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Dominion Oak Barrel Stout is rich and smooth, a draught brew so popular at our Brewup that we found a way to bottle it for a wider audience. We combine seven different malts and two hops to create a delicious stout, that we dry-hop with fresh vanilla beans and toasted oak to finish our little treasure. The result is a stout that has the bourbon barrel flavor we all enjoy, and hope you will to.

Note: made with oak chips and vanilla beans, not aged in barrels. Available bottled and draft outside of the brewpub.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 4, 2005
When I first popped the cap on this one, the first thing I thought to myself was "twist top...what’s the deal here?" Any fears that this was an inferior beer were laid to rest the second I poured this one out into a shaker. The first thing that struck me was the strong smell of vanilla and coffee present. The beer itself pours a nice dark brown with a small head. Taste is heavenly. When allowed to warm up to room temperature from chill, the beer unleashes its bourbonesque hints. Finishes as strongly as it starts out. A great overall beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2005
Black w/ tan lace. Aroma is caramel, butter. Flavor is malty, coca cola, rootbeer, cocoa, VANILLA, OAK, and mildly bourbonish. Like an ice cream float in a way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2004
Pours a deep black color with beige head. A very vanilla, raosted malt aroma. This is a nice, sweet stout. Good flavors, that mix well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Pours a beautiful black body and a huge rocky dark tan head. The aroma and flavor are big and malty. The vanilla bean and oak chips are most obvious, although subtle and delicately balanced. There is a great contrast of bitter and sweet… Toffee and coffee flavors. I find a very nice whisky resemblance, but it’s more like whisky and milk chocolate whisked together. The palate is medium full…. Nothing too viscous but never too thin.
I find this to be one hell of a delicious brew!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2004
This beer does not have the most pleasant aroma, but tastes pretty good and looks good. Chocolate, nuts, and oak in the taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsniclas (5526) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2004
Bottled. Black. Vanilla, butter, milk, chocolate, coffee.... And some hoppiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 28, 2004
2004 nitro draught @ Dulles Airport. Deep, near opaque rich black pour with a creamy beige head and fine bubbles near the surface. Aroma of light vanilla notes, a touch of sherry, sweet caramel, oreo cookies and some vinous oaky notes. Flavor begins chocolatey, with a vanilla kick to liven things up. The vanilla is decidedly sweet as is the whiskey aspect. The oak is well done though, it is rich and sweet without being too alcoholic or too drying. The only problem, is that the vanilla and the malt are all quite sweet as well. Then add in the nitro qualities, providing a smooth creamy body and you’ve got yourself a sugary monster. Well, that’s a bit too unfair, but this beer could use some more roast and a touch of hops. Very little hops apparency. Finishes with oak and vanilla and chocolate, just the way it starts. Light coffee notes throughout as well. Nitro masks much of the aroma. But for all of my hate towards nitro beers, this one comes away tasting better than I had expected and probably as good or better than any other beer I’ve had on nitro. Very rich, creamy and sweet. Medium to medium-full body, low carbonation. I would be interested to try this on a regular C02 draught or on cask.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2004
Sweet aroma of brown sugar, and coffee with cream. Dark brown, small toffee head. Tastes like coffee with cream and sugar. Light bodied for the style, some bitterness. Good. Thank You Radek and Carolyne.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2004
This beer pours a dark brown, deep red, slight blackish color (i.e. light gets through) with a thin tan/orange head which dissipated quickly and left no lacing to speak of. The aroma was strong and wafty with cocoa, chocolate, vanilla, oak, twigs, wood, and a hint of cranberry and butterscotch. The flavor is medium bodied, somewhat active in carbonation for a stout, but tongue coating in its chocolate, cocoaness. Definitely some vanilla, cherry?, cranberry in the finish. I definitely pick up some fruity something towards the finish...sweet but mildly dry with a hint of hoppiness in the finish. Good malty backbone...perhaps a hint of nuts as well mid-sip... an excellent change of pace beer...not overbearing, but just plain good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Pours dark, dark brown with a thin tan head. Somewhat tart aroma with vanilla and caramel. Strong vanilla flavor with a little oak and some tannin. Low on the roast flavors as far as stouts go. Finishes fast. Gets more complex as it warms. Recommended stout.

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