Arcadia Big Dick's Olde Ale | Arcadia Brewing Company

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

Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
arcadiaales.com

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mcallister on 10-26-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
280
Reviews:
155
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
14.21%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
26
For Trade:
2
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Photo of midlifec
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 12/30/2013. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, cherry, apple, herbal, grass, light leather, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, cherry, apple, herbal, grass, light leather, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, cherry, apple, herbal, grass, light leather, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice old ale style. All around good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of PatGreer
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Stu_Grimson
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Huntzor
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Gryphon69
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of needMIbeer
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of rheimbro
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Gonzoillini
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of diehl07
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Fargrow
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of wrightst
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of abcdefghijkyle
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of lochef81
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is my first encounter with this style of ale. It pours a handsome mahogany color with an overly abundant off white head(and I do mean Overly abundant). It leaves a silky lacing and nice legs. The aroma is boozy, reminds me more of scotch or bourbon than beer. Notes of wood and vanilla and peat abound. The mouth is sticky and very coating. One of the thicker beers I've tried. The flavor is complex embodying many of the notes of a well made whiskey. It is very sweet at first but gives way to a pleasant depth of flavor that is warming for the body, mouth, and soul. Very nice beer. Can't wait to try more of the style.

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Photo of bshiban
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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 amalburg
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage. 22oz. bomber into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a dense, creamy 2.5 finger light cream colored head with great retention. Beer is a cloudy brown mud. Lacing is thick and layered with excellent stick. Color is terrible but its otherwise nice.

Nose is caramel, raisin, brown sugar, molasses and other dark fruit. Enticing and pretty deep.

Opens caramel, brown sugar and molasses. Some raisin, anise and plum in the middle with a mellow booziness lingering in the background. Very sweet with a big dark fruit presence. Finishes brown sugar, caramel and slightly nutty. Sweet aftertaste. Pretty impressive.

Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Warm but slightly thin in the mouth and goes down mellow with a clean finish and little aftertaste. A touch thin for the style.

The real letdown about this beer is that the body is too thin to carry the flavors. Nice complexity and the molasses., caramel and dark fruit all work really well together. Just wish it had a bit more body and booziness to carry this through. Still worth trying though.

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Photo of mchenry1313
4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of SjConroy
1.5/5  rDev -58.2%

Arcadia Big Dick's Olde Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
3.59 out of 5 based on 280 ratings.
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