We return to Virgi…Delaware for another libation from Old Dominion Brewing Company, the Oak Barrel Stout.
Most reviews are based on hyperbole. I’ve thought it, tried to fix it, yet I make it worse. So, let me start off right…
This is black as night, but darker. It’s like, “how much more black could this be?”, and the answer is none. None more black. Thinner than anticipated, it’s flavor is richer than any Irish stout. The adjective “sweet” or “sweetness” is bandied around here often, but this time it’s more than just an essence. The malts are dry-roasted with oak chips (for mellowness) and vanilla beans (sweetness!). Due to the nature of the stout, and the minutia that goes into the recipe, light hints and notes of chocolate and coffee find their way into the mix.
With this wide spectrum, all of these flavors do not overcrowd and corrupt the beer. Sharp, sweet, mellow, take turns making this beer as adventurous as it is drinkable. The fact that it’s not a typical chunky stout allows this to be an all-nighter beverage, not just a one-off (but there will always be room in our hearts for stouts you eat with a spoon.
ABV – 6.1%
Color – 10
Smell – 9
Taste – 9
Overall – 9.3
Price – $9.99