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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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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 santoslhalper
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Pours a pitch black with a creamy, thin light brown head.

Smell: The smell is a very complex malty mix of vanilla, bourbon and wood with a strong coffee feel to it.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is ridulously complex. Coffee, wood, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla and a huge bourbon taste create a deep, lucious flavor. The mouthfeel is smooth and rich.

Drinkability and Overall: This is a very nice stout. Just about as complex as a beer can get at 5.2% alcohol. The drinkability isn't too high simply complex it's such a complex taste. One or two and your taste buds would be wasted. Thanks (again) to NeroFiddled for this wonderful brew.

santoslhalper, May 29, 2005
Photo of whartontallboy
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a thin brown head that slowly dissipates.

You can really pick up on the oak barrel and vanilla in the nose, it gives the brew sort of a vanilla/roasted malt/winey smell with a bit of a hop character thrown in for good measure.

The taste is pretty smooth, with a nice balance of sweetness, roasted malt, vanilla, and a earthy flavor. It's a nice flavor, but I feel it's somewhat hamstrung by a very thin mouthfeel that doesn't really let it run as well as it could. It's a little too watery and not quite aggressive enough to really do this one justice. Not bad, but certainly not perfect.

whartontallboy, May 28, 2005
Photo of arizcards
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my friend Mr Doyle for a sample from his monthly beer club.

This brew is black as night. Poured a good 3 inch head that dissapated quickly. Nose is of a slight hint of coffee and vanilla. Taste is a wonderful blend of coffee and chocolate. The finish is a nice dry vanilla hop. Mouthfeel is fairly chewy and smooth. Drinkability is very good, this brew is recommended!

arizcards, May 21, 2005
Photo of LarryKemp
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a deep brown/black with a firm medium tan head.

The vanilla was quite noticable in the nose but never overpowered the sweet maltiness.

The flavor was strong and malty with the vanilla taking the backseat. I was not able to detect the oak in the taste or the aroma.

The moutfeel was okay but not really as full as I had expected from the other elements of this stout.

A very fine beer. One that I look forward to drinking again and again.

LarryKemp, May 20, 2005
Photo of Dogbrick
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at St. James Tavern. This beer is a deep dark brown/black with a ruby halo and a thick beige head. Thick lacing as well. Great aroma of roasted coffee/mocha, chocolate and malt. Creamy body with a nice amount of coffee, vanilla and chocolate malt in the flavor, a tad more enjoyable than the bottled version. The finish is velvety smooth and has a smokey character along with some hops. Overall this is a pretty good Stout, easy to drink and very tasty.

Dogbrick, May 04, 2005
Photo of froggyfrog
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark with one and a half fingers of dark tan foamy head.

Smells like vanilla.

Tastes of bitter coffee and vanilla bean mostly. Oak flavor is very subtle.

Finishes with a moderate to high bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium-heavy and generally smooth.

This is an excellent stout. It was more vanilla and less oak than I was expecting. But the flavor profile is really quite complex. There seemed to be nuances in the taste that I couldn't quite place. I look forward to trying this again.

froggyfrog, Apr 24, 2005
Photo of soulfly967
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Smokin' Joe's in the Soutside of Pittsburgh.

Poured a nice dark color with thick creamy browish head that lasted to the very end. The smell was of vanilla, roasted malts, and some caramel. The taste was supurb. A wonderfuld blending of vanilla and woody flavors from the oak fade into a nice malty balance near the end. The mouthfeel was thick and creamy, just the way I like 'em! I would have to say that this is very drinkable. I enjoyed several that night. Very good beer.

soulfly967, Mar 30, 2005
Photo of Wolfsdenbrew
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a moderate tan head leaving moderate amount of lacing on sides of the glass. Pours an almost opaque black with a bit of ruby highlights.

Aroma is definitely vanilla with dark fruits, prunes, etc. Also a bit of molasses in the nose.

