Dominion Millennium - Oak Aged - Old Dominion Brewing Company
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3.95/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
02-08-2008 16:34:28 | More by BuckeyeNation
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
4.7/5 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
4.43/5 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
4.03/5 rDev -1.5%
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!
09-23-2004 09:00:07 | More by feloniousmonk
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
4.1/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
01-05-2012 02:14:19 | More by mdfb79
4.03/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
12-05-2008 06:32:23 | More by corby112
4.3/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
06-15-2009 01:46:51 | More by weeare138
3.98/5 rDev -2.7%
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
05-08-2007 05:57:57 | More by tempest
4.33/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
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.
10-10-2009 00:20:47 | More by barleywinefiend
4.28/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
11-17-2009 22:58:15 | More by stakem
4.13/5 rDev +1%
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.
08-08-2009 02:46:49 | More by akorsak
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
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
4.29/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
07-29-2014 01:22:27 | More by DrBier
Dominion Millennium - Oak Aged from Old Dominion Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.