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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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1,232 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,232
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 63
Gots: 68 | 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.

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Photo of Brent
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very nice balance of sweetness with the vanilla bean quite distinctive, but finished with a very slight astringency that kept the beer from being too sweet and added to the drinkability. Mouthfeel was a bit of a letdown- on the thin side and made the beer seem less substantial. A good after dinner beer.

Brent, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of bonkers
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my SA pint glass. Jet black in color with a 2 finger white head that does not stick around long. Vanilla and oak are the dominat scents. The taste follows the nose, the finish is dry and crisp. The beer is too light in body, otherwise a pretty good stout.

bonkers, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of biglite351
2.78/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - very dark and appealing. Head stayed for a while.

S - very weak scent. Slight medicinal smell, but very weak.

T - roasted and I can taste the vanilla. The problem is the after taste and a tingle on the sides of the back of the tongue. Neither are a good thing. Off putting.

M - there is a tingle on thesides of the back of the tongue. It is not something that I find appealing.

D - pass.

biglite351, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of tpd975
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark black with a nice tan head. Pretty good retention with some nice spotty lace.

S: Wonderful woody aromas, oak, bourbon, and roasted malt.

T: Nice fresh oak, light bourbon, vanilla, and harsh chocolate malt. Hints of char and some hide beneath.

M: On the thin side for the style, my only real complaint about the beer.

D: Pretty good for what is basically a budweiser beer.

tpd975, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of FickleBeast
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 11/13/09

Pours nearly pitch black with one finger of foam that quickly fades away without lacing. You can smell the oak and vanilla in the nose, along with a dark roasted maltiness.

Oak flavor is powerful but pleasing. The vanilla is hardly perceptible. The oak/roasted malt flavors blend very well in this beer. No hop flavors or aromas to speak of.

The mouthfeel is a bit too fizzy - would like to see a smoother creaminess to this brew. Would probably be excellent on nitro.

Overall a very good beer. Goes down nicely and the flavors do not get tired. I would certainly get this again.

FickleBeast, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of jera1350
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid black color with a thin layer of tan foam.

Lots of rich roasted malt with a good amount of oak with a bit of smokiness.

Moderate amount of roasted malt followed immediately with a vanilla bean and oak burst of flavor. Minute kiss of coffee in the finish which is very clean. Flavors working really nicely together. Reminds me greatly of Aphrodisiaque.

Smooth feel with a hint of creaminess.

I would call this one of the top American Stouts that I've had. Very easy drinking with vanilla and oak to make it stand out from the crowd. Glad I had the chance to have this and I would welcome it again at any time.

jera1350, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of goldbot
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice chocolate-brown to black color. Thin greyish brown head which dissipates quickly. Not much lacing.

Smells of chocolate with a good bit of raisin. Some vanilla as well, and lots of oak presence. The vanilla becomes more and more prevalent as the beer warms. Tastes of bitter chocolate and slightly burnt malts to start. There is some malty sweetness present and a bit of coffee. Again, lots of oak.

I thought this beer was smooth drinking yet still quite complex. Feel was creamy but not too thick or overpowering. It's good to find a full-bodied, complex and balanced beer without being loaded down with alcohol content.

goldbot, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.75/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. Bottled on 100908. "Oak aged Stout fermented with vanilla beans."

Thanks to PerzentRizen for sending this bottle my way.

A - Clear on the pour, this one gets black in the glass. A bit effervescent, a toffee tan head pops up and fizzes for a bit before sinking to a ring and thin layer. Low lace on the sides.

S - The aroma starts with musty old dirty carpet and moves into low-presence roasted malts. I don't get oak or vanilla beans in the scent but there is this lingering nose of old garbage can juice that's bad but not as bad as it sounds. Probably too old.

T - The roasted malts are present here but they loose their robust punch from how dry it is and how much carbonation there is. A bit of unsweetened chocolate and a hint of vanilla poke in and out bit overall it's pretty one-dimensional.

M - It's far too carbonated for a stout, especially an oak aged one. It removes from the rich, creamy feel I believe it should have as well as taking away from the flavor. Too distracting. Medium-bodied and very dry in the finish.

D - It's not a terrible beer. I'm also trying to factor age in with this. Bland though and unexciting. It washes down fine. Nothing to write home about either way.

BeerFMAndy, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of Lunch
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Rams Head Tavern in Savage, MD into a shaker pint at the slightly colder than appropriate temperature (01/11/09). I allowed the beer to warm for several minutes.

