really tasty blast of the roasty and hop bitter notes. Didn't really get any oak or vanilla.

Quite easy drinking, almost like a milk stout, low carb., clean flavors, excellent finish, and decent complexity.

Really surprised by this one. I love regional beers I have never tried that rock, this one does. You'll love it.

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Photo of andrewjraab
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this in my beer of the month club that I received as a Christmas present from my wife...

It pours a deep black and is thick as hell. Two fingers of brownish head and quickly dissipates to a thing later that remains. Smells - oak, caramel, vanilla, coffee - smells amazing. The taste matches the smell - a nice and complex flavor profile from start to finish. Creamy malt profile up front balanced with a bitter finish. This is a well crafted stout and that is very complex. You need to try this.

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Photo of dtivp
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with amber hues, half of a finger foamy tan head, fades quickly to a thin spotty cap with light lacing.

Aroma of vanilla, smoke, oak and roasted malt.

Taste starts a little sweet with vanilla then the oak, malt and some smoke hits the palate. The oak and smoke become more dominate as the beer warms.

Mouth Feel is medium leaning light body with light carbonation, a little thin, smooth with a slight oak after taste.

Overall a good stout, needs a little more body, however, I enjoyed it a lot more as it warmed.

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Photo of Holland
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a nice very dark black color with a slight brown on the edges. Good sized head with lacing that stays to cover the glass for a while. Does not look very thick, but it's not a huge stout.

S: vanilla, wood, sweetness, caramel, and some roasted and smokey malt

T: initially dominated by the vanilla and sweetness, it changes to to a little more brown sugar, oak, and some earthy flavor. Smoke flavor comes out when it warms.

M: I want a thicker stout, but this is good in carbonation and has around a medium body.

O: good beer overall, especially with the complexity over time. It changes even more as it warms. For $10 per 6 pack, you can't miss on this.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to duff27 for the bottle share. Thanks Chris!

reviewed from notes 5/10/12.

Vintage 2010 poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with a small tan head. Nice lacing with head that drops to a ring around the beer glass.

Smell: Oddly enough salty peanuts; its unmistakeable. Also hints of oak, roast, vanilla, and lite smoke. Lots of things to pick out of this nose.

Taste: Vanilla and oak upfront. Mild roasty and bitter notes. Little bit nutty and salty in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin for a barrel aged stout. low end of a medium bodied beer with low carbonation. No much heat or booziness found in this brew.

Overall: Solid Ba Imperial Stout that is almost on the borders of being a brown ale with the nuttiness and salty peanut notes in the nose/taste of the brew.

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Photo of Duff27
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle

Initially head is short lived, leaves collar. Nice alcohol legs.

Oaky nose, some vanilla but mostly smells of a tree!

Pretty complex stout here. Vanilla dominates but doesn't overpower. Some oak, "nuttiness".

Mouthfeel is a little thin, kind of distracting. Lower end of spectrum of carbonation due to age I'm guessing.

Slightly oxidized but tasty none the less. Loved the vanilla aspect of this one, pleasant surprise. Thanks mikeyv35.

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Photo of siege06nd
2.67/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Laughably lame description of this on the bottle. Anyways...

A. Surprise, it pours black. Very black. With a half finger of light brown head. Lacing is pretty good and head is pretty tightly beaded. Looks really good.

S. Not much. Some mild vanilla and the tiniest hint of chocolate.

T. Some thin vanilla and chocolate. Lots of graininess. A weak sweetness is the dominant note. Seriously, Dominion?

M. Pretty highly carbed for style. Pretty flabby overall.

O. Singularly underwhelming in almost every way. This beer is thin, mostly flavorless, and is way too watery for a robust stout aged with vanilla and oak chips. I wasn't expecting much from Dominion, but I've definitely had better. Woof.

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Photo of TheHopHeadGirl
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Oak Barrel Stout pours a very black beer that has a very thick, hearty and slow to settle head that lingers with a consistency of shaving cream. The lacing an thick as well and show properties that have raised my expectations.

The nose is more hops, a subtle tinge of pine and some vanilla, bread and nutmeg.

The flavor is powerful with a rich amount of hops that are immediately apparent and just short of overwhelming. Not as balanced as I was hoping for but not over kill either. This is quite the quaffable beer and a very enjoyable stout with strong notes of dark roast coffee , vanilla, caramel and tight bitter almost like a UK ESB. The oak flavors are so subtle I am not even sure if I can taste them. However they could be hiding in the other stronger flavors making them more rounded.

The mouthfeel is more watery than I expected for a dark stout which such a rich and thick head. But it is more than acceptable.

Overall a very enjoyable stout. I would love to have this one again.

