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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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88
very good

1,338 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,338
Reviews: 664
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 68
Gots: 110 | FT: 3
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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 tattooedtolley
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Almost black, really dark brown in color, with a brown head. No lacing really.

Smell - Much more subtle than I had guessed it would be. A touch of oak, some chocolate aroma, and some roasted malts, really subtle overall.

Taste - Flavor was also extremely subtle, hints of oak, roasted malt, and some vanilla. Not a bad stout overall, I expected something bigger, but this was not dissapointing at all, a very well made single stout.

Mouthfeel - Medium/thick bodied.

Drinkability - Very easy to drink.

Photo of BlackJeremiah
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A: Really dark, still-looking, with little bubbling and no capping. A rich brown. Aeration gives a very temporary coffee-colored head.

S: Oak, vanilla, light coffee are all present. Slight roasty aromas linger about without asserting themselves overmuch.

T: Hershey's Dark Chocolate and vanilla extract. Oaky flavors are not as present as I expected. Roastiness reigns around the middle, as much as anything can dominate in this very mild beer. Coffee/espresso visits briefly, then leaves. Interesting flavors, but light, and not in an oak-aged way. Given that it was only oak chips that were used rather than aging in a oak barrel, I wonder if the lightness and mellowness is supposed to convey a faux-aged sensibility.

M: Mild, almost weak or watery. Does not have stout presence at all; feels like flat cola, if anything. Really a disappointment from a local brewery.

D: One of the only stouts I could describe as light and refreshing. You could easily drink this in summer--in fact, better than in winter. Not so much stout, as slightly husky.

Photo of MSchae1017
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the 12oz bottle.

This beer pours a dark black with hints of red lace with a smallish tan head that disspates to just some whisps of foam with a decent amount of lacing down the side of the glass. The smell is roasted malts with hints of vanilla and wood. The taste is up front with the roasted and black malts. Again the vanilla and wood make a lingering presence here. The mouthfeel is rather thin but not bad on carbonation. Overall a good stout, but not one I was so thrilled with I'd like to get over and over again.

Photo of Illinick
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mad Mex-Monroeville
A: Very dark, opqaue brown that displays mahogany and ruby-ish colors when held to light. Small head that shrinks quickly and remains as a semi-sticky ring, milk chocolate in color. Some decent lacing, but nothing to right home about.
S: Faint at times, but when a good whiff is had it displays scents of caramel, slight oak, a roasted, almost charred vanilla bean smell, and some well rounded bourbon scents. A sweet smelling brew that has a charred oak back bone.
T: Delicious and complex. Very little carbonation and sweet flavors of caramel, oak and roasted malts up front with sweet vanilla and bourbon flavors ending the sip. The bourbon flavors are not harsh, but are on the sweet side pairing nicely with the definate vanilla. A nice off-set to the charred oaky flavors up front. A nice flavor profile.
MF: Chewy and medium.
Overall: A delicious brew that exhibits a complex flavor profile. Nicely done carbonation. If the appearance were a little better this one would be tops. The flavor is top notch nonetheless. Definately worth a try and at the ABV, a few can be had.

Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BA Himerman for adding this bad mofo in as a surprise in our trade, which had been a spectacular one to begin with. I poured mine, which had a bottled on date of 041606 into one of my pint glasses from a 12 oz. brown glass bottle.

The beer poured a very dark brown with a finger of tan, soda like head. The nose was dark malts and strong vanilla tones. A very nice aroma on this beer. The flavor of a distinct, mellow dark maltiness to start that mellowed into a vanilla and then lightly oaky flavor after the swallow. It's a medium bodied beer, but incredibly drinkable, and a stout that I wish were available here in Jacksonville.

Photo of OStrungT
4.73/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very dark brown. It boasts a nice looking brown head. The head fades surprisingly fast, leaving no laces. Pitty.

This beer has a pleasent vanilla aroma. I smell some coffee also. Roasted malts make an appearence. It has a slight oak aroma also. The vanilla aroma is very nice.

Wow. This beer tastes great. It has a strong vanilla flavor. Behind that, I get some oak notes. Coffee flavor is very subtle. It has a sweet caramel like malt flavor also.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a vanilla like aftertaste. It is low in carbonation, well for the style.

I think this beer might be a good session beer. It is low in alcohol, and it tastes great. It might get a little heavy after a few, but I think I could drink it all night.

