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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: 246
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.96%
Wants: 8
Gots: 15 | 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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Photo of xav33


3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Arcadia Big Dick's Olde Ale
22 oz bomber
Moderate pour in an English Pint
2006 Vintage, slurped on 03/07

Poured a hazy amber brown with a
small off-white head.

Smelt of strong dates, raisins, burnt oak, cognac, caramel, sweet bread, honey. A lot happening here. Very nice.

Taste was upfront strong bitter roasted malt and moderate sweet caramel and dried fruit followed by a strong bitter horseblanket and yeastiness with light pine hops on a long finish.

Palate was light to medium bodied, slightly oily, lively carbonated and moderately astringent.

Overall, a fantastic smell and a good all around flavor, just lacks a little mouthweight and richness in flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2007 04:17:18 | More by xav33
Photo of neonbrown82


4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good beer. Has a nice murky amber color, almost brown. Pours with a nice thick off-white head that recedes to a steady collar after a minute or two. A spotty lacing sticks to the side of the glass as it recedes.

The smell is mysteriously light, almost as if the beer was watered down. Smells a tad bit sweet with a little bit of hops. Smells distinctly english. Very subtle.

The taste is similar. Reminds me of an ESB but much stronger. Has a nice English malty sweetness. Very lightly caramelized. There are just enough hops to balance out the malt. They don't taste like high alpha acid American hops, but more like an English fuggle with a woody character. Interesting that this beer should be classified as an American Strong Ale when it tastes so distinctly English.

The body is light to medium with a very soft carbonation. No taste of alcohol, no lingering bitterness, just a feint reminder of lightly toasted English malts. Fairly easy to drink despite high ABV.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2007 05:36:02 | More by neonbrown82
Photo of sinstaineddemon


3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - this olde ale pours a dark reddish brown, with a thin tan head, plenty of tiny carbonation bubbles to join the froth

S - a dark sweetness predominates the nose, raisins, molasses, chocolate as well, with an alcohol background, all in all a rather pleasant aroma

T - the molasses and chocolate/espresso aromas step to the foreground in that taste, a nice mix of sweet and bitter, with the raisins and alcohol bringing up the rear, as in the aroma, but with a great disparity between the groups

M&D - for a highish ABV, rather bottoms-up-able, a nice layered flavor, even with having high hopes for the style, a quality brew

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 03:34:49 | More by sinstaineddemon
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2007 21:36:10 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of CharlesDarwin

Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2007 17:00:27 | More by CharlesDarwin
Photo of jmz62565


2.5/5  rDev -30.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2007 06:20:13 | More by jmz62565
Photo of cbl2

New York

2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1/28/2007 $6.99 22 oz. 8.00% Vintage 2006.


Pours a deep stunning mahogany speckled with active carbonation that leads to a fingers worth of tight white head that rapidly settles.


Brandied pears and carmelized sugar on the verge of burning.


Proclaimed to be a "liquid ode to Richard the Lion Heart" as an excuse to use this lame name, and it backfires on them, because Big Dick ain't all that tasty. This somehow manages to impart hot fusel alcohol flavors at only 8% ABV, coupled with an odd unripened grape sensation sends this one down the drain.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2007 01:17:05 | More by cbl2
Photo of peabody


3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a root beer color with lots of off-white suds. Not a lot of lacing here.
Smell is very fruity. Lavender?Cherry and coffee mixed with a caramel sweetness.
Taste is bitter and sour at first then sweet. You can really feel the alcohol here. It warms up the back of the mouth quite nicely.
I taste a nuttiness/earthy flavor along with a caramel sweetness. The bitterness is evident in the aftertaste too along with the alcohol burn.
This one is pretty good but not Arcadia's best.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2007 22:44:09 | More by peabody
Photo of carln26


3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured a dark brown with ruby highlights, and topped a thin, fizzy off white head. Not much to the nose. I got some dark caramel, and a little milk chocolate. Nothing really in the aroma from hops. The taste has more of the dark caramel, some dark chocolate, a light note of dates. Again, not much from the hops. Just a light bitterness that lingers, but no real flavor character. The beer is a little sour, and has some heat on the finish. The mouth feel is thin. Really not much to this beer. I think I will pass next time.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 19:30:03 | More by carln26
Photo of feloniousmonk


2.73/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dark mahogany hue, nearly opaque, slim layer of creamy foam above.

