Dominion Oak Barrel Stout | Old Dominion Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
1,524 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:
1,524
Reviews:
702
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
12.5%
 
 
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85
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202
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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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Photo of MBPChead
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one just a few hours ago with family and I have had it once before on tap. It was better on tap but it was still good from the bottle.

Poured from a bottle into a glass coffee mug(not exactly a beer glass but it worked and was close enough that it didn't really matter too much.

Appearance: Almost solid black in the main body but DARK Ruby Red at the bottom of the glass, with a coffee colored head.

Aroma: Not a very strong smell, but what I did get was the fragrance of roasted vanilla and oak and possibly some hints of coffee.

Taste: Very robust and rich in flavor overall, as the smell suggests it encompasses the flavor of Vanilla, Oak, Dark Chocolate, Coffee, hints of black licorice, and possibly even dry red wine qualities.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth in texture with just a tad bit of silkiness and low carbonation, quite good overall.

Drinkability: I would personally only have one or two of these at a time because of the robustness, but at the same it swallows easily and its perfect for a cool autumn or cold winter day.

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Photo of dougofthefuture
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra from noslenwerd - thanks man! Bottled 1/18/10. "Dominion Oak Barrel Stout raises the bar for American stouts. Out method of dry-hopping with vanilla beans & oak chips broadens our stout's flavor spectrum even further."

Even further, you say? ... Despite the questionably vague description, the label is pretty cool looking. Dry hopping with vanilla beans sounds pretty awesome as well. Ok, time to drink.

A - Really dark pour - attractive 1 finger head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S - Standard dark malt, but hints of both vanilla and oak add just a bit of uniqueness.

T&M - Again, a nice oak and vanilla flavor on an average stout - nothing about the backbone sticks out, but I'd agree that the additions broaden the flavor spectrum. Mouthfeel is a bit prickly with carbonation. No alcohol presence, but still not super smooth.

D - This is unique, and I'm glad to have tried it. Once is probably good enough. Sometimes I really crave vanilla though, and this would be a good fit if it were available locally.

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Photo of hangh
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very very dark color that is very inviting. One finger very thick off white head that clings finely to the glass.

S- You can smell the vanilla immediately from the glass. Underneath there is a finer burnt smell with some chocolate.

T- The initial taste is one of the burnt charcoaly flavor and that is subdued by the vanilla at the end of the taste. Very good and pleasant taste. Goes well with food and alone.

MF- Very smooth beer, easy to drink,the malts float out of the taste. Little carbonation with a pleasant aftertaste of vanilla

D- Easy to drink for a stout. It is much better to drink slowly and enjoy. I would only drink 2 at the very most at once.

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

Tonight is T, 17 January 2017 & I am working on reducing, if not fully eradicating the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody. The label has been changed to include this beer in their provocative Pin-Up series & although I am leaving my original scores in place, I am going to revisit this beer in its 2016 iteration.

From the bottle: Artwork: The label in this pinup series beer depicts a lady taking a bath in an ...wait for it ... oak barrel! There is a wooden barn in the background to her left and a waterfall in the background to her right. A posted nearby sign reads, "No Swimming". Verbiage: "Oak Barrel Annie, much like her Great Aunt, never played by the rules. This American-style stout is fermented on vanilla beans. Oak Barrel Stout falls in at 33 IBUs and 5.5% ALC BY VOL."

I had to Pop! Annie's top off, which was a relief! I hate screw-top bottles more than just about anything else. I like to work for a good time. She was anxious & so was I, resulting in a quick, hard pour that raised two fingers of dense, deep-tan/light-brown head with decent retention. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose smelled more like some sort of fancy coffee-based beverage than something even remotely involving oak chips. I was put in mind of a Vanilla Macchiato or some other hot milkshake that has yet to pass my lips. Mouthfeel was barely medium, bordering on thin. The taste was very sweet with loads of vanilla, but I felt like I was missing out on any oakiness. Finish was semi-sweet & it is my current opinion that if they are going to reference "Oak Barrel", then it ought to taste like it!

My original review follows:

My pour created a finger of thick, foamy, deep-tan head with good retention. Color was a deep, dark brown with cola highlights at the edges. Nose had a bourbon-like vanilla quality. Mouthfeel was medium with a definite oakiness in the mouth. Finish had an interesting admixture of smoke, charcoal, oak and vanilla. While it was interesting, I probably would not want to drink more than a couple at a time. I think that the oak was too prevalent and I would have rather the vanilla come to the forefront.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nearly opaque body with ruby hues with a frothy, tan head that quickly dissolves to leave almost no lacing behind.

Generous aromas of oak and vanilla waft from the glass, followed by sweet malt and woody hops. As the beer warms the vanilla becomes a bit more milk like.

The taste is similar to the aroma. The beer opens again with vanilla and oak, and even a hint of chocolate followed by the woody or earthy hops. As it warms, roasted malt comes forward as well.

Medium to thin in both body and carbonation, fairly smooth with just a faint woody bite at the finish.

This is a good beer. Nice character, and no overwhelming wood notes that similar beers may feature. Offers a nice balance of flavors without abusing the palate. This is just a clean beer.

