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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

1,112 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1112
Reviews: 646
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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drabmuh

Maryland

3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on draft at the Old Dominion pub in Hyattsville, MD. Beer is dark, brownish black. Thin head, brown bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Head falls away rather quickly. Can't really comment on the carbonation levels, hard to see in such a dark beer.

Smells like roast, a lot like a porter. Beer is smooth to drink. Sweetish on the front end and finishes with some roast / bitterness from the grains. No hop bitterness or aroma at all. Cookie cutter stout. Not disagreeable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2009 18:39:54 | More by drabmuh
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark black in color with nice khaki head, fades quickly but good lacing. Smell is of chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar and oak. Faint hints of coffee. Taste is more pronounced with vanilla extract, sweet brown sugar, oak and dark chocolate with coffee hints trailing. Silky smooth with a little aftertaste. Very good stout, but the vanilla begins to take over and can appear to be artificial.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2009 22:45:09 | More by rfgetz
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Aenema

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a deep, dark brown with a thin head and leaves no lacing.
Smell - Roasted malts, vanilla and oak. The oak gives off an impression of bourbon.
Taste - Similar to the nose; chocolaty, roasted malts followed by vanilla and oak.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, especially for a stout, with moderate to low carbonation and a dry finish.
Drinkability - Relatively easy drinking stout.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2009 00:13:22 | More by Aenema
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kirchnak

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2009 15:54:46 | More by kirchnak
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AltBock

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was able to grab a fresh pint of oak Barrel Stout at Stephanie's In Doylestown, PA around 8/9/2009.

It wasn't the most properly lit bar in PA, but from what I could see when I held this beer up to the light, it was a solid coal black colored beer. There were no highlights along the sides. It was just pure blackness. Sitting on top of this black beer was a creamy 1 1/2 inch mocha colored head of foam. It had great retention that left behind a few mocha blots of lace and a tiny skim of foam.

This beer had a nice roasted and slightly sweet aroma. The one aroma that stood out had to be the bitter dark chocolate. Behind the dark chocolate was some dark roasted malts, a pinch of of roasted coffee, a subtle whiff of bourbon and charred oak, and a drop of sweet vanilla.

The taste was pretty much the same as the aroma. It was roasted and slightly dry with dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, bourbon, charred oak, roasted coffee beans, and just a subtle pinch of sweet vanilla. The two biggest flavors in this beer had to be the dark chocolate and the bourbon. Toward the bottom of the glass, the dark chocolate and bourbon combined their powers to create a sweet alcohol flavor.

This was a medium bodied Stout with a decent level of carbonation and a dry aftertaste of dark chocolate, roasted malts, charred oak, and touch of bourbon.

For some reason, I've always wanted to try this beer and after I've tried this beer on tap, I know why. It was an easy drinking Stout that wasn't all that heavy with bourbon and oak. If I saw this in a bottle shop, I'd probably buy one or two bottles.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2009 06:31:42 | More by AltBock
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Old Dominion at the Washington DC airport on 7/8/09.

A - Charcoal black body with burgundy highlights and about half a finger of creamy tan head that receded to a wispy film and yielded moderate lacing around the glass.

S - Woody and nutty with subtle smokey notes and some charcoal. Hops are earthy and leafy. Malt also takes on quite a roasty character with coffee and, to a lesser degree, chocolate.

T - Heavy on the roast with a dominant coffee character and also plenty of earthy and oaky notes, as well as a slight licorice presence. Decent amount of bitterness in the backend. Some chocolate flavor comes out in the finish and is accompanied by some oaky astringency.

M - Medium bodied with a watery texture and just a slight oily mouthfeel. Carbonation is soft to moderate on the palate. Finish is dry and somewhat astringent with a mild lingering bitterness.

D - Pretty complex stout with a dominant roasty character, plenty of oak/woody notes, and some other subtle intricacies, resulting in a flavorful brew overall.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2009 17:20:55 | More by ffejherb
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atsprings

