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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,178 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,178
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 57
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.

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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tarnished dark brown, black in most light overall, finger high, firm, light brown frothy whipped foam cap. Inky broken sheets of lacing stick all over the glass. Aroma is of sweet vanilla, milk chocolate, and suggestions of oaty sweetness too with a light roasty edge of mild coffeeness. Taste is similar in regards to what the smell leads to. Sweet vanilla and milk chocolate front, mild and smooth, low carbonation, finish lends a tame roast and small coffee surge. Smooth and creamy feel thats close to medium body but kinda light and restrained. A first-rate drinker; goes down real quick.
But after having Town Hall's Oak Barrel Stout, this was not nearly up to my expectations. No oak character or boozy qualities any where to be found, and I was looking for that. Comes across as a desent oatmeal stout though and wouldn't pass it up for nothing as it was fine and dandy to drink down. Quite yummy really, nice chocolate tones, just not what I'd call up-to-par with some other oak barrel brewed stouts I've had.
Thanks to ManekiNeko for the many samples!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2004 02:13:39 | More by tavernjef
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drewbage

California

4.72/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12 fluid ounce bottle with room for a bottling date, but none printed. Bottle presented courtesy of Garthwaite.

Beer pours deep black and dense with a very low tan head that moves into little patches quickly.

Aroma is rich with coffee like oak tones and a strong vanilla that plays into the spiciness of the oak (and it's own natural sources of vanillian)

Flavor is coffee roasted and caramel with a thick rich body that is quickly undercut by the acidity of the roast and the tannins of the oak.

Very nicely balanced brew and rich with an amazing character normally associated with stronger beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2004 07:30:55 | More by drewbage
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MrNuggets

Oregon

4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown colour, suppose I will call it black. Thick Kaki head tops this beautiful stout. Vanilla scent dominates, yet it is mixed with a woody aroma which does a magnificent job of exciting the taste buds. The oak is the first to step up and attack my tongue. That quickly glides into a fantastic mixture of vanilla and oats. Touch of bitterness leads to a slight vanilla after taste. Silky smooth on the palate. It's sad to think i only have one of these left.
This is a very exciting brew that leaves me wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2004 05:58:25 | More by MrNuggets
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lackenhauser

Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark ruby color-not quite totally opaque.good sized tan head tha receedes to about 1/8".Roasted aroma-slight hints of vanilla.Big flavor of chocolate.Roasted malts.The vanilla is very slight-almost an after taste.I dont get any oak.There is a slight "whiskey" flavor in the backround.Nice smooth mouthfeel-goes down very easy.A great beer overall-could consume this all night.My only complaint about this and other beers of this type like the Sam Chocolate Bock is I find I am biased to look for what I see on the label in the way of flavors.Well worth seeking out and trying however.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2004 00:34:37 | More by lackenhauser
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RoyalT

Ohio

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

Appearance – This one poured a ruby dark brown in color with a nice head that showed off a cool-looking orange tan.

Smell – The traditional vanilla from American oak barrels came on big at the taste, although I’m sure it was just added vanilla extract. There was also a light stouty malt note or two, but mostly the malts were buried by the vanilla.

Taste – The vanilla/oak was AWOL at the taste, which was OK because that allowed the other wonderful flavors to come out more. The dark malts and light chocolate were nicely complimented by a fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel – This Stout was light to medium in the body and very well put together.

Drinkability – This wasn’t bad. It was very different for sure. It is an interesting interpretation of the style and a “must try” for any serious BA.

Comments – A big, huge thanks to skyhand for not only putting together the BA tasting night but also for supplying this gem.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2004 02:50:49 | More by RoyalT
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Jables

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Manekineko for the hook up on this amazing brew which I would otherwise only salivated over.

Appearance is pitch black with a teeny tiny cocoa head.

Aroma is dominated by bourbon and vanilla with some roasty undertones in the background. It could just be the vanilla but I also smell chocolate as well. So it is a quite dynamic vanilla aroma.

Tastes just awesome. Heavy roasted boldness with vanilla provided strong support and light bourbon notes to give it some zing. Initially it almost seems to have a tartness to it, but the finish is charred, sweet, and oily.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with some slight stinging on the tongue from carbonation.

Overall, quite drinkable and very interesting.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2004 23:46:15 | More by Jables
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BierManVA

Virginia

4.88/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Let's start with the palate...An amazing array of cream, chocolate, coffee, caramel, vanilla and wood. All harmoniusly balanced. This is one tasty stout I can tell you. The nose is likewise balanced and floral. The mouthfeel is smooth and as the bier hits your tongue in different places, an explosion of harmony takes place.

