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Dominion Millennium Ale | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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258 Reviews
Dominion Millennium AleDominion Millennium Ale

Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company
Delaware, United States | website

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.

Added by Todd on 08-11-2001

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Photo of TimZebGir
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%

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)

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Photo of matty
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber colored beer with a slowly fading head.Aroma is hops and fruits.Taste is honey,dark fruits,hops and alcohol.The abv on my bottle says 10.5 and the label is different but from what I read this is probably the same thing.This is not a beer meant for party games.I would recommend and purchase again.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2004 Bottling: Orange/gold with a low/decent beige head and a low amount of carbonation which leaves some sticky lace. Primarily a malt aroma with just a bit of hop character at first -- gone quickly. Very malty fairly sweet with a little hoppiness but not balanced poorly. Full bodied rich and smooth with a big alcohol warming sensation.

Alcohol was very rough when very fresh...

1999 Bottling: Bronze, low ringed head, and low carbonation. All malt aroma and flavor; not overly bitter. Alcohol seems to have mellowed but not incrementally better overall.

Bottled: 02/19/04
Tasted: 02/11/05

Bottled: 12/09/99
Tasted: 07/07/06

($7.99 / 6-pack)

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Photo of justintcoons
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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

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.

Full bodied, slick, silky and chewy.

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

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Photo of byrd
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

No head ever really formed on top of this brew during the pour; just a thin lace sits on top of this one. Yet, some carbonation could be seen rising to the surface. The color is a reddish copper that is quite cloudy. The nose is lots of sweet malts, thick caramel, and fruity notes mixed with alcohol. The flavor is of sweet caramel malts up front with some very slight vinous notes, along with hints of fruits and rum. Bitter hops sneak into the finish and aftertaste. The alcohol becomes somewhat apparent towards the middle and into the finish and definitely leaves a warming sensation as it goes down. Millennium has a full mouthfeel with just a little carbonation on the tongue. Despite the perceptible alcohol, this brew is fairly smooth, with just a bit of a bite towards the end.

This was the first Barley Wine that I’ve had. While it was quite enjoyable and easy to drink, I don’t think I could drink more then one at a sitting. Next time I’m out, I think I’ll pick up a couple more of these to hang onto for a couple years.

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Photo of oceanman
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 4/6/07, reviewed 1/25/10

Pours a deep, dark orange with zero head. On the nose, an enticing interaction of doughy, sweet, malty notes with fruit (raisin, pear, fig). Caramel aromas, and sweetness already apparent.

Taste has dulled significantly, and leaves a faint metallic finish. Slightly oxidized (age, a low fill level, and twist-off cap mostly likely all contributed). Retains typical flavors of an English barleywine, though somewhat muted, and lacking the complexity one would expect from cellaring. Alcohol is subdued for the stated 11.4% - only the thickness of the mouthfeel reveals the strength of the beer. Very thick, though; the beer labors across the tongue. Alcohol burn does rise a bit as beer warms to room temperature.

Disappointing - seems past its prime less than three years in. For a barleywine of 11.4% abv, this should have held up better. Drink within two years.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - A nearly opaque sienna brew with a small head that lingers for about a minute. No lacing. Carbonation is extremely intense especially since only the very edge of the brew is visible.

S - Mangoes, roses, blue spruce, toffee and caramel. A nice aroma. Abv undetectable.

T - Upfront pine hops and a bit of mango. The aftertaste is a mild pine bitterness. After that wears off there is a toffee character. Abv is undetectable.

M - Harsh from the high carbonation. Thin for a barleywine (which isn't necessarily bad). Not refeshing one way or the other.

D - This is an alright barleywine (I wouldn't call it English personally). I think there are a lot of better ones out there, but this is a certainly far from the worst. I would not mind having this again! I think this might be an instance where an even fresher bottle mind be nice. I am not sure how aging this would affect its characteristics.

