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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,338 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1,338
Reviews: 664
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 68
Gots: 110 | 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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Photo of AdamBear
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-very dark brown with a thin tab head

S-dark roasted chocolate. Burnt wood. Vanilla beans. Slightly smokey. Good smell. Medium strength. 

T-comes in with a decent taste of dark roasted chocolate, burnt oak, and quite a bit of bitterness. It's a decent taste with a bit of plastic bitterness to it. It definitely has some vanilla to it. Good matching after-taste with a but of smoke to it. 

M-medium creamy carbonation with a semi-dry finish

O-giving this a 5 because it's got to be the best stout I've had for this price. It has a decent complexity to it seen in some of te higher end aged stouts. It's missing a lot of robustness and serious flavor, but hey that doesn't bother me knowing how cheap I got this. 

Photo of TeachChefs
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of egrace84
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A fellow beer geek stopped in The Fitz and handed this puppy over. Thanks Mike! Poured from 12 oz. bottle, bottled date 02/12/2012 into Kuhnhenn tulip.

Look: Pours a jet black with a large frothy mocha colored head. Very persistent and lovely. Some minimal lacing remains on the edge of the glass, but it is a very nice looking beer.

Nose: Immediate reaction is wow, there is some oak there. Nice roasted character coming forward. Some notes of coffee and smoke.

Taste: The wood hits me right away, give way to some real burnt flavors and chocolate. A nice mixture of oak, chocolate, malt, and then a touch of vanilla at the end.

Mouth: Rather thin, but hovering around 6%, what do I expect. It's a real dry stout, which leaves my mouth wanting more.

Drink and overall: Hey, pretty solid. I have to say. I like what they have done with this thin(ner) bodied stout. The addition of oak chips and vanilla gave it some real depth, but it wasn't too heavy, or cloying and I could definitely enjoy a few of these in one sitting. Cheers to Dominion, I will seek out more of your brews!

Photo of reitzbrewing
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Cork Cityin Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color. The beer has a two finger tall creamy dark tan head that has great staying power, leaving almost a full finger remaining throughout the drinking of the beer.Significant lacing is observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark roasted malts, caramel sweetness, coffee, and some definite oak woodiness.

T: Starts out a little sweet then the roasted/burnt malt flavors kick in. After that there are many different notes in the flavor - caramel, coffee, vanilla, oak, and milk chocolate. Nice complexity to the flavor.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: The beer has a very good flavor and is quite enjoyable. This is a good sipping beer and I am glad that I got the chance to try it. Pretty easy to drink.

Photo of Evan
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of silentjay
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of syntheticwings
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of vfgccp
1.5/5  rDev -61.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A - Not a bad looking stout. Deep black cherry body with cranberry highlights. Fine khaki head with nice lace and retention.

S - A potato vinegar off-note ruins the nose, but there's a layer of caramel molasses and gingerbread beneath the funk.

T - Unfortunately the vinegar carries through to the the flavor profile. Astringent vinegar, raisin, and black molasses. The vinegar lingers deep into the aftertaste.

M - medium light body.

O - I bought this bottle at a wegmans, and I'm not sure if anyone else had quality problems with the bottles they bought from there but I wouldn't recommend it.

Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My notes say I've had this beer a while ago, but they didn't say where or when, nor did they give details on my session. This review applies to a recent tasting on nitro at Prohibition Taproom, Philly, PA.

Dark brown-black pour, opaque, with a small cap of tan head that receded completely after a few minutes. The recipe boasts peated malts and vanilla bean, but I didn't really get either of these items in the aroma or taste. On the nose, a pretty standard stout, dark roasty malts, some milky sweetness, and a vegetal woody quality. About the same on the palate, dark malts, sweet and roasty, oak, earthy hops in the distance, maybe a vague hint of vanilla somewhere in there. Medium mouthfeel, pretty smooth and fairly drinkable. Not what I'd call a go-to or anything. Might be better if the smoke and/or vanilla actually came out from hiding, but overall it's still a solid stout.

Photo of bsimms
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.73/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared at drewone’s tasting.

Bottled on 1/27/12.

Pours a clear dark brown with a tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, vanilla bean, and slight cocoa. Taste is the same with a woody aftertaste. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with only a slightly crisp and thin bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor stout with some mediocre aromas and flavors and a bad mouthfeel.

Photo of cavedave
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Evan, thanks again for these.

Dark brown, opaque with a tight knit finger of light brown lather.

Smell is of roasty malts. Some dark caramel, light peaty note, some coffee, and a hint of bitter chocolate. As I drink I get occasional whiffs of milk chocolate too. Very subdued aroma, though.

Mmm, delectable taste. Dark sweet starts things off, some char kicks in , just the right touch of it, espresso notes, hints of bitter chocolate. End of sip features the sweet cresting into a really tasty blast of the roasty and hop bitter notes. Didn't really get any oak or vanilla.

Quite easy drinking, almost like a milk stout, low carb., clean flavors, excellent finish, and decent complexity.

Really surprised by this one. I love regional beers I have never tried that rock, this one does. You'll love it.

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Photo of andrewjraab
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this in my beer of the month club that I received as a Christmas present from my wife...

It pours a deep black and is thick as hell. Two fingers of brownish head and quickly dissipates to a thing later that remains. Smells - oak, caramel, vanilla, coffee - smells amazing. The taste matches the smell - a nice and complex flavor profile from start to finish. Creamy malt profile up front balanced with a bitter finish. This is a well crafted stout and that is very complex. You need to try this.

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,338 ratings.