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Arcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale - Arcadia Brewing Company

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430 Ratings
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Ratings: 430
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 11
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
OG 1080; 28 IBU
Formerly called Arcadia Scotch Ale

(Beer added by: zerk on 10-02-2002)
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Reviews by GuinnessAtRogerWilco:
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GuinnessAtRogerWilco

New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev +1.9%

12oz bottle given to me by my sales rep to check out. Poured into a Chimay goblet.

AP: Dark muddy brown colour. Not much of a head on this, only about 1/8" right after the pour which quickly fizzled to just a sliver around the rim.
AR: Dark fruits (raisin, fig, black cherry), toffee, licorice, brown sugar, brown bread and a hint of vanilla. Faint Earthy hops in the background.
T: Taste is a bit thicker and sweeter than the nose led me to believe, which is fine. It's not an overly sweet beer, nor would I call it straight up sweet, but it does have some sugary sweetness to it. I also get some molasses in the taste along with the other aromas I described above. Nice little soft note of bitter Earthy hops on the aftertaste, not enough to balance the sweetness but enough to let you know it's there.
M: Low carbonation, medium body which with the sweetness and ABV of this beer I would say the body is a bit lighter than I would expect it to be, smooth and silky on the palate. Finish is kind of off dry, it doesn't coat your tongue with sticky flavours like you might think.
OV: Decent flavours and very drinkable, hides the ABV well. Not as chewy as I'd like it to be. A good sipper for a cold night.

09-24-2013 04:19:20 | More by GuinnessAtRogerWilco
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oberon

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +12.6%

Pours a tawny brown with a slightly off white head,aroma is rainy and fruity with almost a vanolla note.Taste is of burnt fruit and raisins with a biscuit malt back bone with a pleasant soft fruitiness thru the finish.A real nice night cap beer even better than expected,another good one from Arcadia.

03-23-2004 02:27:11 | More by oberon
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -5.8%

Appearance – This poured a nice brown in color with a big, full head.

Smell – I picked up some light peat and smoke along with some caramel undertones to go along with the lightly-toasted malt base.

Taste – The caramel sweetness from the nose came out well at the taste along with the other aromatic notes.

Mouthfeel – This was light to medium in the body. I thought the flavors were a little clumsy here and could have been better blended.

Drinkability – I was hoping for something a bit more “wee heavy” out of this one, but it was a tasty Scotch Ale nevertheless.

04-26-2004 01:11:06 | More by RoyalT
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78CJ


3/5  rDev -17.6%

03-09-2012 21:52:11 | More by 78CJ
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WuAnquo1

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

01-07-2012 18:12:28 | More by WuAnquo1
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

2.58/5  rDev -29.1%

Pours a very dark brown, giving way to burgundy hues when held up to light. Small, light brown head that retains very well for what's there. Aroma is very earthy, very malty, figs, citrus notes. Taste is characterized by a very off flavor. Slightly sour and tart and just way off. Underneath that, their is earthy malty flavors and finishes with a dry hop, bitter flavor. Subtle Peat Moss on the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is kind of light bodied for the style in my opinion. Very carbonated and dry finish. Fair drinkability. Better Scotch Ales out there. I'm not sure what that off flavor that gets in the way of the taste is all about.

02-10-2008 00:18:53 | More by Doomcifer
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BuckeyeSlim

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

07-25-2014 06:18:22 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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Billolick

New York

3.65/5  rDev +0.3%

12 ouncer, w/o freshness info being offered, pours dark amber, under a dark tan head, decent retention, minor lacing. The nose is boldly of cola and malt.Malty sweet brew, notes of ripe fruits, vanilla, and honey. Not the most interesting of styles, IMHO, but this one is servicable, drinkable and represents a decent sessioner.

06-12-2007 00:33:31 | More by Billolick
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%

Appearance: chestnut brown with no head and minimal carbonation. It looks like it is just sitting there in the glass.

Smell: earth, malt, a bit of wood, to me it smells like chardonnay

Taste: sweet chocolate malt and a touch of wood, a slight touch of grapefruit

Mouthfeel: heavy, dry, a bitter start with a sweet finish

Drinkability: To me this tastes like the beer equivalent of chardonnay--dry, a bit sour, and a bit sweet..a complex beer that I could have two of in a sitting, but not much more...I think it is good for its style.

01-11-2009 07:02:29 | More by tigg924
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sm0key

Michigan

5/5  rDev +37.4%

11-15-2011 18:49:03 | More by sm0key
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jsolack

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +13.5%

Appearance:
Very dark brown... looks slightly hazy. Rich head.

