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Dominion Millennium - Oak Aged - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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116 Ratings

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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.27%
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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Photo of Thanby
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%

2007 Vintage

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.

Thanby, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of RedHaze
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%

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 ClockworkOrange
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.

ClockworkOrange, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of RealityDeviant
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle given by my girlfriend as an early Christmas present (purchased from OUAV). Bottling date states 11/04/05, but back label notes that they “age already finished Dominion Millennium in oak whiskey barrels for more than 6 months.” I’m presuming, in this case, that this is the batch from early ’05.

Appearance: The beer pours a deep amber and if it weren’t for the brown undertone I’d say it’s ruby. There’s a very slight haze to it and only a faint head appears upon being poured. A little off-white lacing remains.

Smell: Up front, the aroma is a well-balanced mixture of oak, bourbon, and candied fruit. This gives way to hints of vanilla and caramel with a spicy alcohol kick to top it off. Very nice.

Taste: The alcohol is much more noticeable in the taste than in the smell, but it seems to mask itself easily in the bourbon/oak flavor. The vanilla comes in almost as an undertone to the bourbon, which I think further smoothens the alcohol. Welcome to toffee country. The bourbon seems to overpower the fruit and honey flavors more noticeable in the standard Millennium, but they can still be discerned. This big boy is a malt-lover’s dream and has a semi-sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Thick, chewy, medium-bodied but verging on full-bodied. A certain syrupy stickiness that’s nice in a barleywine like this.

Drinkability: Well, you probably won’t want to go chugging a beer like this; in fact, I wouldn’t think drinking it with any great speed would be enjoyable at all. Like a nice whiskey, this is a sipping brew, with the risks and rewards thereof. Then again, there ought not to be much of a problem taking your time with this one.

Notes: The strong bourbon/oak notes in this beer likely makes its appeal high to whiskey drinkers, so I might very well be a bit biased. Then again, I’ve had other oak aged beers that haven’t I haven’t liked nearly as much, so maybe I’m not all wrong. Regardless, I’d recommend trying this at least once, maybe twice, maybe thrice, and…well, not all in one sitting!

RealityDeviant, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of Bierman9
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%

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.


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


Bierman9, Dec 19, 2005
Photo of barleywinefiend
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.

barleywinefiend, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of weeare138
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

weeare138, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of DrBier
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.

DrBier, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of stakem
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.

stakem, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of IntriqKen
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.

IntriqKen, Dec 02, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

cliff1066, Dec 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

calcnerd, Feb 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Rhettroactive, Jul 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

wrightst, Jun 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

dunix, Nov 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

JAHMUR, Nov 25, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Lucular, Aug 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

JWalterWeatherman, May 05, 2014
Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%

12-oz bottle served to goblet. Acquired as an extra from raveskdr back in September. The date on the bottle's smudged, but I think it is 4-2009 (perhaps 4-2007).

A: tawny brown, with darker caramel highlights. initial pour yields good amount of carb, considering the age, with 2 fingers of off white head. the head dissipates immediately however.

S: malts (caramel), dark fruit melded well with oaky vanilla. mild ethanol, peanut brittle

T: very boozy at first, but as this opens up to the air (and my palate acclimates), it is sticky sweet. little brown sugar w touch of dark fruit. the aftertaste's all sticky caramel, very pleasant

M: touch thin, but there's some sticky icky

i've drank more impressive bourbon-barrel barleywines, but this went down quick. was very happy not to get oxidation notes

StoutItOutLoud, May 03, 2014
Photo of Phatz
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

Phatz, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of aracauna
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%

This is my 1000th beer and I’m glad I had it around for that milestone. The sad part is that I’m drinking this in honor of my grandmother, who passed away this morning. The beer is a gorgeous hue somewhere between amber and copper. The head’s a bit weak, but I’m very lenient in that area when it comes to this style. The aroma is excellent: barleywine butter, dried stone fruit, molasses, oak, bourbon and a touch of smoke (probably from the barrel). The flavor is very smooth, only giving a hint of the strength without letting you forget that this is a barleywine. The body is slick with just enough heft to remind you that it’s there. Not too bitter. It’s not really that old, but tastes like it’s been aged for a while. I love you Granny. Now go break up Granddaddy’s poker game with the angels before he gets them all kicked out of heaven.

aracauna, Jan 07, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%

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!

GCBrewingCo, Feb 04, 2006
Photo of Todd
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

12oz brown bottle. Pours a thick hazed copper colored beer, with a thin white lace. Not much retention, but what's there is tight and wispy.

Dark candied fruits, spicy and fume-y alcohol, and oak aromas.

Thick, viscous, chewy mouthfeel with a syrupy-like consistency. Lifting carbonation, with an upfront strike of a very subdued bitterness. Malty as hell, loads of rich caramel and toffee notes. Spicy alcohol and immediate warmth, and slight burn. Distinct vanilla and pronounced oak flavors. Wonderful flavors of all in the lingering and sweet-ish finish.

A damn tasty and fine twist on a Barleywine.

Todd, Aug 19, 2005
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4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

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 gbarron
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

Bottle states that it was bottled on 11/4/05, so this beer was probably made back in May of '05.

A - golden amber, lightly orange. Clear but not brilliantly so. Very little head, but what there is is tight and white. Little ring of head remains after it settles down.

S - vanilla, malt, sweetness, bourbon. Little or no hop aroma.

T - wow. Almost tastes like a fine sherry or port. Vanilla flavors, "woodiness." Malt dominates the palate, but there is some bitterness there. Hops are not distinguishable. Alcohol is present but not overwhelming. Sweetness at first, then bitterness, then some more sweetness.

M - very 'thick' beer. Sticks to your tongue, inside your mouth. Carbonation is low to medium-low. Chewy.

D - a highly drinkable beer, but not something you would really drink more than one (or two) of in a sitting. And drinking two would take you a couple of hours, probably. Unless you want to get really wasted.

Overall - an absolutely fabulous beer, get your hands on some if possible. I love the regular Millenium, and this just takes it up a ridiculous notch.

gbarron, Jan 17, 2006
Dominion Millennium - Oak Aged from Old Dominion Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.