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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Reviews: 677
Hads: 1,413
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 18.37%
Wants: 74
Gots: 145 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.00% 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 Dave1999
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pure black colour with a thin tan head.

The smell was of malts and tabacco smoke, maybe the smokey smell is from the oak.

The taste was of coffee, malts with some bitter hops.

The mouthfeel was OK but kind of on the thin side.

Overall it was a decent stout if unremarkable.

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Photo of Marty30
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 11-18-11. Poured into A Harpoon 100 barrel series glass at 58 degrees.

A. Very black body,no light shines through. Giant 3 finger tan head,dissipates fairly quickly down to a cap. Some lacing on the glass.

S. Robust oaky tones accompanied with strong vanilla notes,followed with milk chocolate and a hint of coffee. Also a prominant smokeyness present.

T. Just as the smell indicates, Lots of oak and vanilla. The smoke and roast balences out the sweet vanilla. Nicely integrated.

M. Feel is spot on for an American stout. Medium feel with a good amount of carbonation. Leaves a sweet roasted aftertaste.

Overall this is a well done American stout that is readily available. I will say that 1 is enough for me in a sitting. Pick one up if you see it.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown/black with three-finger, tan, creamy, foamy head that lasted a few minutes. Good lacing.

S: Oak, roasted chocolate and coffee. Mild.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Oak and vanilla exactly as advertised. Not sure I like it though. Vanilla carries through in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation and ridiculously smooth. I mean, this is smooth. Slightly warm too, which is nice.

O: This beer looks great and is so smooth, but the nose and taste are just above average in my opinion. Maybe I'm just not a fan of the vanilla. Still, good overall.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #101
Served On: 01/05/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: 10/19/2011

Scored this one at Frisco's in Frederick, MD. Thought it would be a great beer to enjoy on a cold winter night such as this.

Look: Poured a pitch black color with no light passing through. Head was 1-finger of a creamy tan froth. The Duvel glass really seemed to showcase the deep richness of this beer's color and aroma.

Smell: There were notes of sweet vanilla and charred oak. Also strong black coffee in the background.

Taste: The beer had a lighter creaminess to the mouth feel - not quite as full as I was expecting. Upfront was vanilla with a brief semisweet chocolate note. Middle was mainly of earthy roasted malts. Finish was a nice coffee bitterness. I did notice the complexity becoming slightly weaker towards the end as the beer warmed.

A little thin for the style - which was disappointing to me. Overall it was a very complex and satisfying stout.

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Photo of StoryOfTheGhost
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this beer as part of a beer of the month club for Christmas, and I really enjoyed it.

A- Dark black, with a thin dark caramel head

S- I smell the coffee and the wood smells up front. The bourbon is not as strong as a smell as I expected or hoped, but still has a very nice scent to it

T- Very similar to the smell. Great flavor of roasted malts. The bourbon is faint. Very low alcohol taste, which was expected with an abv that runs low for the style

M- This is the reason that I did not give the beer a better rating. Watery. Taste does not stay with you as long as I would desire, which is a shame, because it tastes good

O- This is an excellent beer, and one that I would drink again. It goes down very smooth, and it would be pretty easy to knock back several.

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Photo of stxSS07
3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a tulip.

A- Pours black with a 2 finger, tight, khaki-colored head. Leaves sticky lacing.

S- Pretty faint. Oak notes mixing with some faint roasted/chocolate notes. Maybe some sweetness in there as well.

T- Follows the nose with woodiness up front, roasted notes, and finishes with some sweet sugary vanilla. Fairly straightforward, but tasty.

M- Really thin for a stout with crazy high carbonation. Not very solid here.

O- One of the more dynamic tasting regular "stouts" I've had. The vanilla and oak definitely add another dimension, but this brew is a little weak overall.

