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Dominion Millennium Ale - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Dominion Millennium AleDominion Millennium Ale

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342 Ratings

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Ratings: 342
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 51
Gots: 18 | 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 lackenhauser


4.05/5  rDev +1%

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!!!

05-23-2004 05:29:04 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of tavernjef


3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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!

05-07-2004 03:10:38 | More by tavernjef
Photo of TinusTime


4.47/5  rDev +11.5%

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

04-24-2004 16:20:43 | More by TinusTime
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

04-23-2004 14:19:17 | More by Foxman
Photo of yeagerbm


3.43/5  rDev -14.5%

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.

04-22-2004 23:10:18 | More by yeagerbm
Photo of ark57


3.58/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

04-16-2004 14:54:44 | More by ark57
Photo of BierManVA


4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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...


04-07-2004 03:19:42 | More by BierManVA
Photo of ManekiNeko


4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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.

04-04-2004 01:08:25 | More by ManekiNeko
Photo of avylover


4/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

04-03-2004 23:59:17 | More by avylover
Photo of RoyalT


3.98/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

03-31-2004 03:11:29 | More by RoyalT
Photo of ChrisBowers


4/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

03-17-2004 01:41:07 | More by ChrisBowers
Photo of Stubbie1


4.35/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

03-15-2004 02:54:18 | More by Stubbie1
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh


4.6/5  rDev +14.7%

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.

03-15-2004 01:08:42 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +8%

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!

02-23-2004 01:28:11 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of nomad


4.47/5  rDev +11.5%

-- 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.

02-19-2004 03:21:12 | More by nomad
Photo of BierReise


3.8/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

02-05-2004 22:45:11 | More by BierReise
Photo of maybrick


3.53/5  rDev -12%

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.

01-11-2004 17:20:36 | More by maybrick
Photo of byrd


3.78/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

10-22-2003 20:36:02 | More by byrd
Photo of pio


3.68/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

10-22-2003 02:20:17 | More by pio
Photo of cretemixer


4.15/5  rDev +3.5%

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!

08-25-2003 02:30:06 | More by cretemixer
Photo of Globetrotter


4.6/5  rDev +14.7%

As my three year old daughter would say: "Yummy!" Pours a lovely cloudy copper hue under a thin tan head that fades quickly to form a film across the top and a healthy collar. Not much lace, but more than I expected for such a high ABV. This brew has a marvelously deep malty nose with a touch of honey. The mouth is prickly and heavy, with a savory sweetness that makes you just want to hold it forever. The malt and honey come out clearly in the initial taste, deep and penetrating, with caramel and toffee tones. Then the hops kick in, bold and beautiful. Alcohol is definitely here - the impression and aftertaste are a bit whiskeyesque. This brew is a delight to be enjoyed slowly.

08-20-2003 03:08:28 | More by Globetrotter
Photo of frank4sail

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.2%

Caramel sweet malt smell. Light ruby color with lots of carbonation and a white head. Looks like a pink cocktail with a fine white head. Burnt caramel malt taste (popcorn) with a woody (oak) sweet initial taste followed by a pepper/bitter finish. The center of the tongue is left tart and dry.. the tip of the tongue is left sweet and wet. Quite an interesting and balenced brew. It has a fuller mouth but is still quite rough not very silky. A solid barlywine.

Cheers to the BA beer exchange at Victory Brewing for the sample.

07-14-2003 18:14:19 | More by frank4sail
Photo of PhantomVodoo


4/5  rDev -0.2%

Copper hued red color with a tan head.
Aroma of ripe fruit, sweet malts, and a touch of alcohol.

Taste shows the big, sweet caramel malt character. Ripe fruit. Hops are there to balance and let their presence be known although they remain under the malt. Alcohol is there, but not overbearing.

Good mouthfeel.
Good drinkability for an 11.4% ABV beer.

Overall a good barleywine style ale. TwelveVoltMan has called it again IMO, Millenium is good, but Victory Old Horizontal is pretty darn good. I'd definitely choose the Old Horizontal over this one. Still an enjoyable beer, though.

Big thanks to OldFrothingSlosh for providing me the sample.

06-17-2003 21:33:08 | More by PhantomVodoo
Photo of aaronh


4.28/5  rDev +6.7%

11.4 %? You're kidding, right?

Hazy copper body is topped by a moderate tan head that showed excellent retention. The aroma is a blend of smooth caramel sweetness and spicy hops. On the tongue, the malt is the dominant flavor, with a smooth sweetness, nice caramel, and a touch of alcohol. Very fruity as well. Finishes with a smooth hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Did I mention this beer is smooth? A very well crafted barleywine.

06-08-2003 20:34:40 | More by aaronh
Photo of marc77


4.53/5  rDev +13%

On tap at the brewpub. Crystal clear deep auburn hue. Sticky almond white head leaves Belgian lace. Gorgeous. Soft floral hops with a tinge of earth and chlorophyll. Melllow honey and medium lovibond sweetness couples with the mild apple esters lending a candied apple impression. Dangerously soft aromawise. Clean honeyish sweetness upfront leads into a well integrated toffeeish presence. Hints of roast lie within the light lovibond caramel. Moderate, super clean hop bitternss barely balances malt sweetness-- they must've toned down the IBUs for this year's batch. Hint of ripe, berryish red licorice esque fruitiness and faint butterscotch. Smooth, lightly dextrinous. Almost creamy in mouthfeel. Finishes with a combination of buttery biscuit, herb and sweet earth. Enveloping alcohol warmth surfaces late. Milennium 2003 is unbelievably mellow and is easily the most drinkable, balanced barleywine I've had in a while. Malt driven, yet superbly balanced. If the bottled version is nearly as good, get some. Wonderful.

05-31-2003 13:43:42 | More by marc77
Dominion Millennium Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.