Dominion Oak Barrel Stout | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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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
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#5,706
Reviews:
703
Ratings:
1,538
pDev:
12.44%
Bros Score:
4.47
 
 
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Photo of montageman
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Bought a 6 pack of this in Outer Banks, NC. Big vanilla/oak aromoa hits the nose right off the bat. This stout doesn't mess around. Coffee, vanilla, brown sugar, & chocolate make appearances in the taste. Quite complex & accessible. Mouthfeel is a touch watery, but other than that - this is a very tasty brew. Recommended.

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Photo of AltBock
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was able to grab a fresh pint of oak Barrel Stout at Stephanie's In Doylestown, PA around 8/9/2009.

It wasn't the most properly lit bar in PA, but from what I could see when I held this beer up to the light, it was a solid coal black colored beer. There were no highlights along the sides. It was just pure blackness. Sitting on top of this black beer was a creamy 1 1/2 inch mocha colored head of foam. It had great retention that left behind a few mocha blots of lace and a tiny skim of foam.

This beer had a nice roasted and slightly sweet aroma. The one aroma that stood out had to be the bitter dark chocolate. Behind the dark chocolate was some dark roasted malts, a pinch of of roasted coffee, a subtle whiff of bourbon and charred oak, and a drop of sweet vanilla.

The taste was pretty much the same as the aroma. It was roasted and slightly dry with dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, bourbon, charred oak, roasted coffee beans, and just a subtle pinch of sweet vanilla. The two biggest flavors in this beer had to be the dark chocolate and the bourbon. Toward the bottom of the glass, the dark chocolate and bourbon combined their powers to create a sweet alcohol flavor.

This was a medium bodied Stout with a decent level of carbonation and a dry aftertaste of dark chocolate, roasted malts, charred oak, and touch of bourbon.

For some reason, I've always wanted to try this beer and after I've tried this beer on tap, I know why. It was an easy drinking Stout that wasn't all that heavy with bourbon and oak. If I saw this in a bottle shop, I'd probably buy one or two bottles.

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Photo of Thur123
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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 Oxymoron
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of odd to have a lower ABV beer aged in oak but cool. Pours a midnight black color with ruby red hues around the edge of the glass. A bubbly tan head with limited retention but ok lacing. Both not lasting through the full tasting.

The nose is a nice mix between malt and oak. There is a specific roast and black malt aroma that is distinct. Some lactic notes as well with a hint of alcohol but I think that is coming through the wood aged side. A vanilla and bourbon note with a hint of lactic on the back end. Some noticeable esters, sugar plums and figs specifically. Some yeasty notes are a bit off setting but they are minor.

The taste is not as complex as the nose. The malt backs off with some roast and more of a chocolate note than black patent. Some minor astringency but would like more. The lactic comes out more with a acidic blend more than oatmeal. The oak comes out more and really plays center staff. More of a oaky flavor with vanilla notes and limited bourbon notes. The yeast notes really come out as well as a sugary plum note.

The body is more on par with moderate. Finishes a bit dry, would like some more depth at the end. Carbonation is light but that is ok. Overall a great nose but the taste falls off. Would like more complexity that would linger into the finish. The lactic and esters are off setting, but the wood notes are really nice.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.57/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into nonic. Second review, previous was on-tap at brewery.

Pitch black with a light brown one finger head that slowly settles to a thin even cap. Little spots and strings of lacing coat the glass.

A light smokiness met with a bit of creaminess. Some roasty characteristics are in there as well. Some sweet milk chocolate is in the foreground.

The malts give off a strong burnt flavor, but are met with some contrasting bittersweet chocolate. Some more liquid smoke is in the background. Full bodied. Creamy overtones are there throughout. The bitter malts linger for a little bit after each sip.

I liked this beer but out of the bottle (most likely very fresh), this is a fantastic stout. If the brewpub was still around I would most likely order this every time it was available. It looks like the beers haven't gone downhill after being shifted to a new brewing location. Recommended.

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

Poured from a 2 year old (maybe a bit longer) aged bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: A dark brown color with almost no head. A slight light brown ring at the top of the glass is all I got. No glass lacing.

S: Dark roasted malts with hints of coffee, chocolate and some burnt flavors.

T: Dark roasted malts with flavors of coffee, smoke, a bit of chocolate and some faint wood. A mild sweetness balances but this is not very complex. No hop traces and finish is smooth.

