Dominion Millennium - Oak Aged | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Dominion Millennium - Oak AgedDominion Millennium - Oak Aged

Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company
Delaware, United States

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by garthwaite on 07-27-2004

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Photo of garthwaite
4.82/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautifully hazy deep amber which held up a very small, off-white cream head. Upon the familiar base Millenium aroma of caramel, sweet breads, port, honey, spicy hops & warming alcohol is a massive scent of bourbon, oak, vanilla, & an overall general rich decadence. In the mouth, this is a sipper for sure. I've always enjoyed the spicy English hops that linger in the background of this barleywine as well as the rich caramel, cookie malt, & the smooth Virginia honey. That said, for me, Millenium has always been just a touch sweet for my tastes. Let me say now that this oak barrel aged version just blows me away. Same great base flavors, although in my opinion, this version is perfectly rounded as all the flavors including the spicy hop kick & the sweet honey now seemed expertly blended & complimented by the oak barrel aging process. The bourbon flavor from the barrels is most certainly evident in the front, but the oak and additional hints of nut & smooth vanilla hit the back of the mouth as this beauty layers complexity upon complexity. Deep & rich flavors with a welcome warming alcohol presence throughout. Medium to full bodied, this brew coats the mouth like a light syrup & finishes clean, sweet, & dry. Phenomenal.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.69/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a clear copper with medium carbonation. The head is 1 finger, light tan that leaves good lace.

The smell is big Bourbon Barrel Smoky Oak. It kind of suppresses all else.

The taste follows with some light vanilla notes but very light and quite pleasant. The Big Alcohol is done right also. Wow this beer is great. Should be nice after a few years in the Bier Keller.

The mouthfeel is quite good, medium body and light carbonation make this brew an excellent choice during or after a big holiday meal.

The drinkability is great. I could sip this all night.

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Photo of Globetrotter
4.69/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brown 12oz bottle with a parchment and indigo label featuring a deer on a hill. No ingredient information. Bottled on 11/04/05, I picked it up in August of 2006, then cellared it for over a year. I finally opened it on 9/30/07 to celebrate the end of the baseball regular season.

Pours a cloudy copper brown under a one finger tan head that fizzles quite quickly to film and collar, leaving some nice lace strings. The nose is strong of vanilla and malt, with the grain definitely leaning towards the bourbon variety. The mouth is very prickly and quite sticky, coating the mouth much like syrup does. The taste is lovely - lots of vanilla, just enough bourbon, strong roasted malt and utterly dry bitter hops. The hops and the bourbon last after the vanilla has gone to generate a very enticing aftertaste that nearly forces another sip. There's some alcohol here, so sipping is the right approach. But it makes you want to sip it all night. Yum!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a wood varnish-hued body with a small, khaki-colored head. Very exciting.

Smell: Grand! A luscious, toothsome aroma full of malty caramel sweetness and plenty of smooth vanilla and bourbon notes.

Taste: Ah, yes! Succulent sweet maltiness upfront with flavors of caramel and vanilla - much like a cream soda! Slight orange peel fruitiness. Lighter notes of bourbon and wood. Even lighter bitterness emerging in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Very creamy.

Drinkability: It's delish! For a fan of barleywines, there is little not to like about this beer.

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Photo of Vancer
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hoo Boy, an Oaked aged frosty – lucky me. Bottled on 11/20/06, I can’t wait any longer! And it starts with a gorgeous pour – a lazy, hazy amber orange with a mountainous ivory head. It just leaves a coating of sticky lacing all throughout my Corsendork (from Soloman420) tulip glass.

The scent of pure and sweet caramel, malts and touches of vanilla tickle the beak, but the quaff is where the action starts! Hi Oh! A sharp kick of oaken bourbon begins the journey, finishing with a malty sweet coat of vanilla coffee. This is reminiscent of Maker’s Mark bourbon, except for the rich and intense body.

Just an exquisite sippin’ bourbon…err, beer. But with the intense whisky flavor, good thing I’m also a scotch/bourbon luver.

Many thanks to zrbrrt for this excellent brew.

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Photo of brentk56
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hzy copper body with a small beige head; like many barleywines, there was little lacing

Smell: Vanilla, oak and rum-soaked raisins waft through the air, but there is something else, too...after racking my brain, I realized it was coconut

Taste: Vanilla caramel flavors on the front end, with the coconut developing mid-palate; much, much later, the bitter flavors kick in with an oaky, piney hue

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick bodied with reasonable carbonation for the style

Drinkability: Stunningly different, a real achievement

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Photo of tavernjef
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smeared dark orangey rusted color with a slim, unlasting cap that uncovers quickly to keep a thin collar. Lacing is in some broken spotting with a clear varnish surrounding them.