Nose: big, fat sweetness, huge fruit, bright cherries, melon, lavender, lightly funky, and sour, but not in a good way, a bit off...

Taste: sweet fruit again, strawberries, and... cardboard? Really flat in the flavor, here, flat as in low carbonation, but really flat as in limpid and lacking energy, not what you look for in an old ale! A dud on the palate, just flaccid and forlorn. Big malt, small hops, with dull, drab flavor. Lacking snap, pizzazz, panache, just to start off the list. I'd take this bottle and point it towards Bigfoot or Old Ruffian, or Bell's Third Coast Old Ale for some guidance, but this ain't cutting it!

Bleh, ...I'm trying to finish the bottle, but not enjoying it in the least.

Alcohol is warming, but doesn't stick out...finish is a drag, body is fullish, and disappointing...Sorry to go on and on about this, but I can't help but register my dismay. My salesrep says they're every bit as good as Bell's, but that's wishful thinking o his part, and pure fantasy.

I remember an early repro of the art for this label had a spear coming horizontally along the vicinity of "Big Dick's" crotch. It's been removed. Due to false advertising, not bad taste. This one can't get it up.

Wet cherry-stained cardboard. There it is, in four words. Sorry, I hate to hate, but I gotta call it as I see it.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 10:17:29 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of GbVDave


3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flute glass at The Map Room 1/8/07.

A: Deep rusty brown with ruby accents. Clear with a quickly disappearing head.

S: Aromas of sweet malt, light fragrant apples, and black cherry.

T: Sweet and bready malt flavor. Sweet and tangy fruit middle with a lightly spicy hop finish.

M: Bright yet smooth.

D: Pretty average for the style. This one needs something more to make it interesting. A barrel aged version of this might introduce some much needed character. As it stands, this is pretty boring. Not bad, just boring.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2007 04:28:43 | More by GbVDave
Photo of Bighuge


2.78/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Nice shade of cherry wood or mahogany or something of the sort. Pretty clear. Thin ivory white head with good retention and moderate lacing ability.

Aroma: Cherry juice, plum pits, raisin bread, rummy alcohol and doughy malts. Nice traits to be sure, but very weak in strength.

Flavor/Mouthfeel: Dark fruits and rum soaked raisins. Cherry juice. Not as rich as I expected. Alcohol lingers just a bit. There's a bit of a tartness as well. Medium bodied and a bit of a spritzy feel to the carbonation, but not overly so.

Drinkability: Very average old ale/strong ale. Not one I'd need to return to. Pales compared to the big boys (Stone, North Coast, Bell's, etc....)

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2007 02:54:58 | More by Bighuge
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a cloudy brown color with a short 1/2" head.

Smell: simply smells like a loaf of fresh baked bread with some sweet tones in the background.

Taste: caramel, bread, brown sugar, ripe red plums, hint of pepper, and a touch of yeast. Mild bitterness and a touch of alcohol rounds it out. Flavors are a bit toned back for the style.

Mouthfeel: smooth from start to finish. Very brief aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: decent beer that is worth giving a try. Not one that I will rush back into having again any time soon as personally this didn't hit the spot.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2007 16:20:24 | More by Gavage
Photo of bort11


