Dominion Millennium Ale - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Dominion Millennium AleDominion Millennium Ale

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

347 Ratings
THE BROS
93
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Ratings: 347
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 53
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:
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.

(Beer added by: merlin48 on 07-06-2005)
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Reviews by avylover:
Photo of avylover
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This brew pours a little lightr than your average Barleywine, with more of a hazy reddish orange color going on and e creamy head. Aroma of apples, bready malt, pears, alcohol and all around yumminess. The taste mirrors the aroma here. Starts off with a fruity blast, much like some of your belgian ales, then a heavy bready maltiness kicks in along with a citrous hop flavor. LOTS of flavor going on here. One minor complaint is the heavy alcohol taste, which is not masked or blended well. The mouthfeel is nice & chewy, with just enough carbonation. It's a bit sticky in the finish though. Drinkability is par for a barleywine i'd say.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one poured a beautiful, rich orange in color and was a little hazy and mysterious. The story here though was the head. Most Barley Wines, especially the big ABV ones, have little to no head, yet this one was big and full.

Smell – Big, sharp fruits own this nose. This is almost like a Lambic. There’s a deep, rich cherry aroma along with some cranberries and some lighter fruits. Yes, there’s booze in there, but I didn’t get the big honey that other BAs were raving about.

Taste – Wow! This is very strong. The alcohol comes on here like a vodka martini with a dash of Applejack.

Mouthfeel – The alcohol sting is sharp in the mouth and throat. This is not a full-bodied ale, though. It’s more medium but well-blended.

Drinkability – You won’t be guzzling this at a frat party, that’s for sure. New Orleans would be proud of this Barley Wine.

Comments – Thanks to OFS for this heavy hitter. Ka-pow! This will close the night for sure.

Photo of JacobMutberg
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue VI:

This was brewed in celebration of their 1,000th batch of beer and through its popularity, Millennium Ale is still brewed every year. Pretty hefty at 11-percent ABV with 100 IBUs to back the malt up and a touch of honey to boot. Tight and creamy off-white lacing forms from the semi-viscous amber liquid. The nose boasts an alcohol of a fresh sherry with clean creamy malt and fruity esters. Also in the aroma is a kiss of honey and a thin but noticeable layer of woody hop oil. Lush, creamy full body, smooth carbonation rolls slowly over the tongue and makes this beer easy to drink. Maltiness is very complex with suggestions of a loaf Portuguese sweet bread, rich caramel and honey-covered toasted biscuits. Hoppiness drops an earthy, woody, mild herbal and sufficiently bitter flavor, alcohol comes across clean with a slight peppery flavor. Both hops and alcohol pleasantly balance out the malt. Finishes semisweet though a linger from the hop sticks around for a while.

A killer brew we have here, no need to cellar as it's perfect to drink right now. Balanced and a bit too drinkable for its size. This one gets very high regards from us, it's worth seeking out and stocking up if you can find it.

Photo of blitz134
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Feb 11, '05 bottling...hopefully the last 10 months have done this beer right...

Pours a crystal clear caramel colored body. 1/4" light beige head on top that dissappeared to only a few bubbles. Looks good for a barleywine...

Aroma is strong with caramel malts and raisins. Some brown sugar comes through as well. Alcohol is present but works well with this. Rounds out with some floral notes.

The flavor doesn't really do it for me. I find it a bit weak although pleasant, just not enough to it. Sweet malts abound but nothing really steps out for me, possibly some biscuit flavors with a touch of raisins again. Alcohol is definately still present and dominates the flavor.

Mouthfeel is good. Not quite as thick as I would like it, a little heavier than a medium mouthfeel. Drinkability suffers due to the lackluster, weak flavor and the strong alcohol presence. This could use some more time to let the subtleties work their way out as the alcohol subsides. Overall, this is good, but not outstanding.

Photo of Todd
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: A big, most impressive, 2L growler -- full with ceramic lock-top and metal handle. This sample is from the Feb. 2000 batch. Typically sold in 12oz bottles, and bottle-conditioned.

Appearance: Bright copper/amber with a thin off-white creamy lace.

Smell: Caramel, fruity esters, toasted and biscuit aromas. You can smell the distinct English Kent Goldings that were used to dry-hop this beer (half a pound to the barrel).

Taste: Smooth, sweet and creamy on the palate. Slick and buttery caramel and toffee flavours coat the mouth in a syrupy textured sweetness. Notes of raw honey follow with a hop oily feel soon after. The beer then peaks with a mixture of raw and coarse flavours, none of which are entirely bitter, but rather perfectly balance the huge malt profile. Fusel alcohols are definitely present and begin numbing the brain instantly. Finishes with an oily palate and a semi-bitter/dry feel.

