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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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89
very good

1,303 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,303
Reviews: 658
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 64
Gots: 83 | 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)
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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost black colour wit ha big foamy, creamy off-white head that takes some time to dissolve and leaves a good amount of residue on the glass after each sip.

The aroma is sweet. Chocolate abound but a nice amount of vanilla mixed in throughout as well. Some roasted notes also come through here along with some wood-like aromas from the oak. That said, the overall aroma has a bit of faintness to it. It's still nice but I would have liked it to be beefed up a touch.

The flavour hits on the aromas and does the beefing up that the aroma needs. The nice thing is that it doesn't push or aspire to be an Imperial and is happy to toe the line of a regular old stout, and this one does it well. Flavour is a bit more roasted than the aroma led on but also holds the chocolate and vanilla blend just as well as the aroma did. Wood noted from the oak are still present as well. I caught hints of coffee but found this one to be much more chocolate based than coffee-like. Mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy, with a bit of heartiness to it as well.

This is just a solid across the board brew. It hits you with good flavour and is a nice easy drinking beer. Having a barrel aged brew that does not smack you in the head with a strong bourbon presence was a nice touch as well, and one I'd like to see more of from other breweries, as it provides for a bit more complexity without being overpowering and still remaining fairly straightforward. Good stuff overall.

Photo of letsgopens
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This stout pours a familiar deep dark brown, nearly black, with a light brown head that leaves minimal lace.

The aroma is nice, generally characteristic of many stouts. This particular brew is heavily malty to the nose with a nice round coffee note.

The flavor is, again, very malty and sweet. Milk chocolate and mild coffee. Judging from the fact that the phrase 'oak barrel' is in the name, I expected a smokey or possibly bourbon taste and aroma. Instead it was more woody/nutty. Pleasant but not terribly flavorful.

Overall, this selection left a bit to be desired. Smooth and a slightly creamy but bit light and mild for my taste in stouts. A solid beer.

Photo of Reed415
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark color almost black, Head died quickly

S - Nutty, Malt, Hint in of Chocalate

T - A Nice Mild Nutty Roasted Malty Flavor, not very acidic. No Oak Flavor

M - Wasn't as Full Bodied as expected, Not much Carbonation

D - Good for a Stout, Very Mild, but flavorful

Photo of aforbes10
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gifted to me by shivtim, who liked this so much on tap that he brought me a bottle back from D.C. Pours very dark brown with a thin little head which is more of a thin little ring of bubbles than anything. Kind of unexciting-looking, esp. considering the name. Odor is strongly of chocolate with hints of vanilla and bourbon. Also some toasty notes. The vanilla odor worries me and for the first time i notice that this is aged with vanilla beans. Taste is heavy on the vanilla up front, with a transition to a toasty roated malt and chocolate. Alcohol is present in a slumbering bourbon quality and the vanilla is a beany ice-cream vanilla rather than a a fake "vanilla flavoring" one. Still, like a lot of vanilla-tinged beers, its very freaking distracting and i wish it wasn't there so i could just concentrate on the "bourbon" and "stout" parts of the beer. Also a little watery for the style, but well balanced. Not my favorite beer in the world, but im sure its better on tap. Thanks Paul.

Photo of shivtim
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served up on tap, came cascading. Beautiful. It's deep ruby brown, with a giant foamy tan head that settles into place. The nose is sweet toasted malts and creamy coffee. Taste is smoky malts with hints of earthy fruits and sweet white vanilla frosting on the end. Mouthfeel is good and full. Drinkability is up there. Great brew.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.9/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle

Pours a rich black color with creamy mocha head that thins. Nice lacing around the glass.

Aroma is rich and roasty with tones of coffee, cocoa, and vanilla. There is just a touch of oak woven in as well. A real treat for your olfactory senses.

The taste really matches the aroma. Rich, roasted malts upfront that gradually give way to a blend of cocoa, espresso, and vanilla. Hints of oak are present, but are mostly dominated by the other flavors. It finishes quite dry with a lingering mix of roated malts and vanilla. Wonderfully complex and balanced.

