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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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1,178 Ratings

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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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Photo of scoobybrew


3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - deep, dark, nearly opaque black color with slight ruby highlights, thick tan head with good retention and nice lacing

S - rich, roasted chocolate-like malts with a hint of smoke, some vanilla (from the oak barrel?)

T - roasted grain with some burnt and smoky flavors associated, moderate hop bitterness on the finish; some herbal-like hop flavors; fairly clean yeast character

M - medium-full body with moderately high carbonation, some roast astringency on finish

O - Well, this isn't a bad American stout, but there's not really much barrel flavor here despite the name. There is some oak-like vanilla, but it's pretty subtle. The brewing is fair enough, but just doesn't deliver the barrel expectations very well.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 22:15:48 | More by scoobybrew
Photo of smakawhat


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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very large light milk cocoa head of about four fingers is produced that seems quite foamy and uniform. This head just doesn't wanna budge or go anywhere. Kind of pock marked and not totally uniform but looks pretty good.

On the nose is some toasty malt, but also some salty jerky quality. It does smell sort of rauchbier like which seems unusual, but it's quite alright.

Taste is kind of basic but solid. Smoke meat and sausage on the finish really big. Rauchbier feel and wetness. In the mouth though there isn't much taste to this beer and it seems to only bring the flavor out on the finish. Some wet feel for body, and a little quick and dry.

Overall though this is kind of surprising this is not what I expected for this style, I was thinking more of big roast and chocolate/coffee/licorice sort of for this style. But it's basically rauchbier light to me and a good one to boot.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 23:34:58 | More by smakawhat
Photo of rsdaugherty


4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass
A - Pour barely fit into my pint with a nice creamy coffee head, fast dissipation left nice lacing on the glass and ended in a thin layer. A slightly less than black opaque color 3.5
S - Coffee, oak, with lesser caramel vanilla and "burnt" malt notes 3.5
T - A heavy malt start with notes of the oak barrel evolves to coffee with a bitter sweet chocolate/caramel background. A nicely built Stout that makes my top 10 of the style list. 4.5
M - Skim milk mouth feel with a full body adds to drinkability, nice carbonation but I was hoping for a slightly thicker presence. 3.5
O - Very easy drinking and a very good tasting stout. I'm not a stout lover and will definitely seek this out again. 4

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 03:34:00 | More by rsdaugherty
Photo of greenmonstah

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Dark brown, almost black. Half a finger of brownish head. Retention is mediocre. Almost no lacing.

S - Vanilla and chocolate. Bit of coffee bitterness and something of a charred character.

T - Opens with some roasted malt and chocolate flavors. Strong vanilla flavor with some oak hints. Finish is chocolate and vanilla with some char. Really good and complex for an American Stout.

M - Plenty of carbonation and a medium body. Wet with a slightly drying finish. A bit too carbonated.

O - Really surprisingly good. Didn't expect to love it like this, but for the style and ABV the taste is phenomenal. A lot of flavor packed into a little package.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 00:11:40 | More by greenmonstah
Photo of ms11781


1.98/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Thanks to dbexpert. Bottled on 01/17/2011 on label. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a solid black with a thin tan cap for a head. The head dissipates almost immediately, leaving the thinnest of a tan ring around the glass.

The aroma is not strong at all. In fact, it's quite weak. There is a bit of smokiness when inhaled deeply. Perhaps a touch of wood but you really have to look for it in order to find it.

The taste isn't much better. Pretty bland. Some slight char and wood. No oak to speak of. There is a touch of sweetness, toffee or caramel. The flavors are there but they certainly aren't all that strong. Nothing stand out and each flavor is gone almost as soon as it's recognized.

Thin bodied with high carbonation. It's very thin and watery. Doesn't feel like a stout at all. Far from it.

