Arcadia Big Dick's Olde Ale - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Big Dick's Olde AleArcadia Big Dick's Olde Ale

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Ratings: 274
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 10
Gots: 24 | FT: 2
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Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: mcallister on 10-26-2006

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Reviews by donniecuffs:
Photo of donniecuffs
4.19/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good friend brought a 2006 vintage of this to a recent beer pairing dinner we hosted. Thanks, Roman!

Into a tulip, poured a dark murky amber-burgundy color, with a thin off-white head that did not retain well, but lacing was decent. The aroma had hints of plum, raisin, rum, vanilla, caramel, toffee..and it seemed like every time I stuck my beak in there, I came away with a new aroma. Very impressive. In the taste, I did get a sense that there was a high alcohol content, but I also got the sense that it had relented over time, and it blended very nicely with a rum-raisin, vanilla, caramel, plum, and even modest pineapple bouquet. Slight alcohol bite on the finish, but this is also where the citrus appears. Slick and smooth; thick with zero carbonation. Definitely a sipping beer, with a creamy dessert or a cigar. Not a huge fan of the style, but man did this one age well. Needless to say we went back to the store the next day to see if they had more, but no luck.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage.Poured into an imperial pint glass a chesnut brown with a well formed one finger off white pillowey head that left broken rings of lace behind as it settled.Uninspiring aromas kinda dull actually a bit of orange essence as well as some brown sugar but really it didnt hit home,that orange comes through flavor wise with some brown sugar,a fading leather note and a touch of vanilla-oak no hop presence really shows through.A little plain it has its strengths but in the ends its kinda boring.

Photo of acelightning80
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Thin head, nice amber color.

Smell: Not very aromatic, slight smell of hops. Wishing there was more smell to this beer.

Taste: Good bitter taste that fades into slight malty flavor. Just the two flavors, so not very complex, but nice blending of the two. Hides the higher gravity very well.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is very good, lots of carbonation and not too thick. Very good for the style.

Overall: A good beer. More aromatic would be nice and nothing really sticks out as special; but would recommend for drinking.

Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, vintage 2006, nice to get this info, especially on a brew like this one that might benefit from a bit of aging. Pours dark brownish amber, clear, low carbonation, resulting in a nice tiny bubble film and slight, slippery lacing. Nose is bready malts. Malty, understated Brit style ale. Smooth and tasty, layers of maple, vanilla, and nutty whole wheat toast. Nicely crafted creation, warming and nicely drying out on the tongue late. Quality cold weather sipper. Get out the nuts, dried fruits, bread and cheese and enjoy.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a clouded amber blood burgundy beige head forms thick with lacing forming scantily as the head slowly dwindles. Much better than I recall fresh this is from last years batch. Aromatics are tart raisin and fig and earthy notes of grape seed, sweet and tart play well togethr in the malt component mild touch of hops in the finish, let's face it an old ale brings the malt. Flavors flow with malt and fruit tartness namingly an array of raisin, apple juice, and mild citrus appeal. Finish brings out a mild charred oak character even though I'm aware this one hasn't seen the barrel. Mouthfeel is medium bodied even with soft carbonation flow nicely one smooth quality sipper. Drinkability is okay one that did develop less brashness after a year flavors didn't meld at all with the original release I'm glad my buddy Kolbz hit up Bockown for it.

Photo of beenitty
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage Bottle

A: Pours orange/red murky. No floaties per other reviews. Not much head, quickly dissipates.

S: Smells sweet but cant get enough to really distinguish. Raisins, Dark fruits, caramel..

T: Sweet but not in a bad way at all. Dark fruits, super smooth.l

M: Smooth, age has definitely improved this one.

D: So high. I was thinking this beer could use an extra kick of alcohol until I see its ~10%. Not tasting any of that. Very drinkable.

Grab one of these, you wont be disappointed

Serving type: bottle

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a tulip glass) 2009 vintage
A- This beer has a hazy dense caramel-brown body with a creamy light tan head that last for a bit. There is a sea of strong tiny bubbles that race up to the surface.
S- The aroma is pretty clean with a faint woody malt note and some creamy notes as the beer opens up.
T- This beer has a bright lemony malt flavor that was a bit odd. There was some soapy qualities to the big full hop finish that turns bitter and lingers a bit after the finish. The lemony quality and biter hops cover up lots of the flavor.
M- There is a creamy medium-full mouthfeel with a mellow alcohol heat and soft fizz in the finish.
D- It was a bit tough to finish with the soapy yeasty quality getting stronger and the lemony quality to the hops just don't work together. There wasn't much malt flavor so perhaps age would bring some of that out?

Photo of jmz62565
2.53/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours the color of a "Coke" with a small dirty white head that quickly disappears with little lacing. The smells not too strong,but alcohol, and sweet malt are present. The taste is not what I expected. Full of bitter hops,carmel,alcohol,and mollasses you would think that this is good,think again. The combinations are all wrong making this beer hard to choke down. It's a good idea,but they don't pull it off. The m/f is light,weak,and thin with the flavors mixing very poorly. This isn't a good beer and I'd pass on another one.

