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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,181 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,181
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 59
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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Redwood21

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Sharp Edge in Canonsburg, PA

Pours a black with a frothy brown head but lace is minimal.

Smells of roasted coffee malt and a light oak scent.

Tastes same, the oak character is pretty minimal, but still tasty.

Medium bodied and carbonated.

Would have this again, a very nice stout though slightly undistinguished.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2009 23:36:38 | More by sonicdescent
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ralree

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a tan head of about 1/2 a finger (disappointing head), smells of coffee with a nice woodsy aftertaste. Tastes like sweetened coffee, alcohol completely undetectable in the flavor. Leaves the mouth feeling dry, clean, and refreshed. Not too thick, but not watery - just about right in texture. Has a distinct bitterness that is strong, but in a very pleasant way - probably offset by the sweetness. Much easier to drink than most stouts, partly because the mouthfeel isn't as coating and the fact that it is not as heavy. Goes down smooth.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2007 02:24:18 | More by ralree
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nrbw23

Ohio

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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klewis

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - poured black with hints of red into a goblet with big, frothy, tan head and left lots of lacing down the glass.

Smell - Vanilla, esters, slight chocolate aromas

Taste - The oak is prominent, but it's just the right amount. Lots of vanilla, some toffee. Overall, very well-balanced and smooth flavors.

Mouthfeel - Perhaps a little light for a stout.

Drinkability - Not as good as the Oak Aged Yeti, but it is at least reminescent of it. A very good beer at the least.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2005 19:53:20 | More by klewis
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Grundle20

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
The beer drains like motor oil from the bottle both in color and consistancy. There are wispy patches of foam that skate about the surface of the beer but no real sustained head to speak of.

Smell:
The scent is weak but touches of vanilla and bittersweet chocolate can be picked up. I'm not sensing any oak character but I also can't recall the last time I went up and sniffed a tree.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
The beer drinks smooth and slightly thick with a big body of blanketing malts. Bittersweet chocolate can be drawn from the malts and there is again a presence of vanilla. There's more of a woody character here but I find it to taste more like basswood or cherry wood smells. There is a the slightest tinge of bitterness in the ass end of the drink. The finish is rich with chocolate notes which make for a rather flavorful aftertaste.

Drinkability:
It's a stout so I inherently don't want to drink too many of these, but the flavor of this one is particularly delicious. This would be an excellent meal or breakfast beer.

Bottom Line:
One of the more impressive stouts I've had in a while which admittedly isn't many. I don't really get a lot of of the oak character but it's tasty all gimmicks aside.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2006 18:11:29 | More by Grundle20
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AltBock

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was able to grab a fresh pint of oak Barrel Stout at Stephanie's In Doylestown, PA around 8/9/2009.

It wasn't the most properly lit bar in PA, but from what I could see when I held this beer up to the light, it was a solid coal black colored beer. There were no highlights along the sides. It was just pure blackness. Sitting on top of this black beer was a creamy 1 1/2 inch mocha colored head of foam. It had great retention that left behind a few mocha blots of lace and a tiny skim of foam.

This beer had a nice roasted and slightly sweet aroma. The one aroma that stood out had to be the bitter dark chocolate. Behind the dark chocolate was some dark roasted malts, a pinch of of roasted coffee, a subtle whiff of bourbon and charred oak, and a drop of sweet vanilla.

The taste was pretty much the same as the aroma. It was roasted and slightly dry with dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, bourbon, charred oak, roasted coffee beans, and just a subtle pinch of sweet vanilla. The two biggest flavors in this beer had to be the dark chocolate and the bourbon. Toward the bottom of the glass, the dark chocolate and bourbon combined their powers to create a sweet alcohol flavor.

This was a medium bodied Stout with a decent level of carbonation and a dry aftertaste of dark chocolate, roasted malts, charred oak, and touch of bourbon.

For some reason, I've always wanted to try this beer and after I've tried this beer on tap, I know why. It was an easy drinking Stout that wasn't all that heavy with bourbon and oak. If I saw this in a bottle shop, I'd probably buy one or two bottles.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2009 06:31:42 | More by AltBock
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Lunch

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Rams Head Tavern in Savage, MD into a shaker pint at the slightly colder than appropriate temperature (01/11/09). I allowed the beer to warm for several minutes.

