Dominion Winter Brew 2004 | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Dominion Winter Brew 2004Dominion Winter Brew 2004

Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company
Delaware, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-22-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of AngusOg
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of rydev24
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of claytri
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a dark brown with a camel head. The aroma was of sweet malt and caramel. The taste was a nice blend of caramel malt, vanilla, and banana with a bitter finish. The feel was heavy and dry. I bought this six last year and had left one back so now comes time to sample and review. I think the aging definately enriched this beer. I found it to be a unique change of pace, but not what I look for in a RIS. I'm not sure I'll be sampling more of this.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Dominion's Imperial Stout (Winter Brew 2004) pours a completely opaque black body beneath a huge head of rocky tan foam that holds exceptionally well and leaves beautiful, craggy rings of lace about the glass. The nose is sweetly cocoa-ish and cereal-like; drizzled with buttery and nutty notes; and followed by surrounding, peripheral notes of chocolate and roastiness. It's quite nice, and it carries over into the flavor with the soft, sweet, almost Ovaltine-like maltiness appearing up front before some chocolate and mild fruit slip in. Bitterness and roastiness surge towards the swallow; and it washes away leaving only a brisk bitterness and residual, roasty, bittersweet chocolate behind. Some welcome, leafy and grassy hops make an appearance as well; but the alcohol is very well hidden almost completely throughout - with the exception of some spiciness in the finish once you've passed the halfway mark. Quite nice!

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Photo of ppoitras
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

German-style refillable growler filled at the brewpub.

First pint glass pours with a dense 1 1/2" mocha head, which lasted well and laced nicely. Only the the heartiest rays of light pass through this dark brown brew, with a somewhat sparse roasty dark grain nose. Taste goes where the nose hinted, closing with some alcohol flavor and warming. Mouthfeel is a bit slick over the tongue, could have a bit more substance for the style, and drinkability is reasonable. Nice brew, maybe not up to the highest RIS echelons, but certainly acceptable.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Talk about setting things up for confusion: "lager" and "imperial stout" both appear on the labels. Black, minimal disappearing head, I've had longer lasting cola heads. Plain nose with a hit of raisiny alcohol, almost medicinal but not strong enough to warrant the term. Taste is well, not very stoutish. This could be a new style, American Double Brown Ale. It has that odd off-bite that makes me shy from brown ales. I'm tasting coffee, chocolate, some hop bitterness for balance. Mouthfeel shows traces of oil, but is overall too thin. It's drinkable, if you like big brown ales or mild stouts. Not really my thing.

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Photo of shippos
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured witha a dark brown ruby color and a big tan head that fades to a small but average thickness. roasty chocolate aroma...very balanced aroma in this nothing really coming out and hitting you. smooth body, mellowed/balanced throughout witha bit of a coffee finish.

Not sure what this is...bottle says lager but taste is sorta of stout like...mmmm...worth a try anyway i guess.

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Photo of Higravity
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a Imperial Stout? I had two bottles one after the other to confirm my first tasting. Not a drain pour, but a real disappointment.

It is black as hell but a small head that is way to white and then it is gone. Smell is of roastyness and alcohol. There is nothing to the taste here, it is a roasty maltness that lacks any lipsmaking depth. The alcohol comes through way too much for a 8% beer and the hops are so far removed that I think I might have imagined there presence. The body is not thick at all, it is like I have to sip through water to get to the beer. Not recomended!

