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Samuel Adams Millennium - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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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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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -12.7%

08-26-2012 18:12:49 | More by t0rin0
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 00:58:26 | More by Thorpe429
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -12.7%

01-05-2012 06:40:26 | More by ygtbsm94
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

09-02-2013 02:13:39 | More by jaydoc
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spycow

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

01-18-2013 05:02:19 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

04-24-2013 00:43:57 | More by GRG1313
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

11-15-2011 01:02:11 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

4.85/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 05:36:15 | More by largadeer
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MasterSki

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 03:10:52 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.7/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94, thanks Brad! This was a longshot (pun intended) want of mine for years and I had basically completely given up on it. Never say never. Served in a tumbler.

Beer is brown with no head, legs on the glass, no lacing, no carbonation, a little hazy at the bottom of the bottle but looks good.

Aroma is brown sugar, a mild heat / alcohol, strong maple, oak, sweet syrup. This is going to taste awesome.

Weighing in at 21% ABV, this beer drinks like a dream, seriously, sweet, thick, syrupy, dry finish, oaky, maple, sweet, a sipper but a phenomenal beer all around. This beer shits all over Utopias and I like Utopias. It is amazing and I would drink this beer until I was blind. More? Yes please.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 17:16:01 | More by drabmuh
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mdfb79

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 18:30:59 | More by mdfb79
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imperialking

Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.2%

12-07-2011 18:44:55 | More by imperialking
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zestar

California

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

07-19-2014 08:26:48 | More by zestar
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.95/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy Santa Claus sshit. Thanks suitcase Jon for sharing this mega waleeee. I didn't know I was in Wales (all the signs said New York)

No head. Color is a clear copper. Looks like a liquor.

Aroma: maple syrup, oak, vanilla, bourbon, caramel and some other light spices. The nose is so complex and so inviting. A touch if allspice.

Taste: so much oak and wood. Then the maple syrup hits with some sweet flavors. Candied sugar and caramel with vanilla. The alcohol doesn't show at all. There is a hint of bourbon, but it is mainly oak.

Mouthfeel: is sweet and warming. Very smooth. Obviously low amount of carbonation. Ends with some sweetness on the palate.

Overall, this beer is incredible. One of the best liquids I have ever drank. So easy to drink. So complex.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 00:17:37 | More by mothman
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.85/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

The beer is light brown with only a mild haze and no head whatsoever, which is to be expected.

The aroma is fabulous, offering maple syrup, booze, toffee, vanilla, oak.

The flavor? Oh my...hold on, I need a moment (tears). If I was a lonely rich guy, I would drink this straight from the bottle immediately after getting out of bed around noon. Incredibly balanced and rich, with all of the characteristics mentioned in the aroma transferring beautifully into the flavor.

Silky, velvety smooth. The beer melts into the palate and delicately warms the cheeks. Heavenly.

If loving this is wrong, I don't wanna be right.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 02:59:06 | More by Huhzubendah
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HopHead84

California

4.93/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

4/30/2011

Review 1000. I can't think of a more fitting beer for such an occasion. A huge thanks to Paul for opening this for my 1000th. Six ounces poured into a snifter.

A: Deep reddish brown and still. Very nice color. A swirl of the glass yields the most impressive legs I've ever seen on a beer, with an accompanying string of pearls. Simply beautiful. 

S: The aroma is unbelievable. Sherry-like oxidation is graceful and does the beer much credit. Huge maple aroma, with lots of brown sugar and light date notes. Honey is pronounced, with toffee, whisky, and faint caramel. Notes of tobacco and faint leather are present. The aroma exhibits evident heat, imparting a subtle nostril sting. Flawless.

T: Amazingly complex. Like the aroma, the taste exhibits big maple notes with brown sugar, whisky, and toffee. Oxidation is sherry-like. Date is pronounced, and there are evident leather notes. The beer is very rich and complex. There's a good amount of booze heat, but it is not out of place. Near the end there's a note that reminds me of a cherry cordial. Unreal.

M: Medium in body with ample warming and a smooth, syrupy mouthfeel. The beer is still. Alcohol is warming on the palate.

Overall: An incredible beer that I am thankful to have tried. I cannot recommend this enough. World class stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 04:46:35 | More by HopHead84
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 23:05:39 | More by BeerFMAndy
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

06-24-2012 03:00:07 | More by AgentZero
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bsuedekum

Missouri

5/5  rDev +9.2%

08-04-2012 02:45:39 | More by bsuedekum
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whartontallboy

New York

5/5  rDev +9.2%

03-29-2012 13:40:32 | More by whartontallboy
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 00:50:21 | More by sweemzander
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tpd975

Florida

5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Marc Nolan I owe you in a big way for this one.

A: Pours a nice still chestnut brown. Thick and clingy.

S: Pure sex in a bottle. Rich sweet toffee with brown sugar and nuts. Vanilla, light oak, and booze.

T: I have died and gone to heaven. Wow does this one live up to any expectation that I ever had. Tons of candy sweetness. Toffee, caramel, maple, and brown sugar. Mild candied dark fruits with fresh scratched vanilla beans. Just a dash of the booze I picked up in the nose.

M: Rich, thick, decadent.

D: Awesome I could sip on it until the entire bottle is gone. Pass on the Utopias and seek this one out. It is worth the worth the price it commands on the bidding sites.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 01:17:14 | More by tpd975
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 13:57:15 | More by cpetrone84
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

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).

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2003 19:03:41 | More by UncleJimbo
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Sean9689

Illinois

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 17:24:52 | More by Sean9689
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Samuel Adams Millennium from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
99 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.