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Dominion Millennium - Oak Aged - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

117 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 51
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of IntriqKen
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

IntriqKen, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of BeerSox
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BeerSox, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of Globetrotter
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brown 12oz bottle with a parchment and indigo label featuring a deer on a hill. No ingredient information. Bottled on 11/04/05, I picked it up in August of 2006, then cellared it for over a year. I finally opened it on 9/30/07 to celebrate the end of the baseball regular season.

Pours a cloudy copper brown under a one finger tan head that fizzles quite quickly to film and collar, leaving some nice lace strings. The nose is strong of vanilla and malt, with the grain definitely leaning towards the bourbon variety. The mouth is very prickly and quite sticky, coating the mouth much like syrup does. The taste is lovely - lots of vanilla, just enough bourbon, strong roasted malt and utterly dry bitter hops. The hops and the bourbon last after the vanilla has gone to generate a very enticing aftertaste that nearly forces another sip. There's some alcohol here, so sipping is the right approach. But it makes you want to sip it all night. Yum!

Globetrotter, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/2006.

Into a snifter, pours a lovely golden amber, a little white head that shrinks to a thin film, leaving little blobs of lacing here and there, pretty good start. The aroma doesn't let down, strong, fruity, almost vinious, lovely oak notes come out more as it warms, a lovely alcohol thats obvious but not harsh, very warm. The taste is duly delicious, caramel, honey, oak, vanilla, lots of candied sugar, very sweet to balance out and almost relegate the hop presence to the secondary, interesting. The mouth is warm, smooth, plenty full, a very quality beer, a sipper for sure, one to seek out most definitely.

objectivemonkey, Sep 14, 2007
Photo of Phatz
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to jasonm for hooking me up with this beer. You da man my friend!

Appearance: Pours an orange-ish brown with a small quick fade head and little to no lace in my snifter glass.

Smell: Juicy malts, orange and grapefruit alcohol and candy sugar with spices are hot through the nose.

Taste: Yeah boy! this is a bigg'en! It is soft and chewy to start with a Belgian candy sugar attribute, a big caramel kick and some sour citrus fruits. Pineapple, brown sugar, honey and alcohol stand out most while on the tongue. The vanilla oak wood flavors cling to your cheeks especially in the aftertaste. The alcohol does show through a bit much but for a sipping night cap it works well. It is a major player in the flavor giving this malty monster a hot burn and the feel of bourbon.

Mouthfeel: The body is slick and full with viscous and vinous attributes and all around quite pleasant.

Drinkability: It is certainly a sipper with the intensity and the ABV, but it is an enjoyable beer to spend and evening nursing.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of ndekke39
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this from a 12 oz. bottle with no bottling date on it. Pours a lovely, slightly hazy copper color with a fluffy white head. The head dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves a nice ring of lace around the glass. Smells like a white wine, with hints of sweet caramel, wood, darker fruit, toasted malt. Taste is predominantly sweet, centered on the caramel and toasted malts, with flavors of burnt sugar and warming alcohol. Finishes pretty quickly, no lingering aftertaste, although there's hints of bitterness in it. Fairly light-bodied for a barleywine, but not at all watery. Overall, a very drinkable beer, beautiful to look at and to sip, and with enough complexity to keep you interested.

ndekke39, Aug 02, 2007
Photo of Bierguy5
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Bierguy5, May 22, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.98/5  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

tempest, May 08, 2007
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

FtownThrowDown, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of prototypic
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

prototypic, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of Vancer
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Vancer, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of mentor
3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

mentor, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of mcallister
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours what you would expect a barley wine too look like. Hot orange/mahagony, little head, with no retention or lacing probably due too the high alcohol.

Smell is a little hot also. Much oak in the aroma toasty with lots of burnt vanilla. Bourbon, raisin, hints of chardonnay as well, fig, and a slight nutty component. Would have scored higher if not for the "hot" presence to the aroma.

The taste is a whole different story. Sweet with brown sugar and rasins, with a burst of burnt vanilla, caramel, slight fig, some alcohol but not distracting. Again the chardonnay is also in the flavor. Very clean mouthfeel yet somewhat thin. I really like this beer. Can't wait to try one aged a couple of years.

mcallister, Feb 08, 2007
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a clear copper with medium carbonation. The head is 1 finger, light tan that leaves good lace.

The smell is big Bourbon Barrel Smoky Oak. It kind of suppresses all else.

The taste follows with some light vanilla notes but very light and quite pleasant. The Big Alcohol is done right also. Wow this beer is great. Should be nice after a few years in the Bier Keller.

The mouthfeel is quite good, medium body and light carbonation make this brew an excellent choice during or after a big holiday meal.

The drinkability is great. I could sip this all night.

MuenchenerKindl, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

goodbyeohio, Oct 12, 2006
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 25, 2006
Photo of hopsaplenty
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz black painted brown bottle, bottled on 11.04.05.

