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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: 259
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.64%
Wants: 9
Gots: 18 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mcallister on 10-26-2006)
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Trashcat, Nov 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

mrn1ceguy, Oct 29, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +14.9%

GregSSSSS, Oct 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Carl_R, Oct 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

midlifec, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 12/30/2013. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, cherry, apple, herbal, grass, light leather, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, cherry, apple, herbal, grass, light leather, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, cherry, apple, herbal, grass, light leather, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice old ale style. All around good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Sep 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Hellpop65, Aug 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

PatGreer, Aug 28, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev +3.9%

Stu_Grimson, Aug 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Huntzor, Aug 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Gryphon69, Aug 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

needMIbeerinMD, Aug 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

rheimbro, Jul 13, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Gonzoillini, Jun 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

diehl07, Jun 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Fargrow, Jun 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

wrightst, Jun 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

GeorgiaBeerGuy, Jun 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Latarnik, May 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

abcdefghijkyle, May 17, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is my first encounter with this style of ale. It pours a handsome mahogany color with an overly abundant off white head(and I do mean Overly abundant). It leaves a silky lacing and nice legs. The aroma is boozy, reminds me more of scotch or bourbon than beer. Notes of wood and vanilla and peat abound. The mouth is sticky and very coating. One of the thicker beers I've tried. The flavor is complex embodying many of the notes of a well made whiskey. It is very sweet at first but gives way to a pleasant depth of flavor that is warming for the body, mouth, and soul. Very nice beer. Can't wait to try more of the style.

lochef81, May 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

bshiban, May 12, 2014
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4.54/5  rDev +25.4%
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.

zappoman, May 04, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

amalburg, May 03, 2014
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Arcadia Big Dick's Olde Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
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