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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

Dominion Oak Barrel StoutDominion Oak Barrel Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,114 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1114
Reviews: 646
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.69%


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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doppelmeup

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Very dark brown, with a rich, creamy head that was mostly white.

Aromas of vanilla, chocolate, coffee and toffee.

Taste was very smooth, with nice vanilla accent to the typical stout flavors of coffee and dark chocolate. Hints of bourbon complemented. An excellent beer.

Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel, closer to a porter than a really heavy stout. Nice clean aftertaste.

Very drinkable brew that I'd highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2006 12:18:42 | More by doppelmeup
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edmundfitzoil

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BA Himerman for adding this bad mofo in as a surprise in our trade, which had been a spectacular one to begin with. I poured mine, which had a bottled on date of 041606 into one of my pint glasses from a 12 oz. brown glass bottle.

The beer poured a very dark brown with a finger of tan, soda like head. The nose was dark malts and strong vanilla tones. A very nice aroma on this beer. The flavor of a distinct, mellow dark maltiness to start that mellowed into a vanilla and then lightly oaky flavor after the swallow. It's a medium bodied beer, but incredibly drinkable, and a stout that I wish were available here in Jacksonville.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2006 01:50:02 | More by edmundfitzoil
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NCSUdo

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, bottled 06/18/08

A: Deep black under a small tan head. No lace, no retention.

S: Roasted malt and some wood. Vanilla bean is tucked in there along with some coffee hints. Vanilla gives it a bit of a subtle sweet candy character.

T: Coffee character seems to be a little bigger here, espresso like and some roasted malt. Vanilla and wood are there, with vanilla being the bigger of the two. Again, a candy like character, this time more like a chocolate candy rather then a sweet candy. All the tastes really meld well.

M/D: Full bodied, very smooth. Extremely drinkable. 5.2% but has all the makings of a big beer with out any of them overshadowing the beer. Really a good brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 00:14:43 | More by NCSUdo
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 02:43:34 | More by jlindros
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Mosstrooper

California

4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark black with some ruby-ish cola hints coming through on the bottom when the beer is near light. Medium-sized brown head dissipates quickly, leaving a ring of lace and a thin foam on top of the beer.

Smell: Roasted malts and molasses as expected, with a woody hint and notes of vanilla.

Taste: Begins with sweet molasses flavor and a vanilla note, finishing with more vanilla, roasted malt, and a slight woodiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth with light carbonation. Finish is a bit sticky, but dries out.

Drinkability: This is a great stout, and probably my favorite stout overall. Definitely worth it, and this is very drinkable and sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 18:16:28 | More by Mosstrooper
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SlothB77

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a tap

A: black with a thin light brown head that lingers, but doesn't get in the way. Pours thinner than expected.

S: roasted chocolate and vanilla, cream, very subtle coffee

T: has a very smooth and creamy taste, very little bitters. Has that creamy sweetness. Tastes light. Very pleasant smoky oak aftertaste that dissipates quickly.

M: medium carbonation, medium-bodied, low acidity. Very little bitters, very smooth and dry. The taste doesn't last in your mouth that long, and that kind of just makes you want to drink more of it.

O: This beer has become a staple with me and my friends. Where I live, it is widely available and probably one of the best beers I know I will be able to find at most places. It seems everyone who I have try this beer loves it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2012 22:20:02 | More by SlothB77
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lackenhauser

Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark ruby color-not quite totally opaque.good sized tan head tha receedes to about 1/8".Roasted aroma-slight hints of vanilla.Big flavor of chocolate.Roasted malts.The vanilla is very slight-almost an after taste.I dont get any oak.There is a slight "whiskey" flavor in the backround.Nice smooth mouthfeel-goes down very easy.A great beer overall-could consume this all night.My only complaint about this and other beers of this type like the Sam Chocolate Bock is I find I am biased to look for what I see on the label in the way of flavors.Well worth seeking out and trying however.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2004 00:34:37 | More by lackenhauser
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stjarnflikka

Sweden

4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Oliver Twist!

