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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,178 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1,178
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 57
Gots: 57 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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rct

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

11-12-2013 02:03:08 | More by rct
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ProstMasterson

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

11-11-2013 13:53:45 | More by ProstMasterson
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TheBrewo

Michigan

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
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JJOVa

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

11-08-2013 04:27:18 | More by JJOVa
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dmk91

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

11-07-2013 19:39:49 | More by dmk91
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atoulouk

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

11-05-2013 22:11:12 | More by atoulouk
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bobbyc3

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

11-03-2013 23:21:19 | More by bobbyc3
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WVUbrew

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

11-03-2013 03:03:44 | More by WVUbrew
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redfox405

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-02-2013 23:28:06 | More by redfox405
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Dave_Treat

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

11-01-2013 21:51:41 | More by Dave_Treat
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mrebeka

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

10-30-2013 02:46:28 | More by mrebeka
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KVNBGRY

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

10-28-2013 19:05:03 | More by KVNBGRY
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Lovely85

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

10-27-2013 20:07:19 | More by Lovely85
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ColdWaffles

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

10-17-2013 03:07:20 | More by ColdWaffles
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Andonato

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.5%

10-16-2013 16:42:50 | More by Andonato
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dorianmarley

Ohio

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
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hAle2theWort

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

10-15-2013 14:45:45 | More by hAle2theWort
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ShreddedThumb

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

10-14-2013 23:52:06 | More by ShreddedThumb
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GreyGhost4

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

10-14-2013 16:50:22 | More by GreyGhost4
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Hermthegerm

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.5%

10-13-2013 23:21:38 | More by Hermthegerm
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YeastEnthusiast

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

10-11-2013 23:11:33 | More by YeastEnthusiast
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blbarnett3

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

10-10-2013 23:10:13 | More by blbarnett3
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enslighet01

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

10-10-2013 01:00:49 | More by enslighet01
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BrewtalHonesty

Michigan

3/5  rDev -23.9%

10-10-2013 00:49:25 | More by BrewtalHonesty
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mmars010

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

10-09-2013 22:47:49 | More by mmars010
Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,178 ratings.