Overall: Thanks go out to HimerMan for this great beer. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to try this beer. Thanks also for a great trade.

Photo of kimcgolf
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a typical stout opaque-black, with thick tan head that lingers and then leaves good lacing. I couldn’t detect much aroma, but the flavor was a tasty mix of vanilla with a hint of malty chocolate. Finish was very smooth, yet not too sweet. I generally don’t consider stouts for session beers, but could actually see drinking several of these over a few hours. A darn good beer.

Photo of sacfly
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz, bottling date 022306
Pours a nearly opaque black/brown with just a hint of light penetrating the edges. Thin head of small brown bubbles. Aroma is mostly coffee. Just a hint Bourbon and vanilla. Taste is dominated by vanilla, maybe just a bit too much. I don’t get any coffee in the taste, just vanilla with hints of dark chocolate and just a dash of bourbon. The dash of Bourbon is perfect in my opinion. Not overdone, just an accent. Creamy texture. Aftertaste long and mild. Burnt grains and a touch of bitterness. Impressive. This is one case where the bottled version wins out. I have had this on draft before and I don’t recall it being as complex and creamy. Grade A stout. One I will keep in rotation in the coming months.

Photo of HimerMan
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle purchased at BeerYard on my last trip (part of the back to back trips). Poured into a standard pint glass.

Pour - very nice deep dark brown/almost black with a coffee color head that is rather nice. Immeidate smell of vanilla peeks even before you are done with the pour.

Smell - Again, very nice here - vanilla, mild oak, and chocolate. Not a huge smell that comes off, but nice nonetheless.

Taste - Not a huge amount of flavor, but a very easy stout to drink. Flavors blend very well together; strong creamy vanilla, chocolate very mild oak and not any hops after taste at all. This is not a burnt or black chocolate flavor with the beer, which is great since its a stout (less alcohol) than an imperial or double.

Overall - this is a very easy beer to drink with a very reasonable price per bottle. No reason to not try this beer, its very good. I'd suggest having this with vanilla ice cream or as a float. Definitely worth trying. I was surprised that this beer tasted the way it did, in a good way.

Perhaps I need to visit someone in Virginia to try this on tap - I've heard it is much better on tap than it is out of the bottle.

Cheers.

Photo of Domingo
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow - this is a truly excellent beer. One of the best oak aged/flavored beers I've had.
Pours a murky black color. Not quite "imperial" level murkiness, but still thick and dark. Has a nice head that forms almost like a nitro can would.
Smell is a complex mix of vanilla, malty chocolate, an oak backbone that adds to the vanilla, and a little smokiness.
Flavor reminds me of a hearty stout crossed with a vanilla porter's flavor. Not much hops in there, but with all of the flavors that are, who cares?
Mouthfeel is also kind of nitro-ish. I actually really like that just because it's unique. Admittedly, this was taken from a full-size clear plastic cup...but that shouldn't affect the mouthfeel dramatically. Goes down very easy, but would make a great beer for the fall.
I could definitely drink several of these on a cooler evening.
Next time I'm in Virginia, I'm definitely picking up a lot more of this rather than the single bottle I did pick up.
This is truly a great one.

Photo of hiikeeba
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was bottled on 6/29/06 at the brewery. It wasn't pastuerized.

The beer pours up nicely. It is black with a smooth tan head. It has a smoky, malty aroma. Starts with a malty, almost chewy flavor; has a velvety mouthfeel and finishes on the back end silghtly sweet.

I love all stouts. Most have a coffee like finish as a result of the roasted malts, but this is an exceptionally smooth beer. It is one of my favorites. My only regret is that I live 1200 miles away from the source!

Photo of Phatz
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12/8/05 enjoyed on 6/5/06
Served just chilled below cellar temp. and warming to room temp.

Appearance: Pours pure black with a think 3 finger head. The head fades relatively quickly but maintains a frothy cap. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Dark malts hint the nose first followed by some vanilla and a bit of a charred aroma. I did get hints of molasses but very little if any wood in the aroma. To me it came through more as a subtle hint of dark leather.

