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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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1,178 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,178
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 57
Gots: 57 | 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 FtownThrowDown


4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the first beers I drank regularly when I got into craft beers.
Pours a very dark brown in color with a nice inch of foamy head sitting atop. Smell is very roasty. Plenty of coffee and vanilla from the oak barrel in the flavor. Very creamy and smooth on the palate. A very easy, good drinking beer. It's a shame what's going on with the brewery, but this will always be a good beer in my memories.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 18:14:04 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of SaCkErZ9


4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pitch black in color with some black raspberry colored highlights around the extreme edges.

The nose is full of coffee and vanilla. A touch of oakiness but no real bourbon aromas. The slightest bit of citrusy hops show up but it is certainly muted by the vanilla and burnt grains.

Smooth and creamy flavor. A real nice vanilla flavor going on with plenty of coffee and chocolate to add some depth. A touch of fruitiness. Again, the slightes bit of citrus hops add some depth and character to this one.

Creamy mouthfeel. This was a real taste bud pleaser. Glad I picked up a sixer of this as I will be enjoying this all week.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 19:40:20 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of blackie


4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a slight mocha head, the beer is a dark chestnut brown in color, light retention

s: smooth earthy dry roasts with notes of bittersweet chocolate and mild coffee, molasses, nice range of barley aromas here, hops moderate and earthy, just a slight oakiness and vanilla

m: carbonation on the low and smooth side of medium, medium, could stand to be a bit thicker

t: dry roasts upfront give some powdered cocoa and charred barley, sweetness very light, dries out even more in the finish with lingering roast and chocolate, just a touch of oak and vanilla, hops earthy and provide a mild bitterness, comes across as a bit watery at times but still nice

d: very

one of a couple singles from Total Wine Fairfax, unlikely I'll buy much more OD after the move out of VA

bottling date of 080808

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 03:34:52 | More by blackie
Photo of orangedive


4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - .5 inch dirty cream head. Ink black with a slight brownish hue in the light.

S - Smells outstanding. Maple & Vanilla flavors--wonderful sweetness, subtly sweet. Some oak and sweet chocolate. Delicious.

T - Great. Sweet but not too sweet. More coffee than chocolate. Not much bitterness. Nice balance with maple and brown sugar flavors. Really good.

M - A little thin but nice.

D - Good. A great beer. Could have several but it's nice just to savor it.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 02:45:32 | More by orangedive
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4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Oz. Bottle poured into Frosted Pint Glass

A: Dark Brown to Black... Nice head and lacing

S: Smells of Chocolate, coffee, vanilla and a solid Oakey presents

T: Tastes as it smells... very clean finish

M: Not as creamy as most Stouts I've had...A bit on the watery side, and a little bit to much carbonation.

D: Very nice and easy to drink, I would buy again....

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 00:45:52 | More by mralphabet
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North Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this one is one that i was lucky enough to have had 4 years ago and have been searching to get my hands on more ever since, my parents vacationed in virginia and brought me home a 12 pack of this

pours a thin dark reedish black and 3 fingers of head rose to the top of this one, the flavors are bitter chocklat and lightly roasted coffiee, then a smokey flavor takes over in the middle. the end is a bunch of hops and some strong vanilla that is in purfict ballance with the mild oak flavor that is the last sutle flavor you are left with after swallowing. this is a beer that i would drink tons of if i could get my hands on this one, i will savor every one of these that i am lucky to have in my posetion

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 12:36:24 | More by orcasteve
Photo of Redrover


4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got to try several Old Dominion beers while visiting the Green Leaf Tap in Williamsburg.

Served in a standard pint, the beer is jet black with a dense brown head. Good lacing.

Nose is a bit lighter than expected. Roasty malts with brown sugar and marshmallows.

Love that the beer was served at the correct temp. It is sweet with brown sugar, slightly charred malts, coco and something that reminds me of a milky way bar. There is a nice woody quality late in the aftertaste. Tasty!

The mouth is extremely silky, but thins out a bit in the end. It is easy to session. I'm glad I had a chance to try this one. Well done!

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2008 16:44:07 | More by Redrover
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black, fairly opaque brew. Solid 2 finger carmel/mocha head. looks delicous.

Dont get much of a smell. Maybe vanilla? Am I missing something?

Roasted coffee malt. Vanilla finish. Interesting. Oakyness is definately in there.

