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Dominion Millennium Ale - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

356 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 356
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11%
Wants: 52
Gots: 19 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 08-11-2001

Millennium is brewed in the barley wine style to commemorate our 1000th batch of beer. Its generous hopping & bottle conditioning allow this beer to be cellared and enjoyed for many years.
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Photo of bluehende
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very smooth barleywine. 16 oz pours can get you in trouble.

Photo of DrBier
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the cellar, bottled 01/31/08. Ages really well. Lacking some carbonation but great smell, outstanding flavor and mouthfeel. Worthy of cellar space.

Photo of confer
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 version, very tasty aged well.
No booziness at all

Photo of hoagzzz
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not a huge fan of the style. I believe barley wine ages ok.. Bottle is from nov iv 13 so hopefully so. Nice to try something different but not really my thing.

Photo of TimZebGir
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%

A: Ruby with a light haze, medium carbonation and thin foamy head (3/3)
S: Honey and alcohol dominate with a little bit of raisin (8/12)
T: There’s a lot of alcohol in this beer...some darker malt character and little bitterness, but mostly the alcohol. Somewhat weird aftertaste similar to mealyness of a crappy light lager but not nearly as strong, and may reflect shipping from DC more than actual beer quality. (15/20)
M: Very smooth yet creamy mouthfeel. Pretty dry on finish. (5/5)
O: Not a huge fan of this guy. It’ll get you drunk, and it lets you know that. I was hoping for a richer flavor profile given the ABV, but I mostly just got the A. (6/10)
37/50

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a sam adams custom glass: color is gold, transparent, great big head, off white in color, great lacing.

Aroma is milder malts, mostly pale style, some honey like notes and some earthy, light pine hops.

Taste is great for a beer this large and of this style, really like the dryer, cleaner malt barleywines: malt is all pale, clean, neutral, not sweet, honey is just enough to promote its presence, good floral presence. Hops are easy, subtle, grassy.

Moutfeel is incredible for this size of beer, great body and flavor presence on the tongue, not too dry and easy on the palate (not cloying).

Overall, wow, this is a great ale and barleywine, very solid flavors and great big beer presence without off flavors or extremes.

Photo of justintcoons
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz (twist-cap??) bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Red with 1 finger of loose head and decent retention. Excellent clarity with moderate carbonation.

Nose
Caramel and toffee sweetness with sprinkles of candy sugar. Suggestions of dark fruit and boozy esters.

Taste
Caramel and toffee sweetness mixed with say...a pound of sugar. Suggestions of raisin and black plum. Finishes very earthy with notes of tobacco and leather. Has a slight peppery booziness but is tamed for the most part.

Mouthfeel
Full bodied, slick, silky and chewy.

Overall
A nice sipper. Well balanced with a well hidden abv, however not as complex as most Barleywines.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a dark amber color with good clarity. While the head is quite creamy, it only pours about half a finger high (eggshell shade) and doesn't even have good retention to make up for it. Small hints of lacing are left on the glass.

S: Immediately, I notice a boozy character, albeit a defined and non-harsh one. Caramel is (expectedly) strong here, along with toffee, earth, leather, and even something suggesting candy-coated hops. Honey is a lesser characteristic semi-hidden underneath the primary notes. Aromatically, there isn't much to get excited about, but by no means is it unsatisfactory.

T: It starts with a healthy nutty flavor. It's past the midpoint where this one gets interesting. There's just enough hoppiness here - existing as a slight herbal (and, at points, even citrusy) tone on the back end - to ballast the sweetness without coming off like some big DIPA. Did I mention it's boozy? There's no monstrous sugar note here (it is a bit sweet and candy-like at times, but hey it's 10.5%) to cover the alcohol, so the latter is rather prevalent. However, it does its job well: it gives the beer some complex nuance without being ruinously burning or unbalanced. It's both complex AND well-integrated, so in that regard, it's a big success.

M: While it's boozy, it isn't a harsh booziness. Plus, it's rather dry. While it could use a longer finish by all means, that means this one is easy to drink, even with its full body. Maybe I should call it an easy sipper...yeah, that's perfect, easy sipper.

O: This is a barleywine for barleywine lovers. It's boozy, kind of challenging, but drinkable to those who can handle it. It's a fantastic aging candidate - too bad the twist-off cap is going to oxidize it too quickly...

