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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,210 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,210
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 61
Gots: 66 | 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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far333

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%

Served in a 22-ounce mug. Dark chestnut colored with a dark beige dimpled head that sinks quickly but leaves a thin cap atop.

Aroma of oak and smoke, plus cocoa and a bit of brown sugar riding beneath.

Flavors of cocoa, molasses, and smokey charred bark. Definitely noticeable oak flavors throughout the gulp. Dark chocolate lingers.

Mouthfeel is tangy and tannic, puckering the cheeks slightly. The oak barreling seems to impart a certain flavor and dry mouthfeel that is just shy of detracting from the experience.

Pretty drinkable, but could be more complex and rely on the oak less.

08-22-2007 17:21:09 | More by far333
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jmalex

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -16.8%

Got for take out from Mesquito Grille. I'm glad it caught my eye on the way out.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a shaker pint black and dark. When held to light, brown highlights barely come out. The light tan one-finger head drops very quickly and becomes splotchy bubbles and a good size collar.

SMELL: Not so roasty, but black burnt malts are prominent. Alcohol comes out as does a little bit of oak. Very faint aromas of brown sugar and diacetyl. Smells very porter-like.

TASTE: Similar to the smell, but seems lacking in some way. Porter-like flavors dominate with very vague oak hints. From start to finish, it seems quite empty, especially from a stout.

MOUTHFEEL: Thin for a stout and carbonation is very low. Disappointing.

DRINKABILITY: If you want this as a porter, it's not too bad. It certainly does not drink like a stout. The 5.2% ABV is kind of nice too.

Hmm, I hope I didn't get a bad bottle. I'll look for it again and give it another try.

08-16-2007 21:51:49 | More by jmalex
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SSBrennan

District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev +10.4%

Pours a deep brown with a thick dark tan head, a great looking beer.

Smells of sweet roasted malts, vanilla, and a hint of coffee.

The taste is rich with vanilla and caramel. There is an initial almost smoky flavor of roasted malt with a bracing crispness. The finish is very smooth and rich.

The richness and weight is perfect for me.

Despite it's weight this beer is delicious enough to have a few.

06-28-2007 23:53:14 | More by SSBrennan
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -21.8%

Alright I had some high hopes for this one, but it did not really pan out as I had hoped. Pour was uneventful, thick black oil like, with no real head. Decent lacing throughout. Smell was very full, lots of oak, and bourbon aromas, and the vanilla is unmistakable, in fact pretty much over powering. First impression was not pleasant, it was vanilla overload for me, nad what the vanilla didn't kill the oak took care of later. Not enough carbonation left it feeling utterly flat and uneventful. Really had a rough time getting all of this down as the vanilla and oak were just overdone and killing it for me. Overall nah, I am good. I normally like oak aged beers, but this was overdone for sure and just not that pleasant

06-23-2007 12:32:52 | More by mikesgroove
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RedHaze

Nebraska

3.7/5  rDev -6.1%

From notes:

Pours a very dark brown, that's night quite pitch black, with some red highlights around the edges. The head peaks at about one finger, but falls quickly to a thin ring.

Smell; the oak come through very well in the aroma, and there's a pretty strong presence of vanilla. Some roasted malts come through with a little coffee and some chocolate.

Taste; vanilla and oak are all I could taste at first, and I was a little put off. But once ths warmed up a bit, some nice roasted coffee and chocolate start to creep out, as well as little bit of dark fruits.

Mouthfeel is bit on the thin side for a stout, but the drinkability is pretty darn good.

06-17-2007 19:29:03 | More by RedHaze
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crwills

Ontario (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +15.5%

I liked this. A lot. One of my favourite stouts in recent memory, in fact.

Pours a perfect pitch black into a pint glass, with a 1/2 inch milk chocolate head and tons of lacing. Aroma is just fantastic. Vanilla, milk chocolate, espresso, little bit of brown sugar, and fresh baked bread. Flavour is sweet but not overpowering, roasted graham cracker, honey, chocolate, some tart fruity hops. Low carbonation. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel, although good have used a bit more body. For an average-ABV stout though, very good.

Since this brewery seems to be affiliated with A-B now (didn't know until I came to review it) maybe I can find it again easily... would love a case of this for the Fall/Winter.