3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, 2006 vintage, poured into a heavy glass goblet. An initial fast acting dark tan head with large bubbles, that quickly recedes to a thin filmy cap. Very little lacing. Color is a molasses brown.
Smell is sweet dark brown sugar and malt. Taste is also very malty and sweet like molasses. Very little bitterness present.
Mouthfeel is a little thin for a Strong Ale, but still a solid medium body.
This goes down pretty easily, but it's not a very complicated beer. I don't know if aging will be able to do much to add any complexity to it.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2007 06:06:25 | More by bort11
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2.58/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed an uneven swirl of beige bubbles over the slightly cloudy burgundy brew. What "head" there was is just hanging out around the rim almost immediately, with minimal lacing. Aroma is syrupy sweetness, with vanilla. Taste is light maltiness upfront, with an off fruitiness and plenty of artificial-seeming flavors to close. Mouthfeel and drinkability are okay, but the flavor won't get me back. Kind of sorry I decided to ring in the New Year with this one. Oh well.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2007 04:09:45 | More by ppoitras
Photo of alexgash


3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at 60 degrees F.

Brown ruby with copper edges. Tight, thick, creamy, light khaki head. Nice lacing. Nose is a mix of fruit and caramel, with some rum and pine resin thrown in. Slightly numbing alcohol and toasted malt up front. Palate reveals brown sugar and sweet, rummy, dark fruits. Scouring, herbal hop bitterness follows and takes us to the finish. Caramel and pine sap linger. Mildly warming. Medium body with a dry finish. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2006 23:48:03 | More by alexgash
Photo of TastyTaste


4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2006 04:49:28 | More by TastyTaste
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3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

○ Poured into goblet. Appears on the flat side - color of caramel/brandy with little foam to speak of.

○ Smell is slight, not sure why. Basic malt smell.

○ Has heavy malt taste although not much character.

○ Since the beer is on the flat side and does not have much character on taste, it does not excite my mouth.

○ High alcohol helps to slow down the drinking to try to appreciate the beer, but drinkability is just average.

A tad upset as I was looking forward to drinking this. Maybe my expectations were too high. You know what they say about that. Maybe it's a beer that gets better with age but I will probably not try to find out.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 04:09:45 | More by BelgianAleSlut
Photo of tavernjef


3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark and glossy mahogany. Small, compact head of semi firm and bubbly foamed pale whiteness. Lacing sits in globby stringed patterns across the glass.

Light and clean aroma that carries a cinnamon over baked brown sugar sweetness of old cookies mixed with a bit of dried dark fruits.

Taste is mediumishly malty and slimmingly roasted and buttery with a touch of said cookie-like spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, maple brown sugar, nuts, and some caramel. Light hops pick and choose their way through the finish with a tame citric realm and a poof of pine. Very slow and understated. The finish is a tad sticky of doppelbock-like stickyness thats kinda welcoming and bready soft, but tends not to hold alot of flavor on the palate.

Feel is mediumish and a tad thin upfront. Thickens up into the finish and grabs more bolder malt chewy characteristics. Yet this somehow stays on the thin side of body and stays weakened for a good stint before the malt body hits. The malt that does come in is nice, but again, it doesn't make an impression enough to make it interesting and taste worthy.

Big Dick's Olde Ale isn't very big at all, at least not after my full bomber emptying impression. After a good way into it the malts do leave enough chewy residue for what it's worth. Almost bordering a dopplebock likeness, but short in nature of taste, and nearly everything else an Old Ale should strive to be. And that striving should to be bigger than this effort by Arcadia.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2006 22:43:38 | More by tavernjef
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2006 22:31:16 | More by Billolick
Photo of mcallister


3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this last night at the Dilly Deli Arcadia tasting.

Very clear and clean, red bricked shade with hints of brown. When held up to light shades of ruby are unmasked. Head is small and there is no lace.

Black cherry, fresh fig, red currant, toffee malt, and the slightest bit of floral hops are the majority of the aroma. But there is a flutter of alcohol.

Not overly complex but decently balanced. Main problem is the alcohol shines through. The same smells are evident in the taste with hints of caramel as well. It is a bright and lively beer. Finish is somewhat sharp and too short.

Mouthfeel is thin and weak. Not a beer I would drink in abundance.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2006 20:25:59 | More by mcallister
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Arcadia Big Dick's Olde Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
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