Photo of artoolemomo
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours up only a sliver of head which disappears quickly. The head is a light tan/yellow while the body is a ruddy, dull brown which appears as a hazy medium to dark amber in the light. Doesn't leave any lacing.

Nose- Starts off with caramel mixed with oak and then starts to reveal faint notes of stone fruits (mostly peach and apricot). These fade and the caramel takes over again. The glass has less presence and shows mostly caramel. Swirling reveals a bit of honey. Very subtle notes of cherry, vanilla, and toffee. Some coconut as well. A good amount of presence for a four year old beer.

Taste- Starts off with chocolate at first (which is odd because I didn't get that on the nose) and then shows a mix of coconut and oak. The coconut tastes toasted while the oak is mostly well rounded. Lots of balance and pretty mellow but still has enough presence to be interesting. There's even a little heat kicking around. I imagine this beer is quite feisty when it's younger as it's drinking beautifully at the moment. Not in the same league as an Abacus or MOAS but still top notch. Slight hints of cherries and raisins. The heat is very beneficial and advances almost every note of the flavor profile. Could use a little more complexity but considering the age, this is only a minor complaint. Good to really good beer.

Mouthfeel- A little bit below medium bodied with faint carbonation. A little thin but the light carbonation mitigates the negative effect.

Drinkability- Pretty dangerous. While it does show alcohol, the alcohol invigorates the beer. Very mellow with lots of balance. Great example of why beer geeks age beers. Not sure of the price because it was an extra but I've read that it's a bargain.

Overall- Good to really good beer (basically somewhere in the middle). I would definitely try this beer. I don't know how it drinks fresh but it definitely doesn't mind some age.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.64/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Small creamy beige head drops to a spotty cap and small collar in short order. Solid lacing. Relatively clear amber with some copper tones.

Smell: Caramel, a touch of raw honey, and a solid toasted malt base Sweet with some herbal and slightly earthy hops. Alcohol and a touch of soft hop spice. Pushes some toffee and biscuit. Nicely balanced for such a big beer. Solid fruity esters as well.

Taste: Caramel, toffee, biscuit, and shortbread cookie. Fruity esters in abundance along with a nice toasted element. Clean yeast profile. Sweet with a touch of honey in the back. Hops are mild, offering up some herbal and earthy notes. Raw grain and a grassy finish.

Mouthfeel: Slick almost oily with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Surprisingly clean finish.

Overall: Milenniummm...OK.

Lacks a little bit of complexity, but it's a good take on the style. Not remarkable, but worth drinking.

Photo of uturn
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How served: 12oz screw cap bottle poured into a La Mère Noël glass.

Notes: Bottled on 02 01 08 & brewed and bottled at the old location in Ashburn, Virginia

A: The beer poured a murky deep copper color with an extremely thin white head which dissipated quickly laving no lacing on my glass.

N: The nose had notes of toffee, raisins, bread dough, honey, brandy and alcohol.

T: The taste was slightly sweet with toffee, caramel, honey and dried dark fruits. This was very sherry like with the warmth from the alcohol.

M: This beer has a medium to heavy body with a slick feel and a low carbonation level.

O: Overall this was a very enjoyable English Barleywine. There was some mild oxidation but did not distract from the overall experience and overall held up very well after 5 years.

Photo of cozmohollis
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: This beer has a deep copper color with a thin/off-white head to it.

S: It smells of caramel with fruity esters, toasted grains and biscuit.

T: Sweet with butter, caramel and toffee flavors.

M: Heavy bodied with a syrup like texture. It has a warmness at the end as well.

O: I love how balanced and smooth this beer is. It's also easily drinkable, even with the alcohol content being so high. Definitely a beer you'd want to drink on a cold day. It's my favorite barleywine to date.

Photo of jwc215
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark ruby with a head that has decent staying power, especially for style/abv. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of rich toffee-like maltiness with a hint of tart fruitiness and a touch of honey.

The taste is of rich, sweet toffee/caramel-like maltiness balanced by tart fruitiness and an earthy hop spicing. Just a hint of honey adds to the complex taste. Alcohol is well-hidden.

It is full-bodied and very smooth. Drinks "too" easily for its alcohol level and richness. This is a well-balanced, well-made, enjoyable barleywine!

