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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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 mpyle
4.13/5  rDev +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 -9.2%
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 -0.2%
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 westweasel
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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 -2.7%
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 dreadnatty08
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
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 -24.4%
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 -4.2%
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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Photo of timtim
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled 1/31/08. this one is brewed with 100 ibu's and honey. slightly hazy honey amber with a white head that fades pretty quickly and leaves almost no lace. hop character in nose isn't what you would expect from a 100ibu beer, but is very pretty none the less, and much better than what i would expect from dominion. floral and citrusy with a nice, smokey and sweet malt backbone. lacks the leather and earthy smell of a true english barleywine, but still very good. the honey really takes away from the acidity nicely, leaving you with a mellow hoppy taste that lets you enjoy the hops and smokey malt without being overridden by bitterness. fairly creamy mouthfeel. medium body. finish isn't incredibly long, but lingers for sure. dangerously drinkable for an 11% abv beer. one of the best i've had the pleasure of drinking from dominion, and i think i'll have a few more, but there is some seriusly tough competition out there in this category, and if you're looking for a super complex beer that can stand up to an old barolo, this isn't the one. good intro into barleywine, and great effort from dominion.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Clear reddish amber hue with a one finger tan head that slowly settles to a bubbly rim. Stringy lacing along the glass.

Sweet malts with a hint of caramel and a bit of raisin. Some grassy hops are in the background, but nothing too strong.

A caramelish malty backbone with some spicy hops that come in at the middle. A light creaminess comes in that connects the two. Full bodied with good carbonation, giving a quick bite on the tongue. The finish is the fading grain.

This one is outstanding, smooth, and easy to drink. It's great out of a pint glass, although usually a snifter is the traditional glass. I really enjoyed this one. Recommended.

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

12-oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A = Orange amber with a very slight haze, good off white head that dissipates relatively quickly leaving light lacing on glass.

S = Floral hops, smokey malts, very well balanced.

T = Sweet and creamy with a slight bitterness apparent from the hops, but so well balanced, the hops are actually somewhat subtle even though this has 100 IBUs. Long bitter sweet finish.

M = Heavy bodied, creamy frothy carbonation when swished, great mouthcoating.

D = Very good drinkable barleywine, would definitely recommend this one.

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Photo of argock
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear short-stemmed goblet

A: Deep amber hue with thin light tan head with small but notable amount of lace for an 11.4%er

S: Dark fruit, bread, toffee, and toasted malt smells.

T: Lots of malty toffee and caramel flavors up front with major honey sweetness zap your tongue to be followed by long-lasting slick earthy hop bitterness and pretty dry finish. Smooth and delicious without the coarse alcohol presence of many other barleywines.

M: Extraordinarily creamy and smooth in its sweetness.

D: Extremely drinkable despite its honey-sweetness -- would be a good choice for an introduction to barleywines.

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

Doesnt seem to be alot of carbonation as this beer yields only a one finger light tan head, even with a vigorous pour. Body is an attractive reddish amber, deep and glowing when held to light.

Nose is a mix of sweet dark fruity notes and citrus with strong spicey notes mixed in. Includes a hint of alchol and leather.

Sweet dark fruit meets malty richvess on first sip. The spicey backbone to thie beer almost makes me sneeze. A slight even bitter is noticeable on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel has some thickness but is neatly balanced, as this entire ale is.

Nicely drinkable now, but would age well for a year or two. Alchol is hidden nicely but does warm the belly.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jasonm. Bottle dated 4/6/07

A - Pours a murky orangish brown with a thin off white head.

S - Strong honey scent with a sweet alcohol and candy apple aroma.

T - Sweet alcohol with honey, apple and graham cracker. Tea like with a slight herbal hoppiness.

M - Low carbonation but slightly thin as far as barleywines go. Warming from the alcohol.

D - Somewhat avererage barley wine but still worth a try.

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Photo of thartman
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pulled from my cellar, purchased winter of 2007, bottling date of 04/03/06.

Poured a dark brownish amber color, not much head, little carbonation. Looks, pretty good!

Smells very malty, and honey-like,... definitely sweet smelling.

The taste was extra malty and sweet. The bottle says its a barleywine style, but is does not taste like the traditional style barleywines that I am used to, its definitely "malt heavy, less hoppy", ... reminds me more of a triple malt scotch ale style.

The body is heavy and its definitely filling. The 11.4% Alcohol by volume is noticeable and warming. This is a nice sipping beer, and I usually only drink one at a sitting. This beer is definitely unique, and worth a try.

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Photo of Vancer
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bad boy bottled on 11/20/06 – well aged and ready for quaffing. And I’m just the guy for the job.

Clear amber oak with a sticky thin ring of ivory lace. Not bad for a 10 plus booze brew.

Typical sweet caramel barley wine aroma, quaff is a bit on the sweet side too – needs a bit more hop for balance. Bit of a bite on the finish – not distracting enough to downgrade the beer quaffing enjoyment.

It’s strong, and the booze leaks through, but not enough to diminish the overall beer experience.

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Photo of arguemaniac
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The fruity raisin character and rather sweet grain maltiness blend superbly well with an assertive citrusy hop bitterness. The alcohol is spicy, but subdued by the richness of all the other flavors. It’s alcoholic, for sure, but it doesn’t feel like 11.4%.

This barley-wine style beer was definitely above average, but also featured a deliciously aggressive and leafy hop bitterness, which added some nice balance to a style that is almost always pretty geared towards the character. Bet aging would do wonders for this one.

