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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,283 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,283
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 64
Gots: 75 | 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 edmundfitzoil
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BA Himerman for adding this bad mofo in as a surprise in our trade, which had been a spectacular one to begin with. I poured mine, which had a bottled on date of 041606 into one of my pint glasses from a 12 oz. brown glass bottle.

The beer poured a very dark brown with a finger of tan, soda like head. The nose was dark malts and strong vanilla tones. A very nice aroma on this beer. The flavor of a distinct, mellow dark maltiness to start that mellowed into a vanilla and then lightly oaky flavor after the swallow. It's a medium bodied beer, but incredibly drinkable, and a stout that I wish were available here in Jacksonville.

edmundfitzoil, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of OStrungT
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very dark brown. It boasts a nice looking brown head. The head fades surprisingly fast, leaving no laces. Pitty.

This beer has a pleasent vanilla aroma. I smell some coffee also. Roasted malts make an appearence. It has a slight oak aroma also. The vanilla aroma is very nice.

Wow. This beer tastes great. It has a strong vanilla flavor. Behind that, I get some oak notes. Coffee flavor is very subtle. It has a sweet caramel like malt flavor also.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a vanilla like aftertaste. It is low in carbonation, well for the style.

I think this beer might be a good session beer. It is low in alcohol, and it tastes great. It might get a little heavy after a few, but I think I could drink it all night.

Overall: Thanks go out to HimerMan for this great beer. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to try this beer. Thanks also for a great trade.

OStrungT, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of kimcgolf
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a typical stout opaque-black, with thick tan head that lingers and then leaves good lacing. I couldn’t detect much aroma, but the flavor was a tasty mix of vanilla with a hint of malty chocolate. Finish was very smooth, yet not too sweet. I generally don’t consider stouts for session beers, but could actually see drinking several of these over a few hours. A darn good beer.

kimcgolf, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of sacfly
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz, bottling date 022306
Pours a nearly opaque black/brown with just a hint of light penetrating the edges. Thin head of small brown bubbles. Aroma is mostly coffee. Just a hint Bourbon and vanilla. Taste is dominated by vanilla, maybe just a bit too much. I don’t get any coffee in the taste, just vanilla with hints of dark chocolate and just a dash of bourbon. The dash of Bourbon is perfect in my opinion. Not overdone, just an accent. Creamy texture. Aftertaste long and mild. Burnt grains and a touch of bitterness. Impressive. This is one case where the bottled version wins out. I have had this on draft before and I don’t recall it being as complex and creamy. Grade A stout. One I will keep in rotation in the coming months.

sacfly, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of HimerMan
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle purchased at BeerYard on my last trip (part of the back to back trips). Poured into a standard pint glass.

Pour - very nice deep dark brown/almost black with a coffee color head that is rather nice. Immeidate smell of vanilla peeks even before you are done with the pour.

Smell - Again, very nice here - vanilla, mild oak, and chocolate. Not a huge smell that comes off, but nice nonetheless.

Taste - Not a huge amount of flavor, but a very easy stout to drink. Flavors blend very well together; strong creamy vanilla, chocolate very mild oak and not any hops after taste at all. This is not a burnt or black chocolate flavor with the beer, which is great since its a stout (less alcohol) than an imperial or double.

Overall - this is a very easy beer to drink with a very reasonable price per bottle. No reason to not try this beer, its very good. I'd suggest having this with vanilla ice cream or as a float. Definitely worth trying. I was surprised that this beer tasted the way it did, in a good way.

Perhaps I need to visit someone in Virginia to try this on tap - I've heard it is much better on tap than it is out of the bottle.

Cheers.

HimerMan, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of Domingo
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow - this is a truly excellent beer. One of the best oak aged/flavored beers I've had.
Pours a murky black color. Not quite "imperial" level murkiness, but still thick and dark. Has a nice head that forms almost like a nitro can would.
Smell is a complex mix of vanilla, malty chocolate, an oak backbone that adds to the vanilla, and a little smokiness.
Flavor reminds me of a hearty stout crossed with a vanilla porter's flavor. Not much hops in there, but with all of the flavors that are, who cares?
Mouthfeel is also kind of nitro-ish. I actually really like that just because it's unique. Admittedly, this was taken from a full-size clear plastic cup...but that shouldn't affect the mouthfeel dramatically. Goes down very easy, but would make a great beer for the fall.
I could definitely drink several of these on a cooler evening.
Next time I'm in Virginia, I'm definitely picking up a lot more of this rather than the single bottle I did pick up.
This is truly a great one.

