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Dominion Millennium Ale - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Dominion Millennium AleDominion Millennium Ale

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very good

258 Reviews

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Reviews: 258
Hads: 356
Avg: 4
pDev: 11%
Wants: 55
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 Bitterbill
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with Traquairlover. Thanks Will!

This was bottled 021109 and labelled as 10.5%abv.

It pours a slightly hazy orange red with a good 2 finger head of billowy foam.

The smell is of caramel malt, some fruitiness, and some light notes of citrus.

The taste brings the malt to the front with a huge caramel sweetness with the just the right light note of hoppy bitterness, I want to say pine, to temper the sweetness. It is still out of balance, pleasingly though on the malty side, where it should be for an English BWSA. And...not much sign of the alcohol at all...very well hidden. That makes this way too easy to drink. ;^)

Medium mouthfeel with just a notch below medium carbonation. The head retention and lacing both turned out to be better than average.

Drinkability? Too good for a brew this strong but I won't dock it for that "flaw". I'm *very* happy I got a chance to try and and I'm very happy with it. A darned good brew!

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Photo of oracle
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with a bottling date of Feb 11, 2005.

Enjoyed in August 2006

Beer poured an extremely haze amber/copper. This head quickly disappated to nothing, leaving no lacing.

Smell was strong, with a large hop nose, somewhat floral and a little bread aroma.

For a barleywine, the flavor is suprisingly smooth. Many barleywines assault the senses with a hop attack reminiscent of Sherman's march to the sea, taking no prisnors and laying waste to everything in their paths. This brew is subtle and sublime, smoothly slipping across the tounge and on down. There is a large hop presence, but it's tempered by slightly sweet fruity-ness and a suprisingly dry finish. The alcohol is present but not overwhelming.

excellent beer and I highly recommend it.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown and cola, not much head, thin ring left. Not much sudsy lacing left, but cascading bubbles at the fringe.

S - OH YEAH. Deep malt, cooked dark fruits. I am falling into this one...

T - Solid malt profile, infused with sweet fruit, then backed up by some good bitter.

M - Creamy, balanced, could have used a bit more carb.

D - For the style, would hurt myself probably.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Sort of an orange/raspberry color. Its hard to see thru, whether its cloudy, hazy or what not. Very minimal head, barely a ring around the edge of the glass. Ok for the style though.

S: Watermelon, peaches and cream, cinnamon, caramel and strawberries.

T: Very malty with deep dark fruits. Tons of milk duds, sticky toffee, pistachio and red apple cider. Some serious honey aftertaste with just a touch of bittering hops. This is a sweet beer but with 14 months on it, it already has some very good rounding. Another year and I can only imagine...

M: Full bodied and syrupy

D: Tasty. Like caramel/malty beers? You'd like this one. Not that I've documented this fine beer I can sample the oak aged version

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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.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottled on date was blank, but I believe I bought this in 04. 12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a cloudy orange-copper color with one finger of head that dies off rather quickly. There are bits of lacing here and there. The smell is extremely malty, with lots of biscuit malt and some dark fruit, such as cherry and raisin. There's a touch of alcohol as well. The taste is very malty and sweet up front, with more of that cherry coming through, and a slight toastiness. The finish is all hops. Lots and lots of citrusy hops coat the tongue. Tasty. Some alcohol is detected. The mouthfeel is incredibly thick, yet silky smooth. The drinkability lacks some due to the sheer amount of alcohol. Rather tasty, but I think it falls under the American Barleywine category more so than the English.

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Photo of paceyourself
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As soon as i opened the bottle a inviting sweet honey aroma leapt out. It poured with little head or carbonation. A orange- bronze color with more sediment than most barley wines i've seen, maybe the dry hops. Flavor starts with a nice honey taste then balances out quickly, very impressive for 11.4%. As strong as this is i think i could drink more than one. The date was smudged but the back said 11.4% so i think it's 2002. To cellar this would be interesting but it's very drinkable right now. Thanks for the sample Murph.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper with hints of red. Smells of caramel sweet maltness. White grape and raisiny sweet scents are also present. Tastes lightly of prunes and golden raisins. Very well balanced, the sweetness comes across first followed by a slight bitterness and a small but warm and pleasing alcohol bite makes itself present in the finish. Similar in many ways to TCOA in my opinion. Very enjoyable barley wine.