The label says that it was bottled on 01/17/2011 and it was reviewed on 03/18/2011 but the beer didn't seem up to par, to me anyway. I haven't had a known fresh sample of it so I'm not sure that it was stale but my experience doesn't really follow along with the others.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 03:56:11 | More by ms11781
Photo of jduffy21


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

I had this from a bottle poured in to a Samuel Adams glass. This stout was black as night with a beautiful tan head that reduces to a nice thin lace on top. This has smell of a robust coffee. The first sip is of coffee with a hints of vanilla at the end. Overall this is a really flavorful stout. This stout is smooth drinking, definitely on of my favorites. Very tasty!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 01:45:39 | More by jduffy21
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3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dominion Oak Barrel Stout has a black colour and a 5 mm tan head that lasts awhile and maintains good lacing. The smell is all chocolate and and woodiness. The taste is quite hoppy to begin with but the roasty charcoal and woodiness take over quickly. The finish is slightly bitter with some charcoal. This beer has a good foamy texture. Overall, a decent oak-aged stout... although not especially interesting.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 03:26:35 | More by vandemonian
Photo of Tballz420


4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My label is much different than the one pictured. But it appears to be this beer.

Thick-ass black body, you can spot some hues on the very edge if you look for it. Fluffy tan head, very sticky. Scent is a thick chocolate malt, a bit of roast. Mmm, nice blend. Deep dark malts dominate the brew, very nice touch of bitter hops. Full body, a bit wet but pretty thick. When i want a stout, thats what i want.

As they would say in chicago: "you can put it on the boaaard! YES!"

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 03:56:29 | More by Tballz420
Photo of bsp77


4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in March Beer of the Month Club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Bottling date of February 24, 2011.

Appearance: Jet black with initial thick tan head, leaving a thin cap and just a touch of lacing.

Smell: Molasses, chocolate, vanilla, smoke and char.

Taste: Molasses, caramel and chocolate base, over which nice layers of smoke, charred oak and vanilla add great complexity. Semi-sweet until the very light English-style hops at the finish.

Feel: Pretty smooth, full body for a relatively low abv beer with moderately low carbonation. Almost silky. Finish is just slightly dry.

Overall: Not used to lower alcohol Oak-aged Stouts - I like it. Proves that a brewer can be innovative with overdoing the abv or IBUs.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 00:21:18 | More by bsp77
Photo of IronLover


4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a bottle with no freshness date. Totally black in color. Poured with an ample beige head that reduced to a wispy cap and light sticky lacings. Sweet vanilla and dark roasted malt aromas. Vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malt flavors in the beginning that transition to coffee flavors and a bitter hoppy ending. Vanilla, coffee and hop flavors combine at the end to leave a black licorice-like taste in the back of the throat and nose. Very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 02:17:44 | More by IronLover
Photo of jsprain1


4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Black with brown highlights. Khaki head is thick and retains well. Slight lacing.
S- Vanilla, a bit of chocolate, a touch of coffee.
T- Not picking up much of the oak/bourbon aging flavors, but that's ok. Vanilla is key player. Faint roasted character. A bit of coffee and chocolate.
M- Smooth but not quite smooth enough. Full but not quite as full as I would like. As a result, the mouthfeel is decent but not outstanding.
D- A solid stout bolstered by a delicious vanilla character. I could definitely have a couple of these without a problem.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 04:23:12 | More by jsprain1
Photo of Vdubb86


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

Served in a 3 Floyd's pint glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for hooking me up with this interesting beer.

The appearance is pretty darn black for a just a regular old stout. The aromatics are pretty bland. There is some oak woodsiness in the background but there is no malt characteristics in the aroma at all. The flavor is actually really damn good. There is a lot of vanilla in the flavor, some of it from oak, some of it from added vanilla. The barrel is palatable and you can taste the dank oak. The roasted malt flavor is pretty weak but it does exist in the background. The mouthfeel is really creamy and it was really really nice. This was really really tasty. As far as drinkability it was really nice, but there was something still generic about it overall. Still a pleasant surprise from a random stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 06:37:33 | More by Vdubb86
Photo of therica


4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= deep dark brown, fair tan head, nice rimming.

S= natural vanilla bean, coffee, roasted malts, playfully light hops florals.

T= not as bold as expected but maybe "as they should be," and a very nice blend indeed. Lightly smoky malts and vanilla bean (not the far cheaper vanilla-extract junk), moderate hops bitters. Hops florals are in there but not quickly discernable because they seem to be the more floral-hops varietals.

M= now the hops bitters as well as the toasted malt bitters kick in, with very apparent vanilla bean notes and light coffee. Savor for a few minutes.

