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Dominion Millennium Ale | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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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:
#4,051
Reviews:
262
Ratings:
367
pDev:
10.97%
Bros Score:
4.26
 
 
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dominion Millennium Ale

Appearance: Copper color, small head forms. Good clarity, lazy carbonated bubbles drunkenly rise to the top.

Smell: Fruity, ale yeast, smells potent and on the sweeter side.

Taste: Creamy malt, vanilla, and a good amount of alcohol. Sweetish, but not cloying. Would be nice to age.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy with low carbonation. Some alcohol warmth.

Overall: A barleywine of moderate strength. Not as complex as some, but gets the message accross.

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4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love a strong ale and this fits that bill. I picked this up on a growler Sunday at Mellow Mushroom in Charlottesville. They have great selection and excellent prices on Sunday. Anyway this is a delightful beer that packs a heavy punch. It is a lovely caramel color with a sweet sweet smell and taste. I scored it higher on mouthfeel because it has that strong barleywine feel that welcomes the beer as soon as it hits the pallet. Old Dominion nailed this one.

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4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber in appearance. The smell is good with a nice hint of honey. The smell is of time sweetened honey. The finish is good overall the mouth feel is good and surpising...Nice..Taste well we have said it, this is a real good barley wine and for us here at Barley Road we love this. Overall this is a beer that is worth having and is fridge worth. Hans is in love. Let us have a cigar!!!!

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4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2002 care of BA Smoked, thanks Dan!

Pours a gazed copper color with ruby through the body with more of an orange and yellow look through the edges. A creamy tan cap sits atop the brew with fair retaining power. Spotty webbing of lace sticks to the glass. A finger of froth revives to the surface with a light swirl.

The smell of this brew is fruity alcohol esters with a toasty amount of caramel malt sweetness. Some herbal hops are still present after 9 years. A sweetness somewhat like close honey is faintly noted across the back as it warms up mixed with a mild inclusion of orange rinds and pulp.

The taste is herbal and hoppy, minorly bitter contrasting the caramel malt sweetness. There is a toasty quality about the grain that is somewhat nutty in flavor. There is a light amount of oxidation imparting some cardboard character. The herbal hops and carmel sweetness is equally matched by a honey dryness to the finish. The oxidative touch extends into the finish and comes out more as the brew warms.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light amount of carbonation. The 11% is integrated very well even while the brew gets above ideal temperature. For being 9 years old, this brew has held up quite well. Worth a try if you get the chance. Thanks again Dan!

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4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes

A: Pours an unimpressive brown color with a light tan colored head. Rather foamy with decent retention and very little lacing. A good bit of carbonation bubble release from the bottom.

S: Extremely bready, with figs and raisins. There is a slightly buttery aroma as well and some oranges.

T: Very sweet with a ton of caramel and toffee. There is some brown sugar and actually a good bit of pineapple, which surprised me.

M: Full bodied, filling and thick. Low carbonation, but fits well.

O: A pretty good English Barleywine. I find myself going back and forth between preferring English and American. A slow sipper, where one bottle is enough.

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4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

rich caramel in color with a light, off white head on top that comes to about a half an inch in this glass, but has incredible staying power. Caps the top just about right before it settles down into a subtle, yet defined broken crown that clings to the sides of the glass throughout the rest of the session. Classic look here.

Aroma is light, hints of vanilla, light leather and bourbon are the most pronounced. Really rich smelling and the alcohol is coming through clearly. Evidence of the barrel dominates everything, this is a good thing and even an hour into this bottle, that sweet vanilla aroma is mixing with an almost toffee like touch and a hint of plum. Smooth, rich flavor washes across the tongue, with a splash the bourbon comes right up and grabs me, leather, tobacco and dark almost spicy like notes wrapping around the tongue. Splash of alcohol and a flash of a buttery finish and its gone

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

Bottle date 01/28/11. Big thanks to Adam for the bottle.

Molten caramel colored body, very clean beer free of sediment. Two and a half finger creamy antique white head is perched atop. Retention is impressive, slowly working its way back leaving a fair amount of lacing clinging to the glass.

The aroma is spot on English Barleywine. Caramel laden bready malt and dark fruit aromas dominate. Dried pineapple and earthy hops can be noted just beneath.

The flavor expands upon the aroma. The base flavor is still dominated by rich caramely malt. The sweetness soon evolve to a more earthy, leathery flavor. Plum flavors come out with warmth to meld with the dried pineapple picked up by the nose. Fair amount of boozey heat is noted but not out of place.

Full bodied Barleywine. Texture is very syrupy and thick. The carbonation is low but appropriate for the style.

