Arcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale - Arcadia Brewing Company
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4.75/5 rDev +30.5%
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!
08-26-2012 01:47:48 | More by NuclearDolphin
4.6/5 rDev +26.4%
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.
03-21-2004 17:10:15 | More by chilidog
4.58/5 rDev +25.8%
This is one of the best scotch ale's in existence. Please do whatever you can to pick this one up.
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 isnt 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!
05-18-2006 23:19:06 | More by maddamish
4.53/5 rDev +24.5%
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.
03-17-2004 03:58:01 | More by Bighuge
4.53/5 rDev +24.5%
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.
08-12-2007 13:31:04 | More by ultralarry2006
4.5/5 rDev +23.6%
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!
02-27-2006 01:49:18 | More by malty
4.47/5 rDev +22.8%
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.
09-29-2006 03:44:45 | More by sacrelicio
4.47/5 rDev +22.8%
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.
01-06-2003 19:19:08 | More by zerk
4.43/5 rDev +21.7%
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.
09-08-2005 03:32:40 | More by TastyTaste
4.4/5 rDev +20.9%
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.
02-29-2012 11:25:35 | More by matjack85
4.4/5 rDev +20.9%
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.
07-26-2007 16:23:38 | More by cbreitro
4.38/5 rDev +20.3%
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.
01-25-2004 00:27:28 | More by CRJMellor
4.35/5 rDev +19.5%
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).
09-13-2005 01:20:10 | More by edbeered
4.33/5 rDev +19%
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.
02-03-2004 00:14:06 | More by beerluvr
Arcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
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