Dominion Millennium Ale | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Dominion Millennium AleDominion Millennium Ale

Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company
Delaware, United States

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 DOCALYN
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This barleywine kicks ass. Outragesly hopped to 100 IBU and aggessively dryhopped as well this is a rich sipping beer. I usually buy 2-3cases so as to have some to drink now and some I stash to age . With 11.5% ABV aging is no problem. The high hop rate balances the huge maltiness and the sweetness of the honey used. Compare with Victory Old Horizontal. Victory's head brewer developed the original Millenium recipe.

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Photo of ChoqlitStout
4.77/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this beer in the mail as an extra from CrellMossett and a huge thanks. This is one of my favorite beer styles and this is a GREAT example of the style.

A: pours cloudy amber, looks like apple cider. No head.

S: delicious sweetness of honey, brown sugar, and white sugar along with alcohol right on the end.

T: DELICIOUS! Sweet but with enough hops to balance the sweetness without lingering bitterness. No hot alcohol flavors, but you can tell that this beer has a kick without reading the label.

M: Full with low carbonation. This is definitely a sipping beer. I shared the bottle with the hubby and I'm not sure I would have made it through a whole bottle.

D: This is a great english barleywine. Smooth, sweet and warms you to the bone. Awesome!

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Photo of Tinybaum
4.77/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I first drank this beer on tap at a local bar. They would only serve you one per visit. I guess that is the power of knowing the bartender. Anyway. . .

To me this brew reminds me a little or maple syrup, sweet and crisp and goes down easy. After this beer sat out for nearly 20-30 minutes it had warmed up from its ice cold pour. The beer was still extremely drinkable for me. Each sip was a delight.

I would like to enjoy this more on a regular basis, but am unable to find this brew in any stores.

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Photo of BierManVA
4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Certainly many Barley Wines have had the sad displeasure of becoming too hoppy over the years. Not this delicious brew. While the nose is unmistakenly hoppy, the tongue is left to wonder what the hell is going on. I mean really..."Heavy malt flavor!"

If I closed my eyes and held my nose, I might think I was drinking a Maerzen for Christ's sake!


Do not miss this if you see it for sale. Beautiful...


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Photo of barleyroad
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber in appearance. The smell is good with a nice hint of honey. The smell is of time sweetened honey. The finish is good overall the mouth feel is good and surpising...Nice..Taste well we have said it, this is a real good barley wine and for us here at Barley Road we love this. Overall this is a beer that is worth having and is fridge worth. Hans is in love. Let us have a cigar!!!!

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Photo of mophie
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, an impressive offering, to be sure. Hazy copper with a billowy, creamy head that eventually reduces to a thin layer of bubbles across the surface. The smell is outstanding, with caramel, fresh-baked brown bread, and a dose of honey announcing the rich use of malts (and honey), with some floral hoppiness thrown in for good measure. The taste is initially sweet, though beautifully offset by the generous (but not overdone) use three American hop varieties in the boil. Lest ye think this be an all-American beer, they dry hop with English Kent-Goldings, giving the beer a refined, almost English quality. Immensely enjoyable, what a terrific way to toast the change of seasons.

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Photo of findlayfan
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a six-pack of this back in 2004. Tried one then and a couple more about a year later. Had nearly forgotten about the last two until a week or so ago, when I was rearranging some things in the cellar. It's rather cool this evening for the first of July, so I decided to open one of these.

Poured with no head at all - just a small white collar around the rim of the glass.

Pleasing smell, with sweet toffee notes.

Orangey body with a bit of carbonation.

Some sediment in the bottom of the bottle, with a bit floating in the glass after a modest pour.

Aging has done wonders for this. I remember it as a solid example of the style, a bit up front with the alcohol, and strong on the malt side.

The malt is certainly still there - mellowed a bit - and the alcohol must be, but it's very well hidden now. The drinkability has increased - but two would be the absolute max (for safety's sake)!

Now I wish I'd put away some later versions...