Notes: At a healthy 10.4%abv, Millennium is a very interesting barleywine. It's brewed with 100% imported English malts and Virginia honey.

Photo of sponberg
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottling date 2/12/2001. Fresh from the beer cellar, aged at 52 degrees in darkness for 5 long years. How does this one hold up?...

Dirty copper color, like a worn penny, with a white head that quickly disspates to a thin lace that stays with the beer and avoids the glass. Sweet coconut-and-toffee like nose, with any hop aroma long since past. Whiffs of alcohol as well.

VERY slight oxidation on the palate, but otherwise syrupy-smooth, with a warmth that starts and lasts all sip long. A nutty caramel maltiness, with the remnants of some citrusy hops waaaay in the background, like looking at the graves of old ladies you knew as a child. Finishes remarkably clean, with hints of dry cocoa over a toffee-apple maltiness and alcoholic vapors. Drinkable? I wish I had five more in my cellar. Perfectly smooth mouthfeel - like velvet.

I figured I'd post this as the 2006 version is on the shelves - yes, it does age nicely if you treat it well. Sock some away - fun to watch this one age.

Photo of Guden
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Amber with ruby headlights and just the faintest impression of an off white head. Looks pretty thick and a bit opaque.

S- Lots coming through: cherries, wine, in fact cheerwine soda. Some light alcohol tingling the nose and a bit of sweet maltiness.

T- Up front: like the nose with lots of malty sweetness and hints of wine and cherries. The middle: A tangy wine like and warm alcohol character which comes through as very pleasant, some yeast derived fruitiness seems to show up here as well, though not the same type as on the nose, more of a reserved plum. On the back end: A little hop character shines through in the taste buds and some bitterness brings it back into a pleasing range from the high alcohol and sweetness that prefaced. All around strong in the right ways.

M- Syrupy thick, there's lots of body but not the chewy stout type, just the large level of sugar type. I guess this should be assumed with a barleywine but just a bit less syrup character would've been nice. Light carbonation, just enough there.

D- So strong in so many ways it begins to take a toll on the senses. Wouldn't want to drink another one right then, but could definitely have another one the next night, and the next, ect... It's really a good strong beer with lots of everything including lots of balance.

Photo of megamass
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, bottling date of Feb 11 2005 stamped on the label, as well as a blurb about the ingredients: English malt, dark Virginia honey, Mount Hood, Perle, and Liberty hops in the boil, dry hopped with Kent-Goldings.
Served slightly chilled into a tulip glass, the body is a cloudy copper amber with a short, one centimeter head that is offwhite to beige in color. No lacing.
Aroma features fresh caramel apples and honey drenched pears.
Mouthfeel reveals a solid medium body, with some chewy caramel malt, and restrained carbonation.
Taste is malty in the English style, with loads of caramel apple, spicy hops, a mild alcohol zing, and some honey. A hint of molasses is in the background. Maltiness is more assertive at room temperature, for a fine middle, and the finish has pear and red apple fruitiness with a long and dry bitter hops aftertaste.
Very well made and evenly balanced. A very pleasant sipper that does an excellent job of masking the high abv. Another fine offering from Old Dominion.

Photo of warriorsoul
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at Stateline Liquors in Elkton, MD....
Pours a clear amber color with a half a finger of eggshell head which lasts for most of the pint and leaves some thick lacing on the glass.
Very pleasant aroma, but not overpowering...a gentle caramel and honey undertone and an awesome malty sweetness that screams "consume me." Also, a pretty nice hop profile coming out due to the additional dry hopping in making this one. No alcohol detected at this point.
Huge floral hops in the flavor creating a nice bitter bite, but the malt amounts really contribute to the balance with again, no alcohol burn to speak of...great to be able to hide 11% plus.
Clean finish with a medium bodied mouthfeel and the perfect carbonation for the style.
Maybe a bit hopped up for a English style, but I came away very impressed with this one...highly recommend.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. amber bottle. Born on date of 19-FEB-04.

Appearance: Poured a crystal clear burned orange in color. Wispy thin layer of lace clings to the very edges of the beer, attempting to escape my snifter by means of sticking to the glass.

Smell: Huge dose of honey in the nose. There is a bit of a caramelish sweetness as well. Brief dose of medicinal alcohol paired with a citrusy hop oil off to the edge of the stage. Clearly though, the honey is the star of this show.

