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Dominion Millennium Ale - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Dominion Millennium AleDominion Millennium Ale

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258 Reviews

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Reviews: 258
Hads: 356
Avg: 4
pDev: 11%
Wants: 54
Gots: 19 | FT: 2
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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 jwc215
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark ruby with a head that has decent staying power, especially for style/abv. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of rich toffee-like maltiness with a hint of tart fruitiness and a touch of honey.

The taste is of rich, sweet toffee/caramel-like maltiness balanced by tart fruitiness and an earthy hop spicing. Just a hint of honey adds to the complex taste. Alcohol is well-hidden.

It is full-bodied and very smooth. Drinks "too" easily for its alcohol level and richness. This is a well-balanced, well-made, enjoyable barleywine!

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Photo of DIM
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a: This was a clear, light amber color. It poured with a thick sticky head

s: Lots of toffee, Plus surprisingly strong honey aromas. As it warmed sugary fruit emerged.

t: Very sweet overall, but the alcohol helps keep it in check. I love the way the honey and toffee flavors work together. The finish is a lingering heat with some grassy bitterness. Not all that complex for a barleywine, yet it is extremely satisfying.

m: Nice and chewy with lush carbonation.

o: Quite a nice surprise. An excellent barleywine and a bargain to boot.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a hazy amber color with just over a finger of white head with a very vigorous pour. This beer does not seem to be very carbonated, but it's certainly not flat.

S: Toffee and caramel mix with honey, dried apricots, and a hint of floral honey. A bit faint, but quite pleasant.

T: A fruity sweetness upfront - I get dried apricots like in the aroma. I get some plums as well as a nice toffee sweetness. Again, there is a light floral honey keeping the beer on the dry side. A touch of sherry oxidation in the aftertaste. Booze is apparent, but very restrained.

M: On the light side with very light carbonation.

O: A very light, yet tasty and fairly complex Barleywine. Nicely aged, I think this is at its peak.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a golden orange color with a soapy white head on top. The retention is pretty good as well as the lacing. The smell of the beer had a good amount of floral and citrusy hops with some mild malt sweetness on the nose. The taste had a powerful bitterness and sweetness blended together. The mouthfeel had a medium body, it also has a solid amount of carbonation as well. Overall this beer to be seemed more like an American Barley Wine than an English one. It's a very nice beer though and I could see myself drinking this one again.

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Photo of DRyan
4.62/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is for a bottle that has been cellared, with an apparent "brewed on" date of 4/2/07 (was kind of hard to read) that I got in a trade for some Jester King.

a: Pours a dark, almost purple-ish red with very little head that dissipates quickly and does not really lace at all

s: vanilla, almost caramel like maltiness

t: Oh. My. God. That is awesome. Heavy vanilla with an undercurrent of toffee, this is like dessert in a glass. The hops bitterness is still there, but all on the aftertaste, quickly followed by just a teeny bit of alcohol bite, but very minimal. Does not show its hand as far as the alcohol content is concerned.

m: Velvety is the only way to describe it. There is very little carbonation, really just enough to not say it's flat, but the mouthfeel slips and slides down the throat, good goddamn that's nice.

d: Very drinkable. I would happily celebrate my birthday today by having three or four of these and then regretting it tomorrow, alas, this is the only one in my cellar. This is a great barleywine, and a great present to me!

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice copper with a stick resiny head that sticks to the edges.

S: Aroma of fruity yeast, a good bittering hop profile and plenty of malt sweetness

T: Wow, surprised me here. Extremely fruity tasting and a nice english yeast to boot. I have a soft spot for English barleywines and this did not disappoint. Plenty of cotton candy flavors mixed with cherry jolly rancher. Delicious and refreshing. Honey adds a bit of sweetness and complexity as well as adding floral notes to this very hoppy brew.

M: High level of carbonation with a medium body.

O: Color me impressed. A very solid english barleywine with plenty of body and flavor. Not too much boozy presence after warming, but a bit is there with a high abv here. Very well done IMO

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

Bottle date of 1/20/12.

A - A finger of light beige head on top of a clear red body with some amber in it.

S - Sweet. Good caramel and malts. Simple.

T - A lot more bitter than I was expecting. I would call this an American BW. A simple barlewine with not much to it.

M - Decent carbonation and moderate body where I would expect more. Just a bit too thin.

O - It is really an average barleywine.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a tulip-shaped Duvel glass.

A: Beautiful copper-red color beneath a two-finger head of caramel-colored foam which leaves a thick ring of lace. Carbonation is moderate and clarity is quick good, with just a slight chill haze.

S: Fruity and complex with hints of tart lemons, orange peel, spicy coriander and a hint of herbal, piny hops. Spicy and gummy yeast aromas tie things together nicely.

