Dominion Oak Barrel Stout | Old Dominion Brewing Company

Dominion Oak Barrel StoutDominion Oak Barrel Stout
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3.94/5
1,532 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
Ranking:
#5,183
Reviews:
702
Ratings:
1,532
pDev:
12.44%
Bros Score:
4.47
 
 
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Photo of mday
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A :: Pours a thick black with a one finger creamy tan head. It reduced to nothing within minutes.
S :: Oak, dark malt, chocolate
T :: A little woodiness from the oak with the chocolate and malt showing through the most. This leaves a long lasting bitterness in your mouth.
M :: Thinner than I expected for this stout. Medium-heavy carbonation
D :: The flavors are balanced and I could definitely enjoy a few of these. Again, a little thinner than I would like, but still good overall.

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Photo of dtivp
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with amber hues, half of a finger foamy tan head, fades quickly to a thin spotty cap with light lacing.

Aroma of vanilla, smoke, oak and roasted malt.

Taste starts a little sweet with vanilla then the oak, malt and some smoke hits the palate. The oak and smoke become more dominate as the beer warms.

Mouth Feel is medium leaning light body with light carbonation, a little thin, smooth with a slight oak after taste.

Overall a good stout, needs a little more body, however, I enjoyed it a lot more as it warmed.

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Photo of Guden
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark and nearly opaque, with just a tiny but lasting beige head. Looks like a decent stout.

S- Not getting much here, a bit of toffee and roasty malt notes (chocolate more than coffee) but its a bit mild for the style.

T- Much more pronounced than the nose theres a lot of caramel/toffee sweetness with a little bit of chocolaty roast character and a definite vanilla presence. The oak doesn't hardly show but seems to blend in behind the vanilla nicely where it does. Overall not a bad taste but the vanilla is the only thing which comes out strongly with the hop bitterness and roast astringency being very mild behind it.

M- Nice medium-high in body with some typical stout chewiness and light carbonation. Has a chocolate milk type feel to it, could be drank slow or easily chugged.

D- Very high, especially for the style. Nothing comes on too strong but all the flavors are there on the taste buds and it feels nice in the mouth. Would have been nice to see a little more bitterness or roast character but the vanilla and sweetness are welcome too.

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Photo of kimcgolf
4.06/5  rDev +3%
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%
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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of clayrock81
4.06/5  rDev +3%
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 +2.8%
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 +2.8%
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 +2.8%
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 +2.8%
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 +2.8%
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 +2.8%
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 +2.8%
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 +2.8%
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 +2.8%
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 +2.8%
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 +2.8%
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 +2.5%

Photo of ckollias
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
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 +2.5%

Photo of NicholasCompagnone
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of MA08
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of gcasher
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
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 +2.5%

Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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