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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 grub
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this bottle in a trade with Aprilluvsbeer. thanks april!

pours a reddish copper colour with a very fine white head.

aroma is great. rich bready malt. bit of alcohol. some roast. dried fruit. slightly vinous. caramel. bit of honey.

taste is nice. great bready malt. moderate bitterness level. some residual sweetness. caramel. dates and raisins. hint of roastyness. not much alcohol in the flavour, but a little warmth on the way down. still, the 11.4% is hidden fairly well. well balanced.

mouthfeel is good. body is big, but not too big. slightly low carbonation. very fine, well integrated carbonation.

drinkability is pretty good. it's a tasty beer.

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

Translucent, honey colored body with practically zero head. A bit murky I guess you could say. No carbonation, no yeast. Rich, nutty, sweet, warming, and a lil hops, nothing too over the top though. Malt profile smells pretty good.

Pretty hoppy with a solid malt background. Not as thick as I figured it to be, nor as strong. The hops hide the alcohol quite well, and the malt presence is a-okay. Nicely balanced, I like this beer. Nutty, sweet, fruity malt carry this beer through the mild hoppy finish.

Medium-full body with minimal carbonation. Not as syrupy as I like my barleywines, but this is very warming on a fairly cold evening. Very easy drinking, and to know that its 11.4% is mind-blowing. Alcohol is nowhere to be found, and this was brewed in April of '06. Not sure how strong it was fresh, but at this point in time its great. An incredibly solid beer that surprised the hell out of me.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - A nearly opaque sienna brew with a small head that lingers for about a minute. No lacing. Carbonation is extremely intense especially since only the very edge of the brew is visible.

S - Mangoes, roses, blue spruce, toffee and caramel. A nice aroma. Abv undetectable.

T - Upfront pine hops and a bit of mango. The aftertaste is a mild pine bitterness. After that wears off there is a toffee character. Abv is undetectable.

M - Harsh from the high carbonation. Thin for a barleywine (which isn't necessarily bad). Not refeshing one way or the other.

D - This is an alright barleywine (I wouldn't call it English personally). I think there are a lot of better ones out there, but this is a certainly far from the worst. I would not mind having this again! I think this might be an instance where an even fresher bottle mind be nice. I am not sure how aging this would affect its characteristics.

Bottling date: 04/09/06

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

Thanks to aprilluvsbeer for this via trade. This barleywine is a nice example done in the style I enjoy. I would classify it as JW Lees harvest - light. Very enjoyable, very drinkable and deceptively strong. No need to cellar for years in the hopes it will age right. If you are in the area where this is readily available, consider yourself lucky! If you have a chance to get one, go for it.

Photo of Tinybaum
4.77/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I first drank this beer on tap at a local bar. They would only serve you one per visit. I guess that is the power of knowing the bartender. Anyway. . .

To me this brew reminds me a little or maple syrup, sweet and crisp and goes down easy. After this beer sat out for nearly 20-30 minutes it had warmed up from its ice cold pour. The beer was still extremely drinkable for me. Each sip was a delight.

I would like to enjoy this more on a regular basis, but am unable to find this brew in any stores.

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle date: 021606.

Pours with a light polished copper hue topped with a frothy whipped settled vanilla cap leaving some lace in the tulip, topping a few rising bubbles.

Scents of generic hard candy, some butterscotch Wurthers and red apple.

First swigs: Lolipop malt front with a gentle orange fruit flavor. Light in the flavor department overall. Lingering taffy finish.

Last swigs: Not even a year old and this seems to be falling apart.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Feb. 11, 2005...so this one is exactly 1.5 years old.

Comparing other barley wines to Bigfoot is too easy to do sometimes, Bigfoot being one of the most readily available barley wines in the U.S. But here the comparison is easy to make, as Millennium reminds very much of Sierra Nevada's concoction in terms of mega-maltiness, aggressive hops and syrupy thickness. And just like Bigoot, I suspect this ain't for everyone...

The pour offers a big fluffy light-tan head and a ruby/caramel/dirty orange color mix. The head diminished slowly while small bits of lace appeared in this over-too-soon experience.

Smells of caramel, honey and pine come out strongly at first, and upon warming you're treated to something resembling sherry or brandy. Fragrant and fresh, it's easy to predict that hops and malt are both here in abundance.

The flavor is thick with pine and balanced with a generous candylike maltiness. The hops aren't super-aggressive in the beginning, but upon warming they creep up like the attractive yet nasty bastard/flower we know and love. The mouthfeel is thick, something you can almost chew right through until the swallow. I'd love to try using this to make homemade syrup and pour it over pancakes. Why not?

Even the alcohol is well-hidden, considering it's at 11.4%. Ultimately this is one very drinkable and easily likeable barley wine. Nothing feels out of balance, and you get everything you could from this style with this fine offering.

Photo of macster
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
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
3.2/5  rDev -20%
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
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
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
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
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%
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 -2.5%
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
3.92/5  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
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
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
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
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 -2.5%
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
4.39/5  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 +1.3%
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
3.97/5  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%
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 +11.8%
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
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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 -13.8%
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.

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Dominion Millennium Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.