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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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1,207 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,207
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 61
Gots: 66 | 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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District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

12-05-2013 05:45:56 | More by Swift989
Photo of Lupe

New York

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

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


4.38/5  rDev +11.2%

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...

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


4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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


4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

10-17-2012 01:57:40 | More by EFR94
Photo of andrewjraab


4.03/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

06-02-2012 02:45:52 | More by andrewjraab
Photo of Sparty55


4/5  rDev +1.5%

07-06-2013 03:58:32 | More by Sparty55
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.5%

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


4/5  rDev +1.5%

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


2.78/5  rDev -29.4%

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.

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

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

09-03-2013 10:20:29 | More by huddyball
Photo of cichief


4/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

06-26-2008 23:13:30 | More by cichief
Photo of ark57


4.33/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

05-18-2004 18:31:47 | More by ark57
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

10-17-2013 03:07:20 | More by ColdWaffles
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

04-25-2014 00:40:24 | More by paresis
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4.05/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

03-24-2009 03:14:59 | More by BrewerB
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.5%

01-05-2013 00:13:26 | More by sjones5045
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

04-20-2014 12:20:36 | More by Blueribbon666
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3.63/5  rDev -7.9%

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

11-10-2008 18:10:19 | More by PatronWizard
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4.2/5  rDev +6.6%

08-19-2014 00:55:40 | More by GameOfBeers
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3.65/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

04-11-2012 04:14:56 | More by NoLeafClover44
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New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

04-05-2011 00:11:40 | More by greenmonstah
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

08-23-2013 02:05:58 | More by BigOldOaf
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

03-30-2014 13:44:05 | More by TriageStat
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3.98/5  rDev +1%

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.

03-30-2007 23:56:56 | More by Redwood21
Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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