Dominion Millennium Ale | Old Dominion Brewing Company

Dominion Millennium AleDominion Millennium Ale
367 Ratings
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 blackie
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottling date of 2-11-2005 is printed on the label.

The thin white head comprised of tiny bubbles quickly dissipates, with only a ring around the glass remaining. The color of the ale is a reddish medium amber.

The first smell I pick up on is the malty fruitiness. There is also quite a dose of ethanol present, but not to the extent of being very sharp and detracting from the smell. The hops are kept to a reasonable level, allowing plenty of the malt characteristic to show, and smell wonderfully floral. The sweet, dark fruity notes of the malt and honey are pleasant...though the honey characteristic is somewhat hard differentiate.

Carbonation is medium and the body is medium to moderately heavy.

The first flavors that hit me are subdued maltiness and an alcoholic spikiness. The hop bitterness then becomes evident...and the ethanol presence grows, especially after the swallow. After the effects of the hops quickly subside, a sweet maltiness (and maybe a little honey character) is left behind along with some ethanol fumes. There is alot of alcohol present on the tongue, especially as the brew warms...but this beer is pretty fresh and I will let my other bottle mellow in the cellar for awhile. I would've given a higher score for taste if it wasn't for the pervasiveness of the alchohol.

11-05-06: The ethanol presence has mellowed, and some candied, liquor soaked fruit aromas (pineapple) have come out in the nose. It seems also that the flavors have melded together really well. One of the better cellaring experiences I've had.

04-06-09: bottle dated 2/01/08, purchased from Bon Vivant in Smithfield, VA, brought a couple scores - appearance and mouthfeel - down, but it's still a mighty fine beer overall, hazy orange amber in color with a nose and flavor of thick moderately caramelized malts and lovely honey candies, honeyed biscuits, really digging the nose as it's a touch unrefined and "backwoods" and brings out the best of the aforementioned characters, sugary baked goods, lightly hopped, good booze levels, very enjoyable and I'd buy a sixer given the change and right price

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Photo of Px2GrafX
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

presentation: 12oz. bottle with "Dominion Millennium" in huge text along with the buck logo. red, yellow and orange label. bottling date is feb. 11, 2005. dominion's interpretation of their millennium is printed on the back of the bottle. abv is displayed at 11.4%.

appearance: pours sepia gold with light orangy red highlights into a snifter goblet. thin head that disapates to nothing. a thin line of head rings the glass. little to no bubbles rise through the beer. beautiful color.

smell: bready sweet. strong pineapple aroma. i can't get past the pineapple upside down cake scent. sweet with light alcohol.

taste: strong alcohol and sweet bread. quite hoppy and lightly salty. sweet fruits, definitely pineapple and some others like peaches or apricots and raisins. very biscuity. did i mention complex yet??? finish is more alcohol, and hop bitters. i get a tingling sensation on the side edges of my tongue with each swallowing finish.

mouthfeel: very smooth and excellent carbonation. swallows well too.

drinkability: drinkable as barley wines go, but not a very drinkable brew. strong, strong alcohol. a slow drink with intoxicating alcohol warming.

overall: now one of my favorite barley wines. i'm definitely getting more of these to cellar. looks, smells, tastes and feels great.

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

Pours a medium amber with a two finger tan head that disappears to thin pond scum like foam.

Aroma is fruity malt mixed with citrus hops, pear and apricot standing out the most.

Taste is big on malt some honey like sweetness comes out along with the fruit apricot, pear in the malt. Finish is some bitter grapefruit rind mixed with grassy/earthy hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is almost full big on malt and nice carbonation.

Drinkability is good a decent enough barley wine but would rather have other so probably wouldn't purchase again.

