Dominion Millennium Ale - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Dominion Millennium AleDominion Millennium Ale

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Ratings: 347
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 53
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:
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.

(Beer added by: merlin48 on 07-06-2005)
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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Feb 2004, Sampled September 2004
Pours a pretty clear amber copper color, and is topped by a midsized tan head. The aroma is of rich malt, alcohol, and a hint of hops, the malt definitely dominates though. Wow, this beer is thick and rich. The finish is made up of warming alcohol. This is very malty, with thick chewy notes of caramel, and biscuits.

There is actually quite a bit of hop contribution here as well, it was just hard to pick out because of the dominating maltiness. the hops are herbal, grassy, and piney up front. The finish is moderately bitter with a hint of astringency. Overall this is quite enjoyable, certainly it is quite flavorful and rich, though the hop flavor could be a bit more dynamic.

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

Pours and orange and caramel color with a bright white, thin veneer of head that manges to keep the same consistency on the side of the glass.
Aroma of orange and a big citrus and depp malt hit dominates.
Flavor of sweet caramel malt, depp orange, raisins and dates. High resin and spice on the finish.
Mouhfeel is hyper-sweet start that moves to a sharp tangy, spicy middle and finish. Loads of resiny hops here.
Drinkability is good. Nice blend of malt, spice and bittering. Love to try this one on draught.
Thanks to PintofAle for the opportunity on this one.

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

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 McEwan’s 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, it’s a real sipper, but damn if the lovely yet restrained hop bite doesn’t 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!

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

Courtesy of BiermanVA, thank you, bottled on Feb 19, 2004. Not cloudy, but not a see through amber either. Looks like it would come across with a full mouthfeel, and it delivers. Aroma is of alcohol with a bit of sweetness to alleviate any worries.This is about the fastest tasting beer i've ever had, but if you let it warm up, it spreads itself out and stays awhile. Very nice, smooth as silk, and mostly all malt. Yeah there's some hops floating around, but this one is about the malt. I do appreciate getting a full description about the beer from the bottle. I would call this beer dangerous, but damn good. Due to the malt, remarkably easy to drink, but the alcohol is there in every sip to slow you down. Very good!

Photo of francisweizen
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of lackenhauser
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A gorgeous deep orange color almost fades to a reddish hue.Nice carbonation level though no head to speak of.Wow-huge aroma of malt with hints of vanilla and caramel.In your face flavor-theres a huge alchohol presence in your face here-makes me think its a Stone product it's so up front.Great toffee/treacle presence.Lingering bourbon flavor.Nice big load of hops.Fairly smooth considering the obvious alchohol presence.A big beer on the palate.A huge barleywine that would seriously benefit from aging-too big at present to enjoy more then 2 in a session for this kid-seek and enjoy!!!

Photo of tavernjef
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

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

Pours a medium orange-brown colour with a light tan head that dissapears quickly. Smell is caramel with some rum soaked fruits. Taste is off a yeasty brioce with some caramel and fruits. As it warms the alcohol and fruits become more pronounced. Minimal carbonation lends to a silky mouthfeel. Drinkability is so good.. I could drink these one after another, but at 11% I might be on the floor. None the less this is a tip-top barleywine that is more of the English style and not super hopped like some American versions. With this , the Oak Barrel Stout, and the Spring Brew; Old Dominion has a triumverate of top notch beers.

Thanks to Avylover for the bottle since i was sold out at the time

Photo of Foxman
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a lazy, hazy deep amber, warmly highlighted at the edges. A bubbly two fingers of off-white head dwindles quickly to floating mats of froth. Looping flares of lacing wind about the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, a toasted malt sweetness steps forward, along with an almost vinous strain of black cherry. A hint of caramel darts forward through a thin but real blanket of fruity hops. The vapor of alcohol flirts but never asserts itself.

On first sip, the familiar toasted malt sweetness stomps in, buoyed by a sugary glint of honey along the sides of the tongue, and a smooth frond of toffee. A vague, almost strange astringence lurks at the periphery, but it submerges before it becomes distinct. Strains of coffee, chocolate, and grapes swell a bit in the middle. The dry floral air of hops makes a valiant pitch toward the end, then merges with the mild bitterness of roasted grain. Alcohol swirls throughout, but never really flexes any muscle.

Medium bodied, the hops oils and grain combine to lend a textural feel on the palate. It coats, lubricates, and leaves a hoppy glow at the finish.

I'll start by saying that I like this. I enjoy malt, and this offers plenty. But I think I'm conditioned by the current trend in this style to expect truly rocking hop profiles, and that doesn't happen here. Still, standing alone, there are enough hops to nudge you in the side. The ABV lurks somewhat, but it certainly comes clean when it warms your belly and fogs your head. Caution is a prudent concept, but I'd gladly have anouther (though not one for the road!) So it may not stand atop some lofty pinnacle, but I'd not hesitate a whit to recommend that anyone I know and respect give this one a try.