D= very drinkable, possible session if you're in the darker-beer mood with a slight vanilla twist. Would be fantastic with dark rich chocolate desserts. Might be an interesting twist with a swiss-mushroom-burger. Definitely not fish or steak.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 20:09:27 | More by therica
Photo of connecticutpoet


3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to mdaschaf for the trade. Greatly appreciated, Matt! Selected randomly from the group.

On the pour, this beer was a very dark brown, with a half finger head atop a clear body. The head effectively disappeared as I drank.

Aroma was somewhat complex, initially sweet with dark fruits. Some vinous nature came out next, with hints of vanilla and oak. Dark malts and a little bit of roasted barley came through at the end.

Taste initially was roasted malt, with a little sweetness. Faint oak was noticeable, but no vanilla. Charred barley came through in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was very smooth, but the body was a little bit thin. I expected a little more based on the aroma, but don't get me wrong, it wasn't bad.

Drinkability was good. I enjoyed it, and if I were in the mood to session stouts, this would be a candidate.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 04:19:14 | More by connecticutpoet
Photo of Retsinis


3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this beer up at "Wegmans" while staying in Woodbridge Virginia on vacation with family. Love to check out local beers anytime I travel, and Dominion beers do not make it out to California that I know of, so I had to check it out.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle from a six pack into a wine glass.
The beer pours a dark and rich jet black, with a light tan brown head that rose only about a quarter inch, then resided to just a nice ring around the glass. Some lacing, but not much.

The beer smells of roasted dark malts, a bit of coffee, smoke, and vanilla. The wood comes through a bit too. Smells like a much stronger beer than it actually is.
The flavors are a good balance of light roasted malts, coffee, oak, with a vanilla finish. Not too smooth, roasted, bitter, just well balanced all around. Almost like a test batch for a much bigger beer.

The mouth feel was medium to light, a bit thin, but mostly creamy with light carbonation.
I enjoyed sipping on this, and finished the six pack over the course of the week. Being basically as stout with some oak notes, it sure as hell is a lot tastier than a Guinness Draught, and I would order this at a bar given the option.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 01:25:28 | More by Retsinis
Photo of Gushue3


3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours black with smal head that goes away. no lacing.

S- vanilla off the top, a smokey sweet wood scent in there too. not getting too much

T- much lighter vanilla note than the scent gives. oaky wood taste with a tiny hint of booziness. the flavors work well together. lingering vanilla taste that im not sure if i like a ton.

M-small carbonation bubbles rush around and feels pretty light too.

D- easy to drink.
ill be reaching for something else though

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 22:48:55 | More by Gushue3
Photo of Vierenner


2.78/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is very different from all of the other stouts I've tried ... in a not so good way. The flavors are very lively, perhaps because of the soda-like effervescence continuously arising to the top. But those flavors are not well balanced. I feel like this beer was an experiment in brewing and marketing an oak aged beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 03:13:51 | More by Vierenner
Photo of JunkYardJake


3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into tulip.
Pours a near black color with a small tan film on top. Very little lacing. Smell is very subdued. Some roasted malts and a little chocolate and coffee. Chocolate malt, although mild, is the most dominate flavor in the palate, followed by lactose sweetness and a kiss of oak from the oak chips that were added. The oak character is nice because it is subtle and doesn't hide the other flavors like some stouts that are actually aged in barrels. The thing is, there isn't alot of other flavors. The vanilla beans get lost completely and there is no prominent hop flavors. Also, the roasted malt and coffee in the nose, doesn't really show up. Yet, the chocolate and oak are enough to make it work. Medium bodied with low carbonation. The mouthfeel is silky smooth and rolls around nicely. Overall, an approachable and enjoyable stout that, due to it's mild flavor profle, is quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 17:19:39 | More by JunkYardJake
Photo of KickbacksSteve


4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip. Bottling date edged off the side of the label. 0/17/? Beige head rests on a black body. Slick, clear lacing slides quickly down the glass. Aroma is dominated by coffee and malty sweetness. Taste is moderately sweet with coffee notes and roasted malt. I don't exactly pick up on the vanilla but it may be responsible for some of the residual sweetness, taste is more like a milk stout. Exceptionally easy to drink and delicious. My only complaint is naming a beer aged on oak chips "oak barrel stout". Just a touch misleading.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 06:42:37 | More by KickbacksSteve
Photo of mulder1010


3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. thanks to The CPJ for this one

A-- Poured dark cola color and settled black. Decent sized light chocolate colored head did a bit of reverse cascade and settled to just above film. One finger read retention on swirling but also recedes pretty quickly. Just a few carbonation bubbles on the sides of the glass.

