Dominion Millennium Ale
Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company

Dominion Millennium AleDominion Millennium Ale
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Style:
English Barleywine
Ranked #82
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,808
Avg:
4.03 | pDev: 10.92%
Reviews:
265
Ratings:
377
From:
Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company
 
Delaware, United States
Avail:
Winter
Wants
  55
Gots
  20
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Dominion Millennium AleDominion Millennium Ale
Notes: Millennium is brewed in the barley wine style to commemorate our 1000th batch of beer. Its generous hopping & bottle conditioning allow this beer to be cellared and enjoyed for many years.
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Photo of tobelerone
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12/28/17, reviewed 11/15/18.

Millenium has the sort of golden burnished color one looks for in this style but minimal head that's gone in a flash, very little lacing, and a ton of suspended floaties. Not a good look. Aroma is fairly standard, and very nice in fact, with lots of toffee, brown sugar, apples and raisins, caramel and so forth. Flavor follows suit but is followed quickly by late hoppy bitterness and warming alcohol notes that make it a complex sipper and elevates affairs to a strong degree. In fact the aggressive hopping is reminiscent of Sierra Nevada Bigfoot and in general feels more American than English in style. The medium body and carbonation - what one would expect of a contemporary imperial IPA - further strengthen this impression.

In closing it's a strong offering that straddles the two worlds of barleywine, falls short of the top tier, but rises above the more mundane second class offerings. A minus, maybe.

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Photo of BB1313
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/28/17. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a glowing amber with both haze and clarity to it; some floaties/sediment along with lots of bubbles racing upwards; creamy light khaki head that slowly falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are malt forward along with some vanilla, cherries and caramel. Some dark fruits. The flavors basically follow the nose for the most part. It's sweet, but nothing cloying or over the top. More vanilla, cherries and caramel. Some toffee along with some raisins. The honey is noticeable. It's not really that bitter. Nice malt backbone. Mild alcohol notes in the finish, but it's not hot or boozy at all. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It doesn't feel heavy. It's smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a nice barleywine. The craftsmanship is on point. It's a nice classic example of the style. It's very enjoyable and fun to drink. Well done.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This nice ale pours a nice ruby tinged mahogany
with a nice thin beaded head of white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin pool,
and showcases some nice light lacing. Nose of herbal hops, subtle pine, caramel malts,
cherry notes, and light date with astringent alcohol. Flavors ever so lightly exceed the
nose with cherry and light golden raisins mingling with herbal and lightly piney hop notes
that are bound together by honey and caramel malts with astringent alcohol warmth.
Decent mouth feel; medium body verging on medium light, medium light carbonation,
and a warming hop tinged finish.

Overall, a decent lighter version of a barley wine with a more lively body than the average
barley wine. More of a Belgian quad or a weaker stock ale. Still it is a nice ale.

Cheers

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 12/22/16 into pint glass. Pours a deep amber with a thin, light tan head. Initial impreession is quite complex: buttery caramel, slight resinous hops bitterness, molasses, biscuits, bread, and honey. Hops are present but in the background. Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety; carbonation is light. Finish is slightly boozy, but surprisingly smooth. Very, very good.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with a tight, tan head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of fruits and toasted malts.

Tastes of the fruits layered over a good malt base. Fruits lead off with notes of raisins and cherries. Malts add in with caramel, toffee, and a bit of molasses. Hops come next with floral and citrus notes. Honey sweetness comes towards the end and linger through the finish.

Mouthfeel is full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a good barleywine, might have to age a few.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - auburn copper coler with slight head and great lacing
Smell - dark fruit like dark cherries and plums and very sweet. Almost like a quad
Taste - taste very similar to a quad, but less fruit more Carmel.
Feel - slight syrup with a crisp carb
Overall - two thumbs up! Like mentioned above, it's a great barley but has hints of a quad

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Photo of TooLucid
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On an impulse I purchased a six-pack, I was not expecting too much. Wonderful. Nuanced and delicate. Bold but not boorish. Phenomenal texture and fragrance.

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Photo of DrBier
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the cellar, bottled 01/31/08. Ages really well. Lacking some carbonation but great smell, outstanding flavor and mouthfeel. Worthy of cellar space.