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Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a rich and complex malt scent that boasts of crystal, pale, roasted, and bisquit malts. It has a nice toasted bread aroma; very nice. The taste is good. It has a smooth, malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes warm and toastey with a slightly dry feel. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine barleywine. I like the breadlike toastiness. The last few barleywines I had were average, but this was a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of Maestro
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Take this barley wine in small doses. Like a good bourbon, this falvorful brew should be sipped and savored.

This beer pours a clear orange-red with a thick tan head. The nose is quite alcoholic with hints of honey and sweet malts. Upon tasting, you know you are in for a treat. There is an overall warm alcohol feel to this beer. Lots of sweetness and toasty flavors are apparent underneath the alcohol. The mouthfeel is what I would compare to the mouthfeel of a good bourbon or scotch. Strangely enough, this is highly drinkable. Just beware the high alcohol.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Very nice. Barley wines are not my favorite, but this is pretty damn good. The alcohol burn comes off more similar to a fine scotch than a super-hyped alcohol beer. The beer pours a perfect penny color. Crystal clear. Thin head that vanishes all together. Aroma is full of malts with some nce hops in the background. Slight varnish aroma too. Taste is malty with a very substantial hop presence. Lots of honey present too, which leaves the mouth with a nice dry finish. But not with an overhopped burn finish, just honey sugar finish. Some wood hanging around the edges too. Mouthfeel is very full. Hints of a creamy presence are trying to break through and I wonder if with a bit of aging this beer would change much. Very agreeable beer for drinking.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle from 3/05 2002 tasted side by side with a bottle from FEB 19, 2004. The '02 was a standard long neck bottle; the '04 was a screw cap bottle and harbored some dried beer and slight mold underneath the crimp of the cap (not a problem... maybe it just didn't get rinsed prior to labeling).

Carefully poured to leave the yeast behind, both deliver a similar, very dark amber body with an orange cast and reddish highlights; but the 2004 is quite hazy whereas the '02 is crystal clear - and the '02 is just a touch darker. The head retention is limited, although higher alcohol contents will tend to do that, and it's creamy yellowed-ivory head drops shortly to an average collar. It leaves some thin, minor lacing about the glass at the outset, but other than that it's lacking.

The fresh bottle is more hoppy with grassy, floral, and piney hops; whereas the nose on the 2002 is fairly restrained.

The 2002 is much softer in the mouth, but it's only due to carbonation... the bodies remain the same, medium bordering on full and dextrinous. That's not surprising though, as cellared beers often lose a bit of carbonation.

The flavor offers a well-balanced combination of caramelish and lightly toasty and bready malt accented by a smear of yeasty fruitiness and offset by grassy and piney hop, a bit of spicy alcohol, and a bold bitterness. The 2002 is far more rounded and drinkable; but neither vintage is particularly complex. It's finishes pretty much the same, lingering, with some alcohol that hinders its drinkability.

Overall, this is a pretty basic barleywine that seems to have a bit too much alcohol for its limited girth; and I'm not sure that the use of honey helps it in any way (in fact, I think it hurts it!). Still, it's a decent sipper.

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Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, bottling date of Feb 11 2005 stamped on the label, as well as a blurb about the ingredients: English malt, dark Virginia honey, Mount Hood, Perle, and Liberty hops in the boil, dry hopped with Kent-Goldings.
Served slightly chilled into a tulip glass, the body is a cloudy copper amber with a short, one centimeter head that is offwhite to beige in color. No lacing.
Aroma features fresh caramel apples and honey drenched pears.
Mouthfeel reveals a solid medium body, with some chewy caramel malt, and restrained carbonation.
Taste is malty in the English style, with loads of caramel apple, spicy hops, a mild alcohol zing, and some honey. A hint of molasses is in the background. Maltiness is more assertive at room temperature, for a fine middle, and the finish has pear and red apple fruitiness with a long and dry bitter hops aftertaste.
Very well made and evenly balanced. A very pleasant sipper that does an excellent job of masking the high abv. Another fine offering from Old Dominion.