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

From a twist off! One of the very few stouts grocery stores out in VA actually carry. A choice stout to drink on a late spring evening when the winds begin to turn.
Black with a furry head of offwhiteness. Oak and vanilla leap out of the erupting bubbly. A bit of chocolate and roast as well.
Medium-bodied stout with a good oaky roastiness and hints of chocolate and vanilla, very creamy. Some sips more full than others as the creaminess can quickly dissipate into a thin finish with lingering dextrins.
A classy stout, definitely a worthy beer.

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Photo of Seanibus
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A big Meh on this one.

Pours black with a late developing off white thick head. The aroma is a little malty but thin. The flavor is roasted with cinnamon and oak, with a liquorish burn. The finish is spicy and oaky, but thin. Deep caramel with some cream. The mouthfeel is creamy but tapers off too quickly.

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Photo of mempath
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours black as black strap molasses...esspresso

good smokey roasted coffee and chocolate in the nose...dark chocolate, charcoal, whiskey

very rich, fluid mouthful/mouthfeel with some carbonation...but the palate gets loaded in a cascade of aforementioned chocolate and roasted coffee, toasted malts and some sort of (hop-fueled?) bittersweetness.

not my favorite stout....but i like the bourbon notes. it's full-bodied, complex, not creamy smooth like Guinness, but it's up there in my top 5 or so.

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Photo of bgildea
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark black color with a nice brown head. Fades quickly with minimal lacing.

S: Nice smell, hints of vanilla and roasted malts.

T: Very good taste. Vanilla hits you first, followed by the oak/earthy taste, and just when you think it's over, the dark roasted malts catch the back of your tongue. Complex, and delicious.

M: Decently chewy. I always expect less, but I was pleasantly surprised. Not an over amount of chew to it.

D: Very drinkable, I picked up a sixer of this, and after the first one, I decieded not to share...

Overall: Overall, a very good dark beer. Nice rich flavor with strong notes of vanilla and roasted malts. If you like a good american stout, then you should definitly try this beer.

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Photo of farrago
3.27/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aggressive pour gets you about a finger's worth of brown head, loose, semi-dilute foam gone lickety-split, gauzy sheets of lacing slowly slide down the glass. Onyx black liquid, nary a trace of color to be found. Vanilla certainly there in the nose, fudge-like, milk chocolate, coffee ice cream, minor touch of grains and baking dough, lacks the second tier of scents to display full expressivity. Medium-bodied, comes across as too dry and fluffy to make a direct impression, the carbonation gives it a soft and feathered texture. The dryness highlights the coffee bean to espresso and darkens the chocolate flavors, nuttier and higher overall roast. The vanilla more powdered here but maintains a strong presence. No true calling card offered by the hops. Never fully soaks into the tongue, however, lingers as a whole. Wonder where the beef is here.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
2.05/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Ok this has to be the worst BA beer I have ever had. And so far I think I have had my fair share.

Pours a deep black and no matter how hard I poured there was no head. No ring nothin. It almost looked like flat angels share.

Aroma is off. I smell oak but there is something off I can't put my finger on it.

Taste is not good. I'll probably dump it. Tastes nothing like a stout. Maybe a little roastyness but not much. Really I have no idea where the flavor went.

Mouthfeel is terrible. Tastes super thin and flat. Not good at all.

This has to be one of the worst beers I have had. Usually I can choke it down. I usually can say each beer I have had I can drink but could just improove or is just bland. This beer just needs a complete overhaul. It does not appear that I have a bad bottle so I feel this is a fair review. It does not taste infected.

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Photo of deaconoflove
4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ap. Very dark, almost black with thin tan head.
Sm. Malty, bready, vanilla, chocolate with some citris in the back.
Ta. Choco caramel vanilla. Sweet, but not cloyingly so. It's like liquid beer truffles. Faboo!
Mf. Sweet and smooth, but not heavy.
Dr. Wish I had another one handy. Very good.

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Photo of deereless
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A solid two fingers of head off a hard pour, head is craggy and drops to leave a few scattered spots of lace on the side of the glass, ebony in color, only the faintest hint of light passes through at the edge of the glass - 4.50, S: Strong chocolate and espresso, also a faint sour cherry aroma and ash - 4.00, T: Burnt marshmallow skin, slight vanilla, touch of oak on the tail end of the beer, weak mocha coffee - 3.50, M: Extremely smooth and silky but also a little thin - 4.00, D: A good beer but nothing outstanding, could use some bolstering in the body - 3.50

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought at Issac Newton's in Newtown, PA. I was in the mood for a stout, but have had most of their line-up. Saw this one at the end of the list...thought I'd give it a-go. Was pretty good! Here's my review.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tall thin pint glass. Pours a medium to dark black with a very slight reddish hue. Pour, even semi aggressive didn't provide much head. What was there was tan and creamy...but again...small. Not much lacing as well, light and fizzy lacing for what it's worth. Then again, we're talking about a restaurants pint glass...I've had little to no lacing and head on beers from restaurants that normally do.