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cocoa brown with some white head. this is an easy drinking British style old ale. That style has usually demonstrated more barley taste to me. More caramel and rum from brown sugar. There is some cocoa in here, and a nice finish. A good one to share.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage. 22oz. bomber into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a dense, creamy 2.5 finger light cream colored head with great retention. Beer is a cloudy brown mud. Lacing is thick and layered with excellent stick. Color is terrible but its otherwise nice.

Nose is caramel, raisin, brown sugar, molasses and other dark fruit. Enticing and pretty deep.

Opens caramel, brown sugar and molasses. Some raisin, anise and plum in the middle with a mellow booziness lingering in the background. Very sweet with a big dark fruit presence. Finishes brown sugar, caramel and slightly nutty. Sweet aftertaste. Pretty impressive.

Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Warm but slightly thin in the mouth and goes down mellow with a clean finish and little aftertaste. A touch thin for the style.

The real letdown about this beer is that the body is too thin to carry the flavors. Nice complexity and the molasses., caramel and dark fruit all work really well together. Just wish it had a bit more body and booziness to carry this through. Still worth trying though.

Photo of dirtylou
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber, Binny's on Grand in Chicago

for some reason this review was in a word doc on my computer - consumed a few weeks ago

Appearance: poured into bells chalice, dark amber-mahogany body with a moderate cream head and light retention

Smell: caramel, a touch metallic, pine hops

Taste: not a whole lot going on here - pine hops with metallic traits clash with caramel malts but very minimal complexity...meh

Mouthfeel: a touch metallic, not overly full

Drinkability: ehh

Photo of WoodBrew
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big Dick's is ok for a sipping beer....its high in abv which makes it more for winter...not one for having more than one. The beer pours a nice amber with white head that is not lacing. The scent is mellow...some bread. The taste is bitter and slightly sweet...almost borderline barley wine. The mouthfeel is fuller in body with subtle carbonation. Overall its worth a try....but I would buy a six or four of it.

Photo of MarvinTheMarzen
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The first thing you notice about this beer is the note - a malty bliss with only a slight presence of hops. The rest of the experience doesn't quite live up to this prelude.

The beer pours an undistinguished cloudy brown with a slight head. The taste is pleasant but as it warms you notice the alcohol more (which our bottle lists as 9%). Overall I would get this beer again - while not the best Olde Ale but definitely better than average.

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a Hunahpu snifter. 2010 bottle. Labeled 9% ABV.

Appearance - Amber/ruby red body with a small white head. I let it sit for a while but the surface never lost its bubbliness. Collar of white foam.

Smell - Fruity initial aroma. Caramel malt comes through along with an "earthy" hop aroma. Earthy might be a euphemism for stale.

Taste - Initially fruity, followed by a light caramel and slightly sweet flavor. Strong bready notes that turn into a dry, bitter finish. Again, earthy may be the nice way to put it. It's medicinal and bitter.

Mouthfeel - Dryish. Not so boozy. Bitter. Unexceptional.

Overall - Well it has some off flavors, but they don't make me cringe. Just wish they weren't there. Medicinal flavor and a very stale bitter finish.

Photo of russpowell
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another Joplin Macadoodles pick-up

Pours a turbid/effervescent chestnut with a finger of khaki colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Figs & dates, plus oaky vanilla notes once warm

T: Taste follows the nose, plus some leafy hops up front. Oaky dryness, more orchard fruit & leafy/woody hops as this warms. finishes dry with a kiss of booze, some apricot & woodyness

MF: Seems a bit light bodied, low carbonation & pretty good balance

Drinks alright, but lack of malt depth really takes this one down a knotch or 2...Not bad, just doesn'y quite pull together

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Originally reviewed on 1/19/07. 22 Oz Bottle. Faint wisp of tangy old lemon malt. A nip salty and an edge of weak oats. A touch of grassy hop leaf. Really not all that enticing. Deep ruddy pour, clean with opalescent golden fringes, with a froth of ivory. Flavor is a nice, warm cream with banana skins, lightly toasted almonds and a nip of bourbon fudge. Malty character is a little wheaty with some faint grain oils. Relatively light bodied, with heavy drinkability, something I don’t expect in the style. Cherry juice and a bite of oak fade out through a very lacking hop presence. A good platform, but I want more. More warmth, more character, more depth and a hint more hops. There is a very slight wild edge, which brings some unique turns. Overall, this leaves me wanting for a little more.

Photo of beveritt
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a small snifter. Label is fairly simple; black background with Arcadia Ales in an old Engligh font in yellow and the beer's name below in a red script. 2009 vintage. no other indication of when this was brewed. This is my 600th review on BA; wonder when the Bros will give me my lush symbol next to my name?

Appearance: Pours with 1/2 finger of medium tan head. This settles fairly quickly to a few spotty islands and a ring of foam. The beer itself is a muddy, opaque brown with a slight reddish tint. Fairly thick layer of sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Great massive malt upfront; full of tart cherries, strawberries, and sweet, biscuity malt. Hints of nutmeg and butterscotch.

