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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Reviews: 677
Hads: 1,416
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 18.37%
Wants: 75
Gots: 146 | 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 Wadsey
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Dominion Oak Barrel Stout

Served in New Belgium globe glass

A: Pours deep brown with impressive head that leaves behind nice, but splotchy lacing. 

S: Malted milk balls, milk chocolate and light oak notes.  The nose proves subtle, but I do like what I smell. 

T: Not sweet. In fact, dry, like an Irish dry stout or in the sense of well attenuated. Cocoa powder, light roasted malts, vanilla bean and oak. Medium bitterness. More understated than I'm describing but stronger than smell. 

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Thin, but creamy mouthfeel. 

O: The idea of Oak Barrel Stout fascinates me. Sessionable oak-aged or barrel-aged stout? Yes, please. This beer falls short of what I imagine the best of that style would be. Still, this is a very good start. I wouldn't mind knocking out a growled of this stuff. 

Thanks Robo for the opportunity. 

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Photo of AgentMunky
2.91/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass. Bottled on (what looks like) 5 April 2011.

A: Tight, creamy, off-white/tan head. The beer is incredibly dark, and completely opaque. I feel comfortable calling it black; it's close enough to not make a difference. Head has good retention and leaves behind a tantalising lace.

S: Molasses. Touch of alcohol? Fruity coffee.

T/M: The mouthfeel is thin and quite watery; the taste is equally limp. Sweetish malts that merely hint at barrel ageing and a touch of creaminess that fades quickly are the only good things about this beer. The aftertaste is acceptable, if quite far from dry, with only a slight dark chocolate bitterness. Incredibly disappointing.

O: Not a good stout; at least this bottle wasn't. Barely a mediocre beer. I finished it, but I wouldn't have really cared if it disappeared. Drinkable, but why would you? Mouthfeel and a general weakness of character ruins any chance at more than a passable brew. Absolutely not recommended, though you could do much worse...I won't be having another.

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Photo of CWBlues
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks go to jhughes23 for this one.

A: Pours jet black with two fingers of a dirty-cream colored head. Leaves a little lacing as it dissipates.

S: Mostly oak on the nose, with a fair bit of vanilla as well. Bit of cocoa as well. Smells good, but not strong.

T: Lots of coffee up front. A little bit of vanilla, probably from the oak. Roasted barley. Even a little bit of a Coca-Cola taste. Very well balanced with no one taste being too overpowering. Everything levels out.

M: Fair amount of carbonation. Not quite the motor-oil stickiness you get with some stouts. Actually feels fairly light on the palate. Good stuff. Goes down easy.

O: It's good, for what it is. I'd like to try one with a bit more vanilla on it (I think that's a special kind of this one, right?). Very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of scohen
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pour into a pint glass yielded a deep, dark brown body with a light brown two finger head.

Smell: Oak, vanilla, and malts in that order.

Taste: The oak barrel has lent a great deal of flavor to this brew, and its taste definitely dominates at first. After a few seconds it fades yielding to malt flavors with undertones of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: It is thinner than many stouts, but that lends it an uncommon drink-ability for the style.

Overall: Not necessarily what I was expecting to get, but a good beer that I would buy again nonetheless.

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

At the Old Dominion Brewery located in Terminal A of Dulles and the second beer I am trying is the Oak Barrel Stout. The color poured deep dark rich amber with ecru colored head. The aroma is roasty with good malt balance. The flavor of this beer is complex the peat and vanilla are very apparent. There definitely smokey undertones….and flashes of anise/black licorice. The body is decent….right on the borderline of being too watery for me. The mouthfeel is good…..for me it would be tough to have more than two or three at a sitting.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Solid black, finger of mocha head, & that's all she wrote!

Evolving nose: moved through peach to pastry to nutty coffee & everything in between before even taking the first sip. Seems to rest on that pleasant, nutty coffee - good stuff, & engaging, too.