Bottling date: 04/09/06

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage.
Poured from tap into snifter. Pours a honey amber. No head but good lacing.
Smells of butterscotch and caramel and malts. Very boozey.
Taste is of boozey butterscotch and sweet malts. Smooth on the tongue but high in alcohol. Its hidden very well.
Overall....really nice. Simple. Nice and good.
It goes straight to your head though.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Dark fruity esters, raisins, plums, rich dark fruit character. Warming alcohol notes on the nose.

Appearance: Slightly hazy deep amber/copper pour with a thick, tan batter-like cap.

Flavor: More dark fruity esters, raisins, plums, and candied dates persist. An earthy hop bitterness balances this beer out. A big fusel-like alcohol punch in the finish. Finish is dry and crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a prickly alcohol burn.

Overall impression: Needs aged. A big English Barleywine. Nicely done!

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Photo of BierReise
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle 1999 vimtage Poured thick and a cloudy amber color looking like apple cider. No head to speak of. Aroma is a strong sweet malty one with a classic barley wine profile. Also contains notes of oak and vanilla. Body is velvety smooth and lightly carbonated. Flavor is sweet, caramel, malt, slight fruitiness and finishes with a warming alcohol kick. Overall this has aged very well.

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Photo of pinotboy007
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very nice copper with (initially) a thick cap that faded slowly and left moderate lacing. No visible carbonation and a slight trace of yeast floaties.

S - Raw honey, strawberry, sweet peat.

T - Complex and bracing; the hops are there in force but don't overwhelm the soft caramel hints and leather. The alcohol is well masked.

M - Rich and creamy with soft carbonation.

D - A nice way to end the evening but having more than one isn't really an option. WELL DONE DOMINION! :)

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Photo of weeare138
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to egajdzis for breaking out this one dated 2/19/2004...
Appears a murky toned amber with a small white head that fades into a mild cap and collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of vanilla, caramel, toffee, rich malt, bready dough, cherry, rum, and light oxidation.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with notes of wood, grain, caramel, and whiskey heat. Notes of fruit come through in the background.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, hot, warming, with mild cinnamon & orange peaking in the swallow.

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Photo of akorsak
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to CrellMoset for this 12 oz bottle, dated from 2007 (that's all that I can make out from the label).

A: The barleywine is a hazy amber color, reasonably approximating the vessel that it came in. The ale has a murky appearance, like a good bit of sediment flowed out of the glass.

S: The barleywine is treacly sweet, malty and bready. Behind the malts, a hop profile lingers even with two years under its belt.

T: The first sip smacks of barleywine, with lots of sweet malts cascading into an avalanche of thick fruits and grains. The malts have a concentrated taste, very full and strong. A peppery flavor lingers with the malts. Hoppiness is evident but not a stand out element. A river of booziness is present, cutting through the entire body.

M: The mouthfeel is a thick, rich barleywine, taking pains to show off its bold malty side. A pleasant sweetness cuts across the entire ale.

D: Although the alcohol is present, it doesn't weigh on the ale. Age hasn't hurt this ale at all.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from dsigmon courtesy of the Ugly Ducking BIF, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of honey, caramelized malts, a little alcohol, some pale hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out malty with sweet flavors of caramel, citrus and honey that quickly followed by a big alcohol sting. Then there's a strong hops presence for the style that balances things out a bit. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, this is a good high ABV beer to drink for a while, but it's not the first one I'd pick.

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Photo of shivtim
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the "Brewhouse" at the DC Convention Center. Fantastic happy hour pricing, but served in a pilsner glass.

Highly visible carbonation. It's deep clear amber/brown, with a tiny head. Nose is strong layers of malts. Some hops poke through with a mild grass scent, but malts dominate and do a little sweet dance. Taste is a malt bomb. Musty grains, subdued sweetness, raw qualities. Not exactly true to style, but quite good none-the-less. Alcohol impressively well hidden. Good mouthfeel, and drinkability only hampered by the ABV.

