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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 powerss13
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this is a great beer. (That is; being fresh the year it is brewed. Might be even better laid down)

Serving: Bottle, poured to Tulip glass

Appearance: Dark cloudy look; Atleast in a Tulip glass it looks as if it has a belgian look to it, lighter in color but darkens with thickness.

Smell: Can't give too much good info/review on this due to a right nostril stuffed up! But what I can smell is a lot of malt with some caramel to it. (Please remember on this tasting that I do have a stuffed nose; thank you)

Taste: Lighter malty(spelling) taste; Great body to the beer; Smooth going down, not noticing the high alcohol content

Mouthfeel: Feels like a well balanced beer. Doesn't feel like a light beer at all, but doesn't feel like those real heavy beers either.

Overall: If this was available all year round, this would be an easy drinking beer with heavy alcohol content that could possibly get you into trouble with anyone(law, wife, etc...) It's a beer worth trying. Atleast buy a Single if available; if not, get a 4 pack and drink 1 (if you can resist) or 2 and then age the rest.

Also: the picture needs to be updated. They have a different label now.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle "handcrafted in 2010" hmmm. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A- 1/2-finger tan head drops to a thin film, leaving light stick on the glass. Murky brown body.

S- Very much as I'd picture a smarty-art study. Leather and tobacco on first impression. Maybe a touch brandy-ish. Not harsh alcohol, but sweet and lightly boozy. Leafy hops offer a slight pull toward balance.

T- As aroma suggests, very rich. Slightly sweet with leafy/tobacco-like hops that are more in balance than the impression given by nose. A light spicy flavor from hopping, as well. Alcohol is pleasant, present but not harsh. Hops are especially clean and dry in the finish. Malts suggest brown sugar or caramel with hints of baking spice. At the risk of an oddball attribute, a little leathery?

M- Full body. Warming alcohol deep down in the finish. Light carbonation.

O- A wonderful winter nightcap. A nice sipper that gives the impression of a warming effect. Would be interested to see if the "2011" version is actually the current release. The bottle shop where I puchased this was in existence in 2010. A little odd, eh?

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle – Handcrafted in 2009

2009 Arcadia Big Dick’s Olde Ale poured a cloudy dark reddish brown color that produced a very bubbly light tan 1-finger head that dissipated rather fast. The nose is to the light side – of toffee and brown sugar. The flavor reveals; dark fruits, brown sugar, toffee, and light alcohol warming at the finish. Mouth feel is slightly slick and creamy with light carbonation that is correct for the style.

Arcadia Big Dick’s Olde Ale is not as complex or as rich as my favorite old ale North Coast Old Stock Ale. Big Dick’s Olde Ale is good and a very drinkable old Ale nevertheless.

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Photo of bamadog
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Glad to see this one finally hit the shelves in a small format -- didn't want to commit to a 22 oz. bottle, but I can live 12. Review is from notes taken on 11/29/2011 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is a solid coppery color and it has a slight ruby tinge to it; body is really quite clear and shows light carbonation; starts with a short one finger off-white head that fades almost immediately to nothing other than a thin skim of an island with a ring around the surface; no lacing sticks around, just a slight oily residue.

Smell: Not too big coming out of the glass; warm caramel malts with a hint of dark raisins to it, alcohol is pretty present in the nose as well.

Taste: A little warmer than I thought it would be in terms of the booziness, even at only 8%; slight metallic bitterness in there, possibly from some hops; beyond that, the taste really matches the smell.

Mouthfeel: A little thin. I definitely prefer this style with a thicker, chewier body, but this one doesn't quite cut it there; it does leave a moderately thick stickiness that dries pretty quickly; belly is left warm from the alcohol.

Overall: Worth picking up as the prices was only $2/single, which isn't too shabby for the style. Typically I would say to just pop for the $13 four pack of Olde Stock, but if you're in the mood and don't feel like dropping the coin, this one will do.

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

12 oz bottle, label indicates 2010 vintage, and 9% abv.

appears a hazy rust color, with cream colored 1/2" head that disapates to a thin covering. aroma of caramel, fermented fruit.

flavor is all malt, buttery, a little boozy, and woody. lingering aftertaste. fairly smooth mouthfeel - medium body, lower carbonation.

overall, it doesn't hide the alcohol, but I still like it.

***Update at 1.5 years:
better head retention. aroma is about the same. taste has lost the boozy flavor. still a bit buttery. overall- the previous rough edges seem to have smoothed out. the alcohol is now hidden.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this bottle out of the cellar. Purchased this in Michigan in late 2010. Served in a snifter.

Pours a hazy reddish-brown color with a very thick and creamy off-white head. Really nice lacing and a good cap throughout. The nose brings forward some light toffee and brown sugar. Nothing too complex. Sweet malt throughout. Really quite plain and not all that integrated. Medium body with light carbonation and a fair amount of sweetness throughout. Decent enough, but not something that I would come back to.