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

Pours a cloudy ruby red with a substantial head that dies down to rather quickly. Dispersed lacing.

Alcohol coated in caramel for the aroma.

Although alcohol is strong in the flavor, there is a caramalized sweetness in the flavor. Bittering hops are clean but the malt takes the dominant role here. Juicy fruity.

Really strong alcohol and juicy caramel are king here. Pretty damn good.

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

Pours into the snifter a gorgeous translucent amber. Minimal head. Nose is rough alcohol with hints of hops and malt. Taste is somewhat sugary alcohol quaff. Oh so very young, but this beer will be dancing on this earth for a long while. Mouthfeel is medium at best. This bad boy needs some time in the cellar. I have a few waiting. It is sippable should be delicious about Nov 2006.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on Feb, 11, 2005, picked up in Virginia by pentathlete, and shipped to me in what is turning out to be a great package of beers, this 12 oz. bottle of barley wine poured out with a pale copper body that was slightly hazy. The head was very smallish and fleeting, and the beer was quite still in appearance. The aroma was soft and soothing with a mellow restrained flowery hop tone riding atop sherry like alcohol. The taste was quite a bit hot, as the beer had not mellowed at all. Underlying that warm foretaste was the essence of cherry, raisin, and, plum. The hops were earthy, and mildly bitter. The body was relatively thin for the style. The beer felt stingingly warm at the back of the throat, making this a definite sipper, and a slow one at that. I felt every bit of it’s tender age while drinking this beer. I think that the ratings would be better after a few years in the cellar. One day I will find out.

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Photo of Wonka
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottling date FEB 19 2004
12 Fluid Ounces
Alcohol by volume 11.4%

Mount Hood, Perle and Liberty hops in the boil and dry hopped with Kent-Goldings hops

Appearance – bit murky brown/orange body; almost 3/4-inch, off-white head at pour that dissipates after about 2 minutes; thin lace is sparse but expected at this strength

Smell – sweet with an alcohol, herbal and fig tinge

Taste – ripe alcohol and big malts smack the tongue first; plum and caramel with a bit of the hops process emerging midway; the close with has a return of alcohol and a touch of bitterness along with a bit of sweetness

Mouthfeel – nice and smooth moderate body with the alcohol cutting into the smoothness late; carbonation is fine and the body thins a bit as the sip progresses; alcohol doesn’t dry excessively; a bit of zing is left on the teeth; with age the feel should be fantastic

Drinkability – not as big and smooth as I’d like but give Millennium time; the malts quell the potentially ruinous effect of the alcohol on turnover; the palate event overall is

Shelf and ponder but if you must, its still rather good now.

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Photo of JoeNobody
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was given to me by a friend to try out. It's only my second tasting of a barley wine. It poured a beautiful amber color with a slight head and a lot of bubbles. The head didn't last very long, it was gone by the end of my walk from the kitchen to the computer room. The smell and taste is that of hops layed in honey and although it's got a higher alcohol content, it doesnt come off as being too strong. The mouthfeel is seems almost heavy, although the beer is light to drink, when held in the mouth and on the tongue it feels dense and weighty. It has an easy drinkability and goes down very smooth. It also doesn't come off as being as "sticky" as the first barley wine I tried. It's a nice change from my normal Belgian whites and if offered it again I would gladly take another (or two)

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Photo of RBorsato
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2004 Bottling: Orange/gold with a low/decent beige head and a low amount of carbonation which leaves some sticky lace. Primarily a malt aroma with just a bit of hop character at first -- gone quickly. Very malty fairly sweet with a little hoppiness but not balanced poorly. Full bodied rich and smooth with a big alcohol warming sensation.

Alcohol was very rough when very fresh...

1999 Bottling: Bronze, low ringed head, and low carbonation. All malt aroma and flavor; not overly bitter. Alcohol seems to have mellowed but not incrementally better overall.

