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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,352 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,352
Reviews: 670
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 69
Gots: 114 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 1,352 | Reviews: 670
Photo of avalon07
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this beer for 10.99 a sixer at 3 Sons. Cheapest oak aged beer I ever found! Had this as my 3rd beer on a stout tasting night.

A - Pours a pitch black darkness with about an inch of head. Looks pretty rocking in

S - You get some chocolate, slight coffee, you can smell woody goodness, and then some malt. Doesn't smell too bad.

T - Man was I blown over with flavor! Starts off with a semi bittersweet coffee and then flows to oak barrel age wood (done very well to heighten the taste btw!) and then SWACK you get hit with a smooth vanilla bean taste that not only wraps it all up but leaves it with a sweet finish. COULD it get any better?

M - Surprisingly they got all this flavor and not a high ABV. Medium bodied and creamy.

D - Man where have you guys been all my life? I have been kicking around equally as cheap stouts and exposed to some that taste as good for double the price but I have no idea how they can just throw this at you with a 10.99 a sixer price tag! WILL be picking more up and WILL be having a few a sitting. In my opinion I fully agree with the bros "A" rating or greater all the way!

Photo of jrallen34
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasting with AgentZero.

12oz bottle into my Rochefort glass.

A super dark brown pour, light tan head that rises about two fingers, gone quickly. Light lacing...Light aroma, combo of vanilla, coffee, and alcohol...The taste comes out of nowhere, no idea it would be this vanilla from the aroma. Dominated by vanilla on the front, but on the finish its dull bitter coffee and alcohol and wood. The finish is also very chalky, a residual powder feel which is not nice. Very alcoholic for a 5% beer.

Overall, this is a big miss. The first sip is nice vanilla but after that its all downhill. The vanilla disappear and you get a powder feel.

Photo of xnicknj
3.26/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into snifter - thanks to brees6221

Pours an opaque black with a nice tuft of graham cracker brown head. Fades into thick film with some patchy lacing on the glass.

Somewhat muted in the nose, lighter roasted malts, vanilla and oak with some chocolate sweetness and faint hops.

Some hop bitterness right up front, followed by some roasted dark malts. Bittersweet dark chocolates integrated with rawer vanilla bean flavor and underlying coffee. Oak somewhat smooths out the profile, adding some earthy tones. Finishes with hop bitterness and chocolate.

Fuller medium body, high carbonation, a bit dry and tingly on the tongue, which I usually don't prefer for this style. This drinks okay, the alcohol is a bit lower which was nice, but not really what I'm looking for from an oak aged vanilla bean stout.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.71/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. Bottled on 100908. "Oak aged Stout fermented with vanilla beans."

Thanks to PerzentRizen for sending this bottle my way.

A - Clear on the pour, this one gets black in the glass. A bit effervescent, a toffee tan head pops up and fizzes for a bit before sinking to a ring and thin layer. Low lace on the sides.

S - The aroma starts with musty old dirty carpet and moves into low-presence roasted malts. I don't get oak or vanilla beans in the scent but there is this lingering nose of old garbage can juice that's bad but not as bad as it sounds. Probably too old.

T - The roasted malts are present here but they loose their robust punch from how dry it is and how much carbonation there is. A bit of unsweetened chocolate and a hint of vanilla poke in and out bit overall it's pretty one-dimensional.

M - It's far too carbonated for a stout, especially an oak aged one. It removes from the rich, creamy feel I believe it should have as well as taking away from the flavor. Too distracting. Medium-bodied and very dry in the finish.

D - It's not a terrible beer. I'm also trying to factor age in with this. Bland though and unexciting. It washes down fine. Nothing to write home about either way.

Photo of smithj4
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

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

I've had this a few times over the years, and most recently, tonight, on tap at the OD pub in Hyattsville.