Sweetly chocolatey & darkly fruity, like Raisinettes, actually, with some nuttily sweet, even marshmallowy characteristics. Combo of dark fruit, coffee, & nut characters linger, where it seems to land again. Somewhat acidic finish.

Medium-full, on the slick side, pretty smooth but finishes with a little booze zing.

A lot of tasty notes going on, but seem kind of superficial & ZAP-POW. Still pretty enjoyable, really didn't even pick up on the barrel character, fun no less.

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

Served chilled in a pint glass.

A - Motor oil black with a minimal light tan head.

S - Not as over powering as some other stouts out there. Chocolate and coffee with hints of caramel and vanilla.

T - Almost no carbonation. Coffee and vanilla stand out.

M - Silky smooth due to the low abv.

O - Very good American stout overall. Could become my go to local stout. Highly recommend.

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Photo of greywolf
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this beer had become a fav myself and my wife and a few freinds first tried this beer at the brewery in dover de,,,
it was truly amazing,,,the color smell teste.was just awsome..i do suggest if u get this beer in the bottle let it rest b4 drinking...i found this to be better but thats just me...enjoy

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: thin, but nicely formed head; solid black color; small lacing
S: caramel, roasted barley--strong aroma
T: solid robust stout, moderately hopped; not very sweet
M: silkly

Really solid stout, quite ideal flavor profile at its ABV.

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Photo of fountainofyouth
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good stout. I picked up a six-pack at a local Safeway.

Appearance: Deep, dark brown and opaque. Light tan head disappears with a few sips. A little bit of choppy lacing.

Smell: Not overly aromatic. Definitely malty, with oak and a little bit of vanilla hitting the nose. Hints of coffee and booze. No apparent hops.

Taste: Bitter but balanced roastiness. Very mild hoppiness on the finish. I detect bitter chocolate, coffee, and maybe raisin. The oak adds a lighter vanilla tone, with hints of bourbon cask. Flavors are complex and well-blended. It's a pretty bold-tasting beer -- not for the faint of heart.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation. Heavier than water, but not really creamy. It fills you up like any other good stout.

Overall: Recommended. If you're looking for an inexpensive but tasty alternative to Guinness, try a Dominion.

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Photo of birdman200
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a snifter it pours a deep opaque black with a 2 finger khaki head that leaves a thin film for the remainder of the beer. Loose lacing dribbles down the glass. Smell is notes of coffee, raisins, and bittersweet dark chocolate. Taste is very smooth with an even balance of roasted malts that are not too overpowering. Very easy to drink. Very refreshing having an oak barrel stout that is not through the roof with a high ABV. Wonderful take on the classic stout style. Taste the oak a little bit, a tad more would be nice. Great brew though.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Rich, deep black/brown with a super sticky medium brown head, clinging to the glass.

S - Bitter chocolate and cofee, wood and nutty aromas. Roasty and slightly smokey.

T - Sweet and bitter chocolate, roasted grains, sweet coffee with milk added. Possible chocolate covered coffee beans. ALmost sweet like a milk stout with chocolate syrup. A toasty wood finish. This is super deep and rich.

M - Just what you would want from a stout, this beer is super soft and silky smooth. A tad dry in the finish.

O - A very balanced stout with tons of flavor and complexity. This one is awesome.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer had a beautiful appearance for a stout. Nice fluffy head. Smell and taste were very smooth yet flavorful. Overall for a stout (not an imperial stout) this one was balanced and not watery or weak like so many others. A well made stout worth sampling.

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Photo of lnashsig
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Mdaschaf for this extra in our recent trade. Actually the second time to try it, but the first time to review it. Poured into my DFH snifter- pours a pitch black color, with tan head that fills the top of the glass, then recedes, leaving nice tan lacing on my glass. Smell- brown sugar, molasses. Taste- brown sugar first, thick carbonation, brown sugar, oak vanilla on the end. Kick ass! So much going on here. Zero alcohol detected here at all (its not a big ABV beer, but this is pure flavor with no heat). Mouthfeel- nice rich carbonation, smooth medium bodied stout. Drinkability- I'm intensely jealous I can't get this beer in Texas. I could easily see this being in my fridge at all times.