Smell:
Slight butterscotch scent. Lighter smell than I would think.

Taste:
Very smooth and sweet taste. Carmal flavor... mild sweet bitterness and alcohol in finish. Very nice.

Mouthfeel:
Thick and coating in mouth. Carbonation is mild and that works well with taste.

Drinkability:
This is a very tastey beer. Goes down smooth and leaves you wanting more! Quenches thirst well.

03-07-2004 22:12:56 | More by jsolack
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

11-14-2011 15:53:54 | More by bpfrush
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%

Dark brown appearance with chestnut-colored highlights. Smallish head, last about half a minute at the most. Very little lace to speak of. Impressively malty aroma, accompanied by a little anise and tobacco as well. Mouthfeel is medium along with carbonation, fairly hefty but not at all sticky. Candyish flavors, caramel, candy popcorn with a touch of diacetyl, slightly cashew nutty. Just a slight sense of bitterness, no real chance to put a finger on the hop impression. Pretty good beer at hanging on to its flavor and agreeable mouthfeel, dries a bit to a dusky unsweetened cocoa at the close. An enjoyable brew.

09-06-2005 22:40:34 | More by ADR
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%

Undated 2013(?) bottle poured with some vigor into a snifter.

Clear despite a coat of sediment on the bottom of the bottle. Only a thin tan head with weak retention, but some spotty lacing.

Rich, malty aroma and flavor with an excellent finish and aftertaste. Lightly sweet well into the aftertaste. Some dark fruit. Peppry with faint hints of other spices.

Feel: medium+ body; fine, low carbonation.

O: Nicely true to style, particularly the malty aroma, but with the higher ABV a bit more obvious. Best ale I've had from this brewery.

11-19-2013 23:44:08 | More by chinchill
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Shovelbum

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%

Pours a thin tan head over a black body. Aromas of musty roasted grain and faint dark fruit. The flavor isn’t nearly as acrid, and is actually quite well rounded. Smooth sweet caramel malt up front. Bits of plum and other dark fruit mingle with a tea-like bitterness, a bit of tobacco and light peat. Despite that laundry list, there's good flavor harmony. Mild bitterness. Full-bodied, but not nearly as sweet or slick as some high shilling ales. Low carbonation. Slightly crisp with a slightly drying finish.

Quite a bit of depth and complexity in the flavor. A bit more balanced than some Scotch Ales, in that the malty sweetness isn’t as much of a presence. Still, this is a big beer. It has generous amounts of malt that have several interesting and well-blended flavor characteristics.

03-16-2006 01:44:23 | More by Shovelbum
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Brenden

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +15.9%

From notes...

This beer is a deep, opaque bronze with red-brown in the depth. A light reddish-brown head reaches just over one finger high. Retention and lacing are good.
Malts are big in the aroma here with a light, obviously present but not overbearing alcohol note. Underneath is some chocolate and caramel sweetness and a hint of nuts and a touch of raisin/prune.
The beauty of this one is how well everything melds together as well as the complexity and the excellent balancing of the hops, flavorfully adding a floral and earthy bitterness to balance the sweeter and boozier aspects. Otherwise all the caramel, toffee and dark fruits one would expect are here, along with a melding of light chocolate and slight nutty flavors.
Each swallow starts crisp and melds into a nocely smooth, medium-full body and ends in a lingering semi-dry finish.
This one is a bit underrated in my opinion and one of the best I've had from this brewery thus far.

02-15-2011 20:40:32 | More by Brenden
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cynical1027

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

02-20-2012 21:22:30 | More by cynical1027
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

2.17/5  rDev -40.4%

Arcadia- Scottish Ale

Appearance- Reddish brown (looks like cola) with an enormous head That won't go down.
Smell- Sweet caramel malt with corn syrup.
Taste- Like flat coca-cola. Caramel malt and coke syrup.
Mouthfeel- Flat and sweet. Sour aftertaste.

Overall- tasted like flat coke thats been in the fridge for a month. Bleech.

