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RATINGS: 308   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 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 (4903) - 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 (6099) - 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 (3294) - 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAR 4, 2007
(bottle) Brown with hints of red. Off white head fades quickly. Aroma is sweetish malt and vegetables. Flavor is some malt, and again with the vegetables. Can’t say I analyzed it too much - I poured it out after a few sips.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
blankboy (7268) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2007
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry & GregClow -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Man, what a cheesy label. Pours a murky ruby-brown with an average size diminishing off-white head. Mild aroma is malty, fruity and toasty with some brown sugar and chocolate -- pretty nice. Flavour of dark malt, light hops, a little toasty and, whoa, there’s the booze -- I didn’t expect that from the aroma. Watery body, too thin for the style. Started off well but it was ultimately disappointing.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jonwayne4883 (401) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2007
had high hopes for this beer and ended up disappointed. taste is nothing extraordinary and comes off almost flat.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
cathcacr (646) - Oregon, USA - FEB 22, 2007
Ironic name for such a half-limp, over-sold beer. This one spoke softly but failed to carry . . . . Trying to guess the mild fruit in there . . . grapes? Head receded so fast I had to douse it with Rogaine. Must have succeeded only in diminishing the palate and flavor, as this was thin and watery afterwards. Or perhaps it was an improvement? I can’t control for this Rogaine factor to really know. Maybe needs some Viagra?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - FEB 19, 2007
22 oz bottle via Ogglethorpe (thanks!). Pours a semi-hazy dark reddish brown with a small beige head. Nose is fruity, malty, sour. And that is exactly how it tastes with an overcarbonated hoppy but tart finish. Light/medium body. Eeehhh, next.

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