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Dominion Millennium Ale - Old Dominion Brewing Company

Dominion Millennium AleDominion Millennium Ale

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

334 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 334
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%


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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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper with a slight head. Smells tannic and clean with some fruitiness as well. Tastes like iced black tea- tannic, a little smokey and oaky with just a touch of fruit. Austere but quite tasty and unusual. Chewy and smokey in the mouth. Not fantastic, but good enough to have now and again.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 16:34:23 | More by Georgiabeer
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mattcrill

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Dark fruity esters, raisins, plums, rich dark fruit character. Warming alcohol notes on the nose.

Appearance: Slightly hazy deep amber/copper pour with a thick, tan batter-like cap.

Flavor: More dark fruity esters, raisins, plums, and candied dates persist. An earthy hop bitterness balances this beer out. A big fusel-like alcohol punch in the finish. Finish is dry and crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a prickly alcohol burn.

Overall impression: Needs aged. A big English Barleywine. Nicely done!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 00:54:15 | More by mattcrill
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
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.
3.5/3.5/3.5

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 03:05:56 | More by DefenCorps
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 18:36:59 | More by kingcrowing
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portia99

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (bottled on 2/2/10) poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a brownish amber color with a slight haze and about a half finger of creamy tan foam on top. Head doesn't have much volume, but what it has is tenacious in staying power....doesn't go anywhere, even after a few minutes. Pretty impressive for a 10.5% beer.

S - Alcohol and a fresh "green" hop aroma - grassy and a bit floral. Some light caramel in the background...but that's about it. Fairly one dimensional and subtle. Expected a bit more malt out of an English barleywine.

T - Hoppy bitterness and alcohol in the flavor up front. Some fruity, herbal and a bit of spicy hop flavors, but the alcohol really sits on top of everything in the flavor profile. Some caramel and toffee maltiness is noticeable but subtle.

M - Pretty full bodied with medium carbonation that is creamy in feel on the tongue and ending with a slight fizziness. Every sip gets a big hit of alcohol on the inhale and leaves a nice warmth on the back of the throat.

D - Pretty high in alcohol at 10.5%...a bit of warmth is noticeable and quite full bodied...all add up to being a sipper. But a pretty good sipper. This is definitely young at only 2 months since bottling...pretty good now, but I think this will only get better with a little bit of aging. Hops could settle down a bit and hopefully some age wil bring out more of the malt in aroma and flavor and cut back the alcohol heat a little bit in the process. Good now, if you have more than one bottle definitely let some of these sit around a little while and collect some dust.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 00:12:07 | More by portia99
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Brent

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage - well rounded for such a fresh barleywine. Caramel sweetness up front, with a boozy punch in the middle - the alcohol needs a bit more time to mellow out it seems. Sweetness fades toward the end, with a firm bittering and a touch of astringency. Should improve with a year under its belt.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 13:36:42 | More by Brent
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goldbot

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage. Review from notes on 3/25/2010.

Reddish brown in color with medium, off-white head. Clear brew with a bit of carbonation bubbling away. Some lacing left on the glass.

Sweet malty aroma with cherry fruitiness and a fresh, piney hop presence. Flavor has lots of bready and caramel malts with a slight raisin flavor. Bitter throughout without much hop flavor. Strong, slightly solvent-like alcohol in the end.

Medium body, somewhat astringent, medium carbonation. A decent barleywine, but it just doesn't compare to some of the better offerings available around here. Not a whole lot of complexity, but still a balanced and well-rounded beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 19:51:48 | More by goldbot
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MetalHopHead6

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 2010 Dominion Millennium Ale is gorgeous, with a honey-dominated bitterness, and funk.

It poured deep cloudy copper, with beautiful red highlights, and a two-finger tan head that left a nice wall of lace on the glass. The smell of sweet honey and earthy hops exploded during the pour and the taste has a great balance of honey and funky earth. The feel was heavy and aggressively bitter and, along with the high ABV, made this an ale meant to be sipped.

Millennium Ale is a delicious ale that has a perfect amount of funk and sweet. After drinking this ale, there is no doubt that the senses have had an experience.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 22:42:05 | More by MetalHopHead6
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ButlerBeerworks

Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 00:54:19 | More by ButlerBeerworks
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mdfb79

New York

2.98/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 00:56:29 | More by mdfb79
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matty

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 21:41:28 | More by matty
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 21:25:36 | More by TMoney2591
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hoppymcgee

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 21:23:25 | More by hoppymcgee
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ATPete

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, bottled in 2002

(reviewed from notes taken in 1/10)

Pours a honey orange color with a small off white head that leaves good stickage on the glass. A very sweet nose, caramel, sweet potato, rich dark fruits and a leafy, minty aroma. Tame carbonation to be expected from something nearly 8 years old, very full in body, malt forward with zero alcohol heat, very glad to have tried an offering this old, this has stood up to the time wonderfully.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 20:10:00 | More by ATPete
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good barleywine, a bit mono-chord but nicely balanced.

