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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001

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Photo of NickRivers
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Nugganooch
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice little hookup from mdfb79 - Cheers for the trade!
Bottle dated 02/08/11 and poured into a Goblet.
Tasted on 05/09/11.

A: Pours a deep lustrous black pearl color that lightens to a reddish-brown when thinned and lightstruck. Small peanut butter tan colored cap fizzled out rather quickly. Cascading lace.

S: Smells of earthy oak woods and strong vanilla that give off a bourbon like aroma as they intertwine. Roasty malts akin to burnt sugars and slight alcohol present.

T: Lots of oak and vanilla that mimic a smooth bourbon if you will. Nice earthy woods bitterness. Burnt roasty malts. And a sort of tart berry finish that dries it out a bit. Not offensively sour but noticeable. Not sure if that is intentional? Slightly warming.

M: Creamy smooth texture that gets a little astringent on the swallow.

D: A nice slow sipper that comes off incredibly light in body actually. Great by the fire type of beer. Improves as it sits too.
Heavy oak and vanilla going on if bourbon is not your thing you may want to avoid.

A pretty nice stout overall but a little heavy on the Vanilla which masks the rich malts utilized here. Nice bitterness though. I brewed a Vanilla Bourbon Porter using a tincture in the dry hop that tasted quite similar.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into snifter - thanks to brees6221

Pours an opaque black with a nice tuft of graham cracker brown head. Fades into thick film with some patchy lacing on the glass.

Somewhat muted in the nose, lighter roasted malts, vanilla and oak with some chocolate sweetness and faint hops.

Some hop bitterness right up front, followed by some roasted dark malts. Bittersweet dark chocolates integrated with rawer vanilla bean flavor and underlying coffee. Oak somewhat smooths out the profile, adding some earthy tones. Finishes with hop bitterness and chocolate.

Fuller medium body, high carbonation, a bit dry and tingly on the tongue, which I usually don't prefer for this style. This drinks okay, the alcohol is a bit lower which was nice, but not really what I'm looking for from an oak aged vanilla bean stout.

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Photo of ckollias
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A dark black beer with a one-finger tan head that dissipates into a small lace.

S: A very mild smell of chocolate and smokey malts.

T: Heavy on the malts at first then smoothes into a nice bitter sweet drink with hints of coffee, chocolate, and caramel.

M: Medium body and slighty over carbonated.

O: A very smooth and drinkable stout. I had one, but could have had 3 or 4.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark brown/black,, not much head, some lacing.

Smell - Mild oak, malts, sugars, cinnamin. Coffee, chocolate and some spices.

Taste - Mild stout, vanilla, oak and coffee bitterness. Rather bland and incredibly mild for a oaked stout. Oak flavors are present but not very strong. I got malts and coffee as main flavor.

MOuthfeel - Not much on mouth or tounge other then some bitterness. Aftertaste is thin and quickly gone.

Overall - A average beer at best. To mild and bland for my liking. Too easy to drink for what style it is. Maybe a good starter for a stout drinker but Not worthy after you've had a kbs or old rasputin.

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Photo of mooseisloose
4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another of over 150+ different brews that has arrived at my doorstep via BOTMC, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a combination of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts, almost a roasted malted milk ball smell. This is a new one for my olfactories and is quite pleasing. This brew pours to a motor oil color and consistency with a tan, yet transitioning from darker to light, head consisting of multi-sized bubbles ranging from medium to small with a pillow top. Head laces as it recedes. On the taste the mouthfeel quickly stands out as highly viscous and silky. The taste then starts with a milky roasted flavor, that slowly ascends to a sweeter chocolate and vanilla, then transitions to a smoky bitterness that still remains sweet in the background. The finish stays bittersweet throughout. This is a delicious brew, I highly recommend.

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Photo of Guden
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark and nearly opaque, with just a tiny but lasting beige head. Looks like a decent stout.

S- Not getting much here, a bit of toffee and roasty malt notes (chocolate more than coffee) but its a bit mild for the style.

T- Much more pronounced than the nose theres a lot of caramel/toffee sweetness with a little bit of chocolaty roast character and a definite vanilla presence. The oak doesn't hardly show but seems to blend in behind the vanilla nicely where it does. Overall not a bad taste but the vanilla is the only thing which comes out strongly with the hop bitterness and roast astringency being very mild behind it.

M- Nice medium-high in body with some typical stout chewiness and light carbonation. Has a chocolate milk type feel to it, could be drank slow or easily chugged.

D- Very high, especially for the style. Nothing comes on too strong but all the flavors are there on the taste buds and it feels nice in the mouth. Would have been nice to see a little more bitterness or roast character but the vanilla and sweetness are welcome too.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks wise I wasn't that impressed. Even with a rough pour it didn't leave much head, and lacing was spotty.

Smell is nice, very milk chocolatey, some coffee and plenty of roasty malts. There's a slightly wood/bourbon aroma, but it's subtle.

