Dominion Millennium - Oak Aged - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
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80 Reviews
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Reviews: 80
Hads: 120
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 8.15%
Wants: 54
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Old Dominion Brewing Company visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  11.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: garthwaite on 07-27-2004

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Photo of sweethome
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. amber bottle with a born-on date of 22-Jul-04.

A: Clear copper. An aggressive pour yields a thick off-white head that quickly died off to just a wispy layer. Nice sheeting on the sides of the glass.

S: Heavy oak notes. Very much like Jack Daniels on the nose...lots and LOTS of whiskey. Some chocolate in the background...drizzled with caramel.

T: Hooooiee...complex? Um...yes. Very whiskey-like in the flavor. Quite harsh at first, the flavor was balanced as it warmed by sweet chocolate. Lots of caramel sweetness. Orange rinds. Finishes with some smoky notes. Certainly one of the more interesting beers I;ve had in quite some time.

M: Low levels of carbonation. Super-high level of palate-coating smoothness. Very creamy.

D: A real sipper. Savor each drop of this.

Notes: Huge thanks to ManekiNeko for these two bottles. How will this one taste after some aging? (890 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.95/5  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 (312 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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. (1,867 characters)

Photo of Brewfan
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,199 characters)

Photo of rhinos00
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/17/06

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. (984 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours light cloudy brown with a small off white head fading immediately. No lacing or retention.

Lots of vanilla and bourbon on the nose. Booze forward although sweet caramel is present as well.

Sweet caramel up front. Vanilla is strong throughout and a strong bourbon presence is still there even after some aging although it has rounded out into a smoother flavor.

Light to medium mouthfeel with adequate carbonation. Booze contributes a lot to the flavor, but not really a lot of alcohol burn.

Not sure exactly how old this was ('08 maybe), but it's still pretty solid. A notch below some other commonly available versions of the style, but still something I liked. (672 characters)

Photo of seeswo
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (1,106 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
3.89/5  rDev -4%
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. (679 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.89/5  rDev -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. (1,653 characters)

Photo of prototypic
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (953 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.85/5  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. (410 characters)

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (431 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (795 characters)

Photo of jeffmonarch
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (477 characters)

Photo of paco1029384756
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (658 characters)

Photo of BeerSox
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (727 characters)

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (488 characters)

Photo of Atlas1
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,467 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (762 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (1,105 characters)

Photo of maniac
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (278 characters)

Photo of mikeyv35
3.4/5  rDev -16%
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. (748 characters)

Photo of ChadQuest
3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
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. (896 characters)

Photo of devilben02
3.34/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Some generous friend had brought this bottle to my house to share and sample, and we didn't get to it at the time. With a bottling date of 11/17/06, I imagine they had been saving this for an occasion, so I feel a little bad about cracking it open myself. Not bad enough to keep me from doing it, though.

Pours from the bottle with a murky, opaque, milk-chocolate brown color that is spotted by little bits of floating sediment. There is effectively no head whatsoever other than a thin ring that was generated by a vigorous pour. The aroma is quite mellow but pleasant, with the a combination of sweet whiskey, vanilla, and wood contributed from the barrel-aging dominating anything else. The flavor is again surprisingly mellow, especially for an 11.4% alcohol beer (must be all that age), but it certainly presents defined characteristics of caramel malts, bourbon, oak, and vanilla again. For as sweet as it tastes and how much carbonation it has lost over time, it's not terribly syrupy. Rather, it has a solid medium body that allows the flavors to linger appropriately. Overall, if I had to do it over again, I would have tasted this beer a few years ago, but I was glad to try it even if it is over-aged. (1,213 characters)

Dominion Millennium - Oak Aged from Old Dominion Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.