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Photo of juhl31
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-crimson brown in color and very clear. almond colored head that stays thin around the edge and some of the middle

-dark caramel. a bit of heat sting. some dark fruits in there if i try pretty hard to get em in my nostril

-still kinda hoppy for almost a year old...especially considering it's supposed to be an english barleywine. there is some fruit. maybe some plum and fig. the aftertaste reminds me a sushi a lot...some soy sauce and sushi rice with rice wine vinegar has a comparable aftertaste. although, sushi does always make me think good thoughts. there is also some breadiness as well

-somewhat sticky, but yet pretty thin at the same time considering. still some heat to it

-this is a good beer and glad to try it. it is nothing i will have to go tell my fellow BA's about or anything though

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Photo of smanders
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of a 12 oz. bottle dated 21109.

Appearance: Dark orange with a weak head. Dissipates very quickly.

Smell: You can really smell the sweetness. Caramel, raisins, and a nice hops background.

Taste: This is sweet ale. Everything from honey to toffee comes through on this one. Thankfully it's balanced nicely with hops so nothing seems too overwhelming. I like this barleywine!

Mouthfeel: Slick, oily, then dry (due to the high ABV%).

Drinkability: A great example of the style that I was ignorant of until I stumbled upon the oddly-labeled bottle at Total. I'm surprised I enjoy the sweetness as much as I do. I would recommend this to a friend.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clear dark golden with a nice white head that quickly fades to almost nothing. Nose is malty as hell, sweet with caramel and toffee. Tastes very nice, lots of malts that ring of toffee, slight dark fruit, very slight chocolate and smoke. Very easy to drink, doesn't shout at you.

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Photo of ATPete
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, bottled in 2002

(reviewed from notes taken in 1/10)

Pours a honey orange color with a small off white head that leaves good stickage on the glass. A very sweet nose, caramel, sweet potato, rich dark fruits and a leafy, minty aroma. Tame carbonation to be expected from something nearly 8 years old, very full in body, malt forward with zero alcohol heat, very glad to have tried an offering this old, this has stood up to the time wonderfully.

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Photo of biegaman
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Millennium Ale is the same tone of orange as the inside of a sweet potato. The beer is beyond murky; inspection to the light showcases a warmer, but always dreary, complexion. Tiny, very glinty bubbles appear like microscopic chars of glass shattering in slow-motion. They sparkle just like diamonds and this twinkling adds some much needed, highly aesthetic and easily distracting decor to the otherwise somber appearance.

This beer has some pretty impressive specs: it contains twice as much honey as malt and over 3lbs of hops per barrel with an additional half pound more of whole-leaf hops used to dry-hop. Evidence of these elements is had in the aroma, an experiment in juxtaposition, where the silky sweet nectar of honey fuses with the resinous and bitter pungency of the hops. Both scents share a distinctively floral and earthy tinge; they work well together.

If the beer really does contain twice as much honey as malt (which, quite frankly, seems a stretch) then what I'm drinking should taste an awful lot like honey, no? Perhaps even twice as much like honey than beer? Well, it's not exactly that ratio but it does taste like honey - the sweet, flowery, nectar-like flavour is mild but unmistakable. It seems an awfully good honey, with a smack of citrus, it is almost certainly wild.

The other part of the flavour, the minority of it although not by much, is an equally sweet malt bill that has been boiled to well beyond the point of caramelization. Remnants of the hops can also be found; traces of earthy, floral greens are never too far away. Although its alcohol doesn't really show and the beer drinks mighty fine as is, I think an extra dosage of malt could have been spared for a thicker, more full mouthfeel.

The bottling date on this 2008 vintage has already passed its year-and-a-half anniversary but the beer seems to have held up. (Fun fact: Honey never goes bad!) Still, it's not something I'd recommend for long term storage. Flavours are delicate and there doesn't seem to be enough malt or hops to make me confident in its chances for long haul survival. Its total lack of carbonation is more persuasion to be happy for cracking it open tonight.

