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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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BA SCORE
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259 Reviews
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Reviews: 259
Hads: 501
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.88%
Wants: 12
Gots: 43 | 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:
Beer added by: zerk on 10-02-2002

OG 1080; 28 IBU
Formerly called Arcadia Scotch Ale
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Reviews: 259 | Hads: 501
Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.72/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Dark brown with an very dirty brown head, along with a good amount of lacing along the sides. Almost has the appearance of an Imperial Stout

Smell - Very rich peated scotch, caramel, toffee, yeasts and sweet malts. The malt is very strong with this one.

Taste - Robust caramel, toffee, scotch, yeasts and malts. Very sweet tasting even by Scotch Ale standards thanks to the strong malty backbone, and being incredibly delicious at the same time.

Mouthfeel - Fairly thick body but free from carbonation, so this feels incredibly creamy and it goes along with the flavor perfectly

Overall - Perhaps the best scotch ale I have ever had because it does so many things right with it's flavor and body, along with the rich aroma that comes along with it. I can't wait to try more from Arcadia Brewing! (838 characters)

Photo of maddamish
4.57/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of the best scotch ale's in existence. Please do whatever you can to pick this one up.

Highlights:

Taste: This beer has it in spades. Dark fruits are the dominant in this beer. Raisin and grape are present as well as a bit of fig. There is also the barest hint of butterscotch in the aftertaste. This beer is fun to contemplate with all this flavor present.

I know this beer is at only 7.5% abv but you can really taste the alcohol. This isn’t a bad thing with this beer. The alcohol really complements dark fruitiness.

Fig is the dominate in the nose with brown sugar bringing backup support.

The Arcadia Scotch Ale is a masterful beer by a great brewery. Thanks! (693 characters)

Photo of chilidog
4.55/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, Many thanks to CRJMellor for this sample. An overlooked brewery on my part, this Scotch Ale has opened my interest. It pours a very dark ruby that cascades to a soft, small tan head. No lace is left behind. A sweet aroma of butterscotch malt show's the way. This beer is smooth, easy to drink even-though the alcohol level is up. The taste has a soft alcohol hint to it. The taste is more of a candied beer. Lots of malt, mixed well with caramel, toffee and even a hint of vanilla in the sweetness. The mouth is pleased with a butter-like feel. Dispite the ABV, this would make a good anytime beer or at least a good dessert beer. (635 characters)

Photo of ultralarry2006
4.53/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves a one finger biege head that eventually fades into a foam ring at the edge, and there is no lacing. Body is a handsome dark brown.

Smell - dates, raisins, plums, figs, and some spicy alcohol. Mouthwatering.

Taste - as promised by the nose. Dates, raisins, plums, and figs, with a small amount of spicy alcohol. There is a tiny bit of a lemony hop bite on the finish, and also some pitted fruit lingers on the finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - full bodied, smooth, and semi-dry.

Drinkability - this is very good ale, and the abv renders it borderline sessionable. (611 characters)

Photo of malty
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear ruby-copper color with a very thin cream-colored head. Faint and slow moving carbonation.

Scents of Concord grape jelly and peated whiskey malts. After a few more swirls a syrupy plumy aroma is evoked.

Apparent sweet dark roasted malt flavors mixed with a nice encore of the peat makes itself noticed once again. A welcome warmth starts to build-up in the middle of my chest, as I'm halfway through the pint. There's a very unorthodox (for this style) hop presence, which offsets the sweet roasted malts at just the right time. Notes of leather and oak in the finish leaving a tingling on the sides on my tongue, as if I were sipping on a dram of Oban single malt scotch.

Mouthfeel is superb. The carbonation is a notch above normal (again, for this style), which keep the flavors swirling and kinetic. The hops provide a swift dryness to the finish, coupled by the masterful array of sweet, dark and faintly smoky malts.

The medium body and the playful (but very tamed) carbonation make this a joy to drink. Put me fireside with this one and I'd be happy all night.

