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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Dominion Oak Barrel StoutDominion Oak Barrel Stout

Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company
Delaware, United States

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.

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Photo of swthomas55
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pint on tap at Lizardville.

Aroma has delicious vanilla, along with roasty, coffeeish and cocoa notes. Underneath is clearly a stout.

It pours black, with a decent tan head.

Presents itself as a dry stout, with malt and roast in balance and not sweet. Then the vanilla comes in and rounds it out. The finish is dry and roasty with hints of vanilla.

Overall, I find it quite enjoyable. It is a good dry stout, but rounded and expanded by the oak barrel vanilla.

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Photo of corylew
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5 month old bottle poured into a handmade bulbous pint glass.

Pours deep brown, not quite black. Light pretty visible through the corners. Thin dark tan head forms and disappears about as fast as it appeared.

Smells great. Oak and vanilla come to the nose behind carbonation in a balanced way. Not overpowering.

Tastes wonderful. Slightly sweet, while light in body, which compliments the hints of vanilla well. Not much oak in the flavor, just a tad in the nose. Well carbonated and tasty.

Mouthfeel is nice. An evident 6% in body. Could be a little heavier to bring out some more malt flavor but I can't complain.

Overall, this beer empties very well. It's an interesting balance between a lighter bodied beer and a strong flavor. Highly recommended. Don't let the lack of head and light color throw you off.

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Photo of LantGladstone
2.52/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

BBE Dec 1, 2015, 6% abc, 330ml bottle from ales by mail (received from them on Dec 10, 2015)

Appearance (Look) = 6%
red brown clear, khaki head

Smell = 24%
roasted malt, faint vanilla

Taste = 40%
hint of vanilla, roasted malt, no hops, light/watery, lactose?

Mouthfeel (Feel) = 10%

Overall = 20%
not super impressed. seems watery with very little gravity. stickiness with a hint of sour almost like it is a milk stout or they used lactose to extend something that was thin.

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Photo of dnrobert24
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a beer that I could have just sat and smelled and smelled and smelled. It poured a beautiful black chocolate with a thin white, not tan, head. Taking a whiff of the beer was like waking up after camping to the smell of rain-soaked charred oak campfire logs--it was a subdued smokey-oaky scent. It was heavenly. In comparison, the flavor and mouthfeel were thin and a bit of a let-down. I could taste the classic stout malts that resemble the acidic bitterness in coffee, but there was not much more there. Nevertheless, the aroma kept me coming back for more.

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Photo of Illini5596
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Truly one of Dominion's best beers. A little hard to come by, but can still be found if you look hard enough (lets hope they start shipping out of state soon!). The color is a deep rich dark brown, hinting at the full bodied nature of this beer. The aroma is subtle, and the head unfortunately minimal, but the taste is a work of art. Dominion's Oak Barrel Stout has a truly complex and thick taste, combining the taste of malt with hints of vanilla, coffee and chocolate overlayed with the complexity of oak. A true pleasure to drink, quite possibly one of the best stouts out there. My only complaint is the mouthfeel, as it is a bit thick and tends to linger a bit longer than I prefer. If you ever see this, buy it and treat yourself to a very enjoyable evening.

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Photo of dafizzif
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep black, with a dark, caramelly head.
Smell: Chocolates with very dark, roasty malts and some vanilla. Less oak than one would think, though it is still there.
Taste: Coffee, chocolate, and vanilla, all soaked in oak. Nice.
Mouthfeel: Very light. Watery. Not really how I like my stouts, but it was what I expected.
Overall: This is a fine beer that I would gladly try again but do not see myself buying again unless something more interesting is not available.

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Photo of streetcommander
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very good stout. This is actually enjoyable from the bottle unlike Guiness which taste like feces from anywhere but the tap.

Pours dark opaque with a mild head. Disipated quickly and left only mild lacing. Perfectly carbonated. Its a stout that is well balanced enough to get even non beer drinkers to enjoy.

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

Poured into a Stone Impy Stout snifter. Impenetrable tar black with a massive rocky light brown head. The head settles down to a clean 1/4 inch after a little while.

The aroma is all about mocha hot chocolate roasted espresso beans. A really sweet appetizing smell, I just wanna jump right in.

A delicious stout! Creamy with an almost tart bitterness, rich chocolate flavors with a vanilla bean espresso taste. Thick and luscious, dampened only by the slightest hint of sourness in the finish, most surely because of the roasting. A lingering carbon finish.

Yeah, this hits the spot all the way. Goes down smooth as hot chocolate. I could probably chill with a few bottles by a roaring fire and discuss the merits of 1700 colonialism, puff a pipe, and be quite at peace with the world. Thanks to blitz134 for hooking me up with this awesome surprise!