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Photo of hoagzzz
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not a huge fan of the style. I believe barley wine ages ok.. Bottle is from nov iv 13 so hopefully so. Nice to try something different but not really my thing.

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Photo of TimZebGir
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%

A: Ruby with a light haze, medium carbonation and thin foamy head (3/3)
S: Honey and alcohol dominate with a little bit of raisin (8/12)
T: There’s a lot of alcohol in this beer...some darker malt character and little bitterness, but mostly the alcohol. Somewhat weird aftertaste similar to mealyness of a crappy light lager but not nearly as strong, and may reflect shipping from DC more than actual beer quality. (15/20)
M: Very smooth yet creamy mouthfeel. Pretty dry on finish. (5/5)
O: Not a huge fan of this guy. It’ll get you drunk, and it lets you know that. I was hoping for a richer flavor profile given the ABV, but I mostly just got the A. (6/10)
37/50

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a sam adams custom glass: color is gold, transparent, great big head, off white in color, great lacing.

Aroma is milder malts, mostly pale style, some honey like notes and some earthy, light pine hops.

Taste is great for a beer this large and of this style, really like the dryer, cleaner malt barleywines: malt is all pale, clean, neutral, not sweet, honey is just enough to promote its presence, good floral presence. Hops are easy, subtle, grassy.

Moutfeel is incredible for this size of beer, great body and flavor presence on the tongue, not too dry and easy on the palate (not cloying).

Overall, wow, this is a great ale and barleywine, very solid flavors and great big beer presence without off flavors or extremes.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz (twist-cap??) bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Red with 1 finger of loose head and decent retention. Excellent clarity with moderate carbonation.

Nose
Caramel and toffee sweetness with sprinkles of candy sugar. Suggestions of dark fruit and boozy esters.

Taste
Caramel and toffee sweetness mixed with say...a pound of sugar. Suggestions of raisin and black plum. Finishes very earthy with notes of tobacco and leather. Has a slight peppery booziness but is tamed for the most part.

Mouthfeel
Full bodied, slick, silky and chewy.

Overall
A nice sipper. Well balanced with a well hidden abv, however not as complex as most Barleywines.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a dark amber color with good clarity. While the head is quite creamy, it only pours about half a finger high (eggshell shade) and doesn't even have good retention to make up for it. Small hints of lacing are left on the glass.

S: Immediately, I notice a boozy character, albeit a defined and non-harsh one. Caramel is (expectedly) strong here, along with toffee, earth, leather, and even something suggesting candy-coated hops. Honey is a lesser characteristic semi-hidden underneath the primary notes. Aromatically, there isn't much to get excited about, but by no means is it unsatisfactory.

T: It starts with a healthy nutty flavor. It's past the midpoint where this one gets interesting. There's just enough hoppiness here - existing as a slight herbal (and, at points, even citrusy) tone on the back end - to ballast the sweetness without coming off like some big DIPA. Did I mention it's boozy? There's no monstrous sugar note here (it is a bit sweet and candy-like at times, but hey it's 10.5%) to cover the alcohol, so the latter is rather prevalent. However, it does its job well: it gives the beer some complex nuance without being ruinously burning or unbalanced. It's both complex AND well-integrated, so in that regard, it's a big success.

M: While it's boozy, it isn't a harsh booziness. Plus, it's rather dry. While it could use a longer finish by all means, that means this one is easy to drink, even with its full body. Maybe I should call it an easy sipper...yeah, that's perfect, easy sipper.

O: This is a barleywine for barleywine lovers. It's boozy, kind of challenging, but drinkable to those who can handle it. It's a fantastic aging candidate - too bad the twist-off cap is going to oxidize it too quickly...

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours up only a sliver of head which disappears quickly. The head is a light tan/yellow while the body is a ruddy, dull brown which appears as a hazy medium to dark amber in the light. Doesn't leave any lacing.

Nose- Starts off with caramel mixed with oak and then starts to reveal faint notes of stone fruits (mostly peach and apricot). These fade and the caramel takes over again. The glass has less presence and shows mostly caramel. Swirling reveals a bit of honey. Very subtle notes of cherry, vanilla, and toffee. Some coconut as well. A good amount of presence for a four year old beer.

