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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2001

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: thin, but nicely formed head; solid black color; small lacing
S: caramel, roasted barley--strong aroma
T: solid robust stout, moderately hopped; not very sweet
M: silkly

Really solid stout, quite ideal flavor profile at its ABV.

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Photo of mikefuski17
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of Tdenham
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of reitzbrewing
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of Lettsgo3
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SammyJaxxxx
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of weezarc
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of MadScientist
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Excellent clarity with a deep ruby/garnet color and a medium tan head of fine bubbles that dissipates leaving just after a ring around the edge of the glass after about a minute.

The aroma is a bit faint but what is there shows the oak and vanilla with aromas of vanilla, toffee and some carmel along with the roasted malt character an American stout. There is some diacetyl which is probably from the oak.

Again the vanilla and oak are upfront with flavors of vanilla, toffee and cocoa initially. A pleasant moderate amount of coffee flavor in the middle and finish. There is a little sweetness in the beginning and middle while it eventually progresses to a moderately dry finish. Faint, nondescript hops flavors of citrus with a descent amount of bitterness thought out.

The light to medium-light body is too thin for an American stout. The moderately high carbonation is appropriate and the bit of astringency probably results from the hops/malt bitternes and the oak aging.

The oak and vanilla defiantly come through and are nicely balanced in a very solid beer but I'd like stronger aromas in the nose, more body and better head retention.

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Photo of timotao
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of TeachChefs
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of tastymug
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of alysmith4
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of brew3crew
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a black body with a tan head that sticks around for awhile. Leaves lacing down the side

S- coffee and just the slightest bit of vanilla. Wish the vanilla was more prevalent.

T-slightly more coffee version of the smell. Vanilla comes out as it warms up.

M-medium body and smooth

O-pleasant beer. Would have again.

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Photo of Skabiski
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bill235
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of SheepNutz
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a pint glass. It pours a jet black color with two fingers of dark tan foam. There is lots and lots of lace rings left down the sides of the glass. The smell is full of roasted malt, coffee, and a hint of oak. The taste is full of mocha, burnt malt, and molasses. A hint of hops on the finish. The body is a little watery, yet very smooth. The drinkability is fantastic. An awesome stout!

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a 3 Floyd's pint glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for hooking me up with this interesting beer.

The appearance is pretty darn black for a just a regular old stout. The aromatics are pretty bland. There is some oak woodsiness in the background but there is no malt characteristics in the aroma at all. The flavor is actually really damn good. There is a lot of vanilla in the flavor, some of it from oak, some of it from added vanilla. The barrel is palatable and you can taste the dank oak. The roasted malt flavor is pretty weak but it does exist in the background. The mouthfeel is really creamy and it was really really nice. This was really really tasty. As far as drinkability it was really nice, but there was something still generic about it overall. Still a pleasant surprise from a random stout.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark black with some ruby-ish cola hints coming through on the bottom when the beer is near light. Medium-sized brown head dissipates quickly, leaving a ring of lace and a thin foam on top of the beer.

Smell: Roasted malts and molasses as expected, with a woody hint and notes of vanilla.

Taste: Begins with sweet molasses flavor and a vanilla note, finishing with more vanilla, roasted malt, and a slight woodiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth with light carbonation. Finish is a bit sticky, but dries out.

Drinkability: This is a great stout, and probably my favorite stout overall. Definitely worth it, and this is very drinkable and sessionable.

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Photo of tjmiller718
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ngntjp
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of Traquairlover
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 10/17/07. I bought a 6-pack and will cellar a couple of them for maybe a year to see if I like them any better, at present this is okay tasting but really pretty average over all given the many other good choices out there.

A = Black and smooth, formed a smallish head with a reddish tint. I swear the head made it look almost like Cherry Coke from a soda fountain, actually rather attractive but not what I was expecting. Head dissipated quickly with no lacing.

S = Smell is almost imperceptible. I had this in my refrigerator so maybe it needs to warm a little, but still . . . I expect some smell. What I do smell is sweet malty with hints of vanilla and oak (not very original given the bottle says it is fermented with vanilla beans and oak chips but honestly there's not much else going on). It is a very light, pretty simple smell.

T = Taste is better than the smell, still a little light, but flavorful. I can pick up traces of the vanilla but it is not overpowering. I like this because I often find the addition of vanilla overpowering but here it simply adds a little to the sweetness without overdoing it. Less oak in the taste than I expected. Good malt flavor, virtually no bitterness.

M = Somewhat thin for a stout, more sting from carbonation than I expected given the lack of any real sustaining head.

D = It's hard for me to rate this too much above average. I did enjoy it, but not sure I will rush out to buy it again. If you were in the mood for a lighter tasting stout, this would serve fine.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Roberto11232
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dominion Oak Barrel Stout from Old Dominion Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 1,540 ratings