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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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
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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 pentathlete
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had a number of these and I see that I never wrote a review.

Dark opaque with a large head that falls very quickly. Smell is cloyingly vanilla (my wife loves this beer, so there) with a roasty malt underneath. Taste is sweet, some coffee notes, just a slight oak flavoring, and the vanilla tends to dominate. Mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is fine but this is for people who like sweet stouts.

Readily available throughout Richmond. Usually on-tap at Capital Ale. Goes for about $7 to $8 per six-pack.

Photo of Dithyramb
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presented in a chilled 12 oz. brown bottle this Saturday night.
Poured a beautiful black, with just a bit of carbonation on the sides of the glass. A thick and juicy dark brown head slowly rose. Excellent retention and lacing.
Roasted malts, some vanilla, and just some hop bitterness in the aroma.
Smooth and creamy light bodied stout. The vanilla soda like effects are here, slightly weighted down with some dark roasted malts. There was too much sugarness going on to really detect much of the wood--plus, I didn't let it warm up too much before I finished the bottle.

We had just finished out at a scrappy county crab feast, and stopped off in Little Italy on the way home for a light dessert. The vanilla and chocolate accents of the stout went perfectly with canollis and tira misu. A light drinking, but full bodied, stout that would be worth several.

Photo of tgbljb
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured a deep brown color with off-white head. Smell is of chocolate, caramel, coffee, and toasted malt (very nice mixture). Taste starts off hoppy, but the coffee and toasted malt begin to come through. Fishi is dry, bitter, and truly enjoyable. An excellent Stout.

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

Pitch black with a bit of residual lace, not a lot of carbonation. Aroma is nice and rather complex; notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, tree bark, and a lot of vanilla. Sweet initially, with black coffee notes leading to a rich maltiness and a mildly bitter finish. The notes of bourbon are ever so slight, but are noticeable. I'd have given this a little more time to sit in those wooden barrels. Mouthfeel is excellent, smooth with not too many bubbles, just a little carbonation. Nice. The low ABV and the smoothness of this one make it an easy drinker. Not top of the line, but a very worthy stout in my opinion, and one I'd certainly go for again.

Photo of Px2GrafX
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

presentation: 12oz bottle with a picture of a large wooden barrel keg. "fermented with vanilla beans and oak chips" is printed. bottled date: 05/19/05. ABV is displayed at 5.2%.

appearance: pours dark brown, almost black with dark brown edges into a stein mug. head is a tan grey 1 inch with decent lacing and sticking.

smell: chocolate, coffee with a lingering aroma of wood and charred wood. some vanilla aroma, but i don't think i would have noticed if i weren't looking for it.

taste: distinct chocolate and coffee flavor with an antagonist light vanilla finish. the smoked woody flavor is apparent. there is a wine-like aftertaste as the beer warms. i assume this is the bourbon that everyone talks about. i'm not a big fan of bourbon, and have hardly ever drank it, but i don't mind this flavor in this beer. just adds to the complexity.

mouthfeel: smoother as it warms than when still cold. good carbonation. swallows a bit hard for me. i like a smoother swallow in a stout. the viscosity is very nice rolling in your mouth, however.

drinkability: quite drinkable. not as strong as some stouts, and the alcohol doesn't hinder. the first one goes down easy, but i wouldn't be grabbing for this all night.

overall: not my favorite stout, but a great change of pace. super complex with a different flavor taking charge with every sip. definitely pick one up if you're lookin' for a flavored stout.

Photo of Maestro
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark brown to black with a sturdy tan head that leaves a nice lacing.

Smell: The roasty malts and some slight hops are noticeable. Vanilla and oak come through quite well. A very rich, espresso-like coffee scent is detectable.

Taste: Lots of roasted malt, coffee, bourbon, and vanilla flavors are present. The hops are subdued but add just the right amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Great...lots of flavors dance amidst the slight carbonation and chewy texture.

Drinkability: The vanilla is used tactfully. However, that flavor sticks at the end and becomes a little too sweet.

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

INtersting Brew. Had it 3 times on tap, and I finally got myself some bottles to do some reviewing.

Pours a nice solid pitch color, no light can escape this sucker. Solid tan head that dissapated soon enough.

