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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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88
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697 Reviews
Dominion Oak Barrel StoutDominion Oak Barrel Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company
Delaware, United States | website

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
Reviews:
697
Ratings:
1,488
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
12.5%
 
 
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Photo of Jables
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Manekineko for the hook up on this amazing brew which I would otherwise only salivated over.

Appearance is pitch black with a teeny tiny cocoa head.

Aroma is dominated by bourbon and vanilla with some roasty undertones in the background. It could just be the vanilla but I also smell chocolate as well. So it is a quite dynamic vanilla aroma.

Tastes just awesome. Heavy roasted boldness with vanilla provided strong support and light bourbon notes to give it some zing. Initially it almost seems to have a tartness to it, but the finish is charred, sweet, and oily.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with some slight stinging on the tongue from carbonation.

Overall, quite drinkable and very interesting.

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Photo of NickRivers
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A&S - Obviously deep black, creamy dark brown head, smell is kinda "muted" as one fella said, I like that word, anywho some light malts, kinda smells more of Porter than Stout, Very sweet and smokey then some chocolate and hoppy notes in the end.

T&M - Different from the smell, this tastes immediately of Stout. Big bold flavors, very smokey very crisp and light bodied, dangerously drinkable, kinda sweet light malt turns to that a dark chocolate, roasted, hop flavor.

O - Very impressive beer, I gave the appearance 3.5 cause nothing stood out from another stout, and the smell was muted therefor another 3.5.

Due to the fact that this was given to me by a Beer-Of-The-Month subscriber, I consider myself lucky to try a beer of such limitation. Not much to say about this other than how amazing easy it is to drink. Its one of those beers you tell your buddies, "Cmon' just try it." Its perfect for new and experienced drinkers alike. Definitely make a trade or pick some up if your in the area. Stay thirsty my friends!

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Photo of PreacherBrewer
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black and sports a two finger dark tan head. Lacing is soapy and abundant.

S - Nose lets off some dark chocolate, roasted malt, and vanilla extract scents.

T - Flavors of dark chocolate, roasted malt and vanilla bean pop out. Nice freshly roasted coffee lingers in the aftertaste like a bold vanilla latte. Makes me want to say there is some lactose floating around as well. The oaking makes this beer even better by adding a charred oak character. Full Flavored and balanced.

M - Tickelish carbonation is balanced by a somewhat syrupy malt profile. The carbonation and malty syrupiness complement eachother nicely.

Overall - Full flavored, full bodied, yet easy to drink. What a great take on the style. Has everything you ask for in the style.

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Photo of dougofthefuture
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra from noslenwerd - thanks man! Bottled 1/18/10. "Dominion Oak Barrel Stout raises the bar for American stouts. Out method of dry-hopping with vanilla beans & oak chips broadens our stout's flavor spectrum even further."

Even further, you say? ... Despite the questionably vague description, the label is pretty cool looking. Dry hopping with vanilla beans sounds pretty awesome as well. Ok, time to drink.

A - Really dark pour - attractive 1 finger head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S - Standard dark malt, but hints of both vanilla and oak add just a bit of uniqueness.

T&M - Again, a nice oak and vanilla flavor on an average stout - nothing about the backbone sticks out, but I'd agree that the additions broaden the flavor spectrum. Mouthfeel is a bit prickly with carbonation. No alcohol presence, but still not super smooth.

D - This is unique, and I'm glad to have tried it. Once is probably good enough. Sometimes I really crave vanilla though, and this would be a good fit if it were available locally.

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Photo of cjoc83
2.63/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottled 11/15/12 and purchased for $9.99 at Wegmans in Downingtown, PA. Pours more like a light porter or a very dark brown ale into a tulip with an initial 3 finger, fluffy khaki head that doesn't stick around too long but leaves some slight webs of lace. Definitely appears more of a very deep, dark brown than stout black, with amber hues penetrating the edges of the glass when held up to the light.

Very subtle nose...it's hard to discern much more than some roasted malts, a little milk chocolate and some vanilla sweetness. No oak in the nose.