06-17-2007 15:18:56 | More by crwills
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +1.5%

Very nice Stout. Even without the barrel aging, be beer would prove to be a worthy brew. The beer opens with a viscous very dark brown color with basic opaque barriers. Thinly headed with good lacing, the foam endures the session with confidence. Smells richly malty with coffee, chocolate, and smooth vanillas. Flavors are again, very rich and robust with sweet malts, roastiness, vanilla, and a hint of currant but ultimately a cleanly fermented goodness. The beer is super smooth and velvety due to the barrel aging and vanilla silkiness. Finishes medium sweet and medium dry with a clean lingering maltiness. Moderate alcohols keep the beer far away from roughness, fusals, or astringency. A tasty beer for any occation.

Thanks JNN4V!

06-14-2007 17:10:49 | More by BEERchitect
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SixpointJMH

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours an almost black colour wit ha big foamy, creamy off-white head that takes some time to dissolve and leaves a good amount of residue on the glass after each sip.

The aroma is sweet. Chocolate abound but a nice amount of vanilla mixed in throughout as well. Some roasted notes also come through here along with some wood-like aromas from the oak. That said, the overall aroma has a bit of faintness to it. It's still nice but I would have liked it to be beefed up a touch.

The flavour hits on the aromas and does the beefing up that the aroma needs. The nice thing is that it doesn't push or aspire to be an Imperial and is happy to toe the line of a regular old stout, and this one does it well. Flavour is a bit more roasted than the aroma led on but also holds the chocolate and vanilla blend just as well as the aroma did. Wood noted from the oak are still present as well. I caught hints of coffee but found this one to be much more chocolate based than coffee-like. Mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy, with a bit of heartiness to it as well.

This is just a solid across the board brew. It hits you with good flavour and is a nice easy drinking beer. Having a barrel aged brew that does not smack you in the head with a strong bourbon presence was a nice touch as well, and one I'd like to see more of from other breweries, as it provides for a bit more complexity without being overpowering and still remaining fairly straightforward. Good stuff overall.

06-13-2007 21:48:30 | More by SixpointJMH
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letsgopens

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%

This stout pours a familiar deep dark brown, nearly black, with a light brown head that leaves minimal lace.

The aroma is nice, generally characteristic of many stouts. This particular brew is heavily malty to the nose with a nice round coffee note.

The flavor is, again, very malty and sweet. Milk chocolate and mild coffee. Judging from the fact that the phrase 'oak barrel' is in the name, I expected a smokey or possibly bourbon taste and aroma. Instead it was more woody/nutty. Pleasant but not terribly flavorful.

Overall, this selection left a bit to be desired. Smooth and a slightly creamy but bit light and mild for my taste in stouts. A solid beer.

06-01-2007 20:15:45 | More by letsgopens
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Reed415

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%

A - Very dark color almost black, Head died quickly

S - Nutty, Malt, Hint in of Chocalate

T - A Nice Mild Nutty Roasted Malty Flavor, not very acidic. No Oak Flavor

M - Wasn't as Full Bodied as expected, Not much Carbonation

D - Good for a Stout, Very Mild, but flavorful

05-31-2007 02:08:36 | More by Reed415
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aforbes10

Iowa

3.1/5  rDev -21.3%

Gifted to me by shivtim, who liked this so much on tap that he brought me a bottle back from D.C. Pours very dark brown with a thin little head which is more of a thin little ring of bubbles than anything. Kind of unexciting-looking, esp. considering the name. Odor is strongly of chocolate with hints of vanilla and bourbon. Also some toasty notes. The vanilla odor worries me and for the first time i notice that this is aged with vanilla beans. Taste is heavy on the vanilla up front, with a transition to a toasty roated malt and chocolate. Alcohol is present in a slumbering bourbon quality and the vanilla is a beany ice-cream vanilla rather than a a fake "vanilla flavoring" one. Still, like a lot of vanilla-tinged beers, its very freaking distracting and i wish it wasn't there so i could just concentrate on the "bourbon" and "stout" parts of the beer. Also a little watery for the style, but well balanced. Not my favorite beer in the world, but im sure its better on tap. Thanks Paul.

