Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company
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3.98/5 rDev +1.3%
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
4.22/5 rDev +7.4%
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 dont 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 dont recall it being as complex and creamy. Grade A stout. One I will keep in rotation in the coming months.
09-05-2006 20:37:33 | More by sacfly
4.9/5 rDev +24.7%
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!
03-13-2012 20:56:10 | More by CaptJackHarkness
4.7/5 rDev +19.6%
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.
02-06-2006 14:53:36 | More by jaluria
4.2/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
09-30-2005 01:14:14 | More by battlekow
4.03/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
04-24-2009 01:34:21 | More by BamaBeerBuff
4.2/5 rDev +6.9%
This has been one of my favorite beers since moving to DC about a year ago, and I am just now getting around to do a proper review.
A: Dark brown pour, but looks almost black in the glass with a reddish brown tint at the edges. About 2 fingers of dark tan head that stays around for quite a while and leaves a solid curtain of lacing as it goes.
S: Malts, coffee, and vanilla. A rich roasty smell, and also fairly sweet. Exactly what a stout should smell like.
T: Very much vanilla and coffee, with a nice bitter component that really balances out the sweetness. Despite being called and oak barrel stout there isn't as much oak/smoke flavor as one might expect, but I don't hold that against it at all.
M: Not nearly as heavy as one might expect from the color and style. It is surprisingly medium bodied, not really sticky at all and with a nice amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer. Not too heavy that you can only drink one or two, but you'll know that you're drinking. I pay about $9.50 for a sixer and it's worth every penny. A go-to beer for me.
If you're looking for a hit-you-over-the-head stout, this isn't for you. The bitterness is balanced with sweetness, the vanilla complements the coffee, and the overall taste does not demolish the palate.
11-06-2010 20:31:02 | More by DaveBlack
3.83/5 rDev -2.5%
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
07-14-2005 03:26:24 | More by PSUDREW
3.8/5 rDev -3.3%
Pour into a shaker pint glass. Two full fingers of head formed after a moderately vigorous pour. The head was a nice mocha, creamy and thick though it dissipated fairly quickly to a slim layer within a minute. The beer was deep dark brown, the barest smidge of light showed through. Nice looking stout though the head could retain better.
Aroma was quite mild, a little cocoa and roast, not much of the oak in the scent. Not much hops in the aroma either. The rich malt is quite nice, though.
Flavor is pleasant. The roast and oak both create a nice dry taste. This is an easy to drink stout with nice roast & oak flavors, a bit of dark plum-y fruits and just enough hop bitterness to provide some balance. This isn't one of those assertive American stouts. It drinks more like a British or Irish stout with the additional complexity of the oak. The only flaw, given this style, is that the mouthfeel is a tad thin for me. A bit more dextrinous character would be nice. Otherwise, very nice & easy to drink.
11-16-2009 03:08:28 | More by mklinger
3.68/5 rDev -6.4%
Thanks to tmc for this one! Bottled 03/07. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a McChouffe chalice. Beer was black in color with a very small, brown head.
Aroma was coffee, chocolate and vanilla.
Taste was vanilla and roasted grains. Also had a hint of smoke to it.
This one was a little too thin for me. I've not had it fresh, but it was a little underwhelming with a year on it. Not bad by any means, but not what I was expecting from this one.
05-16-2008 03:49:34 | More by drumrboy22
3.45/5 rDev -12.2%
Truth be told, I want to dislike this beer. Old Dominion used to be a great example of local craft beer culture with the brewery and attached brew pub strangely located in a commercial park and an annual beer festival that was always a fun afternoon on the lawn enjoying a variety of regional and nationally-distributed selections. All of this seemed to change when the brewery was bought out by a bigger fish in the brewing world. The beer fest ended, the brewpub closed, but at least Dominion's core varieties can be found in more markets, right?
All of that being said, this is still a respectable stout. The deep, dark brown color lets you know that some heavily roasted malts are in this selection. The aroma presents this dark malt sweetness with a hint of vanilla. The vanilla flavor is even more pronounced in the taste, seeming almost overly sweet and almost artificial at times. It is lightly carbonated and has an overall smooth mouthfeel. Despite my acknowledged bias, I have to admit that this is a decent stout that would be a nice (albeit unspectacular) addition to any beer-drinking session if only for the interesting balance of bittersweet dark malts and added vanilla and oak flavors.
09-19-2009 19:29:24 | More by devilben02
Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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