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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,185 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1,185
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001)
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strohme2

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

09-12-2012 22:51:20 | More by strohme2
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DaveBlack

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 20:31:02 | More by DaveBlack
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mklinger

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2009 03:08:28 | More by mklinger
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BigOldOaf

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

08-23-2013 02:05:58 | More by BigOldOaf
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paresis

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.8%

04-25-2014 00:40:24 | More by paresis
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swetsastonic

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

10-30-2012 00:59:33 | More by swetsastonic
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Andonato

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.8%

10-16-2013 16:42:50 | More by Andonato
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drumrboy22

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 03:49:34 | More by drumrboy22
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jskennedy

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

01-27-2012 03:50:41 | More by jskennedy
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devilben02

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 19:29:24 | More by devilben02
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ralree

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a tan head of about 1/2 a finger (disappointing head), smells of coffee with a nice woodsy aftertaste. Tastes like sweetened coffee, alcohol completely undetectable in the flavor. Leaves the mouth feeling dry, clean, and refreshed. Not too thick, but not watery - just about right in texture. Has a distinct bitterness that is strong, but in a very pleasant way - probably offset by the sweetness. Much easier to drink than most stouts, partly because the mouthfeel isn't as coating and the fact that it is not as heavy. Goes down smooth.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2007 02:24:18 | More by ralree
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mempath

Pennsylvania

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

pours black as black strap molasses...esspresso

good smokey roasted coffee and chocolate in the nose...dark chocolate, charcoal, whiskey

very rich, fluid mouthful/mouthfeel with some carbonation...but the palate gets loaded in a cascade of aforementioned chocolate and roasted coffee, toasted malts and some sort of (hop-fueled?) bittersweetness.

not my favorite stout....but i like the bourbon notes. it's full-bodied, complex, not creamy smooth like Guinness, but it's up there in my top 5 or so.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 22:39:15 | More by mempath
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reitzbrewing

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +27.2%

06-19-2012 00:26:40 | More by reitzbrewing
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Dougwillhike

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

05-22-2014 17:00:16 | More by Dougwillhike
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abcsofbeer

Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First one from Dominion that I have really liked. 12 oz bottle with freshness date of Aug 19, 04.

Pours a dark used oil color, but not as thick as some stouts I have tried. A thick rocky head that is tan in color accentuates the top. Lace is thick and clings to the entire glass in nice patterns.

The aroma is week, imo. Chocolate and coffee like. The taste is mildly coffee-like with chocolate undertones. There is a very distinct metallic aftertaste that I have not noticed in other stouts. I am not sure where this comes from, but would like to compare the bottle to an on tap glass.

Overall, a pretty decent stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2004 23:12:13 | More by abcsofbeer
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DCgolfpro

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

03-15-2012 05:18:47 | More by DCgolfpro
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ColdWaffles

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

10-17-2013 03:07:20 | More by ColdWaffles
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JesseLara

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

10-01-2013 04:30:46 | More by JesseLara
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Rickythejeweler

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown-black, half finger khaki head, minimal lacing.

S - Tons of vanilla, followed by subtle/balanced coffee, brown sugar, smoke, and earthiness.

T - Vanilla beans shine through over hints of roasted malt, coffee, black patent malt, and sweet nuttiness.

M - Medium-light body, moderate carbonation.

O - Great beer for only $7.49/6pk, I don't like that they use the word " barrel" when it isn't actually aged in barrels.

Bottled on: 10/31/12

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 00:22:52 | More by Rickythejeweler
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BrandonOakes

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

02-11-2014 06:44:11 | More by BrandonOakes
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spoonhawk

Iowa

2/5  rDev -49.1%

05-18-2014 14:53:07 | More by spoonhawk
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Antonius08

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

05-13-2012 02:55:35 | More by Antonius08
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goldbot

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice chocolate-brown to black color. Thin greyish brown head which dissipates quickly. Not much lacing.

Smells of chocolate with a good bit of raisin. Some vanilla as well, and lots of oak presence. The vanilla becomes more and more prevalent as the beer warms. Tastes of bitter chocolate and slightly burnt malts to start. There is some malty sweetness present and a bit of coffee. Again, lots of oak.

I thought this beer was smooth drinking yet still quite complex. Feel was creamy but not too thick or overpowering. It's good to find a full-bodied, complex and balanced beer without being loaded down with alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 01:04:41 | More by goldbot
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vbiliyar

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +1.8%

04-13-2012 02:53:43 | More by vbiliyar
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wvbrewcrew

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.8%

06-10-2014 23:28:00 | More by wvbrewcrew
Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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