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:
#5,205
Reviews:
702
Ratings:
1,532
pDev:
12.44%
Bros Score:
4.47
 
 
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Photo of ngandhi
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wafting mocha nose that meticulously displays all the characters of this beer. The taste is subtle for an oak aged beer -- much less drastic than Fish Tale or Harviestoun. The oak is supportive.

Medium vanilla frappuchino finish yields to latent notes of green olive and pickled onion, almost martini-like, which, for such unusual flavors, are surprisingly well-integrated. This all culminates in a dry roast that closes the palate and encourages another sip.

Domnion Oak Barrel Stout is not as momentous as I may have described it, but the flavors are surely unique. It is simultaneously a subtle mocha porter and a loud, filling milk stout.

While the oak structure adds body -- which ultimately thins -- to cut down the roast, the bourbon or lactic influence accentuates it, lending an overall full and balanced beer that does the most with what it is given.

If there is a fault, it is only in Domnion's interpretation of the stout which, until the finish, lacks the roast that I desire. But it's no surprise that the vanillins from the oak have caused this to happen, themselves perhaps more serving to a porter than a stout. Oak beers are not, unfortunately, a style unto themselves and this beer shows why they ought to be. This is probably a dynamic stout and, were this a porter, the beer might have been overpowered by the wood. It shows a lot of foresight by the brewmaster, whose execution here was world-class.

Relax, relax.
ng

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Photo of Knapp85
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a nice deep black color with a light brown head on top. The head was bubbly looking with a thin retention and a scattered lack on the glass. The smell of the beer is really nice, it's got a big roasted aroma upfront with a sweet natural vanilla aroma in there as well. The taste has a bitter roasted flavor with the sweet vanilla throughout. The mouthfeel of the beer has a carbonation that is a little too sharp for the style. Overall this beer was really good, I would drink this one again for sure.

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Photo of andrewjraab
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this in my beer of the month club that I received as a Christmas present from my wife...

It pours a deep black and is thick as hell. Two fingers of brownish head and quickly dissipates to a thing later that remains. Smells - oak, caramel, vanilla, coffee - smells amazing. The taste matches the smell - a nice and complex flavor profile from start to finish. Creamy malt profile up front balanced with a bitter finish. This is a well crafted stout and that is very complex. You need to try this.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Roasted coffee, mocha, vanilla, oak

Taste: Same as above with bittersweet milk chocolate and some oak and earthy notes.

Mouthfeel: Very drinkable, smooth, full bodied, low to medium carbonation, and chocolately.

Overall: Pretty solid stout. Might have to look for more of this next time through Delaware.

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Photo of futaboots
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smell this brew first. Hello coffee grinds. This stout, when I stick my nose in my glass, it smells almost exactly like when I stick my nose into a bag of ground up coffee beans. Coffe, coffee, coffee, coffee, coffee.

More coffee in the flavor, but not as prominent. There is that burnt, roasted barley taste that is characteristic of most stouts. Unfortunately the bourbon flavor is very easy to miss. The vanilla is slightly more noticeable, but again amounts to nothing much in the grand scheme of things. Normally I wouldn't be nitpicking about vanilla and bourbon, but the label and case make a big deal about the bourbon oak and vanilla beans used in the fermentation of this beer, but they really don't make that much of an impact.

One more nitpick, I wish the mouthfeel were a little thicker, since I like my stouts nice n' thick.

However, this is an excellent beer, and a solid example of my favorite style.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Almost totally black, crimson/ruby on the edges. Head is lackluster for a stout, though retention is decent. Not much lacing, either.

S: It's got a really nice aroma. Smooth caramel, coffee, dark chocolate, smooth vanilla, and woody oak.

T&M: Roasty coffee, bittersweet chocolate flavor, vanilla, and an appreciable woody flavor in the finish. Balance comes in nicely from citrusy hops mid-palate. The body is a bit lighter than a typical stout, and there's too much carbonation. Still, a great beer.

D: Fairly drinkable because of the light body. I think a better feel would make me like it even more, however.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer came a phenomenally dark brown with a collar of thin, head.

Smelled like and smoky, much like a porter, with a slight bit of blueberries.

