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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,336 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,336
Reviews: 663
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 69
Gots: 108 | FT: 3
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Old Dominion Brewing Company visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001

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 oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black color, not much had to it. Faint hop aroma to it, with a hint of nuttiness. Taste is full bodied, nice and thick stout, very tasty and smooth. Definitely has a distinctly different taste than other stouts, due to the oak and vanilla infusions. very good beer, low in ABV, tasty, and smooth.. a great session beer and wish they had it up here in CT.

Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one finger of brown head and light carbonation evident. Looks great.

s - Smells of vanilla, chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts, and a hint of coffee. Very balanced and enjoyable.

t - Tastes of bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, light vanilla, and light alcohol.

m - Medium body that was lighter than I was expecting. Moderate carbonation.

d - A nice stout. I thought it looked and smelle amazing, and had a nice taste too. If it had a more sweet chocolate taste as opposed to the bitterness it would have been perfect. Would try again.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

This is one of the first beers I grabbed when I moved out here to Virginia. Memories. It pours a straight black-brown topped by a finger of quickly-dissipating light ecru micro-foam. The nose comprises chocolate syrup, molasses, maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, and I think there's a pinch of cinnamon in there as well. The taste consists mostly of roasted malts, cocoa powder, vanilla, and brown sugar. The sweetness is curtailed, but so is the roastiness, for that matter. Everything is a bit dry and subdued. Not much oak character in there either. This all isn't to say that it tastes bad, just not nearly as good as it potentially could. The body is a solid medium, with a lackadaisical carbonation and a stiff, though smooth, feel. Overall, not at all the best oak-influenced stout, but a nice affordable alternative.

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

A - Pours a black color with a tan head that dissipated to a ring. Very solid looking.

S - Dark roasted malts and dark fruits. There is a hint of vanilla, but not a ton more than that.

T - Slight vanilla taste on the front which disappears quickly to a bit of roasted malts. It turns to a very powdered cocoa taste that finishes slightly sour.

M - Moderatly carbonated and a full body. The taste doesn't quite coincide with the rest of the beer.

D - I thought this had more alcohol in it than it did, but it's pretty low. It is averagely drinkable considering the abv and weight.

Photo of jrallen34
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasting with AgentZero.

12oz bottle into my Rochefort glass.

A super dark brown pour, light tan head that rises about two fingers, gone quickly. Light lacing...Light aroma, combo of vanilla, coffee, and alcohol...The taste comes out of nowhere, no idea it would be this vanilla from the aroma. Dominated by vanilla on the front, but on the finish its dull bitter coffee and alcohol and wood. The finish is also very chalky, a residual powder feel which is not nice. Very alcoholic for a 5% beer.

Overall, this is a big miss. The first sip is nice vanilla but after that its all downhill. The vanilla disappear and you get a powder feel.

Photo of BigTomZ
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured black with a nice head that lingered longer than expected.

Smells roasty with caramel vanilla background. Subtle without being simple.

I was impressed with the taste. Has a nice toasted malt base with notes of vanilla, toffee, and molasses. The oak is underlying but definitely present.

This is a bit thin for a stout, but only a bit. Still plenty of substance to it.

This isn't too strong and the taste doesn't lean too much towards one thing, so I could easily drink 6 of these in an evening.

Photo of stakem
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown bottle with a bottling date of 3/17/10 into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Label reads: "Dominion Oak Barrel Stout rasises the bar for American stouts. Our method of dry-hopping with vanilla beans & oak chips broadens our stout's flavor spectrum even further." So for a beer named Oak Barrel Stout, do they age this brew in oak and then add oak chips to further increase the oak character or is the oak chips used just to simulate the properties imparted by oak barrels? Regardless, here goes.