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Photo of aaronh
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.4 %? You're kidding, right?

Hazy copper body is topped by a moderate tan head that showed excellent retention. The aroma is a blend of smooth caramel sweetness and spicy hops. On the tongue, the malt is the dominant flavor, with a smooth sweetness, nice caramel, and a touch of alcohol. Very fruity as well. Finishes with a smooth hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Did I mention this beer is smooth? A very well crafted barleywine.

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Photo of sponberg
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of DrJay
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 02/16/06.
Clear reddish copper colour topped by a solid cap of whitish foam that slowly subsided. Chunky lacing with decent head retention. Malty aroma - caramel with toffee notes and a bit of grain husk. Floral hops and light alcohol as well. Middling bitterness with plenty of caramel sweetness. Toffee, toasted malt and molasses, along with floral and grassy hops, fill things out. Alcohol flavour and warmth grow into the finish, but aren't overbearing. Full bodied and quite creamy, mid-low carbonation. Some dryness from the alcohol, but the malt keeps this in check. I like this quite a lot. Definitely more English character, they sure didn't scrimp on the malt bill. I'll be looking for more!

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Photo of PatandDavid
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of BiermanVA, thank you, bottled on Feb 19, 2004. Not cloudy, but not a see through amber either. Looks like it would come across with a full mouthfeel, and it delivers. Aroma is of alcohol with a bit of sweetness to alleviate any worries.This is about the fastest tasting beer i've ever had, but if you let it warm up, it spreads itself out and stays awhile. Very nice, smooth as silk, and mostly all malt. Yeah there's some hops floating around, but this one is about the malt. I do appreciate getting a full description about the beer from the bottle. I would call this beer dangerous, but damn good. Due to the malt, remarkably easy to drink, but the alcohol is there in every sip to slow you down. Very good!

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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.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/11/05 bottling

appearance: beautiful dark copper color, thin head that doesn't hang around for the ride. impressive

smell: not as strong as some others of the style, fruity(pears), honey, alcohol, sweet malts

taste: way more intense than the aromas would lead you to believe. oak, oat bread, slight vanilla, slight honey, very earthy with lingering fruit tastes. I was extremely impressed by the taste and its complexity

mouthfeel: very heavy and full bodied

drinkability: somewhat of a task, but an enjoyable task at that

definately a beer to grab if you can find it, i shall age one for a while and see what happens. very nice

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Photo of meathookjones
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a bottled on date of Feb 19, 2004. Appearance in the glass is a dark amber color with about a half-inch of beige head that dies down quickly to a random scattering of bubbles. Left a bit of lace as well as it was consumed. Sweet malt and fruity notes dominated the aroma. Notes of molasses were present as was a bit of alcohol as this warmed. Sweet tasting upfront and a bit of molasses and alcohol lingering in the background. Also there were notes of dark fruits and a slight alcohol bite on the aftertaste. It was sweet but not cloying as the alcohol and hops kept that in check. Almost full bodied this was rich and coating in the mouth. Tasty stuff that I have drank several of upon occasion and a release I always look forward each year.

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Photo of PerzentRizen
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this grand English Barleywine as an extra in a trade with BZero007 - thank you Nathan! When the trade shipment came in the bag holding this beer was wet on the inside and smelled like stale high alcohol beer so I thought this one was toast but it turns out to be one of the best barleywine's I've ever had!

Poured into a Duvel glass at 45 degrees this beer has a beautiful unfiltered burnt umber look with a soft off-white creamy head. There is quite a bit of carbonation for a barleywine - almost like that of an Imperial IPA but it works great for me.

The initial smells are a bit muted until after the first taste then you start peeling back the layers of aroma in this one. There is a lot of juicy malt, fresh fruit, dried cherries, and a roastiness that's hard to describe.

I am really diggin the deep malty, light hop, and that cool alcohol burn as a latent sensation. This is a beer for the senses. It's hard to believe but even at 10.5% (2009 bottle) this beer is drinking very very well.

There is that nice roundness that you would expect in a barleywine but there is also an oily hop dimension not unlike that of Bigfoot. The two beers although in different classes (American versus English Barleywines) have some striking similarities in the realm of massive malt, plenty of hops, and lots of malt. I would say this is a more balanced beer.