Photo of yeagerbm
3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks bright orange with a head thats thin and white. Smells malty but doesn't have the fruitiness of other high gravity brews. I take a sip and swish it in my mouth and taste some sweet malt and good hoppiness, along with the taste of a shot of vodka and the warming alcohol aroma going through my lungs. This stuff tastes like they added a big shot of vodka to every bottle. Im not sure if I could drink another one. This one would be a good candidate to cellar for a year or two to see if it mellows out. Overall I honestly didnt enjoy drinking this much.

Photo of ark57
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a hazy orange/amber/brown with just a thin wisp of a head. The aroma is malty with some muted herbal and minty hops and some caramel. It has some caramel sweetness and is yeasty. There is a juicy, herbal, mint hoopiness. There is quite a bit of alcohol in the finish with a lingering sweetness. There isn't much depth to this beer. It is just bitter and sweet with a lot of alcohol.

Photo of BierManVA
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Certainly many Barley Wines have had the sad displeasure of becoming too hoppy over the years. Not this delicious brew. While the nose is unmistakenly hoppy, the tongue is left to wonder what the hell is going on. I mean really..."Heavy malt flavor!"

If I closed my eyes and held my nose, I might think I was drinking a Maerzen for Christ's sake!


Do not miss this if you see it for sale. Beautiful...


Photo of ManekiNeko
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served at cellar temperature in a Trois Pistoles goblet. Bottled on date of 2/15/2004.

Appearance: Dark, clear amber liquid topped by a relatively large offwhite head. The foam sticks around for a bit before dissipating to a film and a ring.

Smell: Intriguing mix of orange marmalade, caramel malts, and pineapple citrus (think the white gummmi bears) hops. Everything melds together quite nicely.

Taste: An initially sweet whizbang of caramel malts that give way to peppery and bitter hop aftertastes. An amalgam of American and British barleywine styles. Toasted bread character.

Mouthfeel: Thick and heavy bodied with long lasting aftertastes that make one mellow.

Drinkability: Rock solid and beyond barleywine. Bargain priced to boot. Can't wait to see what time does to this.

Photo of avylover
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This brew pours a little lightr than your average Barleywine, with more of a hazy reddish orange color going on and e creamy head. Aroma of apples, bready malt, pears, alcohol and all around yumminess. The taste mirrors the aroma here. Starts off with a fruity blast, much like some of your belgian ales, then a heavy bready maltiness kicks in along with a citrous hop flavor. LOTS of flavor going on here. One minor complaint is the heavy alcohol taste, which is not masked or blended well. The mouthfeel is nice & chewy, with just enough carbonation. It's a bit sticky in the finish though. Drinkability is par for a barleywine i'd say.

Photo of RoyalT
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. There’s a deep, rich cherry aroma along with some cranberries and some lighter fruits. Yes, there’s booze in there, but I didn’t 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. It’s more medium but well-blended.

Drinkability – You won’t be guzzling this at a frat party, that’s 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.

Photo of ChrisBowers
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got the last six pack of this at the local Whole Foods... wasn't sure what to expect since it is a fairly young barleywine, but I enjoyed it. Truely a sipping beer, however. Aroma is fairly sweet, with candy sugars and cherries/strawberry present. Kinda odd, but interesting. Head disappears quickly. Beer settles to an orangish hue. Taste is quite different from the smell.... rich, chewy, a few fruit notes, warming alcohol with a hoppy finish. I'm going to keep the rest around for awhile, drink one every few months and see how it matures. Don't think I could drink more than one in a sitting.

Photo of Stubbie1
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a rusty orange color. The head was short lived and a thin ring was around my glass. The aroma was of caramel and sweet candy. Alcohol was also present. The taste was rich with flavors, caramel, candy malt and hops and alcohol are on the list of things to notice while enjoying this brew. A very nice and enjoyable brew from ODB. It is the first brew that I have tried from them and it will not be the last. This barley wine is well worth the search.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. amber bottle. Born on date of 19-FEB-04.

Appearance: Poured a crystal clear burned orange in color. Wispy thin layer of lace clings to the very edges of the beer, attempting to escape my snifter by means of sticking to the glass.

Smell: Huge dose of honey in the nose. There is a bit of a caramelish sweetness as well. Brief dose of medicinal alcohol paired with a citrusy hop oil off to the edge of the stage. Clearly though, the honey is the star of this show.

Taste: I was a bit concerned that this would be too young to fully appreaciate with the bottling date being less than one month from when I first tried it. All fears are cast aside after the first few drops hit my palate. This beer kicks ass. Flavor is extremely well-balanced. Honey is definitely high up on the list, but it is followed closely by the malts, hops, and alcohol. Middle is sweet and the end is a nutty-hoppy finish that doesn't last very long. Only at the very end does the warming effect from the alcohol put a twinge in your belly.

Mouthfeel and Drinjability: Full-bodied and magnificiently creamy on the palate. Chewy. ABV hidden very well. Drinkability is off the scale. I could drink these one after another, though I'm sure I would pay for it in the morning. Simply wonderful to behold and taste.