Domingo, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of hiikeeba
4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was bottled on 6/29/06 at the brewery. It wasn't pastuerized.

The beer pours up nicely. It is black with a smooth tan head. It has a smoky, malty aroma. Starts with a malty, almost chewy flavor; has a velvety mouthfeel and finishes on the back end silghtly sweet.

I love all stouts. Most have a coffee like finish as a result of the roasted malts, but this is an exceptionally smooth beer. It is one of my favorites. My only regret is that I live 1200 miles away from the source!

hiikeeba, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of Phatz
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12/8/05 enjoyed on 6/5/06
Served just chilled below cellar temp. and warming to room temp.

Appearance: Pours pure black with a think 3 finger head. The head fades relatively quickly but maintains a frothy cap. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Dark malts hint the nose first followed by some vanilla and a bit of a charred aroma. I did get hints of molasses but very little if any wood in the aroma. To me it came through more as a subtle hint of dark leather.

Taste: Darkly roasted malts and a hint of chocolate and molasses lead, followed immediately by the vanilla and the finish is bittering woodiness with a balancing hop character brilliantly displayed. The finish is smooth but leaves you in the aftertaste with a bitter chocolate and tobacco/wood aftertaste in the mouth and a hint of vanilla on the back of your throat. Very balanced, pleasant, and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: As it reached room temperature the mouthfeel seemed to grow a bit. Still it has a thin spot through the center, other than that it is quite creamy and rather fluffy for a stout.

Drinkability: I believe the best feature of Old Dominion Oak Barrel Stout is its drinkability. This is not the biggest or most complex stout I have had but it is tasty and quaffable. I am a fan of simple Stouts as session beers and this certainly qualifies.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Jul 05, 2006
Photo of doppelmeup
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Very dark brown, with a rich, creamy head that was mostly white.

Aromas of vanilla, chocolate, coffee and toffee.

Taste was very smooth, with nice vanilla accent to the typical stout flavors of coffee and dark chocolate. Hints of bourbon complemented. An excellent beer.

Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel, closer to a porter than a really heavy stout. Nice clean aftertaste.

Very drinkable brew that I'd highly recommend.

doppelmeup, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Espresso dark with an oatmeal head with medium sized bubbles that seem to be holding on. Not a lot of lace going on.

S: Vanilla latte, black patent malt, touch of oak and breakfast cereal.

T: Immediate over the top vanilla, sweet grains, mild red grape juice, raisinettes. Gentle dark roasted grains, mellow coffee flavors and a bit buttery aftertaste.

M Medium to thin body with a fuzzy mouthfeel which rounds while the carbonation chills out.

D: Not bad but the flavors seemed a little fake. Its very obvious that this isn't aged in bourbon barrels but oak chips and vanilla beans are used. Certainly drinkable but not stellar.

Westsidethreat, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of jokelahoma
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has the good fortune of trying this one at the brewpub in Virginia.

Glass is filled with a not quite opaque, deep, deep black liquid, with garnet around the edges. Deep khaki colored head doesn't stand extremely tall, but what little is here lasts a good while.

The aroma is understated wood. In fact, this smells exactly like ... wait for it ... a stout from a wood barrel. Go figure. There are toasty, spicy, almost cedary overtones to this. There's a little sweetness to the smell as well. I thought I had detected diacetyl on one sniff, but if it was there it ran away, as I could never find it again. Just the smell of a good English style sweet stout.

The taste is also quite woody, perhaps more so than any other wood aged beer I've tried. It's almost spicy from the wood, in fact. Even the aftertaste seems more akin to a pepper beer than to a wood aged one. There's little else to give away that this is a stout other than a very mild roastiness at the very end of the aftertaste, once the pepper flavors have died down. This isn't terribly complex, between the spicy wood and barely perceptable roast malt flavors, but it is good for the sweet stout style.

The body is thin, more like a porter than a stout, really. It isn't bad, but it could be more substantial.

