Dominion Millennium - Oak Aged - Old Dominion Brewing Company
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2.45/5 rDev -40.1%
Really enjoyed the regular version, so have been looking forward to this one with more than the usual lip-smacking.
Pours a dark, warm, almost woody red. Contrary to it's non-barrel-aged cousin, this displays no carbonation, no head. The smell, however, is spot-on. Dead-ringer bourbon, vanilla, with a good foundation of malts. Instantly reminds me of the '09 Central Waters Barrel Aged Barleywine, one of my all-time faves. That's a lot to live up to.
Until I smelled this, I assumed it was oak-aged vs. barrel-aged, so this was a surprise. Let's lay this to rest right away: I knew the CW BBBW '09, & this ain't no CW BBBW '09. The bourbon is ascendant, but the base beer seems to have suffered from its rough treatment. It's flat & bitter, & not in a good way, clashing oddly with what's initially a nice blast of bourbon. Oxidation creeps in; I have to wonder if the screw-off cap had something to do with it. Wet cardboard mocks the sweetness & vanilla, rendering it nearly undrinkable.
The base beer, which is so good, has been rendered undrinkable here. Since it never shipped, I have to blame the top. Too bad. The smell was terribly promising.
12-15-2010 03:23:43 | More by maximum12
2.93/5 rDev -28.4%
Also brewed in an oak barrel, but this is an ale instead of a stout. I think that made the whiskey flavor even more noticeable. Plus, "millennium" means high alcohol content (around 10%), which added to the sense of the drink being whiskey. I could water down some Jack Daniels, add some foam on top, and enjoy that just as well as this beer. Of course, I'm not a big fan of Jack, so that's not necessarily a compliment.
03-29-2008 20:43:42 | More by Pencible
3.18/5 rDev -22.2%
Oak Aged Millennium is the prototypical barley wine amber with a surprisingly vigorous head that fades as quickly as one would expect. There's a little crustiness on the top of the bottle, resembling crystallized sugar.
The nose is of oaken sweetness, vanilla, some cherries and some toffee/raisiny malts jumping out and a slight hint of earthy hops. All in all, the nose is nice and deep if not a little too sweet.
Like the standard Millennium, it's a little thinner than you might like in the body, though nicely carbonated. Not really special, but not lacking.
Oak spice and vanilla at first followed by sticky toffee malts and with some distracting tastes of oxidation... a little star anise and some booze float around with the natural spiciness of oak. It's distractingly sweet and the cherry/vanilla one-two punch of the oak doesn't help. A nice, earthy bitterness later in the palate does what it can to tame the oaky sweetness, but it's washed away by booze and vanilla leaving your mouth with a one dimensional wooden finish.
All in all, it's a nice idea, but the oak simply overpowers the rest of the brew. It's nicely complex, but unbalanced and lacking grace. After a while the Oak became so cloying that I had troiuble finishing. I probably I should've left it age for a while, though the hints of oxidation imply that it might've went south.
Worth a try.
12-14-2004 16:22:23 | More by nogoodreason
3.3/5 rDev -19.3%
Thanks to Jason for opening this brew. Pours orange to clear copper with off white head. The aroma is light with hints of sweetness and oakiness. The taste seems to start off neutral and then becomes smooth and sweet followed by some hints of alcohol and mild tartness. This isn't as chewy or rich as similar barleywines.
01-10-2009 12:50:05 | More by BigMcLargeHuge
3.3/5 rDev -19.3%
July 22, 2004 offering (consumed about 2.5 years later). Purchased at the brewery shortly after release and stored carefully in my cool dark cellar. Pours a finger of tan head over a cloudy bright rust liquid. Smells oak sour sherry oxidation. Vanilla. Pineapple. Touch solventy and meady.
Tastes sherry and caramel. Touch of butter. Pears are one of the many light esters. Vanilla and creamy coconut. Oak is subdued and clean of char. Mouthfeel is md (at best), which I find surprisingly little for the style. Decent carbonation, which is surprising as the bottle was a twist-off.
