1. BEER FEST ALERT: Don't miss FUNK Boston: A Wild & Sour Beer Fest on June 14-15!

Dominion Oak Barrel Stout | Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Dominion Oak Barrel StoutDominion Oak Barrel Stout
BA SCORE
3.94/5
Very Good
1,556 Ratings
Dominion Oak Barrel StoutDominion Oak Barrel Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company
Delaware, United States
olddominion.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

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 STATS
Ranking:
#11,797
Reviews:
709
Ratings:
1,556
pDev:
12.44%
 
 
Wants:
86
Gots:
209
Trade:
2
HISTOGRAM
 
View: Beers
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 1,556 |  Reviews: 709
Reviews by Cadyfatcat:
Photo of Cadyfatcat
4.67/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a stout, very dark brown with brown characteristic stout head.

A little lactic on the nose, with some cocoa, roasty malts, and vanilla

Roasted almond and macadamia nut with a deep chalky chocolate flavor. Many different levels of dark and bitter chocolate flavors in this one. Oak flavor comes through and adds to the extremely rich and creamy texture of this beer. Curious notes of vanilla in the background. This beer is truly a masterpiece. Humbling. This beer retains a softness to it and has no flavors that would prevent me from drinking it often and in succession. It also shows how a big ABV is not needed to make an exceptional beer. The subtleties in this beer are exceptional and perhaps may not be detectable with more alcohol.

One for the ages, I am blown away.

 794 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very smooth and oak adds value to taste, however another stout with a variation among many good stouts available. Medium mouthfeel, worthy to drink on its own without food. Toast, coffee, well carbonated, toasty,and vanilla but is it real vanilla? Sweet cocoa aftertaste. Second tasting a couple of weeks alter.

 311 characters

Photo of Todd
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: A big, most impressive, 2L growler -- full with ceramic lock-top and metal handle. Available at the brewery only.

Appearance: Opaque, black with ruby dark brown hues around the edges. Beer foam is about two fingers in thickness, tightly carbonated and ultra creamy with a tan colour. Rests at a thin creamy lace that sticks.

Smell: Toffee, caramel, coffee, oak, vanilla and bourbon aromas.

Taste: A silky smooth beer in texture, with a full-body. Up-front the beer is acrid (black malts) with a crisp roasted/bitter quality. The sweetness that follows is well-balanced and complex as hell -- big chocolate, coffee and caramel flavours meld together to create a pleasing richness then vanilla, wood and massively distinct bourbon flavours follow and carry through to the end. As the beer warms, the bourbon qualities impart more flavours that come forward in the form of smooth alcohol fumes in feel, taste and smell. Grain tannin and more roasted flavours in the after-taste.

Notes: Fermenting Dominion Stout is set in charred oak barrels that have had bourbon stored in them for five long years. The beer is then stored for one week in the barrels, then transferred to kegs.

One of the more interesting, flavourful and complex stouts that I've had in ages. Just made the top of my stout list!

 1,322 characters

Photo of Fish113d
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring slightly chilled into a pint glass, it pours a dark brown with red tints throughout allowing little light (if at all any) to poke through. It also leaves a nice 1cm head w/ some nice clingy edge lacing.

The smell is of vanilla and roasted malts. Toffee or caramel comes through as well, along with a notion of almonds. No hops at all in the aroma.

Taste is great! Toffee, almonds really come through, along with a slight smokiness on the finish. The finish is also a little dry leaving the idea of tasting oak barrels. However, most of the sip is nice and sweet.

Carbonation on the tip of your tongue at first with this one. However, this is a nice chewy and creamy stout w/ a slightly dry finish and a nice malty aftertaste.

Drinkable? I say "oh hell yes!" This was well crafted and would make for a great session beer!

 842 characters

Photo of papat444
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Flashback #203 - Enjoyed this a few years ago back when it was brewed in VA.

76 characters

Photo of JohnK17
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of atoulouk
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of DCocco86
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Chikincoop
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Darkest mahogany with dusky crimson highlights at the margins, topped by a heavily toasted ecru cap that has more than enough heft to stay at a fat two fingers for quite a while. Meandering tendrils of lace add visual interest.

Vanilla bean notes are especially prominent in the nose and mingle beautifully with roasted barley, chocolate and java. Unfortunately, oak and bourbon aren't nearly as up front (as the name suggests, Oak Barrel Stout was briefly aged in oak casks that had once held bourbon). Here's hoping that those flavors are present to a greater degree on the palate.

The flavor profile consists of coffee and vanilla with semi-sweet chocolate taking a backseat (thankfully, it maintains enough of an attitude to be a backseat driver). I still don't appreciate the oakiness or the bourbon. A longer time in the casks may have helped, but it may also have ruined what is a very tasty beer. The body/mouthfeel is medium for the style and tends to falter just a tad on the finish. Noticeable carbonation is a minor, easily overlooked annoyance.

