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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,183 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1,183
Reviews: 654
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 59
Gots: 58 | 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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BrewerB

Florida

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to CrellMoset, one hell of a BA Trader, for the hookup on this beer.

A - Poured into my Samuel Smith pint glass. Very dark brown, reddish highlights. Good clarity. Thin light tan head left some lacing as it collapsed.

S - Dark roasted grainy character includes bittersweet chocolate and french press coffee. There's also some vanilla present along with a touch of caramel.

T - Upfront roasted grains with some vanilla and caramel in the middle and moderate bitterness. Hop flavors aren't prominent. Medium-dry finish with a lingering bitter chocolate flavor.

M - Moderate/moderate-full bodied with a medium level of carbonation. Smooth.

D - Well-balanced, highly-drinkable stout. The vanilla adds a nice subtle complexity without being overpowering. Great roasted malt profile balanced with a the proper level of bitterness. I look forward to the enjoying the rest rest of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 03:14:59 | More by BrewerB
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goatgoat

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque, but clear, black. The barest hint of ruby in the stream of the pour. A thin coffee cap foams up then falls in seconds. No lace.
Aroma is moderate chocolate and roast. Gentle dark fruits and a hint of oak and vanilla.
Taste is strong roast. Hints of chocolate and oak which strengthen, but do no overwhelm, as the brew warms. Finish is moderately bitter and prickly with carbonation.
The body is less robust than I would expect, a bit watery even. The carbonation is brusque, which seems to exacerbate the lighter feel but seems to be within style guidelines.

This is a really tasty stout. I knocked it for a lack of head and watery feel, but the taste definitely makes up for it.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 02:23:52 | More by goatgoat
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oberon

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 11/07/09.I have sampled this beer a few times in the past,this is the first bottle I have had to myself.Poured into a bulb glass a deep dark but not opaque cola color with a minimal light mocha colored head atop.Aromas of vanilla/oak and dark coffee stand out most with just a hint of molasses as well.A little thin and prickly in the mouthfeel department but not overly annoying.Flavors are dominated by vanilla and heavy roast up front with a drying earthy,woodiness that comes thru in a long finish.Its a year and a half old but I dont think it matters much,a decent flavorful stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2009 20:47:51 | More by oberon
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Packforever1976

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served chilled in my british pint.

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black. A very small, light tan head forms and recedes rather quickly. No lacing.

S: Very nice vanilla notes up front. Vanilla melds well with some roasted malts, some coffee and dark chocolate. I'm not really picking up much bourbon or oak, maybe just a hint. Still, very pleasant.

T: Dark roasted coffee with vanilla come to the forefront. Some dark chocolate in the back.

M: A little on the thin side for me. I like stouts thicker and creamier, this one seemed to have something missing. Carbonation is ok.

D: Very drinkable. I could put a couple 2-3 of these away pretty easily. Not the best stout I've ever had, and not the worst. Not too shabby.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 22:47:54 | More by Packforever1976
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RollingRocker

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i've never tried this until now i was out looking for old dominion's oatmeal stout (then i found out they were bought out by Anheuser-Busch and was discontinued and this was suggested) dark appearance and average smell. but the taste is excellent a nice roasted coffee taste with a light chocolaty finish (i love it) almost creamy mouthfeel but not too heavy. i really love this stout. i could drink this on a regular basis.

-RR

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 23:02:55 | More by RollingRocker
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A Valentine's Day treat from my wife, brought back from Virginia Beach. 12oz. bottle served in my DFH snifter. Bottled on 10/09/2008 indicated on the label. Poured one shade shy of black with a loose, khaki-colored head that quickly dissipates into a skim with a band of foam around the edges. Nose indicates vanilla, lactic acid and butterscotch. Taste consistent with nose, but very muted. Mouthfeel is somewhat watery with a light background carbonation and a slight acidity. Not bad, but somewhat lackluster.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 00:12:13 | More by Jwale73
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prototypic

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to csmiley for the bottle. Very generous of you, dood.

