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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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Reviews: 153
Hads: 275
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 18.94%
Wants: 10
Gots: 24 | 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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Reviews: 153 | Hads: 275
Photo of beveritt
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a small snifter. Label is fairly simple; black background with Arcadia Ales in an old Engligh font in yellow and the beer's name below in a red script. 2009 vintage. no other indication of when this was brewed. This is my 600th review on BA; wonder when the Bros will give me my lush symbol next to my name?

Appearance: Pours with 1/2 finger of medium tan head. This settles fairly quickly to a few spotty islands and a ring of foam. The beer itself is a muddy, opaque brown with a slight reddish tint. Fairly thick layer of sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Great massive malt upfront; full of tart cherries, strawberries, and sweet, biscuity malt. Hints of nutmeg and butterscotch.

Taste: Caramel and toffee sweet malt upfront. Hints of cherries and apricots precede a port like vinous quality. Long lingering medium hop bitterness starts upfront and provides a solid stream throughout.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level; pretty good for a year old beer. Body is pretty good, could be thicker.

Drinkability: While admittedly not a huge fan of the dick joke name, this beer is a pretty fine sipper. Not sure if it makes it into Ohio, but I could see a few of these going in the cellar.

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Photo of BierFan
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. 2009 vintage.

Appearance: Huge light tan head. Very hazy dark amber/brown body. Head retention and lacing are good for the style.

Smell: Reminds me of a quality English old ale. Cherries, dates, and brown sugar.

Taste: I'm not typically a fan of Arcadia's beers but this is nice. Sweet, cherries, a bit of alcohol. I was expecting this to be overly sweet, and it is sweet but not inappropriately so. Real quality stuff, in my opinion.

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Photo of kzoobrew
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Molten caramel body. two finger malted milk colored head. Retention is decent, slim cap left through out. Thick lacing is left clinging to the glass.

Heavily caramelized malt aroma is plentiful. Strong dark fruit and brown sugar. Hops are complimentary, floral and grassy with a touch of citrus tucked away.

Heavy caramel flavor. The caramel is more of a caramelized sugar flavor than crystal malts. Strong fruity flavor underneath, berry and plumbs. Brighter citrus flavor lands towards the back of the palate.

Medium bodied and smooth texture. Low to moderate carbonation with a long finish.

Solid beer but not excellent. Much better suited to be served on cask (with cocoa nibs). Easy to drink though not going to repeat too often.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
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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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a tulip glass) 2009 vintage
A- This beer has a hazy dense caramel-brown body with a creamy light tan head that last for a bit. There is a sea of strong tiny bubbles that race up to the surface.
S- The aroma is pretty clean with a faint woody malt note and some creamy notes as the beer opens up.
T- This beer has a bright lemony malt flavor that was a bit odd. There was some soapy qualities to the big full hop finish that turns bitter and lingers a bit after the finish. The lemony quality and biter hops cover up lots of the flavor.
M- There is a creamy medium-full mouthfeel with a mellow alcohol heat and soft fizz in the finish.
D- It was a bit tough to finish with the soapy yeasty quality getting stronger and the lemony quality to the hops just don't work together. There wasn't much malt flavor so perhaps age would bring some of that out?

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Photo of alleykatking
2.62/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at the brewery.

A- Pours a amber rusted color. Came to me with no head at all and while drinking the glass got a small coating of the beer but no lacing.

S- Sweet bready malts from the get go. Some light darker fruits notes come in the middle for a short second. From the middle onward there was a huge alcohol aroma to this. It actually burned my nose a little when I was sniffing it!

T- Sweet malts upfront and from this point on there was a alcohol flavor ever present almost over anything else in the profile. There was some darker fruits (mainly cherry) that I could pick up on. There was a hopping in the ending of the beer that was a little spicy. This beer though had a rough alcohol burn and taste to it from the front to the ending.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the style. Light bready notes and alcohol left on the palate. Aftertaste was more alcohol and darker fruit driven. Flavors were all killed off by a medicinal alcohol smell and taste. Drying was very high on this beer.

D- Not impressed at all. The beer did get drank but only after a couple of my buddies helped me out with it. Maybe I had some of this and it wasn't suppose to be served? I'll try again just to be sure.

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.19/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of Avagadro
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep copper in color, with a clear body and a touch of lacing. Head is minimal.

S: Bouquet is faint, but hints of molasses and caramel prevail.

T: semi-sweet body is marked by caramel, vanilla, and rum.

