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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,226 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1,226
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 64
Gots: 67 | 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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Photo of vfgccp
1.45/5  rDev -63.1%

A - Not a bad looking stout. Deep black cherry body with cranberry highlights. Fine khaki head with nice lace and retention.

S - A potato vinegar off-note ruins the nose, but there's a layer of caramel molasses and gingerbread beneath the funk.

T - Unfortunately the vinegar carries through to the the flavor profile. Astringent vinegar, raisin, and black molasses. The vinegar lingers deep into the aftertaste.

M - medium light body.

O - I bought this bottle at a wegmans, and I'm not sure if anyone else had quality problems with the bottles they bought from there but I wouldn't recommend it.

vfgccp, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of Bighuge
1.73/5  rDev -56%

Close to black. Fizzy, airy big brown head. Seems overcarbonated. Is this a sign of bad things to come?? It has been for me in the past with other beers. Aroma is weak and has very little to do with stout or bourbon. Well, the mouthfeel IS overcarbonated and very gaseous. Hard to swallow. The flavor is off. After cutting through all of the CO2, there's a sourness to be found and that's about it. Like watered down lemon juice. This is not good. Don't think I'll finish it.

Thanks for the effort anyway marc77.

Bighuge, Aug 11, 2004
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
1.95/5  rDev -50.4%

Reviewed on 9/20/08. Bottle courtesy of sloth, bottled 6/10/04. Pours black with a minute tan head. Aroma and flavor of Raisinettes and vinegar. I'm not sure if this beer went bad or if it's supposed to taste like this, but either way, yuck! Hopefully I can get a fresher bottle of this to re-rate.
3/3/4/2/9 (2.1/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of ms11781
1.98/5  rDev -49.6%

Thanks to dbexpert. Bottled on 01/17/2011 on label. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a solid black with a thin tan cap for a head. The head dissipates almost immediately, leaving the thinnest of a tan ring around the glass.

The aroma is not strong at all. In fact, it's quite weak. There is a bit of smokiness when inhaled deeply. Perhaps a touch of wood but you really have to look for it in order to find it.

The taste isn't much better. Pretty bland. Some slight char and wood. No oak to speak of. There is a touch of sweetness, toffee or caramel. The flavors are there but they certainly aren't all that strong. Nothing stand out and each flavor is gone almost as soon as it's recognized.

Thin bodied with high carbonation. It's very thin and watery. Doesn't feel like a stout at all. Far from it.

The label says that it was bottled on 01/17/2011 and it was reviewed on 03/18/2011 but the beer didn't seem up to par, to me anyway. I haven't had a known fresh sample of it so I'm not sure that it was stale but my experience doesn't really follow along with the others.

ms11781, Apr 03, 2011
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2/5  rDev -49.1%

spoonhawk, May 18, 2014
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2/5  rDev -49.1%

KevMo84, Jun 07, 2014
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2/5  rDev -49.1%

Pumilio, Sep 10, 2013
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2/5  rDev -49.1%

TheDudeAbides, Jul 05, 2012
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2/5  rDev -49.1%

donovado, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
2.03/5  rDev -48.3%

Ok this has to be the worst BA beer I have ever had. And so far I think I have had my fair share.

Pours a deep black and no matter how hard I poured there was no head. No ring nothin. It almost looked like flat angels share.

Aroma is off. I smell oak but there is something off I can't put my finger on it.

Taste is not good. I'll probably dump it. Tastes nothing like a stout. Maybe a little roastyness but not much. Really I have no idea where the flavor went.

Mouthfeel is terrible. Tastes super thin and flat. Not good at all.

This has to be one of the worst beers I have had. Usually I can choke it down. I usually can say each beer I have had I can drink but could just improove or is just bland. This beer just needs a complete overhaul. It does not appear that I have a bad bottle so I feel this is a fair review. It does not taste infected.

