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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#5,562
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703
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1,538
pDev:
12.44%
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4.47
 
 
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Photo of MDDMD
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown color with a decent tan head and a little lacing

S-dark malt, caramel, coffee, vanilla

T-dark roasted malt, coffee, caramel, vanilla, some bitterness on the finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-a decent stout with nice flavor, good value

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Photo of mthomp081
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black beer with a red and brown edge to it. Not much in the head category. Didn't pick up much in the nose, definitely not the overpowering vanilla many speak of.

Taste, nice, mild, the slightest amount of vanilla. Very light bourbon presence. Same with the oak. This is a nice example of making a full bodied, wood aged stout, without having it be of such abv that will wreck you. A twist of leather for ya. Hints of chocolate. Hints of everything, nothing is massive, but it still is full of flavor. A very drinkable stout at a good price, $3 a single.

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Photo of BigMart42
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really, really enjoyed this beer. (yes, deserves both really's)
It poured a dark handsome shade of black. It had a slight malty aroma nothing over powering. It’s a dark beer but not too heavy, and what sets it apart for me is that vanilla mouth feel and after taste. The drinkabilty is through the roof. If this were any higher in abv it could be really dangerous... damn I could use another!

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Real time review

Pop goes the cap. mhh 2.5 on the pop of the cap. But what do I expect from a stout chilled to 11 deg c.?

I Pour into a standard 16 oz pub glass. Wow, the color is amazing. I slow the pour. Wait stop. Move under the light. Wow, the color is an incredible dark chocolate with Carmel highlights. Umpalumpas eat your heart out, your getting NONE. The head is thick fluffy brown, what a delicious looking beer!

Smell, sinf, snif. Hmm hops, hmm no vanilla &malt. Ok very slight vanilla, hops malt and something.... Oak & bourbon. Well allrighty now. how about a...

Taste, slurp, mmm. Not bad, slurp, mmm, interesting. Mild, smooth, creamy. Swig slurp..hmm. Oaky, bourbon. (Gomez kiss me, I spoke French) Hops are faint great finish. this is a fine creation. I don't know if it will catch on, but any of the crowds down at the Hofbrau over the past, well lets say as many generations as years this brewer is old would have enjoyed several rounds.

The mounthfeel is superb. I think it is the bourbon. light on the carbonation heavy on the creamy feel. Nice almost mouth numbing.

all the above makes this baby sing

Wem Gott will rechte Gunst erweisen,
den schickt er in die weite Welt;
dem will er seine Wunder weisen
in Berg und Tal und Strom und Feld.

oh sorry... As I was saying this beer is +++ with no real - It's drinkable and I like it. MK

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Photo of mjc410
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour into my Fuller's nonic raises a very thin, dark tan glass ring over a not-quite-opaque black beer. Lacing is minimal. Nothing impressive here. The nose is where the fun begins: definite oak, vanilla, and chocolate coming through. Not very intense, but lovely. The taste is fairly dry throughout, but has a very strong caramel/vanilla presence, which is more potent than the traditional stout flavors, which hide in the background. It has a lingering aftertaste that is essentially the same - no complaints! This beer has quite the thick consistency, with a lot of carbonation for a stout. I guess that helps to lighten it up a little. I will definitely reach for this beer the next time I can get some!

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Photo of y-check
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A dark pour with a hint of reddish hue when held up to a light. Slightly disappointed with the small thin head but it was a nice creamy tan color just thin. Other than that this is a very good beer. On the nose, it had a nice chocolate vanilla character. Taste starts smooth not overly bitter, kind of that sweet chocolate vanilla mid-taste with a smokey earthy slightly bitter finish. It also has a lighter carbonated feel for a dark stout. Could easily drink several more :)

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Photo of chinchill
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark brown, opaque in the glass, with a tan head that has limited retention but leaves some lacing on the glass.

Medium-full and smooth body with medium+ carbonation that seems too lively.

The flavor has a very nice vanilla bean component with a very faint oak barrel component and a moderate level of dark roasted malts. The vanilla is more obvious in the nose and but builds in the flavor with repeated sipping, eventually becoming a tiny bit too strong. Lightly sweet sweet-bitter balance.

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Photo of Stofko1992
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to mdaschaf for the trade. Greatly appreciated, Matt! Selected randomly from the group.

On the pour, this beer was a very dark brown, with a half finger head atop a clear body. The head effectively disappeared as I drank.

Aroma was somewhat complex, initially sweet with dark fruits. Some vinous nature came out next, with hints of vanilla and oak. Dark malts and a little bit of roasted barley came through at the end.

Taste initially was roasted malt, with a little sweetness. Faint oak was noticeable, but no vanilla. Charred barley came through in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was very smooth, but the body was a little bit thin. I expected a little more based on the aroma, but don't get me wrong, it wasn't bad.

Drinkability was good. I enjoyed it, and if I were in the mood to session stouts, this would be a candidate.

