Dominion Oak Barrel Stout | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Dominion Oak Barrel StoutDominion Oak Barrel Stout

Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company
Delaware, United States

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.

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Photo of PeatReek
3.05/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

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Photo of yeagerbm
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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 -3.1%
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 +9.7%
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 MurphyMacManus
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle into tumbler

A: dark brown, near opaque; short-lived coffee-colored head; some lacing, but not much.

S: Vanilla coffee, as in vanilla flavored coffee -- the good kind that actually balances the flavors. Also, some peat smoke in there, very faint.

T: peat-smoked malt, more coffee, mild roasted grain astringency, some grapefruit-like bitterness in the finish. As it warms, the vanilla starts to come through in the middle, as well as a drying note from the oak in the finish. Becomes sweeter as it warms.

M: tight, light carbonation; almost porter-like in mouthfeel.

D: Would make an excellent session stout, though just a bit high on the ABV.

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Photo of jhammel01
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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 toti1972
2.98/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Dark colour, good smell to chocolate and some vanilla but not very strong, light bodied, light carbonation, and average stout, it's ok but I have tried better ones. Maybe I was expecting something more after reading the reviews, I don't think I'll have it again.

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Photo of 88caprice
4.61/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

Overall: Quite possibly the most utopian stout experience ever. With every swallow, I was sad to see it go.
Don't be a uncouth guzzler and down this straight from a 35 degree fridge. Let it warm. Take your time. You are in for a treat.

The brightest light shows deep ruby threads in this blackest-of-black brew. An inspiring two-finger, creamed-coffee colored head concentrates to a creamy cap. Aromas of charred wood, campfire smoke, and coffee grounds mingle with equal playing field. Every sip says smooth, smooth, smooth. The taste is robust, roasty, and complex, changing with the temperature. A slight bourbon sweetness comes into play. No attribute is overpowering. Nothing unpleasant. Phenomenal.

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Photo of MrNuggets
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
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 hungryghost
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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 HimerMan
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.


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Photo of Lazerlobe
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
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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Photo of jrsqc7
4.93/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic amazing stupendous wonderful whaaaaaaaaaaaat nom nom nom nom nom America 4th of July Pam Grier baby deer corn on the cob beans and cornbread big cheeseburgers and good French fries the best stout evaaaaaaar

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Photo of pianoguy
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured in a glass. Note; The ABV on my bottle (dated 11-25-14) is listed at 6.% not the 5.50% listing for this beer

Pours a creamy one inch head (that goes away rather quickly) over a very dark coffee color.
The head forms in an slightly "guinness" sort of way (that entertaining little dance of tan carbonation as the head builds) Decent lacing... Can't say enough about the look of this stout! Had to give it a 5 ...

Smell; Coffee... and vanilla.... a hint of oak

Taste; Toffee, Toffee, Toffee ! It's the vanilla over oak that gives it a toffee sort of taste ... Like a Heath Bar with hops !!

Feel was good but maybe a bit over carbonated for my taste

Overall: A very enjoyable stout...Wish the beer of the month club had sent more of this one !

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

wow, wasnt sure what to expect with this one but it had a nice dark pour with littl froth that stick to the glass, smell?, taste slight bitter aftertaste, feel nice and smooth

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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!

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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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