Dominion Oak Barrel Stout | Old Dominion Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
1,526 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:
1,526
Reviews:
702
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
12.5%
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
201
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 1,526 |  Reviews: 702
Photo of kiddynamite920
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch black, half an inch head that doesn't stick around for long.

S: Oak for sure, vanilla and caramel and raisins. Such a sweet smell. Surprising for a mid-priced beer.

T: Very sweet, I am reminded of a chocolate stout for some reason. The oak aging is not as strong as it should be.

M: Thick, syrupy, very sticky.

D: Very drinkable, well not very drinkable, but maybe 2 of these to truly understand its complex flavors.

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Photo of colts9016
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Traquairlover for this bottle.

Poured into a pint glass at 49 degrees.

Appearance: A dark brown color with a one finger tan head. The head is creamy and has retention to it. The beer has some effervescence coming from the bottom and visible on the sides of the glass. The clarity of the beer is very dense but there are some garnet highlight in the lights.

Nose: A rich roasted malt with coffee, vanilla, and oak aromas. There is a burnt character, a sweetness like molasses, chocolate, and a resin note in the background of the beer.

Taste: There is a rich complex roasted malt with a touch of a burnt character. A nice rich coffee, chocolate, vanilla and oak radiate from the beer. There is a slight sweetness with resin, vanilla, and citrus in the background.

Overall: The beer come across to me as plain but in another sense the beer is rather simple. The mouth feel is a medium body, not chewy, and a bit creamy. The finish is slightly bitter and dry, the beer lingers for a moment on the palate. The beer is good, but not great it needs more character and body.

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Photo of MurphyMacManus
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle into tumbler

A: dark brown, near opaque; short-lived coffee-colored head; some lacing, but not much.

S: Vanilla coffee, as in vanilla flavored coffee -- the good kind that actually balances the flavors. Also, some peat smoke in there, very faint.

T: peat-smoked malt, more coffee, mild roasted grain astringency, some grapefruit-like bitterness in the finish. As it warms, the vanilla starts to come through in the middle, as well as a drying note from the oak in the finish. Becomes sweeter as it warms.

M: tight, light carbonation; almost porter-like in mouthfeel.

D: Would make an excellent session stout, though just a bit high on the ABV.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a deep opaque sable with a fine-bubbled tan head. Strong aroma is smoky and coffee-ish, and slightly chocolaty. Rich flavor is like a good mocha and has a yeasty undertone, along with nutty and molasses hints. Texture is smooth and a little tingly.

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Photo of sonicdescent
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Sharp Edge in Canonsburg, PA

Pours a black with a frothy brown head but lace is minimal.

Smells of roasted coffee malt and a light oak scent.

Tastes same, the oak character is pretty minimal, but still tasty.

Medium bodied and carbonated.

Would have this again, a very nice stout though slightly undistinguished.

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Photo of taylor714914
2.73/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- A deep dark brown with deep caramel hues. Poured with a good 2 fingers of head which hung around for a bit before dissipating to a thin layer.

S- Oak, lots of oak, and some vanilla.

T- Oak was pretty potent in this brew...a little overpowering. Roasted malts, vanilla, and even some faint espresso lingered in the background along with a hint of bitter chocolate.

M- Thin for the style. I had expected a little more thickness. A bit of carbonation in this brew, but overall I was unimpressed with the mouthfeel.

D- Not very drinkable in my opinion. Too much oak and a thinner than expected mouthfeel makes for a brew which, after one, is more than enough for me.

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Photo of nick76
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is almost prototypical for the style. It has coffee, chocolate, burnt malt, and a hint of vanilla. The appearance is dark brown with a larger than average head for a stout. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is a tad thin but OK. Overall it's a decent stout.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
1.94/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed on 9/20/08. Bottle courtesy of sloth, bottled 6/10/04. Pours black with a minute tan head. Aroma and flavor of Raisinettes and vinegar. I'm not sure if this beer went bad or if it's supposed to taste like this, but either way, yuck! Hopefully I can get a fresher bottle of this to re-rate.
3/3/4/2/9 (2.1/5)

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Photo of cblackwell44
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first beer review. Luckily, however, this is not my first beer.

The beer pours pitch black with slight red hues near the bottom of the glass. The head is a normal tan and has lingered for quite awhile. The lacing is very pronounced, almost sticky.

The smell is more pronounced in the bottle, but when poured there are hints of oak, coffee, and almost a general nutty sweetness to the beer.

