Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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88
very good

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Reviews: 673
Hads: 1,396
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 72
Gots: 134 | FT: 2
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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 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. (542 characters)

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. (817 characters)

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. (386 characters)

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 (302 characters)

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. (261 characters)

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. (844 characters)

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. (545 characters)

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. (592 characters)

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. (259 characters)

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. (711 characters)

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. (518 characters)

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. (479 characters)

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! (1,027 characters)

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. (1,250 characters)

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. (829 characters)

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. (382 characters)

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. (666 characters)

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. (849 characters)

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. (1,065 characters)

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. (615 characters)

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. (724 characters)

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very large light milk cocoa head of about four fingers is produced that seems quite foamy and uniform. This head just doesn't wanna budge or go anywhere. Kind of pock marked and not totally uniform but looks pretty good.

On the nose is some toasty malt, but also some salty jerky quality. It does smell sort of rauchbier like which seems unusual, but it's quite alright.

Taste is kind of basic but solid. Smoke meat and sausage on the finish really big. Rauchbier feel and wetness. In the mouth though there isn't much taste to this beer and it seems to only bring the flavor out on the finish. Some wet feel for body, and a little quick and dry.

Overall though this is kind of surprising this is not what I expected for this style, I was thinking more of big roast and chocolate/coffee/licorice sort of for this style. But it's basically rauchbier light to me and a good one to boot. (938 characters)

Photo of rsdaugherty
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass
A - Pour barely fit into my pint with a nice creamy coffee head, fast dissipation left nice lacing on the glass and ended in a thin layer. A slightly less than black opaque color 3.5
S - Coffee, oak, with lesser caramel vanilla and "burnt" malt notes 3.5
T - A heavy malt start with notes of the oak barrel evolves to coffee with a bitter sweet chocolate/caramel background. A nicely built Stout that makes my top 10 of the style list. 4.5
M - Skim milk mouth feel with a full body adds to drinkability, nice carbonation but I was hoping for a slightly thicker presence. 3.5
O - Very easy drinking and a very good tasting stout. I'm not a stout lover and will definitely seek this out again. 4 (716 characters)

Photo of greenmonstah
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Dark brown, almost black. Half a finger of brownish head. Retention is mediocre. Almost no lacing.

S - Vanilla and chocolate. Bit of coffee bitterness and something of a charred character.

T - Opens with some roasted malt and chocolate flavors. Strong vanilla flavor with some oak hints. Finish is chocolate and vanilla with some char. Really good and complex for an American Stout.

M - Plenty of carbonation and a medium body. Wet with a slightly drying finish. A bit too carbonated.

O - Really surprisingly good. Didn't expect to love it like this, but for the style and ABV the taste is phenomenal. A lot of flavor packed into a little package. (687 characters)

Photo of ms11781
1.99/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Thanks to dbexpert. Bottled on 01/17/2011 on label. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a solid black with a thin tan cap for a head. The head dissipates almost immediately, leaving the thinnest of a tan ring around the glass.

The aroma is not strong at all. In fact, it's quite weak. There is a bit of smokiness when inhaled deeply. Perhaps a touch of wood but you really have to look for it in order to find it.

The taste isn't much better. Pretty bland. Some slight char and wood. No oak to speak of. There is a touch of sweetness, toffee or caramel. The flavors are there but they certainly aren't all that strong. Nothing stand out and each flavor is gone almost as soon as it's recognized.

Thin bodied with high carbonation. It's very thin and watery. Doesn't feel like a stout at all. Far from it.

The label says that it was bottled on 01/17/2011 and it was reviewed on 03/18/2011 but the beer didn't seem up to par, to me anyway. I haven't had a known fresh sample of it so I'm not sure that it was stale but my experience doesn't really follow along with the others. (1,086 characters)

Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 673 ratings.