Appearance: It's very dark brown in color. There's no light getting through so far as I can tell. Very close to black in appearance. Carbonation is off the chain. The head is tan and easily four fingers deep. It was very slow to dissipate and left thick sheets of lace on the glass. Ordinarily, I'm a fan of nice big heads, but it's a little annoying here. Took me a few minutes to get the beer into a glass.

Smell: Primarily, it's a nice mix of chocolate and roasted malts. The roasted malts smell a little stronger. It smells a little sweet. Coffee is noted, but is a secondary scent. Overall, it's pretty straight forward. I had pretty high expectations and am a little let down. I'm not picking up any vanilla or oak-like qualities at all. It's above average, but not as good as I had hoped.

Taste: The flavor profile is consistent with the nose in most respects. It does have a nice malty flavor. Roasted malts are clearly the strongest flavor here. Chocolate malts are noted. It has a bit of a bitter chocolate flavor, but isn't very sweet. Roasted coffee is faint and doesn't add a great deal. It's a little too buried. There is a decent wood or oak-like flavor that gives it a slight bump. But, it still hovers just above average. Carbonation is too high and is really distracting. No alcohol is noted. Finishes with a bitter chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's on the lighter side of medium bodied. Carbonation is too active and really prevents it from being smooth at all. Way too distracting. Drinkability is just above average. It's got an okay flavor, but doesn't really distinguish itself in any way.

I had high hopes for Oak Barrel Stout, but am ultimately disappointed. It's definitely not a bad beer, but it has some glaring flaws. The carbonation is the biggest. The lack of any standout in flavor is the second. Overall, it's above average, but would need some work to reach the next level. It's worth a try, but I wouldn't seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 02:40:22 | More by prototypic
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kiddynamite920

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch black, half an inch head that doesn't stick around for long.

S: Oak for sure, vanilla and caramel and raisins. Such a sweet smell. Surprising for a mid-priced beer.

T: Very sweet, I am reminded of a chocolate stout for some reason. The oak aging is not as strong as it should be.

M: Thick, syrupy, very sticky.

D: Very drinkable, well not very drinkable, but maybe 2 of these to truly understand its complex flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 05:52:48 | More by kiddynamite920
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colts9016

Idaho

4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Traquairlover for this bottle.

Poured into a pint glass at 49 degrees.

Appearance: A dark brown color with a one finger tan head. The head is creamy and has retention to it. The beer has some effervescence coming from the bottom and visible on the sides of the glass. The clarity of the beer is very dense but there are some garnet highlight in the lights.

Nose: A rich roasted malt with coffee, vanilla, and oak aromas. There is a burnt character, a sweetness like molasses, chocolate, and a resin note in the background of the beer.

Taste: There is a rich complex roasted malt with a touch of a burnt character. A nice rich coffee, chocolate, vanilla and oak radiate from the beer. There is a slight sweetness with resin, vanilla, and citrus in the background.

Overall: The beer come across to me as plain but in another sense the beer is rather simple. The mouth feel is a medium body, not chewy, and a bit creamy. The finish is slightly bitter and dry, the beer lingers for a moment on the palate. The beer is good, but not great it needs more character and body.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 23:21:13 | More by colts9016
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MurphyMacManus

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle into tumbler

A: dark brown, near opaque; short-lived coffee-colored head; some lacing, but not much.

S: Vanilla coffee, as in vanilla flavored coffee -- the good kind that actually balances the flavors. Also, some peat smoke in there, very faint.

T: peat-smoked malt, more coffee, mild roasted grain astringency, some grapefruit-like bitterness in the finish. As it warms, the vanilla starts to come through in the middle, as well as a drying note from the oak in the finish. Becomes sweeter as it warms.

M: tight, light carbonation; almost porter-like in mouthfeel.

