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.

Added by Todd on 08-11-2001

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Photo of tavernjef
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smugded dull, off orange color with a thin beige cap, a thin collar maintains throughout the serving. Aroma is light of soft caramel and some toffee with warming ethanol-like warmth floating up from time to time as is a smidge of hoppy pine sap tingle. Flavor denotes the smell perfectly, good load of caramel flavor but not nearly as thick as I like, quite thin in that regards. Notes of toffee mix in, an overall lightened creamy smooth feel overall. Bits of alcoholic warmth and some slight pine bittering come in at the finish and settles out OK. This needs more flavor length and thicker body. Just barely above average in my book. This was my 3rd bottle (at different times/days) and each seemed the same, so no off bottling here I think. Just a bit bleak for a barleywine. I remember liking the 2002 version better.
Thanks to ManekiNeko for the bottles!

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Photo of RoyalT
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one poured a beautiful, rich orange in color and was a little hazy and mysterious. The story here though was the head. Most Barley Wines, especially the big ABV ones, have little to no head, yet this one was big and full.

Smell – Big, sharp fruits own this nose. This is almost like a Lambic. There’s a deep, rich cherry aroma along with some cranberries and some lighter fruits. Yes, there’s booze in there, but I didn’t get the big honey that other BAs were raving about.

Taste – Wow! This is very strong. The alcohol comes on here like a vodka martini with a dash of Applejack.

Mouthfeel – The alcohol sting is sharp in the mouth and throat. This is not a full-bodied ale, though. It’s more medium but well-blended.

Drinkability – You won’t be guzzling this at a frat party, that’s for sure. New Orleans would be proud of this Barley Wine.

Comments – Thanks to OFS for this heavy hitter. Ka-pow! This will close the night for sure.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Dominion Millenium Barleywine on tap at mighty Max's in B'more, served in their customary thick goblet. 2008 version.

Appearance: Dark amber color, a little hazy and orange-y like an Imperial IPA. No head, no lacing, no retention, little carbonation.

Smell: Citrus upfront, then sweetness. Some dark fruits pureed with "younger" fruits like sour apple.

Taste: This is a 2008 beer, but I don't get any aged flavor or oak or anything extraordinary. Bread and yeast are very present, as it the booze when the beer warms up. Nice hoppiness on the back of the mouth. Sweetness all around.

Mouthfeel: Thin, a tad watery, no carbonation. Some oxidation and dryness as it goes down.

Drinkability: High for a beer listed at the bar as 12%, but just not very interesting. Alcohol is well hidden, balance is pretty good. But again, I didn't care to drink this and would probably not have it again. It was just serviceable, but unremarkable.

I would expect a 2008 English Barleywine to be much more attractive than this.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
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 gford217
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of CrellMoset, 2007 vintage I believe.

Pours a hazy orangish amber, lighter than I was expecting, with a small bubbly head with lots of bubbles streaming to the top. It looks a little fizzy.

The aroma is sweet with lots of light sugary smalls with some toffee and caramel as well. It's definitely got a doughy character in the nose as well as hints of hops remaining after 2 years.

The taste is sugary sweet, just like the smell. There is plenty of caramelized sugar and dark fruits. There is an overall boozy character to the taste and it leaves a sweet, tingly burn going down. There is definitely some citrus hops left in this one, despite the age.

The mouthfeel is very slick with low carbonation and medium bodied overall.

This is a very good beer, but it's a little thin on the flavor and not quite complex enough to be an elite barleywine. Either way, it's very tasty and big thanks to Chris for the opportunity.

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Photo of argock
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear short-stemmed goblet

A: Deep amber hue with thin light tan head with small but notable amount of lace for an 11.4%er

S: Dark fruit, bread, toffee, and toasted malt smells.

T: Lots of malty toffee and caramel flavors up front with major honey sweetness zap your tongue to be followed by long-lasting slick earthy hop bitterness and pretty dry finish. Smooth and delicious without the coarse alcohol presence of many other barleywines.

M: Extraordinarily creamy and smooth in its sweetness.

D: Extremely drinkable despite its honey-sweetness -- would be a good choice for an introduction to barleywines.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is a dark red/chestnut colour with a small off-white head that dies quickly. The aroma is sweet with some nice malts in there and a bit of booze. There is also a nice hoppiness in the aroma is well. The hoppiness leans towards the herbal side of things. The taste is very sweet with the sweet malts up front. The middle is quite boozy and the finish is very grassy and hoppy. The mouthfeel is syrupy thick and the drinkability is very good for a barleywine.

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

Presentation: 12 ounce brown glass bottle with a label that has the words ‘Dominion Millennium Specialty Ale’ set against a mix of colors including warm reds, oranges and golds. Listed at 11.4% and has a Bottling Date of Feb19 2004.

