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Dominion Millennium Ale - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Dominion Millennium AleDominion Millennium Ale

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355 Ratings

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Ratings: 355
Reviews: 259
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11%
Wants: 52
Gots: 19 | FT: 2
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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 Viggo
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy red/copper, small white head forms, settles to a thin layer, some lace spots on the glass. Smell is sweet, caramel, some butter, bread, alcohol, dark fruits. Taste is toffee and bread, grass, some butter, spicy floral, toffee in the finish, some alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, some heat going down, nice sipper. Thanks grub!

Photo of Bighuge
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on March 5, 2002.

The appearance has a murky glow to it. Orangeish in color. Thin film of a head disappears quickly and leaves only a thin collar. Lacing is sporadic. The nose is malt dominated, but accented with gentle Goldings fragrance. Nice nose. There's a bit of a alcohol burn even though this brew's a year old. It does check in at 11.4% a/v however. I'd like to have access to more of these to cellar longer. I really dig the flavors of this BW. The ethanol blends nicely with a somewhat harsh hop bitterness. The malt base is fantastic and does more than just support. A little caramely. A little bready. Quite complex. The carbonation level seems higher than in other BWs I've had, but I'm not knocking the beer down in points because of it. It fits nicely within the context of this particular beer. The body is about medium-full and very slightly syrupy. All in all, I'd call this one a nice brash Barleywine.

Thanks a million for the Millenium Davo.

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!

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev 0%

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

Photo of BGsWo22
3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of DefenCorps
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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!

Photo of RBorsato
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
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)

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper body with a creamy tan head and sheath lacing down the glass. A thick malt ad yeast-like smell with some dark fruit in there. Medium-bodied yet smooth and creamy, definite caramel and toffee malts, as well as bread, roasted and some oakiness. This leads to a balanced beer that has a dry taste but finishes more smooth. Has fruits like apple and pear poking at the side but they seemed subdued, especially for a barleywine. The ABV is really hidden here and I could see myself mistakenly sessioning this. Definitely worth a try even if you're not a barleywine fan.

Photo of RoyalT
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one poured a beautiful, rich orange in color and was a little hazy and mysterious. The story here though was the head. Most Barley Wines, especially the big ABV ones, have little to no head, yet this one was big and full.

Smell – Big, sharp fruits own this nose. This is almost like a Lambic. There’s a deep, rich cherry aroma along with some cranberries and some lighter fruits. Yes, there’s booze in there, but I didn’t get the big honey that other BAs were raving about.

Taste – Wow! This is very strong. The alcohol comes on here like a vodka martini with a dash of Applejack.

Mouthfeel – The alcohol sting is sharp in the mouth and throat. This is not a full-bodied ale, though. It’s more medium but well-blended.

Drinkability – You won’t be guzzling this at a frat party, that’s for sure. New Orleans would be proud of this Barley Wine.

Comments – Thanks to OFS for this heavy hitter. Ka-pow! This will close the night for sure.

Photo of gford217
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of francisweizen
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is a dark red/chestnut colour with a small off-white head that dies quickly. The aroma is sweet with some nice malts in there and a bit of booze. There is also a nice hoppiness in the aroma is well. The hoppiness leans towards the herbal side of things. The taste is very sweet with the sweet malts up front. The middle is quite boozy and the finish is very grassy and hoppy. The mouthfeel is syrupy thick and the drinkability is very good for a barleywine.

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.

Photo of maximum12
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to beandip for shipping me two bottles of this ale; tonight I dine on the survivor. My wife says she really enjoyed the first one. My first sip of Old Dominion.

Pours a clear, fruity, filtered form of red with plenty of high-octane carbonation. Oddly, the smell out of the bottle is very enticing, but once I settle down at the table, all that's left is a bit of malt sweetness & echo of ruddy fall fruits. Hmmm.

Millennium Ale brings the .357 full of caramel to the drive-by, whack! More caramel than a bucket full of scattered Halloween candy, which brings in the subsequent dark fruits...this tastes like a caramel apple bobbed out of a tub of gin alcohol. Alcohol, malts, combine for the next layer of punch, & even further down, there's a shot of mild hop bitterness to round things out. Despite the heavily advertised alcohol presence, scarily drinkable. I've already sucked down too much writing this review.

My wife was correct, as usual, this is a very good brew, tight-roping along near excellent. Hands-down the most drinkable straight-up English Barleywine I've ever. Downright dangerous. And now I'm really looking forward to the single bottle of the oaked version I just rec'd.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 ounce brown glass bottle with a label that has the words ‘Dominion Millennium Specialty Ale’ set against a mix of colors including warm reds, oranges and golds. Listed at 11.4% and has a Bottling Date of Feb19 2004.

Appearance: The warm shades on the label are warranted and reflect perfectly the gorgeous color that this brew exhibits. A dark orange amber with some red sunset glows and a flashing aged copper look. Pellucid, there are certainly no streamers in this one. The initial pour creates a great looking off-white head that sadly soon fizzes and dissipates revealing only a thin cream colored halo sliver around the edge of my McEwan’s Scotch Glass. Only the merest

Nose: Sweet nose, the dark Virginia honey really comes through in the nose. A delicate alcoholic hint of dark fruits fills the top of the Glass, but it is so heavy it needs to be extracted with deep nasal inhalations.

Taste: As I expected, at 11.4%, this Barleywine has a sweet malt kick at first with a splash of floral perfume, but there is some warm fruit in there, its light but it takes the edge off of the high gravity sweetness. The alcohol is always here, there and everywhere…then the fruits build in the warming malty middle….then the hops comes through, yeah….this brew uses a mixture of Mount Hood, Perle and Liberty in the boil, with English Kent Goldings for dry-hopping….the hops, even in this “young” 6-month old sample, are the perfect finish, lingering and tingling on the tongue they are extrapolated by the sweet malty alcohols to great effect. Age will certainly improve this one.

