Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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88
very good

1,305 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,305
Reviews: 659
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 64
Gots: 86 | 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 Reagan1984
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottles on 03/06/09

Light tan head about a finger and a half forms then quickly fades. Beer is the color of dark rot beer, perhaps even darker.

Aroma is of dark roasted malt, some smoke

Flavor is decidedly of charcoal, some dark roast coffee and then some real wood at the end. Finishes quite dry. Not getting much vanilla, perhaps melding with the wood a little.

Mouth feel & body are too light for the style in my mind and take away from the beer a bit. The charcoal flavor and mouth feel almost come across as powdery in your mouth.

Not among the best stouts I've had and a bit disappointing for an oak aged vanilla stout.

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

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint-glass an almost opaque black with some ruby highlights when held to light. The aroma is a slight amount of oak and roasted malts. The taste is a nice smooth oaked roasted malts with hints of cocoa and fresh ground coffee. The beer is quite light and smooth with decent carbonation, the lightness making the oakiness all that more noticeable. This is certainly an enjoyable beer.

Photo of hippiekinkster
2.05/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I must have a seriously off bottle, because I just can not get into this, and I'm not hard to please. The predominant flavor of this bottle is scorched French Roast coffee. There's little carbonation, the mouthfeel is thin, and there's little nose to speak of.

It simply HAS to be an off bottle, because I can't see my tastes being so contrary to others' experiences, when I agree almost always on other reviews.

F (for FAILED)(note: I'm not prone to grade inflation, as in: "This beer really sucked, it was thin, watery, with no character. A minus)

Photo of wac9
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

found this beer again hard to find in williamsport frist time i i had this i picking oak chips out of my mouth made me happy. pours a very black color i just love this color. taste a very nice bourbon oak and vanilla not much coffe taste its a good tasting beertonight i give a it a big drinkability tonight it just smells great i want to drink more of this beer

Photo of rye726
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours near black with tints of cherry wood and a thin tan head. Nose has roasty malts, vanilla, oak, chocolate and coffee. Taste a bit mellow compared to the aroma. Dark malts with subtle vanilla and cocoa. Body is a bit thin and somewhat under carbonated.

Photo of soupyman10
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown color with nice amber highlights. Solid two fingers of off-white head. Dissolves down to a thick film. A touch of lacing.

Nose is spicy roasted malt and some bitterness. Almost vegetable flavor. Coffee and strong roasted malt.

Big roasted malt flavor and coffee. Definite spiciness, rolling into a short hoppy after-taste. Tasty although not very big or complicated. That cool veggie bitterness.

Body's alright, medium, but a little watery with very busy carbonation.

A solid, if not great, brew. Definitely not as good as it is on tap.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a jet black with a dirty tan head. Nose is full of roasted malt, coffee, and a hint of oak. Taste is full of cocoa, roasted malt, and molasses.Mouthfeel was nice and heavy, heavier than the bottle version and more complex. The bottle did not do this brew justice.

Photo of damienblack
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BDLbrewster for the bottle in trade.

Pours a pretty thin dark brown. Thin head quickly roils up to about a half inch, and quickly receeds. No cool lacing or anything like that. Smells like burnt bourbon, like a huge bourbon aged IS. It doesn't taste it at all, though. Faint oaking comes through, but it isn't overly roasty, and just a bit sweet. A bit of vanilla, maybe some coffee. A little light on flavor, and very light overall. That is the biggest flaw. It lacks gravitas, and it needs a lot more carbonation. It feels dead, like the lunar surface. Needs more carbonation to liven things up, right now it tastes almost flat. Very drinkable, though. This beer is a bit underwhelming, but it was worth the try.

Photo of webmanspidey
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark well carbonated beer poured into a snifter. Fair amount of tan head.. sweet smell, somewhat soy sauce like. Taste is pretty sweet.. mostly coffee and light vanilla. I'm not sure on the oak, I can't pick this up too well.

