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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Reviews: 259 | Ratings: 360
Photo of CharlesRiver
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
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 +6.5%
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%
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 +8.5%
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%
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 +4.7%
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 +15.2%
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 +24.7%
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 +7.7%
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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