Medium-light body, creamy texture. Mild carbonation.

This is one of my favorites, and actually one that I enjoy drinking in the warmer months when my thrist for stouts typically declines. Much more complex and balanced than some of the highly hyped imperial stouts, and certainly sessionable. Seek this one out.

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Nearly opaque black in color with dark brown hues. Dense tan head pours two fingers thick. Good retention. Nice sticky lacing clings to the glass.

S: Roasted malts. Coffee. Chocolate. Caramel. Vanilla. Oak aged bourbon.

T: Roasted dark malts are followed by the tastes of coffee and chocolate. Sweet caramel malts balance things out and are taken over by the soft presence of vanilla, wood and bourbon.

M: Silky smooth and creamy. Minimal carbonation. Warm and slightly dry.

D: Very complex for a smaller stout. Very well balanced and highly drinkable. Recommended.

Photo of bennetj17
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark black colour with minimal light coming through about the edges. Thin tan foam that dissipates quickly. Sweet vanilla nose with chocolate and coffee notes. Smells like a cake or some sort of sweet dessert.

In the taste the vanilla flavor is strong, but other malt notes come out weak and a bit watery. It is sweet and almost tangy with faint roastiness and hints of cocoa. Medium body, somewhat thinner than I prefer my stouts, with healthy carbonation.

I was not a big fan of this beer. The vanilla sweetness up front lingered and dominated the flavor too much. It's a nice attempt at a relatively low ABV beer with alot of taste...

Photo of dherling
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of cixelsydima
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A dark amber coloration.The pour produced a 1finger head that held up well.
S: Woody,vanilla coffee flavors.
T: Yea,...I"m takin a likin to this! Roasted dark chocalate with sour apple notes.A nice, faintly sweet vanilla finish.
M: I'd say medium bodied.Velvety,yet crisp.
D: Highly sessionable stout.I enjoyed this very much.Kinda reminds me of a beer that I had in Ireland,...Beamish.

Photo of HoustonTX
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep rich brown, with very little opacity. Small bubbly off-white head falls to lace quickly.

Smells like a Stout twice its size. A huge influx of varied dark malts. A touch of oak and hint of vanilla.

Taste is deep and rich. Dark chocolate coffee sweetness upfront. Followed by layers of oak that caress the palate and help the beer move along. Sherry port and bourbon flavors appear near the end, giving way to a smooth slow fading finish.

A lot of complexity goes into each different flavor aspect, and truly rounds together for an outstanding Stout experience.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- deep brown/black body with thin dark tan head. In-line for a good stout.

S-dark fruits, malt, and oak. hints of vanilla.

T-very malty with hints of dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, and vanilla and maybe a little oak. Great balance with clean finish.

M- heavy body with medium to high carbonation. a tad watery though.

D- this is a very drinkable stout with a great character

Photo of Ricochet
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark, deep amber reflections coming off of it with little head and lace and the smell was very complex. I want to say a hint of hamburger, like when I worked at McDonalds, we cooked those patties, and there was no other scent like that. A note was in this beer. Also vanilla and yes, a little bourbon. Tops for appetizing. Mouth was chewy as to be expected. with a decent swallow and rounded toasty aftertastes. Not bad. Taste was a bit of let down, thinking this would be bigger, but is still damn good. Vanilla makes the most of the burnt malt flavors with a back end wine and raisin note with subdued hops character but could not really taste the bourbon barrel other than the remanants of oak. Perhaps I'm just comparing it too closely with a beer I had in IN at Rich-o's.

Good beverage. Not really a standout for me.

Photo of beerphan
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> nonic
bottling date: 122706 (printed on the side of the label)

Pours mostly black with some chestnut around the edges when held to the light. A small dark tan head settles down to a thin film, leaving very little lace.

Nose: Vanilla, vanilla, oh yeah, vanilla maybe a fruit in there but not much.