Overall a stunningly original and poised example of this style. There have been too many overly cloying and syrupy renditions to where I've almost avoided diving back into this style. I'm certainly glad I gave this one a try. Only wish I would have tried it in November, but better late than never! (1,396 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one pours with some viscosity. It creates a ruby brown beer with a light brown head. The head recedes to a tight coating that leaves sparse lace. The aroma is pretty thick. Chocolate, smoke, tobacco juice and rum come to mind. This beer has a big and full body. Creamy texture. Feels great in the mouth. The taste is very nice. Chocolate and peat characteristics mix nicely. The English malts lay a great foundation of toffee and toasted flavors. I really like this one. I've been drinking it for 5 minutes and it's almost gone.

Thanks marburg. (553 characters)

Photo of sacrelicio
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good scotch ale. Pours a nice dark brown with reddish highlights into my DT tulip. Nice, tan head, not much lacing.

Smells very nice. Tart, citrusy fruits, sauvignon blanc wine scents, funky cheddar, leather, cedar, spice, nuts, vanilla. Complex and interesting.

The taste is fruity, alcoholic, leathery, spicy, cedary. Very white wine like. Unusual but very nice.

Mouthfeel is rich and full. Very, very good.

Drinkabilty is very good. A good starter scotch ale, or easy standby for scotch ale fans. (516 characters)

Photo of zerk
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber brown, with almost no head... looks just like it should. Aroma of smoked peat, caramel, and alcohol. Quite pleasant on the tongue: sweet caramel notes to begin with, followed by some light smoke flavor, just a touch of bitterness, and some noticable alcohol. Has a nice warming effect. Full bodied with low carbonation. An excellent representation of a Strong Scottish Ale. (392 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown, even darker than cola colored body, head fades in the blink of an eye, until nothing is left except a couple of specks on the dark surface. Smell is sweet and malty, and a smell similar to potting soil (not in a bad way, though). Taste is sweet, with carmel, sweet apples, a touch of alcohol, and some slightly nutty flavors. Mouthfeel has a low carbonation level, but this is a very smooth drinking, yet strong and delicious beer. This makes up for the Battle Creek Reserve disaster that I recently had from Arcadia. (534 characters)

Photo of cbreitro
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this beer on a trip to Upstate New York. Had no idea about the brewery, but I had not had it before and it looked interesting.
I was pleasantly surprised with the beer. It has a dark brown color, not quite as dark as a porter. Smelled very malty, and the taste was excellent. It has a very rich, toasted malty taste - not too sweet.
I only had one. I think it would be a bit much to sit down with a few of them. (422 characters)

Photo of marcobrau
4.37/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Wow, this very dark red ale has a big malt aroma! I pour the beer into my glass and it burst with a malt aroma laced with toffee, peatiness and leather. The taste is wonderfully complex, with all the maltiness that one would expect in a Scotch Ale combined with a huge toffee-caramel character along with a slightly chewy date-like fruitiness. All of these flavors are wrapped up nicely towards the finish, which a wine-like fruity and spicy finish that is very pleasant with just the right amount hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is luxurious and smooth, with just the right amount of carbonation that enhances the appearance, leaving a persistent collar of foam down to the last sip. Perhaps this is a little more estery than "real" Scotch Ale (from Scotland) and maybe a touch "husky" in the finish as it warms up (that last sip), but it's delicious nonetheless.

This is really an outstanding beer. (899 characters)

Photo of matjack85
4.37/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL as part of a build your own six pack for $9.99, so that would make each selection $1.67. My label is completely different from the one on the BA web page as mine has a picture of a Scottish castle on top of a hill rather than a coat of arms, but I'm sure it's the same beer judging from the alcohol content, color, and other features common with other reviewers here. No freshness date.

The beer poured a nice dark chestnut brown color, but only made a ½-finger of beige head and left very little lacing.

Very nice smell with lots of roasted malt, molasses, dark fruits, and a bit of alcohol.

