Dominion Oak Barrel Stout | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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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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#5,579
Reviews:
703
Ratings:
1,538
pDev:
12.44%
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4.47
 
 
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Photo of jayhawk73
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, close to black w/ a one finger chocolate head. Decent lacing on my snifter. Nose is that of vanilla, coffee, barley, chocolate- with the vanilla and coffee really coming out front. Very smooth though- not bitter. Taste is a little on the thin side for me. It just lacks that oomph that the best stouts have. It's tasty, just not quite put together how I'd like. Feel is the same- too thin for the style, and a little on the fizzy side. This is probably the weak point of this beer. Overall, a good beer, but not something I'll probably seek out again. Still, it's worth trying if you've never had it. Cheers.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a black body with a tan head that sticks around for awhile. Leaves lacing down the side

S- coffee and just the slightest bit of vanilla. Wish the vanilla was more prevalent.

T-slightly more coffee version of the smell. Vanilla comes out as it warms up.

M-medium body and smooth

O-pleasant beer. Would have again.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black with fading khaki head.

The smell is kind of off to me. I'm guessing American hops that give it a slight cheesy smell?

The of taste is so-so. No oak to speak of but the other flavors are decent. A sweet semi vanilla on the front with a bitter roast on the back.

Not a terrible beer but kind of strange for the style and over all not super impressive. Worth the under $2 though.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger light brown head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Baked chocolate nose and flavor is slight oak and baked chocolate that goes to a burnt chocolate finish. $4.50 for a 12oz bottle at Skyland Resort Luray, VA.

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Photo of Nutleybeer
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
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 bayougutter
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
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 Rhettroactive
2.61/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From 12oz bottle Bruges hybrid glass on 8/30/11
*From notes

A: Pretty decent color, as it's a bit more of a medium brown then the traditional rich brownish-black. A good pour yields a dissapointing .75 finger head which fades quickly and zero lacing.

S: A metallic rust is present and overwhelms the nostrils. It's not IN YOUR FACE extreme, yet it's all I really detect.

T: Simply too mild for me. It literally takes forever for this damn beer to evolve on the palate. The mid features a touch of vanilla extract and almond paste. Where's the oak here? I get the feeling they've used cheap, shredded wood or low quality beans. To put it bluntly: meh.

M: Thin and sharp. What's the deal - seriously? It's not like you can't make a low ABV stout without decent weight and oomph (reference: Evo's Rise Up! Stout).

O: Dominion's Oak Barrel Stout sounded like a great idea, then never really came together. Leave it to AB/InBev to dumb down what should've been an interesting and approachable low ABV stout.

*Oh, and for the record, moving DOMINION BREWING out of Virginia (the OLD DOMINION state), should require you to change the f-cking name.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a BBC pint glass.

A: Black with reddish, cola-like edges beneath a two-finger head of creamy carbonation bubbles that hold pretty nicely and leave a goo deal of creamy lacing.

S: Chocolate, fruity, herbal aromas as well as coffee and vanilla beans with oak chips added in the mix.

T: Sweet, bitter and earthy black malts up front with hints of charred oak,oats, herbal, burnt hops and faint vanilla sweetness on the end. Fruity to a degree, with notes of berry and raisin. Washes down with a decent oak finish and lingering, mineral hop bitterness.

M: Full bodied but not as rich was I'd hoped it would be. Doesn't hurt the drinkability, though.

O: Its certainly not the best oak aged and infused beer I've had, but its a solid enough American stout with some extra flair thrown in it. The 6.1% ABV makes it a nice choice to pair with a chocolate or raspberry dessert (or both!). Or even a couple AS dessert itself.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pitch black with a two-toned brown and tan head. good retention and prominent lacing.

S: roast interacts with chocolate interacts with oak interacts with vanilla. the combination comes across as a milk chocolate-ly smell with some woodyness.

T: flavor starts full of oak. good smoke flavor. moves into a bitter roast. sort of a black coffee-like flavor. vanilla isnt as prominent on the palate, but the smokiness from the oak is very welcomed!

M: gentle fizz on a medium full body. if there was a slightly more silken mouthfeel i think it would make this brew that much more enjoyable.

D: great complexity between the wood and vanilla. just nice to have some other flavors worked into your standard roast, chocolate, sweet stout flavors. very enjoyable and unique american stout.

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Photo of nickthetick
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a opaque black into a dimple mug with a finger and a half of tan head with some nice lacing.

S: earthy, chocolate, wood, dates, and prunes.

T: coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits with a bit of tartness. Some oak notes and a bit leathery.

MF: medium body, great effervescence, even a tad refreshing.

O: a great stout, some beautiful notes and a great mouthfeel. This is an awesome stout and it will be making a reappearance in the fridge.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this while at Washington-Dulles awaiting my flight.

Dark brown to black clear beer with a light head that is a rich light brown.

A light dark roasted chocolate malt aroma, very appealing.

Rich dark chocolate roasted malt taste similar to the aroma but much more, a very full body with a very full taste, that continues through a lightly dry aftertaste. A definite stop for dark or heavy beer drinkers.

Worthy

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Photo of Wadsey
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Dominion Oak Barrel Stout

Served in New Belgium globe glass

A: Pours deep brown with impressive head that leaves behind nice, but splotchy lacing. 

S: Malted milk balls, milk chocolate and light oak notes.  The nose proves subtle, but I do like what I smell. 

