Dominion Oak Barrel Stout | Old Dominion Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
1,522 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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,522
Reviews:
700
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
12.5%
 
 
Wants:
83
Gots:
201
For Trade:
2
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Photo of domtronzero
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to pwoody11 for this one, too! Bottled: 5-21-10.

A - Clear, very dark brown, almost black color with a short, long-lasting, tight mocha head. Little bit of legs on this one.

S - Dark bitter chocolate and a very slight coffee and vanilla aroma. Subtle dark fruits (raisins) and caramel.

F/M - Bitter baker's chocolate, coffee, vanilla (noticeable and not over-the-top). Caramel and light oak flavors come through as it warms. Medium-low bitterness. Medium-lite bodied, but creamy and smooth. A little bit too low in the body department, but still good. Medium-low carbonation. Slight warming in the belly, not in the throat.

D - Good drinkability for an oak-aged stout, smooth, clean and quite tasty. And in the case of this beer, the lighter mouthfeel helps it score a little higher in the drinkability department.

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Photo of thatguy3579
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black and opaque with rich lingering dark tan head. Looks like a real brew.

S: Smells like sweet roasted coffee.

T: Tasty but perhaps a little conservative. Roasted malty sweetness, some vanilla, and a clear finish. Flavorful, but not intense or exceptional.

M: Rich and creamy, with low carbonation. Rolls around thickly in the mouth.

D: For a dark, tasty stout, this is very drinkable. This, of course, comes at a cost of flavor. A decent, but mild rendition.

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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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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 Cylinsier
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a deep black, let's a bit of brown light in around the edges, but otherwise opaque, slightly off-white head, good thickness but dissipates down to a film.

Smells slightly smoked and of dark sugar malts and toasted bread.

Tastes of the same toasted bread and malts.

Feels moderate, on the thinner side, with understated carbonation throughout.

Good, tasty, but I wish it had more bunch. The taste is great but I want more of it. Still a good stout and worth trying; more affordable than other stouts.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Beer is a dark brown, with no light coming through. Looks like a darker version of root beer. Provides a small tan foam head, with zero lacing.

S: The scents become more prevalent as it warms. Mostly rich vanilla, oak, chocolate.

T: A good combination of vanilla and oak up front with some chocolate on the back end. Not too sweet.

M: A little thin. Leaves a creamy oak taste on the palate.

D: Easy to drink, certainly worthy of a taste. A low abv.

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Photo of thetomG
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown pour with some nice tan head that dissipates quickly with very little lacing. Aroma is mild - mostly roasted malts. Flavor is a bit more interesting with some clear notes of vanilla in addition to the roasty flavors.

A bit thinner than I would prefer, but well carbonated and smooth.

I'd drink this one again, but not going out of my way to acquire more.

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Photo of Axic10
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap in a 16oz pint glass.

Appearance: Dark almost mud-like color with a thick one inch mocha head.

Smell: Smokey, burnt coffee, roasted malts and deep dark chocolate.

Taste: Pretty much burnt/roasted malt and an woody/oaky aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but almost a little too thin for a stout.

Drinkability: Probably wouldn't search this one out again. It wasn't great, it wasn't bad, it was just ok. At a low abv, I can see it being a sessionable beer, but I personally wouldn't bother.

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Photo of zoolzoo
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to nolsenwerd for the chance to try this

A: Dark brown/black, impressive khaki head.

S: Mostly roasted, maybe almost charred malts. A hint of oak and a tiny little sour note.

T: Full of flavor yet somewhat gentle on the palate. Chocolate was the first thing to come to my mind, followed by layers of roasted malt from the nose. The flavor profile of this beer has the overall impression of oak but presents no over powering barrel flavors. Not a hint of alcohol. A well rounded taste that is "good" in all aspects.

M: The heavier side of medium, slightly more carbed than some stouts. I would say feel matches taste wonderfully, high marks here.

D: Drinkability is excellent due low abv, balance, and general awesomeness. This is a stout to always have on hand.