M: full body with a slight creamy texture.

D: A well made Old Ale overall, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of JordanEllwanger
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very dark amber burgundy tone with a huge of white fuzz head slowly popping down. A little layer of sediment stirs at the bottom but is easily picked up and pours the transparency to nearly opaque. Smells like alcohol and ripened fruits. Taste is much the same a fruity malt taste pleasant to the palate. Lighter than I imagined it to be. Cheers.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.01/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 5-5-10
2008 Vintage

Pours an extremely cloudy orange/amber color, with a big off white head that lasts forever and epic lacing. Very menacing and very good.

Smell is sweet, slightly earthy, with a tangy, almost sour edge. There's a great aged character deep down, with aromas of clove and pine needles.

Taste is much like the smell. Strong and sharp clove right up front, with mellow and still bitter hops coming next. Nothing like I expected, more Belgian and sour than anything else. Still, very unique and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but not bad, with lots of carbonation to add to the tartness.

Drinkability is good, the alcohol is barely there. Watch out.

Overall, I think 2 years in the cellar did wonders for this beer. Much better than I expected.

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Photo of danielharper
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange-red with a very thick brownish white head. Head is foamy, like a root beer float, and sticks around significantly, leaving some lacing. Aroma is very sweet, almost syrupy at first, almost fruity, but with a strong bready malt backbone that keeps it from being too cloying. Slight hints of yeast.

Taste is similar to aroma, with a strong sweet fruitiness masking a bready malt middle and a dry, almost bitter finish. Aftertaste is clean but slightly drying. The alcohol is very well-hidden, likely by the sugary sweetness. Mouthfeel is moderate-to-thick, with a low carbonation and a very mild hop bite.

Overall I like this beer more in toto than the summary above would indicate. I would generally consider an Old Ale that's this sweet to be at least moderately flawed, but in this beer it somehow works with the dryness to give what is to my palate a very pleasing overall experience. Do I contradict myself? Very well, I contradict myself -- I contain multitudes.

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Photo of DIM
2.73/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2009 vintage, listed here as a strong ale?

a: This was a clear ruby tinted copper color. It poured with a medium sized fizzy head that faded to spotty lace.

s: Mild overall, bordering on faint. I got bland hints of raisins, plums, and toffee. Nothing here suggests an abv of 9%.

t: Starts off with a mild, generic malty sweetness. The finish is more flavorful, but frankly its not that great. Its a sour raisin flavor with a sharp edge of floral bitterness.

m: On the thin side with active, fizzy carbonation. The lingering tartly bitter finish is unpleasant and out of place.

d: Just not a fan of this one. I was warned but I bought it anyway. Oh well.

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Photo of Tone
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, brown color. One inch head of a pale tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hops, and citrus (lemon?). Fits the style of an American Strong Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. The feel is also slightly watery. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, hops, slight roasted malt, and citrus (apple?). Overall, good aroma and appearance, but lacking in mouth feel and body.

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Photo of WesWes
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry caramel malt scent with hints of smoke and alcohol warmth. The taste is decent. It has a dry roasted character with plenty of caramel flavor and alcohol warmth in the finish. There is a burnt flavor as well that gives off a slightly smokiness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent old ale. I'm not crazy on burnt character. It's a little off putting.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. No bottled date. Funny name though.

(A)- Pours a hazy reddish mahogany color that produced some tan colored bubbles.

(S)- Rather mineral-like with a hint of cherries, toffee, caramel, pineapple, & a spice I cannot figure out.

(T)- Begins rather dry with a dense maltiness of honey, caramel, & butterscotch with a hint of cherry, lemon, & pineapple. Has a nutmeg-like spice on the finish.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A good balance & a surprising fruitiness. The middle palate however, is almost non-existent; just a constant dryness throughout the beer. Maybe this needs more time to open up?

(D)- A decent strong ale that might seem to need more time in the bottle to let it develop more. Shows promise though.

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Photo of semibaked
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Unibroue Tulip.

A - Pours a nice cloudy amber color with some slight foam on top.

S - Nice malty nose with some caramel sweetness and just a tad of acidity too.

T - Good sweetness with some caramel notes. Some hops in the middle and some toast presence too.

M - A bit oily then watery, the weakest part of this beer for sure.

D - This is definitely the best Arcadia beer I have had so far been disappointed with them, but this is pretty good and glad I picked up a bottle.

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Photo of techfed87
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
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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Photo of birchstick
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a dark, ruby brown with a white head

S - smells very malty, some sweet, dark fruits and some spice. Smells very inviting.

