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Dominion Millennium Ale - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Dominion Millennium AleDominion Millennium Ale

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342 Ratings

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Ratings: 342
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
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:
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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Photo of ark57
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a hazy orange/amber/brown with just a thin wisp of a head. The aroma is malty with some muted herbal and minty hops and some caramel. It has some caramel sweetness and is yeasty. There is a juicy, herbal, mint hoopiness. There is quite a bit of alcohol in the finish with a lingering sweetness. There isn't much depth to this beer. It is just bitter and sweet with a lot of alcohol.

ark57, Apr 16, 2004
Photo of magine
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter glass.

Pours a dirty, cloudy red tinted brown. Has a light tan head. Head settles to a patchy island of lace. Leaves a nice coating of lace around the glass as well. Good looking brew.

Brew smells sweet and malty, dark fruits; cherries, honey. Can pick of the barley as well as some hop presence. Overall a good smelling brew.

Brew is crisp and bitter, bubbly and peppers the tongue. Can taste the sweetness at first. Pick up the barley, caramel, honey and the dark fruits in the middle. Dark bitter fruits along with the warming effect from the alcohol are the more dominant flavors and feel that come through. Has some prickly hops int there as well, more earthy then anything else. Brew finishes slightly dry, and the bitterness sticks around. Not as malty or as big full flavored as I would imagined it being. A bit of a disappointment considering the high scores on beeradvocate. Slightly above average taste for a barleywine.

This is a decent barleywine, not one to seek out with so many other top shelf brews to pick from. the redeeming quality with this brew is the warming effect, and of course the alcohol that creates the warmth.

magine, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of CharlieMopps
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2006

A: Pours a slightly translucent, hazy amberish orange hue with a minimal head. Some bubbles form at the top, but only a fine layer.

S: The bouquet is filled with a somewhat musty and spicy aroma dominated by hoppy notes, with a faint whiff of sweet malt beneath the array of aromas.

T: Mellow hop characteristics pervade, with only a slight bitterness present. Cloying aftertaste from the sweet and spicy introduction, very much geared toward the malt. Still, there is an odd balance that must come from aging.

M: Fairly low carbonation, as is to be expected from this one with the year of age. Still, has a bit more bubbly kick to it than I imagined it would, as well as maintaining an oily feel, mostly on the sides of the tongue. Not as syrupy as first thought, but with more carbonation than expected.

D: This beer threw me for a loop after aging a bit. I honestly expected the hop character to be less prevalent, the carbonation to not be as strong as it was, and for the oiliness to be non-existent. Surprising as these were, this was quite drinkable, even with the abv, which had mellowed out over time. Not a mind-blowing barleywine, even after a year, but still an interesting quaff if you've been sitting on one of these pre-buyout beauties.

CharlieMopps, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours brownish with perhaps a bit of a reddish tint. Off white head that has decent lasting power. Nose is a bit of sweet malt, caramel, dark fruits, cherries, and a few hop notes. Taste adds a bit of booze and is slightly sweetened. Decent feel and carbonation. This is pretty good right now, though I've got another bottle and hope it ages fairly well.

Thorpe429, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of Gavage
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a wispy head that breaks apart immediately.

Smell: fruit sweetness and floral aromas are easy to detect.

Taste: big caramel malt base with a very sweet fruit and honey. There is a bit of an earthy tone here in the background, and bitterness is up front but doesn't cut the sweetness as well as it could. Alcohol warming is very evident.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start but moves to a smooth long-lasting finish. Medium-heavy in body.

Drinkability: decent for the style, but I found this a bit too sweet.

Gavage, May 21, 2008
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Goblinmunkey7, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Dominion Millenium Barleywine on tap at mighty Max's in B'more, served in their customary thick goblet. 2008 version.

Appearance: Dark amber color, a little hazy and orange-y like an Imperial IPA. No head, no lacing, no retention, little carbonation.

Smell: Citrus upfront, then sweetness. Some dark fruits pureed with "younger" fruits like sour apple.

Taste: This is a 2008 beer, but I don't get any aged flavor or oak or anything extraordinary. Bread and yeast are very present, as it the booze when the beer warms up. Nice hoppiness on the back of the mouth. Sweetness all around.

Mouthfeel: Thin, a tad watery, no carbonation. Some oxidation and dryness as it goes down.

Drinkability: High for a beer listed at the bar as 12%, but just not very interesting. Alcohol is well hidden, balance is pretty good. But again, I didn't care to drink this and would probably not have it again. It was just serviceable, but unremarkable.

I would expect a 2008 English Barleywine to be much more attractive than this.

DoubleSimcoe, Nov 18, 2010
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.

blitz134, Jan 07, 2006
Photo of DefenCorps
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in April of 2006, this barleywine is now about 4 years old. IIRC, I picked it up at Norm's in VA.

