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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,251 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1,251
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 62
Gots: 70 | 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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5/5  rDev +27.2%

thisladyluck, Dec 21, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

ububru, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of chodinheaven
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown or black, completely opaque with a nice and fluffy tan head on top that sticks around for a bit but reduces down to a thin sheet with a thick ring around it. Leaves some patchy lacing. Smells of vanilla and cream float up as well as a nice bit of dark roasted malts. Some milk chocolate aromas are present as well, rounding out a pleasantly sweet aroma profile.

Fantastically rounded out in the taste. Soft notes of chocolate come through a rich coffee flavor, creating a mocha like taste that blends really well with the vanilla. Oaky wood flavors are bold, creating a smokiness that balances out the sweet chocolate/vanilla flavors so smoothly and effortlessly, making this one of the most drinkable stouts I've ever had. Barely any alcohol feel, but a sizeable hit of piney hops create a prickliness that help the smokiness and medium-high carbonation level balance everything out. These hops make for a coffee-like bitterness that is perfect for the style as they don't overpower the sweet side of things at all, yet hold their own as a major player in the flavor profile. This is a very complex yet simple brew that finishes clean and a bit dry, with an aftertaste that begs for another sip. I think it just seems simple due to how well everything is balanced out, meshing into a beer that has no off flavors whatsoever and is perfectly enjoyable every sip.

This is easily one of the most drinkable stouts I've ever had, yet it is very complex and delicious. I usually like imperial stouts over regular, but this one is so good that I think I will try to have this in my fridge more often. Definitely pick it up if you see it.

chodinheaven, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of bootsandbeer
5/5  rDev +27.2%

bootsandbeer, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of JimKal
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown/black with a tin head that dissipates quickly. While it indicates it is brewed with vanilla this taste is very faint. This is a very smooth and enjoyable stout that I wouldn't mind having again. I didn't notice much carbonation but there was noticeable lacing on the glass. As I said before, there was a slight hint of the vanilla, coffee notes, and a creamy texture to this one.

JimKal, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of HumphreyLee
5/5  rDev +27.2%

HumphreyLee, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on nitro at Max's. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with some red when the light hits it. There is a thick tan head with a layer remaining and some lacing.

Smell: Really roasty with some coffee and dark chocolate. Mildly woody with a good level of sweetness.

Taste: Sweeter than the smell. Smooth roast with mild vanilla. The finish reminds me of cocoa with a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The taste and smell of this beer are quite different. I would like the flavor to be a bit fuller, but still not bad.

oline73, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

dvanhandel, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Maltus, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

ROGUE16, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

mjtiernan, Dec 05, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

bigred89, Dec 04, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

deapokid, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of avalon07
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had coal black color and a thick consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Average lacing.

S: Lots of malt, chocolate, and coffee in the smell. Basically, it smelled like a typical stout.

T: Tasted of malt, mild hops, a little chocolate and coffee, and a big shot of vanilla in the finish. The oak is present, but not hugely influential. Not quite as robust or powerful as a stout should be, but decent enough.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a surprisingly dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not a bad beer, but there are better examples of the style out there.

avalon07, Dec 02, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

rab53, Dec 02, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

nmann08, Nov 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

brandoman63, Nov 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.2%

CrookedStill, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Exiled, Nov 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.2%

Beer4Baltimore, Nov 24, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.2%

EastCoastHawkeye, Nov 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

whallgren, Nov 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

mmcnaughton, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

jmdrpi, Nov 22, 2011
Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,251 ratings.