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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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88
very good
699 Reviews
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
Reviews:
699
Ratings:
1,505
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
12.5%
 
 
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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a solid black color with a tan head. Aromas of subtle oak and vanilla are in the air. In the taste, chocolate and somewhat like mocha. An aftertaste that is a bit dry and leaves a coffee presence in the mouth. A lighter body than most stouts. A nice flavorful stout, I enjoyed the coffee/mocha/ vanilla flavor for dessert.

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

A - Pours a black color with a tan head that dissipated to a ring. Very solid looking.

S - Dark roasted malts and dark fruits. There is a hint of vanilla, but not a ton more than that.

T - Slight vanilla taste on the front which disappears quickly to a bit of roasted malts. It turns to a very powdered cocoa taste that finishes slightly sour.

M - Moderatly carbonated and a full body. The taste doesn't quite coincide with the rest of the beer.

D - I thought this had more alcohol in it than it did, but it's pretty low. It is averagely drinkable considering the abv and weight.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tarnished dark brown, black in most light overall, finger high, firm, light brown frothy whipped foam cap. Inky broken sheets of lacing stick all over the glass. Aroma is of sweet vanilla, milk chocolate, and suggestions of oaty sweetness too with a light roasty edge of mild coffeeness. Taste is similar in regards to what the smell leads to. Sweet vanilla and milk chocolate front, mild and smooth, low carbonation, finish lends a tame roast and small coffee surge. Smooth and creamy feel thats close to medium body but kinda light and restrained. A first-rate drinker; goes down real quick.
But after having Town Hall's Oak Barrel Stout, this was not nearly up to my expectations. No oak character or boozy qualities any where to be found, and I was looking for that. Comes across as a desent oatmeal stout though and wouldn't pass it up for nothing as it was fine and dandy to drink down. Quite yummy really, nice chocolate tones, just not what I'd call up-to-par with some other oak barrel brewed stouts I've had.
Thanks to ManekiNeko for the many samples!

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

Appearance – This one poured a ruby dark brown in color with a nice head that showed off a cool-looking orange tan.

Smell – The traditional vanilla from American oak barrels came on big at the taste, although I’m sure it was just added vanilla extract. There was also a light stouty malt note or two, but mostly the malts were buried by the vanilla.

Taste – The vanilla/oak was AWOL at the taste, which was OK because that allowed the other wonderful flavors to come out more. The dark malts and light chocolate were nicely complimented by a fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel – This Stout was light to medium in the body and very well put together.

Drinkability – This wasn’t bad. It was very different for sure. It is an interesting interpretation of the style and a “must try” for any serious BA.

Comments – A big, huge thanks to skyhand for not only putting together the BA tasting night but also for supplying this gem.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottles 1/23/12. Poured into chalice. Deep brown; almost black. Deep tan thin head. Gone quickly, but this rim remains. Smell is very mild...roasted malts with a hint of vanilla. Taste is of roasted malts and vanilla. A bit of oakey/wood hits the palate with a sweet milky taste. The more it warms up, the more vanilla comes out in the flavor. A bit bitter finish, but works well with the sweet vanilla. Overall, a really great stout, and as a fan of vanilla brews, this is as vanilla as I ever had.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer had a beautiful appearance for a stout. Nice fluffy head. Smell and taste were very smooth yet flavorful. Overall for a stout (not an imperial stout) this one was balanced and not watery or weak like so many others. A well made stout worth sampling.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An opaque black colour with an ample head of tan/brown foam. The aromas are all over the place and quite complex. Lactic sweetness, oak, alcohol, cream, vanilla, smoke, and more. The taste is not as complex as the aroma, but it is quite complex in its own right. I taste oak, vanilla, deep roasted malts, subtle earthy hops, and more. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, and the drinkability is very good as well.

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Photo of argock
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Deep brown with ruby-violet highlights. Tan head is 1-finger thick with only dots of lace down the glass.

S: Sweet chocolate, coffee, vanilla beans, and lightly woody-nutty aromas are present.