Bottled: 02/19/04
Tasted: 02/11/05

Bottled: 12/09/99
Tasted: 07/07/06

($7.99 / 6-pack)

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

Ok, I finally got around to retasting this one. It was still a very good barleywine. Nice floral and orange complex hop bite. Herbs, mango, leather. Well presented high alcohol. Medium body. Just a masterly balanced barleywine. I think I like it as much as the aged 98 I've had around a year ago, but I don't doubt its capacity to support the test of time. Perfumey, woody and more balanced than most.

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

Pours a deep amber color with ruby hues and an bubbly white head about a half inch high. Aromas are a mix of caramels and resinous earthy piney hops along with some sweet honey tones. There is also a fusel alcohol present. Flavors are a mix of toffees, caramels, and carmelized sugars followed by a pleasant backing of sweet fruits and honey. The body of this brew has a lovely full feel to it and the carbonation was just slight enough to add some depth. The finish is somewhat hot from the alcohol and has a nice bitter grapefruit hop tone just at the end that tries to balance things out. Overall though this brew was good but just a bit too cloyingly sweet for me. I'm sure a couple years of age could really help things out here.

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Photo of nogoodreason
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours the proper barleywine color, slightly more tan than amber. Nicely carbonated though a little thin bodied.

Nose is of caramel, toffee, star anise with a little alcohol spice to it. A nice earthy bitterness is present, though not overwhelming.

It's sticky and sweet in the mouth with a decent earthen dryness and raisins swept up in toffee.

Simple and delicious, though not overwhelming in anyway. A good barley wine that I'm glad to have sampled.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a bottled on date of Feb 19, 2004. Appearance in the glass is a dark amber color with about a half-inch of beige head that dies down quickly to a random scattering of bubbles. Left a bit of lace as well as it was consumed. Sweet malt and fruity notes dominated the aroma. Notes of molasses were present as was a bit of alcohol as this warmed. Sweet tasting upfront and a bit of molasses and alcohol lingering in the background. Also there were notes of dark fruits and a slight alcohol bite on the aftertaste. It was sweet but not cloying as the alcohol and hops kept that in check. Almost full bodied this was rich and coating in the mouth. Tasty stuff that I have drank several of upon occasion and a release I always look forward each year.

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Photo of altctrlsdelete
4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the standard BW color, a sort of ruby red with an orange hue to it. This one has just a trace of a head that coagulates in the center of the glass within a minute or two. Little to no lacing.

The aroma is rich with malt sweetness with notes of raisins and balanced perfectly by the hops.

The taste is absolutely sublime; it hardly ever gets better than this. The alcohol rears its head here, but not too overtly, though it warms all the way to the belly.

The alcohol tingles the tongue as the goodness makes its way down, leaving a bit of a dry and pleasantly bitter finish.

This is my favorite barleywine to date, and is by far my favorite when talking of fresh barleywines. Age makes it better, but it is absolutely superb green, too.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from Garthwaite I think. Thanks for the hookup!
I am sampling a chilled bottle in a snifter. Beer pours a clear chestnut color with a very small off white head. Aroma is very sweet with clover honey, caramel, toffee and some piney hops. First sip reveals a small prickly carbonation and a big syrupy texture. THe flavor is toffee, pears and plums and some piney hops. There is a significant alcohol bite, but at 11.4 this is expected. The alcohol is not dominant by any means but is present for sure. This is a big tasty beer not for the faint hearted. Gives a nice warming in my belly, but no burn on the way down. very well crafted!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Feb 2004, Sampled September 2004
Pours a pretty clear amber copper color, and is topped by a midsized tan head. The aroma is of rich malt, alcohol, and a hint of hops, the malt definitely dominates though. Wow, this beer is thick and rich. The finish is made up of warming alcohol. This is very malty, with thick chewy notes of caramel, and biscuits.