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Photo of Beejay
2.77/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: A murky deep brown body, with a light tan head on top.

S: Sweet and malty, there is a nice maple syrup note here. Some vanilla and oak scents. A touch of hop aroma in there.

T: Lots of roasted flavors, slightly tannic, with a weird vinegar note. There is some hop flavor in the finish, but it doesn't seem to meld well with the rest of the flavors. The end has a metallic taste to it.

M: Medium bodied, and slightly slick. The carbonation seems a touch high for me.

O: This beer just seems out of whack for me. It's a bunch of different flavors that don't come together to form one cohesive brew. Pass.

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Photo of shanblur
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Vintage 2009 on bottle.

A - Murky brown with some orange and red hues. Tan head recedes quickly to a ring, with minimal lacing.

S - Sweet malt aroma with some hints of dark fruit. Alcohol definitely shows through.

T - Upfront sweetness with some bitterness from the hops. Can tell the alcohol. Some herbal taste also.

M - A bit light with minimal carbonation.

Not a bad beer overall. Not the best I have had of this style. Would not go out of my way to have another. Average across the board.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a light hazy red color. The head raised about an inch or so until it faded. The smell of the beer was a little spicy, boozy and had some sweet malts in there too. The taste had some dark fruits upfront that transformed into a smooth earthy spice flavor. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and pretty drinkable. Overall I would drink this one again.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is fruity and tangy, apple and orange with an undertone of barleywine. It pours a dark cinnamon brown with a fluffy, pale tan head that doesn't stick around for long. Flavor is quite fruity with a nice alcohol kick and a slightly sweet malty undertone. Texture is smooth and short on fizz, but I had this bottle squirreled away for a while before discovering it. A tasty and pleasing ale.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 2" light caramel colored head. Held to the light the body is an interesting hazy reddish caramel. Malt dominates the nose. The flavor again has lots of malt, a little saltiness, and reminds me a little of both barleywine and Scotch ale styles. The body is medium weight and there's a medium finish. All in all Bid Dick made a quality product.

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Photo of beenitty
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage Bottle

A: Pours orange/red murky. No floaties per other reviews. Not much head, quickly dissipates.

S: Smells sweet but cant get enough to really distinguish. Raisins, Dark fruits, caramel..

T: Sweet but not in a bad way at all. Dark fruits, super smooth.l

M: Smooth, age has definitely improved this one.

D: So high. I was thinking this beer could use an extra kick of alcohol until I see its ~10%. Not tasting any of that. Very drinkable.

Grab one of these, you wont be disappointed

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of EricCioe
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours rusty red with a one finger light khaki head dying down to a ring with little lace. On the nose there is a deep caramel mixing with deep fruits, with some phenolic and acetoneish stuff going on, too. In the mouth there is an alcoholic warmth that sits like a rock, which I enjoy. There are dark, booze-soaked figs and suchlike hanging out with the caramel. The body is nicely medium with a long finish that is quite strange due to its unique drying sensation, like a desert in the back of the mouth and the roof, more like a fire-breathing Islay scotch than anything else I can think of.

Overall, I like this beer a good deal due to its unique finish and delicious taste. It's not perfect but it's pretty good. In fact that sums up most of my feelings on Arcadia's beers to date.

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Photo of ploobs
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2009 Vintage Bottle

A: Pours a burnt orange, almost rust color. As with other reviewers, I have to agree the floaties are a bit distracting. The head is pale and dissipates quickly.

S: My favorite part of this brew, the smell is sweet with raisins, however it borders on sickeningly sweet. Also definitely some booze smell there.

T: Sweet hits right at the outset, followed by just a mild bitterness. This was not what I expected, and I was disappointed by what I felt was a lack of complexity and fullness of body.

M: Smooth, pretty unremarkable.

Interesting beer, glad I purchased, but this is likely a one time drink for me.

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Photo of beerman207
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3 I couldn't decide on what to put on here for #300 so I decided to crack a 2006 Big Dick's Olde Ale by Arcadia. The reviews aren't amazing but it's from 2006!

A: Taking a look at the bottle I begin to get a little freaked as the floatie factor is a bit more than even I am used to. The pour is a murky,cloudy orange with a nice tan head that leaves a good skim behind on the glass. The fact that this thing is even carbonated after 5 years of age is impressive.

S: Nose is candied apple, raisin, figs, some dark fruit, and booze. WTH? Booze? Can a beer become more boozy with time?

T: Taste is the same as the nose - candy apple, raisins dominate here in the flavor - it's a nice profile.