Aroma is light, not much...other than vanilla and coffee. If you really put your mind to it, and since it's in the name, you can slightly pick out an oaky-ness.

Flavor at first was a little too carbonated for my liking with stouts...although that seemed to fade out within a few minutes. Beer also needed to loose it's chill. At fridge temp, too much is lost(afterall...we're talking about a serving from a restartant where every beer is usually served ice-cold!) So I sat and let the beer warm up a bit. Mouthfeel is very smooth, yet medium body with lots of vanilla bean notes. Can taste the wood in the back end of the flavor, which characteristically ends slightly bitter...which is desired in most sweeter stouts. Overall, not a great stout, but definitely good and worth a try!

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Photo of jrbuch
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Jet black. Completely opaque. Small brown head from a rough pour, otherwise no head.

S - The vanilla really comes through on the smell. Can smell the sweat malts.

T - Lots of character, vanilla, spicy wood, very sweet.

M - A very light mouthfeel for a stout. I was hoping for it to be a little heavier.

D - Could drink a few of these very quickly. Great for winter.

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Photo of Brent
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very nice balance of sweetness with the vanilla bean quite distinctive, but finished with a very slight astringency that kept the beer from being too sweet and added to the drinkability. Mouthfeel was a bit of a letdown- on the thin side and made the beer seem less substantial. A good after dinner beer.

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Photo of bonkers
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my SA pint glass. Jet black in color with a 2 finger white head that does not stick around long. Vanilla and oak are the dominat scents. The taste follows the nose, the finish is dry and crisp. The beer is too light in body, otherwise a pretty good stout.

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Photo of biglite351
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - very dark and appealing. Head stayed for a while.

S - very weak scent. Slight medicinal smell, but very weak.

T - roasted and I can taste the vanilla. The problem is the after taste and a tingle on the sides of the back of the tongue. Neither are a good thing. Off putting.

M - there is a tingle on thesides of the back of the tongue. It is not something that I find appealing.

D - pass.

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Photo of tpd975
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark black with a nice tan head. Pretty good retention with some nice spotty lace.

S: Wonderful woody aromas, oak, bourbon, and roasted malt.

T: Nice fresh oak, light bourbon, vanilla, and harsh chocolate malt. Hints of char and some hide beneath.

M: On the thin side for the style, my only real complaint about the beer.

D: Pretty good for what is basically a budweiser beer.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 11/13/09

Pours nearly pitch black with one finger of foam that quickly fades away without lacing. You can smell the oak and vanilla in the nose, along with a dark roasted maltiness.

Oak flavor is powerful but pleasing. The vanilla is hardly perceptible. The oak/roasted malt flavors blend very well in this beer. No hop flavors or aromas to speak of.

The mouthfeel is a bit too fizzy - would like to see a smoother creaminess to this brew. Would probably be excellent on nitro.

Overall a very good beer. Goes down nicely and the flavors do not get tired. I would certainly get this again.

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Photo of jera1350
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid black color with a thin layer of tan foam.

Lots of rich roasted malt with a good amount of oak with a bit of smokiness.

Moderate amount of roasted malt followed immediately with a vanilla bean and oak burst of flavor. Minute kiss of coffee in the finish which is very clean. Flavors working really nicely together. Reminds me greatly of Aphrodisiaque.

Smooth feel with a hint of creaminess.

I would call this one of the top American Stouts that I've had. Very easy drinking with vanilla and oak to make it stand out from the crowd. Glad I had the chance to have this and I would welcome it again at any time.

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Photo of goldbot
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice chocolate-brown to black color. Thin greyish brown head which dissipates quickly. Not much lacing.

Smells of chocolate with a good bit of raisin. Some vanilla as well, and lots of oak presence. The vanilla becomes more and more prevalent as the beer warms. Tastes of bitter chocolate and slightly burnt malts to start. There is some malty sweetness present and a bit of coffee. Again, lots of oak.

I thought this beer was smooth drinking yet still quite complex. Feel was creamy but not too thick or overpowering. It's good to find a full-bodied, complex and balanced beer without being loaded down with alcohol content.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.71/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. Bottled on 100908. "Oak aged Stout fermented with vanilla beans."

Thanks to PerzentRizen for sending this bottle my way.

A - Clear on the pour, this one gets black in the glass. A bit effervescent, a toffee tan head pops up and fizzes for a bit before sinking to a ring and thin layer. Low lace on the sides.

S - The aroma starts with musty old dirty carpet and moves into low-presence roasted malts. I don't get oak or vanilla beans in the scent but there is this lingering nose of old garbage can juice that's bad but not as bad as it sounds. Probably too old.

T - The roasted malts are present here but they loose their robust punch from how dry it is and how much carbonation there is. A bit of unsweetened chocolate and a hint of vanilla poke in and out bit overall it's pretty one-dimensional.

M - It's far too carbonated for a stout, especially an oak aged one. It removes from the rich, creamy feel I believe it should have as well as taking away from the flavor. Too distracting. Medium-bodied and very dry in the finish.

D - It's not a terrible beer. I'm also trying to factor age in with this. Bland though and unexciting. It washes down fine. Nothing to write home about either way.

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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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