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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
Photo of ultralarry2006
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Leaves one finger of an off-white head that quickly recedes to a foam ring at the edge, and there is not much lacing. Body is garnet.

Smell - mostly dark fruit and dried dark fruit, such as raisins, figs, plums, and prunes. Equally, there are also apples and butterscotch, which may or may not be diacetyl.

Taste - Somewhat like the smell, just not as intense, and slightly more complex, or maybe just more subtle. There is a wash of raisins and prunes followed by apples and butterscotch (diacetyl?), along with the tiniest hint of malt biscuits, finishing with figs, and a hint of horseblanket.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, and a little semi-dry at times.

Drinkability - this is a very good ale, only it's high abv limits sessionability.

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 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 smcolw
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darker amber with a slight chill haze. Very good head that leaves layers of lace on the drinking decent.

Malty aroma without the sweetness. Noticeable alcoholic warmth in the nose.

This is a dry and moderately hoppy beer. Good body, with a slight oily component from the high level of alcohol. The aftertaste is very warming--more alcohol and malt than hop.

I'm not one for astringent offerings, but this is one of the better ones for me.

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 DrJay
2.74/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There was a solid "pop" when the bottle was uncapped and there was an immediate smell of cinnamon. The beer was fairly clear, a deep amber colour with reddish highlights. The thin ring and skim of fine bubbles showed decent retention and produced spotty lacing. The aroma was sort of odd, a combination of cinnamon, mint, and melon with a tart funkiness. Moderate bitterness with a little bit of caramel, but it seems really thin on malt. Sour cherry notes and a bit of weird funk were evident, as was a bit of wood character and lingering minty hops. The body and carbonation were alright, though it seemed a little light, and there was a bit of warmth. This was definitely a strange beast, one that I probably wouldn't try again.

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 plaztikjezuz
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep amber little cloudy, but it is bottle conditioned, nice off white head that is i finger thick and quickly drops into a few stray bubbles.
the aroma is very malty, hop sack, apple skin, hint of alcohol.
the flavor is malty, very rich, firm bitterness enough to balance the malt, citrus, hint of spice lingering with caramelized malt.

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big ole double duece 22 oz'er bottle pours into a tulip with a dark auburn brown hue topped with a healthy coating of cream & coffee head cap sliding down the glass.

Nose of dark fruit figs, cherries, ripe red apple, light spice cake and grain waffle. A touch boozy scented.

First swigs: Sugary sweet tea, spice wafer, and a throat scraping grainy Dr. Pepper. Seems like a touch of lactic brewed tea aspects. Dry finish with a linger of black grape and cocoa.

Feel is a tad frothy with a rolling fizz.

Last swigs: Cherry fruity Porter clockin' in at 8% ABV. This could improve with a bit more body. Seemed a tad thin and overly frothy. Despite the Am Strong moniker, it's a big porter meets brown.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Photo of zeff80
2.86/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, burgandy color with a very bubbly, white, one-figner head. No lacing to speak of.

S - It smelled grainy and earthy. It had subtle hoppiness and some light caramel aromas.

T - It tasted of caramel malt. It had bitter hops and a syrupy flavor. There was a very weird bitter aftertaste.

M - Sticky and a little gummy...if that makes sense. A medium-bodied beer.

D - It just didn't work for me. That was an unusual aftertaste. Otherwise, it is not a bad brew. Maybe it needs more aging.

Photo of Wildman
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear red amber color and formed a bubbly light tan head that left latticed lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, cherry, lightly of caramel, but largely light for a strong ale. The flavor was of malt, coffee, chocolate and a hint of pepper. The body is medium light and the finish a touch sweet. As strong ales go, this one is a bit weak, it may need aging, but it doesn't show that raw power of those that even need aging.

Photo of albern
2.61/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a one and done for me. There is a lot of potential here, but the beer hits all the wrong notes. It pours a nice brown with a bubbly head, some retention, no lacing. The smell reminds me of poor quality malt liquors, with that sweet yet wet cardboard aroma. The beer is a medium bodied, slightly syrupy, sweet ale that has some deep fruits to it, such as raisin rum, and brown sugar, but it is not warming and has this biting hoppiness that isn't all that good. So, with this beer you have compromised sweet malts and very imbalanced hop bitterness, with an aftertaste that is just too rough in the throat. Look elsewhere.

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 BEERchitect
2.66/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I always worry about new Old Ales. The contradiction in terms usually result in young, or green, beer that shouldn't be on the market for up to a year after brewing. This beer exhibits some of these young traits, but more peculiar is a harsh wood-aged character that chases the beer from the nose to the finish. The aromas open with a partial sweet / partial twangy scent of deep molassas-type malts, dark / dried fruits, and a musty, sweaty scent that is reminescent of Belgian Artisanal Ales. The flavors bring up the malts, but are quickly swamped by an agressive wood character with high amounts of berry-like tartness, nuttiness, papery, woody, earthy flavors that prove to be too distracting for the Old Ale. The little critters that live in the wood (for aging) have made theirselves too much at home, bringing a sharp, very astringent, and thin texture to the brew; making it tough to finish. Although the astringent flavors and textures remind me of Labics or Flanders, the beer does not balance well or compensate for the harsh mouthfeel. Probably the most disappointing of the Arcadia Big Beer Series.

Photo of Vancer
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour of a mahogany oak, tan head died quickly – but this would leave dotted piles of lace on the way down.

Sour green grass in the aroma is different. Malty caramel, coffee and toffee in the quaff, not a bad lil’ beer. A boozy mix of tastes, cherry and dark fruits like plum pop in there. This turned out to be a nice summer sipper, with the higher abv and all. Body is fairly full and finishes with a lingering sweet malt coat.