A: Pours a very dark shade of deep brown to almost black with a 1.5 finger light mocha colored head with decent retention and some nice lacing.

S: Soft bouquet of roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, vanilla, caramel and some oak. Not the strongest aroma but quite nice.

T: Roasted malt and coffee hit the palate first along with some nice oak tones. Vanilla, chocolate, cocoa, and caramel are detectable as well. The flavors are all very clean and fresh. Not a big beer by any means, by a very nice American Stout indeed.

M: Medium-bodied with appropriate carbonation, but seemed at little thin at times.

D: Excellent drinkability and only 5.2%. A very sessionable American Stout with a better flavor profile than most.

Overall I was really impressed by this beer as it contained a great amount of flavor while keeping the abv. extremely low. This is perfect sessionable American Stout. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2010 17:04:39 | More by Lunch
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2009 22:27:52 | More by barleywinefiend
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Old Dominion at the Washington DC airport on 7/8/09.

A - Charcoal black body with burgundy highlights and about half a finger of creamy tan head that receded to a wispy film and yielded moderate lacing around the glass.

S - Woody and nutty with subtle smokey notes and some charcoal. Hops are earthy and leafy. Malt also takes on quite a roasty character with coffee and, to a lesser degree, chocolate.

T - Heavy on the roast with a dominant coffee character and also plenty of earthy and oaky notes, as well as a slight licorice presence. Decent amount of bitterness in the backend. Some chocolate flavor comes out in the finish and is accompanied by some oaky astringency.

M - Medium bodied with a watery texture and just a slight oily mouthfeel. Carbonation is soft to moderate on the palate. Finish is dry and somewhat astringent with a mild lingering bitterness.

D - Pretty complex stout with a dominant roasty character, plenty of oak/woody notes, and some other subtle intricacies, resulting in a flavorful brew overall.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2009 17:20:55 | More by ffejherb
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kevinglin

Germany

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin, tan head, very dark brown with some ruby highlights at the bottom of the glass.

Aroma of roastiness and some hints of sweet chocolate - no hops. Taste is quite enjoyable - I think that is where I'm getting a bit of the oak character, the roastiness is obviously present with perhaps some toastiness, and a bit more sweetness than I expected - a pleasant surprise. A hint of hops balances the brew pretty well, but this is a malt-dominated ale.

Nice, creamy mouthfeel, full-bodied, but not overly heavy.

Overall - very drinkable, especially for stout lovers. Not extreme, not super hoppy, not over-the-top, but an enjoyable brew - I'd have another if made available again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2008 15:35:23 | More by kevinglin
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sommersb

Tennessee

3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 07-03-2014
Freshness: Bottled on 03-25-2014
Packaging: 12 oz. bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Nonic pint
Purchased: Single from Let's Pour mailorder

A: Big tan head sits on a black, opaque beer. Shows good head retention and lacing.

A: Smells like roasted malts, oak wood, coffee and lightly of vanilla.

T: Flavors include dark bread, toasted grain, coffee and chocolate. Bitterness is light.

M: Light in body with a moderate carbonation, the finish is semi-dry with notes of chocolate and toasted malts.

O: All in all a very good stout that I'd recommend.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2014 04:15:18 | More by sommersb
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Ruds

United Kingdom (England)

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 355 ml bottle into a snifter glass to a jet black colour (shades of brown around the edge of the glass when held to the light) and with a smallish tan head.

On the nose roasted malts, a hint of vanilla, a little coffee but not getting any kind of oak or wood hit which I was expecting!

Flavour wise I get roasted malts, vanilla, a little mix of chocolate and coffee, but again no hint of the oak for me. Good flavours though so not a major detraction for me!

Mouthfeel was excellent, creamy smooth and very drinkable, medium in body and limited carbonation.

Overall a good stout, but just not getting the 'oak' that I Was expecting!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 15:20:53 | More by Ruds
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Bung

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes .On tap. Black/brown pour, tan head with small amounts sticking to the glass. Barrel dominates the aromas with some roast malt and cocoa. Taste is a good blend of all of these. Vanilla oak blended with some chocolate and roast malt. Finish with a twinge of coffee and vanilla. A little thinner than one would like for a stout. Nothing mindblowing, but very good for a "regular" stout.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2012 01:34:15 | More by Bung
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arguemaniac

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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…

Serving type: bottle

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

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a fluffy tan head that settles down slowly to a creamy band. Nicely sticky lacing. Roasty aroma; hints of chocolate and coffee; toffee and subtle vanilla. Mild woodiness.

