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.

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Photo of ark57
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a hazy orange/amber/brown with just a thin wisp of a head. The aroma is malty with some muted herbal and minty hops and some caramel. It has some caramel sweetness and is yeasty. There is a juicy, herbal, mint hoopiness. There is quite a bit of alcohol in the finish with a lingering sweetness. There isn't much depth to this beer. It is just bitter and sweet with a lot of alcohol.

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Photo of BierManVA
4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Certainly many Barley Wines have had the sad displeasure of becoming too hoppy over the years. Not this delicious brew. While the nose is unmistakenly hoppy, the tongue is left to wonder what the hell is going on. I mean really..."Heavy malt flavor!"

If I closed my eyes and held my nose, I might think I was drinking a Maerzen for Christ's sake!


Do not miss this if you see it for sale. Beautiful...


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Photo of ManekiNeko
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served at cellar temperature in a Trois Pistoles goblet. Bottled on date of 2/15/2004.

Appearance: Dark, clear amber liquid topped by a relatively large offwhite head. The foam sticks around for a bit before dissipating to a film and a ring.

Smell: Intriguing mix of orange marmalade, caramel malts, and pineapple citrus (think the white gummmi bears) hops. Everything melds together quite nicely.

Taste: An initially sweet whizbang of caramel malts that give way to peppery and bitter hop aftertastes. An amalgam of American and British barleywine styles. Toasted bread character.

Mouthfeel: Thick and heavy bodied with long lasting aftertastes that make one mellow.

Drinkability: Rock solid and beyond barleywine. Bargain priced to boot. Can't wait to see what time does to this.

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Photo of avylover
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This brew pours a little lightr than your average Barleywine, with more of a hazy reddish orange color going on and e creamy head. Aroma of apples, bready malt, pears, alcohol and all around yumminess. The taste mirrors the aroma here. Starts off with a fruity blast, much like some of your belgian ales, then a heavy bready maltiness kicks in along with a citrous hop flavor. LOTS of flavor going on here. One minor complaint is the heavy alcohol taste, which is not masked or blended well. The mouthfeel is nice & chewy, with just enough carbonation. It's a bit sticky in the finish though. Drinkability is par for a barleywine i'd say.

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

Appearance – This one poured a beautiful, rich orange in color and was a little hazy and mysterious. The story here though was the head. Most Barley Wines, especially the big ABV ones, have little to no head, yet this one was big and full.

Smell – Big, sharp fruits own this nose. This is almost like a Lambic. There’s a deep, rich cherry aroma along with some cranberries and some lighter fruits. Yes, there’s booze in there, but I didn’t get the big honey that other BAs were raving about.

Taste – Wow! This is very strong. The alcohol comes on here like a vodka martini with a dash of Applejack.

Mouthfeel – The alcohol sting is sharp in the mouth and throat. This is not a full-bodied ale, though. It’s more medium but well-blended.

Drinkability – You won’t be guzzling this at a frat party, that’s for sure. New Orleans would be proud of this Barley Wine.

Comments – Thanks to OFS for this heavy hitter. Ka-pow! This will close the night for sure.

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

Got the last six pack of this at the local Whole Foods... wasn't sure what to expect since it is a fairly young barleywine, but I enjoyed it. Truely a sipping beer, however. Aroma is fairly sweet, with candy sugars and cherries/strawberry present. Kinda odd, but interesting. Head disappears quickly. Beer settles to an orangish hue. Taste is quite different from the smell.... rich, chewy, a few fruit notes, warming alcohol with a hoppy finish. I'm going to keep the rest around for awhile, drink one every few months and see how it matures. Don't think I could drink more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a rusty orange color. The head was short lived and a thin ring was around my glass. The aroma was of caramel and sweet candy. Alcohol was also present. The taste was rich with flavors, caramel, candy malt and hops and alcohol are on the list of things to notice while enjoying this brew. A very nice and enjoyable brew from ODB. It is the first brew that I have tried from them and it will not be the last. This barley wine is well worth the search.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. amber bottle. Born on date of 19-FEB-04.

Appearance: Poured a crystal clear burned orange in color. Wispy thin layer of lace clings to the very edges of the beer, attempting to escape my snifter by means of sticking to the glass.