Taste: I was a bit concerned that this would be too young to fully appreaciate with the bottling date being less than one month from when I first tried it. All fears are cast aside after the first few drops hit my palate. This beer kicks ass. Flavor is extremely well-balanced. Honey is definitely high up on the list, but it is followed closely by the malts, hops, and alcohol. Middle is sweet and the end is a nutty-hoppy finish that doesn't last very long. Only at the very end does the warming effect from the alcohol put a twinge in your belly.

Mouthfeel and Drinjability: Full-bodied and magnificiently creamy on the palate. Chewy. ABV hidden very well. Drinkability is off the scale. I could drink these one after another, though I'm sure I would pay for it in the morning. Simply wonderful to behold and taste.

Notes: Once again, Old Dominion scores big-time with me. I've been very impressed by almost every beer I've sampled from this fine Virginia brewery. An excellent young barleywine that will do nothing but get better as it ages. Thankfully, I have 4 more of these doing just that.

Do yourself a favor and seek out this beer and the others from the brewer. You won't regret it.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a DFH signature glass. 04/04/2007 date.

Pours a cloudy ruddy brown with a very thin white rim of bubbles, looks somewhat flat. Nose is malty and sweet, not much booze given the high abv. There's some nuttiness here.

Hmm, not totally sure what to think on the taste here, the carbonation is light, it's actually pretty good for the style a bit sharp but not over the top. There is certainly some booze on the finish with a bit of a graininess to it as well. Fairly drinkable for the abv as well.

Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of briandaube
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of whoneeds8
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a westmalle glass, bottling date is blank. Pours out mohogony color with a think off white head that goes away quickly. Smell is very sweet, can definatly find the honey. Taste is the honey flowing across your pallate, with a roasted malt flavor to follow. Hardly any hop bite to it, which in this case isn't a bad thing. Not much if any carbonation to the mouthfeel, but a very smooth feel as well. The alcohol is very well hidden to make this a very drinkable barley wine.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 bottled version on 02/01/08 to be exact, the label says 100 IBUs, after a nice heavy pour it forms a thicket of orange tinted cream head with even lacing aspread across the pints glass with each sip of this pale amber hazed barleywine. BTW, new label and AB influence adds to my anticipation of this sample. I have to say it smells incredible with loads of fresh hop notes bursting out in a perfume and floral like presence to my seneses. Also that honey addition the label mentions with the "Premium Ale" that's so AB. Layers of malt sweetness and mild oak barrel charred qualities make me happy. Again caramel and butterscotch notes rise to the occasion carrying out a very big barleywine. Bitterness hits hard the IBUs are definitely kicking with pine, floral, and mild citrus notes. Bitterness is raw and raucous with some balance to it, this is one of the hoppier beers in recent memory. Mouthfeel is thick and syurp like in texture big streaks of hop oils cross my palate carbonation is sturdy. Overall drinkability is of mixed emotions still abrasively hoppy yet I remember there to be so much more finesse when I tried this beer in the past on tap and in bottles.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Hmmm...love a good barleywine.
Color is perfectly dark amber with a half finger of melting tan head that ends up with a very pretty ring of lacing.
Aromas are the traditional sweet dark amber malts with brown sugar.
Taste is sweet dark amber malt and brown sugar but then sort of loses it in a mix of hops and alcohol.
Aftertaste is sort of hops and alcohol but not real pleasant,
Barleywine? Yes.
English....maybe
drinkable....nope.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes

A: Pours an unimpressive brown color with a light tan colored head. Rather foamy with decent retention and very little lacing. A good bit of carbonation bubble release from the bottom.

S: Extremely bready, with figs and raisins. There is a slightly buttery aroma as well and some oranges.

T: Very sweet with a ton of caramel and toffee. There is some brown sugar and actually a good bit of pineapple, which surprised me.

M: Full bodied, filling and thick. Low carbonation, but fits well.

O: A pretty good English Barleywine. I find myself going back and forth between preferring English and American. A slow sipper, where one bottle is enough.

Photo of findlayfan
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a six-pack of this back in 2004. Tried one then and a couple more about a year later. Had nearly forgotten about the last two until a week or so ago, when I was rearranging some things in the cellar. It's rather cool this evening for the first of July, so I decided to open one of these.

Poured with no head at all - just a small white collar around the rim of the glass.

Pleasing smell, with sweet toffee notes.

Orangey body with a bit of carbonation.

Some sediment in the bottom of the bottle, with a bit floating in the glass after a modest pour.

