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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

Dominion Oak Barrel StoutDominion Oak Barrel Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,116 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1116
Reviews: 647
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.69%


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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devilben02

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Truth be told, I want to dislike this beer. Old Dominion used to be a great example of local craft beer culture with the brewery and attached brew pub strangely located in a commercial park and an annual beer festival that was always a fun afternoon on the lawn enjoying a variety of regional and nationally-distributed selections. All of this seemed to change when the brewery was bought out by a bigger fish in the brewing world. The beer fest ended, the brewpub closed, but at least Dominion's core varieties can be found in more markets, right?

All of that being said, this is still a respectable stout. The deep, dark brown color lets you know that some heavily roasted malts are in this selection. The aroma presents this dark malt sweetness with a hint of vanilla. The vanilla flavor is even more pronounced in the taste, seeming almost overly sweet and almost artificial at times. It is lightly carbonated and has an overall smooth mouthfeel. Despite my acknowledged bias, I have to admit that this is a decent stout that would be a nice (albeit unspectacular) addition to any beer-drinking session if only for the interesting balance of bittersweet dark malts and added vanilla and oak flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 19:29:24 | More by devilben02
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of coffee and malts. Taste is also of coffee and malts, some notes of vanilla. Feels full bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this makes for a good quality brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 13:22:19 | More by tone77
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Treebs

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a Founders tulip. Bottled 03/14/12. Big thanks to Holland for the extra.

A: Pours a normal black color with a quick dissolving tan head. It settles to a thin ring and leaves some small splotches of lace.

S: Toasted malts, a little chocolate with a touch of oak in the background. The vanilla bean is faint, but you catch a whiff of the sweetness once the glass warms.

T: Bakers chocolate, sharp cocoa some toasted malts and smooth oak make up the main components of the taste. It's mildly sweet, but there really isn't any noticeable vanilla bean flavors.

M: A little thin with some above average carbonation. A little to prickly for me. I would have liked a little carbonation due to the thinness.

O: The taste and nose were solid, but nothing special. The only detractor was the thin body and prickly carb, but for 6.10% you really can't expect a thick body.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 00:01:04 | More by Treebs
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice looking black colour, with a dark tan coloured head of about a finger. Left a bit of lace and had nice retention. The aroma was very nice. Woody, oaky, with a touch of bourbon, with plenty roasted malts and touches of dark cocoa. The taste was pretty average. Not too much of the oak comes through at all, and it's mainly just a roasty, uninteresting stout. The feel is also average, with a light, somewhat watery feel to it.

Wonderful nose, but the bulk of it is nothing too special.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 22:04:38 | More by EgadBananas
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours pitch black with a thick billowy two finger tan head. Outstanding head retention and lacing.

Aroma of vanilla and dark roasted malt. Some hints of cocoa and just a very, very faint touch of peat. I don't get any oak at all. A little bit underwhelming.

This same disappointment carries over into the taste. Vanilla and a touch of coffee up front along with a little caramel and peat. No real oak at all in the taste either which is disappointing considering the name of the beer. Very full mouthfeel and a sticky finish.

Overall, I was expecting quite a bit more out of this. It taste very much like a run of the mill American stout. Really no oak or smoke whatsoever.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 01:47:13 | More by rangerred
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JClarson


3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark tan head. Black in color with an amber tinge.

S- Smokey oak hits the nose then follows with chocolate and caramel candies.

T- Roasted/chocolate malt follows all the way through. Slight vanilla and oak at the finish.

M- Creamy with a lingering smokey aftertaste.

O- If you see this in the store pick it up and try it you won't be disappointed. The oak and vanilla dry hopping give this beer a unique taste that is not too overwhelming and doesn't take over your palate.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 21:45:45 | More by JClarson
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blitz134

California

3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Relatively hard pour led to very little chocolate milk colored head on top of this nearly black brew. Only peaking corners of red and caramel show through on this one. I would like to see a little more head, which should be possible with the lower abv content.

Lots of vanilla in the nose along with other ripe fruits. Also an overall sweet malt smell which adds some burnt caramel to the aroma. Taste is really complex and offers flavors from all different angles. The vanilla and oak flavors generally offer themselves at the forefront. Then some toasted malt and nut flavors come up. I also pick up some chocolate as well. A good flavor overall, but it seems a little cloying and almost as if much of the flavor was added with extracts. I was expecting a more toasted malt flavor with hints of oak, but this one is really sweet.

