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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by garthwaite on 07-27-2004

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Photo of DrBier
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
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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Photo of IntriqKen
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appropriately, Millennium is my 1000th review.
Pours a beautiful light golden amber with a nice white half finger that melts rather quickly to just a faint ring.

Aromas are very fruity...tangerines and pears mixed with light brown sugar.

Taste is first oak...lovely oak. Then the fruitiness comes forth with the pear and tangerine notes, more oak, buttery sugars, and finally a bit of citrus hops to give bite and dry out the sugars.

Aftertaste is oak and citrus with an alcohol warmth.
Very pleasant and different Barleywine and most definitely worthy of being review #1000.

Thanks MuenchenerKindl for this very special beer.

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Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of Crosling
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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 Phatz
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to jasonm for hooking me up with this beer. You da man my friend!

Appearance: Pours an orange-ish brown with a small quick fade head and little to no lace in my snifter glass.

Smell: Juicy malts, orange and grapefruit alcohol and candy sugar with spices are hot through the nose.

Taste: Yeah boy! this is a bigg'en! It is soft and chewy to start with a Belgian candy sugar attribute, a big caramel kick and some sour citrus fruits. Pineapple, brown sugar, honey and alcohol stand out most while on the tongue. The vanilla oak wood flavors cling to your cheeks especially in the aftertaste. The alcohol does show through a bit much but for a sipping night cap it works well. It is a major player in the flavor giving this malty monster a hot burn and the feel of bourbon.

Mouthfeel: The body is slick and full with viscous and vinous attributes and all around quite pleasant.

Drinkability: It is certainly a sipper with the intensity and the ABV, but it is an enjoyable beer to spend and evening nursing.

Hope this is helpful.

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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 GCBrewingCo
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
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 Todd
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
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 gbarron
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
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 CRJMellor
4.15/5  rDev +2%
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 mcallister
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours what you would expect a barley wine too look like. Hot orange/mahagony, little head, with no retention or lacing probably due too the high alcohol.

Smell is a little hot also. Much oak in the aroma toasty with lots of burnt vanilla. Bourbon, raisin, hints of chardonnay as well, fig, and a slight nutty component. Would have scored higher if not for the "hot" presence to the aroma.

The taste is a whole different story. Sweet with brown sugar and rasins, with a burst of burnt vanilla, caramel, slight fig, some alcohol but not distracting. Again the chardonnay is also in the flavor. Very clean mouthfeel yet somewhat thin. I really like this beer. Can't wait to try one aged a couple of years.

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Photo of shcufj
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from '05 12oz bottle into snifter.

A:Thin, white bubbly head that disipated quickly. Cloudy, golden brown color.

S: Strong, malty, liquory aroma with a hint of oak barrels

T: Light, sweet, malty taste, that finishes with a slight hot liquor burn. Some barrel tastes towards the end of the sip.

M: Medium to full bodied feel. Well-carbonated despite the age and alcohol content.

O: A very good barrel-aged barley wine. I would have preferred to have it when it was a bit younger, but received this one as an extra in a trade.

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Photo of ndekke39
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this from a 12 oz. bottle with no bottling date on it. Pours a lovely, slightly hazy copper color with a fluffy white head. The head dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves a nice ring of lace around the glass. Smells like a white wine, with hints of sweet caramel, wood, darker fruit, toasted malt. Taste is predominantly sweet, centered on the caramel and toasted malts, with flavors of burnt sugar and warming alcohol. Finishes pretty quickly, no lingering aftertaste, although there's hints of bitterness in it. Fairly light-bodied for a barleywine, but not at all watery. Overall, a very drinkable beer, beautiful to look at and to sip, and with enough complexity to keep you interested.

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Photo of raveskdr
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dominion found several palates of this in their warehouse and decided to sell it late last year. Wish I had bought more than a case. 2009 vintage poured into my Bruery sniflip.

A - Light murky brown with great carbonation after all this time. Not only that, but these stupid things are screw tops. What stupidity. But it kept its carbonation fantastically.

S - First smell is a really amazing bourbon vanilla. From there you get some of the sweetness from the malt and slight nuttiness.

T - Nice carmelly malts right off the bat. The smooth vanilla from the barrel rounds out the back end of the beer. There is a slight sour twang on the back end as well, but has never been in any of the other 8 or so bottles I have had.

M - For an 11%+ beer, there is such little alcohol. The mouth is slightly light for a monster barrel aged barleywine, but it makes it very drinkable.

O - This is a really great beer. This was the last batch before AB came in and completely dicked Dominion up. They still haven't recovered. Not even close. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to get some of the original stuff at an amazing price, aged perfectly in the Dominion warehouse. Glad they decided to release it to the public. Kudos. I had a bottle of this from 2005 and it had fallen off, so I do need to make sure that I get through mine in the next 18 months.

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Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle courtesy of, well, no one. I must have picked this up somewhere but I can't recall where. It was bottled on 17-Nov-06, making it almost 3 years old.

A: The barleywine has an amber brown hue, lightly golden but dark enough to leave only shadows on the other side of the glass. Not much head, but what rose up did lace.

S: A firm malt body shares centerstage with the oak barrel. Woody oak is a nice touch, adding a subtle sweetness to the barleywine. Not much hopwise.