Unfortunately, the flavors don't pop too much in the mouth, either. Some roasted malts up front, followed by a little caramel and toffee, finishes with some sweet vanilla. This is drinking more like a brown ale than a stout, and I'm very curious as to why they call this an "oak barrel stout" when there is literally zero oak flavor. The flavors disappear almost as soon as they hit the tongue. Everything is very faint.

As if this wasn't disappointing enough already, the OBS really falls apart in the mouthfeel. Extremely light and watery with too much carbonation, almost soda-like. The only upside here is that this is easy drinking.

Everything about this beer is misleading...why it's called a stout when it drinks like an alcoholic soda; why they call it an "oak barrel" stout at that, when there's barley any stout flavor to begin with, and there certainly ain't any oak in this thing. Half-way through my second one and I don't know what the hell I'm gonna do with the rest of these things. Not bad enough to drain pour, but not something I really wanna drink, either.

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

a - pretty much as dark as it gets, a very slight hint of brown around the edges when held up to the light. dark chocolate head that dissolves quickly leaving a nice ring. Didn't get any lacing.

s - rich creamy smell with chocolate, caramel, and vanilla notes.

t - astringent and hoppy at first. finishes sweet with the chocolate, caramel, and vanilla that were present in the smell. not really dry at all.

m - full and smooth yet surprisingly carbonated.

d - woohoo virginia. I picked this up randomly at the grocery store which made me think it wasn't going to be that great. I'm glad I was wrong. This beer is a little too complex for me to pick everything out, but it tastes so well rounded and delicious. This beer seems to be backwards from what I usually experience as it was kind if astringent/bitter at first and finished sweet. The bourbon barrel process gives it the taste of a much higher alcohol beer. Very interesting. I will definitely get this one again.

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Photo of farHillsBrewer
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Have enjoyed a couple of these at Growler's Pub in Canton, a new pub opened by John Bates, former bartender at Racers Cafe.
It sits beside Guinness on the nitro tap, and is a special treat worth going donwtown for.
After the cascade of tiny bubbles finishes, you are left with a thick creamy head about an inch think, which is still partially there when the glass is empty. The mouthfeel provided by the nitro charge is as soft as cloud 9. The taste is all malt with pleasing notes of vanilla, oak, and toasty malt. It goes down so easily and the glass is finished before you realize. You are left with a finish of dark malt and some sweetness.
Highly recommended.

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

Pours with a moderate tan head leaving moderate amount of lacing on sides of the glass. Pours an almost opaque black with a bit of ruby highlights.

Aroma is definitely vanilla with dark fruits, prunes, etc. Also a bit of molasses in the nose.

The taste is composed of sweet, roasty malts and vanilla. There is a smoley character there and an oakey finish along with a modest bitter hop bite at the end.

Good carbonation level and medium to full body.

Delightful stout I must say.

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

5.2% bourbon barrel stout? isnt that supposed to say "10.2%"

A: Poors black with not much head, diminishes quickly.

S: Dry, Vanilla. Light on the nose.

T: Nice carbonation on the tongue, smooth and subtle flavors. Sweet bourbon flavors up front, dry american stout at the end. Very well balanced.

M: Only slightly heavier than a guiness.

D: As drinkable as any stout Ive had with the exception of guiness.

This beer is awesome. Im pleased to see somebody making a bourbon stout that isnt 10%, kick you in the face-ful of flavor. Very well balanced, would love to have another of these guys.

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Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

A - Dark as night, black as pitch, darker than the evilest witch....ok maybe thats an exaggeration. Rich thick head, laces nicely.

S - Sweet malty smells. Chocolate, coffee scents...

T - Smooth sweet malts tastes of coffee with hints of chocolate and other complex malts. Oak & bourbon hints are also evident.

M - Heavy bodied and very smooth.

D - Very smooth and enjoyable. Very drinkable.

