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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,187 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1,187
Reviews: 654
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 59
Gots: 59 | 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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blitz134

California

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

Relatively hard pour led to very little chocolate milk colored head on top of this nearly black brew. Only peaking corners of red and caramel show through on this one. I would like to see a little more head, which should be possible with the lower abv content.

Lots of vanilla in the nose along with other ripe fruits. Also an overall sweet malt smell which adds some burnt caramel to the aroma. Taste is really complex and offers flavors from all different angles. The vanilla and oak flavors generally offer themselves at the forefront. Then some toasted malt and nut flavors come up. I also pick up some chocolate as well. A good flavor overall, but it seems a little cloying and almost as if much of the flavor was added with extracts. I was expecting a more toasted malt flavor with hints of oak, but this one is really sweet.

Mouthfeel is nice and almost full bodied, which is a nice feature for this lower abv brew. There is a bit much carbonation for the style though, and that brings this part down a bit.

Drinkability is pretty good. The low abv helps out a lot, but the overally sweet character might make this hard to consume a couple of.

Overall, a decent brew, and definitely different than most other stouts. Worth a shot. This one seems like a love it or hate it, I fall in between but think it is a good shot. Its just a little too sweet for me…

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2005 02:12:14 | More by blitz134
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YeastEnthusiast

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

10-11-2013 23:11:33 | More by YeastEnthusiast
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necoadam

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a dark, dark brown/ruby color with a tan head, but went to lacing after a while.

Smell consisted of light scents of vanilla and oak come at you first, with some roasted malts and ever so light hops also come through.

Taste was good. There's more vanilla in the taste than in the aroma, but the oak was about the same. Towards the middle the roasted malts come in nicely to balance it all out.

Mouthfeel was between light-medium, but quite creamy. Perhaps a bit overcarbonated, but I won't knock any points for that, it was pretty minor.

Nice. I like the addition of the oak mixing with the malts to give it a raw earthy feel to it.

Many thanks Pisskynights!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2005 20:56:33 | More by necoadam
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tugdriver7

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was a real treat. Part of my Dominion "Rack Pack" from TDL in "the Burg." Beautiful black(ish) color in the glass with a slight bit of foamy head (tan to gray). Roasted malt in the nose with a hint of (unless it's just because I read it on the label) vanilla. Taste is at first smoky malt, then sweet (though not too much so) roasted malt, with a bit of hops bitterness--just enough--warmed with a bit of that bourbon flavor from the oak barrels. A real treasure trove of mixed flavors that all work beautifully together. That's two-for-two from my pack. All keepers. I'm glad I have a couple more of each.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 00:57:59 | More by tugdriver7
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pentathlete

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had a number of these and I see that I never wrote a review.

Dark opaque with a large head that falls very quickly. Smell is cloyingly vanilla (my wife loves this beer, so there) with a roasty malt underneath. Taste is sweet, some coffee notes, just a slight oak flavoring, and the vanilla tends to dominate. Mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is fine but this is for people who like sweet stouts.

Readily available throughout Richmond. Usually on-tap at Capital Ale. Goes for about $7 to $8 per six-pack.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2005 22:54:20 | More by pentathlete
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 22:36:50 | More by taylor714914
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ShadesOfGray

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought at Issac Newton's in Newtown, PA. I was in the mood for a stout, but have had most of their line-up. Saw this one at the end of the list...thought I'd give it a-go. Was pretty good! Here's my review.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tall thin pint glass. Pours a medium to dark black with a very slight reddish hue. Pour, even semi aggressive didn't provide much head. What was there was tan and creamy...but again...small. Not much lacing as well, light and fizzy lacing for what it's worth. Then again, we're talking about a restaurants pint glass...I've had little to no lacing and head on beers from restaurants that normally do.

Aroma is light, not much...other than vanilla and coffee. If you really put your mind to it, and since it's in the name, you can slightly pick out an oaky-ness.

Flavor at first was a little too carbonated for my liking with stouts...although that seemed to fade out within a few minutes. Beer also needed to loose it's chill. At fridge temp, too much is lost(afterall...we're talking about a serving from a restartant where every beer is usually served ice-cold!) So I sat and let the beer warm up a bit. Mouthfeel is very smooth, yet medium body with lots of vanilla bean notes. Can taste the wood in the back end of the flavor, which characteristically ends slightly bitter...which is desired in most sweeter stouts. Overall, not a great stout, but definitely good and worth a try!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 03:29:25 | More by ShadesOfGray
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thecarster1

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a nonic pint, one finger fades to a nice layering of lace, dark color.

s- woody, sweet vanilla, toast, toffee maybe a touch diacetyl.

