Dominion Oak Barrel Stout | Old Dominion Brewing Company

BA SCORE
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%
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
202
For Trade:
2
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Photo of chinchill
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
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 jlindros
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this interesting looking beer thanks to both kkipple and Noslenwerd.

A: Pours a nice dark colored thick and semi frothy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly. The beer is basically pitch black with just a hint of light getting through the base.

N: Lots of roasty malts and chocolate. Lots of nice chocolate, dark and bakers, as well as nibs. Some nice roasted malts too, some roasty dark malts, crystal and caramel aromas, a little sweet syrupy aromas too. A little bit of bitterness with roasty dark malts. A touch of oak with all that, as it warms. There is also some smoked malt that gives a little smoke and smoked maple bacon too.

T: Starts with nice creamy roasted malts, some creamy milk chocolate, a little cocoa nibs, bakers chocolate, just lots of chocolate. Then some roasty flavors, roasted barley, charred malts, but not much for roasty bitterness so they did a good job of getting the nice flavors without too much overpowering roasty earthy bitterness. It's pretty soft and creamy. Some smoked malts still there, but lighter than the nose. A little oak seems to come out more as it warms. Some sweetness with caramel. Very drinkable.

M: Creamy and smooth, medium body with lower carbonation.

F: Finishes lighter with more lingering malt and chocolate. Mostly creamy chocolate, cocoa nibs, chocolate milk, etc. A little roasty earthy bitterness. Touch of sweetness lingering still, doesn't dry much. A very nice drinkable stout, I'm surprised at the rating. I think most Americans are jaded by the super heavy RISes and DIPAs, etc. and they seem to overlook the really nice drinkable tasty stouts.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dominion's Oak Barrel Stout delivers the standard stout appearance with some fairly good head retention but only minor lacing. The nose is stout-like as would be expected, and the vanilla and oak do lend a subtle note to it. I also like the fact that it's not a bourbon-barrel stout - not that they're not great, but this is different. And that's where it really shines. The vanilla clearly comes through in the flavor, but it's not overly done, and more woody notes appear in the finish. Very nicely balanced, and interesting. Certainly worth trying.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from phisig137, so a big "thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a small but foamy tan head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: There’s a very strong smoky & malty vanilla smell with hints of caramel & coffee.

T: The taste is creamy and rich with vanilla, roasted coffee & caramelized malt. It’s very sweet and there’s very little trace of any alcohol. The after-taste maintains the smokiness and sweetness.

M: Extremely smooth, heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is a little sticky and syrupy.

D: Very tasty, very easy-to-drink, slightly filling, this is a good beer to sit and relax with.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Cork City in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color. The beer has a two finger tall creamy dark tan head that has great staying power, leaving almost a full finger remaining throughout the drinking of the beer.Significant lacing is observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark roasted malts, caramel sweetness, coffee, and some definite oak woodiness.

T: Starts out a little sweet then the roasted/burnt malt flavors kick in. After that there are many different notes in the flavor - caramel, coffee, vanilla, oak, and milk chocolate. Nice complexity to the flavor.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: The beer has a very good flavor and is quite enjoyable. This is a good sipping beer and I am glad that I got the chance to try it. Pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My notes say I've had this beer a while ago, but they didn't say where or when, nor did they give details on my session. This review applies to a recent tasting on nitro at Prohibition Taproom, Philly, PA.

Dark brown-black pour, opaque, with a small cap of tan head that receded completely after a few minutes. The recipe boasts peated malts and vanilla bean, but I didn't really get either of these items in the aroma or taste. On the nose, a pretty standard stout, dark roasty malts, some milky sweetness, and a vegetal woody quality. About the same on the palate, dark malts, sweet and roasty, oak, earthy hops in the distance, maybe a vague hint of vanilla somewhere in there. Medium mouthfeel, pretty smooth and fairly drinkable. Not what I'd call a go-to or anything. Might be better if the smoke and/or vanilla actually came out from hiding, but overall it's still a solid stout.