04-15-2007 18:27:18 | More by NJpadreFan
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DruC4

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3%

01-04-2013 03:17:21 | More by DruC4
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Magpie14

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev -4.4%

A: large amounts of copper-orange and red from a chestnut earthy brown, slight transparency at the base of my glass. Capped off with dusty white foam with average retention. Bits and pieces of lace

S: nose is very subtle considering the style. Still, the stalwart scents of malted caramel and big roasted notes exist. Light herbal notes are present as well

T: my taste buds unlock plenty of toasted malts and caramel with some bread hints. Even more pronounced than the nose is the herbal tea-like flavors, in addition they finish with a soft bitterness. All in all this is not a very complex brew. No real depth of flavors. This is a sessionable Wee Heavy, although it's hardly "heavy" in terms. It is more assertively hopped than others within the style

M: slick and mild. Medium body has no quarrels. Very easy to drink, especially at room temp. At 8% this is very doable...and troublesome

O: I grab this brew only a few times a year for a change of pace. Overall, nothing I really crave within this one. Not as complex as it should be. Needs a little boost in flavor and complexity

05-22-2011 16:26:25 | More by Magpie14
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev -6.6%

Muddy auburn brown with a thin dirty beige head.
Nose full of blackberry brandy, grungy caramel, and prunes.
Starts all full of molasses and caramel and toffee and brown sugar. Prunes and raisins loudly join the gathering sweetness. Development is stunted from this moment onward. Sure, its a bit doughier towards the middle, and the Fuggles impart a tiny grassy bitterness at the close. But nothing significant happens from that point forth. Except that blackberry brandy appears again around the swallow.
Rotund and robust in the mouth with minimal carbonation.
It's not really a good Scotch Ale. It's malty, yes. But it's hamfisted, grabby, and off-balance. I'd like a little earthiness and smoke to balance the sweet. Even McEwan's does this better.
Marginal as is.

06-28-2004 20:34:07 | More by cokes
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -21.7%

Nice black colour, with a bit of head. But did not deliver but a faint taste of licorice and molasses. Malt. Recently bought. Some numbing carbonation. Medium mouthfeel. More of an Inoffensive brown ale, particularly since licorice on the aftertaste.

09-25-2005 02:37:45 | More by Sammy
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pmcadamis

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -3%

A - A 1/2 inch cap reduces to a wispy haze within a few seconds, and in the process does something that I've never seen before...the right half of the head disappeared five or six seconds before the left half. Asymmetrical reduction? What's up with that? Anyhow, the beer itself is a dark brown color that shows hazelnut highlights. No real lace is left on the glass.

S - Dark grape jam notes...almost like that dark blueberry pancake syrup that you can get at IHOP. Some earthy notes and a hint of chocolate are there too. Alcohol is detectable, and there aren't many hop notes here.

T - Boy is that sweet! Wow. Tastes like heavy molasses and pancake syrup mixed with some muddy earth and loads of rich dark chocolate. This is boozy as hell, and that adds to the cognac-like viscosity of this brew. Tastes like higher than 7.5% to me. I was really disappointed with the look and smell, but this is stepping it up a few notches!

M - Heavy, viscous, and extremely boozy. This feels like motor oil in my mouth! Carbonation is almost non-existant, but what little tingle there is helps keep this from being too fat and flabby. The alcohol also helps keep this from feeling too dead and heavy, but that being said this is one hefty motherf*cker.

D - Since I love scotch, bourbon, and even the occasional cognac I have a special place in my heart for big heavy booze bombs, and although 7.5% isn't really outrageous, this beer sure tastes like it's more alcohol laced than that figure suggests. Many will be put off by the motor oil and brandy mixture, and this is surely not a session brew.

12-22-2007 05:40:54 | More by pmcadamis
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

Arcadia Scotch Ale pours a very dark chocolate "black" body beneath a huge dollop of creamy dark tan foam that shortly dies down into a thin, thick head. The retention is good but the lacing could be better (must be due to the alcohol).

The nose is grainy with a hint of roasted barley, some very dark chocolate notes, and perhaps even a bit of smoke.

The body is full, and it's creamy and smooth across the palate.

In the mouth, it's richly malty, sweetish, caramelish, and delicately fruity and floral with a bit of anise as well... surprisingly complex, yet still right on for the style - this one gives the Scottish quite a run for their money!

Worth trying. Arcadia does well with English styles, and apparently Scottish styles as well!

05-30-2008 07:29:06 | More by NeroFiddled
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GDBEERMAN

Colorado

3.23/5  rDev -11.3%

12oz bottle of fresh winter 2010 "Loch Down".
A: A good deep brown to black body with slight red hues around the edges. Head holds well and lace is almost non-existing.
S: A nice example of the classic elements, but a strange chalky note. Good bit of intensity.
T/M: The front is a watery and almost vacant sensation until a sweetness of the body hits and throws in a bit of a caramel, barley note. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and too smooth. Finish is short and on the low intensity side of things.
D: Does not really have me running back for more, even so the rest of the beer was a bit off thinking about the false and empty front on this beer. Element all a bit short on this one.

12-18-2010 06:32:50 | More by GDBEERMAN
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Arcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
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