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Photo of gnemesis
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into snifter on 04/18/2011. Bottled on 03/10/10. Black body with a thick and creamy tan head. Good retention and decent lacing. My nose picks up bitter chocolate, roasted malts, a touch of vanilla, and coffee. The taste is the same but add in some caramel, brown sugar, and something boozy? Low ABV for that but it seems to be there. Full bodied, low carbonation, and a slightly dry finish. Good beer and my first from Dominion. If this is any indication of what they offer then I will be back ASAP.

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Photo of dafizzif
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep black, with a dark, caramelly head.
Smell: Chocolates with very dark, roasty malts and some vanilla. Less oak than one would think, though it is still there.
Taste: Coffee, chocolate, and vanilla, all soaked in oak. Nice.
Mouthfeel: Very light. Watery. Not really how I like my stouts, but it was what I expected.
Overall: This is a fine beer that I would gladly try again but do not see myself buying again unless something more interesting is not available.

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Photo of NickRivers
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A&S - Obviously deep black, creamy dark brown head, smell is kinda "muted" as one fella said, I like that word, anywho some light malts, kinda smells more of Porter than Stout, Very sweet and smokey then some chocolate and hoppy notes in the end.

T&M - Different from the smell, this tastes immediately of Stout. Big bold flavors, very smokey very crisp and light bodied, dangerously drinkable, kinda sweet light malt turns to that a dark chocolate, roasted, hop flavor.

O - Very impressive beer, I gave the appearance 3.5 cause nothing stood out from another stout, and the smell was muted therefor another 3.5.

Due to the fact that this was given to me by a Beer-Of-The-Month subscriber, I consider myself lucky to try a beer of such limitation. Not much to say about this other than how amazing easy it is to drink. Its one of those beers you tell your buddies, "Cmon' just try it." Its perfect for new and experienced drinkers alike. Definitely make a trade or pick some up if your in the area. Stay thirsty my friends!

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

Nice little hookup from mdfb79 - Cheers for the trade!
Bottle dated 02/08/11 and poured into a Goblet.
Tasted on 05/09/11.

A: Pours a deep lustrous black pearl color that lightens to a reddish-brown when thinned and lightstruck. Small peanut butter tan colored cap fizzled out rather quickly. Cascading lace.

S: Smells of earthy oak woods and strong vanilla that give off a bourbon like aroma as they intertwine. Roasty malts akin to burnt sugars and slight alcohol present.

T: Lots of oak and vanilla that mimic a smooth bourbon if you will. Nice earthy woods bitterness. Burnt roasty malts. And a sort of tart berry finish that dries it out a bit. Not offensively sour but noticeable. Not sure if that is intentional? Slightly warming.

M: Creamy smooth texture that gets a little astringent on the swallow.

D: A nice slow sipper that comes off incredibly light in body actually. Great by the fire type of beer. Improves as it sits too.
Heavy oak and vanilla going on if bourbon is not your thing you may want to avoid.

A pretty nice stout overall but a little heavy on the Vanilla which masks the rich malts utilized here. Nice bitterness though. I brewed a Vanilla Bourbon Porter using a tincture in the dry hop that tasted quite similar.

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

12oz bottle poured into snifter - thanks to brees6221

Pours an opaque black with a nice tuft of graham cracker brown head. Fades into thick film with some patchy lacing on the glass.

Somewhat muted in the nose, lighter roasted malts, vanilla and oak with some chocolate sweetness and faint hops.

Some hop bitterness right up front, followed by some roasted dark malts. Bittersweet dark chocolates integrated with rawer vanilla bean flavor and underlying coffee. Oak somewhat smooths out the profile, adding some earthy tones. Finishes with hop bitterness and chocolate.

Fuller medium body, high carbonation, a bit dry and tingly on the tongue, which I usually don't prefer for this style. This drinks okay, the alcohol is a bit lower which was nice, but not really what I'm looking for from an oak aged vanilla bean stout.

