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RATINGS: 169   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.14   EST. CALORIES: 600   ABV: 20%
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Big, caramel, vanilla with notes of fruit and malt. Finishing clean and crisp. The package is as elegant as the beer it contains: a cobalt blue bottle with platinum lettering, finished with a natural cork and sealing wax, encased in a cherry wood box. There are only 3,000 bottles of Samuel Adams Millennium, and each is signed and numbered by Koch. A bottle of Samuel Adams Millennium costs about two hundred dollars.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Leighton (11900) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2013 Bottle in the hotel lobby. Big thanks to Brad. Pours murky amber with a slight, tan cream head. Big toffee in the nose, lightly oxidised malts, ripe fruits. Huge sweet flavor, big alcohol, toffee, apple, caramel, dates. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Hot finish, rich toffee, lightly tangy fruits, big alcohol. Really big and sweet beer, lots of toffee. Sweet and heavy.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle at RBWG! Brad you are the man! Hell yea. Very boozy, maple, oak, and incredibly full of alcohol. Very sweet, brown sugar, a bit of maple, smooth for 20% booze. Absolutely delicious, but I feel like it is missing something after 13 years.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zach8270 (3585) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2013
(bottle - corked 750 ml - bottle #389 - Night of the Titans 2013) Had this one lying down since 2005; a bit of a mistake in hindsight. The cork didnít come out all the way so we had to filter out some of the chunks of it. But I digress. Murky copper pour with no head and no carbonation. Drunk room temperature. Sweet and boozy aroma with loads of maple syrup. Flavor is deep and rich. Very sweet with lots of alcohol notes, definitely more reminiscent of a port or a brandy than a beer, but smooth and sweet nonetheless. Finishes with a gorgeous warm note and maple aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yngwie (14170) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 2, 2012
Bottle, 75cl, shared by 3fourths, thanks a lot Mike. Itís murky brown and rather flat. No wonder, as it had been carried around for a day or two. Itís vinous on the nose, with caramel, a suiting oxidation, some meaty umami hints and lots of chocolate. The flavor is equally vinous, with chocolate, cocoa and caramel. Meaty too, and with some bitterness. Full body, warming. Sweet, warming and bitter finish with a good dash of chocolate. A lovely one indeed, certainly keeping well. A bit on the alcoholic side maybe, but itís far from too warming. Again, thanks Mike. 120511

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Huhzubendah (2672) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 26, 2012
"Intermission" beer at the DC Lambic & Sour Tasting on April 14, 2012, courtesy of ygtbsm94. Thanks a lot, Brad! The beer is light brown with only a mild haze and no head whatsoever, which is to be expected. The aroma is fabulous, offering maple syrup, booze, toffee, vanilla, oak. The flavor? Oh my...hold on, I need a moment (tears). If I was a lonely rich guy, I would drink this straight from the bottle immediately after getting out of bed around noon. Incredibly balanced and rich, with all of the characteristics mentioned in the aroma transferring beautifully into the flavor. Silky, velvety smooth. The beer melts into the palate and delicately warms the cheeks. Heavenly. If loving this is wrong, I donít wanna be right.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Dunt (295) - Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Last tick of Epic Tres. Itís actually pretty sad that this monumentus event has to come to an end, but I canít think of a better way to close out the night. Thanks a bunch for bringing this Chris! Somewhat cloudy orangish brown that is completely still on the pour. Nose is so inviting, this would be a perfect sipper for a cold winter night. Caramel, vanilla, maple, oak, bourbon, and booze highlight a magnificent nose. Millennium is sweet and boozy with loads of caramel, vanilla, honey, and maple. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, no carbonation, and an exceptionally long finish. A masterpiece of a beer, absolutely incredible. Obviously this isnít something you would kill yourself, but it would be a perfect sipper over multiple days. Hereís to getting snowed in this winter!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ephemeral8 (67) - denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2012
Bottle over 3 days. 2nd day was the best showing.
Nose: 1st day--date cakes, golden raisins, dried figs, baklava, sugared pecans. Diacetyl buttery pecan rolls, clove, sweet potato pie, brown sugar, very hot smelling. 2nd day, everything became more integrated and the alcohol fumes settled down quite a bit.
Mouth: 1st day--unpleasantly alcoholic, like a fever flush. Headache inducing, like what Iíd imagine a turn of the century sick room in China smelling like--5 spice and cheesy unwashed flesh and incense smoke. Very cloying. Burnt wood oils, like those liquid smoke drops. Charred bananas. 2nd day was much better. Again, the alcohol calmed down and everything integrated fairly well. The sickly smoky things went away for the most part, and it became much more tawny port like. Mild umami and oxidized sherry notes. Distinctly unappealing looking, dirty with lots of floaty bits.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10 (11472) - DENMARK - MAY 26, 2012
Courtesy of 3fourths @ CBC. Hazy amber with no head. Aroma is malt, fruit, toffee, caramel and hops. Flaovur is malt, fruit, toffee, dried fruits, hops, medium sweet, little bitter with notes of alcohol.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rasmus40 (11992) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2012
Courtesy of 3fourths @ CBC. Thanks a lot! Hazy amber without head. Aroma is sweet, malty, dried fruit, port and alcohol. Flavor is very sweet. Very sweet finish with warming alcohol. Very full bodied. 110512

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8239) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2012
sampled from bottle multiple times over a three day period. of course it has no head and no carbonation, and color was affected by a small amount of sediment mixed in while carrying the bottle around, ending up less than what I would call cloudy or muddy. I kept coming back to the description of this as something like port beer: 20% alcohol, best served as a dessert drink, but not over sweet or too high in alcohol for itís body. the nose contains everything from vanillin and oak (surprised as this is un-oaked), sherry, port wine and cognac but with less of the strong grape/plum/fruit chracter and more of a caramel, vanilla and nougat character. warming, tingling alcohol is never overbearing compared to the sweetness (which is medium to medium-high) and body (viscous, thick, sticky, but not cloying or fatiguing). burnt nuts show up at times, and the wood/oak barrel/vanillin character is more muted on the second day. I found this bottle on random travels through Wyoming, of all places, and Iím glad to have brought it along to Denmark to share with so many people, and to try multiple times in different settings. I think day two was probably the best shape for this beer after having some time to breathe. More enjoyable than Utopias, and *much* more enjoytable than Tripel Bock.


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