Aroma is heavy and wonderfully full in the nose. The oak aging holds king with big cognac/portwine-like vapors over a small barleywine throne of piney citrus, muted maple, vanilla, and a heap of caramel. Nice!

Taste is solid with a big malt presense with some paled dark and tropical fruityness, lots of caramel, a honey maple center, shy piney hop resins pop off the surface of the lightly placed alcoholic heat which is substantially held in check into the finish where it cinders with a bit of that oaky/portwine-like warmth.

Buttery warm feel with a solid medium body and firm carbonation that has just enough little rough edges in the finish to give it some really nice pep.

A very nice drinker to boot. A sipper for sure, yes, perhaps a little too easy to sip; and many in a row followed by many more again. Wow! A very nice Barleywine here by Old Dominion.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Special Thanks to Stakem for gifting me with this excellent beer - cheers my friend!
Poured from the brown 12oz twist off into a large snifter able to hold the full bottle. Bottled on 11/17/06

The beer pours a hazy murky medium amber w/ a quick dropping beige cap even with a semi vigorous pour. The head collapses to a ring w/ minuscule beading and lace clings lackadaisically. The aroma is creamy and caramel drenched with lots of floral and sweet odors with a mild oak and slight scent of dried fruit with mild vinous scents and hints of plum and apricot with mild spice. The light alcohol ester enhances the aroma w/ mild vanilla odor. The feel of the ale is smooth as silk with mild heat and light toasted sweet texture w/ a mild carbonation level and bitterness is subtle with creaminess from malt and subtle oxidation w/ slight spice and residual sweetness.

The flavor of this is wonderful with vanilla and fruit w/ oak prominent and strong caramel presence with light sherry taste from the subtle aging. The hops add some spice or could be the alcohol with mellow pepper flavors and nutty wood element with hints of dark fruit like raisins and dates w/ mild pine in the flavor too. There is a light brown sugar flavor that is contributing a light molasses element and sweetness to the overall taste of this strong beer. I enjoy how the vanilla from the oak and sweet fruitiness blend so well and create a nice balanced complexity. I found this ale to be aged well, but not past its prime at all, a wonderful barleywine with finesse and the oak barrel provides a lot of complexity with a taste that is nothing like the 11.4% listed. I really enjoyed this 4+ yr bad boy so much, thanks again Adam!

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Photo of hopsaplenty
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz black painted brown bottle, bottled on 11.04.05.

Braised orange skin, Short, dense light sand head of tiny bubbles that settles steadily to a skim coat and a short collar. No carbonation streams, and no lacing, but none were expected. Bountiful aromas of bourbon, candied orange skin, honey, and light vanilla waft from the glass. The alcohol is noticeable, but integrates well with the other aromas. Luscious creamy smooth bourbon flavors cross the tongue and are instantly warming. There is ample sweetness to compliment the bourbon derived alcohol, and the vanilla and orange is clean. The finish is bourbon warm and also sweet, but the alcohol lingers well into the next drink. Full bodied and smooth as silk, this has just a touch of carbonation, but it is fine, fine, fine. A creamy, slick mouthfeel, ideally suited to a barleywine. The barleywine and oak barrel compliment one another A slow sipper, to be savored and enjoyed. You could slip into the smoking jacket, settle into a leather wingback chair and enjoy a snifterful without a problem and come back for a second round.

The bottle is brown glass but painted black, which I found strange for some reason. Perhaps OD was concerned that people would not buy the package if it was not deep and dark? Or maybe it was just that black is trés chic?

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Photo of RoyalT
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one poured a clear, almost glowing orange in color with a clingy white head.

Smell – The big, huge, raunchy yeast mated with the wine to produce an almost toxic combination . . . which I absolutely loved. The alcohol wasn’t in your face but made itself known. The malt base is really big here. This is truly a bouquet to savor.

Taste – The winey barley flavors come out swinging at the taste. There is no mistaking this beer style. The oak, which I barely noticed at the smell, is in high gear here on the tongue. The rest of the characteristics from the nose make it nicely to the taste, making this one a complex yet easily-readable mix of classic ABW flavors.

Mouthfeel – This is almost full-bodied with a lot of chewy sweetness to keep your cheeks busy.

