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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,304 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,304
Reviews: 659
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 64
Gots: 84 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Bottled on 9/07/10

The pour doesnt look too dark. It gathers pretty black though. The head is small but nice while it lasts. A couple rings of lacing are left behind. The smell is nice, but kinda toned down. Its pretty damn woody with a sweet kick of vanilla and brown sugar. The flavor falls kinda flat. Its missing a big velvety richness. Theres just a thin vanilla taste with an oaky finish with a Dr. Pepper flavor somewhere in between. The body is extremely too thin. It really ruins any chances this beer has at being smooth and creamy. The body isnt even enough to give the sharp carbonation something to struggle through. It has a very prickly feeling. A very dry finish is very abrupt. In all this beer is pretty drinkable. I wont have a problem finishing it, especially at this 5.2% ABV. It just leaves me wanting much more.

Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having enjoyed the Baltic Porter of the same brewery, I ventured on to this nice dark red almost black coca cola colored stout. Brown head building the beer looked so inviting, I did not give the foam the time to dissipate.
The smell hints all the characteristic of a good stout, but is not strong.
I really liked the taste of this beer with the vanilla, dark chocolate and coffee in the front, the roasted malt dominating the middle and the bittersweet aftertaste in the back. Nicely balanced, a very drinkable stout. Good job Dominion brewery.

Photo of HosP
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got in a box from Pwoody11. Thanks for this great treat!

A- Pours dark brown while looking black in the glass. Almost no light comes through. Tan head sits atop but leaves quickly.

S- Roasted malts with bitter chocolate dominate the nose.

T- Nice malt flavor in this, yet not quite what I expected from an oak aged beer. Chocolate and Vanilla creep in the taste, but very subtle. Slight bitterness at the end.

M- Medium body. Little carbonation. Pretty smooth drink

D- Very easy to drink beer. Nothing overwhelming but solid. Everything is balanced although would want a little more flavor out of an oak aged stout. Still with the lower ABV, would be great to have a sixer of this on a snowy night.

Photo of thecarster1
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a nonic pint, one finger fades to a nice layering of lace, dark color.

s- woody, sweet vanilla, toast, toffee maybe a touch diacetyl.

t- vanilla, oak, smooth toasty biscuit, tough toffee, and a bit of coffee/chocolate sweetness.

m- medium to full, silky/smooth, coating.

d- nice, this isn't the most complex or mind blowing stout out there but it's very drinkable and does down easily, i'd drink this again!

Photo of bs870621345
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on vacation after hearing some good things.

Pours black with a thin mocha head. Leaves no lacing down the glass and head fades quickly.

Smells oaky with coffee mixed in. Vanilla is present but not as major as the oak character.

Taste is coffee and vanilla up front with a heavy oak on the back. Little too much oak for me.

Mouthfeel is thin and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability is high as it has a low ABV and is a nice sipper. Good for a night you want to sip a few but not get drunk.

Photo of JayS2629
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Red tinged black. This looks like cola. Creamy tan head that quickly fades but leaves sticky rings of lace.

S- Notes of dank woody notes, oak, smoke, background of chocolate, vanilla, and hints of coffee. Nothing overpowering.

T- Woody characteristics up front, nice vanilla notes in the middle with hints of chocolate and coffee, oak can be detected after the swallow, a nice roasted malt flavor comes through with hints of smoke.

M- Thick and creamy

D- Very tasty, but heavy and thick. Nothing overpowering and no alcohol presence. Heavy enough to be a sipper though.

Photo of sholland119
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blind beer #9, Blind BIF Round 3. 12 oz. bottle labeled #11.

A-Opaque, dark brown with just the barest hint of ruby at the bottom of the glass. Creamy tan head subsides quickly, but leaves plenty of sticky lacing.

S-Chocolaty caramel aromas with some good toffee and vanilla notes. As it warms, a hint of smoke peeks through. Very nice.

T-Taste is as expected from the aroma with the addition of a nice roasted malt that I did not find in the nose. Maybe that's the bit of smokiness there. Nice roasted malt and a coffee milkshake frothiness. A bit sweet, but not too much.

