marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - MAR 28, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is dry hay, musty somewhat earthy. Color is deep reddish brown, fairly opaque, quickly diminishing head. Flavor is dry, bitter, light spiciness, cinnamon like flavor, some yeast is noticeable, roasted nutty malt quality, perhaps a bit of dried fruit. Palate is creamy in the mouth but dry on the finish. Pretty good, better than the sum if its parts.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not a bad Old Ale. Nut, hop, and roasted malt flavors. Finishes thin, and a little watery.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - MAR 24, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish brown, moderate head with decent lacing and retention. Aroma is very raisiny with notes of molasses, caramel, more dark fruits. Fairly light bodied, quite sweet... would probably get some portlike characteristics if aged. Enjoyable but too light.
thegreenrooster (3566) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 23, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is a dark woth with a smallish white head. Aroma is extrelemy hoppy for an old ale but this only helps. I also get some caramel and yeast. Flavor is very much dark fruit with some caramel and molasses. Very tasty and easy to drink. Alcohol does not get in the way.
xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Darkover (1528) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark red color with a small beige head. Aroma of sweet malts with notes of yeast and fruit. Flavor of malt and vegtable/mintyness.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAR 13, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5594) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2007
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
freekyp (1673) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 12, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAR 12, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.