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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,219 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,219
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 62
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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barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

4.7/5  rDev +19.6%

thanks to aprilluvsbeer for this via trade! I make an occaisional stout and love to try all sorts. Many times, my own variations on a recipee included, I'm better off sticking with favorites.

This brew is the definition of tasty sbulime stout! Wows without needing to hit you over the head with any one flavor.

A - Rich ruby black with a creamy light tan head

S -Rich malts, oak, vanilla, chocolate, coffee and toffee.

T - like it smells but velvety smooth and very well balance. Almost soft if that makes any sense.

M - very smooth and creamy .

D - goes down very easy.

10-11-2006 19:44:47 | More by barleywinebrewer
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jaluria

Connecticut

4.7/5  rDev +19.6%

This is a good beer in bottled form, but exceptional on-tap.
Appeared an opaque, viscous black color with a soft, tan colored head that didn't remain but left behind some nice lacing. Aromas of wood, alcohol, vanilla, and roasted sugar seemed to come out very nicely. The taste was just an explosion of sweetness with a roasted/smoky character upfront and a honey & vanilla finish. The flavors of this beer on-tap are much more prominent and aggressive than in the bottled verison which is much much more subtle and gentle. The dominating flavors work very well together and generate a lingering sweetness that feels more like root beer or an ice cream float than a stout. I felt my tongue coated after every sip with an almost bready/chewy texture. So rich and so smooth I could have this all day, though eventually the sweetness might rot my teeth.

02-06-2006 14:53:36 | More by jaluria
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circus_cat

Virginia

4.7/5  rDev +19.6%

A: Black and viscous looking with a frothy khaki head leaving some nice lacing.

S: Caramel, toffee, espresso, vanilla bean, oak

T: Toffee up front, dark coffee bitterness through the middle. Ends with lots of vanilla and creme broulee on the back end. As it warms I get bourbon woodiness that lingers.

M: Medium bodied, not quite what I was expecting. Very smooth though. I was worried I wasn't going to enjoy this as much since we're in the dog days of summer, but it's actually pretty refreshing for a stout.

07-13-2013 02:00:44 | More by circus_cat
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Cadyfatcat

New York

4.7/5  rDev +19.6%

Looks like a stout, very dark brown with brown characteristic stout head.

A little lactic on the nose, with some cocoa, roasty malts, and vanilla

Roasted almond and macadamia nut with a deep chalky chocolate flavor. Many different levels of dark and bitter chocolate flavors in this one. Oak flavor comes through and adds to the extremely rich and creamy texture of this beer. Curious notes of vanilla in the background. This beer is truly a masterpiece. Humbling. This beer retains a softness to it and has no flavors that would prevent me from drinking it often and in succession. It also shows how a big ABV is not needed to make an exceptional beer. The subtleties in this beer are exceptional and perhaps may not be detectable with more alcohol.

One for the ages, I am blown away.

10-22-2006 05:35:14 | More by Cadyfatcat
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hiikeeba

Texas

4.68/5  rDev +19.1%

This was bottled on 6/29/06 at the brewery. It wasn't pastuerized.

The beer pours up nicely. It is black with a smooth tan head. It has a smoky, malty aroma. Starts with a malty, almost chewy flavor; has a velvety mouthfeel and finishes on the back end silghtly sweet.

I love all stouts. Most have a coffee like finish as a result of the roasted malts, but this is an exceptionally smooth beer. It is one of my favorites. My only regret is that I live 1200 miles away from the source!

07-25-2006 19:24:51 | More by hiikeeba
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Cfahooligan

Colorado

4.68/5  rDev +19.1%

This is quite possibly my favorite stout ever. This is the first beer my father and I shared together as adults. He took me to his favorite watering hole it happend to be Old Dominion brewery.

From draft, its near perfect. It has extreme vanilla on the first nose. Inhaling deeper you get a very woody scent straight from the oak barrels it came from. It's so deep brown its near black. Caramely(maybe not a real word) head. Rich in color as in smell. Taste is like pure heaven. It is a real vanilla stout with bourbon hanging on everytaste bud with out killing the vanilla. The vanilla despite its strength, is not over powering as well. Leaving a very smooth stout. So enjoyable you can have it for breakfast of dessert. This is a beer you must seek while in Virginia. You might not be a stout person but it is something you will remember always. That's how important this stout is to me. I remember when Jason and Todd both privileged to have it on draft, had their first taste. It was like watching a kid try something sweet for the first time in their life. It truly is an amazing beer. It is one of the first beers that made me understand why beer is so great. Between that and Arrogant Bastard.