A: Pours a very dark shade of deep brown to almost black with a 1.5 finger light mocha colored head with decent retention and some nice lacing.

S: Soft bouquet of roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, vanilla, caramel and some oak. Not the strongest aroma but quite nice.

T: Roasted malt and coffee hit the palate first along with some nice oak tones. Vanilla, chocolate, cocoa, and caramel are detectable as well. The flavors are all very clean and fresh. Not a big beer by any means, by a very nice American Stout indeed.

M: Medium-bodied with appropriate carbonation, but seemed at little thin at times.

D: Excellent drinkability and only 5.2%. A very sessionable American Stout with a better flavor profile than most.

Overall I was really impressed by this beer as it contained a great amount of flavor while keeping the abv. extremely low. This is perfect sessionable American Stout. Recommended.

Lunch, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Captain Lawrence pint glass.

A: Gentle pour yields a .5 finger coarse, light milk chocolate colored head that dissipates gradually until its a thick film atop the beer. Brew itself is opaque black. Lacing is light and spotty.

S: Nose is a bit boozy, a hint of toasted chocolate, creaminess, and caramel. Vanilla is subtle but overlies the other smells. Almost like a cream soda.

T: Really taste the vanilla in this one from the beginning. Very creamy and sweet, almost like a milk stout. This gradually fades towards the middle, transitioning into a slight toasted sourness. Sharp point of carbonation is present at the end but really no finish here, just some roasted notes.

M: Medium bodied and coarse. Deceptively carbonated but smooths out as it warms. Mouth is sticky and at the end, I find my lips sticking to my glass. Finishes a bit messy but no real flavors lingers.

D: Highly drinkable and this is the first beer I've had that I can say I really taste the claimed vanilla beans. Body is nice but not overwhelming and flavors work well together to create a very enjoyable experience.

SpeedwayJim, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of woosterbill
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a Mad Elf tulip.

A: Black body with brown highlights; one-inch, light-brown head. Average retention and some fine lacing. Quite good looking, but nothing special.

S: Understated aromas of roasted malt (more coffee than chocolate) and vanilla.

T: Robust, balanced flavors: coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, and dry oak on the finish. Quite nice, and remarkably intense for the low ABV.

M: Slightly on the light side of medium-bodied with lots of lively bubbles; a bit frothier than I look for in a stout.

D: A flavorful, balanced stout with around 5%? Yes, please. This is a session beer for the cold months.


woosterbill, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of jimiejams
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I would like to point out that this is my first review on the site and I'm happy to be a part of it.

Appearance - pours to a black with brown tints with a brown head (which there isn't much of) and really no lacing.

Smell - Like a mild mix of vanilla, chocolate, and oak.

Taste - This is where the OAK in the title comes through to me, that with a bit of vanilla make for a pretty sweet taste

Mouthfeel - surprisingly light to me*

Drinkability - I find this to be a pretty solid offering with a pleasantly sweet taste.

I say this because the stout I would mostly drink (until recently) is Ginness so I'm not as used to traditionally carbonated stouts.

jimiejams, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of BARFLYB
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a small snifter watching some seinfeld.

A- A loud hiss after the pry, the liquid is dark brown coming out of the bottle and extremely dark brown in the glass, not black. No head, barely even a french vanilla cap. No lacing.

S- A big robust kinda roasty stout with some vanilla beans and barely any oak presence. Kinda porterish. Small coffee beans, light hops.

T- Some roast with light coffee and than some malt backing with small oak spurts. Get a small taste of wood as well. Small chocolate, a light hop bitterness in the back. The vanilla is small but has a light presence throughout the quaff.

M&D- kinda silky, kinda smooth, but there is some hops in this fresh bottle making it entirely smooth. Medium bodied, lightly carbed, good taste. I would not mind having a six pack of this lying around from time to time. There are a few flavors here but they are all kinda light making for a easy drink with some character.

BARFLYB, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of bamadog
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review is from notes taken on 12/23/2009. Poured from the bottle to a snifter and thanks to Mkroadrush for the trade!

Appearance: Pour is black and looks a little viscous; starts with a 1/4 finger dark brown head that fades immediately to a thin ring around the sruface and a faint whisp in the center; hard to see if there is any carbonation as the body is entirely opaque; a few spots and swaths of lacing here and there.

Smell: Sweet vanilla/oakiness combines with a mild chocolatey smell and a nice burnt roasty maltiness, not much unlike espresso.