Drinkability – There was a light vanilla flavor imparted from the oak aging that made this just melt in your mouth. It is one of the smoothest 10+ ABV beers that I’ve had.

Comments – Thanks for skyhand for breaking out this baby at her First Annual Slap-Yur-Mama Big Beer Bonanza.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was a fan of the Millennium when it first came out, but I'll have to admit that I thought it could have been better. It was aggressive and I didn't feel it had enough malt girth and depth of character to match its clear alcohol content (found in both the aroma and the flavor). It changed over the years, but it always came back to roughly the same beer it always was.

This, however, is considerably different. The alcohol that I found before is toned down quite a bit (although transferred to something else), and it adds so much wood and vanilla character to it that it becomes a completely new beer - what was once lacking a bit of character and a touch off kilter is now more than fully complete!

The label states it's aged in oak barrels, and that's interesting. It's time consuming, a bit more difficult to do, and certainly more expensive than just tossing some oak spirals into a stainless steel tank. I appreciate that they've gone to the extra effort, unlike the Oak Barrel Stout, although I'm not actually sure it's really worth it in this case.

I used to buy a case of barleywine (Old Foghorn, Bigfoot, etc.) each year and put it away in the basement for the occasional nip as it aged. I haven't done that for many years now, but I think this one has inspired me to start up again!

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Photo of TinusTime
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a amber with some ruby/orange high lights. Not much head to speak of, but I usually dont look for much head on a beer this high in ABV. Aroma is a knock out. Wood, Molasses, burnt sugar, Peach pits, Vanilla, Bourbon.. all are present. The flavour is much the same. This is quite bourbon flavoured, but in a good way. The sweetness lends a kind of bourbon ball charactaristic that I like. The alcohol is definately there and is a little rough at this time. Other than it being a bit hot, It drinks smoothly. Drinkability is great. No I would not drink more than one at a sitting, but I would want more and savour every sip I had. The other 5 out of the 6 are headed straight to the cellar to see how they do.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Body is an unfiltered reddish apple cider with a very minimal head. Only small traces of bubbles across the top with a little ring around the sides.

S: Smells great. Loads of vanilla, caramel, oak, white peach, butterscotch and toffee. Yum.

T: Over the top butterscotch/vanilla flavor...but not in the fake way. Toffee that begins subtle then shoots up in significance. Fruity essences of aprictots, peach, figs and strawberries. Sharp bitterness quickly bucks to the forefront and creates a sharp spike. Alcohol is warm in the belly and wafting in the nose.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a syrupy but smooth mouthfeel.

D: This beer is very good and the real deal.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This can in a 12oz bottle with a bottled date of July 22, 2004. This was only available at the brewpub. This poured out a clear black cherry juice color with an inch of tan head sitting on top. Good retention for a barley wine and it left decent lacing. Aroma is of sweet malt with fruits. A bit of molasses and alcohol are in the mix as well. The flavor starts out with a sweet maltiness and a touch of syrupy molasses. A slight alcohol bite comes after that with a finish that has an oak and cherry flavor that lingers. This is less sweet than the none-oak barrel version, which in my opinion helps a lot with the taste. Almost full-bodied with a creamy coating flavor and texture. Also warms you up quite well. Good drinkability here as it seems a bit more balanced in the sweetness department. The alcohol is less prominent than when I first tried it very shortly after it was bottled. Great stuff if you can get a hold of it.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
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 objectivemonkey
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/2006.

Into a snifter, pours a lovely golden amber, a little white head that shrinks to a thin film, leaving little blobs of lacing here and there, pretty good start. The aroma doesn't let down, strong, fruity, almost vinious, lovely oak notes come out more as it warms, a lovely alcohol thats obvious but not harsh, very warm. The taste is duly delicious, caramel, honey, oak, vanilla, lots of candied sugar, very sweet to balance out and almost relegate the hop presence to the secondary, interesting. The mouth is warm, smooth, plenty full, a very quality beer, a sipper for sure, one to seek out most definitely.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another 12'er I am pretty sure is from Vintage Cellars order a long while back... sharing this one with Brenda... mine is from my Delirium goblet..

1/2" head.. no real lace or cap.. the brew is darker than the previous bottle.. copper .. verging on lite brown... a bit hazy from a sloppy pour.

Nose shows bunches of caramel with some minor oak and maybe some vanilla.. a touch of cardboard...