Presentation: 12 oz screw cap brown bottle. Front label offers a subdued label with light cream and brown colors presided by a emblem with the horns of Dominion crowned by beer ingredients. Back label offers a short paragraph noting history, general style and characteristics, and cellaring recommendation. Notes bottling date (02/02/10). Shows Alc. by Vol. (10.5%) Served on a snifter.

A - Deep amber to amber brown pour with a 1/4" head, fair retention and surface memory with a couple of strokes of lacing.

S - Gentle nose with a predominant caramel sweetness, a faint fruity touch in the back and a boozy whiff.

T - Nice malty sweetness There is a soft hoppy coating, a bit shy with fruity tones. It also has nice sweetness, with a soft touch but the honey is not evident. A boozy note is present and more so as the brew warms up but does not overwhelm the profile.

M - Medium to full body with fair carbonation, nice tingly finish. Smooth and a bit of a boozy finish.

D - It's a nice sipper. Not outstanding but feels reliable.

Notes: Hmmm, drank barely 14 days after bottling... Hops are already fairly well integrated, in fact a bit too shy. If anything I guess that the boozy edge may subside with aging and meld nicely. The move of the brewery to Delaware as part of a macro takeover still bothers me when I reach out to these brews, in particular as they brag about their small guy origing. And the hype for the small amount of cases distributed to the region seems but a trite marketing ploy... Luckily it is a fair barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 00:12:03 | More by Daniellobo
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oceanman

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 01:00:29 | More by oceanman
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got a couple of these and the Oaked version a while back from Vintage Cellars in Blackburg... I can't believe I've held on to this one for so long... Sharing this one a bit with Brenda... mine is poured into my my Delirium goblet and working while listening to Son Volt.

Nice enough 1" head.. descent lacing and a good cap.. the brew is a light copper.

Aroma is nice.. very full caramel and lesser toasted malt notes.. a small bit of applesauce.. Brenda says Rainier cherries but I don't get it...

Flavor is very pleasing.. just a well made Barleywine.. enough spicy hoppiness to move the malts forward and in the same front..that said, there is a bit of spicy alcohol doing the same. more toasty malts than the nose.. overall, this seems a bit "simple", but I am really liking it.. I enjoy the fact that this seems so easy drinking for such a big ABV beer.. the alcohol is fairly hidden.. the flavors are very well melded and plush.

Nice brew that I've had quite a few times over the years from my great friends in PA and VA.. This is actually the first time that I've settled down and just contemplated the merits..

4/4.5/4.5/4/4.5

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2009 02:16:04 | More by JohnGalt1
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
BOTTLING DATE: 02/11/08 (I think. It's hard to read.)
Thanks to Traquairlover for this one.

This pours a nice, golden, copper color with some orange tinting. Almost one-finger of creamy, tan-colored, foam makes the head, which recedes to a slight surface covering. The lacing is in ropes and spots both, and is fairly sticky.

This is filled with notes of sweet maltiness. Hints of honey and toffees. It has a yeasty bread presence. A slight hint of hops is present.

A good level of maltiness comes out, at the first sip. Some yeastiness comes through. Nice touch of honey sweetness. Light butteriness and hints of caramel. Mild hops bitterness in the finish.

Full bodied brew with a medium level of carbonation. Smooth, up until the hops bitterness kicks in, with a mild touch of creaminess.

It's an easy one to drink. As far as barleywines go, it's not overly thick and oily, which would help it's drinkability. Throw in the fact that the 11.40%abv is very hard to find, and this is one nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 05:48:05 | More by coldmeat23
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gford217

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of CrellMoset, 2007 vintage I believe.

Pours a hazy orangish amber, lighter than I was expecting, with a small bubbly head with lots of bubbles streaming to the top. It looks a little fizzy.

The aroma is sweet with lots of light sugary smalls with some toffee and caramel as well. It's definitely got a doughy character in the nose as well as hints of hops remaining after 2 years.

The taste is sugary sweet, just like the smell. There is plenty of caramelized sugar and dark fruits. There is an overall boozy character to the taste and it leaves a sweet, tingly burn going down. There is definitely some citrus hops left in this one, despite the age.

The mouthfeel is very slick with low carbonation and medium bodied overall.