M-Rather light in body with moderate carbonation.

D-Very nice. Lacking a bit in depth perhaps but very tasty.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black beer with a red and brown edge to it. Not much in the head category. Didn't pick up much in the nose, definitely not the overpowering vanilla many speak of.

Taste, nice, mild, the slightest amount of vanilla. Very light bourbon presence. Same with the oak. This is a nice example of making a full bodied, wood aged stout, without having it be of such abv that will wreck you. A twist of leather for ya. Hints of chocolate. Hints of everything, nothing is massive, but it still is full of flavor. A very drinkable stout at a good price, $3 a single.

Photo of thegodfather2701
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Pours black with a mocha head that dissipates quickly. No lacing on the glass.

S-Very malty with some smokiness and chocolate.

T-Malty with a hint of chocolate and coffee. It has a strange leather/smoky/beef jerky flavor that dominates the flavor profile until the beer warms. Once it warms some oak and vanilla flavor which is good comes into play.

M-Pretty thick.

D-I have drank a couple of these at different times and I can't imagine drinking more than one in a sitting. The weird flavor cuts into its drinkability.

Photo of Pellinore1
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to CaptinRedBeard for this bottle.

Pours a very deep brown, producing about two fingers of light brown head.

This smells primarily of dark roasted malts, with vanilla and hints of coffee.

The flavor begins with pleasant roastiness and a hint of coffee, and this is quickly overtaken by a big vanilla presence. After swallowing, vanilla lingers on the tongue.

This is a medium bodied beer, with pleasant carbonation, and quite drinkable.

Photo of mjsheehan08
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black, with a pretty dismal head. Not to much lacing on the glass. 

Smells sweet, hints of vanilla, coffee and roasted malt. The barrel is really present in the nose, bourbon is there, wood isn't as much. 

Taste follows the nose, and the beginning is sweet from the vanilla, the middle hits with a soft touch of the coffee and malt. The finish has a strong feel on bourbon, with a very slight alcohol heat on the way down. 

Mouthfeel is mild, minimum carbonation. Very slick and creamy. 

I could probably drink a bunch of these. 

Photo of mjw2808
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a black with a pretty big tan head that leaves pretty good lacing. The nose is of roasted malt, sweet vanilla, and coffee. The taste is strong of vanilla, with a healthy dose of coffee and some roasted malt. Its a little to sweet for me, and not one of the best stouts ive had, but an alright beer and definitely worth trying. Nice creamy mouthfeel but not extremely drinkable.

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a pitch black with a tan head that leaves nice lacing.

Nose is vanilla bean, roasted malts, coffee and a hint of oak.

Taste is like the nose, vanilla bean, roasted malts, coffee and some oak.

This is a very drinkable stout, a very nice session one at that.

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

I've had this a few times over the years, and most recently, tonight, on tap at the OD pub in Hyattsville.

Black with dark brown highlights and a dense, brown head with great retention and lacing. The nose is solid. Prominently roasty with a blend of heavily kilned and mildly charred malts, the added vanilla bean character is noticeable and quite enjoyable. Oak isn't particularly noticeable on the nose, which is surprising given that this was aged on chips rather than barrels. Bitter chocolate and coffee appears as this beer warms up. The palate is just as good as the nose with a very enjoyable level of roasted malt lending a blend of coffee, a little char and the base grain itself. Sweetness is low, apart from the moderate vanilla character that appears mid-palate, there's not much by way of sweetness here. Medium-light in body with soft carbonation, this feels pretty smooth on the palate. The finish is long and bitter with plenty of roasted grain and a little char present. Very good, especially at $4/20oz pour. I'll revisit this for sure.

Photo of mattgreger
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured almost black in the glass with a huge, dark tan head that held for quite a while. As it faded a nice solid ring of lacing followed throughout the drink.

The aroma was strong with malts, coffee, vanilla. This brew has a nice rich, roasted smell. It actually smells almost sweet. This is what I have come to expect in a stout. I am so far again, impressed by Dominion.