PeprSprYoFace, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of hippiekinkster
2.05/5  rDev -47.8%

I must have a seriously off bottle, because I just can not get into this, and I'm not hard to please. The predominant flavor of this bottle is scorched French Roast coffee. There's little carbonation, the mouthfeel is thin, and there's little nose to speak of.

It simply HAS to be an off bottle, because I can't see my tastes being so contrary to others' experiences, when I agree almost always on other reviews.

F (for FAILED)(note: I'm not prone to grade inflation, as in: "This beer really sucked, it was thin, watery, with no character. A minus)

hippiekinkster, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
2.15/5  rDev -45.3%

Bottle to pint glass. Bottled 3/10/10. Five months old when reviewed.

A: Three fingers of a medium brown creamy/frothy head is long lasting. The body is the darkest brown possible if it isn't purely black and no light comes through. Only a spare amount of lacing finds it's way to the glass, which is to the detriment of the rating, especially given the style.

S: Less than impressive amount of malts. Dark chocolate first, coffee second, both medium roasty. No discernible hop or yeast contribution. Light hints of vanilla are only noticeable when the beer warms a bit.

T: There is a fruity component from the middle to the back end of the palate that I don't find particularly complimentary. Almost no trace of any vanilla or wood, the wood having a bigger impact on the mouthfeel. Tangy/sour notes throughout. Not what I'm looking for in an oak-aged, vanilla flavored stout. At all, really.

M: Somewhat similar to a dry stout. Starts out with a full body that thins out considerably as it passes over the tongue. Aggressively carbonated with a very dry, astringent finish.

D: No ABV is indicated on the label. My guess (while drinking) is that the Dominion Oak Barrel Stout lands somewhere in between 4.5-5.5% and Beer Advocate's listing confirms it. Hate to say it, but this beer is not very good.

[EDIT] Recently got to try one of the early vintages of this brew. It was very solid. What's produces nowadays...ehhh...not so much.

FeDUBBELFIST, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of Hex92
2.23/5  rDev -43.3%

The bartender said it had a hint of vanilla. It looked like a good beer. Nice color and head. BUT this was an overpowering flavor of vanilla. The tap handle said oak barrel stout, but it should have read vanilla flavored beer. Not good. I guess it would be appealing to women and those who love the vanilla, but when you put a beer to your lips and expect to taste beer and get this...Well lets just say I was not impressed. I wouldn't order this again.

Hex92, Feb 16, 2004
Photo of Jade
2.23/5  rDev -43.3%

I'm not even going to go through the usual list. Sorry, but this beer is not worth buying. Stay away. Bourbon barrel beer...this is not. Stout...this is not. Watery charred crap it is. If you think this is world-class or excellent or even good, stick with your Coors Light. Wow! Only redeeming quality is some silkiness. Look at my other stout reviews. This is not one to sit back and enjoy. Almost...a drain pour!

Jade, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of magnumpoppy
2.25/5  rDev -42.7%

magnumpoppy, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of FirstMan
2.25/5  rDev -42.7%

I picked up a six pack of this while I was down in Washington D.C. for a trip a few weeks back. I had a couple while I was there, and brought a couple with me to review later on. Honestly I'm not quite sure why I brought it with me, because I'm really not impressed with this beer.

Coloring is black as a stout should be with a less than vigorous head. Sort of wispy and light. While the coloring is right, there's a creamy, smooth visual character that good stouts have - such that you see it's more viscous and thick than normal beers. This does not have that. It appears more watery.

There's something weird with the smell. Possibly this is the oak aging and the vanilla so touted on the bottle, but it sort of smells like the underside of a pier, if you ask me. There's a salt-water sort of funk underlying. Notes of molasses and smoke in there, but the other thing really comes on strong. Almost like too many smells got locked in a room and one of them stabbed the other - a week ago.

Anyway.

The taste is again too much with too many and none of them are all that good. Initially I taste "vanilla" (tm), which is closely followed by a somewhat acrid wood character. That funky smell is there in the taste too, but not as much. I find myself wanting hold my nose when I taste it - that is generally not a good thing. The surprising characteristic, though, is how hollow the taste is. There are big initial notes that pop up and then disappear, leaving very little middle to provide continuity. Lacks balance.

