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Dominion Millennium - Oak Aged - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

116 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 51
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  11.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: garthwaite on 07-27-2004)
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Photo of Todd
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle. Pours a thick hazed copper colored beer, with a thin white lace. Not much retention, but what's there is tight and wispy.

Dark candied fruits, spicy and fume-y alcohol, and oak aromas.

Thick, viscous, chewy mouthfeel with a syrupy-like consistency. Lifting carbonation, with an upfront strike of a very subdued bitterness. Malty as hell, loads of rich caramel and toffee notes. Spicy alcohol and immediate warmth, and slight burn. Distinct vanilla and pronounced oak flavors. Wonderful flavors of all in the lingering and sweet-ish finish.

A damn tasty and fine twist on a Barleywine.

Todd, Aug 19, 2005
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Photo of RoyalT
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one poured a clear, almost glowing orange in color with a clingy white head.

Smell – The big, huge, raunchy yeast mated with the wine to produce an almost toxic combination . . . which I absolutely loved. The alcohol wasn’t in your face but made itself known. The malt base is really big here. This is truly a bouquet to savor.

Taste – The winey barley flavors come out swinging at the taste. There is no mistaking this beer style. The oak, which I barely noticed at the smell, is in high gear here on the tongue. The rest of the characteristics from the nose make it nicely to the taste, making this one a complex yet easily-readable mix of classic ABW flavors.

Mouthfeel – This is almost full-bodied with a lot of chewy sweetness to keep your cheeks busy.

Drinkability – There was a light vanilla flavor imparted from the oak aging that made this just melt in your mouth. It is one of the smoothest 10+ ABV beers that I’ve had.

Comments – Thanks for skyhand for breaking out this baby at her First Annual Slap-Yur-Mama Big Beer Bonanza.

RoyalT, Sep 19, 2005
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. amber bottle with a born-on date of 22-Jul-04.

A: Clear copper. An aggressive pour yields a thick off-white head that quickly died off to just a wispy layer. Nice sheeting on the sides of the glass.

S: Heavy oak notes. Very much like Jack Daniels on the nose...lots and LOTS of whiskey. Some chocolate in the background...drizzled with caramel.

T: Hooooiee...complex? Um...yes. Very whiskey-like in the flavor. Quite harsh at first, the flavor was balanced as it warmed by sweet chocolate. Lots of caramel sweetness. Orange rinds. Finishes with some smoky notes. Certainly one of the more interesting beers I;ve had in quite some time.

M: Low levels of carbonation. Super-high level of palate-coating smoothness. Very creamy.

D: A real sipper. Savor each drop of this.

Notes: Huge thanks to ManekiNeko for these two bottles. How will this one taste after some aging?

OldFrothingSlosh, Sep 03, 2004
Photo of briandaube
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

briandaube, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of stereosforgeeks
4/5  rDev -2.2%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of jamiemottram
4/5  rDev -2.2%

jamiemottram, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of IntriqKen
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appropriately, Millennium is my 1000th review.
Pours a beautiful light golden amber with a nice white half finger that melts rather quickly to just a faint ring.

Aromas are very fruity...tangerines and pears mixed with light brown sugar.

Taste is first oak...lovely oak. Then the fruitiness comes forth with the pear and tangerine notes, more oak, buttery sugars, and finally a bit of citrus hops to give bite and dry out the sugars.

Aftertaste is oak and citrus with an alcohol warmth.
Very pleasant and different Barleywine and most definitely worthy of being review #1000.

Thanks MuenchenerKindl for this very special beer.

IntriqKen, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of twowheelssoar
4/5  rDev -2.2%

twowheelssoar, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was a fan of the Millennium when it first came out, but I'll have to admit that I thought it could have been better. It was aggressive and I didn't feel it had enough malt girth and depth of character to match its clear alcohol content (found in both the aroma and the flavor). It changed over the years, but it always came back to roughly the same beer it always was.

This, however, is considerably different. The alcohol that I found before is toned down quite a bit (although transferred to something else), and it adds so much wood and vanilla character to it that it becomes a completely new beer - what was once lacking a bit of character and a touch off kilter is now more than fully complete!

The label states it's aged in oak barrels, and that's interesting. It's time consuming, a bit more difficult to do, and certainly more expensive than just tossing some oak spirals into a stainless steel tank. I appreciate that they've gone to the extra effort, unlike the Oak Barrel Stout, although I'm not actually sure it's really worth it in this case.

I used to buy a case of barleywine (Old Foghorn, Bigfoot, etc.) each year and put it away in the basement for the occasional nip as it aged. I haven't done that for many years now, but I think this one has inspired me to start up again!

