Dominion Millennium Ale | Old Dominion Brewing Company

Dominion Millennium AleDominion Millennium Ale
BA SCORE
80.4%
Liked This Beer
4.01 w/ 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
Ranking:
#3,858
Reviews:
262
Ratings:
367
Liked:
295
Avg:
4.01/5
pDev:
10.97%
Alströms:
4.26
 
 
Wants:
57
Gots:
19
Trade:
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Ratings: 367 |  Reviews: 262
Photo of alpinebryant
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice copper with a stick resiny head that sticks to the edges.

S: Aroma of fruity yeast, a good bittering hop profile and plenty of malt sweetness

T: Wow, surprised me here. Extremely fruity tasting and a nice english yeast to boot. I have a soft spot for English barleywines and this did not disappoint. Plenty of cotton candy flavors mixed with cherry jolly rancher. Delicious and refreshing. Honey adds a bit of sweetness and complexity as well as adding floral notes to this very hoppy brew.

M: High level of carbonation with a medium body.

O: Color me impressed. A very solid english barleywine with plenty of body and flavor. Not too much boozy presence after warming, but a bit is there with a high abv here. Very well done IMO

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.03/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle date of 1/20/12.

A - A finger of light beige head on top of a clear red body with some amber in it.

S - Sweet. Good caramel and malts. Simple.

T - A lot more bitter than I was expecting. I would call this an American BW. A simple barlewine with not much to it.

M - Decent carbonation and moderate body where I would expect more. Just a bit too thin.

O - It is really an average barleywine.

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Photo of briandaube
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a tulip-shaped Duvel glass.

A: Beautiful copper-red color beneath a two-finger head of caramel-colored foam which leaves a thick ring of lace. Carbonation is moderate and clarity is quick good, with just a slight chill haze.

S: Fruity and complex with hints of tart lemons, orange peel, spicy coriander and a hint of herbal, piny hops. Spicy and gummy yeast aromas tie things together nicely.

T: Sweet, fruity, herbal and spicy up front, with a lightly toasted malt and caramel flavor that allows more complex, lush citrus notes crash towards the back of the palate. A rush of slick, bitter, herbal hops and booziness washes the malt sweetness away and leaves the palate in a slick of sweet toffee, spicy hops and alcohol.

M: Full, rich and slick up front with a somewhat cloying, syrupy finish that carries a lot of heat. A sipper for sure.

O: This 10.5% ABV English barleywine is a treat to be taken in moderation. It could stand to age a bit, and some oak-aging would send this beer into rare territory. Until then, its a complex, very boozy, beautiful looking sipper.

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Photo of Ted
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of gilbert
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of PGVG
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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!

Cheers!

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Photo of RoryOMoore
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of imbibehour
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Vintage 2012 bottled January 20th 2012.

A real crystal clear amber ruby red orange body hits, just super clear, with a head that is creamy tan and off white in color. Lots of staying power on this head that just slowly settles into a large puck, and then takes a nice collar. I am just in awe of this body color it looks like a jewel.

What a fantastic nose on this beer. Giant powdered litteraly cinnamon powdered toast in a glass. Nice airy malty toasted feeling, sweetness perhaps from honey (although not so much a honey sense on the nose). Absolutely smells fantastic.

Hop front forwardness takes over the expected sweetness to come. Sharp dry hop angle on the finish and mid palate, then the rolling toasty bread comes out. Dry sweetness, but also a little sharp on the booze heat, but luckily doesn't translate on the palate. Hop angle begins to dominate considerably.

Overall a real very impressive barleywine, probably made for the hop heads, but I can't get over this nose and appearance.

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Photo of theformula
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 2/1/08 from my cellar. Let's see what 4+ years have done with this.

It's got some age so appearance isn't staggering, small wisp of a tan head that recedes into a thin layer. Pretty hazy an there's some small chunks of sediment resting at the bottom.
Now the good part..

Smells fan-freaking-tastic. If English Barleywine is your style then this suffices. The biggest aromatic is the vibrant sweet, raw honey that's the closest thing to real, local honey I've had in a beer. It's the balls! Some oxidation is obvious but doesn't detract too much. This gives it a sherry-like layer that works well w/ the honey. Wet grains and caramel round it out. No alcohol or hops come through.

Tasting it reveals the age, taste has definitely changed since bottling. Some slight oxidized flavors at first but what's great is the honey...a nice thick layer of sticky "bee spit" up front with steeping grains, caramel malt, sherry/rum combine deftly. It's complex but drinks WAY too easily for 10.5%. Hops are not aromatic but finish pretty hugely with some leafy, earthy bitterness that's surprisingly bitter & sticky after 4 yrs. Dry finish.

Awesome. Not perfect and showing it's age so I wouldn't wait any longer. A damn good English BW that's worth putting some time into.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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 tgoldian
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of brewskifan55
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A birthday gift from optimator 13; brewed 1/28/11 (aged for over a year)
Poured into a snifter

A: bronze/amber opaque with a half finger head that dissipates rather quickly. Leaves big bubbles. Great lacing.

S: A hop/malt combo that's oh, so smooth on the olfactory.

T: Rustic, hop/malt blend with a touch o' honey on the finish. Sweet. That 10.5% alcohol wends its way through, leaving a mellow finale.

M: medium, creamy. Medium carbonation.

O: A great barleywine; one that should be captured and stored. The honey really works well. Great with cheddar. Robust and satisfying. Thanks, Evan!

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Photo of Hanzo
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled in ale glass at the White House.

A: caramel orange; small carb stream; 1.5-finger head (creamy); great lacing
S: honey prominent; not much else
T: very smooth ale; not really a barleywine, as I know it; very hoppy and sweet; smooth but complex flavors make this inviting; the ABV is hard to detect.
M: smooth and creamy

great beer

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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 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 PaBeerLover
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of rprinz22
1/5  rDev -75.1%

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 WorldWideStout
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of BlueBombardier
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Dominion Millennium Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
Beer rating: 80.4% out of 100 with 367 ratings
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