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RATINGS: 408   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 342   ABV: 11.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Dominion Millennium is a very strong ale brewed in the English Barley Wine style. Often called the "sherry of the beer world", barley wine is best sipped at warmer temperatures, and should be enjoyed in moderation, as it contains twice the alcohol of regular beers.

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Nuffield (4201) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 10, 2003
I was told by the brewers this was brewed in 2001. Produces a warming, gentle aroma. Gentle and smooth flavor with a sting of alcohol coming out a bit as well. Huge head--odd? A bit bitter in the finish, but I also loved the sweet thickness and palate. A very reputable barleywine. (on tap, Pennsylvania Microbrewers Fest 2003)

3.9
jgb9348 (6482) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 18, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2015 This Same Bottle - Re-Rated, almost 10 YEARS later! 2004-2005 Batch - Brewdate: 11-Feb-2005: Same look with almost no head at all - still with no pressure when opened. Aroma of very sweet pit fruit, some light alcohol and a bit of oak - nice and mellow. Full-bodied; Rich malt notes dominate with a ton of pit fruits and a very, VERY mellow alcohol note - this one hits the palate very nicely, almost like you aren’t drinking a barley wine at all. Overall, this has aged dramatically - very subdued and only showing touches of the oak and alcohol with more notes of sugars than anything else, but this is nice. The bottle shows the fill line just from residue, but after 10 years with no movement, this makes sense. A GREAT beer, and sadly, my last of this vintage and some of my last ever from this once great brewery. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle on New Year’s Eve 2015. Rating for this sample: 9,3,9,4,16 2004-2005 Batch - Brewdate: 11-Feb-05
Clear strong ruby tinted amber/copper coloured body with a medium-sized off-white head. Looks nice - about right for a fresh barley wine. Aroma is VERY nice, malt, caster sugar, sweet caramel, cherries, pit fruits, coriander seed, curacao, peanuts and even some anise. Full-bodied; Strong alcohol kick (tastes like sherry) with a good malt presence, a nice hop bitterness followed with plenty of alcohol & some pit fruits. Aftertaste still burns from the alcohol, yet still shows some spiceyness and some sweet burnt sugar flavours. Overall, a bit too harsh just right now, but given a year or more and this one will mellow out VERY nicely. I sampled this just 18 days after brewing, so give it another few hundred and i’ll try another bottle. I sampled this from a six pack purchased at Total Wine in McLean, Virginia on 01-March-2005. Rating for this vintage: 9,4,8,2,15 2009-2010 Batch - Brewdate: 02-Feb-10
Slightly hazy, muddy amber coloured body with a very thin tan head that fades very fast. Aroma of pit fruits, alcohol, oak and some grapes. Resiny flavour with a lot of alcohol and potent pit fruits noticeable with a good dose of hops and wine on the back end. Aftertaste very potent and showing too much alcohol and sharp flavours - even at one year. Overall, a decent barley wine, but nothing like what it used to be - sad, but the whole Dominion story is. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in McLean, Virginia on 15-April-2010 sampled at home in Washington on 15-May-2011. Score for this rating: 7,3,7,2,13 2004-2005 Batch - Brewdate: 11-Feb-05
Clear strong ruby tinted amber/copper coloured body with a medium-sized off-white head. Looks nice - about right for a fresh barley wine. Aroma is VERY nice, malt, caster sugar, sweet caramel, cherries, pit fruits, coriander seed, curacao, peanuts and even some anise. Full-bodied; Strong alcohol kick (tastes like sherry) with a good malt presence, a nice hop bitterness followed with plenty of alcohol & some pit fruits. Aftertaste still burns from the alcohol, yet still shows some spiceyness and some sweet burnt sugar flavours. Overall, a bit too harsh just right now, but given a year or more and this one will mellow out VERY nicely. I sampled this just 18 days after brewing, so give it another few hundred and i’ll try another bottle. I sampled this from a six pack purchased at Total Wine in McLean, Virginia on 01-March-2005. Rating for this vintage: 9,4,8,2,15

3.7
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2003
Draft - Very hoppy and alcohol aroma. Nice color to the beer. These beers are a little too strong for my taste, but this one tasted great.

3.8
CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2003
Amber orange hued. Sweet malty hop/good barleywine aroma. Robust thick body has decent balance and hides its alcohol well. A decent barelywine.

4
MEDAY (9) - ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, USA - APR 29, 2003 does not count
A hoppy barleywine with beautiful color. Sweet, light, malty, alcoholic aroma. Defintely a strong alcohol taste.

3.8
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - APR 11, 2003
Dark red. Citrusy, hoppy nose. Alcohol evident, but no where near 11.4%. Well balanced and an interesting hop presence. Overall a good beer that is drinkable.

4.1
VAYankee (353) - Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2004 Re-rate: Bottle aged for one year. Cloudy light reddish brown body with minimal head. Beautiful sweet honey aroma also with malt, vanilla, and a touch of alcohol. Smooth and mellow. Fantastic initial burst of sweet malt, vanilla, light fruitiness, faint earthiness and alcohol that unfortunately fades to quickly. Aftertaste has mild alcohol bite and moderate bitterness. Both this beer and my palate have improved in the last year, so this rating is definitely being upgraded. Bottled Jan 2003. A rich red-brown color with minimal head. Sweet, light, malty, alcoholic aroma. Initially a hoppy and slightly fruity flavor. Defintely a strong alcohol taste. The hop bitterness tends to linger on lightly.

3.6
zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2003
Bottled on 2/19/98 - A hoppy barleywine with beautiful color. A nice beer to sip that's a bit different than most Barley Wine's.

4.1
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 4, 2003
This barleywine is a very hoppy example of the style, exhibiting exremely spicy Mt Hood/Hallertauer flavor, much like what I found in Avery Czar. The malt is big as well, sweet, honeyed, showing a bit of fruitiniess, but framed with the hop spice. I'm tempted to say that the hop spice might be a bit much for me. Handsome cherry color.

4
Volgon (2761) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 4, 2003
Bottling date: 3/05/2002 drank on 2/04/2003. Pours a dark orange color with a nice head. Plum alcohol aroma mixed with British hops. Starts sweet ends very dry and malty. You may need a knife to cut through it. Thanks to whoever traded this to me many months ago!


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