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Samuel Adams Millennium | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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4.59/5
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77 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 21.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 10-08-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
77
pDev:
11.55%
Bros Score:
4.76
 
 
Wants:
151
Gots:
11
Trade:
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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 37
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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of BeerBuyerBill
3.46/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This one was in my cellar for 14 years. The cork was 100% saturated, basically just mush held together by the wax dip. The beer was the ugliest I've ever poured. Dirty, muddy, cloudy grey/brown with no head. However, it still had very soft maple, honey, caramel, molasses flavors and aromas. Totally hid the 20+% Abv. Drank like a very old Tawny Port. Very delicate, not heavy at all. Good, not great, but didn't live up to the hype in my head or the cost of the bottle. I think it's well past its prime. When I tasted it in 2000 at GABF, it was all power, a boozebully of a beer. Now it feels tired and worn out.

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Photo of treyrab
4.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Catching up on some of my reviews. This was opened by a generous soul last summer at an epic tasting.

The opening of this beer was rather comical. The cork was so old that it started to crumble. Thus, in our current state midway through the tasting, we deemed it necessary to have one person take a vacuum hose to the top of the bottle, while another person chiseled away at the cork. Finally, we got it (but not without some cork particles in our glasses).

A: Pours a flat (as expected) deep brown with a few tan bubbles (that were most likely from the vigorous pour, rather than actual carbonation).

S: Intense rich leather, deep wood, salty soy sauce, dark chocolate, and cigar leaves. Smells kind of sweet though, with maybe some toffee.

T: Pretty much the same. Incredibly complex. And while this has some heat to it, it is incredibly smooth and does not interfere with the other flavors.

Overall, this is just a spectacular beer. Definitely the best Boston Beer Co. beer I have had.

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of mothman
4.86/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Holy Santa Claus sshit. Thanks suitcase Jon for sharing this mega waleeee. I didn't know I was in Wales (all the signs said New York)

No head. Color is a clear copper. Looks like a liquor.

Aroma: maple syrup, oak, vanilla, bourbon, caramel and some other light spices. The nose is so complex and so inviting. A touch if allspice.

Taste: so much oak and wood. Then the maple syrup hits with some sweet flavors. Candied sugar and caramel with vanilla. The alcohol doesn't show at all. There is a hint of bourbon, but it is mainly oak.

Mouthfeel: is sweet and warming. Very smooth. Obviously low amount of carbonation. Ends with some sweetness on the palate.

Overall, this beer is incredible. One of the best liquids I have ever drank. So easy to drink. So complex.

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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of Impfan
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I’m not normally this pithy, but I’ll simply say that this beer was sublime, and easily transcended the realm of beer and became something far more ethereal. I’d go into more detail, but my last bottle was drained in 2001, and I just realized that I’d never posted my comments years ago, so this just seemed like the time appointed by the Universe to rectify that omission.
I remember the beer being exceptionally smooth, with notes of bourbon, subtly charred oak, maple, and a definite sensation of sipping something more akin to a fine cognac.

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Photo of dtmets84
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of cosmicevan
4.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

big thanks goes out to GrumpyOldTroll, jbuddle, Sean9689, SpeedwayJim, AgentZero, dtmets84 for sharing in the greatest day of beer that i have ever been a part of. huge thanks to jim and josh for tracking down and providing this bit of unobtainium.

notes from 1/12/2013

this was my biggest want and personal whale - consumed from a utopias glass.

the beer poured fairly still as expected. maroon ornage with no head, no bubbles. smells of booze and caramel. tastes UNREAL. little slice of heaven in a glass. everything is well integrated. happiness. this one deserves a score of "7" on taste, but alas i can only give it a 5. josh says that it is liquiried caramel and he's spot on. this was THE highlight of a tasting that included dave, m, and others on that level. this was far better than what i expected and i expected a LOT.

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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of jbuddle
4.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Another huge tick, opened at the 1/12/13 NYC tasting. Thanks to Jim for splitting the trade with me! Poured from the waxed blue bottle into a Utopias taster.

Looks a little dead in the glass, and honestly not particularly pretty. The appearance is this beers biggest knock. Deep brown, a bit opaque.

The aroma and taste are straight 5's. This is on another level from Utopias - its like a caramel factory was doused with brandy and lit on fire. Smell intoxicating, full of alcohol, burnt sugar, a bit of sweet liquor and molasses. A touch of green apple but it seems to work here. The taste is liquid caramel and booze in perfect harmony. We had Utopias 10th later in the evening and its not even close to how perfectly MMM comes together. The barrels really have done some amazing work with this, and this beer is tasting sublime right now.

Mouthfeel is a little lighter than Dave, a bit more like a brandy than beer, but wholly inviting and quite well done.

Sam Adams Millenium stole the show. I see others at this tasting are already unloading their cellars for another bottle. It's that good.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.84/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Josh and I acquired this one in a joint effort. 3oz. pour into a Utopias glass. Reviewed from notes 1/12/13.

Pours no head, no lace, no carbonation. Beer is a dark, slightly clear orange-brown. Huge legs. Nice color but everything else is pretty average for the style.

Nose is big booziness with caramel, sweet green raisins, toffee, and molasses. Sweet and rich all the way through and incredibly aromatic as expected.

Opens caramel, toffee, booze, dark raisins and prune, molasses, honey, brown sugar. Sweet booze and honey on the finish and more syrup in the aftertaste. Great complement of flavors displayed here and the booziness really caresses the complexities in this beer.

Full bodied with no carbonation. Oily and slick and boozy in the mouth and with a bit of heat going down. Messy finish with a sweet, sticky, long aftertaste. Incredibly drinkable given the high ABV.

I can't help but try to get one of these for myself so I can have an ounce or so every couple of months. Indescribably good, MMM is everything you could want from this style. The flavors are not only perfectly integrated, but also complement each other perfectly. The booziness is there but this beer isn't hot for the sake of beer hot. Rather, the booze adds a rich depth of character that enhances the nose, flavor, and feel of this beer. In a tasting featuring M, Dave, and MMM, this beer was the clear winner for a lot of us.

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4/5  rDev -12.9%

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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1/5  rDev -78.2%

Photo of craytonic
4.57/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to YGTBSM94 for sharing at a 4/14/2012 tasting

Appearance: Plum-dark brown pour with no head or lacing

Smell: Maple sugar, brown sugar, touch of sweet (not blackstrap) molasses, perhaps some sugar cane. Bits of toffee and sherry also

Taste: Sweet maple, sherry, port, brown sugar, toffee, and sweet molasses. Very tasty. Not as much booze to it as I expected.

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy, you can feel the sugar.

Overall: Very different than what I think of as beer, but very tasty and highly enjoyable.

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4.82/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

"Intermission" beer at the DC Lambic & Sour Tasting on April 14, 2012, courtesy of ygtbsm94. Thanks a lot, Brad!

The beer is light brown with only a mild haze and no head whatsoever, which is to be expected.

The aroma is fabulous, offering maple syrup, booze, toffee, vanilla, oak.

The flavor? Oh my...hold on, I need a moment (tears). If I was a lonely rich guy, I would drink this straight from the bottle immediately after getting out of bed around noon. Incredibly balanced and rich, with all of the characteristics mentioned in the aroma transferring beautifully into the flavor.

Silky, velvety smooth. The beer melts into the palate and delicately warms the cheeks. Heavenly.

If loving this is wrong, I don't wanna be right.

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Samuel Adams Millennium from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 4.59 out of 5 with 77 ratings
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