Pours a dark brown color that when held to the light displays some deep ruby colors and suggests a clarity to this brew if it wasn't so dark. The head initially formed with a finger of tanned bubbles that receeds to a very thin cap and sticks in patches of lace about the glass. Aroma includes some favorable scents of dark grain suggesting chocolate and coffee along with the sweet scent of vanilla pushing straight through the back making itself easily noticeable. Further investigation of the nose reveals some hop character and a bit of the woodsy oak notes. The flavor of this brew follows along with what the aroma indicated. Dark roasty grain flavor upfront with a touch of hops. The dark grain flavor includes chocolate and coffee character along with a strong vanilla flavor and a finish that has a noticeable amount of alcohol and an interesting mixture of burnt grain/vanilla sweetness and an oaky/woody dryness that urges you to continue to sip this brew. As it warms, the base grainy flavor seems quite fresh and is enjoyable. The flavor it leaves in the mouth is reminescent of walking through a grain mill. This is a taste I usually only get at the local brewpub, enjoyable to say the least coming from a bottle. Medium to full bodied with a modest level of carbonation. The inclusion of the vanilla bean could be tamed a little more to make it more subtle but all together it works. Pretty decent brew, would have no problem enjoying a few of these.

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

On tap at the Vienna Inn.

Nice appearance in the glass, opaque brown to black color, tan head is frothy. Aroma is nice and roasty, with coffee and dark malts. Taste is also roasty in nature, bitter chocolate and roast coffee. Some vanilla come through toward the finish. Not real bitter in the end, this is an easy drinker.

Great smooth mouthfeel and a nice light to medium body. Again, an easy to drink stout with a great taste.

Photo of tone77
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of coffee and malts. Taste is also of coffee and malts, some notes of vanilla. Feels full bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this makes for a good quality brew.

Photo of wahhmaster
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Corned Beef & Co. shaker pint.

Appearance: Very nice. Pours a dark cola color with a large, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of roasted malts and coffee. There is a faint scent of dark chocolate in the background as well.

Taste: Starts mildly bitter up front and develops into a roasted malt flavor. Has hints of vanilla, coffee, and chocolate. All of this is backed by a considerable amount of oakiness which lingers into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and lightly carbonated. No complaints here.

Drinkability: Really a superior stout. I'm not usually that big of a stout fan but this one might make me a believer. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of garuda
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aggressive pour into my 20 oz mug gets a tall, billowing brown head with nice cascading bubbles down the inside of the glass. The head has decent retention, and some lacing. Liquid is a murky, deep ruby brown.

S - A little weak, and has some slightly off-putting, astringent graininess up front, but backed up nicely with some roasted malt character, maybe a touch of oak, but i have to search for it.

T - Much better than the smell with roasted malt and espresso up front with bitter dark chocolate backing it up, and earthy oak flavoring in the aftertaste.

M - Great mouthfeel with perfectly low carbonation creating a full, creamy mouthfeel. Nice and smooth across the palate with a dry finish from the oak aging.

D - The aroma wasn't all there for me, but otherwise, a very tasty, drinkable stout.

Photo of jlindros
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this interesting looking beer thanks to both kkipple and Noslenwerd.

A: Pours a nice dark colored thick and semi frothy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly. The beer is basically pitch black with just a hint of light getting through the base.

N: Lots of roasty malts and chocolate. Lots of nice chocolate, dark and bakers, as well as nibs. Some nice roasted malts too, some roasty dark malts, crystal and caramel aromas, a little sweet syrupy aromas too. A little bit of bitterness with roasty dark malts. A touch of oak with all that, as it warms. There is also some smoked malt that gives a little smoke and smoked maple bacon too.

T: Starts with nice creamy roasted malts, some creamy milk chocolate, a little cocoa nibs, bakers chocolate, just lots of chocolate. Then some roasty flavors, roasted barley, charred malts, but not much for roasty bitterness so they did a good job of getting the nice flavors without too much overpowering roasty earthy bitterness. It's pretty soft and creamy. Some smoked malts still there, but lighter than the nose. A little oak seems to come out more as it warms. Some sweetness with caramel. Very drinkable.

M: Creamy and smooth, medium body with lower carbonation.

F: Finishes lighter with more lingering malt and chocolate. Mostly creamy chocolate, cocoa nibs, chocolate milk, etc. A little roasty earthy bitterness. Touch of sweetness lingering still, doesn't dry much. A very nice drinkable stout, I'm surprised at the rating. I think most Americans are jaded by the super heavy RISes and DIPAs, etc. and they seem to overlook the really nice drinkable tasty stouts.