Black with dark brown highlights and a dense, brown head with great retention and lacing. The nose is solid. Prominently roasty with a blend of heavily kilned and mildly charred malts, the added vanilla bean character is noticeable and quite enjoyable. Oak isn't particularly noticeable on the nose, which is surprising given that this was aged on chips rather than barrels. Bitter chocolate and coffee appears as this beer warms up. The palate is just as good as the nose with a very enjoyable level of roasted malt lending a blend of coffee, a little char and the base grain itself. Sweetness is low, apart from the moderate vanilla character that appears mid-palate, there's not much by way of sweetness here. Medium-light in body with soft carbonation, this feels pretty smooth on the palate. The finish is long and bitter with plenty of roasted grain and a little char present. Very good, especially at $4/20oz pour. I'll revisit this for sure.

Photo of tectactoe
3.05/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this forever ago (just a tick), finally trying it again for a full review. Thanks to Jeff for the bottle. Like most stouts, deep-brown and black are the only colors to be found throughout the body; it's topped off with a thin tan skin - too weak to be called a "head", even after a fair aggressive pour. Carbonation issues, I wonder? I would expect a much frothier foam than this, especially at only 6.1% ABV.

Although the aroma isn't exactly off-putting or offensive in really any way, it's just kind of bland and mundane. It's carbon copied from the generic, basic "stout" profile and adds only a slight hint of oak. Dry cocoa beans, lightly sweet cream, tons of dry oak, and a touch of vanilla. I'll admit, the slight vanilla addition is nice, but everything is just so underwhelming and weak, that it's kind of hard for me to vibe on this.

A little more java and coffee beanery shows up on the palate, something that is certainly a welcomed accompaniment. Malts provide a light roast and a mild onset of cocoa in the periphery. Oak dryness plagues the background; much to my dismay, the vanilla is even more faint in the flavor than it was in the aroma. Just a dollop and nothing more; I feel it could benefit from a larger vanilla presence.

More roast and dry oak clog the aftertaste; the beer finishes in an uninspiring way and kind of leaves me wanting something more. The carbonation feels surprisingly lively, despite the egregious head formation from the start. Slick, oily and sharp mouth feel, although the body is much too thin for my liking, and especially for the style.

So apparently this beer used smoked and peated malts? I got pretty much no hint of smoke or meatiness here, unless you count the touch of oak throughout, but I'm sure that can be attributed to fermenting with oak chips. Overall, a basic and timid stout; kind of boring and uneventful, and while it's not "bad" by any means, it wasn't really enjoyable or tasty or different enough for me to seek out again.

Photo of BMart
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of AngusOg
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Rich, deep black/brown with a super sticky medium brown head, clinging to the glass.

S - Bitter chocolate and cofee, wood and nutty aromas. Roasty and slightly smokey.

T - Sweet and bitter chocolate, roasted grains, sweet coffee with milk added. Possible chocolate covered coffee beans. ALmost sweet like a milk stout with chocolate syrup. A toasty wood finish. This is super deep and rich.

M - Just what you would want from a stout, this beer is super soft and silky smooth. A tad dry in the finish.

O - A very balanced stout with tons of flavor and complexity. This one is awesome.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a deep opaque sable with a fine-bubbled tan head. Strong aroma is smoky and coffee-ish, and slightly chocolaty. Rich flavor is like a good mocha and has a yeasty undertone, along with nutty and molasses hints. Texture is smooth and a little tingly.

Photo of WOLFGANG
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Durge
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An opaque black-brown brew with a fair light brown cover and good lacing. I can smell a mild citrus licorice idea here. There’s a bit of cocoa/charcoal to make for a pleasant but subdued enticement. The taste buds pick up on tart charcoal and tasteful chocolate with a touch of orange/citrus bite. The body is medium-ish but it is a bit aqueous. I get a slightly resinous malt finish that also suggests some earthy juniper brightness. Carbonation is tiny, spritzy stuff that flows smoothly and makes for a very decent stout that could prove pretty sessionable. Recommended.

Photo of tommy5
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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

On draught at St. James Tavern. This beer is a deep dark brown/black with a ruby halo and a thick beige head. Thick lacing as well. Great aroma of roasted coffee/mocha, chocolate and malt. Creamy body with a nice amount of coffee, vanilla and chocolate malt in the flavor, a tad more enjoyable than the bottled version. The finish is velvety smooth and has a smokey character along with some hops. Overall this is a pretty good Stout, easy to drink and very tasty.