Braised orange skin, Short, dense light sand head of tiny bubbles that settles steadily to a skim coat and a short collar. No carbonation streams, and no lacing, but none were expected. Bountiful aromas of bourbon, candied orange skin, honey, and light vanilla waft from the glass. The alcohol is noticeable, but integrates well with the other aromas. Luscious creamy smooth bourbon flavors cross the tongue and are instantly warming. There is ample sweetness to compliment the bourbon derived alcohol, and the vanilla and orange is clean. The finish is bourbon warm and also sweet, but the alcohol lingers well into the next drink. Full bodied and smooth as silk, this has just a touch of carbonation, but it is fine, fine, fine. A creamy, slick mouthfeel, ideally suited to a barleywine. The barleywine and oak barrel compliment one another A slow sipper, to be savored and enjoyed. You could slip into the smoking jacket, settle into a leather wingback chair and enjoy a snifterful without a problem and come back for a second round.

The bottle is brown glass but painted black, which I found strange for some reason. Perhaps OD was concerned that people would not buy the package if it was not deep and dark? Or maybe it was just that black is trés chic?

hopsaplenty, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Body is an unfiltered reddish apple cider with a very minimal head. Only small traces of bubbles across the top with a little ring around the sides.

S: Smells great. Loads of vanilla, caramel, oak, white peach, butterscotch and toffee. Yum.

T: Over the top butterscotch/vanilla flavor...but not in the fake way. Toffee that begins subtle then shoots up in significance. Fruity essences of aprictots, peach, figs and strawberries. Sharp bitterness quickly bucks to the forefront and creates a sharp spike. Alcohol is warm in the belly and wafting in the nose.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a syrupy but smooth mouthfeel.

D: This beer is very good and the real deal.

Westsidethreat, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of maniac
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

maniac, Jun 27, 2006
Photo of hoppymeal
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 sample. Beer pours a dark copper to red. Nice rich pruny aroma with hints of vanilla. The vanilla comes through stronger in the taste, but is not overpowering or overly sweet like some barrel aged beers. There is also some smoky oak flavor with a nice punch of bourbony and bitter alcohol that hits the back of the tongue. More like an english barley wine in many ways, probably due to this samplings age as well as the barrel aging.

hoppymeal, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of RedHaze
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 110405.

Pours a hazy dark amber color with a thin head that fades rather quickly to very thin wisps and ring leaving behind minimal lacing. Not much of a looker here.

Smell; very nice oak and vanilla aromas right out of the gate. After letting it warm a bit some caramel, honey and cherries come out, along with just a hint of some hop bitterness.

Taste; the vanilla really comes to the fore on the first few sips as well as the woody flavors from the oak barrels. The sweet honey and caramel mix nicely with some cherries and raisins, and just some touhes of bittering hops. There's a definite alcohol burn present, but not as strong as I was expecting with the abv being %11.4. Very port like with the barrel aging, the dark fruits and the alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is full bodied, with pretty low carbonation, but still very good. Even though this is a sipper, it goes down surprisingly easy.

RedHaze, May 15, 2006
Photo of sweethome
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright orange color - little wispy head - but about on line for the high alcohol content and barrel aging. Beautiful color.

Nose of sweet candy and vanilla. A little disappointing - all bourbon/vanilla.

Fairly full mouthfeel. Rich with woody feel.

Alcohol fire upfront and a nice burn. The vanilla flovors build to the finish. Some flavors of port, plenty of hops prevent from cloying.

Nice effort - enjoyable - just a bit disjointed.

sweethome, Apr 09, 2006
Photo of Gaisgeil
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is really is a work of art, thanks to Newbie BIF '05 for getting me the sample.

Pours a deep chestnut in my goblet with ruby tones and very little head. Smell is deeply alcoholic, though not harsh, just quite strong, like some sort of liquor in a way. Taste is quite pleasing, very well balanced and even. The bourbon/oak tones shine through very well. A very good balance between tartness/sweetness/bitterness. A fine barleywine, I could drink a good amount of this quite easily.

Slàinte!

Gaisgeil, Mar 28, 2006
Photo of Crosling
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light chestnut. The oak is clearly evident in the aroma, and the bourbon barrel aging, which I am usually not very fond of, actually works very well in the aroma giving hint of cocunut, vanilla, wood, honey, whiskey and malty goodness (caramel). Well hidden alcohol with a distinctive oaky dryness and well developed oak flavor giving hints of vanilla, cocunut, whiskey and bourbon, along with with the malt which tastes fruity and full. Nice feel on the palate. A very good beer.

Crosling, Mar 14, 2006
Photo of brentk56
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
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

brentk56, Feb 25, 2006
Dominion Millennium - Oak Aged from Old Dominion Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.