View Full Version : Old Dominion Oak Barrel Stout

05-02-2004, 18:10
This is the name of a very nice stout (beer) brewed at a small Virginia Brewery. I managed to pick up a six pack of it at Chevy Chase Wine and Spitirs (in Chevy Chase, D.C.). The reason I am mentioning this here is that this beer, or the draft version at least, is aged in bourbon barrels! The bottled version which I drank is an attempt to recreate the draft version, I think, by soaking charred oak chips and vanilla beans in the beer before it is bottled.

Nice beer, full taste, not much carbonation (normal for a stout, I believe) and none of the bitter backwash that comes with something like Guiness. I'm not sure that I really tasted the bourbon in this, but it was smooth.. refreshing even, and had a nice after taste. I would recommend it to any bourbon nut at the drop of a hat...

Some day, I'm going to have to visit the town in VA where it is made, and get some draft Oak Barrel Stout.

Does anyone know of any other beers that are made with bourbon barrels? Does anyone know of any pubs or restaurants in the D.C. area that serve the draft version? More importantly, does anyone know anywhere in the metro-DC area of Maryland that sells this stuff in bottles? Even at that store, which is a little expensive, I only paid about $7.00 for a six pack, but I dream of finding it cheap somewhere in the area.

P.S. if anyone wants to learn more about it, go to beeradvocate.com, and search for dominion oak barrel stout.

To the moderators, please forgive me if this is in the wrong place. Wasn't sure where it belonged...


05-02-2004, 18:38
The brewery is in Ashburn, which is just south of Dulles Airport. If you take the free tour there, they'll show you the actual bourbon barrels that contain the beer. What's interesting is the delicious caramelized syrupy resin is pushed out of the barrels by the pressure inside. On the tour they'll encourage you to break off some and taste...it's awesome! It's like crystalized bourbon candy!

You were asking where you can get the draft version--they have an onsite brewpub that has it on tap.

Oh, BTW, I believe this thread belongs in "Off Topic".


05-02-2004, 23:08
A brewery in Lexington, KY--I forget the name--made the first bourbon barrel stout a few years ago. It was wonderful, but they went out of business. Goose Island here in Chicago makes one seasonally. I don't think they bottle it but I have had it on draft at Hop Leaf, a bar in Andersonville (a Chicago neighborhood near me). It's really great. I wish I could get it more often. It is very rich, you can't pound them down. It has a distinct raspberry flavor. I don't know if it is actually flavored with raspberry or if that's just something that happens. It's really good. I'm salivating just thinking about it.

05-03-2004, 05:31
I am in the process of formulating a homebrew recipe for a bourbon stout, and my idea was to either soak some oak chips in bourbon for a couple weeks, or get some barrel char, and add them to the secondary fermenter for a week or two. Reading this post makes me think I'm on track with the idea. I had thought about just adding some bourbon at bottling time, but I think I would like a little oakiness in there too. If it turns out drinkable, I am planning on bringing some to the Festival in September.

05-03-2004, 19:59
Sure might come in handy if I can find out what Anheuser Busch does when they make Tequiza (tequila infused beer). I'll see if I can find something out. Before you turn up your noses, the beer is actually not too bad with a hint of tequila added. Just too expensive for my tastes.

05-04-2004, 15:43
Tequiza tastes like Froot Loops and Captain Crunch.
You can draw your own conclusions from there...


05-05-2004, 01:12
Yeah, my conclusion is BREAKFAST BEER! http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/images/graemlins/drinking.gif