Dominion Oak Barrel Stout is very good beer. The vanilla makes it stand out from the crowd, even if the other advertised flavors don't really materialize. I could drink a lot of this.

 1,250 characters

Photo of argock
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Deep brown with ruby-violet highlights. Tan head is 1-finger thick with only dots of lace down the glass.

S: Sweet chocolate, coffee, vanilla beans, and lightly woody-nutty aromas are present.

T: Vanilla and coffee are the predominant early flavors with a bit of bittersweet chocolate in the finish. Roasted black malts with minimal acridity are noticeable in the finish as well. Oakiness with a light bourbon flavor is not detected.

M: Thin even for this less demanding style with minimal carbonation and small amount of dryness in the aftertaste which is dominated by both vanilla and cocoa flavors.

D: An above-average stout that blends sweet flavors with an appropriately dry finish that hits the American/sweet stout style pretty well.

 823 characters

Photo of MikeB20
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P: 12oz bottle into a DFH signature glass.

A: Black as can be with a nearly two finger dark tan head that doesn't hang around very long. Lacing is sparse but it sticks.

S: Dark roasted malt with some vanilla, caramel and wood. Very pleasing.

T: This beer has a lot more going on than the smell would lead you to believe. Lots of roasted malt with an awesome vanilla finish. Some wood or earthy tones and I'm getting some bourbon/whiskey although I thought it might be more pronouced. There seems to be a hint of smokiness in here as well. A bitter finish accented with the vanilla makes me want to take another sip. The vanilla comes through even more as the beer warms, I recommend letting this one sit out for a good 10 or 15 minutes before serving.

M: Smooth with lots of tiny bubbles in the carbonation which adds a refreshing quality to the beer. Not as heavy as some stouts can be but it still has some body. The body, like the vanilla, seems to become more pronounced as the beer warms.

D: A very drinkable and complex stout. Maybe it's the small distribution from Old Dominion but this is a beer that I would expect more people to be talking about, it's among the best stouts I've ever tasted. It's an easy beer to enjoy any time of the year.

 1,255 characters

Photo of CWBlues
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks go to jhughes23 for this one.

A: Pours jet black with two fingers of a dirty-cream colored head. Leaves a little lacing as it dissipates.

S: Mostly oak on the nose, with a fair bit of vanilla as well. Bit of cocoa as well. Smells good, but not strong.

T: Lots of coffee up front. A little bit of vanilla, probably from the oak. Roasted barley. Even a little bit of a Coca-Cola taste. Very well balanced with no one taste being too overpowering. Everything levels out.

M: Fair amount of carbonation. Not quite the motor-oil stickiness you get with some stouts. Actually feels fairly light on the palate. Good stuff. Goes down easy.

O: It's good, for what it is. I'd like to try one with a bit more vanilla on it (I think that's a special kind of this one, right?). Very enjoyable beer.

 796 characters

Photo of wingnutz27
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of VAbrookiechaser
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Atron67
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

picked up at the local grocery store in Fredericksburg.

was slightly sweet, reminded me of a milk stout, but it was very tasty the oak and vanilla flavors were strong and it worked very well together to give a very drinkable complex stout that wasnt a sipper

 260 characters

Photo of EFR94
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of ksills
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rorjets
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of REAL_Harrison
4.8/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of nortmand
4.78/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep mahogany blck pour, with a five inch tan head. Hot damn! Lace all around.

Oak spiciness dominates the smell. Underlying roast and vanilla.

Rich chocolate roast taste to begin. Ends with an astringent vanilla beauty.

Rich and full bodied, this beer is delicious and at only 5% is very sessionable and complex. The drink by dat is April 2004. Disregard that, this beer is very cellarable. Excellent beverage.

 421 characters

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of zoolzoo
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to nolsenwerd for the chance to try this

A: Dark brown/black, impressive khaki head.

S: Mostly roasted, maybe almost charred malts. A hint of oak and a tiny little sour note.

T: Full of flavor yet somewhat gentle on the palate. Chocolate was the first thing to come to my mind, followed by layers of roasted malt from the nose. The flavor profile of this beer has the overall impression of oak but presents no over powering barrel flavors. Not a hint of alcohol. A well rounded taste that is "good" in all aspects.

M: The heavier side of medium, slightly more carbed than some stouts. I would say feel matches taste wonderfully, high marks here.

D: Drinkability is excellent due low abv, balance, and general awesomeness. This is a stout to always have on hand.

I see some other reviewers are knocking this beer for showing restraint in some aspects. I feel like I should oppose...

 895 characters

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 1,556 ratings