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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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BrewerB

Florida

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

Thanks to CrellMoset, one hell of a BA Trader, for the hookup on this beer.

A - Poured into my Samuel Smith pint glass. Very dark brown, reddish highlights. Good clarity. Thin light tan head left some lacing as it collapsed.

S - Dark roasted grainy character includes bittersweet chocolate and french press coffee. There's also some vanilla present along with a touch of caramel.

T - Upfront roasted grains with some vanilla and caramel in the middle and moderate bitterness. Hop flavors aren't prominent. Medium-dry finish with a lingering bitter chocolate flavor.

M - Moderate/moderate-full bodied with a medium level of carbonation. Smooth.

D - Well-balanced, highly-drinkable stout. The vanilla adds a nice subtle complexity without being overpowering. Great roasted malt profile balanced with a the proper level of bitterness. I look forward to the enjoying the rest rest of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 03:14:59 | More by BrewerB
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huddyball

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

09-03-2013 10:20:29 | More by huddyball
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Sparty55

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-06-2013 03:58:32 | More by Sparty55
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WesMantooth

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

05-10-2014 16:47:47 | More by WesMantooth
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HuntDaddy540

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

05-08-2014 19:51:02 | More by HuntDaddy540
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PatronWizard

California

3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another thanks to drunken mess mega BIFer known as adamharbaugh for the opportunity!

Good enough looking beer. Black and light brown.

Nice scent too. I believe I smell some kinda woodsy thing going on. Or it's just my imagination.

A lot more flavor than I expected. Definitely taste the oak, some dark bitter chocolate background. Not bad, not bad at all. I was worried it would be weak because of the pathetic 5.2% (which is embarrassing for a stout) but the flavor makes up for it. More oak in the taste than any other beer I've ever had.

Finished too damn dry I think. Like I need another sip, but no relief is given.

Overall: unique experience I was happy to have

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 18:10:19 | More by PatronWizard
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Swift989

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

12-05-2013 05:45:56 | More by Swift989
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Blueribbon666

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.8%

04-20-2014 12:20:36 | More by Blueribbon666
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greenmonstah

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Dark brown, almost black. Half a finger of brownish head. Retention is mediocre. Almost no lacing.

S - Vanilla and chocolate. Bit of coffee bitterness and something of a charred character.

T - Opens with some roasted malt and chocolate flavors. Strong vanilla flavor with some oak hints. Finish is chocolate and vanilla with some char. Really good and complex for an American Stout.

M - Plenty of carbonation and a medium body. Wet with a slightly drying finish. A bit too carbonated.

O - Really surprisingly good. Didn't expect to love it like this, but for the style and ABV the taste is phenomenal. A lot of flavor packed into a little package.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 00:11:40 | More by greenmonstah
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NoLeafClover44

Delaware

3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into standard pint.

A - Pours an opaque dark brown color with a two finger head that lasts for a while. Leaves a nice sticky lacing.

S - Aromas are mild. Some coffee, skim milk, and roasted barley. I really don't get any of the vanilla and only the slightest amount of oak.

T - The flavor is toasty, and I start to pick up some sweet vanilla as it warms. The flavors, like the aroma, are subdued.

M - Good carbonation and a medium feel.

O - The aroma and flavors are not very powerful, but it isn't bad. I didn't know anything about this beer or brewery but I wasn't overwhelmed. The price was right, though, so I would rate the value as strong.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 04:14:56 | More by NoLeafClover44
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TriageStat

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

03-30-2014 13:44:05 | More by TriageStat
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Redwood21

Virginia

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

interesting... thats what comes to mind as i sip this brew...

It poured almost jet black and myine had almost no head. i noticed that the born on date was 11-22-06, its now 3-30-07, i do not know if this age (which is not all that old) had any effect on it.

The smell is definatly oaky and vanilla. Its like melted chocolate in bourbon
the tast follows suit minus the liquor taste. There is a certain bitterness and a slight drying effect. it almost tastes like vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce on it.
Mouthfeel: there is some drying as said before. its a full bodied beer but i would say on the lighter side of that. nice in the mouth though.

