Dominion Millennium - Oak Aged - Old Dominion Brewing Company
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4.83/5 rDev +18.1%
Poured a beautifully hazy deep amber which held up a very small, off-white cream head. Upon the familiar base Millenium aroma of caramel, sweet breads, port, honey, spicy hops & warming alcohol is a massive scent of bourbon, oak, vanilla, & an overall general rich decadence. In the mouth, this is a sipper for sure. I've always enjoyed the spicy English hops that linger in the background of this barleywine as well as the rich caramel, cookie malt, & the smooth Virginia honey. That said, for me, Millenium has always been just a touch sweet for my tastes. Let me say now that this oak barrel aged version just blows me away. Same great base flavors, although in my opinion, this version is perfectly rounded as all the flavors including the spicy hop kick & the sweet honey now seemed expertly blended & complimented by the oak barrel aging process. The bourbon flavor from the barrels is most certainly evident in the front, but the oak and additional hints of nut & smooth vanilla hit the back of the mouth as this beauty layers complexity upon complexity. Deep & rich flavors with a welcome warming alcohol presence throughout. Medium to full bodied, this brew coats the mouth like a light syrup & finishes clean, sweet, & dry. Phenomenal.
07-27-2004 13:13:19 | More by garthwaite
4.7/5 rDev +14.9%
Appearance: Pours a wood varnish-hued body with a small, khaki-colored head. Very exciting.
Smell: Grand! A luscious, toothsome aroma full of malty caramel sweetness and plenty of smooth vanilla and bourbon notes.
Taste: Ah, yes! Succulent sweet maltiness upfront with flavors of caramel and vanilla - much like a cream soda! Slight orange peel fruitiness. Lighter notes of bourbon and wood. Even lighter bitterness emerging in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Very creamy.
Drinkability: It's delish! For a fan of barleywines, there is little not to like about this beer.
09-25-2006 02:37:00 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.68/5 rDev +14.4%
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.
12-07-2006 05:04:52 | More by MuenchenerKindl
4.68/5 rDev +14.4%
Brown 12oz bottle with a parchment and indigo label featuring a deer on a hill. No ingredient information. Bottled on 11/04/05, I picked it up in August of 2006, then cellared it for over a year. I finally opened it on 9/30/07 to celebrate the end of the baseball regular season.
Pours a cloudy copper brown under a one finger tan head that fizzles quite quickly to film and collar, leaving some nice lace strings. The nose is strong of vanilla and malt, with the grain definitely leaning towards the bourbon variety. The mouth is very prickly and quite sticky, coating the mouth much like syrup does. The taste is lovely - lots of vanilla, just enough bourbon, strong roasted malt and utterly dry bitter hops. The hops and the bourbon last after the vanilla has gone to generate a very enticing aftertaste that nearly forces another sip. There's some alcohol here, so sipping is the right approach. But it makes you want to sip it all night. Yum!
09-30-2007 20:13:07 | More by Globetrotter
4.63/5 rDev +13.2%
Hoo Boy, an Oaked aged frosty lucky me. Bottled on 11/20/06, I cant wait any longer! And it starts with a gorgeous pour a lazy, hazy amber orange with a mountainous ivory head. It just leaves a coating of sticky lacing all throughout my Corsendork (from Soloman420) tulip glass.
The scent of pure and sweet caramel, malts and touches of vanilla tickle the beak, but the quaff is where the action starts! Hi Oh! A sharp kick of oaken bourbon begins the journey, finishing with a malty sweet coat of vanilla coffee. This is reminiscent of Makers Mark bourbon, except for the rich and intense body.
Just an exquisite sippin bourbon err, beer. But with the intense whisky flavor, good thing Im also a scotch/bourbon luver.
Many thanks to zrbrrt for this excellent brew.
