Dominion Oak Barrel Stout - Old Dominion Brewing Company
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4.28/5 rDev +8.6%
12oz received as a very thoughtful extra in a recent trade with dsigmon (this brew has been on my wants for at least a year!)... shared with Brenda ... the Lion's share going into my New Belgium snifter. Bottled 1/18/08.
2 finger khaki head drops pretty quickly leaving ribbons of crusty lace.. the brew is black.
Aroma is chocolate .. mild vanilla .. milder oak giving way to medium for the style roasted grains .. slight burnt toast and a sweetness that ties it together with a black bow... a little toffee as it warms.
Body on this one is very smooth.. medium full body with just the right amount of roasted barley out of the gate... a little bit of coffee on the end. Just enough vanilla and toastiness to add some hints of bourbon... the oak adds a nice tannic drying sensation that adds to the complexity in the finish.
Another homerun from dsigmon ... Brock thanks again ... exceptional and very generous extra.
03-20-2008 07:46:00 | More by JohnGalt1
3.95/5 rDev +0.3%
La Cave Du Vin in Cleveland had this on tap this week. I tried a small glass.
Looked like a run-of-the-mill stout (dark brown-to-black color, thin beige head, etc). But the flavors were a little more original. The biggest surprise to me was the vanilla bean flavor. I think this could have been improved by being made less thin and watery though.
Not bad, but not great. Just different.
01-28-2006 15:34:29 | More by TurdFurgison
4.22/5 rDev +7.1%
12oz single, obtained from timtheenchanta and the blue max bif
appearance: pours into an offshore pint glass...body is a very bold and dark mahogany pushing opaque black...creamy brown foam with decent lacing. nice looking stout
smell: robust, fresh coffee bean, lots of roasted aromas, nutty, vanilla bean, cookie dough, chocolatey, sweet dark fruit
taste: a very good american stout. I have only had 2 beers from this brewery and both have been knockouts, maybe i should find some more. big roasted malt body, woody, smokey, vanilla bean, fresh coffee, oak, cocoa powder, light apple sweetness, fig
mouthfeel: rich and slick
12-17-2006 20:33:59 | More by dirtylou
3.95/5 rDev +0.3%
Pours black with a fluffy tan head that settles down slowly to a creamy band. Nicely sticky lacing. Roasty aroma; hints of chocolate and coffee; toffee and subtle vanilla. Mild woodiness.
The vanilla is much more prominent in the flavor; fairly sweet, with toffee, brown sugar, and caramel notes. Some roasty espresso and charred flavors; moderate bitterness. Again the oak note is fairly mild.
This is not an imperial stout and while it has pretty big flavors the body is medium and the carbonation is definitely on the high side. There's just a little bit of stickiness but the overall feel is almost prickly. As I work my way through the glass it seems to get thinner and a bit watery in terms of the intensity of the flavors rather than the other way around. Doesn't really ever open up and winds up not being particularly complex. Still, a tasty brew for vanilla fans and an inexpensive buy to boot.
07-28-2012 05:31:19 | More by tobelerone
3.28/5 rDev -16.8%
12oz bottle poured into snifter - thanks to brees6221
Pours an opaque black with a nice tuft of graham cracker brown head. Fades into thick film with some patchy lacing on the glass.
Somewhat muted in the nose, lighter roasted malts, vanilla and oak with some chocolate sweetness and faint hops.
Some hop bitterness right up front, followed by some roasted dark malts. Bittersweet dark chocolates integrated with rawer vanilla bean flavor and underlying coffee. Oak somewhat smooths out the profile, adding some earthy tones. Finishes with hop bitterness and chocolate.
Fuller medium body, high carbonation, a bit dry and tingly on the tongue, which I usually don't prefer for this style. This drinks okay, the alcohol is a bit lower which was nice, but not really what I'm looking for from an oak aged vanilla bean stout.
05-07-2011 01:33:39 | More by xnicknj
2.75/5 rDev -30.2%
12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. Bottled on 100908. "Oak aged Stout fermented with vanilla beans."
Thanks to PerzentRizen for sending this bottle my way.
A - Clear on the pour, this one gets black in the glass. A bit effervescent, a toffee tan head pops up and fizzes for a bit before sinking to a ring and thin layer. Low lace on the sides.
S - The aroma starts with musty old dirty carpet and moves into low-presence roasted malts. I don't get oak or vanilla beans in the scent but there is this lingering nose of old garbage can juice that's bad but not as bad as it sounds. Probably too old.
T - The roasted malts are present here but they loose their robust punch from how dry it is and how much carbonation there is. A bit of unsweetened chocolate and a hint of vanilla poke in and out bit overall it's pretty one-dimensional.
M - It's far too carbonated for a stout, especially an oak aged one. It removes from the rich, creamy feel I believe it should have as well as taking away from the flavor. Too distracting. Medium-bodied and very dry in the finish.
D - It's not a terrible beer. I'm also trying to factor age in with this. Bland though and unexciting. It washes down fine. Nothing to write home about either way.