T: Sweet, fruity, herbal and spicy up front, with a lightly toasted malt and caramel flavor that allows more complex, lush citrus notes crash towards the back of the palate. A rush of slick, bitter, herbal hops and booziness washes the malt sweetness away and leaves the palate in a slick of sweet toffee, spicy hops and alcohol.

M: Full, rich and slick up front with a somewhat cloying, syrupy finish that carries a lot of heat. A sipper for sure.

O: This 10.5% ABV English barleywine is a treat to be taken in moderation. It could stand to age a bit, and some oak-aging would send this beer into rare territory. Until then, its a complex, very boozy, beautiful looking sipper.

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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!


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Photo of smakawhat
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Vintage 2012 bottled January 20th 2012.

A real crystal clear amber ruby red orange body hits, just super clear, with a head that is creamy tan and off white in color. Lots of staying power on this head that just slowly settles into a large puck, and then takes a nice collar. I am just in awe of this body color it looks like a jewel.

What a fantastic nose on this beer. Giant powdered litteraly cinnamon powdered toast in a glass. Nice airy malty toasted feeling, sweetness perhaps from honey (although not so much a honey sense on the nose). Absolutely smells fantastic.

Hop front forwardness takes over the expected sweetness to come. Sharp dry hop angle on the finish and mid palate, then the rolling toasty bread comes out. Dry sweetness, but also a little sharp on the booze heat, but luckily doesn't translate on the palate. Hop angle begins to dominate considerably.

Overall a real very impressive barleywine, probably made for the hop heads, but I can't get over this nose and appearance.

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Photo of theformula
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 2/1/08 from my cellar. Let's see what 4+ years have done with this.

It's got some age so appearance isn't staggering, small wisp of a tan head that recedes into a thin layer. Pretty hazy an there's some small chunks of sediment resting at the bottom.
Now the good part..

Smells fan-freaking-tastic. If English Barleywine is your style then this suffices. The biggest aromatic is the vibrant sweet, raw honey that's the closest thing to real, local honey I've had in a beer. It's the balls! Some oxidation is obvious but doesn't detract too much. This gives it a sherry-like layer that works well w/ the honey. Wet grains and caramel round it out. No alcohol or hops come through.

Tasting it reveals the age, taste has definitely changed since bottling. Some slight oxidized flavors at first but what's great is the honey...a nice thick layer of sticky "bee spit" up front with steeping grains, caramel malt, sherry/rum combine deftly. It's complex but drinks WAY too easily for 10.5%. Hops are not aromatic but finish pretty hugely with some leafy, earthy bitterness that's surprisingly bitter & sticky after 4 yrs. Dry finish.

Awesome. Not perfect and showing it's age so I wouldn't wait any longer. A damn good English BW that's worth putting some time into.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Alesmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- dark copper with a 2 finger off-white head. Nice amount of lacing covers nearly half the glass.

S- sweet bread, citrus, and honey.

T- sweet toasted malts, citrus (orange and lemon), there's some sweetness from the honey or maybe some candi sugar. Noticeable bitterness but not real hoppy.

M- medium body and carbonation. Leaves you with a bit of a dry mouth.

O- good Barleywine, but the happiness is more of the American Barleywine than English.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A birthday gift from optimator 13; brewed 1/28/11 (aged for over a year)
Poured into a snifter

A: bronze/amber opaque with a half finger head that dissipates rather quickly. Leaves big bubbles. Great lacing.

S: A hop/malt combo that's oh, so smooth on the olfactory.

T: Rustic, hop/malt blend with a touch o' honey on the finish. Sweet. That 10.5% alcohol wends its way through, leaving a mellow finale.

M: medium, creamy. Medium carbonation.

O: A great barleywine; one that should be captured and stored. The honey really works well. Great with cheddar. Robust and satisfying. Thanks, Evan!

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled in ale glass at the White House.

A: caramel orange; small carb stream; 1.5-finger head (creamy); great lacing
S: honey prominent; not much else
T: very smooth ale; not really a barleywine, as I know it; very hoppy and sweet; smooth but complex flavors make this inviting; the ABV is hard to detect.
M: smooth and creamy

great beer

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

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

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

overall - eh, just average for the style.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage.
Poured from tap into snifter. Pours a honey amber. No head but good lacing.
Smells of butterscotch and caramel and malts. Very boozey.
Taste is of boozey butterscotch and sweet malts. Smooth on the tongue but high in alcohol. Its hidden very well.
Overall....really nice. Simple. Nice and good.
It goes straight to your head though.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2008 vintage brewed at the brewery in Ashburn before it was bought and moved to Delaware.

A: Brown pour with hints of yellow along the edges. Not really any head to be noted here.

S: The smell is so mellow and balanced. Caramel, butterscotch, oak and booze. Very sweet overall.

