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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 hoppymeal
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 sample. Beer pours a dark copper to red. Nice rich pruny aroma with hints of vanilla. The vanilla comes through stronger in the taste, but is not overpowering or overly sweet like some barrel aged beers. There is also some smoky oak flavor with a nice punch of bourbony and bitter alcohol that hits the back of the tongue. More like an english barley wine in many ways, probably due to this samplings age as well as the barrel aging.

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Photo of RedHaze
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
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 sweethome
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright orange color - little wispy head - but about on line for the high alcohol content and barrel aging. Beautiful color.

Nose of sweet candy and vanilla. A little disappointing - all bourbon/vanilla.

Fairly full mouthfeel. Rich with woody feel.

Alcohol fire upfront and a nice burn. The vanilla flovors build to the finish. Some flavors of port, plenty of hops prevent from cloying.

Nice effort - enjoyable - just a bit disjointed.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is really is a work of art, thanks to Newbie BIF '05 for getting me the sample.

Pours a deep chestnut in my goblet with ruby tones and very little head. Smell is deeply alcoholic, though not harsh, just quite strong, like some sort of liquor in a way. Taste is quite pleasing, very well balanced and even. The bourbon/oak tones shine through very well. A very good balance between tartness/sweetness/bitterness. A fine barleywine, I could drink a good amount of this quite easily.


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Photo of Crosling
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light chestnut. The oak is clearly evident in the aroma, and the bourbon barrel aging, which I am usually not very fond of, actually works very well in the aroma giving hint of cocunut, vanilla, wood, honey, whiskey and malty goodness (caramel). Well hidden alcohol with a distinctive oaky dryness and well developed oak flavor giving hints of vanilla, cocunut, whiskey and bourbon, along with with the malt which tastes fruity and full. Nice feel on the palate. A very good beer.

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Photo of brentk56
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
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 +12.5%
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 GCBrewingCo
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass cloudy medium amber golden with a very low white head which just barely formed and the left the building.

The aroma was malty and strong with a sizeable oak character. The oak had vanilla and tannins with a bit of spice from the alcohol. The aroma was nicely fruity with muted hop aromas coupled with oak.

The flavor was malty with a nice oak punch. The flavors of the oak and the caramel maltiness coupled and left me with a chocolate impression. The hop bittering was well balanced with the malt, but the balance was toward oak and malt for sure. Some vanilla and fruit was certainly present in the flavor and a nice hop flavor was present.

The finish was just barely dry with lasting malt and hop impression coupled with oak long into the aftertaste. The body was full and the carbonation was low. The alcohol was present in the aroma and in the warming after consumption which was quite high. A nice oak aged barleywine, but the appearance was not very good at all, murky, cloudy and zero head.

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 22July2004. Thanks mentor!

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Photo of gbarron
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle states that it was bottled on 11/4/05, so this beer was probably made back in May of '05.

A - golden amber, lightly orange. Clear but not brilliantly so. Very little head, but what there is is tight and white. Little ring of head remains after it settles down.

S - vanilla, malt, sweetness, bourbon. Little or no hop aroma.

T - wow. Almost tastes like a fine sherry or port. Vanilla flavors, "woodiness." Malt dominates the palate, but there is some bitterness there. Hops are not distinguishable. Alcohol is present but not overwhelming. Sweetness at first, then bitterness, then some more sweetness.

M - very 'thick' beer. Sticks to your tongue, inside your mouth. Carbonation is low to medium-low. Chewy.

D - a highly drinkable beer, but not something you would really drink more than one (or two) of in a sitting. And drinking two would take you a couple of hours, probably. Unless you want to get really wasted.

Overall - an absolutely fabulous beer, get your hands on some if possible. I love the regular Millenium, and this just takes it up a ridiculous notch.

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Photo of RealityDeviant
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
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 +5.9%
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 RoyalT
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
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 Todd
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle. Pours a thick hazed copper colored beer, with a thin white lace. Not much retention, but what's there is tight and wispy.

Dark candied fruits, spicy and fume-y alcohol, and oak aromas.

Thick, viscous, chewy mouthfeel with a syrupy-like consistency. Lifting carbonation, with an upfront strike of a very subdued bitterness. Malty as hell, loads of rich caramel and toffee notes. Spicy alcohol and immediate warmth, and slight burn. Distinct vanilla and pronounced oak flavors. Wonderful flavors of all in the lingering and sweet-ish finish.

A damn tasty and fine twist on a Barleywine.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in trade from PintofAle, thanks Mark !
Pours a dark amber/mahogany color with some orange and red tints pulsating through. Virtually no head to speak of except for a pencil line of lace on the side of the glass.
Aroma starts with a definite sweet alcoholic pop, not the peaty whiskey notes but the sweet malts. Some dark bread tones and caramel along with just a hint of some dates and figs.
Flavor had a really earthy and woodsy quality coupled with caramel and a distinct orange rind note. Heavy liquor warms the palate as it goes down but the finish is marked by a distinct spicy bittering.
Mouthfeel is hugely lush and full-bodied. Aforementioned wood and alcohol hints give the tastebuds a kick and let you know they here but the malts don't play 2nd fiddle by much.
Drinkability is excellent. Really well done barrel-aged brew now that it's a year old. Word of advice let this breathe a bucnh before drinking. I took a swig right away and was almost knocked over by the wood powered fuel hit.