M: Thin for sure, not much carbonation. Creamy though, but not a lot of body.

D: Fairly high. The low complexity and low abv makes them drinkable.

Overall not a great stout as it left me wanting more. After having a Founders Breakfast 2 days ago, this one just doesn't measure up. Sad.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Old Dominion at the Washington DC airport on 7/8/09.

A - Charcoal black body with burgundy highlights and about half a finger of creamy tan head that receded to a wispy film and yielded moderate lacing around the glass.

S - Woody and nutty with subtle smokey notes and some charcoal. Hops are earthy and leafy. Malt also takes on quite a roasty character with coffee and, to a lesser degree, chocolate.

T - Heavy on the roast with a dominant coffee character and also plenty of earthy and oaky notes, as well as a slight licorice presence. Decent amount of bitterness in the backend. Some chocolate flavor comes out in the finish and is accompanied by some oaky astringency.

M - Medium bodied with a watery texture and just a slight oily mouthfeel. Carbonation is soft to moderate on the palate. Finish is dry and somewhat astringent with a mild lingering bitterness.

D - Pretty complex stout with a dominant roasty character, plenty of oak/woody notes, and some other subtle intricacies, resulting in a flavorful brew overall.

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Photo of DookDrinkyCrow
4.77/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark Amber pour, virtually non-transparent, as a stout should be

Smell: Sweet, Malty, Oak Barrel

Taste: Roasted Malt character, then slowly melts away with a sweet buttery vanilla finish

Mouthfeel: Smooth

Drinkability: Good drinkability, however it can fill you up fast

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottles on 03/06/09

Light tan head about a finger and a half forms then quickly fades. Beer is the color of dark rot beer, perhaps even darker.

Aroma is of dark roasted malt, some smoke

Flavor is decidedly of charcoal, some dark roast coffee and then some real wood at the end. Finishes quite dry. Not getting much vanilla, perhaps melding with the wood a little.

Mouth feel & body are too light for the style in my mind and take away from the beer a bit. The charcoal flavor and mouth feel almost come across as powdery in your mouth.

Not among the best stouts I've had and a bit disappointing for an oak aged vanilla stout.

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Photo of atsprings
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint-glass an almost opaque black with some ruby highlights when held to light. The aroma is a slight amount of oak and roasted malts. The taste is a nice smooth oaked roasted malts with hints of cocoa and fresh ground coffee. The beer is quite light and smooth with decent carbonation, the lightness making the oakiness all that more noticeable. This is certainly an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of hippiekinkster
2.06/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I must have a seriously off bottle, because I just can not get into this, and I'm not hard to please. The predominant flavor of this bottle is scorched French Roast coffee. There's little carbonation, the mouthfeel is thin, and there's little nose to speak of.

It simply HAS to be an off bottle, because I can't see my tastes being so contrary to others' experiences, when I agree almost always on other reviews.

F (for FAILED)(note: I'm not prone to grade inflation, as in: "This beer really sucked, it was thin, watery, with no character. A minus)

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Photo of wac9
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

found this beer again hard to find in williamsport frist time i i had this i picking oak chips out of my mouth made me happy. pours a very black color i just love this color. taste a very nice bourbon oak and vanilla not much coffe taste its a good tasting beertonight i give a it a big drinkability tonight it just smells great i want to drink more of this beer

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Photo of rye726
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours near black with tints of cherry wood and a thin tan head. Nose has roasty malts, vanilla, oak, chocolate and coffee. Taste a bit mellow compared to the aroma. Dark malts with subtle vanilla and cocoa. Body is a bit thin and somewhat under carbonated.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown color with nice amber highlights. Solid two fingers of off-white head. Dissolves down to a thick film. A touch of lacing.

Nose is spicy roasted malt and some bitterness. Almost vegetable flavor. Coffee and strong roasted malt.

Big roasted malt flavor and coffee. Definite spiciness, rolling into a short hoppy after-taste. Tasty although not very big or complicated. That cool veggie bitterness.

Body's alright, medium, but a little watery with very busy carbonation.

A solid, if not great, brew. Definitely not as good as it is on tap.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
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 -8.6%
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 +3.6%
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 -1%
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 -9.9%
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 -7.4%
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 -13.5%
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 -21.8%
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 +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 mday
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
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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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 1,538 ratings