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Photo of villainchiwwin
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

deep, dark color - near black with brown tint at bottom of glass. loose pack of beige head that fell away leaving lazy arches of lacing.
nose: oaky vanilla extract, caramel, maple syrup, faint milk-chocolate.
taste: yummy syrupy bourbon oak and a bit of vanilla present right away over subtle dates, prunes, and big breadiness - molasses, caramel, brown sugar then intense roasted quality with hops bitterness for well-balanced finish.
mouthfeel is a full-bodied, chewy experience with nice crispness toward the tail (tho a tad over-carbonated maybe), syrupy as mentioned before and enduring finish.
this is an interesting treat of a stout.

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Photo of thartman
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle. The label is different from the one pictured, but I'm sure its the same brew. Deep, dark brown, almost black in color with a thin, tight head.

Nice aroma of vanilla, caramel, with hints of milk chocolate, and hazelnut.

Complex flavors, much hints of vanilla, milky chocolate kind of like a 3 musketeers bar, toasted malts, and a little caramel. The oak really comes through on the finish, mixed with sweet vanilla and a very slight hint of bourbon.

Smooth and creamy on the palate, medium to full bodied, with minimum carbonation. Slightly dry on the finish from the oak.

Easy drinker, nice stout with a twist, not too heavy. This is definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of ajilllau
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

We got this beer to pair with a New Orleans dinner and specifically to pair with oysters. It paired really well with them. Beer has a nice dark color to it with a head that settles well.

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Photo of Nutleybeer
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark with a huge, nice and foamy head. Great lacing that stuck around well after the first sip. Dark brown, almost black in color.

Mild woody scent, but not too much.

first taste, good. Dry with a roasted flavor. A hint of a mild smokiness perhaps. I don't really pick up the vanilla, as described on the packaging. Maybe some molasses, just a bit.

A good beer. You see oak barrel, you think a BIG beer, which this is not. A pleasant drinking experience. If a bit heavier
on the balancing sweetness, I would have liked it even more.

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Photo of ggroller
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark brown bordering on black liquid. A rocky tannish head.

Coffee, vanilla, and chocolate in the nose.

Vanilla coffee taste. Just sweet enough to get you ready for the next sip.

Mouthfeel is silky.

A delicious brew that I will drink again. It could even be a session brew.

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Photo of stjarnflikka
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Oliver Twist!

Pours a ver, very dark beer thats almost black with some red edges. There is a finger thick foam that rappidly dissipates and leaves a cobweb of lacing on top, nice!

Smell is fruity, vanilla, grapes and some tones of wine. There is perhaps some chocolate and burned barley or coffee in there aswell.

Taste is smooth, nice and wonderful. Really smooth like velvet and starts with chocolate together with vanilla and a bourboun like taste. Then comes fruits like cherries and grapes, wine hits you and in the end there is a nice sweetness clinging on together with vanilla, a small bitterness and a oaky dry chocolate finish.

This beer is just damn smoot, like velvet and like candy. Really drinkable, really delicious, sadly not my favourite stout-type though ;(

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Photo of mjw2808
3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a black with a pretty big tan head that leaves pretty good lacing. The nose is of roasted malt, sweet vanilla, and coffee. The taste is strong of vanilla, with a healthy dose of coffee and some roasted malt. Its a little to sweet for me, and not one of the best stouts ive had, but an alright beer and definitely worth trying. Nice creamy mouthfeel but not extremely drinkable.

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Photo of bayougutter
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown/black color with a nice one inch tan head, didn't last long but nice. Good lacing.

Smells great with roasted malts dominating. Dark fruits, toffee, and cocoa. Maybe a little coffee but none of the oak that I was expecting.

Taste is smooth with the roasted malts coming in first, then the fig/cocoa/choc/coffee coming in a smooth blended wave. Nice American stout but I still get none of the oak. I do get a little of the vanilla flavor towards the finish.

Mouthfeel is a little heavy for an American stout but I like them a little heavy.

Overall I would recommend this one. Bottled 02-17-11 and was amazingly smooth. Tasted as if it had some age on it. Complex and smoooth.