Enjoyable beer. Flavor and aroma are well developed for a younger beer. Characteristics meet my expectations of an English Barleywine. Millennium is a sipper without a doubt, as you get down to the bottle of the glass the alcohol starts to take effect. One bottle is certainly sufficient for a sitting.

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3.32/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

- from the notes and a 12 ouncer from a six pack
A - amber with a small head, nothing outstanding.
S - honey and other sweet aromas.
T - honey is big and overwhelming. Alcohol makes a big showing.
M - moderate body with adequate carbonation.
D - I cannot get through more than a 12 ounce bottle at a time.

From the label I see this is not the original millenium ale and is obviously a cheaper knockoff IMO.

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4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Amber with ruby headlights and just the faintest impression of an off white head. Looks pretty thick and a bit opaque.

S- Lots coming through: cherries, wine, in fact cheerwine soda. Some light alcohol tingling the nose and a bit of sweet maltiness.

T- Up front: like the nose with lots of malty sweetness and hints of wine and cherries. The middle: A tangy wine like and warm alcohol character which comes through as very pleasant, some yeast derived fruitiness seems to show up here as well, though not the same type as on the nose, more of a reserved plum. On the back end: A little hop character shines through in the taste buds and some bitterness brings it back into a pleasing range from the high alcohol and sweetness that prefaced. All around strong in the right ways.

M- Syrupy thick, there's lots of body but not the chewy stout type, just the large level of sugar type. I guess this should be assumed with a barleywine but just a bit less syrup character would've been nice. Light carbonation, just enough there.

D- So strong in so many ways it begins to take a toll on the senses. Wouldn't want to drink another one right then, but could definitely have another one the next night, and the next, ect... It's really a good strong beer with lots of everything including lots of balance.

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4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really, really liked this beer. It had a nice clear copper color when poured but not much head (nice lacing though). I smelled a lot, but it gave me a strong sense of softness- vanilla, toffee, and butter. The taste was great- a definite barleywine with enough hops to make it taste somewhere between English and American styles. Would I have it again? HELL YES! I will also accept all donations from the company. One note: I noticed above the ABV is listed as 11.4%, but my bottle has 10.5%.

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4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twist off cap. Bottled 2/16/2006. This one is over five years old, let's see how it held up.

A - I get a nice 'pfft' when I untwist the cap, which is good news. It produces a small off-white head that fades pretty quickly. It pours an clear and amber with ruby red highlights.

S - It has a very pungent sweet aroma. There is also a strong dark fruit presence, mostly plum. Smells great!

M - Full in body with light carbonation. It has a light syrupy feel in the mouth.

T - There is a bit of caramel and honey up front, that is quickly followed by an abundance of dark fruit. Plum is the most stand out flavor. As the fruit settles down the high abv, 11.4% in this vintage, rears it's head for a short while.

Clearly this beer ages well, which is evident from the 5+ years on it. I would really enjoy trying this one fresh to see how it compares. It's a very good English Barleywine and worth checking out.

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3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: 12 oz. bottle. Dated: smudged, looks like 01.28.1(0/1?).

Appearance: Pours into pint glass a copper dark amber like color with about a finger's worth of off-white/tan head.

Smell: sweet caramel honey malt-like aroma.

Taste: very sweet, tasty dark fruits mostly.

Mouthfeel: appropriate.

Drinkability/Overall: good.

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3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: bright red with an even keel of carbonation rising to fluffy beige head. gorgeous head doesn't waver for a moment. i haven't seen a beer do this in on of my glasses for a while.

S: sticky tangerine. cranberry juice. mint leaves.

T: bright, sweet honey. loads of raw sugar. bay leaves. the alcohol reminds me of a caribbean rum. similar to 10 cane. this one was bottled on 1/28/11 so some time definitely could help this aspect out.

M: sticks to the palate like a port. a lingering fizz that works well.

D: english barleywines are rapidly becoming my favorite style. just a nice complex sipper. and this one is spot on with the rest of em. i almost like them fresh. nice and sweet.

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

Served in a snifter

Thanks to TMoney2591 for hooking me up with a Delaware tick...not involving DFH

This beer pours a nice clear copper amber color with a thin white head on the surface. The aromatics when the head is present are extraordinarily fruity in nature. I get strong notes of pineapple and mango. When the head subsides the pineapple remains, but it is equaled in potency by the caramel and light toffee notes. The flavors on the tongue are rather similar but rather than a toffee there is more a butterscotch with the caramel and pineapple. It's definitely a unique beer flavor wise, as I've never tasted anything similar to it. Texturally the body is a firm medium that's not boozy in the slightest, and goes down nice and easy. This is a very good beer and I'm surprised that it comes out of a brewery in Delaware that I've never heard of. I'm rather impressed by it.

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Dominion Millennium Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 367 ratings
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