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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,234 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1,234
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 63
Gots: 68 | 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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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown/black with three-finger, tan, creamy, foamy head that lasted a few minutes. Good lacing.

S: Oak, roasted chocolate and coffee. Mild.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Oak and vanilla exactly as advertised. Not sure I like it though. Vanilla carries through in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation and ridiculously smooth. I mean, this is smooth. Slightly warm too, which is nice.

O: This beer looks great and is so smooth, but the nose and taste are just above average in my opinion. Maybe I'm just not a fan of the vanilla. Still, good overall.

SolipsismalCat, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #101
Served On: 01/05/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: 10/19/2011

Scored this one at Frisco's in Frederick, MD. Thought it would be a great beer to enjoy on a cold winter night such as this.

Look: Poured a pitch black color with no light passing through. Head was 1-finger of a creamy tan froth. The Duvel glass really seemed to showcase the deep richness of this beer's color and aroma.

Smell: There were notes of sweet vanilla and charred oak. Also strong black coffee in the background.

Taste: The beer had a lighter creaminess to the mouth feel - not quite as full as I was expecting. Upfront was vanilla with a brief semisweet chocolate note. Middle was mainly of earthy roasted malts. Finish was a nice coffee bitterness. I did notice the complexity becoming slightly weaker towards the end as the beer warmed.

A little thin for the style - which was disappointing to me. Overall it was a very complex and satisfying stout.

CraftBeerTastic, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of cjbeckman
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

cjbeckman, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of littlelorib
4/5  rDev +1.8%

littlelorib, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of TerrenceOBrien
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

TerrenceOBrien, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of dbus08
5/5  rDev +27.2%

dbus08, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of StoryOfTheGhost
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this beer as part of a beer of the month club for Christmas, and I really enjoyed it.

A- Dark black, with a thin dark caramel head

S- I smell the coffee and the wood smells up front. The bourbon is not as strong as a smell as I expected or hoped, but still has a very nice scent to it

T- Very similar to the smell. Great flavor of roasted malts. The bourbon is faint. Very low alcohol taste, which was expected with an abv that runs low for the style

M- This is the reason that I did not give the beer a better rating. Watery. Taste does not stay with you as long as I would desire, which is a shame, because it tastes good

O- This is an excellent beer, and one that I would drink again. It goes down very smooth, and it would be pretty easy to knock back several.

StoryOfTheGhost, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of stxSS07
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a tulip.

A- Pours black with a 2 finger, tight, khaki-colored head. Leaves sticky lacing.

S- Pretty faint. Oak notes mixing with some faint roasted/chocolate notes. Maybe some sweetness in there as well.

T- Follows the nose with woodiness up front, roasted notes, and finishes with some sweet sugary vanilla. Fairly straightforward, but tasty.

M- Really thin for a stout with crazy high carbonation. Not very solid here.

O- One of the more dynamic tasting regular "stouts" I've had. The vanilla and oak definitely add another dimension, but this brew is a little weak overall.

stxSS07, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of thisladyluck
5/5  rDev +27.2%

thisladyluck, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of ububru
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
Photo of dvanhandel
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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

Maltus, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +1.8%

ROGUE16, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +1.8%

mjtiernan, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

bigred89, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of deapokid
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
Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

rab53, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

nmann08, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

brandoman63, Nov 28, 2011
Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,234 ratings.