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Dominion Millennium Ale - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Dominion Millennium AleDominion Millennium Ale

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BA SCORE
89
very good

354 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 354
Reviews: 259
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 52
Gots: 19 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
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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3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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

Taste
Caramel and toffee sweetness mixed with say...a pound of sugar. Suggestions of raisin and black plum. Finishes very earthy with notes of tobacco and leather. Has a slight peppery booziness but is tamed for the most part.

Mouthfeel
Full bodied, slick, silky and chewy.

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

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a dark amber color with good clarity. While the head is quite creamy, it only pours about half a finger high (eggshell shade) and doesn't even have good retention to make up for it. Small hints of lacing are left on the glass.

S: Immediately, I notice a boozy character, albeit a defined and non-harsh one. Caramel is (expectedly) strong here, along with toffee, earth, leather, and even something suggesting candy-coated hops. Honey is a lesser characteristic semi-hidden underneath the primary notes. Aromatically, there isn't much to get excited about, but by no means is it unsatisfactory.

T: It starts with a healthy nutty flavor. It's past the midpoint where this one gets interesting. There's just enough hoppiness here - existing as a slight herbal (and, at points, even citrusy) tone on the back end - to ballast the sweetness without coming off like some big DIPA. Did I mention it's boozy? There's no monstrous sugar note here (it is a bit sweet and candy-like at times, but hey it's 10.5%) to cover the alcohol, so the latter is rather prevalent. However, it does its job well: it gives the beer some complex nuance without being ruinously burning or unbalanced. It's both complex AND well-integrated, so in that regard, it's a big success.

M: While it's boozy, it isn't a harsh booziness. Plus, it's rather dry. While it could use a longer finish by all means, that means this one is easy to drink, even with its full body. Maybe I should call it an easy sipper...yeah, that's perfect, easy sipper.

O: This is a barleywine for barleywine lovers. It's boozy, kind of challenging, but drinkable to those who can handle it. It's a fantastic aging candidate - too bad the twist-off cap is going to oxidize it too quickly...

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4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours up only a sliver of head which disappears quickly. The head is a light tan/yellow while the body is a ruddy, dull brown which appears as a hazy medium to dark amber in the light. Doesn't leave any lacing.

Nose- Starts off with caramel mixed with oak and then starts to reveal faint notes of stone fruits (mostly peach and apricot). These fade and the caramel takes over again. The glass has less presence and shows mostly caramel. Swirling reveals a bit of honey. Very subtle notes of cherry, vanilla, and toffee. Some coconut as well. A good amount of presence for a four year old beer.

Taste- Starts off with chocolate at first (which is odd because I didn't get that on the nose) and then shows a mix of coconut and oak. The coconut tastes toasted while the oak is mostly well rounded. Lots of balance and pretty mellow but still has enough presence to be interesting. There's even a little heat kicking around. I imagine this beer is quite feisty when it's younger as it's drinking beautifully at the moment. Not in the same league as an Abacus or MOAS but still top notch. Slight hints of cherries and raisins. The heat is very beneficial and advances almost every note of the flavor profile. Could use a little more complexity but considering the age, this is only a minor complaint. Good to really good beer.

Mouthfeel- A little bit below medium bodied with faint carbonation. A little thin but the light carbonation mitigates the negative effect.

Drinkability- Pretty dangerous. While it does show alcohol, the alcohol invigorates the beer. Very mellow with lots of balance. Great example of why beer geeks age beers. Not sure of the price because it was an extra but I've read that it's a bargain.

Overall- Good to really good beer (basically somewhere in the middle). I would definitely try this beer. I don't know how it drinks fresh but it definitely doesn't mind some age.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.64/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Small creamy beige head drops to a spotty cap and small collar in short order. Solid lacing. Relatively clear amber with some copper tones.

Smell: Caramel, a touch of raw honey, and a solid toasted malt base Sweet with some herbal and slightly earthy hops. Alcohol and a touch of soft hop spice. Pushes some toffee and biscuit. Nicely balanced for such a big beer. Solid fruity esters as well.

Taste: Caramel, toffee, biscuit, and shortbread cookie. Fruity esters in abundance along with a nice toasted element. Clean yeast profile. Sweet with a touch of honey in the back. Hops are mild, offering up some herbal and earthy notes. Raw grain and a grassy finish.

Mouthfeel: Slick almost oily with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Surprisingly clean finish.

Overall: Milenniummm...OK.

Lacks a little bit of complexity, but it's a good take on the style. Not remarkable, but worth drinking.

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Dominion Millennium Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 354 ratings.