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Dominion Millennium Ale - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Dominion Millennium AleDominion Millennium Ale

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348 Ratings

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Ratings: 348
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 53
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: merlin48 on 07-06-2005

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 macster
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/16/06, so not aged at all. Pours a ruddy dark amber-orange color. Produces a 1/2" thick, dense light tan head which slowly fades to a spotty thin coating. Decent lacing as snifter drains. Aromas seem a bit tame for a BW this big and the alcohol tends to dominate a little too much. However, pleasant notes of dark rum soaked fruits, caramel, brown sugar, plum, port wine and a touch of spice from the hops are noted. Mouthfeel is slick, full and oily with a very subtle carbonation. Taste profile begins with a big, sweet malt blast; lots of roasted malt, raisin, honey, brandy and a touch of molasses. This quickly slides into a crisp moderate spicy/floral hop finish with a slight bitterness. A restrained alcohol presence in the end, but well hidden for such a strong BW. Worth a try, but not a classic.

Photo of oracle
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with a bottling date of Feb 11, 2005.

Enjoyed in August 2006

Beer poured an extremely haze amber/copper. This head quickly disappated to nothing, leaving no lacing.

Smell was strong, with a large hop nose, somewhat floral and a little bread aroma.

For a barleywine, the flavor is suprisingly smooth. Many barleywines assault the senses with a hop attack reminiscent of Sherman's march to the sea, taking no prisnors and laying waste to everything in their paths. This brew is subtle and sublime, smoothly slipping across the tounge and on down. There is a large hop presence, but it's tempered by slightly sweet fruity-ness and a suprisingly dry finish. The alcohol is present but not overwhelming.

excellent beer and I highly recommend it.

Photo of
3.18/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle. Poured a light brown/pale orange color with almost no head. Picked up sugary malt, molasses and some alcohol in aroma. Taste was all sweet at first (molasses, bread, tawny port character) and then a distinct split to bitterness at end. These melded somewhat as the brew warmed, but a little too schizophrenic for me. Mouthfeel was slick, medium bodied, with little carbonation. Drinkability was fairly easy despite ABV, but not really to my taste.

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Sort of an orange/raspberry color. Its hard to see thru, whether its cloudy, hazy or what not. Very minimal head, barely a ring around the edge of the glass. Ok for the style though.

S: Watermelon, peaches and cream, cinnamon, caramel and strawberries.

T: Very malty with deep dark fruits. Tons of milk duds, sticky toffee, pistachio and red apple cider. Some serious honey aftertaste with just a touch of bittering hops. This is a sweet beer but with 14 months on it, it already has some very good rounding. Another year and I can only imagine...

M: Full bodied and syrupy

D: Tasty. Like caramel/malty beers? You'd like this one. Not that I've documented this fine beer I can sample the oak aged version

Photo of Imstillthegman
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with about a quarter inch of head. The head thins out to just a sheet but lasts for the duration and leaves heavy lacing. Smells of caramel, honey, raisins, plums and a bouquet of fresh flowers...very interesting combination. The flavor starts with the sweet, syrupy malt with the floral hops following close behind. You get a dark fruit flavor mixed with the hops at the end. Balanced really well between the malts and hops. More of a hop bite than what is expected from an English barleywine but they did a good job with it.. Medium to thick body with low carbonation. The alcohol burn you wait for with a beer that has an 11.4% ABV never shows up. Nice job Old Dominion.

Photo of warriorsoul
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at Stateline Liquors in Elkton, MD....
Pours a clear amber color with a half a finger of eggshell head which lasts for most of the pint and leaves some thick lacing on the glass.
Very pleasant aroma, but not overpowering...a gentle caramel and honey undertone and an awesome malty sweetness that screams "consume me." Also, a pretty nice hop profile coming out due to the additional dry hopping in making this one. No alcohol detected at this point.
Huge floral hops in the flavor creating a nice bitter bite, but the malt amounts really contribute to the balance with again, no alcohol burn to speak of...great to be able to hide 11% plus.
Clean finish with a medium bodied mouthfeel and the perfect carbonation for the style.
Maybe a bit hopped up for a English style, but I came away very impressed with this one...highly recommend.