Tasted of very dry and clean with currants, red grapes and blueberries. This then picks up some dark chocolate and finishes with an awesome smoky, oaky blend that lingers long into the finish.

The mouth feel is light and extremely carbonated.

This a very light and easy beer for the style with a just a fantastic smoke/oak blend.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer had a beautiful appearance for a stout. Nice fluffy head. Smell and taste were very smooth yet flavorful. Overall for a stout (not an imperial stout) this one was balanced and not watery or weak like so many others. A well made stout worth sampling.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark black with very little of a cream-colored head.
N: Coffee and roasted malt. I do not detect any of the vanilla
T: Still not much of vanilla. Very pleasant roastiness and not much bitterness. Oakiness comes forward toward the end.
M: Very smooth and creamy. Mild carbonation.
O: A great stout in my books, even though I'm not an expert in this style.

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Photo of jrbuch
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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 Proclarush
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerRun13
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a super dark brown - almost black. Some garnett hue at the thinnest points of the glass. A light tan head fades a bit to a thick ring and leaves some lacing.
Somewhat subdued aroma. Slight chocolate/vanilla. Some roastiness.
Quite robust flavor. Nice roasty chocolate. Slight vanilla and some oakiness behind it all. Nice and solid hop presence, both in flavor and bitterness.
Sharp and crisp on the tounge. Kind of on the lighter side of full bodied. Moderate carbonation and a bittering finish.
At 5.2%, this one's a quaffer. Not as good as I was hoping with a chocolate desert. Would be nice to be able to get something like this for happy hour.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Pours almost black as night, but under further inspection there are definite ruby tones to the color. The head is somewhat lacking (I was only able to get a 1.5 finger), but the collar is very nice.

Smell is rich roasted malts, chocolate, and vanilla.

Taste is very nice. Up front it is very much a stout: roasted malts, some chocolate, hops and the like. As the beer sits on the palate for some time however, there is a distinct oakiness (as to be expected) and a very refreshing taste of vanilla. Burbon flavors make a short appearance at the end.

This is a very smooth stout, but not exactly something that I was expecting. Personally I would have liked this to be a little sweeter (maybe more of a chocolate/vanilla balance), something akin to a desert beer or a sweet stout.

Overall, I would say that I would definitely have this one again. When next I am in Virginia, I shall seek it out. This is truely unique.

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Photo of generallee
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bditty187
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Black, every shade of black, in other words it is dark. There was no light penetration at any point. The head color was brunette and about a half finger in height. Head retention was fair; it faded a little too quickly to a fizzy cap that thinned out from there. There wasn’t much subsequent lacing, just a few spots of foam that tried in vein to cling to the glass. Still, this is a very good-looking beer. The first whiff of the nose was all vanilla; I was quite taken aback! It was a little much for me. However, the second sniff allowed for some roasty qualities to penetrate. At the back were a suggestion of wood and some hints of chocolate-milk with espresso. The potency isn’t that great but it is plenty strong enough to get the point across. I like the bouquet, after the first smell it became very well rounded. Lovely actually, inviting. The palate is every bit as pleasant as the nose lead on, and that is all I can ask for. The roasty qualities are the focal point, as expected for a stout. Flavors included coffee beans, fresh espresso with a dash of milk and a side of dark chocolate. Tasty. The vanilla is at home in the middle and lingers to the finish were it is teamed up with a distant note of wood. By the aftertaste the roast has reestablished itself. The astringency works perfectly with a sharp hops bite. This is a very good stout, the layers of flavors is a real treat. I love the fact the abv is just above 5%, I’d be happy to session with this any day. The palate has no flaws but no one striking aspect that really elevates this beer. Don’t misunderstand this statement, as this is a kick-ass stout. Medium/medium-light in body, the carbonation is rather lively which kind of tricks my tongue into thinking this is a bigger beer than it is. I do think a maltier backbone would really help this beer as the mouthfeel, while pleasant, is a bit thin. I found this stout to be very drinkable and very likable. If I ever see this beer again I will by at least a six-pack. This beer is a treat to drink. Thanks meathookjones for the 12-ounces of yummy beer!

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Photo of nickthetick
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a opaque black into a dimple mug with a finger and a half of tan head with some nice lacing.