The taste is composed of sweet, roasty malts and vanilla. There is a smoley character there and an oakey finish along with a modest bitter hop bite at the end.

Good carbonation level and medium to full body.

Delightful stout I must say.

Wolfsdenbrew, Mar 26, 2005
Photo of cubedbee
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black color, but with very little head which quickly fades. If you love vanilla, as I do, the smell is absolutely amazing. Taste is very fizzy upfront, a little too much carbonation. After the fizz passes, the taste is very of vanilla and some roasted malts. In the aftertaste, you can really taste the oak chips along with some lingering vanilla. Mouthfeel is pretty thin, but even so, this beer is incredibly tasty and drinkable for fans of vanilla.

cubedbee, Mar 25, 2005
Photo of mntlover
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black, have to hold to light to see the red highlights, with a nice brown head that atkes a while to fall to a thin cap that leaves some lace behind.
Aroma is sweet roasted malt chocolate hints mingle with vanilla some hops and earthy woody aroma also present.
Taste is well carbonated is the first thing you notice too much carbonation for a stout. After the fiz passes you pick up some roasted malt mixed with vanilla some cappicino like flavor is also present but overall seems kind of light. Finish is lingering vanilla some dry woody flavors and light hops that linger with some light burnt flavors. Overall not a great stout thought this one was going to be great but its just ok.
Mouhthfeel is lighter then it should be and to highly carbonated for my tastes.
Drinkability is ok again not bad just much better options are out there unless you happen to love vanilla and carbonation then this might be your beer. Thanks to merlin48 for this sample and the many others he has provided.

mntlover, Mar 08, 2005
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of an over-all flat experience for a beer. Poured very black in color. Held it up to the light and could not any flicker to appear through the beer. There was absolutely no head, and I tried to get one with two bottle. The aroma came across as burnt malts. Dark chocolate and smokiness was very present in the flavor. Vanilla too. The mouthfeel is very heavy and filling. Very dense. Drank it with some chocolate fondue and it was a decent complement. While still drinkable, it is not particularly jumping across to me as "GREAT!!!" but still worth giving a shot.

Late addition: Got a great head with the third bottle and it was starting to grow on me too.

MuddyFeet, Feb 27, 2005
Photo of JoeNobody
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a grand pilsner this stout is wonderfully dark with a nice light brown head. The vanilla and oak used in the fermenting bring out a tasteful almost caramel flavor. Has similar smell and taste characteristics to root or birch beers.

Drinkability is high. Because of it's dark color it looks thick but is actually very light and goes down very smooth. This makes for a great after dinner or late night dessert. I'm almost tempted to add vanilla ice cream and make a nice Oak Barrel Float.

Bottoms Up!!!

JoeNobody, Feb 26, 2005
Photo of kegerator
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

dark in color, basically black with a nice 1 inch creamy off white/tan head that showed decent retention.
smell was roasty malts with hints of chocolate and caramel.
taste was sweet malt and caramel with hints of bitter chocolate
the mouthfeel was quite silky yet light in body. alomst too light to me.
all in all a very nice stout.

kegerator, Feb 22, 2005
Photo of BeerFink
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very black with a creamy light brown head. The smell is quite strong, although I can't detect much over the vanilla. As the beer warms, the aroma becomes more complex. Toffee and chocolate are there, as well as roasted malt. Up front, the taste is slightly burnt, then quickly transistions to roasted malt. Towards the end, the vanilla comes through, smoothing the taste and adding a unique sweetness. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. The finish is bitter chocolately, roasted grains, and a slight smokiness that imparts a dry quality. The bourbon alcohol presence becomes apparent as the beer warms further, but it is well hidden. The taste is quite complex due to the blend of malts used - a very interesting brew. I really want to try this one on-tap.