Aging has done wonders for this. I remember it as a solid example of the style, a bit up front with the alcohol, and strong on the malt side.

The malt is certainly still there - mellowed a bit - and the alcohol must be, but it's very well hidden now. The drinkability has increased - but two would be the absolute max (for safety's sake)!

Now I wish I'd put away some later versions...

Photo of Metalmonk
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Feb. 11, 2005...so this one is exactly 1.5 years old.

Comparing other barley wines to Bigfoot is too easy to do sometimes, Bigfoot being one of the most readily available barley wines in the U.S. But here the comparison is easy to make, as Millennium reminds very much of Sierra Nevada's concoction in terms of mega-maltiness, aggressive hops and syrupy thickness. And just like Bigoot, I suspect this ain't for everyone...

The pour offers a big fluffy light-tan head and a ruby/caramel/dirty orange color mix. The head diminished slowly while small bits of lace appeared in this over-too-soon experience.

Smells of caramel, honey and pine come out strongly at first, and upon warming you're treated to something resembling sherry or brandy. Fragrant and fresh, it's easy to predict that hops and malt are both here in abundance.

The flavor is thick with pine and balanced with a generous candylike maltiness. The hops aren't super-aggressive in the beginning, but upon warming they creep up like the attractive yet nasty bastard/flower we know and love. The mouthfeel is thick, something you can almost chew right through until the swallow. I'd love to try using this to make homemade syrup and pour it over pancakes. Why not?

Even the alcohol is well-hidden, considering it's at 11.4%. Ultimately this is one very drinkable and easily likeable barley wine. Nothing feels out of balance, and you get everything you could from this style with this fine offering.

Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pleasant aroma of infused hops, alcohol was hidden from being prominent, but warmed and then jackhammered me at the end. Very nice mouthfeel, a good representation of the style. Bottle brewed February 19, 2004 and was mellowed.
A very nice barleywine courtesy I think of Dr. Jay.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle from 3/05 2002 tasted side by side with a bottle from FEB 19, 2004. The '02 was a standard long neck bottle; the '04 was a screw cap bottle and harbored some dried beer and slight mold underneath the crimp of the cap (not a problem... maybe it just didn't get rinsed prior to labeling).

Carefully poured to leave the yeast behind, both deliver a similar, very dark amber body with an orange cast and reddish highlights; but the 2004 is quite hazy whereas the '02 is crystal clear - and the '02 is just a touch darker. The head retention is limited, although higher alcohol contents will tend to do that, and it's creamy yellowed-ivory head drops shortly to an average collar. It leaves some thin, minor lacing about the glass at the outset, but other than that it's lacking.

The fresh bottle is more hoppy with grassy, floral, and piney hops; whereas the nose on the 2002 is fairly restrained.

The 2002 is much softer in the mouth, but it's only due to carbonation... the bodies remain the same, medium bordering on full and dextrinous. That's not surprising though, as cellared beers often lose a bit of carbonation.

The flavor offers a well-balanced combination of caramelish and lightly toasty and bready malt accented by a smear of yeasty fruitiness and offset by grassy and piney hop, a bit of spicy alcohol, and a bold bitterness. The 2002 is far more rounded and drinkable; but neither vintage is particularly complex. It's finishes pretty much the same, lingering, with some alcohol that hinders its drinkability.

Overall, this is a pretty basic barleywine that seems to have a bit too much alcohol for its limited girth; and I'm not sure that the use of honey helps it in any way (in fact, I think it hurts it!). Still, it's a decent sipper.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled 02/11/09. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Blue Point snifter.

A: Viscous pour yields a .5 finger coarse white head with poor retention that dissipates into a thin white ring around the edge of the glass. Beer is a light, cloudy, muddy brown. Lacing is very spotty and with little stick.

S: Nose is rich, brown sugar, astringent, resiny hop bitterness, and plums. Very aromatic and deep. Appetizing and extremely sweet with just a touch of booze on a deep inhale.

T: Opens sweet booze and thick, brown sugar. Resiny hops line the borders and add just the slightest bitterness. Sappy towards the end. Finish is sweet caramel and sugar in the raw with a touch of heat. Aftertaste is resin bitterness.

M: Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Rough and a bit grainy but smoothes out tremendously as it warms. Soft and silky going down with an accented finish and a sticky, oily aftertaste. A bit hot.

D: A slightly better than average representation of the style. Moderate complexity with a feel I can really appreciate even though it does seem a bit thin. Still, worth a try if it crosses your path!

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Dominion Millennium Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.