Photo of rodrot
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 02/11/2005. This beer poured a slightly hazy reddish amber color with a small head. Carbonation was low, but there was a fine stream of bubbles rising to the top of the glass. Aroma was malty and caramelly with a little bit of fruitiness in the nose. Taste was very malty sweet up front with notes of honey, caramel and alcohol. A light hop bitterness was present in the finish, along with a syrupy, liquourish flavor. This beer was medium bodied and had a strong flavor of alcohol as it warmed. This detracted from the drinkability, but it is still an enjoyable barleywine. My remaining bottle will be cellared for another year.

Photo of mentor
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated Feb 19 2004. Purchased by me in the DC area in the summer of 2004 and cellared carefully since then. Thanks to garthwaite for meeting up with me one evening and driving me around. We went out to OD and I got a first-hand experience of what they have to offer.

Served cellar temp. Pours a half-finger caramel or yellow-tan head over a finely-particulated scot's-pine-colored liquid. I'm pretty sure I kept all the sediment in the bottle. Would have been quite clear without the particulates.. Smells caramel, pine, alcohol. A dark fruity brandy and a little bit winey. A woody sting. Tastes wet sweet, fruity (mostly white grapes, but also some oranges), cherry, with a gentle and clean alcohol. Not quite a sting, but a noticable presence. Also a character similar to a honey amber I once homebrewed in that it possesses a sort of bees-wax quality. Taste is closer to sherry than it is to brandy. The alcohol serves to dry out the aftertaste, leaving a woody rough on the flat of my tongue. Near the bottom of the glass, the aftertaste carries a very late rising malt character. Caramel and somewhat toasty. This beer has a thick quality, take it further and it would be like Jello. Carbonation is modest. Drinablilty suffers because the alcohol in the aftertaste is a bit fusel. Rough in a way that hops are rough in Bigfoot. Yes, I know, some people like that, but I don't.

I hope to age the one remaining bottle in my cellar another couple years. I wonder if the alcohol will settle even more (it stood a bit taller than I would have liked near the end of the glass).

Photo of IrishRedRock
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Year-old sample. Hazy ruby, minimal carbonation in both appearance and mouthfeel. As many have stated, the nose is lovely: hints of cherry, plums, sherry and vanilla. Understated hoppiness. Creamy and sweet throughout, yet lends a subtle bitterness that bodes well against the massive malt complexities of caramel and oak. Where's the booze? I'm not tasting 11.4% whatsoever. It'll probably catch up with me later. Carbonation is low, but this is a year old but even then, I'd expect more. Nonetheless, what small amount that is there goes nicely with the sweetness and high alcohol content, albeit not in the flavor. Does warm the belly after a few minutes though! A sipper that is quite enjoyable.

Photo of hoppymeal
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper with hints of red. Smells of caramel sweet maltness. White grape and raisiny sweet scents are also present. Tastes lightly of prunes and golden raisins. Very well balanced, the sweetness comes across first followed by a slight bitterness and a small but warm and pleasing alcohol bite makes itself present in the finish. Similar in many ways to TCOA in my opinion. Very enjoyable barley wine.

Photo of gbarron
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2/16/06, 12 oz. bottle.

A - beautiful reddish, amber. Almost dark golden. Perfectly clear. Head forms after a second, slightly off-white, a thin layer of puffy bubbles. Leaves some lacing. Suprising amount of head for a beer of this alcohol strength.

S - bottle states it was dry-hopped with EKG, not really getting it though. Can definitely smell some floral hop in there, but malt of course dominates. Sugary, malty aroma, biscuity. Alcohol.

T - sweet malt up front. Candy sugar, rock candy, bubble gum, cotton candy. Significant bitterness comes from behind to almost balance it out - but malt is in the forefront. Very toasty, biscuity. Hop flavor difficult to pick out, but there are some grassy, citrusy notes. Tangy. Hot alcohol, but not overwhelming.

M - medium bodied, carbonation is low. Malt content makes this a little sticky in your mouth.

D - extremely tasty barleywine. Fills you up fast with sweetness and alcohol, however, preventing you from drinking more than one or two of these in a sitting. Another great Millennium.

Photo of emillner
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11 February 2005. Purchased thinking it was the new release.