BeerFink, Feb 18, 2005
Photo of kmo1030
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

deep dark brown with a light brown head that fades quickly. strong maltiness to the aroma with hints of vanilla, toffee and coffee. smokey woody aromas come out as it warms. strong vanilla/toffee/buttery flavor, mild coffee too strengthening as it warms. oak flavor is present, but most pronounced in the aftertaste. sort of light feeling body for the style, with an average level of carbonation. a good stout but not a great stout. seems almost a little porter like.

kmo1030, Feb 03, 2005
Photo of Fish113d
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring slightly chilled into a pint glass, it pours a dark brown with red tints throughout allowing little light (if at all any) to poke through. It also leaves a nice 1cm head w/ some nice clingy edge lacing.

The smell is of vanilla and roasted malts. Toffee or caramel comes through as well, along with a notion of almonds. No hops at all in the aroma.

Taste is great! Toffee, almonds really come through, along with a slight smokiness on the finish. The finish is also a little dry leaving the idea of tasting oak barrels. However, most of the sip is nice and sweet.

Carbonation on the tip of your tongue at first with this one. However, this is a nice chewy and creamy stout w/ a slightly dry finish and a nice malty aftertaste.

Drinkable? I say "oh hell yes!" This was well crafted and would make for a great session beer!

Fish113d, Jan 25, 2005
Photo of necoadam
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a dark, dark brown/ruby color with a tan head, but went to lacing after a while.

Smell consisted of light scents of vanilla and oak come at you first, with some roasted malts and ever so light hops also come through.

Taste was good. There's more vanilla in the taste than in the aroma, but the oak was about the same. Towards the middle the roasted malts come in nicely to balance it all out.

Mouthfeel was between light-medium, but quite creamy. Perhaps a bit overcarbonated, but I won't knock any points for that, it was pretty minor.

Nice. I like the addition of the oak mixing with the malts to give it a raw earthy feel to it.

Many thanks Pisskynights!

necoadam, Jan 23, 2005
Photo of Wonka
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 fl. oz. bottle
Bottling Date: 7/15/04

Here is a pretty darned black pour with faint hints of red/brown on the fringes. The head was of reasonable thickness, tinged in light brown and loaded with tiny bubbles. Smell is complex with sweet chocolate, oak, smoke and vanilla. Mouthfeel is crisp with less body than desired. The back end thins out too quickly. Taste is an enjoyable mix of chocolate malt, coffee, some bourbon and slight oak. Drinkability was a only shade above average since I feel the body was left behind.

I really would prefer having this one on tap since I was underwhelmed by the bottled product.

Wonka, Jan 15, 2005
Photo of karst
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served by circa.1750's bar maid at Shield's Tavern Williamsburg, Va. brewed in nearby Hampton Roads Va St. George Brewery. Very very dark color its head quickly becomming a light brown halo at edge of glass with a little matrix of lace. Complex aroma of roasted malts vanilla, chocolate and oaky Bourbon barrel. Tasted malt and burned barley (coffee?) A Bitter oak tannin finish that my son disliked but I found interesting. Some of this strong finish was off set by its heavy mouth feel. Nice body. At 5% ABV it would take several pints to turn you into a "Gigglenna" You will have a great time with this Stout.

karst, Jan 12, 2005
Photo of stjarnflikka
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Oliver Twist!

Pours a ver, very dark beer thats almost black with some red edges. There is a finger thick foam that rappidly dissipates and leaves a cobweb of lacing on top, nice!

Smell is fruity, vanilla, grapes and some tones of wine. There is perhaps some chocolate and burned barley or coffee in there aswell.

Taste is smooth, nice and wonderful. Really smooth like velvet and starts with chocolate together with vanilla and a bourboun like taste. Then comes fruits like cherries and grapes, wine hits you and in the end there is a nice sweetness clinging on together with vanilla, a small bitterness and a oaky dry chocolate finish.