01-09-2010 18:21:47 | More by BeerFMAndy
District of Columbia
2.65/5 rDev -32.7%
From 12oz bottle Bruges hybrid glass on 8/30/11
A: Pretty decent color, as it's a bit more of a medium brown then the traditional rich brownish-black. A good pour yields a dissapointing .75 finger head which fades quickly and zero lacing.
S: A metallic rust is present and overwhelms the nostrils. It's not IN YOUR FACE extreme, yet it's all I really detect.
T: Simply too mild for me. It literally takes forever for this damn beer to evolve on the palate. The mid features a touch of vanilla extract and almond paste. Where's the oak here? I get the feeling they've used cheap, shredded wood or low quality beans. To put it bluntly: meh.
M: Thin and sharp. What's the deal - seriously? It's not like you can't make a low ABV stout without decent weight and oomph (reference: Evo's Rise Up! Stout).
O: Dominion's Oak Barrel Stout sounded like a great idea, then never really came together. Leave it to AB/InBev to dumb down what should've been an interesting and approachable low ABV stout.
*Oh, and for the record, moving DOMINION BREWING out of Virginia (the OLD DOMINION state), should require you to change the f-cking name.
09-03-2011 22:38:42 | More by Rhettroactive
3.35/5 rDev -15%
Tasting with AgentZero.
12oz bottle into my Rochefort glass.
A super dark brown pour, light tan head that rises about two fingers, gone quickly. Light lacing...Light aroma, combo of vanilla, coffee, and alcohol...The taste comes out of nowhere, no idea it would be this vanilla from the aroma. Dominated by vanilla on the front, but on the finish its dull bitter coffee and alcohol and wood. The finish is also very chalky, a residual powder feel which is not nice. Very alcoholic for a 5% beer.
Overall, this is a big miss. The first sip is nice vanilla but after that its all downhill. The vanilla disappear and you get a powder feel.
06-27-2010 02:10:21 | More by jrallen34
4.47/5 rDev +13.5%
This one pours from 12oz bottle(bottled 091907) a near pitch black with some reddish hues and a small tannish head of foam that recedes to a fine broken layer half way through the session but it has some good lacing.
The smell is of caramel malt, vanilla, chocolate, and bourbon. It's nice.
The taste has all sorts of flavours going on. Lots of vanilla and bourbon and wood with helpings of chocolate, roasted malt, a slight citrus bitterness in the background and it finishes witha nice hot cocoa bitter bite but..it's smooth as all hell and it doesn't hurt that it's only 5.2%abv; it makes it sessionable as hell. lol Man, is this son of a gun drinkable and velvety smooth. Great fullish mouthfeel and it's lightly carbonated. I like this one a lot!! Lots of flavour, easy to drink, smooth, this has it all going on. I'd get this one again, no problem.
11-06-2007 00:39:45 | More by Bitterbill
3.68/5 rDev -6.6%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had coal black color and a thick consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Average lacing.
S: Lots of malt, chocolate, and coffee in the smell. Basically, it smelled like a typical stout.
T: Tasted of malt, mild hops, a little chocolate and coffee, and a big shot of vanilla in the finish. The oak is present, but not hugely influential. Not quite as robust or powerful as a stout should be, but decent enough.
M: A decent amount of carbonation with a surprisingly dry finish. Medium-bodied.
O: Not a bad beer, but there are better examples of the style out there.
12-02-2011 14:38:00 | More by avalon07
3.48/5 rDev -11.7%
At the Old Dominion Brewery located in Terminal A of Dulles and the second beer I am trying is the Oak Barrel Stout. The color poured deep dark rich amber with ecru colored head. The aroma is roasty with good malt balance. The flavor of this beer is complex the peat and vanilla are very apparent. There definitely smokey undertones….and flashes of anise/black licorice. The body is decent….right on the borderline of being too watery for me. The mouthfeel is good…..for me it would be tough to have more than two or three at a sitting.
06-26-2011 20:17:24 | More by WoodBrew
4.13/5 rDev +4.8%
On draught at St. James Tavern. This beer is a deep dark brown/black with a ruby halo and a thick beige head. Thick lacing as well. Great aroma of roasted coffee/mocha, chocolate and malt. Creamy body with a nice amount of coffee, vanilla and chocolate malt in the flavor, a tad more enjoyable than the bottled version. The finish is velvety smooth and has a smokey character along with some hops. Overall this is a pretty good Stout, easy to drink and very tasty.
05-04-2005 14:26:27 | More by Dogbrick
4.45/5 rDev +12.9%
Found this beer for 10.99 a sixer at 3 Sons. Cheapest oak aged beer I ever found! Had this as my 3rd beer on a stout tasting night.
A - Pours a pitch black darkness with about an inch of head. Looks pretty rocking in
S - You get some chocolate, slight coffee, you can smell woody goodness, and then some malt. Doesn't smell too bad.
