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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,247 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1,247
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 63
Gots: 70 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001)
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Devman171, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting brew in that it has the complex mix of flavors of a "big" beer... but isn’t. Pours with a syrupy smell of vanilla and a bit of maple. When in the glass, there’s a brown spongy head over a ruby to black body. Taste is of a dry stout, but well mellowed with a trace of smoke and coffee. Vanilla is in just the right proportion to be a "part" of the beer instead of making it a "flavored" beer, if you get my meaning. Very light oakiness helps smooth out the brew, too.

DrunkMcDermott, Mar 30, 2006
Photo of beerhast
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

beerhast, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of taigor
4/5  rDev +1.8%

taigor, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of heysuz
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

heysuz, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of ColdWaffles
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

ColdWaffles, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of JandJMD
4/5  rDev +1.8%

JandJMD, May 04, 2014
Photo of taylor714914
2.73/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- A deep dark brown with deep caramel hues. Poured with a good 2 fingers of head which hung around for a bit before dissipating to a thin layer.

S- Oak, lots of oak, and some vanilla.

T- Oak was pretty potent in this brew...a little overpowering. Roasted malts, vanilla, and even some faint espresso lingered in the background along with a hint of bitter chocolate.

M- Thin for the style. I had expected a little more thickness. A bit of carbonation in this brew, but overall I was unimpressed with the mouthfeel.

D- Not very drinkable in my opinion. Too much oak and a thinner than expected mouthfeel makes for a brew which, after one, is more than enough for me.

taylor714914, Jan 15, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

lochef81, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of Atron67
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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

Atron67, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of thekanna
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

thekanna, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of HuntDaddy540
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

HuntDaddy540, May 08, 2014
Photo of blbarnett3
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

blbarnett3, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of ManekiNeko
4.9/5  rDev +24.7%
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...

ManekiNeko, Oct 19, 2003
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3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Atlas1, Dec 11, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

mhenson42, May 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

atoulouk, Nov 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

YeastEnthusiast, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of Murph
4.88/5  rDev +24.2%
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.

Murph, Feb 27, 2003
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3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

assurbanipaul, Sep 27, 2004
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4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

wahhmaster, Jun 19, 2010
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

paresis, Apr 25, 2014
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4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

PhageLab, Feb 28, 2008
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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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…

arguemaniac, Mar 04, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

dgallina, Dec 23, 2004
Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,247 ratings.