This beer is just damn smoot, like velvet and like candy. Really drinkable, really delicious, sadly not my favourite stout-type though ;(

stjarnflikka, Jan 11, 2005
Photo of Illini5596
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Truly one of Dominion's best beers. A little hard to come by, but can still be found if you look hard enough (lets hope they start shipping out of state soon!). The color is a deep rich dark brown, hinting at the full bodied nature of this beer. The aroma is subtle, and the head unfortunately minimal, but the taste is a work of art. Dominion's Oak Barrel Stout has a truly complex and thick taste, combining the taste of malt with hints of vanilla, coffee and chocolate overlayed with the complexity of oak. A true pleasure to drink, quite possibly one of the best stouts out there. My only complaint is the mouthfeel, as it is a bit thick and tends to linger a bit longer than I prefer. If you ever see this, buy it and treat yourself to a very enjoyable evening.

Illini5596, Jan 11, 2005
Photo of merlin48
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice brew for my first review of the year. Found a sixpack of this at Jungle Jim's International Market in Cincinnati. The Virginia border is just two miles from my house, and it's distressing that I can't find Old Dominion's excellent brews without driving at least three hours. This one pours a deep brown and opaque body, with two fingers of tightknit, tan head. Dramatic sheet and patch lacing is left behind. Excellent looking stout.
Aroma has vanilla, milk chocolate, mild coffee, and notes of oak wood.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a medium body and just enough carbonation to mingle the complexity of flavors.
Taste is much like the aroma, with creamy vanilla and chocolate. Some toasted walnuts are noted, and there are coffee notes but little bitterness. I don't pick up any notes of bourbon, and there are only some mild notes of dark fruits such as figs and raisins. Still, this is one of the tastiest American stouts I've sampled. Insanely drinkable at 5.2%. Highly recommended.

merlin48, Jan 01, 2005
Photo of VoodooBrew
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This looked like a unique beer when I saw it at the store, and Dominion generally makes good brews, so I figured I'd give it a try.
This pours mostly black with some deep brown touches, and the head, although disappointingly minimal, is a dark tan, and appears not to leave any tracings.
The smell is instantly sweet with a trace of tartness. You can pick up some of the vanilla and coffee elements that are soon to come...
I would describe the flavor primarily as being a sort of cross between coffee ice cream and vanilla yogurt. I must admit I'm not the most practiced when it comes to tasting oak, but I think an argument could be made for a slight woodiness on the aftertaste.
As you make your way through the beer that initial tartness either subsides or one becomes used to it, and the overall sweetness that remains is now coupled with a more prominent roasted quality.
As far as stouts go, this one has more of a light body that I'd say puts it on par with a schwatzbier. This is not to say that it goes down more smoothly than any stout, however-- the carbonation could probably be held just a little bit more in check.
Overall this is a decent and interesting beer, not without its interesting flavor nuances. This beer doesn't ask too much of the habitual stout drinker, but it does do a nice job of showing flexibility within the style.

VoodooBrew, Dec 31, 2004
Photo of Backer2004
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchase a cup of regular coffee, pour a bit of sugar and add ice. This is the best way to describe the taste, smell, and appreance of Oak Barrel Stout. This is not an insult. The hints of vanilla and chocolate add to this surprisingly good stout, that was not as heavy or difficult to drink as others of this style. Enjoyed with a slice of cheesecake and was a great combination. Received three bottles in a Beer of the Month club.

Backer2004, Dec 27, 2004
Photo of dgallina
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a significant creamy tan head and noticeably strong carbonation. Quickly subsides into smooth film and good lace. Smells of roasted coffee, woody oak, and vanilla. Good aroma but a little faint. Tastes of roasted coffee base malts, overlaid with strong and slightly smokey wood, oak-like tones and *tons* of vanilla. Flavor is toasty, subtle, exquisite! Body is chewy, ever-so-creamy, very nicely carbonated.

My sample was super-fresh and delicious. A *very* nice and unique stout style that would become a favorite session beer for me if it were distributed here.

dgallina, Dec 23, 2004
Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,283 ratings.