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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,338 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,338
Reviews: 664
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 70
Gots: 109 | 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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Photo of HumphreyLee
5/5  rDev +27.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Dithyramb
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presented in a chilled 12 oz. brown bottle this Saturday night.
Poured a beautiful black, with just a bit of carbonation on the sides of the glass. A thick and juicy dark brown head slowly rose. Excellent retention and lacing.
Roasted malts, some vanilla, and just some hop bitterness in the aroma.
Smooth and creamy light bodied stout. The vanilla soda like effects are here, slightly weighted down with some dark roasted malts. There was too much sugarness going on to really detect much of the wood--plus, I didn't let it warm up too much before I finished the bottle.

We had just finished out at a scrappy county crab feast, and stopped off in Little Italy on the way home for a light dessert. The vanilla and chocolate accents of the stout went perfectly with canollis and tira misu. A light drinking, but full bodied, stout that would be worth several.

Photo of JandJMD
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of NCSUdo
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, bottled 06/18/08

A: Deep black under a small tan head. No lace, no retention.

S: Roasted malt and some wood. Vanilla bean is tucked in there along with some coffee hints. Vanilla gives it a bit of a subtle sweet candy character.

T: Coffee character seems to be a little bigger here, espresso like and some roasted malt. Vanilla and wood are there, with vanilla being the bigger of the two. Again, a candy like character, this time more like a chocolate candy rather then a sweet candy. All the tastes really meld well.

M/D: Full bodied, very smooth. Extremely drinkable. 5.2% but has all the makings of a big beer with out any of them overshadowing the beer. Really a good brew.

Photo of mooseisloose
4.7/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another of over 150+ different brews that has arrived at my doorstep via BOTMC, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a combination of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts, almost a roasted malted milk ball smell. This is a new one for my olfactories and is quite pleasing. This brew pours to a motor oil color and consistency with a tan, yet transitioning from darker to light, head consisting of multi-sized bubbles ranging from medium to small with a pillow top. Head laces as it recedes. On the taste the mouthfeel quickly stands out as highly viscous and silky. The taste then starts with a milky roasted flavor, that slowly ascends to a sweeter chocolate and vanilla, then transitions to a smoky bitterness that still remains sweet in the background. The finish stays bittersweet throughout. This is a delicious brew, I highly recommend.

Photo of ski271
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very dark brown, almost black, with a medium-sized, khaki, frothy head with moderate retention. Smells of deep roasted malts. Chocolate, vanilla peat, wood and some light dark fruits. Taste-wise, wow the peat you right up front! Thick malts with vanilla and bitter chocolate. The hops are very subdued, just a little bit of bitterness on the finish, a bit lacking on the balance that the label brags about. It has a full body, lightly-syrupy-turning lightly-dry texture, and low carbonation. Interesting, but the smokey peat aroma and flavor are overdone and distracting.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Photo of EricTKole
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of changeup45
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10/8/2004. Black color with a relatively thick tan head and a little staying power for lacing. Strong coffee and malty aroma. Coffee flavor with roasted malts and a definite woody oak taste. Nicely balanced and a well-rounded stout. Definitely easy drinking too for the style. Solid.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

served into a pint glass from a 12oz. brown long neck bottle with a twist-off cap.

Opque,black/dark brown. Light tan creamy head dissapating quickly down to a steady coating of foam throughout the remainder of the beer.

An interesting complex malty nose,lots of vanallia,very woody,carmelly/chocolaty with a slight sweet honey note. Very inviting could not wait to taste this one.

Lots of vanallia in the taste also, woody and carmelly,chocolate overtones throughout.Tasted like a vanallia creme soda with a splash of chocolate. A nice puckering spicy bitter finish.

A very creamy mouthfeel, like drinking a nitrogenated beer.Light and airee feeling,goes down nice and easy, just not a beer I would want to drink all night long. A beer that's worth a try.

Photo of Pellinore1
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to CaptinRedBeard for this bottle.