NeroFiddled, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of maniac
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance was a hazy dark amber color with a thin fully diminishing off-white head.
Aroma was heavily oaked with some light molassas and caramel hints.
Notably oaked flavor with sweet caramel and vanilla flavors.
A good beer to slowly drink with some nice warming effects.

maniac, Jun 27, 2006
Photo of prototypic
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on November 17, 2006

Appearance: Pours a transparent, dark copper color with a one finger, creamy head. Head dissapeared pretty quickly and left a light coat of lace.

Smell: Initially smells of wood chips and alcohol. It's actually very reminiscent of whiskey. If you stick with it you can pick some vanilla, citrusy grapefruit notes, and a bit of dark fruit aromas. Alcohol scent is rather strong. Interesting.

Taste: Definitely smoked wood chips and alcohol predominate. This is a strong beer. There is a bit of light whiskey taste to it. You can pick up some vanilla and grapefruit flavors in there, along with a raisiny taste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This is a medium bodied beer and it really is surprisingly easy to drink for such a big beer. I'm enjoying it. Drinkability is down a notch due to the 11.4% abv. Overall, it's a really good beer. I couldn't drink more than one. But, I'll drink this again. Definitely try it out.

prototypic, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks and tastes light for a barleywine, even tastes close to a Double IPA with pineapple and fruity, less bitter, hops. The malt adds to the hops fruit flavors with just mellow oak and whiskey coming through. The flavor is a bit too subtle, and while that makes for great drinkability, I want a little more bang

tempest, May 08, 2007
Photo of cliff1066
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

cliff1066, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Gonzoillini, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12-oz bottle served to goblet. Acquired as an extra from raveskdr back in September. The date on the bottle's smudged, but I think it is 4-2009 (perhaps 4-2007).

A: tawny brown, with darker caramel highlights. initial pour yields good amount of carb, considering the age, with 2 fingers of off white head. the head dissipates immediately however.

S: malts (caramel), dark fruit melded well with oaky vanilla. mild ethanol, peanut brittle

T: very boozy at first, but as this opens up to the air (and my palate acclimates), it is sticky sweet. little brown sugar w touch of dark fruit. the aftertaste's all sticky caramel, very pleasant

M: touch thin, but there's some sticky icky

i've drank more impressive bourbon-barrel barleywines, but this went down quick. was very happy not to get oxidation notes

StoutItOutLoud, May 04, 2014
Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Kegatron, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of Steve_Oldrati
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Steve_Oldrati, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a clear copper with medium carbonation. The head is 1 finger, light tan that leaves good lace.

The smell is big Bourbon Barrel Smoky Oak. It kind of suppresses all else.

The taste follows with some light vanilla notes but very light and quite pleasant. The Big Alcohol is done right also. Wow this beer is great. Should be nice after a few years in the Bier Keller.

The mouthfeel is quite good, medium body and light carbonation make this brew an excellent choice during or after a big holiday meal.

The drinkability is great. I could sip this all night.

MuenchenerKindl, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of akorsak
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle courtesy of, well, no one. I must have picked this up somewhere but I can't recall where. It was bottled on 17-Nov-06, making it almost 3 years old.

A: The barleywine has an amber brown hue, lightly golden but dark enough to leave only shadows on the other side of the glass. Not much head, but what rose up did lace.

S: A firm malt body shares centerstage with the oak barrel. Woody oak is a nice touch, adding a subtle sweetness to the barleywine. Not much hopwise.

T: Oak is prevalent upfront, adding a sweet vanilla and wood flavor to a barleywine that is thick and malty. The barleywine seems to have aged well, taking on a mellow body that isn't too malty or oaky. While neither flavor dominates, both work together in a cacophony of enjoyment. They provide a depth that brings out citrusy hops even after 3 years. The citrus explosion is unmistakeable, and its interaction with the oak is very pleasant.

M: All barleywines should taste this good. The malts and hops remain lively and the oak barrel adds depth to the taste.

D: Almost 12%? I'll be lucky to get through this bottle. Tomorrow morning may hurt.

akorsak, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of CRJMellor
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in trade from PintofAle, thanks Mark !
Pours a dark amber/mahogany color with some orange and red tints pulsating through. Virtually no head to speak of except for a pencil line of lace on the side of the glass.
Aroma starts with a definite sweet alcoholic pop, not the peaty whiskey notes but the sweet malts. Some dark bread tones and caramel along with just a hint of some dates and figs.
Flavor had a really earthy and woodsy quality coupled with caramel and a distinct orange rind note. Heavy liquor warms the palate as it goes down but the finish is marked by a distinct spicy bittering.
Mouthfeel is hugely lush and full-bodied. Aforementioned wood and alcohol hints give the tastebuds a kick and let you know they here but the malts don't play 2nd fiddle by much.
Drinkability is excellent. Really well done barrel-aged brew now that it's a year old. Word of advice let this breathe a bucnh before drinking. I took a swig right away and was almost knocked over by the wood powered fuel hit.

