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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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Reviews: 258 | Ratings: 356
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 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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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper body with a creamy tan head and sheath lacing down the glass. A thick malt ad yeast-like smell with some dark fruit in there. Medium-bodied yet smooth and creamy, definite caramel and toffee malts, as well as bread, roasted and some oakiness. This leads to a balanced beer that has a dry taste but finishes more smooth. Has fruits like apple and pear poking at the side but they seemed subdued, especially for a barleywine. The ABV is really hidden here and I could see myself mistakenly sessioning this. Definitely worth a try even if you're not a barleywine fan.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 batch, brewed on 2/11/09.

A: A glowing, hazy orange-copper color with a moderately large, creamy off-white head. Retention and lacing are both decent.

S: Sweet malty aromas coupled with honey. Some citric hop aromas as well, and they seem sweet. Some hints of rumlike alcohol are also available. A bit of brown sugar and faint caramel too.

T: Sweet toasted caramel malts, honey, and candied citrus flavors up front. This switches quickly into a resiny, somewhat piny hop bitterness. This is also where the alcohol kicks in, giving a strong bite that rides off into the finish.

M: Full-bodied, with average carbonation. A sticky sweetness up front followed by a long, drying bitter and especially alcoholic finish.

D: This is tasty and the alcohol doesn't tiptoe around - this one gets right after you with a nice warming character. It's a sipper, but I'm pretty impressed with this barleywine from Dominion. Like many of their beers, especially easy to appreciate given the reasonable pricing.

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Photo of whoneeds8
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a westmalle glass, bottling date is blank. Pours out mohogony color with a think off white head that goes away quickly. Smell is very sweet, can definatly find the honey. Taste is the honey flowing across your pallate, with a roasted malt flavor to follow. Hardly any hop bite to it, which in this case isn't a bad thing. Not much if any carbonation to the mouthfeel, but a very smooth feel as well. The alcohol is very well hidden to make this a very drinkable barley wine.

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

Poured clear dark amber with a large frothy off-white head that lasted with good lacing.

Heavy tart citrus caramel nutty aroma.

Medium to full body with a sticky texture.

Medium complex sweet flavor with a medium balanced finish that was long lasting.

This is a standout beer.

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Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12/02/06 Walk the Line Barleywine Festival, Dunedin, FL. 2005 vintage. Hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma was mostly citrus hops. The flavor seems dominated by orange citrus hops, some pine hoppiness and a bit of sweet caramel. Very tasty.

12/02/06 Walk the Line Barleywine Festival, Dunedin, FL. 2001 vintage. This one seemed a bit more tart. I think there may have been a problem with this particular bottle.

12/02/06 Walk the Line Barleywine Festival, Dunedin, FL. 2000 vintage. This one also poured somewhat hazy orange to light amber with little head. The aroma was very light. The hop bitterness and flavor were much softer than the '05. The ABV was unnoticed. Really nice beer.

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Photo of ChoqlitStout
4.77/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this beer in the mail as an extra from CrellMossett and a huge thanks. This is one of my favorite beer styles and this is a GREAT example of the style.

A: pours cloudy amber, looks like apple cider. No head.

S: delicious sweetness of honey, brown sugar, and white sugar along with alcohol right on the end.

T: DELICIOUS! Sweet but with enough hops to balance the sweetness without lingering bitterness. No hot alcohol flavors, but you can tell that this beer has a kick without reading the label.

M: Full with low carbonation. This is definitely a sipping beer. I shared the bottle with the hubby and I'm not sure I would have made it through a whole bottle.

D: This is a great english barleywine. Smooth, sweet and warms you to the bone. Awesome!

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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 atsprings
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy dark orange with a thin diminishing head that left some slight lacing. Aroma was loads of burnt caramel and toffee. The taste was also a load of burnt caramel and an abundance of malts with the hops keeping a decent balance in the background. The beer is slightly heavy with warming, slightly sticky alcohol. This was an enjoyable beer, one I'd certainly try again.

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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 CrellMoset
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle - bottled on 04/04/2007 - purchased from Greenwood Gourmet in Crozet, VA. Poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a thick, syrupy reddish brown with a thin slightly off-white head that fades particularly quickly.

Aroma: Hops are completely gone, but that's ok - brown sugar and toffee come through strong, sweet and a little smoky. A little too subdued, especially compared with what's about to come.

Taste: Whew. That's one hell of a malt bomb! Thick and syrupy caramel, toffee, butterscotch, toast, French toast or Belgian waffles, and sweet milky chocolate on one side of the scale. On the other, a nice but subdued bitterness (this is over a year old, after all) and some delicate and subtle piney hop notes. A great malt bill, and only the faintest hint of alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, syrupy, and even. A little oily. Slight prickle of alcohol in the finish.

Drinkability: Alcohol's up there but masterfully hidden, whether due to the fashion in which it was brewed or the melding of flavors with age - I barely noticed it.

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Photo of jushoppy2beer
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A small amount of this brew monster goes a long way. It looks pretty good for starters, with a beautiful thick head floating atop a cloudy brown brew, producing a wonderful lacing down the glass as you slowly sip it. The nose is pretty up front, with a strong sweet malt. The brew is quite thick in your mouth, which spreads the sweet brew across your palate nicely, accompanied by a hefty hop kick. The bitterness stays with you long after you've finished the draft. Not bad for a dessert beer, but I'm coming back for more when it's winter. This one would be a great warmer on one of those cold and humid Washington winter nights.