I see some other reviewers are knocking this beer for showing restraint in some aspects. I feel like I should oppose...

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Photo of hu5om
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big ups to BigTomZ for another delic. extra!
split 12 oz in 2 6oz tasters with newk340
a- black, dark, dark coffee. light bubbles, light ring of tan foam.

s- dark malts, oatmeal, somewhat light to be honest

t- light coffee and chocolate, malty. Sweet as well like a milk stout. pretty big vanilla notes linger, too big? who cares? tastes great!

m- super light tingle. not the palate wrecker that stouts can be. a sessionable stout. higher carbonation for the style.

d- for the style, great. i prefer double/russian imperials, but i would certainly drink a number of these if they were in WI. Super solid extra, thanks Tom!

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Photo of newk340
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a beautiful jet black pour that completely swallowed all the light it was held up to.

S: a very faint roasted coffee aroma.

T: a fizz of oaked coffee that quickly dissipates with a strong vanilla aftertaste. the vanilla adds a nice unexpected touch.

MF/D: slightly more carbonated than the average stout that begins with an explosion of bubbles thats gone as quickly as its felt. however, ends very smooth down the throat.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black color, not much had to it. Faint hop aroma to it, with a hint of nuttiness. Taste is full bodied, nice and thick stout, very tasty and smooth. Definitely has a distinctly different taste than other stouts, due to the oak and vanilla infusions. very good beer, low in ABV, tasty, and smooth.. a great session beer and wish they had it up here in CT.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one finger of brown head and light carbonation evident. Looks great.

s - Smells of vanilla, chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts, and a hint of coffee. Very balanced and enjoyable.

t - Tastes of bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, light vanilla, and light alcohol.

m - Medium body that was lighter than I was expecting. Moderate carbonation.

d - A nice stout. I thought it looked and smelle amazing, and had a nice taste too. If it had a more sweet chocolate taste as opposed to the bitterness it would have been perfect. Would try again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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 AgentZero
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a black color with a tan head that dissipated to a ring. Very solid looking.

S - Dark roasted malts and dark fruits. There is a hint of vanilla, but not a ton more than that.

T - Slight vanilla taste on the front which disappears quickly to a bit of roasted malts. It turns to a very powdered cocoa taste that finishes slightly sour.

M - Moderatly carbonated and a full body. The taste doesn't quite coincide with the rest of the beer.

D - I thought this had more alcohol in it than it did, but it's pretty low. It is averagely drinkable considering the abv and weight.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasting with AgentZero.

12oz bottle into my Rochefort glass.

A super dark brown pour, light tan head that rises about two fingers, gone quickly. Light lacing...Light aroma, combo of vanilla, coffee, and alcohol...The taste comes out of nowhere, no idea it would be this vanilla from the aroma. Dominated by vanilla on the front, but on the finish its dull bitter coffee and alcohol and wood. The finish is also very chalky, a residual powder feel which is not nice. Very alcoholic for a 5% beer.

Overall, this is a big miss. The first sip is nice vanilla but after that its all downhill. The vanilla disappear and you get a powder feel.

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Photo of BigTomZ
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured black with a nice head that lingered longer than expected.

Smells roasty with caramel vanilla background. Subtle without being simple.

I was impressed with the taste. Has a nice toasted malt base with notes of vanilla, toffee, and molasses. The oak is underlying but definitely present.

This is a bit thin for a stout, but only a bit. Still plenty of substance to it.

This isn't too strong and the taste doesn't lean too much towards one thing, so I could easily drink 6 of these in an evening.

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Photo of stakem
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
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 ZimZamZoom
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Vienna Inn.

Nice appearance in the glass, opaque brown to black color, tan head is frothy. Aroma is nice and roasty, with coffee and dark malts. Taste is also roasty in nature, bitter chocolate and roast coffee. Some vanilla come through toward the finish. Not real bitter in the end, this is an easy drinker.