Drinking this, I find myself pausing after every delicious mouthful and thinking that I just don't believe that this bier is so good. The Craftsmen at Old Dominion take real pride in their work and this is proof.

Hands down the best stout I've ever had.

John

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2004 23:00:38 | More by BierManVA
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avylover

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From the 12oz bottle, courtesy of TinusTime's efforts at his store. Poured out pretty much straight black, with some slight ruby highlights. A large tan head sits atop my brew. Vanilla in the aroma, along with roasted coffee and floral hops. Incredibly smooth taste. This beer is full of taste, yet nearly floats across the tongue. Vanilla is definitely there, roasted malts, slight fruity overtones, cream, and a decent hop bitterness to finish things off. This is pretty much a vanilla version of the Dominion Stout, which is good in itself. Mouthfeel is perfect, like a light fluff across your mouth. Great brew, well balanced...with nothing overboard, so don't expect it. Just an excellent stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2004 21:03:10 | More by avylover
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resirob

Pennsylvania

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

Got 2 bottles in a case swap with co-workers. I will probably go back for a full case in a couple of weeks.

Deep black with a large dark tan, creamy head that settles to a nice pancake blanketing the top of the brew. Lacing all the way down.

Aromas of nutty, roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and some oaky and floral hop notes.

Taste starts off malty sweet, with shades of vanilla and a little chocolate. The roasty/nutty/oaky character then takes over, with an occasional vanilla appearance now and then. Hop bitterness slides in for a small cameo in a dry finish with lots of lingering tastiness. Very, I say, very nice.

Mouthfeel was quite smooth, but a little thinner than I expected.

Drinkability is excellent. The dry finish and average alcohol content make for an quaffable, but nice to savor, brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2004 18:36:51 | More by resirob
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pheurton

Pennsylvania

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

came out of the tap thick and black, with a tan head that managed to leave the thinnest layer on top of the beer the whole time. deep roasted barley aroma mixed with charred oak and vanilla. soft carbonation makes for a very smooth and sturdy body. very complex flavors of milk chocolate, espresso, and a campfire smokiness are evident...unique to say the least. finishes with a touch of herbal hopiness and lingering burnt flavor.

quite a unique and complex stout, this one impressed me. my first beer from old dominion, i'll be seeking others out for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2004 17:01:03 | More by pheurton
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nomad

Kansas

4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank 8 days after its bottling date...

Pours a deep brown with a super slow reverse cascading action, impressive given that its not a nitro beer. From this pretty pour it has a thick frothy head, a full two fingers, and is very slow to fall.

Smells of roasted grains and small notes of oak over a big, full nutty background.. Vanilla scent begins slight, and with a more floral and fruity character than the classic bourbon vanilla smell. Amazingly, as this beers warms the vanilla gains in power and clarity yet then recedes. Settles to a beautiful coffee scent, one of the better coffee scents I've smelled on a beer in some time.

For a normal, 5.2% stout, this beer has a lot of flavor, big flavors to be exact: dark chocolate, barbecue roastiness, dark toasted wheat bread, and an impressive sweet-ish depth. Vanilla bean notes daintily walk through the darkness and disappears before the moderately dry finish. Like its smell, after a few sips a sizable nutty backbone emerges. Thin mouthfeel. Highly drinkable.

So this is NOT the same beer as draught version. The kegs are full of this stout that has been aged in bourbon bottles; the bottles are the brew "dry hopped" with vanilla beans and toasted oak chips. A decent attempt at approximating barrel aging in a quicker and cheaper way, but its clearly not the same. Regardless, this is a fine stout, much better than most normal stouts and surprisingly big and dynamic, tasting to me somewhat like Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. So its a great beer but I can only imagine how much better is the draught product.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2004 14:12:13 | More by nomad
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Afterburner

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The other day I had this on tap. It was tasty. Today, I had the bottled version. It was bottled on Thursday, and consumed on Sunday. As a reminder, the bottled versions are not the same as the keg version offered at Dominion's brewery. The bottle versions, as well as the keg versions offered in restaurants, are aged with toasted oak chips and vanilla, instead of being aged in old bourbon barrels.

All of the comments I made about the draft version apply here to the bottled version. It's a dark, thick brew, dark brown foam head, and so on.

The primary difference, at least to my taste buds, is that the oak flavor is much more assertive in the bottled version. You get a very woody, oaky flavor mid-palate that wasn't present in the keg version I had at the Vienna Inn. IMHO, that makes the bottled version much more interesting, and therefore superior.