Pours a ver, very dark beer thats almost black with some red edges. There is a finger thick foam that rappidly dissipates and leaves a cobweb of lacing on top, nice!

Smell is fruity, vanilla, grapes and some tones of wine. There is perhaps some chocolate and burned barley or coffee in there aswell.

Taste is smooth, nice and wonderful. Really smooth like velvet and starts with chocolate together with vanilla and a bourboun like taste. Then comes fruits like cherries and grapes, wine hits you and in the end there is a nice sweetness clinging on together with vanilla, a small bitterness and a oaky dry chocolate finish.

This beer is just damn smoot, like velvet and like candy. Really drinkable, really delicious, sadly not my favourite stout-type though ;(

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2005 22:16:32 | More by stjarnflikka
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orangedive

Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - .5 inch dirty cream head. Ink black with a slight brownish hue in the light.

S - Smells outstanding. Maple & Vanilla flavors--wonderful sweetness, subtly sweet. Some oak and sweet chocolate. Delicious.

T - Great. Sweet but not too sweet. More coffee than chocolate. Not much bitterness. Nice balance with maple and brown sugar flavors. Really good.

M - A little thin but nice.

D - Good. A great beer. Could have several but it's nice just to savor it.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 02:45:32 | More by orangedive
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scottbrew4u

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Served a clear, black liquid with garnet highlights with a tan head that settles nicely to a creamy layer. Great lacing as it goes down.

S: Char, roasted and burnt barley, coffee with cream, faint oak and vanilla. Hops are faint and earthy.

T: Somewhat sweet, clean, roasted and burnt barley is rich but not over bittering. Some coffee with cream flavor, milk chocolate, vanilla, and light oak tannins. All are smooth and well balanced.

M: Full body but not thick, smooth carbonation with a somewhat sweet finish.

D: The drink ability is in the balance of this beer, it goes down more like a porter and has a solid mix of flavors. Very worthy stout!!

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2012 05:21:03 | More by scottbrew4u
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cxs285psu

Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A very dark color with a thin light brown color head. I have had a more frothy head before, so I am wondering if there is carbonation issues or if time in the bottle effected this. Non-the-less, the Aroma is clearly vanilla and chocolate with a light roasted smell. The taste brings out a light oak flavor with the vanilla and chocolate dominating. Very smooth feel. The vanilla is quite an enjoyable change up for a stout. A thoroughly enjoyable beer that I will certainly have again.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 20:18:36 | More by cxs285psu
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TinusTime

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black with just hints of chestnut brown. Nice inch high head that did settle quickly into just a patch of khaki on top. Aromas of Chocolate, butter, vanilla and caramel. Taste was nice very chocolatey. For a moment I thought the bartender had poured me a Rogue Chocolate Stout. Hints of the Bourbon barrell finally seep in at the finish. Drinks smooth as silk with nice light carbonation leaving the tongue feeling clean and not heavy. A very very drinkable stout although I was a bit surprised by the amount of chocolate flavour in the stout.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2004 14:58:57 | More by TinusTime
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shippos

New York

4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured with a nice black body and decent looking creamish-tan head.
nice roasted barley aroma that seems smoothed out, not intense. Aah the vanilla is now seeping through, the warmer it gets the more prominent the aroma is.
Ohhhh man is that good, reminds me of stoney's vanilla porter but only this kicks it's ass! nice creamy mouthfeel, followed by a lucious mixture of vanilla and roasted barley that seem to have just melted and mellowed with the wood.
Very nicely done. Hopefully this will become available in upstate NY sometime soon. Big big thanks to OldFrothingSlosh for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2004 22:30:48 | More by shippos
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My last reviewed beer of a trip to Kclingers. Served in a bottle chilled and sampled in a pint glass.
The beer exhibits an offwhite head that is rather small and fades rather quickly to an edge layer. The color is pitch black with no light getting through the glass.
Aroma is light chocolate and some hints of sweet brown sugar and vanilla. First sip reveals a fairly thick beer with very mild carbonation. Flavro is mostly roasted malt hits mixed with mild sweet vanilla and some biting coffee on the finish. No real hint of alcohol or oak that I can detect. A very tasty beer that I am glad I finally procured. Some piney hop notes actually show up on a burp or two. Nice one!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2004 22:56:11 | More by sulldaddy
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kegerator

