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 mthomp081
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

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

A nice stout to be had for its ageing and storage are not like others of this style, and it shows. The pour is a dark ruby color that floats a smaller than expected light tan head. Lace was thin if at all. The aroma was complex and threw me off abit with hints of bourbon, oak, toffee and vanilla malt. The taste carried thoughs same qualities along with mild sweet chocolate and hop. With all this going on I found the body abit thin, not chewy. Aids the drinkability. The finish is dry as from bakers chocolate. A nice stout with alot going on, abit thin, but a good one for all year round.

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Photo of GetTheYayo
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Beer is a dark brown, with no light coming through. Looks like a darker version of root beer. Provides a small tan foam head, with zero lacing.

S: The scents become more prevalent as it warms. Mostly rich vanilla, oak, chocolate.

T: A good combination of vanilla and oak up front with some chocolate on the back end. Not too sweet.

M: A little thin. Leaves a creamy oak taste on the palate.

D: Easy to drink, certainly worthy of a taste. A low abv.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of oelergud
2.95/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pure black in a bottle, light brown head with little retention and little lace.
Chocolate and vanilla very apparent in the nose along with some nice burnt coffee, very pleasant and enticing smell.
Burnt coffee, chocolate and vanilla taste with a decent hoppy after taste.
I was very disappointed when drinking this beer, much much too thin, almost watery thin mouthfeel, really bad when it's supposed to be a stout.
This beer looks and smells great, but thats about it, I dont think I'll buy this one again.

-Oelergud

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Photo of NumberNone
4/5  rDev +2%

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

Photo of fdig23
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of BeerBuilder
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with just a ring of light brown for the head. Leaves scattered lacing. The aroma is oaky, malty, and bourbony. I get hints of vanilla as well. Very nice aroma. The flavor is malty and chocolatey with the oaky, bourbon flavors coming out in the back. It has a smooth creaminess throughout. This is a top notch brew shared by StuBob.

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Photo of bigeyedfish89
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of DCgolfpro
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Lunch
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Rams Head Tavern in Savage, MD into a shaker pint at the slightly colder than appropriate temperature (01/11/09). I allowed the beer to warm for several minutes.

A: Pours a very dark shade of deep brown to almost black with a 1.5 finger light mocha colored head with decent retention and some nice lacing.

S: Soft bouquet of roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, vanilla, caramel and some oak. Not the strongest aroma but quite nice.

T: Roasted malt and coffee hit the palate first along with some nice oak tones. Vanilla, chocolate, cocoa, and caramel are detectable as well. The flavors are all very clean and fresh. Not a big beer by any means, by a very nice American Stout indeed.

M: Medium-bodied with appropriate carbonation, but seemed at little thin at times.

D: Excellent drinkability and only 5.2%. A very sessionable American Stout with a better flavor profile than most.

Overall I was really impressed by this beer as it contained a great amount of flavor while keeping the abv. extremely low. This is perfect sessionable American Stout. Recommended.

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Photo of JohnQVD
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of JoeLacy
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nomad
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank 8 days after its bottling date...

Pours a deep brown with a super slow reverse cascading action, impressive given that its not a nitro beer. From this pretty pour it has a thick frothy head, a full two fingers, and is very slow to fall.

Smells of roasted grains and small notes of oak over a big, full nutty background.. Vanilla scent begins slight, and with a more floral and fruity character than the classic bourbon vanilla smell. Amazingly, as this beers warms the vanilla gains in power and clarity yet then recedes. Settles to a beautiful coffee scent, one of the better coffee scents I've smelled on a beer in some time.

For a normal, 5.2% stout, this beer has a lot of flavor, big flavors to be exact: dark chocolate, barbecue roastiness, dark toasted wheat bread, and an impressive sweet-ish depth. Vanilla bean notes daintily walk through the darkness and disappears before the moderately dry finish. Like its smell, after a few sips a sizable nutty backbone emerges. Thin mouthfeel. Highly drinkable.

So this is NOT the same beer as draught version. The kegs are full of this stout that has been aged in bourbon bottles; the bottles are the brew "dry hopped" with vanilla beans and toasted oak chips. A decent attempt at approximating barrel aging in a quicker and cheaper way, but its clearly not the same. Regardless, this is a fine stout, much better than most normal stouts and surprisingly big and dynamic, tasting to me somewhat like Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. So its a great beer but I can only imagine how much better is the draught product.

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Photo of richbrew
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of Gushue3
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours black with smal head that goes away. no lacing.

S- vanilla off the top, a smokey sweet wood scent in there too. not getting too much

T- much lighter vanilla note than the scent gives. oaky wood taste with a tiny hint of booziness. the flavors work well together. lingering vanilla taste that im not sure if i like a ton.

M-small carbonation bubbles rush around and feels pretty light too.

D- easy to drink.
ill be reaching for something else though

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. This beer pours out nearly black with a small head. Stale hop aroma along with just a little bit of roasted malt. After the boring aroma, I was surprised how tasty this beer is. Starts of malty and woody. Slightly astringent. Vanilla flavor comes in near the finish, and there is a little sweetness. The flavor is very subtle for an oak aged beer. Mouthfeel is a little too light. Decent drinkability. Not as good as I was hoping, but still pretty tasty.

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Photo of grimey68
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of ithinkimasofa
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of warriorsoul
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to lostbearbrew for this one...
Almost black in color with no light passing thru...a half a finger of tan colored head which disappears within minutes.
No real lacing to speak of.
Pleasant in the nose...vanilla, butterscotch, chocolate and a definite oak/woody character.
Taste is real nice once it hits right around room temperature...more vanilla with a hint of robust coffee, almonds and an overall, well-balanced malt to hop experience.
Mouthfeel is a tad thin, but the carbonation is where I enjoy it and it is easily consumed with a fairly low abv (for me)...would love to try this one on cask, as the oak age flavors are nice but would really shine as a real ale IMO.

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Photo of reitzbrewing
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of 322wingedfoot
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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