Smell: Huge dose of honey in the nose. There is a bit of a caramelish sweetness as well. Brief dose of medicinal alcohol paired with a citrusy hop oil off to the edge of the stage. Clearly though, the honey is the star of this show.

Taste: I was a bit concerned that this would be too young to fully appreaciate with the bottling date being less than one month from when I first tried it. All fears are cast aside after the first few drops hit my palate. This beer kicks ass. Flavor is extremely well-balanced. Honey is definitely high up on the list, but it is followed closely by the malts, hops, and alcohol. Middle is sweet and the end is a nutty-hoppy finish that doesn't last very long. Only at the very end does the warming effect from the alcohol put a twinge in your belly.

Mouthfeel and Drinjability: Full-bodied and magnificiently creamy on the palate. Chewy. ABV hidden very well. Drinkability is off the scale. I could drink these one after another, though I'm sure I would pay for it in the morning. Simply wonderful to behold and taste.

Notes: Once again, Old Dominion scores big-time with me. I've been very impressed by almost every beer I've sampled from this fine Virginia brewery. An excellent young barleywine that will do nothing but get better as it ages. Thankfully, I have 4 more of these doing just that.

Do yourself a favor and seek out this beer and the others from the brewer. You won't regret it.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured hazy deep orange amber. The head was off-white and huge lasting to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty and sweet with substantial hops in the background. The hops are American and citrusy and well aged. Also present is some alcohol.

The flavor was malty and bitter in well balanced complexity. Some alcohol is present in the flavor, but it does not lessen the drinkability.

The finish was dry and slightly bitter but well done. The body was full to medium full.

12 ounce bottle. Jan 27, 2003.

I poured this beer by mistake, I thought I was having a different Dominion beer and had meant to age this one a little further. No need!

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

-- Aged 1 year --

An amber-ish red color, this beer gains a bubbly off-white head while circles of stain dot the glass. That's all I ask from a barleywine, for the most part, and it delivers.

Smells of a lot - most appreciably, toffee that is wondefully thick and slightly spicy paired with NorthWest hops giving off leafy pine and grapefruit scents, but only through a delicate tease. Expands to heady biscuit notes that inhale darker and sweeter than normal. Slight butter, too, and some slight notes of vintage Scotch graininess.

Taste is immediately of spicy, tasty hops, piney yet floral too, with chewable hop leaves. Underneath is a wonderful sweetness, a full amber-toffee flavor with a small amount of diacetyl that is tasty and, actually, welcome. Small alcohol tinge at the end, and a minty finish. Moderate-thick mouthfeel is dead-on.

Tomorrow I'm going to buy a bunch more , pronto. I'm sorry the 2002 vintage didn't come across like this one, but it didn't. Overall, an awesome barleywine that is both very British and very American at the same time. Props to that.

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Photo of BierReise
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle 1999 vimtage Poured thick and a cloudy amber color looking like apple cider. No head to speak of. Aroma is a strong sweet malty one with a classic barley wine profile. Also contains notes of oak and vanilla. Body is velvety smooth and lightly carbonated. Flavor is sweet, caramel, malt, slight fruitiness and finishes with a warming alcohol kick. Overall this has aged very well.

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

Very ncie appearance as I poured it from the bottle. High alcohol nose detected. Could smell the malt and honey. The bottle was in my garage and was quite cold so I let it sit to warm up a bit.

I took my first sip around 48 degrees. Very very smooth. Nice blend of honey and malt. Big burn finish which I was disappointed with. Became more balanced with temperature and much more drinable. However, I couldn't get past the alcohol burn backend. I really like Barleywines and this is a good one for sure, perhaps some more age will mellow it out a bit more.

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Photo of byrd
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

No head ever really formed on top of this brew during the pour; just a thin lace sits on top of this one. Yet, some carbonation could be seen rising to the surface. The color is a reddish copper that is quite cloudy. The nose is lots of sweet malts, thick caramel, and fruity notes mixed with alcohol. The flavor is of sweet caramel malts up front with some very slight vinous notes, along with hints of fruits and rum. Bitter hops sneak into the finish and aftertaste. The alcohol becomes somewhat apparent towards the middle and into the finish and definitely leaves a warming sensation as it goes down. Millennium has a full mouthfeel with just a little carbonation on the tongue. Despite the perceptible alcohol, this brew is fairly smooth, with just a bit of a bite towards the end.