This is very light and drinkable for a stout. Mouthfeel is fairly well carbonated. Not too out of the ordinary or exciting but definitely a solid beer worth trying.

Photo of magine
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My first brew from this brewery.

Poured into a pint glass.

Brew pours a dark coffee color with a tan head that sticks around for only a few sips some minimal lacing.

The brew smells of toffee, caramel, oats, vanilla.

This brew tastes of toasted malts, some hop bitterness caramel and a hint of vanilla. A nice complex yet balanced taste. Dry mouthfeel.

This is a very tasty stout. Very drinkable, I am very pleased with this brew. It has a unique flavor and is very drinkable. Very much case worthy, to be enjoyed throughout the night.

Photo of jwinship83
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from yesac in a recent trade. thanks! poured into a standard pint glass and served just below cellar temperature.

A- this one pours a black colored body with a small and quickly fading khaki colored head. very little lacing left behind.

S- the odor is very faint. roasted malts, a bit of oak and vanilla, an a little bit of chocolate.

T- pretty weak really. roasted malts and dark chocolate. a little bit of barrel--vanilla and a bit of astringency from the oak.

M- light to medium bodied with a nice low level of carbonation. pretty creamy as well.

D- meh, not that impressed with this one. its nice to see what the effect of barrel aging has on a smaller beer, but i dont think ill be bending over backwards to try this ever again.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Arena Bar and Grill. Arrived in a nonic pint glass, this stout appears a deep dark brown color with about two fingers of creamy, lingering tan foam. Not much lacing to speak of here. The aroma and flavor are of rich roasted grains, both milk and bittersweet chocolate, oak chips, vanilla, mildly sour tannins, and a touch of dark fruit. Wonderfully smooth drinking and creamy with medium carbonation. A really nice and flavorful lower alcohol stout.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel chalice. Thanks to JDV for the freebie on an in-town swap!

The pour is translucent, but once the glass gets filled, this stout appears a nearly-opaque seal brown hue. Head is short-lived and mocha in color, and retreats to a small wisp of bubbles at the center surrounded by a ring of foam. Very heavy vanilla scent; those vanilla beans in the secondary did their job well! However, the sweetness nearly overpowers the oak and chocolate malts, as well as any trace of hops. Aroma improves as the beer warms, letting in hints of smoke and ash.

I don't really pick up much at first, but after my palate adjusts, I taste roasted chocolate malts, some caramel sweetness, and a kiss of oak on the back of the palate. Earthy hops chime in for a quick "hello", but not much else lingers in the aftertaste. Body is a bit over-carbonated and zesty for a stout (more porter-like in its mouthfeel) with a crisp medium body that borders on creamy. Overall, I found this to be a decent stout, but it doesn't quite live up to its "barrel-aged" stature.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 3/18/09

There's really only one shade of black and this is that shade. A deep color that no light can penetrate. Small light brown head thins to a crown quickly.

Aroma is charred malts with some chocolate notes and mild woodiness. With all the label promises (hops, vanilla beans, etc.) I expected more from the nose.

Flavor is toasted dark bread mingling with dark baking chocolate and a bitterness that works well with the woodiness. I didn't pick up the vanilla flavor, and throughout most of the session I found this to be almost all roast without much depth. Oak is barely noticeable in the finish, with the bitterness of old, dusty dark chocolate trailing behind.

Silky smooth feel, though maybe a tad too much carbonation and probably a little thin overall.

Unspectacular yet it has a few things to offer. Not the best of the many oak-aged stouts out there, but worth a shot. I think the label promises too much...