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Photo of ckollias
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A dark black beer with a one-finger tan head that dissipates into a small lace.

S: A very mild smell of chocolate and smokey malts.

T: Heavy on the malts at first then smoothes into a nice bitter sweet drink with hints of coffee, chocolate, and caramel.

M: Medium body and slighty over carbonated.

O: A very smooth and drinkable stout. I had one, but could have had 3 or 4.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark brown/black,, not much head, some lacing.

Smell - Mild oak, malts, sugars, cinnamin. Coffee, chocolate and some spices.

Taste - Mild stout, vanilla, oak and coffee bitterness. Rather bland and incredibly mild for a oaked stout. Oak flavors are present but not very strong. I got malts and coffee as main flavor.

MOuthfeel - Not much on mouth or tounge other then some bitterness. Aftertaste is thin and quickly gone.

Overall - A average beer at best. To mild and bland for my liking. Too easy to drink for what style it is. Maybe a good starter for a stout drinker but Not worthy after you've had a kbs or old rasputin.

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Photo of mooseisloose
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another of over 150+ different brews that has arrived at my doorstep via BOTMC, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a combination of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts, almost a roasted malted milk ball smell. This is a new one for my olfactories and is quite pleasing. This brew pours to a motor oil color and consistency with a tan, yet transitioning from darker to light, head consisting of multi-sized bubbles ranging from medium to small with a pillow top. Head laces as it recedes. On the taste the mouthfeel quickly stands out as highly viscous and silky. The taste then starts with a milky roasted flavor, that slowly ascends to a sweeter chocolate and vanilla, then transitions to a smoky bitterness that still remains sweet in the background. The finish stays bittersweet throughout. This is a delicious brew, I highly recommend.

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Photo of Guden
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark and nearly opaque, with just a tiny but lasting beige head. Looks like a decent stout.

S- Not getting much here, a bit of toffee and roasty malt notes (chocolate more than coffee) but its a bit mild for the style.

T- Much more pronounced than the nose theres a lot of caramel/toffee sweetness with a little bit of chocolaty roast character and a definite vanilla presence. The oak doesn't hardly show but seems to blend in behind the vanilla nicely where it does. Overall not a bad taste but the vanilla is the only thing which comes out strongly with the hop bitterness and roast astringency being very mild behind it.

M- Nice medium-high in body with some typical stout chewiness and light carbonation. Has a chocolate milk type feel to it, could be drank slow or easily chugged.

D- Very high, especially for the style. Nothing comes on too strong but all the flavors are there on the taste buds and it feels nice in the mouth. Would have been nice to see a little more bitterness or roast character but the vanilla and sweetness are welcome too.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks wise I wasn't that impressed. Even with a rough pour it didn't leave much head, and lacing was spotty.

Smell is nice, very milk chocolatey, some coffee and plenty of roasty malts. There's a slightly wood/bourbon aroma, but it's subtle.

Tastes very nice. Smooth sweet milk chocolate with a touch of espresso, along with nice roasty flavors make up the bulk of the taste. Accents include vanilla, wood, bourbon. I don't taste any alcohol.

Feel is medium bodied and a bit thinner than I expected. Slightly dry on the aftertaste, along with a lingering roasty bitterness.

Drinks pretty good. Not bad at all.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - deep, dark, nearly opaque black color with slight ruby highlights, thick tan head with good retention and nice lacing

S - rich, roasted chocolate-like malts with a hint of smoke, some vanilla (from the oak barrel?)

T - roasted grain with some burnt and smoky flavors associated, moderate hop bitterness on the finish; some herbal-like hop flavors; fairly clean yeast character

M - medium-full body with moderately high carbonation, some roast astringency on finish

O - Well, this isn't a bad American stout, but there's not really much barrel flavor here despite the name. There is some oak-like vanilla, but it's pretty subtle. The brewing is fair enough, but just doesn't deliver the barrel expectations very well.

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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 677 ratings.