In this beer blog, we are going to sample my favorite beer from Old Dominion Brewing. It is their Oak Barrel Stout. This is the beer that open my eyes on this brewery. I received a bottle from one of my beer of the months. If you read my beer blog post yesterday on their Coffee stout, you know the history of this brewery. If you have not, please, read beer blog post on their Morning Glory Espresso to get to know this east coast craft brewery. Let us get into this stout.
It has a jet black color with a tan creamy color head on this stout. The smell is chocolate with coffee notes. The taste is chocolate, little vanilla and coffee notes with a dry chocolate aftertaste. It is pretty drinkable beer.
Here is a description from the beer bottle:
Dominion Oak Barrel Stout raises the bar for American stouts. Our method of dry-hopped with vanilla beans and oak chips broadens our stout’s flavor spectrum even further.
Here is a description from their website (www.olddominion.com):
Oak Barrel Stout
Oak Barrel Stout raises the bar for American Sweet Stouts. Our method of infusing vanilla beans and oak chips during conditioning results in a smooth, roasty stout that is unparalleled.
- 6.1% alc/vol
- “Best Beer in Delaware” – Delaware News Journal, March 2011
- Willamette & Cascade Hops.
- Pairs well with oysters, clams, brie cheese & chocolate
- Serve in a pint glass at 50-55ºF
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
Ending, what can I say to a stout fan to have them try this beer? Why this stout? This stout gives the craft beer and stout drinkers something a little different from the normal boring old craft stout. There is nothing wrong with the boring old craft stout. They have an answer for the mainstream and mass-produced beer or lager. This stout kicks out some vanilla notes making it smooth and easy to drink. There are also some notes of oak with some creamy chocolate notes. This is why the craft beer and stout drinker needs to try to beer. I believe we could get some lager drinkers to maybe enjoy this stout. Let me know what you think and go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser