Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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very good

673 Reviews
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Reviews: 673
Hads: 1,396
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 72
Gots: 134 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.00% 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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Photo of erica
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ManekiNeko for the bonus bottle in francisweizen's package!!

I really liked this beer a lot. It is dark dark with a tan head, looks like a stout should look. It smelled strong to me, with a variety of aromas in there, coffee, chocolate, alcohol, a bit of vanilla too. Tasted great, lots of roasty vanilla-coffee flavour and a bit of a lactic presence, which isn't my favorite taste but it works in the right blend, and this is quite a good blend, so it works. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side but with all the flavour it doesn't take too much away. Drinkability is good, but because it smells so alcoholic I think it might get to me after a while. All in all a great beer and one I'd definitely have again! (722 characters)

Photo of jhammerly
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received from Imstillthegman in SS07.

Pours almost pitch black except for some reddish around the edges when the light hits. A small thin head of cocoa colored suds quickly dissipates into a thin ring. The aromas of ground coffee and vanilla mix well. Taste of toasted malt and a touch of vanilla with some hop bitterness in the background. Finishes dry. A surprisingly thin body and fairly low ABV for this style. Which also makes this a good session beer. (458 characters)

Photo of joeysmokedporter
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft in a pint glass.

A: pours oily and murky black, not much highlight, with a tan brown 2 finger, creamy head. Definitely warms you up for what is to come.

S: caramel dominates with notes of chocolate, roast, coffee; a good bit of vanilla as well.

T: The caramel, chocolate, and coffee hit at once; the middle is somewhat long and dominated by the oaky, resiny flavor; the finish is very light, almost watery, and cleansing...like it is preparing you for the next sip. A very enjoyable stout. Packed with flavor, particularly in the beginning.

M: Definitely heavy and a little viscous, even though this does not approach an imperial stout. Gets somewhat lighter as the sip progresses, which is unusual.

D: Drinks very easy for a stout, nice complex flavor. Would serve this with a dessert. (807 characters)

Photo of Finn
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma: Earthy, slight vanilla, burnt coffee

Appearance: Deep dark, tiny bit wisp of lace on top

Flavor: Peaty, earthy malt with a little vanilla aftertaste, tobacco, cola, roasty black malt.

Mouthfeel: Almost medium, with fairly strong carbonation cutting through to thin out the feel

Overall: Pretty nice. Unique malt profile mingling with a touch of vanilla is nice. I didnt pick up much noticeable oak. The slightly thin body detracted overall, but a very nice beer. (473 characters)

Photo of garthwaite
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This masterpiece pours nearly black with a tan bubbly head that lasts the entire pint. All kinds of subtle scents to pick up - deep earthy cocoa, roasted malt, honey, oak, & of course - vanilla. This stout tastes ridiculously good. Perfect blend of rich & fantastic chocolate malts with millions of complexities from delicate vanilla to roasted oak with hints of bourbon & subtle tobacco in between. This brew is full-bodied with a silky smooth milk-like feel. The finish is earthy with a perfect touch of bourbon. Simply spectacular. (534 characters)

Photo of gnemesis
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into snifter on 04/18/2011. Bottled on 03/10/10. Black body with a thick and creamy tan head. Good retention and decent lacing. My nose picks up bitter chocolate, roasted malts, a touch of vanilla, and coffee. The taste is the same but add in some caramel, brown sugar, and something boozy? Low ABV for that but it seems to be there. Full bodied, low carbonation, and a slightly dry finish. Good beer and my first from Dominion. If this is any indication of what they offer then I will be back ASAP. (518 characters)

Photo of BierManVA
4.87/5  rDev +24.2%
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 (593 characters)

Photo of jushoppy2beer
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This robust black stout sports a great tan-colored head that has very good retention, and leaves a nice lacing. This is also a rather complex stout, with a coffee nose evolving into a chocolate malt flavor on the palate. The mouthfeel is moderately thick, though many stouts this flavorful are a bit heavier in the mouth. This one is lightened even more by a carbonation level that is a bit higher than most stouts, but makes the drink refreshing. Combined with this, the subtle hop bitterness in the finish gives it a crisp finale. (532 characters)

Photo of Beer_Runner
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 08/07/12 (opened 46 days after bottling)

A: A slow pour into a standard pint glass resulted in about two-and-a-half fingers of a very robust and clumpy mocha colored head that slowly dissipated to about a quarter finger and left a good lacing. The brew dark brown and opaque with a cola hue.

S: The aroma is mild and consists of dark roasted malt with a touch of vanilla and a bit of oak.

T: The taste begins with a dark roasted malt and oak blend, and a touch of vanilla also comes through along with a touch of sweetness.

M: The body just barely makes it into the heavy range and it also has a slightly creamy feel. There is also very little carbonation, which is just fine in this style of beer.

