Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company
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3.9/5 rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
We pour a brew of molasses brown into our Great Lakes pints, letting up a shade or two of lighter brown when scrutinized under direct light. It holds a sturdy two finger head of creamy mocha colored bubbles, showing excellent retention. Chunky cheesecloth lacing is left around the glasses. No haze or sediment is appreciated, but carbonation appears to be active. The aroma warms the nostrils with notes of chalky chocolate nibs, roasty chocolate and smoked maltiness, salted black malts, soft peat harshness, nickel, wet oak, moss and lightly grassy hops, fresh vanilla bean, buttery diacetyls, light booziness, dark cherry fruitiness, light plastics, white flour, stale leathers, and lactic and cranberry acidity. Our first impression is that the flavoring is greatly smoky, holding firm darkness through to the end of the sip. As we sip, the taste opens with smoldering charcoal, peat, cedar, oily strawberry fruitiness, biting lactic sourness, fresh vanilla smoothness, hot aluminum, grassy hops, corn flour, white sugar, molasses smacks, lime juiciness, and lavender florals. The middle peaks with cocoa powder and heavy chocolate malts, soy sauce salts, adhesive paper, continued smoked meatiness, medicinal bitters, mild floral hops, bitter oaky woodiness, black cherry juiciness, and iodinated soap. Washing through the finish is your final blend of chocolate and bitter coffee malts, harsh roast and smoke, vanilla bean sweetness, fusel booziness, mineral water, further bittering medicinals, singed oak, and black malty dilution. The aftertaste breathes of tin and aluminum foil, acorns, ancient perfume, musk, oily diacetyls, moss-slick tree trunk, salted butter, milk chocolate, board chalk, pretzel dough, chocolate and white flour graininess, toffee sugars, and charcoal. The body is lightly medium, and the carbonation is the same. Each sip floats light on the lips, with nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop, which all brush rather than slam. The mouth is left cooled and wetly coated, with eventual chalky astringency to dry the hard palate. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.
Overall, the most enjoyable thing about this beer was its robustness of flavor. This remained true, even though they kept the body and the feel so light and easily flowing. While the flavor was there, in its meaty, peaty smokiness, the aroma fell a bit flat. We missed a lot of those heavy, oaky butters that you’ve come to expect in any oaked/barreled beer these days. That said, this guy does its style a bit of justice, as pleasant “single” stouts are becoming scarce. This beer will hit the spot if you’re in the mood for cleanly executed simplicity, but it likely will not become your new favorite. As always, as this is a new brewery to us, we remain excited to see what else Dominion has got in their arsenal.
Serving type: bottle
11-09-2013 00:06:00 | More by TheBrewo
3.61/5 rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Appearance is rich black, with a tan head that fades with nice lacing.
Nose is roasted and sweet, with syrupy vanilla and malt.
Flavor is tart and not very complex. Nicely roasted, but not a lot of flavor. Vanilla is subtle, which is nice.
Mouthfeel is very drinkable with good carbonation. Clean finish.
Overall, this is OK. You would expect more flavor from a barrel stout, but the flavors it does have are nicely placed.
Serving type: bottle
10-16-2013 03:21:01 | More by dorianmarley
Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,178 ratings.