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ninjaworn. The beer pours a dark murkey brown color with minimal head that falls to a ring over the top. The nose is roasted and nutty. Not really a stout in my book. More like a brown ale. Maybe a bit of chocolate in there, but not a lot. The flavor is a bit better. There is a chocolate blast to start the flavor, moving to a bitter, slightly coffee flavor. More rewarding than the nose. The feel is moderate, maybe a light-thick, with a moderate carbonation. This is a smooth and easy drinking beer. 8% doesn't show up in the flavor or nose. Decent brew.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A much different and better offering on tap in my opinion. Pours dark browk with a nice dense head. Not as pungent as the bottled version, but some aromas of chocolate are evident. Taste is much creamier, still has some chocolate and coffee present, but also has a hint of vanilla that is pleasant. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. More drinkable than the bottle version as it is not as sweet. A fulfilling treat on a winter's day.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was excited when I first heard Old Dominion was doing an Imperial Stout for their winter brew. I figured if it was near the quality of their spring brew it would be excellent. Unfortunately this one fell short, while not bad it is definitely more of a light Imperial Stout. Typical black body with a good sized tan foam head that left a good scattering og lace around the glass. Aroma was of roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate and a touch of fruit. Nice overall but not quite as potent as one would expect. The similar problem plagues the taste its good but just not enough there. Light dark chocolate with a roasted malt backdrop with mainly what this has to offer. Maybe some light coffee and sweet caramel notes as well. Almost medium in body and creamy feeling. The drinkability is one thing this excels in. While it does has a bit of a weaker taste and nose and the body is a little thin it goes down very easy. Hopefully they can beef this up before they release it again.

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Photo of Stubbie1
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This winter offering pours black in color with a dirty brown head. The head is thick and firm but fades to a thin lace rather quickly. The aroma is there but a bit mild, aroma of deep dark roasted malt; coffee and espresso come across the nose.
Taste is matching the power of the aroma, it is not too overpowering. A bitter sweet coffee/chocolate start with the same finish and a bit dry at the end. Not as thick and chewy for an IP Stout and the 8% is well hidden. A pretty decent brew.

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

All surprise. Didn't know what to expect here. Beautiful mocha on black. A stout with spices. Roast, chocolate, molasses,cocoa, nuts, vanilla, alltogether on sweet side. Good carbonation. Medium mouthfeel, not like a thick Russian imperial. Thanks for sharing, Radek.

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Photo of aracauna
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The body is a dark, almost black, read with a decent tan head that eventually fades to a ring around the edges. A very roasty black coffee aroma settles to a bit of bitter black chocolate (the really high-percentage cocoa types) and roasted nuts. The flavor is heavily bitter, but with enough body to balance it out a bit. Overall a tad thin for the still, but it hides the alcohol nicely.

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Photo of counselor
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a fair example of an imperial stout. It has the traditional pitch black body and dark tan head that thins quickly due to the abv. There are little of the roasted coffee, chocolately notes I expect in this style. The body of the beer is good with a slippery mouthfeel. the flavors were typical dry irish stout with a sharp unassuming hop profile, the abv is well hidden and there is no tell tale "hot" flavors from the abv.

overall this is more of a rakish dry stout than an imperial, but it was tasty none the less.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled on tap at Kclingers.

Beer comes in a 10 oz pils glass. The brew is very dark brown with some garnet tints and arrives with no head. The aroma is malty and malty with chocolate, brown sugar, molasses all mixing. FIrst sip reveals a thick boday with smooth creamy texture. There is also small prickly carbonation that leaves a tingly sensation on my tongue.
Flavor is all malt as the nose, with chocolate and brown sugar mixing for a fairly sweet concoction with some nice twang on the finish. A nice rich robust beer with no hops to be found. QUite nice.

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Photo of nomad
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours deep dark brown with edges of a ruby color. Head is ample and is fairly retained; lacing is good but intermittent.

Smells of light chocolate tones, the raspiness of black malts, and wisps of earthy hops. Has some dark-toasted bread and quasi-toffee scents once it opens, but barely so.

Taste is fairly simple: smooth chocolate and black malts at moderate levels over a bare base malt body. Hops are fully drying yet far from damaging. The hop flavor is earthy of an English sort with a low spice tingle. Not very complex or compelling - just low sweetness and roast with simple yet strong hopping. Pretty thin mouthfeel, too, at least to my liking.