T: Not sweet. In fact, dry, like an Irish dry stout or in the sense of well attenuated. Cocoa powder, light roasted malts, vanilla bean and oak. Medium bitterness. More understated than I'm describing but stronger than smell. 

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Thin, but creamy mouthfeel. 

O: The idea of Oak Barrel Stout fascinates me. Sessionable oak-aged or barrel-aged stout? Yes, please. This beer falls short of what I imagine the best of that style would be. Still, this is a very good start. I wouldn't mind knocking out a growled of this stuff. 

Thanks Robo for the opportunity. 

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Photo of AgentMunky
2.91/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass. Bottled on (what looks like) 5 April 2011.

A: Tight, creamy, off-white/tan head. The beer is incredibly dark, and completely opaque. I feel comfortable calling it black; it's close enough to not make a difference. Head has good retention and leaves behind a tantalising lace.

S: Molasses. Touch of alcohol? Fruity coffee.

T/M: The mouthfeel is thin and quite watery; the taste is equally limp. Sweetish malts that merely hint at barrel ageing and a touch of creaminess that fades quickly are the only good things about this beer. The aftertaste is acceptable, if quite far from dry, with only a slight dark chocolate bitterness. Incredibly disappointing.

O: Not a good stout; at least this bottle wasn't. Barely a mediocre beer. I finished it, but I wouldn't have really cared if it disappeared. Drinkable, but why would you? Mouthfeel and a general weakness of character ruins any chance at more than a passable brew. Absolutely not recommended, though you could do much worse...I won't be having another.

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Photo of CWBlues
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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 scohen
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pour into a pint glass yielded a deep, dark brown body with a light brown two finger head.

Smell: Oak, vanilla, and malts in that order.

Taste: The oak barrel has lent a great deal of flavor to this brew, and its taste definitely dominates at first. After a few seconds it fades yielding to malt flavors with undertones of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: It is thinner than many stouts, but that lends it an uncommon drink-ability for the style.

Overall: Not necessarily what I was expecting to get, but a good beer that I would buy again nonetheless.

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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 OneDropSoup
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Solid black, finger of mocha head, & that's all she wrote!

Evolving nose: moved through peach to pastry to nutty coffee & everything in between before even taking the first sip. Seems to rest on that pleasant, nutty coffee - good stuff, & engaging, too.

Sweetly chocolatey & darkly fruity, like Raisinettes, actually, with some nuttily sweet, even marshmallowy characteristics. Combo of dark fruit, coffee, & nut characters linger, where it seems to land again. Somewhat acidic finish.

Medium-full, on the slick side, pretty smooth but finishes with a little booze zing.

A lot of tasty notes going on, but seem kind of superficial & ZAP-POW. Still pretty enjoyable, really didn't even pick up on the barrel character, fun no less.

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Photo of kindahungover
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled in a pint glass.

A - Motor oil black with a minimal light tan head.

S - Not as over powering as some other stouts out there. Chocolate and coffee with hints of caramel and vanilla.

T - Almost no carbonation. Coffee and vanilla stand out.

M - Silky smooth due to the low abv.

O - Very good American stout overall. Could become my go to local stout. Highly recommend.

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Photo of greywolf
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this beer had become a fav myself and my wife and a few freinds first tried this beer at the brewery in dover de,,,
it was truly amazing,,,the color smell teste.was just awsome..i do suggest if u get this beer in the bottle let it rest b4 drinking...i found this to be better but thats just me...enjoy

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: thin, but nicely formed head; solid black color; small lacing
S: caramel, roasted barley--strong aroma
T: solid robust stout, moderately hopped; not very sweet
M: silkly

Really solid stout, quite ideal flavor profile at its ABV.

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Photo of fountainofyouth
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good stout. I picked up a six-pack at a local Safeway.

Appearance: Deep, dark brown and opaque. Light tan head disappears with a few sips. A little bit of choppy lacing.

Smell: Not overly aromatic. Definitely malty, with oak and a little bit of vanilla hitting the nose. Hints of coffee and booze. No apparent hops.

Taste: Bitter but balanced roastiness. Very mild hoppiness on the finish. I detect bitter chocolate, coffee, and maybe raisin. The oak adds a lighter vanilla tone, with hints of bourbon cask. Flavors are complex and well-blended. It's a pretty bold-tasting beer -- not for the faint of heart.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation. Heavier than water, but not really creamy. It fills you up like any other good stout.

Overall: Recommended. If you're looking for an inexpensive but tasty alternative to Guinness, try a Dominion.

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Photo of birdman200
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
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 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 bubseymour
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer had a beautiful appearance for a stout. Nice fluffy head. Smell and taste were very smooth yet flavorful. Overall for a stout (not an imperial stout) this one was balanced and not watery or weak like so many others. A well made stout worth sampling.

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Photo of lnashsig
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Mdaschaf for this extra in our recent trade. Actually the second time to try it, but the first time to review it. Poured into my DFH snifter- pours a pitch black color, with tan head that fills the top of the glass, then recedes, leaving nice tan lacing on my glass. Smell- brown sugar, molasses. Taste- brown sugar first, thick carbonation, brown sugar, oak vanilla on the end. Kick ass! So much going on here. Zero alcohol detected here at all (its not a big ABV beer, but this is pure flavor with no heat). Mouthfeel- nice rich carbonation, smooth medium bodied stout. Drinkability- I'm intensely jealous I can't get this beer in Texas. I could easily see this being in my fridge at all times.

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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 1,538 ratings
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