Dominion Oak Barrel Stout | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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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

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#5,983
Reviews:
703
Ratings:
1,542
pDev:
12.44%
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4.47
 
 
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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this forever ago (just a tick), finally trying it again for a full review. Thanks to Jeff for the bottle. Like most stouts, deep-brown and black are the only colors to be found throughout the body; it's topped off with a thin tan skin - too weak to be called a "head", even after a fair aggressive pour. Carbonation issues, I wonder? I would expect a much frothier foam than this, especially at only 6.1% ABV.

Although the aroma isn't exactly off-putting or offensive in really any way, it's just kind of bland and mundane. It's carbon copied from the generic, basic "stout" profile and adds only a slight hint of oak. Dry cocoa beans, lightly sweet cream, tons of dry oak, and a touch of vanilla. I'll admit, the slight vanilla addition is nice, but everything is just so underwhelming and weak, that it's kind of hard for me to vibe on this.

A little more java and coffee beanery shows up on the palate, something that is certainly a welcomed accompaniment. Malts provide a light roast and a mild onset of cocoa in the periphery. Oak dryness plagues the background; much to my dismay, the vanilla is even more faint in the flavor than it was in the aroma. Just a dollop and nothing more; I feel it could benefit from a larger vanilla presence.

More roast and dry oak clog the aftertaste; the beer finishes in an uninspiring way and kind of leaves me wanting something more. The carbonation feels surprisingly lively, despite the egregious head formation from the start. Slick, oily and sharp mouth feel, although the body is much too thin for my liking, and especially for the style.

So apparently this beer used smoked and peated malts? I got pretty much no hint of smoke or meatiness here, unless you count the touch of oak throughout, but I'm sure that can be attributed to fermenting with oak chips. Overall, a basic and timid stout; kind of boring and uneventful, and while it's not "bad" by any means, it wasn't really enjoyable or tasty or different enough for me to seek out again.

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This one pours dark, dark, brown with shallow, frothy head that isn't going anywhere. Aroma is vanilla and roasted chocolate - taste to match. Smooth, thick mouth-feel. Overall, a very enjoyable beer that I would seek out again. Don't hesitate to give this one a try.

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Bought at an Ohio beer mart for around 2 bucks

Date bottled 2/12

Large two finger head that a nice mocha brown color to it. Head fades relatively fast but retains in a thin creamy layer. Jet black colored lively looking beer. Bits of lacing. Predominately roasty for the aroma and I dont know if it was purely biased because of the bottle but I think I catch a hint of vanilla.

Roasty upfront but the finish is very clean and non bitter. low medium bodied and pretty high carbonation for a stout (even a American stout).

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Appearance: Pours a solid black. Dark rich browns at the edges when held to direct light. Nice and clear in those parts. Head starts off massive and creamy. Drops to a small cap with a slightly larger creamy collar. A bit more carbonation than expected given the barrel treatment.

Smell: Richly roasted with a strong push of both vanilla bean and oak barrel. Dark fruit is mostly cherry with some plum in the back. Very fruity. Cocoa, milk chocolate (sparingly), and some dark chocolate. A bit of sweetness as it warms. Smoky element buried in the back, almost meaty. Some char as well. No hopping to speak of, and the barrel influence is there, but minimal.

Taste: Roasted with a hint of char. A bit more oak than the nose let on. Loaded with dark fruit, but not sweet. Some dark cherry and plum. Some serious chocolate notes, closer to a semi-dark chocolate than anything else. A nice hint of vanilla, but it's buried. Sweet with some hints of caramel, old old coffee, and toffee. Smoky on the back. Very soft smoke that builds over the course of the beer, but enhances more than detracts.

Mouthfeel: Super creamy and smooth. A bit thin overall, but that's something I'm chalking up to the barrel. Minimal carbonation. Rather delightful.

Overall: Hey, you're not allowed to get better over time!

I wasn't impressed with the first few sips, but some air and time turned things around. It's not a showstopper, but damn if it isn't tasty. Nice overall complexity without trying to be too much. That touch of smoke in the back is awesome.

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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 1,542 ratings