D: Would make an excellent session stout, though just a bit high on the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 04:35:06 | More by MurphyMacManus
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a deep opaque sable with a fine-bubbled tan head. Strong aroma is smoky and coffee-ish, and slightly chocolaty. Rich flavor is like a good mocha and has a yeasty undertone, along with nutty and molasses hints. Texture is smooth and a little tingly.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2009 03:49:35 | More by Cyberkedi
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sonicdescent

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Sharp Edge in Canonsburg, PA

Pours a black with a frothy brown head but lace is minimal.

Smells of roasted coffee malt and a light oak scent.

Tastes same, the oak character is pretty minimal, but still tasty.

Medium bodied and carbonated.

Would have this again, a very nice stout though slightly undistinguished.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2009 23:36:38 | More by sonicdescent
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

2.73/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- A deep dark brown with deep caramel hues. Poured with a good 2 fingers of head which hung around for a bit before dissipating to a thin layer.

S- Oak, lots of oak, and some vanilla.

T- Oak was pretty potent in this brew...a little overpowering. Roasted malts, vanilla, and even some faint espresso lingered in the background along with a hint of bitter chocolate.

M- Thin for the style. I had expected a little more thickness. A bit of carbonation in this brew, but overall I was unimpressed with the mouthfeel.

D- Not very drinkable in my opinion. Too much oak and a thinner than expected mouthfeel makes for a brew which, after one, is more than enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 22:36:50 | More by taylor714914
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nick76

Florida

3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is almost prototypical for the style. It has coffee, chocolate, burnt malt, and a hint of vanilla. The appearance is dark brown with a larger than average head for a stout. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is a tad thin but OK. Overall it's a decent stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 08:49:54 | More by nick76
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

1.95/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed on 9/20/08. Bottle courtesy of sloth, bottled 6/10/04. Pours black with a minute tan head. Aroma and flavor of Raisinettes and vinegar. I'm not sure if this beer went bad or if it's supposed to taste like this, but either way, yuck! Hopefully I can get a fresher bottle of this to re-rate.
3/3/4/2/9 (2.1/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 17:55:43 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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cblackwell44

Alabama

4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first beer review. Luckily, however, this is not my first beer.

The beer pours pitch black with slight red hues near the bottom of the glass. The head is a normal tan and has lingered for quite awhile. The lacing is very pronounced, almost sticky.

The smell is more pronounced in the bottle, but when poured there are hints of oak, coffee, and almost a general nutty sweetness to the beer.

The taste is complex with pronounced flavors of oak and coffee with a very slight hint of bitterness in the finish. The slightly thick and smooth mouth feel is a definite highlight and the carbonation is perfect.

Overall, this is a great brew and thus far, a highlight in my beer journey, however limited that may be.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 07:54:32 | More by cblackwell44
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barleyman

Georgia

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

Poured from the brown glass 12 oz. bottle into my straight sided pint glass tumbler. Very dark color as well as dark head. Label indicates beer is dry hopped with added vanilla bean flavor. Neither are apparent in the nose. Roast malt dominates the flavor, without much obvious hop balance. A good stout if not a great one. Mouthfeel is good and the drinkability is better than some more interesting stouts.

just a thought,

barleyman

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 00:28:50 | More by barleyman
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ATPete

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

bottling date of 08-19-08

Pours an opaque dark brown, almost black in color with a monster, loosely knit brown head leaving some soapy sticking on the glass. Monster head? Barrel aged? Oh wait a minute, only oak chips were used... There is a much larger citrusy hop profile in the nose that i had expected, faint notes of caramel malt and roasted chocolate. Light in body, hardly any chew going on, simple roasted chocolate malts and some hints at roasted coffee beans. The carbonation is insane, the way over-the-top carbonation hurts its body and mouth-feel. Subtle notes of vanilla, sweet wet wood and lemony sourness on the finish. This one was a disappointment. Maybe put the beer in a barrel next time?