Flavor shows more oxidation than I would have expected.. again.. tons of caramel... maybe butterscotch, but that could be some some oxidation playing with me.. oak plays much more in the palate.. so does some pretty prevalent vanilla as it warms.. white raisins?.. burps show there is still a bunch of oak.... tannic.. I swear there are some citrus hop elements there, but this seems like a completely different beer than the one I had an hour ago... Brenda says it tastes like tawny port.. I guess I can see where she's coming from.

This is another one that I've had my share of times over the years.. but I am really enjoying this more than I remember other bottles.. very interesting and very complex... remarkably drinkable.


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Photo of Thanby
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage

Pours a cloudy maple-amber with little head or lacing (typical of this type).

Smells mostly of sweet barley, pineapple and cloves. A little bit of phenols, but that's not out of the ordinary for barleywine.

Potent pineapple and tangerine right up front followed by some syrupy toffee. Way more citrusy than I expected. The barley flavor takes a back seat to them. Fairly sweet, a touch dry, ABV does not try to hide. There's an overtone of bourbon, oak, and a hint of vanilla from the aging process, just as the brewery describes on the bottle.

A little spicy but very smooth and pleasing. I can get over the phenols and alcohol flavor very quickly. I didn't expect to enjoy the potent citrus so much but after a few sips it's becoming very pleasant. There's a slightly syrupy finish with a roasted malt aftertaste that helps to balance the sweetness. Overall a very fine, drinkable example of a unique barleywine.

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Photo of RedHaze
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 110405.

Pours a hazy dark amber color with a thin head that fades rather quickly to very thin wisps and ring leaving behind minimal lacing. Not much of a looker here.

Smell; very nice oak and vanilla aromas right out of the gate. After letting it warm a bit some caramel, honey and cherries come out, along with just a hint of some hop bitterness.

Taste; the vanilla really comes to the fore on the first few sips as well as the woody flavors from the oak barrels. The sweet honey and caramel mix nicely with some cherries and raisins, and just some touhes of bittering hops. There's a definite alcohol burn present, but not as strong as I was expecting with the abv being %11.4. Very port like with the barrel aging, the dark fruits and the alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is full bodied, with pretty low carbonation, but still very good. Even though this is a sipper, it goes down surprisingly easy.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle split with psycohops. Bottled on 11-17-06 : Kenny Allen, Brewmaster. Decanted into my nonic pint glass and appears an ultra cloudy chestnut color akin to fresh brewed iced tea. When held up to the light, I notice a slight green hue. Barely half an inch of tan head. Smells and tastes of pineapple slices slathered in rich caramel sauce, prickly pear, oak, a good dose of vanilla, and a touch of coconut. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Time has really allowed the flavors of this one to intertwine. I'm glad I have a few more in the cellar to revisit again. A fantastic sipping barleywine.

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Photo of stakem
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2 reviews included here for this same beer bottled on 11/17/06
1. Review date of 11/17/09 (3 year old bottle)
2. Review date of 11/18/10 (4 year old bottle)

Review #1 (4.5 4.5 4.5 4.0 4.5) Total Score: A / 4.45
3 years ago to the day this beer was bottled. (11/17/06)

12 ounce brown bottle that appears as though it was air-brushed black as an extra measure to keep the light away from this beer. It pours a clear amber color with a thin lace of yellowish creamy tanned head that is quick to dissolve to just a thin line around the interior perimeter of the glass. Little bit of lace clinging to the glassware is the only evidence of my first sip.

Nose is a wonderful blend of sweetness that includes smoky oak, vanilla, malt and alcohol. It really is an appealing and enjoyable aroma.

The drinkability would not lead you to believe this is nearly 12% abv. Smooth and easy drinking, low carbonation and medium feel. Taste is minorly bitter upfront, with malty sweet caramel notes, oak, vanilla and a warming tingly finish. Lingering taste of hop bitterness blending with a fruit (almost like tart grapes) is left on the palate along with mild smokiness. The lingering bitterness makes you want to dive right in for another sip of the malty sweetness.

Really loving this beer. I have a few more to selectively share with friends and possibly sit on in the cellar for a little longer. Fantastic.
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Review #2 (4.5 5.0 4.0 4.5 4.0) Total Score: A / 4.35
Here we are a year later. Let's see how this brew is holding up.

Poured into a snifter from a twist off, yes I said twist off capped 12oz bottle. The brew pours a would be clear amber color only I let some sludge from the bottom of the bottle find it's way into the glass. These dark particles hang in suspension all through the body and bubbles of carbonation rise constantly to the surface from imperfections in the glass. Initially there was a thin cap of white head which dissolved fairly fast. All that remains is a thin line of bubbles around the perimeter of the glass.