It is drinkable but would not be my choice.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2007 23:56:56 | More by Redwood21
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baconman91

Ohio

5/5  rDev +27.2%

01-29-2013 23:23:35 | More by baconman91
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sjones5045

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%

01-05-2013 00:13:26 | More by sjones5045
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3Hops

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

11-22-2012 02:44:49 | More by 3Hops
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sacfly

Maryland

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

12oz, bottling date 022306
Pours a nearly opaque black/brown with just a hint of light penetrating the edges. Thin head of small brown bubbles. Aroma is mostly coffee. Just a hint Bourbon and vanilla. Taste is dominated by vanilla, maybe just a bit too much. I don’t get any coffee in the taste, just vanilla with hints of dark chocolate and just a dash of bourbon. The dash of Bourbon is perfect in my opinion. Not overdone, just an accent. Creamy texture. Aftertaste long and mild. Burnt grains and a touch of bitterness. Impressive. This is one case where the bottled version wins out. I have had this on draft before and I don’t recall it being as complex and creamy. Grade A stout. One I will keep in rotation in the coming months.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2006 20:37:33 | More by sacfly
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cmq103

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

09-11-2013 01:54:01 | More by cmq103
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AaronBurr

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

02-09-2013 14:36:47 | More by AaronBurr
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bigeyedfish89

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

02-14-2012 15:36:54 | More by bigeyedfish89
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jaluria

Connecticut

4.7/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a good beer in bottled form, but exceptional on-tap.
Appeared an opaque, viscous black color with a soft, tan colored head that didn't remain but left behind some nice lacing. Aromas of wood, alcohol, vanilla, and roasted sugar seemed to come out very nicely. The taste was just an explosion of sweetness with a roasted/smoky character upfront and a honey & vanilla finish. The flavors of this beer on-tap are much more prominent and aggressive than in the bottled verison which is much much more subtle and gentle. The dominating flavors work very well together and generate a lingering sweetness that feels more like root beer or an ice cream float than a stout. I felt my tongue coated after every sip with an almost bready/chewy texture. So rich and so smooth I could have this all day, though eventually the sweetness might rot my teeth.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2006 14:53:36 | More by jaluria
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battlekow

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So what I gather from the bottle is that this beer isn't barrel-aged, but instead flavored with oak chips and vanilla beans. Whatever, it sounds good.

It pours a very deep brown color, just a hint of blood red at the bottom, with a small, short-lived beige head. Smells intensely of vanilla beans. Strong taste of smoky wood with some sweet vanilla, but the flavor is fairly brief, mostly silent except for a bit of a roasted finish. I guess I'm just wondering where the OTHER flavors are--the basic stout flavors. If this beer just had a strong oatmeal stout center of chocolate and coffee, the vanilla and oak garnishes would be wonderful, but as it is, they seem lonely. Also, the vanilla dominates in the nose, while the oak dominates the flavor. All in all, tastes good, and very interesting, but lacking. Could be a truly great beer.

A hearty thanks to Px2GrafX for surprising me with this brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2005 01:14:14 | More by battlekow
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CaptJackHarkness

New York

4.9/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I think I just found the perfect stout! Freshness dated to 01/27/12 (bottling date).

Sweet malted aroma with hint of vanilla. Pours deep ruby/brown with a full dark beige head. The head lingers and then laces the glass all the way down to the end. Taste is mildly hopped and lightly sweet from the vanilla. Pleasing to the tounge and palate!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 20:56:10 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

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

A: Almost totally black, crimson/ruby on the edges. Head is lackluster for a stout, though retention is decent. Not much lacing, either.

S: It's got a really nice aroma. Smooth caramel, coffee, dark chocolate, smooth vanilla, and woody oak.

T&M: Roasty coffee, bittersweet chocolate flavor, vanilla, and an appreciable woody flavor in the finish. Balance comes in nicely from citrusy hops mid-palate. The body is a bit lighter than a typical stout, and there's too much carbonation. Still, a great beer.

D: Fairly drinkable because of the light body. I think a better feel would make me like it even more, however.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 01:34:21 | More by BamaBeerBuff
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PSUDREW

Pennsylvania

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

INtersting Brew. Had it 3 times on tap, and I finally got myself some bottles to do some reviewing.

Pours a nice solid pitch color, no light can escape this sucker. Solid tan head that dissapated soon enough.

Roasted malt nose is rather pleasing addition. You can sense the vanilla bean, but only slightly. The 1st taste is a slight burnt coffee/malt, with hints of hops. Sweet and Smooth, through and through. Sweetness being the prevailing flavor. The sweetness is pleasently countered by the roasted coffee, making for an interesting mix. The "oakiness" and vanilla was really almost an after-though. It was there, it was nice, but it only half-assed showed up

Solid beer to relax w/. Non some "oh my god" beer, but, pleasent, solid, and enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2005 03:26:24 | More by PSUDREW
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Bubbalito

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

04-22-2012 00:28:44 | More by Bubbalito
Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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