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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

63 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 12.45%
Wants: 142
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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1/5  rDev -78.2%

UncleJon206, May 31, 2012
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3.49/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This one was in my cellar for 14 years. The cork was 100% saturated, basically just mush held together by the wax dip. The beer was the ugliest I've ever poured. Dirty, muddy, cloudy grey/brown with no head. However, it still had very soft maple, honey, caramel, molasses flavors and aromas. Totally hid the 20+% Abv. Drank like a very old Tawny Port. Very delicate, not heavy at all. Good, not great, but didn't live up to the hype in my head or the cost of the bottle. I think it's well past its prime. When I tasted it in 2000 at GABF, it was all power, a boozebully of a beer. Now it feels tired and worn out.

BeerBuyerBill, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of hotstuff
3.83/5  rDev -16.4%
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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3.95/5  rDev -13.8%
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
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4/5  rDev -12.7%

ygtbsm94, Jan 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -12.7%

t0rin0, Aug 26, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had back in April, Utopias right before. Pours a dark chestnut brown, transparent. Much more mellow than Utopias, 11 years can do that. Sweet malts, caramel, some light bourbon, notes of cherries, a fair bit of tobacco and hints of sherry. The flavor has the sweet malt, notes of plums and cherries, sweet vanilla and roasted oak from the barrel, bourbon notes well integrated, leafy tobacco with faint heat. full bodied, much smoother than utopias but still has a viscous creamy feel with a gentle carbonation and smooth finish.

cpetrone84, Nov 22, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

GRG1313, Apr 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

jaydoc, Sep 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

AgentZero, Jun 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev -5.5%
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 04, 2003
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4.33/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From an original bottle. Pours a chestnut with orange edges, a bit lighter than the 2009 Utopias consumed prior. Nose is fairly hot, though not nearly as pungent and earthy as Utopias. Hefty, though with a much older, more refined malt character, tobacco and leather on the finish. Fairly oxidized though not really to much detriment. Fruits are plums, dates, and raisins, weaved tightly into the tobacco qualities of the aged malt. Fruits come out especially on the front palate. Much like an old English barley wine in that way. Toasted marshmallows, vanilla sweetness, wood. This was really enjoyable but almost too smooth at this age. Very nice to sip on over the evening with friends.

JAXSON, Apr 19, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another beer generously shared by hoppymeal. Served in a tasting snifter.

A - Pours with a few bubbles that quickly settle to a partial ring. Hazy orange-brown body with a hint of transparency. It's like a lighter Utopias.

S - Port-like oxidation, caramel, toffee, light chocolate, maple, oak barrels, cherry cordials, and booze. There's some obvious alcohol, but it's not out of line for 21%. Perhaps a bit too sweet and cloying to be perfect.

T - The alcohol is better hidden in the taste. It's a lovely mixture of sweet butterscotch, caramel, vanilla, and a lightly oaky finish. Not as complex as the aroma, but perhaps more balanced, with some light whiskey bite to keep things from getting overly saccharine.

M - Pretty much still, but avoids being syrupy. Still, it's full-bodied, sticky and viscous, with some mild tannic oak character as well. Alcohol heat is present, but not unexpected.

D - Slightly more drinkable than Utopias, as it still feels like a high-gravity barleywine rather than a liquor in some ways. It's very good, but it'd be hard to have more than a few ounces as a time due to both the sweetness and the alcohol. Still, I'd welcome the opportunity to spend a little more time with this one, although I'm not counting on it.

MasterSki, Apr 18, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

MI Mega Tasting III, provided by the one and only hoppymeal. Beautiful presentation, big wooden "coffin" with a 750ml wax-dipped bottle. Poured into RBSG 2010 snifter.

A - Pours a mirky brown/orange, looks like a port, no head, lacing, or retention. Basically, just the body of beer and nothing else.

S - Wonderful dark fruity sweetness, caramel, burnt sugars, ultra-smooth booze, figs, raisins, dates. Very rich and smooth...an excellent combo.

T - Big smooth booze and huge dark fruit notes right up front. Followed by oak, caramels, and sugary sweetness. Just a big, over-the-top beer, plain and simple. The palate makes no mistake what this beer is trying to do...blow you away.

M - Medium, rich and smooth, no carb, creamy sweet finish.

O - As close to a vintage port as I've ever had without actually being a vintage port. I was very impressed with this beer, and it's held up well after all these years. The booze is smooth and the dark fruits and caramel sweetness is right on-point and just the way I like it. A sipper, for sure. A must-try!

Sean9689, Apr 18, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From 04/14/12 notes. Big thanks to ygtbsm94 for sharing this one; thanks again Brad! Bottle 685/3000 from a cool looking velvet bag and fancy engraved box.

a - Pours a murky brown color with no no head or carbonation, as expected.

s - Smells of maple syrup, molasses, brown sugar, sweet dark fruits, oak, toasted malts, and some toffee and caramel malts. Really nice nose, I'm a big fan.

t - Tastes follows the nose but with a little more alcohol. Loads of maple, toffee, caramel, molasses, sweet dark fruity malts, oak, toasted malts, and alcohol. Very nice.

m - Medium body and no carbonatiobn. Thick, smooth, and creamy, very nice mouthfeel.

o - Overall this is a very nice beer; very similiar to Utopias in mouthfeel and alcohol...in terms of liking them I'd put them on par with each other. Tons of sweetness and maple/toffee to it, a sipper for sure and something a 2 oz. pour of would be a nice night cap.

mdfb79, Apr 20, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this from a bottle at a recent Beer tasting event.

Appearance: Cloudy, golden-brown. No foam.

Smell: Very pleasant caramel aroma. Very nice for inhaling like a brandy or a cognac.

Taste: Sweet, caramel and malt, with the flavor of alcohol noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Thick, smooth, very warming, like brandy. Pleasant on the tongue.

Drinkability: Very drinkable - best if sipped and savored slowly. A very interesting brew. I preferred this to the Utopias (but not by a huge margin).

UncleJimbo, Jan 20, 2003
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4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
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
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4.48/5  rDev -2.2%
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
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

ChrisPro, Jan 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

H0rnedFr0gs, Feb 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

eggs, Apr 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

CheapBeerBuzz, Jul 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 133 / 3000. Cork was super dry, and broke to pieces, thank God I saved the contents from being infiltrated with cork pieces. It poured a hazy brownish red color with no head. When swirled in the snifter it did coat the glass nicely.Aroma of vanilla, caramel and molasses. The alcohol tingled my eyes and nose hairs. Sweet taste of toffee, honey, butterscotch, cinnamon, and molasses. Strong raisin taste with a warm alcohol finish.

egajdzis, Jan 30, 2005
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Samuel Adams Millennium from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
99 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.