A nice enough beer, and nicely priced at $6.99 a sixer for an 8% brew.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dominion's Winter Brew this year is an impy stout. It poured a near-black color with hints of crimson-tinged shafts of light at the edges. Strong pour yielded a thick and rocky dark-tan head that died quickly and magaged some lacing of the glass. Aromas are somewhat muted, but there's definitely the required scents: coffee beans, chocolate, some toffee, caramel sweetness. Flavor carries more of this as well. Not as overpowering as I'd hoped, but it is tasty. A more pronounced bittersweet chocolate flavor pervades the flavor profile. Slightly on the watery side for a R.I.S. Finishes (surprisingly) on the dry side, with the ABV not even showing up. A solid offering from Dominion. I could see this as a cross-over beer for someone wanting to get into the bigger beers. Well-done.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured midnight black with only a slight ruby highlight when held to light. The head was creamy brown, large, and lasted well to coat the glass.

The aroma was mainly dark fruits, namely cherries. Behind the fruitiness was a caramel roasted character with chocolate mixed in. It reminded me of chocolate covered cherries for sure. Also present was a slight bit of DMS (cooked corn).

The flavor was lightly roasty with chocolate and coffee leading the way. A fruity flavor, again like cherries was present. The beer was exceptionally smooth in the flavor with bittering being perfectly aligned with maltiness. Chocolate carried the beer from the first sip to the final analysis.

The finish was dry with lasting fruity chocolate and coffee long into the aftertaste. The body was just full. The only hints of alcohol was the slight warming that came after consumption.

12 ounce bottle. Bottled on 29 Oct 2004. I think all the fruitiness came from a warm ferment, and to me it was just a bit too smooth and lacking some complexity and character.

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Photo of Maestro
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a nice treat. The thick tan head leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Nose is mostly alcohol. Upon tasting, it is easy to see that there is a lot to this ale. Very complex malts. A definite hop presence is on the forefront. There is also a good deal of chocolate character. Very interesting stout. There seems to be some grape tastes that are common to a baltic porter, althout this year's batch is not. Very dry finish to this great winter warmer. Cheers!

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Photo of Stimack
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this brew on tap last evening, it was poured to a black color with some ruby highlights with a nice dark bubbly tan head that left a nice amount of lacing. The aromas seem to be quite complex as I get hints of dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, spices and a warming alcohol scent. As the brew was getting warmer I noticed different highlights came to the forefront. The taste is nice and has a lot of different highlights. Starts with a dark roasted chocolate flavor with dark fruit flavors and a hop highlight that ends with a pronounced warming alcohol taste. The mouth feel seems to be pretty full bodied and thick a real nice offering. This brew was a delight to stumble across, all of the Old Dominion offerings I have had so far have been very good.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a thin ruby edge and a nice creamy brown head. Subdued dark fruit and dark malt aromas... Intense bittersweet and dark roasty fruity flavors with strong alcohol notes. Medium-full bodied with a creamy character and an intense dry bittersweet chocolate finish.

Per Label: Imperial Stout. Malts: 2-row pale, chocolate, black barley, small amount of wheat. Hops: Perle and E.K. Goldings (bittering), Willamette and Cascade (aromatic).

Bottled: 10/29/2004
Tasted: 11/15/2004

($7.49 / 6-pack)

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Photo of Beervis
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is actually an Imperial Stout as the label states, but it also states on the label that's it's a seasonal "Lager" offering...still trying to figure that one out! May be another label mistake as Old Dominion did with their Spring Brew this year. Either way, this is a great beer.

Pours a very dark almost black color with a thick tan head. Very attractive.

Smells of coffee, caramel, and chocolate being most dominant.

Mouthfeel is medium to full and is quite complex. As it warms, the coffee and chocolate flavors increase, as well as a nice hop bitterness.

This beer is very drinkable and at 8%, it warms rather nicely.

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Dominion Winter Brew 2004 from Old Dominion Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 23 ratings