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Dominion Millennium - Oak Aged - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

114 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
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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AleWatcher

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 03:10:28 | More by AleWatcher
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briandaube

Delaware

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

06-02-2012 20:57:42 | More by briandaube
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raveskdr

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dominion found several palates of this in their warehouse and decided to sell it late last year. Wish I had bought more than a case. 2009 vintage poured into my Bruery sniflip.

A - Light murky brown with great carbonation after all this time. Not only that, but these stupid things are screw tops. What stupidity. But it kept its carbonation fantastically.

S - First smell is a really amazing bourbon vanilla. From there you get some of the sweetness from the malt and slight nuttiness.

T - Nice carmelly malts right off the bat. The smooth vanilla from the barrel rounds out the back end of the beer. There is a slight sour twang on the back end as well, but has never been in any of the other 8 or so bottles I have had.

M - For an 11%+ beer, there is such little alcohol. The mouth is slightly light for a monster barrel aged barleywine, but it makes it very drinkable.

O - This is a really great beer. This was the last batch before AB came in and completely dicked Dominion up. They still haven't recovered. Not even close. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to get some of the original stuff at an amazing price, aged perfectly in the Dominion warehouse. Glad they decided to release it to the public. Kudos. I had a bottle of this from 2005 and it had fallen off, so I do need to make sure that I get through mine in the next 18 months.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 19:23:22 | More by raveskdr
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bmur112

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

03-28-2012 11:14:50 | More by bmur112
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djdonaldson

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

03-26-2012 19:58:14 | More by djdonaldson
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shcufj

Vermont

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from '05 12oz bottle into snifter.

A:Thin, white bubbly head that disipated quickly. Cloudy, golden brown color.

S: Strong, malty, liquory aroma with a hint of oak barrels

T: Light, sweet, malty taste, that finishes with a slight hot liquor burn. Some barrel tastes towards the end of the sip.

M: Medium to full bodied feel. Well-carbonated despite the age and alcohol content.

O: A very good barrel-aged barley wine. I would have preferred to have it when it was a bit younger, but received this one as an extra in a trade.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 03:26:19 | More by shcufj
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woolybully67

Virginia

5/5  rDev +22.5%

02-18-2012 00:53:51 | More by woolybully67
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mikeyv35

New York

3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Date: 01/31/2012
Type: 12oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2009
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 06:17:44 | More by mikeyv35
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -2%

01-29-2012 18:41:38 | More by ygtbsm94
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whartontallboy

New York

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

01-14-2012 15:08:08 | More by whartontallboy
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into snifter. bottled on what looks like 040207 (April 2, 2007) even though i was told this was an '08...anywho on to the review:

A: pretty hazy/murky body that makes for an opaque brew. color is mahogany hued. head consists of a frothy rim of slightly off-white foam.

S: such a smooth vanilla. so smoooth. oak, toffee. brown sugar reduction. definitely getting some woody notes, but not really any booze (not sure if these were straight up virgin oak barrels or had something in them). raisins. great barleywine aromas complemented with the oak. well done.

T: not the upfront blast of sweetness i was expecting from this big barleywine. certainly sweet, but i was expecting more of a tangy sweet-plosion. im sure the time had something to do with mellowing that out. the middle gets a little scotchy. like an unsettling, unpleasant alcohol flavor that reminds me of the cheap shit. this is my only real complaint about the flavor.

M: carbonation is super mild as it should be. full body fo sho.

D: i feel like i got a fantastic bargin on this brew ($2.69/single bottle) considering the age as well as the flavor! most barleywines are around the price, throw oak in and tack a few more dollars on, throw oak and age tack on even more dollars. besides the deal i got, this is certainly a solid sipping brew that could probably sit around longer without spoilage. however, i dont see how the flavors could truly evolve that much more.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 22:32:20 | More by Jimmys
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mdfb79

New York

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 02:14:19 | More by mdfb79
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jamiemottram

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2%

12-29-2011 19:43:58 | More by jamiemottram
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2dogbrew

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

12-26-2011 03:58:52 | More by 2dogbrew
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twowheelssoar

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2%

12-25-2011 04:50:31 | More by twowheelssoar
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ChadQuest

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 06:01:03 | More by ChadQuest
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -2%

12-09-2011 05:02:01 | More by starrdogg
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

11-25-2011 20:21:52 | More by JAHMUR
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -2%

11-18-2011 20:09:21 | More by Rochefort10nh
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +22.5%

11-18-2011 18:18:30 | More by HopStoopid120
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 17:59:05 | More by Jeffo
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seeswo

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says 11/17/06. Thanks again Greg (HopHead101)!

Pours a cloudy brownish color with a small amount of tan head. Looks the part. Smells of faded hops, dark fruits and caramel - accompanied by oak barrel. The taste hits right upfront with big oak. The hops are largely faded, leaving only a bit drying the middle and the finish. This beer is surprisingly not all that sweet, with again, the predominant flavor of oak. I rarely say this, but I almost wish they would age a portion in oak and then blend it back down, as it is too pronounced for me. The tempered sweetness, bit of dryness off the barrel, smoothness and the hops really make this a drinkable 11.4% beer. The mouthfeel seems right on with lower carbonation and a medium / thick body. I do not have the original to compare this to, but I wouldn't be surprised if this was a totally different beer when fresh. My guess is that the hops balance the oak a bit more than now, because the level of sweetness doesn't. That said, if you are looking for an oak bomb, this is a good bet to make you happy. For me, this was good, but maybe not great.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 04:19:37 | More by seeswo
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper amber with mostly no head. Bubbles hug the edge of the glass. The smell is fairly mild actually, some oak, malts, light caramel, andmaybe a little butterscotch. The taste has a profound alcohol presence, alot of sharp malt flavor, some caramel, and the oak was noticeably present as well. A little bit of dark fruits, more on the sweet side, arrive in the finish. Pretty nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 18:18:50 | More by CuriousMonk
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 03:57:00 | More by NeroFiddled
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 18:00:33 | More by Slatetank
Dominion Millennium - Oak Aged from Old Dominion Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.