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint-glass an almost opaque black with some ruby highlights when held to light. The aroma is a slight amount of oak and roasted malts. The taste is a nice smooth oaked roasted malts with hints of cocoa and fresh ground coffee. The beer is quite light and smooth with decent carbonation, the lightness making the oakiness all that more noticeable. This is certainly an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2009 22:17:05 | More by atsprings
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a jet black with a dirty tan head. Nose is full of roasted malt, coffee, and a hint of oak. Taste is full of cocoa, roasted malt, and molasses.Mouthfeel was nice and heavy, heavier than the bottle version and more complex. The bottle did not do this brew justice.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2009 22:27:52 | More by barleywinefiend
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Arena Bar and Grill. Arrived in a nonic pint glass, this stout appears a deep dark brown color with about two fingers of creamy, lingering tan foam. Not much lacing to speak of here. The aroma and flavor are of rich roasted grains, both milk and bittersweet chocolate, oak chips, vanilla, mildly sour tannins, and a touch of dark fruit. Wonderfully smooth drinking and creamy with medium carbonation. A really nice and flavorful lower alcohol stout.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2009 23:01:58 | More by ClockworkOrange
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the BWI Rams Head.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with surprisingly good head retention and decent lacing. I don't get a lot on the nose, but that's often the case with over chilled beers at the airport. However, I do get some light coffee and chocolate. The beer smells nice enough, what there is. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, although there is also a hint of licorise and some drying hoppy bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is light and fairly watery, though drinkability is pretty decent.

This is a nice, low alcohol, easy to understand stout. While nothing exciting, it's still a pleasant, easy to enjoy stout. My guess is the airport is probably not the best place to enjoy this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2009 18:16:50 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a deep opaque sable with a fine-bubbled tan head. Strong aroma is smoky and coffee-ish, and slightly chocolaty. Rich flavor is like a good mocha and has a yeasty undertone, along with nutty and molasses hints. Texture is smooth and a little tingly.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2009 03:49:35 | More by Cyberkedi
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sonicdescent

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Sharp Edge in Canonsburg, PA

Pours a black with a frothy brown head but lace is minimal.

Smells of roasted coffee malt and a light oak scent.

Tastes same, the oak character is pretty minimal, but still tasty.

Medium bodied and carbonated.

Would have this again, a very nice stout though slightly undistinguished.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2009 23:36:38 | More by sonicdescent
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clayrock81

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a perfect shade of black with a frothy, sleek one-finger head that was tan and then slowly died and left a ring around the glass. A light malt smell of roasted malts and sweet malts like caramel mixed with cocoa and coffee (and yes, oak). Medium-to-full bodied, really, REALLY, sweet and smooth creaminess. The beer is balanced with hints of dryness and although it goes down somewhat silky, it has a moderately dry backbone. Roasted, toffee, caramel, and chocolate malts all make their way in the taste. I could have this anytime.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2008 16:58:52 | More by clayrock81
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Redrover

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got to try several Old Dominion beers while visiting the Green Leaf Tap in Williamsburg.

Served in a standard pint, the beer is jet black with a dense brown head. Good lacing.

Nose is a bit lighter than expected. Roasty malts with brown sugar and marshmallows.

Love that the beer was served at the correct temp. It is sweet with brown sugar, slightly charred malts, coco and something that reminds me of a milky way bar. There is a nice woody quality late in the aftertaste. Tasty!

The mouth is extremely silky, but thins out a bit in the end. It is easy to session. I'm glad I had a chance to try this one. Well done!

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2008 16:44:07 | More by Redrover
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dwpiercetx

Texas

4.93/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got lucky enough to get stuck at BWI airport in Baltimore and went to Ram's Head. Tried the Copperhead first and liked it. Next I tried this wonderful stout. Extremely smooth and very flavorful. Of course the malts were just right. Each drink left that leveled effect that the commercials are telling about. I hope to get stuck at BWI again soon.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2008 05:40:13 | More by dwpiercetx
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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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PhillyStyle

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap (at the Ram's Head Tavern @ BWI airport) in a glass that I would characterize as a cross between a pint glass and a stange glass:

A: The beer was a solid black served with a brownish head that was not retained (honestly I think that this was due to the draw than to the beer)

S: Roasted malt, a little vanilla for a touch of sweetness, presumably from the oak.

T: The taste is excellent, top notch. Follows the nose really well, with the main flavor being the malt but combined really well with the vanilla with some hints of coffee or chocolate.

M/D: Low carbonation and it was rich, creamy and smooth, so it was highly drinkable. Overall, if I could find this beer in Atlanta, it would probably become a stable in my fridge. Excellent beer. Highly recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2008 11:48:48 | More by PhillyStyle
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kevinglin

Germany

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin, tan head, very dark brown with some ruby highlights at the bottom of the glass.

Aroma of roastiness and some hints of sweet chocolate - no hops. Taste is quite enjoyable - I think that is where I'm getting a bit of the oak character, the roastiness is obviously present with perhaps some toastiness, and a bit more sweetness than I expected - a pleasant surprise. A hint of hops balances the brew pretty well, but this is a malt-dominated ale.

