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RATINGS: 303   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Big Dickís 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 Dickís 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 Dickís is a delicious pairing for hearty good and cigars alike.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
mynameisjonas (206) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2007
great beer from arcadia. dark in colour. very faint vanilla taste. its good stuff

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BigBeer45 (1301) - Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2007
Bomber, pours dark ruby, fragrance of darl malts, lots of sweet malt, some caramel, faint vanila, port wine, molasses, sweet bouquet, taste of dark malt, light alcohol, dark candy, medium carbonation on the tongue, little apple juice, alcohol gets bigger as it warms.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
imanerd (37) - Novi, Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2007
Hardly what i was expecting. If aged it wouldnít really benefit. There was very little substance to it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 28, 2007
UPDATED: APR 5, 2007 Hazy, dull cherrywood pour with copper hues. Quickly diminishing white head. Old ale? Hardly. Aroma is light malts, really light all around. Hints at floral hops, cherries and whiskey. Hard to assess, I wonder if something is being deliberately hidden. Flavor is more fruit juice and wimpy malts. Light on the palate, would be very easy to drink if it actually tasted good. This doesnít smell, look or taste like a well made old ale, or one at all. Lively carbonation in the mouthfeel is almost too much and really seals this oneís fate as a failure. Nothing offensive, nothing interesting. Drab.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2007
Courtesy fantomas23. Dark copper in color with a thin white head. The aroma took some time to find. Very mild citrusy hop aroma (lemon/orange) was present. Medium-bodied, a little undercarbonated. Taste had malt in front, a bit of smoke, dark fruit, but way in the background. OK, but the aromas and flavors were a bit muted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2007
Courtesy fantomas23. Thanks Adam. Pours a hazy dark amber with a light bubbly head. The nose was kind of tough to put a finger on. get a slight sourness, light fruits, and orange. Its an old ale so it wasnt very aggressive, pretty mellow. I picked up some light hops, light malts, a little tannic fruits, and a little bitterness in the finish as well. Overall pretty decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 19, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2007 22 Oz Bottle. Faint wisp of tangy old lemon malt. A nip salty and an edge of weak oats. A touch of grassy hop leaf. Really not all that enticing. Deep ruddy pour, clean with opalescent golden fringes, with a froth of ivory. Flavor is a nice, warm cream with banana skins, lightly toasted almonds and a nip of bourbon fudge. Malty character is a little wheaty with some faint grain oils. Realitvely light bodied, with heavy drinkability, something I donít expect in the style. Cherry juice and a bite of oak fade out through a very lacking hop presence. A good platform, but I want more. More warmth, more character, more depth and a hint more hops. There is a very slight wild edge, which brings some unique turns. Overall, this leaves me wanting for a little more. Thanks Shaun!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2011 A rich, dark amber color, almost brown, with a thin, red-hued, tan head. Roasted caramel aroma predominates with milk, some chocolate, and licorice-like alcohol notes. It was work to extract any kind of aroma from this beer. Quite full-bodied, some warming alcohol, lots of dense sweetness to a honey-like concentration then balanced somewhat by a roasted component and a backgroung dark cherry fruit. This is a bit messy and could use some separation of the flavor components, a higher carbonation level to scrub the aroma a little more, and a higher hop bitterness for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2007
22 oz bottle. Dark amber in color. Aroma is mostly caramel malt, maybe a touch of smoke, and fruit. Taste is rich sweet caramel, some toast, dry biscuit like malt, toffee, and some fruit. sweet finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2007
Dark mahogany hue, nearly opaque, slim layer of creamy foam above. Nose: big, fat sweetness, huge fruit, bright cherries, melon, lavender, lightly funky, and sour, but not in a good way, a bit off... Taste: sweet fruit again, strawberries, and... cardboard? Really flat in the flavor, here, flat as in low carbonation, but really flat as in limpid and lacking energy, not what you look for in an old ale! A dud on the palate, just flaccid and forlorn. Big malt, small hops, with dull, drab flavor. Lacking snap, pizzazz, panache, just to start off the list. Iíd take this bottle and point it towards Bigfoot or Old Ruffian, or Bellís Third Coast Old Ale for some guidance, but this ainít cutting it! Bleh, ...Iím trying to finish the bottle, but not enjoying it in the least. Alcohol is warming, but doesnít stick out...finish is a drag, body is fullish, and disappointing...Sorry to go on and on about this, but I canít help but register my dismay. My salesrep says theyíre every bit as good as Bellís, but thatís wishful thinking o his part, and pure fantasy. I remember an early repro of the art for this label had a spear coming horizontally along the vicinity of "Big Dickís" crotch. Itís been removed. Due to false advertising, not bad taste. This one canít get it up. Wet cherry-stained cardboard. There it is, in four words. Sorry, I hate to hate, but I gotta call it as I see it.

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