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Dominion Millennium Ale - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Dominion Millennium AleDominion Millennium Ale

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258 Reviews

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Reviews: 258
Hads: 356
Avg: 4
pDev: 11%
Wants: 54
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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Reviews: 258 | Hads: 356
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.12/5  rDev -47%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Draught from a 5-year old keg. Pours a cloudy brown with a small white head. Aroma is very sweet---vanilla, oak, alcohol, and sweet sweet sweet malt. Flavor is the same--lots of vanilla, alcohol, and sweet super sweet malt. Oh yeah, it was sweet. Too much for me. To the rater below me: no the alcohol does not tone down with age. Blech. This was a disappointment.
4/4/4/2/8 (2.2/5)

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.84/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

For a barley-wine, this struck me as being no better than average. There are barley-wines that are potent in their similarity to wine or spirits, with an alcohol astringency and slight sourness...and then there are barley-wines that are tremendously hoppy. And then there's this barley-wine. It's just kind of there. Appearance and mouthfeel are pleasant, but this has to be the least flavorful beer of this style, for good or bad, that I've ever had.

It pours an orange ambrosia color, with so little head that I thought it would be very flat. However, mouthfeel was fairly complex and pleasant. But aroma and flavor were a bit of a let-down, or perhaps just a non-issue. Both were very faint. I detected some malt backbone and a whiff of hops, but this struck me as a beer that had lost its bite since packaging. If you're hanging onto a bottle of this for cellaring, I'd advise you to drink it now. This ber is so mellow, so mild-mannered, so (if I dare say) boring, that I can't imagine letting it mellow some more.

I picked this up during a recent visit to the DC area from Norm's Beer & Wine in Vienna, VA. The bottle informed me that it was packaged on 4 April 007, and the label told me it would lay down for "several years."

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Photo of John_M
3.03/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

As the saying goes, AB could screw up a wet dream given half a chance. To think this used to be considered one of the best breweries in the mid-atlantic... until AB got involved. Now I hardly ever see Old Dominion beers, and what I now encounter is nothing like the more then decent beers O.D. used to put out. This beer is a perfect example...

Had on tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a golden orange color with good head retention and lacing. The beer looks pretty impressive... but this is as good as it gets. On the nose I get sweet malt with some underlying chalk. There is also a slight rootbeer component to the nose. Things go downhill from here. On the palate this beer is very sweet and cloying with very noticeable alcohol. The beer is very heavy tasting, and the combination of noticeable alcohol and over the top sweetness is more then I can take. There is also some unpleasant bitterness in the finish and it's not from hops. This beer is very alcoholic. Drinkability is very poor and there is no way I'm going to be able to drink an entire glass of this stuff.

I had this beer before AB became involved and, while it was nothing out of this world, it was nothing like this. Sickeningly sweet with high alcohol, making for an almost undrinkable beer. Yep, sounds like it has AB's name all over it.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.03/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Bottle says 10.5% ABV.

a - Pours a dark amber color with 2 inches of an off white colored head. Little retention and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells very sweet. Some fruit, sweet malts,and honey. Bit of booze on the end of it.

t - Very boozy. Alcohol is the first thing that jumped out at me, and overpowered the entire taste. Hints of some malts, sweeter fruits, and honey.

m - Full body with moderate carbonation. A sipper for sure.

d - Overall I thought this barleywine was ok but nothing great. I thought the alcohol just dominated the taste which was unappealing to me; I tend to like barleywines that are smoother/hide their high ABV well. I'd be interested to cellar this and revisit it further on up the road.

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Photo of WaXHeLL
3.03/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Obtained this beer on the East Coast and brought back to California. Bottled on 02/11/09.

Pours Golden Red, semi translucent, with a very thin, but creamy looking white head. Head laces the glass decently well, but almost seems to stick to the glass and dry.

Strong hops smell, with a hint of honey. Slight grassy scent, with very light citrus and floral notes. Overall, pretty muted for a barleywine, but heavy on the hops side.

Sweetness comes out early, with the honey and citrus notes. Good amount of hops in the overall taste, although it is hard to distinguish the hop origin. Finishes semi-harsh, with the alcohol very apparent in the aftertaste. Also finishes with a hop note, and a very slight bitterness. The malt notes are surprisingly strong for a barleywine. Way too sweet for my palette.