Medium to light bodied. Nothing pungeant. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Neat interpretation of an American Stout. Might be a little light bodied balance wise, could use a bit more overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 20:21:54 | More by JasonA
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4.72/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours Very Black (like coke)and rich with a nice dark head. The smell and taste of oak is very noticeable. The beer has a very earthy smell and taste. It is a great beer for the price. May be my favorite beer in this category. It is a great bridge beer between lighter beers and hard core stouts. I hope AB INC's marketing takes this beer to more markets to show it's true potential.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 03:47:44 | More by plazabevinc
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3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours black with a thin tan head. Head has pretty good lacing and not too much lacing here.

S- Vanilla, tons of roasted malts, faint bourbon, chocolate, coffee and a big oaky woody presence.

T- Follows the nose really well. Very malty with hints of dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, and vanilla and oak. Great balance with clean dry finish.

M- A bit on the watery side, medium in body and a little on the high side on the carbonation.

D- Really easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 01:57:27 | More by nrbw23
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4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours very dark brown with 2 finger bubbly light-khaki head. Some thin lacing down the

S - Sweet toffee aroma; oak, caramel, vanilla. Following right behind is a strong coffee aroma, and roasted malts..

T - Coffee and dark malt up front, with a hint of oak and vanilla.

M - Surprisingly smooth and creamy. A bit too much carbonation comes through, which detracts form the aforementioned creaminess. Finishes pretty clean, with only a slight lingering aftertaste from the hops and oak.

D - A very good stout; tastes like it'd pair well with a good steak. I can definately see myself drinking a couple in a session.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 05:03:22 | More by thethrone
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North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark, near-black brown color under a solid brown head. Bold, sweet malty aroma...brown sugar, vanilla, chocolate, and cake-batter. Semi-sweet chocolate chip and vanilla flavors. Yummy. Not the most complex stout in the world and actually kind of thin in the middle...but there are some tasty flavors in there. It's kind of confusing. Slightly watery, but flavorful. Medium bodied, goes down easy enough. I'll get it again, but I feel like with a couple tweaks, it could be great.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 23:31:13 | More by wedge
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3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Deep brown with ruby-violet highlights. Tan head is 1-finger thick with only dots of lace down the glass.

S: Sweet chocolate, coffee, vanilla beans, and lightly woody-nutty aromas are present.

T: Vanilla and coffee are the predominant early flavors with a bit of bittersweet chocolate in the finish. Roasted black malts with minimal acridity are noticeable in the finish as well. Oakiness with a light bourbon flavor is not detected.

M: Thin even for this less demanding style with minimal carbonation and small amount of dryness in the aftertaste which is dominated by both vanilla and cocoa flavors.

D: An above-average stout that blends sweet flavors with an appropriately dry finish that hits the American/sweet stout style pretty well.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 03:58:30 | More by argock
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District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque dark brown, with faint hints of brown around the edges when held to light. Not a huge head, but some rocky, tan bubbles appear.

S: Toffee and coffee are most evident, with notes of vanilla, whiskey, and caramel.

T: Dark roasted malts are huge up front, with an oaken bitterness. Dark chocolate and espresso follow it with notes of caramel and subtle vanilla. Definitely finishes with a bourbon/whiskey touch. This is very complex, lots of flavors at work here. As it warms, the bourbon flavors become more apparent, along with hints of alcohol.

M: Remarkably smooth and almost creamy, with very tight carbonation.

D: Fairly easy to drink considering the complexity at work. This one has a lot of character, and is one of the more interesting beers I've had in a while.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 20:02:10 | More by Clydesdale
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew, and a few others from Old Dominion, have recently found their way into North Carolina. And they're inexpensive! Perhaps because of some introductory pricing plan, OD's Oak Barrel Stout is selling for $3.99 a six-pack. Quite a deal if you like this beer; I'm sure this price won't last long!

It pours thick and black with a tan head that sticks around briefly before disappearing into the ether. The smell of dark coffee dominates the aroma, while a mild vanilla/bourbon character lingers in the background. There is also a hint of bittersweet chocolate as well. It's thick and creamy on the tongue. I find the carbonation is a bit much, but that's a normal bias of mine. The aroma is reflected nearly wholesale in the flavor; coffee, vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate are front and center. There is a mild sweetness as well, which is probably best interpreted as fruity. Wood flavors, along with a light hop bitterness, are very present in the finish.