The nose of this brew includes a sweet scent of caramel malt along with mellow vanilla and some oakiness. There is a light whiskey influence that hangs out in the background but an overall strong alcohol scent still remains in this brew. This barley wine smells pretty much exactly like I remember and I love it.

The taste includes a nice punch of alcohol heat right up front that is reinforced by whiskey. It is slightly solvent and includes a modest amount of hopped bitterness. The malt tastes slightly nutty and has a wooden tastes that flows into the finish. This is significantly more earthy and bitter tasting than I remember. It has a light oxidized character that blends with a faint amount of vanilla sweetness through the body.

This brew is medium to full bodied with a modest level of carbonation. This offering has changed a bit since the last time I had this (or maybe my palate has matured over the last year.) So to keep current with what my opinion of this brew is, I have dropped my review score by .10 points as outlined above.

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Photo of RealityDeviant
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle given by my girlfriend as an early Christmas present (purchased from OUAV). Bottling date states 11/04/05, but back label notes that they “age already finished Dominion Millennium in oak whiskey barrels for more than 6 months.” I’m presuming, in this case, that this is the batch from early ’05.

Appearance: The beer pours a deep amber and if it weren’t for the brown undertone I’d say it’s ruby. There’s a very slight haze to it and only a faint head appears upon being poured. A little off-white lacing remains.

Smell: Up front, the aroma is a well-balanced mixture of oak, bourbon, and candied fruit. This gives way to hints of vanilla and caramel with a spicy alcohol kick to top it off. Very nice.

Taste: The alcohol is much more noticeable in the taste than in the smell, but it seems to mask itself easily in the bourbon/oak flavor. The vanilla comes in almost as an undertone to the bourbon, which I think further smoothens the alcohol. Welcome to toffee country. The bourbon seems to overpower the fruit and honey flavors more noticeable in the standard Millennium, but they can still be discerned. This big boy is a malt-lover’s dream and has a semi-sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Thick, chewy, medium-bodied but verging on full-bodied. A certain syrupy stickiness that’s nice in a barleywine like this.

Drinkability: Well, you probably won’t want to go chugging a beer like this; in fact, I wouldn’t think drinking it with any great speed would be enjoyable at all. Like a nice whiskey, this is a sipping brew, with the risks and rewards thereof. Then again, there ought not to be much of a problem taking your time with this one.

Notes: The strong bourbon/oak notes in this beer likely makes its appeal high to whiskey drinkers, so I might very well be a bit biased. Then again, I’ve had other oak aged beers that haven’t I haven’t liked nearly as much, so maybe I’m not all wrong. Regardless, I’d recommend trying this at least once, maybe twice, maybe thrice, and…well, not all in one sitting!

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Photo of Bierman9
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't know why this bier says "retired"? I have a 12oz sample bottled on 11-04-05. Dominion Millenium Ale - Ale Aged in Oak Barrels. Gift from Bro Artied2 on a recent DC visit.

Clear, bright mahogany hued liquid, with a creamy, fine, yet thin, tan head. Some wispy lace. Strong aroma of malty sweetness along with distinct bourbon notes. Distinct!! Medium bodied, with a smooth, silky feel on the tongue.

A touch of caramel malt hits the palate. Some light sweetness arises, with floral hops being quite dominant. Strong...winey...porty.... Even more dominant are the oak/whiskey notes. Quite evident, though in no way unwelcome. Not a trait I desire in all my biers, but nice every now and then.


overall: 4.3
appearance: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish, darkish brown tint, cant explain it but it was different. The vanilla was strong on the nose and carried through the taste and swallow. Just right. The bourbon was just strong enough to notice but not overpowering. Barley was strong, taste was bold and pretty chewy I thought. Tasted like a mix of fruit, flowers and raisins. Very good barleywine.
Just polished off an 06 and it was still very strong on the ABV. This beer could actually hold out for another two years! Very good.

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Photo of weeare138
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 11-17-06.

Appears a hazy light orange-gold with a small white cap that quickly faded. A mild cap n spotty lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is oaky with vanilla, caramel, creamy with sugar m yeasty bread.
Taste is chewy n sugary with rum cake n caramel coming through.
Mouthfeel is sugary, chewy, gritty...probably would be perfect in another two years.

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Dominion Millennium - Oak Aged from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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