Dominion Oak Barrel Stout | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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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

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#7,044
Reviews:
705
Ratings:
1,546
pDev:
12.47%
Bros Score:
4.47
 
 
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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown/black with three-finger, tan, creamy, foamy head that lasted a few minutes. Good lacing.

S: Oak, roasted chocolate and coffee. Mild.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Oak and vanilla exactly as advertised. Not sure I like it though. Vanilla carries through in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation and ridiculously smooth. I mean, this is smooth. Slightly warm too, which is nice.

O: This beer looks great and is so smooth, but the nose and taste are just above average in my opinion. Maybe I'm just not a fan of the vanilla. Still, good overall.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TLove
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to pilsner glass.

A silky, black color with a dark, creamy head. Sweet, bready combination of oaky, brown malts with some molasses and vanilla bean.

The oaky taste is a great balance to the body and although this isnt smoky or complex like many stouts in its realm, it is quite clean and smooth.

Very laid-back, unassuming stout, but overall, pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of VoodooBrew
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This looked like a unique beer when I saw it at the store, and Dominion generally makes good brews, so I figured I'd give it a try.
This pours mostly black with some deep brown touches, and the head, although disappointingly minimal, is a dark tan, and appears not to leave any tracings.
The smell is instantly sweet with a trace of tartness. You can pick up some of the vanilla and coffee elements that are soon to come...
I would describe the flavor primarily as being a sort of cross between coffee ice cream and vanilla yogurt. I must admit I'm not the most practiced when it comes to tasting oak, but I think an argument could be made for a slight woodiness on the aftertaste.
As you make your way through the beer that initial tartness either subsides or one becomes used to it, and the overall sweetness that remains is now coupled with a more prominent roasted quality.
As far as stouts go, this one has more of a light body that I'd say puts it on par with a schwatzbier. This is not to say that it goes down more smoothly than any stout, however-- the carbonation could probably be held just a little bit more in check.
Overall this is a decent and interesting beer, not without its interesting flavor nuances. This beer doesn't ask too much of the habitual stout drinker, but it does do a nice job of showing flexibility within the style.

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Photo of Chackman151
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrenihan
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of jahred
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to dmbfrat420beers for this bottle... I've been wanting to learn more about the flavors and tastes of barrel-aged beers, and while this beer technically isn't barrel aged, it's a good place to start.

Pours a beautiful jet black color with a thick, large, dense brown head. The scent is fantastic and immesnly strong - vanilla, dark coffee and maple syrup. Will it taste as good as it smells?

Not quite - the first and immediate flavor is dark, roasted grain, followed by vanilla and coffee flavors. The finish is oaky and woody with a bitter finish that I can only assume comes from the oak chips - it's not quite hoppy, and not quite just dark, bitterly roasted grain. The oak flavor is a bit overpowering, and the rest of the flavor isn't nearly as good as the orama.

Still a very tasty beer, but after 12 ounces, I don't want any more.

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Photo of izzyismyrott
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerManDan
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After being poured, the color was a very dark brown, with very little tan foam and no lace. The smell was of roasted malts and a hint of spice. The flavor was dominated by roasted malts with a hint of bourbon on the palate. The finish was dry, but, also had a cream feel in the mouth to make this stout well balanced. As the bottle said, "Our little treasure!". The only set back is that it was a little to bitter.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of vudu77
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of letsgopens
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This stout pours a familiar deep dark brown, nearly black, with a light brown head that leaves minimal lace.

The aroma is nice, generally characteristic of many stouts. This particular brew is heavily malty to the nose with a nice round coffee note.

The flavor is, again, very malty and sweet. Milk chocolate and mild coffee. Judging from the fact that the phrase 'oak barrel' is in the name, I expected a smokey or possibly bourbon taste and aroma. Instead it was more woody/nutty. Pleasant but not terribly flavorful.

Overall, this selection left a bit to be desired. Smooth and a slightly creamy but bit light and mild for my taste in stouts. A solid beer.

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Photo of mig100
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Gregf51
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbauer
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of welldigger888
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured an inky opaque with a nice tan head that laced well.

Seems a bit muted with a roast malt dominence.

Roasty coffee vanilla bean goodness. A hair washed out, but good non the less.

Seems a bit thin and a shade watery, that said I like it enough to buy this again.

I suggest playing The Black Crowes w/ Jimmy Page LOUDLY while consuming this.

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Photo of mick303
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass, colour is a rich dark brown/black. Initially a nice frothy tan head, recedes leaving some minor whispy lacing. 3.5

S- lots of sweet smoky vanilla notes. Roasty caramel maltiness, floral vanilla notes, milk chocolate with sweet caramel undertones. Some oaky smokiness in the back. No detectable bitterness, very sweet and vanilla forward. 4.24

T- very sweet, chocolate, dry silky vanilla pod, dry maltiness. Some zesty citrus, with cherry and lemon, lots of vanilla and some chocolate. Decent complexity and full flavour with some interesting background flavours. Finishes dry and full, chocolate malt and dry oak. 3.75

M- slight carbonation, rather light, with a malty profile. More of a session stout. Some slight bitterness on the tongue and finish, overly vanilla feel. 3.75.

