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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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PhantomVodoo

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown head. Nearly opaque black in the glass.
Aroma of roasty malt and chocolate. Tad smokey with a hint of vanilla.

Taste shows medium to heavily roasted malt. Chocolate with a hint of smoke. Vanilla is much more noticable in the taste than in the aroma. Hop presence seems minimal. Enough roasty bitterness to provide some balance, but still sweet overall.

Mouthfeel is creamy, yet a bit thin, although the body is in line with it's lower ABV.
A little too sweet to be real drinkable for me.
Overall, an interesting, good stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2004 00:43:18 | More by PhantomVodoo
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jmalex

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got for take out from Mesquito Grille. I'm glad it caught my eye on the way out.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a shaker pint black and dark. When held to light, brown highlights barely come out. The light tan one-finger head drops very quickly and becomes splotchy bubbles and a good size collar.

SMELL: Not so roasty, but black burnt malts are prominent. Alcohol comes out as does a little bit of oak. Very faint aromas of brown sugar and diacetyl. Smells very porter-like.

TASTE: Similar to the smell, but seems lacking in some way. Porter-like flavors dominate with very vague oak hints. From start to finish, it seems quite empty, especially from a stout.

MOUTHFEEL: Thin for a stout and carbonation is very low. Disappointing.

DRINKABILITY: If you want this as a porter, it's not too bad. It certainly does not drink like a stout. The 5.2% ABV is kind of nice too.

Hmm, I hope I didn't get a bad bottle. I'll look for it again and give it another try.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2007 21:51:49 | More by jmalex
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Axic10

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap in a 16oz pint glass.

Appearance: Dark almost mud-like color with a thick one inch mocha head.

Smell: Smokey, burnt coffee, roasted malts and deep dark chocolate.

Taste: Pretty much burnt/roasted malt and an woody/oaky aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but almost a little too thin for a stout.

Drinkability: Probably wouldn't search this one out again. It wasn't great, it wasn't bad, it was just ok. At a low abv, I can see it being a sessionable beer, but I personally wouldn't bother.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2010 04:24:08 | More by Axic10
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ryser2k

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

12-03-2012 20:59:38 | More by ryser2k
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whallgren

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-24-2011 15:00:47 | More by whallgren
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claytri

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a rich dark amber with a tan head. The aroma was of coffee and malt. The taste carried this straight over and was ver y rich coffee and malt. The feel was medium and dry. I found this to be a real nice bitter stout, they did a good job with the hops so that the bitterness seemed to be strictly from the coffee malt.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2008 00:05:23 | More by claytri
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HoustonTX

Texas

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep rich brown, with very little opacity. Small bubbly off-white head falls to lace quickly.

Smells like a Stout twice its size. A huge influx of varied dark malts. A touch of oak and hint of vanilla.

Taste is deep and rich. Dark chocolate coffee sweetness upfront. Followed by layers of oak that caress the palate and help the beer move along. Sherry port and bourbon flavors appear near the end, giving way to a smooth slow fading finish.

A lot of complexity goes into each different flavor aspect, and truly rounds together for an outstanding Stout experience.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2007 21:53:09 | More by HoustonTX
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domtronzero

California

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to pwoody11 for this one, too! Bottled: 5-21-10.

A - Clear, very dark brown, almost black color with a short, long-lasting, tight mocha head. Little bit of legs on this one.

S - Dark bitter chocolate and a very slight coffee and vanilla aroma. Subtle dark fruits (raisins) and caramel.

F/M - Bitter baker's chocolate, coffee, vanilla (noticeable and not over-the-top). Caramel and light oak flavors come through as it warms. Medium-low bitterness. Medium-lite bodied, but creamy and smooth. A little bit too low in the body department, but still good. Medium-low carbonation. Slight warming in the belly, not in the throat.

D - Good drinkability for an oak-aged stout, smooth, clean and quite tasty. And in the case of this beer, the lighter mouthfeel helps it score a little higher in the drinkability department.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 00:20:41 | More by domtronzero
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csurowiec

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

04-29-2013 20:13:48 | More by csurowiec
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heysuz

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

06-15-2014 13:40:49 | More by heysuz
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cjac

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

06-09-2012 22:14:42 | More by cjac
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Jarod

Pennsylvania

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

This beer came to me in traditional pint glass, on the warm side; color was pitch black in the center and became more brown/black towards the edges and cocoa brown on the very edge, no light passed through. There was light to barley any carbonation noticeable. The head that was formed was creamy, thick and sticky but fell fairly fast to a light skim and a ring on the edges, the color was a medium cocoa powder brown, with some highlights and dark points across the surface. There was some sticky lace throughout the glass, more prominent in the beginning then towards the end. Typical stout characteristics. The aromas that came from the glass were of caramels, vanilla bean, some cocoa powder oak wood, toffee, some dark malts, a light coffee at times, and bourbon notes throughout, vanilla and bourbon seemed to become alittle more pronounced as it warmed and near the last sip. The tastes were more complex then the aromas. Tastes of roasted malts, and oak were the first flavors that hit my buds along with a slight bitter coffee, then some sweet malts, vanilla bean, caramel, toffee, chocolates, more oak wood, and warming notes of bourbon dominated the rest of the taste, and ended more with a pronounced bourbon flavor and the other flavors seemed step to the rear, especially as it warmed. Aftertaste was on the roasted malt, alcohol side but not real lasting. Body was on the full side especially as it warmed. Decently complex seemed to became more complex as it sat. A good beer and nice and warming. One of the better beers that is being done with oak barrels, barrel aging, etc. I have this beer in 12oz. bottle and look forward to comparing it with the nitro version.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-07-2004 10:57:59 | More by Jarod
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drewbage

California

4.72/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12 fluid ounce bottle with room for a bottling date, but none printed. Bottle presented courtesy of Garthwaite.