Some burnt malt flavor with chocolate, coffee and the everpresent vanilla, showing through. Can't pick up any bourbon or oakey flavors. Slight bitterness on the finish is quick and leaves the mouth feeling a dry. A slight astrigent feel in the finish also.

Mouth is somewhat chewy and dry.

A pretty flavorful vanilla stout.

Photo of Redwood21
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

interesting... thats what comes to mind as i sip this brew...

It poured almost jet black and myine had almost no head. i noticed that the born on date was 11-22-06, its now 3-30-07, i do not know if this age (which is not all that old) had any effect on it.

The smell is definatly oaky and vanilla. Its like melted chocolate in bourbon
the tast follows suit minus the liquor taste. There is a certain bitterness and a slight drying effect. it almost tastes like vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce on it.
Mouthfeel: there is some drying as said before. its a full bodied beer but i would say on the lighter side of that. nice in the mouth though.

It is drinkable but would not be my choice.

Photo of cro250klr
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice coffee black look with a soft tan head.

S - Coffee, chocolate, vanilla. Not the strongest aromas that I've ever experienced.

T - Again, the coffee, chocholate and vanilla stand out. I was a bit let down by the lack of oakiness. It is there, but not as strong as I was anticipating.

M - Soft and smooth. Lightly carbonated.

D - I can do a bunch of these. The flavors meld together well and one doesn't overpower the other. The lighter ABV allows you to have a few. Could use a bit more oak flavor but I'd still go for this one again.

Photo of arguemaniac
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a brief tan head that reduces to a thin lace. Roast, vanilla and a nice malt sweetness in the aroma. The palate resembles that of a porter more than a stout, really: while it certainly features a fairly heavy coffee roast character, but lacks that earthy burnt astringency found in many stouts. There is also vanilla, some chocolate and some nice malt sweetness. Strong note of vanilla in the roasty finish.

Not bad, much lighter and smoother than many other stouts, plus the vanilla character as a nice touch.

Recommended…

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a mostly opaque black with some brown showing aroune the edges. No head and no lacing. The smell is mostly lightly scented with vanilla and a touch of grain. The flavor is very smooth and light with some light roastiness and detectable vanilla, but not a lot more going on. Very, very smooth mouthfeel- you could just suck this down like a glass of milk. Not the most interesting stout in the world, but refreshing for the style.

Photo of mynie
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aged over a year. Yeah... hear me out, it was so wonderfully smooth and potent fresh I really wondered how it would taste if old man time gave it a little roughness. And let me tell you, I wouldn't have posted the results if they weren't favorable.

Pours thick motor oil black, goddamn near as close to opaque are you're gonna get with a beer that's only 5.2%. Nice head, brown and chocolately.

Smells like a really rough and wonderful chocoalte and vanilla porter. A little hint of fruit age--raisins, mostly--but the oak and the vanilla override everything else, along with rough and tumble roasted porter grains.

Tastes almost as good as it smells. Big vanilla and oak upfront move into a middle of aged fruit and end on a very nice, roasted grain. Nice, all around, and amazingly still potent after all this time.

Call it an odd experiment, but every once in a while something wierd like this actually pays off.

Photo of SilentSabre
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Not bad. Poured nearly black with dark red around the very edges. Sandy coloured foamy head faded away in less than 15 seconds. Looked fairly average for the style.
Smell was quite lovely consisting of sweet coffee, English toffee, sawn old wood, and a hint of vanilla. Smells absolutely delicious!
Sadly, I found almost none of this in the flavour. Rather, an average stout with some dry roasted malty notes up front and throughout, nearly bereft of hop bitterness. The taste of a thousand other stouts, basically.
Mouthfeel was surprisingly thin for the style. You could do much worse, but I had such high expectations for this being a stout and having had oak chips and vanilla beans "marinating" in it. I'll definitely drink the other five, but I won't be rushing out to spen another $7,99 on another six.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown with a red tint. Small head that doesn't linger long. Small flecks of lacing cling to the glass.