Taste- Starts off with chocolate at first (which is odd because I didn't get that on the nose) and then shows a mix of coconut and oak. The coconut tastes toasted while the oak is mostly well rounded. Lots of balance and pretty mellow but still has enough presence to be interesting. There's even a little heat kicking around. I imagine this beer is quite feisty when it's younger as it's drinking beautifully at the moment. Not in the same league as an Abacus or MOAS but still top notch. Slight hints of cherries and raisins. The heat is very beneficial and advances almost every note of the flavor profile. Could use a little more complexity but considering the age, this is only a minor complaint. Good to really good beer.

Mouthfeel- A little bit below medium bodied with faint carbonation. A little thin but the light carbonation mitigates the negative effect.

Drinkability- Pretty dangerous. While it does show alcohol, the alcohol invigorates the beer. Very mellow with lots of balance. Great example of why beer geeks age beers. Not sure of the price because it was an extra but I've read that it's a bargain.

Overall- Good to really good beer (basically somewhere in the middle). I would definitely try this beer. I don't know how it drinks fresh but it definitely doesn't mind some age.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Small creamy beige head drops to a spotty cap and small collar in short order. Solid lacing. Relatively clear amber with some copper tones.

Smell: Caramel, a touch of raw honey, and a solid toasted malt base Sweet with some herbal and slightly earthy hops. Alcohol and a touch of soft hop spice. Pushes some toffee and biscuit. Nicely balanced for such a big beer. Solid fruity esters as well.

Taste: Caramel, toffee, biscuit, and shortbread cookie. Fruity esters in abundance along with a nice toasted element. Clean yeast profile. Sweet with a touch of honey in the back. Hops are mild, offering up some herbal and earthy notes. Raw grain and a grassy finish.

Mouthfeel: Slick almost oily with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Surprisingly clean finish.

Overall: Milenniummm...OK.

Lacks a little bit of complexity, but it's a good take on the style. Not remarkable, but worth drinking.

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Photo of uturn
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How served: 12oz screw cap bottle poured into a La Mère Noël glass.

Notes: Bottled on 02 01 08 & brewed and bottled at the old location in Ashburn, Virginia

A: The beer poured a murky deep copper color with an extremely thin white head which dissipated quickly laving no lacing on my glass.

N: The nose had notes of toffee, raisins, bread dough, honey, brandy and alcohol.

T: The taste was slightly sweet with toffee, caramel, honey and dried dark fruits. This was very sherry like with the warmth from the alcohol.

M: This beer has a medium to heavy body with a slick feel and a low carbonation level.

O: Overall this was a very enjoyable English Barleywine. There was some mild oxidation but did not distract from the overall experience and overall held up very well after 5 years.

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Photo of cozmohollis
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: This beer has a deep copper color with a thin/off-white head to it.

S: It smells of caramel with fruity esters, toasted grains and biscuit.

T: Sweet with butter, caramel and toffee flavors.

M: Heavy bodied with a syrup like texture. It has a warmness at the end as well.

O: I love how balanced and smooth this beer is. It's also easily drinkable, even with the alcohol content being so high. Definitely a beer you'd want to drink on a cold day. It's my favorite barleywine to date.

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Photo of jwc215
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark ruby with a head that has decent staying power, especially for style/abv. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of rich toffee-like maltiness with a hint of tart fruitiness and a touch of honey.

The taste is of rich, sweet toffee/caramel-like maltiness balanced by tart fruitiness and an earthy hop spicing. Just a hint of honey adds to the complex taste. Alcohol is well-hidden.

It is full-bodied and very smooth. Drinks "too" easily for its alcohol level and richness. This is a well-balanced, well-made, enjoyable barleywine!

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Photo of DIM
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a: This was a clear, light amber color. It poured with a thick sticky head

s: Lots of toffee, Plus surprisingly strong honey aromas. As it warmed sugary fruit emerged.

t: Very sweet overall, but the alcohol helps keep it in check. I love the way the honey and toffee flavors work together. The finish is a lingering heat with some grassy bitterness. Not all that complex for a barleywine, yet it is extremely satisfying.

m: Nice and chewy with lush carbonation.

o: Quite a nice surprise. An excellent barleywine and a bargain to boot.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a hazy amber color with just over a finger of white head with a very vigorous pour. This beer does not seem to be very carbonated, but it's certainly not flat.

