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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: 271
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 9
Gots: 22 | 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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Ratings: 271 | Reviews: 152
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5/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of ekw590
5/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Brick-red and amber hues, bright glow, and frothy head.
S: Very fragrant nose followed by mild hoppiness.
T: Sweet, bready malt aromas combine with rich flavors of dark fruit, brown sugar, and caramel.
M: Big, yeasty full in the mouth.
This is very much my style. Offering loads of sweetness and just hints of bitterness.

Photo of mchenry1313
4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of Ty1erC
4.69/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

*12 oz bottle poured into a snifter glass.*

a: it's a translucent brownish amber. thin head, little lacing.

s: sweet malt, raisins, cherries, spice.

t: sweet malt, and a blend of fruit and hops. awesome flavor.

m: full-bodied, good carbonation.

d: very drinkable for the style. one of my favorites to date.

Photo of Pencible
4.67/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage. This poured a dark, hazy brown with orange accents and tan head. It smelled like a blend of delicious malts including caramel, barley, and rye, as well as mild orange and copper hops. It had a very complex and well balanced flavor, tasting first like sweet caramel and milk chocolate malts, then like bitter floral hops, then like earthy and leathery malts. It was somewhat thick with no carbonation and a very smooth and sweet aftertaste, and it had a bit of alcohol warming. Overall this was a fine example of one of my favorite styles of beer. Delicious.

Photo of zappoman
4.52/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage enjoyed on 05/03/14 in a snifter

Appearance: Hazy, light caramel color. A one and a half finger head lingers for a few minutes after pouring. This looks like a barleywine/old ale style beer, that is for sure.

Smell: Caramel, chocolate, malty sweetness. I then get a dominant apple cider smell. There are a lot of sweet scents that have melded together.

Taste: My initial reaction is that this beer tastes like a caramel apple. The taste then goes into a leathery, oaky finish. The caramel and toffee notes meld well with a slight toasted bread note. Molasses rounds out the flavor.

This apple flavor was so unexpected, but I am loving it. The oak and molasses flavors linger for a while after a sip. As the beer warms up, I am met with a licorice flavor, along with some earthy and grassy notes.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium-thin. The mouthfeel does not interfere or detract from this beer.

I thought I had purchased a more recent vintage, but was quite happy to find out that my bottle was 4 years old. I wish I could find a fresher bottle to see where this beer started. At this age, it has an unexpected apple flavor, which I assume is acetaldehyde. It works for this beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of TastyTaste
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear brown body, a little rusty, with a moderate amount of carbonation visible. The head rises and falls fast, leaving thick creamy lace and a small head.

Smell: A little musty, with much roasted malt.

Taste: Huge malt flavoring makes this beer rise to a fairly sharp point, then fall out with some nice roasted malt flavor. A little grapefruity hops on the way out. Very nice.

Drinkability: A good american offering from a very British style.

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4.37/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 vintage from a bomber bottle, pours nicely into a big Duvel glass. Murky amble color, like putting acorns into water for a soak. Light head, no lace.

Deep nose of malts with dark fruits in background, very intriguing.

Huge malty taste with a bit of alcohol in the back. Tries to finish sweet, but very balanced at the end. A sipper, though not as strong as most of these styles, has complex tastes like a dark belgian ale, cherries and plums and bananas and a nice backbone.

Heavy with good feel. Drinkable with a nice dessert or cigar, one to find for sure, not sure what the problem was with previous vintages, but this one is very nice.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice off-gas when opened. The beer pours a cloudy burnt orange color with a lasting 1/8" head of thick tan bubbles that is every bit of half it's original height over a minute after a delicate pour. The head stick around forever and leaves a ton of lace on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Right after I poured the beer I smelled it and got some green, almost grassy hops. Now that the beer has sat for a few minutes, I don't get that anymore. Now I get some spicy alcohol along with some toasty British malts.