S - Smells like oak and vanilla coffee, maybe a touch of chocolate. The aroma has an unplaceable earthiness to it. Overall the smell is very strong.

T - My first thoughts are of root beer. It isn't sweet, but it has a bit of a birch flavor, along with some vanilla, chicory and coffee. Good.

M - Carbonation is too high. Medium bodied with a bit of a gummy feel in the aftertaste. A bit drying at that. Worst part of the beer.

D - Even though the mouthfeel is pretty awful, somehow this beer remains drinkable. As long as you are drinking it, the gumminess doesn't bother you or the slightly drying aspect. The flavor itself is complex and devoid of sweetness. I really enjoyed this one. I might have it again.

Photo of cooncat
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving from a 12 oz. bottle, poured into a 16 oz. glass. "Bottling Date" listed as 11-02-06 and reviewed on 1-16-07, so well within freshness date.

A vigorous pour produced a prodigious tannish brown head that didn't have a whole lot of retention, and was a bit foamy looking (too much carbonation?). Very minimal lacing upon a glass swirl. This beer is completely opaque, even when held to a light.

The nose is that of a light stout, with typical malty aromas highlighted by notes of coffee and wood. It's not in the league with, say, "Storm King", but even blindfolded, you could sniff and tell it's a stout.

The taste is well balanced maltiness with a light hop background. I get the same coffee and 'woodsy' flavors. I'm trying to taste the vanilla which is supposed to be present, but I'm missing it completely. Mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy on the palate. As the stout warms, I'm getting just a slight hint of that vanilla touted on the label. Chocolate also shows up towards the middle of the glass. The stout finishes dry and clean, with no objectionable aftertastes.

An interesting stout that's worth a try, if you get a chance. I wouldn't consider it a session beer, but as an after dinner drink, or a finisher, it would be great.

Cheers

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes to BuckEyeNation for this. Bottled 07/19/06

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice fizzy tan head, nice little oil spills and lacing follow. The nose is of slightly roasted sweet malts, lots of vanilla, and some coffee/caramel. The taste is sweet, vanilla, and a nice touch of coffee/caramel. This stout is quite different to me than other's I've had so far, sweeter, and more vanilla in there. Medium body. Very drinkable, highly recommended.

Photo of BeerRun13
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a super dark brown - almost black. Some garnett hue at the thinnest points of the glass. A light tan head fades a bit to a thick ring and leaves some lacing.
Somewhat subdued aroma. Slight chocolate/vanilla. Some roastiness.
Quite robust flavor. Nice roasty chocolate. Slight vanilla and some oakiness behind it all. Nice and solid hop presence, both in flavor and bitterness.
Sharp and crisp on the tounge. Kind of on the lighter side of full bodied. Moderate carbonation and a bittering finish.
At 5.2%, this one's a quaffer. Not as good as I was hoping with a chocolate desert. Would be nice to be able to get something like this for happy hour.

Photo of Grundle20
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
The beer drains like motor oil from the bottle both in color and consistancy. There are wispy patches of foam that skate about the surface of the beer but no real sustained head to speak of.

Smell:
The scent is weak but touches of vanilla and bittersweet chocolate can be picked up. I'm not sensing any oak character but I also can't recall the last time I went up and sniffed a tree.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
The beer drinks smooth and slightly thick with a big body of blanketing malts. Bittersweet chocolate can be drawn from the malts and there is again a presence of vanilla. There's more of a woody character here but I find it to taste more like basswood or cherry wood smells. There is a the slightest tinge of bitterness in the ass end of the drink. The finish is rich with chocolate notes which make for a rather flavorful aftertaste.

Drinkability:
It's a stout so I inherently don't want to drink too many of these, but the flavor of this one is particularly delicious. This would be an excellent meal or breakfast beer.

Bottom Line:
One of the more impressive stouts I've had in a while which admittedly isn't many. I don't really get a lot of of the oak character but it's tasty all gimmicks aside.

Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,303 ratings.