This is a great American stout, and the solid mouthfeel and flavor make it one to be enjoyed slowly. Hmm, this is very good with vanilla ice cream!

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 21:57:54 | More by CWiggins
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4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperaance poured a dark black with a thin darktan head. The head did not last very long and not much lace.
smell smells of toasted malts and oak at first. Also getting a faint vanilla coffee and mabey a little dark brown sugar aroma .
Taste very true to the aroma, but the coffee and vanilla come out more in the taste than they do in the smell.
mouthfeel not quite as heavy as i would expect from a stout but still very good. Very smooth.
Drinkability very Drinkable for a stout, Icould drink 4 or 5.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 04:05:36 | More by seanpachefddfa
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3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

This is another in a long line of great beer I've received from BitterBill over the last year or so, thanks Bill! Dominion's Oak Barrel Stout fills my snifter dark as night black with zero light glinting through when backlit. It took some aggressive pouring to produce a small short lived beige head. The head fell to a skimming and moderate ring around the glass leaving little thin lace lines down the glass.

The aroma faded with the head but a little swirl brings it all rushing back. Roasty, nearly to the point of being charred, malts start things off and dominate throughout. Pronounced alcohol fumes seem to bring the under ripe blackberry more to the front. Vanilla beans add a touch of sweetness on the backend but I can't seem to find much from the oak chips. I'm on the fence here, the alcohol seems a little too big but the other aromas pull me right in. I'll give it the benefit of the doubt.

The flavor is actually a lot different then the nose suggested. The maltiness is still roasty but doesn't quite toe that line of being charred. The under ripe blackberry is there but very faint, as is the entire flavor profile. Alcohol isn't as noticeable as the nose suggested but there is a slight metallic feel to the overall flavor. A little coffee flashes through on the finish along with high cocoa content dark chocolate. The flavor just seems to be much too subtle for what this beer is.

The body is on the lighter side of medium and little too light for my liking. There is some slickness and the carbonation seems to be dialed in good but the body is just too light for the style.

The lighter body keeps this beer flowing at a pretty quick pace but one bottle is enough for me in a sitting. This beer just isn't good enough to justify opening up another.

My review may have sounded a little harsh but this is a solid beer. I just expected a little more. I would have loved to see more of the vanilla and any oak. I did enjoy the glass though. Thanks again Bill!

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 03:12:04 | More by joe1510
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4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Market Street Wineshop downtown, poured into a traditional American pint glass. You can get six packs of these for $6.99 at most megamarts in town, so it's a shame I haven't tried it 'til now.

Appearance: A great, fine-bubbled, creamy-looking coffee-colored head on a deep brown-bodied beer. Average retention, and pretty nice splotchy lacing.

Aroma: Very nice. Vanilla French toast, not burned but getting close, with lots of other deeply toasted malts, all wrapped up in a very faint bourbon blanket with a big oaky woody presence that blends well with the toasty maltiness.

Taste: A little dryer than you'd expect from the nose. Faint dark fruits, lots of woody notes, light bitter chocolate and grassy, faintly-citrusy half-roast coffee, some slightly less roasted malts, and a faint vanilla-bourbon one two. No other alcohol notes detected.

Mouthfeel: Fine-to-medium bubbled, medium-to-full bodied, not thick or thin, and a little uneven but still by and large creamy and milky.

Drinkability: A really solid stout, and locally brewed as well. A good go-to beer, refreshing and inexpensive - recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 19:35:23 | More by CrellMoset
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3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10/8/2004. Black color with a relatively thick tan head and a little staying power for lacing. Strong coffee and malty aroma. Coffee flavor with roasted malts and a definite woody oak taste. Nicely balanced and a well-rounded stout. Definitely easy drinking too for the style. Solid.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 16:41:34 | More by changeup45
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4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - pretty much as dark as it gets, a very slight hint of brown around the edges when held up to the light. dark chocolate head that dissolves quickly leaving a nice ring. Didn't get any lacing.

s - rich creamy smell with chocolate, caramel, and vanilla notes.

t - astringent and hoppy at first. finishes sweet with the chocolate, caramel, and vanilla that were present in the smell. not really dry at all.

m - full and smooth yet surprisingly carbonated.

