Dominion Millennium Ale - Old Dominion Brewing Company
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5/5 rDev +24.7%
This barleywine kicks ass. Outragesly hopped to 100 IBU and aggessively dryhopped as well this is a rich sipping beer. I usually buy 2-3cases so as to have some to drink now and some I stash to age . With 11.5% ABV aging is no problem. The high hop rate balances the huge maltiness and the sweetness of the honey used. Compare with Victory Old Horizontal. Victory's head brewer developed the original Millenium recipe.
08-13-2001 14:27:44 | More by DOCALYN
4.78/5 rDev +19.2%
I first drank this beer on tap at a local bar. They would only serve you one per visit. I guess that is the power of knowing the bartender. Anyway. . .
To me this brew reminds me a little or maple syrup, sweet and crisp and goes down easy. After this beer sat out for nearly 20-30 minutes it had warmed up from its ice cold pour. The beer was still extremely drinkable for me. Each sip was a delight.
I would like to enjoy this more on a regular basis, but am unable to find this brew in any stores.
09-29-2006 21:36:44 | More by Tinybaum
4.75/5 rDev +18.5%
Certainly many Barley Wines have had the sad displeasure of becoming too hoppy over the years. Not this delicious brew. While the nose is unmistakenly hoppy, the tongue is left to wonder what the hell is going on. I mean really..."Heavy malt flavor!"
If I closed my eyes and held my nose, I might think I was drinking a Maerzen for Christ's sake!
Do not miss this if you see it for sale. Beautiful...
04-07-2004 03:19:42 | More by BierManVA
4.75/5 rDev +18.5%
Got this beer in the mail as an extra from CrellMossett and a huge thanks. This is one of my favorite beer styles and this is a GREAT example of the style.
A: pours cloudy amber, looks like apple cider. No head.
S: delicious sweetness of honey, brown sugar, and white sugar along with alcohol right on the end.
T: DELICIOUS! Sweet but with enough hops to balance the sweetness without lingering bitterness. No hot alcohol flavors, but you can tell that this beer has a kick without reading the label.
M: Full with low carbonation. This is definitely a sipping beer. I shared the bottle with the hubby and I'm not sure I would have made it through a whole bottle.
D: This is a great english barleywine. Smooth, sweet and warms you to the bone. Awesome!
11-26-2008 01:22:20 | More by ChoqlitStout
4.65/5 rDev +16%
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...
07-02-2009 03:16:53 | More by findlayfan
4.65/5 rDev +16%
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!
09-18-2012 00:03:28 | More by DRyan
4.63/5 rDev +15.5%
Hazy golden amber color with not much of a head. Smell has some great malty sweetness in it. Light caramel and lightly floral hops. Mmmmm, nice sweet maltiness with some light hop bitterness, just enough to balance. Honey, chocolate, nice herbal/floral hops with some vague spiciness in the background. Man has this aged well. Super creamy and chewy and very drinkable. This was one damn fine BW. Hopefully my 2002 will age this well. Only time will tell.
05-11-2002 13:57:12 | More by Murph
4.63/5 rDev +15.5%
Bottled date 02/11/08 picked up from Norm's in Vienna, VA.
Pours a very clear amber copper color. Head was normal for a high alcohol ale, poured in to middle of the glass and formed a pretty good head. Aroma was great and smelled of sweet malt and a nice set of hops. The taste of this ale was great as the sweet malts rushed in the front with hops and fruits in the background. Excellent balance on all grounds. Mouthfeel was great and alcohol level was hidden very well. Will continue to stock this brew.
06-03-2009 18:02:43 | More by BZero007
4.63/5 rDev +15.5%
Dark amber in appearance. The smell is good with a nice hint of honey. The smell is of time sweetened honey. The finish is good overall the mouth feel is good and surpising...Nice..Taste well we have said it, this is a real good barley wine and for us here at Barley Road we love this. Overall this is a beer that is worth having and is fridge worth. Hans is in love. Let us have a cigar!!!!
10-06-2011 01:02:04 | More by barleyroad
4.63/5 rDev +15.5%
Wow, an impressive offering, to be sure. Hazy copper with a billowy, creamy head that eventually reduces to a thin layer of bubbles across the surface. The smell is outstanding, with caramel, fresh-baked brown bread, and a dose of honey announcing the rich use of malts (and honey), with some floral hoppiness thrown in for good measure. The taste is initially sweet, though beautifully offset by the generous (but not overdone) use three American hop varieties in the boil. Lest ye think this be an all-American beer, they dry hop with English Kent-Goldings, giving the beer a refined, almost English quality. Immensely enjoyable, what a terrific way to toast the change of seasons.
