Beer Lover (23) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 20, 2002
Another year, another stellar vintage of Millennium, Old Dominion's very special barleywine. This beer is my opinion is one of the world's greatest beers. It's huge malt character is balaced to perfection by its huge hop character, and pure Virginia dark honey, gives it the perfect alcohol boost. 02 Millennium pours to beautiful, bright, deep amber color with a thick and creamy off white head, and a soft carbonation. The nose is very fragrant with big sweet and caramel malt aromas paired with grassy hop aromas and peppery alcohol. The body is lush on this beer with fat sweet malty and caramel flavors, paired with a nice back drop of estery fruit. 02 Millennium finishes with more complex and delicious malt flavors, then ends with a soothing, warming, high ocatane burn, and a balancing hop bitterness to those big malty flavors. This beer is perfection in a glass, and will continue to improve with age. Without question, one of the greatest barleywines being brewed today. TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
February is the time that Dominion releases their very special barleywine called Millennium. It is called Millennium, because it was the 1,000th batch of beer the Old Dominion Brewing Company had brewed.
Millennium has a stellar reputation in US craft beer circles, and rightfully so in my opinion. This beer is a world class brew, one of the finest barleywines on the market today. This is the only beer that Old Dominion brews exclusively with imported English malts, and dark Virginia honey. Honey is used more to boost the alcohol than to impart flavor, but I believe one can detect a trace of honey sweetness in Millennium. What amazes me so much about this beer is its balance. Millennium is HUGE in every sense of the word. This beer is brewed with twice the amount of malt than their regular ale, it is hopped with MT. Hood, Perle, Liberty, and dry hopped with imported East Kent Goldings. This gives Millennium an amazing 100 IBU level, but with such big malt character, you would never guess the bitterness level is that high. The Virginia honey gives this beer a high octane boost, Millennium weighs in at 11.4% abv, making it a soothing, warming, comforting brew.
Dominion Millennium 05 pours to a beautiful, bright, deep amber color with a slight tan head, and a moderate carbonation. The nose on this beer is incredible. Very aromatic, flowery hop aromas, sweet malt aromas, and peppery waves of alcohol flood the nose. The palate is as impressive as the nose, nice and hefty. Flavors of sweet malt, biscuit malt, toffee, vanilla, and traces of honey sweetness coat the tongue. This beer is very rich, and complex, with layers of flavors, sip and savor this beer. Millennium finishes with more big sweet malt flavors up front, balances with some good hop bitterness, and ends with a long, soothing, warming, high octane burn.
This beer is liquid glory. A masterpiece of the brewers art, and as stated, one of the finest barleywines on the market today. Millennium is also bottle conditioned, so you could lay this beer down for several years, and it will continue to improve with age. In my experience with Millennium, the agressive hop aroma and bitterness will fade in time and more malt and alcohol character will come through. This beer is world class. I wouldn’t reccomend pairing this with food, but I believe it would work with desert. I suggest drinking this on a cold winter’s night next to a roaring fire, or as a night cap.
dasMario (1) - Oakton, Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2009 does not count
Bottle brewed in February 2009. Hands down my absolute favourite beer from Dominion Brewing Company! Strong hoppy citrusy aroma, with a flavour reminiscent of orange, dried apricot, golden raisins, and honey. The finish is excellent with lovely hints of cinnamon, ginger, and white pepper. Cheers! Wilecat (66) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 15, 2002
A good Barley Wine. A little too much of an alcohol taste but good nonetheless. Very strong so think twice before breakingout the yag after these Cobra (1100) - - FEB 27, 2004
12 oz. brown longneck bottle. Bottled on Feb 15, 2004. So, it most assuredly is the 2004 batch. Poured out a deep amber color, a saddle tan, if you will. Decent head, especially for a barleywine. Served in a snifter. Left more than a decent lacing down the sides of the glass. Aromas right off the bat are of honey, alcohol, an old leather baseball glove, malts, and creamed coffee. Tastes are well balanced, with the malts fighting it out with the honey and hops for dominance. Toffee tastes mix well with the slight tobacco tastes, followed up by the malts and honey. Thick, but slick mouthfeel. Hides it's alcohol fairly well, but it is very warming to the throat. Slight burn as it's swallowed. Finishes slightly dry, but balanced.
This is one to age for awhile gang. It's young, it's brash, and it's ballsey. Lay it down for awhile and let it age. It will turn out to be a wonderful beer with 3 to 5 years of age on it.
This is one to seek out at all costs, gang.
All BS aside, this is one of the best (young) barleywines I've ever had. It puts Old Horizontal to shame, even at this young age.
Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2004 Jan 27, 03 bottling date. Man, this stuff kicks ass. Light brown color with big bubbly head. Killer malty chocolate aroma that is incredable. Strong caramel and oak alcohol taste. There is no way it tastes 11.5% now. Malt, chocolate and toffee are all over the place. This will be an even better beer down the line. Could be the best barley wine I have ever had.
Re-rate on a Feb 19, 2004 bottle. Not the best barleywine I've ever had. Lay it down for real. EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2004
I really enjoyed this beer. Deep reddish hue with a thin white head. Very sweet, tart wth deep flavor of prunes and plums. Very rich with a wonderful mouthfeel and aftertaste. I burbed this one pleasantly for a while. HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 27, 2002
(bottled 3/5/02) Tan/yellow head. Very big nose, consisting of fruit(apricot), hops, and malt. Carbonation is very low, which is good. The palate is super hoppy and filled with complex flavors of fruit and spicy hops. The beer finishes much like a rich piece of carrot cake. Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2006
Pulled it from the fridge and let is sit a bit. Great beer, one of my favs now. Goes down smooth, a little heavy at first, but not filling, Sweet aroma, I didn’t realize the alcohol rating on this one until I started feeling very very relaxed. Didn’t help that this one was consumed post-Alagash Dubbel. aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2006
Great!!!! Thanks Jsquire. I like "Sherry of the Beer world" (recently getting hook on sherry thanks to treks to Ark via the Barrel Factory of Missouri and aged casks and the company of an aged archeologist). The sweet hoopiness balanced with the high alcohol content and estry fruit with honey overtones makes for true nectur.