Photo of Beejay
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown black with a hint of ruby where some light comes through. Nice tan head on top

S: Oak and Chocolate come out right away. Some vanilla in the nose, and then some more oak.

T: Nice oak flavor, with subdued vanilla. Coffee notes, and other than that a fairly standard stout.

M: Carbonation works, although the mouth feel is fairly thin.

D: Easy Drinking and I could probably take down quite a few in a sitting. Maybe it is the thin mouthfeel, or the somewhat lower alcohol, but I could see doing a couple in a sitting. Overall I think it is a Par beer. It feeds the Barrel aged stout craving, but it doesn't eliminate it.

Photo of tweeder263
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark brew with a dar tan 2 finger head,no light comes thru this glass. Smells like stout, nice rich coffee aroma. Nice sweet stout with coffee notes that dominate the finish. Mouthfeel is ok. Drinkability is good, finished the beer rather quickly, wish i had a second!

Photo of MBPChead
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one just a few hours ago with family and I have had it once before on tap. It was better on tap but it was still good from the bottle.

Poured from a bottle into a glass coffee mug(not exactly a beer glass but it worked and was close enough that it didn't really matter too much.

Appearance: Almost solid black in the main body but DARK Ruby Red at the bottom of the glass, with a coffee colored head.

Aroma: Not a very strong smell, but what I did get was the fragrance of roasted vanilla and oak and possibly some hints of coffee.

Taste: Very robust and rich in flavor overall, as the smell suggests it encompasses the flavor of Vanilla, Oak, Dark Chocolate, Coffee, hints of black licorice, and possibly even dry red wine qualities.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth in texture with just a tad bit of silkiness and low carbonation, quite good overall.

Drinkability: I would personally only have one or two of these at a time because of the robustness, but at the same it swallows easily and its perfect for a cool autumn or cold winter day.

Photo of dougofthefuture
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra from noslenwerd - thanks man! Bottled 1/18/10. "Dominion Oak Barrel Stout raises the bar for American stouts. Out method of dry-hopping with vanilla beans & oak chips broadens our stout's flavor spectrum even further."

Even further, you say? ... Despite the questionably vague description, the label is pretty cool looking. Dry hopping with vanilla beans sounds pretty awesome as well. Ok, time to drink.

A - Really dark pour - attractive 1 finger head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S - Standard dark malt, but hints of both vanilla and oak add just a bit of uniqueness.

T&M - Again, a nice oak and vanilla flavor on an average stout - nothing about the backbone sticks out, but I'd agree that the additions broaden the flavor spectrum. Mouthfeel is a bit prickly with carbonation. No alcohol presence, but still not super smooth.

D - This is unique, and I'm glad to have tried it. Once is probably good enough. Sometimes I really crave vanilla though, and this would be a good fit if it were available locally.

Photo of hangh
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very very dark color that is very inviting. One finger very thick off white head that clings finely to the glass.

S- You can smell the vanilla immediately from the glass. Underneath there is a finer burnt smell with some chocolate.

T- The initial taste is one of the burnt charcoaly flavor and that is subdued by the vanilla at the end of the taste. Very good and pleasant taste. Goes well with food and alone.

MF- Very smooth beer, easy to drink,the malts float out of the taste. Little carbonation with a pleasant aftertaste of vanilla

D- Easy to drink for a stout. It is much better to drink slowly and enjoy. I would only drink 2 at the very most at once.

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

My pour created a finger of thick, foamy, deep-tan head with good retention. Color was a deep, dark brown with cola highlights at the edges. Nose had a bourbon-like vanilla quality. Mouthfeel was medium with a definite oakiness in the mouth. Finish had an interesting admixture of smoke, charcoal, oak and vanilla. While it was interesting, I probably would not want to drink more than a couple at a time. I think that the oak was too prevalent and I would have rather the vanilla come to the forefront.

Photo of CHADMC3
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nearly opaque body with ruby hues with a frothy, tan head that quickly dissolves to leave almost no lacing behind.