Roasted malt nose is rather pleasing addition. You can sense the vanilla bean, but only slightly. The 1st taste is a slight burnt coffee/malt, with hints of hops. Sweet and Smooth, through and through. Sweetness being the prevailing flavor. The sweetness is pleasently countered by the roasted coffee, making for an interesting mix. The "oakiness" and vanilla was really almost an after-though. It was there, it was nice, but it only half-assed showed up

Solid beer to relax w/. Non some "oh my god" beer, but, pleasent, solid, and enjoyable

Photo of ppoitras
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

German-style refillable growler filled at the brewpub.

First pint glass pours with a frothy 1/2" mocha head, which lasted faded pretty quick down to an uneven layer of bubbles, but laced beautifully. Opaque dark brown/black brew, with roasty dark grains and vanilla barrel filling the nose. Taste starts with sweet chocolatey coffee, mellows with vanilla notes, and closes with a slight vinous character. Mouthfeel and drinkability are very nice. Always a pleasure to have the chance to revisit this brew.

Photo of futaboots
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smell this brew first. Hello coffee grinds. This stout, when I stick my nose in my glass, it smells almost exactly like when I stick my nose into a bag of ground up coffee beans. Coffe, coffee, coffee, coffee, coffee.

More coffee in the flavor, but not as prominent. There is that burnt, roasted barley taste that is characteristic of most stouts. Unfortunately the bourbon flavor is very easy to miss. The vanilla is slightly more noticeable, but again amounts to nothing much in the grand scheme of things. Normally I wouldn't be nitpicking about vanilla and bourbon, but the label and case make a big deal about the bourbon oak and vanilla beans used in the fermentation of this beer, but they really don't make that much of an impact.

One more nitpick, I wish the mouthfeel were a little thicker, since I like my stouts nice n' thick.

However, this is an excellent beer, and a solid example of my favorite style.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours opaque dark brown with a dense rocky tan head. Smell is smoky, roasted coffee. Sweet oaky aromas.

Tastes of smoky chocolate. Underpinnings of coffee. Vanilla. That's about it, it sticks to a few basic flavors and blends them well. Mouth is creamy without much aftertaste. Pretty drinkable if not overly complex.

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

Appearance - poured black with hints of red into a goblet with big, frothy, tan head and left lots of lacing down the glass.

Smell - Vanilla, esters, slight chocolate aromas

Taste - The oak is prominent, but it's just the right amount. Lots of vanilla, some toffee. Overall, very well-balanced and smooth flavors.

Mouthfeel - Perhaps a little light for a stout.

Drinkability - Not as good as the Oak Aged Yeti, but it is at least reminescent of it. A very good beer at the least.

Photo of rajendra82
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A new arrival in Georgia, this six pack of 12 oz. brown bottles was bottled on June 9, 2005, and took only about 15 days to get on the shelves. The beer looked dark brown to black when poured, and had a fleeting half inch thick light brown colored head. The lacing left was thin but wide.

Putting the nose to the glass revealed an aroma of cocoa powder, dark roasted coffee, and floral hops. The taste was sweet, roasty and, soft, with toffee like malts, mixing in with roast grains. The mouthfeel was creamy and tongue coating, but a bit thin for the style. Aftertaste had a little more hop bitterness apparent, than is the norm.

I found this beer to be a bit more one dimensional than I was anticipating. Pleasing American take on the Stout style, but could have used a bit more thickness of body.

Photo of hungryghost
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours the deepest of dark mahogany, small brown head, little to no lacing.
Smell is sweet of vanilla, roasted caramel and a slight hint of coffee.
Very well balanced beer for the amount of flavors. Velvety smooth going across the taste buds. Feel the vanilla, roasted caramel and slightly sweet malt, all the flavors are smooth, nothing is overpowering. Nice. Something different in the finish, not smoke, dare I say woody/oakey?
It is a little thinner than I generally like a stout to be but the flavor makes up for it.

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very smooth and oak adds value to taste, however another stout with a variation among many good stouts available. Medium mouthfeel, worthy to drink on its own without food. Toast, coffee, well carbonated, toasty,and vanilla but is it real vanilla? Sweet cocoa aftertaste. Second tasting a couple of weeks alter.