t- vanilla, oak, smooth toasty biscuit, tough toffee, and a bit of coffee/chocolate sweetness.

m- medium to full, silky/smooth, coating.

d- nice, this isn't the most complex or mind blowing stout out there but it's very drinkable and does down easily, i'd drink this again!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 21:30:15 | More by thecarster1
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cubedbee

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black color, but with very little head which quickly fades. If you love vanilla, as I do, the smell is absolutely amazing. Taste is very fizzy upfront, a little too much carbonation. After the fizz passes, the taste is very of vanilla and some roasted malts. In the aftertaste, you can really taste the oak chips along with some lingering vanilla. Mouthfeel is pretty thin, but even so, this beer is incredibly tasty and drinkable for fans of vanilla.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2005 22:02:33 | More by cubedbee
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orfeu

New Mexico

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a recent trade from BA nriech, bottled on July 19 2006. Pours a deeply dark chocolate brown, almost black, with a rather thin light mocha head. Roasty black malt aromas mix with a faint vanilla sweetness. Some coffee undertones and a bit of earthy hops appear as well, but overall the nose is surprisingly restrained, since this is served at just about cellar temperature and no colder. I'm not sure if this is a good or bad thing. Meaning: It's not overpoweringly vanilla-scented, but I'm not all that excited by the nose either. Okay, the taste helps me decide: the nose is good. Regarding the flavor, the vanilla sweetness and the roasted malt characteristics mentioned above really come forward in the taste, but not too forcefully in either respect. They are quite well balanced, in fact. A dry oakiness is also present in the taste, lingering for a while afterwards, lending a vinous aspect to the finish. Slight carbonation, a bit slippery in the mouthfeel, leaning towards a velvet smoothness. Medium body. Not the dryest stout in the world. I like mine to be pretty heavy on the roasty side of things, and the vanilla beans prevent that from really taking over in this beer. But it's got a very compelling flavor profile nevertheless. I'd like to try this on tap someday as I get the feeling it might be a little more exciting that way. Easily sessionable, as long as you don't mind a slight, persistent vanilla flavor in stouts.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2006 03:45:49 | More by orfeu
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GreyGhost4

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

10-14-2013 16:50:22 | More by GreyGhost4
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Iamjeff6

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

05-09-2014 20:05:11 | More by Iamjeff6
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dugly2ugly

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

04-22-2012 01:19:31 | More by dugly2ugly
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ngandhi

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wafting mocha nose that meticulously displays all the characters of this beer. The taste is subtle for an oak aged beer -- much less drastic than Fish Tale or Harviestoun. The oak is supportive.

Medium vanilla frappuchino finish yields to latent notes of green olive and pickled onion, almost martini-like, which, for such unusual flavors, are surprisingly well-integrated. This all culminates in a dry roast that closes the palate and encourages another sip.

Domnion Oak Barrel Stout is not as momentous as I may have described it, but the flavors are surely unique. It is simultaneously a subtle mocha porter and a loud, filling milk stout.

While the oak structure adds body -- which ultimately thins -- to cut down the roast, the bourbon or lactic influence accentuates it, lending an overall full and balanced beer that does the most with what it is given.

If there is a fault, it is only in Domnion's interpretation of the stout which, until the finish, lacks the roast that I desire. But it's no surprise that the vanillins from the oak have caused this to happen, themselves perhaps more serving to a porter than a stout. Oak beers are not, unfortunately, a style unto themselves and this beer shows why they ought to be. This is probably a dynamic stout and, were this a porter, the beer might have been overpowered by the wood. It shows a lot of foresight by the brewmaster, whose execution here was world-class.

Relax, relax.
ng

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2004 22:33:30 | More by ngandhi
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rousee

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a molasses color. No head or lace. Smell is smokey burnt wood and malt--exceptional. The taste is a little dry but its quite pleasant. It is also sweet upfront and finishes with a rich leatherry wood-like character. Maybe I can tell the Fall is coming because this beer seems to fit real well right now where it might not be as desireable in the middle of July. The mouthfeel is amazing--just like silk in your mouth. A little too much to have more than a couple of these but this beer is excellent. I like it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2005 03:19:06 | More by rousee
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MSchae1017

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the 12oz bottle.