A: The taste continues the sweet balance I picked up on the smell. Full of caramel and oak, with a very nice balance of booze and some butterscotch. This is almost like drinking a boozy candy, just delicious. This has aged gracefully and I hope it continues to do so.

MF: Heavy body, very dry finish, pretty boxy throughout.

O: I loved this. It saddens me that this brewery no longer exists. We have to enjoy what we have left!

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

Dominion Millennium Ale

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

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

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

Mouthfeel: Syrupy with low carbonation. Some alcohol warmth.

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

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Photo of dball
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love a strong ale and this fits that bill. I picked this up on a growler Sunday at Mellow Mushroom in Charlottesville. They have great selection and excellent prices on Sunday. Anyway this is a delightful beer that packs a heavy punch. It is a lovely caramel color with a sweet sweet smell and taste. I scored it higher on mouthfeel because it has that strong barleywine feel that welcomes the beer as soon as it hits the pallet. Old Dominion nailed this one.

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Photo of barleyroad
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber in appearance. The smell is good with a nice hint of honey. The smell is of time sweetened honey. The finish is good overall the mouth feel is good and surpising...Nice..Taste well we have said it, this is a real good barley wine and for us here at Barley Road we love this. Overall this is a beer that is worth having and is fridge worth. Hans is in love. Let us have a cigar!!!!

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Photo of stakem
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2002 care of BA Smoked, thanks Dan!

Pours a gazed copper color with ruby through the body with more of an orange and yellow look through the edges. A creamy tan cap sits atop the brew with fair retaining power. Spotty webbing of lace sticks to the glass. A finger of froth revives to the surface with a light swirl.

The smell of this brew is fruity alcohol esters with a toasty amount of caramel malt sweetness. Some herbal hops are still present after 9 years. A sweetness somewhat like close honey is faintly noted across the back as it warms up mixed with a mild inclusion of orange rinds and pulp.

The taste is herbal and hoppy, minorly bitter contrasting the caramel malt sweetness. There is a toasty quality about the grain that is somewhat nutty in flavor. There is a light amount of oxidation imparting some cardboard character. The herbal hops and carmel sweetness is equally matched by a honey dryness to the finish. The oxidative touch extends into the finish and comes out more as the brew warms.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light amount of carbonation. The 11% is integrated very well even while the brew gets above ideal temperature. For being 9 years old, this brew has held up quite well. Worth a try if you get the chance. Thanks again Dan!

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes

A: Pours an unimpressive brown color with a light tan colored head. Rather foamy with decent retention and very little lacing. A good bit of carbonation bubble release from the bottom.

S: Extremely bready, with figs and raisins. There is a slightly buttery aroma as well and some oranges.

T: Very sweet with a ton of caramel and toffee. There is some brown sugar and actually a good bit of pineapple, which surprised me.

M: Full bodied, filling and thick. Low carbonation, but fits well.

O: A pretty good English Barleywine. I find myself going back and forth between preferring English and American. A slow sipper, where one bottle is enough.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

rich caramel in color with a light, off white head on top that comes to about a half an inch in this glass, but has incredible staying power. Caps the top just about right before it settles down into a subtle, yet defined broken crown that clings to the sides of the glass throughout the rest of the session. Classic look here.

Aroma is light, hints of vanilla, light leather and bourbon are the most pronounced. Really rich smelling and the alcohol is coming through clearly. Evidence of the barrel dominates everything, this is a good thing and even an hour into this bottle, that sweet vanilla aroma is mixing with an almost toffee like touch and a hint of plum. Smooth, rich flavor washes across the tongue, with a splash the bourbon comes right up and grabs me, leather, tobacco and dark almost spicy like notes wrapping around the tongue. Splash of alcohol and a flash of a buttery finish and its gone

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

Bottle date 01/28/11. Big thanks to Adam for the bottle.

Molten caramel colored body, very clean beer free of sediment. Two and a half finger creamy antique white head is perched atop. Retention is impressive, slowly working its way back leaving a fair amount of lacing clinging to the glass.

The aroma is spot on English Barleywine. Caramel laden bready malt and dark fruit aromas dominate. Dried pineapple and earthy hops can be noted just beneath.

The flavor expands upon the aroma. The base flavor is still dominated by rich caramely malt. The sweetness soon evolve to a more earthy, leathery flavor. Plum flavors come out with warmth to meld with the dried pineapple picked up by the nose. Fair amount of boozey heat is noted but not out of place.

Full bodied Barleywine. Texture is very syrupy and thick. The carbonation is low but appropriate for the style.

Enjoyable beer. Flavor and aroma are well developed for a younger beer. Characteristics meet my expectations of an English Barleywine. Millennium is a sipper without a doubt, as you get down to the bottle of the glass the alcohol starts to take effect. One bottle is certainly sufficient for a sitting.

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

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

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

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