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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

675 Reviews
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Reviews: 675
Hads: 1,407
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 73
Gots: 140 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001

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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Reviews: 675 | Hads: 1,407
Photo of Hughesed
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very creamy and overall a great beer. I had this as part of the Beer of the month a while back and then again at Eulogy in Philadelphia PA. Pours nice and smells great. I have not been able to find any in NJ or PA to pick up a case. The vanilla finish is great. (261 characters)

Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
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. (645 characters)

Photo of dgallina
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a significant creamy tan head and noticeably strong carbonation. Quickly subsides into smooth film and good lace. Smells of roasted coffee, woody oak, and vanilla. Good aroma but a little faint. Tastes of roasted coffee base malts, overlaid with strong and slightly smokey wood, oak-like tones and *tons* of vanilla. Flavor is toasty, subtle, exquisite! Body is chewy, ever-so-creamy, very nicely carbonated.

My sample was super-fresh and delicious. A *very* nice and unique stout style that would become a favorite session beer for me if it were distributed here. (584 characters)

Photo of LtCracker20
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a black body with reddish hues showing through the sides. About 2 fingers of a coffee colored head that doesn't show the best retention. Spotty lace.

S- Roasted malts. Bitter chocolate. Earthy acidicness from the oak. Also a slight hint of the vanilla.

T- Vanilla and eartiness up front. Very nice bittersweet chocolate come in a take hold. A little grainy alchohol comes through.

MF/D- Silky smooth on the tongue with its share of carbonation. Drinkability is amazing. Low ABV at 5.2% and great flavors for the style. It's by far the best of this style that I've ever had. (585 characters)

Photo of sinistrsam
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, where the hell have I been? Under a rock evidently.
Picked this out of many brews on tap at Mad Mex in Pittsburgh. Poured a wonderful obsideon with a little light getting through. Thick foamy tean head.
I recenetly posted a rating where I compare an aroma to a chocolate malt. Where heres yet another. Are American microbreweries starting to impliment this taste variety? If they are its been too long coming. Damn this was a good aroma. Chocolate and cream, mild caramel and sweet malts, mild hops, alcohol. Not much coffee.
The taste was much of the same, with a great complexity and balance between sweet and bitter tastes, chocolate and sweet cream. The motufeel was very good as well, a sweetness and creamy smoothness balanced by alcohol and mild bitterness. Wonderful and wonderfully drinkable too. Hats off to Old Dominion. (840 characters)

Photo of Globetrotter
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I asked friends in No. Va. to get a six of this for me back in April. Finally got my hands on it in November, so it was already nicely aged. Poured a drak murky burgundy under a purplish beige 1.5 finger head that settles fairly slowly, leaving nice lace rings. There's a good roasty nose with vanilla and chocolate notes. The mouth is quite prickly, yet syrupy thick. We've got marvellously smooth nut and chocolate flavors, with sweet caramel. The ever so slight hops presence breaks through the malt only late in the finish. Slightly dry aftertaste, but the lasting impression is mostly sweet. Recommend this as a very nice nightcap. (636 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this beer for 10.99 a sixer at 3 Sons. Cheapest oak aged beer I ever found! Had this as my 3rd beer on a stout tasting night.

A - Pours a pitch black darkness with about an inch of head. Looks pretty rocking in

S - You get some chocolate, slight coffee, you can smell woody goodness, and then some malt. Doesn't smell too bad.

T - Man was I blown over with flavor! Starts off with a semi bittersweet coffee and then flows to oak barrel age wood (done very well to heighten the taste btw!) and then SWACK you get hit with a smooth vanilla bean taste that not only wraps it all up but leaves it with a sweet finish. COULD it get any better?

M - Surprisingly they got all this flavor and not a high ABV. Medium bodied and creamy.