M: Mild - carbonation seems to be a little lower than it should but then again the beer is 5 years old

D: I am not sure that I will finish this based on the fact that the floaties are way at the bottom of this bomber. Fellow BA Bamadog always says the floaties are protein but I'm going to pass. Interesting to have an 8% beer 5 years aged - not bad but I have a feeling that it's a little over the cliff in terms of best flavor.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark opaque orange with a slight head the reduces to a very thin ring.

Aroma is dense caramel and toffee malty sweetness. Mild dark fruit, woody oak and subtle alcohol.

Taste is initially caramel malt sweetness. Dark fruit makes an appearance with plenty of raisin and date dark fruit notes. Then an earthy, woody and slightly tart dry bitterness finishes it out.

Mouthfeel is medium-full.

Flavorful and interesting. Dark fruit sweetness is matched well with a dry cedar perfume quality.

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Photo of bashiba
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dirty brown with almost no head.

The smell was mild with some light toffee and sweet brown sugar notes.

The flavor is very light mild with a light grainy sweetness, a touch of citrusy hops, and a light bit of raison and dark fruit.

The mouthfeel is a touch thick and syrupy.

Overall is drinkable, but very boring for an Old Ale, lacking the full flavor and complexities I would expect from this style.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

2009 12oz bottle poured into my De Struise glass... Pours a light coca cola that is murky and downright ugly. A decent light tan head, good retention but looks a tad light, poor lacing... Interesting aroma, a hint of banana mixed with a quad, dark fruits and plums, a hint of alcohol. Not knocking my socks off, but I'm intrigued... The taste is like a light quad, not to bad missing a little depth that a quad has. Light toffee, plums, bitter, a little chalk. Not bad, average. Too much hop in the this, a quad/barleywine mix not entirely right...The mouthfeel is a touch light and boring, watery finish... Very drinkable.

Not an old but slightly above average, very drinkable beer.

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

Looking over previous reviews of bottle tastings, I wonder if some complexity and subtlety was lost in bottling.

Lovely hazy, cloudy, thick orange-brown liquid topped with frothy foam head that held on for fifteen minutes before collapsing, leaving lacing and islands of foam until the end.

Big Dick's Olde Ale is rich, complex, and piney with coriander and lemon hints. It is big and malty; thick like a milkshake. Lovely and big, big, big. More big imperial IPA than barleywine, but surely straddling that divide of styles. I enjoyed it very much, and t was the sleeper of the tasting I had. I will seek it out in the future, although I will be on the lookout for an opportunity to compare this tap tasting with a bottled beer.

Enjoyed on tap at Black Dog, Urbana, IL.

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

The first thing you notice about this beer is the note - a malty bliss with only a slight presence of hops. The rest of the experience doesn't quite live up to this prelude.

The beer pours an undistinguished cloudy brown with a slight head. The taste is pleasant but as it warms you notice the alcohol more (which our bottle lists as 9%). Overall I would get this beer again - while not the best Olde Ale but definitely better than average.

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour from a bottle a hazy red with some spotty head. The aroma is caramel, non distinct fruit, some apple and some sort of spicy hops. The flavor has some good caramel maltiness and a pleasant graininess. The beer is a tad on the sweet side for my tastes.

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Photo of bobhits
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big Dicks Olde Ale.

2007 bottle.

Served after a 2004 fullers vintage ale, apologies to the brewer for such a pairing.

Sweet fruit with alcohol esters. You can tell fresh the hops were in the nose but now the smell of aged hops is fruity and sweet. Some slight vanilla notes mixed with a slightly darker fruity sweet note.

Pours flat with a dirty copper color. Nice bit of sediment which I always like. Very true to style and as expected. Not the best looking style though.

The hops have left the building at this point. That said not fully smooth yet either. There's a touch of a bite at the front of the tongue but no really bitterness or hop flavor here. I can't explain the malt here well. Caramel malt, but there's something a touch sour or perhaps there's just a kiss of bitterness from the hops still lingering. I think this beer is in a bad place in its age. Another year or two and the hops leave and a really mellow beer comes out, or a few years younger and the hops are show cased. I'm rather interested in seeing this beer age a bit more. With that said this is really freaking good stuff.

I'd put the alcohol here at 7-8% based on the body but there's NO alcohol flavor here. Not much carbonation in the mouth but it's pretty smooth and the body is thinner than some of the vintage type ales. Overall the mouth and the drink-ability are above average.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a chug of this into a snifter (it's about a 40 oz snifter). 2009 vintage, poured Dec 1st, 2010. Dark amber, nose is pretty malty. Taste is not quite as malty, with a good mouthfeel. The alcohol is too prevalent for 8% ABV. Not quite balanced. A decent beer; I wouldn't be ashamed to serve it to any friends with developed beer palates, but at the same time, probably not one I'll reach for on the shelf anytime soon.

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