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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,185 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1,185
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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Boilermaker88

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a 12oz. bottle with a "bottled on" date of 3 May 04 on the back of the label. Poured into an imperial pint glass, this stout exhibited a uniform dark brown color topped by a modest beige head that dwindled down rather quickly to a thin collar.
The nose had a hefty vanilla aroma to it, easily outpacing the oak wood notes and the hint of bourbon. Some mild espresso and roasted dark malt notes also crept into the overall picture. The vanilla didn't translate very well to the taste to me, becoming more a supporting player to the woody flavor and slight booziness of the bourbon. A rich dark malt flavor and lingering bitterness provided a solid backdrop for the other flavors to spring forth from. The feel was medium in body, creamy and quite smooth.
All in all, Dominion Oak Barrel Stout was a pleasant brew that was easily quaffable. Thanks to EyeChartBrew for providing me with the gift.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2004 16:41:54 | More by Boilermaker88
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smakawhat

Maryland

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very large light milk cocoa head of about four fingers is produced that seems quite foamy and uniform. This head just doesn't wanna budge or go anywhere. Kind of pock marked and not totally uniform but looks pretty good.

On the nose is some toasty malt, but also some salty jerky quality. It does smell sort of rauchbier like which seems unusual, but it's quite alright.

Taste is kind of basic but solid. Smoke meat and sausage on the finish really big. Rauchbier feel and wetness. In the mouth though there isn't much taste to this beer and it seems to only bring the flavor out on the finish. Some wet feel for body, and a little quick and dry.

Overall though this is kind of surprising this is not what I expected for this style, I was thinking more of big roast and chocolate/coffee/licorice sort of for this style. But it's basically rauchbier light to me and a good one to boot.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 23:34:58 | More by smakawhat
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thekanna

Maryland

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Nice tar black color with a very thin tan head even after a turbulent pour.

S: Roasted malts, some smokiness, and faint vanilla beans. Gives off the general aroma of old wooden furniture, or an antique barn, full of age and complexity.

T: Good balance of roasted malts, oak, and espresso. There is some cacao powder-like bitterness to round out the end, with just a hint of phenols reminiscent of good scotch.

M: Medium, almost slightly too thin body. Would have liked more heaviness in the mouthfeel to complement the gravity and complexity of the oaky taste.

D: Nice to sip and admire the woody notes.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 01:29:16 | More by thekanna
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Bierguy5

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle pours a black liquid with ruby highlights. Nice tan foamy head that stays around for a while. Nice lace on the glass at the end. Smells roasty, along with vanilla, and slighlty smoky. Tastes very much like the smell, some roasted flavor, along with coffee, a hint of vanilla, and smoke. Nice hop bitterness. This was full-bodied with appropriate carbonation. Overall, I enjoy the bottle more than the nitro-tap. Some of the subtle flavors are present in the bottle, rather than being masked by the nitro. Very nice stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2004 02:34:28 | More by Bierguy5
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Blanco

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-19-2013 04:44:26 | More by Blanco
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bob_d_j

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.8%

06-19-2013 02:32:15 | More by bob_d_j
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-08-2012 20:57:32 | More by mendvicdog
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DES8888

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.8%

09-22-2013 19:00:52 | More by DES8888
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DiggerDahl

North Dakota

4/5  rDev +1.8%

06-18-2014 21:38:35 | More by DiggerDahl
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GbVDave

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint. Thanks to alen for this extra from our recent trade!

A: Pours a very dark cola brown/black with only a hint of lightening at the edges. Capping this is a dark khaki colored head that quickly fell off to a creamy skim with some whisps of skim. No lace.

S: Aromas of fresh vanilla bean, roasted malt, cocoa, dark fruit, and new oak.

T: Vanilla and roasted malt lead the way with some supporting help from cocoa, fresh oak, mild citrus, and some caramel and/or toffee and fudge in the finish.

M: Starts sweet and smooth but gradually takes on a drier, bitter edge as the middle progresses to the finish. Finish is pretty long with a touch of pepper.

D: A nice, sessionable stout that offers a little more to keep things interesting.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 23:35:10 | More by GbVDave
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csustar001

New York

4/5  rDev +1.8%

01-22-2014 16:06:55 | More by csustar001
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grimey68

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-27-2014 23:05:14 | More by grimey68
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His_Royal_Hoppiness

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-14-2013 00:59:24 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
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SadMachine

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-17-2013 19:19:24 | More by SadMachine
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ThePaintedGrey

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. pint on tap at Pinocchio's in Media, PA.

A: Opaque black with a two-finger creamy tan head. Absolutely no light shining through, even when held up to direct sunlight. Head retention is superb, with some decent khaki lacing left down the glass.

S: Coffee, caramel, hints of vanilla, oak, and bourbon-like booze.

T: Lots of roasted malts upfront provided some smokiness and sweetness; vanilla and caramel with some underlying roasted coffee bitterness and some boozy bourbon. Lots of roasted flavors in the finish. Bourbon character comes through a lot as the beer warms.

M: Full-body, smooth as satin with tons of creaminess and subdued carbonation. Not overly heavy, went well with some appetizers.

O: Definitely one of the better stouts I've had. Lots of rich, complex flavors with smooth drinking qualities. A definite recommendation.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2014 01:38:42 | More by ThePaintedGrey
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CWiggins

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew, and a few others from Old Dominion, have recently found their way into North Carolina. And they're inexpensive! Perhaps because of some introductory pricing plan, OD's Oak Barrel Stout is selling for $3.99 a six-pack. Quite a deal if you like this beer; I'm sure this price won't last long!

It pours thick and black with a tan head that sticks around briefly before disappearing into the ether. The smell of dark coffee dominates the aroma, while a mild vanilla/bourbon character lingers in the background. There is also a hint of bittersweet chocolate as well. It's thick and creamy on the tongue. I find the carbonation is a bit much, but that's a normal bias of mine. The aroma is reflected nearly wholesale in the flavor; coffee, vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate are front and center. There is a mild sweetness as well, which is probably best interpreted as fruity. Wood flavors, along with a light hop bitterness, are very present in the finish.

This is a great American stout, and the solid mouthfeel and flavor make it one to be enjoyed slowly. Hmm, this is very good with vanilla ice cream!

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 21:57:54 | More by CWiggins
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loganburgh

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.8%

01-26-2014 17:54:44 | More by loganburgh
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TeachChefs

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

06-23-2012 15:50:28 | More by TeachChefs
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nofunyons

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-22-2013 02:20:45 | More by nofunyons
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Sparty55

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-06-2013 03:58:32 | More by Sparty55
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

01-11-2014 00:16:55 | More by IPAchris
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gnemesis

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into snifter on 04/18/2011. Bottled on 03/10/10. Black body with a thick and creamy tan head. Good retention and decent lacing. My nose picks up bitter chocolate, roasted malts, a touch of vanilla, and coffee. The taste is the same but add in some caramel, brown sugar, and something boozy? Low ABV for that but it seems to be there. Full bodied, low carbonation, and a slightly dry finish. Good beer and my first from Dominion. If this is any indication of what they offer then I will be back ASAP.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 17:27:13 | More by gnemesis
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PGVG

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.8%

10-21-2012 03:57:05 | More by PGVG
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mportnoy

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-11-2013 20:29:18 | More by mportnoy
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Andonato

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.8%

10-16-2013 16:42:50 | More by Andonato
Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,185 ratings.