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Photo of draheim
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (bottled 2/21/2012) into a snifter. Pours a dark brown w/ a thick frothy head, sticky lace.

Aroma: Faint bitter roasted malt, hint of vanilla

Taste: Not as roasty or dark as the nose. A little astringent, some oak.

Mouthfeel is thin, weak.

Overall, disappointing. More porter than stout.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Excellent clarity with a deep ruby/garnet color and a medium tan head of fine bubbles that dissipates leaving just after a ring around the edge of the glass after about a minute.

The aroma is a bit faint but what is there shows the oak and vanilla with aromas of vanilla, toffee and some carmel along with the roasted malt character an American stout. There is some diacetyl which is probably from the oak.

Again the vanilla and oak are upfront with flavors of vanilla, toffee and cocoa initially. A pleasant moderate amount of coffee flavor in the middle and finish. There is a little sweetness in the beginning and middle while it eventually progresses to a moderately dry finish. Faint, nondescript hops flavors of citrus with a descent amount of bitterness thought out.

The light to medium-light body is too thin for an American stout. The moderately high carbonation is appropriate and the bit of astringency probably results from the hops/malt bitternes and the oak aging.

The oak and vanilla defiantly come through and are nicely balanced in a very solid beer but I'd like stronger aromas in the nose, more body and better head retention.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottles 1/23/12. Poured into chalice. Deep brown; almost black. Deep tan thin head. Gone quickly, but this rim remains. Smell is very mild...roasted malts with a hint of vanilla. Taste is of roasted malts and vanilla. A bit of oakey/wood hits the palate with a sweet milky taste. The more it warms up, the more vanilla comes out in the flavor. A bit bitter finish, but works well with the sweet vanilla. Overall, a really great stout, and as a fan of vanilla brews, this is as vanilla as I ever had.

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Photo of Ruds
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 355 ml bottle into a snifter glass to a jet black colour (shades of brown around the edge of the glass when held to the light) and with a smallish tan head.

On the nose roasted malts, a hint of vanilla, a little coffee but not getting any kind of oak or wood hit which I was expecting!

Flavour wise I get roasted malts, vanilla, a little mix of chocolate and coffee, but again no hint of the oak for me. Good flavours though so not a major detraction for me!

Mouthfeel was excellent, creamy smooth and very drinkable, medium in body and limited carbonation.

Overall a good stout, but just not getting the 'oak' that I Was expecting!

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Photo of welldigger888
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured an inky opaque with a nice tan head that laced well.

Seems a bit muted with a roast malt dominence.

Roasty coffee vanilla bean goodness. A hair washed out, but good non the less.

Seems a bit thin and a shade watery, that said I like it enough to buy this again.

I suggest playing The Black Crowes w/ Jimmy Page LOUDLY while consuming this.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into standard pint.

A - Pours an opaque dark brown color with a two finger head that lasts for a while. Leaves a nice sticky lacing.

S - Aromas are mild. Some coffee, skim milk, and roasted barley. I really don't get any of the vanilla and only the slightest amount of oak.

T - The flavor is toasty, and I start to pick up some sweet vanilla as it warms. The flavors, like the aroma, are subdued.

M - Good carbonation and a medium feel.

O - The aroma and flavors are not very powerful, but it isn't bad. I didn't know anything about this beer or brewery but I wasn't overwhelmed. The price was right, though, so I would rate the value as strong.

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Photo of zac16125
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
Born on date: 1/27/12

A: Opaque black with just over 2 fingers width of light khaki colored head, which takes a fair amount of time to dissipate down to a thick film which remains throughout the drink.  Leaves a few sporadic areas of patchy lacing.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate, oak,vanilla, a touch of dark fruits. The bourbon character is very subtle, but nonetheless a very inviting aroma on this one.  

T: A big roasted malt character, a nice milk chocolate flavor, vanilla,  a mild degree of coffee, a hint of dark fruits (raisin),  a degree of booze is noted which is surprising considering the relatively low ABV.  It leaves a nice lingering milk chocolate and roasted malt aftertaste.  Pretty tasty but I am getting effectively no bourbon notes, which is disappointing.  Still real good though.

M/D: Silky smooth, carbonation on the low side which I like,  medium to light bodied.  Mouthfeel is a little thin, but not bad for a single stout.  Pretty good drinkability, I could certainly see this as a sessionable stout.

O: Overall, a real good beer.  One of the better single stouts I have had.  Decent complexity in the palate profile, and a great nose. I wish the bourbon characters were more prominent, but still well done, and worth a try especially as a flavorful, sessionable alternative to a big RIS.  

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Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep brown with a coffee-tan head. Bitter dark malts on the nose along with vanilla, coffee, chocolate and a touch of oak.