Pretty creamy for a barleywine. Carbonation has a good amount of spice hints to it, which is good and interesting. Definitely feels like an English style beer.

The alcohol notes hamper its drinkability, along with the overly sweet taste. Decent for sipping, but that's about it. I also think it's a bit too sweet to be paired with many foods.

Not impressed. Plus points for the beer executing the English style texture extremely well. Minus points for the sweetness and the drinkability. Much too sweet for me. I can't imagine it aging any better either, as the sweetness will be overpowering at some point.

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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.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.05/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage.

The beer has a reddish copper color with some lacing/legs that fall and no head.

The smell has some standard barleywine elements to it with a alcohol edge and aged cellar smells, dried fruit, candied dark fruit, prune, clean water and some cherry...though the alcohol heat is a little overwhelming in all of this.

The taste is weird compared to the smell. I don't get a lot of the dark notes at all but fruity sweet or even like tutti fruity fake tastes, apples, prune, and others in there with the smell characteristics hidden behind the alcohol tastes.

The mouth has some carbo and smoothness but the heat really takes this category down for me.

Did I get a bad bottle? I am puzzled reading others reviews.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.08/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle that looks a lot thinner than I expected. Light orange color and it is quite cloudy. Nice aroma, candy and malts. Taste is watery barleywine, bitterness but no hint of the alcohol. This is decent but its just a tad thin for me. I'm always up for trying a new barleywine.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.15/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle wit bottled date of 1/20/12

appears clear amber copper color with 1/2" white ead, fades to just a whisp of covering. aroma of fruity esters and alcohol, spicey hops. taste is also boozey, sweet, you can taste the honey, caramel malt. medium body and carbonation.

overall - eh, just average for the style.

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Photo of
3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle. Poured a light brown/pale orange color with almost no head. Picked up sugary malt, molasses and some alcohol in aroma. Taste was all sweet at first (molasses, bread, tawny port character) and then a distinct split to bitterness at end. These melded somewhat as the brew warmed, but a little too schizophrenic for me. Mouthfeel was slick, medium bodied, with little carbonation. Drinkability was fairly easy despite ABV, but not really to my taste.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours a dark and murky ruby brown with a half-finger of bubbly ecru head that leaves highly transitory lacing. The honey comes through in the nose, along with some figs, some apricots, a bit of brown sugar and molasses, and a fairly healthy dose of alcohol. The sweet notes from the nose do come through on the tongue, but they are overpowered by a bland wheatiness and an overtly heavy dose of alcohol. The balance is far too asymmetrical in favor of the latter. A heavy body that thickly coats the tongue, while appropriate and usually nice for barleywines, does not help the drinkability in this case, as it enhances the negatives of the taste. Overall, a downer, but not quite a failure.

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Photo of TLove
3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle to glass tumbler.

Cloudy light orange with a touch of carbonation, a 1 finger, creamy head. A sour, pungent smell with a touch of bitterness, citrus, sharpness, and a fruity sweetness. The taste starts out with a bit of molded camembert cheese, strawberry jam, and smoked meats. Alcohol is prevalent, but at 11.4%, not as noticeable as in many others. Disguised well.

Finish contains a substantial amount of sweet honey, a bitter, amber maltyness and various components of violet floral flavors and a straightforward earthiness. Good finish, but not so sharp in the taste and balance.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.32/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

- from the notes and a 12 ouncer from a six pack
A - amber with a small head, nothing outstanding.
S - honey and other sweet aromas.
T - honey is big and overwhelming. Alcohol makes a big showing.
M - moderate body with adequate carbonation.
D - I cannot get through more than a 12 ounce bottle at a time.

From the label I see this is not the original millenium ale and is obviously a cheaper knockoff IMO.

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Photo of levifunk
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

got this as an extra a while back. label says "Dominion Millennium Ale" "ale brewed with honey", but looks nothing like the label shown. Also, it states ABV is 10.5%

a - pours mahogany brown with tan head.

s - smell is very nice. sweet caramel, raisins, malts. no hops found.

t - brown sugar, some malts, but a lot of alcohol. some hops flavor and a dull bitterness on the finish.

m - medium body. mild carbonation

overall - not that impressive. it smells great, but in the end fails to deliver.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle date: 021606.