d - woohoo virginia. I picked this up randomly at the grocery store which made me think it wasn't going to be that great. I'm glad I was wrong. This beer is a little too complex for me to pick everything out, but it tastes so well rounded and delicious. This beer seems to be backwards from what I usually experience as it was kind if astringent/bitter at first and finished sweet. The bourbon barrel process gives it the taste of a much higher alcohol beer. Very interesting. I will definitely get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 04:06:05 | More by thirtysixbelow
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4.93/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got lucky enough to get stuck at BWI airport in Baltimore and went to Ram's Head. Tried the Copperhead first and liked it. Next I tried this wonderful stout. Extremely smooth and very flavorful. Of course the malts were just right. Each drink left that leveled effect that the commercials are telling about. I hope to get stuck at BWI again soon.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2008 05:40:13 | More by dwpiercetx
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4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, deep brown that is only discernible around the edges by close observation when held up to light; other than that, it's black as night. One-finger head is a dark caramel and fades quickly to nothing, leaving virtually no lacing on the glass.

Smells mostly of roasted coffee along with a heavy hint of smoke, similar to a Rauchbier. Perhaps a sweet hint of dark chocolate as well.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with only a slight bit of carbonation. Taste is very similar to smell, with a bit of bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt up front, middling with smoked wood and a slight hop bitterness, and finishing with a semi-dry bitterness that lingers for a short while.

Overall a unique, balanced and somewhat complex brew, though not too complex to keep someone familiar with stouts from downing more than one, though the smokiness may hold some back from swilling another.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 04:25:32 | More by superdedooperboy
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4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, bottled 06/18/08

A: Deep black under a small tan head. No lace, no retention.

S: Roasted malt and some wood. Vanilla bean is tucked in there along with some coffee hints. Vanilla gives it a bit of a subtle sweet candy character.

T: Coffee character seems to be a little bigger here, espresso like and some roasted malt. Vanilla and wood are there, with vanilla being the bigger of the two. Again, a candy like character, this time more like a chocolate candy rather then a sweet candy. All the tastes really meld well.

M/D: Full bodied, very smooth. Extremely drinkable. 5.2% but has all the makings of a big beer with out any of them overshadowing the beer. Really a good brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 00:14:43 | More by NCSUdo
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This robust black stout sports a great tan-colored head that has very good retention, and leaves a nice lacing. This is also a rather complex stout, with a coffee nose evolving into a chocolate malt flavor on the palate. The mouthfeel is moderately thick, though many stouts this flavorful are a bit heavier in the mouth. This one is lightened even more by a carbonation level that is a bit higher than most stouts, but makes the drink refreshing. Combined with this, the subtle hop bitterness in the finish gives it a crisp finale.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2008 22:43:23 | More by jushoppy2beer
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Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The surface is uneasy with bubbles rising at a constant, hence spewing more head onto the beer. As result, its ocher/tapioca toned top appears bubbling like lava. The beer doesn't allow any light to pass through it, even when held up directly unto it. Most density, however, is lifted from its black coloured body by flashes of chestnut and ruby.

The smell is simply delicious. The vanilla is very strong, as if the beans used to flavour it were still floating right under my nose. It brings to mind steamed milk and ice cream. Combined with the roast this also resembles hot chocolate or flavoured coffee. It's too rich and roasty to smell like bourbon, but the oak/vanilla combination is forefront. The oak is present, but smells fresh; the use of oak chips rather than oak barrels is apparent.

Just as it smells like all things vanilla flavoured, so too does it taste. Flavours of chocolate and vanilla ice cream, gourmet flavoured coffees, and specialty hot chocolates. In part also to its texture and sweetness, it may most of all be reminiscent of sweet creamy liqueurs. Frangelico hazelnut liqueur, in particular, comes to mind, but I'd also accept Amaretto or certainly Bailey's and other chocolate liqueurs.

The likeness to bourbon comes out more in the flavour. Again, it is too roasty and bitter to be an outright match, but there certainly is some resemblance. I am a huge fan of bourbon-barrel aged stouts, but I've found with this that the combination of oak chips and vanilla beans, however different, can achieve an end result every bit as good, if not better.

The oak, the vanilla, and the roast malt are all in perfect proportion. The brewers have struck a harmony between the creaminess and the roast, the bitter and the sweet. Dominion's Oak Barrel Stout is a beverage that is all those things at once, and that is something of a marvel. A delicious, delicious flavoured marvel. The brewers have listed this on the label as their "little treasure". Indeed it is, and I owe a big thanks to IDatetheFormula for sending me this gem!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 02:42:06 | More by biegaman
Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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