Dominion Millennium Ale | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company
Delaware, United States
olddominion.com

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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373
pDev:
11%
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Photo of Todd
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: A big, most impressive, 2L growler -- full with ceramic lock-top and metal handle. This sample is from the Feb. 2000 batch. Typically sold in 12oz bottles, and bottle-conditioned.

Appearance: Bright copper/amber with a thin off-white creamy lace.

Smell: Caramel, fruity esters, toasted and biscuit aromas. You can smell the distinct English Kent Goldings that were used to dry-hop this beer (half a pound to the barrel).

Taste: Smooth, sweet and creamy on the palate. Slick and buttery caramel and toffee flavours coat the mouth in a syrupy textured sweetness. Notes of raw honey follow with a hop oily feel soon after. The beer then peaks with a mixture of raw and coarse flavours, none of which are entirely bitter, but rather perfectly balance the huge malt profile. Fusel alcohols are definitely present and begin numbing the brain instantly. Finishes with an oily palate and a semi-bitter/dry feel.

Notes: At a healthy 10.4%abv, Millennium is a very interesting barleywine. It's brewed with 100% imported English malts and Virginia honey.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.51/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled 02/11/09. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Blue Point snifter.

A: Viscous pour yields a .5 finger coarse white head with poor retention that dissipates into a thin white ring around the edge of the glass. Beer is a light, cloudy, muddy brown. Lacing is very spotty and with little stick.

S: Nose is rich, brown sugar, astringent, resiny hop bitterness, and plums. Very aromatic and deep. Appetizing and extremely sweet with just a touch of booze on a deep inhale.

T: Opens sweet booze and thick, brown sugar. Resiny hops line the borders and add just the slightest bitterness. Sappy towards the end. Finish is sweet caramel and sugar in the raw with a touch of heat. Aftertaste is resin bitterness.

M: Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Rough and a bit grainy but smoothes out tremendously as it warms. Soft and silky going down with an accented finish and a sticky, oily aftertaste. A bit hot.

D: A slightly better than average representation of the style. Moderate complexity with a feel I can really appreciate even though it does seem a bit thin. Still, worth a try if it crosses your path!

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Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, bottling date of Feb 11 2005 stamped on the label, as well as a blurb about the ingredients: English malt, dark Virginia honey, Mount Hood, Perle, and Liberty hops in the boil, dry hopped with Kent-Goldings.
Served slightly chilled into a tulip glass, the body is a cloudy copper amber with a short, one centimeter head that is offwhite to beige in color. No lacing.
Aroma features fresh caramel apples and honey drenched pears.
Mouthfeel reveals a solid medium body, with some chewy caramel malt, and restrained carbonation.
Taste is malty in the English style, with loads of caramel apple, spicy hops, a mild alcohol zing, and some honey. A hint of molasses is in the background. Maltiness is more assertive at room temperature, for a fine middle, and the finish has pear and red apple fruitiness with a long and dry bitter hops aftertaste.
Very well made and evenly balanced. A very pleasant sipper that does an excellent job of masking the high abv. Another fine offering from Old Dominion.

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Photo of Vancer
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bad boy bottled on 11/20/06 – well aged and ready for quaffing. And I’m just the guy for the job.

Clear amber oak with a sticky thin ring of ivory lace. Not bad for a 10 plus booze brew.

Typical sweet caramel barley wine aroma, quaff is a bit on the sweet side too – needs a bit more hop for balance. Bit of a bite on the finish – not distracting enough to downgrade the beer quaffing enjoyment.

It’s strong, and the booze leaks through, but not enough to diminish the overall beer experience.

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Photo of larryi86
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

Photo of DIM
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
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 bluehende
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very smooth barleywine. 16 oz pours can get you in trouble.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown and cola, not much head, thin ring left. Not much sudsy lacing left, but cascading bubbles at the fringe.

S - OH YEAH. Deep malt, cooked dark fruits. I am falling into this one...

T - Solid malt profile, infused with sweet fruit, then backed up by some good bitter.

M - Creamy, balanced, could have used a bit more carb.

D - For the style, would hurt myself probably.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of DamienI
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured hazy deep orange amber. The head was off-white and huge lasting to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty and sweet with substantial hops in the background. The hops are American and citrusy and well aged. Also present is some alcohol.

The flavor was malty and bitter in well balanced complexity. Some alcohol is present in the flavor, but it does not lessen the drinkability.

The finish was dry and slightly bitter but well done. The body was full to medium full.

12 ounce bottle. Jan 27, 2003.

I poured this beer by mistake, I thought I was having a different Dominion beer and had meant to age this one a little further. No need!

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Photo of flexabull
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of jasonm. Thanks again!

