Dominion Millennium - Oak Aged - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
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Reviews: 80
Hads: 120
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 8.15%
Wants: 54
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Old Dominion Brewing Company visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  11.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: garthwaite on 07-27-2004

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Photo of brentk56
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 (555 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fluorescent pumpkin with a splash of bright cherry juice. The tangerine mousse-like crown filled the upper half of the snifter on the initial pour, then quickly melted to a thick disk. No more than a smattering of lace finds its way to the glass.

Although the nose is a solid one for the style, I'm struggling to appreciate the barrel aging. There's plenty of boozy fruit, but virtually nothing that would indicate that Millenium spent several months in barrels that had previously held bourbon whiskey. There might be a mild caramelized sugar vibe if I concentrate really hard.

Since when does oak barrel aging change an English barleywine into an American one? I'm sure they were *American* barrels that were used to age *American* whiskey, but still. Even though their influences are noted on the palate, this is one of the least 'oak and whiskey-like' barrel-aged beers in recent memory.

The flavor profile includes oranges and ripe apricots soaked in white rum, sugar syrup, a drizzle of melted caramel and pat of melted butter. If told that this barleywine had been aged, I would have guessed new white oak barrels, not barrels that had previously held bourbon.

The various flavors have had more than enough time to become well acquainted. Having said that, more depth and complexity is needed before the next highest score can be considered. On a positive note, the alcohol has been tamed to a remarkable degree.

Considering the style, the mouthfeel is a fraction too thin. It doesn't deteriorate much as the mouthful progresses, but then it doesn't start out anywhere close to full. A lingering stickiness and an ideal amount of carbonation helps.

Old Dominion Millenium (Oak Barrel Aged) isn't much different from the standard Millenium. It's still a worthwhile sipper that aficionados should seek out, but I wish the brewery had found leakier barrels. (1,867 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (593 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
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! (1,299 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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! (1,707 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, amber color, smallish, regulation head, that dissipates quickly.
Aroma's another tale, it wafts out from first cracking the crown: rich and raisiny, port wine, maple, molasses, but more cognac-y than anything else, smells strong, bright, fruity, devilish, and enticing.
Surprisingly mellow on the tongue at first, then it kicks in, the heat, the burst of flavor, the flood of vinous feel, all up and down the palate, sweet, richly textured, delicious, bursting with tastiness to point of hedonism.
Dries a bit, and does acquire that oaky edge, a real kicker this one. Pow-pow-powerful, unique, and quite crafty.
At 11.4%, quite a knock-out, but still well worth-it!

Much thanks to garthwaite for this bottle! (723 characters)

Photo of DrBier
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (934 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Cigar City snifter.

a - Pours a hazy mahogany brown color with two inches of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for about a minute and leaves no lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of caramel malts, dark fruits, toffee, bready malts, molasses, oak, brown sugar, toasted malts, and light nuts. Lots of caramel and toffee and a little sweet, which is very nice.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, toffee, alcohol, sweet dark fruits, molasses, sugar, fruity malts, toasted malts, and bready malts. A little bit sweeter than the nose and some alcohol comes through here, but not bad for the ABV.

m - Medium to full body and low to moderate carbonation. Thick and smooth, and pretty creamy, with a touch of alcohol. Very, very nice for a barleywine.

o - Overall I thought this was a very good barleywine that has held up well over the last 3 years. Lots of caramel and toffee, and sweet but nothing too much. Also doesn't have too much alcohol in the taste which is nice. Would like to have again. (1,056 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2 reviews included here for this same beer bottled on 11/17/06
1. Review date of 11/17/09 (3 year old bottle)
2. Review date of 11/18/10 (4 year old bottle)

Review #1 (4.5 4.5 4.5 4.0 4.5) Total Score: A / 4.45
3 years ago to the day this beer was bottled. (11/17/06)

12 ounce brown bottle that appears as though it was air-brushed black as an extra measure to keep the light away from this beer. It pours a clear amber color with a thin lace of yellowish creamy tanned head that is quick to dissolve to just a thin line around the interior perimeter of the glass. Little bit of lace clinging to the glassware is the only evidence of my first sip.

Nose is a wonderful blend of sweetness that includes smoky oak, vanilla, malt and alcohol. It really is an appealing and enjoyable aroma.

The drinkability would not lead you to believe this is nearly 12% abv. Smooth and easy drinking, low carbonation and medium feel. Taste is minorly bitter upfront, with malty sweet caramel notes, oak, vanilla and a warming tingly finish. Lingering taste of hop bitterness blending with a fruit (almost like tart grapes) is left on the palate along with mild smokiness. The lingering bitterness makes you want to dive right in for another sip of the malty sweetness.

Really loving this beer. I have a few more to selectively share with friends and possibly sit on in the cellar for a little longer. Fantastic.
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Review #2 (4.5 5.0 4.0 4.5 4.0) Total Score: A / 4.35
Here we are a year later. Let's see how this brew is holding up.

Poured into a snifter from a twist off, yes I said twist off capped 12oz bottle. The brew pours a would be clear amber color only I let some sludge from the bottom of the bottle find it's way into the glass. These dark particles hang in suspension all through the body and bubbles of carbonation rise constantly to the surface from imperfections in the glass. Initially there was a thin cap of white head which dissolved fairly fast. All that remains is a thin line of bubbles around the perimeter of the glass.

The nose of this brew includes a sweet scent of caramel malt along with mellow vanilla and some oakiness. There is a light whiskey influence that hangs out in the background but an overall strong alcohol scent still remains in this brew. This barley wine smells pretty much exactly like I remember and I love it.

