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Dominion Millennium - Oak Aged - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Reviews: 81
Hads: 121
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 55
Gots: 4 | 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:
Beer added by: garthwaite on 07-27-2004

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Reviews: 81 | Hads: 121
Photo of devilben02
3.34/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

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Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of mentor
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of nogoodreason
3.22/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Oak Aged Millennium is the prototypical barley wine amber with a surprisingly vigorous head that fades as quickly as one would expect. There's a little crustiness on the top of the bottle, resembling crystallized sugar.

The nose is of oaken sweetness, vanilla, some cherries and some toffee/raisiny malts jumping out and a slight hint of earthy hops. All in all, the nose is nice and deep if not a little too sweet.

Like the standard Millennium, it's a little thinner than you might like in the body, though nicely carbonated. Not really special, but not lacking.

Oak spice and vanilla at first followed by sticky toffee malts and with some distracting tastes of oxidation... a little star anise and some booze float around with the natural spiciness of oak. It's distractingly sweet and the cherry/vanilla one-two punch of the oak doesn't help. A nice, earthy bitterness later in the palate does what it can to tame the oaky sweetness, but it's washed away by booze and vanilla leaving your mouth with a one dimensional wooden finish.

All in all, it's a nice idea, but the oak simply overpowers the rest of the brew. It's nicely complex, but unbalanced and lacking grace. After a while the Oak became so cloying that I had troiuble finishing. I probably I should've left it age for a while, though the hints of oxidation imply that it might've went south.

Worth a try.

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Photo of Pencible
2.96/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of maximum12
2.57/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

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Dominion Millennium - Oak Aged from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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