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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

685 Reviews
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Reviews: 685
Hads: 1,453
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 18.37%
Wants: 77
Gots: 168 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company
Delaware, United States | website

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 rarbring
3.06/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The brew is dark brown, almost black, a high tan head, medium lacing and curtains.

Smelling of sweet chocolate, dates and figs.

More chocolate, milk chocolate on chocolate bread, oak chips, some lemon peel.

Medium carbonation, a bit flat, medium body.

Wonder if the oak really improved this one.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.88/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I think I just found the perfect stout! Freshness dated to 01/27/12 (bottling date).

Sweet malted aroma with hint of vanilla. Pours deep ruby/brown with a full dark beige head. The head lingers and then laces the glass all the way down to the end. Taste is mildly hopped and lightly sweet from the vanilla. Pleasing to the tounge and palate!

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Photo of tjkinate
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to THECPJ for this one.

A: 2+ finger head that displayed decent retention with an appearance somewhere between creamy and soapy. Some lacing was seen atop this black bodied brew.

S: Oak is evident, some vanilla, with hints of dark chocolate malts. Subtle yet pleasant.

T: Subtle like the smell, but less impressive. Oak and vanilla barely make a showing and do little to elevate the tasting.

M: Fairly dry and thin for the variety.

O: Meh.

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Photo of output01x
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Bottled 01/03/12) into a pint glass.

A vigorous pour yields a 2-finger light mocha-colored head that dissipates after a couple minutes to a thick dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a dark, near-black brown with slight traces of crimson when held to light. Some great lacing can be seen coating the sides of the glass with each sip, but quickly falls back to the beer.

The nose is filled with dark, roasted malt aromas. Notes of dark chocolate, cacao, charred wood, vanilla, and caramel all come through. However, it is a little difficult to properly dissect the nose as it is rather weak.

The first sip offers flavors of chocolate milk, cocoa nibs, and burnt caramel with overlying flavors of smoke and wood. Swallowing the beer brings forth flavors of white chocolate, vanilla, and toffee. As these fade, the smoke and wood flavors come out once more and combine nicely with the other flavors. Flavors of dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans linger near the back of the tongue between sips.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is a delicious sipper that begs to be gulped. The body is full and thick, gliding over the tongue like milk without becoming overly coating or sticky. The carbonation is dialed in just right as it does not present itself much (allowing the flavors to really pop) while really assisting in the swallow.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Served a clear, black liquid with garnet highlights with a tan head that settles nicely to a creamy layer. Great lacing as it goes down.

S: Char, roasted and burnt barley, coffee with cream, faint oak and vanilla. Hops are faint and earthy.

T: Somewhat sweet, clean, roasted and burnt barley is rich but not over bittering. Some coffee with cream flavor, milk chocolate, vanilla, and light oak tannins. All are smooth and well balanced.

M: Full body but not thick, smooth carbonation with a somewhat sweet finish.

D: The drink ability is in the balance of this beer, it goes down more like a porter and has a solid mix of flavors. Very worthy stout!!

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

From notes .On tap. Black/brown pour, tan head with small amounts sticking to the glass. Barrel dominates the aromas with some roast malt and cocoa. Taste is a good blend of all of these. Vanilla oak blended with some chocolate and roast malt. Finish with a twinge of coffee and vanilla. A little thinner than one would like for a stout. Nothing mindblowing, but very good for a "regular" stout.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oak Barrel Stout pours a black color, with a small dark tan head. There are chocolate, and vanilla odors, with a hint of coffee. The taste is nice and full. Good blend of chocolate and vanilla, with hints of coffee, on a smokey malty, slightly bitter backbone. The flavors aren't overpowering, and blend nicely. Nice creamy consistency, great taste, easy to drink. Overall a fantastic stout, complex flavors, but put together perfectly.

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Photo of troysoy2
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Opaque black in my large Ommegang tulip. Finger and a half of fine khaki head quickly diminishes to a surface covering. Not much lacing really.

Sweet on the nose. Caramel, hints of oak and bourbon, dark roasted malt, vanilla.

The taste is also quite sweet, but it's not cloying. Vanilla and caramel on the front, with the roasted malt bitterness following. Warm, oak notes come out after that, on a velvety smooth finish with a hint of warm alcohol.

I'm impressed, but it might be a little too sweet for my liking.

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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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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 685 ratings.