T - Man was I blown over with flavor! Starts off with a semi bittersweet coffee and then flows to oak barrel age wood (done very well to heighten the taste btw!) and then SWACK you get hit with a smooth vanilla bean taste that not only wraps it all up but leaves it with a sweet finish. COULD it get any better?
M - Surprisingly they got all this flavor and not a high ABV. Medium bodied and creamy.
D - Man where have you guys been all my life? I have been kicking around equally as cheap stouts and exposed to some that taste as good for double the price but I have no idea how they can just throw this at you with a 10.99 a sixer price tag! WILL be picking more up and WILL be having a few a sitting. In my opinion I fully agree with the bros "A" rating or greater all the way!
10-05-2010 01:43:02 | More by DrDemento456
3.45/5 rDev -12.4%
Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of coffee and malts. Taste is also of coffee and malts, some notes of vanilla. Feels full bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this makes for a good quality brew.
06-21-2010 13:22:19 | More by tone77
3.15/5 rDev -20.1%
Pours a solid black color with a tan head. Aromas of subtle oak and vanilla are in the air. In the taste, chocolate and somewhat like mocha. An aftertaste that is a bit dry and leaves a coffee presence in the mouth. A lighter body than most stouts. A nice flavorful stout, I enjoyed the coffee/mocha/ vanilla flavor for dessert.
08-23-2007 19:09:00 | More by OWSLEY069
3.48/5 rDev -11.7%
A - Pours a black color with a tan head that dissipated to a ring. Very solid looking.
S - Dark roasted malts and dark fruits. There is a hint of vanilla, but not a ton more than that.
T - Slight vanilla taste on the front which disappears quickly to a bit of roasted malts. It turns to a very powdered cocoa taste that finishes slightly sour.
M - Moderatly carbonated and a full body. The taste doesn't quite coincide with the rest of the beer.
D - I thought this had more alcohol in it than it did, but it's pretty low. It is averagely drinkable considering the abv and weight.
06-27-2010 02:16:14 | More by AgentZero
3.75/5 rDev -4.8%
Tarnished dark brown, black in most light overall, finger high, firm, light brown frothy whipped foam cap. Inky broken sheets of lacing stick all over the glass. Aroma is of sweet vanilla, milk chocolate, and suggestions of oaty sweetness too with a light roasty edge of mild coffeeness. Taste is similar in regards to what the smell leads to. Sweet vanilla and milk chocolate front, mild and smooth, low carbonation, finish lends a tame roast and small coffee surge. Smooth and creamy feel thats close to medium body but kinda light and restrained. A first-rate drinker; goes down real quick.
But after having Town Hall's Oak Barrel Stout, this was not nearly up to my expectations. No oak character or boozy qualities any where to be found, and I was looking for that. Comes across as a desent oatmeal stout though and wouldn't pass it up for nothing as it was fine and dandy to drink down. Quite yummy really, nice chocolate tones, just not what I'd call up-to-par with some other oak barrel brewed stouts I've had.
Thanks to ManekiNeko for the many samples!
05-06-2004 02:13:39 | More by tavernjef
4.3/5 rDev +9.1%
Comes out of the tap a deep opaque sable with a fine-bubbled tan head. Strong aroma is smoky and coffee-ish, and slightly chocolaty. Rich flavor is like a good mocha and has a yeasty undertone, along with nutty and molasses hints. Texture is smooth and a little tingly.
01-16-2009 03:49:35 | More by Cyberkedi
4.05/5 rDev +2.8%
I've had this a few times over the years, and most recently, tonight, on tap at the OD pub in Hyattsville.
Black with dark brown highlights and a dense, brown head with great retention and lacing. The nose is solid. Prominently roasty with a blend of heavily kilned and mildly charred malts, the added vanilla bean character is noticeable and quite enjoyable. Oak isn't particularly noticeable on the nose, which is surprising given that this was aged on chips rather than barrels. Bitter chocolate and coffee appears as this beer warms up. The palate is just as good as the nose with a very enjoyable level of roasted malt lending a blend of coffee, a little char and the base grain itself. Sweetness is low, apart from the moderate vanilla character that appears mid-palate, there's not much by way of sweetness here. Medium-light in body with soft carbonation, this feels pretty smooth on the palate. The finish is long and bitter with plenty of roasted grain and a little char present. Very good, especially at $4/20oz pour. I'll revisit this for sure.
11-13-2010 00:56:48 | More by DefenCorps
1.45/5 rDev -63.2%
A - Not a bad looking stout. Deep black cherry body with cranberry highlights. Fine khaki head with nice lace and retention.
S - A potato vinegar off-note ruins the nose, but there's a layer of caramel molasses and gingerbread beneath the funk.
T - Unfortunately the vinegar carries through to the the flavor profile. Astringent vinegar, raisin, and black molasses. The vinegar lingers deep into the aftertaste.
M - medium light body.
O - I bought this bottle at a wegmans, and I'm not sure if anyone else had quality problems with the bottles they bought from there but I wouldn't recommend it.
06-09-2012 20:17:16 | More by vfgccp
Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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