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Photo of Murph
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy golden amber color with not much of a head. Smell has some great malty sweetness in it. Light caramel and lightly floral hops. Mmmmm, nice sweet maltiness with some light hop bitterness, just enough to balance. Honey, chocolate, nice herbal/floral hops with some vague spiciness in the background. Man has this aged well. Super creamy and chewy and very drinkable. This was one damn fine BW. Hopefully my 2002 will age this well. Only time will tell.

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Photo of Globetrotter
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As my three year old daughter would say: "Yummy!" Pours a lovely cloudy copper hue under a thin tan head that fades quickly to form a film across the top and a healthy collar. Not much lace, but more than I expected for such a high ABV. This brew has a marvelously deep malty nose with a touch of honey. The mouth is prickly and heavy, with a savory sweetness that makes you just want to hold it forever. The malt and honey come out clearly in the initial taste, deep and penetrating, with caramel and toffee tones. Then the hops kick in, bold and beautiful. Alcohol is definitely here - the impression and aftertaste are a bit whiskeyesque. This brew is a delight to be enjoyed slowly.

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Photo of DRyan
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
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 OldFrothingSlosh
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. amber bottle. Born on date of 19-FEB-04.

Appearance: Poured a crystal clear burned orange in color. Wispy thin layer of lace clings to the very edges of the beer, attempting to escape my snifter by means of sticking to the glass.

Smell: Huge dose of honey in the nose. There is a bit of a caramelish sweetness as well. Brief dose of medicinal alcohol paired with a citrusy hop oil off to the edge of the stage. Clearly though, the honey is the star of this show.

Taste: I was a bit concerned that this would be too young to fully appreaciate with the bottling date being less than one month from when I first tried it. All fears are cast aside after the first few drops hit my palate. This beer kicks ass. Flavor is extremely well-balanced. Honey is definitely high up on the list, but it is followed closely by the malts, hops, and alcohol. Middle is sweet and the end is a nutty-hoppy finish that doesn't last very long. Only at the very end does the warming effect from the alcohol put a twinge in your belly.

Mouthfeel and Drinjability: Full-bodied and magnificiently creamy on the palate. Chewy. ABV hidden very well. Drinkability is off the scale. I could drink these one after another, though I'm sure I would pay for it in the morning. Simply wonderful to behold and taste.

Notes: Once again, Old Dominion scores big-time with me. I've been very impressed by almost every beer I've sampled from this fine Virginia brewery. An excellent young barleywine that will do nothing but get better as it ages. Thankfully, I have 4 more of these doing just that.

Do yourself a favor and seek out this beer and the others from the brewer. You won't regret it.

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Photo of BZero007
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled date 02/11/08 picked up from Norm's in Vienna, VA.

Pours a very clear amber copper color. Head was normal for a high alcohol ale, poured in to middle of the glass and formed a pretty good head. Aroma was great and smelled of sweet malt and a nice set of hops. The taste of this ale was great as the sweet malts rushed in the front with hops and fruits in the background. Excellent balance on all grounds. Mouthfeel was great and alcohol level was hidden very well. Will continue to stock this brew.

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Photo of TooLucid
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
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 Phatz
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks a million to froggyfrog for hookin me up with this brew.

Appearance: pour luminous red copper with powerful carbonation despite the small head. The fine carbonation bubbles are rising fervently so that when they reach the top the don’t stop they continue to reach for heaven jumping right through the barrier creating disturbed waters a top this bubbly brew. After a few minutes the force behind these bubbles subsides but is was in the moment an impressive display.

Smell: Sweet candied malts and almost citrus fruity hops that simply bask in their own glory and brandy alcohol.

Taste: Vinous boozy and beautiful, with health servings of vanilla, cinnamon, orange cream, and apple; big caramel, toffee and figs flavors, pineapple, brown sugar, honey alcohol and pine hops. The alcohol while not hidden is also not harsh for 11.40% ABV. It is like a soft brandy or friendly wine in which it is noticeable but contributes to the warming nature, feel, and flavor.

Mouthfeel: Juicy and slick with the flavor components acting on the palate in a manor that keep it lively. The hops nip here while the alcohol pulls there and a beer this is not otherwise heavy becoming fascinating to swirl.

