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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,232 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1,232
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 63
Gots: 68 | 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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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Blueribbon666, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of BrewerB
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.

BrewerB, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of bigeyedfish89
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

bigeyedfish89, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of jordanimal
3/5  rDev -23.7%

jordanimal, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of strohme2
2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

strohme2, Sep 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

cmq103, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of PatronWizard
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

PatronWizard, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of NoLeafClover44
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.

NoLeafClover44, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of greenmonstah
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.

greenmonstah, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of TriageStat
4/5  rDev +1.8%

TriageStat, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of Redwood21
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.

Redwood21, Mar 31, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Dougwillhike, May 22, 2014
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5/5  rDev +27.2%

baconman91, Jan 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

AaronBurr, Feb 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Bubbalito, Apr 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

John_Beeryman, Jul 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Andonato, Oct 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

3Hops, Nov 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

DLS168, Nov 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

swetsastonic, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of CaptJackHarkness
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!

CaptJackHarkness, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of sacfly
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.

sacfly, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of DaveBlack
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.

DaveBlack, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of jaluria
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.

jaluria, Feb 06, 2006
Photo of battlekow
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.

battlekow, Sep 30, 2005
Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,232 ratings.