Dominion Oak Barrel Stout | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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88
very good
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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
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2
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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a jet black with a dirty tan head. Nose is full of roasted malt, coffee, and a hint of oak. Taste is full of cocoa, roasted malt, and molasses.Mouthfeel was nice and heavy, heavier than the bottle version and more complex. The bottle did not do this brew justice.

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Photo of damienblack
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BDLbrewster for the bottle in trade.

Pours a pretty thin dark brown. Thin head quickly roils up to about a half inch, and quickly receeds. No cool lacing or anything like that. Smells like burnt bourbon, like a huge bourbon aged IS. It doesn't taste it at all, though. Faint oaking comes through, but it isn't overly roasty, and just a bit sweet. A bit of vanilla, maybe some coffee. A little light on flavor, and very light overall. That is the biggest flaw. It lacks gravitas, and it needs a lot more carbonation. It feels dead, like the lunar surface. Needs more carbonation to liven things up, right now it tastes almost flat. Very drinkable, though. This beer is a bit underwhelming, but it was worth the try.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark well carbonated beer poured into a snifter. Fair amount of tan head.. sweet smell, somewhat soy sauce like. Taste is pretty sweet.. mostly coffee and light vanilla. I'm not sure on the oak, I can't pick this up too well.

This is very light and drinkable for a stout. Mouthfeel is fairly well carbonated. Not too out of the ordinary or exciting but definitely a solid beer worth trying.

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Photo of magine
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My first brew from this brewery.

Poured into a pint glass.

Brew pours a dark coffee color with a tan head that sticks around for only a few sips some minimal lacing.

The brew smells of toffee, caramel, oats, vanilla.

This brew tastes of toasted malts, some hop bitterness caramel and a hint of vanilla. A nice complex yet balanced taste. Dry mouthfeel.

This is a very tasty stout. Very drinkable, I am very pleased with this brew. It has a unique flavor and is very drinkable. Very much case worthy, to be enjoyed throughout the night.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from yesac in a recent trade. thanks! poured into a standard pint glass and served just below cellar temperature.

A- this one pours a black colored body with a small and quickly fading khaki colored head. very little lacing left behind.

S- the odor is very faint. roasted malts, a bit of oak and vanilla, an a little bit of chocolate.

T- pretty weak really. roasted malts and dark chocolate. a little bit of barrel--vanilla and a bit of astringency from the oak.

M- light to medium bodied with a nice low level of carbonation. pretty creamy as well.

D- meh, not that impressed with this one. its nice to see what the effect of barrel aging has on a smaller beer, but i dont think ill be bending over backwards to try this ever again.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Arena Bar and Grill. Arrived in a nonic pint glass, this stout appears a deep dark brown color with about two fingers of creamy, lingering tan foam. Not much lacing to speak of here. The aroma and flavor are of rich roasted grains, both milk and bittersweet chocolate, oak chips, vanilla, mildly sour tannins, and a touch of dark fruit. Wonderfully smooth drinking and creamy with medium carbonation. A really nice and flavorful lower alcohol stout.

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

12oz bottle into a Duvel chalice. Thanks to JDV for the freebie on an in-town swap!

The pour is translucent, but once the glass gets filled, this stout appears a nearly-opaque seal brown hue. Head is short-lived and mocha in color, and retreats to a small wisp of bubbles at the center surrounded by a ring of foam. Very heavy vanilla scent; those vanilla beans in the secondary did their job well! However, the sweetness nearly overpowers the oak and chocolate malts, as well as any trace of hops. Aroma improves as the beer warms, letting in hints of smoke and ash.

I don't really pick up much at first, but after my palate adjusts, I taste roasted chocolate malts, some caramel sweetness, and a kiss of oak on the back of the palate. Earthy hops chime in for a quick "hello", but not much else lingers in the aftertaste. Body is a bit over-carbonated and zesty for a stout (more porter-like in its mouthfeel) with a crisp medium body that borders on creamy. Overall, I found this to be a decent stout, but it doesn't quite live up to its "barrel-aged" stature.

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

Bottled 3/18/09

There's really only one shade of black and this is that shade. A deep color that no light can penetrate. Small light brown head thins to a crown quickly.

Aroma is charred malts with some chocolate notes and mild woodiness. With all the label promises (hops, vanilla beans, etc.) I expected more from the nose.

Flavor is toasted dark bread mingling with dark baking chocolate and a bitterness that works well with the woodiness. I didn't pick up the vanilla flavor, and throughout most of the session I found this to be almost all roast without much depth. Oak is barely noticeable in the finish, with the bitterness of old, dusty dark chocolate trailing behind.

