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 aracauna
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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 -10.3%
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 -20.9%
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 +8.4%
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 feloniousmonk
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
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 -2.9%
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 +18.4%
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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