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Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My roommate just asked why I was so chipper. A better question would have been, what's not to be chipper about? The sun is shining (at least where I am), it's a beautiful day, delicious food is plentiful, we have our health, the world keeps turning, a wide variety of music is available for our listening enjoyment, and we have friends and family who we love to keep us company!

Also, I'm enjoying an Old Dominion Oak Barrel Stout!

Appearance: Dark black body with a ruby undertone (if you look closely) topped with a solid, tan head.

Smell: The vanilla is easily perceptible in the nose, but there's also plenty of roastiness to be found as well. The scent of bourbon is present, but definitely has a lightly sweet-smelling, smokey quality to it.

Taste: "You see, it's all very clear to me now. The whole thing. It's wonderful." An earthy roasted malt flavor balanced with a modest amount of sweetness. Hop flavor is elusive, but provides a slight bitterness. The vanilla, originally so full of promise and potential in the smell isn't really detectable for me in the taste. Same it true for the bourbon. Pity.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body with a generous amount of carbonation keeps the beer feeling light in the mouth and altogether smooth. There's a persisting chariness in the finish.

Drinkability: Considerably smooth and pleasantly flavorful. I'd have preferred a substantial body, but overall it's a pretty good beer.

Again, I ask you... what is NOT to be chipper about?!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Darkest mahogany with dusky crimson highlights at the margins, topped by a heavily toasted ecru cap that has more than enough heft to stay at a fat two fingers for quite a while. Meandering tendrils of lace add visual interest.

Vanilla bean notes are especially prominent in the nose and mingle beautifully with roasted barley, chocolate and java. Unfortunately, oak and bourbon aren't nearly as up front (as the name suggests, Oak Barrel Stout was briefly aged in oak casks that had once held bourbon). Here's hoping that those flavors are present to a greater degree on the palate.

The flavor profile consists of coffee and vanilla with semi-sweet chocolate taking a backseat (thankfully, it maintains enough of an attitude to be a backseat driver). I still don't appreciate the oakiness or the bourbon. A longer time in the casks may have helped, but it may also have ruined what is a very tasty beer. The body/mouthfeel is medium for the style and tends to falter just a tad on the finish. Noticeable carbonation is a minor, easily overlooked annoyance.

Dominion Oak Barrel Stout is very good beer. The vanilla makes it stand out from the crowd, even if the other advertised flavors don't really materialize. I could drink a lot of this.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a chunky, tan, one finger head. Head dissipates to a layer of small bubbles on the top. This beer exhibits some really nice lacing.

S: A lot of roasted malts and chocolate with a hint of coffee in the background as well.

T: Not a lot initially, but then you get hit with the roasted flavor and some bitter chocolate. There is a nice oak flavor on the back end that lasts into the aftertaste.

M/D: Medium bodied with little carbonation. A really drinkable stout, loving the fact that it is 5.2%. This is a beer I am definitely going to be getting again.

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Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of smithj4
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mikesgroove
3.12/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Alright I had some high hopes for this one, but it did not really pan out as I had hoped. Pour was uneventful, thick black oil like, with no real head. Decent lacing throughout. Smell was very full, lots of oak, and bourbon aromas, and the vanilla is unmistakable, in fact pretty much over powering. First impression was not pleasant, it was vanilla overload for me, nad what the vanilla didn't kill the oak took care of later. Not enough carbonation left it feeling utterly flat and uneventful. Really had a rough time getting all of this down as the vanilla and oak were just overdone and killing it for me. Overall nah, I am good. I normally like oak aged beers, but this was overdone for sure and just not that pleasant

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Photo of Slatetank
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Dominion pub in Dulles Airport, served chilled in a pint glass.

The color is deepest walnut brown with a thick dark tan head with fine bead spots of lace cling. The smell is strong with vanilla nd coffee-like roasted malt aroma with woody accent and mild yeasty fruit-like nose with mild nutty nougat in candy with caramel malt essence and the roastiness high in the smell. The feel is very good with smooth vanilla creaminess mild roasted texture and medium body with moderately low sweetness and light woody texture with semi-dry finish and low alcohol influence.