Photo of DIM
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a: This was a clear, light amber color. It poured with a thick sticky head

s: Lots of toffee, Plus surprisingly strong honey aromas. As it warmed sugary fruit emerged.

t: Very sweet overall, but the alcohol helps keep it in check. I love the way the honey and toffee flavors work together. The finish is a lingering heat with some grassy bitterness. Not all that complex for a barleywine, yet it is extremely satisfying.

m: Nice and chewy with lush carbonation.

o: Quite a nice surprise. An excellent barleywine and a bargain to boot.

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a hazy amber color with just over a finger of white head with a very vigorous pour. This beer does not seem to be very carbonated, but it's certainly not flat.

S: Toffee and caramel mix with honey, dried apricots, and a hint of floral honey. A bit faint, but quite pleasant.

T: A fruity sweetness upfront - I get dried apricots like in the aroma. I get some plums as well as a nice toffee sweetness. Again, there is a light floral honey keeping the beer on the dry side. A touch of sherry oxidation in the aftertaste. Booze is apparent, but very restrained.

M: On the light side with very light carbonation.

O: A very light, yet tasty and fairly complex Barleywine. Nicely aged, I think this is at its peak.

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a golden orange color with a soapy white head on top. The retention is pretty good as well as the lacing. The smell of the beer had a good amount of floral and citrusy hops with some mild malt sweetness on the nose. The taste had a powerful bitterness and sweetness blended together. The mouthfeel had a medium body, it also has a solid amount of carbonation as well. Overall this beer to be seemed more like an American Barley Wine than an English one. It's a very nice beer though and I could see myself drinking this one again.

Photo of DRyan
4.62/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is for a bottle that has been cellared, with an apparent "brewed on" date of 4/2/07 (was kind of hard to read) that I got in a trade for some Jester King.

a: Pours a dark, almost purple-ish red with very little head that dissipates quickly and does not really lace at all

s: vanilla, almost caramel like maltiness

t: Oh. My. God. That is awesome. Heavy vanilla with an undercurrent of toffee, this is like dessert in a glass. The hops bitterness is still there, but all on the aftertaste, quickly followed by just a teeny bit of alcohol bite, but very minimal. Does not show its hand as far as the alcohol content is concerned.

m: Velvety is the only way to describe it. There is very little carbonation, really just enough to not say it's flat, but the mouthfeel slips and slides down the throat, good goddamn that's nice.

d: Very drinkable. I would happily celebrate my birthday today by having three or four of these and then regretting it tomorrow, alas, this is the only one in my cellar. This is a great barleywine, and a great present to me!

Photo of alpinebryant
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice copper with a stick resiny head that sticks to the edges.

S: Aroma of fruity yeast, a good bittering hop profile and plenty of malt sweetness

T: Wow, surprised me here. Extremely fruity tasting and a nice english yeast to boot. I have a soft spot for English barleywines and this did not disappoint. Plenty of cotton candy flavors mixed with cherry jolly rancher. Delicious and refreshing. Honey adds a bit of sweetness and complexity as well as adding floral notes to this very hoppy brew.

M: High level of carbonation with a medium body.

O: Color me impressed. A very solid english barleywine with plenty of body and flavor. Not too much boozy presence after warming, but a bit is there with a high abv here. Very well done IMO

Photo of RuckusDu
3.03/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle date of 1/20/12.

A - A finger of light beige head on top of a clear red body with some amber in it.

S - Sweet. Good caramel and malts. Simple.

T - A lot more bitter than I was expecting. I would call this an American BW. A simple barlewine with not much to it.

M - Decent carbonation and moderate body where I would expect more. Just a bit too thin.

O - It is really an average barleywine.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a tulip-shaped Duvel glass.

A: Beautiful copper-red color beneath a two-finger head of caramel-colored foam which leaves a thick ring of lace. Carbonation is moderate and clarity is quick good, with just a slight chill haze.

S: Fruity and complex with hints of tart lemons, orange peel, spicy coriander and a hint of herbal, piny hops. Spicy and gummy yeast aromas tie things together nicely.

T: Sweet, fruity, herbal and spicy up front, with a lightly toasted malt and caramel flavor that allows more complex, lush citrus notes crash towards the back of the palate. A rush of slick, bitter, herbal hops and booziness washes the malt sweetness away and leaves the palate in a slick of sweet toffee, spicy hops and alcohol.

M: Full, rich and slick up front with a somewhat cloying, syrupy finish that carries a lot of heat. A sipper for sure.

