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Samuel Adams Millennium - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams MillenniumSamuel Adams Millennium

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

64 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 12.42%
Wants: 141
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  21.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-08-2001)
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Reviews by gwfrankpsu:
Photo of gwfrankpsu
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was lucky enough to taste this wonderful brew at the 1999 and the 2000 GABF. At the 1999 GABF I was there as the guest of the Eel River Brewery and was at the Saturday (Brewer's/AHBA members) session. I will never forget the taste of the Millennium. This is a striking beer, very complex with a hint of maple (Gee, wonder why). I would really like to taste this in five years, in ten years... I wonder when it will be the best? I think it was in 2000, to share with the one I love - THE BEST.

gwfrankpsu, Oct 08, 2001
More User Reviews:
Photo of jegross2
3.95/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewing the infamous Millennium (MMM) from the Boston Beer Company out of Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.

Score: 88

1999 vintage bottle. Forgot to write down the bottle number (out of 3,000). Served in a snifter and enjoyed on 04/25/14. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: The cork fell apart while opening the bottle and had to be pushed into the bottle to be opened. Bits of the cork were strained as poured. The beer pours a murky brown color with lots of fade and sediment floating. Not quite sure what mix of the sediment is old/dead yeast or cork residuals. No head off the pour. No legs or lacing. 3/5

Smell: Fiery, fusel alcohol followed by dark fruit, caramel, leather and wood. Kiss of vanilla too. Super boozy and alcohol forward, but behind that is a nice and big strong ale with some positive/fruity oxidation and sherry. 4/5

Taste: Fruity oxidation, leather, and a little green pepper towards the finish. Lots of caramel flavor, with a touch of vanilla that is extraordinarily muted side by side with Utopias 10th Anniversary. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Viscous and full bodied, virtually no carbonation. Drinks like an oily spirit. Sweet-leaning. 3.75/5

Overall: A good, not great beer. Utopias was better. This 15 year old beer is probably past its prime.

Cost: $900 for a 750 ml bottle

jegross2, May 21, 2014
Photo of treyrab
4.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Catching up on some of my reviews. This was opened by a generous soul last summer at an epic tasting.

The opening of this beer was rather comical. The cork was so old that it started to crumble. Thus, in our current state midway through the tasting, we deemed it necessary to have one person take a vacuum hose to the top of the bottle, while another person chiseled away at the cork. Finally, we got it (but not without some cork particles in our glasses).

A: Pours a flat (as expected) deep brown with a few tan bubbles (that were most likely from the vigorous pour, rather than actual carbonation).

S: Intense rich leather, deep wood, salty soy sauce, dark chocolate, and cigar leaves. Smells kind of sweet though, with maybe some toffee.

T: Pretty much the same. Incredibly complex. And while this has some heat to it, it is incredibly smooth and does not interfere with the other flavors.

Overall, this is just a spectacular beer. Definitely the best Boston Beer Co. beer I have had.

treyrab, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of Todd
4.8/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Availability: limited edition

Presentation: Straight out of the cask at the Boston Beer Co. brewery in Jamaica Plains, MA. However ... The one I'm sitting on comes in a fitted wood case with a "MMM" placard on the front. The bottle is then covered in a wine-style sheath which is also embossed with the "MMM" and the bottle itself is hand signed by Jim Koch with its edition number (1515/3000).

Appearance: Syrupy consistency and a rich amber in colour.

Smell: Mixed fruits, delicate, candy-like, big banana and mild scotch in the aroma.

Taste: Smoooooth. Notes of Jack Daniel's, huge vanilla, bourbon, spicy alcohol and caramel flavours. Body is ultra-rich and full.

Notes: Brewed with maple syrup and aged in old Jack Daniel's barrels. I've had this straight from the cask at the brewery and out of a corny-keg at the 2000 GABF. I recently picked up bottle 1515/3000 -- the only one left at Bread & Circus in Central Square, Cambridge, MA. They only charged me $150 for it!

My above (quick) notes are from a tasting at the brewery. Definitely a sipping drink.

Todd, Oct 08, 2001
Photo of rastaman
4.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shares more characteristics with a fine sherry or port than any beer i've ever had. A sipper for sure. Rich, nutty, lightly oaky, vanilin, maple, and some light saltiness in the finish, full bodied with an extremely long finish, very tasty. The sweetness is very well balanced. Its hard to believe your actually drinking beer when you have this, very interesting.

rastaman, May 05, 2003
Photo of roostor07
5/5  rDev +8.9%

roostor07, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.86/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Josh and I acquired this one in a joint effort. 3oz. pour into a Utopias glass. Reviewed from notes 1/12/13.

Pours no head, no lace, no carbonation. Beer is a dark, slightly clear orange-brown. Huge legs. Nice color but everything else is pretty average for the style.

Nose is big booziness with caramel, sweet green raisins, toffee, and molasses. Sweet and rich all the way through and incredibly aromatic as expected.

