Dominion Oak Barrel Stout | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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3.93/5
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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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#6,552
Reviews:
703
Ratings:
1,543
pDev:
12.47%
Bros Score:
4.47
 
 
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of yeagerbm
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of jahred
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of pershan
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of NikD
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of jhammel01
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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!

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Photo of hungryghost
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours the deepest of dark mahogany, small brown head, little to no lacing.
Smell is sweet of vanilla, roasted caramel and a slight hint of coffee.
Very well balanced beer for the amount of flavors. Velvety smooth going across the taste buds. Feel the vanilla, roasted caramel and slightly sweet malt, all the flavors are smooth, nothing is overpowering. Nice. Something different in the finish, not smoke, dare I say woody/oakey?
It is a little thinner than I generally like a stout to be but the flavor makes up for it.

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Photo of sodensp
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of mjw06
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of Softestdog
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of DiggerDahl
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Christov
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of DannyBoyDD
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MrNuggets
4.67/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown colour, suppose I will call it black. Thick Kaki head tops this beautiful stout. Vanilla scent dominates, yet it is mixed with a woody aroma which does a magnificent job of exciting the taste buds. The oak is the first to step up and attack my tongue. That quickly glides into a fantastic mixture of vanilla and oats. Touch of bitterness leads to a slight vanilla after taste. Silky smooth on the palate. It's sad to think i only have one of these left.
This is a very exciting brew that leaves me wanting more.

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Photo of HimerMan
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle purchased at BeerYard on my last trip (part of the back to back trips). Poured into a standard pint glass.

Pour - very nice deep dark brown/almost black with a coffee color head that is rather nice. Immeidate smell of vanilla peeks even before you are done with the pour.

Smell - Again, very nice here - vanilla, mild oak, and chocolate. Not a huge smell that comes off, but nice nonetheless.

Taste - Not a huge amount of flavor, but a very easy stout to drink. Flavors blend very well together; strong creamy vanilla, chocolate very mild oak and not any hops after taste at all. This is not a burnt or black chocolate flavor with the beer, which is great since its a stout (less alcohol) than an imperial or double.

Overall - this is a very easy beer to drink with a very reasonable price per bottle. No reason to not try this beer, its very good. I'd suggest having this with vanilla ice cream or as a float. Definitely worth trying. I was surprised that this beer tasted the way it did, in a good way.

Perhaps I need to visit someone in Virginia to try this on tap - I've heard it is much better on tap than it is out of the bottle.

Cheers.

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Photo of Lazerlobe
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A rich dark liquid poured fills the glass with a khaki colored cap of foam. Head is quick to recede but remaining microfoam is quite pleasing.

S: Molasses, melted candy bar, soot, caramelized sugar.

T: Some bitterness and weak oxidation come through with heavily burnt sugar, milk chocolate, vanilla and ash. !

M: Carbonation is a tad high body the body seems appropriate.

D: Not the worst stout but nothing I'd trample folk to get.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -30%

Photo of pheurton
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of DKHNOVA
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 1,543 ratings