Taste: Caramel and toffee sweet malt upfront. Hints of cherries and apricots precede a port like vinous quality. Long lingering medium hop bitterness starts upfront and provides a solid stream throughout.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level; pretty good for a year old beer. Body is pretty good, could be thicker.

Drinkability: While admittedly not a huge fan of the dick joke name, this beer is a pretty fine sipper. Not sure if it makes it into Ohio, but I could see a few of these going in the cellar.

Photo of bashiba
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dirty brown with almost no head.

The smell was mild with some light toffee and sweet brown sugar notes.

The flavor is very light mild with a light grainy sweetness, a touch of citrusy hops, and a light bit of raison and dark fruit.

The mouthfeel is a touch thick and syrupy.

Overall is drinkable, but very boring for an Old Ale, lacking the full flavor and complexities I would expect from this style.

Photo of Gmann
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark amber brown color with a nice dense tan head that left a nice sheet of lacing on the glass. The smell is spicy/medicinal, anise, woody, perhaps some vanilla, can't quite but my finger on it. The brew has a mild grapefruit hop flavor, a dusty chocolate malt presence, a touch of wine grapes, boozy at the end. The feel is creamy, enough carbonation to make the tongue tingle, moderate body, some alcohol burn in the end. A combination of an old ale and an American strong ale. Not as blunt and over the head as a ASA but not quite as smooth as an old ale, a bit too boozy. I thought it had a good flavor range and is worth trying.

Photo of Beertracker
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Arcadia Big Dick's Olde Ale pours up with a light carbonation that creates a loose, small tannish-white head that rests easily atop a bright reddish amber-light brown body. Poor head retention. The aroma shows some nice complexity of aged bourbon, Madeira, charred wood, vanilla & plum with some rich chocolate & caramel touched by just a hint of spicy, floral hops. Alcohol noted. Very nice! The flavor starts off with some grainy sweetness with a solid caramel character, but gives way to an edgy underlying bitterness that creates a fruity, off-dry, boozy/winey finish. The flavor lacks the depth & complexity the nose promised and the body is surprisingly thin... yet this one manages to be a nice after dinner cheek warmer. Here's to Arcadia's Brew Crew and their Big Beer Series. Don't be a Big Dick!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Photo of alleykatking
2.62/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at the brewery.

A- Pours a amber rusted color. Came to me with no head at all and while drinking the glass got a small coating of the beer but no lacing.

S- Sweet bready malts from the get go. Some light darker fruits notes come in the middle for a short second. From the middle onward there was a huge alcohol aroma to this. It actually burned my nose a little when I was sniffing it!

T- Sweet malts upfront and from this point on there was a alcohol flavor ever present almost over anything else in the profile. There was some darker fruits (mainly cherry) that I could pick up on. There was a hopping in the ending of the beer that was a little spicy. This beer though had a rough alcohol burn and taste to it from the front to the ending.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the style. Light bready notes and alcohol left on the palate. Aftertaste was more alcohol and darker fruit driven. Flavors were all killed off by a medicinal alcohol smell and taste. Drying was very high on this beer.

D- Not impressed at all. The beer did get drank but only after a couple of my buddies helped me out with it. Maybe I had some of this and it wasn't suppose to be served? I'll try again just to be sure.

Photo of Bung
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Amber/orange pour, descent off white head with good retention. Malty aroma with some understated caramel. Flavor is better, nice toffee/caramel, malt, yellow raisin, slight brown sugar. Medium body, fairly lively. Finish is more piney with a hint of citrus. Interesting brew, would have liked just a bit more body to this, but all in all pretty good.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: dark cranberry-mahogany color.

S: big pine resin flavor, with a dry caramel sweetness.

T: light cocoa notes and a nice fruitiness (cherries, plums, and raisins).There were some dried grapefruit and dried woody notes. Bitter hop flavor that ends with some malt sweetness. Chocolate, and nutty roasted palate. Some dried fruit notes (cherries, raisins) is evident upon warming.

M: medium body with some creaminess and slight sharp bitterness

D: Fairly average per style, worth a try, maybe not a six-pack.

Photo of BierFan
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. 2009 vintage.

Appearance: Huge light tan head. Very hazy dark amber/brown body. Head retention and lacing are good for the style.

Smell: Reminds me of a quality English old ale. Cherries, dates, and brown sugar.

Taste: I'm not typically a fan of Arcadia's beers but this is nice. Sweet, cherries, a bit of alcohol. I was expecting this to be overly sweet, and it is sweet but not inappropriately so. Real quality stuff, in my opinion.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of goryshkewych: Poured a deep clear copper color ale with an average foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt with some subtle notes of toffee. Taste is also dominated by some mediums sweet caramel malt notes with light toffee notes also noticeable. Some very light acidic notes were also noticeable which might indicate the start of an infection. Average body with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. A bit short on character for this style.

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Arcadia Big Dick's Olde Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
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