05-23-2007 13:11:01 | More by aforbes10
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shivtim

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%

Served up on tap, came cascading. Beautiful. It's deep ruby brown, with a giant foamy tan head that settles into place. The nose is sweet toasted malts and creamy coffee. Taste is smoky malts with hints of earthy fruits and sweet white vanilla frosting on the end. Mouthfeel is good and full. Drinkability is up there. Great brew.

05-12-2007 02:52:29 | More by shivtim
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MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +24.4%

12oz. bottle

Pours a rich black color with creamy mocha head that thins. Nice lacing around the glass.

Aroma is rich and roasty with tones of coffee, cocoa, and vanilla. There is just a touch of oak woven in as well. A real treat for your olfactory senses.

The taste really matches the aroma. Rich, roasted malts upfront that gradually give way to a blend of cocoa, espresso, and vanilla. Hints of oak are present, but are mostly dominated by the other flavors. It finishes quite dry with a lingering mix of roated malts and vanilla. Wonderfully complex and balanced.

Medium-light body, creamy texture. Mild carbonation.

This is one of my favorites, and actually one that I enjoy drinking in the warmer months when my thrist for stouts typically declines. Much more complex and balanced than some of the highly hyped imperial stouts, and certainly sessionable. Seek this one out.

05-07-2007 23:57:29 | More by MaltyGoodness
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -6.6%

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Nearly opaque black in color with dark brown hues. Dense tan head pours two fingers thick. Good retention. Nice sticky lacing clings to the glass.

S: Roasted malts. Coffee. Chocolate. Caramel. Vanilla. Oak aged bourbon.

T: Roasted dark malts are followed by the tastes of coffee and chocolate. Sweet caramel malts balance things out and are taken over by the soft presence of vanilla, wood and bourbon.

M: Silky smooth and creamy. Minimal carbonation. Warm and slightly dry.

D: Very complex for a smaller stout. Very well balanced and highly drinkable. Recommended.

05-06-2007 18:51:23 | More by Tyrawlings
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bennetj17

Arizona

3.53/5  rDev -10.4%

Dark black colour with minimal light coming through about the edges. Thin tan foam that dissipates quickly. Sweet vanilla nose with chocolate and coffee notes. Smells like a cake or some sort of sweet dessert.

In the taste the vanilla flavor is strong, but other malt notes come out weak and a bit watery. It is sweet and almost tangy with faint roastiness and hints of cocoa. Medium body, somewhat thinner than I prefer my stouts, with healthy carbonation.

I was not a big fan of this beer. The vanilla sweetness up front lingered and dominated the flavor too much. It's a nice attempt at a relatively low ABV beer with alot of taste...

05-04-2007 21:43:07 | More by bennetj17
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dherling

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -10.4%

Poured out a near black with a thin tan head that dissipated into nothing. The nose offered strong malt notes accompanied by light smoke, bbq, hickory, and mollasses. The taste had some nice malt, smoke, mollasses, and maple syrup flavors, but everything fell a bit short. Has a very light body and clean finish, more reminiscent of a porter than a stout and not satisfying at all. Granted, this is a beer you can drink a lot of without getting sick, something most aoked beers can't claim, but at the end of the day it starts off with promise and then falls flat.

05-02-2007 02:13:00 | More by dherling
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cixelsydima

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +6.6%

A: A dark amber coloration.The pour produced a 1finger head that held up well.
S: Woody,vanilla coffee flavors.
T: Yea,...I"m takin a likin to this! Roasted dark chocalate with sour apple notes.A nice, faintly sweet vanilla finish.
M: I'd say medium bodied.Velvety,yet crisp.
D: Highly sessionable stout.I enjoyed this very much.Kinda reminds me of a beer that I had in Ireland,...Beamish.

04-26-2007 00:01:18 | More by cixelsydima
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HoustonTX

Texas

3.7/5  rDev -6.1%

Pours a deep rich brown, with very little opacity. Small bubbly off-white head falls to lace quickly.

Smells like a Stout twice its size. A huge influx of varied dark malts. A touch of oak and hint of vanilla.

Taste is deep and rich. Dark chocolate coffee sweetness upfront. Followed by layers of oak that caress the palate and help the beer move along. Sherry port and bourbon flavors appear near the end, giving way to a smooth slow fading finish.

A lot of complexity goes into each different flavor aspect, and truly rounds together for an outstanding Stout experience.