Nice, creamy mouthfeel, full-bodied, but not overly heavy.

Overall - very drinkable, especially for stout lovers. Not extreme, not super hoppy, not over-the-top, but an enjoyable brew - I'd have another if made available again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2008 15:35:23 | More by kevinglin
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joeysmokedporter

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft in a pint glass.

A: pours oily and murky black, not much highlight, with a tan brown 2 finger, creamy head. Definitely warms you up for what is to come.

S: caramel dominates with notes of chocolate, roast, coffee; a good bit of vanilla as well.

T: The caramel, chocolate, and coffee hit at once; the middle is somewhat long and dominated by the oaky, resiny flavor; the finish is very light, almost watery, and cleansing...like it is preparing you for the next sip. A very enjoyable stout. Packed with flavor, particularly in the beginning.

M: Definitely heavy and a little viscous, even though this does not approach an imperial stout. Gets somewhat lighter as the sip progresses, which is unusual.

D: Drinks very easy for a stout, nice complex flavor. Would serve this with a dessert.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2008 22:21:23 | More by joeysmokedporter
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pershan

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured an ink-black with a thick, tan head into a pint glass. The aroma was of roasted barley/burnt toast, with a hint of hops. The taste was a big roasted barley and burnt toast combination, slightly astringent, with black patent malt and hop bitterness at the finish. Excellent lacing down the sides of the glass, with low carbonation. I really enjoyed this stout, and most of the other Old Dominion offerings as well.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2008 18:54:37 | More by pershan
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cichief

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours very dark brown, slight reddish tint on the edge, nice light-brown head.

S- Caught a scent of the oak in the nose, otherwise some malted barley, not much else.

T- Sweeter in the beginning, but finishes dry, some hint of the oak, but not much (thankfully), some hint of vanilla and coffee.

M- Pretty smooth throughout, medium to thick in body.

D- Rather drinkable, an old friend I hadn't had in a few years.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2008 23:13:30 | More by cichief
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Pencible

Virginia

3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A lot of people love this beer. To me (and others agreed), it tasted like half Guinness and half whiskey. The Guinness taste is, of course, because it's a stout. And the whiskey flavor is due to the oak barrel. This is great for those who enjoy whiskey, but I simply don't enjoy that flavor. So this beer just isn't for me.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2008 20:44:39 | More by Pencible
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claytri

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a rich dark amber with a tan head. The aroma was of coffee and malt. The taste carried this straight over and was ver y rich coffee and malt. The feel was medium and dry. I found this to be a real nice bitter stout, they did a good job with the hops so that the bitterness seemed to be strictly from the coffee malt.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2008 00:05:23 | More by claytri
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kkipple

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Magnolias at the Mill in Purcellville, VA. Fresh.

Old Dom Oak Barrel is a transparent deep amber-brown, and came topped with an inch high dense head that is both creamy and clumpy. Appetizing looking, anyway.

Smells quite tasty, with medium roast and cocoa notes and all kinds of interesting things going on (likely from the oak). I'm getting vanilla, tobacco, honey and a light dryness that reminds me of DFH Chicory Stout. This is quite complex and welcome for such a low-alcohol beer, and a nice change from the usual coffee / roasted grain / chocolate nose most stouts sport.

The taste is a little more traditional, with bittersweet chocolate / roasted malt coming through strong and hints of charred wood and a mineral flavor in the back end. Not getting any vanilla, sadly. The sweetness here reminds me oddly of a milk stout, but I'm sure there's no actual lactose here...

Mouthfeel is light and a bit thin. Very drinkable, and possibly the most drinkable oaked beer I've ever come across. I enjoyed it. Get some Old Dominion Oak Stout on a cold night and it'll see ya through.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2007 18:31:00 | More by kkipple
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: very black in color with a 2" light milk cholocate colored head. Nice lacing developed during the session.

Smell: loads of sweet malt and chocolate aromas leap out of the glass and will bring a smile to your face. Hints of vanilla hide in the background.

Taste: the flavor follows the nose as the chocolate and vanilla tones are bold. Some milder coffee and molasses flavors provide a nice supporting role. Mild bitterness rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body but not thick and chewy in any way. Smooth throughout. Relatively short aftertaste based on the bold flavor profile.

Drinkability: This is a nice stout that is a bit unique in the flavor profile. With alcohol level at 5% ABV this is a nice session stout for me.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2007 12:20:46 | More by Gavage
Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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