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

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702
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1,532
pDev:
12.44%
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4.47
 
 
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Photo of Slatetank
3.94/5  rDev 0%
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 WoodBrew
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At the Old Dominion Brewery located in Terminal A of Dulles and the second beer I am trying is the Oak Barrel Stout. The color poured deep dark rich amber with ecru colored head. The aroma is roasty with good malt balance. The flavor of this beer is complex the peat and vanilla are very apparent. There definitely smokey undertones….and flashes of anise/black licorice. The body is decent….right on the borderline of being too watery for me. The mouthfeel is good…..for me it would be tough to have more than two or three at a sitting.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is dark brown with a thin beige head. The aroma brings chocolate, roast, milk chocolate or chocolate milk. Really smooth and creamy. Perhaps a touch of oak if any at all. Vanilla and cream soda like flavors. Fairly sweet. A decent beer, but one is plenty.

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Photo of dfhhead25
2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Rich, deep black/brown with a super sticky medium brown head, clinging to the glass.

S - Bitter chocolate and cofee, wood and nutty aromas. Roasty and slightly smokey.

T - Sweet and bitter chocolate, roasted grains, sweet coffee with milk added. Possible chocolate covered coffee beans. ALmost sweet like a milk stout with chocolate syrup. A toasty wood finish. This is super deep and rich.

M - Just what you would want from a stout, this beer is super soft and silky smooth. A tad dry in the finish.

O - A very balanced stout with tons of flavor and complexity. This one is awesome.

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Photo of BMart
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of stakem
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown bottle with a bottling date of 3/17/10 into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Label reads: "Dominion Oak Barrel Stout rasises the bar for American stouts. Our method of dry-hopping with vanilla beans & oak chips broadens our stout's flavor spectrum even further." So for a beer named Oak Barrel Stout, do they age this brew in oak and then add oak chips to further increase the oak character or is the oak chips used just to simulate the properties imparted by oak barrels? Regardless, here goes.

Pours a dark brown color that when held to the light displays some deep ruby colors and suggests a clarity to this brew if it wasn't so dark. The head initially formed with a finger of tanned bubbles that receeds to a very thin cap and sticks in patches of lace about the glass. Aroma includes some favorable scents of dark grain suggesting chocolate and coffee along with the sweet scent of vanilla pushing straight through the back making itself easily noticeable. Further investigation of the nose reveals some hop character and a bit of the woodsy oak notes. The flavor of this brew follows along with what the aroma indicated. Dark roasty grain flavor upfront with a touch of hops. The dark grain flavor includes chocolate and coffee character along with a strong vanilla flavor and a finish that has a noticeable amount of alcohol and an interesting mixture of burnt grain/vanilla sweetness and an oaky/woody dryness that urges you to continue to sip this brew. As it warms, the base grainy flavor seems quite fresh and is enjoyable. The flavor it leaves in the mouth is reminescent of walking through a grain mill. This is a taste I usually only get at the local brewpub, enjoyable to say the least coming from a bottle. Medium to full bodied with a modest level of carbonation. The inclusion of the vanilla bean could be tamed a little more to make it more subtle but all together it works. Pretty decent brew, would have no problem enjoying a few of these.

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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 tdm168
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -23.9%

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very large light milk cocoa head of about four fingers is produced that seems quite foamy and uniform. This head just doesn't wanna budge or go anywhere. Kind of pock marked and not totally uniform but looks pretty good.

On the nose is some toasty malt, but also some salty jerky quality. It does smell sort of rauchbier like which seems unusual, but it's quite alright.

Taste is kind of basic but solid. Smoke meat and sausage on the finish really big. Rauchbier feel and wetness. In the mouth though there isn't much taste to this beer and it seems to only bring the flavor out on the finish. Some wet feel for body, and a little quick and dry.

Overall though this is kind of surprising this is not what I expected for this style, I was thinking more of big roast and chocolate/coffee/licorice sort of for this style. But it's basically rauchbier light to me and a good one to boot.