Rich creaminess up front with bitter dark malts. Sweet chocolate and caramel round out the edges around mid palate creating a semi-sweet taste which is then cut by a dry oakiness. Its not a lot of oakiness but its just the right amount across the back of the tongue that it creates a nice dry finish and brings the beers flavor ride to rest.

Incredibly complex with more flavors than I can name including touches of smoke and creamy vanilla as well as coffee. The layers of flavor are immense and all compliment each other amazingly. An impressive brew.

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Photo of rarbring
3.06/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The brew is dark brown, almost black, a high tan head, medium lacing and curtains.

Smelling of sweet chocolate, dates and figs.

More chocolate, milk chocolate on chocolate bread, oak chips, some lemon peel.

Medium carbonation, a bit flat, medium body.

Wonder if the oak really improved this one.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.88/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I think I just found the perfect stout! Freshness dated to 01/27/12 (bottling date).

Sweet malted aroma with hint of vanilla. Pours deep ruby/brown with a full dark beige head. The head lingers and then laces the glass all the way down to the end. Taste is mildly hopped and lightly sweet from the vanilla. Pleasing to the tounge and palate!

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Photo of tjkinate
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to THECPJ for this one.

A: 2+ finger head that displayed decent retention with an appearance somewhere between creamy and soapy. Some lacing was seen atop this black bodied brew.

S: Oak is evident, some vanilla, with hints of dark chocolate malts. Subtle yet pleasant.

T: Subtle like the smell, but less impressive. Oak and vanilla barely make a showing and do little to elevate the tasting.

M: Fairly dry and thin for the variety.

O: Meh.

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Photo of output01x
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Bottled 01/03/12) into a pint glass.

A vigorous pour yields a 2-finger light mocha-colored head that dissipates after a couple minutes to a thick dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a dark, near-black brown with slight traces of crimson when held to light. Some great lacing can be seen coating the sides of the glass with each sip, but quickly falls back to the beer.

The nose is filled with dark, roasted malt aromas. Notes of dark chocolate, cacao, charred wood, vanilla, and caramel all come through. However, it is a little difficult to properly dissect the nose as it is rather weak.

The first sip offers flavors of chocolate milk, cocoa nibs, and burnt caramel with overlying flavors of smoke and wood. Swallowing the beer brings forth flavors of white chocolate, vanilla, and toffee. As these fade, the smoke and wood flavors come out once more and combine nicely with the other flavors. Flavors of dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans linger near the back of the tongue between sips.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is a delicious sipper that begs to be gulped. The body is full and thick, gliding over the tongue like milk without becoming overly coating or sticky. The carbonation is dialed in just right as it does not present itself much (allowing the flavors to really pop) while really assisting in the swallow.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Served a clear, black liquid with garnet highlights with a tan head that settles nicely to a creamy layer. Great lacing as it goes down.

S: Char, roasted and burnt barley, coffee with cream, faint oak and vanilla. Hops are faint and earthy.

T: Somewhat sweet, clean, roasted and burnt barley is rich but not over bittering. Some coffee with cream flavor, milk chocolate, vanilla, and light oak tannins. All are smooth and well balanced.

M: Full body but not thick, smooth carbonation with a somewhat sweet finish.

D: The drink ability is in the balance of this beer, it goes down more like a porter and has a solid mix of flavors. Very worthy stout!!

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Photo of Bung
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes .On tap. Black/brown pour, tan head with small amounts sticking to the glass. Barrel dominates the aromas with some roast malt and cocoa. Taste is a good blend of all of these. Vanilla oak blended with some chocolate and roast malt. Finish with a twinge of coffee and vanilla. A little thinner than one would like for a stout. Nothing mindblowing, but very good for a "regular" stout.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oak Barrel Stout pours a black color, with a small dark tan head. There are chocolate, and vanilla odors, with a hint of coffee. The taste is nice and full. Good blend of chocolate and vanilla, with hints of coffee, on a smokey malty, slightly bitter backbone. The flavors aren't overpowering, and blend nicely. Nice creamy consistency, great taste, easy to drink. Overall a fantastic stout, complex flavors, but put together perfectly.

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Photo of troysoy2
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Opaque black in my large Ommegang tulip. Finger and a half of fine khaki head quickly diminishes to a surface covering. Not much lacing really.

Sweet on the nose. Caramel, hints of oak and bourbon, dark roasted malt, vanilla.

The taste is also quite sweet, but it's not cloying. Vanilla and caramel on the front, with the roasted malt bitterness following. Warm, oak notes come out after that, on a velvety smooth finish with a hint of warm alcohol.

I'm impressed, but it might be a little too sweet for my liking.

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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 677 ratings.