Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company
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4.03/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
06-29-2004 22:33:30 | More by ngandhi
4.47/5 rDev +13.5%
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.
09-08-2005 03:19:06 | More by rousee
3.58/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
09-30-2006 01:27:17 | More by MSchae1017
4.15/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
03-22-2008 08:37:58 | More by BoitSansSoif
3.48/5 rDev -11.7%
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.
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.
12-18-2010 16:04:25 | More by thegodfather2701
4.65/5 rDev +18%
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.
12-19-2011 05:29:45 | More by chodinheaven
3.78/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
03-05-2011 01:25:28 | More by Retsinis
3.28/5 rDev -16.8%
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.
08-16-2007 21:51:49 | More by jmalex
3.83/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
06-01-2007 20:15:45 | More by letsgopens
3.8/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
05-16-2004 00:43:18 | More by PhantomVodoo
3.2/5 rDev -18.8%
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.
07-16-2010 04:24:08 | More by Axic10
3.85/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
02-02-2008 00:05:23 | More by claytri
3.7/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
04-17-2007 21:53:09 | More by HoustonTX
3.95/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
09-02-2010 00:20:41 | More by domtronzero
Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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