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

dark in color, basically black with a nice 1 inch creamy off white/tan head that showed decent retention.
smell was roasty malts with hints of chocolate and caramel.
taste was sweet malt and caramel with hints of bitter chocolate
the mouthfeel was quite silky yet light in body. alomst too light to me.
all in all a very nice stout.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2005 19:09:00 | More by kegerator
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured a deep brown color with off-white head. Smell is of chocolate, caramel, coffee, and toasted malt (very nice mixture). Taste starts off hoppy, but the coffee and toasted malt begin to come through. Fishi is dry, bitter, and truly enjoyable. An excellent Stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2005 15:04:13 | More by tgbljb
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FenwaySquid

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prsentation: 12 oz. borwn bottle, bottling date of 070507 on the label, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a completely opaque deep dark brown color. The head formed small, less than one finger thick, and faded into some lacing.

Aroma: Roasted chocolate malt, coffee, some caramel too, hints of vanilla in the background.

Taste: Roasted and chocolate malts up front, kind of bitter. The beer gets sweeter in the middle, still chocolate, but some vanilla comes through as well. I also got some bourbon and oak. The finish was semi-sweet chocolate with the vanilla lingering in the background, kind of bitter but still sweet at the same time.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, almost silky like an oatmeal stout, medium to full bodied. The carbonation was subdued, which fit nicely.

Overall: An excellent brew, top notch. The ABV's only 5.2%, which would make this a great session beer for a cold winter's night. Highly recommended, if you see this around grab it immediately.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2007 02:32:38 | More by FenwaySquid
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PhillyStyle

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap (at the Ram's Head Tavern @ BWI airport) in a glass that I would characterize as a cross between a pint glass and a stange glass:

A: The beer was a solid black served with a brownish head that was not retained (honestly I think that this was due to the draw than to the beer)

S: Roasted malt, a little vanilla for a touch of sweetness, presumably from the oak.

T: The taste is excellent, top notch. Follows the nose really well, with the main flavor being the malt but combined really well with the vanilla with some hints of coffee or chocolate.

M/D: Low carbonation and it was rich, creamy and smooth, so it was highly drinkable. Overall, if I could find this beer in Atlanta, it would probably become a stable in my fridge. Excellent beer. Highly recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2008 11:48:48 | More by PhillyStyle
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The surface is uneasy with bubbles rising at a constant, hence spewing more head onto the beer. As result, its ocher/tapioca toned top appears bubbling like lava. The beer doesn't allow any light to pass through it, even when held up directly unto it. Most density, however, is lifted from its black coloured body by flashes of chestnut and ruby.

The smell is simply delicious. The vanilla is very strong, as if the beans used to flavour it were still floating right under my nose. It brings to mind steamed milk and ice cream. Combined with the roast this also resembles hot chocolate or flavoured coffee. It's too rich and roasty to smell like bourbon, but the oak/vanilla combination is forefront. The oak is present, but smells fresh; the use of oak chips rather than oak barrels is apparent.

Just as it smells like all things vanilla flavoured, so too does it taste. Flavours of chocolate and vanilla ice cream, gourmet flavoured coffees, and specialty hot chocolates. In part also to its texture and sweetness, it may most of all be reminiscent of sweet creamy liqueurs. Frangelico hazelnut liqueur, in particular, comes to mind, but I'd also accept Amaretto or certainly Bailey's and other chocolate liqueurs.

The likeness to bourbon comes out more in the flavour. Again, it is too roasty and bitter to be an outright match, but there certainly is some resemblance. I am a huge fan of bourbon-barrel aged stouts, but I've found with this that the combination of oak chips and vanilla beans, however different, can achieve an end result every bit as good, if not better.