Taste: Very "thin" and doesn't really match up with what I see and smell in the glass; it does have a firm roastiness and a nice bitterness from the burnt roasty malts and a slight earthy hoppiness; the roastiness is a little reminiscent of espresso as mentioned in the smell and there is an ever-so-slight semi-sweet chocolate flavor as well.

Mouthfeel: Solid carbonation for a stout; body is a just a tad thin, but I find that's not uncommon for anything that spends some time in a barrel; no real coatin or stickiness left behind but I appreciate that carbonation as it keeps an otherwise kind of bland tasting stout lively in the mouth.

Drinkability: Meh. Nothing special - nice smell, but the flavors are weak and I really prefer something much more robust in my stouts.

bamadog, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of TLove
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to pilsner glass.

A silky, black color with a dark, creamy head. Sweet, bready combination of oaky, brown malts with some molasses and vanilla bean.

The oaky taste is a great balance to the body and although this isnt smoky or complex like many stouts in its realm, it is quite clean and smooth.

Very laid-back, unassuming stout, but overall, pretty enjoyable.

TLove, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of JRed
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black in the body with cinnamon head on top. Vanilla extract, vanilla beans, cream, some faint wheat characteristics in the nose. Taste of vanilla extract and cereal. Smooth, light body, slight sourness in the aftertaste. Enjoyable but not the greatest representation of the style. More like a little brother to the big American stouts that I love.

JRed, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of GeezLynn
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown, almost black with a huge, frothy tan head.

S: Bready combination of dark malts and plenty of hops. Also bit of woody character with little chocolate and the vanilla.

T: Mainly dark roasted malts. Oak seems to mute much of the flavors. Finish is slightly bitter with a very abrupt and dry ending. Vanilla? Not much here.

M: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Fairly sticky.

Overall, tasty, but I really didn't get as much of the advertised oak chips and vanilla as expected. Still a mildly flavorful, easygoing stout.

Revisited this beer thanks to a generous throw in. Had to move this down from a 3.7 to a 3.5. Can't really pick up much oak other than the smoothing effect and a touch of vanilla. Extremely bland and lacking any character. Well brewed, with no off flavors, but completely undistinguished. Less flavor than a good dunkel or schwartz. Not bad, but definitely a training wheels stout.

GeezLynn, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of Jettanbass9
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

picked up a six of this on a whim... glad i did.

a - chestnut brown under obsidian black with a rocky head that dissipates into a thin lacing. with a few swirls, the head bounces back and dissipates back into the thin lacing. could be from the oils in the vanilla. quality.

s - medium to light roast dominates then fades to a resinous oak and mellow vanilla. aroma reminds me of lightly roasted coffee beans, vanilla sugar and fresh cut wood. none of which dominates and allows for a well balanced aroma. beings that this is a stout, i would hope for a bit more roast in the aroma... note that there is sufficient roast but on the lower end of the style.

t - the aromas come alive the in flavor as lightly roasted coffee mingles a slight sweetness of vanilla and confectioners sugar with a hearty helping of resinous oak. each flavor evokes balance and makes for a perfect seasonal brew.

m - a bit on the dry side with very mild carbonation. this beer could benefit from the presence of more dextrins but isn't far off from where it is. there is no astringency and no harsh or overbearing flavors.

d - this is a great craft beer to keep around for the holidays. this beer emits balance but progressive craft flavors in a well crafted way. this is an extremely drinkable brew for craft aficionados and newbees alike. highly recommended.

Jettanbass9, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of StarlightSeraph
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark brown and thick, with one finger of light brown head that subsided fairly quickly. Decent lacing.

Smell: Milk chocolate and some bitter chocolate, mixed with notes of oak. Almost smells like some burnt malt is in there too.

Taste: Sweeter than I expected, but not too sweet. Sweet chocolate and roasted malts are balanced by the bitterness and strength of the oak. Vanilla is strong in the background, and balances everything out nicely. The aftertaste is overall minimal, but some vanilla lingers for quite some time.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than I expected, and a little overcarbonated.

Drinkability: I was impressed by this beer. It managed to combine oak, chocolate, and vanilla in a near perfectly balanced drink. For something that's fairly low on alcohol, this is a fairly full-flavored beer. I would definitely seek this one out again.