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Photo of Redwood21
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: this beer could score better if the head had more retention, but maybe i am being too harsh the actual color is nice and almost mahogony

S: Very smoked caramel. there is not any smokey smell...just a more tame carmel not as sweet, but with that smell...does that make sense to any one but me?

T: I wish i could give this a 4.25, but i cant, so i dropped it just based on the plethora of good barley wines i have had. the taste is somewhat sweet and caramel like the aroma. there is almost a dark fruit taste, but this is a minor factor. there is a surprisingly hoppy chewy bread taste, also not dominant, but these are all melded into a deceptive and well balanced taste...maybe i should give it a 4.5...you be the judge

D: too drinkable for this abv...so i had to give it some credit for it...

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

Orange-amber beer with 1/4" head. Retains with a thick , creamy cap. Good clarity. Decent lacing left behind. Aroma is dominated by rich honey, thick malt (caramel), fruit, and floral hops. The nose leads me to believe this is a malt bomb of a barleywine. Up front alcohol in the first sip. Alcohol burns off rather quickly. Full of sweet malt, gritty chocolate and honey flavor with more than enough hops to keep it from being too sweet. Hops are floral, herbal, and leafy. Nicely balanced and drinkable for an 11% beer. Full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and low to mid carbonation. Good beer -- thanks to doulos31 for the bottle.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 bottled version on 02/01/08 to be exact, the label says 100 IBUs, after a nice heavy pour it forms a thicket of orange tinted cream head with even lacing aspread across the pints glass with each sip of this pale amber hazed barleywine. BTW, new label and AB influence adds to my anticipation of this sample. I have to say it smells incredible with loads of fresh hop notes bursting out in a perfume and floral like presence to my seneses. Also that honey addition the label mentions with the "Premium Ale" that's so AB. Layers of malt sweetness and mild oak barrel charred qualities make me happy. Again caramel and butterscotch notes rise to the occasion carrying out a very big barleywine. Bitterness hits hard the IBUs are definitely kicking with pine, floral, and mild citrus notes. Bitterness is raw and raucous with some balance to it, this is one of the hoppier beers in recent memory. Mouthfeel is thick and syurp like in texture big streaks of hop oils cross my palate carbonation is sturdy. Overall drinkability is of mixed emotions still abrasively hoppy yet I remember there to be so much more finesse when I tried this beer in the past on tap and in bottles.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.08/5  rDev -23%
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 mpyle
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Jan 2008 - consumed Jun 2008

Pours with a modest white heat, but decent retention for a high gravity beer. Gorgeous amber color with good clarity.

Malt and honey, and a bit of alcohol in the aroma. Smells subuded at least when beer is fairly cool.

Nice balance of malt character and hop bitterness, A peppery spiciness at midmouth - sharp bite from the hops or something else? Finishes with a lingering bitterness. Use of honey may help to dry it out, but impressive in that it isn't brutally sweet given the high alcohol.

Med-full body, and low-med carbonation. Alcohol warming evident but not overwhelming - well controlled. Body a bit thin for a barleywine, but otherwise a very nice mouthfeel.

A very balanced, pleasant English BW. I have a personal hatred of beers that are simultaneously cloyingly sweet and powerfully bitter. Here the malt and bitterness and alcohol all blend together flawlessly. A refined barleywine.

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Photo of Gavage
3.64/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a wispy head that breaks apart immediately.

Smell: fruit sweetness and floral aromas are easy to detect.

Taste: big caramel malt base with a very sweet fruit and honey. There is a bit of an earthy tone here in the background, and bitterness is up front but doesn't cut the sweetness as well as it could. Alcohol warming is very evident.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start but moves to a smooth long-lasting finish. Medium-heavy in body.

Drinkability: decent for the style, but I found this a bit too sweet.

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Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev 0%
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 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 KarlHungus
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
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 dreadnatty08
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 02/01/08
Pours quite a light color for a barleywine, a very clear, light amber, copper color. After strong agitation I was able to get a small head but it quickly dissipated. In the aroma, the honey and EKGs are quite evident with a floral sweetness dominating. Quite a bit of toasted malt in there as well with some light caramel notes, but overall more like a DIPA than a BW as the hops take control and there's a lack of dark fruit. There's a very strong toasted spiciness in the flavor with the hops really standing forward, almost a rye like note as well. It finishes moderately sweet with the hop bitterness really overtaking. Carbonation is quite low and the body just seems a bit thin for an English interpretation. Overall, an enjoyable barleywine, just a few things that need to be tweaked.

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Photo of John_M
3.03/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

As the saying goes, AB could screw up a wet dream given half a chance. To think this used to be considered one of the best breweries in the mid-atlantic... until AB got involved. Now I hardly ever see Old Dominion beers, and what I now encounter is nothing like the more then decent beers O.D. used to put out. This beer is a perfect example...

Had on tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a golden orange color with good head retention and lacing. The beer looks pretty impressive... but this is as good as it gets. On the nose I get sweet malt with some underlying chalk. There is also a slight rootbeer component to the nose. Things go downhill from here. On the palate this beer is very sweet and cloying with very noticeable alcohol. The beer is very heavy tasting, and the combination of noticeable alcohol and over the top sweetness is more then I can take. There is also some unpleasant bitterness in the finish and it's not from hops. This beer is very alcoholic. Drinkability is very poor and there is no way I'm going to be able to drink an entire glass of this stuff.

I had this beer before AB became involved and, while it was nothing out of this world, it was nothing like this. Sickeningly sweet with high alcohol, making for an almost undrinkable beer. Yep, sounds like it has AB's name all over it.

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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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Dominion Millennium Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
4 out of 5 based on 356 ratings.
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