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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
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 52
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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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 02:46:49 | More by akorsak
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Gaisgeil

Michigan

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!

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2006 17:08:22 | More by Gaisgeil
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deskim

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 23:55:35 | More by deskim
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mattgreger

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 03:26:26 | More by mattgreger
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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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ndekke39

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2007 03:41:20 | More by ndekke39
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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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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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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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flexabull

California

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 04:34:30 | More by flexabull
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Atron67

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 01:40:57 | More by Atron67
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 06:32:23 | More by corby112
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, amber color, smallish, regulation head, that dissipates quickly.
Aroma's another tale, it wafts out from first cracking the crown: rich and raisiny, port wine, maple, molasses, but more cognac-y than anything else, smells strong, bright, fruity, devilish, and enticing.
Surprisingly mellow on the tongue at first, then it kicks in, the heat, the burst of flavor, the flood of vinous feel, all up and down the palate, sweet, richly textured, delicious, bursting with tastiness to point of hedonism.
Dries a bit, and does acquire that oaky edge, a real kicker this one. Pow-pow-powerful, unique, and quite crafty.
At 11.4%, quite a knock-out, but still well worth-it!

Much thanks to garthwaite for this bottle!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2004 09:00:07 | More by feloniousmonk
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4/5  rDev -2%

12-17-2012 17:29:10 | More by stereosforgeeks
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jamiemottram

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2%

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

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2%

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

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2%

03-31-2013 01:54:08 | More by Gonzoillini
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%

12-10-2013 01:15:07 | More by Kegatron
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

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

Caramel colored. Light white cover. Overwhelming minty bourbon barrel smell. Toothpaste and clover smell, smooth alcohol, soothing earthiness. It smells precisely what I expect from WELL made bourbon aged barleywine. This might be the standard. Its palate is oily, medium bodied and displaying low carbonation. That’s a big plus, the barrel didn’t thin it like I’ve often encountered. Pleasant caramel and orange flavors. Light bitterness comes out leafy and earthy. Amusing vinous grapes make an appearance right before the finish and add a dimension. Good stuff! Props to Hopscotch for bringing this one up!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2005 00:20:16 | More by Rastacouere
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -2%

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

Texas

4/5  rDev -2%

08-17-2013 05:30:48 | More by IrishColonial
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millelacsmark

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2%

01-10-2013 23:21:06 | More by millelacsmark
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Latarnik

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2%

05-28-2014 20:19:04 | More by Latarnik
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21Maestro8

Virginia

4/5  rDev -2%

12-13-2013 20:02:07 | More by 21Maestro8
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev -2%

12-19-2013 02:08:32 | More by BillRoth
Dominion Millennium - Oak Aged from Old Dominion Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.