Pours a bright amber color, with a faint white head.

Aromas are dusty, booze like, with some cereal grain notes.

Beer has fairly light flavors for a barley wine. Up front tastes of creamy malts, tea like, and with some mellow dark fruit flavors. Finish is thin, with a light crispness, and a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is ok. But seems a bit weak for a barley wine.

Drinkability is pretty good. This beer is kind of boring and uninteresting for a barley wine that checks in at 11.4% ABV. But it has some decent mellow flavors, and is really easy to drink. My problem is, I can think of quite a few other beers in the style that I would much rather sip than this one.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Feb. 11, 2005...so this one is exactly 1.5 years old.

Comparing other barley wines to Bigfoot is too easy to do sometimes, Bigfoot being one of the most readily available barley wines in the U.S. But here the comparison is easy to make, as Millennium reminds very much of Sierra Nevada's concoction in terms of mega-maltiness, aggressive hops and syrupy thickness. And just like Bigoot, I suspect this ain't for everyone...

The pour offers a big fluffy light-tan head and a ruby/caramel/dirty orange color mix. The head diminished slowly while small bits of lace appeared in this over-too-soon experience.

Smells of caramel, honey and pine come out strongly at first, and upon warming you're treated to something resembling sherry or brandy. Fragrant and fresh, it's easy to predict that hops and malt are both here in abundance.

The flavor is thick with pine and balanced with a generous candylike maltiness. The hops aren't super-aggressive in the beginning, but upon warming they creep up like the attractive yet nasty bastard/flower we know and love. The mouthfeel is thick, something you can almost chew right through until the swallow. I'd love to try using this to make homemade syrup and pour it over pancakes. Why not?

Even the alcohol is well-hidden, considering it's at 11.4%. Ultimately this is one very drinkable and easily likeable barley wine. Nothing feels out of balance, and you get everything you could from this style with this fine offering.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours and orange and caramel color with a bright white, thin veneer of head that manges to keep the same consistency on the side of the glass.
Aroma of orange and a big citrus and depp malt hit dominates.
Flavor of sweet caramel malt, depp orange, raisins and dates. High resin and spice on the finish.
Mouhfeel is hyper-sweet start that moves to a sharp tangy, spicy middle and finish. Loads of resiny hops here.
Drinkability is good. Nice blend of malt, spice and bittering. Love to try this one on draught.
Thanks to PintofAle for the opportunity on this one.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
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 Chaney
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've never considered this to be a fantastic brewery, but it is still a very good one. I truly miss it being in my local area.

I guess they have now lowered the ABV from 11.4% to 10.5%.

A: Crystal clear, slightly darker than amber color, with a fairly sizable 1.5 finger, off-white (reddish tinted?) head that stayed spotty and bubbly throughout the session.

S: It almost smelled like a fruity Jolly Rancher with honey. Sweet, sugary, and malty.

T: Rich, intensely sweet, and with a decent malt backbone buried beneath booze. I got most of the honey taste on the aftertaste.

M: Sugary, but not in an unpleasant way. The carbonation was low, yet appropriate. The shaving cream-like lacing was pretty insane.

D: Once I warmed up to the overwhelming sugar content, this actually became very drinkable to me. I'll say it again... I miss having the Old Dominion Brewery and Alehouse in my area!

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Burkbom23
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hoppymcgee
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle dated 04/06/2007 into a tulip glass.

A: Pours stark flat (well, a little bubbles/fizz) and a candied dark amber color.

S: White raisins, malts, and oaky booze. The fruity esters seem to come through as well.

T: Toffee, caramel, and maltiness. A little buttery and a little boozy too. Finishes dry and bitter.

M: Even though the carbonation is not apparent in the head formation (or lack thereof), it held up well in the beer. This can be sipped or gulped the same with a light to medium body.

D: The best feature of this beer. For 11.4% ABV, this beer is quite quaffable.

Overall, this beer held up very well and was pleasing to drink after a long work week. Beers like these give me hope that the rest of the stuff in my cellar will hold up.

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of grub
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this bottle in a trade with Aprilluvsbeer. thanks april!

pours a reddish copper colour with a very fine white head.

aroma is great. rich bready malt. bit of alcohol. some roast. dried fruit. slightly vinous. caramel. bit of honey.

taste is nice. great bready malt. moderate bitterness level. some residual sweetness. caramel. dates and raisins. hint of roastyness. not much alcohol in the flavour, but a little warmth on the way down. still, the 11.4% is hidden fairly well. well balanced.

mouthfeel is good. body is big, but not too big. slightly low carbonation. very fine, well integrated carbonation.

drinkability is pretty good. it's a tasty beer.

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4/5  rDev 0%

Dominion Millennium Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 373 ratings