Tastes very nice. Smooth sweet milk chocolate with a touch of espresso, along with nice roasty flavors make up the bulk of the taste. Accents include vanilla, wood, bourbon. I don't taste any alcohol.

Feel is medium bodied and a bit thinner than I expected. Slightly dry on the aftertaste, along with a lingering roasty bitterness.

Drinks pretty good. Not bad at all.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - deep, dark, nearly opaque black color with slight ruby highlights, thick tan head with good retention and nice lacing

S - rich, roasted chocolate-like malts with a hint of smoke, some vanilla (from the oak barrel?)

T - roasted grain with some burnt and smoky flavors associated, moderate hop bitterness on the finish; some herbal-like hop flavors; fairly clean yeast character

M - medium-full body with moderately high carbonation, some roast astringency on finish

O - Well, this isn't a bad American stout, but there's not really much barrel flavor here despite the name. There is some oak-like vanilla, but it's pretty subtle. The brewing is fair enough, but just doesn't deliver the barrel expectations very well.

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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 rsdaugherty
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass
A - Pour barely fit into my pint with a nice creamy coffee head, fast dissipation left nice lacing on the glass and ended in a thin layer. A slightly less than black opaque color 3.5
S - Coffee, oak, with lesser caramel vanilla and "burnt" malt notes 3.5
T - A heavy malt start with notes of the oak barrel evolves to coffee with a bitter sweet chocolate/caramel background. A nicely built Stout that makes my top 10 of the style list. 4.5
M - Skim milk mouth feel with a full body adds to drinkability, nice carbonation but I was hoping for a slightly thicker presence. 3.5
O - Very easy drinking and a very good tasting stout. I'm not a stout lover and will definitely seek this out again. 4

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Dark brown, almost black. Half a finger of brownish head. Retention is mediocre. Almost no lacing.

S - Vanilla and chocolate. Bit of coffee bitterness and something of a charred character.

T - Opens with some roasted malt and chocolate flavors. Strong vanilla flavor with some oak hints. Finish is chocolate and vanilla with some char. Really good and complex for an American Stout.

M - Plenty of carbonation and a medium body. Wet with a slightly drying finish. A bit too carbonated.

O - Really surprisingly good. Didn't expect to love it like this, but for the style and ABV the taste is phenomenal. A lot of flavor packed into a little package.

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Photo of ms11781
1.99/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Thanks to dbexpert. Bottled on 01/17/2011 on label. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a solid black with a thin tan cap for a head. The head dissipates almost immediately, leaving the thinnest of a tan ring around the glass.

The aroma is not strong at all. In fact, it's quite weak. There is a bit of smokiness when inhaled deeply. Perhaps a touch of wood but you really have to look for it in order to find it.

The taste isn't much better. Pretty bland. Some slight char and wood. No oak to speak of. There is a touch of sweetness, toffee or caramel. The flavors are there but they certainly aren't all that strong. Nothing stand out and each flavor is gone almost as soon as it's recognized.

Thin bodied with high carbonation. It's very thin and watery. Doesn't feel like a stout at all. Far from it.

The label says that it was bottled on 01/17/2011 and it was reviewed on 03/18/2011 but the beer didn't seem up to par, to me anyway. I haven't had a known fresh sample of it so I'm not sure that it was stale but my experience doesn't really follow along with the others.

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Photo of jduffy21
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this from a bottle poured in to a Samuel Adams glass. This stout was black as night with a beautiful tan head that reduces to a nice thin lace on top. This has smell of a robust coffee. The first sip is of coffee with a hints of vanilla at the end. Overall this is a really flavorful stout. This stout is smooth drinking, definitely on of my favorites. Very tasty!

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Photo of vandemonian
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dominion Oak Barrel Stout has a black colour and a 5 mm tan head that lasts awhile and maintains good lacing. The smell is all chocolate and and woodiness. The taste is quite hoppy to begin with but the roasty charcoal and woodiness take over quickly. The finish is slightly bitter with some charcoal. This beer has a good foamy texture. Overall, a decent oak-aged stout... although not especially interesting.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My label is much different than the one pictured. But it appears to be this beer.

Thick-ass black body, you can spot some hues on the very edge if you look for it. Fluffy tan head, very sticky. Scent is a thick chocolate malt, a bit of roast. Mmm, nice blend. Deep dark malts dominate the brew, very nice touch of bitter hops. Full body, a bit wet but pretty thick. When i want a stout, thats what i want.

As they would say in chicago: "you can put it on the boaaard! YES!"

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Photo of bsp77
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in March Beer of the Month Club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Bottling date of February 24, 2011.

Appearance: Jet black with initial thick tan head, leaving a thin cap and just a touch of lacing.

Smell: Molasses, chocolate, vanilla, smoke and char.

Taste: Molasses, caramel and chocolate base, over which nice layers of smoke, charred oak and vanilla add great complexity. Semi-sweet until the very light English-style hops at the finish.

Feel: Pretty smooth, full body for a relatively low abv beer with moderately low carbonation. Almost silky. Finish is just slightly dry.