02-22-2007 13:42:40 | More by Vancer
4.58/5 rDev +12%
Appearance: Pours a hzy copper body with a small beige head; like many barleywines, there was little lacing
Smell: Vanilla, oak and rum-soaked raisins waft through the air, but there is something else, too...after racking my brain, I realized it was coconut
Taste: Vanilla caramel flavors on the front end, with the coconut developing mid-palate; much, much later, the bitter flavors kick in with an oaky, piney hue
Mouthfeel: Fairly thick bodied with reasonable carbonation for the style
Drinkability: Stunningly different, a real achievement
02-25-2006 15:49:04 | More by brentk56
4.58/5 rDev +12%
Special Thanks to Stakem for gifting me with this excellent beer - cheers my friend!
Poured from the brown 12oz twist off into a large snifter able to hold the full bottle. Bottled on 11/17/06
The beer pours a hazy murky medium amber w/ a quick dropping beige cap even with a semi vigorous pour. The head collapses to a ring w/ minuscule beading and lace clings lackadaisically. The aroma is creamy and caramel drenched with lots of floral and sweet odors with a mild oak and slight scent of dried fruit with mild vinous scents and hints of plum and apricot with mild spice. The light alcohol ester enhances the aroma w/ mild vanilla odor. The feel of the ale is smooth as silk with mild heat and light toasted sweet texture w/ a mild carbonation level and bitterness is subtle with creaminess from malt and subtle oxidation w/ slight spice and residual sweetness.
The flavor of this is wonderful with vanilla and fruit w/ oak prominent and strong caramel presence with light sherry taste from the subtle aging. The hops add some spice or could be the alcohol with mellow pepper flavors and nutty wood element with hints of dark fruit like raisins and dates w/ mild pine in the flavor too. There is a light brown sugar flavor that is contributing a light molasses element and sweetness to the overall taste of this strong beer. I enjoy how the vanilla from the oak and sweet fruitiness blend so well and create a nice balanced complexity. I found this ale to be aged well, but not past its prime at all, a wonderful barleywine with finesse and the oak barrel provides a lot of complexity with a taste that is nothing like the 11.4% listed. I really enjoyed this 4+ yr bad boy so much, thanks again Adam!
01-02-2011 18:00:33 | More by Slatetank
4.58/5 rDev +12%
Smeared dark orangey rusted color with a slim, unlasting cap that uncovers quickly to keep a thin collar. Lacing is in some broken spotting with a clear varnish surrounding them.
Aroma is heavy and wonderfully full in the nose. The oak aging holds king with big cognac/portwine-like vapors over a small barleywine throne of piney citrus, muted maple, vanilla, and a heap of caramel. Nice!
Taste is solid with a big malt presense with some paled dark and tropical fruityness, lots of caramel, a honey maple center, shy piney hop resins pop off the surface of the lightly placed alcoholic heat which is substantially held in check into the finish where it cinders with a bit of that oaky/portwine-like warmth.
Buttery warm feel with a solid medium body and firm carbonation that has just enough little rough edges in the finish to give it some really nice pep.
A very nice drinker to boot. A sipper for sure, yes, perhaps a little too easy to sip; and many in a row followed by many more again. Wow! A very nice Barleywine here by Old Dominion.
02-11-2006 01:31:03 | More by tavernjef
4.47/5 rDev +9.3%
12oz black painted brown bottle, bottled on 11.04.05.
Braised orange skin, Short, dense light sand head of tiny bubbles that settles steadily to a skim coat and a short collar. No carbonation streams, and no lacing, but none were expected. Bountiful aromas of bourbon, candied orange skin, honey, and light vanilla waft from the glass. The alcohol is noticeable, but integrates well with the other aromas. Luscious creamy smooth bourbon flavors cross the tongue and are instantly warming. There is ample sweetness to compliment the bourbon derived alcohol, and the vanilla and orange is clean. The finish is bourbon warm and also sweet, but the alcohol lingers well into the next drink. Full bodied and smooth as silk, this has just a touch of carbonation, but it is fine, fine, fine. A creamy, slick mouthfeel, ideally suited to a barleywine. The barleywine and oak barrel compliment one another A slow sipper, to be savored and enjoyed. You could slip into the smoking jacket, settle into a leather wingback chair and enjoy a snifterful without a problem and come back for a second round.