Of course, the kegged version isn't bad, either. I certainly wouldn't pass one up in any case. But if you can find a bottled version, it's worth a try.

Edit Addendum: I let another bottle sit out for a while and assume room temperature, so I could bring out the aromatics. One of these buggers served at 55-65F has a metallic tang to the aroma that isn't noticable when the beer is chilled. And there is a pronounced nutty aftertaste present in the room-temperature beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2004 14:32:32 | More by Afterburner
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JimsArcade

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a growler, Dominion Oak Barrel Stout pours with minimal dark brown foam into a pint glass. The foam is rather coarse and sticks to the sides of the glass. Based on appearance alone, this looks to be a bold brew.

Bourbon (with its characteristic sensation of alcohol) and coffee dominate the nose. Bringing the aroma through to the mouth heightens the alcohol’s presence.

Like the nose, the first sip is almost all bourbon and coffee. Roasted malts come to play as the beer warms. As the beer warms toward the finish, this stout tastes more like a liquor/beer mixture than a pure beer. It’s unusual but pleasing.

This is a very fine beer. While I have difficulty treating it like a pure stout (it tastes more like an imperial stout, and given the aging process it would be better classified as a hybrid), I would recommend it to anyone who wants to try something quite unique.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2004 03:29:05 | More by JimsArcade
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Edwin

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My new favorite beer. This is an awesome brew and absolutely MUST be tried.

Appearance - Pours out a black body with a delicious loking tan head. Looks aren't everything, so I was, of course, cynical, but it does look beautiful.

Smell - A wonderful mix of nuts, chocolate, grains, and just plain beer goodness.

Taste - Incredible. Nutty, chocolaty, grainy, sweet, but not overly. An explosion of a stout that completely blew me away. I am a stout lover, but this one really broke the mold and shines through.

Mouthfeel - Just like any micro stout...smooth as a baby's ass.

Drinkability - I can say this is one beer that makes me drop anchor. I was trying to order something different every beer and had to keep ordering these. An excellent beer to drink for an evening.

Overall - Get this beer. It's truly a testament to stouts.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2004 23:03:50 | More by Edwin
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a pint glass. It pours a jet black color with two fingers of dark tan foam. There is lots and lots of lace rings left down the sides of the glass. The smell is full of roasted malt, coffee, and a hint of oak. The taste is full of mocha, burnt malt, and molasses. A hint of hops on the finish. The body is a little watery, yet very smooth. The drinkability is fantastic. An awesome stout!

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2004 15:51:46 | More by SheepNutz
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AndIWantYou

Washington

4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mmmmm. Now this is what a stout is all about. It was dark, malty, slightly hoppy, and pretty filling. The light in Old Dominion's Ashburn, VA, brewpub was fairly dim, but Oak Barrel looked black as night in my glass. I didn't detect the bourbon flavor, just a rich, creamy stout that made my barbecue sandwich quiver in fear, knowing that it didn't have the body and texture to stand up to such a wonderful concoction. Regrettably, since the tab was on my girlfriend's father, I didn't want to order another beer until he did, and he didn't, so I only got one taste of this divine liquid.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2004 02:55:45 | More by AndIWantYou
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TinusTime

Virginia

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

Pours a deep black with just hints of chestnut brown. Nice inch high head that did settle quickly into just a patch of khaki on top. Aromas of Chocolate, butter, vanilla and caramel. Taste was nice very chocolatey. For a moment I thought the bartender had poured me a Rogue Chocolate Stout. Hints of the Bourbon barrell finally seep in at the finish. Drinks smooth as silk with nice light carbonation leaving the tongue feeling clean and not heavy. A very very drinkable stout although I was a bit surprised by the amount of chocolate flavour in the stout.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2004 14:58:57 | More by TinusTime
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, indeed. This is a very nice stout from a brewery that I am sad to say I know very little about. The brew tapped out an attractive deep and rich color, although the thickness is not what I had hoped. The head was present, deep and dark brown, but vanished in time. This brew offers everything a good stout should be. The roasted maltiness combined with some hints of bittersweet or semisweet chocolate really hit the spot. This is one highly drinkable brew.

gds

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2004 13:13:53 | More by goindownsouth
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Hex92

Virginia

2.23/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

The bartender said it had a hint of vanilla. It looked like a good beer. Nice color and head. BUT this was an overpowering flavor of vanilla. The tap handle said oak barrel stout, but it should have read vanilla flavored beer. Not good. I guess it would be appealing to women and those who love the vanilla, but when you put a beer to your lips and expect to taste beer and get this...Well lets just say I was not impressed. I wouldn't order this again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2004 03:31:10 | More by Hex92
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

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

The beer arrived at the table black with a ruby highlight. The head was brown, two finger high, and clung to the glass like it's life depended upon it.