S: earthy, chocolate, wood, dates, and prunes.

T: coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits with a bit of tartness. Some oak notes and a bit leathery.

MF: medium body, great effervescence, even a tad refreshing.

O: a great stout, some beautiful notes and a great mouthfeel. This is an awesome stout and it will be making a reappearance in the fridge.

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Photo of thekanna
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Nice tar black color with a very thin tan head even after a turbulent pour.

S: Roasted malts, some smokiness, and faint vanilla beans. Gives off the general aroma of old wooden furniture, or an antique barn, full of age and complexity.

T: Good balance of roasted malts, oak, and espresso. There is some cacao powder-like bitterness to round out the end, with just a hint of phenols reminiscent of good scotch.

M: Medium, almost slightly too thin body. Would have liked more heaviness in the mouthfeel to complement the gravity and complexity of the oaky taste.

D: Nice to sip and admire the woody notes.

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Photo of weeare138
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a pitch, opaque black with only a dark, caramel toned brown yielding any light at the very bottom of the glass. A small tan head fades into a scattered cap and collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass but slides back into the brew.
Smell is of dusty cocoa, caramel, vanilla, and oak. Perhaps there is a touch of creaminess as well.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas that leads to a balanced stout that seems sweet and not really roasty like many other stouts.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with light oak tannins complimenting the cocoa, caramel, and vanilla flavors that run along the palate but don't linger. Slightly sweet up front with a gentle, tannic, bitter end that is very soft, smooth, mildly slick, and semi-dry. Really nice IMO.
A nice drinking stout. That 5.2 goes down like nothing.

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Photo of Beerando
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 ounce brown glass bottle exactly per the BA Avatar. Listed at 5.2% and has a Bottling Date of 10th June 2004.

Appearance: Incredibly dark body, a very, very dark opaque brown that reveals hints of a burgundian nature at the edges of the Glass. Thick creamy tan head forms quickly and looks enticing, but it slowly rescinds to a think broken covering with a strong halo presence. Some light lacing. Fantastic small bubbles rise and fall as the glass is tilted and reveals a solid conditioning in this Stout.

Nose: Lots of vanilla bean in the nose. Set against some roasted malts, and a woody odor in the back. Buttery nose at times, probably thanks to the Vanilla Beans maybe. Some coffee and a hint of bitter dark chocolate.

Taste: Roasted malts, with some toasted wood; the oak lends a dry feel to the slightly bitter middle that contains vanilla, smoked brats, chocolate and some powdered coffee. Very smooth, it drinks incredibly easily thanks to the balanced profile. The finish has a woody pitch ending.

Mouthfeel: A hearty brew that surprises you, it feels much bigger than it actually is, for study this carefully, and this really has a very thin element once swallowed.

Drinkability: A beautifully crafted brew that belies my first prejudiced impression when I saw that it was only 5.2%. In fact it turned it on its head. I imagine that this is just superb on Tap and highly quaffable, it certainly is from the bottle.

Overall: Seven Malts, Two Hops, Dry-Hopped with Vanilla Beans and a Toasted Oak for good measure. All this gives One nice brew.

Thanks to AleOha for the sample, much appreciated.

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Photo of Wizzle32
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 322wingedfoot
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Csikic93
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Redrover
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got to try several Old Dominion beers while visiting the Green Leaf Tap in Williamsburg.

Served in a standard pint, the beer is jet black with a dense brown head. Good lacing.

Nose is a bit lighter than expected. Roasty malts with brown sugar and marshmallows.

Love that the beer was served at the correct temp. It is sweet with brown sugar, slightly charred malts, coco and something that reminds me of a milky way bar. There is a nice woody quality late in the aftertaste. Tasty!

The mouth is extremely silky, but thins out a bit in the end. It is easy to session. I'm glad I had a chance to try this one. Well done!

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: very dark, almost black; small tan head that dissipates quickly

Smell: sweet malts; roasted grain; oak; some vanilla; smells great

Taste: sweet on the start with roasted grains coming in and balancing it; hints of oak (not overpowering in this one); tannins linger in the end; some hop flavor, but not a lot to me; decent stout overall

Mouthfeel: thin and fizzy, almost like a cola

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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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