D - Man where have you guys been all my life? I have been kicking around equally as cheap stouts and exposed to some that taste as good for double the price but I have no idea how they can just throw this at you with a 10.99 a sixer price tag! WILL be picking more up and WILL be having a few a sitting. In my opinion I fully agree with the bros "A" rating or greater all the way! (1,118 characters)

Photo of HappyHourHero
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a thick and creamy dark coco colored head. Aromas of peat, cream, coffee and roasted malts. Body isn't as thick as I'd expected, nice and solid though. Deep creamy chocolate malt flavor, a coffee bitterness, all cram into a smooth finish. Some layers of lace as the beer disappears. Seems a bit thinner than draft version, but a interesting quality brew.

7 months later, cellared in the closet (bottled March 25, 2004)
Head is sticky as hell leaving lace all over. Smells the same as before. Coffee flavor is more dry then bitter, otherwise super creamy chocolate malt, maybe a hint of whiskey/tobacco. (613 characters)

Photo of Jables
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Manekineko for the hook up on this amazing brew which I would otherwise only salivated over.

Appearance is pitch black with a teeny tiny cocoa head.

Aroma is dominated by bourbon and vanilla with some roasty undertones in the background. It could just be the vanilla but I also smell chocolate as well. So it is a quite dynamic vanilla aroma.

Tastes just awesome. Heavy roasted boldness with vanilla provided strong support and light bourbon notes to give it some zing. Initially it almost seems to have a tartness to it, but the finish is charred, sweet, and oily.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with some slight stinging on the tongue from carbonation.

Overall, quite drinkable and very interesting. (726 characters)

Photo of birdman200
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a snifter it pours a deep opaque black with a 2 finger khaki head that leaves a thin film for the remainder of the beer. Loose lacing dribbles down the glass. Smell is notes of coffee, raisins, and bittersweet dark chocolate. Taste is very smooth with an even balance of roasted malts that are not too overpowering. Very easy to drink. Very refreshing having an oak barrel stout that is not through the roof with a high ABV. Wonderful take on the classic stout style. Taste the oak a little bit, a tad more would be nice. Great brew though. (545 characters)

Photo of ggroller
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark brown bordering on black liquid. A rocky tannish head.

Coffee, vanilla, and chocolate in the nose.

Vanilla coffee taste. Just sweet enough to get you ready for the next sip.

Mouthfeel is silky.

A delicious brew that I will drink again. It could even be a session brew. (285 characters)

Photo of meathookjones
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This one pours a nice opaque black in the glass with nice a tan/brown head that has good retention. A perfect picture of a stout. The cocoa and coffee smells stand out the most in the aroma. Hints of vanilla and smokiness come through as well. The taste has a number of things going on with it mainly the roasted malts and chocolate followed by vanilla and espresso. This is a very tasty and ridiculously drinkable stout indeed. The mouthfeel is creamy and a bit thin, but this definatly lends to its drinkability. This is one beer I will keep a sixer of in the beer fridge as often as possible. (595 characters)

Photo of Todd
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: A big, most impressive, 2L growler -- full with ceramic lock-top and metal handle. Available at the brewery only.

Appearance: Opaque, black with ruby dark brown hues around the edges. Beer foam is about two fingers in thickness, tightly carbonated and ultra creamy with a tan colour. Rests at a thin creamy lace that sticks.

Smell: Toffee, caramel, coffee, oak, vanilla and bourbon aromas.

Taste: A silky smooth beer in texture, with a full-body. Up-front the beer is acrid (black malts) with a crisp roasted/bitter quality. The sweetness that follows is well-balanced and complex as hell -- big chocolate, coffee and caramel flavours meld together to create a pleasing richness then vanilla, wood and massively distinct bourbon flavours follow and carry through to the end. As the beer warms, the bourbon qualities impart more flavours that come forward in the form of smooth alcohol fumes in feel, taste and smell. Grain tannin and more roasted flavours in the after-taste.

Notes: Fermenting Dominion Stout is set in charred oak barrels that have had bourbon stored in them for five long years. The beer is then stored for one week in the barrels, then transferred to kegs.

One of the more interesting, flavourful and complex stouts that I've had in ages. Just made the top of my stout list! (1,322 characters)

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (725 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

German-style refillable growler filled at the brewpub.