T: Vanilla and coffee are the predominant early flavors with a bit of bittersweet chocolate in the finish. Roasted black malts with minimal acridity are noticeable in the finish as well. Oakiness with a light bourbon flavor is not detected.

M: Thin even for this less demanding style with minimal carbonation and small amount of dryness in the aftertaste which is dominated by both vanilla and cocoa flavors.

D: An above-average stout that blends sweet flavors with an appropriately dry finish that hits the American/sweet stout style pretty well.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 ounce brown glass bottle exactly per the BA Avatar. Listed at 5.2% and has a Bottling Date of 10th June 2004.

Appearance: Incredibly dark body, a very, very dark opaque brown that reveals hints of a burgundian nature at the edges of the Glass. Thick creamy tan head forms quickly and looks enticing, but it slowly rescinds to a think broken covering with a strong halo presence. Some light lacing. Fantastic small bubbles rise and fall as the glass is tilted and reveals a solid conditioning in this Stout.

Nose: Lots of vanilla bean in the nose. Set against some roasted malts, and a woody odor in the back. Buttery nose at times, probably thanks to the Vanilla Beans maybe. Some coffee and a hint of bitter dark chocolate.

Taste: Roasted malts, with some toasted wood; the oak lends a dry feel to the slightly bitter middle that contains vanilla, smoked brats, chocolate and some powdered coffee. Very smooth, it drinks incredibly easily thanks to the balanced profile. The finish has a woody pitch ending.

Mouthfeel: A hearty brew that surprises you, it feels much bigger than it actually is, for study this carefully, and this really has a very thin element once swallowed.

Drinkability: A beautifully crafted brew that belies my first prejudiced impression when I saw that it was only 5.2%. In fact it turned it on its head. I imagine that this is just superb on Tap and highly quaffable, it certainly is from the bottle.

Overall: Seven Malts, Two Hops, Dry-Hopped with Vanilla Beans and a Toasted Oak for good measure. All this gives One nice brew.

Thanks to AleOha for the sample, much appreciated.

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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 woosterbill
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a Mad Elf tulip.

A: Black body with brown highlights; one-inch, light-brown head. Average retention and some fine lacing. Quite good looking, but nothing special.

S: Understated aromas of roasted malt (more coffee than chocolate) and vanilla.

T: Robust, balanced flavors: coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, and dry oak on the finish. Quite nice, and remarkably intense for the low ABV.

M: Slightly on the light side of medium-bodied with lots of lively bubbles; a bit frothier than I look for in a stout.

D: A flavorful, balanced stout with around 5%? Yes, please. This is a session beer for the cold months.

Cheers!

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
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 khargro2
2.73/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle purchased at Jungle Jim's Eastgate in Cincinnati, OH.

Dark charred oak is a common theme of this beer in both appearance and taste. The smokiness of the beer greatly outweighed any other flavors. I did not enjoy it as much as most, but still respect what they were trying to do. The smokiness was prominent and the body was lacking.. Tasted like watered down vanilla beans with charred wood accents. Again, apparently I didn't enjoy it as much as others and I would prefer many other stouts.

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

Pours dark brown with a thin brown head that slowly dissipates.

You can really pick up on the oak barrel and vanilla in the nose, it gives the brew sort of a vanilla/roasted malt/winey smell with a bit of a hop character thrown in for good measure.

The taste is pretty smooth, with a nice balance of sweetness, roasted malt, vanilla, and a earthy flavor. It's a nice flavor, but I feel it's somewhat hamstrung by a very thin mouthfeel that doesn't really let it run as well as it could. It's a little too watery and not quite aggressive enough to really do this one justice. Not bad, but certainly not perfect.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's black it has a tanned head, it's stout go figure.

The aroma just makes the mouth water
cocoa, caramel, petrol, charcoal YOU NEED TO SMELL THIS TO BELIVE IT!

Taste is deep and well rounded the vanilla is there dark flavours that only come out in the night burn't toast with lots of unsalted butter and a drop of port.