This was interesting, to say the least. The beer really picked up the wood flavors, almost to the point of overkill. Again, it isn't a bad beer by any means. But it's not something I'd want to order over and over, either. Good for what it is, and worth at least a shot.

jokelahoma, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of Suds
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this brew from a nitro-tap, wile traveling in Arlington,VA. It’s an incredibly black liquid with a unremarkable nitro-induced head. The aroma is of highly roasted barley mingled with a subtler smoke quality. There’s also a bit of chocolate, wood, and malt in the smell. I’d expected the aromas to be a little more intense, but their somewhat faint. The taste has an initial modest sweetness, but quickly dries out in the mid-taste. Nice bitterness in the finish. The medium fullness and very smooth (nitrogen) body make this very drinkable. All in all, this one’s not bad.

Suds, Jun 22, 2006
Photo of villainchiwwin
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

deep, dark color - near black with brown tint at bottom of glass. loose pack of beige head that fell away leaving lazy arches of lacing.
nose: oaky vanilla extract, caramel, maple syrup, faint milk-chocolate.
taste: yummy syrupy bourbon oak and a bit of vanilla present right away over subtle dates, prunes, and big breadiness - molasses, caramel, brown sugar then intense roasted quality with hops bitterness for well-balanced finish.
mouthfeel is a full-bodied, chewy experience with nice crispness toward the tail (tho a tad over-carbonated maybe), syrupy as mentioned before and enduring finish.
this is an interesting treat of a stout.

villainchiwwin, Jun 20, 2006
Photo of StoutHearted
4.33/5  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.

StoutHearted, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of Foxman
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It came to me a fundamentally lightless black, velvety and dense, with a finger of light brown head that lingered at the edges for some time. Beads of lacing lay strewn across the inside of the glass.

The aroma was not as hefty as anticipated, but there was enough to denote roasted, burnt malt, coffee, black cherry, some smoky oak, and dark berries. On the fade, there's a mellow measure of vanilla.

Upon sipping, the flavor was also a touch thin at first, but it promptly sorted itself to bring charred malt to the fore, followed by a smoked whiskey wood combo along with some dark coffee bitterness and earthy cherry presence. A mild hop character emerged, softly floral and capably bitter on the downside. The finish was some residual roasted malt bite along with lingering hops bitterness, fading soon to a dry memory. After a brief scare, the flavor filled out to a full, down-to-earth bit of comfort.

Just short of medium bodied, it has a creamy feel on the palate that gives a nice counter to the earthy bitterness that rides in.

While not especially assertive, at least initially, it is still a very enjoyable, classy stout. The smokiness is kept tame but capable, and that's a pleasing touch in my mind. As it rounds out, the flavor is full and crisp in its way. The manageable ABV and rather refreshing nature make this nicely drinkable, with multiple indulgences virtually guaranteed. I'm glad I got the chance to try, and now I'm looking forward to my next opportunity.

Foxman, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of nickss
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a completely opaque black with a modest ½” head… rocky at first, then subsiding to a thin cap.

Bourbon, vanilla, and oak all play a role in this deep smelling brew. There are also certainly notes of caramel as the brew warms. Nice.

Tremendous mix of oak and vanilla with a surprising dollop of oats in the midst. A wonderful tasting brew.

My major complaint about this beer, although I remember it being less of an issue on tap: this beer has entirely too much carbonation. The body of the brew is spot on, but the carbonation is a bit too active on the tongue.

For a stout, incredibly drinkable. Not too thick, and the flavour is so incredibly enjoyable I always find myself reaching for another. Lower the carbonation levels and this would easily be a 5 for me. All in all a fantastic beer.

nickss, Jun 12, 2006
Photo of rokoch27
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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!

rokoch27, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of mcallister
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep dark brown nearing black liquid. No light penetrates any crevice of this one. Thick tan head with great retention, with sticky lacing.

Big vanilla, mocha, oak, black cherry, and roasty malt in the nose.

Rich creamy mouthfeel, about as close to a milkshake withough ice cream as you can get.

A coffee component comes into play in the taste. Like a latte, heavy cream, choclate covered cherry, good wood integration, and a finish of at least 45 seconds. Drinkable as hell if not a tad to sweet.

mcallister, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of WonderWoman
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

WonderWoman, May 30, 2006
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer came a phenomenally dark brown with a collar of thin, head.

Smelled like and smoky, much like a porter, with a slight bit of blueberries.

