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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,247 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1,247
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 63
Gots: 70 | 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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Photo of domtronzero
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to pwoody11 for this one, too! Bottled: 5-21-10.

A - Clear, very dark brown, almost black color with a short, long-lasting, tight mocha head. Little bit of legs on this one.

S - Dark bitter chocolate and a very slight coffee and vanilla aroma. Subtle dark fruits (raisins) and caramel.

F/M - Bitter baker's chocolate, coffee, vanilla (noticeable and not over-the-top). Caramel and light oak flavors come through as it warms. Medium-low bitterness. Medium-lite bodied, but creamy and smooth. A little bit too low in the body department, but still good. Medium-low carbonation. Slight warming in the belly, not in the throat.

D - Good drinkability for an oak-aged stout, smooth, clean and quite tasty. And in the case of this beer, the lighter mouthfeel helps it score a little higher in the drinkability department.

domtronzero, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of strohme2
2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

strohme2, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of Jarod
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came to me in traditional pint glass, on the warm side; color was pitch black in the center and became more brown/black towards the edges and cocoa brown on the very edge, no light passed through. There was light to barley any carbonation noticeable. The head that was formed was creamy, thick and sticky but fell fairly fast to a light skim and a ring on the edges, the color was a medium cocoa powder brown, with some highlights and dark points across the surface. There was some sticky lace throughout the glass, more prominent in the beginning then towards the end. Typical stout characteristics. The aromas that came from the glass were of caramels, vanilla bean, some cocoa powder oak wood, toffee, some dark malts, a light coffee at times, and bourbon notes throughout, vanilla and bourbon seemed to become alittle more pronounced as it warmed and near the last sip. The tastes were more complex then the aromas. Tastes of roasted malts, and oak were the first flavors that hit my buds along with a slight bitter coffee, then some sweet malts, vanilla bean, caramel, toffee, chocolates, more oak wood, and warming notes of bourbon dominated the rest of the taste, and ended more with a pronounced bourbon flavor and the other flavors seemed step to the rear, especially as it warmed. Aftertaste was on the roasted malt, alcohol side but not real lasting. Body was on the full side especially as it warmed. Decently complex seemed to became more complex as it sat. A good beer and nice and warming. One of the better beers that is being done with oak barrels, barrel aging, etc. I have this beer in 12oz. bottle and look forward to comparing it with the nitro version.

Jarod, Nov 07, 2004
Photo of drewbage
4.72/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12 fluid ounce bottle with room for a bottling date, but none printed. Bottle presented courtesy of Garthwaite.

Beer pours deep black and dense with a very low tan head that moves into little patches quickly.

Aroma is rich with coffee like oak tones and a strong vanilla that plays into the spiciness of the oak (and it's own natural sources of vanillian)

Flavor is coffee roasted and caramel with a thick rich body that is quickly undercut by the acidity of the roast and the tannins of the oak.

Very nicely balanced brew and rich with an amazing character normally associated with stronger beers.

drewbage, Apr 29, 2004
Photo of jpmclaug
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my Foothills flute-ish type glass. Got this as an extra from BigSexy410. Thanks!

A - Black body with a circle of light brown head resting on top

S - Standard dark malt aroma with a hint of sweetness. I think I am picking up on the aroma of the vanilla beans mentioned on the label.

T - Light roasted flavors, hints of vanilla and oak and a bit of a toasty type flavor. I dunno I was expecting something with more flavor so this is a bit of a let down.

M - real smooth creamy body with a light carbonation

D - pretty easy drinking stout. Not nearly as much flavor as I was expecting. While there are notes of vanilla and oak it seems to really just mellow the beer out more. It could certainly use a little more flavor. Still a beer worth trying and I wouldn't have a problem ordering one if I was out somewhere. That being said I don't see myself seeking this one out in the future.

jpmclaug, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of grimey68
4/5  rDev +1.8%

grimey68, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of Lupe
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Lupe, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of ujsplace
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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...

ujsplace, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of loganburgh
4/5  rDev +1.8%

loganburgh, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of jsnoek
4/5  rDev +1.8%

jsnoek, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of SammyJaxxxx
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

SammyJaxxxx, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of Xandrose
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Xandrose, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of John_Beeryman
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

John_Beeryman, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of biglite351
2.78/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

biglite351, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of Blueribbon666
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Blueribbon666, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of cichief
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

cichief, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of ark57
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

ark57, May 18, 2004
Photo of Dougwillhike
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Dougwillhike, May 22, 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 cmq103
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

cmq103, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of DLS168
4/5  rDev +1.8%

DLS168, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of timotao
4/5  rDev +1.8%

timotao, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of Andonato
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Andonato, Oct 16, 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
Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,247 ratings.