The vanilla is much more prominent in the flavor; fairly sweet, with toffee, brown sugar, and caramel notes. Some roasty espresso and charred flavors; moderate bitterness. Again the oak note is fairly mild.

This is not an imperial stout and while it has pretty big flavors the body is medium and the carbonation is definitely on the high side. There's just a little bit of stickiness but the overall feel is almost prickly. As I work my way through the glass it seems to get thinner and a bit watery in terms of the intensity of the flavors rather than the other way around. Doesn't really ever open up and winds up not being particularly complex. Still, a tasty brew for vanilla fans and an inexpensive buy to boot.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 05:31:19 | More by tobelerone
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bruachan

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DOBS pours an opaque black with no light shining through whatsoever. the pour i got had no head either. i suspect the bartender was at fault. a coffee roastiness quickly appears, in aroma and tasting. but then the chocolate kicks in. the beer actually tastes like someone has squirted hershey's chocolate syrup in it; reminded me of young's double chocolate stout. i enjoyed this, but my tastebuds would get a warped idea of what beer tastes like if i drank DOBS too much. at only 5.2% however, anyone who was very fond of the beer could put a few down without falling off their bar stool.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2004 14:08:49 | More by bruachan
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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours the deepest brown color you can get with some ruby highlights. Short-lived tan colored head. Dark roasted grains, coffee, cocoa and vanilla, maybe some tobacco and cream soda notes, too. Some vinous and woody characteristics in the aroma, but mostly confectioner-like aromas. Tastes rather thin for a stout. Rich vanilla accents throughout the whole experience, with weak black patent and chocolate malt tastes backed with a little bit of hops (Challenger?). Medium to low carbonation. The flavors do meld nicely, but if I were king of the world, I'd boost the grain bill up a notch and balance out the aggressiveness of the vanilla a little better. I've sampled a nitrogenated version before at a brew festival before and liked a bit better if I recall.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2004 22:31:25 | More by crookedhalo
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Newly distributed in bottles this specialty stout is a satisfying and very drinkable stout. Though a bit thin on feel it is uniquely positioned between a thick bodied Imperial style and the lighter versions that show dark but lack thickness in the body. I found this to be a bit like a Storm King "Lite" with similar hoppy notes and a stronger sense of acohol than most stouts. The smell and taste of vanilla did not register with me. I liked the modest head that formed and the light lacing effect.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2004 11:07:38 | More by AtLagerHeads
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Durge

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An opaque black-brown brew with a fair light brown cover and good lacing. I can smell a mild citrus licorice idea here. There’s a bit of cocoa/charcoal to make for a pleasant but subdued enticement. The taste buds pick up on tart charcoal and tasteful chocolate with a touch of orange/citrus bite. The body is medium-ish but it is a bit aqueous. I get a slightly resinous malt finish that also suggests some earthy juniper brightness. Carbonation is tiny, spritzy stuff that flows smoothly and makes for a very decent stout that could prove pretty sessionable. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 05:20:17 | More by Durge
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domtronzero

California

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to pwoody11 for this one, too! Bottled: 5-21-10.

A - Clear, very dark brown, almost black color with a short, long-lasting, tight mocha head. Little bit of legs on this one.

S - Dark bitter chocolate and a very slight coffee and vanilla aroma. Subtle dark fruits (raisins) and caramel.

F/M - Bitter baker's chocolate, coffee, vanilla (noticeable and not over-the-top). Caramel and light oak flavors come through as it warms. Medium-low bitterness. Medium-lite bodied, but creamy and smooth. A little bit too low in the body department, but still good. Medium-low carbonation. Slight warming in the belly, not in the throat.

D - Good drinkability for an oak-aged stout, smooth, clean and quite tasty. And in the case of this beer, the lighter mouthfeel helps it score a little higher in the drinkability department.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 00:20:41 | More by domtronzero
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Reed415

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2009 23:01:58 | More by ClockworkOrange
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Ricochet

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 06:52:52 | More by Ricochet
Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,181 ratings.