The taste is complex with pronounced flavors of oak and coffee with a very slight hint of bitterness in the finish. The slightly thick and smooth mouth feel is a definite highlight and the carbonation is perfect.

Overall, this is a great brew and thus far, a highlight in my beer journey, however limited that may be.

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

Poured from the brown glass 12 oz. bottle into my straight sided pint glass tumbler. Very dark color as well as dark head. Label indicates beer is dry hopped with added vanilla bean flavor. Neither are apparent in the nose. Roast malt dominates the flavor, without much obvious hop balance. A good stout if not a great one. Mouthfeel is good and the drinkability is better than some more interesting stouts.

just a thought,

barleyman

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Photo of ATPete
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

bottling date of 08-19-08

Pours an opaque dark brown, almost black in color with a monster, loosely knit brown head leaving some soapy sticking on the glass. Monster head? Barrel aged? Oh wait a minute, only oak chips were used... There is a much larger citrusy hop profile in the nose that i had expected, faint notes of caramel malt and roasted chocolate. Light in body, hardly any chew going on, simple roasted chocolate malts and some hints at roasted coffee beans. The carbonation is insane, the way over-the-top carbonation hurts its body and mouth-feel. Subtle notes of vanilla, sweet wet wood and lemony sourness on the finish. This one was a disappointment. Maybe put the beer in a barrel next time?

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Photo of clayrock81
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a perfect shade of black with a frothy, sleek one-finger head that was tan and then slowly died and left a ring around the glass. A light malt smell of roasted malts and sweet malts like caramel mixed with cocoa and coffee (and yes, oak). Medium-to-full bodied, really, REALLY, sweet and smooth creaminess. The beer is balanced with hints of dryness and although it goes down somewhat silky, it has a moderately dry backbone. Roasted, toffee, caramel, and chocolate malts all make their way in the taste. I could have this anytime.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was a real treat. Part of my Dominion "Rack Pack" from TDL in "the Burg." Beautiful black(ish) color in the glass with a slight bit of foamy head (tan to gray). Roasted malt in the nose with a hint of (unless it's just because I read it on the label) vanilla. Taste is at first smoky malt, then sweet (though not too much so) roasted malt, with a bit of hops bitterness--just enough--warmed with a bit of that bourbon flavor from the oak barrels. A real treasure trove of mixed flavors that all work beautifully together. That's two-for-two from my pack. All keepers. I'm glad I have a couple more of each.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle date 9/16/2008...12 oz. into Medley's (Shockoe Bottom, Richmond, VA c. 1997)/Red Hook pint. One of these courtesy of CrellMoset (first in-person trade) - thanks dude!

Solid 2-finger maple walnut doughy head topping an espresso-brown body. Head has fairly solid staying power, moderate lacing and a few muffin tunnels. Great look for a session stout with a little visible carbonation.

Good dry stout nose...slate, roasted chocolate malt with a little tannin from husks and nice grass on the hops. Mild alcohol sweetness comes through but is countered by the espresso and huge malt. Opens up with warmth.

Wow...this is very smoky with a fair amount of slate. Big chocolate malt presence (a little patent in there?) - lots of grain presence. Hop bitterness is quite grassy and nicely prevalent. No real alcohol or sweetness present but it's not bone dry.

Skate and smoke on the palate is interesting but a little prevalent. Hops take a back seat. A little bit of a metallic tinge with warmth.

Drinks better than average, albeit smokiness precludes extreme drinkability.

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Photo of praufs01
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark opaque with light brown head.

Aroma - Musty and earthy smells.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied ale with light carbonation.

Taste - Light bitterness with molasses and a light oaky flavor that finishes dry on the palate.

Overall - Pretty decent stout.

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Photo of Atron67
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

picked up at the local grocery store in Fredericksburg.

was slightly sweet, reminded me of a milk stout, but it was very tasty the oak and vanilla flavors were strong and it worked very well together to give a very drinkable complex stout that wasnt a sipper

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Photo of imagineiii
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

5.2% bourbon barrel stout? isnt that supposed to say "10.2%"

A: Poors black with not much head, diminishes quickly.

S: Dry, Vanilla. Light on the nose.

T: Nice carbonation on the tongue, smooth and subtle flavors. Sweet bourbon flavors up front, dry american stout at the end. Very well balanced.

M: Only slightly heavier than a guiness.

D: As drinkable as any stout Ive had with the exception of guiness.

This beer is awesome. Im pleased to see somebody making a bourbon stout that isnt 10%, kick you in the face-ful of flavor. Very well balanced, would love to have another of these guys.