Taste: Darkly roasted malts and a hint of chocolate and molasses lead, followed immediately by the vanilla and the finish is bittering woodiness with a balancing hop character brilliantly displayed. The finish is smooth but leaves you in the aftertaste with a bitter chocolate and tobacco/wood aftertaste in the mouth and a hint of vanilla on the back of your throat. Very balanced, pleasant, and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: As it reached room temperature the mouthfeel seemed to grow a bit. Still it has a thin spot through the center, other than that it is quite creamy and rather fluffy for a stout.

Drinkability: I believe the best feature of Old Dominion Oak Barrel Stout is its drinkability. This is not the biggest or most complex stout I have had but it is tasty and quaffable. I am a fan of simple Stouts as session beers and this certainly qualifies.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of doppelmeup
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Very dark brown, with a rich, creamy head that was mostly white.

Aromas of vanilla, chocolate, coffee and toffee.

Taste was very smooth, with nice vanilla accent to the typical stout flavors of coffee and dark chocolate. Hints of bourbon complemented. An excellent beer.

Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel, closer to a porter than a really heavy stout. Nice clean aftertaste.

Very drinkable brew that I'd highly recommend.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Espresso dark with an oatmeal head with medium sized bubbles that seem to be holding on. Not a lot of lace going on.

S: Vanilla latte, black patent malt, touch of oak and breakfast cereal.

T: Immediate over the top vanilla, sweet grains, mild red grape juice, raisinettes. Gentle dark roasted grains, mellow coffee flavors and a bit buttery aftertaste.

M Medium to thin body with a fuzzy mouthfeel which rounds while the carbonation chills out.

D: Not bad but the flavors seemed a little fake. Its very obvious that this isn't aged in bourbon barrels but oak chips and vanilla beans are used. Certainly drinkable but not stellar.

Photo of jokelahoma
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has the good fortune of trying this one at the brewpub in Virginia.

Glass is filled with a not quite opaque, deep, deep black liquid, with garnet around the edges. Deep khaki colored head doesn't stand extremely tall, but what little is here lasts a good while.

The aroma is understated wood. In fact, this smells exactly like ... wait for it ... a stout from a wood barrel. Go figure. There are toasty, spicy, almost cedary overtones to this. There's a little sweetness to the smell as well. I thought I had detected diacetyl on one sniff, but if it was there it ran away, as I could never find it again. Just the smell of a good English style sweet stout.

The taste is also quite woody, perhaps more so than any other wood aged beer I've tried. It's almost spicy from the wood, in fact. Even the aftertaste seems more akin to a pepper beer than to a wood aged one. There's little else to give away that this is a stout other than a very mild roastiness at the very end of the aftertaste, once the pepper flavors have died down. This isn't terribly complex, between the spicy wood and barely perceptable roast malt flavors, but it is good for the sweet stout style.

The body is thin, more like a porter than a stout, really. It isn't bad, but it could be more substantial.

This was interesting, to say the least. The beer really picked up the wood flavors, almost to the point of overkill. Again, it isn't a bad beer by any means. But it's not something I'd want to order over and over, either. Good for what it is, and worth at least a shot.

Photo of Suds
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this brew from a nitro-tap, wile traveling in Arlington,VA. It’s an incredibly black liquid with a unremarkable nitro-induced head. The aroma is of highly roasted barley mingled with a subtler smoke quality. There’s also a bit of chocolate, wood, and malt in the smell. I’d expected the aromas to be a little more intense, but their somewhat faint. The taste has an initial modest sweetness, but quickly dries out in the mid-taste. Nice bitterness in the finish. The medium fullness and very smooth (nitrogen) body make this very drinkable. All in all, this one’s not bad.

Photo of villainchiwwin
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

deep, dark color - near black with brown tint at bottom of glass. loose pack of beige head that fell away leaving lazy arches of lacing.
nose: oaky vanilla extract, caramel, maple syrup, faint milk-chocolate.
taste: yummy syrupy bourbon oak and a bit of vanilla present right away over subtle dates, prunes, and big breadiness - molasses, caramel, brown sugar then intense roasted quality with hops bitterness for well-balanced finish.
mouthfeel is a full-bodied, chewy experience with nice crispness toward the tail (tho a tad over-carbonated maybe), syrupy as mentioned before and enduring finish.
this is an interesting treat of a stout.

Photo of StoutHearted
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This drink had me from hello- I loved it from first sip. The oak is very apparant and will kick you in the teeth if you're not used to it. To oak lovers like myself, it feels like home. The reiging image in my head as I drank this beer was of vanilla bean ice cream. Whether this beer made me crave it, or its smell strongly resembled that tasty treat, I couldn't figure out. Either way, this brew was begging to be turned into a beer float.