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Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of malfunxion
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SadMachine
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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

This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a thick off white foamy and creamy two finger head. As the head dissipated, thin clingy spider webbing lacing sticks along the sides of the glass. The smell had a big luscious sweet milk chocolate rolling into a dark chocolate and roasty coffee tones. Vanilla and woody notes help to balance. The taste took all of those previously mentioned flavors to combine and make sweet adding a light smoke to further balance. A super smooth creamy roasty sticky sweet aftertaste leads into a big sticky sweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a nice roasty coffee to sweet vanilla stickiness on my tongue. Overall, uh...wow, where did this come from! Love this stuff! Definitely would have again!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark with a darker tannish head. Nose is a touch of wood and not a whole lot else going with it. The first hit of flavor gave cause for concern. But then it ended up being not so bad. However, the flavor profile is a bit acidic and citric in nature that makes it kind of leaning towards an not so loved realm. It isn't bad, but there is just this edge that I personally don't like. And the feel is a bit thin on the liquid. Carbonation is kind of low too. It is nice to drink, but I don't really see how an oak barrel has really done anything for this beer.

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Photo of jwc215
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black with ruby hues along the edges. A thin tan head fizzles down to a thick ring that leaves slight traces of lacing.

The smell is of vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, hints of coffee. Vanilla dominates the nose, but allows for plenty of dark complexities to come through.

The taste is of vanilla and chocolate. Dark malt with coffeeish notes with slight hints of dark fruit. Oak chips give it a dry character. Slight bitterness in the dry finish. On the whole, vanilla dominates in a vanilla coffee sort of way.

It's medium to full bodied. Smooth. Body seems to waiver between that of a heavier porter and a stout - but, that might be a bit nit-picky as it does have a nice texture, regardless.

Flavorful, complex and smooth. This brew is made with seven malts and two hops, then dry-hopped with fresh vanilla beans and toasted oak - sounds good - and it is good! (Why didn't I give it even higher scores? I don't know...maybe because of some "oak-aged" brews I've had that have impressed me a bit more...maybe because the vanilla dominates just a tad to much?) Anyway, it is a wonderful stout that showcases the vanilla and oak and I do recommend it!

Thanks to nacir69 for this one!

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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 feloniousmonk
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: blessed by a full opacity, gifted with a a fresh, soft, smooth, roasted brown head. Good looking glass of stout we've got here.
Aroma: distant whiffs of vanilla, but otherwise the usual suspects are in attendance, some minor espresso tones, whiffs of cocoa.
Taste: bites from hops at first, then the lushness of the mouthfeel takes over, very silky smooth and creamy. Starts off very full at first, but feels thinner further in. Aces in creamy smoothness, though, and a champ at drinkability. This is a very unique approach for a stout (made me, alas, wish I'd been able to try the truly barrel-aged version!). If I were a Virginian, or any one lucky to pick up a 6-er with ease, I'd always have some on hand.

Thanks to Manekineko for getting it out here!

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Photo of GClarkage
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/02/04- Received via trade from BA member meathookjones.

Appearance- Pours a dark brown and black color with a nice creamy white head and decent lacing left in the glass.

Smell- Smells just like a chocolate and vanilla milkshake to me. That's a good thing!

Taste- A bit more roasted than I expected. Still a good combo of hops and deep roasted malt. Dark chocolate and burnt roasted malt flavor mostly. Definite vanilla and oak flavors throughout also.

Mouthfeel- A tad over-carbonated for me, but all the flavors swirling around make it a bit creamy and easy to swallow.

Drinkability- Wish it was a tad sweeter, but other than that it's a pretty good stout. One of the better ones I have had.

Thanks to meathookjones for a very good beer!

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Photo of Dicers
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Thanks goes to BuckEyeNation for this. Bottled 07/19/06

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice fizzy tan head, nice little oil spills and lacing follow. The nose is of slightly roasted sweet malts, lots of vanilla, and some coffee/caramel. The taste is sweet, vanilla, and a nice touch of coffee/caramel. This stout is quite different to me than other's I've had so far, sweeter, and more vanilla in there. Medium body. Very drinkable, highly recommended.

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