Many believe honey is a natural health remedy - well this is certainly good for what ale's ya! (hearty har har) But seriously, the floral, earthy character of honey is an ideal accompaniment to similar qualities in the hops as well as the syrupy sweetness of the malts. The folks at Dominion brewed a nice little beer to celebrate their 1000th batch - it's a good thing they had the good sense to keep brewing it.

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Photo of westweasel
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shout out to Schneid for this beer.

The beer pours out a bright orange color that is slightly hazy, with a thin white head that is surprisingly long lasting. No lacing is left along the glass.

The smell consists of toast, pineapple, and a floral scent. The taste is dominated by a biscuty flavor, along with pineapple, a bit of caramel and alcohol. The finish is bitter and lingering, with a bitter orange peel flavor.

The mouthfeel is very full, with low carbonation (it seems very fitting for this style).

As barleywines go, this one is very drinkable. I like the balance it has now, but it would be interesting to taste it with 6 - 12 months on it.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Alesmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- dark copper with a 2 finger off-white head. Nice amount of lacing covers nearly half the glass.

S- sweet bread, citrus, and honey.

T- sweet toasted malts, citrus (orange and lemon), there's some sweetness from the honey or maybe some candi sugar. Noticeable bitterness but not real hoppy.

M- medium body and carbonation. Leaves you with a bit of a dry mouth.

O- good Barleywine, but the happiness is more of the American Barleywine than English.

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Photo of nogoodreason
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours the proper barleywine color, slightly more tan than amber. Nicely carbonated though a little thin bodied.

Nose is of caramel, toffee, star anise with a little alcohol spice to it. A nice earthy bitterness is present, though not overwhelming.

It's sticky and sweet in the mouth with a decent earthen dryness and raisins swept up in toffee.

Simple and delicious, though not overwhelming in anyway. A good barley wine that I'm glad to have sampled.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good barleywine, a bit mono-chord but nicely balanced.

Presentation: 12 oz screw cap brown bottle. Front label offers a subdued label with light cream and brown colors presided by a emblem with the horns of Dominion crowned by beer ingredients. Back label offers a short paragraph noting history, general style and characteristics, and cellaring recommendation. Notes bottling date (02/02/10). Shows Alc. by Vol. (10.5%) Served on a snifter.

A - Deep amber to amber brown pour with a 1/4" head, fair retention and surface memory with a couple of strokes of lacing.

S - Gentle nose with a predominant caramel sweetness, a faint fruity touch in the back and a boozy whiff.

T - Nice malty sweetness There is a soft hoppy coating, a bit shy with fruity tones. It also has nice sweetness, with a soft touch but the honey is not evident. A boozy note is present and more so as the brew warms up but does not overwhelm the profile.

M - Medium to full body with fair carbonation, nice tingly finish. Smooth and a bit of a boozy finish.

D - It's a nice sipper. Not outstanding but feels reliable.

Notes: Hmmm, drank barely 14 days after bottling... Hops are already fairly well integrated, in fact a bit too shy. If anything I guess that the boozy edge may subside with aging and meld nicely. The move of the brewery to Delaware as part of a macro takeover still bothers me when I reach out to these brews, in particular as they brag about their small guy origing. And the hype for the small amount of cases distributed to the region seems but a trite marketing ploy... Luckily it is a fair barleywine.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: bright red with an even keel of carbonation rising to fluffy beige head. gorgeous head doesn't waver for a moment. i haven't seen a beer do this in on of my glasses for a while.

S: sticky tangerine. cranberry juice. mint leaves.

T: bright, sweet honey. loads of raw sugar. bay leaves. the alcohol reminds me of a caribbean rum. similar to 10 cane. this one was bottled on 1/28/11 so some time definitely could help this aspect out.

M: sticks to the palate like a port. a lingering fizz that works well.

D: english barleywines are rapidly becoming my favorite style. just a nice complex sipper. and this one is spot on with the rest of em. i almost like them fresh. nice and sweet.

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Dominion Millennium Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.
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