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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

675 Reviews
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Reviews: 675
Hads: 1,406
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: 1,406
Photo of aaronh
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As an update to my on-tap review - this beer really suffers in the bottle. Aromas are crushed and flat, flavor is simply better than average. Nothing spectacular in the bottle. I was very disappointed when I bought some of this. Drink it on tap - the bottle doesn't do it justice. (280 characters)

Photo of devilben02
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (1,205 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A pleasant stout with a faint vanilla/oak touch.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Revised label design leaning on a more contemporary legibility with a tree, barrel and buck within. Short description of the brew on the bottom part of the label and a perfunctory repetition of the same on the back. Lacks bottling date or freshness, neither shows IBUs or °Plato, or Alc. by Vol. Poured into a jar.

A - Dark brown with a hint of transparency towards the margins. 1/4 inch head that fades leaving thin layer and minimal lacing.

S - Roaster malts with a touch of vanilla. Not very fragrant.

T - Sweet malt with notes of chocolate and coffee. Minimal oak feel.

M - Quite carbonated giving it a light bubbly feel to an otherwise decent smoothness.

D - Not too complicated or sturdy a stout , it goes down well without many complications or memorable notes.

Notes: It is a nice and reliable stout. But neither the oak nor the vanilla beans are present in a very memorable manner. They are there subtly adding a hint to a bit of a thin stout for my linking. (1,053 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
3.44/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewed with 7 different malts and 2 different hops, combined with vanilla beans and toasted oak chips. 5.2% ABV.

Pours out to a nearly black deep brown with dark mahogany accents, forming a modest cinnamon colored head with orange tints. Retention is good with average lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is very nice with pungent vanilla, roasted grains, distant fruity hops and subtle woodiness. Mouthfeel is surprisingly fleeting and medium bodied, not as dense as I was expecting. Taste starts with moderate floral hops, followed by vanilla, roasted grains with moderate roasted barley astringency. The vanilla lingers throughout the finish into the aftertaste. Bitterness is mild. Slight woodiness in the aftertaste.

Not really impressed with this one. It's good, but I've certainly had much better stouts. Lightweight for my tastes. Thanks again to Mike for sharing this with me.

Re-review 2/12/13-$11.59/6'er in Brighton. Now 6.1% , brewed with smoked and peated malts, "dry-hopped" with vanilla beans and oak chips and hopped with Willamette & Cascade per the website. Pours out to a clear, apparently filtered dark black, forming a modest dark brown head with average retention and good lacing. moderate carbonation, ~2.5 carbs. The nose is predominately burnt sugar, lots of black patent, a touch of smoke and potent vanilla. No hop character in the nose. The mouthfeel still feels thin to be, medium bodied but thin with a dry finish. Burnt sugar, ash, coal water, vanilla, no real oak flavor, finishing dry with smoke in the aftertaste. No real complexity, with a mild herbal bitterness. (1,605 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.45/5  rDev -12%
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. (267 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a deep black, let's a bit of brown light in around the edges, but otherwise opaque, slightly off-white head, good thickness but dissipates down to a film.

Smells slightly smoked and of dark sugar malts and toasted bread.

Tastes of the same toasted bread and malts.

Feels moderate, on the thinner side, with understated carbonation throughout.

Good, tasty, but I wish it had more bunch. The taste is great but I want more of it. Still a good stout and worth trying; more affordable than other stouts. (521 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A Valentine's Day treat from my wife, brought back from Virginia Beach. 12oz. bottle served in my DFH snifter. Bottled on 10/09/2008 indicated on the label. Poured one shade shy of black with a loose, khaki-colored head that quickly dissipates into a skim with a band of foam around the edges. Nose indicates vanilla, lactic acid and butterscotch. Taste consistent with nose, but very muted. Mouthfeel is somewhat watery with a light background carbonation and a slight acidity. Not bad, but somewhat lackluster. (512 characters)

Photo of Treebs
3.45/5  rDev -12%
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. (885 characters)

Photo of cooncat
3.46/5  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 (1,269 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
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. (708 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of prototypic
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (2,039 characters)

Photo of minterro
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (668 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (584 characters)

Photo of thegodfather2701
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (526 characters)

Photo of ajilllau
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

We got this beer to pair with a New Orleans dinner and specifically to pair with oysters. It paired really well with them. Beer has a nice dark color to it with a head that settles well. (186 characters)

Photo of Nutleybeer
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (543 characters)

Photo of hops202
3.48/5  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. (285 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (630 characters)

Photo of JRed
3.48/5  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. (354 characters)

Photo of GeezLynn
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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. (952 characters)

Photo of streetcommander
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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. (310 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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. (255 characters)

Photo of jushoppy2beer
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of JClarson
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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. (481 characters)

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