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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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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

03-10-2013 19:50:14 | More by spycow
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

02-27-2013 18:00:41 | More by sixerofelixir
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

02-26-2013 06:10:27 | More by CaptainNomihodai
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

02-22-2013 02:47:40 | More by GRFounder
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3.99/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12 oz bottle 2010
Glass: Snifter

Appearance: dull copper. nice clarity, a finger or so of a tannish head that fades slowly to a lacing.

Smell: Oak, vanilla, a touch of alcohol. pretty strong on the malts

Taste: Kind of a blended version of the smell. maybe a touch of fruit. Too blended for me, I'd like it with a bit more character

Mouthfeel: Nice and heavier but not quite chewy

Overall: a pretty good beer. Try it if you love old ales. Snatch some up for the cellar if they are a good price, but nothing to go out of the way for.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 21:33:13 | More by SportsandJorts
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

02-08-2013 00:11:54 | More by MichiganBrews
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3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a murky reddish-brown with almost no head. Smells strongly of sweet caramel and fig maybe. Almost sickly sweet smelling.

Taste is sweet caramel malts and toffee up front. The sweetness fades to slight alcohol heat and an almost brandy like backbone, finishes quickly thereafter. Tastes like it almost wants to be more complex but doesn't quite make it there. Carbonation is low on this one making the mouthfeel quite syrupy.

All that said, this is the 2009 vintage so this beer is almost 4 years old. I imagine the carbonation being low has something to do with that. I'd like to get my hands on one a little younger because I feel certain this beer is past it's prime and would be better in a later vintage. If you're a fan of old ales give it a shot, but it's something I'd probably only grab again if I saw it in single bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 05:35:22 | More by --Dom--
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

01-15-2013 13:13:29 | More by jfcaa193
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle says handcrafted in 2010 but these beers are known for aging so I'm assuming the quality has improved..? Hopefully?

Appearance - Pours a very dark reddish-brown color with a thick, creamy head that lingers for a minute. Leaves a thick, creamy and bubbly lacing.

Smell - Caramel, toffee, and dark fruits.

Taste - Very strong alcohol flavor that is so distracting it's hard to appreciate the other flavors. Caramel seems to be dominant, with a strong sweetness of dark fruits and maybe some vanilla. Can't forget to mention that it's VERY malty, also.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Overall - It was interesting to try such an old style of ale. It's definitely not something I would ever drink on for pleasure, only because of the strong alcohol flavor, but I can tell this beer was made right. The other flavors go together nicely.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 04:06:17 | More by jsisko01
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2.48/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Reddish brown, almost purple in color…there’s clearly some sediment that needs to settle to the bottom…head formed, but didn’t last long…(3/5)

Smell: Barrel aged, dare I say oak… sweet and fruity, there’s definitely some cherry essences…tons of alcohol smell…(2.75/5)

Taste: Very alcoholly…sorta like sippin’ on a fine brandy…not for the chuggers of the world…it’s complex and simple at the same time…the alcohol is the most consistent flavor, but there is a maltiness to it that is quite pleasant…caramel, oak, sweet fruit and vanilla round out the flavors for me…(2.5/5)

Mouthfeel: Alcoholly…there is a bit of carbonation, providing the sweet fruit essence to bubble on my tongue…malt base keeps the bitterness under control...(2.5/5)

Overall: This is a strong ale…the 9.0% ABV seems a bit low for how strong a taste the alcohol leaves…I’ve had other brews with similar or higher ABV, but with way more resonating flavor…this beer seems a bit one sided, with little to no balance…it’s good, but I don’t think I’d search this one out again...(2/5)

Serving type: bottle

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3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A murky rusty brown/red pour. Good sized fluffy tan head. Nice island of foam remains.

S: Very fruity - mainly dark fruits like raisin, fig and a little cherry. Lots of caramel and some toffee. A touch of brown sugar.

T: Dark fruit, cocoa and caramel up front. Toffee and caramel in the middle. Finishes with a bit of bitter cocoa and some toffee. Brief bitterness in the finish as well, some grassy hops maybe?

M: Fairly full bodied.

O: A pretty standard old ale. Nothing special but nothing offensive. A bit of odd bitterness that doesn't really "fit". Not bad, middle of the road.

Serving type: bottle

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 23:49:00 | More by Beer_Runner
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

10-17-2012 00:14:48 | More by travishardy929
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3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bottle is vintage 09 and the bottle states 9% abv.

A - I poured this really aggressive and got a half a finger of head which dissipated rather fast. It is well carbonated with a reddish brown color that seems to be murky. Also at the bottom of the bottle there is a good amount of yeast so be careful if you do not like it in your drink.

S - Can you say malt bomb on the nose. I get some fig and vine fruits with a sweet smell. It reminds me of rock candy on the nose. There is also a nice caramel presence to it. Nice!

T - This beer is sweet and malty, and not dry at all. I get caramel mostly on the taste with a small bit of alcohol on the back. Seems to be one note here. I really like the beginning on this one but the finish is a little odd to me.

M - Carbonation is good on this one with a nice smooth full bodied mouth feel. Smooth.

O - Factoring in the price on this one it is a decent beer but a little on the expensive side at just under 4 bucks a bottle. Its a nice beer if your a fan of old ales, if not I would pass on this one. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 22:50:19 | More by DrinkMoreBigBeers
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2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 01:55:10 | More by Alieniloquium
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Arcadia Big Dick's Olde Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
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