Usually barleywines are slow slow sippers for me and this is definately not a beer you would want to pound, but this is a highly drinkable beer. I would not drink two or three but I would drink one a night for a few weeks if given the opportunity!

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Photo of hoppymcgee
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle dated 04/06/2007 into a tulip glass.

A: Pours stark flat (well, a little bubbles/fizz) and a candied dark amber color.

S: White raisins, malts, and oaky booze. The fruity esters seem to come through as well.

T: Toffee, caramel, and maltiness. A little buttery and a little boozy too. Finishes dry and bitter.

M: Even though the carbonation is not apparent in the head formation (or lack thereof), it held up well in the beer. This can be sipped or gulped the same with a light to medium body.

D: The best feature of this beer. For 11.4% ABV, this beer is quite quaffable.

Overall, this beer held up very well and was pleasing to drink after a long work week. Beers like these give me hope that the rest of the stuff in my cellar will hold up.

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

Ok, I finally got around to retasting this one. It was still a very good barleywine. Nice floral and orange complex hop bite. Herbs, mango, leather. Well presented high alcohol. Medium body. Just a masterly balanced barleywine. I think I like it as much as the aged 98 I've had around a year ago, but I don't doubt its capacity to support the test of time. Perfumey, woody and more balanced than most.

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

Year-old sample. Hazy ruby, minimal carbonation in both appearance and mouthfeel. As many have stated, the nose is lovely: hints of cherry, plums, sherry and vanilla. Understated hoppiness. Creamy and sweet throughout, yet lends a subtle bitterness that bodes well against the massive malt complexities of caramel and oak. Where's the booze? I'm not tasting 11.4% whatsoever. It'll probably catch up with me later. Carbonation is low, but this is a year old but even then, I'd expect more. Nonetheless, what small amount that is there goes nicely with the sweetness and high alcohol content, albeit not in the flavor. Does warm the belly after a few minutes though! A sipper that is quite enjoyable.

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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.

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Photo of Redwood21
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: this beer could score better if the head had more retention, but maybe i am being too harsh the actual color is nice and almost mahogony

S: Very smoked caramel. there is not any smokey smell...just a more tame carmel not as sweet, but with that smell...does that make sense to any one but me?

T: I wish i could give this a 4.25, but i cant, so i dropped it just based on the plethora of good barley wines i have had. the taste is somewhat sweet and caramel like the aroma. there is almost a dark fruit taste, but this is a minor factor. there is a surprisingly hoppy chewy bread taste, also not dominant, but these are all melded into a deceptive and well balanced taste...maybe i should give it a 4.5...you be the judge

D: too drinkable for this abv...so i had to give it some credit for it...

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Photo of argock
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear short-stemmed goblet

A: Deep amber hue with thin light tan head with small but notable amount of lace for an 11.4%er

S: Dark fruit, bread, toffee, and toasted malt smells.

T: Lots of malty toffee and caramel flavors up front with major honey sweetness zap your tongue to be followed by long-lasting slick earthy hop bitterness and pretty dry finish. Smooth and delicious without the coarse alcohol presence of many other barleywines.

M: Extraordinarily creamy and smooth in its sweetness.

D: Extremely drinkable despite its honey-sweetness -- would be a good choice for an introduction to barleywines.

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

Poured clear dark amber with a large frothy off-white head that lasted with good lacing.

Heavy tart citrus caramel nutty aroma.

Medium to full body with a sticky texture.

Medium complex sweet flavor with a medium balanced finish that was long lasting.

This is a standout beer.

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Photo of JoeNobody
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was given to me by a friend to try out. It's only my second tasting of a barley wine. It poured a beautiful amber color with a slight head and a lot of bubbles. The head didn't last very long, it was gone by the end of my walk from the kitchen to the computer room. The smell and taste is that of hops layed in honey and although it's got a higher alcohol content, it doesnt come off as being too strong. The mouthfeel is seems almost heavy, although the beer is light to drink, when held in the mouth and on the tongue it feels dense and weighty. It has an easy drinkability and goes down very smooth. It also doesn't come off as being as "sticky" as the first barley wine I tried. It's a nice change from my normal Belgian whites and if offered it again I would gladly take another (or two)

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Dominion Millennium Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.