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Photo of Saunapoika
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First impression was one of suprise. With a name like Oak Barrel Stout, I was assuming a deep filling, hearty, dark brew.

Appearance is a slightly opaque black.

Aroma starts off with hints of vanilla and then is overpowering with the smell of bourbon. While quaffing this brew, I imagined a Guiness with a shot of Jim Beam poured in.

Carbonation was perfect but no head retention or lacing throughout my experience.

Overall, this is an enjoyable brew. I however, was expecting a bit more of a filling beer. Not to say it wasn't good but not quite what I was expecting.

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Photo of advill88
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer is black as night, with a one and a half finger tan head.

S - Nutty oaky aroma, with hints of coffee and chocolate

T - Starts off slightly sour with a touch of hops, but then a nice strong maltiness kicks in with hints of bourbon and chocolate, and a smooth vanilla finish and a bit of sweetness.

M - Fairly heavy bodied with strong carbonation and a nice creamy texture

D - This is one of the few stouts I could probably drink all night because of its incredible rich and smooth taste. One of the better stouts I've had - highly recommended.

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Photo of Cnote_crafty_1
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of my all time favorite stouts from way back this one gets much praise and admiration. If you are looking for a good all around dark beer this is always a good one to drink.

Nothing extremely different, or unexpected here. It is extremely black with a tan head. It is a thin head with not much lacing.
This is the one place where some might deduct points. The smell is a faint roasty, burned, woody almost skunky aroma. It is not a good smell, but I don't find many stouts with good smells if any.
The main taste I get is a roasted coffee flavor that I gather comes from the roasted barley. It is malty, toffee, slight sweetness and then a dry lovely finish with an aftertaste that sticks with you. The aftertaste is more roasted coffee. If you are reaching and trying hard to find it you might get some vanilla. They say that they brew it with vanilla, but I can never get any of that out of it. I just taste a nice sweetness and it is incredibly smooth.

Feel: extemely smooth and silky wonderful.

Pick a day when you are in the mood for a dark beer and have at it,


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

Pours a deep brown with a thick dark tan head, a great looking beer.

Smells of sweet roasted malts, vanilla, and a hint of coffee.

The taste is rich with vanilla and caramel. There is an initial almost smoky flavor of roasted malt with a bracing crispness. The finish is very smooth and rich.

The richness and weight is perfect for me.

Despite it's weight this beer is delicious enough to have a few.

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Photo of willic
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good, fun, dark, rich, intense! I remember when these guys were from Blacksburg, before becoming what they are now. This is a nice, not overpowering barrel aged stout. Very drinkable! I wish I had another tonight!

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Photo of rokoch27
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful roasted, burnt aroma and black as night with slight browning around the edges when held up to light. Glides down your throat like soft silk, temping you with flavors of vanilla oak and dark malt. This beer is sweet like dark chocolate and complex enough to sit and savor, but not overly so. Good stuff Old Dominion!

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Photo of JClarson
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark tan head. Black in color with an amber tinge.

S- Smokey oak hits the nose then follows with chocolate and caramel candies.

T- Roasted/chocolate malt follows all the way through. Slight vanilla and oak at the finish.

M- Creamy with a lingering smokey aftertaste.

O- If you see this in the store pick it up and try it you won't be disappointed. The oak and vanilla dry hopping give this beer a unique taste that is not too overwhelming and doesn't take over your palate.

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Photo of WonderWoman
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown with a thin head.
Smelt of smoky malt and molasses
Tasted smoky and oaky with hints of bitter grape seeds. It finished with a lacquer after taste.
The mouth feel was smooth and bubbly
I felt this was an ok blended stout. Not the best and certainly not the worst.

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Photo of orangedive
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - .5 inch dirty cream head. Ink black with a slight brownish hue in the light.

S - Smells outstanding. Maple & Vanilla flavors--wonderful sweetness, subtly sweet. Some oak and sweet chocolate. Delicious.

T - Great. Sweet but not too sweet. More coffee than chocolate. Not much bitterness. Nice balance with maple and brown sugar flavors. Really good.

M - A little thin but nice.

D - Good. A great beer. Could have several but it's nice just to savor it.

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Photo of StoryOfTheGhost
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this beer as part of a beer of the month club for Christmas, and I really enjoyed it.

