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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,181 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1,181
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 59
Gots: 57 | FT: 3
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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EastCoastHawkeye

Virginia

5/5  rDev +26.9%

11-24-2011 15:45:07 | More by EastCoastHawkeye
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whallgren

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-24-2011 15:00:47 | More by whallgren
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mmcnaughton

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-23-2011 18:56:30 | More by mmcnaughton
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-23-2011 00:53:43 | More by Rochefort10nh
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-22-2011 05:04:00 | More by jmdrpi
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cfinch2

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

11-21-2011 06:04:01 | More by cfinch2
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-18-2011 18:18:48 | More by HopStoopid120
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MerkurKing16

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-17-2011 16:00:43 | More by MerkurKing16
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richbrew

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -23.9%

11-15-2011 15:41:06 | More by richbrew
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ithinkimasofa

Washington

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-15-2011 06:14:38 | More by ithinkimasofa
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mjw06

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +26.9%

11-15-2011 03:43:43 | More by mjw06
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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-15-2011 00:57:46 | More by Neffbeer
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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-15-2011 00:56:32 | More by Lawnboy33
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-14-2011 08:12:44 | More by Jspriest
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Durge

Connecticut

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

An opaque black-brown brew with a fair light brown cover and good lacing. I can smell a mild citrus licorice idea here. There’s a bit of cocoa/charcoal to make for a pleasant but subdued enticement. The taste buds pick up on tart charcoal and tasteful chocolate with a touch of orange/citrus bite. The body is medium-ish but it is a bit aqueous. I get a slightly resinous malt finish that also suggests some earthy juniper brightness. Carbonation is tiny, spritzy stuff that flows smoothly and makes for a very decent stout that could prove pretty sessionable. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 05:20:17 | More by Durge
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle date 7/20/2010
Special thanks to mdaschaf for this one.

A- Black syrupy pour that is completely opaque. Slight brown highlights around the edges. Finger width dark tan head that settles to thin cap. Lacing is minimal.

S- Wonderful vanilla notes, creamy milk chocolate with roasted coffee tones. The oak makes everything smell nice and smooth. Brown sugar with a slight molasses.

T- Vanilla really stands out, oak taste really smooths everything together. Raisins and milk chocolate with a touch of bitter black coffee and molasses.

M- Thin to medium bodied. Slight carbonation makes this feel lighter than it should. It's somewhere between a stout and a porter.

O- I love this beer... until I felt how thin it is. If this was a touch on the chewier side this would be a world class stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 01:25:36 | More by korguy123
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corylew

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5 month old bottle poured into a handmade bulbous pint glass.

Pours deep brown, not quite black. Light pretty visible through the corners. Thin dark tan head forms and disappears about as fast as it appeared.

Smells great. Oak and vanilla come to the nose behind carbonation in a balanced way. Not overpowering.

Tastes wonderful. Slightly sweet, while light in body, which compliments the hints of vanilla well. Not much oak in the flavor, just a tad in the nose. Well carbonated and tasty.

Mouthfeel is nice. An evident 6% in body. Could be a little heavier to bring out some more malt flavor but I can't complain.

Overall, this beer empties very well. It's an interesting balance between a lighter bodied beer and a strong flavor. Highly recommended. Don't let the lack of head and light color throw you off.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 04:17:39 | More by corylew
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stckhndlr

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- a dark dark brown almost black. I held a flashlight up to it and it just barely penetrates it. 1 finger head has a mocha color to it. carbonation bubbles trickle from the bottom and a little bit of sediment can be noticed.

S- got some chocolate malts with hints of the oak barrel coming through. it has a very sweet caramel smell to it when you get deeper into it mixed with a nice frothy coffee smell. Very complex. I even get some dark fruit smell in there as it warms up. Kinda reminds me of dark cherries.

T- It's hard to pick out the most up front flavor on this one. It is just as complex as the smell. smokey malts are probably the first thing I taste then the chocolate comes in and finally the caramel mocha coffee finish. The dark roast coffee flavor just sits on your tongue forever almost as a reminder to keep drinking.

