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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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260 Reviews
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Reviews: 260
Hads: 509
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 18.96%
Wants: 13
Gots: 45 | 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: 260 | Hads: 509
Photo of SometimesIfart
1.68/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

My brother picked up a 6 pack of this at a local Kroger and he handed me one. The appearance is a very dark brown, almost black, With a smell of stale burnt toast. The taste pretty much follows the smell, Except it adds a slight sour, dark coffee flavor. The mouthfeel is fairly warming for a moment, However it then just regains it's sour dark coffee flavoring. Did not like this beer at all. I am definitely not a fan of Scotch Ale in any way shape or form.

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Photo of HarrySTruman
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown/deep red hues. Looks almost like a dark Diet Cola without the fizz. Not a lot of carbonation, virtually no head, lacing is minimal.

The mouthfeel was filled with alcohol, but it finished with a dry, yet fruity taste. The after taste was fantastic, really the highlight of this beer.

I'm certainly not an expert on scotch ales. I've always enjoyed Belgian Ales and thought I would buy this beer to support a local brewery. The taste wasn't as bold or as complex as most of the Belgian Ales I have had, but that very well may be the point.

I enjoyed this beer and would call it better than average. I would certainly drink it again and check out other options from this brewery.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pint glass. from notes.

a - pours a murky, reddish brown with a thin cap of tan head. spotty lacing.

s - earthy, carmel with notes of cocoa powder.

t - carmel malt with a light smokiness. notes of cocoa powder and raisin. no discernible hop character.

m - heavier side of medium with lighter carbonation.

o - decent but nothing memorable. can think of a few other examples of the style i would choose over this.

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Photo of TheCondor
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this brew from the cooler at my wife’s uncles place when we went there to eat last week. Being a wine drinker, it is rare he has pretty good beer at his house, outside Stella and Boulevard Pale Ale. Those are both pretty good, but I have had them plenty. However, I guess his son had brought him a sixer of this, and he had given all them away except that lonely one standing before me….Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance – Pours a nice deep brown color with a tan head which dissipates rather quickly, leaving little sign of lacing. There is a lighter brown tint at the outside of the beer, but for the most part it is nice and dark. Just the way I like my beer. Bubbly too….

Smell – Bready malts, toast, biscuits, and a dash of scotch and alcohol at the end. I enjoyed the nose on this brew, I though it was good! I like the balance between alcohol and bready malts.

Taste – Much like the nose, there is a nice bready, biscuit, malty front and middle to the drink, with a strong alcohol finish to it. Balanced, representative of the style, you certainly know this is a scotch ale/wee heavy from the first drink, really as soon as you smell it. The strong alcohol kick doesn’t bother me, because I enjoy scotch/bourbon/whisky etc., but some may find it a little strong.

Mouthfeel – A little on the thin side, but smooth. Warming with the alcohol

Overall – I thought this was a pretty good brew to be honest. I really enjoy wee heavys, I like the scotch taste to them, and I thought this was an overall good beer. I would buy it again, I would drink it again, I would recommend it to people who I know like this kind of beer.

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Photo of beergod1
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark mahogany pour with a thin tan head. Very sweet and deeply roasted malty aroma with hints of fruit and smoke. Malty sweetness dominates the flavors, a scotch like profile, but leaves me wanting more of something. Mouthfeel a bit thin and finish very much in need of a hoppy finish. Not very well balanced. Decent tasting beer, but missing some key scotch flavors.

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Photo of CMUbrew
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Poured with a thin light tan head that made only a brief appearance before leaving behind just a few whisps of foam on top. The beer is a dark brown color that only reveals a lighter brown at the very edges of the glass. Surprising amount of carbonation bubbles rising to the top, although they make their way slowly.

S: Toasted bread malt and a whiff of alcohol at the end.

T: Toasty bready malts with perhaps a slight dough quality make up the flavor profile. A slight trace of earthy hops cut in somewhere but are lost quickly. Then comes alcohol that is in no way shy. It is warming in the mouth and throat to let its presence be known. As this beer warms up the alcohol becomes more aggressive and liquor-like.

M: The carbonation is lighter than all the bubbles would suggest. Body is on the lighter part of medium and has a slick feeling to it.

O: The toasted malt profile was very one-note for me and the alcohol really took center stage. I would almost say the toastiness made the alcohol more abrasive. An unrefined scotch ale in my opinion.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep auburn with some clarity. Very dark, light hardly passes through. Thin head forms a collar, some retention and quite a bit of lacing. The nose is rich and malty with waves of toffee and caramel along with grainy bread and nuts. No hop presence on the nose. A slight hint of smokiness in the background. The taste starts of bready and becomes very sweet as the flavor develops. The finish features a touch of molasses along with caramel. Nice balance of flavors working here. The body is moderate with higher than average carbonation for style. Overall, this is a well crafted Wee Heavy. Lots of rich malty flavors are present and well balanced, the abv is well hidden as well.