A- Dark black, with a thin dark caramel head

S- I smell the coffee and the wood smells up front. The bourbon is not as strong as a smell as I expected or hoped, but still has a very nice scent to it

T- Very similar to the smell. Great flavor of roasted malts. The bourbon is faint. Very low alcohol taste, which was expected with an abv that runs low for the style

M- This is the reason that I did not give the beer a better rating. Watery. Taste does not stay with you as long as I would desire, which is a shame, because it tastes good

O- This is an excellent beer, and one that I would drink again. It goes down very smooth, and it would be pretty easy to knock back several.

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Photo of AndIWantYou
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mmmmm. Now this is what a stout is all about. It was dark, malty, slightly hoppy, and pretty filling. The light in Old Dominion's Ashburn, VA, brewpub was fairly dim, but Oak Barrel looked black as night in my glass. I didn't detect the bourbon flavor, just a rich, creamy stout that made my barbecue sandwich quiver in fear, knowing that it didn't have the body and texture to stand up to such a wonderful concoction. Regrettably, since the tab was on my girlfriend's father, I didn't want to order another beer until he did, and he didn't, so I only got one taste of this divine liquid.

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

Serving Type: Growler picked up from the brewery.

Appearance: Black like the night. Very little lacing on glass. Nice head.

Smell: Choc and coffee. Very strong aroma.

Taste: Very flavorful. Taste matches the aroma-no surprises.

Mouthfeel: A tad on the thick side and slightly chewy.

Drinkablilty: Not an every day drinker, but excellent for a few a week.

Overall a very solid beer-would buy again.

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Photo of jimbomill
3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The appearance inspired hope - dark brown to blackish, true to style.
The nose offered hints of vanilla it seemed, pleasing for sure.
Taste was a bit average, almost a let down compared to the appearance and smell. The hint of vanilla and oak did not distinguish itself.
Mouthfeel was akin to the taste - thin. I'd have scored it lower, but there was an upturn in the finish as i noted some taste at the end.
Drinkability for me on this one is tarnished by the thin mouthfeel, I'd not want more than one of these as there isn't enough in it to make it more than a starter effort.

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Photo of birdman200
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a snifter it pours a deep opaque black with a 2 finger khaki head that leaves a thin film for the remainder of the beer. Loose lacing dribbles down the glass. Smell is notes of coffee, raisins, and bittersweet dark chocolate. Taste is very smooth with an even balance of roasted malts that are not too overpowering. Very easy to drink. Very refreshing having an oak barrel stout that is not through the roof with a high ABV. Wonderful take on the classic stout style. Taste the oak a little bit, a tad more would be nice. Great brew though.

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Photo of CWBlues
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks go to jhughes23 for this one.

A: Pours jet black with two fingers of a dirty-cream colored head. Leaves a little lacing as it dissipates.

S: Mostly oak on the nose, with a fair bit of vanilla as well. Bit of cocoa as well. Smells good, but not strong.

T: Lots of coffee up front. A little bit of vanilla, probably from the oak. Roasted barley. Even a little bit of a Coca-Cola taste. Very well balanced with no one taste being too overpowering. Everything levels out.

M: Fair amount of carbonation. Not quite the motor-oil stickiness you get with some stouts. Actually feels fairly light on the palate. Good stuff. Goes down easy.

O: It's good, for what it is. I'd like to try one with a bit more vanilla on it (I think that's a special kind of this one, right?). Very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of spelingchampeon
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured to a 1 finger head, with a lacing that refused to go anywhere after it landed. The longer the beer warmed, the more the flavors would attack my senses.. to the better. A slight chocolate start, finished nicely with the vanilla taste. This has been my only oak influenced brew, so I don't know how to compare it to another.. so I'll just go with YES, the oak is there, and did enhance the overall taste. Great malty aroma throughout!

Having had this beer multiple times in the past, this was the 1st time in a stout glass. The stout glass really made a difference to me this time. Maybe I wasn't as concerned before, but it still tasted much better.

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Photo of futaboots
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smell this brew first. Hello coffee grinds. This stout, when I stick my nose in my glass, it smells almost exactly like when I stick my nose into a bag of ground up coffee beans. Coffe, coffee, coffee, coffee, coffee.

More coffee in the flavor, but not as prominent. There is that burnt, roasted barley taste that is characteristic of most stouts. Unfortunately the bourbon flavor is very easy to miss. The vanilla is slightly more noticeable, but again amounts to nothing much in the grand scheme of things. Normally I wouldn't be nitpicking about vanilla and bourbon, but the label and case make a big deal about the bourbon oak and vanilla beans used in the fermentation of this beer, but they really don't make that much of an impact.

One more nitpick, I wish the mouthfeel were a little thicker, since I like my stouts nice n' thick.

However, this is an excellent beer, and a solid example of my favorite style.

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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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