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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,187 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1,187
Reviews: 654
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 59
Gots: 59 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001)
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Maltus

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-09-2011 12:59:31 | More by Maltus
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odualum13

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-08-2012 18:24:41 | More by odualum13
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-19-2012 01:34:12 | More by jfcaa193
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cornejo

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-10-2014 20:50:10 | More by cornejo
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silentjay

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.8%

06-14-2012 04:58:26 | More by silentjay
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hedgepigtails


4/5  rDev +1.8%

08-01-2012 04:26:25 | More by hedgepigtails
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alex_hart

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-05-2013 05:40:12 | More by alex_hart
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jnardone235

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%

09-03-2012 03:25:38 | More by jnardone235
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Sparky44

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-29-2013 01:55:26 | More by Sparky44
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garuda

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 18:34:32 | More by garuda
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Brian_Linford

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.8%

06-30-2013 00:51:08 | More by Brian_Linford
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flyersfan900

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.8%

10-13-2012 12:07:28 | More by flyersfan900
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whallgren

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-24-2011 15:00:47 | More by whallgren
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Peanut2074

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.8%

09-06-2013 13:30:11 | More by Peanut2074
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Mississippi

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-22-2013 16:18:56 | More by Mississippi
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taigor

New York

4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-27-2012 15:46:53 | More by taigor
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

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

Old Dominion- Oak Barrel Stout

A- Dark brownish black with a good size head. 1 ring lacing and heavy carbonation.
S- Smooth creamy vanilla, toffee, oak chips.
T- Sweet vanilla immediately hits you followed by a smooth creamy caramel/ toffee malt. Slight butterrum notes.
M- Sweet yet velvety smooth, not as carbonated as it looks. Solid oak flavor solid til the end.

Overall- Haven't had 1 of these in a few years and finally got around to reviewing. Solid and easily drinkable. Still as good as I remembered.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 20:59:55 | More by NJpadreFan
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Backer2004

North Carolina

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

Purchase a cup of regular coffee, pour a bit of sugar and add ice. This is the best way to describe the taste, smell, and appreance of Oak Barrel Stout. This is not an insult. The hints of vanilla and chocolate add to this surprisingly good stout, that was not as heavy or difficult to drink as others of this style. Enjoyed with a slice of cheesecake and was a great combination. Received three bottles in a Beer of the Month club.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2004 01:38:19 | More by Backer2004
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

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

- Bottled 3/13/12. Consumed 11/17/12.

A: Rich chocolate pour has deep merlot highlights. Slight head, medium sandstone tint, weak hold and minimal lacing.

S: Deep rich chocolate aroma, creamy warm chocolate and marshmellow with a hint of vanilla richness. Throw in a bit of fresh coffee and there you go. Nice level of awareness.

T: Flavor was chocolate-coffee with vanilla bean that was rich and deep in tone and flavor. A touch of smoky malt, dry oak and peat with some sweet licorice. Burnt sugar sweetness, sweet dark fruit of cherries and sugary raisins peep through every now and then.

M: Mouthful contained a nice level of carbonation, was thick, luscious and viscose with a smooth texture and clean finish of coffee-dark fruit on the tongue.

O: Overall a nice level of complexity, rich deep stout, sweet dark fruit and chocolate gives this a big beer flavor in a little bottle. Smooth drinking and highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 02:42:14 | More by beerthulhu
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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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troysoy2

Pennsylvania

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

12 oz bottle. Opaque black in my large Ommegang tulip. Finger and a half of fine khaki head quickly diminishes to a surface covering. Not much lacing really.

Sweet on the nose. Caramel, hints of oak and bourbon, dark roasted malt, vanilla.

The taste is also quite sweet, but it's not cloying. Vanilla and caramel on the front, with the roasted malt bitterness following. Warm, oak notes come out after that, on a velvety smooth finish with a hint of warm alcohol.

I'm impressed, but it might be a little too sweet for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 03:25:41 | More by troysoy2
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beerphilosopher

Illinois

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

Poured into a pint glass froma 12oz bottle.

A - Semi-opaque brown/black with a tight tan head. Good retention and solid lacing.
S - Wow, the vanilla hits you right away. Very pleasant. There are also notes of smokiness, along with dark coffee and chocolate. Very rich.
T - This is very good, with many flavors competing for attention here. Dry oak, in a bourbon sort of way ... heavy vanilla mingled with chocolate as well. Aftertaste is almost a strong coffee, hop bitterness. Complex and challenging.
M - Thich but not too much so. Fills the mouth with a myriad of flavors that finish very smoothly.
D - This beer surpassed it's expectations in my view ... this is truly one of the better stouts I've tried. The vanilla and oak characteristics are dominant, almost to the point of forgetting that this is a beer. This could be a dessert in itself. I like this one and would order it again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2005 19:43:57 | More by beerphilosopher
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DrinkMoreBigBeers

Michigan

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

The date on the back of the bottles label reads 07/31/12

A - Pours out a black beer which you can see light threw on the edges. The mocha head was a nice two finger hieght that was rocky and bubbly as it died off relatively fast. Average lacing on this one.

S - Real light and smooth with a distinct woody vanilla aroma along with some light dark roasted malts. I also pick up some smoke.

T - This one has the right amount of sweetness that seems pretty mild like the smell with a light roast, the barrel and vanilla are intertwined and are quit pleasant on the palate. I also get the smoke and some dark chocolate flavor like on the smell. Nice light and complex.

M - Smooth and slick and it seems slide right down with a light carbonation and a light body which seems to work really well with this brew.

O - Found this one to be really pleasant and easy drinking with a lot of complexities. Like how Dominion has a date on the back of their bottle. Really nice light stout that I could definitely session. Worth a try if you like a light complex stout. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 00:17:08 | More by DrinkMoreBigBeers
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mulder1010

Australia

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. thanks to The CPJ for this one

A-- Poured dark cola color and settled black. Decent sized light chocolate colored head did a bit of reverse cascade and settled to just above film. One finger read retention on swirling but also recedes pretty quickly. Just a few carbonation bubbles on the sides of the glass.

S-- Oak, rolled oatmeal, and vanilla. More Oak than vanilla in the smell to me.

T-- Oak, more like lots of oak. Get vanilla bean and oatmeal. More like an oatmeal stout in oak barrels to me.

M-- Medium feel and medium carbonation. Lots of dryness from the oak and it does in a way mask the vanilla bean taste. A little bit of a bitter lemon acidic finish to this as well.

D-- A sipper due the amount of oak in this. Still very drinkable and can have multiple bottles in a sitting. If not in the mood for a monster stout this is a very good alternative. A lot of flavor and character and perfect carbonation for this level of beer. Might need a touch more vanilla but otherwise very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 13:58:14 | More by mulder1010
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to WVBeergeek for this sample.
Aroma shows a nice mix of roasty malt with just a touch of vanilla (that increases as it warms) and it addds a nice coffee quality (Amaretto).
Poured with virtually no head, instead it showed a fizzy scattered top that left immediately. Dark brown to black.
Interesting mix of full rich flavor qualities, yet somehow thin feeling. Nonetheless, taste is bold, especially initially. The boldness wavers middle to finish, but the taste aspects (rich roast-touch of chocolate) stay throughout. Bitterness increases as it warms which is alright as it blends with the dryness. A touch of vanilla at the end.
Feel is somehow not quite right. Lacks softness and fluffiness from carbonation and as noted above too thin.
I enjoyed the opportunity to sample something different. Low alcohol and thinness make this an almost easy drinking stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2004 22:53:36 | More by garymuchow
Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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