This beer pours a dark black with hints of red lace with a smallish tan head that disspates to just some whisps of foam with a decent amount of lacing down the side of the glass. The smell is roasted malts with hints of vanilla and wood. The taste is up front with the roasted and black malts. Again the vanilla and wood make a lingering presence here. The mouthfeel is rather thin but not bad on carbonation. Overall a good stout, but not one I was so thrilled with I'd like to get over and over again.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 01:27:17 | More by MSchae1017
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BoitSansSoif

France

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the privilege of sampling this beverage at happy hour in DC. Poured a deep brown with red edges and formed a light beige head. Mild lacing. The nose was chocolate, toffee, coffee, vanilla, toasted malt, and light hops and oak. The flavor was primarily light cafe mocha, and the finish was a mixture of hops and toasty malt that sat very well. Mouthfeel was a tad lighter than I would have liked, but this stout's lighter body and modest carbonation made it a very smooth drink that I could enjoy for an extended period.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 08:37:58 | More by BoitSansSoif
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Schmoog

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

07-29-2014 11:36:25 | More by Schmoog
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thegodfather2701

North Carolina

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

A-Pours black with a mocha head that dissipates quickly. No lacing on the glass.

S-Very malty with some smokiness and chocolate.

T-Malty with a hint of chocolate and coffee. It has a strange leather/smoky/beef jerky flavor that dominates the flavor profile until the beer warms. Once it warms some oak and vanilla flavor which is good comes into play.

M-Pretty thick.

D-I have drank a couple of these at different times and I can't imagine drinking more than one in a sitting. The weird flavor cuts into its drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 16:04:25 | More by thegodfather2701
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RyanGoodman

Bolivia

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

09-18-2012 14:43:10 | More by RyanGoodman
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nosavingsaccount

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

10-21-2012 03:00:16 | More by nosavingsaccount
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Retsinis

California

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this beer up at "Wegmans" while staying in Woodbridge Virginia on vacation with family. Love to check out local beers anytime I travel, and Dominion beers do not make it out to California that I know of, so I had to check it out.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle from a six pack into a wine glass.
The beer pours a dark and rich jet black, with a light tan brown head that rose only about a quarter inch, then resided to just a nice ring around the glass. Some lacing, but not much.

The beer smells of roasted dark malts, a bit of coffee, smoke, and vanilla. The wood comes through a bit too. Smells like a much stronger beer than it actually is.
The flavors are a good balance of light roasted malts, coffee, oak, with a vanilla finish. Not too smooth, roasted, bitter, just well balanced all around. Almost like a test batch for a much bigger beer.

The mouth feel was medium to light, a bit thin, but mostly creamy with light carbonation.
I enjoyed sipping on this, and finished the six pack over the course of the week. Being basically as stout with some oak notes, it sure as hell is a lot tastier than a Guinness Draught, and I would order this at a bar given the option.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 01:25:28 | More by Retsinis
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chodinheaven

Maryland

4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown or black, completely opaque with a nice and fluffy tan head on top that sticks around for a bit but reduces down to a thin sheet with a thick ring around it. Leaves some patchy lacing. Smells of vanilla and cream float up as well as a nice bit of dark roasted malts. Some milk chocolate aromas are present as well, rounding out a pleasantly sweet aroma profile.

Fantastically rounded out in the taste. Soft notes of chocolate come through a rich coffee flavor, creating a mocha like taste that blends really well with the vanilla. Oaky wood flavors are bold, creating a smokiness that balances out the sweet chocolate/vanilla flavors so smoothly and effortlessly, making this one of the most drinkable stouts I've ever had. Barely any alcohol feel, but a sizeable hit of piney hops create a prickliness that help the smokiness and medium-high carbonation level balance everything out. These hops make for a coffee-like bitterness that is perfect for the style as they don't overpower the sweet side of things at all, yet hold their own as a major player in the flavor profile. This is a very complex yet simple brew that finishes clean and a bit dry, with an aftertaste that begs for another sip. I think it just seems simple due to how well everything is balanced out, meshing into a beer that has no off flavors whatsoever and is perfectly enjoyable every sip.

This is easily one of the most drinkable stouts I've ever had, yet it is very complex and delicious. I usually like imperial stouts over regular, but this one is so good that I think I will try to have this in my fridge more often. Definitely pick it up if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 05:29:45 | More by chodinheaven
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letsgopens

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This stout pours a familiar deep dark brown, nearly black, with a light brown head that leaves minimal lace.

The aroma is nice, generally characteristic of many stouts. This particular brew is heavily malty to the nose with a nice round coffee note.

The flavor is, again, very malty and sweet. Milk chocolate and mild coffee. Judging from the fact that the phrase 'oak barrel' is in the name, I expected a smokey or possibly bourbon taste and aroma. Instead it was more woody/nutty. Pleasant but not terribly flavorful.

Overall, this selection left a bit to be desired. Smooth and a slightly creamy but bit light and mild for my taste in stouts. A solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2007 20:15:45 | More by letsgopens
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21Maestro8

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

12-13-2013 20:02:49 | More by 21Maestro8
Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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