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Photo of jokelahoma
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has the good fortune of trying this one at the brewpub in Virginia.

Glass is filled with a not quite opaque, deep, deep black liquid, with garnet around the edges. Deep khaki colored head doesn't stand extremely tall, but what little is here lasts a good while.

The aroma is understated wood. In fact, this smells exactly like ... wait for it ... a stout from a wood barrel. Go figure. There are toasty, spicy, almost cedary overtones to this. There's a little sweetness to the smell as well. I thought I had detected diacetyl on one sniff, but if it was there it ran away, as I could never find it again. Just the smell of a good English style sweet stout.

The taste is also quite woody, perhaps more so than any other wood aged beer I've tried. It's almost spicy from the wood, in fact. Even the aftertaste seems more akin to a pepper beer than to a wood aged one. There's little else to give away that this is a stout other than a very mild roastiness at the very end of the aftertaste, once the pepper flavors have died down. This isn't terribly complex, between the spicy wood and barely perceptable roast malt flavors, but it is good for the sweet stout style.

The body is thin, more like a porter than a stout, really. It isn't bad, but it could be more substantial.

This was interesting, to say the least. The beer really picked up the wood flavors, almost to the point of overkill. Again, it isn't a bad beer by any means. But it's not something I'd want to order over and over, either. Good for what it is, and worth at least a shot.

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Photo of kkipple
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Magnolias at the Mill in Purcellville, VA. Fresh.

Old Dom Oak Barrel is a transparent deep amber-brown, and came topped with an inch high dense head that is both creamy and clumpy. Appetizing looking, anyway.

Smells quite tasty, with medium roast and cocoa notes and all kinds of interesting things going on (likely from the oak). I'm getting vanilla, tobacco, honey and a light dryness that reminds me of DFH Chicory Stout. This is quite complex and welcome for such a low-alcohol beer, and a nice change from the usual coffee / roasted grain / chocolate nose most stouts sport.

The taste is a little more traditional, with bittersweet chocolate / roasted malt coming through strong and hints of charred wood and a mineral flavor in the back end. Not getting any vanilla, sadly. The sweetness here reminds me oddly of a milk stout, but I'm sure there's no actual lactose here...

Mouthfeel is light and a bit thin. Very drinkable, and possibly the most drinkable oaked beer I've ever come across. I enjoyed it. Get some Old Dominion Oak Stout on a cold night and it'll see ya through.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black-brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is sweet and dark, vanilla and molasses, dark European chocolate.

Taste is more of the same: Dark chocolates, sweet vanilla, molasses with a nice roasty malt bitterness. Faint whiskey elements somewhere in the middle. Aftertaste is mild espresso, dry and malty.

Mouthfeel is medium, probably could use more body for the style. Smooth, sweet but not cloying. Would be a perfect dessert beer, maybe over ice cream. Thanks to meathookjones for the sample.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: thin, but nicely formed head; solid black color; small lacing
S: caramel, roasted barley--strong aroma
T: solid robust stout, moderately hopped; not very sweet
M: silkly

Really solid stout, quite ideal flavor profile at its ABV.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

This pours a deep, dark, brown color. A thin, foamy, head of brown, sits on top. Retention is okay and the lacing is nothing special.

Big oakiness is leveled out by a nice touch of vanilla sweetness. Good notes of dark roasted coffees. A mild touch of dark chocolates. Light earthiness (due to the hops content?).

Big notes of roasted malts and oak char. Vanilla presence is smoothing but not really that sweet. Notes of dark coffee and bittersweet chocolates. The finish is quite dry.

Full-bodied with a good, medium level of carbonation. Fairly smooth with a nice touch of creaminess.

It's a touch too roasty and charred for my tastes. I also think that the body could use a touch more 'oomph'. Still, it's drinkable, despite my minor, personal, quibbles.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A new arrival in Georgia, this six pack of 12 oz. brown bottles was bottled on June 9, 2005, and took only about 15 days to get on the shelves. The beer looked dark brown to black when poured, and had a fleeting half inch thick light brown colored head. The lacing left was thin but wide.

Putting the nose to the glass revealed an aroma of cocoa powder, dark roasted coffee, and floral hops. The taste was sweet, roasty and, soft, with toffee like malts, mixing in with roast grains. The mouthfeel was creamy and tongue coating, but a bit thin for the style. Aftertaste had a little more hop bitterness apparent, than is the norm.

I found this beer to be a bit more one dimensional than I was anticipating. Pleasing American take on the Stout style, but could have used a bit more thickness of body.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep ruby brown very dark body fit for a stout, forms a creamy textured twof finger sized tan head leaves behind big chunky rings of lacing. Aroma: Through the dark roasted malt qualities of silky smooth dark chocolate and rich robust coffee comes an alluring mix of vanilla and oak chip aging effects definitely becomes more airy as it warms. Taste: Nice layers of cocoa, coffee, and vanilla. Although it all comes together with a nice dose of finishing herbal toned hops and hints of the oak chips that were marinated in this nectar. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied incredibly smooth texture with an even carbonation. Drinkability: Few breweries have pulled off nice oak barrel influenced beers, I hear the original draft offerings Old Dominion used to provide were much better than their new technique of the wood chips, but either way it's damn good and refreshing as all hell.