Clear ruby red with a dense off-white head with decent retention and a little lacing, this beer appears to be quite high in carbonation. What that helps achieve is bringing the great nose right up front. Quite fabulous with plenty of fruity oxidation with raisins and dates, there's also a richly layered combination of toffee, a little bright butterscotch and a mellow nutty character. Some vanilla is present as well. There's also some bright honey notes, this is surprisingly floral.

The palate however, disappoints. It feels like it isn't particularly well-knit. While there's a moderate sweetness with a blend of toffee, maple and honey with plenty of caramel, it doesn't harmoniously incorporate the fruit character. There's also a surprisingly assertive hop character with an earthy bitterness that lingers in a way that works well with the sweetness. The mid-palate could definitely use a little bit more. The alcohol is exceptionally well hidden, I wouldn't guess that this is 11+%. Medium-full in body with a soft, creamy carbonation, this beer has an enjoyable finish. Solid stuff.

**Edit 01 March 2013**
From Norms. Bottled 01 Feb 2008, this is 5 years old.

The nose is still surprisingly brash and hoppy, with toffee, earth, a little minty alcohol. Surprisingly thin, but quite nice despite the fact. The palate opens with a punchy bitterness, a mildly butterscotch-like oxidation, toffee, a mild floral flavor as well, a little rose-like. Bitter on the finish, thankfully without any oxidized hop character. Initially over-carbed, once this has a chance to settle down, it improves hugely. Very, very solid.

DefenCorps, May 06, 2010
Photo of jslot38
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottling date: Feb 15 2005

Appearance: Pours a deep and dark orange, notes of amber and brown on the center, with a thin cream coloured head. Head disappates after a few minutes. Little lacing that sticks a bit to the sides, but nothing too noticable.

Smell: Primary smells of sweetness and alcohol. Faint notes of tart fruits and spices.

Taste: A very sweet beer with high notes of alcoholic esters. A few hop oils are diminished by a sweeet and strong malt background. This is what overwhelms the palate. Very slight notes of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation level is perfect, and the malts really make it go down smooth.

Drinkability and notes: Its certainly a sipping beer. The sweetness will overwhelm you if you start taking large gulps. The alcohol can also sneak up on you, even though its noticable, the fact that its got 11.4% ABV limits you. Will warm up the insides though, which is essential in a barley wine if you ask me.

jslot38, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of dgfair
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottled on 04/03/06, poured into delirium tremens snifter/tulip.

A - Viscous ruby red grapefuit color. A thin layer of head that only came out of a high pour, dissipates to some small bubbles very quickly.

S - I can definitely smell the honey that is mentioned on the label...a very sweet honey scent with touch of earthy spice. Also a fresh hop aroma, but a very light, grassy hop. A slight touch of a fruity cran-apple juice smell.

T&M - Sweet honey, with a touch of apple spice, very nice caramel malt, and a bit of estery alcohol. A very nice warming sensation as it goes down. It's thick and full in the mouth with a nice amount of tingly carbonation. The alcohol warms you up quite a bit and is almost overpowering.

D - Defiition of a winter night sipper. It's a cool night here in North Carolina, so I can't complain. The honey is a nice touch, and I would love to see what this would do over time. Sadly, my last one...cheers.

dgfair, May 08, 2007
Photo of supernaut
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I decided to take a chance on a 6er of this stuff after tasting the stuff from the "Dominion guy" offering up tastings at the local WFM.

A - Very solid. A deep reddish-copper, with a sizable head. Decent retention and solid lacing.

S - Again, very solid. A spectrum of sweetness, yet no real hint of booziness which can oftentimes denote a barley-wine from the get-go.

T - An intense amount of maltiness with a slightly nutty feel, combined with some latent bitterness. Initially very flowery and slightly sweet, quickly fading into an evergreen piney feel just moments later. Never really all that boozy on the back-end despite the ABV. Suprisingly earthy for the style.

M/D - Very smooth, if not deceivingly so. I could drink several of these back to back, which is either a sign that I drink too much or that this beer is that good.

I bought this brew based on a 2oz taster, and don't regret it in the least bit. I'll probably sock away at least 3 for cellaring. Well done Dominion.

supernaut, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Feb 2004, Sampled September 2004
Pours a pretty clear amber copper color, and is topped by a midsized tan head. The aroma is of rich malt, alcohol, and a hint of hops, the malt definitely dominates though. Wow, this beer is thick and rich. The finish is made up of warming alcohol. This is very malty, with thick chewy notes of caramel, and biscuits.

There is actually quite a bit of hop contribution here as well, it was just hard to pick out because of the dominating maltiness. the hops are herbal, grassy, and piney up front. The finish is moderately bitter with a hint of astringency. Overall this is quite enjoyable, certainly it is quite flavorful and rich, though the hop flavor could be a bit more dynamic.