Photo of ski271
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very dark brown, almost black, with a medium-sized, khaki, frothy head with moderate retention. Smells of deep roasted malts. Chocolate, vanilla peat, wood and some light dark fruits. Taste-wise, wow the peat you right up front! Thick malts with vanilla and bitter chocolate. The hops are very subdued, just a little bit of bitterness on the finish, a bit lacking on the balance that the label brags about. It has a full body, lightly-syrupy-turning lightly-dry texture, and low carbonation. Interesting, but the smokey peat aroma and flavor are overdone and distracting.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Almost totally black, crimson/ruby on the edges. Head is lackluster for a stout, though retention is decent. Not much lacing, either.

S: It's got a really nice aroma. Smooth caramel, coffee, dark chocolate, smooth vanilla, and woody oak.

T&M: Roasty coffee, bittersweet chocolate flavor, vanilla, and an appreciable woody flavor in the finish. Balance comes in nicely from citrusy hops mid-palate. The body is a bit lighter than a typical stout, and there's too much carbonation. Still, a great beer.

D: Fairly drinkable because of the light body. I think a better feel would make me like it even more, however.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A :: Pours a thick black with a one finger creamy tan head. It reduced to nothing within minutes.
S :: Oak, dark malt, chocolate
T :: A little woodiness from the oak with the chocolate and malt showing through the most. This leaves a long lasting bitterness in your mouth.
M :: Thinner than I expected for this stout. Medium-heavy carbonation
D :: The flavors are balanced and I could definitely enjoy a few of these. Again, a little thinner than I would like, but still good overall.

Photo of John_M
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the BWI Rams Head.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with surprisingly good head retention and decent lacing. I don't get a lot on the nose, but that's often the case with over chilled beers at the airport. However, I do get some light coffee and chocolate. The beer smells nice enough, what there is. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, although there is also a hint of licorise and some drying hoppy bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is light and fairly watery, though drinkability is pretty decent.

This is a nice, low alcohol, easy to understand stout. While nothing exciting, it's still a pleasant, easy to enjoy stout. My guess is the airport is probably not the best place to enjoy this beer.

Photo of Yesac
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - solid black, thin tan head

S - mild oak & bourbon

T - Very smooth and thin. Moderate bite from the oak.. roasted malt.. vanilla bean bourbon.Tart finish.

M/D - Silky smooth. Thin on the palate. Little to no carbonation. The thinness makes this brew easy to drink but constrains complexity.

Photo of tigg924
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: black with a decent 1/4 inch head

Smell: oak, chocolate, malt and chocolate

Taste: oak, chocolate, malt and chocolate

Mouthfeel: very sweet, light for a stout, smooth

Drinkability: I could easily session this. It has several complex flavors to it

Photo of Pamola
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had to review at least one beer from a giant trade box from d0b. Thanks again, man.

A: Poured a thinnish opaque black with a nice one-finger tan head. Lacing that remained is staying for good.

S: mellow and chocolate dominated. Slightly roasty, but a little subdued and any oakiness/vanilla shown on the label isn't that pronounced at all.

T: Oh. The aroma belied nothing of the intense flavor. A bit watery but the vanilla and slight licorice flavor come through well.

M: Slightly watery, but silky around the edges.

D: This is a pretty darn accessible barrel brew. The flavors aren't over the top. I could use a little more body in this but it it enjoyable.

Photo of jojox
2.58/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

a - dark black, not the blackest of black though. Whispy head, beige.

s - Malty stout, not overwhelming. It's cold. Not much vanilla but we'll see. Some coffee.

t - Light, agressive mouthfeel, harsh flavors. Thin, not creamy or chewy. Low FG I think. Dissappointing. No oak flavors, not much of any flavors. If I gulp it I can get past some CO2 to taste a hint of vanilla. Overall, thin.

m - agressive carbonation and thin body = selzer-like afterfeel.

d - I didn't like it enough to reach for another. It's like the second runnings of a beer I want to try.

I don't understand how this can get an A-. I'm wondering if I got a bad bottle somehow, too much CO2, overattenuated? I have a six pack, if I try again and it's different I'll update.

Photo of BrewerB
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of goatgoat
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev 0%
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.

Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,305 ratings.