The aroma has chocolate, and a sweet aroma like cream. Also present is an oaky vanilla aroma and a slight roasty aroma.

The flavor is vanilla with an ever so slight sourness. The flavor has chocolate with a light creamy texture and a little bitterness in the back.

The finish is off dry and chocolate with a restrained bitterness. The body is medium and a little light. It goes down easy and smooth.

I like the beer, but it isn't a good as other stouts I have had.

On tap at J. Brian's Taproom in Fredericksburg.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2004 01:47:52 | More by GCBrewingCo
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Hefe

Maryland

4.9/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on tap at RFD in DC on 1/17/04

Appearance: Inky black with a quickly dissapating tan head.

Smell: Heavenly, with dark roasted chocolate malt, plum, vanilla and a hop punch at the end.

Taste: Echoes the nose, with the addition of coffee/mocha tones as well as sweet bourbon and hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full and creamy, with very fine carbonation.

Drinkability: A little too rich for session drinking but thats not what this was meant for anyway. This is meant for dinner or afterwards.

As near to a perfect brew as I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2004 01:01:02 | More by Hefe
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ManekiNeko

Virginia

4.9/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from a growler purchased at the brewery less than 24 hours ago. The brewery uses a slow-pour system on this beer.

Appearance: Black with some dark reddish brown highlights. A nice and thick dark tan head, about 3/4" tall. Head eventually recedes to a film after two minutes, but some great lacing is left on the sides of the glass. Wowee!

Smell: A stout you actually want to spend some time sniffing, which, in my experience, is kind of a rarity. Strong vanilla, butterscotch, and cocoa smells. Some oak and oatmeal notes as well.

Taste: A splash of vanilla followed by bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts. Butterscotch, cocoa, and bourbon flavors, too. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Mighty tasty and slightly different from a standard stout.

Mouthfeel: Substantial and hearty, yet smooth. There's a nice pleasant warming sensation in the mouth, belly, and throat as this goes down. I'm ready for winter now, dammit! Just need to train the St. Bernard to crack open a growler.

Drinkability: YES, OH MY GOD, YES!!! This was the winner of the "Which Beer Will Go Home in my Growler?" contest. I'm thinking that the growler will never see anything but this stuff, too. Might have to pick up a second one...

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2003 20:38:25 | More by ManekiNeko
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served as a sample at the Penn Festival. The color was a ruby-brown, and maintained a quality head. The smell was of coffee and other malts. The taste was of malts and coffee, and was on the bitter side, but not overly so. The mouthfeel was fairly smooth for a non-nitro stout. Drinkability-wise, this was an excellent balance and I could absolutely drink these all day!

This was the true surprise of the festival, and one I didn't expect to be so good! I hope that I can find this one nearby, because I would certainly purchase it in the future!

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2003 08:19:46 | More by beergeek279
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Murph

Arizona

4.88/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew pours ever so slowly from the tap but when it finally reaches you it is blacker than night with a nice creamy brown head that lightly laces the glass. The oak barrels that this stuff is aged in lend a big vanilla quality to the nose with some more subtle burnt malt and sweeter chocolate characterisitics in the background. The brew opens up on the tongue with strong vanilla flavors before it is highjacked by the strong burnt malt presence and its wonderful bitter qualities. The bitter is then joined by a smoothly sweet chocolate quality that complements and balances the bitterness nicely as it fades out. The chocolate sweetness fades out into a nice smooth vanilla finish that lingers pleasantly on the tongue. This has to be one of the smoothest, silkiest beers that I've ever had, an amazing mouthfeel to accompany the heavyish body of the brew. This is a truly awesome brew that is certainly one of my favorite stouts, if only I lived a little closer to the brewpub.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2003 11:47:59 | More by Murph
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rotsaruch

Pennsylvania

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

A growler obtained 11/27/02. A big creamy head floating on this beautiful black as the nite without any stars in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean (I remember of nites like that from days in the Navy) brew. The aroma is something that it is hard to describe. It has this fragrance of vanilla and bourbon. The smoothness and balance of this brew is remarkable. There is sweet softness of the malt embracing the palate and the slight presence of hops at the finish. It has to be one of the most distinctive, drinkable stouts that I have ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2002 18:11:50 | More by rotsaruch
Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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