Dominion Oak Barrel Stout | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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88
very good
1,524 Ratings
Dominion Oak Barrel StoutDominion Oak Barrel Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Old 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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,524
Reviews:
702
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
12.5%
 
 
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85
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202
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Photo of kimcgolf
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a typical stout opaque-black, with thick tan head that lingers and then leaves good lacing. I couldn’t detect much aroma, but the flavor was a tasty mix of vanilla with a hint of malty chocolate. Finish was very smooth, yet not too sweet. I generally don’t consider stouts for session beers, but could actually see drinking several of these over a few hours. A darn good beer.

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Photo of Theheroguy
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Woody flavored and pitch black. I would call this a typical stout which does everything right but it is too good to be labeled "typical". The mouth and nose follow a main trail of malt dark chocolate. Side paths lead to a coffee flavor. Noticeably in the back ground there is a woody flavor? The result of the Oak barrel? I do not know but wouldn't be surprised if it were. The finish is smooth not crisp or dry at all.

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Photo of Prue
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of clayrock81
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a perfect shade of black with a frothy, sleek one-finger head that was tan and then slowly died and left a ring around the glass. A light malt smell of roasted malts and sweet malts like caramel mixed with cocoa and coffee (and yes, oak). Medium-to-full bodied, really, REALLY, sweet and smooth creaminess. The beer is balanced with hints of dryness and although it goes down somewhat silky, it has a moderately dry backbone. Roasted, toffee, caramel, and chocolate malts all make their way in the taste. I could have this anytime.

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Photo of bsp77
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in March Beer of the Month Club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Bottling date of February 24, 2011.

Appearance: Jet black with initial thick tan head, leaving a thin cap and just a touch of lacing.

Smell: Molasses, chocolate, vanilla, smoke and char.

Taste: Molasses, caramel and chocolate base, over which nice layers of smoke, charred oak and vanilla add great complexity. Semi-sweet until the very light English-style hops at the finish.

Feel: Pretty smooth, full body for a relatively low abv beer with moderately low carbonation. Almost silky. Finish is just slightly dry.

Overall: Not used to lower alcohol Oak-aged Stouts - I like it. Proves that a brewer can be innovative with overdoing the abv or IBUs.

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Photo of philipquarles
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Adamharbaugh for this one!

Pours black with a small tan head. Very nice retention and lacing.

Smells strongly of coffee and vanilla (as advertised); these pretty much eclipse everything else. Smells less like beer than a mocha frappuccino.

Tastes strongly of dark roasted (almost charred) malts and coffee. Light vanilla comes later on, as well as some slight fruit notes. Fairly dry.

Mouthfeel is quite nice; thick and almost creamy. What I would really expect from a stout. A very nice beer overall.

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Photo of spelingchampeon
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured to a 1 finger head, with a lacing that refused to go anywhere after it landed. The longer the beer warmed, the more the flavors would attack my senses.. to the better. A slight chocolate start, finished nicely with the vanilla taste. This has been my only oak influenced brew, so I don't know how to compare it to another.. so I'll just go with YES, the oak is there, and did enhance the overall taste. Great malty aroma throughout!

Having had this beer multiple times in the past, this was the 1st time in a stout glass. The stout glass really made a difference to me this time. Maybe I wasn't as concerned before, but it still tasted much better.

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Photo of hangh
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very very dark color that is very inviting. One finger very thick off white head that clings finely to the glass.

S- You can smell the vanilla immediately from the glass. Underneath there is a finer burnt smell with some chocolate.

T- The initial taste is one of the burnt charcoaly flavor and that is subdued by the vanilla at the end of the taste. Very good and pleasant taste. Goes well with food and alone.

MF- Very smooth beer, easy to drink,the malts float out of the taste. Little carbonation with a pleasant aftertaste of vanilla

D- Easy to drink for a stout. It is much better to drink slowly and enjoy. I would only drink 2 at the very most at once.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of thain709
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a deep, deep, brown with very little light coming through...this is borderline black...a two finger brown head formed and settled into a nice ring...some lacing

S - The roasted malts stand out but they aren't too heavy...some chocolate and coffee aromas...and a touch of alcohol...not much oak

T - The flavors in this beer work really well together...it starts off with a nice roasted malt flavor...the chocolate roasted malts are the star and they stick around on the palate for a long time...the vanilla beans mix well in the middle to provide a touch of sweetness...the oak really doesn't shine which is a good thing and a bad thing...the hops are very, very subtle at the end

M - Light bodied...would have liked more creaminess but it was rather smooth going down

D - This was my first oak aged stout and I was really happy with it...the oak didn't stand out too much...I loved the chocolate malts and vanilla beans...I like that it was oak aged and not around 10%...being lighter in body helps with the drinkability as well

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Photo of Duff27
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle

Initially head is short lived, leaves collar. Nice alcohol legs.

Oaky nose, some vanilla but mostly smells of a tree!

Pretty complex stout here. Vanilla dominates but doesn't overpower. Some oak, "nuttiness".

