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%
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
202
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 1,524 |  Reviews: 702
Photo of JoeLacy
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VDJ104
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ailishz
3.84/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Thur123
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle into pint

The color almost opaque with a hint of ruby where the light gets through. A little bit of brown head with no retension but I may have spoiled that by droping when i was trading it.

The smell contain alot of vanilla bean and some oak. Less roasted malts and that toast smell then many stouts.

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Rich and think. Hits first with the roasted malts and the vanilla bean, which is perfectly balanced. Finishes with the oaky taste which isnt too strong.

Think and kind of still. good rich texture.

This might be my favorite stout now. The addition of vanilla and the oak add something special which I think would improve many stouts.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dominion Oak Barrel Stout has a black colour and a 5 mm tan head that lasts awhile and maintains good lacing. The smell is all chocolate and and woodiness. The taste is quite hoppy to begin with but the roasty charcoal and woodiness take over quickly. The finish is slightly bitter with some charcoal. This beer has a good foamy texture. Overall, a decent oak-aged stout... although not especially interesting.

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

Deep dark black in color with nice khaki head, fades quickly but good lacing. Smell is of chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar and oak. Faint hints of coffee. Taste is more pronounced with vanilla extract, sweet brown sugar, oak and dark chocolate with coffee hints trailing. Silky smooth with a little aftertaste. Very good stout, but the vanilla begins to take over and can appear to be artificial.

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

Serving Type: Growler picked up from the brewery.

Appearance: Black like the night. Very little lacing on glass. Nice head.

Smell: Choc and coffee. Very strong aroma.

Taste: Very flavorful. Taste matches the aroma-no surprises.

Mouthfeel: A tad on the thick side and slightly chewy.

Drinkablilty: Not an every day drinker, but excellent for a few a week.

Overall a very solid beer-would buy again.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep rich looking brown stout with a dense thick head. Hard to tell as far as carbonation is concerned with the deep brown color.
Very malty in aroma,smelling also sweet with a nice sutle roastiness.
A smooth, rich complex flavor of sweet malt, oak pews and sutle vanilla undertones.
I'm not picking up a lot in way of hops.
Smooth and flavorful
Very drinkable in my opinion.

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Photo of mjsheehan08
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black, with a pretty dismal head. Not to much lacing on the glass. 

Smells sweet, hints of vanilla, coffee and roasted malt. The barrel is really present in the nose, bourbon is there, wood isn't as much. 

Taste follows the nose, and the beginning is sweet from the vanilla, the middle hits with a soft touch of the coffee and malt. The finish has a strong feel on bourbon, with a very slight alcohol heat on the way down. 

Mouthfeel is mild, minimum carbonation. Very slick and creamy. 

I could probably drink a bunch of these. 

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

Black with a moderate chocolate head.

Bourbon is the most predominate smell, followed by oak, and vanilla. These three smells overpower a hint of roasted malt.

Oak and vanilla at first, followed by sweetness and the warmth of the alcohol. Tons of flavor. Mouthfeel is thinner than expected compared to the strong aromas and complex flavor. I recommend to those who enjoy oak aged beers. Something different with the vanilla.

Good beer to relax in the evening after a long day. I don't think I would want to drink more than 2 in evening.

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Photo of phisig137
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a one finger head. Disappates quickly into a thin layer of bubbles and a decent amount of lacing.

Smells of dark roasted malts, vanilla, and cocoa

Flavor is great, and well balanced. Very roasty, and has a surprizingly real oak aged flavor, despite not actually being aged in oak barrels. The vanilla and oakiness is strong, but well balanced and not artificial tasting.

Mouthfeel is substantial, silky, and fairly thick. Drinkability is good.

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Photo of mullehs
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Thanks to Schneid for this brew!

The smell is roasty and chocolatey, with some wood, and just a hint of vanilla.
The beer is a very dark reddish-brown with a thin tan head. The taste is dominated by roastiness and chocolate, with some coffee, a little vanilla, and an oakey wood flavor. The taste is fairly smooth with a dry finish. The carbonation is very strong, and the bite it offers enhances the dryness.

The mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation.

This beer is very drinkable as is. To me it would be even greater if it were smoother and more full.

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

I've had a number of these and I see that I never wrote a review.

Dark opaque with a large head that falls very quickly. Smell is cloyingly vanilla (my wife loves this beer, so there) with a roasty malt underneath. Taste is sweet, some coffee notes, just a slight oak flavoring, and the vanilla tends to dominate. Mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is fine but this is for people who like sweet stouts.

Readily available throughout Richmond. Usually on-tap at Capital Ale. Goes for about $7 to $8 per six-pack.

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

Old Dominion Oak Barrel Stout

Served in New Belgium globe glass

A: Pours deep brown with impressive head that leaves behind nice, but splotchy lacing. 

S: Malted milk balls, milk chocolate and light oak notes.  The nose proves subtle, but I do like what I smell. 

T: Not sweet. In fact, dry, like an Irish dry stout or in the sense of well attenuated. Cocoa powder, light roasted malts, vanilla bean and oak. Medium bitterness. More understated than I'm describing but stronger than smell. 

