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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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TPSReports

Alabama

2.68/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A friend of mine served me a bottle of this brew this afternoon. I must say that I was not impressed.

The beer pour from the chilled bottle like cold coffee, with a similiar smell. The tall dark airy head that formed quickly went away.

The aroma was of chocolate and coffee with a hint of alcohol.

The first sip ws mainly coffee with a hint of chocolate -- and a very slight tint of alcohol. All remaining sips followed suit.

Mouthfeel was not impressive. I was expecting a more creamy feeling beer with a slight carbonation. Neither was present, unfortunately. I may as well have had coffee flavored tap water swishing around.

Oh, well. Nothing tasted, nothing tasted.

I would not recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2005 22:55:38 | More by TPSReports
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UCLABrewN84

California

2.7/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared at drewone’s tasting.

Bottled on 1/27/12.

Pours a clear dark brown with a tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, vanilla bean, and slight cocoa. Taste is the same with a woody aftertaste. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with only a slightly crisp and thin bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor stout with some mediocre aromas and flavors and a bad mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 01:06:31 | More by UCLABrewN84
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

2.73/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- A deep dark brown with deep caramel hues. Poured with a good 2 fingers of head which hung around for a bit before dissipating to a thin layer.

S- Oak, lots of oak, and some vanilla.

T- Oak was pretty potent in this brew...a little overpowering. Roasted malts, vanilla, and even some faint espresso lingered in the background along with a hint of bitter chocolate.

M- Thin for the style. I had expected a little more thickness. A bit of carbonation in this brew, but overall I was unimpressed with the mouthfeel.

D- Not very drinkable in my opinion. Too much oak and a thinner than expected mouthfeel makes for a brew which, after one, is more than enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 22:36:50 | More by taylor714914
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. Bottled on 100908. "Oak aged Stout fermented with vanilla beans."

Thanks to PerzentRizen for sending this bottle my way.

A - Clear on the pour, this one gets black in the glass. A bit effervescent, a toffee tan head pops up and fizzes for a bit before sinking to a ring and thin layer. Low lace on the sides.

S - The aroma starts with musty old dirty carpet and moves into low-presence roasted malts. I don't get oak or vanilla beans in the scent but there is this lingering nose of old garbage can juice that's bad but not as bad as it sounds. Probably too old.

T - The roasted malts are present here but they loose their robust punch from how dry it is and how much carbonation there is. A bit of unsweetened chocolate and a hint of vanilla poke in and out bit overall it's pretty one-dimensional.

M - It's far too carbonated for a stout, especially an oak aged one. It removes from the rich, creamy feel I believe it should have as well as taking away from the flavor. Too distracting. Medium-bodied and very dry in the finish.

D - It's not a terrible beer. I'm also trying to factor age in with this. Bland though and unexciting. It washes down fine. Nothing to write home about either way.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 18:21:47 | More by BeerFMAndy
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jameyp

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -30%

10-02-2012 02:51:43 | More by jameyp
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BlackNote

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -30%

08-19-2013 13:20:25 | More by BlackNote
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rderedin

Maine

2.75/5  rDev -30%

07-20-2013 18:33:01 | More by rderedin
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skaboom420

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -30%

02-10-2013 16:22:25 | More by skaboom420
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biglite351

Pennsylvania

2.78/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - very dark and appealing. Head stayed for a while.

S - very weak scent. Slight medicinal smell, but very weak.

T - roasted and I can taste the vanilla. The problem is the after taste and a tingle on the sides of the back of the tongue. Neither are a good thing. Off putting.

M - there is a tingle on thesides of the back of the tongue. It is not something that I find appealing.

D - pass.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 03:43:06 | More by biglite351
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Vierenner

Ohio

2.78/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is very different from all of the other stouts I've tried ... in a not so good way. The flavors are very lively, perhaps because of the soda-like effervescence continuously arising to the top. But those flavors are not well balanced. I feel like this beer was an experiment in brewing and marketing an oak aged beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 03:13:51 | More by Vierenner
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oelergud

Virginia

2.85/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pure black in a bottle, light brown head with little retention and little lace.
Chocolate and vanilla very apparent in the nose along with some nice burnt coffee, very pleasant and enticing smell.
Burnt coffee, chocolate and vanilla taste with a decent hoppy after taste.
I was very disappointed when drinking this beer, much much too thin, almost watery thin mouthfeel, really bad when it's supposed to be a stout.
This beer looks and smells great, but thats about it, I dont think I'll buy this one again.