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Photo of stumac
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So it wasn't aged in oak barrels but it did have oak chips in it...

it pours up a black color with a dark cream colored head. the nose is slight metallic malts, slight vanilla bean. the taste is toasted malts, vanilla bean, slight oak, medium body, low carbo. Eh *shoulder shrug* a decent brew....

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

Another thanks to drunken mess mega BIFer known as adamharbaugh for the opportunity!

Good enough looking beer. Black and light brown.

Nice scent too. I believe I smell some kinda woodsy thing going on. Or it's just my imagination.

A lot more flavor than I expected. Definitely taste the oak, some dark bitter chocolate background. Not bad, not bad at all. I was worried it would be weak because of the pathetic 5.2% (which is embarrassing for a stout) but the flavor makes up for it. More oak in the taste than any other beer I've ever had.

Finished too damn dry I think. Like I need another sip, but no relief is given.

Overall: unique experience I was happy to have

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Photo of CoolJosh
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Not quite opaque, and aged dark brown in color. Pours a foamy one finger head that leaves all but a thin layer after sitting couple of minutes.

S Strong hints of a french roast, some vanilla, some chocolate and slight but sweet dark fruit scents.

T Very creamy from touch of the tongue to finish. great coffee tastes with no bitterness displayed, and some dark cherries in the middle. Some caramel is present, as well as some hints of bourbon.

M A little bit over carbonated for the style, but the creaminess sits well on the palate.

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

Thanks to Adamharbaugh for this one!

Pours black with a small tan head. Very nice retention and lacing.

Smells strongly of coffee and vanilla (as advertised); these pretty much eclipse everything else. Smells less like beer than a mocha frappuccino.

Tastes strongly of dark roasted (almost charred) malts and coffee. Light vanilla comes later on, as well as some slight fruit notes. Fairly dry.

Mouthfeel is quite nice; thick and almost creamy. What I would really expect from a stout. A very nice beer overall.

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Photo of csmiley
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to IDateTheFormula for sending me this.

A - Pours almost black in color. Held up to the light there is some cola brown that shows at the very edge. The mocha colored head comes to about a quarter inch and sticks around for a minute or two before receding to a thin cap.

S - First and foremost there is alot of vanilla that comes through in the nose. It tends to dominate the other aromas. Some wood starts to pop in midway to end. Finishing things off is a touch of charcoal.

T - Vanilla just drops out when it comes to taste. Smokey and burnt at first. Espresso and wood (could be oak) are right in the middle. Alcohol and a touch of milk chocolate follow through til the end.

M - Lighter in body with a good level of carbonation that works with this beer. Smooth and creamy overall. Finish is pretty dry and doesn't stick around for as long as expected.

D - Drinkability is good. Alcohol is very light and this beer is creamier than most. I could see having a few of these over the course of an evening with no problems. If I had access to this beer I might even have it in my fridge from time to time. The vanilla in the aroma threw me off at first because it was so strong but after a few sips the vanilla is hard to even pick out. Glad I got the chance to try this one.

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Photo of jimbomill
3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The appearance inspired hope - dark brown to blackish, true to style.
The nose offered hints of vanilla it seemed, pleasing for sure.
Taste was a bit average, almost a let down compared to the appearance and smell. The hint of vanilla and oak did not distinguish itself.
Mouthfeel was akin to the taste - thin. I'd have scored it lower, but there was an upturn in the finish as i noted some taste at the end.
Drinkability for me on this one is tarnished by the thin mouthfeel, I'd not want more than one of these as there isn't enough in it to make it more than a starter effort.

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

One of the first beers I drank regularly when I got into craft beers.
Pours a very dark brown in color with a nice inch of foamy head sitting atop. Smell is very roasty. Plenty of coffee and vanilla from the oak barrel in the flavor. Very creamy and smooth on the palate. A very easy, good drinking beer. It's a shame what's going on with the brewery, but this will always be a good beer in my memories.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pitch black in color with some black raspberry colored highlights around the extreme edges.

The nose is full of coffee and vanilla. A touch of oakiness but no real bourbon aromas. The slightest bit of citrusy hops show up but it is certainly muted by the vanilla and burnt grains.

Smooth and creamy flavor. A real nice vanilla flavor going on with plenty of coffee and chocolate to add some depth. A touch of fruitiness. Again, the slightes bit of citrus hops add some depth and character to this one.

Creamy mouthfeel. This was a real taste bud pleaser. Glad I picked up a sixer of this as I will be enjoying this all week.

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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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