The flavor of malt is dominant with a yeast flavor trailing at first with noticeable vanilla and some sweetness with a mild caramel malt flavor and subtle roasted barley core with more vanilla adding to the base with yeast adding to the complexity as it warms. There is perhaps a little raisin and light spice in the finish with low alcohol flavor. Overall this is a very good stout -pretty well integrated vanilla makes me think it is used to augment the 'oak barrel' as the name implies but smooth flavor and easy to quaff at the 6% strength

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Photo of vfgccp
1.5/5  rDev -61.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A - Not a bad looking stout. Deep black cherry body with cranberry highlights. Fine khaki head with nice lace and retention.

S - A potato vinegar off-note ruins the nose, but there's a layer of caramel molasses and gingerbread beneath the funk.

T - Unfortunately the vinegar carries through to the the flavor profile. Astringent vinegar, raisin, and black molasses. The vinegar lingers deep into the aftertaste.

M - medium light body.

O - I bought this bottle at a wegmans, and I'm not sure if anyone else had quality problems with the bottles they bought from there but I wouldn't recommend it.

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Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one finger of brown head and light carbonation evident. Looks great.

s - Smells of vanilla, chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts, and a hint of coffee. Very balanced and enjoyable.

t - Tastes of bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, light vanilla, and light alcohol.

m - Medium body that was lighter than I was expecting. Moderate carbonation.

d - A nice stout. I thought it looked and smelle amazing, and had a nice taste too. If it had a more sweet chocolate taste as opposed to the bitterness it would have been perfect. Would try again.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tonight is T, 17 January 2017 & I am working on reducing, if not fully eradicating the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody. The label has been changed to include this beer in their provocative Pin-Up series & although I am leaving my original scores in place, I am going to revisit this beer in its 2016 iteration.

From the bottle: Artwork: The label in this pinup series beer depicts a lady taking a bath in an ...wait for it ... oak barrel! There is a wooden barn in the background to her left and a waterfall in the background to her right. A posted nearby sign reads, "No Swimming". Verbiage: "Oak Barrel Annie, much like her Great Aunt, never played by the rules. This American-style stout is fermented on vanilla beans. Oak Barrel Stout falls in at 33 IBUs and 5.5% ALC BY VOL."

I had to Pop! Annie's top off, which was a relief! I hate screw-top bottles more than just about anything else. I like to work for a good time. She was anxious & so was I, resulting in a quick, hard pour that raised two fingers of dense, deep-tan/light-brown head with decent retention. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose smelled more like some sort of fancy coffee-based beverage than something even remotely involving oak chips. I was put in mind of a Vanilla Macchiato or some other hot milkshake that has yet to pass my lips. Mouthfeel was barely medium, bordering on thin. The taste was very sweet with loads of vanilla, but I felt like I was missing out on any oakiness. Finish was semi-sweet & it is my current opinion that if they are going to reference "Oak Barrel", then it ought to taste like it!

My original review follows:

My pour created a finger of thick, foamy, deep-tan head with good retention. Color was a deep, dark brown with cola highlights at the edges. Nose had a bourbon-like vanilla quality. Mouthfeel was medium with a definite oakiness in the mouth. Finish had an interesting admixture of smoke, charcoal, oak and vanilla. While it was interesting, I probably would not want to drink more than a couple at a time. I think that the oak was too prevalent and I would have rather the vanilla come to the forefront.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

This is one of the first beers I grabbed when I moved out here to Virginia. Memories. It pours a straight black-brown topped by a finger of quickly-dissipating light ecru micro-foam. The nose comprises chocolate syrup, molasses, maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, and I think there's a pinch of cinnamon in there as well. The taste consists mostly of roasted malts, cocoa powder, vanilla, and brown sugar. The sweetness is curtailed, but so is the roastiness, for that matter. Everything is a bit dry and subdued. Not much oak character in there either. This all isn't to say that it tastes bad, just not nearly as good as it potentially could. The body is a solid medium, with a lackadaisical carbonation and a stiff, though smooth, feel. Overall, not at all the best oak-influenced stout, but a nice affordable alternative.

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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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