Mouthfeel is nice and almost full bodied, which is a nice feature for this lower abv brew. There is a bit much carbonation for the style though, and that brings this part down a bit.

Drinkability is pretty good. The low abv helps out a lot, but the overally sweet character might make this hard to consume a couple of.

Overall, a decent brew, and definitely different than most other stouts. Worth a shot. This one seems like a love it or hate it, I fall in between but think it is a good shot. Its just a little too sweet for me…

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2005 02:12:14 | More by blitz134
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cooncat

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving from a 12 oz. bottle, poured into a 16 oz. glass. "Bottling Date" listed as 11-02-06 and reviewed on 1-16-07, so well within freshness date.

A vigorous pour produced a prodigious tannish brown head that didn't have a whole lot of retention, and was a bit foamy looking (too much carbonation?). Very minimal lacing upon a glass swirl. This beer is completely opaque, even when held to a light.

The nose is that of a light stout, with typical malty aromas highlighted by notes of coffee and wood. It's not in the league with, say, "Storm King", but even blindfolded, you could sniff and tell it's a stout.

The taste is well balanced maltiness with a light hop background. I get the same coffee and 'woodsy' flavors. I'm trying to taste the vanilla which is supposed to be present, but I'm missing it completely. Mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy on the palate. As the stout warms, I'm getting just a slight hint of that vanilla touted on the label. Chocolate also shows up towards the middle of the glass. The stout finishes dry and clean, with no objectionable aftertastes.

An interesting stout that's worth a try, if you get a chance. I wouldn't consider it a session beer, but as an after dinner drink, or a finisher, it would be great.

Cheers

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2007 22:51:51 | More by cooncat
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prototypic

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to csmiley for the bottle. Very generous of you, dood.

Appearance: It's very dark brown in color. There's no light getting through so far as I can tell. Very close to black in appearance. Carbonation is off the chain. The head is tan and easily four fingers deep. It was very slow to dissipate and left thick sheets of lace on the glass. Ordinarily, I'm a fan of nice big heads, but it's a little annoying here. Took me a few minutes to get the beer into a glass.

Smell: Primarily, it's a nice mix of chocolate and roasted malts. The roasted malts smell a little stronger. It smells a little sweet. Coffee is noted, but is a secondary scent. Overall, it's pretty straight forward. I had pretty high expectations and am a little let down. I'm not picking up any vanilla or oak-like qualities at all. It's above average, but not as good as I had hoped.

Taste: The flavor profile is consistent with the nose in most respects. It does have a nice malty flavor. Roasted malts are clearly the strongest flavor here. Chocolate malts are noted. It has a bit of a bitter chocolate flavor, but isn't very sweet. Roasted coffee is faint and doesn't add a great deal. It's a little too buried. There is a decent wood or oak-like flavor that gives it a slight bump. But, it still hovers just above average. Carbonation is too high and is really distracting. No alcohol is noted. Finishes with a bitter chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's on the lighter side of medium bodied. Carbonation is too active and really prevents it from being smooth at all. Way too distracting. Drinkability is just above average. It's got an okay flavor, but doesn't really distinguish itself in any way.

I had high hopes for Oak Barrel Stout, but am ultimately disappointed. It's definitely not a bad beer, but it has some glaring flaws. The carbonation is the biggest. The lack of any standout in flavor is the second. Overall, it's above average, but would need some work to reach the next level. It's worth a try, but I wouldn't seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 02:40:22 | More by prototypic
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottles on 03/06/09

Light tan head about a finger and a half forms then quickly fades. Beer is the color of dark rot beer, perhaps even darker.

Aroma is of dark roasted malt, some smoke

Flavor is decidedly of charcoal, some dark roast coffee and then some real wood at the end. Finishes quite dry. Not getting much vanilla, perhaps melding with the wood a little.

Mouth feel & body are too light for the style in my mind and take away from the beer a bit. The charcoal flavor and mouth feel almost come across as powdery in your mouth.