Silky smooth feel, though maybe a tad too much carbonation and probably a little thin overall.

Unspectacular yet it has a few things to offer. Not the best of the many oak-aged stouts out there, but worth a shot. I think the label promises too much...

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Photo of ski271
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very dark brown, almost black, with a medium-sized, khaki, frothy head with moderate retention. Smells of deep roasted malts. Chocolate, vanilla peat, wood and some light dark fruits. Taste-wise, wow the peat you right up front! Thick malts with vanilla and bitter chocolate. The hops are very subdued, just a little bit of bitterness on the finish, a bit lacking on the balance that the label brags about. It has a full body, lightly-syrupy-turning lightly-dry texture, and low carbonation. Interesting, but the smokey peat aroma and flavor are overdone and distracting.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
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 mday
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A :: Pours a thick black with a one finger creamy tan head. It reduced to nothing within minutes.
S :: Oak, dark malt, chocolate
T :: A little woodiness from the oak with the chocolate and malt showing through the most. This leaves a long lasting bitterness in your mouth.
M :: Thinner than I expected for this stout. Medium-heavy carbonation
D :: The flavors are balanced and I could definitely enjoy a few of these. Again, a little thinner than I would like, but still good overall.

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Photo of John_M
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the BWI Rams Head.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with surprisingly good head retention and decent lacing. I don't get a lot on the nose, but that's often the case with over chilled beers at the airport. However, I do get some light coffee and chocolate. The beer smells nice enough, what there is. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, although there is also a hint of licorise and some drying hoppy bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is light and fairly watery, though drinkability is pretty decent.

This is a nice, low alcohol, easy to understand stout. While nothing exciting, it's still a pleasant, easy to enjoy stout. My guess is the airport is probably not the best place to enjoy this beer.

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Photo of Yesac
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - solid black, thin tan head

S - mild oak & bourbon

T - Very smooth and thin. Moderate bite from the oak.. roasted malt.. vanilla bean bourbon.Tart finish.

M/D - Silky smooth. Thin on the palate. Little to no carbonation. The thinness makes this brew easy to drink but constrains complexity.

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Photo of tigg924
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: black with a decent 1/4 inch head

Smell: oak, chocolate, malt and chocolate

Taste: oak, chocolate, malt and chocolate

Mouthfeel: very sweet, light for a stout, smooth

Drinkability: I could easily session this. It has several complex flavors to it

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

I had to review at least one beer from a giant trade box from d0b. Thanks again, man.

A: Poured a thinnish opaque black with a nice one-finger tan head. Lacing that remained is staying for good.

S: mellow and chocolate dominated. Slightly roasty, but a little subdued and any oakiness/vanilla shown on the label isn't that pronounced at all.

T: Oh. The aroma belied nothing of the intense flavor. A bit watery but the vanilla and slight licorice flavor come through well.

M: Slightly watery, but silky around the edges.

D: This is a pretty darn accessible barrel brew. The flavors aren't over the top. I could use a little more body in this but it it enjoyable.

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Photo of jojox
2.61/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

a - dark black, not the blackest of black though. Whispy head, beige.

s - Malty stout, not overwhelming. It's cold. Not much vanilla but we'll see. Some coffee.

t - Light, agressive mouthfeel, harsh flavors. Thin, not creamy or chewy. Low FG I think. Dissappointing. No oak flavors, not much of any flavors. If I gulp it I can get past some CO2 to taste a hint of vanilla. Overall, thin.

m - agressive carbonation and thin body = selzer-like afterfeel.

d - I didn't like it enough to reach for another. It's like the second runnings of a beer I want to try.

I don't understand how this can get an A-. I'm wondering if I got a bad bottle somehow, too much CO2, overattenuated? I have a six pack, if I try again and it's different I'll update.

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

Thanks to CrellMoset, one hell of a BA Trader, for the hookup on this beer.

A - Poured into my Samuel Smith pint glass. Very dark brown, reddish highlights. Good clarity. Thin light tan head left some lacing as it collapsed.

S - Dark roasted grainy character includes bittersweet chocolate and french press coffee. There's also some vanilla present along with a touch of caramel.

T - Upfront roasted grains with some vanilla and caramel in the middle and moderate bitterness. Hop flavors aren't prominent. Medium-dry finish with a lingering bitter chocolate flavor.

M - Moderate/moderate-full bodied with a medium level of carbonation. Smooth.

D - Well-balanced, highly-drinkable stout. The vanilla adds a nice subtle complexity without being overpowering. Great roasted malt profile balanced with a the proper level of bitterness. I look forward to the enjoying the rest rest of the beer.