02-13-2007 00:05:42 | More by mentor
3.35/5 rDev -18.1%
Type: 12oz. Bottle
Glass: Half Acre Tulip
Pours a light brown mahoghany in color w/ a skim coat white head that leaves minimal lacing. Aromas of oak, caramel/toffee, dark fruits, and a touch of bourbon. The taste starts off w/ massive oak up front, leading into caramel/toffeed, and finished w/ mild bourbon and an off putting flavor. I never thought I would say this, but the basement mustiness mixed with the bourbon and thinness of this brew, mixes to make a finish that is offensive to me. Medium bodied and lush. I was struggling to finish half a glass.
Overall, I was very disappointed by this brew that I was looking forward to sampling. Just has an odd finish on the palate! Will not be revisiting this one.
01-31-2012 06:17:44 | More by mikeyv35
3.36/5 rDev -17.8%
Some generous friend had brought this bottle to my house to share and sample, and we didn't get to it at the time. With a bottling date of 11/17/06, I imagine they had been saving this for an occasion, so I feel a little bad about cracking it open myself. Not bad enough to keep me from doing it, though.
Pours from the bottle with a murky, opaque, milk-chocolate brown color that is spotted by little bits of floating sediment. There is effectively no head whatsoever other than a thin ring that was generated by a vigorous pour. The aroma is quite mellow but pleasant, with the a combination of sweet whiskey, vanilla, and wood contributed from the barrel-aging dominating anything else. The flavor is again surprisingly mellow, especially for an 11.4% alcohol beer (must be all that age), but it certainly presents defined characteristics of caramel malts, bourbon, oak, and vanilla again. For as sweet as it tastes and how much carbonation it has lost over time, it's not terribly syrupy. Rather, it has a solid medium body that allows the flavors to linger appropriately. Overall, if I had to do it over again, I would have tasted this beer a few years ago, but I was glad to try it even if it is over-aged.
05-28-2014 19:12:47 | More by devilben02
3.38/5 rDev -17.4%
This was bottled on 11/17/06, more then 5 years old, wowza.
White half finger of head over a dark amber body, some haze going on.
The aroma plays the aged role in full, no alcohol at all, and little hops, both of which are normally in full force for an american barleywine. This makes the aroma simple and composed of dried bread, light faint citrus, and generous oak, it seem so far that the oak is staying around the longest.
The flavors are rounded out and grouped together, and have a slight oxidized note at this point but doesn't hurt this that much so far. There are caramel notes in here but they come across dryer then most barleywines after the years, and again light citrus from the little bit of hop presence hanging on, and the oak is strong on the palate. The alcohol is amazingly absent, i think a little more would be a positive addition for my personal palate, but i like em hot.
12-20-2011 06:01:03 | More by ChadQuest
3.58/5 rDev -12.5%
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.
06-27-2006 20:06:49 | More by maniac
3.63/5 rDev -11.2%
12oz bottle obtained via trade with meathookjones. Thanks for the opportunity... Bottle was wrapped in a black plastic shrink-wrap before adding the label, interesting.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a minimal head, which quickly disappeared, over the deep amber brew. Minimal to no lacing, not particularly surprising for the style, both a BW and oak-aged. Aroma is deeply of oak notes, vanilla, and alcohol. Taste is dominated by the oak notes upfront, somewhat obscuring the malt characteristics. Mouthfeel and drinkability are good for the style, but the barrel aging seems to have pushed this one in a direction I wasn't quite expecting or looking for. Maybe some cellaring on the other bottle I've obtained will do it some good. Worth a try.
01-02-2005 02:00:42 | More by ppoitras
3.63/5 rDev -11.2%
11.4.05 bottling, thanks hopsaplenty
crystal clear amber with a soapy, light-beige head. lacing looks like sticky burnt scrambled egg outskirts. one finger head comprised of an even balance.. airy spheres and creamy foam density.
smells like vanilla, bourbon, and hoppy amber ale nuances. the barrel essence is first and foremost, and there isn't much else to talk about aromawise.
lighter and more drinkable than i expected. flavor echoes the oaky barrel notes, and presents the slightest speck of bacterial sour funk. almost no hop bitterness except for a dull sting in the finish. vanilla is there in the flavor too, but it has more of that essential sourness of bottled vanilla extract in watery, brown form. the barrel aging provides alot of flavor, but i wonder about this before it hit wood. if you like the taste of barrel aging, this is for you. if you prefer to taste a beer mixed with barrel flavors, you will be underwhelmed. there is little to nothing here that represents the original brew.
overall, a decent elixir, but i wouldn't revisit unless this was a complimentary bottle.
