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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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Photo of marc77
4.51/5  rDev +12.8%
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 +10.5%
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 pezoids
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
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 +0.5%
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 +12.5%
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 +8%
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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Photo of Darkale
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a reddish-brown color, pours very clear, with a spare tan head that fades. One of those beers that you pour normally at first; then, you have to end-up the bottle quickly to get any kind of head at all. What head remains is tenacious, as is the lacing.

Aroma is sweet, slightly fruity, but more like honey. And it should be, because this is a very sweet, malty beer. The first taste brings a kind of burning, malty charcoal taste, with a middle section of hops. Nice buzzing maltiness, very round and chewy.

Indeed, this beer can sneak up on you. Being sweet, it is easy to drink quickly. Then it hits you on the back of your head!

But a nice beer.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on March 5, 2002.

The appearance has a murky glow to it. Orangeish in color. Thin film of a head disappears quickly and leaves only a thin collar. Lacing is sporadic. The nose is malt dominated, but accented with gentle Goldings fragrance. Nice nose. There's a bit of a alcohol burn even though this brew's a year old. It does check in at 11.4% a/v however. I'd like to have access to more of these to cellar longer. I really dig the flavors of this BW. The ethanol blends nicely with a somewhat harsh hop bitterness. The malt base is fantastic and does more than just support. A little caramely. A little bready. Quite complex. The carbonation level seems higher than in other BWs I've had, but I'm not knocking the beer down in points because of it. It fits nicely within the context of this particular beer. The body is about medium-full and very slightly syrupy. All in all, I'd call this one a nice brash Barleywine.

Thanks a million for the Millenium Davo.

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Photo of JISurfer
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very good Barley Wine-Style ale. It's color is a nice amber color, with some cloudiness to it. It has a little bit of head to it, but it died down after a while. The smell was quite strong of some fruits, maybe some grapes and some citrus fruits, but also had a barley smell as well. It starts out pretty sharp, but ends out smooth. Even though it has over 11% of alcohol in it, you can't really taste it, which is probably a hard thing to do. All in all, it's a very nice brew and I will be back for more. I am very suprised with what's here in Va.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite style of beer so when I received a bottle from Murph I was very excited. Something that we can't get in New England but one that I have wanted to try. Pours are beautiful amber color with little to no head. The smell is sweet, sherry and a hint of hops. When I tasted this brew the first thing that I noticed was how smooth it was. I had to look at the date again just to make sure it was from the 2002 batch. Hints of raisins, figs and something very earthy comes through. I can definately feel the warming feeling coming through. I might be chastised for saying this but I would put it against Bigfoot.

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Photo of paceyourself
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As soon as i opened the bottle a inviting sweet honey aroma leapt out. It poured with little head or carbonation. A orange- bronze color with more sediment than most barley wines i've seen, maybe the dry hops. Flavor starts with a nice honey taste then balances out quickly, very impressive for 11.4%. As strong as this is i think i could drink more than one. The date was smudged but the back said 11.4% so i think it's 2002. To cellar this would be interesting but it's very drinkable right now. Thanks for the sample Murph.

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Photo of mophie
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, an impressive offering, to be sure. Hazy copper with a billowy, creamy head that eventually reduces to a thin layer of bubbles across the surface. The smell is outstanding, with caramel, fresh-baked brown bread, and a dose of honey announcing the rich use of malts (and honey), with some floral hoppiness thrown in for good measure. The taste is initially sweet, though beautifully offset by the generous (but not overdone) use three American hop varieties in the boil. Lest ye think this be an all-American beer, they dry hop with English Kent-Goldings, giving the beer a refined, almost English quality. Immensely enjoyable, what a terrific way to toast the change of seasons.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A sample bottled 05MAR02, it poured a copper color, perhaps with a touch of bronze, and a tad cloudy with the yeast poured in. Had a creamy, fine, tight, lasting head, with OK lace... Nose was somewhat malty, some hops showing up, but mostly with toffee-like overtones! Real good body, and quite smooth when passing over the tongue. Good body and tongue...? Sorry... Flavors were pronounced and well-balanced; rich, malty, caramel-like start, and some sweetness, due to the honey? Pretty strong hop presence, and a touch of grapefruit rearing it's head in a good, long-lasting finish. A warming feeling comes about in the back of the throat, not entirely unwelcome!! Tasty offering!! Thanks, Murph!!

overall: 4.3
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5


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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear brown / copper color and a fluffy tan head. The aroma is all malt and caramel on the nose. The 11.4% alcohol by volume is evident but not as much as one would think. On the palate the alcohol blends well with the heavy flavors of the English malt, dark honey notes, caramel, and then the liberty hops become more pronounced in the middle.
This would be a interesting to cellar for a couple of years, this was bottled 3/5/2002.

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

Pours with a light tan head that settles quickly, over medium amber colored liquid. Nose is quite malty/sweet, with alcohol noticible. Taste reveals astringent hoppiness with malt laying in wait immediately afterwords, followed by more hop bitterness. The label states that honey is used in brewing...but I'm hard pressed to taste it! Finishes long and bitter...well made, and a good candidate for cellaring for Fall/Winter.

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Photo of Murph
4.62/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy golden amber color with not much of a head. Smell has some great malty sweetness in it. Light caramel and lightly floral hops. Mmmmm, nice sweet maltiness with some light hop bitterness, just enough to balance. Honey, chocolate, nice herbal/floral hops with some vague spiciness in the background. Man has this aged well. Super creamy and chewy and very drinkable. This was one damn fine BW. Hopefully my 2002 will age this well. Only time will tell.

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Photo of DOCALYN
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This barleywine kicks ass. Outragesly hopped to 100 IBU and aggessively dryhopped as well this is a rich sipping beer. I usually buy 2-3cases so as to have some to drink now and some I stash to age . With 11.5% ABV aging is no problem. The high hop rate balances the huge maltiness and the sweetness of the honey used. Compare with Victory Old Horizontal. Victory's head brewer developed the original Millenium recipe.

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Photo of Todd
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: A big, most impressive, 2L growler -- full with ceramic lock-top and metal handle. This sample is from the Feb. 2000 batch. Typically sold in 12oz bottles, and bottle-conditioned.

Appearance: Bright copper/amber with a thin off-white creamy lace.

Smell: Caramel, fruity esters, toasted and biscuit aromas. You can smell the distinct English Kent Goldings that were used to dry-hop this beer (half a pound to the barrel).

Taste: Smooth, sweet and creamy on the palate. Slick and buttery caramel and toffee flavours coat the mouth in a syrupy textured sweetness. Notes of raw honey follow with a hop oily feel soon after. The beer then peaks with a mixture of raw and coarse flavours, none of which are entirely bitter, but rather perfectly balance the huge malt profile. Fusel alcohols are definitely present and begin numbing the brain instantly. Finishes with an oily palate and a semi-bitter/dry feel.

Notes: At a healthy 10.4%abv, Millennium is a very interesting barleywine. It's brewed with 100% imported English malts and Virginia honey.

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