Good malty backbone with sweet caramel and molasses leading the way, followed by plum and raisin fruit notes, and a very noticeable and warming alcohol finish. Tea-like hops provide a mild bitterness for balance. I loved it.

The mouthfeel may be the best part of all. A smooth and creamy texture create a medium to full bodied brew, and the medium carbonation level is perfect. There's enough alcohol to make it feel like a warm liqueur going down your throat.

At 8% abv it's definitely not sessionable, but it sure is a great and tasty sipper. I highly recommended trying this one. (1,260 characters)

Photo of claytri
4.37/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hearty brown with a light tan head. The aroma is of strong sweet malt. The beer tastes of sweet malt with a bit of alcohol burn in the back. The feel is heavy and wet. This is a good drinkable scotch ale. It would do equally well with strong meats or as a session beer if you don't mind the ABV. (312 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown with auburn highlights. As most casks do produced a fairly frothy amber head that died down and left loads of lace on the glass. Aroma dominated by heavy, peaty malt, liquor, butterscotch and hints of banana or clove. Main difference between other versions is that the peaty malt flavor is more mellow but more complex.
Flavors of heavy deep malt with peat highlights, not sweet but earthy and chewy. Minimal bitterness at the very end.
Mouthfeel is very smooth and alcohol warming very apparent. Absolutely delicious, which I could find it more often. (576 characters)

Photo of edbeered
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this in a bottle at my local watering hole. One could smell the sweet malty aroma typical of Scotch ales. The head was minimal with little lace on the glass. The color was a deep amber burgandy hue. The taste was the aroma magnified. It had a glorious sweet malty toasty taste. The sweetness was not cloying. The body was a little thin, but this made it even more drinkable. A fine effort from a brewery I'm not overly familiar with(I hope to remedy that). (462 characters)

Photo of beerluvr
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out with a miniscule ivory head, opaque brownish liquid lies beneath. The nose is fruity and malty-sweet. Flavors of tart cherry, chocolate, roasty malt and a stealthy hopping combine for a bold, big-tasting Scotch Ale. Thr finish is caramelly and fruity...banana perhaps? A top notch Scotch, even though I'm not a huge fan of the style this was maybe the best I've ever had the pleasure to quaff.

Props to CRJMellor for the bottle. (447 characters)

Photo of jmbranum
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with light tan head.

Aroma is thick with maple and caramel notes.

Flavor is rich. Some maple. Lots of lingering sweetness. Some red wine,,molasses, very toasted malt,,little bit of hops are in the background.

Little bit of dark xhocolate. Lots of alcoholic warmth.

Medium smooth mouthfedl.

(Bought in manhattan,kansas. Enjoyed at home in oklahoma city) (368 characters)

Photo of BlackAngus
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Rich tan head, two fingers thick, that lasts a while. Deep amber color.

S - Caramel, toasted malt, bready yeast aroma.

T - Sweet, caramel flavor, nice hop balance. Dark fruits, rich maltiness.

M - Nice smooth medium body, fairly clean. Nice carbonation.

D - Very drinkable, the alcohol is nearly indistinguishable. Could be dangerous. ;-) (354 characters)

Photo of marburg
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This isn't a particularly loud or boisterious brew. It seems content to be mellow. But that's not to be mistaken for lacking in depth of character. Arcadia Scotch Ale has a creamy milkshake feel to it, primarily in the nose. Oaky wood chips and buttery smoothness. Deep and robust flavor reminds me of malted milk balls and sweet, sugar-coated mixed-nuts -- almonds perhaps? Down to earth peanut butter smoothness. Surprisingly, this isn't that heavy of a brew. And the alcohol hides itself well behind smoked woodchips and malty sweetness. Balanced to perfection; you simply can't tell where one phase of this beer ends and another begins. (640 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours reddish-brown on the light side. Difficult to determine the clarity. Moderate head; nearly no lace

Sweet brown malt aromas. This has the hint of alcohol potential.