12-04-2004 05:03:42 | More by Cfahooligan
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bds1313

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +19.1%

This is beer is incredible. From the thick dark coloring to the sweet oak vanilla malt aroma, to the oak infested chocolate vanilla coffee taste. When I tried this beer for the first time it found it's way around to about 10 of my friends and we finished off the bars entire supply of it in one night. Has a lot of drinkability if you like stouts. This beer is definately a keeper.

10-19-2005 11:40:18 | More by bds1313
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MrNuggets

Oregon

4.68/5  rDev +19.1%

Deep brown colour, suppose I will call it black. Thick Kaki head tops this beautiful stout. Vanilla scent dominates, yet it is mixed with a woody aroma which does a magnificent job of exciting the taste buds. The oak is the first to step up and attack my tongue. That quickly glides into a fantastic mixture of vanilla and oats. Touch of bitterness leads to a slight vanilla after taste. Silky smooth on the palate. It's sad to think i only have one of these left.
This is a very exciting brew that leaves me wanting more.

04-28-2004 05:58:25 | More by MrNuggets
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chodinheaven

Maryland

4.65/5  rDev +18.3%

Deep brown or black, completely opaque with a nice and fluffy tan head on top that sticks around for a bit but reduces down to a thin sheet with a thick ring around it. Leaves some patchy lacing. Smells of vanilla and cream float up as well as a nice bit of dark roasted malts. Some milk chocolate aromas are present as well, rounding out a pleasantly sweet aroma profile.

Fantastically rounded out in the taste. Soft notes of chocolate come through a rich coffee flavor, creating a mocha like taste that blends really well with the vanilla. Oaky wood flavors are bold, creating a smokiness that balances out the sweet chocolate/vanilla flavors so smoothly and effortlessly, making this one of the most drinkable stouts I've ever had. Barely any alcohol feel, but a sizeable hit of piney hops create a prickliness that help the smokiness and medium-high carbonation level balance everything out. These hops make for a coffee-like bitterness that is perfect for the style as they don't overpower the sweet side of things at all, yet hold their own as a major player in the flavor profile. This is a very complex yet simple brew that finishes clean and a bit dry, with an aftertaste that begs for another sip. I think it just seems simple due to how well everything is balanced out, meshing into a beer that has no off flavors whatsoever and is perfectly enjoyable every sip.

This is easily one of the most drinkable stouts I've ever had, yet it is very complex and delicious. I usually like imperial stouts over regular, but this one is so good that I think I will try to have this in my fridge more often. Definitely pick it up if you see it.

12-19-2011 05:29:45 | More by chodinheaven
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deaconoflove

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +18.3%

Ap. Very dark, almost black with thin tan head.
Sm. Malty, bready, vanilla, chocolate with some citris in the back.
Ta. Choco caramel vanilla. Sweet, but not cloyingly so. It's like liquid beer truffles. Faboo!
Mf. Sweet and smooth, but not heavy.
Dr. Wish I had another one handy. Very good.

03-25-2010 23:16:53 | More by deaconoflove
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AndIWantYou

Washington

4.6/5  rDev +17%

Mmmmm. Now this is what a stout is all about. It was dark, malty, slightly hoppy, and pretty filling. The light in Old Dominion's Ashburn, VA, brewpub was fairly dim, but Oak Barrel looked black as night in my glass. I didn't detect the bourbon flavor, just a rich, creamy stout that made my barbecue sandwich quiver in fear, knowing that it didn't have the body and texture to stand up to such a wonderful concoction. Regrettably, since the tab was on my girlfriend's father, I didn't want to order another beer until he did, and he didn't, so I only got one taste of this divine liquid.

03-08-2004 02:55:45 | More by AndIWantYou
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cozmohollis

Delaware

4.59/5  rDev +16.8%

Appearance: The body is black with some dark reddish-brown color on the sides.
The head is thick and tan in color. And recedes to a creamy look.
The lace is only minor.

Smell: Scent of toffee, caramel, coffee, oak, and vanilla. A very pleasant smell.

Taste: Dark malts upfront that were roasted and crisp with a little bitterness to them.
In the middle was a sweetness that was balanced but complex. Notes of
chocolate, coffee, caramelized toffee, and vanilla that mix together
perfectly. Ends with a light roasted flavor that is smooth.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth and full body. In the middle it has an acidic crisp feeling when
all of the complex flavors mixes.

Overall: I love everything about this stout. My favorite thing is the complex flavors
and how smooth it is. A very interesting brew. One of my favorite stouts.

