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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,320 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,320
Reviews: 661
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 67
Gots: 95 | 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:
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 dherling
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
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
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
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
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
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
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
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
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
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
3.14/5  rDev -20.1%
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
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
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
3.46/5  rDev -12%
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
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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

12oz single, obtained from timtheenchanta and the blue max bif

appearance: pours into an offshore pint glass...body is a very bold and dark mahogany pushing opaque black...creamy brown foam with decent lacing. nice looking stout

smell: robust, fresh coffee bean, lots of roasted aromas, nutty, vanilla bean, cookie dough, chocolatey, sweet dark fruit

taste: a very good american stout. I have only had 2 beers from this brewery and both have been knockouts, maybe i should find some more. big roasted malt body, woody, smokey, vanilla bean, fresh coffee, oak, cocoa powder, light apple sweetness, fig

mouthfeel: rich and slick

drinkability: good

Photo of flexabull
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice black color, head is very small and fleeting.

Beer smells a bit of caramel, but mostly of deep dark roasted malts.

Flavors are good, but the balance is a bit funky. Tastes seems to shift from vanilla, oak, bitter chocolate, and dark roasted malt. Like I said, this tastes good, but it seems like all the flavors are scattered about with no harmony or balance.

Mouthfeel is a tad above average, but is a bit weak up front.

This is a drinkable brew, and I certainly enjoyed it. But to me... it tastes like it needs some refining.

Thanks for the chance MuenchenerKindl.

Photo of Atlas1
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

To preface this accordingly, I must say that I'm a fan of the Old Dominion brews. I live in Washington, DC and visit the brewery once every 2-3 months for sixtels and pony kegs. Their beers are good, not great, and the customer service at their brewpup is subpar (most of the waitstaff is clueless, and the bartenders appear to be idiots), but I like what they do, so I keep going back. The Oak Barrel Stout pours a deep rich reddish black with a thin head. Not much foam or lace to speak of. But the aroma is what captures you. Strong vanilla scent, with some chocolate, some caramel, and a woody overtone. The taste is just as nice, with the vanilla present again, as well as some bitter coffee, and a hint of citrus in the finish, which is unusual for a stout of this nature, but present nonetheless. Mouthfeel is a bit weak. Overall, I like the Oak Barrel, mostly because it presents a formidable opponent to some lesser stouts out there. The problem is that you can't find it everywhere. So you're stuck drinking inferior stouts until Old Dominion can get distribution wider-spread.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

served into a pint glass from a 12oz. brown long neck bottle with a twist-off cap.

Opque,black/dark brown. Light tan creamy head dissapating quickly down to a steady coating of foam throughout the remainder of the beer.

An interesting complex malty nose,lots of vanallia,very woody,carmelly/chocolaty with a slight sweet honey note. Very inviting could not wait to taste this one.

Lots of vanallia in the taste also, woody and carmelly,chocolate overtones throughout.Tasted like a vanallia creme soda with a splash of chocolate. A nice puckering spicy bitter finish.

A very creamy mouthfeel, like drinking a nitrogenated beer.Light and airee feeling,goes down nice and easy, just not a beer I would want to drink all night long. A beer that's worth a try.

Photo of brewandbbq
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown/black with amber edging and a quickly fizzling head.
What meager foam that was released upon the pour dissapated immediately leaving behind a placid surface.
Aromatics are the highlight.
Quite roasty and chocolaty with dark roast coffee beans and some mellow vanilla notes following through.
A mild suggestion of tannic oak is intermingeled with the vanilla and nicely balanced.
Body/ mouthfeel is thinnish for style but very smooth. Creamy and slightly bitter.
Pallet is heavily roasted as well, with plenty of dark chocolate, espresso, and vanilla. Hints of cream soda emerge followed by a drying oak note.
Finishes smooth and roasty with lingering roasted malts, chocolate, and vanilla.
Overall, well balanced, but a bit meager in the body, and any warmth from alcohol is missing.
Lackluster appearance brings down the score.
Bigger would be better!

Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark coffee color with a tan head that has moderate retention and leaves a bit of lace

Smell: Caramel, oak, cocoa and a huge dose of vanilla

Taste: Starts with a caramel and oak flavor that is joined, mid-palate by roasty coffee bitterness; after the swallow, the cocoa, vanilla and vague bourbon flavors join in to produce a complex finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied (wish it were a touch thicker) with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Terrific brew with lots of complexity

(I have had this beer several times in the bottle and on tap and never know what to expect - sometimes great and sometimes disappointing. This was a great bottle - bottled 7/19/2006.)

Photo of mjc410
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour into my Fuller's nonic raises a very thin, dark tan glass ring over a not-quite-opaque black beer. Lacing is minimal. Nothing impressive here. The nose is where the fun begins: definite oak, vanilla, and chocolate coming through. Not very intense, but lovely. The taste is fairly dry throughout, but has a very strong caramel/vanilla presence, which is more potent than the traditional stout flavors, which hide in the background. It has a lingering aftertaste that is essentially the same - no complaints! This beer has quite the thick consistency, with a lot of carbonation for a stout. I guess that helps to lighten it up a little. I will definitely reach for this beer the next time I can get some!

Photo of weeare138
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a pitch, opaque black with only a dark, caramel toned brown yielding any light at the very bottom of the glass. A small tan head fades into a scattered cap and collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass but slides back into the brew.
Smell is of dusty cocoa, caramel, vanilla, and oak. Perhaps there is a touch of creaminess as well.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas that leads to a balanced stout that seems sweet and not really roasty like many other stouts.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with light oak tannins complimenting the cocoa, caramel, and vanilla flavors that run along the palate but don't linger. Slightly sweet up front with a gentle, tannic, bitter end that is very soft, smooth, mildly slick, and semi-dry. Really nice IMO.
A nice drinking stout. That 5.2 goes down like nothing.

Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,320 ratings.