S-- Oak, rolled oatmeal, and vanilla. More Oak than vanilla in the smell to me.

T-- Oak, more like lots of oak. Get vanilla bean and oatmeal. More like an oatmeal stout in oak barrels to me.

M-- Medium feel and medium carbonation. Lots of dryness from the oak and it does in a way mask the vanilla bean taste. A little bit of a bitter lemon acidic finish to this as well.

D-- A sipper due the amount of oak in this. Still very drinkable and can have multiple bottles in a sitting. If not in the mood for a monster stout this is a very good alternative. A lot of flavor and character and perfect carbonation for this level of beer. Might need a touch more vanilla but otherwise very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 13:58:14 | More by mulder1010
Photo of ajaxivan


3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

10-5-2010 bottling date poured into pint glass

A: Decent black color but after pouring vigorously no head to speak of.

S: Hints of vanilla and oak. Maybe some dark fruit

T: Im getting a decent amount of vanilla, just enough i would say. Thats about it unfortunately

M: Thin to medium, not smooth at all

D: By no means complex , still not bad if your looking for a easy drinker. Good price point for what you get i think. Not my favorite but wouldnt turn one down if offered, i left wanting a little more.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 22:01:25 | More by ajaxivan
Photo of CuriousMonk


3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly thick, very dark brown with a thick, creamy light tan head. aroma isn't huge but is quite nice with scents of roasted nuts. cofee, a bit of charred wood, and a chocolate malt ball note. flavor is solid, but nothing special. smoked wood and roasted coffee up front with the slightest hint of oak and vanilla coming in late with a lingering coffee finish. palate is a bit light for a stout and felt slightly thin with a bit too much carbonation. overall, a decent stout that with a little more style could be quite delicious.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 18:14:45 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of PreacherBrewer


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

A - Pours pitch black and sports a two finger dark tan head. Lacing is soapy and abundant.

S - Nose lets off some dark chocolate, roasted malt, and vanilla extract scents.

T - Flavors of dark chocolate, roasted malt and vanilla bean pop out. Nice freshly roasted coffee lingers in the aftertaste like a bold vanilla latte. Makes me want to say there is some lactose floating around as well. The oaking makes this beer even better by adding a charred oak character. Full Flavored and balanced.

M - Tickelish carbonation is balanced by a somewhat syrupy malt profile. The carbonation and malty syrupiness complement eachother nicely.

Overall - Full flavored, full bodied, yet easy to drink. What a great take on the style. Has everything you ask for in the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 19:03:48 | More by PreacherBrewer
Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm


3.03/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Date: 24 January 2011
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX snifter
Type: 12fl oz bottle

Poured aggressively, only a brief 1-finger head, reduces to almost nothing, almost no lacing, caramel head and black in color. Aroma of smoked malt, no oak and vanilla as stated on the bottle....although I haven't gotten to tasting yet. More aroma of chocolate and dark malts. Taste of a little smoke, chocolate, roasted malts, no oak, and only slight vanilla when breathing out while tasting. Even at 5.2% ABV, the alcohol is noticeable....aaand that sucks. I would only recommend this beer as a dark beer option for a get-together or party or something. Otherwise, I would not seek out this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 00:37:00 | More by ToAzwethinkweizm
Photo of MbpBugeye


3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Bottled on 9/07/10

The pour doesnt look too dark. It gathers pretty black though. The head is small but nice while it lasts. A couple rings of lacing are left behind. The smell is nice, but kinda toned down. Its pretty damn woody with a sweet kick of vanilla and brown sugar. The flavor falls kinda flat. Its missing a big velvety richness. Theres just a thin vanilla taste with an oaky finish with a Dr. Pepper flavor somewhere in between. The body is extremely too thin. It really ruins any chances this beer has at being smooth and creamy. The body isnt even enough to give the sharp carbonation something to struggle through. It has a very prickly feeling. A very dry finish is very abrupt. In all this beer is pretty drinkable. I wont have a problem finishing it, especially at this 5.2% ABV. It just leaves me wanting much more.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 04:36:35 | More by MbpBugeye
Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,178 ratings.