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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,183 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1,183
Reviews: 654
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 59
Gots: 58 | 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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tkdchampxi

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

04-26-2014 20:53:04 | More by tkdchampxi
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FrankShirley

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

09-19-2012 15:35:38 | More by FrankShirley
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taigor

New York

4/5  rDev +1.5%

02-27-2012 15:46:53 | More by taigor
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Atron67

Wisconsin

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

picked up at the local grocery store in Fredericksburg.

was slightly sweet, reminded me of a milk stout, but it was very tasty the oak and vanilla flavors were strong and it worked very well together to give a very drinkable complex stout that wasnt a sipper

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 14:59:03 | More by Atron67
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jp312

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

09-03-2012 23:44:25 | More by jp312
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thekanna

Maryland

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Nice tar black color with a very thin tan head even after a turbulent pour.

S: Roasted malts, some smokiness, and faint vanilla beans. Gives off the general aroma of old wooden furniture, or an antique barn, full of age and complexity.

T: Good balance of roasted malts, oak, and espresso. There is some cacao powder-like bitterness to round out the end, with just a hint of phenols reminiscent of good scotch.

M: Medium, almost slightly too thin body. Would have liked more heaviness in the mouthfeel to complement the gravity and complexity of the oaky taste.

D: Nice to sip and admire the woody notes.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 01:29:16 | More by thekanna
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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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atoulouk

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

11-05-2013 22:11:12 | More by atoulouk
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mhenson42

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

05-24-2012 00:15:38 | More by mhenson42
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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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assurbanipaul

Texas

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

Pours a dark black-brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is sweet and dark, vanilla and molasses, dark European chocolate.

Taste is more of the same: Dark chocolates, sweet vanilla, molasses with a nice roasty malt bitterness. Faint whiskey elements somewhere in the middle. Aftertaste is mild espresso, dry and malty.

Mouthfeel is medium, probably could use more body for the style. Smooth, sweet but not cloying. Would be a perfect dessert beer, maybe over ice cream. Thanks to meathookjones for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2004 03:17:12 | More by assurbanipaul
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Atlas1

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

To preface this accordingly, I must say that I'm a fan of the Old Dominion brews. I live in Washington, DC and visit the brewery once every 2-3 months for sixtels and pony kegs. Their beers are good, not great, and the customer service at their brewpup is subpar (most of the waitstaff is clueless, and the bartenders appear to be idiots), but I like what they do, so I keep going back. The Oak Barrel Stout pours a deep rich reddish black with a thin head. Not much foam or lace to speak of. But the aroma is what captures you. Strong vanilla scent, with some chocolate, some caramel, and a woody overtone. The taste is just as nice, with the vanilla present again, as well as some bitter coffee, and a hint of citrus in the finish, which is unusual for a stout of this nature, but present nonetheless. Mouthfeel is a bit weak. Overall, I like the Oak Barrel, mostly because it presents a formidable opponent to some lesser stouts out there. The problem is that you can't find it everywhere. So you're stuck drinking inferior stouts until Old Dominion can get distribution wider-spread.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2006 00:06:04 | More by Atlas1
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wahhmaster

Virginia

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Corned Beef & Co. shaker pint.

Appearance: Very nice. Pours a dark cola color with a large, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of roasted malts and coffee. There is a faint scent of dark chocolate in the background as well.

Taste: Starts mildly bitter up front and develops into a roasted malt flavor. Has hints of vanilla, coffee, and chocolate. All of this is backed by a considerable amount of oakiness which lingers into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and lightly carbonated. No complaints here.

Drinkability: Really a superior stout. I'm not usually that big of a stout fan but this one might make me a believer. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 22:03:29 | More by wahhmaster
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PhageLab

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into the Duvel Tulip.

A - Pitch black, nice thin layer of froth, nice retention, laces quite well.

S - Chocolate, peanut butter, fresh soil, caramel.

T - Dark chocolate malt profile, toasty, notes of burnt cinder, smoke flavor, ash, and nuts. Very bitter. Surprisingly this one tasted better when it was chilled.

M - Full bodied, low carbonation, dry finish. My problem here was the consistency. The body was full, but the finish seemed oddly watery.

D - Pretty good, very tasty and balanced, I could actually do several of these. Impressive, and definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 18:15:19 | More by PhageLab
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arguemaniac

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a brief tan head that reduces to a thin lace. Roast, vanilla and a nice malt sweetness in the aroma. The palate resembles that of a porter more than a stout, really: while it certainly features a fairly heavy coffee roast character, but lacks that earthy burnt astringency found in many stouts. There is also vanilla, some chocolate and some nice malt sweetness. Strong note of vanilla in the roasty finish.