There is a nice vanilla and coffee flavor a the front of this brew. These two flavors give this brew a nice bitter edge that kind of balance out the sweetness of the brew. It ends with a nice smokey/oak flavor that just makes this brew have even more great flavor.

This brew is more a medium bodied brew, though the the pour and the style would normally make you think otherwise. The sip is nice and smooth, and and a nice suddle carbonation.

This is very drinkable brew. For a stout I was amazed. The flavor is strong, but not overbearing, its a hearty brew, but still goes down easy. I could surely have a few of these in a session and enjoy every drop. The price seems to be pretty good as well. Once again, I am super impressed with Dominion.

Photo of LtCracker20
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a black body with reddish hues showing through the sides. About 2 fingers of a coffee colored head that doesn't show the best retention. Spotty lace.

S- Roasted malts. Bitter chocolate. Earthy acidicness from the oak. Also a slight hint of the vanilla.

T- Vanilla and eartiness up front. Very nice bittersweet chocolate come in a take hold. A little grainy alchohol comes through.

MF/D- Silky smooth on the tongue with its share of carbonation. Drinkability is amazing. Low ABV at 5.2% and great flavors for the style. It's by far the best of this style that I've ever had.

Photo of DaveBlack
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has been one of my favorite beers since moving to DC about a year ago, and I am just now getting around to do a proper review.

A: Dark brown pour, but looks almost black in the glass with a reddish brown tint at the edges. About 2 fingers of dark tan head that stays around for quite a while and leaves a solid curtain of lacing as it goes.

S: Malts, coffee, and vanilla. A rich roasty smell, and also fairly sweet. Exactly what a stout should smell like.

T: Very much vanilla and coffee, with a nice bitter component that really balances out the sweetness. Despite being called and oak barrel stout there isn't as much oak/smoke flavor as one might expect, but I don't hold that against it at all.

M: Not nearly as heavy as one might expect from the color and style. It is surprisingly medium bodied, not really sticky at all and with a nice amount of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable beer. Not too heavy that you can only drink one or two, but you'll know that you're drinking. I pay about $9.50 for a sixer and it's worth every penny. A go-to beer for me.

If you're looking for a hit-you-over-the-head stout, this isn't for you. The bitterness is balanced with sweetness, the vanilla complements the coffee, and the overall taste does not demolish the palate.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep rich looking brown stout with a dense thick head. Hard to tell as far as carbonation is concerned with the deep brown color.
Very malty in aroma,smelling also sweet with a nice sutle roastiness.
A smooth, rich complex flavor of sweet malt, oak pews and sutle vanilla undertones.
I'm not picking up a lot in way of hops.
Smooth and flavorful
Very drinkable in my opinion.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Nose brings some lift notes of dark fruit and hints of vanilla. A bit of oak. Taste is malty with a light oak touch. Decent feel with some tannins. Pretty good but a bit plain for what it is.

Photo of beermanWV
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with a moderate chocolate head.

Bourbon is the most predominate smell, followed by oak, and vanilla. These three smells overpower a hint of roasted malt.

Oak and vanilla at first, followed by sweetness and the warmth of the alcohol. Tons of flavor. Mouthfeel is thinner than expected compared to the strong aromas and complex flavor. I recommend to those who enjoy oak aged beers. Something different with the vanilla.

Good beer to relax in the evening after a long day. I don't think I would want to drink more than 2 in evening.

Photo of bayinghound
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at the Nuclear Free Beer Festival. The aroma and even the taste brought early childhood memories back. There was a store on M St in Georgetown called the Georgetown Coffee and Tea Shop, that is what it reminded me of. I would go in there every Sunday after church and I always loved the smell. It was nice and balanced and finished like a good espresso.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
2.15/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle to pint glass. Bottled 3/10/10. Five months old when reviewed.

A: Three fingers of a medium brown creamy/frothy head is long lasting. The body is the darkest brown possible if it isn't purely black and no light comes through. Only a spare amount of lacing finds it's way to the glass, which is to the detriment of the rating, especially given the style.

