Dominion Oak Barrel Stout | Old Dominion Brewing Company

Dominion Oak Barrel StoutDominion Oak Barrel Stout
BA SCORE
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
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
204
Trade:
2
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Photo of rclangk
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

L: Pours a clear black color. Mahogany tinged around the edges. Thin tannish-brown head leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Vanilla front and center... roasted malts and char.

T/F: Chocolate and roasted malts... slightly smokey and of course Vanilla. Very smooth... almost creamy in mouthfeel. Low carbonation as expected. Finish is dry with a faint touch of hop bitterness to clean out the off-sweet opening.

O: A pleasing barrel aged stout, with great flavor especially given the relatively low ABV. Still a sipper, just to enjoy the complex flavors but very nice indeed.

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Photo of Steve_Studnuts
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 Thirstygoat
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jayehm
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this beer. Great balance in terms of flavor.

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Photo of Alexrdvz
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of jrsqc7
4.93/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic amazing stupendous wonderful whaaaaaaaaaaaat nom nom nom nom nom America 4th of July Pam Grier baby deer corn on the cob beans and cornbread big cheeseburgers and good French fries the best stout evaaaaaaar

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Photo of Corey_Graven
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RochefortChris
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of JKasten988
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChipChaight
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black pour going towards deep auburn toward the edge. Head was barely perceptible at 1/6", tan. Aroma was pretty tame, didn't get any of the smoke/peat that was described, much less any amount of vanilla or oak. Not bad, just not putting out much smells.

Taste finally revealed some of that stuff, a very small amount of vanilla and oak. I appreciated the easy going nature and not over the top abv that necessitates Chicago pouring a barrel aged stout for a million people. Some earth and leather notes into it, mild chocolate. Everything is in a restrained way. Still think it could bring around a little more to jump into another level.

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Photo of gruves33
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chip_and_ales_1
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered this in a hotel bar. Light head,a little lace around the meniscus. Aroma was a mild chocolate, not too strong but pleasing. Dark black color, but clear if you view the edges. Not bubbly like a nitro stout. Nice mildly smoky overtones, a hint of vanilla (but not too much!). Not hoppy, and it shouldn't be! Crisp mouth feel. A really clean stout!

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Photo of Namabiru
3.03/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

(A)ppeance - nice brown color when poured, settling to a dark brown. Nice head that lingered with some good lace.
(S)mell - very light, no real roasty aroma, but some slight floral notes from the hops.
(T)aste - light roasty taste but no other real flavors, light coffee like Folgers...light not dark.
(M)outh feel - thins and watered down, not like stout but more like a schwartzbier.
(O)verall - good, but not great...liked the head and could actually detect the hops, but body and taste were a bit thin and underwhelming for a stout.

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

Photo of BB1313
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 11/30/16. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours almost black with a tan head that fades leaving nice retention and decent lacing. The aromas are full of cocoa malts and some roasted chocolate. There's hints of vanilla, smoke and anise. Subtle hints of caramel as well. The flavors follow the nose. Lots of chocolate with hints of vanilla. More subtle anise/black licorice notes. More hints of smoke. Malts are there. The oak notes seem to be very subtle. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is light and somewhat thin, but still has a body to it with active carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink.

This is a nice stout. It might not be flashy, but it's very enjoyable. I like it. Well done.

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Photo of emptyglassagain
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of 88caprice
4.61/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

Overall: Quite possibly the most utopian stout experience ever. With every swallow, I was sad to see it go.
Don't be a uncouth guzzler and down this straight from a 35 degree fridge. Let it warm. Take your time. You are in for a treat.

The brightest light shows deep ruby threads in this blackest-of-black brew. An inspiring two-finger, creamed-coffee colored head concentrates to a creamy cap. Aromas of charred wood, campfire smoke, and coffee grounds mingle with equal playing field. Every sip says smooth, smooth, smooth. The taste is robust, roasty, and complex, changing with the temperature. A slight bourbon sweetness comes into play. No attribute is overpowering. Nothing unpleasant. Phenomenal.

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Photo of Owlish1
4.78/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a rich dark brown, almost black with a hint of russet highlights. The half-inch head faded quickly but left a heavy lacing. The aroma is a lovely sweet smokiness with notes of coffee and charred oak. The taste is smooth, smooth, smooth! Coffee, smoky malts, a hint of dark chocolate. There is a hint of bitterness in the finish but it doesn't linger. Medium carbonation doesn't interfere with the flavor. What else can I say? It's delightful.

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

Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 1,532 ratings
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