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 | website

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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356
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4
pDev:
11%
 
 
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Photo of theformula
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
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%
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 brewskifan55
4.2/5  rDev +5%
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 Arithmeticus
4.4/5  rDev +10%
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 -21.3%
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%
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 russwbeck
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
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 Stinkypuss
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
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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Photo of dball
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Photo of barleyroad
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
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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Photo of stakem
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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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Photo of mdaschaf
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +2%
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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Photo of kzoobrew
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.32/5  rDev -17%
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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Photo of Guden
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
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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Photo of BuzzLitebier
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
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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Photo of boralyl
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
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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Photo of mcann2pu
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
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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Photo of Jimmys
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
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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Photo of Vdubb86
4/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of Chaney
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've never considered this to be a fantastic brewery, but it is still a very good one. I truly miss it being in my local area.

I guess they have now lowered the ABV from 11.4% to 10.5%.

A: Crystal clear, slightly darker than amber color, with a fairly sizable 1.5 finger, off-white (reddish tinted?) head that stayed spotty and bubbly throughout the session.

S: It almost smelled like a fruity Jolly Rancher with honey. Sweet, sugary, and malty.

T: Rich, intensely sweet, and with a decent malt backbone buried beneath booze. I got most of the honey taste on the aftertaste.

M: Sugary, but not in an unpleasant way. The carbonation was low, yet appropriate. The shaving cream-like lacing was pretty insane.

D: Once I warmed up to the overwhelming sugar content, this actually became very drinkable to me. I'll say it again... I miss having the Old Dominion Brewery and Alehouse in my area!

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Photo of droomyster
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper with one finger of sticky tan head with good retention. Aromas are too obviously alcoholic, with sweet toffee-like malts and faintly floral hops (not nearly hoppy enough!) failing to enter the foreground. The taste, however, is right on the money. This beer is extremely rich, complex, and about as full-bodied and heavy (yet smooth) as they come. Chewy flavors of toffee and caramel dominate the front and mid-palates, and are quite well-balanced by orange citrusy hops. The finish is somewhat medicinal, with intense brown-sugar and cherry flavors that first shock and then haunt the palate for nearly a minute afterward. Overall, I love it.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.05/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage.

The beer has a reddish copper color with some lacing/legs that fall and no head.

The smell has some standard barleywine elements to it with a alcohol edge and aged cellar smells, dried fruit, candied dark fruit, prune, clean water and some cherry...though the alcohol heat is a little overwhelming in all of this.

The taste is weird compared to the smell. I don't get a lot of the dark notes at all but fruity sweet or even like tutti fruity fake tastes, apples, prune, and others in there with the smell characteristics hidden behind the alcohol tastes.

The mouth has some carbo and smoothness but the heat really takes this category down for me.

Did I get a bad bottle? I am puzzled reading others reviews.

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Photo of prototypic
4.12/5  rDev +3%
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 yeah...no head at all??? Nevertheless, this is one tasty English Barleywine. Find a bottle. Thanks a ton, Chris!

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Dominion Millennium Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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