01-09-2013 04:47:47 | More by cozmohollis
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BeerSox

Virginia

4.58/5  rDev +16.5%

12oz bottle into nonic. Second review, previous was on-tap at brewery.

Pitch black with a light brown one finger head that slowly settles to a thin even cap. Little spots and strings of lacing coat the glass.

A light smokiness met with a bit of creaminess. Some roasty characteristics are in there as well. Some sweet milk chocolate is in the foreground.

The malts give off a strong burnt flavor, but are met with some contrasting bittersweet chocolate. Some more liquid smoke is in the background. Full bodied. Creamy overtones are there throughout. The bitter malts linger for a little bit after each sip.

I liked this beer but out of the bottle (most likely very fresh), this is a fantastic stout. If the brewpub was still around I would most likely order this every time it was available. It looks like the beers haven't gone downhill after being shifted to a new brewing location. Recommended.

07-18-2009 02:44:20 | More by BeerSox
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Ego

New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +16.5%

music: nailbomb

eyes...
12 oz bottle, pours very nicely with one full finger of head that is a shade darker than off white, opaque and black, the head consists of very fine bubbles and I can see the head being replenished... so the head is retaining nicely, unlike size D boobs on a 50 year old. lacing is also very nice. a good lookin stout.

nose...
this is dry hopped with vanilla, so of course it is in the nose and blends expertly with the deep tones here, you can smell the toasty oak right underneath the vanilla, we have coffee notes, powdered cocoa... man alive this rules...

taste etc...
smooth as your girl after a brazilian wax, rich and velvety.. and the flavors.. they all come through, the vanilla taste is nicely pronounced here, the carbonation just barely approaches prickly and carries this brew well. the chocolate and burnt flavors all meld right in your mouth... this one is outstanding.. near perfect. if the flavors were slightly more deep and the beer a touch thicker this would rate 5's across.

verdict?
worth seeking out for stout fans, and a great session beer for the winter!

11-03-2006 03:27:33 | More by Ego
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crwills

Ontario (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +15.8%

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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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +15.8%

I finally get to try OLD DO' Oak Barrel Stout in the bottle. I tried this back in me pre-BA days at the Flying Pig. It was quite delicious. Well, the label has a decent bit of info about the popularity of this brew at the brewpub. Born on date 23 April 2004. ABV 5.2%.

OBS pours out of the 12 oz. browner with dark, pitch violet brown color that lets the teeniest bit of light hazing thru. It's practically black with a thin coating of khaki cake head. Bumped up my appearance due to the gorgeous lattice lace patterns in me pint.

Tons of dessert like scents flow freely with every sniff. First, vanilla beans that are used in the brewing come through. Then coffee with sugar and cream aromas. Chocolate cake with icing notes grace the nose.

First swigs are of chocolate latte flavors. Then, the creamy stout flavor stands up. Buttery flavor and feel. Baker's chocolate and Kaluha.

Standard stout feel. Not the thickest knife 'n fork feel, but chewy. Feels almost nitro tapped.

Easy drinkability, especially with a reasonable 5.2% ABV and chewy but swiggable feel. I would have another if you offered!

Last swigs: The nose is top notch. This is liquid dessert. I am surprised that this isn't in the top 50, but it has recently been released. Let's see how this grows in popularity. A few swirls gives rise to the head instantly. This is a wickedly good brew that continues to taste sweet to the end! This is one of my favorite beers I have had in a long time. I read an article in Ale Street News that 7 out 10 local drinkers at the OLD DO' Pub prefered this from the bottle than the draught. Picked it up for $35 a case.

Beer is good. Happy barrel beering.

06-25-2004 03:39:04 | More by blitheringidiot
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shapudding

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +15.3%

Last time I had this was on tap over in malvern at The Flying Pig after the beer fest at The Desmond! (schweetness!!)

Poured a pitch black with a creamy, milkshakey thick head that quickly left my glass leaving only a smally caramelly foam mainly at the edges. Giving it a bit of a wrily, you can bring back a light covering. You really cant see through this beauty. You can smell the oak in it.

Maybe because I read the label first, but I do smell the bourbon...

Very rich and dark scents... sherry, over-ripe cherries, black coffee... Alot of carbination hits your mouth, yet it is not too "bubbly" feeling, it stays smooth. Tastes of coffee, burnt toast, vanilla. The oak is everpresent. After it warms up, the bourbon really makes it presence known! Almost as though you just did a shot and then took a sip from your pint...

Very nice tasting. One to sit back and think about while drinking. Yummy! Highly enjoyable stout!