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Photo of TinusTime
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
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 Rastacouere
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caramel colored. Light white cover. Overwhelming minty bourbon barrel smell. Toothpaste and clover smell, smooth alcohol, soothing earthiness. It smells precisely what I expect from WELL made bourbon aged barleywine. This might be the standard. Its palate is oily, medium bodied and displaying low carbonation. That’s a big plus, the barrel didn’t thin it like I’ve often encountered. Pleasant caramel and orange flavors. Light bitterness comes out leafy and earthy. Amusing vinous grapes make an appearance right before the finish and add a dimension. Good stuff! Props to Hopscotch for bringing this one up!

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Photo of aracauna
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my 1000th beer and I’m glad I had it around for that milestone. The sad part is that I’m drinking this in honor of my grandmother, who passed away this morning. The beer is a gorgeous hue somewhere between amber and copper. The head’s a bit weak, but I’m very lenient in that area when it comes to this style. The aroma is excellent: barleywine butter, dried stone fruit, molasses, oak, bourbon and a touch of smoke (probably from the barrel). The flavor is very smooth, only giving a hint of the strength without letting you forget that this is a barleywine. The body is slick with just enough heft to remind you that it’s there. Not too bitter. It’s not really that old, but tastes like it’s been aged for a while. I love you Granny. Now go break up Granddaddy’s poker game with the angels before he gets them all kicked out of heaven.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with meathookjones. Thanks for the opportunity... Bottle was wrapped in a black plastic shrink-wrap before adding the label, interesting.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a minimal head, which quickly disappeared, over the deep amber brew. Minimal to no lacing, not particularly surprising for the style, both a BW and oak-aged. Aroma is deeply of oak notes, vanilla, and alcohol. Taste is dominated by the oak notes upfront, somewhat obscuring the malt characteristics. Mouthfeel and drinkability are good for the style, but the barrel aging seems to have pushed this one in a direction I wasn't quite expecting or looking for. Maybe some cellaring on the other bottle I've obtained will do it some good. Worth a try.

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Photo of nogoodreason
3.22/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Oak Aged Millennium is the prototypical barley wine amber with a surprisingly vigorous head that fades as quickly as one would expect. There's a little crustiness on the top of the bottle, resembling crystallized sugar.

The nose is of oaken sweetness, vanilla, some cherries and some toffee/raisiny malts jumping out and a slight hint of earthy hops. All in all, the nose is nice and deep if not a little too sweet.

Like the standard Millennium, it's a little thinner than you might like in the body, though nicely carbonated. Not really special, but not lacking.

Oak spice and vanilla at first followed by sticky toffee malts and with some distracting tastes of oxidation... a little star anise and some booze float around with the natural spiciness of oak. It's distractingly sweet and the cherry/vanilla one-two punch of the oak doesn't help. A nice, earthy bitterness later in the palate does what it can to tame the oaky sweetness, but it's washed away by booze and vanilla leaving your mouth with a one dimensional wooden finish.

All in all, it's a nice idea, but the oak simply overpowers the rest of the brew. It's nicely complex, but unbalanced and lacking grace. After a while the Oak became so cloying that I had troiuble finishing. I probably I should've left it age for a while, though the hints of oxidation imply that it might've went south.

Worth a try.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
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 feloniousmonk
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, amber color, smallish, regulation head, that dissipates quickly.
Aroma's another tale, it wafts out from first cracking the crown: rich and raisiny, port wine, maple, molasses, but more cognac-y than anything else, smells strong, bright, fruity, devilish, and enticing.
Surprisingly mellow on the tongue at first, then it kicks in, the heat, the burst of flavor, the flood of vinous feel, all up and down the palate, sweet, richly textured, delicious, bursting with tastiness to point of hedonism.
Dries a bit, and does acquire that oaky edge, a real kicker this one. Pow-pow-powerful, unique, and quite crafty.
At 11.4%, quite a knock-out, but still well worth-it!

Much thanks to garthwaite for this bottle!

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. amber bottle with a born-on date of 22-Jul-04.

A: Clear copper. An aggressive pour yields a thick off-white head that quickly died off to just a wispy layer. Nice sheeting on the sides of the glass.

S: Heavy oak notes. Very much like Jack Daniels on the nose...lots and LOTS of whiskey. Some chocolate in the background...drizzled with caramel.

T: Hooooiee...complex? Um...yes. Very whiskey-like in the flavor. Quite harsh at first, the flavor was balanced as it warmed by sweet chocolate. Lots of caramel sweetness. Orange rinds. Finishes with some smoky notes. Certainly one of the more interesting beers I;ve had in quite some time.

M: Low levels of carbonation. Super-high level of palate-coating smoothness. Very creamy.

D: A real sipper. Savor each drop of this.

Notes: Huge thanks to ManekiNeko for these two bottles. How will this one taste after some aging?

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Photo of garthwaite
4.82/5  rDev +18.1%
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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Dominion Millennium - Oak Aged from Old Dominion Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 123 ratings
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