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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,187 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1,187
Reviews: 654
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 59
Gots: 59 | 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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takashi37

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

05-14-2012 00:28:50 | More by takashi37
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Antonius08

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

05-13-2012 02:55:35 | More by Antonius08
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dtivp

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with amber hues, half of a finger foamy tan head, fades quickly to a thin spotty cap with light lacing.

Aroma of vanilla, smoke, oak and roasted malt.

Taste starts a little sweet with vanilla then the oak, malt and some smoke hits the palate. The oak and smoke become more dominate as the beer warms.

Mouth Feel is medium leaning light body with light carbonation, a little thin, smooth with a slight oak after taste.

Overall a good stout, needs a little more body, however, I enjoyed it a lot more as it warmed.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 02:10:00 | More by dtivp
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Holland

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a nice very dark black color with a slight brown on the edges. Good sized head with lacing that stays to cover the glass for a while. Does not look very thick, but it's not a huge stout.

S: vanilla, wood, sweetness, caramel, and some roasted and smokey malt

T: initially dominated by the vanilla and sweetness, it changes to to a little more brown sugar, oak, and some earthy flavor. Smoke flavor comes out when it warms.

M: I want a thicker stout, but this is good in carbonation and has around a medium body.

O: good beer overall, especially with the complexity over time. It changes even more as it warms. For $10 per 6 pack, you can't miss on this.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 01:53:19 | More by Holland
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Beer4Mike

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-12-2012 16:39:45 | More by Beer4Mike
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to duff27 for the bottle share. Thanks Chris!

reviewed from notes 5/10/12.

Vintage 2010 poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with a small tan head. Nice lacing with head that drops to a ring around the beer glass.

Smell: Oddly enough salty peanuts; its unmistakeable. Also hints of oak, roast, vanilla, and lite smoke. Lots of things to pick out of this nose.

Taste: Vanilla and oak upfront. Mild roasty and bitter notes. Little bit nutty and salty in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin for a barrel aged stout. low end of a medium bodied beer with low carbonation. No much heat or booziness found in this brew.

Overall: Solid Ba Imperial Stout that is almost on the borders of being a brown ale with the nuttiness and salty peanut notes in the nose/taste of the brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 08:38:07 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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DrFunkenstein

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-11-2012 01:11:12 | More by DrFunkenstein
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Duff27

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle

Initially head is short lived, leaves collar. Nice alcohol legs.

Oaky nose, some vanilla but mostly smells of a tree!

Pretty complex stout here. Vanilla dominates but doesn't overpower. Some oak, "nuttiness".

Mouthfeel is a little thin, kind of distracting. Lower end of spectrum of carbonation due to age I'm guessing.

Slightly oxidized but tasty none the less. Loved the vanilla aspect of this one, pleasant surprise. Thanks mikeyv35.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 01:04:24 | More by Duff27
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

05-10-2012 15:06:48 | More by JohnK17
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rapayn01

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-10-2012 01:01:10 | More by rapayn01
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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-10-2012 00:55:03 | More by jrohrbacher
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DaveONan

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

05-08-2012 23:03:29 | More by DaveONan
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odualum13

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-08-2012 18:24:41 | More by odualum13
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siege06nd

Virginia

2.65/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Laughably lame description of this on the bottle. Anyways...

A. Surprise, it pours black. Very black. With a half finger of light brown head. Lacing is pretty good and head is pretty tightly beaded. Looks really good.

S. Not much. Some mild vanilla and the tiniest hint of chocolate.

T. Some thin vanilla and chocolate. Lots of graininess. A weak sweetness is the dominant note. Seriously, Dominion?

M. Pretty highly carbed for style. Pretty flabby overall.

O. Singularly underwhelming in almost every way. This beer is thin, mostly flavorless, and is way too watery for a robust stout aged with vanilla and oak chips. I wasn't expecting much from Dominion, but I've definitely had better. Woof.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 22:45:28 | More by siege06nd
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grantino9

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

05-06-2012 23:48:21 | More by grantino9
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TheHopHeadGirl

District of Columbia

3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Label says dry hopped with vanilla but all I taste is smokey beer that is as dark as a Guiness. It has a boring label that's cream in color with a brown botlle. If you are into a smokey sharp stout this is a great beer for you. This is smokey whiskey and water.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 04:45:58 | More by TheHopHeadGirl
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catfan2000

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

05-04-2012 02:01:52 | More by catfan2000
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NHSTEVE

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-03-2012 23:18:39 | More by NHSTEVE
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Horbar

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-03-2012 03:22:09 | More by Horbar
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rnagurka

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%

04-29-2012 22:58:31 | More by rnagurka
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shrtstp2

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

04-28-2012 19:39:44 | More by shrtstp2
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GoodOmens1986

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +1.8%

04-26-2012 22:15:37 | More by GoodOmens1986
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AtrumAnimus

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Oak Barrel Stout pours a very black beer that has a very thick, hearty and slow to settle head that lingers with a consistency of shaving cream. The lacing an thick as well and show properties that have raised my expectations.

The nose is more hops, a subtle tinge of pine and some vanilla, bread and nutmeg.

The flavor is powerful with a rich amount of hops that are immediately apparent and just short of overwhelming. Not as balanced as I was hoping for but not over kill either. This is quite the quaffable beer and a very enjoyable stout with strong notes of dark roast coffee , vanilla, caramel and tight bitter almost like a UK ESB. The oak flavors are so subtle I am not even sure if I can taste them. However they could be hiding in the other stronger flavors making them more rounded.

The mouthfeel is more watery than I expected for a dark stout which such a rich and thick head. But it is more than acceptable.

Overall a very enjoyable stout. I would love to have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 22:33:01 | More by AtrumAnimus
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draheim

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (bottled 2/21/2012) into a snifter. Pours a dark brown w/ a thick frothy head, sticky lace.

Aroma: Faint bitter roasted malt, hint of vanilla

Taste: Not as roasty or dark as the nose. A little astringent, some oak.

Mouthfeel is thin, weak.

Overall, disappointing. More porter than stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 06:30:49 | More by draheim
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scott2269

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.8%

04-23-2012 03:54:19 | More by scott2269
Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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