The oak, the vanilla, and the roast malt are all in perfect proportion. The brewers have struck a harmony between the creaminess and the roast, the bitter and the sweet. Dominion's Oak Barrel Stout is a beverage that is all those things at once, and that is something of a marvel. A delicious, delicious flavoured marvel. The brewers have listed this on the label as their "little treasure". Indeed it is, and I owe a big thanks to IDatetheFormula for sending me this gem!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 02:42:06 | More by biegaman
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Clydesdale

District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque dark brown, with faint hints of brown around the edges when held to light. Not a huge head, but some rocky, tan bubbles appear.

S: Toffee and coffee are most evident, with notes of vanilla, whiskey, and caramel.

T: Dark roasted malts are huge up front, with an oaken bitterness. Dark chocolate and espresso follow it with notes of caramel and subtle vanilla. Definitely finishes with a bourbon/whiskey touch. This is very complex, lots of flavors at work here. As it warms, the bourbon flavors become more apparent, along with hints of alcohol.

M: Remarkably smooth and almost creamy, with very tight carbonation.

D: Fairly easy to drink considering the complexity at work. This one has a lot of character, and is one of the more interesting beers I've had in a while.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 20:02:10 | More by Clydesdale
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BigTomZ

Virginia

4.38/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 01:25:24 | More by BigTomZ
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ujsplace

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a one-finger thick foamy, tan head that disappears into a thin, whispy layer sitting atop a black colored brew with hints of ruby along the very edges. Descent lacing.

Smells of chocolate, coffee, vanilla and oak.

Tastes initially of milk chocolate, followed by vanilla and there is definitely a woody flavor in there as well.

Incredibly smooth and creamy.

An excellent stout. Pick this one up if you see it...

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 01:28:47 | More by ujsplace
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oak Barrel Stout pours a black color, with a small dark tan head. There are chocolate, and vanilla odors, with a hint of coffee. The taste is nice and full. Good blend of chocolate and vanilla, with hints of coffee, on a smokey malty, slightly bitter backbone. The flavors aren't overpowering, and blend nicely. Nice creamy consistency, great taste, easy to drink. Overall a fantastic stout, complex flavors, but put together perfectly.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 01:50:02 | More by vette2006c5r
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Afterburner

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The other day I had this on tap. It was tasty. Today, I had the bottled version. It was bottled on Thursday, and consumed on Sunday. As a reminder, the bottled versions are not the same as the keg version offered at Dominion's brewery. The bottle versions, as well as the keg versions offered in restaurants, are aged with toasted oak chips and vanilla, instead of being aged in old bourbon barrels.

All of the comments I made about the draft version apply here to the bottled version. It's a dark, thick brew, dark brown foam head, and so on.

The primary difference, at least to my taste buds, is that the oak flavor is much more assertive in the bottled version. You get a very woody, oaky flavor mid-palate that wasn't present in the keg version I had at the Vienna Inn. IMHO, that makes the bottled version much more interesting, and therefore superior.

Of course, the kegged version isn't bad, either. I certainly wouldn't pass one up in any case. But if you can find a bottled version, it's worth a try.

Edit Addendum: I let another bottle sit out for a while and assume room temperature, so I could bring out the aromatics. One of these buggers served at 55-65F has a metallic tang to the aroma that isn't noticable when the beer is chilled. And there is a pronounced nutty aftertaste present in the room-temperature beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2004 14:32:32 | More by Afterburner
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avylover

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From the 12oz bottle, courtesy of TinusTime's efforts at his store. Poured out pretty much straight black, with some slight ruby highlights. A large tan head sits atop my brew. Vanilla in the aroma, along with roasted coffee and floral hops. Incredibly smooth taste. This beer is full of taste, yet nearly floats across the tongue. Vanilla is definitely there, roasted malts, slight fruity overtones, cream, and a decent hop bitterness to finish things off. This is pretty much a vanilla version of the Dominion Stout, which is good in itself. Mouthfeel is perfect, like a light fluff across your mouth. Great brew, well balanced...with nothing overboard, so don't expect it. Just an excellent stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2004 21:03:10 | More by avylover
Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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