I traveled to Virgnia to visit family on Thanksgiving and was looking forward to trying some of the local brews, and after a quick trip to the store I returned home with a six pack of Old Dominion's Oak Barrel Stout. The brewery resides in Ashburn, Virgnia. The Oak Barrel Stout has an ABV of 5.2% and is brewed with vanilla beans and oak chips. The beer poured a dark brown, blackish color with a small, tan head. The aroma had lots of chocolate and some hints of toffee. The body had chocolate, sweetness and a slight hint of vanilla. The huge body is followed with slightly dry finish.
Overall, a nice oak aged stout with an interesting twist with the added vanilla beans.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Tire Bite is Flying Dog's take on the Golden Ale style. It pours a clear, golden color with a small, white, bubbly head. The nose offers up a healthy amount of yeast and a slight amount of malt. The body is light with a crisp mouthfeel. It is balanced and smooth with some hints of corn, malt, and slight sweetness. The finish is mild and uneventful. At a modest 5.0% this lighter style from the notoriously intense brewer is meant for the warm summer months, but is not all that great and a bit of a disapointment as I have come to expect better from this brewer.