T - there is a lot of different stuff going on here: dark flavors, toasted malts, black licorice, leather, cinnamon, and red hots. I like the complexity, however the flavors don't seem to blend very well.

M - watery and thing, but very smooth

D - this was a pretty good olde ale. It seemed like it needed some age on it so that the flavors would settle.

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Photo of TommyW
4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
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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Photo of TCgoalie
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2009 Vintage Bottle

Not much head in the center of the glass after sitting for a few moments, but a good quarter inch foam lines the edges. The color is a dark reddish brown.

There is a bit of booze in the smell with hints of sweet fruits. Reminds me of smelling wine.

This has a touch of sweetness that seems to come from dates or raisins. There is almost a roasty quality too. At the end I can taste a lot of apple and a hint of booze.

For being a fairly big beer, it isn't very thick. Take away the big flavor and it has the mouthfeel of a pale ale. But it clumps up the saliva in my mouth at the end and makes me want to spit.

This has ok drinkability. Pretty good for an Old ale, but average compared to the whole beer spectrum.

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Photo of number1bum
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2008 vintage bottle from BeerTruth. Thanks sally.

Pours a cloudy copper color with about an inch of nice tan foam on top. Keeps reasonably well and leaves a nice ring of stick on the side.

Smell is primarily caramel and toffee sweetness without much else. Some butterscotch as well, plus some solvent alcohol.

Taste is also primarily sweet with an alcoholic bite to it and a phenolic astringency that I find somewhat offputting. Caramel and buttery toffee qualities are nice but the rest is not terribly pleasant.

Mouthfeel is reasonably creamy and medium-full in body but the astringency and alcohol hurt.

This wasn't a particularly good or enjoyable beer. Pretty mediocre.

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Photo of Frosty80
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: sits a deep brownish amber

Smell: malty sweet with notes of caramel, dark fruit, vinous and dried spice. slight alcohol presence and fruity esters

Taste: high-medium, complex malt character with notes of dark fruit, vinous, nut and fruity esters. slightly sweet finish. alcohol is well concealed but noticeable.

Mouthfeel: low-full, rich body. medium carbonation

Notes: complex malt character, warming alcohol and rich body make for a delicious winter warmer. good example of a textbook English Old ale

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This bottle is a 2006 vintage. Pours a mildly hazy, bright copper color with a creamy light tan foam. Fades pretty quick to a thin layer.

Smell is mostly malty mixed with some light, earthy cocoa and mild fruits...honeydew melons come to mind. Smell is pretty decent and not showing many signs of oxidation after 3+ years of age.

This has mellowed tremendously as the light toffee maltiness is complimented by some fruity esters and slight booziness. There are some mild signs of oxidation in the flavor, but not much. I could use a bit more body and creaminess, and the malts seem a bit light and not sweet enough. Hops have all but disappeared by now, but it sure could use some leafy green bitterness. It is a decent beer, but a lackluster old ale at the 3 year mark.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 22oz brown pop top bomber, 2007 vintage; awesome medieval-themed label (I'm a sucker for beer bottles with labels relating to my field of study)

Appearance: Bright, polished mahogany beer with some nice red tings...a strong pour produces a big creamy light-tan head with good retention and some lacing

Smell: Lots of sweet caramel and some definite estery booziness, as well as a little bit of dark toasted malt...not much in the way of hops in the aroma

Taste: Starts with big candy-like caramel up front but very quickly changes to being predominately about the estery alcohol...this is definitely a bit boozier than I expected it to be at 8% abv after some two years of age. It definitely goes a bit beyond warming and is a bit hot and aggressive...there's not a huge depth of flavor here; the fruity alcohol is mildly brandy-like and the caramel notes are pleasant, but both fade a bit quickly and all you're really left with is a hot booziness and a mild but somehow astringent hop bitterness...all in all, a bit unsorted. Maybe just a TOUCH of oxidation as well.

Mouthfeel: Pretty decent weight, but the high level of booze makes it seem a bit too light for the style IMO

Drinkability: Medium

Conclusion: I'd had this beer once before and thought I really liked it, but in retrospect, it was before I really started getting into craft and I might have had a couple of brews before this one so my judgment may not have been spot on...Arcadia's brews are very hit or miss for me, and this one's a bit of a letdown.

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Photo of ekw590
5/5  rDev +39.3%
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.

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Arcadia Big Dick's Olde Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.