The beer is a nice reddish brown but the head dissipated quicker than I like (but strikes me as being representative of English beers). It has a wonderful sweet caramel nose. The taste is malty caramel with touches of honey and sherry. It is more subdued and not as hopped as American versions of BW, such as SNBFBW. The alcohol and sherry begin to dominate as the beer warms. It would be great with or as dessert.

Photo of Crosling
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reddish orange color, with a small head. Well aged, melded malt aroma, sherry hints, caramel and toffee, with nice aroma hops, but the malt shines through in the nose. Very sweet and sugary, with honey laden malts, sherry and a well aged malt flavor.

Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pleasant aroma of infused hops, alcohol was hidden from being prominent, but warmed and then jackhammered me at the end. Very nice mouthfeel, a good representation of the style. Bottle brewed February 19, 2004 and was mellowed.
A very nice barleywine courtesy I think of Dr. Jay.

Photo of supernaut
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I decided to take a chance on a 6er of this stuff after tasting the stuff from the "Dominion guy" offering up tastings at the local WFM.

A - Very solid. A deep reddish-copper, with a sizable head. Decent retention and solid lacing.

S - Again, very solid. A spectrum of sweetness, yet no real hint of booziness which can oftentimes denote a barley-wine from the get-go.

T - An intense amount of maltiness with a slightly nutty feel, combined with some latent bitterness. Initially very flowery and slightly sweet, quickly fading into an evergreen piney feel just moments later. Never really all that boozy on the back-end despite the ABV. Suprisingly earthy for the style.

M/D - Very smooth, if not deceivingly so. I could drink several of these back to back, which is either a sign that I drink too much or that this beer is that good.

I bought this brew based on a 2oz taster, and don't regret it in the least bit. I'll probably sock away at least 3 for cellaring. Well done Dominion.

Photo of VoodooBrew
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1998 release. What a rare treat.

I get dried fruit on the nose, notably raisin, along with a big whiff of alcohol, plus malt and spice. Raisins feature up-front on the palate, and later on a hop finish creeps in. There is some alcohol warmth but it is quite mild. The flavor profile is deep and complex. A solid beer from the prolific folks at Old Dominion. Highly enjoyable.

Photo of sponberg
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottling date 2/12/2001. Fresh from the beer cellar, aged at 52 degrees in darkness for 5 long years. How does this one hold up?...

Dirty copper color, like a worn penny, with a white head that quickly disspates to a thin lace that stays with the beer and avoids the glass. Sweet coconut-and-toffee like nose, with any hop aroma long since past. Whiffs of alcohol as well.

VERY slight oxidation on the palate, but otherwise syrupy-smooth, with a warmth that starts and lasts all sip long. A nutty caramel maltiness, with the remnants of some citrusy hops waaaay in the background, like looking at the graves of old ladies you knew as a child. Finishes remarkably clean, with hints of dry cocoa over a toffee-apple maltiness and alcoholic vapors. Drinkable? I wish I had five more in my cellar. Perfectly smooth mouthfeel - like velvet.

I figured I'd post this as the 2006 version is on the shelves - yes, it does age nicely if you treat it well. Sock some away - fun to watch this one age.

Photo of nvsblman
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy reddish brown with a tiny light brown head. Fruity aroma with some caramel and citric hops. A little earthiness too. Caramel sweetness in the taste. Also some fruit that worked well with the brown sugar flavors. The alcohol is also noticable. Thin to medium bodied and lightly carbonated. This was not the best barleywine I've had but it was enjoyable.

Photo of Jredner
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge fruit mash and malt aroma with hints of bread pudding. Almost apple cider color...warm amber. No head. Soothing malt fore followed by pear, sweet honey dipped bread, pear and apple. Alcohol is more "felt" as a sensation on the tip of the tongue than tasted.

Photo of blitz134
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Feb 11, '05 bottling...hopefully the last 10 months have done this beer right...

Pours a crystal clear caramel colored body. 1/4" light beige head on top that dissappeared to only a few bubbles. Looks good for a barleywine...

Aroma is strong with caramel malts and raisins. Some brown sugar comes through as well. Alcohol is present but works well with this. Rounds out with some floral notes.

The flavor doesn't really do it for me. I find it a bit weak although pleasant, just not enough to it. Sweet malts abound but nothing really steps out for me, possibly some biscuit flavors with a touch of raisins again. Alcohol is definately still present and dominates the flavor.