The taste starts with a crystal/chocolate malt flavor. This quickly moves to a bitter black patent flavoring. Soft hop balance in the swallow. The aftertaste is similar to mocha. Full bodied with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

This is a smooth Scotch Ale. It is not as sweet as most, but it is full of big flavor. (493 characters)

Photo of cretemixer
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This offering from Arcadia pours a deep mahogony with ruby highlights noticable when held up to a light source. A dark tan head fades to a thin layer almost instantly. Some spotty lace is left on my glass.

Smoky roasted malt aroma, like sifting through the wet ashes after a bonfire. Some grassiness as well and a toasted bread aroma.

Taste is malty and ever so slightly bitter. Smooth with a slight mollasses sweetness.

Medium to full body with minimal carbonation. Nice smooth mouthfeel.

This is one very tasty and drinkable beer. So far my favorite from Arcadia. (577 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
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. (950 characters)

Photo of bamadog
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to admit that I was a little disappointed to see that the average rating for this beer is only a B (at least as of the date of my review), as I found it to be an excellent find. Review is from notes taken on 4/8/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark caramel (burnt kind of color) brown; starts with a one finger tan head that fades rather quickly to a thin, uneven, incomplete skim; body is dark and nearly opaque, but it does show sufficient dark mahogany highlights when held to the light; fair washes and spots of lacing are left holding to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Nice and quite strong! Strong hints of sweet caramel malts; a bit of a wet grainy and peaty/mossy scent; mild whiff of vaporous alcohol.

Taste: What a find! Nice balance of flavors that are true to the style -- nice sweet caramel malts with a firm balance of that tall, wet graininess and a slight hint of smokey peat and moss; a bit of a cola like sweetness as it warms just a little bit, but it's still largely subdued and doesn't overwhelm the palate and allows the other flavors to rule it as they do.

Mouthfeel: A chewy mouthfeel with a medium weight in the body; carbonation is fairly strong, but not sharp and it keeps a fairly thick body quite lively; a nice thick coating of stickiness is all over the roof of the mouth and holds the malty flavors quite well in the aftertaste; belly is left a little warm.

Drinkability: I'm so stoked that I picked this beer up! A solid scotch ale at a very reasonable price ($1.65/bottle); great flavors, solid smell and mouthfeel -- I could really sip on this all day, and even more so when the weather turns chilly. (1,689 characters)

Photo of ModemMisuser
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle was purchased from Siciliano's in Grand Rapids during a road trip. I whipped up a mixed 6-pack of MI brews, and this was the one I chose from Arcadia. I'm on a Scottish/Scotch ale kick... :D

Appearance is very dark brown, mildly cloudy. I wasn't able to evaluate the head formation or retention, as I split the bottle with my wife. We use small sample glasses for this, and thus never get much head.

Aroma... Medium-dark malts. Chocolate. Mild-to-moderate alcohol.

The beer had a medium body, fairly low carbonation.

Taste was of caramel, a slight bourbon-y note, and did I mention caramel. I mainly got caramel from the flavor, with a medium alcohol character. Not barleywine-like, definitely more mild than that, but alcohol was noted.

Overall a good Wee Heavy; would like the chance to try it on tap sometime. (825 characters)

Photo of irish53b
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. The label on the neck says Premium Two-Row Malted Barley and Premium NW Hops. The larger label features a notched freshness marker, but not a way to decipher it. Mine was notched D3

The beer develops half a pinky's thickness in head, it dissipates slowly but leaves a ring on the sides that lasts throughout. The color is a dark bourbon or brandy color.

The smell is bit on the clean side but some plum and spiced cake notes come through.

The taste is quite good, very citrus with a caramel sweetness to finish the roasted notes are not as pronounced as in most scotch ales but it has a peppery finish on the lips that I highly enjoy.

The mouthfeel is somewhat slick and medium in weight. The carbonation breaks up the slickness and is enjoyable.

I enjoyed two back to back. The high ABV may make it a non-cession brew, but the beer is nicely balanced and doesn't wear out the palate. The pepper finish and elevated ABV remind me of a fine whiskey. (991 characters)

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Arcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.