Opens caramel, toffee, booze, dark raisins and prune, molasses, honey, brown sugar. Sweet booze and honey on the finish and more syrup in the aftertaste. Great complement of flavors displayed here and the booziness really caresses the complexities in this beer.

Full bodied with no carbonation. Oily and slick and boozy in the mouth and with a bit of heat going down. Messy finish with a sweet, sticky, long aftertaste. Incredibly drinkable given the high ABV.

I can't help but try to get one of these for myself so I can have an ounce or so every couple of months. Indescribably good, MMM is everything you could want from this style. The flavors are not only perfectly integrated, but also complement each other perfectly. The booziness is there but this beer isn't hot for the sake of beer hot. Rather, the booze adds a rich depth of character that enhances the nose, flavor, and feel of this beer. In a tasting featuring M, Dave, and MMM, this beer was the clear winner for a lot of us.

SpeedwayJim, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

GRG1313, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of hotstuff
3.83/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let it be said, and as thedm is my witness, on October 19, 2003, I rated bottle #2421/3000 from the Fort Wayne Pubcrawl. The first observation that I made was the sediment that was floating around on top. I agree with aofoxxy that "sediments are distracting". The second observation was that after I took my taste of this beer I could easily surmise that this is definitely a sipping beer and not one to be guzzled. There was no head with only a few fine sized white bubbles that completely diminished. The nose was strong alcohol, sweet, and some fruitiness. The taste was sweet, fruity and also of alcohol from start to finish. The hue was copperish and the palate was smooth, alcohol, and it had a slightly burning sensation as it was being swallowed and there also was a dry texture to it. I did finish the snifter of this beer as I was not so sure I was going to be able to after sniffing this before I tried it. All in all, I am glad and proud that I have now rated this beer that I have heard so much about since I joined this site this past March. Thanks to my significant other, thedm, for giving me the opportunity to rate this beer!!

hotstuff, Oct 26, 2003
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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

SpdKilz, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.8/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz (or so) hand bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip.

I'm forever in debt to Adam (the effing BALLER!) Alcstradamus (or as I'll be referring to him now; BALcstradamus) for sharing this brew I never thought I'd get to try in a millennium (heh).

A - The brew was clear caramel brown in the clear swing-top, hip-flask looking bottle before the pour. Muddy pond water with no head left over after. (I'll take the sediment if it means another ounce of this brew!)

S - Warm alcohol and gooey caramel with light Vienna malt and smooth maple syrup. Very warm but nicely nuanced with notes of port and sherry. Awesome!

T - Vienna malt and sticky caramel with delicious maple syrup and smooth, warm alcohol on the finish.

M - Smooth and warm alcohol permeates out of this brew and adds a great feel to the beer as well as flavor. No carbonation is to be expected and actually allows for a nice, rich feel.

D - Extremely drinkable for how warm (not hot) the alcohol is in this. Not only is it incredible after all these years, it's awesome to try the precursor to Utopias and see the foundation those beers were built on.

Another big thanks to Adam for being the crazy baller he is for always sharing insane shit with the tickerazzi!

BeerFMAndy, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

jaydoc, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4.85/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Nick.

The body is a deep amber, carbonation non-existent. Swirling reveals syrupy legs.

The nose is incredible. Oxidation is evident, somewhat port-like and mildly leathery. Plenty of maple syrup and brown sugar sweetness, and there's just a touch of alcohol. Vanilla and earthy oak come out more as the beer opens.

Brown sugar and maple syrup meet earthy, leathery complexity on the tongue. This beer has oxidized beautifully, becoming almost port or sherry-like. There's a vinous quality to it, and a rich fruitiness similar to fig jam. The texture is still, full-bodied, somewhat syrupy though very inviting. A lingering, tannic, mildly hot finish sticks to the palate for minutes between sips.

Overall, it's not far off from Utopias, only with more oxidation and less brash alcohol. Delicious stuff, sadly I'll probably never try it again.

largadeer, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of woodchopper
5/5  rDev +8.9%

woodchopper, May 13, 2013
Photo of UncleJon206
1/5  rDev -78.2%

UncleJon206, May 31, 2012
Photo of ChrisPro
4.5/5  rDev -2%

ChrisPro, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of alcstradamus
4.97/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First off, let me note that this was the worst cork I have ever dealt with. If you are preparing to open a bottle, be sure to have a very long corkscrew and be sure it is all the way through the bottom of the cork before attempting to remove. My cork broke in half and it became a nightmare trying to get the rest out. Now...on to the beer.

The beginning pours a beautiful and appetizing caramel color...no head as would be expected. The bottom of the bottle has more of a muddy brown color, so there is definitely sediment in here. It is not chunky however.

The aroma is just a luscious caramel treat. There is a big dose of booze, but not any more than would be expected for a beer this strength. It is just so deep and rich and sweet and perfect. Very similar to Utopias with a lower alcohol burn.