Photo of tbeckett
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Had this on tap at Dulles Airport. From notes.

A - Black pour with one finger of creamy tan head. Good carbonation coming up. Spotty lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Cola, sugar, sweet dark malt, some chocolate.

T - Roast, chocolate, sweet mostly. Not too much going on.

M - Very smooth, mild carbonation, medium body. Nice.

O/D - Fairly drinkable. Not sure where the smoke or barrel are, but it wasn't too bad. Scored lower because it lacks what it advertises.

Photo of Brenden
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This dark brown brew develops one finger of creamy medium brown head. The beer itself looks a little bubbly at first but calms down very quickly. Head retention isn't spectacular, but it's pretty good, and some good patching is left behind.
Nice, woody and natural sort of oaky notes come off the nose. it's generally a little soft, but digging out the subtleties isn't too difficult. Vanilla's directly up front and roast is gentle but firm, while coffee grounds come right up to the forefront. It all works together for not a huge smack in the face but plenty of complexity that has to be thoughtfully sought out but isn't taxing.
The flavor has all the coffee, roast, oak and vanilla as the nose, but a ghost of something with a certain tang to it can be caught sneaking in and out. It eases out as it warms, and there's an almost citrusy hint right in the finish that has me thinking hops, though it's very light.
The body is full and smooth but the crispness is held firm by a carbonation that's a little too high for a stout.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a solid black color with a tan head. Aromas of subtle oak and vanilla are in the air. In the taste, chocolate and somewhat like mocha. An aftertaste that is a bit dry and leaves a coffee presence in the mouth. A lighter body than most stouts. A nice flavorful stout, I enjoyed the coffee/mocha/ vanilla flavor for dessert.

Photo of AgentZero
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a black color with a tan head that dissipated to a ring. Very solid looking.

S - Dark roasted malts and dark fruits. There is a hint of vanilla, but not a ton more than that.

T - Slight vanilla taste on the front which disappears quickly to a bit of roasted malts. It turns to a very powdered cocoa taste that finishes slightly sour.

M - Moderatly carbonated and a full body. The taste doesn't quite coincide with the rest of the beer.

D - I thought this had more alcohol in it than it did, but it's pretty low. It is averagely drinkable considering the abv and weight.

Photo of tavernjef
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
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!

Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown to black with a nice creamy brown head with a lasting ring and spotty lace. Complex cocoa, vanilla, and oak aromas and flovors. Cocoa is big on the nose with a bit more vanilla in the flavor . Medium-full bodied with a smooth roasty and vanilla finish.

I prefer the bottled version better. The draft version at the OD Brewpub has too much bourbon character.

Per Label: "7 different malts and 2 hops. Dry hopped with fresh vanilla beans and toasted oak"

Bottled: 04/08/04
Tasted: 10/28/04

Photo of clayrock81
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a perfect shade of black with a frothy, sleek one-finger head that was tan and then slowly died and left a ring around the glass. A light malt smell of roasted malts and sweet malts like caramel mixed with cocoa and coffee (and yes, oak). Medium-to-full bodied, really, REALLY, sweet and smooth creaminess. The beer is balanced with hints of dryness and although it goes down somewhat silky, it has a moderately dry backbone. Roasted, toffee, caramel, and chocolate malts all make their way in the taste. I could have this anytime.

Photo of Jwale73
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A Valentine's Day treat from my wife, brought back from Virginia Beach. 12oz. bottle served in my DFH snifter. Bottled on 10/09/2008 indicated on the label. Poured one shade shy of black with a loose, khaki-colored head that quickly dissipates into a skim with a band of foam around the edges. Nose indicates vanilla, lactic acid and butterscotch. Taste consistent with nose, but very muted. Mouthfeel is somewhat watery with a light background carbonation and a slight acidity. Not bad, but somewhat lackluster.

Photo of SadMachine
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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