So my take on this is that the vanilla and sweetness has somewhat run away with the show. It is a pretty tasty vanilla stout, but that seems to dominate and obscure further complexity. Some interesting stuff going on behind that, but I feel the potential is left somewhat unfulfilled, an interesting experience nonetheless. 3.5

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Photo of jduprey007
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PSUDREW
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

INtersting Brew. Had it 3 times on tap, and I finally got myself some bottles to do some reviewing.

Pours a nice solid pitch color, no light can escape this sucker. Solid tan head that dissapated soon enough.

Roasted malt nose is rather pleasing addition. You can sense the vanilla bean, but only slightly. The 1st taste is a slight burnt coffee/malt, with hints of hops. Sweet and Smooth, through and through. Sweetness being the prevailing flavor. The sweetness is pleasently countered by the roasted coffee, making for an interesting mix. The "oakiness" and vanilla was really almost an after-though. It was there, it was nice, but it only half-assed showed up

Solid beer to relax w/. Non some "oh my god" beer, but, pleasent, solid, and enjoyable

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Photo of Jettanbass9
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

picked up a six of this on a whim... glad i did.

a - chestnut brown under obsidian black with a rocky head that dissipates into a thin lacing. with a few swirls, the head bounces back and dissipates back into the thin lacing. could be from the oils in the vanilla. quality.

s - medium to light roast dominates then fades to a resinous oak and mellow vanilla. aroma reminds me of lightly roasted coffee beans, vanilla sugar and fresh cut wood. none of which dominates and allows for a well balanced aroma. beings that this is a stout, i would hope for a bit more roast in the aroma... note that there is sufficient roast but on the lower end of the style.

t - the aromas come alive the in flavor as lightly roasted coffee mingles a slight sweetness of vanilla and confectioners sugar with a hearty helping of resinous oak. each flavor evokes balance and makes for a perfect seasonal brew.

m - a bit on the dry side with very mild carbonation. this beer could benefit from the presence of more dextrins but isn't far off from where it is. there is no astringency and no harsh or overbearing flavors.

d - this is a great craft beer to keep around for the holidays. this beer emits balance but progressive craft flavors in a well crafted way. this is an extremely drinkable brew for craft aficionados and newbees alike. highly recommended.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 10/17/07. I bought a 6-pack and will cellar a couple of them for maybe a year to see if I like them any better, at present this is okay tasting but really pretty average over all given the many other good choices out there.

A = Black and smooth, formed a smallish head with a reddish tint. I swear the head made it look almost like Cherry Coke from a soda fountain, actually rather attractive but not what I was expecting. Head dissipated quickly with no lacing.

S = Smell is almost imperceptible. I had this in my refrigerator so maybe it needs to warm a little, but still . . . I expect some smell. What I do smell is sweet malty with hints of vanilla and oak (not very original given the bottle says it is fermented with vanilla beans and oak chips but honestly there's not much else going on). It is a very light, pretty simple smell.

T = Taste is better than the smell, still a little light, but flavorful. I can pick up traces of the vanilla but it is not overpowering. I like this because I often find the addition of vanilla overpowering but here it simply adds a little to the sweetness without overdoing it. Less oak in the taste than I expected. Good malt flavor, virtually no bitterness.

M = Somewhat thin for a stout, more sting from carbonation than I expected given the lack of any real sustaining head.

D = It's hard for me to rate this too much above average. I did enjoy it, but not sure I will rush out to buy it again. If you were in the mood for a lighter tasting stout, this would serve fine.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Pours a pitch black with a creamy, thin light brown head.

Smell: The smell is a very complex malty mix of vanilla, bourbon and wood with a strong coffee feel to it.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is ridulously complex. Coffee, wood, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla and a huge bourbon taste create a deep, lucious flavor. The mouthfeel is smooth and rich.

Drinkability and Overall: This is a very nice stout. Just about as complex as a beer can get at 5.2% alcohol. The drinkability isn't too high simply complex it's such a complex taste. One or two and your taste buds would be wasted. Thanks (again) to NeroFiddled for this wonderful brew.

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Photo of Brent
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very nice balance of sweetness with the vanilla bean quite distinctive, but finished with a very slight astringency that kept the beer from being too sweet and added to the drinkability. Mouthfeel was a bit of a letdown- on the thin side and made the beer seem less substantial. A good after dinner beer.

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Photo of 5EKF
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oline73
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on nitro at Max's. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with some red when the light hits it. There is a thick tan head with a layer remaining and some lacing.

Smell: Really roasty with some coffee and dark chocolate. Mildly woody with a good level of sweetness.

Taste: Sweeter than the smell. Smooth roast with mild vanilla. The finish reminds me of cocoa with a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The taste and smell of this beer are quite different. I would like the flavor to be a bit fuller, but still not bad.

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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 1,546 ratings