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RATINGS: 303   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Big Dick’s is a classic English-style Olde Ale. Sweet and full-bodied malt flavors are complemented by a fragrant but mild hop bitterness. Sweet, bready malt aromas combine with rich flavors of dark fruit, brown sugar, caramel, and sweet nuts. Truly a beer for the ages, Big Dick’s Olde Ale matures gracefully in the cellar as fruity, estery flavors and mineral notes emerge while the hop bitterness gradually subsides. Delightful on its own or as a digestif with a hand-rolled cigar, Big Dick’s is a delicious pairing for hearty good and cigars alike.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2007
Arcadia Big Dick’s Olde Ale 22 oz bomber Moderate pour in an English Pint 2006 Vintage, slurped on 03/07 Poured a hazy amber brown with a small off-white head. Smelt of strong dates, raisins, burnt oak, cognac, caramel, sweet bread, honey. A lot happening here. Very nice. Taste was upfront strong bitter roasted malt and moderate sweet caramel and dried fruit followed by a strong bitter horseblanket and yeastiness with light pine hops on a long finish. Palate was light to medium bodied, slightly oily, lively carbonated and moderately astringent. Overall, a fantastic smell and a good all around flavor, just lacks a little mouthweight and richness in flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Darkover (1524) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2007
Dark red color with a small beige head. Aroma of sweet malts with notes of yeast and fruit. Flavor of malt and vegtable/mintyness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAR 13, 2007
Thanks to whoever brought this to share with us at the Tennessee Spring(ish) Tasting! Poured a hazy brown with an off-white head. Aroma of fresh apples and a hint of alcohol. The flavor was fruity with slightly roasted malts mixed in. Medium body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5250) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2007 Ok, I am at least keeping the bottle for the rating. This is not a company I am particularly fond but I decided to try this one none the less. Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a murky dark brown color with a large tan head. The aroma was rather faint but had elements of sweet caramel and molasses. The flavor was bitter, and fruity at first followed by a sweet caramel, molasses and ripe fruit element. and finishing with a dry and somewhat bitter roasty chocolate. Fairly complex and interesting though I found that I enjoyed the beer less and less with each sip.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
freekyp (1564) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 12, 2007
UPDATED: APR 8, 2007 Big Dick’s hides its hefty alcoholic kick (8%) rather well. Hoppier than most old ales, it takes a decidedly American twist using northwest hops. It still retains a malty slightly leathery malt character, but is less sweet than other old ale entries, making it, ultimately, more drinkable. Perhaps not true to the style, Big Dick’s represents a daring and different approach. Maple plays a strong part in the malt character, while resiny hops provide an ample kick and an almost drying finish. My only complaint is the non-existent head and rather boring auburn appearance. Some carbonation is present, but no eye candy tells you that this brew is better than the rest. I applaud the effort, but it still needs a little work.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Bottle at the Knoxville Spring(ish) tasting, where puns on the beer’s name abound. Pours hazy reddish brown. The aroma is pepper, zest, plum, and yeast. The flavor is honey, sage, and light caramel. The finish is slightly carbonic, maybe even tannic. Not my favorite interpretation of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
presario (4817) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 11, 2007
Trade with kmweaver. Big bottle shared with my son. Dusty copper with a thin lasting head. Layer of brown sediment left in the bottle. Light malt aroma. Breath deep and you catch notes of alcohol and orange. Brown sugar almost maple syrup flavour. Doesn’t taste like 8% although there is an mild alcohol presence and a hint of Buckley’s cough syrup..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Suttree (5407) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 11, 2007
Cloudy brown, decent white head. Nutty, alcoholly aroma, plus a hint of rotting fruit (not in a entirely horrible way, though) Some woodsy, piney notes in the flavor. Seems a bt too understated, which seems out of place in a Old Ale called "Big Dick’s". Oddly, it actually seems to lose character as it warms.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NachlamSie (2908) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2007
Bottle sampled with the fine gentlemen at the Knoxville Spring(ish) tasting. Oh, our modern interpretations of Old Ales are all over the map. I was hoping for something pretty good here. Starts out with a hazy brown pour with no head and quick, spotty lacing on the walls of the snifter. The aroma is very rich of fresh plums and vegetal tones with a buried meatiness. This is much lighter on the palate than I had expected with some unpleasant metallic, vegetal overtones. Some dry, vinous, grape flavors come through and a dash of chocolate. This is par at best.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Burrobuns (83) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAR 5, 2007
Pours brown with a small head. Aroma is terrible - malt and stinky feet, as has been said before. Initial tastes were promising. I made it about half way through a 650ml bottle before giving up. When I poured it out a bunch of sugar had settled to the bottom. Do not waste your time with this beer.

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