S: Less than impressive amount of malts. Dark chocolate first, coffee second, both medium roasty. No discernible hop or yeast contribution. Light hints of vanilla are only noticeable when the beer warms a bit.

T: There is a fruity component from the middle to the back end of the palate that I don't find particularly complimentary. Almost no trace of any vanilla or wood, the wood having a bigger impact on the mouthfeel. Tangy/sour notes throughout. Not what I'm looking for in an oak-aged, vanilla flavored stout. At all, really.

M: Somewhat similar to a dry stout. Starts out with a full body that thins out considerably as it passes over the tongue. Aggressively carbonated with a very dry, astringent finish.

D: No ABV is indicated on the label. My guess (while drinking) is that the Dominion Oak Barrel Stout lands somewhere in between 4.5-5.5% and Beer Advocate's listing confirms it. Hate to say it, but this beer is not very good.

[EDIT] Recently got to try one of the early vintages of this brew. It was very solid. What's produces nowadays...ehhh...not so much.

Photo of ptykozoon
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours obsidian, nice light brown head, decent lacing.

Smell is ripe fruit; cherries, raisin. Then the vanilla, a light espresso and hints of cocoa.

Taste is rich and colorful, nice amount of chocolate mixed with vanilla.

Mouthfeel is lighter than expected, as I wasn't aware of the 5.2 abv. Very solid for the alcohol content. There is an element of toned down wateriness, however this beer handles it well. Unusual dry and refreshing finish. Sticky guinness-like mouthfeel.

Drinkability is excellent given the alcohol. A standout brew, quite frankly I wish they distributed here.

Photo of Chaney
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My friend had a party this last weekend and got an entire keg of this stuff and left it at my house with plenty of beer left. Needless to say, this has been a great beer week!

A: Nearly pitch black with ever the slightest ruby notes when held up to the light. Nice fluffy carbonation and huge head (but some of that may just be the fact that it is being poured from a keg).

S: Bits of oak, chocolate notes, and tons of vanilla.

T: Nice, medium-bodied, chocolate and vanilla bean taste, with a hint of bitterness on the finish. Not too complex, but satisfying nonetheless.

M: No alcohol detected, the sweetness is more so than Guinness Draught, which I appreciate, and the creamy quality is quite enjoyable.

D: I have a lot of affection for this beer. Back two years ago when Dominion had their brewpub here in Northern Virginia (Ashburn) and before they were bought by Busch, I used to go all the time and order this one. The Oak Barrel Stout they served there on draft is a completely different beer than the bottled version. I once asked why that was and the guy told me that in the draft version, they used coffee beans, whereas the bottle one contains vanilla beans. They did this as a preservative. The coffee bean version on draft was easily an A- brew.

Before my friend finally picked up the keg to send it back, I poured another hit of this stuff into a growler. As a matter of fact, I poured it into my old Old Dominion Brewing Company growler from a very fine Brewpub that is no longer in existence...sad.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this beer for 10.99 a sixer at 3 Sons. Cheapest oak aged beer I ever found! Had this as my 3rd beer on a stout tasting night.

A - Pours a pitch black darkness with about an inch of head. Looks pretty rocking in

S - You get some chocolate, slight coffee, you can smell woody goodness, and then some malt. Doesn't smell too bad.

T - Man was I blown over with flavor! Starts off with a semi bittersweet coffee and then flows to oak barrel age wood (done very well to heighten the taste btw!) and then SWACK you get hit with a smooth vanilla bean taste that not only wraps it all up but leaves it with a sweet finish. COULD it get any better?

M - Surprisingly they got all this flavor and not a high ABV. Medium bodied and creamy.

D - Man where have you guys been all my life? I have been kicking around equally as cheap stouts and exposed to some that taste as good for double the price but I have no idea how they can just throw this at you with a 10.99 a sixer price tag! WILL be picking more up and WILL be having a few a sitting. In my opinion I fully agree with the bros "A" rating or greater all the way!

Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,304 ratings.