Dominion Oak Barrel Stout | Old Dominion Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
1,524 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:
1,524
Reviews:
702
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
12.5%
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
202
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 1,524 |  Reviews: 702
Photo of ATPete
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

bottling date of 08-19-08

Pours an opaque dark brown, almost black in color with a monster, loosely knit brown head leaving some soapy sticking on the glass. Monster head? Barrel aged? Oh wait a minute, only oak chips were used... There is a much larger citrusy hop profile in the nose that i had expected, faint notes of caramel malt and roasted chocolate. Light in body, hardly any chew going on, simple roasted chocolate malts and some hints at roasted coffee beans. The carbonation is insane, the way over-the-top carbonation hurts its body and mouth-feel. Subtle notes of vanilla, sweet wet wood and lemony sourness on the finish. This one was a disappointment. Maybe put the beer in a barrel next time?

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Photo of BFCarr
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of dbl_delta
3.39/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Revisited 03-28-15 after initial review last August.
Bottle dated 02-18-15 (this puppy is fresh) into pint glass. I'd call it a ruby brown - not red, but not brown either. Thick light tan head of coarse bubbles reduces to a thin and long-lasting film.
Taste is, unfortunately, underwhelming. Vanilla and dark malt initially, then...nothing.
It's way too thin for a stout. Too much carbonation. As a result, it's not as smooth as I'd expect.
There are a lot of really good stouts out there. This isn't one of them.

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Photo of GameOfBeers
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of strohme2
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

Photo of standardcherry
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of aaronh
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As an update to my on-tap review - this beer really suffers in the bottle. Aromas are crushed and flat, flavor is simply better than average. Nothing spectacular in the bottle. I was very disappointed when I bought some of this. Drink it on tap - the bottle doesn't do it justice.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.82/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served as a sample at the Penn Festival. The color was a ruby-brown, and maintained a quality head. The smell was of coffee and other malts. The taste was of malts and coffee, and was on the bitter side, but not overly so. The mouthfeel was fairly smooth for a non-nitro stout. Drinkability-wise, this was an excellent balance and I could absolutely drink these all day!

This was the true surprise of the festival, and one I didn't expect to be so good! I hope that I can find this one nearby, because I would certainly purchase it in the future!

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Photo of GPHarris
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from maltygoodness and the Summer Sipper BIF

a - poured a one finger thick tan head into a goblet that left a nice ring and sheet throughout. the body was dark black.
s - hints of oak and dry hops.
t - spicey, oakey, toasty with a vanilla sweetness throughout.
m - bubbly and medium mouthfeel.
d - good sipper.

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Photo of Scott_McCool
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of CreekyJarls
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of gleemonger
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Tballz420
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My label is much different than the one pictured. But it appears to be this beer.

Thick-ass black body, you can spot some hues on the very edge if you look for it. Fluffy tan head, very sticky. Scent is a thick chocolate malt, a bit of roast. Mmm, nice blend. Deep dark malts dominate the brew, very nice touch of bitter hops. Full body, a bit wet but pretty thick. When i want a stout, thats what i want.

As they would say in chicago: "you can put it on the boaaard! YES!"

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Photo of DrFunkenstein
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of cavedave
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Evan, thanks again for these.

Dark brown, opaque with a tight knit finger of light brown lather.

Smell is of roasty malts. Some dark caramel, light peaty note, some coffee, and a hint of bitter chocolate. As I drink I get occasional whiffs of milk chocolate too. Very subdued aroma, though.

Mmm, delectable taste. Dark sweet starts things off, some char kicks in , just the right touch of it, espresso notes, hints of bitter chocolate. End of sip features the sweet cresting into a really tasty blast of the roasty and hop bitter notes. Didn't really get any oak or vanilla.

Quite easy drinking, almost like a milk stout, low carb., clean flavors, excellent finish, and decent complexity.

Really surprised by this one. I love regional beers I have never tried that rock, this one does. You'll love it.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 11/13/09

Pours nearly pitch black with one finger of foam that quickly fades away without lacing. You can smell the oak and vanilla in the nose, along with a dark roasted maltiness.

