Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company
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4.15/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
05-11-2012 08:38:07 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.05/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
05-11-2012 01:04:24 | More by Duff27
2.65/5 rDev -32.7%
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.
05-07-2012 22:45:28 | More by siege06nd
District of Columbia
3.18/5 rDev -19.3%
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.
05-04-2012 04:45:58 | More by TheHopHeadGirl
4.05/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
04-25-2012 22:33:01 | More by AtrumAnimus
3.53/5 rDev -10.4%
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.
04-25-2012 06:30:49 | More by draheim
3.75/5 rDev -4.8%
Excellent clarity with a deep ruby/garnet color and a medium tan head of fine bubbles that dissipates leaving just after a ring around the edge of the glass after about a minute.
The aroma is a bit faint but what is there shows the oak and vanilla with aromas of vanilla, toffee and some carmel along with the roasted malt character an American stout. There is some diacetyl which is probably from the oak.
Again the vanilla and oak are upfront with flavors of vanilla, toffee and cocoa initially. A pleasant moderate amount of coffee flavor in the middle and finish. There is a little sweetness in the beginning and middle while it eventually progresses to a moderately dry finish. Faint, nondescript hops flavors of citrus with a descent amount of bitterness thought out.
The light to medium-light body is too thin for an American stout. The moderately high carbonation is appropriate and the bit of astringency probably results from the hops/malt bitternes and the oak aging.
The oak and vanilla defiantly come through and are nicely balanced in a very solid beer but I'd like stronger aromas in the nose, more body and better head retention.
04-20-2012 00:17:11 | More by MadScientist
Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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