The bottle is brown glass but painted black, which I found strange for some reason. Perhaps OD was concerned that people would not buy the package if it was not deep and dark? Or maybe it was just that black is trés chic?
09-05-2006 15:20:09 | More by hopsaplenty
4.43/5 rDev +8.3%
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 wasnt 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 Ive had.
Comments Thanks for skyhand for breaking out this baby at her First Annual Slap-Yur-Mama Big Beer Bonanza.
09-19-2005 02:19:28 | More by RoyalT
4.43/5 rDev +8.3%
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!
01-07-2011 03:57:00 | More by NeroFiddled
4.43/5 rDev +8.3%
This can in a 12oz bottle with a bottled date of July 22, 2004. This was only available at the brewpub. This poured out a clear black cherry juice color with an inch of tan head sitting on top. Good retention for a barley wine and it left decent lacing. Aroma is of sweet malt with fruits. A bit of molasses and alcohol are in the mix as well. The flavor starts out with a sweet maltiness and a touch of syrupy molasses. A slight alcohol bite comes after that with a finish that has an oak and cherry flavor that lingers. This is less sweet than the none-oak barrel version, which in my opinion helps a lot with the taste. Almost full-bodied with a creamy coating flavor and texture. Also warms you up quite well. Good drinkability here as it seems a bit more balanced in the sweetness department. The alcohol is less prominent than when I first tried it very shortly after it was bottled. Great stuff if you can get a hold of it.
10-18-2004 17:38:12 | More by meathookjones
4.43/5 rDev +8.3%
Pours a amber with some ruby/orange high lights. Not much head to speak of, but I usually dont look for much head on a beer this high in ABV. Aroma is a knock out. Wood, Molasses, burnt sugar, Peach pits, Vanilla, Bourbon.. all are present. The flavour is much the same. This is quite bourbon flavoured, but in a good way. The sweetness lends a kind of bourbon ball charactaristic that I like. The alcohol is definately there and is a little rough at this time. Other than it being a bit hot, It drinks smoothly. Drinkability is great. No I would not drink more than one at a sitting, but I would want more and savour every sip I had. The other 5 out of the 6 are headed straight to the cellar to see how they do.
04-04-2005 19:30:25 | More by TinusTime
4.43/5 rDev +8.3%
A: Body is an unfiltered reddish apple cider with a very minimal head. Only small traces of bubbles across the top with a little ring around the sides.
S: Smells great. Loads of vanilla, caramel, oak, white peach, butterscotch and toffee. Yum.
T: Over the top butterscotch/vanilla flavor...but not in the fake way. Toffee that begins subtle then shoots up in significance. Fruity essences of aprictots, peach, figs and strawberries. Sharp bitterness quickly bucks to the forefront and creates a sharp spike. Alcohol is warm in the belly and wafting in the nose.
M: Medium mouthfeel with a syrupy but smooth mouthfeel.
D: This beer is very good and the real deal.
08-04-2006 04:28:25 | More by Westsidethreat
4.38/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
12-16-2009 07:23:05 | More by JohnGalt1
4.38/5 rDev +7.1%
Into a snifter, pours a lovely golden amber, a little white head that shrinks to a thin film, leaving little blobs of lacing here and there, pretty good start. The aroma doesn't let down, strong, fruity, almost vinious, lovely oak notes come out more as it warms, a lovely alcohol thats obvious but not harsh, very warm. The taste is duly delicious, caramel, honey, oak, vanilla, lots of candied sugar, very sweet to balance out and almost relegate the hop presence to the secondary, interesting. The mouth is warm, smooth, plenty full, a very quality beer, a sipper for sure, one to seek out most definitely.
09-14-2007 03:27:23 | More by objectivemonkey
Dominion Millennium - Oak Aged from Old Dominion Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.