Photo of frazbri
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ruby accented opaque black body topped by a thick, tan head. Cocoa aroma with spruce undertones. Chocolate and little charcoal, mildly bitter and moderately sweet. Fairly light in body, medium high cabonation, and dry in finish.

This is a mellow, balanced stout. I like this beer, but it didn't wow me. It is a good session stout.

Photo of axisjones
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Stone Impy Stout snifter. Impenetrable tar black with a massive rocky light brown head. The head settles down to a clean 1/4 inch after a little while.

The aroma is all about mocha hot chocolate roasted espresso beans. A really sweet appetizing smell, I just wanna jump right in.

A delicious stout! Creamy with an almost tart bitterness, rich chocolate flavors with a vanilla bean espresso taste. Thick and luscious, dampened only by the slightest hint of sourness in the finish, most surely because of the roasting. A lingering carbon finish.

Yeah, this hits the spot all the way. Goes down smooth as hot chocolate. I could probably chill with a few bottles by a roaring fire and discuss the merits of 1700 colonialism, puff a pipe, and be quite at peace with the world. Thanks to blitz134 for hooking me up with this awesome surprise!

Photo of WesWes
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a roasted, black patent, and chocolate malt scent with some vanilla and oak aroma. The taste is great. It has a smooth and creamy black patent and chocoalte malt flavor. It is rich with malts and dry on the finish with a sweet vanilla aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great stout. It has excellent flavor and aroma; a good drinker.

Photo of blitz134
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Relatively hard pour led to very little chocolate milk colored head on top of this nearly black brew. Only peaking corners of red and caramel show through on this one. I would like to see a little more head, which should be possible with the lower abv content.

Lots of vanilla in the nose along with other ripe fruits. Also an overall sweet malt smell which adds some burnt caramel to the aroma. Taste is really complex and offers flavors from all different angles. The vanilla and oak flavors generally offer themselves at the forefront. Then some toasted malt and nut flavors come up. I also pick up some chocolate as well. A good flavor overall, but it seems a little cloying and almost as if much of the flavor was added with extracts. I was expecting a more toasted malt flavor with hints of oak, but this one is really sweet.

Mouthfeel is nice and almost full bodied, which is a nice feature for this lower abv brew. There is a bit much carbonation for the style though, and that brings this part down a bit.

Drinkability is pretty good. The low abv helps out a lot, but the overally sweet character might make this hard to consume a couple of.

Overall, a decent brew, and definitely different than most other stouts. Worth a shot. This one seems like a love it or hate it, I fall in between but think it is a good shot. Its just a little too sweet for me…

Photo of TPSReports
2.68/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A friend of mine served me a bottle of this brew this afternoon. I must say that I was not impressed.

The beer pour from the chilled bottle like cold coffee, with a similiar smell. The tall dark airy head that formed quickly went away.

The aroma was of chocolate and coffee with a hint of alcohol.

The first sip ws mainly coffee with a hint of chocolate -- and a very slight tint of alcohol. All remaining sips followed suit.

Mouthfeel was not impressive. I was expecting a more creamy feeling beer with a slight carbonation. Neither was present, unfortunately. I may as well have had coffee flavored tap water swishing around.

Oh, well. Nothing tasted, nothing tasted.

I would not recommend this beer.

Photo of OldSock
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Presentation and Appearance – 12 oz bottle at cellar temp in a pint glass. Thick, creamy latte colored head tops a nearly pitch black beer. Good lacing and decent head retention.

Smell – Closer to the aroma of a milk/sweet stout, good roast character, coffee and oak but there is definitely some sweetness as well, it may be the vanilla mentioned on the label.

Taste – Classic roasted barley is the main player, think coffee and chocolate, but it is not overdone to the point of bitterness. The hops are subtle, but pleasant with mild citrus hints in the aftertaste. The vanilla is there as well, making the whole thing taste a little like an iced coffee drink. Pretty good balance, a bit sweet for my taste but it is a welcome change from the more intense stouts that I have had recently.

Mouthfeel – Creamy smooth, but a little too light bodied in my book for a stout. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability and Notes – Good stout, certainly enjoyable and drinkable. This would be a good stout for people who are not stout fans, its easy to drink and really tasty. That being said it is not as deep and rich as many of the top tier American Stouts.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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