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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
90
outstanding

338 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 48
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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Ted

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

05-05-2012 01:00:44 | More by Ted
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THECPJ

Delaware

4/5  rDev -0.5%

04-22-2012 15:10:40 | More by THECPJ
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gilbert


4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

04-19-2012 02:05:55 | More by gilbert
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PGVG

Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

04-15-2012 06:12:09 | More by PGVG
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled 1/28/11, into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to Hopstoopid120 for tossing this one my way.

A: Pours a clear, striking deep copper body underneath a solid finger of fine, creamy tan head. Good retention, excellent lace. Gorgeous Barleywine.

S: Rich, round aroma of toasty caramel malt, raisins, and apricots. A bit of mustiness in the background. Excellent.

T: Follows the nose, with a great mix of sweet caramel and rich candied fruits up front, followed by some spicy booze and light mustiness on the bittersweet finish. Really nice.

M: Frothy, creamy medium body. A bit too bubbly for the style, but quite enjoyable all the same.

O: This one thoroughly surpassed my expectations, being nothing but delicious and showing a really elegant aged character after only a little over a year. I don't know much more it could improve, though, as I'm afraid any further mellowing of the alcohol would be more than offset by an unpleasant increase in mustiness - which is already at about the maximum allowable level. At any rate, it's drinking splendidly right now, and was a really impressive Barleywine. Thanks again, Tony!

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 21:18:59 | More by woosterbill
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

04-03-2012 02:16:48 | More by RoryOMoore
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Vintage 2012 bottled January 20th 2012.

A real crystal clear amber ruby red orange body hits, just super clear, with a head that is creamy tan and off white in color. Lots of staying power on this head that just slowly settles into a large puck, and then takes a nice collar. I am just in awe of this body color it looks like a jewel.

What a fantastic nose on this beer. Giant powdered litteraly cinnamon powdered toast in a glass. Nice airy malty toasted feeling, sweetness perhaps from honey (although not so much a honey sense on the nose). Absolutely smells fantastic.

Hop front forwardness takes over the expected sweetness to come. Sharp dry hop angle on the finish and mid palate, then the rolling toasty bread comes out. Dry sweetness, but also a little sharp on the booze heat, but luckily doesn't translate on the palate. Hop angle begins to dominate considerably.

Overall a real very impressive barleywine, probably made for the hop heads, but I can't get over this nose and appearance.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 00:52:30 | More by smakawhat
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theformula

Virginia

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

Bottled on 2/1/08 from my cellar. Let's see what 4+ years have done with this.

It's got some age so appearance isn't staggering, small wisp of a tan head that recedes into a thin layer. Pretty hazy an there's some small chunks of sediment resting at the bottom.
Now the good part..

Smells fan-freaking-tastic. If English Barleywine is your style then this suffices. The biggest aromatic is the vibrant sweet, raw honey that's the closest thing to real, local honey I've had in a beer. It's the balls! Some oxidation is obvious but doesn't detract too much. This gives it a sherry-like layer that works well w/ the honey. Wet grains and caramel round it out. No alcohol or hops come through.

Tasting it reveals the age, taste has definitely changed since bottling. Some slight oxidized flavors at first but what's great is the honey...a nice thick layer of sticky "bee spit" up front with steeping grains, caramel malt, sherry/rum combine deftly. It's complex but drinks WAY too easily for 10.5%. Hops are not aromatic but finish pretty hugely with some leafy, earthy bitterness that's surprisingly bitter & sticky after 4 yrs. Dry finish.

Awesome. Not perfect and showing it's age so I wouldn't wait any longer. A damn good English BW that's worth putting some time into.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 03:58:06 | More by theformula
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kawilliams81

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Alesmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- dark copper with a 2 finger off-white head. Nice amount of lacing covers nearly half the glass.

S- sweet bread, citrus, and honey.

T- sweet toasted malts, citrus (orange and lemon), there's some sweetness from the honey or maybe some candi sugar. Noticeable bitterness but not real hoppy.

M- medium body and carbonation. Leaves you with a bit of a dry mouth.

O- good Barleywine, but the happiness is more of the American Barleywine than English.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 03:06:34 | More by kawilliams81
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tgoldian

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

03-09-2012 18:40:05 | More by tgoldian
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A birthday gift from optimator 13; brewed 1/28/11 (aged for over a year)
Poured into a snifter

A: bronze/amber opaque with a half finger head that dissipates rather quickly. Leaves big bubbles. Great lacing.

S: A hop/malt combo that's oh, so smooth on the olfactory.

T: Rustic, hop/malt blend with a touch o' honey on the finish. Sweet. That 10.5% alcohol wends its way through, leaving a mellow finale.

M: medium, creamy. Medium carbonation.

O: A great barleywine; one that should be captured and stored. The honey really works well. Great with cheddar. Robust and satisfying. Thanks, Evan!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 18:25:43 | More by brewskifan55
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Hanzo

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

03-03-2012 20:40:36 | More by Hanzo
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled in ale glass at the White House.

A: caramel orange; small carb stream; 1.5-finger head (creamy); great lacing
S: honey prominent; not much else
T: very smooth ale; not really a barleywine, as I know it; very hoppy and sweet; smooth but complex flavors make this inviting; the ABV is hard to detect.
M: smooth and creamy

great beer

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 22:34:39 | More by Arithmeticus
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle wit bottled date of 1/20/12

appears clear amber copper color with 1/2" white ead, fades to just a whisp of covering. aroma of fruity esters and alcohol, spicey hops. taste is also boozey, sweet, you can taste the honey, caramel malt. medium body and carbonation.

overall - eh, just average for the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 04:49:35 | More by jmdrpi
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage.
Poured from tap into snifter. Pours a honey amber. No head but good lacing.
Smells of butterscotch and caramel and malts. Very boozey.
Taste is of boozey butterscotch and sweet malts. Smooth on the tongue but high in alcohol. Its hidden very well.
Overall....really nice. Simple. Nice and good.
It goes straight to your head though.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2012 00:33:28 | More by DrinkSlurm
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PaBeerLover

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

02-19-2012 01:58:55 | More by PaBeerLover
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AndrewMichael

Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

02-03-2012 01:51:42 | More by AndrewMichael
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rprinz22

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -75.1%

01-15-2012 02:25:23 | More by rprinz22
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russwbeck

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2008 vintage brewed at the brewery in Ashburn before it was bought and moved to Delaware.

A: Brown pour with hints of yellow along the edges. Not really any head to be noted here.

S: The smell is so mellow and balanced. Caramel, butterscotch, oak and booze. Very sweet overall.

A: The taste continues the sweet balance I picked up on the smell. Full of caramel and oak, with a very nice balance of booze and some butterscotch. This is almost like drinking a boozy candy, just delicious. This has aged gracefully and I hope it continues to do so.

MF: Heavy body, very dry finish, pretty boxy throughout.

O: I loved this. It saddens me that this brewery no longer exists. We have to enjoy what we have left!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 01:36:45 | More by russwbeck
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WorldWideStout

Maryland

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-11-2012 07:45:56 | More by WorldWideStout
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BlueBombardier

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-03-2012 21:43:42 | More by BlueBombardier
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IrishColonial

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-02-2012 00:43:01 | More by IrishColonial
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

12-09-2011 05:04:04 | More by starrdogg
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

11-28-2011 23:00:34 | More by nmann08
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-26-2011 23:40:18 | More by Rochefort10nh
Dominion Millennium Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.