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Photo of chodinheaven
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown or black, completely opaque with a nice and fluffy tan head on top that sticks around for a bit but reduces down to a thin sheet with a thick ring around it. Leaves some patchy lacing. Smells of vanilla and cream float up as well as a nice bit of dark roasted malts. Some milk chocolate aromas are present as well, rounding out a pleasantly sweet aroma profile.

Fantastically rounded out in the taste. Soft notes of chocolate come through a rich coffee flavor, creating a mocha like taste that blends really well with the vanilla. Oaky wood flavors are bold, creating a smokiness that balances out the sweet chocolate/vanilla flavors so smoothly and effortlessly, making this one of the most drinkable stouts I've ever had. Barely any alcohol feel, but a sizeable hit of piney hops create a prickliness that help the smokiness and medium-high carbonation level balance everything out. These hops make for a coffee-like bitterness that is perfect for the style as they don't overpower the sweet side of things at all, yet hold their own as a major player in the flavor profile. This is a very complex yet simple brew that finishes clean and a bit dry, with an aftertaste that begs for another sip. I think it just seems simple due to how well everything is balanced out, meshing into a beer that has no off flavors whatsoever and is perfectly enjoyable every sip.

This is easily one of the most drinkable stouts I've ever had, yet it is very complex and delicious. I usually like imperial stouts over regular, but this one is so good that I think I will try to have this in my fridge more often. Definitely pick it up if you see it.

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Photo of JimKal
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown/black with a tin head that dissipates quickly. While it indicates it is brewed with vanilla this taste is very faint. This is a very smooth and enjoyable stout that I wouldn't mind having again. I didn't notice much carbonation but there was noticeable lacing on the glass. As I said before, there was a slight hint of the vanilla, coffee notes, and a creamy texture to this one.

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Photo of oline73
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on nitro at Max's. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with some red when the light hits it. There is a thick tan head with a layer remaining and some lacing.

Smell: Really roasty with some coffee and dark chocolate. Mildly woody with a good level of sweetness.

Taste: Sweeter than the smell. Smooth roast with mild vanilla. The finish reminds me of cocoa with a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The taste and smell of this beer are quite different. I would like the flavor to be a bit fuller, but still not bad.

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Photo of avalon07
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had coal black color and a thick consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Average lacing.

S: Lots of malt, chocolate, and coffee in the smell. Basically, it smelled like a typical stout.

T: Tasted of malt, mild hops, a little chocolate and coffee, and a big shot of vanilla in the finish. The oak is present, but not hugely influential. Not quite as robust or powerful as a stout should be, but decent enough.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a surprisingly dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not a bad beer, but there are better examples of the style out there.

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Photo of Durge
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An opaque black-brown brew with a fair light brown cover and good lacing. I can smell a mild citrus licorice idea here. There’s a bit of cocoa/charcoal to make for a pleasant but subdued enticement. The taste buds pick up on tart charcoal and tasteful chocolate with a touch of orange/citrus bite. The body is medium-ish but it is a bit aqueous. I get a slightly resinous malt finish that also suggests some earthy juniper brightness. Carbonation is tiny, spritzy stuff that flows smoothly and makes for a very decent stout that could prove pretty sessionable. Recommended.

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Photo of korguy123
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle date 7/20/2010
Special thanks to mdaschaf for this one.

A- Black syrupy pour that is completely opaque. Slight brown highlights around the edges. Finger width dark tan head that settles to thin cap. Lacing is minimal.

S- Wonderful vanilla notes, creamy milk chocolate with roasted coffee tones. The oak makes everything smell nice and smooth. Brown sugar with a slight molasses.

T- Vanilla really stands out, oak taste really smooths everything together. Raisins and milk chocolate with a touch of bitter black coffee and molasses.

M- Thin to medium bodied. Slight carbonation makes this feel lighter than it should. It's somewhere between a stout and a porter.

O- I love this beer... until I felt how thin it is. If this was a touch on the chewier side this would be a world class stout.

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Photo of corylew
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5 month old bottle poured into a handmade bulbous pint glass.