This is a very good beer, but it's a little thin on the flavor and not quite complex enough to be an elite barleywine. Either way, it's very tasty and big thanks to Chris for the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 04:22:26 | More by gford217
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to CrellMoset for this 12 oz bottle, dated from 2007 (that's all that I can make out from the label).

A: The barleywine is a hazy amber color, reasonably approximating the vessel that it came in. The ale has a murky appearance, like a good bit of sediment flowed out of the glass.

S: The barleywine is treacly sweet, malty and bready. Behind the malts, a hop profile lingers even with two years under its belt.

T: The first sip smacks of barleywine, with lots of sweet malts cascading into an avalanche of thick fruits and grains. The malts have a concentrated taste, very full and strong. A peppery flavor lingers with the malts. Hoppiness is evident but not a stand out element. A river of booziness is present, cutting through the entire body.

M: The mouthfeel is a thick, rich barleywine, taking pains to show off its bold malty side. A pleasant sweetness cuts across the entire ale.

D: Although the alcohol is present, it doesn't weigh on the ale. Age hasn't hurt this ale at all.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 02:08:18 | More by akorsak
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3Vandoo

Quebec (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well first, my bottle says Old Dominion Brewery in VA, not DE so I am totally confused, it is the same beer or the Brewery just moved next door.

Deep orangish beer, with a very cloudy body.
no head retention at all, just a shy lace of head with some oil around the head.

smell is bitter, deep malty caramel but also with deep hoppy touches, it smells like it is heavy and big. Smell of think big!

taste at first is a shy malted feeling then followedd by a heavy bitter body, hoppy but well balanced. Some fruity esters are present, some butter feels also, some touches of pines, oranges, fresh and sharp alcohol taste followed by caramel.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 04:18:19 | More by 3Vandoo
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TLove

District of Columbia

3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 04:21:49 | More by TLove
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Millennium Ale is the same tone of orange as the inside of a sweet potato. The beer is beyond murky; inspection to the light showcases a warmer, but always dreary, complexion. Tiny, very glinty bubbles appear like microscopic chars of glass shattering in slow-motion. They sparkle just like diamonds and this twinkling adds some much needed, highly aesthetic and easily distracting decor to the otherwise somber appearance.

This beer has some pretty impressive specs: it contains twice as much honey as malt and over 3lbs of hops per barrel with an additional half pound more of whole-leaf hops used to dry-hop. Evidence of these elements is had in the aroma, an experiment in juxtaposition, where the silky sweet nectar of honey fuses with the resinous and bitter pungency of the hops. Both scents share a distinctively floral and earthy tinge; they work well together.

If the beer really does contain twice as much honey as malt (which, quite frankly, seems a stretch) then what I'm drinking should taste an awful lot like honey, no? Perhaps even twice as much like honey than beer? Well, it's not exactly that ratio but it does taste like honey - the sweet, flowery, nectar-like flavour is mild but unmistakable. It seems an awfully good honey, with a smack of citrus, it is almost certainly wild.

The other part of the flavour, the minority of it although not by much, is an equally sweet malt bill that has been boiled to well beyond the point of caramelization. Remnants of the hops can also be found; traces of earthy, floral greens are never too far away. Although its alcohol doesn't really show and the beer drinks mighty fine as is, I think an extra dosage of malt could have been spared for a thicker, more full mouthfeel.

The bottling date on this 2008 vintage has already passed its year-and-a-half anniversary but the beer seems to have held up. (Fun fact: Honey never goes bad!) Still, it's not something I'd recommend for long term storage. Flavours are delicate and there doesn't seem to be enough malt or hops to make me confident in its chances for long haul survival. Its total lack of carbonation is more persuasion to be happy for cracking it open tonight.

Many believe honey is a natural health remedy - well this is certainly good for what ale's ya! (hearty har har) But seriously, the floral, earthy character of honey is an ideal accompaniment to similar qualities in the hops as well as the syrupy sweetness of the malts. The folks at Dominion brewed a nice little beer to celebrate their 1000th batch - it's a good thing they had the good sense to keep brewing it.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 02:17:11 | More by biegaman
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findlayfan

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
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...

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2009 03:16:53 | More by findlayfan
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brewed Feb 11 2005; tasted in 2009

Appearance: Hardly any head left with the age on this one, but the liquid is a murky amber color

Smell: Rich toffee, golden raisin and overripe stone fruit

Taste: Big toffee flavor up front, with a developing stone fruit and raisin character appearing by mid-palate, along with a hint of earthy hop; after the swallow, the sweeter flavors dominate into the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and syrupy with very low carbonation

Drinkability: Although this bottle spent a little too long in my cellar, it still retains a nice flavor profile for an English IPA; without the carbonation, it has become a bit too syrupy

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 22:19:40 | More by brentk56
Dominion Millennium Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.