Not among the best stouts I've had and a bit disappointing for an oak aged vanilla stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 19:48:22 | More by Reagan1984
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a black color with a tan head that dissipated to a ring. Very solid looking.

S - Dark roasted malts and dark fruits. There is a hint of vanilla, but not a ton more than that.

T - Slight vanilla taste on the front which disappears quickly to a bit of roasted malts. It turns to a very powdered cocoa taste that finishes slightly sour.

M - Moderatly carbonated and a full body. The taste doesn't quite coincide with the rest of the beer.

D - I thought this had more alcohol in it than it did, but it's pretty low. It is averagely drinkable considering the abv and weight.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 02:16:14 | More by AgentZero
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thegodfather2701

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Pours black with a mocha head that dissipates quickly. No lacing on the glass.

S-Very malty with some smokiness and chocolate.

T-Malty with a hint of chocolate and coffee. It has a strange leather/smoky/beef jerky flavor that dominates the flavor profile until the beer warms. Once it warms some oak and vanilla flavor which is good comes into play.

M-Pretty thick.

D-I have drank a couple of these at different times and I can't imagine drinking more than one in a sitting. The weird flavor cuts into its drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 16:04:25 | More by thegodfather2701
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At the Old Dominion Brewery located in Terminal A of Dulles and the second beer I am trying is the Oak Barrel Stout. The color poured deep dark rich amber with ecru colored head. The aroma is roasty with good malt balance. The flavor of this beer is complex the peat and vanilla are very apparent. There definitely smokey undertones….and flashes of anise/black licorice. The body is decent….right on the borderline of being too watery for me. The mouthfeel is good…..for me it would be tough to have more than two or three at a sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2011 20:17:24 | More by WoodBrew
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Nutleybeer

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark with a huge, nice and foamy head. Great lacing that stuck around well after the first sip. Dark brown, almost black in color.

Mild woody scent, but not too much.

first taste, good. Dry with a roasted flavor. A hint of a mild smokiness perhaps. I don't really pick up the vanilla, as described on the packaging. Maybe some molasses, just a bit.

A good beer. You see oak barrel, you think a BIG beer, which this is not. A pleasant drinking experience. If a bit heavier
on the balancing sweetness, I would have liked it even more.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 18:58:09 | More by Nutleybeer
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minterro

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought at an Ohio beer mart for around 2 bucks

Date bottled 2/12

Large two finger head that a nice mocha brown color to it. Head fades relatively fast but retains in a thin creamy layer. Jet black colored lively looking beer. Bits of lacing. Predominately roasty for the aroma and I dont know if it was purely biased because of the bottle but I think I catch a hint of vanilla.

Roasty upfront but the finish is very clean and non bitter. low medium bodied and pretty high carbonation for a stout (even a American stout).

Overall: the drinkablity is very high on this beer. Pretty good buy I feel for around 2 bucks, defiantly enjoyed it and it was worth the try.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 22:00:18 | More by minterro
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NolanGTI

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pretty solid Irish Stout. Pours dark as night with a thin head that dissipated quickly. The nose gives off vanilla, roasted malt, and a hint of coffee. Tasted solid, but not spectacular. Leaves a little to be desired in the mouth, almost slightly undercarbonated even for the style.

Overall a very drinkable Stout with some interesting flavors that make this a worthwhile try.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2006 17:08:10 | More by NolanGTI
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jushoppy2beer

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This robust black stout sports a great tan-colored head that has very good retention, and leaves a nice lacing. This is also a rather complex stout, with a coffee nose evolving into a chocolate malt flavor on the palate. The mouthfeel is moderately thick, though many stouts this flavorful are a bit heavier in the mouth. This one is lightened even more by a carbonation level that is a bit higher than most stouts, but makes the drink refreshing. Combined with this, the subtle hop bitterness in the finish gives it a crisp finale.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2008 22:43:23 | More by jushoppy2beer
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 2 year old (maybe a bit longer) aged bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: A dark brown color with almost no head. A slight light brown ring at the top of the glass is all I got. No glass lacing.

S: Dark roasted malts with hints of coffee, chocolate and some burnt flavors.

