Big Dick’s Olde Ale
Brewer: Arcadia, Kalamazoo, MI
Style: Old Ale
Big Dick’s Olde Ale was named in tribute to Richard Cœur de Lion (1157-1199), king of England, Duke of Normandy, Duke of Aquataine, Count of Anjou, etc. I doubt the man ever drank any, since it is an English style ale and the man spoke very little English and spent very short amounts of time in England, spending most of his life in France.
At any rate, the first rease(s?) of the ale were a part of the Big Beer series, which included Arcardia’s Shipwreck Porter and Cereal Killer Barleywine. Now they are being released in normal sized 12 oz bottles in packs of four.
The color of the beer is a beautiful auburn color. The nose is nice and malty, or should I say big and malty. It tastes like one expects a big malty ale to taste but then it takes a turn. It’s as if the road I was on ended suddenly and I found my car driving through a blackberry patch. No thorns, but a surprising hit of sweetness and tartness. I liked this the first time I drank it and a like it still.
The bottles have “2009 vintage” written on them, and given that they are at 9% ABV, I’m assuming these are suitable for aging. I think I’ll let these sit for a little while longer and come back to them in a few months.