Watery mouthfeel - A stout should have a certain viscous bigness.

I did not like this beer.

FirstMan, Dec 03, 2005
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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

WraythOsu, Aug 25, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

Cloaked_Phantom, Jul 19, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

Tonygaliardi, Apr 01, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

Metz, Feb 02, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

strohme2, Sep 12, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

dfhhead25, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of jojox
2.58/5  rDev -34.4%

a - dark black, not the blackest of black though. Whispy head, beige.

s - Malty stout, not overwhelming. It's cold. Not much vanilla but we'll see. Some coffee.

t - Light, agressive mouthfeel, harsh flavors. Thin, not creamy or chewy. Low FG I think. Dissappointing. No oak flavors, not much of any flavors. If I gulp it I can get past some CO2 to taste a hint of vanilla. Overall, thin.

m - agressive carbonation and thin body = selzer-like afterfeel.

d - I didn't like it enough to reach for another. It's like the second runnings of a beer I want to try.

I don't understand how this can get an A-. I'm wondering if I got a bad bottle somehow, too much CO2, overattenuated? I have a six pack, if I try again and it's different I'll update.

jojox, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of cjoc83
2.61/5  rDev -33.6%

Bottled 11/15/12 and purchased for $9.99 at Wegmans in Downingtown, PA. Pours more like a light porter or a very dark brown ale into a tulip with an initial 3 finger, fluffy khaki head that doesn't stick around too long but leaves some slight webs of lace. Definitely appears more of a very deep, dark brown than stout black, with amber hues penetrating the edges of the glass when held up to the light.

Very subtle nose...it's hard to discern much more than some roasted malts, a little milk chocolate and some vanilla sweetness. No oak in the nose.

Unfortunately, the flavors don't pop too much in the mouth, either. Some roasted malts up front, followed by a little caramel and toffee, finishes with some sweet vanilla. This is drinking more like a brown ale than a stout, and I'm very curious as to why they call this an "oak barrel stout" when there is literally zero oak flavor. The flavors disappear almost as soon as they hit the tongue. Everything is very faint.

As if this wasn't disappointing enough already, the OBS really falls apart in the mouthfeel. Extremely light and watery with too much carbonation, almost soda-like. The only upside here is that this is easy drinking.

Everything about this beer is misleading...why it's called a stout when it drinks like an alcoholic soda; why they call it an "oak barrel" stout at that, when there's barley any stout flavor to begin with, and there certainly ain't any oak in this thing. Half-way through my second one and I don't know what the hell I'm gonna do with the rest of these things. Not bad enough to drain pour, but not something I really wanna drink, either.

cjoc83, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of Rhettroactive
2.65/5  rDev -32.6%

From 12oz bottle Bruges hybrid glass on 8/30/11
*From notes

A: Pretty decent color, as it's a bit more of a medium brown then the traditional rich brownish-black. A good pour yields a dissapointing .75 finger head which fades quickly and zero lacing.

S: A metallic rust is present and overwhelms the nostrils. It's not IN YOUR FACE extreme, yet it's all I really detect.

T: Simply too mild for me. It literally takes forever for this damn beer to evolve on the palate. The mid features a touch of vanilla extract and almond paste. Where's the oak here? I get the feeling they've used cheap, shredded wood or low quality beans. To put it bluntly: meh.

M: Thin and sharp. What's the deal - seriously? It's not like you can't make a low ABV stout without decent weight and oomph (reference: Evo's Rise Up! Stout).

O: Dominion's Oak Barrel Stout sounded like a great idea, then never really came together. Leave it to AB/InBev to dumb down what should've been an interesting and approachable low ABV stout.

*Oh, and for the record, moving DOMINION BREWING out of Virginia (the OLD DOMINION state), should require you to change the f-cking name.

Rhettroactive, Sep 03, 2011
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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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