The flavor takes it to the next level. I came in expecting a rich and boozy treat, and while it certainly is rich there really isn't much booze at all considering the style. Sweet caramel and chocolate covered cherry are up front with plenty of dark fruit and apple sweetness following. Almost no heat. My mind is boggled. THIS is 21%? Apple and raisin sweetness lingers on the palate long after swallowing. Brilliant really, one of the best tasting beers I've ever had and certainly the best tasting strong ale.

The body is on the full side of medium and has no carbonation. Fits perfectly with the flavor profile. There is a burn in the back of the throat after swallowing, but it is not fusel at all and is merely a warming sensation.

Overall this beer has blown my mind. I never felt like it could possibly be worth the cash so it was never on my radar, but when this bottle slipped my way for a reasonable price I had to take a chance. And holy shit am I glad I took that chance! I've never been one to say "believe the hype"....but in this case, I'm not sure any other words can be said.

alcstradamus, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of fehrminator
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

fehrminator, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -12.9%

ygtbsm94, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.48/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Intermission" beer at the DC Lambic & Sour Tasting on April 14, 2012, courtesy of ygtbsm94. Thanks a lot, Brad!

Longtime want served in a Samuel Adams taster glass.

Pours a clear copper-dark brown color with no head, lacing, or anything of that sort, but I certainly wasn't expecting that. The color is nice enough to warrant a 4.0.

The nose is super-intense and brings notes of brown sugar and caramel with a bit of toffee underneath. There's some maple coming to the front as it warms plus a fairly-heavy dose of sherry. Vanilla lingers in the background and carries through with the ample into the flavor.

Flavor consists mostly of the aforementioned vanilla and maple over a backdrop of sherry and port notes of oxidized malt plus heavy caramelized brown sugar. Flavor lasts across the palate for awhile before a bit of alcohol sets in.

Moderate-to-strong sweetness through the finish, which is very smooth, almost creamy and oily in how smooth it is without much carbonation and a very low amount of noticeable alcohol.

Overall, this is incredible smooth and I was thrilled to finally try it. Big thanks again to Brad for bringing this bottle out.

Thorpe429, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of grub
4.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

lantern corps beer summit 2010 - day 1, oct 8/2010. xmarcnolanx contributed this one. thanks marc!

500ml corked bottle.

pours slightly hazy orangey red. no sign of head or carbonation.

aroma is great. alcohol. bit of nail polish remover. sherry. bourbon. vanilla and raw oak. caramel and toffee. whole wheat bread and cracker. bit of biscuit. dark fruit - raisin and date.

taste is awesome. sweet caramel and toffee. it feels almost gritty with sugar. raisin, date, fig, light plum. bit of apple. actually, sort of like liquid candy apple. warming alcohol, but less than i got from the aroma. biscuit. whole wheat bread. cracker. tons of complexity. low bitterness level. vanilla and raw oak. bourbon and a bit of sherry.

mouthfeel is great. nice big body. zero carbonation, but that seems to make it a sipper, more like a spirit than a beer in that regard.

drinkability is great. great balance. it smells like the alcohol would be pretty hot, but it has lots of sugar and body to help balance that out.

grub, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

AgentZero, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of BucketBoy
4.73/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for the hookup, Alen!

L - Deep pooey, hazey brown that goes from walnut in the center to amber at the edges of my Thomas Hardy's snifter. Shiny top looks pleasant, still and dead in the glass, with long, long legs as I tilt my snifter.

S - Dark sea salt caramel, lightly burnt toffee, cordial cherries, knocke down a touch because of the wiffs of alcohol (perhaps Grand Marnier and cognac) after 12 years.

T - Absolutely delicious. Blond caramel and dark toffee, old oak, again perhaps a bare hint of Grand Marnier with some vinous sherry, the alcohol notes actually lifting the other flavors at this point in its life. This has plenty of life left in it.

M - Smooooth, the alcohol heat takes the place of what would be carbonation to make this flex itself on the tongue, really coming together softly at the front and with a sharp tingle heat that lingers and leaves the flavor in my mouth.

O - What a joy to drink, this has plenty of life right now and is really a beautiful drink.

O -

BucketBoy, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of sweemzander
4.85/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A major thank you is due to Adam for sharing this with us. Pours into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a dark sludgy brown caramel color. Pretty much flat, but it was meant to be this way.

(S)- A rich caramel / toffee/ and brown sugar aroma. Very delicious smelling. Smooth despite the massive ABV.

(T)- A beautifully rich, yet almost mellow sweet profile of caramel/ toffee/ brown sugar. Hints at raisin, dark fruits, and everything else I cannot comprehend. My review fails in comparison to what this is really like.

(M)- Not much in regards to carbonation, but thats perfectly fine for what this is supposed to be. So smooth, mellow, rich, and complex. The ABV level absolutely baffles me with how smooth this is.

(D)- This has aged beautifully and simply a great sipping beer. Incredible really, considering the ABV level and age this has on it with this amount of flavor without being overpowering. Simply superb. Thank you again Adam for this extremely delicious yet rare treat.

sweemzander, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of Beerlistman
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

Beerlistman, Jan 05, 2014
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Samuel Adams Millennium from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
99 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.