-Oelergud

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2004 17:24:45 | More by oelergud
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drseamus

New York

2.85/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Classic dark black body. It could have used a little more head. The smell is wicked powerful. There is a ton of vanilla and a light malt presence. IMO the vanilla is too strong. It should complement the aroma, not dominate it. The flavor about half as strong as the aroma but the dominant flavor is sour. There are some dark malt flavors and an acidic aftertaste. The flavor is pretty thin and the mouthfeel is medium light. I was pretty excited about this beer initially but it is a bit of a let down.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2007 07:06:11 | More by drseamus
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AgentMunky

California

2.88/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass. Bottled on (what looks like) 5 April 2011.

A: Tight, creamy, off-white/tan head. The beer is incredibly dark, and completely opaque. I feel comfortable calling it black; it's close enough to not make a difference. Head has good retention and leaves behind a tantalising lace.

S: Molasses. Touch of alcohol? Fruity coffee.

T/M: The mouthfeel is thin and quite watery; the taste is equally limp. Sweetish malts that merely hint at barrel ageing and a touch of creaminess that fades quickly are the only good things about this beer. The aftertaste is acceptable, if quite far from dry, with only a slight dark chocolate bitterness. Incredibly disappointing.

O: Not a good stout; at least this bottle wasn't. Barely a mediocre beer. I finished it, but I wouldn't have really cared if it disappeared. Drinkable, but why would you? Mouthfeel and a general weakness of character ruins any chance at more than a passable brew. Absolutely not recommended, though you could do much worse...I won't be having another.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 21:33:47 | More by AgentMunky
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Geraurd

Virginia

2.91/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

In high hopes for this beer died as soon as I poured it. The head was almost non-existent, had almost no aroma, and tasted very gland in general. Got better as it warmed up, but not at all the beer that it surely would like to be. I didn't detect even the slightest hint of the vanilla beans that were mentioned, and that was possibly the most interesting part of the description.


Serving type: bottle

06-21-2014 00:03:54 | More by Geraurd
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mikefuski17

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.7%

04-30-2014 02:33:08 | More by mikefuski17
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An inch and a half of thick creamy foam head is a milk chocolate brown that fades to just a skim as I finish this sentence. Body is a usuall suspect jet oil black. Nose is very big with luscious roasty and carmalized malt tones jumping at the senses. Yeasty rich alchol notes also tingle within the nose. On first sip you get a mix of sour and glazing bitter richness which is all up front. There is a carmalized malt feel that draws out nicely on the palate. Brief vanilla notes are found if you search. The soured feel does calm down a bit with warmth but is consistant throughout then more noticeable again on the finish and mouthfeel. The carmalized malt shows itself again a bit on the finish. Don't really get any oak in this one. Kind of a let down fot the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 22:44:57 | More by SPLITGRIN
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JohnQVD

New York

3/5  rDev -23.7%

06-03-2012 16:44:32 | More by JohnQVD
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richbrew

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -23.7%

11-15-2011 15:41:06 | More by richbrew
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BrewtalHonesty

Michigan

3/5  rDev -23.7%

10-10-2013 00:49:25 | More by BrewtalHonesty
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Chrisbaggz

Maryland

3/5  rDev -23.7%

02-11-2012 02:45:12 | More by Chrisbaggz
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AleApostle

Illinois

3/5  rDev -23.7%

10-24-2012 15:08:03 | More by AleApostle
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chrispoint

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -23.7%

02-18-2012 17:52:08 | More by chrispoint
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Softestdog

Florida

3/5  rDev -23.7%

09-01-2012 23:26:57 | More by Softestdog
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gonemicrophishing


3/5  rDev -23.7%

10-16-2012 03:06:54 | More by gonemicrophishing
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.7%

12-25-2012 21:55:52 | More by ejimhof
Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,187 ratings.