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Dominion Millennium - Oak Aged | Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company
Delaware, United States

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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Photo of pants678
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy orangish brown with thin white foam.

Sherry, oak, alcohol. Potent.

Base of a boozy vanilla and wood, something of a latte feel. Pretty warm and riding the line of off-putting. Toffee topped with powdered sugar comes to mind. Striking, big barley wine. Any other way would be disappointing.

A tad thin. Not damning but viscosity would bump this up.

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Photo of Zonian1
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beers-es
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is the 2011 release aged in Woodford Reserve barrels, poured from a 32 oz. growler. In the glass, it's a light cola color and very hazy. Half-inch tan head is dense and dissipates fairly quickly. No lacing. The look is the least impressive part of this, but forging ahead is where the awesomeness starts. The smell has so much great stuff going on it's almost hard to catalog. A really harmonious and delicious smell of sherry, vanilla, dark ripe fruit, bourbon, chocolate and rich caramel/toffee. Just the smell is like an amazing dessert. The really great thing is that all those smells are unified into a single whole, out of which the components can be picked out as they arise and change.

Taste delivers everything in the nose via layers of near decadent flavor. Sweet but not at all cloying, with just enough carbonation to balance the sweetness. Very subtle bitterness comes through at the end, with a bourbon aftertaste. In spite of the ABV, the alcohol is just not detectable in the taste, though the effects certainly are after a 12 oz. glass. Feel is beautifully and absolutely smooth, with just the right amount of body. If it was as thick as it smells, it would be too much, but it works fantastically, with just a hint of drying in the finish.

This is an exceptional barleywine that unfolds in wonderful layers, with exceptional smoothness, complexity and balance. Though I didn't taste this when young, I think it can be said that 4 years of aging has done great things. Perfect for a cold, rainy night after dinner.

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Photo of Jstonerock24
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KJ2013
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sanderson
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BeerThursdays
3/5  rDev -26.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of DrBier
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2009 Vintage. Poured into Tulip glass. No ABV on label.

Pours with a white head with good retention to the bottom of glass (25+ min). Sporadic, light lacing.

Golden in color with good clarity.

Prominent aromas of Bourbon and alcohol. Followed by fig?, dark fruits, leather and malt. Aromas blend very nicely with warming.

Taste follows smell with bourbon up front but not overpowering, if you like bourbon and beer, blends great. Followed by malt, fig, prune and a mild leather aftertaste with a sweet finish. Hides the alcohol very well. Again, as the beer warms the flavors seem to blend into a near perfect harmony.

Mouthfeel is good overall but the beer is a bit sweet with a slight coating feeling at end.

A great example of what loving aging of beer can do. I purchased this beer fresh, and really enjoyed it. The aged version is outstanding, nothing over the top, just a beautiful blend of flavors in a well crafted beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of devilben02
3.34/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Some generous friend had brought this bottle to my house to share and sample, and we didn't get to it at the time. With a bottling date of 11/17/06, I imagine they had been saving this for an occasion, so I feel a little bad about cracking it open myself. Not bad enough to keep me from doing it, though.

Pours from the bottle with a murky, opaque, milk-chocolate brown color that is spotted by little bits of floating sediment. There is effectively no head whatsoever other than a thin ring that was generated by a vigorous pour. The aroma is quite mellow but pleasant, with the a combination of sweet whiskey, vanilla, and wood contributed from the barrel-aging dominating anything else. The flavor is again surprisingly mellow, especially for an 11.4% alcohol beer (must be all that age), but it certainly presents defined characteristics of caramel malts, bourbon, oak, and vanilla again. For as sweet as it tastes and how much carbonation it has lost over time, it's not terribly syrupy. Rather, it has a solid medium body that allows the flavors to linger appropriately. Overall, if I had to do it over again, I would have tasted this beer a few years ago, but I was glad to try it even if it is over-aged.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12-oz bottle served to goblet. Acquired as an extra from raveskdr back in September. The date on the bottle's smudged, but I think it is 4-2009 (perhaps 4-2007).

A: tawny brown, with darker caramel highlights. initial pour yields good amount of carb, considering the age, with 2 fingers of off white head. the head dissipates immediately however.

S: malts (caramel), dark fruit melded well with oaky vanilla. mild ethanol, peanut brittle

T: very boozy at first, but as this opens up to the air (and my palate acclimates), it is sticky sweet. little brown sugar w touch of dark fruit. the aftertaste's all sticky caramel, very pleasant

M: touch thin, but there's some sticky icky

i've drank more impressive bourbon-barrel barleywines, but this went down quick. was very happy not to get oxidation notes

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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Dominion Millennium - Oak Aged from Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 123 ratings