Pours with a light polished copper hue topped with a frothy whipped settled vanilla cap leaving some lace in the tulip, topping a few rising bubbles.

Scents of generic hard candy, some butterscotch Wurthers and red apple.

First swigs: Lolipop malt front with a gentle orange fruit flavor. Light in the flavor department overall. Lingering taffy finish.

Last swigs: Not even a year old and this seems to be falling apart.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.4/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of yeagerbm
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks bright orange with a head thats thin and white. Smells malty but doesn't have the fruitiness of other high gravity brews. I take a sip and swish it in my mouth and taste some sweet malt and good hoppiness, along with the taste of a shot of vodka and the warming alcohol aroma going through my lungs. This stuff tastes like they added a big shot of vodka to every bottle. Im not sure if I could drink another one. This one would be a good candidate to cellar for a year or two to see if it mellows out. Overall I honestly didnt enjoy drinking this much.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.44/5  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.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this one on tap at the Old Dominion Brewhouse, hoping it would beat the mess that was this barleywine in the bottle. It did, thankfully, but still not a particularly impressive offering in the style. Alcoholy, again, with lots of caramel malt and light spiciness. I dunno. Two tries is enough for me on this one (although I'll wait for the other two bottles to age for a couple years to see if the alcohol eases up)...

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Photo of nvsblman
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy reddish brown with a tiny light brown head. Fruity aroma with some caramel and citric hops. A little earthiness too. Caramel sweetness in the taste. Also some fruit that worked well with the brown sugar flavors. The alcohol is also noticable. Thin to medium bodied and lightly carbonated. This was not the best barleywine I've had but it was enjoyable.

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Photo of ButlerBeerworks
3.47/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

10.5% alcohol - hoping for a bit more bang. Overall I like dominion beers, but this was not my favorite. It tasted better as time went on - temperature may have been a factor. The feel was a bit thick. Sopranos is some good beer tasting programming, and due to the nature of the beer it was a good choice.

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Photo of flexabull
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of jasonm. Thanks again!

Pours a bright amber color, with a faint white head.

Aromas are dusty, booze like, with some cereal grain notes.

Beer has fairly light flavors for a barley wine. Up front tastes of creamy malts, tea like, and with some mellow dark fruit flavors. Finish is thin, with a light crispness, and a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is ok. But seems a bit weak for a barley wine.

Drinkability is pretty good. This beer is kind of boring and uninteresting for a barley wine that checks in at 11.4% ABV. But it has some decent mellow flavors, and is really easy to drink. My problem is, I can think of quite a few other beers in the style that I would much rather sip than this one.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dominion Millennium Ale

Appearance: Copper color, small head forms. Good clarity, lazy carbonated bubbles drunkenly rise to the top.

Smell: Fruity, ale yeast, smells potent and on the sweeter side.

Taste: Creamy malt, vanilla, and a good amount of alcohol. Sweetish, but not cloying. Would be nice to age.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy with low carbonation. Some alcohol warmth.

Overall: A barleywine of moderate strength. Not as complex as some, but gets the message accross.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smugded dull, off orange color with a thin beige cap, a thin collar maintains throughout the serving. Aroma is light of soft caramel and some toffee with warming ethanol-like warmth floating up from time to time as is a smidge of hoppy pine sap tingle. Flavor denotes the smell perfectly, good load of caramel flavor but not nearly as thick as I like, quite thin in that regards. Notes of toffee mix in, an overall lightened creamy smooth feel overall. Bits of alcoholic warmth and some slight pine bittering come in at the finish and settles out OK. This needs more flavor length and thicker body. Just barely above average in my book. This was my 3rd bottle (at different times/days) and each seemed the same, so no off bottling here I think. Just a bit bleak for a barleywine. I remember liking the 2002 version better.
Thanks to ManekiNeko for the bottles!

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jasonm. Bottle dated 4/6/07

A - Pours a murky orangish brown with a thin off white head.

S - Strong honey scent with a sweet alcohol and candy apple aroma.

T - Sweet alcohol with honey, apple and graham cracker. Tea like with a slight herbal hoppiness.

M - Low carbonation but slightly thin as far as barleywines go. Warming from the alcohol.

D - Somewhat avererage barley wine but still worth a try.

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