Gueuzedude, Sep 03, 2004
Photo of pio
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

brown/dark amber body with next to no head but when you rouse it, it will come. just a bit of sediment. scents of malt and sharp hops. apple blossoms, notable honey and sugar. toffee and cocoa have a alot to do here. hints of clove and chestnuts. the flavor is nice, bitter and somewhat smokey with earth and honey. nutty, herbal and woody notes with a bit of cinnamon, clove and sage. the mouthfeel was sticky and not very bubbly nor active. my opinion about it's drinkability is that it's alright but not an everyday beer, not very sessionable. this is my first barleywine review and i haven't much experience with them, this one was nice and the bigfoot on tap was alright but i may have to update this further down the line. thanks for reading my review, i tried.

pio, Oct 22, 2003
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
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...

ThisWangsChung, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of RBorsato
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2004 Bottling: Orange/gold with a low/decent beige head and a low amount of carbonation which leaves some sticky lace. Primarily a malt aroma with just a bit of hop character at first -- gone quickly. Very malty fairly sweet with a little hoppiness but not balanced poorly. Full bodied rich and smooth with a big alcohol warming sensation.

Alcohol was very rough when very fresh...

1999 Bottling: Bronze, low ringed head, and low carbonation. All malt aroma and flavor; not overly bitter. Alcohol seems to have mellowed but not incrementally better overall.

Bottled: 02/19/04
Tasted: 02/11/05

Bottled: 12/09/99
Tasted: 07/07/06

($7.99 / 6-pack)

RBorsato, Mar 08, 2005
Photo of oceanman
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 4/6/07, reviewed 1/25/10

Pours a deep, dark orange with zero head. On the nose, an enticing interaction of doughy, sweet, malty notes with fruit (raisin, pear, fig). Caramel aromas, and sweetness already apparent.

Taste has dulled significantly, and leaves a faint metallic finish. Slightly oxidized (age, a low fill level, and twist-off cap mostly likely all contributed). Retains typical flavors of an English barleywine, though somewhat muted, and lacking the complexity one would expect from cellaring. Alcohol is subdued for the stated 11.4% - only the thickness of the mouthfeel reveals the strength of the beer. Very thick, though; the beer labors across the tongue. Alcohol burn does rise a bit as beer warms to room temperature.

Disappointing - seems past its prime less than three years in. For a barleywine of 11.4% abv, this should have held up better. Drink within two years.

oceanman, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of justintcoons
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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

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.

Full bodied, slick, silky and chewy.

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

justintcoons, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of rydev24
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

rydev24, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of DamienI
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

DamienI, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of JeffTheJuice
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

JeffTheJuice, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of TonyTalon
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

TonyTalon, May 16, 2013
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - A nearly opaque sienna brew with a small head that lingers for about a minute. No lacing. Carbonation is extremely intense especially since only the very edge of the brew is visible.

S - Mangoes, roses, blue spruce, toffee and caramel. A nice aroma. Abv undetectable.

T - Upfront pine hops and a bit of mango. The aftertaste is a mild pine bitterness. After that wears off there is a toffee character. Abv is undetectable.

M - Harsh from the high carbonation. Thin for a barleywine (which isn't necessarily bad). Not refeshing one way or the other.

D - This is an alright barleywine (I wouldn't call it English personally). I think there are a lot of better ones out there, but this is a certainly far from the worst. I would not mind having this again! I think this might be an instance where an even fresher bottle mind be nice. I am not sure how aging this would affect its characteristics.

Bottling date: 04/09/06

mrasskicktastic, Oct 15, 2006
Photo of byrd
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

No head ever really formed on top of this brew during the pour; just a thin lace sits on top of this one. Yet, some carbonation could be seen rising to the surface. The color is a reddish copper that is quite cloudy. The nose is lots of sweet malts, thick caramel, and fruity notes mixed with alcohol. The flavor is of sweet caramel malts up front with some very slight vinous notes, along with hints of fruits and rum. Bitter hops sneak into the finish and aftertaste. The alcohol becomes somewhat apparent towards the middle and into the finish and definitely leaves a warming sensation as it goes down. Millennium has a full mouthfeel with just a little carbonation on the tongue. Despite the perceptible alcohol, this brew is fairly smooth, with just a bit of a bite towards the end.

This was the first Barley Wine that I’ve had. While it was quite enjoyable and easy to drink, I don’t think I could drink more then one at a sitting. Next time I’m out, I think I’ll pick up a couple more of these to hang onto for a couple years.

byrd, Oct 22, 2003
Photo of matty
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber colored beer with a slowly fading head.Aroma is hops and fruits.Taste is honey,dark fruits,hops and alcohol.The abv on my bottle says 10.5 and the label is different but from what I read this is probably the same thing.This is not a beer meant for party games.I would recommend and purchase again.

matty, Feb 28, 2010
Dominion Millennium Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.