Dominion Millennium - Oak Aged - Old Dominion Brewing Company
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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
4.58/5 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
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
4.13/5 rDev +1%
bottle from 2009
Appearance: dark gold almost red, no head to speak of
Smell: bourbon upfront followed by caramel
Taste: not surprisingly there is a strong bourbon taste. high ABV is not too well masked. also strong sweet tastes possibly cherries.
Mouthfeel: low carbonation, very smooth
Drinkability: surprisingly drinkable for such a high ABV, would get again for sure.
great effort from old dominion on this one, my favorite style yet by this brewary
11-05-2010 23:55:35 | More by deskim
4.1/5 rDev +0.2%
Pours a muddled/cloudy color with a tiny off white head. The head faded quickly, but left a nice lingering lacing.
A distinct aroma of bourbon is up front. As the aroma hits your nose, there are some other follow up aromas as well, these being some caramels, spices, and maybe even a hint of cherries.
Taste of bourbon, caramel, and spices up front. Its a great flavor with that bit of a warm alcohol feeling in the middle. It closes with a nice crisp, earthy flavor that makes you want to have more.
This is very heavy, solid beer that doesn't have a high carboniation. But it isn't flat either, its a great sipping beer. High ABV would knock some out after one bottle, but this is a great brew I would love to get my hands on again. I would like to try other years as well.
10-12-2010 03:26:26 | More by mattgreger
3.88/5 rDev -5.1%
Big thanks to Jettanbass9 for sending this one my way. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.
A- Pours a clear, dark amber / burgundy color. Produced a fingers width of off-white head. Dissipated pretty quickly.
S- Lots of malt candied sweetness. Notes of caramel and citrus type fruits in their as well. Very aromatic.
T- Falls short of the aroma and just never really came together. Upfront the candy sweetness and citrus flavors collide...there's almost a tart, sweet flavor underneath. In the second half, oak definitely comes into play with a slightly alcoholic finish. Just not as cohesive as one would hope and some of the flavors were just off.
M- Medium bodied with good carbonation. Left the palate on the dry side.
D- While this was nearing 12% abv, the alcohol was not that noticeable. A slight burn did develop in the chest throughout consumption.
Overall, a decent barleywine by Dominion. Would have liked to try this one fresh to compare.
03-27-2010 02:41:51 | More by rhinos00
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
3.85/5 rDev -5.9%
Bottle thanks to JISurfer.
Bottled on: 11/04/05
Pours a cloudy turbid brown color with a tiny off white head and a sharp ring of lacing. It looks a little unappealing.
Scent of sweet bourbon, caramel, cherries, sugars, and some oxidation. This has held up pretty well, but the oxidation is a bit too noticeable.
Taste of bourbon, caramel, sugars, earth, and a hint of spice. I would prefer to have the regular product to compare to, but right now this is tasting very bourbon forward. I'm not sure how much longer this will hold up, but it tastes pretty damn good right now.
Mouthfeel is medium heavy bodied and has a very low carbonation, but not flat.
12-06-2009 22:57:10 | More by paco1029384756
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
4.33/5 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
4.13/5 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
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
4.35/5 rDev +6.4%
12 ounce bottle split with psycohops. Bottled on 11-17-06 : Kenny Allen, Brewmaster. Decanted into my nonic pint glass and appears an ultra cloudy chestnut color akin to fresh brewed iced tea. When held up to the light, I notice a slight green hue. Barely half an inch of tan head. Smells and tastes of pineapple slices slathered in rich caramel sauce, prickly pear, oak, a good dose of vanilla, and a touch of coconut. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Time has really allowed the flavors of this one to intertwine. I'm glad I have a few more in the cellar to revisit again. A fantastic sipping barleywine.
04-10-2009 13:43:10 | More by ClockworkOrange
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
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
4.05/5 rDev -1%
A- poured a murky brown with an offwhtie head that never faded. pretty impressive head for an old barleywine.
S- malty but very subtle and oakey. heavy and some hints of molasses. some hints of vanilla and oak but not a huge a fruity type.
