Dominion Oak Barrel Stout | Old Dominion Brewing Company

Dominion Oak Barrel StoutDominion Oak Barrel Stout
BA SCORE
73.8%
Liked This Beer
3.94 w/ 1,531 ratings
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
Ranking:
#5,097
Reviews:
702
Ratings:
1,531
Liked:
1,130
Avg:
3.94/5
pDev:
12.44%
Alströms:
4.47
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
204
Trade:
2
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,531 |  Reviews: 702
Photo of rickklein9
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beerguy1969
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Will drink this one again I am sure....

39 characters

Photo of kegerator
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

dark in color, basically black with a nice 1 inch creamy off white/tan head that showed decent retention.
smell was roasty malts with hints of chocolate and caramel.
taste was sweet malt and caramel with hints of bitter chocolate
the mouthfeel was quite silky yet light in body. alomst too light to me.
all in all a very nice stout.

 337 characters

Photo of thisladyluck
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of a74gent
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of pandow
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of ianpstephens
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of ThePaintedGrey
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. pint on tap at Pinocchio's in Media, PA.

A: Opaque black with a two-finger creamy tan head. Absolutely no light shining through, even when held up to direct sunlight. Head retention is superb, with some decent khaki lacing left down the glass.

S: Coffee, caramel, hints of vanilla, oak, and bourbon-like booze.

T: Lots of roasted malts upfront provided some smokiness and sweetness; vanilla and caramel with some underlying roasted coffee bitterness and some boozy bourbon. Lots of roasted flavors in the finish. Bourbon character comes through a lot as the beer warms.

M: Full-body, smooth as satin with tons of creaminess and subdued carbonation. Not overly heavy, went well with some appetizers.

O: Definitely one of the better stouts I've had. Lots of rich, complex flavors with smooth drinking qualities. A definite recommendation.

 847 characters

Photo of Bloodyickes
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wonka
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 fl. oz. bottle
Bottling Date: 7/15/04

Here is a pretty darned black pour with faint hints of red/brown on the fringes. The head was of reasonable thickness, tinged in light brown and loaded with tiny bubbles. Smell is complex with sweet chocolate, oak, smoke and vanilla. Mouthfeel is crisp with less body than desired. The back end thins out too quickly. Taste is an enjoyable mix of chocolate malt, coffee, some bourbon and slight oak. Drinkability was a only shade above average since I feel the body was left behind.

I really would prefer having this one on tap since I was underwhelmed by the bottled product.

 625 characters

Photo of Illinick
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mad Mex-Monroeville
A: Very dark, opqaue brown that displays mahogany and ruby-ish colors when held to light. Small head that shrinks quickly and remains as a semi-sticky ring, milk chocolate in color. Some decent lacing, but nothing to right home about.
S: Faint at times, but when a good whiff is had it displays scents of caramel, slight oak, a roasted, almost charred vanilla bean smell, and some well rounded bourbon scents. A sweet smelling brew that has a charred oak back bone.
T: Delicious and complex. Very little carbonation and sweet flavors of caramel, oak and roasted malts up front with sweet vanilla and bourbon flavors ending the sip. The bourbon flavors are not harsh, but are on the sweet side pairing nicely with the definate vanilla. A nice off-set to the charred oaky flavors up front. A nice flavor profile.
MF: Chewy and medium.
Overall: A delicious brew that exhibits a complex flavor profile. Nicely done carbonation. If the appearance were a little better this one would be tops. The flavor is top notch nonetheless. Definately worth a try and at the ABV, a few can be had.

 1,119 characters

Photo of PeatReek
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

(Sure looked like a nitro pour, not 100% sure).

Appearance: what can you say about a stout? The beer is black, the head is tan and sticks around a while.

Aroma: dominated by oaky sweetness... rum or bourbon? Definitely one or the other.

Taste: again overwhelmed by oak and sugar, now I'm willing to commit to calling it rum. In fact now that it occurred to me, I'm having trouble tasting anything but rum. Sure there's some roast flavor somewhere in there, but it's taking a back seat to the oak flavor for sure.

Mouthfeel: Definitely full-bodied and creamy like a nitro stout should be. tha'ts nice at least.

Overall, it was hard to score this stout because the middle scores imply "average," which this wasn't. But the rummy oak flavor kind of clobbered everything else, and I couldn't really give it many more points on that account.

 851 characters

Photo of Woodysbeard
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of sampsonw
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of loudidonato
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of yeagerbm
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with ruby highlights around the edges. A light brown frothy head sits on top. Smell is sweet, dark roasted grain.
Taste is of roasted malt with a vanilla sweetness and a gentle hop finish. Low to medium bodied, but with a smooth creamy mouthfeel and gentle alcohol warming. This is a very tasty stout. Maybe a little sweet to drink in a session, but thats not really the intention of this great brew.

 420 characters

Photo of jahred
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to dmbfrat420beers for this bottle... I've been wanting to learn more about the flavors and tastes of barrel-aged beers, and while this beer technically isn't barrel aged, it's a good place to start.

Pours a beautiful jet black color with a thick, large, dense brown head. The scent is fantastic and immesnly strong - vanilla, dark coffee and maple syrup. Will it taste as good as it smells?

Not quite - the first and immediate flavor is dark, roasted grain, followed by vanilla and coffee flavors. The finish is oaky and woody with a bitter finish that I can only assume comes from the oak chips - it's not quite hoppy, and not quite just dark, bitterly roasted grain. The oak flavor is a bit overpowering, and the rest of the flavor isn't nearly as good as the orama.

Still a very tasty beer, but after 12 ounces, I don't want any more.

 859 characters

Photo of pershan
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured an ink-black with a thick, tan head into a pint glass. The aroma was of roasted barley/burnt toast, with a hint of hops. The taste was a big roasted barley and burnt toast combination, slightly astringent, with black patent malt and hop bitterness at the finish. Excellent lacing down the sides of the glass, with low carbonation. I really enjoyed this stout, and most of the other Old Dominion offerings as well.

 480 characters

Photo of NikD
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of rct
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of ChefHopMeister
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of jco3rd
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of jhammel01
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my standard pint glass. Good head retention as it sticks to the glass. Beer is pitch black, coffee colored head. Fluffy head w/ good lacing.

Milk chocolate nose, smooth smelling...if that makes sense. Roasted malt, Lots of smoke.

Heavy smoke in the beer's taste, definitely one of the smokiest I've ever had. Great heavy mouthfeel, good body. Smoke, Roasted barley, Chocolates. Hoppy backbone and clean finish.

Great beer!

 437 characters

Photo of sodensp
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of mjw06
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
Beer rating: 73.8% out of 100 with 1,531 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.