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RATINGS: 959   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2005
Pours opaque dark brown with a dense rocky tan head. Smell is smoky, roasted coffee. Sweet oaky aromas. Tastes of smoky chocolate. Underpinnings of coffee. Vanilla. That’s about it, it sticks to a few basic flavors and blends them well. Mouth is creamy without much aftertaste. Pretty drinkable if not overly complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3381) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 30, 2005
bottle-pours black with a fizzy small bubble tan head with good retention and some lace. aroma has notes of dusty esters, vanilla, light roast, light chocolate, light char and some metallic notes as well. flavors exhibit the char notes with some milk chocolate in there as well. Oak is apparent at the start of the flavors, but never becomes overbearing and in the forefront. the head retention is great on this beer! The body is somewhat thin and fizzy, but its not detracting. Finish has some chauky and resiny notes in the mouthfeal. Coffee bitterness on the tongue all the way through from start to finish. a pretty solid stout that im glad i got to try. Thanks Secret Santa!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 23, 2005
Aroma is sweet malts and vanilla. Pours dark brown-black with almost no head. Dry and smooth to drink. I was very impressed by this brew! Flavor is pretty typical stout, you get the vanilla flavors and that toated oak flavor pretty distinctly above others. I liked this at the time but the vanilla flavor stayed on my tastebuds a bit longer than i liked. Kinda ruined the next beer i drank.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 20, 2005
12 oz bottle (bottled 06.09.05, sampled July 2005): black colour with a tight bubbled, tan foam that dies into a thin gray film. Darkly toasted wood aroma with thick, chocolaty caramel and burnt pine. Vinous cherry esters tingle the nose hairs. Thick, chocolaty and sticky palate. Plumy, raisiny flavours delivered on a syrupy, lightly bitter and sugary mouth feel. Bits of darkly roasted honey stick in the throat as a long, woody and charred finish lingers…pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mephisto (1276) - TAIWAN - JUL 19, 2005
bottled, jet black w/ a brown head. aroma of coffee and chocolate, medium bodied, flavor of roast barley and coffee. bittersweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 17, 2005
RBSG2005. Couleur brune opaque, peu de formation de mousse. Arômes de chênes, d’essence de bois, de vanille, de crème glacée à l’érable, de sucre brun et de cassonade. Les arômes se transportent bien en bouche, le sucre se fait beaucoup moins intense en bouche, ce qui agrémente l’expérience, en tout cas pour moi. Corps d’épaisseur semi mince, faible carbonatation, amertume moyennement prononcée en finale. Un peu de réchauffement de la part de l’alcool.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUL 14, 2005
Opaque black color. Predominant roasty aroma and flavor. A good amount of vanilla in my beer, and some oak. Body was medium. A found the vanilla flavors slight overbalanced, especially if the beer is served cold.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6838) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2005
Head is initially small, fizzy, brown, fully diminishing. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, caramel), with a strong note of vanilla. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. The vanilla is somewhat overwhelming in this one, and frankly I don’t find a lot of depth or elegance here. It’s enjoyable, just not particularly inspiring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2005
Thanks to B for this one too. the aroma was pretty oaky and woody with some malts and smokey roasts. a hint of some sort of astringent aroma on the end. weird. the flavor will be vanilla and LOTS of roasted malts. good chocolate flavor and some cafe mocha. pretty thin and not much head but it was pretty good on the flavor and aroma

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 6, 2005
Pours a medium viscosity, jet black in color, with a dense, foamy, thin, tan head. Aroma is enticing: chocolatey bitterness, oak chips, cedar panels, smoke, vanilla and bourbon. Some wafts of brown sugar and molasses. Flavor is not as robust as aroma indicated. The oak is definitely drawn out and there are some bitter nodes, but the chocolate, roasted and coffee aspirations are fairly reserved. Slight sneak peak of a vanilla sweetness manifests on the tail end. Slightly thin bodied, with gentle hops and gentle malts. Finish is cocoa powder and coffee grinders.

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