Drinkability: Session this beer and die ;-). However hearty it is, it is also incredibly friendly to drink and each sips ends with a strong desire for more making the beer, IMO, really quite drinkable and overall; exceptional.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of froggyfrog
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Twelve-ounce bottle served in a glass goblet.

Blood red and copper with a minimal white head.

Very malty nose, buttery caramel notes with Scotch-like alcohol.

Sweet on the palate, toffee and orange marmalade toast control. Several varieties of hops provide a solid balance for the hefty Maillard-affected malt sugars.

A mighty brew at over 11%, this sipper is super smooth and rides the tongue like a big malty slip-and-slide.

This delightful beer, an exceptional example of its style, is a truly enjoyable drink.

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Photo of marc77
4.51/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewpub. Crystal clear deep auburn hue. Sticky almond white head leaves Belgian lace. Gorgeous. Soft floral hops with a tinge of earth and chlorophyll. Melllow honey and medium lovibond sweetness couples with the mild apple esters lending a candied apple impression. Dangerously soft aromawise. Clean honeyish sweetness upfront leads into a well integrated toffeeish presence. Hints of roast lie within the light lovibond caramel. Moderate, super clean hop bitternss barely balances malt sweetness-- they must've toned down the IBUs for this year's batch. Hint of ripe, berryish red licorice esque fruitiness and faint butterscotch. Smooth, lightly dextrinous. Almost creamy in mouthfeel. Finishes with a combination of buttery biscuit, herb and sweet earth. Enveloping alcohol warmth surfaces late. Milennium 2003 is unbelievably mellow and is easily the most drinkable, balanced barleywine I've had in a while. Malt driven, yet superbly balanced. If the bottled version is nearly as good, get some. Wonderful.

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Photo of jackndan
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dominion Millennium, bottled in March of 2002: yes I know I should have cellared this but the hell with that, this is too good to wait. Pours a murky brown, fairly hazy. The head is nice, off-white, leaves great lacing down the side.

The aroma is remarkable, very strong, and very sweet smelling. Strong scents of caramel apple.

Extremely complex brew, multiple levels of tastes that linger. Extremely malty, very strong dried fruit flavors (raisons, dried apples) opening into a fairly impressive blast of spicy malts, supplemented with a snap of hops. The tastes do linger, moreover the alcohol is present very early on, leading to a nice blast of warmth.

Clearly, one cannot drink this all night, but you’d want to if you could. Big shout out to my man Murph, and the BIF.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served at cellar temperature in a Trois Pistoles goblet. Bottled on date of 2/15/2004.

Appearance: Dark, clear amber liquid topped by a relatively large offwhite head. The foam sticks around for a bit before dissipating to a film and a ring.

Smell: Intriguing mix of orange marmalade, caramel malts, and pineapple citrus (think the white gummmi bears) hops. Everything melds together quite nicely.

Taste: An initially sweet whizbang of caramel malts that give way to peppery and bitter hop aftertastes. An amalgam of American and British barleywine styles. Toasted bread character.

Mouthfeel: Thick and heavy bodied with long lasting aftertastes that make one mellow.

Drinkability: Rock solid and beyond barleywine. Bargain priced to boot. Can't wait to see what time does to this.

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Photo of altctrlsdelete
4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the standard BW color, a sort of ruby red with an orange hue to it. This one has just a trace of a head that coagulates in the center of the glass within a minute or two. Little to no lacing.

The aroma is rich with malt sweetness with notes of raisins and balanced perfectly by the hops.

The taste is absolutely sublime; it hardly ever gets better than this. The alcohol rears its head here, but not too overtly, though it warms all the way to the belly.

The alcohol tingles the tongue as the goodness makes its way down, leaving a bit of a dry and pleasantly bitter finish.

This is my favorite barleywine to date, and is by far my favorite when talking of fresh barleywines. Age makes it better, but it is absolutely superb green, too.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2008 vintage brewed at the brewery in Ashburn before it was bought and moved to Delaware.