T: Oak is prevalent upfront, adding a sweet vanilla and wood flavor to a barleywine that is thick and malty. The barleywine seems to have aged well, taking on a mellow body that isn't too malty or oaky. While neither flavor dominates, both work together in a cacophony of enjoyment. They provide a depth that brings out citrusy hops even after 3 years. The citrus explosion is unmistakeable, and its interaction with the oak is very pleasant.

M: All barleywines should taste this good. The malts and hops remain lively and the oak barrel adds depth to the taste.

D: Almost 12%? I'll be lucky to get through this bottle. Tomorrow morning may hurt.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Cigar City snifter.

a - Pours a hazy mahogany brown color with two inches of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for about a minute and leaves no lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of caramel malts, dark fruits, toffee, bready malts, molasses, oak, brown sugar, toasted malts, and light nuts. Lots of caramel and toffee and a little sweet, which is very nice.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, toffee, alcohol, sweet dark fruits, molasses, sugar, fruity malts, toasted malts, and bready malts. A little bit sweeter than the nose and some alcohol comes through here, but not bad for the ABV.

m - Medium to full body and low to moderate carbonation. Thick and smooth, and pretty creamy, with a touch of alcohol. Very, very nice for a barleywine.

o - Overall I thought this was a very good barleywine that has held up well over the last 3 years. Lots of caramel and toffee, and sweet but nothing too much. Also doesn't have too much alcohol in the taste which is nice. Would like to have again.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into snifter. bottled on what looks like 040207 (April 2, 2007) even though i was told this was an '08...anywho on to the review:

A: pretty hazy/murky body that makes for an opaque brew. color is mahogany hued. head consists of a frothy rim of slightly off-white foam.

S: such a smooth vanilla. so smoooth. oak, toffee. brown sugar reduction. definitely getting some woody notes, but not really any booze (not sure if these were straight up virgin oak barrels or had something in them). raisins. great barleywine aromas complemented with the oak. well done.

T: not the upfront blast of sweetness i was expecting from this big barleywine. certainly sweet, but i was expecting more of a tangy sweet-plosion. im sure the time had something to do with mellowing that out. the middle gets a little scotchy. like an unsettling, unpleasant alcohol flavor that reminds me of the cheap shit. this is my only real complaint about the flavor.

M: carbonation is super mild as it should be. full body fo sho.

D: i feel like i got a fantastic bargin on this brew ($2.69/single bottle) considering the age as well as the flavor! most barleywines are around the price, throw oak in and tack a few more dollars on, throw oak and age tack on even more dollars. besides the deal i got, this is certainly a solid sipping brew that could probably sit around longer without spoilage. however, i dont see how the flavors could truly evolve that much more.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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 deskim
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle from 2009

Appearance: dark gold almost red, no head to speak of

Smell: bourbon upfront followed by caramel

Taste: not surprisingly there is a strong bourbon taste. high ABV is not too well masked. also strong sweet tastes possibly cherries.

Mouthfeel: low carbonation, very smooth

Drinkability: surprisingly drinkable for such a high ABV, would get again for sure.

great effort from old dominion on this one, my favorite style yet by this brewary

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Photo of mattgreger
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a muddled/cloudy color with a tiny off white head. The head faded quickly, but left a nice lingering lacing.

A distinct aroma of bourbon is up front. As the aroma hits your nose, there are some other follow up aromas as well, these being some caramels, spices, and maybe even a hint of cherries.

Taste of bourbon, caramel, and spices up front. Its a great flavor with that bit of a warm alcohol feeling in the middle. It closes with a nice crisp, earthy flavor that makes you want to have more.

This is very heavy, solid beer that doesn't have a high carboniation. But it isn't flat either, its a great sipping beer. High ABV would knock some out after one bottle, but this is a great brew I would love to get my hands on again. I would like to try other years as well.

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Photo of Atron67
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- poured a murky brown with an offwhtie head that never faded. pretty impressive head for an old barleywine.

S- malty but very subtle and oakey. heavy and some hints of molasses. some hints of vanilla and oak but not a huge a fruity type.

T- woody earth oak charachter and a heavy malt characteristics. some hints of molasses and some biscuit malt but not

M- thick and very heavy. light carbonation,

D- a definite sipper but a solid beer.

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Photo of corby112
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a thin white head that quickly settles into a thin lace. Pleasant aroma of bourbon, earthy oak, vanilla, hops and alcohol. Well balanced with lots of bourbon vanilla oakiness, malt backbone, sweet alcohol and strong hop presence.

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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 Rastacouere
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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 flexabull
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of metallitone1, thanks again!

Marking says that this one is from Novermber 2006.

Beer pours a dark amber color, with a thin white head. A bit cloudy looking as well.

Aromas are of cereals grains, spices, booze, and oak.

Taste is very good. When I first poured this, it looked so so, and smelled so so, but the flavor is excellent. Nice oak and booze flavors dominant, but there are some nicely spicy malt notes as well. There is an upfront creamy sweetness, then the beer settles into the bourbon barrel aged spicy, oak, and booze flavors that were mentioned before. It's a very interesting and different tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. But it feels more carbonated than I would like, and a bit too thin for the style.

Drinkability is good. This is a good and tasty barrel aged barleywine. If it looked a little better, and smelled a little better, it would be top notch. But with that said, it's still very tasty.

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Dominion Millennium - Oak Aged from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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