10-12-2006 16:29:25 | More by goodbyeohio
3.65/5 rDev -10.8%
label says bottled on 11/1/06.
A - hazy amber / orange color with a whisp of an off white head that quickly dissipates.
S - bourbon, grapefruit, ripe tropical fruit, whisp of oak.
T - similar to the nose. a bit hoppier feeling than expected and a distinct jim beam aspect cutting through the barleywine taste.
M - medium body, softly carbonated, nice soft accross the tongue sharp finish
D - while the abv is hidden well, this one is a little too influenced by the bourbon for my tastes.
03-03-2008 16:53:08 | More by barleywinebrewer
3.65/5 rDev -10.8%
Been a while since my last review, so I decided to delve into storage for something nice to get the creative juices flowing again. Pulled out an OD oak-aged Millennium. Not bad. Bottling date on the label says 11/17/06, so this guy is just over a year old.
Poured into a belgian style snifter, this beer bears a pretty golden-amber hue with a bubbly, slightly off-white head on top that eventually dissipates and leaves big bubbles in a ring around the sides. Whoa, the nose on this is pungent! Sweet and malty, but with a STRONG oak sensation that basically takes over the entire aroma. Not sure if that's a product of the aging or not, but the wood scent is really powerful. The taste is less aggressive, although it also possesses the heavy oak presence like the aroma. It's slightly sweet up front, but quickly evens out to an orange-tasting oak flavor. Some vanilla and a tart cherry-like flavor near the end. Mouthfeel is firm and smooth.
I can't really say that I've ever had anything like this before. I've consumed plenty of barleywines, but never anything quite as pungent as this one. The oak aging, plus the additional time that I cellared it, really added to the mellowing of the alcohol and lifted the oakiness up to the forefront. Very interesting. I'm not sure it's an every-day kind of a beer (what barleywine is?) but it makes for interesting conversation on a cold night like tonight. Give it a try if you're in the mood for something different.
12-07-2007 02:27:40 | More by Atlas1
3.68/5 rDev -10%
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.
11-04-2007 04:26:14 | More by BeerSox
3.85/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
04-18-2007 01:54:49 | More by prototypic
3.85/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
05-22-2007 16:50:32 | More by Bierguy5
3.85/5 rDev -5.9%
Pours a reddish brown color with absolutely no head to speak of. Smell is sherry like and somewhat floral. Taste is absolutely incredible. Just a slight bit of carbonation. No sense of the alcohol at all in the taste. Only a slight bit of warming as it goes down. This is a damn fine beer. I would love to have this again after its aged for a while. Will have to see if they maintain this as a offering and keep the quality up now.
04-21-2007 01:29:34 | More by FtownThrowDown
3.85/5 rDev -5.9%
12 oz bottle courtesy of 2dogbrew. Thanks Russ! You're the best!
Served in my Founders snifter.
Lightly murky plum-colored body. Thin tan head. Rather weak retention and very little lacing.
Smells pretty boozy... Loads of sweet malts; caramel primarily, and tons of vanilla. The flavor is quite boozy-- rather a bit too much so. The beer goes from overly sweet to high booziness with a big warmth filling my throat and chest. Feels rather syrupy. The booziness seemed to decrease as the beer warmed up-- which I found odd, but welcome.
Overall-- this isn't unpleasant at all, but perhaps I've had too many world class barrel aged barleywines... It feels like I would just take this one for granted.
Good beer, totally worth a try! I could see lots of people making this a regular purchase.
06-26-2012 03:10:28 | More by AleWatcher
3.85/5 rDev -5.9%
12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.
A - A mix of dark orange and medium brown with little head. A little cloudy.
S - Really sweet and spicy. Kind of grainy.
T - Smooth sweet flavors. Very cirtusy with a nice hop finish. Slight bitterness in the finish.
M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.
D - Good beer. I would like to try the regular millennium that's not oak barrel aged because I can't pick up any of the normal characteristics that you find from aging in oak barrels.
01-07-2008 00:53:52 | More by jeffmonarch
Dominion Millennium - Oak Aged from Old Dominion Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.