Dominion Oak Barrel Stout | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Dominion Oak Barrel StoutDominion Oak Barrel Stout

Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company
Delaware, United States

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.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
2.19/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Look: Pours black in color with a fizzy, off-white colored head that dissipates quickly. Appears to be slightly thin for a stout.

Smell: Roasted malts, booze, coffee, wet dog, charred oak, leather. It says vanilla beans on the label, but I don't notice any.

Taste: Somewhat bland. Roasted malts. Raisins. Sharpie marker.

Feel: Thin, and mouth-filling foamy. It's almost as if the beer expands in your mouth. As if you take a small sip, and it then expands before you can drink it. Very strange, I've never experienced anything like it in a beer. It's warm, it's abv goes considerably noticed.

Overall: I dumped it out.

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Photo of Salt-n-Beer
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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 donspublic
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into tulip, nice 2 finger creamy tan head that recedes to 1 finger and decides to stay for a while. Nice lacing. Looks way bigger than a 6% stout, dark as night and no light passing thru. Smells of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, and all the things that make up a great stout. Taste initially a tad bitter, but quickly smooths out. There is some smoke/char to this along with chocolate, roasted malt and vanilla. The mouthfeel is great on this beer for being so low in ABV. Very creamy in the mouth and it has that nice somewhat smokey/vanilla/oak aftertaste the lingers a while. I really wish this beer made it down south

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

L: Pours a clear black color. Mahogany tinged around the edges. Thin tannish-brown head leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Vanilla front and center... roasted malts and char.

T/F: Chocolate and roasted malts... slightly smokey and of course Vanilla. Very smooth... almost creamy in mouthfeel. Low carbonation as expected. Finish is dry with a faint touch of hop bitterness to clean out the off-sweet opening.

O: A pleasing barrel aged stout, with great flavor especially given the relatively low ABV. Still a sipper, just to enjoy the complex flavors but very nice indeed.

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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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Photo of jrsqc7
4.93/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic amazing stupendous wonderful whaaaaaaaaaaaat nom nom nom nom nom America 4th of July Pam Grier baby deer corn on the cob beans and cornbread big cheeseburgers and good French fries the best stout evaaaaaaar

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black pour going towards deep auburn toward the edge. Head was barely perceptible at 1/6", tan. Aroma was pretty tame, didn't get any of the smoke/peat that was described, much less any amount of vanilla or oak. Not bad, just not putting out much smells.

Taste finally revealed some of that stuff, a very small amount of vanilla and oak. I appreciated the easy going nature and not over the top abv that necessitates Chicago pouring a barrel aged stout for a million people. Some earth and leather notes into it, mild chocolate. Everything is in a restrained way. Still think it could bring around a little more to jump into another level.

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Photo of Chip_and_ales_1
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered this in a hotel bar. Light head,a little lace around the meniscus. Aroma was a mild chocolate, not too strong but pleasing. Dark black color, but clear if you view the edges. Not bubbly like a nitro stout. Nice mildly smoky overtones, a hint of vanilla (but not too much!). Not hoppy, and it shouldn't be! Crisp mouth feel. A really clean stout!

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Photo of Namabiru
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

(A)ppeance - nice brown color when poured, settling to a dark brown. Nice head that lingered with some good lace.
(S)mell - very light, no real roasty aroma, but some slight floral notes from the hops.
(T)aste - light roasty taste but no other real flavors, light coffee like Folgers...light not dark.
(M)outh feel - thins and watered down, not like stout but more like a schwartzbier.
(O)verall - good, but not great...liked the head and could actually detect the hops, but body and taste were a bit thin and underwhelming for a stout.

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Photo of BB1313
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 11/30/16. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours almost black with a tan head that fades leaving nice retention and decent lacing. The aromas are full of cocoa malts and some roasted chocolate. There's hints of vanilla, smoke and anise. Subtle hints of caramel as well. The flavors follow the nose. Lots of chocolate with hints of vanilla. More subtle anise/black licorice notes. More hints of smoke. Malts are there. The oak notes seem to be very subtle. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is light and somewhat thin, but still has a body to it with active carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink.

This is a nice stout. It might not be flashy, but it's very enjoyable. I like it. Well done.

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Photo of 88caprice
4.61/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

Overall: Quite possibly the most utopian stout experience ever. With every swallow, I was sad to see it go.
Don't be a uncouth guzzler and down this straight from a 35 degree fridge. Let it warm. Take your time. You are in for a treat.

The brightest light shows deep ruby threads in this blackest-of-black brew. An inspiring two-finger, creamed-coffee colored head concentrates to a creamy cap. Aromas of charred wood, campfire smoke, and coffee grounds mingle with equal playing field. Every sip says smooth, smooth, smooth. The taste is robust, roasty, and complex, changing with the temperature. A slight bourbon sweetness comes into play. No attribute is overpowering. Nothing unpleasant. Phenomenal.