First pint glass pours with a frothy 1/2" mocha head, which lasted faded pretty quick down to an uneven layer of bubbles, but laced beautifully. Opaque dark brown/black brew, with roasty dark grains and vanilla barrel filling the nose. Taste starts with sweet chocolatey coffee, mellows with vanilla notes, and closes with a slight vinous character. Mouthfeel and drinkability are very nice. Always a pleasure to have the chance to revisit this brew. (509 characters)

Photo of mcallister
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep dark brown nearing black liquid. No light penetrates any crevice of this one. Thick tan head with great retention, with sticky lacing.

Big vanilla, mocha, oak, black cherry, and roasty malt in the nose.

Rich creamy mouthfeel, about as close to a milkshake withough ice cream as you can get.

A coffee component comes into play in the taste. Like a latte, heavy cream, choclate covered cherry, good wood integration, and a finish of at least 45 seconds. Drinkable as hell if not a tad to sweet. (502 characters)

Photo of doubleipa
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised to see this on the menu at Summits in Sandy Springs. Personally, I really love the oak/bourbon style of stouts. The aroma was very oaky, but not overpowering. Thhis was very easy to drink; very creamy with minimal carbonation. I hope that I can find some of this in a bottle. I could drink a lot of these on a cold winter day. (342 characters)

Photo of dedrinker
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my favorite beers. Appearance? Like most Dry Stouts, but then the aromas of vanilla and rum, the creamy mouthfeel (nitro) and flavors of dry roast layered with vanilla, and that rummy sweet bourbon note befuddle my brain, and I become silent; secretly hating everyone else in the room that doesn't have one in front of them. The bottled and keg version for sale outside the brewery is purely criminal - no good. (418 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours from 12oz bottle(bottled 091907) a near pitch black with some reddish hues and a small tannish head of foam that recedes to a fine broken layer half way through the session but it has some good lacing.

The smell is of caramel malt, vanilla, chocolate, and bourbon. It's nice.

The taste has all sorts of flavours going on. Lots of vanilla and bourbon and wood with helpings of chocolate, roasted malt, a slight citrus bitterness in the background and it finishes witha nice hot cocoa bitter bite but..it's smooth as all hell and it doesn't hurt that it's only 5.2%abv; it makes it sessionable as hell. lol Man, is this son of a gun drinkable and velvety smooth. Great fullish mouthfeel and it's lightly carbonated. I like this one a lot!! Lots of flavour, easy to drink, smooth, this has it all going on. I'd get this one again, no problem. (856 characters)

Photo of kirchnak
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had it on tap at Dulles airport in DC at the Old Dominion pub next to gate B14. Pours beautifully with a nice head. Slight sweetness with hints of vanilla and even a little chocolate. It is not overly bitter which makes it very easy to drink. It may be a little to sweet for some, but I am a big fan. (300 characters)

Photo of rousee
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a molasses color. No head or lace. Smell is smokey burnt wood and malt--exceptional. The taste is a little dry but its quite pleasant. It is also sweet upfront and finishes with a rich leatherry wood-like character. Maybe I can tell the Fall is coming because this beer seems to fit real well right now where it might not be as desireable in the middle of July. The mouthfeel is amazing--just like silk in your mouth. A little too much to have more than a couple of these but this beer is excellent. I like it a lot. (522 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,010 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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. (568 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown to black with a nice creamy brown head with a lasting ring and spotty lace. Complex cocoa, vanilla, and oak aromas and flovors. Cocoa is big on the nose with a bit more vanilla in the flavor . Medium-full bodied with a smooth roasty and vanilla finish.

I prefer the bottled version better. The draft version at the OD Brewpub has too much bourbon character.

Per Label: "7 different malts and 2 hops. Dry hopped with fresh vanilla beans and toasted oak"

Bottled: 04/08/04
Tasted: 10/28/04 (508 characters)

Photo of farHillsBrewer
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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. (668 characters)

Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 675 ratings.