Generous aromas of oak and vanilla waft from the glass, followed by sweet malt and woody hops. As the beer warms the vanilla becomes a bit more milk like.

The taste is similar to the aroma. The beer opens again with vanilla and oak, and even a hint of chocolate followed by the woody or earthy hops. As it warms, roasted malt comes forward as well.

Medium to thin in both body and carbonation, fairly smooth with just a faint woody bite at the finish.

This is a good beer. Nice character, and no overwhelming wood notes that similar beers may feature. Offers a nice balance of flavors without abusing the palate. This is just a clean beer.

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

From a twist off! One of the very few stouts grocery stores out in VA actually carry. A choice stout to drink on a late spring evening when the winds begin to turn.
Black with a furry head of offwhiteness. Oak and vanilla leap out of the erupting bubbly. A bit of chocolate and roast as well.
Medium-bodied stout with a good oaky roastiness and hints of chocolate and vanilla, very creamy. Some sips more full than others as the creaminess can quickly dissipate into a thin finish with lingering dextrins.
A classy stout, definitely a worthy beer.

Photo of Seanibus
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A big Meh on this one.

Pours black with a late developing off white thick head. The aroma is a little malty but thin. The flavor is roasted with cinnamon and oak, with a liquorish burn. The finish is spicy and oaky, but thin. Deep caramel with some cream. The mouthfeel is creamy but tapers off too quickly.

Photo of mempath
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours black as black strap molasses...esspresso

good smokey roasted coffee and chocolate in the nose...dark chocolate, charcoal, whiskey

very rich, fluid mouthful/mouthfeel with some carbonation...but the palate gets loaded in a cascade of aforementioned chocolate and roasted coffee, toasted malts and some sort of (hop-fueled?) bittersweetness.

not my favorite stout....but i like the bourbon notes. it's full-bodied, complex, not creamy smooth like Guinness, but it's up there in my top 5 or so.

Photo of bgildea
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark black color with a nice brown head. Fades quickly with minimal lacing.

S: Nice smell, hints of vanilla and roasted malts.

T: Very good taste. Vanilla hits you first, followed by the oak/earthy taste, and just when you think it's over, the dark roasted malts catch the back of your tongue. Complex, and delicious.

M: Decently chewy. I always expect less, but I was pleasantly surprised. Not an over amount of chew to it.

D: Very drinkable, I picked up a sixer of this, and after the first one, I decieded not to share...

Overall: Overall, a very good dark beer. Nice rich flavor with strong notes of vanilla and roasted malts. If you like a good american stout, then you should definitly try this beer.

Photo of farrago
3.27/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aggressive pour gets you about a finger's worth of brown head, loose, semi-dilute foam gone lickety-split, gauzy sheets of lacing slowly slide down the glass. Onyx black liquid, nary a trace of color to be found. Vanilla certainly there in the nose, fudge-like, milk chocolate, coffee ice cream, minor touch of grains and baking dough, lacks the second tier of scents to display full expressivity. Medium-bodied, comes across as too dry and fluffy to make a direct impression, the carbonation gives it a soft and feathered texture. The dryness highlights the coffee bean to espresso and darkens the chocolate flavors, nuttier and higher overall roast. The vanilla more powdered here but maintains a strong presence. No true calling card offered by the hops. Never fully soaks into the tongue, however, lingers as a whole. Wonder where the beef is here.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
2.05/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Ok this has to be the worst BA beer I have ever had. And so far I think I have had my fair share.

Pours a deep black and no matter how hard I poured there was no head. No ring nothin. It almost looked like flat angels share.

Aroma is off. I smell oak but there is something off I can't put my finger on it.

Taste is not good. I'll probably dump it. Tastes nothing like a stout. Maybe a little roastyness but not much. Really I have no idea where the flavor went.

Mouthfeel is terrible. Tastes super thin and flat. Not good at all.

This has to be one of the worst beers I have had. Usually I can choke it down. I usually can say each beer I have had I can drink but could just improove or is just bland. This beer just needs a complete overhaul. It does not appear that I have a bad bottle so I feel this is a fair review. It does not taste infected.

Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,336 ratings.