Good solid mouthfeel slightly over carbonated but hey it is easier to take fizz out than put it in .

Truly amazing ale.

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

Very dark, near-black brown color under a solid brown head. Bold, sweet malty aroma...brown sugar, vanilla, chocolate, and cake-batter. Semi-sweet chocolate chip and vanilla flavors. Yummy. Not the most complex stout in the world and actually kind of thin in the middle...but there are some tasty flavors in there. It's kind of confusing. Slightly watery, but flavorful. Medium bodied, goes down easy enough. I'll get it again, but I feel like with a couple tweaks, it could be great.

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Photo of blackie
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a slight mocha head, the beer is a dark chestnut brown in color, light retention

s: smooth earthy dry roasts with notes of bittersweet chocolate and mild coffee, molasses, nice range of barley aromas here, hops moderate and earthy, just a slight oakiness and vanilla

m: carbonation on the low and smooth side of medium, medium, could stand to be a bit thicker

t: dry roasts upfront give some powdered cocoa and charred barley, sweetness very light, dries out even more in the finish with lingering roast and chocolate, just a touch of oak and vanilla, hops earthy and provide a mild bitterness, comes across as a bit watery at times but still nice

d: very

one of a couple singles from Total Wine Fairfax, unlikely I'll buy much more OD after the move out of VA

bottling date of 080808

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Photo of Holland
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a nice very dark black color with a slight brown on the edges. Good sized head with lacing that stays to cover the glass for a while. Does not look very thick, but it's not a huge stout.

S: vanilla, wood, sweetness, caramel, and some roasted and smokey malt

T: initially dominated by the vanilla and sweetness, it changes to to a little more brown sugar, oak, and some earthy flavor. Smoke flavor comes out when it warms.

M: I want a thicker stout, but this is good in carbonation and has around a medium body.

O: good beer overall, especially with the complexity over time. It changes even more as it warms. For $10 per 6 pack, you can't miss on this.

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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 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 arizcards
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my friend Mr Doyle for a sample from his monthly beer club.

This brew is black as night. Poured a good 3 inch head that dissapated quickly. Nose is of a slight hint of coffee and vanilla. Taste is a wonderful blend of coffee and chocolate. The finish is a nice dry vanilla hop. Mouthfeel is fairly chewy and smooth. Drinkability is very good, this brew is recommended!

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a pitch black with a tan head that leaves nice lacing.

Nose is vanilla bean, roasted malts, coffee and a hint of oak.

Taste is like the nose, vanilla bean, roasted malts, coffee and some oak.

This is a very drinkable stout, a very nice session one at that.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice looking black colour, with a dark tan coloured head of about a finger. Left a bit of lace and had nice retention. The aroma was very nice. Woody, oaky, with a touch of bourbon, with plenty roasted malts and touches of dark cocoa. The taste was pretty average. Not too much of the oak comes through at all, and it's mainly just a roasty, uninteresting stout. The feel is also average, with a light, somewhat watery feel to it.

Wonderful nose, but the bulk of it is nothing too special.

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Photo of tpd975
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark black with a nice tan head. Pretty good retention with some nice spotty lace.

S: Wonderful woody aromas, oak, bourbon, and roasted malt.

T: Nice fresh oak, light bourbon, vanilla, and harsh chocolate malt. Hints of char and some hide beneath.

M: On the thin side for the style, my only real complaint about the beer.

D: Pretty good for what is basically a budweiser beer.

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Photo of alexgash
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, oily, black at the core, dark brown edges. Small, light khaki head. Definite oak, oak chips, vanilla, roasted malt, sweet chocolate, creme brulee, caramel, and bourbon. Nice, complex aroma. Taste is similar, but a bit muted. Roasted malt bitterness up front. Oaky, peaty, earthy malt sweetness changes to vanilla and chocolate sweetness. Moderate body (a bit light for the style perhaps) with plenty of carbonation. I like.

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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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