Not bad, much lighter and smoother than many other stouts, plus the vanilla character as a nice touch.

Recommended…

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2007 07:13:12 | More by arguemaniac
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dgallina

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a significant creamy tan head and noticeably strong carbonation. Quickly subsides into smooth film and good lace. Smells of roasted coffee, woody oak, and vanilla. Good aroma but a little faint. Tastes of roasted coffee base malts, overlaid with strong and slightly smokey wood, oak-like tones and *tons* of vanilla. Flavor is toasty, subtle, exquisite! Body is chewy, ever-so-creamy, very nicely carbonated.

My sample was super-fresh and delicious. A *very* nice and unique stout style that would become a favorite session beer for me if it were distributed here.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2004 16:43:15 | More by dgallina
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Travcofarms

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.5%

12-18-2013 13:38:06 | More by Travcofarms
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Chuffbomb

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.5%

07-23-2014 15:10:08 | More by Chuffbomb
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JandJMD

Maryland

4/5  rDev +1.5%

05-04-2014 21:06:34 | More by JandJMD
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badbeer

Iowa

3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with a beige head that quickly recedes to a a ring around the glass. Smell gives me quite a bit of roast and some cherries. Upon further agitation of the glass, I got a little bit of a malted milk ball aroma; really don't think I picked out vanilla. Taste is a bit roasty at the beginning, but then I get a much more creamy taste that comes through. Again, I don't know that I would have specifically picked out vanilla if I didn't know it was used. Medium carbonation and body is a little less than medium. Thanks to dsigmon for the sample!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 06:35:05 | More by badbeer
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beerphan

Pennsylvania

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

12oz bottle -> nonic
bottling date: 122706 (printed on the side of the label)

Pours mostly black with some chestnut around the edges when held to the light. A small dark tan head settles down to a thin film, leaving very little lace.

Nose: Vanilla, vanilla, oh yeah, vanilla maybe a fruit in there but not much.

Some burnt malt flavor with chocolate, coffee and the everpresent vanilla, showing through. Can't pick up any bourbon or oakey flavors. Slight bitterness on the finish is quick and leaves the mouth feeling a dry. A slight astrigent feel in the finish also.

Mouth is somewhat chewy and dry.

A pretty flavorful vanilla stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2007 21:55:52 | More by beerphan
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delta490

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.5%

10-06-2013 16:40:24 | More by delta490
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nortmand

Virginia

4.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep mahogany blck pour, with a five inch tan head. Hot damn! Lace all around.

Oak spiciness dominates the smell. Underlying roast and vanilla.

Rich chocolate roast taste to begin. Ends with an astringent vanilla beauty.

Rich and full bodied, this beer is delicious and at only 5% is very sessionable and complex. The drink by dat is April 2004. Disregard that, this beer is very cellarable. Excellent beverage.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2005 01:53:01 | More by nortmand
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csmiley

Ohio

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

Many thanks to IDateTheFormula for sending me this.

A - Pours almost black in color. Held up to the light there is some cola brown that shows at the very edge. The mocha colored head comes to about a quarter inch and sticks around for a minute or two before receding to a thin cap.

S - First and foremost there is alot of vanilla that comes through in the nose. It tends to dominate the other aromas. Some wood starts to pop in midway to end. Finishing things off is a touch of charcoal.

T - Vanilla just drops out when it comes to taste. Smokey and burnt at first. Espresso and wood (could be oak) are right in the middle. Alcohol and a touch of milk chocolate follow through til the end.

M - Lighter in body with a good level of carbonation that works with this beer. Smooth and creamy overall. Finish is pretty dry and doesn't stick around for as long as expected.

D - Drinkability is good. Alcohol is very light and this beer is creamier than most. I could see having a few of these over the course of an evening with no problems. If I had access to this beer I might even have it in my fridge from time to time. The vanilla in the aroma threw me off at first because it was so strong but after a few sips the vanilla is hard to even pick out. Glad I got the chance to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 02:44:38 | More by csmiley
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Act25

New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found in Whole Foods sampler. $12.99 for 12.

A: Decent pour, could use more lasting head and more lacing.

S: Roasty malts, oak, vanilla, and chocolate. Plenty of smokey oak.

T: Follows the smell. Starts with creamy roasted malts, chocolate, a little cocoa powder, then smoked flavors, roasted barley, charred oak. It's soft and creamy. Nice balance of bitter, smoke, vanilla, and sweet. Warming. Great night cap.

M: Creamy and smooth, medium body with modest carbonation.

F: Densely packed flavor as in a RIS, without the ABV. Perfect everyday, slightly sweet stout, with good balancing hops, bitter, and smokey finish. Must try.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 02:24:52 | More by Act25
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