Pours deep brown, not quite black. Light pretty visible through the corners. Thin dark tan head forms and disappears about as fast as it appeared.

Smells great. Oak and vanilla come to the nose behind carbonation in a balanced way. Not overpowering.

Tastes wonderful. Slightly sweet, while light in body, which compliments the hints of vanilla well. Not much oak in the flavor, just a tad in the nose. Well carbonated and tasty.

Mouthfeel is nice. An evident 6% in body. Could be a little heavier to bring out some more malt flavor but I can't complain.

Overall, this beer empties very well. It's an interesting balance between a lighter bodied beer and a strong flavor. Highly recommended. Don't let the lack of head and light color throw you off.

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Photo of stckhndlr
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- a dark dark brown almost black. I held a flashlight up to it and it just barely penetrates it. 1 finger head has a mocha color to it. carbonation bubbles trickle from the bottom and a little bit of sediment can be noticed.

S- got some chocolate malts with hints of the oak barrel coming through. it has a very sweet caramel smell to it when you get deeper into it mixed with a nice frothy coffee smell. Very complex. I even get some dark fruit smell in there as it warms up. Kinda reminds me of dark cherries.

T- It's hard to pick out the most up front flavor on this one. It is just as complex as the smell. smokey malts are probably the first thing I taste then the chocolate comes in and finally the caramel mocha coffee finish. The dark roast coffee flavor just sits on your tongue forever almost as a reminder to keep drinking.

M- medium body but very frothy. it just covers you palate. after you swallow it has that coffee effect on the tongue. A bit chalky. kinda gives you a dry feeling but it makes you salivate for more.

O- What a great beer. I am still developing a taste for stouts but this one is great. High marks for complex flavor and smells. Pick one up.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, close to black w/ a one finger chocolate head. Decent lacing on my snifter. Nose is that of vanilla, coffee, barley, chocolate- with the vanilla and coffee really coming out front. Very smooth though- not bitter. Taste is a little on the thin side for me. It just lacks that oomph that the best stouts have. It's tasty, just not quite put together how I'd like. Feel is the same- too thin for the style, and a little on the fizzy side. This is probably the weak point of this beer. Overall, a good beer, but not something I'll probably seek out again. Still, it's worth trying if you've never had it. Cheers.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a black body with a tan head that sticks around for awhile. Leaves lacing down the side

S- coffee and just the slightest bit of vanilla. Wish the vanilla was more prevalent.

T-slightly more coffee version of the smell. Vanilla comes out as it warms up.

M-medium body and smooth

O-pleasant beer. Would have again.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black with fading khaki head.

The smell is kind of off to me. I'm guessing American hops that give it a slight cheesy smell?

The of taste is so-so. No oak to speak of but the other flavors are decent. A sweet semi vanilla on the front with a bitter roast on the back.

Not a terrible beer but kind of strange for the style and over all not super impressive. Worth the under $2 though.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger light brown head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Baked chocolate nose and flavor is slight oak and baked chocolate that goes to a burnt chocolate finish. $4.50 for a 12oz bottle at Skyland Resort Luray, VA.

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Photo of Nutleybeer
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark with a huge, nice and foamy head. Great lacing that stuck around well after the first sip. Dark brown, almost black in color.

Mild woody scent, but not too much.

first taste, good. Dry with a roasted flavor. A hint of a mild smokiness perhaps. I don't really pick up the vanilla, as described on the packaging. Maybe some molasses, just a bit.

A good beer. You see oak barrel, you think a BIG beer, which this is not. A pleasant drinking experience. If a bit heavier
on the balancing sweetness, I would have liked it even more.

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Photo of bayougutter
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown/black color with a nice one inch tan head, didn't last long but nice. Good lacing.

Smells great with roasted malts dominating. Dark fruits, toffee, and cocoa. Maybe a little coffee but none of the oak that I was expecting.