This was the first Barley Wine that I’ve had. While it was quite enjoyable and easy to drink, I don’t think I could drink more then one at a sitting. Next time I’m out, I think I’ll pick up a couple more of these to hang onto for a couple years.

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Photo of pio
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

brown/dark amber body with next to no head but when you rouse it, it will come. just a bit of sediment. scents of malt and sharp hops. apple blossoms, notable honey and sugar. toffee and cocoa have a alot to do here. hints of clove and chestnuts. the flavor is nice, bitter and somewhat smokey with earth and honey. nutty, herbal and woody notes with a bit of cinnamon, clove and sage. the mouthfeel was sticky and not very bubbly nor active. my opinion about it's drinkability is that it's alright but not an everyday beer, not very sessionable. this is my first barleywine review and i haven't much experience with them, this one was nice and the bigfoot on tap was alright but i may have to update this further down the line. thanks for reading my review, i tried.

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

Ruddy brown in color. Hazy and fairly thick in appearance. Very little head to speak of. The carbonation is there though, rising in sizable bubbles.
Aroma is of bourbon, alcohol and dark fruits, with a hint of caramel.
Flavors of bourbon, yeast, raisins and more bourbon. Any hop notes are way subdued after all this time. Nice and warming with a dry finish. A real nice fireside sipper.
Full bodied with gentle carbonation. An excellent barley wine that stood up well to 6 years in the bottle. A big thanks to Floydicus for sharing the bottle with me. Cheers!

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Photo of Globetrotter
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As my three year old daughter would say: "Yummy!" Pours a lovely cloudy copper hue under a thin tan head that fades quickly to form a film across the top and a healthy collar. Not much lace, but more than I expected for such a high ABV. This brew has a marvelously deep malty nose with a touch of honey. The mouth is prickly and heavy, with a savory sweetness that makes you just want to hold it forever. The malt and honey come out clearly in the initial taste, deep and penetrating, with caramel and toffee tones. Then the hops kick in, bold and beautiful. Alcohol is definitely here - the impression and aftertaste are a bit whiskeyesque. This brew is a delight to be enjoyed slowly.

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Photo of frank4sail
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caramel sweet malt smell. Light ruby color with lots of carbonation and a white head. Looks like a pink cocktail with a fine white head. Burnt caramel malt taste (popcorn) with a woody (oak) sweet initial taste followed by a pepper/bitter finish. The center of the tongue is left tart and dry.. the tip of the tongue is left sweet and wet. Quite an interesting and balenced brew. It has a fuller mouth but is still quite rough not very silky. A solid barlywine.

Cheers to the BA beer exchange at Victory Brewing for the sample.

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

Copper hued red color with a tan head.
Aroma of ripe fruit, sweet malts, and a touch of alcohol.

Taste shows the big, sweet caramel malt character. Ripe fruit. Hops are there to balance and let their presence be known although they remain under the malt. Alcohol is there, but not overbearing.

Good mouthfeel.
Good drinkability for an 11.4% ABV beer.

Overall a good barleywine style ale. TwelveVoltMan has called it again IMO, Millenium is good, but Victory Old Horizontal is pretty darn good. I'd definitely choose the Old Horizontal over this one. Still an enjoyable beer, though.

Big thanks to OldFrothingSlosh for providing me the sample.

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Photo of aaronh
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.4 %? You're kidding, right?

Hazy copper body is topped by a moderate tan head that showed excellent retention. The aroma is a blend of smooth caramel sweetness and spicy hops. On the tongue, the malt is the dominant flavor, with a smooth sweetness, nice caramel, and a touch of alcohol. Very fruity as well. Finishes with a smooth hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Did I mention this beer is smooth? A very well crafted barleywine.