Appearance: The warm shades on the label are warranted and reflect perfectly the gorgeous color that this brew exhibits. A dark orange amber with some red sunset glows and a flashing aged copper look. Pellucid, there are certainly no streamers in this one. The initial pour creates a great looking off-white head that sadly soon fizzes and dissipates revealing only a thin cream colored halo sliver around the edge of my McEwan’s Scotch Glass. Only the merest

Nose: Sweet nose, the dark Virginia honey really comes through in the nose. A delicate alcoholic hint of dark fruits fills the top of the Glass, but it is so heavy it needs to be extracted with deep nasal inhalations.

Taste: As I expected, at 11.4%, this Barleywine has a sweet malt kick at first with a splash of floral perfume, but there is some warm fruit in there, its light but it takes the edge off of the high gravity sweetness. The alcohol is always here, there and everywhere…then the fruits build in the warming malty middle….then the hops comes through, yeah….this brew uses a mixture of Mount Hood, Perle and Liberty in the boil, with English Kent Goldings for dry-hopping….the hops, even in this “young” 6-month old sample, are the perfect finish, lingering and tingling on the tongue they are extrapolated by the sweet malty alcohols to great effect. Age will certainly improve this one.

Mouthfeel: Above average feel, bold alcohols, sweet honey, solid malts and tingling prickly hops in the looorrrrng finish.

Drinkability: First beer of the night for me, it’s a real sipper, but damn if the lovely yet restrained hop bite doesn’t beg you to keep some molecules of this barleywine on your tongue.

Overall: This could well start and finish the night, but that would be no bad thing. A big Barleywine with a lovely hop laden latter third and finish. This one will age for sure.

Thanks to AleOha for the sample, much appreciated!

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Photo of Bierman9
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A sample bottled 05MAR02, it poured a copper color, perhaps with a touch of bronze, and a tad cloudy with the yeast poured in. Had a creamy, fine, tight, lasting head, with OK lace... Nose was somewhat malty, some hops showing up, but mostly with toffee-like overtones! Real good body, and quite smooth when passing over the tongue. Good body and tongue...? Sorry... Flavors were pronounced and well-balanced; rich, malty, caramel-like start, and some sweetness, due to the honey? Pretty strong hop presence, and a touch of grapefruit rearing it's head in a good, long-lasting finish. A warming feeling comes about in the back of the throat, not entirely unwelcome!! Tasty offering!! Thanks, Murph!!

overall: 4.3
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5


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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue VI:

This was brewed in celebration of their 1,000th batch of beer and through its popularity, Millennium Ale is still brewed every year. Pretty hefty at 11-percent ABV with 100 IBUs to back the malt up and a touch of honey to boot. Tight and creamy off-white lacing forms from the semi-viscous amber liquid. The nose boasts an alcohol of a fresh sherry with clean creamy malt and fruity esters. Also in the aroma is a kiss of honey and a thin but noticeable layer of woody hop oil. Lush, creamy full body, smooth carbonation rolls slowly over the tongue and makes this beer easy to drink. Maltiness is very complex with suggestions of a loaf Portuguese sweet bread, rich caramel and honey-covered toasted biscuits. Hoppiness drops an earthy, woody, mild herbal and sufficiently bitter flavor, alcohol comes across clean with a slight peppery flavor. Both hops and alcohol pleasantly balance out the malt. Finishes semisweet though a linger from the hop sticks around for a while.

A killer brew we have here, no need to cellar as it's perfect to drink right now. Balanced and a bit too drinkable for its size. This one gets very high regards from us, it's worth seeking out and stocking up if you can find it.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled 1/28/11, into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to Hopstoopid120 for tossing this one my way.

A: Pours a clear, striking deep copper body underneath a solid finger of fine, creamy tan head. Good retention, excellent lace. Gorgeous Barleywine.

S: Rich, round aroma of toasty caramel malt, raisins, and apricots. A bit of mustiness in the background. Excellent.

T: Follows the nose, with a great mix of sweet caramel and rich candied fruits up front, followed by some spicy booze and light mustiness on the bittersweet finish. Really nice.

M: Frothy, creamy medium body. A bit too bubbly for the style, but quite enjoyable all the same.

O: This one thoroughly surpassed my expectations, being nothing but delicious and showing a really elegant aged character after only a little over a year. I don't know much more it could improve, though, as I'm afraid any further mellowing of the alcohol would be more than offset by an unpleasant increase in mustiness - which is already at about the maximum allowable level. At any rate, it's drinking splendidly right now, and was a really impressive Barleywine. Thanks again, Tony!


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Photo of prototypic
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to csmiley for this treat!

Bottled on April 3, 2006

Dominion Millennium pours a dark copper color. It's quite hazy, and has strong crimson highlights when held to light. The down side is that there isn't a head. Just a few light bubbles rise to the top, but disappear with haste. Lacing was extremely faint and light. Eh. The color's nice.