Tasted of very dry and clean with currants, red grapes and blueberries. This then picks up some dark chocolate and finishes with an awesome smoky, oaky blend that lingers long into the finish.

The mouth feel is light and extremely carbonated.

This a very light and easy beer for the style with a just a fantastic smoke/oak blend.

DarkerTheBetter, May 28, 2006
Photo of dedrinker
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my favorite beers. Appearance? Like most Dry Stouts, but then the aromas of vanilla and rum, the creamy mouthfeel (nitro) and flavors of dry roast layered with vanilla, and that rummy sweet bourbon note befuddle my brain, and I become silent; secretly hating everyone else in the room that doesn't have one in front of them. The bottled and keg version for sale outside the brewery is purely criminal - no good.

dedrinker, May 20, 2006
Photo of sinistrsam
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, where the hell have I been? Under a rock evidently.
Picked this out of many brews on tap at Mad Mex in Pittsburgh. Poured a wonderful obsideon with a little light getting through. Thick foamy tean head.
I recenetly posted a rating where I compare an aroma to a chocolate malt. Where heres yet another. Are American microbreweries starting to impliment this taste variety? If they are its been too long coming. Damn this was a good aroma. Chocolate and cream, mild caramel and sweet malts, mild hops, alcohol. Not much coffee.
The taste was much of the same, with a great complexity and balance between sweet and bitter tastes, chocolate and sweet cream. The motufeel was very good as well, a sweetness and creamy smoothness balanced by alcohol and mild bitterness. Wonderful and wonderfully drinkable too. Hats off to Old Dominion.

sinistrsam, May 18, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Real time review

Pop goes the cap. mhh 2.5 on the pop of the cap. But what do I expect from a stout chilled to 11 deg c.?

I Pour into a standard 16 oz pub glass. Wow, the color is amazing. I slow the pour. Wait stop. Move under the light. Wow, the color is an incredible dark chocolate with Carmel highlights. Umpalumpas eat your heart out, your getting NONE. The head is thick fluffy brown, what a delicious looking beer!

Smell, sinf, snif. Hmm hops, hmm no vanilla &malt. Ok very slight vanilla, hops malt and something.... Oak & bourbon. Well allrighty now. how about a...

Taste, slurp, mmm. Not bad, slurp, mmm, interesting. Mild, smooth, creamy. Swig slurp..hmm. Oaky, bourbon. (Gomez kiss me, I spoke French) Hops are faint great finish. this is a fine creation. I don't know if it will catch on, but any of the crowds down at the Hofbrau over the past, well lets say as many generations as years this brewer is old would have enjoyed several rounds.

The mounthfeel is superb. I think it is the bourbon. light on the carbonation heavy on the creamy feel. Nice almost mouth numbing.

all the above makes this baby sing

Wem Gott will rechte Gunst erweisen,
den schickt er in die weite Welt;
dem will er seine Wunder weisen
in Berg und Tal und Strom und Feld.

oh sorry... As I was saying this beer is +++ with no real - It's drinkable and I like it. MK

MuenchenerKindl, May 06, 2006
Photo of jdmorgan
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This stout had a dark brown color with a very small head that dissipated quickly. It had a medium malt aroma with the slightest hint of vanilla in it. The taste was well-balanced with a medium body (for a stout) and a medium hop bitterness that wasn't too strong but seemed just right. The mouthfeel was medium/thick with medium/low carbonation. I felt that for a stout, this was a very drinkable beer and it went down easy. I would gladly have another and I feel this was an all-around good beer. Highly recommended.

jdmorgan, Apr 27, 2006
Photo of jslot38
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pure black body with a tan head which quickly fades away, can be brought back to life with some agitation.

Smell: Traditional stout smell at a near level of perfection - dark oats, coffee grounds, dark chocolate, toffee.

Taste: Dark chocolate, coffee grounds, touch of sweetness (vanilla bean addition is present). All of this is overtaken by a great lingering of bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Low level of carbonation, not as heavy as some other stouts I've had in the past.

Drinkability & Notes: Although the bourbon aftertaste makes you think it have a higher abv level, it doesn't. No more or less drinkable than most stouts I've had. And yet it is a great light stout. The bourbon and vanilla are at a perfect level (not at all overwhelming, but supplement the other stout flavours well). Great smell with some unique linguiring flavours.

jslot38, Apr 11, 2006
Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,283 ratings.