Highly recommended…

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Photo of CharlieMopps
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2006

A: Pours a slightly translucent, hazy amberish orange hue with a minimal head. Some bubbles form at the top, but only a fine layer.

S: The bouquet is filled with a somewhat musty and spicy aroma dominated by hoppy notes, with a faint whiff of sweet malt beneath the array of aromas.

T: Mellow hop characteristics pervade, with only a slight bitterness present. Cloying aftertaste from the sweet and spicy introduction, very much geared toward the malt. Still, there is an odd balance that must come from aging.

M: Fairly low carbonation, as is to be expected from this one with the year of age. Still, has a bit more bubbly kick to it than I imagined it would, as well as maintaining an oily feel, mostly on the sides of the tongue. Not as syrupy as first thought, but with more carbonation than expected.

D: This beer threw me for a loop after aging a bit. I honestly expected the hop character to be less prevalent, the carbonation to not be as strong as it was, and for the oiliness to be non-existent. Surprising as these were, this was quite drinkable, even with the abv, which had mellowed out over time. Not a mind-blowing barleywine, even after a year, but still an interesting quaff if you've been sitting on one of these pre-buyout beauties.

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Photo of flexabull
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of jasonm. Thanks again!

Pours a bright amber color, with a faint white head.

Aromas are dusty, booze like, with some cereal grain notes.

Beer has fairly light flavors for a barley wine. Up front tastes of creamy malts, tea like, and with some mellow dark fruit flavors. Finish is thin, with a light crispness, and a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is ok. But seems a bit weak for a barley wine.

Drinkability is pretty good. This beer is kind of boring and uninteresting for a barley wine that checks in at 11.4% ABV. But it has some decent mellow flavors, and is really easy to drink. My problem is, I can think of quite a few other beers in the style that I would much rather sip than this one.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.84/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

For a barley-wine, this struck me as being no better than average. There are barley-wines that are potent in their similarity to wine or spirits, with an alcohol astringency and slight sourness...and then there are barley-wines that are tremendously hoppy. And then there's this barley-wine. It's just kind of there. Appearance and mouthfeel are pleasant, but this has to be the least flavorful beer of this style, for good or bad, that I've ever had.

It pours an orange ambrosia color, with so little head that I thought it would be very flat. However, mouthfeel was fairly complex and pleasant. But aroma and flavor were a bit of a let-down, or perhaps just a non-issue. Both were very faint. I detected some malt backbone and a whiff of hops, but this struck me as a beer that had lost its bite since packaging. If you're hanging onto a bottle of this for cellaring, I'd advise you to drink it now. This ber is so mellow, so mild-mannered, so (if I dare say) boring, that I can't imagine letting it mellow some more.

I picked this up during a recent visit to the DC area from Norm's Beer & Wine in Vienna, VA. The bottle informed me that it was packaged on 4 April 007, and the label told me it would lay down for "several years."

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Photo of BigJTrucker
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Tasted 7/13/07.

Pours an orange ruby color similar to dark honey. Low head retention. Has a nice citrusy aroma, a faint odor of honey. Very balanced. Nice hoppy flavor with a heavy mal backbone. ABV is very well hidden. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky, nice and smooth. By far one of the most drinkable barleywines i've had. This bottle was only 6 months old. I'd like to see how a year or two would affect the flavors.

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

Poured into a Duvel glass, reddish brown, small head which dissipated quickly.
Some sweet malts in the aroma, but very understated for the style.
Flavors in this beer were quite restrained with some really up front alcohol and a late hop bitterness that didn't seem quite right to me. The maltiness associated with this style just wasn't there.
Mouthfeel was on the thin side as well. Drinkability is not a strong point for this beer either. I had this beer a couple of year ago and was much more impressed back then. This feels like a step or two in the wrong direction to me, but I'll age a couple and see if that makes any difference.

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Photo of dgfair
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottled on 04/03/06, poured into delirium tremens snifter/tulip.

A - Viscous ruby red grapefuit color. A thin layer of head that only came out of a high pour, dissipates to some small bubbles very quickly.

S - I can definitely smell the honey that is mentioned on the label...a very sweet honey scent with touch of earthy spice. Also a fresh hop aroma, but a very light, grassy hop. A slight touch of a fruity cran-apple juice smell.

T&M - Sweet honey, with a touch of apple spice, very nice caramel malt, and a bit of estery alcohol. A very nice warming sensation as it goes down. It's thick and full in the mouth with a nice amount of tingly carbonation. The alcohol warms you up quite a bit and is almost overpowering.

D - Defiition of a winter night sipper. It's a cool night here in North Carolina, so I can't complain. The honey is a nice touch, and I would love to see what this would do over time. Sadly, my last one...cheers.

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Photo of mjc410
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour into my La Moneuse glass raises a bubbly one finger light tan head that does its business falling quickly. The lacing is pretty clingy, especially for a beer as hefty as this. Below, the beer has an impressive ruby-gold-copper thing going on, which just looks great. Translucent and glowing when backlit. No sediment, though, despite the bottle's claim.

The nose is sweet like honey, with citrus and strawberries. Very impressive. Not much depth, but what there is is great.

As for the taste, there's a great deal of caramel, and sweet fruitiness like the strawberry from the smell, but also sweet apple. I don't pick up on any citrus, but the hops lend an ending bitterness that is slightly herbal. Very nicely balanced, and it hides the alcohol quite well, especially for how new it is (bottled only a month ago).

The mouth is quite thick, with almost no carbonation. Works well. A fine barleywine, would be great to introduce someone to the style, but compares exceptionally to some of the greats.

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Dominion Millennium Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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