T: Dark roasted malts with flavors of coffee, smoke, a bit of chocolate and some faint wood. A mild sweetness balances but this is not very complex. No hop traces and finish is smooth.

M: Thin for sure, not much carbonation. Creamy though, but not a lot of body.

D: Fairly high. The low complexity and low abv makes them drinkable.

Overall not a great stout as it left me wanting more. After having a Founders Breakfast 2 days ago, this one just doesn't measure up. Sad.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 15:21:11 | More by Kadonny
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Oxymoron

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of odd to have a lower ABV beer aged in oak but cool. Pours a midnight black color with ruby red hues around the edge of the glass. A bubbly tan head with limited retention but ok lacing. Both not lasting through the full tasting.

The nose is a nice mix between malt and oak. There is a specific roast and black malt aroma that is distinct. Some lactic notes as well with a hint of alcohol but I think that is coming through the wood aged side. A vanilla and bourbon note with a hint of lactic on the back end. Some noticeable esters, sugar plums and figs specifically. Some yeasty notes are a bit off setting but they are minor.

The taste is not as complex as the nose. The malt backs off with some roast and more of a chocolate note than black patent. Some minor astringency but would like more. The lactic comes out more with a acidic blend more than oatmeal. The oak comes out more and really plays center staff. More of a oaky flavor with vanilla notes and limited bourbon notes. The yeast notes really come out as well as a sugary plum note.

The body is more on par with moderate. Finishes a bit dry, would like some more depth at the end. Carbonation is light but that is ok. Overall a great nose but the taste falls off. Would like more complexity that would linger into the finish. The lactic and esters are off setting, but the wood notes are really nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 20:32:43 | More by Oxymoron
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown, almost black with a huge, frothy tan head.

S: Bready combination of dark malts and plenty of hops. Also bit of woody character with little chocolate and the vanilla.

T: Mainly dark roasted malts. Oak seems to mute much of the flavors. Finish is slightly bitter with a very abrupt and dry ending. Vanilla? Not much here.

M: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Fairly sticky.

Overall, tasty, but I really didn't get as much of the advertised oak chips and vanilla as expected. Still a mildly flavorful, easygoing stout.

7/23/10
Revisited this beer thanks to a generous throw in. Had to move this down from a 3.7 to a 3.5. Can't really pick up much oak other than the smoothing effect and a touch of vanilla. Extremely bland and lacking any character. Well brewed, with no off flavors, but completely undistinguished. Less flavor than a good dunkel or schwartz. Not bad, but definitely a training wheels stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 03:41:47 | More by GeezLynn
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JRed

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black in the body with cinnamon head on top. Vanilla extract, vanilla beans, cream, some faint wheat characteristics in the nose. Taste of vanilla extract and cereal. Smooth, light body, slight sourness in the aftertaste. Enjoyable but not the greatest representation of the style. More like a little brother to the big American stouts that I love.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 21:50:01 | More by JRed
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streetcommander

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very good stout. This is actually enjoyable from the bottle unlike Guiness which taste like feces from anywhere but the tap.

Pours dark opaque with a mild head. Disipated quickly and left only mild lacing. Perfectly carbonated. Its a stout that is well balanced enough to get even non beer drinkers to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 22:01:55 | More by streetcommander
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Nose brings some lift notes of dark fruit and hints of vanilla. A bit of oak. Taste is malty with a light oak touch. Decent feel with some tannins. Pretty good but a bit plain for what it is.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2010 22:13:16 | More by Thorpe429
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hops202

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into stone snifter.

Appearence is decent. Smell is lacking. It kills me that they can claim "oak barrel stout" when it is just aged on oak chips - not in actual barrels. Taste follows the nose - almost like a weak stout with a hint of vanilla. This seems way overrated.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 01:11:15 | More by hops202
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: thin head with nice lacing on a clear dark amber/brown body with a red tinge.

S: aroma is very mild with oak, brown sugar, vanilla and milk chocolate.

T: much sweeter than I was expecting and certainly a lot less oak than one would think. This one is pretty watery with some roasted malts, mostly milk chocolate and vanilla.

M: thin body for the style and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: not very dynamic and pretty watered down. I would like more oak too which actually comes through in the aroma more than the flavor which is odd in my experience.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 02:25:22 | More by kylehay2004
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