M- medium body but very frothy. it just covers you palate. after you swallow it has that coffee effect on the tongue. A bit chalky. kinda gives you a dry feeling but it makes you salivate for more.

O- What a great beer. I am still developing a taste for stouts but this one is great. High marks for complex flavor and smells. Pick one up.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 22:03:37 | More by stckhndlr
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jayhawk73

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, close to black w/ a one finger chocolate head. Decent lacing on my snifter. Nose is that of vanilla, coffee, barley, chocolate- with the vanilla and coffee really coming out front. Very smooth though- not bitter. Taste is a little on the thin side for me. It just lacks that oomph that the best stouts have. It's tasty, just not quite put together how I'd like. Feel is the same- too thin for the style, and a little on the fizzy side. This is probably the weak point of this beer. Overall, a good beer, but not something I'll probably seek out again. Still, it's worth trying if you've never had it. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 00:10:52 | More by jayhawk73
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brew3crew

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a black body with a tan head that sticks around for awhile. Leaves lacing down the side

S- coffee and just the slightest bit of vanilla. Wish the vanilla was more prevalent.

T-slightly more coffee version of the smell. Vanilla comes out as it warms up.

M-medium body and smooth

O-pleasant beer. Would have again.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 23:19:51 | More by brew3crew
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Eriktheipaman

California

3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black with fading khaki head.

The smell is kind of off to me. I'm guessing American hops that give it a slight cheesy smell?

The of taste is so-so. No oak to speak of but the other flavors are decent. A sweet semi vanilla on the front with a bitter roast on the back.

Not a terrible beer but kind of strange for the style and over all not super impressive. Worth the under $2 though.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 00:37:41 | More by Eriktheipaman
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger light brown head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Baked chocolate nose and flavor is slight oak and baked chocolate that goes to a burnt chocolate finish. $4.50 for a 12oz bottle at Skyland Resort Luray, VA.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 22:38:42 | More by jdhilt
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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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bayougutter

Louisiana

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

Poured a dark brown/black color with a nice one inch tan head, didn't last long but nice. Good lacing.

Smells great with roasted malts dominating. Dark fruits, toffee, and cocoa. Maybe a little coffee but none of the oak that I was expecting.

Taste is smooth with the roasted malts coming in first, then the fig/cocoa/choc/coffee coming in a smooth blended wave. Nice American stout but I still get none of the oak. I do get a little of the vanilla flavor towards the finish.

Mouthfeel is a little heavy for an American stout but I like them a little heavy.

Overall I would recommend this one. Bottled 02-17-11 and was amazingly smooth. Tasted as if it had some age on it. Complex and smoooth.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 03:07:10 | More by bayougutter
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

2.65/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From 12oz bottle Bruges hybrid glass on 8/30/11
*From notes

A: Pretty decent color, as it's a bit more of a medium brown then the traditional rich brownish-black. A good pour yields a dissapointing .75 finger head which fades quickly and zero lacing.

S: A metallic rust is present and overwhelms the nostrils. It's not IN YOUR FACE extreme, yet it's all I really detect.

T: Simply too mild for me. It literally takes forever for this damn beer to evolve on the palate. The mid features a touch of vanilla extract and almond paste. Where's the oak here? I get the feeling they've used cheap, shredded wood or low quality beans. To put it bluntly: meh.

M: Thin and sharp. What's the deal - seriously? It's not like you can't make a low ABV stout without decent weight and oomph (reference: Evo's Rise Up! Stout).

O: Dominion's Oak Barrel Stout sounded like a great idea, then never really came together. Leave it to AB/InBev to dumb down what should've been an interesting and approachable low ABV stout.

*Oh, and for the record, moving DOMINION BREWING out of Virginia (the OLD DOMINION state), should require you to change the f-cking name.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 22:38:42 | More by Rhettroactive
Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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