Beer pours deep black and dense with a very low tan head that moves into little patches quickly.

Aroma is rich with coffee like oak tones and a strong vanilla that plays into the spiciness of the oak (and it's own natural sources of vanillian)

Flavor is coffee roasted and caramel with a thick rich body that is quickly undercut by the acidity of the roast and the tannins of the oak.

Very nicely balanced brew and rich with an amazing character normally associated with stronger beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2004 07:30:55 | More by drewbage
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jpmclaug

South Carolina

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

Poured from the bottle into my Foothills flute-ish type glass. Got this as an extra from BigSexy410. Thanks!

A - Black body with a circle of light brown head resting on top

S - Standard dark malt aroma with a hint of sweetness. I think I am picking up on the aroma of the vanilla beans mentioned on the label.

T - Light roasted flavors, hints of vanilla and oak and a bit of a toasty type flavor. I dunno I was expecting something with more flavor so this is a bit of a let down.

M - real smooth creamy body with a light carbonation

D - pretty easy drinking stout. Not nearly as much flavor as I was expecting. While there are notes of vanilla and oak it seems to really just mellow the beer out more. It could certainly use a little more flavor. Still a beer worth trying and I wouldn't have a problem ordering one if I was out somewhere. That being said I don't see myself seeking this one out in the future.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 22:50:55 | More by jpmclaug
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Lupe

New York

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark, almost black, with beautiful garnet hues up the center of the glass when held up to the light. One inch tan head that quickly faded and left no lace.

Very mild aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, oak, and faint smoke.

Roasty and toasty malt flavors - cocoa, coffee, and mild vanilla. Oak shows up but not too big - nice complement to the flavors. Mild sourness towards the end. Nicely balanced flavors that complement each other well.

Medium bodied, a little thinner than expected. Very smooth. Easy drinking stout and just complex enough. Not the best stout out there, but pretty solid. A nice and interesting session stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 03:55:06 | More by Lupe
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ujsplace

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a one-finger thick foamy, tan head that disappears into a thin, whispy layer sitting atop a black colored brew with hints of ruby along the very edges. Descent lacing.

Smells of chocolate, coffee, vanilla and oak.

Tastes initially of milk chocolate, followed by vanilla and there is definitely a woody flavor in there as well.

Incredibly smooth and creamy.

An excellent stout. Pick this one up if you see it...

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 01:28:47 | More by ujsplace
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mcphish22

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

04-04-2012 15:27:46 | More by mcphish22
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EFR94

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

10-17-2012 01:57:40 | More by EFR94
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jsnoek

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.8%

04-05-2014 04:40:35 | More by jsnoek
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Xandrose

Maryland

4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-16-2013 04:41:18 | More by Xandrose
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biglite351

Pennsylvania

2.78/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - very dark and appealing. Head stayed for a while.

S - very weak scent. Slight medicinal smell, but very weak.

T - roasted and I can taste the vanilla. The problem is the after taste and a tingle on the sides of the back of the tongue. Neither are a good thing. Off putting.

M - there is a tingle on thesides of the back of the tongue. It is not something that I find appealing.

D - pass.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 03:43:06 | More by biglite351
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andrewjraab

Michigan

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

I got this in my beer of the month club that I received as a Christmas present from my wife...

It pours a deep black and is thick as hell. Two fingers of brownish head and quickly dissipates to a thing later that remains. Smells - oak, caramel, vanilla, coffee - smells amazing. The taste matches the smell - a nice and complex flavor profile from start to finish. Creamy malt profile up front balanced with a bitter finish. This is a well crafted stout and that is very complex. You need to try this.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 02:45:52 | More by andrewjraab
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ark57

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It is black with some slight ruby tinges around the edges and a good sized tan head. Vanilla is prominent in the aroma and there is also some woody notes and roasted barley. The taste starts off with roasted, toasted malts and then gives way to some vanilla and oak. The body is smooth but finishes up somewhat dry and lingers with a coffee aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2004 18:31:47 | More by ark57
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cichief

Virginia

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

Had on draft at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours very dark brown, slight reddish tint on the edge, nice light-brown head.

S- Caught a scent of the oak in the nose, otherwise some malted barley, not much else.

T- Sweeter in the beginning, but finishes dry, some hint of the oak, but not much (thankfully), some hint of vanilla and coffee.

M- Pretty smooth throughout, medium to thick in body.

D- Rather drinkable, an old friend I hadn't had in a few years.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2008 23:13:30 | More by cichief
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pathead

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-05-2014 21:07:35 | More by pathead
Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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