Dominion Millennium Ale - Old Dominion Brewing Company
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4.33/5 rDev +8%
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!
05-19-2009 23:28:43 | More by Bitterbill
3.5/5 rDev -12.7%
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!
05-07-2004 03:10:38 | More by tavernjef
3.68/5 rDev -8.2%
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.
05-06-2010 03:05:56 | More by DefenCorps
3.98/5 rDev -0.7%
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. Theres a deep, rich cherry aroma along with some cranberries and some lighter fruits. Yes, theres booze in there, but I didnt 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. Its more medium but well-blended.
Drinkability You wont be guzzling this at a frat party, thats 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.
03-31-2004 03:11:29 | More by RoyalT
3.73/5 rDev -7%
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.
($7.99 / 6-pack)
03-08-2005 18:01:50 | More by RBorsato
3.98/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
11-09-2009 04:22:26 | More by gford217
4.03/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
06-27-2004 23:52:48 | More by francisweizen
4/5 rDev -0.2%
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 McEwans 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, its a real sipper, but damn if the lovely yet restrained hop bite doesnt 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!
08-13-2004 05:37:58 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.08/5 rDev +1.7%
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!
04-08-2012 21:18:59 | More by woosterbill
4/5 rDev -0.2%
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
08-01-2005 07:06:32 | More by blackie
3.05/5 rDev -23.9%
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.
06-22-2008 04:42:14 | More by ArrogantB
4/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
02-22-2009 13:35:40 | More by clayrock81
4/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
10-29-2010 02:11:00 | More by maximum12
3.9/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
05-08-2008 21:30:41 | More by KarlHungus
2.1/5 rDev -47.6%
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.
03-31-2009 03:06:48 | More by LilBeerDoctor
4/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
05-15-2008 00:05:49 | More by Pencible
4/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
04-07-2010 13:36:42 | More by Brent
4.38/5 rDev +9.2%
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!!
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5
07-25-2002 17:18:40 | More by Bierman9
4.1/5 rDev +2.2%
12 oz bottle, bottling date of Feb 11 2005 stamped on the label, as well as a blurb about the ingredients: English malt, dark Virginia honey, Mount Hood, Perle, and Liberty hops in the boil, dry hopped with Kent-Goldings.
Served slightly chilled into a tulip glass, the body is a cloudy copper amber with a short, one centimeter head that is offwhite to beige in color. No lacing.
Aroma features fresh caramel apples and honey drenched pears.
Mouthfeel reveals a solid medium body, with some chewy caramel malt, and restrained carbonation.
Taste is malty in the English style, with loads of caramel apple, spicy hops, a mild alcohol zing, and some honey. A hint of molasses is in the background. Maltiness is more assertive at room temperature, for a fine middle, and the finish has pear and red apple fruitiness with a long and dry bitter hops aftertaste.
Very well made and evenly balanced. A very pleasant sipper that does an excellent job of masking the high abv. Another fine offering from Old Dominion.
06-27-2005 11:30:20 | More by merlin48
3.58/5 rDev -10.7%
This bad boy bottled on 11/20/06 well aged and ready for quaffing. And Im just the guy for the job.
Clear amber oak with a sticky thin ring of ivory lace. Not bad for a 10 plus booze brew.
Typical sweet caramel barley wine aroma, quaff is a bit on the sweet side too needs a bit more hop for balance. Bit of a bite on the finish not distracting enough to downgrade the beer quaffing enjoyment.
Its strong, and the booze leaks through, but not enough to diminish the overall beer experience.
11-22-2007 03:01:02 | More by Vancer
4.03/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
11-07-2010 19:31:19 | More by AgentMunky
4.15/5 rDev +3.5%
Huge thanks to csmiley for this treat!
Bottled on April 3, 2006
Dominion Millennium pours a dark copper color. It's quite hazy, and has strong crimson highlights when held to light. The down side is that there isn't a head. Just a few light bubbles rise to the top, but disappear with haste. Lacing was extremely faint and light. Eh. The color's nice.
The nose is quite good. Caramel and brown sugar notes are very prominent. The malt base is undoubtedly substantial. It has a blend of fruit scents that's quite nice. I'm getting a little apple, pear, and perhaps even a bit of orange. There's a light twist of dark fruit that's a nice touch. There are some light herbal scents on the tail, mostly tobacco and leather. Alcohol is blended extremely well. Barely noticeable.
The flavor is good. I'm actually waffling on the score. It kicks off with a nice mix of caramel and toffee. A little brown sugar is noted, but it's somewhat subtle. The diverse array of fruit flavors is nothing short of very impressive. It's a wonderful mix of orange, apple, pear, with a little punch of raisin and plum. As was expected, there's nothing going on in the hop department. Leather and tobacco add quality depth and complement the other flavors extremely well. Alcohol is noted, but is surprisingly tame for 11%+ abv. Finishes with sweet caramel and a tangy dark fruit flavor. I've made up my mind...this is excellent!
Millennium has a medium body that's thinner than expected. The light, soft bubbles almost give it a smooth feel, but it needs more body. Drinkability is good for such a big beer. It's damn tasty, and goes down easy. Yeah, it's strong, but is very seductive.
Dominion Millennium Ale is an impressive English Barleywine. This bottle is approaching five years old and is very refined. I haven't had it fresh so I can't say from experience. But, the flavors are very well integrated, in addition to the alcohol. I'm still not sure I buy that this is 11%+. It's not perfect. More body would really be a good thing, as well as a bump in aromatics. Oh yeah...no head at all??? Nevertheless, this is one tasty English Barleywine. Find a bottle. Thanks a ton, Chris!
01-22-2011 03:58:30 | More by prototypic
Dominion Millennium Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.