Mouthfeel is a little thin, kind of distracting. Lower end of spectrum of carbonation due to age I'm guessing.

Slightly oxidized but tasty none the less. Loved the vanilla aspect of this one, pleasant surprise. Thanks mikeyv35.

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Photo of HimerMan
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle purchased at BeerYard on my last trip (part of the back to back trips). Poured into a standard pint glass.

Pour - very nice deep dark brown/almost black with a coffee color head that is rather nice. Immeidate smell of vanilla peeks even before you are done with the pour.

Smell - Again, very nice here - vanilla, mild oak, and chocolate. Not a huge smell that comes off, but nice nonetheless.

Taste - Not a huge amount of flavor, but a very easy stout to drink. Flavors blend very well together; strong creamy vanilla, chocolate very mild oak and not any hops after taste at all. This is not a burnt or black chocolate flavor with the beer, which is great since its a stout (less alcohol) than an imperial or double.

Overall - this is a very easy beer to drink with a very reasonable price per bottle. No reason to not try this beer, its very good. I'd suggest having this with vanilla ice cream or as a float. Definitely worth trying. I was surprised that this beer tasted the way it did, in a good way.

Perhaps I need to visit someone in Virginia to try this on tap - I've heard it is much better on tap than it is out of the bottle.

Cheers.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of yeagerbm
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with ruby highlights around the edges. A light brown frothy head sits on top. Smell is sweet, dark roasted grain.
Taste is of roasted malt with a vanilla sweetness and a gentle hop finish. Low to medium bodied, but with a smooth creamy mouthfeel and gentle alcohol warming. This is a very tasty stout. Maybe a little sweet to drink in a session, but thats not really the intention of this great brew.

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Photo of beerphan
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> nonic
bottling date: 122706 (printed on the side of the label)

Pours mostly black with some chestnut around the edges when held to the light. A small dark tan head settles down to a thin film, leaving very little lace.

Nose: Vanilla, vanilla, oh yeah, vanilla maybe a fruit in there but not much.

Some burnt malt flavor with chocolate, coffee and the everpresent vanilla, showing through. Can't pick up any bourbon or oakey flavors. Slight bitterness on the finish is quick and leaves the mouth feeling a dry. A slight astrigent feel in the finish also.

Mouth is somewhat chewy and dry.

A pretty flavorful vanilla stout.

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Photo of TWStandley
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of ckollias
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A dark black beer with a one-finger tan head that dissipates into a small lace.

S: A very mild smell of chocolate and smokey malts.

T: Heavy on the malts at first then smoothes into a nice bitter sweet drink with hints of coffee, chocolate, and caramel.

M: Medium body and slighty over carbonated.

O: A very smooth and drinkable stout. I had one, but could have had 3 or 4.

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Photo of Ebond007
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of NicholasCompagnone
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of MA08
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of gcasher
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely has the oak flavor that will dry out your mouth. It also has a sweetness to it.

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Photo of harryhops
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of ngandhi
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wafting mocha nose that meticulously displays all the characters of this beer. The taste is subtle for an oak aged beer -- much less drastic than Fish Tale or Harviestoun. The oak is supportive.

Medium vanilla frappuchino finish yields to latent notes of green olive and pickled onion, almost martini-like, which, for such unusual flavors, are surprisingly well-integrated. This all culminates in a dry roast that closes the palate and encourages another sip.

Domnion Oak Barrel Stout is not as momentous as I may have described it, but the flavors are surely unique. It is simultaneously a subtle mocha porter and a loud, filling milk stout.

While the oak structure adds body -- which ultimately thins -- to cut down the roast, the bourbon or lactic influence accentuates it, lending an overall full and balanced beer that does the most with what it is given.

If there is a fault, it is only in Domnion's interpretation of the stout which, until the finish, lacks the roast that I desire. But it's no surprise that the vanillins from the oak have caused this to happen, themselves perhaps more serving to a porter than a stout. Oak beers are not, unfortunately, a style unto themselves and this beer shows why they ought to be. This is probably a dynamic stout and, were this a porter, the beer might have been overpowered by the wood. It shows a lot of foresight by the brewmaster, whose execution here was world-class.

Relax, relax.
ng

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Photo of Knapp85
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a nice deep black color with a light brown head on top. The head was bubbly looking with a thin retention and a scattered lack on the glass. The smell of the beer is really nice, it's got a big roasted aroma upfront with a sweet natural vanilla aroma in there as well. The taste has a bitter roasted flavor with the sweet vanilla throughout. The mouthfeel of the beer has a carbonation that is a little too sharp for the style. Overall this beer was really good, I would drink this one again for sure.

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Photo of andrewjraab
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this in my beer of the month club that I received as a Christmas present from my wife...

It pours a deep black and is thick as hell. Two fingers of brownish head and quickly dissipates to a thing later that remains. Smells - oak, caramel, vanilla, coffee - smells amazing. The taste matches the smell - a nice and complex flavor profile from start to finish. Creamy malt profile up front balanced with a bitter finish. This is a well crafted stout and that is very complex. You need to try this.

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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 1,524 ratings.
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