Not much head when I poured it, what was there quickly turned to caramel lace over a typical dark stout-black brew. No matter, the beer held a strong aroma throughout the drink. At room temperature, it is fantastic. Forget the black forest cake, this beer is dessert in itself.

Photo of Foxman
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It came to me a fundamentally lightless black, velvety and dense, with a finger of light brown head that lingered at the edges for some time. Beads of lacing lay strewn across the inside of the glass.

The aroma was not as hefty as anticipated, but there was enough to denote roasted, burnt malt, coffee, black cherry, some smoky oak, and dark berries. On the fade, there's a mellow measure of vanilla.

Upon sipping, the flavor was also a touch thin at first, but it promptly sorted itself to bring charred malt to the fore, followed by a smoked whiskey wood combo along with some dark coffee bitterness and earthy cherry presence. A mild hop character emerged, softly floral and capably bitter on the downside. The finish was some residual roasted malt bite along with lingering hops bitterness, fading soon to a dry memory. After a brief scare, the flavor filled out to a full, down-to-earth bit of comfort.

Just short of medium bodied, it has a creamy feel on the palate that gives a nice counter to the earthy bitterness that rides in.

While not especially assertive, at least initially, it is still a very enjoyable, classy stout. The smokiness is kept tame but capable, and that's a pleasing touch in my mind. As it rounds out, the flavor is full and crisp in its way. The manageable ABV and rather refreshing nature make this nicely drinkable, with multiple indulgences virtually guaranteed. I'm glad I got the chance to try, and now I'm looking forward to my next opportunity.

Photo of nickss
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a completely opaque black with a modest ½” head… rocky at first, then subsiding to a thin cap.

Bourbon, vanilla, and oak all play a role in this deep smelling brew. There are also certainly notes of caramel as the brew warms. Nice.

Tremendous mix of oak and vanilla with a surprising dollop of oats in the midst. A wonderful tasting brew.

My major complaint about this beer, although I remember it being less of an issue on tap: this beer has entirely too much carbonation. The body of the brew is spot on, but the carbonation is a bit too active on the tongue.

For a stout, incredibly drinkable. Not too thick, and the flavour is so incredibly enjoyable I always find myself reaching for another. Lower the carbonation levels and this would easily be a 5 for me. All in all a fantastic beer.

Photo of rokoch27
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful roasted, burnt aroma and black as night with slight browning around the edges when held up to light. Glides down your throat like soft silk, temping you with flavors of vanilla oak and dark malt. This beer is sweet like dark chocolate and complex enough to sit and savor, but not overly so. Good stuff Old Dominion!

Photo of mcallister
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep dark brown nearing black liquid. No light penetrates any crevice of this one. Thick tan head with great retention, with sticky lacing.

Big vanilla, mocha, oak, black cherry, and roasty malt in the nose.

Rich creamy mouthfeel, about as close to a milkshake withough ice cream as you can get.

A coffee component comes into play in the taste. Like a latte, heavy cream, choclate covered cherry, good wood integration, and a finish of at least 45 seconds. Drinkable as hell if not a tad to sweet.

Photo of WonderWoman
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown with a thin head.
Smelt of smoky malt and molasses
Tasted smoky and oaky with hints of bitter grape seeds. It finished with a lacquer after taste.
The mouth feel was smooth and bubbly
I felt this was an ok blended stout. Not the best and certainly not the worst.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer came a phenomenally dark brown with a collar of thin, head.

Smelled like and smoky, much like a porter, with a slight bit of blueberries.

Tasted of very dry and clean with currants, red grapes and blueberries. This then picks up some dark chocolate and finishes with an awesome smoky, oaky blend that lingers long into the finish.

The mouth feel is light and extremely carbonated.

This a very light and easy beer for the style with a just a fantastic smoke/oak blend.

Photo of dedrinker
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my favorite beers. Appearance? Like most Dry Stouts, but then the aromas of vanilla and rum, the creamy mouthfeel (nitro) and flavors of dry roast layered with vanilla, and that rummy sweet bourbon note befuddle my brain, and I become silent; secretly hating everyone else in the room that doesn't have one in front of them. The bottled and keg version for sale outside the brewery is purely criminal - no good.

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