The nose is quite good. Caramel and brown sugar notes are very prominent. The malt base is undoubtedly substantial. It has a blend of fruit scents that's quite nice. I'm getting a little apple, pear, and perhaps even a bit of orange. There's a light twist of dark fruit that's a nice touch. There are some light herbal scents on the tail, mostly tobacco and leather. Alcohol is blended extremely well. Barely noticeable.

The flavor is good. I'm actually waffling on the score. It kicks off with a nice mix of caramel and toffee. A little brown sugar is noted, but it's somewhat subtle. The diverse array of fruit flavors is nothing short of very impressive. It's a wonderful mix of orange, apple, pear, with a little punch of raisin and plum. As was expected, there's nothing going on in the hop department. Leather and tobacco add quality depth and complement the other flavors extremely well. Alcohol is noted, but is surprisingly tame for 11%+ abv. Finishes with sweet caramel and a tangy dark fruit flavor. I've made up my mind...this is excellent!

Millennium has a medium body that's thinner than expected. The light, soft bubbles almost give it a smooth feel, but it needs more body. Drinkability is good for such a big beer. It's damn tasty, and goes down easy. Yeah, it's strong, but is very seductive.

Dominion Millennium Ale is an impressive English Barleywine. This bottle is approaching five years old and is very refined. I haven't had it fresh so I can't say from experience. But, the flavors are very well integrated, in addition to the alcohol. I'm still not sure I buy that this is 11%+. It's not perfect. More body would really be a good thing, as well as a bump in aromatics. Oh head at all??? Nevertheless, this is one tasty English Barleywine. Find a bottle. Thanks a ton, Chris!

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

Bottling date of 2-11-2005 is printed on the label.

The thin white head comprised of tiny bubbles quickly dissipates, with only a ring around the glass remaining. The color of the ale is a reddish medium amber.

The first smell I pick up on is the malty fruitiness. There is also quite a dose of ethanol present, but not to the extent of being very sharp and detracting from the smell. The hops are kept to a reasonable level, allowing plenty of the malt characteristic to show, and smell wonderfully floral. The sweet, dark fruity notes of the malt and honey are pleasant...though the honey characteristic is somewhat hard differentiate.

Carbonation is medium and the body is medium to moderately heavy.

The first flavors that hit me are subdued maltiness and an alcoholic spikiness. The hop bitterness then becomes evident...and the ethanol presence grows, especially after the swallow. After the effects of the hops quickly subside, a sweet maltiness (and maybe a little honey character) is left behind along with some ethanol fumes. There is alot of alcohol present on the tongue, especially as the brew warms...but this beer is pretty fresh and I will let my other bottle mellow in the cellar for awhile. I would've given a higher score for taste if it wasn't for the pervasiveness of the alchohol.

11-05-06: The ethanol presence has mellowed, and some candied, liquor soaked fruit aromas (pineapple) have come out in the nose. It seems also that the flavors have melded together really well. One of the better cellaring experiences I've had.

04-06-09: bottle dated 2/01/08, purchased from Bon Vivant in Smithfield, VA, brought a couple scores - appearance and mouthfeel - down, but it's still a mighty fine beer overall, hazy orange amber in color with a nose and flavor of thick moderately caramelized malts and lovely honey candies, honeyed biscuits, really digging the nose as it's a touch unrefined and "backwoods" and brings out the best of the aforementioned characters, sugary baked goods, lightly hopped, good booze levels, very enjoyable and I'd buy a sixer given the change and right price

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.12/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Draught from a 5-year old keg. Pours a cloudy brown with a small white head. Aroma is very sweet---vanilla, oak, alcohol, and sweet sweet sweet malt. Flavor is the same--lots of vanilla, alcohol, and sweet super sweet malt. Oh yeah, it was sweet. Too much for me. To the rater below me: no the alcohol does not tone down with age. Blech. This was a disappointment.
4/4/4/2/8 (2.2/5)

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Photo of justintcoons
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
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 Brent
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage - well rounded for such a fresh barleywine. Caramel sweetness up front, with a boozy punch in the middle - the alcohol needs a bit more time to mellow out it seems. Sweetness fades toward the end, with a firm bittering and a touch of astringency. Should improve with a year under its belt.

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Photo of Todd
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
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 sulldaddy
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from Garthwaite I think. Thanks for the hookup!
I am sampling a chilled bottle in a snifter. Beer pours a clear chestnut color with a very small off white head. Aroma is very sweet with clover honey, caramel, toffee and some piney hops. First sip reveals a small prickly carbonation and a big syrupy texture. THe flavor is toffee, pears and plums and some piney hops. There is a significant alcohol bite, but at 11.4 this is expected. The alcohol is not dominant by any means but is present for sure. This is a big tasty beer not for the faint hearted. Gives a nice warming in my belly, but no burn on the way down. very well crafted!

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Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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 -10.7%
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 srandycarter
4.29/5  rDev +7%
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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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
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 -12.7%
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 SpeedwayJim
3.51/5  rDev -12.5%
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 Metalmonk
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Feb. 11, 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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Dominion Millennium Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 360 ratings.
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