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Photo of marc77
4.51/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewpub. Crystal clear deep auburn hue. Sticky almond white head leaves Belgian lace. Gorgeous. Soft floral hops with a tinge of earth and chlorophyll. Melllow honey and medium lovibond sweetness couples with the mild apple esters lending a candied apple impression. Dangerously soft aromawise. Clean honeyish sweetness upfront leads into a well integrated toffeeish presence. Hints of roast lie within the light lovibond caramel. Moderate, super clean hop bitternss barely balances malt sweetness-- they must've toned down the IBUs for this year's batch. Hint of ripe, berryish red licorice esque fruitiness and faint butterscotch. Smooth, lightly dextrinous. Almost creamy in mouthfeel. Finishes with a combination of buttery biscuit, herb and sweet earth. Enveloping alcohol warmth surfaces late. Milennium 2003 is unbelievably mellow and is easily the most drinkable, balanced barleywine I've had in a while. Malt driven, yet superbly balanced. If the bottled version is nearly as good, get some. Wonderful.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Held to the light, it's a blood-red copper. Big creamy head, strongly resembling a classic vanilla milk shake, a real one, not McDonalds. Excellent lacing coats the glass. A cornacoppia of fruits in the aroma: apples, cherries, plums, a dark, tantalyzing mix. A big huge malty body rolls across the mouth, thckly coating everything in its path. Sweet but not cloying, I can taste both the honey and the English hops that are taming the sweetness and performing an incredible balancing act. A dollop of alcohol at the end. A very good barleywine, and still at a very tender age. If cellaring tames that alcoholic burst, it could be love.

Acquired in the Philadelphia Gathering Beer Exchange.

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Photo of stirgy
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured out a bright copper orange color and had a thin white head. Heavy fruit aroma and sweet malt on the nose. Raisins, figs, apples, caramel, along with a toasted nutiness. Taste is strong but not overbearing. Close to being a sipper but not there yet. Still very drinkable and very flavorful. Lingering oiliness on the back of the throat. It’s complex and strong. I like this beer very much.

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

2003 Specialty Ale

This beer poured an amber/orange color that was cloudy, lightly carbonated and dare I say chunky near the bottom of the bottle. The head was present, not overly thick and foamy but present. It was tan in color and it seemed to last fairly well then dissipated to just a ring and light covering. The lace that was left behind was watery in nature and seemed to cling to parts of the glass but not a full lace. The first smell that came from the glass were of big fruits (pears, apples) then I nosed alcohol, sour cherries, dark malts, caramel, light bread and hops. The tastes were dominated by hops and big malts. I tasted fruits (pears, cherries, apples), floral hops, spices, a light wave of strong sweet black coffee, alcohol, pine needles, and lots of sweet and dark malts. Like I said, the flavors were dominated by big malts and hops all the way from the first sip, past the last, and a few moments after. The aftertastes that were left on my tongue were in 2 stages: cold – floral hops that dried my mouth out, and warmer – sweet thick and malty with just light hops. This is a thick, rich, robust creamy and chewy beer. I bet this would be great cellared a few years, it would allow the melding of the flavors. Because it seemed to be on the astringent side, like it wanted to give deeper flavors but was still too young.
All and all I liked it and will try to get a bottle to age a few years.

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Photo of jackndan
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dominion Millennium, bottled in March of 2002: yes I know I should have cellared this but the hell with that, this is too good to wait. Pours a murky brown, fairly hazy. The head is nice, off-white, leaves great lacing down the side.

The aroma is remarkable, very strong, and very sweet smelling. Strong scents of caramel apple.

Extremely complex brew, multiple levels of tastes that linger. Extremely malty, very strong dried fruit flavors (raisons, dried apples) opening into a fairly impressive blast of spicy malts, supplemented with a snap of hops. The tastes do linger, moreover the alcohol is present very early on, leading to a nice blast of warmth.

Clearly, one cannot drink this all night, but you’d want to if you could. Big shout out to my man Murph, and the BIF.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a bright ruby red, underneath a solid creamy head. Aroma is thick, pungent, oozing honeyish sweetness, and offering up a multitude of associations: molasses, rum, brandy, fruits, and candy. Taste is huge and fierce with hops, but never too much, it feels juuuust right. Malt comes to the the fore now, and the feeling is toasty and warm. A welcome and lasting finish.
Somewhat mild, I felt, in some mysterious way, than other, bolder barleywines, but very true to form and very enjoyable.
So why didn't it feel like 11.4%? Thanks to Marc77 for sending it along!

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Dominion Millennium Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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