T- woody earth oak charachter and a heavy malt characteristics. some hints of molasses and some biscuit malt but not
M- thick and very heavy. light carbonation,
D- a definite sipper but a solid beer.
11-27-2008 01:40:57 | More by Atron67
4.05/5 rDev -1%
Bottle courtesy of metallitone1, thanks again!
Marking says that this one is from Novermber 2006.
Beer pours a dark amber color, with a thin white head. A bit cloudy looking as well.
Aromas are of cereals grains, spices, booze, and oak.
Taste is very good. When I first poured this, it looked so so, and smelled so so, but the flavor is excellent. Nice oak and booze flavors dominant, but there are some nicely spicy malt notes as well. There is an upfront creamy sweetness, then the beer settles into the bourbon barrel aged spicy, oak, and booze flavors that were mentioned before. It's a very interesting and different tasting beer.
Mouthfeel is pretty good. But it feels more carbonated than I would like, and a bit too thin for the style.
Drinkability is good. This is a good and tasty barrel aged barleywine. If it looked a little better, and smelled a little better, it would be top notch. But with that said, it's still very tasty.
05-27-2008 04:34:30 | More by flexabull
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
3.65/5 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
3.95/5 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
4.38/5 rDev +7.1%
Pours a cloudy maple-amber with little head or lacing (typical of this type).
Smells mostly of sweet barley, pineapple and cloves. A little bit of phenols, but that's not out of the ordinary for barleywine.
Potent pineapple and tangerine right up front followed by some syrupy toffee. Way more citrusy than I expected. The barley flavor takes a back seat to them. Fairly sweet, a touch dry, ABV does not try to hide. There's an overtone of bourbon, oak, and a hint of vanilla from the aging process, just as the brewery describes on the bottle.
A little spicy but very smooth and pleasing. I can get over the phenols and alcohol flavor very quickly. I didn't expect to enjoy the potent citrus so much but after a few sips it's becoming very pleasant. There's a slightly syrupy finish with a roasted malt aftertaste that helps to balance the sweetness. Overall a very fine, drinkable example of a unique barleywine.
01-09-2008 04:55:16 | More by Thanby
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
3.95/5 rDev -3.4%
11/1/06 botteling date. Thanks to my Secret Santa (BleedingShrimp) for the opportunity to try this one. Thanks Dan!!!!
Poured into my Stone Old Guardian BWine Glass.
Lots and lots of bubbles on the bottom of the glass. Minimal off white head with some weak lacing. Lacing and head both fade to black extremely quickly. Like 15-20 seconds into the beer, the head is gone and I'm left with a weak rim of lace. Dark, smudgy orangy/amber color with some signs of carbonation.
Immediate fruity nose with a fair amount of alcohol thrown in. Grapefruit pithy with a side of malt. Piney resin in the background with a hint of anise and raisins. Getting some oakiness, but not as much as I expected.
Mucho sweetness on the tongue. Along the lines of an English Barleywine, where the hops takes a backseat to the malt. This is the style of barleywine I lean towards, so this is a good thing. There's a definite port feel to this beer. Medium body that stays with you for a while. Quite drinkable. The 11.4% never really seems to comes through while drinking it, making this maybe a bit tooo quaffable.
Would defintely celler a few of these given the chance. I'd like to see what came out in a few years.
12-20-2007 04:40:18 | More by Brewfan
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
4.25/5 rDev +3.9%
Appropriately, Millennium is my 1000th review.
Pours a beautiful light golden amber with a nice white half finger that melts rather quickly to just a faint ring.
Aromas are very fruity...tangerines and pears mixed with light brown sugar.
Taste is first oak...lovely oak. Then the fruitiness comes forth with the pear and tangerine notes, more oak, buttery sugars, and finally a bit of citrus hops to give bite and dry out the sugars.
Aftertaste is oak and citrus with an alcohol warmth.
Very pleasant and different Barleywine and most definitely worthy of being review #1000.
Thanks MuenchenerKindl for this very special beer.
12-02-2007 04:00:44 | More by IntriqKen
Dominion Millennium - Oak Aged from Old Dominion Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.