O: This is a very oak and vanilla focused beer. It is also a very sweet beer. It is a good solid stout. The vanilla and the sweetness combine to give this beer a cola-like flavor. (894 characters)

Photo of Jables
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
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. (726 characters)

Photo of NickRivers
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A&S - Obviously deep black, creamy dark brown head, smell is kinda "muted" as one fella said, I like that word, anywho some light malts, kinda smells more of Porter than Stout, Very sweet and smokey then some chocolate and hoppy notes in the end.

T&M - Different from the smell, this tastes immediately of Stout. Big bold flavors, very smokey very crisp and light bodied, dangerously drinkable, kinda sweet light malt turns to that a dark chocolate, roasted, hop flavor.

O - Very impressive beer, I gave the appearance 3.5 cause nothing stood out from another stout, and the smell was muted therefor another 3.5.

Due to the fact that this was given to me by a Beer-Of-The-Month subscriber, I consider myself lucky to try a beer of such limitation. Not much to say about this other than how amazing easy it is to drink. Its one of those beers you tell your buddies, "Cmon' just try it." Its perfect for new and experienced drinkers alike. Definitely make a trade or pick some up if your in the area. Stay thirsty my friends! (1,027 characters)

Photo of PreacherBrewer
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (766 characters)

Photo of dougofthefuture
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra from noslenwerd - thanks man! Bottled 1/18/10. "Dominion Oak Barrel Stout raises the bar for American stouts. Out method of dry-hopping with vanilla beans & oak chips broadens our stout's flavor spectrum even further."

Even further, you say? ... Despite the questionably vague description, the label is pretty cool looking. Dry hopping with vanilla beans sounds pretty awesome as well. Ok, time to drink.

A - Really dark pour - attractive 1 finger head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S - Standard dark malt, but hints of both vanilla and oak add just a bit of uniqueness.

T&M - Again, a nice oak and vanilla flavor on an average stout - nothing about the backbone sticks out, but I'd agree that the additions broaden the flavor spectrum. Mouthfeel is a bit prickly with carbonation. No alcohol presence, but still not super smooth.

D - This is unique, and I'm glad to have tried it. Once is probably good enough. Sometimes I really crave vanilla though, and this would be a good fit if it were available locally. (1,040 characters)

Photo of thirtysixbelow
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - pretty much as dark as it gets, a very slight hint of brown around the edges when held up to the light. dark chocolate head that dissolves quickly leaving a nice ring. Didn't get any lacing.

s - rich creamy smell with chocolate, caramel, and vanilla notes.

t - astringent and hoppy at first. finishes sweet with the chocolate, caramel, and vanilla that were present in the smell. not really dry at all.

m - full and smooth yet surprisingly carbonated.

d - woohoo virginia. I picked this up randomly at the grocery store which made me think it wasn't going to be that great. I'm glad I was wrong. This beer is a little too complex for me to pick everything out, but it tastes so well rounded and delicious. This beer seems to be backwards from what I usually experience as it was kind if astringent/bitter at first and finished sweet. The bourbon barrel process gives it the taste of a much higher alcohol beer. Very interesting. I will definitely get this one again. (977 characters)

Photo of cjoc83
2.63/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottled 11/15/12 and purchased for $9.99 at Wegmans in Downingtown, PA. Pours more like a light porter or a very dark brown ale into a tulip with an initial 3 finger, fluffy khaki head that doesn't stick around too long but leaves some slight webs of lace. Definitely appears more of a very deep, dark brown than stout black, with amber hues penetrating the edges of the glass when held up to the light.

Very subtle nose...it's hard to discern much more than some roasted malts, a little milk chocolate and some vanilla sweetness. No oak in the nose.

Unfortunately, the flavors don't pop too much in the mouth, either. Some roasted malts up front, followed by a little caramel and toffee, finishes with some sweet vanilla. This is drinking more like a brown ale than a stout, and I'm very curious as to why they call this an "oak barrel stout" when there is literally zero oak flavor. The flavors disappear almost as soon as they hit the tongue. Everything is very faint.

As if this wasn't disappointing enough already, the OBS really falls apart in the mouthfeel. Extremely light and watery with too much carbonation, almost soda-like. The only upside here is that this is easy drinking.

Everything about this beer is misleading...why it's called a stout when it drinks like an alcoholic soda; why they call it an "oak barrel" stout at that, when there's barley any stout flavor to begin with, and there certainly ain't any oak in this thing. Half-way through my second one and I don't know what the hell I'm gonna do with the rest of these things. Not bad enough to drain pour, but not something I really wanna drink, either. (1,633 characters)

Photo of farHillsBrewer
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Have enjoyed a couple of these at Growler's Pub in Canton, a new pub opened by John Bates, former bartender at Racers Cafe.
It sits beside Guinness on the nitro tap, and is a special treat worth going donwtown for.
After the cascade of tiny bubbles finishes, you are left with a thick creamy head about an inch think, which is still partially there when the glass is empty. The mouthfeel provided by the nitro charge is as soft as cloud 9. The taste is all malt with pleasing notes of vanilla, oak, and toasty malt. It goes down so easily and the glass is finished before you realize. You are left with a finish of dark malt and some sweetness.
Highly recommended. (668 characters)

Photo of Wolfsdenbrew
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a moderate tan head leaving moderate amount of lacing on sides of the glass. Pours an almost opaque black with a bit of ruby highlights.