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Thin, but creamy mouthfeel. 

O: The idea of Oak Barrel Stout fascinates me. Sessionable oak-aged or barrel-aged stout? Yes, please. This beer falls short of what I imagine the best of that style would be. Still, this is a very good start. I wouldn't mind knocking out a growled of this stuff. 

Thanks Robo for the opportunity. 

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up in Totowa, having never tried this before. I expected this to have more body and booze to it but this turned out to be a relatively easygoing Stout compared to others that I've had in the past. There was a bit more depth in terms of the flavors but the body and carbonation were light and I was surprised at how easily this went down.

Of course, the pour was quite dark, with just a hint of dark garnet around the edges. A bit of cola in the nose with lots of oak and vanilla to the taste. There was a hint of bourbon underneath it too with a deep smokiness that almost made this feel like a Porter. It wasn't sticky like a Scotch Ale and the aftertaste didn't have any Peat in it but the smoothness of a cordial seemed to permeate the mouthfeel of this.

The alcohol was quite low in this for a Stout. I didn't notice at all during my session and even after I polished off the contents of my pint glass, I still couldn't feel or taste it at all. While this wasn't a bad beer, there are so many other American Stouts and Stouts in general that are better than this was. For a beginner, this would be a decent choice. For anyone else, this will probably be a slight disappointment in a field crowded with heavyweights in more than one sense of the word.

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Photo of Ctb6582
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

A-dark brown color with a decent tan head and a little lacing

S-dark malt, caramel, coffee, vanilla

T-dark roasted malt, coffee, caramel, vanilla, some bitterness on the finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-a decent stout with nice flavor, good value

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Photo of mthomp081
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black beer with a red and brown edge to it. Not much in the head category. Didn't pick up much in the nose, definitely not the overpowering vanilla many speak of.

Taste, nice, mild, the slightest amount of vanilla. Very light bourbon presence. Same with the oak. This is a nice example of making a full bodied, wood aged stout, without having it be of such abv that will wreck you. A twist of leather for ya. Hints of chocolate. Hints of everything, nothing is massive, but it still is full of flavor. A very drinkable stout at a good price, $3 a single.

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Photo of BigMart42
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really, really enjoyed this beer. (yes, deserves both really's)
It poured a dark handsome shade of black. It had a slight malty aroma nothing over powering. It’s a dark beer but not too heavy, and what sets it apart for me is that vanilla mouth feel and after taste. The drinkabilty is through the roof. If this were any higher in abv it could be really dangerous... damn I could use another!

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Real time review

Pop goes the cap. mhh 2.5 on the pop of the cap. But what do I expect from a stout chilled to 11 deg c.?

I Pour into a standard 16 oz pub glass. Wow, the color is amazing. I slow the pour. Wait stop. Move under the light. Wow, the color is an incredible dark chocolate with Carmel highlights. Umpalumpas eat your heart out, your getting NONE. The head is thick fluffy brown, what a delicious looking beer!

Smell, sinf, snif. Hmm hops, hmm no vanilla &malt. Ok very slight vanilla, hops malt and something.... Oak & bourbon. Well allrighty now. how about a...

Taste, slurp, mmm. Not bad, slurp, mmm, interesting. Mild, smooth, creamy. Swig slurp..hmm. Oaky, bourbon. (Gomez kiss me, I spoke French) Hops are faint great finish. this is a fine creation. I don't know if it will catch on, but any of the crowds down at the Hofbrau over the past, well lets say as many generations as years this brewer is old would have enjoyed several rounds.

The mounthfeel is superb. I think it is the bourbon. light on the carbonation heavy on the creamy feel. Nice almost mouth numbing.

all the above makes this baby sing

Wem Gott will rechte Gunst erweisen,
den schickt er in die weite Welt;
dem will er seine Wunder weisen
in Berg und Tal und Strom und Feld.

oh sorry... As I was saying this beer is +++ with no real - It's drinkable and I like it. MK

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Photo of mjc410
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour into my Fuller's nonic raises a very thin, dark tan glass ring over a not-quite-opaque black beer. Lacing is minimal. Nothing impressive here. The nose is where the fun begins: definite oak, vanilla, and chocolate coming through. Not very intense, but lovely. The taste is fairly dry throughout, but has a very strong caramel/vanilla presence, which is more potent than the traditional stout flavors, which hide in the background. It has a lingering aftertaste that is essentially the same - no complaints! This beer has quite the thick consistency, with a lot of carbonation for a stout. I guess that helps to lighten it up a little. I will definitely reach for this beer the next time I can get some!

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Photo of y-check
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A dark pour with a hint of reddish hue when held up to a light. Slightly disappointed with the small thin head but it was a nice creamy tan color just thin. Other than that this is a very good beer. On the nose, it had a nice chocolate vanilla character. Taste starts smooth not overly bitter, kind of that sweet chocolate vanilla mid-taste with a smokey earthy slightly bitter finish. It also has a lighter carbonated feel for a dark stout. Could easily drink several more :)

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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 1,524 ratings.
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