CRJMellor, Jul 23, 2005
Photo of BeerSox
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter.

Slightly hazy ruby red hue with a thin light tan head that settles into a rim around the glass. Stringy lacing forms down the glass.

Light malt aromas covered up by very strong hop aromas. A tiny amount of vanilla can be detected. Stong alochol aromas come in as the beer warms.

The malts are barely tasted as the strong citrusy and bitter hops completely take over. The alcohol makes itself known in the middle, while slowly fading and the hops take over again. Full bodied with good carbonation. Just like the aroma, a faint amount of carbonation can be tasted.

This one is all hops, of course. Basically your middle of the road Barley Wine. It's recommended, just don't expect anything special.

BeerSox, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another 12'er I am pretty sure is from Vintage Cellars order a long while back... sharing this one with Brenda... mine is from my Delirium goblet..

1/2" head.. no real lace or cap.. the brew is darker than the previous bottle.. copper .. verging on lite brown... a bit hazy from a sloppy pour.

Nose shows bunches of caramel with some minor oak and maybe some vanilla.. a touch of cardboard...

Flavor shows more oxidation than I would have expected.. again.. tons of caramel... maybe butterscotch, but that could be some some oxidation playing with me.. oak plays much more in the palate.. so does some pretty prevalent vanilla as it warms.. white raisins?.. burps show there is still a bunch of oak.... tannic.. I swear there are some citrus hop elements there, but this seems like a completely different beer than the one I had an hour ago... Brenda says it tastes like tawny port.. I guess I can see where she's coming from.

This is another one that I've had my share of times over the years.. but I am really enjoying this more than I remember other bottles.. very interesting and very complex... remarkably drinkable.

4/4/4.5/4.5/4.5

JohnGalt1, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of jmarsh123
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours light cloudy brown with a small off white head fading immediately. No lacing or retention.

Lots of vanilla and bourbon on the nose. Booze forward although sweet caramel is present as well.

Sweet caramel up front. Vanilla is strong throughout and a strong bourbon presence is still there even after some aging although it has rounded out into a smoother flavor.

Light to medium mouthfeel with adequate carbonation. Booze contributes a lot to the flavor, but not really a lot of alcohol burn.

Not sure exactly how old this was ('08 maybe), but it's still pretty solid. A notch below some other commonly available versions of the style, but still something I liked.

jmarsh123, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of Bierguy5
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottled on 11-17-06, 11.4% ABV. Very clear copper in color, with some red hues. A lot of fizzy carbonation when poured. Thin tan head that trickled down to a small collar quickly.

Huge nose full of oak, vanilla, plums, fig, and some dark fruits. Alcohol stands out in the nose as well.

Good amount of wood and oak at the beginning. A bit of sweetness follows, with fig, and fruity flavors. Not very much in the way of hops, nothing really stands out.

Lots of warming alcohol, dry finish with lingering oak. Medium body, low carbonation. I loved the nose, but the taste let me down just a bit. This seemed a bit hot, so some time in the cellar may help.

Bierguy5, May 22, 2007
Photo of DrBier
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2009 Vintage. Poured into Tulip glass. No ABV on label.

Pours with a white head with good retention to the bottom of glass (25+ min). Sporadic, light lacing.

Golden in color with good clarity.

Prominent aromas of Bourbon and alcohol. Followed by fig?, dark fruits, leather and malt. Aromas blend very nicely with warming.

Taste follows smell with bourbon up front but not overpowering, if you like bourbon and beer, blends great. Followed by malt, fig, prune and a mild leather aftertaste with a sweet finish. Hides the alcohol very well. Again, as the beer warms the flavors seem to blend into a near perfect harmony.

Mouthfeel is good overall but the beer is a bit sweet with a slight coating feeling at end.

A great example of what loving aging of beer can do. I purchased this beer fresh, and really enjoyed it. The aged version is outstanding, nothing over the top, just a beautiful blend of flavors in a well crafted beer.

DrBier, Jul 29, 2014
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Dominion Millennium - Oak Aged from Old Dominion Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.