Aroma is definitely vanilla with dark fruits, prunes, etc. Also a bit of molasses in the nose.

The taste is composed of sweet, roasty malts and vanilla. There is a smoley character there and an oakey finish along with a modest bitter hop bite at the end.

Good carbonation level and medium to full body.

Delightful stout I must say. (491 characters)

Photo of imagineiii
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

5.2% bourbon barrel stout? isnt that supposed to say "10.2%"

A: Poors black with not much head, diminishes quickly.

S: Dry, Vanilla. Light on the nose.

T: Nice carbonation on the tongue, smooth and subtle flavors. Sweet bourbon flavors up front, dry american stout at the end. Very well balanced.

M: Only slightly heavier than a guiness.

D: As drinkable as any stout Ive had with the exception of guiness.

This beer is awesome. Im pleased to see somebody making a bourbon stout that isnt 10%, kick you in the face-ful of flavor. Very well balanced, would love to have another of these guys. (596 characters)

Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

A - Dark as night, black as pitch, darker than the evilest witch....ok maybe thats an exaggeration. Rich thick head, laces nicely.

S - Sweet malty smells. Chocolate, coffee scents...

T - Smooth sweet malts tastes of coffee with hints of chocolate and other complex malts. Oak & bourbon hints are also evident.

M - Heavy bodied and very smooth.

D - Very smooth and enjoyable. Very drinkable. (433 characters)

Photo of villainchiwwin
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

deep, dark color - near black with brown tint at bottom of glass. loose pack of beige head that fell away leaving lazy arches of lacing.
nose: oaky vanilla extract, caramel, maple syrup, faint milk-chocolate.
taste: yummy syrupy bourbon oak and a bit of vanilla present right away over subtle dates, prunes, and big breadiness - molasses, caramel, brown sugar then intense roasted quality with hops bitterness for well-balanced finish.
mouthfeel is a full-bodied, chewy experience with nice crispness toward the tail (tho a tad over-carbonated maybe), syrupy as mentioned before and enduring finish.
this is an interesting treat of a stout. (644 characters)

Photo of thartman
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle. The label is different from the one pictured, but I'm sure its the same brew. Deep, dark brown, almost black in color with a thin, tight head.

Nice aroma of vanilla, caramel, with hints of milk chocolate, and hazelnut.

Complex flavors, much hints of vanilla, milky chocolate kind of like a 3 musketeers bar, toasted malts, and a little caramel. The oak really comes through on the finish, mixed with sweet vanilla and a very slight hint of bourbon.

Smooth and creamy on the palate, medium to full bodied, with minimum carbonation. Slightly dry on the finish from the oak.

Easy drinker, nice stout with a twist, not too heavy. This is definitely worth seeking out. (700 characters)

Photo of Nutleybeer
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark with a huge, nice and foamy head. Great lacing that stuck around well after the first sip. Dark brown, almost black in color.

Mild woody scent, but not too much.

first taste, good. Dry with a roasted flavor. A hint of a mild smokiness perhaps. I don't really pick up the vanilla, as described on the packaging. Maybe some molasses, just a bit.

A good beer. You see oak barrel, you think a BIG beer, which this is not. A pleasant drinking experience. If a bit heavier
on the balancing sweetness, I would have liked it even more. (543 characters)

Photo of ggroller
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark brown bordering on black liquid. A rocky tannish head.

Coffee, vanilla, and chocolate in the nose.

Vanilla coffee taste. Just sweet enough to get you ready for the next sip.

Mouthfeel is silky.

A delicious brew that I will drink again. It could even be a session brew. (285 characters)

Photo of stjarnflikka
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Oliver Twist!

Pours a ver, very dark beer thats almost black with some red edges. There is a finger thick foam that rappidly dissipates and leaves a cobweb of lacing on top, nice!

Smell is fruity, vanilla, grapes and some tones of wine. There is perhaps some chocolate and burned barley or coffee in there aswell.

Taste is smooth, nice and wonderful. Really smooth like velvet and starts with chocolate together with vanilla and a bourboun like taste. Then comes fruits like cherries and grapes, wine hits you and in the end there is a nice sweetness clinging on together with vanilla, a small bitterness and a oaky dry chocolate finish.

This beer is just damn smoot, like velvet and like candy. Really drinkable, really delicious, sadly not my favourite stout-type though ;( (797 characters)

Photo of mjw2808
3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a black with a pretty big tan head that leaves pretty good lacing. The nose is of roasted malt, sweet vanilla, and coffee. The taste is strong of vanilla, with a healthy dose of coffee and some roasted malt. Its a little to sweet for me, and not one of the best stouts ive had, but an alright beer and definitely worth trying. Nice creamy mouthfeel but not extremely drinkable. (383 characters)

Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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