StarlightSeraph, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of thain709
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a deep, deep, brown with very little light coming through...this is borderline black...a two finger brown head formed and settled into a nice ring...some lacing

S - The roasted malts stand out but they aren't too heavy...some chocolate and coffee aromas...and a touch of alcohol...not much oak

T - The flavors in this beer work really well together...it starts off with a nice roasted malt flavor...the chocolate roasted malts are the star and they stick around on the palate for a long time...the vanilla beans mix well in the middle to provide a touch of sweetness...the oak really doesn't shine which is a good thing and a bad thing...the hops are very, very subtle at the end

M - Light bodied...would have liked more creaminess but it was rather smooth going down

D - This was my first oak aged stout and I was really happy with it...the oak didn't stand out too much...I loved the chocolate malts and vanilla beans...I like that it was oak aged and not around 10%...being lighter in body helps with the drinkability as well

thain709, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of ckeegan04
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Near solid black with the faintest ruby highlights when held uo to light, Creamy light brown head, about 1/2 inch thick. Slowly fades to a thin cap and leavbes solid sheets behind on the glass.

S - Big vanilla aroma that is far too artificial smelling. Tastes like vanilla shots added to coffee and sodas. As it warms a touch more roastiness comes through as it warms. The vanilla really is just too overwhelming.

T - Roasted malts with lots of vanilla. Vanilla is not near as strong in the taste as it was in the nose and actually provides a nice complimentary taste to the roasted malts.

M/D - Medium bodied and very creamy feel. Easy drinking and very pleasant. Roastiness leaves a light bitterness behind.

ckeegan04, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of mklinger
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour into a shaker pint glass. Two full fingers of head formed after a moderately vigorous pour. The head was a nice mocha, creamy and thick though it dissipated fairly quickly to a slim layer within a minute. The beer was deep dark brown, the barest smidge of light showed through. Nice looking stout though the head could retain better.

Aroma was quite mild, a little cocoa and roast, not much of the oak in the scent. Not much hops in the aroma either. The rich malt is quite nice, though.

Flavor is pleasant. The roast and oak both create a nice dry taste. This is an easy to drink stout with nice roast & oak flavors, a bit of dark plum-y fruits and just enough hop bitterness to provide some balance. This isn't one of those assertive American stouts. It drinks more like a British or Irish stout with the additional complexity of the oak. The only flaw, given this style, is that the mouthfeel is a tad thin for me. A bit more dextrinous character would be nice. Otherwise, very nice & easy to drink.

mklinger, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of thartman
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle. The label is different from the one pictured, but I'm sure its the same brew. Deep, dark brown, almost black in color with a thin, tight head.

Nice aroma of vanilla, caramel, with hints of milk chocolate, and hazelnut.

Complex flavors, much hints of vanilla, milky chocolate kind of like a 3 musketeers bar, toasted malts, and a little caramel. The oak really comes through on the finish, mixed with sweet vanilla and a very slight hint of bourbon.

Smooth and creamy on the palate, medium to full bodied, with minimum carbonation. Slightly dry on the finish from the oak.

Easy drinker, nice stout with a twist, not too heavy. This is definitely worth seeking out.

thartman, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to CrellMoset for this one.

A: The stout is a robust brown color, dark enough to pass for black under most circumstances. A finger or so of off-white head really didn't make much of itself.

S: Caramel and vanilla really stand out in the nose, a sugary sweet blend of syrups that overtakes the stout aspect. A decent punch that reminds me of some of Southern Tier's wilder concoctions.

T: The roasted goodness of a stout is quick to jump out, roasted with a lactic twist. Vanilla beans, an excess of them, seemingly float in the stout like espresso beans in sambuca. A decent chocolate roast body supports the vanilla. Oak, present but not overpowering, leads to a nice finish. A mild sourness, lactic in nature, interacts nicely with the vanilla and oak at the end of each sip.

M: Not a bourbon bomb, this beer chooses to go the subtle route. The vanilla is full-bodied, sweet and sturdy, a nice compliment to the stout's roasted body. A subtle beer that rocks the tastebuds hard.

D: A mild stout, oak aged, and under 5.5%? Hard to believe. This one isn't a barrel aged behemoth, rather it is a complex stout that packs a lot of punch into a small package.

akorsak, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of advill88
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer is black as night, with a one and a half finger tan head.

S - Nutty oaky aroma, with hints of coffee and chocolate

T - Starts off slightly sour with a touch of hops, but then a nice strong maltiness kicks in with hints of bourbon and chocolate, and a smooth vanilla finish and a bit of sweetness.

M - Fairly heavy bodied with strong carbonation and a nice creamy texture

D - This is one of the few stouts I could probably drink all night because of its incredible rich and smooth taste. One of the better stouts I've had - highly recommended.

advill88, Nov 05, 2009
Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,232 ratings.