I’ve now read some other reviews _ wow _ this one is all over the board. I’m guessing that some age time does wonders with it.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark, reddish-brown body with a frothy, though thinning off-white head.

Smell: A prodigiously twangy, fruity aroma with cherries, grapes, lemons, etc.

Taste: Some faint dark caramel sweetness with just a pinch or two of cocoa powder against the backdrop of tart fruitiness. Wood and a little bit of pine show on the altogether sweet, thin finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A beer that left me wanting more depth and character and less, much less tart fruitiness.

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 clvand0
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours an amber color with a medium head that falls quickly and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of dark fruits, caramel, alcohol, and some hops. The flavor is very malty but also has a roasted flavor along with plenty of caramel that is followed up with a medium bitterness. The alcohol makes its presence known. The body is medium and the drinkability is just ok. Overall a nice beer.

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Vancer for this brew.

22oz. Bomber The Brew Crew Big Beer Series

Poured into a chalice a cloudy dark brown color, nice carbonation, huge creamy off-white head, ton's of creamy sticky lacing, islands. The nose is malty, slight yeast, plums, raisins, and caramel. The taste is malty, sweet, fruity, and a good dose of caramel. The finish is sweet and dry. The alcohol is hidden very well. Medium body, a well rounded slightly complex brew. Very drinkable, really enjoying this one, very tasty, highly recommended.

Photo of Ego
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

and upon a look...
caramel with ruby tone
on top some light foam

just a trace of lace
decent legs, into the glass
not much to denote
fumes that waft away....
mildly sour and peels left out,
cherries are in sway

subtle and mellow
does not swoon the nose afoot
casual fellow
what is in a taste?...
old indeed and quite the strange
musing, hard to place

shows some minor burn
from the higher ABV
not deadly acid

has some bitterness
the weird sour notes seem lost
mouthfeel is not best

carbonation bites
too stinging and distracting,
bit too sweet for me
Jury. A verdict ? ...
nothing horrible
don't write home to mom just yet
better stuff out there

Photo of soupyman10
2.73/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not sure what to say here. I've tried a couple of the Arcadia Big Beers, and both have been mediocre, at best. This one pours alright. Nice brown-umber color, with a nice little finger of head on top that disappears fairly fast. Nose is oddly mild for an ASA. Some slight sourness, a hint of fruit and malt. Mouth is a big ball of sourness. Comes on really strong at the end, too, in a garbage aftertaste that gets worse as the beer warms. I guess there's some fruit, maybe malt in there too, but the sourness overwhelms pretty much everything else. Ugh. I'm okay with sour beers, when I feel that it's done deliberately and with a bit of a balancing act. It's just too much here. Beer is thin to medium bodied. I guess you could drink this, although what's the point. Just got back in town in Michigan, so I've been giving the locals a shot, but I'm kinda running out of steam with Arcadia. Think I'll stick with the Founders and Bell's instead.

Photo of brentk56
1.96/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy caramel with a beige head that hangs around and provides a few dots of lace

Smell: Some caramel with a lot of sour esters that smell a bit of bathroom freshener in a truck stop

Taste: Starts out with a sweet fruity element of cherry and raisin; by mid-palate, the sourness starts to filter in; after the swallow, it just falls apart into an unpleasant woody, sour, medicinal mess

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Somebody at the brewery should have recalled the story of the Emperor Has No Clothes as this should never have been released; just awful

Thanks, Vancer, for the opportunity - this was a beer that I asked for so it doesn't reflect on you

Photo of jjayjaye
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark amber color with about a finger light tan head that fades very slowly. Being kept alive by visible effervescence. Little lacing present.

The aroma is difficult for me. I'm getting a cardboard smell, cherry's and other dark fruit. Not overly aggressive.

The mouth feel is medium bodied. A slight tingle from hop and carbonation then a bitter finish.

I'm not finding it especially sweet, but it is malty with a subtle hop signature. I can see the association with a British ESB.

I'm getting a pretty descent burn from the 8% as it makes it's way down.
Glad i had the opportunity to try it, but i don't anticipate doing this one again.

Photo of sraimondi
3.22/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is an odd one. Sampled from a bomber poured into a regular pint glass. Half inch head dissipates fairly quickly to a surface foam with minimal lacing (no doubt due to the elevated ABV). Color is pretty close to a classic Old Ale, deep amber/copper. Aroma is malty sweet with some fruit (raison & slight banana??) overtones upon aeration. The taste is pretty good, with malt dominating; little hop finish. Not really an Old Ale taste though, although I can't exactly peg the flavour style.The mouthfeel is surprisingly good, pretty soft carbonation. I definitely felt the ABV, so I reduced the drinkability from average. All in all, I liked this one, even though it is not a true Old Ale.

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

Pours a ruddy brown in color, slightly hazy with a small cream head that fades quickly. Aroma is sweet spices, maybe a bit of ginger, along with a good dose of cherry. A nice spiced bread aroma. Taste is quite similar with more of the cherry coming thru, a slight tartness mixes with a small amount of bitterness and a slightly dry finish. Medium to heavy in body, alcohol is evident in the finish but not extremely noticeable or overpowering. This beer pretty much threw me for a loop, I expected an old ale and felt like I was drinking a somewhat festive winter warmer or strong ale with all the cherry flavor and spices. Not a terrible beer by any means but definitely not an old ale, at least this bottle.

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Arcadia Big Dick's Olde Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.