O: This 10.5% ABV English barleywine is a treat to be taken in moderation. It could stand to age a bit, and some oak-aging would send this beer into rare territory. Until then, its a complex, very boozy, beautiful looking sipper.

Photo of woosterbill
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled 1/28/11, into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to Hopstoopid120 for tossing this one my way.

A: Pours a clear, striking deep copper body underneath a solid finger of fine, creamy tan head. Good retention, excellent lace. Gorgeous Barleywine.

S: Rich, round aroma of toasty caramel malt, raisins, and apricots. A bit of mustiness in the background. Excellent.

T: Follows the nose, with a great mix of sweet caramel and rich candied fruits up front, followed by some spicy booze and light mustiness on the bittersweet finish. Really nice.

M: Frothy, creamy medium body. A bit too bubbly for the style, but quite enjoyable all the same.

O: This one thoroughly surpassed my expectations, being nothing but delicious and showing a really elegant aged character after only a little over a year. I don't know much more it could improve, though, as I'm afraid any further mellowing of the alcohol would be more than offset by an unpleasant increase in mustiness - which is already at about the maximum allowable level. At any rate, it's drinking splendidly right now, and was a really impressive Barleywine. Thanks again, Tony!

Cheers!

Photo of smakawhat
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Vintage 2012 bottled January 20th 2012.

A real crystal clear amber ruby red orange body hits, just super clear, with a head that is creamy tan and off white in color. Lots of staying power on this head that just slowly settles into a large puck, and then takes a nice collar. I am just in awe of this body color it looks like a jewel.

What a fantastic nose on this beer. Giant powdered litteraly cinnamon powdered toast in a glass. Nice airy malty toasted feeling, sweetness perhaps from honey (although not so much a honey sense on the nose). Absolutely smells fantastic.

Hop front forwardness takes over the expected sweetness to come. Sharp dry hop angle on the finish and mid palate, then the rolling toasty bread comes out. Dry sweetness, but also a little sharp on the booze heat, but luckily doesn't translate on the palate. Hop angle begins to dominate considerably.

Overall a real very impressive barleywine, probably made for the hop heads, but I can't get over this nose and appearance.

Photo of theformula
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 2/1/08 from my cellar. Let's see what 4+ years have done with this.

It's got some age so appearance isn't staggering, small wisp of a tan head that recedes into a thin layer. Pretty hazy an there's some small chunks of sediment resting at the bottom.
Now the good part..

Smells fan-freaking-tastic. If English Barleywine is your style then this suffices. The biggest aromatic is the vibrant sweet, raw honey that's the closest thing to real, local honey I've had in a beer. It's the balls! Some oxidation is obvious but doesn't detract too much. This gives it a sherry-like layer that works well w/ the honey. Wet grains and caramel round it out. No alcohol or hops come through.

Tasting it reveals the age, taste has definitely changed since bottling. Some slight oxidized flavors at first but what's great is the honey...a nice thick layer of sticky "bee spit" up front with steeping grains, caramel malt, sherry/rum combine deftly. It's complex but drinks WAY too easily for 10.5%. Hops are not aromatic but finish pretty hugely with some leafy, earthy bitterness that's surprisingly bitter & sticky after 4 yrs. Dry finish.

Awesome. Not perfect and showing it's age so I wouldn't wait any longer. A damn good English BW that's worth putting some time into.

Photo of kawilliams81
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Alesmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- dark copper with a 2 finger off-white head. Nice amount of lacing covers nearly half the glass.

S- sweet bread, citrus, and honey.

T- sweet toasted malts, citrus (orange and lemon), there's some sweetness from the honey or maybe some candi sugar. Noticeable bitterness but not real hoppy.

M- medium body and carbonation. Leaves you with a bit of a dry mouth.

O- good Barleywine, but the happiness is more of the American Barleywine than English.

Photo of brewskifan55
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A birthday gift from optimator 13; brewed 1/28/11 (aged for over a year)
Poured into a snifter

A: bronze/amber opaque with a half finger head that dissipates rather quickly. Leaves big bubbles. Great lacing.

S: A hop/malt combo that's oh, so smooth on the olfactory.

T: Rustic, hop/malt blend with a touch o' honey on the finish. Sweet. That 10.5% alcohol wends its way through, leaving a mellow finale.

M: medium, creamy. Medium carbonation.

O: A great barleywine; one that should be captured and stored. The honey really works well. Great with cheddar. Robust and satisfying. Thanks, Evan!

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Dominion Millennium Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.