Great smooth mouthfeel and a nice light to medium body. Again, an easy to drink stout with a great taste.

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Photo of tone77
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of coffee and malts. Taste is also of coffee and malts, some notes of vanilla. Feels full bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this makes for a good quality brew.

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Photo of wahhmaster
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Corned Beef & Co. shaker pint.

Appearance: Very nice. Pours a dark cola color with a large, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of roasted malts and coffee. There is a faint scent of dark chocolate in the background as well.

Taste: Starts mildly bitter up front and develops into a roasted malt flavor. Has hints of vanilla, coffee, and chocolate. All of this is backed by a considerable amount of oakiness which lingers into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and lightly carbonated. No complaints here.

Drinkability: Really a superior stout. I'm not usually that big of a stout fan but this one might make me a believer. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of garuda
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aggressive pour into my 20 oz mug gets a tall, billowing brown head with nice cascading bubbles down the inside of the glass. The head has decent retention, and some lacing. Liquid is a murky, deep ruby brown.

S - A little weak, and has some slightly off-putting, astringent graininess up front, but backed up nicely with some roasted malt character, maybe a touch of oak, but i have to search for it.

T - Much better than the smell with roasted malt and espresso up front with bitter dark chocolate backing it up, and earthy oak flavoring in the aftertaste.

M - Great mouthfeel with perfectly low carbonation creating a full, creamy mouthfeel. Nice and smooth across the palate with a dry finish from the oak aging.

D - The aroma wasn't all there for me, but otherwise, a very tasty, drinkable stout.

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

Got this interesting looking beer thanks to both kkipple and Noslenwerd.

A: Pours a nice dark colored thick and semi frothy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly. The beer is basically pitch black with just a hint of light getting through the base.

N: Lots of roasty malts and chocolate. Lots of nice chocolate, dark and bakers, as well as nibs. Some nice roasted malts too, some roasty dark malts, crystal and caramel aromas, a little sweet syrupy aromas too. A little bit of bitterness with roasty dark malts. A touch of oak with all that, as it warms. There is also some smoked malt that gives a little smoke and smoked maple bacon too.

T: Starts with nice creamy roasted malts, some creamy milk chocolate, a little cocoa nibs, bakers chocolate, just lots of chocolate. Then some roasty flavors, roasted barley, charred malts, but not much for roasty bitterness so they did a good job of getting the nice flavors without too much overpowering roasty earthy bitterness. It's pretty soft and creamy. Some smoked malts still there, but lighter than the nose. A little oak seems to come out more as it warms. Some sweetness with caramel. Very drinkable.

M: Creamy and smooth, medium body with lower carbonation.

F: Finishes lighter with more lingering malt and chocolate. Mostly creamy chocolate, cocoa nibs, chocolate milk, etc. A little roasty earthy bitterness. Touch of sweetness lingering still, doesn't dry much. A very nice drinkable stout, I'm surprised at the rating. I think most Americans are jaded by the super heavy RISes and DIPAs, etc. and they seem to overlook the really nice drinkable tasty stouts.

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Photo of Beejay
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown black with a hint of ruby where some light comes through. Nice tan head on top

S: Oak and Chocolate come out right away. Some vanilla in the nose, and then some more oak.

T: Nice oak flavor, with subdued vanilla. Coffee notes, and other than that a fairly standard stout.

M: Carbonation works, although the mouth feel is fairly thin.

D: Easy Drinking and I could probably take down quite a few in a sitting. Maybe it is the thin mouthfeel, or the somewhat lower alcohol, but I could see doing a couple in a sitting. Overall I think it is a Par beer. It feeds the Barrel aged stout craving, but it doesn't eliminate it.

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Photo of tweeder263
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark brew with a dar tan 2 finger head,no light comes thru this glass. Smells like stout, nice rich coffee aroma. Nice sweet stout with coffee notes that dominate the finish. Mouthfeel is ok. Drinkability is good, finished the beer rather quickly, wish i had a second!

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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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