Taste: The flavor is much more subtle than the aroma suggested that it would be. This actually comes across as a relatively "light" strong ale in that the carbonation and balance make it really creamy and deceptively strong. I really like the struggle that the malt and hops get into while you taste this beer. I am sure that it will be an adventure as it warms, and I am looking forward to the challenge. There is some spicy alcohol that you notice early on, but then the hops and malt muddle the works and struggle for the finish. I would go with the malt by a nose, but the hops doesn't give up easily.

Opinion: I am really enjoying this beer. It isn't nearly the blast to the palate that some Old Ales are, but I don't think that they HAVE to be like that. This is labeled as a "American Strong Ale" on this site...whatever that is. Either way, it is a pretty good beer, and I would recommend that you give one a shot...especially if you like a malty to balanced beer with mild hops. Here's to you!

Photo of TommyW
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Brown with tints of gold and amber, thin and sticky white head.

S- Caramel malt with some fruity sweetness and alcohol.

T- Nice malty base with flavors of fruits, caramel, and a slight tobacco note. Alcohol is there but not overpower.

M- Medium to full feel with an easy carbonation.

D- Really interesting ale; a nice sipping beer that isn't to heavy or overpowering in intensity.

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4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains brown sugar, dark fruit, caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of dark fruit, brown sugar and caramel. Then a hearty malt character comes in along with a decently strong hops presence that blend nicely to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, there might be better similar beers out there but this is still a very solid beer that is worth drinking for a long time. My advice would be to cellar this one for a few years if you're skeptical about it.

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4.26/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - amber/brown color, a thin light tan cover, complete but thin, lots of sheet lacing.

Aroma - mild roasted malt, caramel sweetness, and a bock-type breadiness. Light alcohol vapors emerge with warming.

Taste - some cereal-like grains hit the palate initially. Malty flavors, caramel sweetness follow. Balancing hops are perfectly levelled. Alcohol warming, mellow, at the swallow and beyond. After several sips, the cereal flavors are left behind in a malty, lightly boozy tide. The finish is a touch of sweetness, breadiness and a late dry bitterness. Not very complex but tasty.

Mouthfeel - slightly heavy, modest carbonation. A good sold-feeling beer.

Drinkability - delicious,a fine bottle to warm me up on a cold winter's night. A fitting way to celebrate this year's Superbowl XLI finalists. Congrats Bears & Colts.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of scruffwhor
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep leather and mahagony color with some light bubbling and a light head. Just a great color though. Very nice when swirling in a snifter. The aroma is full of syrupy, caramelized fruits. The taste starts with dark figs with a little leather. Then some roasted apples in with a very light cinnamon syrup ith a sweet yet slightly herbal finish. Very warm beer, but very tingly on the back of the tongue. Great sipping beer. Glad this beer is finally available in Illinois.

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.

Photo of Beer_Runner
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No bottle on date on the label or the bottle.

A: A slow pour into a standard pint glass resulted in a head of about one finger that was khaki colored, dense and clumpy. The head slowly dissipated to about an eighth of a finger that lasted through must of the session. The brew was a lighter shade of mahogany, a little cloudy, and almost translucent.

S: The aroma was very mild. What was detectable consisted of sweet malt and booze.

T: The taste was all sweet caramel-like malt and grains.

M: The body was far toward the heavier side of the medium range and very smooth, and the beer had a medium amount of carbonation.

O: This is a very simple, straight-forward old ale. In fact, it is the simplicity that makes this beer so appealing. It is sweet without becoming cloying, and the sweetness compliments the grains well. This beer is a very good baseline for thinking about old ales. It is also a very easy drinking beer – so be careful because it is 9% ABV. Overall, this is a pleasant and pleasing beer for fans of old ale. If you see it, buy it – you will be happy you did.

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 techfed87
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, thick head. Color is a clouded amber.

Smell has a certain grape-like sweetness.

First sip is a mix of malty sweetness and subtle bitterness.
Much sweeter than I expected, with almost a honey-like quality to it. Still, a very VERY tasty beer.

Definitely try it sometime!

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Arcadia Big Dick's Olde Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
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