Oak flavor is powerful but pleasing. The vanilla is hardly perceptible. The oak/roasted malt flavors blend very well in this beer. No hop flavors or aromas to speak of.

The mouthfeel is a bit too fizzy - would like to see a smoother creaminess to this brew. Would probably be excellent on nitro.

Overall a very good beer. Goes down nicely and the flavors do not get tired. I would certainly get this again.

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Photo of therica
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= deep dark brown, fair tan head, nice rimming.

S= natural vanilla bean, coffee, roasted malts, playfully light hops florals.

T= not as bold as expected but maybe "as they should be," and a very nice blend indeed. Lightly smoky malts and vanilla bean (not the far cheaper vanilla-extract junk), moderate hops bitters. Hops florals are in there but not quickly discernable because they seem to be the more floral-hops varietals.

M= now the hops bitters as well as the toasted malt bitters kick in, with very apparent vanilla bean notes and light coffee. Savor for a few minutes.

D= very drinkable, possible session if you're in the darker-beer mood with a slight vanilla twist. Would be fantastic with dark rich chocolate desserts. Might be an interesting twist with a swiss-mushroom-burger. Definitely not fish or steak.

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Photo of MrJuengling
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SilentSabre
3.14/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Not bad. Poured nearly black with dark red around the very edges. Sandy coloured foamy head faded away in less than 15 seconds. Looked fairly average for the style.
Smell was quite lovely consisting of sweet coffee, English toffee, sawn old wood, and a hint of vanilla. Smells absolutely delicious!
Sadly, I found almost none of this in the flavour. Rather, an average stout with some dry roasted malty notes up front and throughout, nearly bereft of hop bitterness. The taste of a thousand other stouts, basically.
Mouthfeel was surprisingly thin for the style. You could do much worse, but I had such high expectations for this being a stout and having had oak chips and vanilla beans "marinating" in it. I'll definitely drink the other five, but I won't be rushing out to spen another $7,99 on another six.

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Photo of stirgy
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black in color. Smallish head that hardly left any lacing on the glass. The aroma is really perfect here with sweet roasty and rich notes. Spicy vanilla, earthy, woody and oaky. Bitter vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg and even cookie dough are all detectable in this beer. The taste is rich and roasty, very creamy and mellow, bready and very flavorful. Wonderfully complex that finishes bitter and dark. The body in this one seems just a tad watery, but overall, everything comes together nicely. A very nice and unique stout.

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Photo of ChipChaight
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of korguy123
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle date 7/20/2010
Special thanks to mdaschaf for this one.

A- Black syrupy pour that is completely opaque. Slight brown highlights around the edges. Finger width dark tan head that settles to thin cap. Lacing is minimal.

S- Wonderful vanilla notes, creamy milk chocolate with roasted coffee tones. The oak makes everything smell nice and smooth. Brown sugar with a slight molasses.

T- Vanilla really stands out, oak taste really smooths everything together. Raisins and milk chocolate with a touch of bitter black coffee and molasses.

M- Thin to medium bodied. Slight carbonation makes this feel lighter than it should. It's somewhere between a stout and a porter.

O- I love this beer... until I felt how thin it is. If this was a touch on the chewier side this would be a world class stout.

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

Photo of Chackman151
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stimack
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this brew at Mahar’s last evening. This beer poured to a deep black color with a nice chunky tan head that had excellent retention and left lacing through out, a fantastic looking brew! The aromas are of vanilla, with chocolate, oak and roasted highlights. The taste has a number of things going on, a little hop up front followed by an excellent mix of vanilla, cocoa and espresso, simply a fantastic tasting brew! One knock against it, it could be thicker but actually makes it a brew that can be had during any season! I must say that I was unsure of this brew when I got it, but man I glad that I did! This is a brew that I am going to look for in the future! Try this brew, I think you will be happy!

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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 1,524 ratings.
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