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 21:57:46 | More by ATPete
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clayrock81

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a perfect shade of black with a frothy, sleek one-finger head that was tan and then slowly died and left a ring around the glass. A light malt smell of roasted malts and sweet malts like caramel mixed with cocoa and coffee (and yes, oak). Medium-to-full bodied, really, REALLY, sweet and smooth creaminess. The beer is balanced with hints of dryness and although it goes down somewhat silky, it has a moderately dry backbone. Roasted, toffee, caramel, and chocolate malts all make their way in the taste. I could have this anytime.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2008 16:58:52 | More by clayrock81
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tugdriver7

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was a real treat. Part of my Dominion "Rack Pack" from TDL in "the Burg." Beautiful black(ish) color in the glass with a slight bit of foamy head (tan to gray). Roasted malt in the nose with a hint of (unless it's just because I read it on the label) vanilla. Taste is at first smoky malt, then sweet (though not too much so) roasted malt, with a bit of hops bitterness--just enough--warmed with a bit of that bourbon flavor from the oak barrels. A real treasure trove of mixed flavors that all work beautifully together. That's two-for-two from my pack. All keepers. I'm glad I have a couple more of each.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 00:57:59 | More by tugdriver7
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle date 9/16/2008...12 oz. into Medley's (Shockoe Bottom, Richmond, VA c. 1997)/Red Hook pint. One of these courtesy of CrellMoset (first in-person trade) - thanks dude!

Solid 2-finger maple walnut doughy head topping an espresso-brown body. Head has fairly solid staying power, moderate lacing and a few muffin tunnels. Great look for a session stout with a little visible carbonation.

Good dry stout nose...slate, roasted chocolate malt with a little tannin from husks and nice grass on the hops. Mild alcohol sweetness comes through but is countered by the espresso and huge malt. Opens up with warmth.

Wow...this is very smoky with a fair amount of slate. Big chocolate malt presence (a little patent in there?) - lots of grain presence. Hop bitterness is quite grassy and nicely prevalent. No real alcohol or sweetness present but it's not bone dry.

Skate and smoke on the palate is interesting but a little prevalent. Hops take a back seat. A little bit of a metallic tinge with warmth.

Drinks better than average, albeit smokiness precludes extreme drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 15:15:48 | More by IBUnit63
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praufs01

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark opaque with light brown head.

Aroma - Musty and earthy smells.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied ale with light carbonation.

Taste - Light bitterness with molasses and a light oaky flavor that finishes dry on the palate.

Overall - Pretty decent stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 02:39:08 | More by praufs01
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Atron67

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

picked up at the local grocery store in Fredericksburg.

was slightly sweet, reminded me of a milk stout, but it was very tasty the oak and vanilla flavors were strong and it worked very well together to give a very drinkable complex stout that wasnt a sipper

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 14:59:03 | More by Atron67
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imagineiii

Vermont

4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

5.2% bourbon barrel stout? isnt that supposed to say "10.2%"

A: Poors black with not much head, diminishes quickly.

S: Dry, Vanilla. Light on the nose.

T: Nice carbonation on the tongue, smooth and subtle flavors. Sweet bourbon flavors up front, dry american stout at the end. Very well balanced.

M: Only slightly heavier than a guiness.

D: As drinkable as any stout Ive had with the exception of guiness.

This beer is awesome. Im pleased to see somebody making a bourbon stout that isnt 10%, kick you in the face-ful of flavor. Very well balanced, would love to have another of these guys.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 20:56:20 | More by imagineiii
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stumac

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So it wasn't aged in oak barrels but it did have oak chips in it...

it pours up a black color with a dark cream colored head. the nose is slight metallic malts, slight vanilla bean. the taste is toasted malts, vanilla bean, slight oak, medium body, low carbo. Eh *shoulder shrug* a decent brew....

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 21:23:54 | More by stumac
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