The taste includes a nice punch of alcohol heat right up front that is reinforced by whiskey. It is slightly solvent and includes a modest amount of hopped bitterness. The malt tastes slightly nutty and has a wooden tastes that flows into the finish. This is significantly more earthy and bitter tasting than I remember. It has a light oxidized character that blends with a faint amount of vanilla sweetness through the body.

This brew is medium to full bodied with a modest level of carbonation. This offering has changed a bit since the last time I had this (or maybe my palate has matured over the last year.) So to keep current with what my opinion of this brew is, I have dropped my review score by .10 points as outlined above. (3,129 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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 (312 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a thin white head that quickly settles into a thin lace. Pleasant aroma of bourbon, earthy oak, vanilla, hops and alcohol. Well balanced with lots of bourbon vanilla oakiness, malt backbone, sweet alcohol and strong hop presence. (266 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 11-17-06.

Appears a hazy light orange-gold with a small white cap that quickly faded. A mild cap n spotty lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is oaky with vanilla, caramel, creamy with sugar m yeasty bread.
Taste is chewy n sugary with rum cake n caramel coming through.
Mouthfeel is sugary, chewy, gritty...probably would be perfect in another two years. (368 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish, darkish brown tint, cant explain it but it was different. The vanilla was strong on the nose and carried through the taste and swallow. Just right. The bourbon was just strong enough to notice but not overpowering. Barley was strong, taste was bold and pretty chewy I thought. Tasted like a mix of fruit, flowers and raisins. Very good barleywine.
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Just polished off an 06 and it was still very strong on the ABV. This beer could actually hold out for another two years! Very good. (502 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (1,134 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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 (1,142 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (762 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,055 characters)

Photo of maximum12
2.57/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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. (1,158 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (1,079 characters)

Photo of Pencible
2.96/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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. (420 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't know why this bier says "retired"? I have a 12oz sample bottled on 11-04-05. Dominion Millenium Ale - Ale Aged in Oak Barrels. Gift from Bro Artied2 on a recent DC visit.

Clear, bright mahogany hued liquid, with a creamy, fine, yet thin, tan head. Some wispy lace. Strong aroma of malty sweetness along with distinct bourbon notes. Distinct!! Medium bodied, with a smooth, silky feel on the tongue.

A touch of caramel malt hits the palate. Some light sweetness arises, with floral hops being quite dominant. Strong...winey...porty.... Even more dominant are the oak/whiskey notes. Quite evident, though in no way unwelcome. Not a trait I desire in all my biers, but nice every now and then.

Prosit!!

overall: 4.3
appearance: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

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Photo of prototypic
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (953 characters)

Photo of Vancer
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hoo Boy, an Oaked aged frosty – lucky me. Bottled on 11/20/06, I can’t 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 Maker’s Mark bourbon, except for the rich and intense body.

Just an exquisite sippin’ bourbon…err, beer. But with the intense whisky flavor, good thing I’m also a scotch/bourbon luver.

Many thanks to zrbrrt for this excellent brew. (789 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Stakem in a recent trade. Thanks for throwing this in the box man!

From a bottle into a snifter
Bottled on 17 November 2006

APPEARANCE: One finger, medium-thinner looking, light, off-white head with good retention. Murky burnt umber brown with medium carbonation. Head quickly recedes to a thin wisp and ring. Ring and splotchy, faint wisp remain but leave no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Definite caramel and toffee malt aromas with some light nuts and brown sugar. A good dose of oak barrel on this one, with oak, wood and nice vanilla undertones. A touch of booze in there rounds it out. Pretty good.

TASTE 8/10: Caramel malts, toffee and some earthy tones. Sweet brown sugar and some nuts as well. The oak barrel comes out at the swallow, with some nice oak and vanilla notes accompanying the malty sweet base. Some earthy hop bitterness lingers, but the aftertaste is mostly made of caramel and brown sugary sweetness and some nice oak and wood from the barrel. Flavorful stuff, and the booze is very well hidden.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Slightly prickly carbonation but smooth enough on the palate, but goes down fine and finishes slightly mouth-coating on the palate. Only a touch of heat lingers on the palate.

OVERALL: Good beer and proves that barrel aged barleywines work fine for my palate. Though I’m not a huge fan of the style, the oak aging on this one was done really well and I quite enjoyed the bottle. The age has also done this one well I assume, as it is quite smooth and free of heat for the style. Would definitely drink again. Recommended. Thanks again Stakem. (1,653 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass cloudy medium amber golden with a very low white head which just barely formed and the left the building.

The aroma was malty and strong with a sizeable oak character. The oak had vanilla and tannins with a bit of spice from the alcohol. The aroma was nicely fruity with muted hop aromas coupled with oak.

The flavor was malty with a nice oak punch. The flavors of the oak and the caramel maltiness coupled and left me with a chocolate impression. The hop bittering was well balanced with the malt, but the balance was toward oak and malt for sure. Some vanilla and fruit was certainly present in the flavor and a nice hop flavor was present.

The finish was just barely dry with lasting malt and hop impression coupled with oak long into the aftertaste. The body was full and the carbonation was low. The alcohol was present in the aroma and in the warming after consumption which was quite high. A nice oak aged barleywine, but the appearance was not very good at all, murky, cloudy and zero head.

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 22July2004. Thanks mentor! (1,096 characters)

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Dominion Millennium - Oak Aged from Old Dominion Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.