Pours a very deep brown, producing about two fingers of light brown head.

This smells primarily of dark roasted malts, with vanilla and hints of coffee.

The flavor begins with pleasant roastiness and a hint of coffee, and this is quickly overtaken by a big vanilla presence. After swallowing, vanilla lingers on the tongue.

This is a medium bodied beer, with pleasant carbonation, and quite drinkable.

Photo of loganburgh
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Rons35
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this beer out of a Founders snifter. Pours very dark, with a slight brownish/coffee colored head that settled quickly into a thin band around the glass. The smell of sweet chocolate is faint but noticeable. Also, the smell of oak and a little smoke mixes in nicely. Towards the end of the glass, the smell of the bourbon really stands out.

This beer has a very sweet, but very drinkable taste that leaves you wanting more. This is where the vanilla bean comes into play. Not really noticing any of the bourbon flavor you typically find in a barrel aged stout, but you can taste a hint of the oak. It's a very light drinking beer, I'd prefer if it had a little more thickness, but it is only a 6%er, so I'll let that slide.

Overall this is a very good stout that I was very surprised with. For the price (about $10 per 6), it's tough to beat. It's not an overpowering stout, but it's definitely one that I'll have again and recommend to fellow beer drinkers.

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

Thanks to Adamharbaugh for this one!

Pours black with a small tan head. Very nice retention and lacing.

Smells strongly of coffee and vanilla (as advertised); these pretty much eclipse everything else. Smells less like beer than a mocha frappuccino.

Tastes strongly of dark roasted (almost charred) malts and coffee. Light vanilla comes later on, as well as some slight fruit notes. Fairly dry.

Mouthfeel is quite nice; thick and almost creamy. What I would really expect from a stout. A very nice beer overall.

Photo of Neffbeer
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of mobrockman
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of jp312
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Photo of dtx00
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of freed
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like weefisheads, I'm a sucker for barrel conditioned stouts.

Poured a very cola brown with very rich brown foam. The completeness of the brown is enchanting.

The aroma is of strong burnt coffee grounds. But good grounds, and in a good way.

Each sip has a strong coffee start that smoothes quickly to a dry sour and creamy finish. The sensation of char - burned wood from the inside of the barrel is very complimentary, and very, very good. There's also a significant vanilla flavor, which helps to smooth the flavor.

I like this beer and want more. soon.

Photo of crwills
4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I liked this. A lot. One of my favourite stouts in recent memory, in fact.

Pours a perfect pitch black into a pint glass, with a 1/2 inch milk chocolate head and tons of lacing. Aroma is just fantastic. Vanilla, milk chocolate, espresso, little bit of brown sugar, and fresh baked bread. Flavour is sweet but not overpowering, roasted graham cracker, honey, chocolate, some tart fruity hops. Low carbonation. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel, although good have used a bit more body. For an average-ABV stout though, very good.

Since this brewery seems to be affiliated with A-B now (didn't know until I came to review it) maybe I can find it again easily... would love a case of this for the Fall/Winter.

Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having enjoyed the Baltic Porter of the same brewery, I ventured on to this nice dark red almost black coca cola colored stout. Brown head building the beer looked so inviting, I did not give the foam the time to dissipate.
The smell hints all the characteristic of a good stout, but is not strong.
I really liked the taste of this beer with the vanilla, dark chocolate and coffee in the front, the roasted malt dominating the middle and the bittersweet aftertaste in the back. Nicely balanced, a very drinkable stout. Good job Dominion brewery.

Photo of goindownsouth
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, indeed. This is a very nice stout from a brewery that I am sad to say I know very little about. The brew tapped out an attractive deep and rich color, although the thickness is not what I had hoped. The head was present, deep and dark brown, but vanished in time. This brew offers everything a good stout should be. The roasted maltiness combined with some hints of bittersweet or semisweet chocolate really hit the spot. This is one highly drinkable brew.

gds

Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,338 ratings.