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Photo of barleyman
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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 Jettanbass9
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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 Geraurd
2.87/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

In high hopes for this beer died as soon as I poured it. The head was almost non-existent, had almost no aroma, and tasted very gland in general. Got better as it warmed up, but not at all the beer that it surely would like to be. I didn't detect even the slightest hint of the vanilla beans that were mentioned, and that was possibly the most interesting part of the description.

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Photo of soulfly967
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Smokin' Joe's in the Soutside of Pittsburgh.

Poured a nice dark color with thick creamy browish head that lasted to the very end. The smell was of vanilla, roasted malts, and some caramel. The taste was supurb. A wonderfuld blending of vanilla and woody flavors from the oak fade into a nice malty balance near the end. The mouthfeel was thick and creamy, just the way I like 'em! I would have to say that this is very drinkable. I enjoyed several that night. Very good beer.

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Photo of Edwin
4.73/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My new favorite beer. This is an awesome brew and absolutely MUST be tried.

Appearance - Pours out a black body with a delicious loking tan head. Looks aren't everything, so I was, of course, cynical, but it does look beautiful.

Smell - A wonderful mix of nuts, chocolate, grains, and just plain beer goodness.

Taste - Incredible. Nutty, chocolaty, grainy, sweet, but not overly. An explosion of a stout that completely blew me away. I am a stout lover, but this one really broke the mold and shines through.

Mouthfeel - Just like any micro stout...smooth as a baby's ass.

Drinkability - I can say this is one beer that makes me drop anchor. I was trying to order something different every beer and had to keep ordering these. An excellent beer to drink for an evening.

Overall - Get this beer. It's truly a testament to stouts.

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Photo of FirstMan
2.28/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I picked up a six pack of this while I was down in Washington D.C. for a trip a few weeks back. I had a couple while I was there, and brought a couple with me to review later on. Honestly I'm not quite sure why I brought it with me, because I'm really not impressed with this beer.

Coloring is black as a stout should be with a less than vigorous head. Sort of wispy and light. While the coloring is right, there's a creamy, smooth visual character that good stouts have - such that you see it's more viscous and thick than normal beers. This does not have that. It appears more watery.

There's something weird with the smell. Possibly this is the oak aging and the vanilla so touted on the bottle, but it sort of smells like the underside of a pier, if you ask me. There's a salt-water sort of funk underlying. Notes of molasses and smoke in there, but the other thing really comes on strong. Almost like too many smells got locked in a room and one of them stabbed the other - a week ago.

Anyway.

The taste is again too much with too many and none of them are all that good. Initially I taste "vanilla" (tm), which is closely followed by a somewhat acrid wood character. That funky smell is there in the taste too, but not as much. I find myself wanting hold my nose when I taste it - that is generally not a good thing. The surprising characteristic, though, is how hollow the taste is. There are big initial notes that pop up and then disappear, leaving very little middle to provide continuity. Lacks balance.

Watery mouthfeel - A stout should have a certain viscous bigness.

I did not like this beer.

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Photo of MikeB20
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P: 12oz bottle into a DFH signature glass.

A: Black as can be with a nearly two finger dark tan head that doesn't hang around very long. Lacing is sparse but it sticks.

S: Dark roasted malt with some vanilla, caramel and wood. Very pleasing.

T: This beer has a lot more going on than the smell would lead you to believe. Lots of roasted malt with an awesome vanilla finish. Some wood or earthy tones and I'm getting some bourbon/whiskey although I thought it might be more pronouced. There seems to be a hint of smokiness in here as well. A bitter finish accented with the vanilla makes me want to take another sip. The vanilla comes through even more as the beer warms, I recommend letting this one sit out for a good 10 or 15 minutes before serving.

M: Smooth with lots of tiny bubbles in the carbonation which adds a refreshing quality to the beer. Not as heavy as some stouts can be but it still has some body. The body, like the vanilla, seems to become more pronounced as the beer warms.

D: A very drinkable and complex stout. Maybe it's the small distribution from Old Dominion but this is a beer that I would expect more people to be talking about, it's among the best stouts I've ever tasted. It's an easy beer to enjoy any time of the year.

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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 697 ratings.
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