Overall: Not used to lower alcohol Oak-aged Stouts - I like it. Proves that a brewer can be innovative with overdoing the abv or IBUs.

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Photo of IronLover
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a bottle with no freshness date. Totally black in color. Poured with an ample beige head that reduced to a wispy cap and light sticky lacings. Sweet vanilla and dark roasted malt aromas. Vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malt flavors in the beginning that transition to coffee flavors and a bitter hoppy ending. Vanilla, coffee and hop flavors combine at the end to leave a black licorice-like taste in the back of the throat and nose. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Black with brown highlights. Khaki head is thick and retains well. Slight lacing.
S- Vanilla, a bit of chocolate, a touch of coffee.
T- Not picking up much of the oak/bourbon aging flavors, but that's ok. Vanilla is key player. Faint roasted character. A bit of coffee and chocolate.
M- Smooth but not quite smooth enough. Full but not quite as full as I would like. As a result, the mouthfeel is decent but not outstanding.
D- A solid stout bolstered by a delicious vanilla character. I could definitely have a couple of these without a problem.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a 3 Floyd's pint glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for hooking me up with this interesting beer.

The appearance is pretty darn black for a just a regular old stout. The aromatics are pretty bland. There is some oak woodsiness in the background but there is no malt characteristics in the aroma at all. The flavor is actually really damn good. There is a lot of vanilla in the flavor, some of it from oak, some of it from added vanilla. The barrel is palatable and you can taste the dank oak. The roasted malt flavor is pretty weak but it does exist in the background. The mouthfeel is really creamy and it was really really nice. This was really really tasty. As far as drinkability it was really nice, but there was something still generic about it overall. Still a pleasant surprise from a random stout.

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Photo of therica
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= deep dark brown, fair tan head, nice rimming.

S= natural vanilla bean, coffee, roasted malts, playfully light hops florals.

T= not as bold as expected but maybe "as they should be," and a very nice blend indeed. Lightly smoky malts and vanilla bean (not the far cheaper vanilla-extract junk), moderate hops bitters. Hops florals are in there but not quickly discernable because they seem to be the more floral-hops varietals.

M= now the hops bitters as well as the toasted malt bitters kick in, with very apparent vanilla bean notes and light coffee. Savor for a few minutes.

D= very drinkable, possible session if you're in the darker-beer mood with a slight vanilla twist. Would be fantastic with dark rich chocolate desserts. Might be an interesting twist with a swiss-mushroom-burger. Definitely not fish or steak.

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

Thanks to mdaschaf for the trade. Greatly appreciated, Matt! Selected randomly from the group.

On the pour, this beer was a very dark brown, with a half finger head atop a clear body. The head effectively disappeared as I drank.

Aroma was somewhat complex, initially sweet with dark fruits. Some vinous nature came out next, with hints of vanilla and oak. Dark malts and a little bit of roasted barley came through at the end.

Taste initially was roasted malt, with a little sweetness. Faint oak was noticeable, but no vanilla. Charred barley came through in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was very smooth, but the body was a little bit thin. I expected a little more based on the aroma, but don't get me wrong, it wasn't bad.

Drinkability was good. I enjoyed it, and if I were in the mood to session stouts, this would be a candidate.

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Photo of Retsinis
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this beer up at "Wegmans" while staying in Woodbridge Virginia on vacation with family. Love to check out local beers anytime I travel, and Dominion beers do not make it out to California that I know of, so I had to check it out.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle from a six pack into a wine glass.
The beer pours a dark and rich jet black, with a light tan brown head that rose only about a quarter inch, then resided to just a nice ring around the glass. Some lacing, but not much.

The beer smells of roasted dark malts, a bit of coffee, smoke, and vanilla. The wood comes through a bit too. Smells like a much stronger beer than it actually is.
The flavors are a good balance of light roasted malts, coffee, oak, with a vanilla finish. Not too smooth, roasted, bitter, just well balanced all around. Almost like a test batch for a much bigger beer.

The mouth feel was medium to light, a bit thin, but mostly creamy with light carbonation.
I enjoyed sipping on this, and finished the six pack over the course of the week. Being basically as stout with some oak notes, it sure as hell is a lot tastier than a Guinness Draught, and I would order this at a bar given the option.

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Photo of Gushue3
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours black with smal head that goes away. no lacing.

S- vanilla off the top, a smokey sweet wood scent in there too. not getting too much

T- much lighter vanilla note than the scent gives. oaky wood taste with a tiny hint of booziness. the flavors work well together. lingering vanilla taste that im not sure if i like a ton.

M-small carbonation bubbles rush around and feels pretty light too.

D- easy to drink.
ill be reaching for something else though

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Photo of Vierenner
2.8/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is very different from all of the other stouts I've tried ... in a not so good way. The flavors are very lively, perhaps because of the soda-like effervescence continuously arising to the top. But those flavors are not well balanced. I feel like this beer was an experiment in brewing and marketing an oak aged beer.

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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 1,536 ratings
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