S: Toffee and caramel mix with honey, dried apricots, and a hint of floral honey. A bit faint, but quite pleasant.

T: A fruity sweetness upfront - I get dried apricots like in the aroma. I get some plums as well as a nice toffee sweetness. Again, there is a light floral honey keeping the beer on the dry side. A touch of sherry oxidation in the aftertaste. Booze is apparent, but very restrained.

M: On the light side with very light carbonation.

O: A very light, yet tasty and fairly complex Barleywine. Nicely aged, I think this is at its peak.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a golden orange color with a soapy white head on top. The retention is pretty good as well as the lacing. The smell of the beer had a good amount of floral and citrusy hops with some mild malt sweetness on the nose. The taste had a powerful bitterness and sweetness blended together. The mouthfeel had a medium body, it also has a solid amount of carbonation as well. Overall this beer to be seemed more like an American Barley Wine than an English one. It's a very nice beer though and I could see myself drinking this one again.

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Photo of DRyan
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is for a bottle that has been cellared, with an apparent "brewed on" date of 4/2/07 (was kind of hard to read) that I got in a trade for some Jester King.

a: Pours a dark, almost purple-ish red with very little head that dissipates quickly and does not really lace at all

s: vanilla, almost caramel like maltiness

t: Oh. My. God. That is awesome. Heavy vanilla with an undercurrent of toffee, this is like dessert in a glass. The hops bitterness is still there, but all on the aftertaste, quickly followed by just a teeny bit of alcohol bite, but very minimal. Does not show its hand as far as the alcohol content is concerned.

m: Velvety is the only way to describe it. There is very little carbonation, really just enough to not say it's flat, but the mouthfeel slips and slides down the throat, good goddamn that's nice.

d: Very drinkable. I would happily celebrate my birthday today by having three or four of these and then regretting it tomorrow, alas, this is the only one in my cellar. This is a great barleywine, and a great present to me!

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

A: Pours a nice copper with a stick resiny head that sticks to the edges.

S: Aroma of fruity yeast, a good bittering hop profile and plenty of malt sweetness

T: Wow, surprised me here. Extremely fruity tasting and a nice english yeast to boot. I have a soft spot for English barleywines and this did not disappoint. Plenty of cotton candy flavors mixed with cherry jolly rancher. Delicious and refreshing. Honey adds a bit of sweetness and complexity as well as adding floral notes to this very hoppy brew.

M: High level of carbonation with a medium body.

O: Color me impressed. A very solid english barleywine with plenty of body and flavor. Not too much boozy presence after warming, but a bit is there with a high abv here. Very well done IMO

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.03/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle date of 1/20/12.

A - A finger of light beige head on top of a clear red body with some amber in it.

S - Sweet. Good caramel and malts. Simple.

T - A lot more bitter than I was expecting. I would call this an American BW. A simple barlewine with not much to it.

M - Decent carbonation and moderate body where I would expect more. Just a bit too thin.

O - It is really an average barleywine.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a tulip-shaped Duvel glass.

A: Beautiful copper-red color beneath a two-finger head of caramel-colored foam which leaves a thick ring of lace. Carbonation is moderate and clarity is quick good, with just a slight chill haze.

S: Fruity and complex with hints of tart lemons, orange peel, spicy coriander and a hint of herbal, piny hops. Spicy and gummy yeast aromas tie things together nicely.

T: Sweet, fruity, herbal and spicy up front, with a lightly toasted malt and caramel flavor that allows more complex, lush citrus notes crash towards the back of the palate. A rush of slick, bitter, herbal hops and booziness washes the malt sweetness away and leaves the palate in a slick of sweet toffee, spicy hops and alcohol.

M: Full, rich and slick up front with a somewhat cloying, syrupy finish that carries a lot of heat. A sipper for sure.

O: This 10.5% ABV English barleywine is a treat to be taken in moderation. It could stand to age a bit, and some oak-aging would send this beer into rare territory. Until then, its a complex, very boozy, beautiful looking sipper.

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Dominion Millennium Ale from Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 377 ratings