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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,350 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1,350
Reviews: 669
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 69
Gots: 115 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.50% 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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass
A - Pour barely fit into my pint with a nice creamy coffee head, fast dissipation left nice lacing on the glass and ended in a thin layer. A slightly less than black opaque color 3.5
S - Coffee, oak, with lesser caramel vanilla and "burnt" malt notes 3.5
T - A heavy malt start with notes of the oak barrel evolves to coffee with a bitter sweet chocolate/caramel background. A nicely built Stout that makes my top 10 of the style list. 4.5
M - Skim milk mouth feel with a full body adds to drinkability, nice carbonation but I was hoping for a slightly thicker presence. 3.5
O - Very easy drinking and a very good tasting stout. I'm not a stout lover and will definitely seek this out again. 4

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,350 ratings.