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
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Photo of ajilllau
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

We got this beer to pair with a New Orleans dinner and specifically to pair with oysters. It paired really well with them. Beer has a nice dark color to it with a head that settles well.

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

12oz bottle poured into snifter on 04/18/2011. Bottled on 03/10/10. Black body with a thick and creamy tan head. Good retention and decent lacing. My nose picks up bitter chocolate, roasted malts, a touch of vanilla, and coffee. The taste is the same but add in some caramel, brown sugar, and something boozy? Low ABV for that but it seems to be there. Full bodied, low carbonation, and a slightly dry finish. Good beer and my first from Dominion. If this is any indication of what they offer then I will be back ASAP.

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Photo of DiggerDahl
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of nofunyons
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of GoodOmens1986
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of AleApostle
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of BierManVA
4.87/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Let's start with the palate...An amazing array of cream, chocolate, coffee, caramel, vanilla and wood. All harmoniusly balanced. This is one tasty stout I can tell you. The nose is likewise balanced and floral. The mouthfeel is smooth and as the bier hits your tongue in different places, an explosion of harmony takes place.

Drinking this, I find myself pausing after every delicious mouthful and thinking that I just don't believe that this bier is so good. The Craftsmen at Old Dominion take real pride in their work and this is proof.

Hands down the best stout I've ever had.

John

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Photo of jushoppy2beer
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This robust black stout sports a great tan-colored head that has very good retention, and leaves a nice lacing. This is also a rather complex stout, with a coffee nose evolving into a chocolate malt flavor on the palate. The mouthfeel is moderately thick, though many stouts this flavorful are a bit heavier in the mouth. This one is lightened even more by a carbonation level that is a bit higher than most stouts, but makes the drink refreshing. Combined with this, the subtle hop bitterness in the finish gives it a crisp finale.

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Photo of Beer_Runner
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 08/07/12 (opened 46 days after bottling)

A: A slow pour into a standard pint glass resulted in about two-and-a-half fingers of a very robust and clumpy mocha colored head that slowly dissipated to about a quarter finger and left a good lacing. The brew dark brown and opaque with a cola hue.

S: The aroma is mild and consists of dark roasted malt with a touch of vanilla and a bit of oak.

T: The taste begins with a dark roasted malt and oak blend, and a touch of vanilla also comes through along with a touch of sweetness.

M: The body just barely makes it into the heavy range and it also has a slightly creamy feel. There is also very little carbonation, which is just fine in this style of beer.

O: This is a very oak and vanilla focused beer. It is also a very sweet beer. It is a good solid stout. The vanilla and the sweetness combine to give this beer a cola-like flavor.

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Photo of wingnutz27
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Jables
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Manekineko for the hook up on this amazing brew which I would otherwise only salivated over.

Appearance is pitch black with a teeny tiny cocoa head.

Aroma is dominated by bourbon and vanilla with some roasty undertones in the background. It could just be the vanilla but I also smell chocolate as well. So it is a quite dynamic vanilla aroma.

Tastes just awesome. Heavy roasted boldness with vanilla provided strong support and light bourbon notes to give it some zing. Initially it almost seems to have a tartness to it, but the finish is charred, sweet, and oily.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with some slight stinging on the tongue from carbonation.

Overall, quite drinkable and very interesting.

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Photo of shep8821
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of OhNo789
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of NickRivers
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A&S - Obviously deep black, creamy dark brown head, smell is kinda "muted" as one fella said, I like that word, anywho some light malts, kinda smells more of Porter than Stout, Very sweet and smokey then some chocolate and hoppy notes in the end.

T&M - Different from the smell, this tastes immediately of Stout. Big bold flavors, very smokey very crisp and light bodied, dangerously drinkable, kinda sweet light malt turns to that a dark chocolate, roasted, hop flavor.

O - Very impressive beer, I gave the appearance 3.5 cause nothing stood out from another stout, and the smell was muted therefor another 3.5.

Due to the fact that this was given to me by a Beer-Of-The-Month subscriber, I consider myself lucky to try a beer of such limitation. Not much to say about this other than how amazing easy it is to drink. Its one of those beers you tell your buddies, "Cmon' just try it." Its perfect for new and experienced drinkers alike. Definitely make a trade or pick some up if your in the area. Stay thirsty my friends!

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Photo of pgrow
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of PreacherBrewer
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black and sports a two finger dark tan head. Lacing is soapy and abundant.

S - Nose lets off some dark chocolate, roasted malt, and vanilla extract scents.