Mouthfeel: Above average feel, bold alcohols, sweet honey, solid malts and tingling prickly hops in the looorrrrng finish.

Drinkability: First beer of the night for me, it’s a real sipper, but damn if the lovely yet restrained hop bite doesn’t beg you to keep some molecules of this barleywine on your tongue.

Overall: This could well start and finish the night, but that would be no bad thing. A big Barleywine with a lovely hop laden latter third and finish. This one will age for sure.

Thanks to AleOha for the sample, much appreciated!

Photo of woosterbill
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled 1/28/11, into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to Hopstoopid120 for tossing this one my way.

A: Pours a clear, striking deep copper body underneath a solid finger of fine, creamy tan head. Good retention, excellent lace. Gorgeous Barleywine.

S: Rich, round aroma of toasty caramel malt, raisins, and apricots. A bit of mustiness in the background. Excellent.

T: Follows the nose, with a great mix of sweet caramel and rich candied fruits up front, followed by some spicy booze and light mustiness on the bittersweet finish. Really nice.

M: Frothy, creamy medium body. A bit too bubbly for the style, but quite enjoyable all the same.

O: This one thoroughly surpassed my expectations, being nothing but delicious and showing a really elegant aged character after only a little over a year. I don't know much more it could improve, though, as I'm afraid any further mellowing of the alcohol would be more than offset by an unpleasant increase in mustiness - which is already at about the maximum allowable level. At any rate, it's drinking splendidly right now, and was a really impressive Barleywine. Thanks again, Tony!


Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottling date of 2-11-2005 is printed on the label.

The thin white head comprised of tiny bubbles quickly dissipates, with only a ring around the glass remaining. The color of the ale is a reddish medium amber.

The first smell I pick up on is the malty fruitiness. There is also quite a dose of ethanol present, but not to the extent of being very sharp and detracting from the smell. The hops are kept to a reasonable level, allowing plenty of the malt characteristic to show, and smell wonderfully floral. The sweet, dark fruity notes of the malt and honey are pleasant...though the honey characteristic is somewhat hard differentiate.

Carbonation is medium and the body is medium to moderately heavy.

The first flavors that hit me are subdued maltiness and an alcoholic spikiness. The hop bitterness then becomes evident...and the ethanol presence grows, especially after the swallow. After the effects of the hops quickly subside, a sweet maltiness (and maybe a little honey character) is left behind along with some ethanol fumes. There is alot of alcohol present on the tongue, especially as the brew warms...but this beer is pretty fresh and I will let my other bottle mellow in the cellar for awhile. I would've given a higher score for taste if it wasn't for the pervasiveness of the alchohol.

11-05-06: The ethanol presence has mellowed, and some candied, liquor soaked fruit aromas (pineapple) have come out in the nose. It seems also that the flavors have melded together really well. One of the better cellaring experiences I've had.

04-06-09: bottle dated 2/01/08, purchased from Bon Vivant in Smithfield, VA, brought a couple scores - appearance and mouthfeel - down, but it's still a mighty fine beer overall, hazy orange amber in color with a nose and flavor of thick moderately caramelized malts and lovely honey candies, honeyed biscuits, really digging the nose as it's a touch unrefined and "backwoods" and brings out the best of the aforementioned characters, sugary baked goods, lightly hopped, good booze levels, very enjoyable and I'd buy a sixer given the change and right price

Photo of KarlHungus
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours an amber color with brown tints. The head is one inch in height, and recedes rather quickly into thin lacing the way a good barleywine does. The aroma is of caramel, oak, and dark fruit. The taste is oak, and molasses with a fruity finish. There is also a hot alcohol presents up front. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, which seems a bit on the lighter side for a barleywine. Overall, this is a nice beer that is easily enjoyable. However, there are better barleywines out there.

Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a slightly hazy copper with a bit of white head. It smelled fairly tannic like orange hops, molasses malt, and alcohol. It tasted strongly of pine hops with some floral hops and caramel malt mixed in. It was slightly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a very bitter lasting aftertaste with some alcohol warming. Overall this was a very strong beer, but its flavor was one-dimensional. It could have used more complexity or subtlety (oak barreling?) and a heavier body. I'd call this good but not great.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an Augustijn goblet.

A: Dark, dark red; ruby in the light. A thick, good-looking head. Insanely heavy lacing.

S: A deep nose. Significant malts briefly hide the other scents -- pungent hops, sour beeriness, and herbs. Good smell.

T: Chewy. A nicely-balanced hoppy body with a curiously absent aftertaste. The maintaste is thick, herbally bitter, round, balanced and smooth (aside from clinging soapy hops). Hints of honey. Nice.

M: Good, oddly (but pleasantly) creamy, and solid.

D: The 10.5% (which is what my bottle reads) is no surprise, and the beer is supremely sippable. As barleywines go, very good! Recommended.

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)

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Bierman9
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A sample bottled 05MAR02, it poured a copper color, perhaps with a touch of bronze, and a tad cloudy with the yeast poured in. Had a creamy, fine, tight, lasting head, with OK lace... Nose was somewhat malty, some hops showing up, but mostly with toffee-like overtones! Real good body, and quite smooth when passing over the tongue. Good body and tongue...? Sorry... Flavors were pronounced and well-balanced; rich, malty, caramel-like start, and some sweetness, due to the honey? Pretty strong hop presence, and a touch of grapefruit rearing it's head in a good, long-lasting finish. A warming feeling comes about in the back of the throat, not entirely unwelcome!! Tasty offering!! Thanks, Murph!!

overall: 4.3
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5


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Dominion Millennium Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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