09-25-2002 20:16:26 | More by mophie
4.6/5 rDev +14.7%
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.
03-15-2004 01:08:42 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
4.6/5 rDev +14.7%
As my three year old daughter would say: "Yummy!" Pours a lovely cloudy copper hue under a thin tan head that fades quickly to form a film across the top and a healthy collar. Not much lace, but more than I expected for such a high ABV. This brew has a marvelously deep malty nose with a touch of honey. The mouth is prickly and heavy, with a savory sweetness that makes you just want to hold it forever. The malt and honey come out clearly in the initial taste, deep and penetrating, with caramel and toffee tones. Then the hops kick in, bold and beautiful. Alcohol is definitely here - the impression and aftertaste are a bit whiskeyesque. This brew is a delight to be enjoyed slowly.
08-20-2003 03:08:28 | More by Globetrotter
4.58/5 rDev +14.2%
Thanks a million to froggyfrog for hookin me up with this brew.
Appearance: pour luminous red copper with powerful carbonation despite the small head. The fine carbonation bubbles are rising fervently so that when they reach the top the dont stop they continue to reach for heaven jumping right through the barrier creating disturbed waters a top this bubbly brew. After a few minutes the force behind these bubbles subsides but is was in the moment an impressive display.
Smell: Sweet candied malts and almost citrus fruity hops that simply bask in their own glory and brandy alcohol.
Taste: Vinous boozy and beautiful, with health servings of vanilla, cinnamon, orange cream, and apple; big caramel, toffee and figs flavors, pineapple, brown sugar, honey alcohol and pine hops. The alcohol while not hidden is also not harsh for 11.40% ABV. It is like a soft brandy or friendly wine in which it is noticeable but contributes to the warming nature, feel, and flavor.
Mouthfeel: Juicy and slick with the flavor components acting on the palate in a manor that keep it lively. The hops nip here while the alcohol pulls there and a beer this is not otherwise heavy becoming fascinating to swirl.
Drinkability: Session this beer and die ;-). However hearty it is, it is also incredibly friendly to drink and each sips ends with a strong desire for more making the beer, IMO, really quite drinkable and overall; exceptional.
Hope this is helpful.
12-22-2006 06:53:03 | More by Phatz
4.53/5 rDev +13%
On tap at the brewpub. Crystal clear deep auburn hue. Sticky almond white head leaves Belgian lace. Gorgeous. Soft floral hops with a tinge of earth and chlorophyll. Melllow honey and medium lovibond sweetness couples with the mild apple esters lending a candied apple impression. Dangerously soft aromawise. Clean honeyish sweetness upfront leads into a well integrated toffeeish presence. Hints of roast lie within the light lovibond caramel. Moderate, super clean hop bitternss barely balances malt sweetness-- they must've toned down the IBUs for this year's batch. Hint of ripe, berryish red licorice esque fruitiness and faint butterscotch. Smooth, lightly dextrinous. Almost creamy in mouthfeel. Finishes with a combination of buttery biscuit, herb and sweet earth. Enveloping alcohol warmth surfaces late. Milennium 2003 is unbelievably mellow and is easily the most drinkable, balanced barleywine I've had in a while. Malt driven, yet superbly balanced. If the bottled version is nearly as good, get some. Wonderful.
05-31-2003 13:43:42 | More by marc77
4.53/5 rDev +13%
Pours the standard BW color, a sort of ruby red with an orange hue to it. This one has just a trace of a head that coagulates in the center of the glass within a minute or two. Little to no lacing.
The aroma is rich with malt sweetness with notes of raisins and balanced perfectly by the hops.
The taste is absolutely sublime; it hardly ever gets better than this. The alcohol rears its head here, but not too overtly, though it warms all the way to the belly.
The alcohol tingles the tongue as the goodness makes its way down, leaving a bit of a dry and pleasantly bitter finish.
This is my favorite barleywine to date, and is by far my favorite when talking of fresh barleywines. Age makes it better, but it is absolutely superb green, too.
09-30-2004 02:56:05 | More by altctrlsdelete
Dominion Millennium Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.