Dominion Millennium Ale | Old Dominion Brewing Company

BA SCORE
89
very good
367 Ratings
Dominion Millennium AleDominion Millennium Ale
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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
367
Reviews:
262
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
10.97%
 
 
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56
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19
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Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.85/5  rDev -4%
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 RBorsato
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
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 akorsak
3.85/5  rDev -4%
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 ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with meathookjones. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 3/8" beige head over the orangey amber brew. Head is short-lived, and quickly retreats to a small layer of sparse bubbles, with average lacing, both expected for the style. Aroma is malt sweetness, some hops, and alcohol notes. Flavor follows the nose, with the hops coming out even more, overshadowing the substantial malts a bit, and then the alcohol warming dominates the swallow and aftertaste. Mouthfeel and drinkability are great for the style. Another nice Millenium edition from OD.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in April of 2006, this barleywine is now about 4 years old. IIRC, I picked it up at Norm's in VA.

Clear ruby red with a dense off-white head with decent retention and a little lacing, this beer appears to be quite high in carbonation. What that helps achieve is bringing the great nose right up front. Quite fabulous with plenty of fruity oxidation with raisins and dates, there's also a richly layered combination of toffee, a little bright butterscotch and a mellow nutty character. Some vanilla is present as well. There's also some bright honey notes, this is surprisingly floral.

The palate however, disappoints. It feels like it isn't particularly well-knit. While there's a moderate sweetness with a blend of toffee, maple and honey with plenty of caramel, it doesn't harmoniously incorporate the fruit character. There's also a surprisingly assertive hop character with an earthy bitterness that lingers in a way that works well with the sweetness. The mid-palate could definitely use a little bit more. The alcohol is exceptionally well hidden, I wouldn't guess that this is 11+%. Medium-full in body with a soft, creamy carbonation, this beer has an enjoyable finish. Solid stuff.

**Edit 01 March 2013**
From Norms. Bottled 01 Feb 2008, this is 5 years old.

The nose is still surprisingly brash and hoppy, with toffee, earth, a little minty alcohol. Surprisingly thin, but quite nice despite the fact. The palate opens with a punchy bitterness, a mildly butterscotch-like oxidation, toffee, a mild floral flavor as well, a little rose-like. Bitter on the finish, thankfully without any oxidized hop character. Initially over-carbed, once this has a chance to settle down, it improves hugely. Very, very solid.
3.5/3.5/3.5

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Photo of Dave_Treat
3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of BGsWo22
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.15/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle wit bottled date of 1/20/12

appears clear amber copper color with 1/2" white ead, fades to just a whisp of covering. aroma of fruity esters and alcohol, spicey hops. taste is also boozey, sweet, you can taste the honey, caramel malt. medium body and carbonation.

overall - eh, just average for the style.

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

Bottled 02/16/06.
Clear reddish copper colour topped by a solid cap of whitish foam that slowly subsided. Chunky lacing with decent head retention. Malty aroma - caramel with toffee notes and a bit of grain husk. Floral hops and light alcohol as well. Middling bitterness with plenty of caramel sweetness. Toffee, toasted malt and molasses, along with floral and grassy hops, fill things out. Alcohol flavour and warmth grow into the finish, but aren't overbearing. Full bodied and quite creamy, mid-low carbonation. Some dryness from the alcohol, but the malt keeps this in check. I like this quite a lot. Definitely more English character, they sure didn't scrimp on the malt bill. I'll be looking for more!

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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 maximum12
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to beandip for shipping me two bottles of this ale; tonight I dine on the survivor. My wife says she really enjoyed the first one. My first sip of Old Dominion.

Pours a clear, fruity, filtered form of red with plenty of high-octane carbonation. Oddly, the smell out of the bottle is very enticing, but once I settle down at the table, all that's left is a bit of malt sweetness & echo of ruddy fall fruits. Hmmm.

Millennium Ale brings the .357 full of caramel to the drive-by, whack! More caramel than a bucket full of scattered Halloween candy, which brings in the subsequent dark fruits...this tastes like a caramel apple bobbed out of a tub of gin alcohol. Alcohol, malts, combine for the next layer of punch, & even further down, there's a shot of mild hop bitterness to round things out. Despite the heavily advertised alcohol presence, scarily drinkable. I've already sucked down too much writing this review.

My wife was correct, as usual, this is a very good brew, tight-roping along near excellent. Hands-down the most drinkable straight-up English Barleywine I've ever. Downright dangerous. And now I'm really looking forward to the single bottle of the oaked version I just rec'd.

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Photo of Viggo
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy red/copper, small white head forms, settles to a thin layer, some lace spots on the glass. Smell is sweet, caramel, some butter, bread, alcohol, dark fruits. Taste is toffee and bread, grass, some butter, spicy floral, toffee in the finish, some alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, some heat going down, nice sipper. Thanks grub!

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.08/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle that looks a lot thinner than I expected. Light orange color and it is quite cloudy. Nice aroma, candy and malts. Taste is watery barleywine, bitterness but no hint of the alcohol. This is decent but its just a tad thin for me. I'm always up for trying a new barleywine.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an Augustijn goblet.

A: Dark, dark red; ruby in the light. A thick, good-looking head. Insanely heavy lacing.

S: A deep nose. Significant malts briefly hide the other scents -- pungent hops, sour beeriness, and herbs. Good smell.

T: Chewy. A nicely-balanced hoppy body with a curiously absent aftertaste. The maintaste is thick, herbally bitter, round, balanced and smooth (aside from clinging soapy hops). Hints of honey. Nice.

M: Good, oddly (but pleasantly) creamy, and solid.

D: The 10.5% (which is what my bottle reads) is no surprise, and the beer is supremely sippable. As barleywines go, very good! Recommended.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
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 THECPJ
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of dirtylou
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/11/05 bottling

appearance: beautiful dark copper color, thin head that doesn't hang around for the ride. impressive

smell: not as strong as some others of the style, fruity(pears), honey, alcohol, sweet malts

taste: way more intense than the aromas would lead you to believe. oak, oat bread, slight vanilla, slight honey, very earthy with lingering fruit tastes. I was extremely impressed by the taste and its complexity

mouthfeel: very heavy and full bodied

drinkability: somewhat of a task, but an enjoyable task at that

definately a beer to grab if you can find it, i shall age one for a while and see what happens. very nice

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Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of KarlHungus
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours an amber color with brown tints. The head is one inch in height, and recedes rather quickly into thin lacing the way a good barleywine does. The aroma is of caramel, oak, and dark fruit. The taste is oak, and molasses with a fruity finish. There is also a hot alcohol presents up front. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, which seems a bit on the lighter side for a barleywine. Overall, this is a nice beer that is easily enjoyable. However, there are better barleywines out there.

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

This poured a slightly hazy copper with a bit of white head. It smelled fairly tannic like orange hops, molasses malt, and alcohol. It tasted strongly of pine hops with some floral hops and caramel malt mixed in. It was slightly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a very bitter lasting aftertaste with some alcohol warming. Overall this was a very strong beer, but its flavor was one-dimensional. It could have used more complexity or subtlety (oak barreling?) and a heavier body. I'd call this good but not great.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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 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 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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Dominion Millennium Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 367 ratings.
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