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Photo of Owlish1
4.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a rich dark brown, almost black with a hint of russet highlights. The half-inch head faded quickly but left a heavy lacing. The aroma is a lovely sweet smokiness with notes of coffee and charred oak. The taste is smooth, smooth, smooth! Coffee, smoky malts, a hint of dark chocolate. There is a hint of bitterness in the finish but it doesn't linger. Medium carbonation doesn't interfere with the flavor. What else can I say? It's delightful.

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Photo of spelingchampeon
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured to a 1 finger head, with a lacing that refused to go anywhere after it landed. The longer the beer warmed, the more the flavors would attack my senses.. to the better. A slight chocolate start, finished nicely with the vanilla taste. This has been my only oak influenced brew, so I don't know how to compare it to another.. so I'll just go with YES, the oak is there, and did enhance the overall taste. Great malty aroma throughout!

Having had this beer multiple times in the past, this was the 1st time in a stout glass. The stout glass really made a difference to me this time. Maybe I wasn't as concerned before, but it still tasted much better.

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Photo of oldn00b
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I've had this numerous times over the years, most recent bottle was about 2 years old (long story). I was more or less amazed at how well this low ABV stout held up. It still had a nice bit of oak but was softer than expected. Overall this is just a decent beer but I still was surprised how well it held up.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Deep root beer brown with two finger tan head, fades slowly to a ring, minimal spotty lace. Mild roasty coffee aroma. Roasted flavor with coffee and bitter chocolate notes. Not much bourbon or alcohol presence. Semi dry finish. Thin mouthfeel for a stout. Good brew overall, just a bit thin for the style.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love this stout. Very smooth, no bitterness or dry feel. Black in color with off-white creamy head that remains for the entire consumption. Coffee and very light roast flavors with hints of chocolate. I don't get the bourbon that the Alstrom Bros. identify, but do pick up a woody hint. This is one of those beers that I always see in the store, but never buy because, well, it's always available. I finally made the purchase and this is certainly one of those staple go to stouts that I will keep in my supply.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into stout glass. It pours nearly black with some dark mahogany hues and a two finger, foamy tan head and lacing. Unfortunately, I'm getting very little smell: some roasted malt and the faintest whiff of vanilla but nothing else, which is rather disappointing. The tastes include some burnt coffee and chocolate with, again, some faint vanilla. There is also an oaky flavor. For a stout, it is very light both in viscosity and ABV. Overall, it is okay but it pales by comparison to many other stouts. It could use some stronger chocolate and vanilla and could really use some dark fruit.

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Photo of LantGladstone
2.52/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

BBE Dec 1, 2015, 6% abc, 330ml bottle from ales by mail (received from them on Dec 10, 2015)

Appearance (Look) = 6%
red brown clear, khaki head

Smell = 24%
roasted malt, faint vanilla

Taste = 40%
hint of vanilla, roasted malt, no hops, light/watery, lactose?

Mouthfeel (Feel) = 10%

Overall = 20%
not super impressed. seems watery with very little gravity. stickiness with a hint of sour almost like it is a milk stout or they used lactose to extend something that was thin.

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Photo of wisebier
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ive had this on tap several times

L: very dark, looks black, brown tints in light; tan creamy head, wish it lasts longer

S: malts; roasted toasty ,smoke; oak; some vanilla; smells great

T: sweet on the start with roasted toasty malts bitterness coming in and balancing it; hints of oak (not overpowering but id like more oak, Smoke hickory flavors, some hop flavor at the end, but not a lot to me; good oak stout overall, that's doesn't feel too heavy.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This seemed relatively one dimensional to me as all I got was vanilla bean. It would presumably present some oak or barrel flavor but it simply never landed on my palate.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had from the 12oz bottle into a shaped pint, pours very dark brown with a fluffy tan head that retains. Nice malty aroma, roasty, with hints of oak in the back. Well rounded flavor here, a little sweet, some chocolate, nice bitter roast, and a bit of barrel in the back. Not really any discernible vanilla, though. Body is thin and smooth, not a lot of carbonation. Easy to drink and a great flavor profile on this, layered in spite of the low-ish ABV.

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Photo of shanegatter
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow, wasnt sure what to expect with this one but it had a nice dark pour with littl froth that stick to the glass, smell?, taste slight bitter aftertaste, feel nice and smooth

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Photo of willic
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good, fun, dark, rich, intense! I remember when these guys were from Blacksburg, before becoming what they are now. This is a nice, not overpowering barrel aged stout. Very drinkable! I wish I had another tonight!

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Photo of ajilllau
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

We got this beer to pair with a New Orleans dinner and specifically to pair with oysters. It paired really well with them. Beer has a nice dark color to it with a head that settles well.

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Photo of Kwak
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

nice look and smell to this one good stout with hints of vanilla bean don't know what the oak barrel brings to it
overall a good stout verry tasty

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