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Photo of goatgoat
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque, but clear, black. The barest hint of ruby in the stream of the pour. A thin coffee cap foams up then falls in seconds. No lace.
Aroma is moderate chocolate and roast. Gentle dark fruits and a hint of oak and vanilla.
Taste is strong roast. Hints of chocolate and oak which strengthen, but do no overwhelm, as the brew warms. Finish is moderately bitter and prickly with carbonation.
The body is less robust than I would expect, a bit watery even. The carbonation is brusque, which seems to exacerbate the lighter feel but seems to be within style guidelines.

This is a really tasty stout. I knocked it for a lack of head and watery feel, but the taste definitely makes up for it.

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

Bottled on 11/07/09.I have sampled this beer a few times in the past,this is the first bottle I have had to myself.Poured into a bulb glass a deep dark but not opaque cola color with a minimal light mocha colored head atop.Aromas of vanilla/oak and dark coffee stand out most with just a hint of molasses as well.A little thin and prickly in the mouthfeel department but not overly annoying.Flavors are dominated by vanilla and heavy roast up front with a drying earthy,woodiness that comes thru in a long finish.Its a year and a half old but I dont think it matters much,a decent flavorful stout.

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Photo of Packforever1976
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served chilled in my british pint.

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black. A very small, light tan head forms and recedes rather quickly. No lacing.

S: Very nice vanilla notes up front. Vanilla melds well with some roasted malts, some coffee and dark chocolate. I'm not really picking up much bourbon or oak, maybe just a hint. Still, very pleasant.

T: Dark roasted coffee with vanilla come to the forefront. Some dark chocolate in the back.

M: A little on the thin side for me. I like stouts thicker and creamier, this one seemed to have something missing. Carbonation is ok.

D: Very drinkable. I could put a couple 2-3 of these away pretty easily. Not the best stout I've ever had, and not the worst. Not too shabby.

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Photo of RollingRocker
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i've never tried this until now i was out looking for old dominion's oatmeal stout (then i found out they were bought out by Anheuser-Busch and was discontinued and this was suggested) dark appearance and average smell. but the taste is excellent a nice roasted coffee taste with a light chocolaty finish (i love it) almost creamy mouthfeel but not too heavy. i really love this stout. i could drink this on a regular basis.

-RR

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Photo of Jwale73
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A Valentine's Day treat from my wife, brought back from Virginia Beach. 12oz. bottle served in my DFH snifter. Bottled on 10/09/2008 indicated on the label. Poured one shade shy of black with a loose, khaki-colored head that quickly dissipates into a skim with a band of foam around the edges. Nose indicates vanilla, lactic acid and butterscotch. Taste consistent with nose, but very muted. Mouthfeel is somewhat watery with a light background carbonation and a slight acidity. Not bad, but somewhat lackluster.

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Photo of prototypic
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to csmiley for the bottle. Very generous of you, dood.

Appearance: It's very dark brown in color. There's no light getting through so far as I can tell. Very close to black in appearance. Carbonation is off the chain. The head is tan and easily four fingers deep. It was very slow to dissipate and left thick sheets of lace on the glass. Ordinarily, I'm a fan of nice big heads, but it's a little annoying here. Took me a few minutes to get the beer into a glass.

Smell: Primarily, it's a nice mix of chocolate and roasted malts. The roasted malts smell a little stronger. It smells a little sweet. Coffee is noted, but is a secondary scent. Overall, it's pretty straight forward. I had pretty high expectations and am a little let down. I'm not picking up any vanilla or oak-like qualities at all. It's above average, but not as good as I had hoped.

Taste: The flavor profile is consistent with the nose in most respects. It does have a nice malty flavor. Roasted malts are clearly the strongest flavor here. Chocolate malts are noted. It has a bit of a bitter chocolate flavor, but isn't very sweet. Roasted coffee is faint and doesn't add a great deal. It's a little too buried. There is a decent wood or oak-like flavor that gives it a slight bump. But, it still hovers just above average. Carbonation is too high and is really distracting. No alcohol is noted. Finishes with a bitter chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's on the lighter side of medium bodied. Carbonation is too active and really prevents it from being smooth at all. Way too distracting. Drinkability is just above average. It's got an okay flavor, but doesn't really distinguish itself in any way.

I had high hopes for Oak Barrel Stout, but am ultimately disappointed. It's definitely not a bad beer, but it has some glaring flaws. The carbonation is the biggest. The lack of any standout in flavor is the second. Overall, it's above average, but would need some work to reach the next level. It's worth a try, but I wouldn't seek it out again.

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