A: Brown pour with hints of yellow along the edges. Not really any head to be noted here.

S: The smell is so mellow and balanced. Caramel, butterscotch, oak and booze. Very sweet overall.

A: The taste continues the sweet balance I picked up on the smell. Full of caramel and oak, with a very nice balance of booze and some butterscotch. This is almost like drinking a boozy candy, just delicious. This has aged gracefully and I hope it continues to do so.

MF: Heavy body, very dry finish, pretty boxy throughout.

O: I loved this. It saddens me that this brewery no longer exists. We have to enjoy what we have left!

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Photo of BeerSox
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Clear reddish amber hue with a one finger tan head that slowly settles to a bubbly rim. Stringy lacing along the glass.

Sweet malts with a hint of caramel and a bit of raisin. Some grassy hops are in the background, but nothing too strong.

A caramelish malty backbone with some spicy hops that come in at the middle. A light creaminess comes in that connects the two. Full bodied with good carbonation, giving a quick bite on the tongue. The finish is the fading grain.

This one is outstanding, smooth, and easy to drink. It's great out of a pint glass, although usually a snifter is the traditional glass. I really enjoyed this one. Recommended.

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Photo of VoodooBrew
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1998 release. What a rare treat.

I get dried fruit on the nose, notably raisin, along with a big whiff of alcohol, plus malt and spice. Raisins feature up-front on the palate, and later on a hop finish creeps in. There is some alcohol warmth but it is quite mild. The flavor profile is deep and complex. A solid beer from the prolific folks at Old Dominion. Highly enjoyable.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on March 5, 2002.

The appearance has a murky glow to it. Orangeish in color. Thin film of a head disappears quickly and leaves only a thin collar. Lacing is sporadic. The nose is malt dominated, but accented with gentle Goldings fragrance. Nice nose. There's a bit of a alcohol burn even though this brew's a year old. It does check in at 11.4% a/v however. I'd like to have access to more of these to cellar longer. I really dig the flavors of this BW. The ethanol blends nicely with a somewhat harsh hop bitterness. The malt base is fantastic and does more than just support. A little caramely. A little bready. Quite complex. The carbonation level seems higher than in other BWs I've had, but I'm not knocking the beer down in points because of it. It fits nicely within the context of this particular beer. The body is about medium-full and very slightly syrupy. All in all, I'd call this one a nice brash Barleywine.

Thanks a million for the Millenium Davo.

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Photo of TinusTime
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium orange-brown colour with a light tan head that dissapears quickly. Smell is caramel with some rum soaked fruits. Taste is off a yeasty brioce with some caramel and fruits. As it warms the alcohol and fruits become more pronounced. Minimal carbonation lends to a silky mouthfeel. Drinkability is so good.. I could drink these one after another, but at 11% I might be on the floor. None the less this is a tip-top barleywine that is more of the English style and not super hopped like some American versions. With this , the Oak Barrel Stout, and the Spring Brew; Old Dominion has a triumverate of top notch beers.

Thanks to Avylover for the bottle since i was sold out at the time

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Photo of nomad
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-- Aged 1 year --

An amber-ish red color, this beer gains a bubbly off-white head while circles of stain dot the glass. That's all I ask from a barleywine, for the most part, and it delivers.

Smells of a lot - most appreciably, toffee that is wondefully thick and slightly spicy paired with NorthWest hops giving off leafy pine and grapefruit scents, but only through a delicate tease. Expands to heady biscuit notes that inhale darker and sweeter than normal. Slight butter, too, and some slight notes of vintage Scotch graininess.

Taste is immediately of spicy, tasty hops, piney yet floral too, with chewable hop leaves. Underneath is a wonderful sweetness, a full amber-toffee flavor with a small amount of diacetyl that is tasty and, actually, welcome. Small alcohol tinge at the end, and a minty finish. Moderate-thick mouthfeel is dead-on.

Tomorrow I'm going to buy a bunch more , pronto. I'm sorry the 2002 vintage didn't come across like this one, but it didn't. Overall, an awesome barleywine that is both very British and very American at the same time. Props to that.

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