Arcadia Big Dick's Olde Ale | Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Big Dick's Olde AleArcadia Big Dick's Olde Ale

Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mcallister on 10-26-2006

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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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Photo of Ty1erC
4.69/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

*12 oz bottle poured into a snifter glass.*

a: it's a translucent brownish amber. thin head, little lacing.

s: sweet malt, raisins, cherries, spice.

t: sweet malt, and a blend of fruit and hops. awesome flavor.

m: full-bodied, good carbonation.

d: very drinkable for the style. one of my favorites to date.

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Photo of Pencible
4.67/5  rDev +30.1%
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.

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Photo of zappoman
4.52/5  rDev +25.9%
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.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.51/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage; drank 1/6/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured form the bottle into a glass.

Opaque orange rust appearance.

A rough pour yielded a minimal off-white head; minimal lace.

Raisin, caramel & autumn leaves in the nose.

Thick mouthfeel.

Raisin, caramel & autumn leaves in the flavor; a hint of booze emerged as this warmed. I have no idea what this is like fresh, but 4-5 years in it's a delicious, sturdy beast.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.38/5  rDev +22%
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.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.37/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 vintage from a bomber bottle, pours nicely into a big Duvel glass. Murky amble color, like putting acorns into water for a soak. Light head, no lace.

Deep nose of malts with dark fruits in background, very intriguing.

Huge malty taste with a bit of alcohol in the back. Tries to finish sweet, but very balanced at the end. A sipper, though not as strong as most of these styles, has complex tastes like a dark belgian ale, cherries and plums and bananas and a nice backbone.

Heavy with good feel. Drinkable with a nice dessert or cigar, one to find for sure, not sure what the problem was with previous vintages, but this one is very nice.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice off-gas when opened. The beer pours a cloudy burnt orange color with a lasting 1/8" head of thick tan bubbles that is every bit of half it's original height over a minute after a delicate pour. The head stick around forever and leaves a ton of lace on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Right after I poured the beer I smelled it and got some green, almost grassy hops. Now that the beer has sat for a few minutes, I don't get that anymore. Now I get some spicy alcohol along with some toasty British malts.

Taste: The flavor is much more subtle than the aroma suggested that it would be. This actually comes across as a relatively "light" strong ale in that the carbonation and balance make it really creamy and deceptively strong. I really like the struggle that the malt and hops get into while you taste this beer. I am sure that it will be an adventure as it warms, and I am looking forward to the challenge. There is some spicy alcohol that you notice early on, but then the hops and malt muddle the works and struggle for the finish. I would go with the malt by a nose, but the hops doesn't give up easily.

Opinion: I am really enjoying this beer. It isn't nearly the blast to the palate that some Old Ales are, but I don't think that they HAVE to be like that. This is labeled as a "American Strong Ale" on this site...whatever that is. Either way, it is a pretty good beer, and I would recommend that you give one a shot...especially if you like a malty to balanced beer with mild hops. Here's to you!

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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 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 brewdlyhooked13
4.26/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.2/5  rDev +17%
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.

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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 Beer_Runner
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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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 DoctorDog
4.14/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a nonic. Thanks again to beveritt for passing along another liver-time-bomb. This is a 2009 vintage, and at 9% ABV.

A- Murky, slightly dark copper. Surprises me with an explosion of tan head, necessitating a multi-stage pour. Head fades fairly slowly to a fairly thin cap that remains throughout consumption.

S- Tangy cherries and green apples, sweet strawberries, caramel and bready malty notes...

T- Fresh apples, cherries/dark fruits, sweet, malty notes. A tinge of perceived smokiness adds to the bitterness. Very nice.

M- Moderate carbonation with a fairly-full feel. Slightly creamy.

D- Good. Definitely an interesting and enjoyable beer. Nice flavorful ~sipper that manages to feel big without being too cumbersome.

Future outlook: Nice beer that isn't available around here. Happy to have tried.

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Photo of jsisko01
4.14/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of champ103
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark mahogany/brown color. A huge, frothy, two finger head forms with excellent retention. Rings of sticky lace are left behind.
S: Tons of fruits up front. Apples, cherries, pears, and figs. A solid malt backbone of toffee like candy. Some wood as well. I love the complexity of the fruits here.
T: Again, a ton of fruits that so complex. Apples, cherries, pears again. A big sweetness of toffee candy and wood. Very similar to the nose, but a bit rougher around the edges. It does not meld the same as the nose, but still very good.
M/D: A medium body that is a bit thinner that I would like. Lots of tannins, which would not be a bad thing but the body is not there to make it work. Very easy to drink. Some warming alcohol, but a great sipper.

Very enjoyable. I wish there was some more body, but overall a great Old Ale with a lot of character. Something that I would highly recommend.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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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 mwilbur
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 1 pt 6 oz bottle into snifter. Vintage 2006.
A: Very dark, cloudy amber (raspberry color around the edges with backlighting--in hindsight this is doubly interesting). 1/2 inch tan head with decent retention.
S: Spice and alcohol. Dark malt notes.
T: Surprisingly, berry fruit hits first. Sweet, then alcohol and malt join in. Hints of spice around the edge. Clearly this ages well; nice complexity.
M: Medium body and taste lingers decently due to higher ABV.
D: I was surprised by this one. I was expecting a much heavier offering (considering it's an old ale), but this is rather sweet and lighter on the palate. Definitely unique...I will come back to this again in the future. Had I know what to expect, I might have paired this with a baguette and chevre.

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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 TMoney2591
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

2009 vintage. This dude seems way too cocky for my liking... The beer, though, looks lovely, bedecked in rosy garnet and topped by a steadfast finger of oatmeal-tan foam. The nose comprises maple syrup, toffee, mandarin orange syrup, dark leafy greens, a tiny sprig of mint, and a vein of cocoa in the background. The taste holds notes of toffee, mandarin orange syrup, light tobacco, cocoa, graham cracker, vanilla bean, brown sugar, Belgian candi sugar, and that same sprig of mint, very mild and very subtle, lodged way in the distance. The body is a straight medium, with a very light moderate carbonation, and a slightly slick feel. Overall, one of the best beers I've yet had fom Arcadia, this one wins on a number of levels. It falls just short of being truly special, but it is pretty damn good.

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

A: Opaque brown, cloudy, nice tan head.

S: Fruity, quite a bit of alcohol, brown sugar, hops are in there nicely.

T: Dark fruit, quite alcoholic, nice toasted malt. Not cloying. Very light aftertaste of toasted malt. Fruit flavor doesn't linger. Fruit is pretty tangy.

M: Medium-light bodied, not syrupy. Pretty dry and clean. Carbonation is good.

D: Drinks well, goes down easy, isn't overly filling, will get you drunk quick. Not bad at all.

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