Taste is smooth with the roasted malts coming in first, then the fig/cocoa/choc/coffee coming in a smooth blended wave. Nice American stout but I still get none of the oak. I do get a little of the vanilla flavor towards the finish.

Mouthfeel is a little heavy for an American stout but I like them a little heavy.

Overall I would recommend this one. Bottled 02-17-11 and was amazingly smooth. Tasted as if it had some age on it. Complex and smoooth.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
2.61/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From 12oz bottle Bruges hybrid glass on 8/30/11
*From notes

A: Pretty decent color, as it's a bit more of a medium brown then the traditional rich brownish-black. A good pour yields a dissapointing .75 finger head which fades quickly and zero lacing.

S: A metallic rust is present and overwhelms the nostrils. It's not IN YOUR FACE extreme, yet it's all I really detect.

T: Simply too mild for me. It literally takes forever for this damn beer to evolve on the palate. The mid features a touch of vanilla extract and almond paste. Where's the oak here? I get the feeling they've used cheap, shredded wood or low quality beans. To put it bluntly: meh.

M: Thin and sharp. What's the deal - seriously? It's not like you can't make a low ABV stout without decent weight and oomph (reference: Evo's Rise Up! Stout).

O: Dominion's Oak Barrel Stout sounded like a great idea, then never really came together. Leave it to AB/InBev to dumb down what should've been an interesting and approachable low ABV stout.

*Oh, and for the record, moving DOMINION BREWING out of Virginia (the OLD DOMINION state), should require you to change the f-cking name.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a BBC pint glass.

A: Black with reddish, cola-like edges beneath a two-finger head of creamy carbonation bubbles that hold pretty nicely and leave a goo deal of creamy lacing.

S: Chocolate, fruity, herbal aromas as well as coffee and vanilla beans with oak chips added in the mix.

T: Sweet, bitter and earthy black malts up front with hints of charred oak,oats, herbal, burnt hops and faint vanilla sweetness on the end. Fruity to a degree, with notes of berry and raisin. Washes down with a decent oak finish and lingering, mineral hop bitterness.

M: Full bodied but not as rich was I'd hoped it would be. Doesn't hurt the drinkability, though.

O: Its certainly not the best oak aged and infused beer I've had, but its a solid enough American stout with some extra flair thrown in it. The 6.1% ABV makes it a nice choice to pair with a chocolate or raspberry dessert (or both!). Or even a couple AS dessert itself.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pitch black with a two-toned brown and tan head. good retention and prominent lacing.

S: roast interacts with chocolate interacts with oak interacts with vanilla. the combination comes across as a milk chocolate-ly smell with some woodyness.

T: flavor starts full of oak. good smoke flavor. moves into a bitter roast. sort of a black coffee-like flavor. vanilla isnt as prominent on the palate, but the smokiness from the oak is very welcomed!

M: gentle fizz on a medium full body. if there was a slightly more silken mouthfeel i think it would make this brew that much more enjoyable.

D: great complexity between the wood and vanilla. just nice to have some other flavors worked into your standard roast, chocolate, sweet stout flavors. very enjoyable and unique american stout.

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Photo of nickthetick
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a opaque black into a dimple mug with a finger and a half of tan head with some nice lacing.

S: earthy, chocolate, wood, dates, and prunes.

T: coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits with a bit of tartness. Some oak notes and a bit leathery.

MF: medium body, great effervescence, even a tad refreshing.

O: a great stout, some beautiful notes and a great mouthfeel. This is an awesome stout and it will be making a reappearance in the fridge.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this while at Washington-Dulles awaiting my flight.

Dark brown to black clear beer with a light head that is a rich light brown.

A light dark roasted chocolate malt aroma, very appealing.

Rich dark chocolate roasted malt taste similar to the aroma but much more, a very full body with a very full taste, that continues through a lightly dry aftertaste. A definite stop for dark or heavy beer drinkers.


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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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