04-17-2007 21:53:09 | More by HoustonTX
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%

A- deep brown/black body with thin dark tan head. In-line for a good stout.

S-dark fruits, malt, and oak. hints of vanilla.

T-very malty with hints of dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, and vanilla and maybe a little oak. Great balance with clean finish.

M- heavy body with medium to high carbonation. a tad watery though.

D- this is a very drinkable stout with a great character

04-15-2007 22:14:57 | More by PittBeerGirl
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Ricochet

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%

Dark, deep amber reflections coming off of it with little head and lace and the smell was very complex. I want to say a hint of hamburger, like when I worked at McDonalds, we cooked those patties, and there was no other scent like that. A note was in this beer. Also vanilla and yes, a little bourbon. Tops for appetizing. Mouth was chewy as to be expected. with a decent swallow and rounded toasty aftertastes. Not bad. Taste was a bit of let down, thinking this would be bigger, but is still damn good. Vanilla makes the most of the burnt malt flavors with a back end wine and raisin note with subdued hops character but could not really taste the bourbon barrel other than the remanants of oak. Perhaps I'm just comparing it too closely with a beer I had in IN at Rich-o's.

Good beverage. Not really a standout for me.

04-15-2007 06:52:52 | More by Ricochet
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beerphan

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%

12oz bottle -> nonic
bottling date: 122706 (printed on the side of the label)

Pours mostly black with some chestnut around the edges when held to the light. A small dark tan head settles down to a thin film, leaving very little lace.

Nose: Vanilla, vanilla, oh yeah, vanilla maybe a fruit in there but not much.

Some burnt malt flavor with chocolate, coffee and the everpresent vanilla, showing through. Can't pick up any bourbon or oakey flavors. Slight bitterness on the finish is quick and leaves the mouth feeling a dry. A slight astrigent feel in the finish also.

Mouth is somewhat chewy and dry.

A pretty flavorful vanilla stout.

04-09-2007 21:55:52 | More by beerphan
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Redwood21

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +1%

interesting... thats what comes to mind as i sip this brew...

It poured almost jet black and myine had almost no head. i noticed that the born on date was 11-22-06, its now 3-30-07, i do not know if this age (which is not all that old) had any effect on it.

The smell is definatly oaky and vanilla. Its like melted chocolate in bourbon
the tast follows suit minus the liquor taste. There is a certain bitterness and a slight drying effect. it almost tastes like vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce on it.
Mouthfeel: there is some drying as said before. its a full bodied beer but i would say on the lighter side of that. nice in the mouth though.

It is drinkable but would not be my choice.

03-30-2007 23:56:56 | More by Redwood21
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cro250klr

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -9.1%

A - Nice coffee black look with a soft tan head.

S - Coffee, chocolate, vanilla. Not the strongest aromas that I've ever experienced.

T - Again, the coffee, chocholate and vanilla stand out. I was a bit let down by the lack of oakiness. It is there, but not as strong as I was anticipating.

M - Soft and smooth. Lightly carbonated.

D - I can do a bunch of these. The flavors meld together well and one doesn't overpower the other. The lighter ABV allows you to have a few. Could use a bit more oak flavor but I'd still go for this one again.

03-21-2007 12:56:46 | More by cro250klr
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arguemaniac

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours an opaque black with a brief tan head that reduces to a thin lace. Roast, vanilla and a nice malt sweetness in the aroma. The palate resembles that of a porter more than a stout, really: while it certainly features a fairly heavy coffee roast character, but lacks that earthy burnt astringency found in many stouts. There is also vanilla, some chocolate and some nice malt sweetness. Strong note of vanilla in the roasty finish.

Not bad, much lighter and smoother than many other stouts, plus the vanilla character as a nice touch.

Recommended…

03-04-2007 07:13:12 | More by arguemaniac
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.33/5  rDev -15.5%

Poured a mostly opaque black with some brown showing aroune the edges. No head and no lacing. The smell is mostly lightly scented with vanilla and a touch of grain. The flavor is very smooth and light with some light roastiness and detectable vanilla, but not a lot more going on. Very, very smooth mouthfeel- you could just suck this down like a glass of milk. Not the most interesting stout in the world, but refreshing for the style.

02-17-2007 22:42:42 | More by Georgiabeer
Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,210 ratings.