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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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3.94/5
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1,536 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#5,454
Reviews:
703
Ratings:
1,536
pDev:
12.44%
Bros Score:
4.47
 
 
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85
Gots:
204
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Photo of FickleBeast
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
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 MasterRigger
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SilentSabre
3.14/5  rDev -20.3%
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 322wingedfoot
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cyber_phoenix
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of stirgy
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
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 korguy123
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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 mthomp081
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of jduprey007
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Stimack
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
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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Photo of kkipple
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Magnolias at the Mill in Purcellville, VA. Fresh.

Old Dom Oak Barrel is a transparent deep amber-brown, and came topped with an inch high dense head that is both creamy and clumpy. Appetizing looking, anyway.

Smells quite tasty, with medium roast and cocoa notes and all kinds of interesting things going on (likely from the oak). I'm getting vanilla, tobacco, honey and a light dryness that reminds me of DFH Chicory Stout. This is quite complex and welcome for such a low-alcohol beer, and a nice change from the usual coffee / roasted grain / chocolate nose most stouts sport.

The taste is a little more traditional, with bittersweet chocolate / roasted malt coming through strong and hints of charred wood and a mineral flavor in the back end. Not getting any vanilla, sadly. The sweetness here reminds me oddly of a milk stout, but I'm sure there's no actual lactose here...

Mouthfeel is light and a bit thin. Very drinkable, and possibly the most drinkable oaked beer I've ever come across. I enjoyed it. Get some Old Dominion Oak Stout on a cold night and it'll see ya through.

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Photo of Blanco
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of drseamus
2.88/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Classic dark black body. It could have used a little more head. The smell is wicked powerful. There is a ton of vanilla and a light malt presence. IMO the vanilla is too strong. It should complement the aroma, not dominate it. The flavor about half as strong as the aroma but the dominant flavor is sour. There are some dark malt flavors and an acidic aftertaste. The flavor is pretty thin and the mouthfeel is medium light. I was pretty excited about this beer initially but it is a bit of a let down.

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Photo of craftbeerasian
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of IrishRedRock
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a bit of residual lace, not a lot of carbonation. Aroma is nice and rather complex; notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, tree bark, and a lot of vanilla. Sweet initially, with black coffee notes leading to a rich maltiness and a mildly bitter finish. The notes of bourbon are ever so slight, but are noticeable. I'd have given this a little more time to sit in those wooden barrels. Mouthfeel is excellent, smooth with not too many bubbles, just a little carbonation. Nice. The low ABV and the smoothness of this one make it an easy drinker. Not top of the line, but a very worthy stout in my opinion, and one I'd certainly go for again.

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Walkerjgt
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Gtwreck45
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of comfortablynirm
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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

Poured from a 2 year old (maybe a bit longer) aged bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: A dark brown color with almost no head. A slight light brown ring at the top of the glass is all I got. No glass lacing.

S: Dark roasted malts with hints of coffee, chocolate and some burnt flavors.

T: Dark roasted malts with flavors of coffee, smoke, a bit of chocolate and some faint wood. A mild sweetness balances but this is not very complex. No hop traces and finish is smooth.

M: Thin for sure, not much carbonation. Creamy though, but not a lot of body.

D: Fairly high. The low complexity and low abv makes them drinkable.

Overall not a great stout as it left me wanting more. After having a Founders Breakfast 2 days ago, this one just doesn't measure up. Sad.

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Photo of wattoclone
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Rastacouere
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost opaque black hue with a light brown film that lasts. Intense aroma where vanilla comes strong marrying the spongy oak. Chocolate pillows, a few cream cups, a coffee sipper and a toffee eater sitting by a smoky campfire. Well blended and rich flavors to say the least. Palate is a bit less interesting, but still delicate, smooth and satisfying, which is no surprise from Dominion. Medium body and carbonation enhance the high drinkability. Wood flavors complement the big sweet chocolate while the light hoppy acidity takes care of the could-be-overpowering vanilla by leading us into a dry finish. Great stout, cheers Larry!

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Photo of minterro
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought at an Ohio beer mart for around 2 bucks

Date bottled 2/12

Large two finger head that a nice mocha brown color to it. Head fades relatively fast but retains in a thin creamy layer. Jet black colored lively looking beer. Bits of lacing. Predominately roasty for the aroma and I dont know if it was purely biased because of the bottle but I think I catch a hint of vanilla.

Roasty upfront but the finish is very clean and non bitter. low medium bodied and pretty high carbonation for a stout (even a American stout).

Overall: the drinkablity is very high on this beer. Pretty good buy I feel for around 2 bucks, defiantly enjoyed it and it was worth the try.

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Photo of MattSharpless
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of mooseisloose
4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another of over 150+ different brews that has arrived at my doorstep via BOTMC, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a combination of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts, almost a roasted malted milk ball smell. This is a new one for my olfactories and is quite pleasing. This brew pours to a motor oil color and consistency with a tan, yet transitioning from darker to light, head consisting of multi-sized bubbles ranging from medium to small with a pillow top. Head laces as it recedes. On the taste the mouthfeel quickly stands out as highly viscous and silky. The taste then starts with a milky roasted flavor, that slowly ascends to a sweeter chocolate and vanilla, then transitions to a smoky bitterness that still remains sweet in the background. The finish stays bittersweet throughout. This is a delicious brew, I highly recommend.

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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 1,536 ratings
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