Notes: Once again, Old Dominion scores big-time with me. I've been very impressed by almost every beer I've sampled from this fine Virginia brewery. An excellent young barleywine that will do nothing but get better as it ages. Thankfully, I have 4 more of these doing just that.

Do yourself a favor and seek out this beer and the others from the brewer. You won't regret it.

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

The beer poured hazy deep orange amber. The head was off-white and huge lasting to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty and sweet with substantial hops in the background. The hops are American and citrusy and well aged. Also present is some alcohol.

The flavor was malty and bitter in well balanced complexity. Some alcohol is present in the flavor, but it does not lessen the drinkability.

The finish was dry and slightly bitter but well done. The body was full to medium full.

12 ounce bottle. Jan 27, 2003.

I poured this beer by mistake, I thought I was having a different Dominion beer and had meant to age this one a little further. No need!

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

-- Aged 1 year --

An amber-ish red color, this beer gains a bubbly off-white head while circles of stain dot the glass. That's all I ask from a barleywine, for the most part, and it delivers.

Smells of a lot - most appreciably, toffee that is wondefully thick and slightly spicy paired with NorthWest hops giving off leafy pine and grapefruit scents, but only through a delicate tease. Expands to heady biscuit notes that inhale darker and sweeter than normal. Slight butter, too, and some slight notes of vintage Scotch graininess.

Taste is immediately of spicy, tasty hops, piney yet floral too, with chewable hop leaves. Underneath is a wonderful sweetness, a full amber-toffee flavor with a small amount of diacetyl that is tasty and, actually, welcome. Small alcohol tinge at the end, and a minty finish. Moderate-thick mouthfeel is dead-on.

Tomorrow I'm going to buy a bunch more , pronto. I'm sorry the 2002 vintage didn't come across like this one, but it didn't. Overall, an awesome barleywine that is both very British and very American at the same time. Props to that.

Photo of BierReise
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle 1999 vimtage Poured thick and a cloudy amber color looking like apple cider. No head to speak of. Aroma is a strong sweet malty one with a classic barley wine profile. Also contains notes of oak and vanilla. Body is velvety smooth and lightly carbonated. Flavor is sweet, caramel, malt, slight fruitiness and finishes with a warming alcohol kick. Overall this has aged very well.

Photo of maybrick
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very ncie appearance as I poured it from the bottle. High alcohol nose detected. Could smell the malt and honey. The bottle was in my garage and was quite cold so I let it sit to warm up a bit.

I took my first sip around 48 degrees. Very very smooth. Nice blend of honey and malt. Big burn finish which I was disappointed with. Became more balanced with temperature and much more drinable. However, I couldn't get past the alcohol burn backend. I really like Barleywines and this is a good one for sure, perhaps some more age will mellow it out a bit more.

Photo of byrd
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

No head ever really formed on top of this brew during the pour; just a thin lace sits on top of this one. Yet, some carbonation could be seen rising to the surface. The color is a reddish copper that is quite cloudy. The nose is lots of sweet malts, thick caramel, and fruity notes mixed with alcohol. The flavor is of sweet caramel malts up front with some very slight vinous notes, along with hints of fruits and rum. Bitter hops sneak into the finish and aftertaste. The alcohol becomes somewhat apparent towards the middle and into the finish and definitely leaves a warming sensation as it goes down. Millennium has a full mouthfeel with just a little carbonation on the tongue. Despite the perceptible alcohol, this brew is fairly smooth, with just a bit of a bite towards the end.

This was the first Barley Wine that I’ve had. While it was quite enjoyable and easy to drink, I don’t think I could drink more then one at a sitting. Next time I’m out, I think I’ll pick up a couple more of these to hang onto for a couple years.

Photo of pio
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

brown/dark amber body with next to no head but when you rouse it, it will come. just a bit of sediment. scents of malt and sharp hops. apple blossoms, notable honey and sugar. toffee and cocoa have a alot to do here. hints of clove and chestnuts. the flavor is nice, bitter and somewhat smokey with earth and honey. nutty, herbal and woody notes with a bit of cinnamon, clove and sage. the mouthfeel was sticky and not very bubbly nor active. my opinion about it's drinkability is that it's alright but not an everyday beer, not very sessionable. this is my first barleywine review and i haven't much experience with them, this one was nice and the bigfoot on tap was alright but i may have to update this further down the line. thanks for reading my review, i tried.

Photo of cretemixer
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ruddy brown in color. Hazy and fairly thick in appearance. Very little head to speak of. The carbonation is there though, rising in sizable bubbles.
Aroma is of bourbon, alcohol and dark fruits, with a hint of caramel.
Flavors of bourbon, yeast, raisins and more bourbon. Any hop notes are way subdued after all this time. Nice and warming with a dry finish. A real nice fireside sipper.
Full bodied with gentle carbonation. An excellent barley wine that stood up well to 6 years in the bottle. A big thanks to Floydicus for sharing the bottle with me. Cheers!

Dominion Millennium Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.