There is actually quite a bit of hop contribution here as well, it was just hard to pick out because of the dominating maltiness. the hops are herbal, grassy, and piney up front. The finish is moderately bitter with a hint of astringency. Overall this is quite enjoyable, certainly it is quite flavorful and rich, though the hop flavor could be a bit more dynamic.

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

Pours and orange and caramel color with a bright white, thin veneer of head that manges to keep the same consistency on the side of the glass.
Aroma of orange and a big citrus and depp malt hit dominates.
Flavor of sweet caramel malt, depp orange, raisins and dates. High resin and spice on the finish.
Mouhfeel is hyper-sweet start that moves to a sharp tangy, spicy middle and finish. Loads of resiny hops here.
Drinkability is good. Nice blend of malt, spice and bittering. Love to try this one on draught.
Thanks to PintofAle for the opportunity on this one.

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

Presentation: 12 ounce brown glass bottle with a label that has the words ‘Dominion Millennium Specialty Ale’ set against a mix of colors including warm reds, oranges and golds. Listed at 11.4% and has a Bottling Date of Feb19 2004.

Appearance: The warm shades on the label are warranted and reflect perfectly the gorgeous color that this brew exhibits. A dark orange amber with some red sunset glows and a flashing aged copper look. Pellucid, there are certainly no streamers in this one. The initial pour creates a great looking off-white head that sadly soon fizzes and dissipates revealing only a thin cream colored halo sliver around the edge of my McEwan’s Scotch Glass. Only the merest

Nose: Sweet nose, the dark Virginia honey really comes through in the nose. A delicate alcoholic hint of dark fruits fills the top of the Glass, but it is so heavy it needs to be extracted with deep nasal inhalations.

Taste: As I expected, at 11.4%, this Barleywine has a sweet malt kick at first with a splash of floral perfume, but there is some warm fruit in there, its light but it takes the edge off of the high gravity sweetness. The alcohol is always here, there and everywhere…then the fruits build in the warming malty middle….then the hops comes through, yeah….this brew uses a mixture of Mount Hood, Perle and Liberty in the boil, with English Kent Goldings for dry-hopping….the hops, even in this “young” 6-month old sample, are the perfect finish, lingering and tingling on the tongue they are extrapolated by the sweet malty alcohols to great effect. Age will certainly improve this one.

Mouthfeel: Above average feel, bold alcohols, sweet honey, solid malts and tingling prickly hops in the looorrrrng finish.

Drinkability: First beer of the night for me, it’s a real sipper, but damn if the lovely yet restrained hop bite doesn’t beg you to keep some molecules of this barleywine on your tongue.

Overall: This could well start and finish the night, but that would be no bad thing. A big Barleywine with a lovely hop laden latter third and finish. This one will age for sure.

Thanks to AleOha for the sample, much appreciated!

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Photo of PatandDavid
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of BiermanVA, thank you, bottled on Feb 19, 2004. Not cloudy, but not a see through amber either. Looks like it would come across with a full mouthfeel, and it delivers. Aroma is of alcohol with a bit of sweetness to alleviate any worries.This is about the fastest tasting beer i've ever had, but if you let it warm up, it spreads itself out and stays awhile. Very nice, smooth as silk, and mostly all malt. Yeah there's some hops floating around, but this one is about the malt. I do appreciate getting a full description about the beer from the bottle. I would call this beer dangerous, but damn good. Due to the malt, remarkably easy to drink, but the alcohol is there in every sip to slow you down. Very good!

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Photo of francisweizen
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is a dark red/chestnut colour with a small off-white head that dies quickly. The aroma is sweet with some nice malts in there and a bit of booze. There is also a nice hoppiness in the aroma is well. The hoppiness leans towards the herbal side of things. The taste is very sweet with the sweet malts up front. The middle is quite boozy and the finish is very grassy and hoppy. The mouthfeel is syrupy thick and the drinkability is very good for a barleywine.

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Dominion Millennium Ale from Old Dominion Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 367 ratings
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