Mouthfeel is good. Not quite as thick as I would like it, a little heavier than a medium mouthfeel. Drinkability suffers due to the lackluster, weak flavor and the strong alcohol presence. This could use some more time to let the subtleties work their way out as the alcohol subsides. Overall, this is good, but not outstanding.

Photo of Zorro
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Oz bottle that was bottled on February 11th, 2005.

Pours a slightly hazy red to orange colored ale without much head. Poured carefully to leave the sediment in the bottom of the bottle.

Smell is very sweet and malty to the nose with a bread and cracker aroma to the malt. Some herbal hop scent manages to ride the alcohol fumes to my nose as does some apple brandy scents. Scents of pineapple, cinnamon and black pepper also appear in the scent. As this warms molasses scent becomes stronger and stronger.

Taste is sweet spicy and bitter in the first taste with an instant flash of warmth in the chest from the alcohol. There is a bit of an acid flavor in the forefront of this beer something like a mead. Flavor is sweet with nuances of honey and some other floral flavors. There is a persistent dry bitterness in play here that does an excellent job of keeping the sweetness in check. Spice flavors are confined to cinnamon and black pepper. Hops are fairly strong in this mostly lending bitterness and herbs and wood to the taste. Fruit flavor is confined to pineapple. Nice but not very complex.

Mouthfeel is thick but not quite syrup.

This is a nice pleasant drinking barley wine that just isn't that complex yet. Having said that it is also very well made and has no real defects and an excellent smell. Absolutely this is worth a try, but I think there are other strong beers that I like better. I will probably try a well-aged version of this some time in the future.

Photo of jslot38
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottling date: Feb 15 2005

Appearance: Pours a deep and dark orange, notes of amber and brown on the center, with a thin cream coloured head. Head disappates after a few minutes. Little lacing that sticks a bit to the sides, but nothing too noticable.

Smell: Primary smells of sweetness and alcohol. Faint notes of tart fruits and spices.

Taste: A very sweet beer with high notes of alcoholic esters. A few hop oils are diminished by a sweeet and strong malt background. This is what overwhelms the palate. Very slight notes of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation level is perfect, and the malts really make it go down smooth.

Drinkability and notes: Its certainly a sipping beer. The sweetness will overwhelm you if you start taking large gulps. The alcohol can also sneak up on you, even though its noticable, the fact that its got 11.4% ABV limits you. Will warm up the insides though, which is essential in a barley wine if you ask me.

Photo of RedHaze
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy coppery color with a quarter inch off-white head that fades failry quickly to a spotty cap that leaves mild lacing.

Smell; a bit of sweet honey and some hints of toffee at first, strong piney hops, and some cherries.

Taste; the hops hit at first, followed some by dark fruits and slightly sweet honey and toffee background, and finishing with a bit of an alcohol bite. Mouthfeel is full bodied and just slightly oily/slick.

Photo of SheepNutz
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottled on date was blank, but I believe I bought this in 04. 12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a cloudy orange-copper color with one finger of head that dies off rather quickly. There are bits of lacing here and there. The smell is extremely malty, with lots of biscuit malt and some dark fruit, such as cherry and raisin. There's a touch of alcohol as well. The taste is very malty and sweet up front, with more of that cherry coming through, and a slight toastiness. The finish is all hops. Lots and lots of citrusy hops coat the tongue. Tasty. Some alcohol is detected. The mouthfeel is incredibly thick, yet silky smooth. The drinkability lacks some due to the sheer amount of alcohol. Rather tasty, but I think it falls under the American Barleywine category more so than the English.

Photo of mmmbeer
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottled on 2/11/05 - brewed with honey and 4 types of hops. Pours a chestnut/red with a 1/2" off-white head that recedes to nothing and leaves no lacing, but the head makes a comeback toward the end. Smells sweet, with caramel malts, a good dose of hops and a fruitiness (apricots?). Has flavors of toasty/biscuity and lots of sweet malts with pine/citric hops that have a bitterness that wavers back and forth between weak and somewhat strong. It is thick, syrupy, and warming, with some alcohol noticeable in the flavor. Definitely wouldn't turn down another one.

Dominion Millennium Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.