Dominion Oak Barrel Stout | Old Dominion Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
1,522 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
Ratings:
1,522
Reviews:
700
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
12.5%
 
 
Wants:
83
Gots:
201
For Trade:
2
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,522 |  Reviews: 700
Photo of dymmig89
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of TheDarkKnight
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Paz8812
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of BlackNote
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of pheurton
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

came out of the tap thick and black, with a tan head that managed to leave the thinnest layer on top of the beer the whole time. deep roasted barley aroma mixed with charred oak and vanilla. soft carbonation makes for a very smooth and sturdy body. very complex flavors of milk chocolate, espresso, and a campfire smokiness are evident...unique to say the least. finishes with a touch of herbal hopiness and lingering burnt flavor.

quite a unique and complex stout, this one impressed me. my first beer from old dominion, i'll be seeking others out for sure.

 562 characters

Photo of DKHNOVA
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Erndogg
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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

A: Dark black color with a nice brown head. Fades quickly with minimal lacing.

S: Nice smell, hints of vanilla and roasted malts.

T: Very good taste. Vanilla hits you first, followed by the oak/earthy taste, and just when you think it's over, the dark roasted malts catch the back of your tongue. Complex, and delicious.

M: Decently chewy. I always expect less, but I was pleasantly surprised. Not an over amount of chew to it.

D: Very drinkable, I picked up a sixer of this, and after the first one, I decieded not to share...

Overall: Overall, a very good dark beer. Nice rich flavor with strong notes of vanilla and roasted malts. If you like a good american stout, then you should definitly try this beer.

 715 characters

Photo of Jade
2.28/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I'm not even going to go through the usual list. Sorry, but this beer is not worth buying. Stay away. Bourbon barrel beer...this is not. Stout...this is not. Watery charred crap it is. If you think this is world-class or excellent or even good, stick with your Coors Light. Wow! Only redeeming quality is some silkiness. Look at my other stout reviews. This is not one to sit back and enjoy. Almost...a drain pour!

 414 characters

Photo of howard12
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of csoult
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of pagardner
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of jameyp
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of erica
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ManekiNeko for the bonus bottle in francisweizen's package!!

I really liked this beer a lot. It is dark dark with a tan head, looks like a stout should look. It smelled strong to me, with a variety of aromas in there, coffee, chocolate, alcohol, a bit of vanilla too. Tasted great, lots of roasty vanilla-coffee flavour and a bit of a lactic presence, which isn't my favorite taste but it works in the right blend, and this is quite a good blend, so it works. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side but with all the flavour it doesn't take too much away. Drinkability is good, but because it smells so alcoholic I think it might get to me after a while. All in all a great beer and one I'd definitely have again!

 722 characters

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

Received from Imstillthegman in SS07.

Pours almost pitch black except for some reddish around the edges when the light hits. A small thin head of cocoa colored suds quickly dissipates into a thin ring. The aromas of ground coffee and vanilla mix well. Taste of toasted malt and a touch of vanilla with some hop bitterness in the background. Finishes dry. A surprisingly thin body and fairly low ABV for this style. Which also makes this a good session beer.

 458 characters

Photo of mmars010
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Bob402
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of joeysmokedporter
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft in a pint glass.

A: pours oily and murky black, not much highlight, with a tan brown 2 finger, creamy head. Definitely warms you up for what is to come.

S: caramel dominates with notes of chocolate, roast, coffee; a good bit of vanilla as well.

T: The caramel, chocolate, and coffee hit at once; the middle is somewhat long and dominated by the oaky, resiny flavor; the finish is very light, almost watery, and cleansing...like it is preparing you for the next sip. A very enjoyable stout. Packed with flavor, particularly in the beginning.

M: Definitely heavy and a little viscous, even though this does not approach an imperial stout. Gets somewhat lighter as the sip progresses, which is unusual.

D: Drinks very easy for a stout, nice complex flavor. Would serve this with a dessert.

 807 characters

Photo of Finn
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma: Earthy, slight vanilla, burnt coffee

Appearance: Deep dark, tiny bit wisp of lace on top

Flavor: Peaty, earthy malt with a little vanilla aftertaste, tobacco, cola, roasty black malt.

Mouthfeel: Almost medium, with fairly strong carbonation cutting through to thin out the feel

Overall: Pretty nice. Unique malt profile mingling with a touch of vanilla is nice. I didnt pick up much noticeable oak. The slightly thin body detracted overall, but a very nice beer.

 473 characters

Photo of Zstets
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Santiagocpr
4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Bonifeks
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of garthwaite
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This masterpiece pours nearly black with a tan bubbly head that lasts the entire pint. All kinds of subtle scents to pick up - deep earthy cocoa, roasted malt, honey, oak, & of course - vanilla. This stout tastes ridiculously good. Perfect blend of rich & fantastic chocolate malts with millions of complexities from delicate vanilla to roasted oak with hints of bourbon & subtle tobacco in between. This brew is full-bodied with a silky smooth milk-like feel. The finish is earthy with a perfect touch of bourbon. Simply spectacular.

 534 characters

Photo of jacobdensford
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 1,522 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

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

    Subscribe