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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,319 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,319
Reviews: 660
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 67
Gots: 94 | 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:
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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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of SlothB77
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a tap

A: black with a thin light brown head that lingers, but doesn't get in the way. Pours thinner than expected.

S: roasted chocolate and vanilla, cream, very subtle coffee

T: has a very smooth and creamy taste, very little bitters. Has that creamy sweetness. Tastes light. Very pleasant smoky oak aftertaste that dissipates quickly.

M: medium carbonation, medium-bodied, low acidity. Very little bitters, very smooth and dry. The taste doesn't last in your mouth that long, and that kind of just makes you want to drink more of it.

O: This beer has become a staple with me and my friends. Where I live, it is widely available and probably one of the best beers I know I will be able to find at most places. It seems everyone who I have try this beer loves it.

Photo of Danflurry
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a very dark brown color with good opacity. The head is quite nice - a two finger khaki color with a fantastic fluffy texture. It's also slow to recede, though I'm a bit let down at the lack of significant lacing.

S: There's quite a lot of dark chocolate and vanilla in the aroma. I can also pick up some roasted and smoked malts, a twinge of dark fruits, and mocha. Oaky notes don't really pop up. Still, a great example of a 'subtle' aroma.

T/M: The front end of flavors are very vanilla heavy, but the sweetness is nullified somewhat by the clean, bone dry finish. This closely resembles an Irish stout in terms of how it drinks. Most of the other flavors pop up as random subtleties - hints of roasted malt, hints of chocolate, hints of smoke - to help augment the primary note of vanilla. This beer generally finishes quick and roasty, with a surge of oak tannins to help give its finishing characteristics. Wow, I'm surprised how much I like it.

O: This is one of those hidden gems I regret not purchasing sooner. Hell, it's available in some GAS STATIONS in VA. A great session stout - think Guinness infused with vanilla, oak tannins, and steroids.

Photo of dsshuck
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of DovaliHops
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra from a generous BA. Pours a very dark brown-black color with a medium, tan head that diminishes quickly. Scent is quite oaky. More than expected. Some lovely vanilla aromas with chocolate...milk chocolate to be exact. Some nutty notes as well. Taste is vanilla at first. A GOOD amount of vanilla...which is never a bad thing in my book. Some oak flavors with chocolate and malt. Slightly bitter finish with more sweet vanilla. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied...especially for a stout. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this beer is very interesting. Quite sessionable for a stout with so much flavor. Lacking in the mouthfeel...but also in the ABV...so it goes hand in hand. Great stout for those wanting one they can drink more and more of without getting drunk, while also having some flavorful nectar to sip on.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Knapp85
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a nice deep black color with a light brown head on top. The head was bubbly looking with a thin retention and a scattered lack on the glass. The smell of the beer is really nice, it's got a big roasted aroma upfront with a sweet natural vanilla aroma in there as well. The taste has a bitter roasted flavor with the sweet vanilla throughout. The mouthfeel of the beer has a carbonation that is a little too sharp for the style. Overall this beer was really good, I would drink this one again for sure.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/31/2012. Pours a fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big caramel, milk chocolate, vanilla, toffee, roasted malt, oak, toast, light coffee, and light smoke. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, oak, smoke, roasted malt, toast, toffee, and light smoked ham. Slight roasty bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, oak, toast, toffee, and smoke on the finish for a bit. Very nice flavor balance and robustness; very pronounced but balanced oak flavor; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. It feels a touch on the thin side, but it’s not detrimental. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice oak aged stout. Nice amount of robust flavors for a 6% beer with a nice balanced smoke complexity; and extremely smooth to drink as expected. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of RobertColianni
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. poured into Duvel Eley Tulip

A: Jet black with one inch head. Looks like a brown ale under light. Heavy lacing left behind. Atypical khaki head.

S: Fresh hop aroma. Not much more. Seems to be packed with tons of fresh hops.

T: Freshly dry-hopped, little bitterness with a slight vanilla bean tingle. Vanilla beans, once scraped, offer miniature balls of caramelized sour-sugar. That, coupled with what seems to be a dry-hopping, really adds a nice stimulant to the tongue.

M: Very thin with aforementioned tingle.

OVERALL: I like it, but the viscosity isn't textbook. It's too thin for me. Packed with subtle hints of flavors that say "this is our recipe," this is a refreshing spin example of "let's not overdue it." Worth trying, maybe not in for a sixer, though.

NOTE: Live review.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Infamous7100
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a rich and deep dark brown to black. Opaque. A decent tan head develops with little to no lacing left on the glass. No complaints here.
S: beautiful notes of oak, peat and smoke blend with sweet aromas of vanilla, chocolate and coffee. As it warms, it seems to smell sweeter. It's very complex.
T: complex and balanced. I first notice the roasted malt and coffee notes but the subtle hints of vanilla do well to quell the roastiness from being overbearing. You can definitely pick up some of the oak at the back along with a tad of bitterness from the dry hopping.
M: decent bit of carbonation but the body is a tad thinner and less chewy than expected. It is very smooth and closes with dry and slightly bitter hang.
O: I enjoyed this offering from Old Dominion. The complexities keep it interesting and they provide a unique take on a stout. Love the balanced flavor profile but was hoping for a bit more of a body. Good drinking though.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of EgadBananas
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice looking black colour, with a dark tan coloured head of about a finger. Left a bit of lace and had nice retention. The aroma was very nice. Woody, oaky, with a touch of bourbon, with plenty roasted malts and touches of dark cocoa. The taste was pretty average. Not too much of the oak comes through at all, and it's mainly just a roasty, uninteresting stout. The feel is also average, with a light, somewhat watery feel to it.

Wonderful nose, but the bulk of it is nothing too special.

Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,319 ratings.