Dominion Oak Barrel Stout | Old Dominion Brewing Company

Dominion Oak Barrel StoutDominion Oak Barrel Stout
BA SCORE
3.94/5
1,532 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
Ranking:
#5,179
Reviews:
702
Ratings:
1,532
pDev:
12.44%
Bros Score:
4.47
 
 
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85
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Photo of ptykozoon
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours obsidian, nice light brown head, decent lacing.

Smell is ripe fruit; cherries, raisin. Then the vanilla, a light espresso and hints of cocoa.

Taste is rich and colorful, nice amount of chocolate mixed with vanilla.

Mouthfeel is lighter than expected, as I wasn't aware of the 5.2 abv. Very solid for the alcohol content. There is an element of toned down wateriness, however this beer handles it well. Unusual dry and refreshing finish. Sticky guinness-like mouthfeel.

Drinkability is excellent given the alcohol. A standout brew, quite frankly I wish they distributed here.

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

My friend had a party this last weekend and got an entire keg of this stuff and left it at my house with plenty of beer left. Needless to say, this has been a great beer week!

A: Nearly pitch black with ever the slightest ruby notes when held up to the light. Nice fluffy carbonation and huge head (but some of that may just be the fact that it is being poured from a keg).

S: Bits of oak, chocolate notes, and tons of vanilla.

T: Nice, medium-bodied, chocolate and vanilla bean taste, with a hint of bitterness on the finish. Not too complex, but satisfying nonetheless.

M: No alcohol detected, the sweetness is more so than Guinness Draught, which I appreciate, and the creamy quality is quite enjoyable.

D: I have a lot of affection for this beer. Back two years ago when Dominion had their brewpub here in Northern Virginia (Ashburn) and before they were bought by Busch, I used to go all the time and order this one. The Oak Barrel Stout they served there on draft is a completely different beer than the bottled version. I once asked why that was and the guy told me that in the draft version, they used coffee beans, whereas the bottle one contains vanilla beans. They did this as a preservative. The coffee bean version on draft was easily an A- brew.

Before my friend finally picked up the keg to send it back, I poured another hit of this stuff into a growler. As a matter of fact, I poured it into my old Old Dominion Brewing Company growler from a very fine Brewpub that is no longer in existence...sad.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this beer for 10.99 a sixer at 3 Sons. Cheapest oak aged beer I ever found! Had this as my 3rd beer on a stout tasting night.

A - Pours a pitch black darkness with about an inch of head. Looks pretty rocking in

S - You get some chocolate, slight coffee, you can smell woody goodness, and then some malt. Doesn't smell too bad.

T - Man was I blown over with flavor! Starts off with a semi bittersweet coffee and then flows to oak barrel age wood (done very well to heighten the taste btw!) and then SWACK you get hit with a smooth vanilla bean taste that not only wraps it all up but leaves it with a sweet finish. COULD it get any better?

M - Surprisingly they got all this flavor and not a high ABV. Medium bodied and creamy.

D - Man where have you guys been all my life? I have been kicking around equally as cheap stouts and exposed to some that taste as good for double the price but I have no idea how they can just throw this at you with a 10.99 a sixer price tag! WILL be picking more up and WILL be having a few a sitting. In my opinion I fully agree with the bros "A" rating or greater all the way!

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the original Ashburn brewery. Decided to pick up a few when I heard they were closing.

Bottled: 040809

A: near opaque, deep rosey-black color, thick dense head
S: leather, roasted malt, faint treacle toffee, nice
T: a not in-your-face barrel stout but noticeable barrel aging, held up well for the lower ABV and 1.5 years in the bottle, burnt chocolate/licorice taste with nice hop balance that is not too bitter for its style, a bit thin but not too distracting, decent beer
M: nice, a bit thin
D: drinkable, well-made but doesn't have any outwardly incredible tastes that would have me wanting to drink more than two in one sitting

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Photo of jhammel01
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my standard pint glass. Good head retention as it sticks to the glass. Beer is pitch black, coffee colored head. Fluffy head w/ good lacing.

Milk chocolate nose, smooth smelling...if that makes sense. Roasted malt, Lots of smoke.

Heavy smoke in the beer's taste, definitely one of the smokiest I've ever had. Great heavy mouthfeel, good body. Smoke, Roasted barley, Chocolates. Hoppy backbone and clean finish.

Great beer!

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Photo of ujsplace
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a one-finger thick foamy, tan head that disappears into a thin, whispy layer sitting atop a black colored brew with hints of ruby along the very edges. Descent lacing.

Smells of chocolate, coffee, vanilla and oak.

Tastes initially of milk chocolate, followed by vanilla and there is definitely a woody flavor in there as well.

Incredibly smooth and creamy.

An excellent stout. Pick this one up if you see it...

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Photo of jpmclaug
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my Foothills flute-ish type glass. Got this as an extra from BigSexy410. Thanks!

A - Black body with a circle of light brown head resting on top

S - Standard dark malt aroma with a hint of sweetness. I think I am picking up on the aroma of the vanilla beans mentioned on the label.

T - Light roasted flavors, hints of vanilla and oak and a bit of a toasty type flavor. I dunno I was expecting something with more flavor so this is a bit of a let down.

M - real smooth creamy body with a light carbonation

D - pretty easy drinking stout. Not nearly as much flavor as I was expecting. While there are notes of vanilla and oak it seems to really just mellow the beer out more. It could certainly use a little more flavor. Still a beer worth trying and I wouldn't have a problem ordering one if I was out somewhere. That being said I don't see myself seeking this one out in the future.

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Photo of Lazerlobe
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A rich dark liquid poured fills the glass with a khaki colored cap of foam. Head is quick to recede but remaining microfoam is quite pleasing.

S: Molasses, melted candy bar, soot, caramelized sugar.

T: Some bitterness and weak oxidation come through with heavily burnt sugar, milk chocolate, vanilla and ash. !

M: Carbonation is a tad high body the body seems appropriate.

D: Not the worst stout but nothing I'd trample folk to get.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark black with some ruby-ish cola hints coming through on the bottom when the beer is near light. Medium-sized brown head dissipates quickly, leaving a ring of lace and a thin foam on top of the beer.

Smell: Roasted malts and molasses as expected, with a woody hint and notes of vanilla.

Taste: Begins with sweet molasses flavor and a vanilla note, finishing with more vanilla, roasted malt, and a slight woodiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth with light carbonation. Finish is a bit sticky, but dries out.

Drinkability: This is a great stout, and probably my favorite stout overall. Definitely worth it, and this is very drinkable and sessionable.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a chunky, tan, one finger head. Head dissipates to a layer of small bubbles on the top. This beer exhibits some really nice lacing.

S: A lot of roasted malts and chocolate with a hint of coffee in the background as well.

T: Not a lot initially, but then you get hit with the roasted flavor and some bitter chocolate. There is a nice oak flavor on the back end that lasts into the aftertaste.

M/D: Medium bodied with little carbonation. A really drinkable stout, loving the fact that it is 5.2%. This is a beer I am definitely going to be getting again.

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Photo of domtronzero
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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 -1%
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 +9.9%
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 -11.2%
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 -12.4%
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 -8.4%
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 -2.8%
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 -18%
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 +4.8%
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 -1.5%
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 +4.3%
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 +7.9%
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 +5.3%
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 -4.8%
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 -11.7%
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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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 1,532 ratings
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