Still good but this just came back to the Pittsburgh market, with a new label and new brewing location in Delaware. From what I can tell recipe has changed and AB owns the Old Dominion breweing company even though it had been a Virginia staple during my formative beer years. Pours a pitch black with a nice full volcanic eruption mocha tan head forming thick and dwindling slow with fine lace. Nose is a bit dull, but I can detect dark chocolate with hints of sourdough bread and a touch of vanilla oak chip accent. Flavor wise it's creamy dark chocolate, hints of oak chips and vanilla bean flavors. Subdued flavors much less roasted malt than when I first tried this beer in the early 2000s. Their sampler used to be hands down one of the best that came to the Burgh, the Dominion Ale had layers of complexity and the Dominion Lager was the best export style I had ever tasted aka Dortmunder. Topped off with the Oak Barrel and Dominion Pale Ale. A bit thinner than it used to be but at least it's got a some balls with even carbonation going on. Enough about memory lane this beer is promising I hope to see a sampler if the lager is as tastless as it was in VA beach last summer no thanks. Either way you cut it this brewery is no longer at the orginial locatoin where the epic brewfest used to take place each year, sad really. I'm glad this beer is still drinkable, but it's just not the same formula/method they were brewing before. This used to be on Nitro draft int the Burgh and it was epic, I'm sad they haven't continued that tradition.

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Photo of CaptainFleeker
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of barleyman
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the brown glass 12 oz. bottle into my straight sided pint glass tumbler. Very dark color as well as dark head. Label indicates beer is dry hopped with added vanilla bean flavor. Neither are apparent in the nose. Roast malt dominates the flavor, without much obvious hop balance. A good stout if not a great one. Mouthfeel is good and the drinkability is better than some more interesting stouts.

just a thought,

barleyman

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Photo of wac9
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

found this beer again hard to find in williamsport frist time i i had this i picking oak chips out of my mouth made me happy. pours a very black color i just love this color. taste a very nice bourbon oak and vanilla not much coffe taste its a good tasting beertonight i give a it a big drinkability tonight it just smells great i want to drink more of this beer

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Photo of oldn00b
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I've had this numerous times over the years, most recent bottle was about 2 years old (long story). I was more or less amazed at how well this low ABV stout held up. It still had a nice bit of oak but was softer than expected. Overall this is just a decent beer but I still was surprised how well it held up.

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Photo of Gtwreck45
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of froggyfrog
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark with one and a half fingers of dark tan foamy head.

Smells like vanilla.

Tastes of bitter coffee and vanilla bean mostly. Oak flavor is very subtle.

Finishes with a moderate to high bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium-heavy and generally smooth.

This is an excellent stout. It was more vanilla and less oak than I was expecting. But the flavor profile is really quite complex. There seemed to be nuances in the taste that I couldn't quite place. I look forward to trying this again.

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Photo of clvand0
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was given to me by a fellow BA. Pours a very dark brown color with a very small tan head that doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma is very strong of vanilla and roasted malts and some alcohol. Very interesting. The flavor is of floral hops and slight vanilla with some coffee and chocolate. The body is slightly more thin than I expected it to be. Slightly oily, but enjoyable.

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Photo of Chaney
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My friend had a party this last weekend and got an entire keg of this stuff and left it at my house with plenty of beer left. Needless to say, this has been a great beer week!

A: Nearly pitch black with ever the slightest ruby notes when held up to the light. Nice fluffy carbonation and huge head (but some of that may just be the fact that it is being poured from a keg).

S: Bits of oak, chocolate notes, and tons of vanilla.

T: Nice, medium-bodied, chocolate and vanilla bean taste, with a hint of bitterness on the finish. Not too complex, but satisfying nonetheless.

M: No alcohol detected, the sweetness is more so than Guinness Draught, which I appreciate, and the creamy quality is quite enjoyable.

D: I have a lot of affection for this beer. Back two years ago when Dominion had their brewpub here in Northern Virginia (Ashburn) and before they were bought by Busch, I used to go all the time and order this one. The Oak Barrel Stout they served there on draft is a completely different beer than the bottled version. I once asked why that was and the guy told me that in the draft version, they used coffee beans, whereas the bottle one contains vanilla beans. They did this as a preservative. The coffee bean version on draft was easily an A- brew.

Before my friend finally picked up the keg to send it back, I poured another hit of this stuff into a growler. As a matter of fact, I poured it into my old Old Dominion Brewing Company growler from a very fine Brewpub that is no longer in existence...sad.

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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 1,538 ratings
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