07-05-2004 02:17:37 | More by shapudding
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4.53/5  rDev +15.3%

12 oz bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip. Bottling date edged off the side of the label. 0/17/? Beige head rests on a black body. Slick, clear lacing slides quickly down the glass. Aroma is dominated by coffee and malty sweetness. Taste is moderately sweet with coffee notes and roasted malt. I don't exactly pick up on the vanilla but it may be responsible for some of the residual sweetness, taste is more like a milk stout. Exceptionally easy to drink and delicious. My only complaint is naming a beer aged on oak chips "oak barrel stout". Just a touch misleading.

02-19-2011 06:42:37 | More by KickbacksSteve
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FLBeerGuy

Florida

4.53/5  rDev +15.3%

Pours a pitch black with a tan head that leaves nice lacing.

Nose is vanilla bean, roasted malts, coffee and a hint of oak.

Taste is like the nose, vanilla bean, roasted malts, coffee and some oak.

This is a very drinkable stout, a very nice session one at that.

11-18-2010 02:32:43 | More by FLBeerGuy
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +15.3%

pours an almost opague black some lighted areas of ruby coloring.Thick creamy caramel colored heading.No lacing or legs at all and kind of flat looking.

Smell is heavily in favor of roasted malt followed by bitter sweet chocolate. Slightest of vanilla on the backend.

Taste of oakness hits you all at once at first. Followed by a very smooth dark chocolatey maltiness.Vanilla comes toward the end to add some creaminess and sweetness. Also there is a slight tasting of bitter hoppiness in the end.

Mouth is a little flat no real pop of retention. But it is ridiculously smooth and velvety in texture. Making this a little too smooth for school.

Easily drinkable and for sure a new handy beverage to have around the house.

10-11-2009 21:25:05 | More by TheFightfan1
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farHillsBrewer

Maryland

4.53/5  rDev +15.3%

Have enjoyed a couple of these at Growler's Pub in Canton, a new pub opened by John Bates, former bartender at Racers Cafe.
It sits beside Guinness on the nitro tap, and is a special treat worth going donwtown for.
After the cascade of tiny bubbles finishes, you are left with a thick creamy head about an inch think, which is still partially there when the glass is empty. The mouthfeel provided by the nitro charge is as soft as cloud 9. The taste is all malt with pleasing notes of vanilla, oak, and toasty malt. It goes down so easily and the glass is finished before you realize. You are left with a finish of dark malt and some sweetness.
Highly recommended.

12-02-2004 01:42:10 | More by farHillsBrewer
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unknownlamer

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +15.3%

This pours the perfect black with a hint of ruby around the edges. The smell is of burnt grain with a touch of vanilla and oak. The taste is of roasted grain with an oak taste dominating in the middle, and a nice vanilla mixed with a mild burnt taste in the finish.
This is my favorite stout, and is very drinkable and complex. A work of art.

11-17-2005 22:35:36 | More by unknownlamer
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

4.53/5  rDev +15.3%

Thanks to kegatron for this one.

A - Pours dark brown with ruby highlights wehn held to the light and a thin tan head.

S - Strong vanilla aroma with toffee, carmalized brown sugar and oak.

T - A lot of vanilla again with toffee, maybe even some hazelnut, milk chocolate and sone oak.

M - Somewhat thin for a stout but smooth with lighter carbonation.

D - Really not your typical stout but I really like it. If the mouthfeel were heavier this might become too sweet and dessert like. Not the malty flavors of normal stouts but it works. This isn't a beer I think I would typically like but every one I have gets better and better.

06-30-2008 03:35:47 | More by brewcrew76
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

11-10-2012 17:18:43 | More by aszatk01
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

A very nice brew for my first review of the year. Found a sixpack of this at Jungle Jim's International Market in Cincinnati. The Virginia border is just two miles from my house, and it's distressing that I can't find Old Dominion's excellent brews without driving at least three hours. This one pours a deep brown and opaque body, with two fingers of tightknit, tan head. Dramatic sheet and patch lacing is left behind. Excellent looking stout.
Aroma has vanilla, milk chocolate, mild coffee, and notes of oak wood.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a medium body and just enough carbonation to mingle the complexity of flavors.
Taste is much like the aroma, with creamy vanilla and chocolate. Some toasted walnuts are noted, and there are coffee notes but little bitterness. I don't pick up any notes of bourbon, and there are only some mild notes of dark fruits such as figs and raisins. Still, this is one of the tastiest American stouts I've sampled. Insanely drinkable at 5.2%. Highly recommended.

01-01-2005 18:36:33 | More by merlin48
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