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Arcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Loch Down Scotch AleArcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale

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82
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442 Ratings
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Ratings: 442
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 11
Gots: 16 | 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 MaltyGoodness:
Photo of MaltyGoodness
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a small tan head that thins. Mild, speckled lacing on the glass.

Caramel malty, earthy aroma with a nice nuttiness, a slight smoky smell, and a hint of heather. Herbal hops are also detectable.

Malty and nutty upfront with a light, pleasant smokiness. Mild bitterness and herbal hop flavor and a hint of heather. Finishes with a slight lingering nutty flavor and hop bitterness.

Full body, mild carbonation.

A solid and very drinkable Scotch ale. Happy to have discovered this nice domestic rendition of an under-represented (and under appreciated)style.

MaltyGoodness, Sep 11, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

oberon, Mar 23, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

RoyalT, Apr 26, 2004
Photo of 78CJ
3/5  rDev -17.6%

78CJ, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of WuAnquo1
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

WuAnquo1, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of Doomcifer
2.58/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Doomcifer, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

BuckeyeSlim, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of Billolick
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Billolick, Jun 12, 2007
Photo of tigg924
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

tigg924, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of sm0key
5/5  rDev +37.4%

sm0key, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of jsolack
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jsolack, Mar 07, 2004
Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Peat smoke nose with a suspicion of smoked fish,
Pours deep chestnut under a finely bubbled 1" tan head that dissipates to a thick film. leaves delicate lace.
Palate: smoke, roast malt, malt spice, light sweetness.
Full bodied, medium carbonation.
Drinkable, but not outstanding.

pat61, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of ADR
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ADR, Sep 06, 2005
Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

chinchill, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of Shovelbum
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Shovelbum, Mar 16, 2006
Photo of Brenden
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Brenden, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of cynical1027
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

cynical1027, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of NJpadreFan
2.17/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

NJpadreFan, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of DruC4
3.75/5  rDev +3%

DruC4, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of Magpie14
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

Magpie14, May 22, 2011
Photo of cokes
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

cokes, Jun 28, 2004
Photo of Sammy
2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Sammy, Sep 25, 2005
Photo of pmcadamis
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

pmcadamis, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

NeroFiddled, May 30, 2008
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Arcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
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