T - Flavors of dark chocolate, roasted malt and vanilla bean pop out. Nice freshly roasted coffee lingers in the aftertaste like a bold vanilla latte. Makes me want to say there is some lactose floating around as well. The oaking makes this beer even better by adding a charred oak character. Full Flavored and balanced.

M - Tickelish carbonation is balanced by a somewhat syrupy malt profile. The carbonation and malty syrupiness complement eachother nicely.

Overall - Full flavored, full bodied, yet easy to drink. What a great take on the style. Has everything you ask for in the style.

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Photo of dougofthefuture
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra from noslenwerd - thanks man! Bottled 1/18/10. "Dominion Oak Barrel Stout raises the bar for American stouts. Out method of dry-hopping with vanilla beans & oak chips broadens our stout's flavor spectrum even further."

Even further, you say? ... Despite the questionably vague description, the label is pretty cool looking. Dry hopping with vanilla beans sounds pretty awesome as well. Ok, time to drink.

A - Really dark pour - attractive 1 finger head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S - Standard dark malt, but hints of both vanilla and oak add just a bit of uniqueness.

T&M - Again, a nice oak and vanilla flavor on an average stout - nothing about the backbone sticks out, but I'd agree that the additions broaden the flavor spectrum. Mouthfeel is a bit prickly with carbonation. No alcohol presence, but still not super smooth.

D - This is unique, and I'm glad to have tried it. Once is probably good enough. Sometimes I really crave vanilla though, and this would be a good fit if it were available locally.

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Photo of bcgeiman
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of cjoc83
2.63/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottled 11/15/12 and purchased for $9.99 at Wegmans in Downingtown, PA. Pours more like a light porter or a very dark brown ale into a tulip with an initial 3 finger, fluffy khaki head that doesn't stick around too long but leaves some slight webs of lace. Definitely appears more of a very deep, dark brown than stout black, with amber hues penetrating the edges of the glass when held up to the light.

Very subtle nose...it's hard to discern much more than some roasted malts, a little milk chocolate and some vanilla sweetness. No oak in the nose.

Unfortunately, the flavors don't pop too much in the mouth, either. Some roasted malts up front, followed by a little caramel and toffee, finishes with some sweet vanilla. This is drinking more like a brown ale than a stout, and I'm very curious as to why they call this an "oak barrel stout" when there is literally zero oak flavor. The flavors disappear almost as soon as they hit the tongue. Everything is very faint.

As if this wasn't disappointing enough already, the OBS really falls apart in the mouthfeel. Extremely light and watery with too much carbonation, almost soda-like. The only upside here is that this is easy drinking.

Everything about this beer is misleading...why it's called a stout when it drinks like an alcoholic soda; why they call it an "oak barrel" stout at that, when there's barley any stout flavor to begin with, and there certainly ain't any oak in this thing. Half-way through my second one and I don't know what the hell I'm gonna do with the rest of these things. Not bad enough to drain pour, but not something I really wanna drink, either.

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Photo of woggydoggy
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thirtysixbelow
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - pretty much as dark as it gets, a very slight hint of brown around the edges when held up to the light. dark chocolate head that dissolves quickly leaving a nice ring. Didn't get any lacing.

s - rich creamy smell with chocolate, caramel, and vanilla notes.

t - astringent and hoppy at first. finishes sweet with the chocolate, caramel, and vanilla that were present in the smell. not really dry at all.

m - full and smooth yet surprisingly carbonated.

d - woohoo virginia. I picked this up randomly at the grocery store which made me think it wasn't going to be that great. I'm glad I was wrong. This beer is a little too complex for me to pick everything out, but it tastes so well rounded and delicious. This beer seems to be backwards from what I usually experience as it was kind if astringent/bitter at first and finished sweet. The bourbon barrel process gives it the taste of a much higher alcohol beer. Very interesting. I will definitely get this one again.

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Photo of wagner617
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Jfowler05
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of farHillsBrewer
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Have enjoyed a couple of these at Growler's Pub in Canton, a new pub opened by John Bates, former bartender at Racers Cafe.
It sits beside Guinness on the nitro tap, and is a special treat worth going donwtown for.
After the cascade of tiny bubbles finishes, you are left with a thick creamy head about an inch think, which is still partially there when the glass is empty. The mouthfeel provided by the nitro charge is as soft as cloud 9. The taste is all malt with pleasing notes of vanilla, oak, and toasty malt. It goes down so easily and the glass is finished before you realize. You are left with a finish of dark malt and some sweetness.
Highly recommended.

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Photo of Ezra-Poundit
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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