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Photo of litheum94
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 11/1/11.

Deep brown body with sienna hi-lites. Scant, brown head leaves a patchy cover.

Kola nut, molasses and peat, with a slight smoke essence. Vanilla and caramel malts as well, with no hops.

Caramel and nutty malts. Vanilla and cream soda flavors. Some earthy peat. English toffee leads into light hopping on the finish, with a pine and floral essence.

Decent scotch ale. Definitely above average, but there are better examples out there.

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Photo of matjack85
4.37/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a chestnut tinged mahogany with a thumb of tan head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Plums, cherry & taffy

T:Dark fruit, woody hop notes & cola notes up front, along with some raw boozey notes. Molasess, carob & cherry are there as this warms, Finishes with raw boozeynes cherriess a touch smokeynesss

MF: Medium bodied, light carbonation, warming but rough around the edges

This is better than previous bottles I've had, but still not much to get excited about. Another run of the mill beer from Arcadia

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Photo of FungusBrewer
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep brown-chestnut pint with average head retention. Grab a spoon for this one. Loch Down ale tastes a bit buttery, heavy, and malty. Slight burnt toffee characteristics, but not "dried fig" like some old ales. At 8%, without the balanced hops, you taste the booze.

Best enjoyed while watching Highlander.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A rich chestnut brown color. Very little in way of carbonation that produces very little head, even when poured vigorously. Aromas of roasted malts cocoa and licorise. there is also a high level of diaceyl in the nose. The taste finds rich malts cocoa and licorise like in the nose but also a big dollup of alcohol. At 8 ABV it's sits right there in the open daring you. Not hidden at all. The diaceyl that was quite present in the nose retreats to a more subdued level on the palette.
The beer drink smooth and somewhat dry even though the beer itself is rather sweet overall.
A bit plain jane as far as scotch ales. I'd could take it or leave.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, but very dark ruby color. Quick head and foam. Seems close to what most other Scottish ales I've had.

Heavy toast, a little roast, and caramelized plums on toasty muffins.

The roast is heavy on the front of the palate, But the middle has a great combo of roast and toast malt flavors come together. The two flavor categories push out some very bready, muffiny flavors with a caramelized sweetness.

The palate is malty, a little sweet, and somewhat syrupy. You get a little warmth on the finish.

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Photo of cquinn17
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first review ever! I just decided it was time I guess and happened to be pouring this beer.

12 oz. bottle poured into a NB globe.

A- Dark brown with a very minimal head and little retention. good amount of visible carbonation

S- I get lots of roasted malt and some alcohol notes. Also some sweeter molasses notes present as it warms.

T- Starts off with some smoky and roasted malt flavors, as it moves across the tongue I pick up some peat notes. Finishes slightly bitter and has a touch of alcohol at the end.

M- thinner mouthfeel than I would have liked, good amount of carbonation

O- Nothing really stands out about this scotch ale, but its not bad. A pretty good example of the style that doesn't do anything to crazy. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think I may have been a little harsh with straight 4's on this, but I am just starting to get an appreciation for this style. I previously had avoided scotch ales, but I am starting to like them, as I said in a review last week.

This one has a unique malty flavor. It makes no appologies for its' booziness. The color is a pretty brown and the head is pretty weak. The aroma is pretty interesting, .ike the taste. I would definintely buy this again. It is another step towards my appreciation of scotch ales.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with garnet highlights. Medium size head popped up then fell so fast I barely got a look at the color – maybe a sort of light ecru. Clear with a fair number of bubbles rising. Very limited for retention and no lace. Okay look for a dark higher abv beer.

S: Dark fruit & scorched molasses sweetness. Pretty good hint of alcohol that grows as it warms. Quite clean. Surprisingly lacking in malty richness.

T: Initial dark fruit and scorched molasses/burnt cookie sweetness that fades into a fairly hefty roast aspect with noticeable peated component. Peaty bit grows as it warms and becomes a touch unpleasant. Background toasted biscuity pale base malt shows through in fits and starts along with a small bit of dark toffee. Balancing hops provide mostly bittering without much character, but they are an the strong side balance-wise for a Scotch Ale. Quite present spicy / sweet alcohol note.

M: A slight bit over medium, but still pretty low relative to abv. Carbonation is also low. Noticable alcohol bite. Overall a flaccid, slightly boozy feel. Roast and alcohol take it a bit drying.

D: Boozy & peaty. A bit roasty too. About mid-range for style abv, but alcohol is quite forward in aroma and palate. Flavor emphasis for malts is reversed. Roast & peat, that should be hints, are at the fore. Deep, malty richenss – with big caramel – that should be the burly backbone, is but a hint. Also a bit too attenuated / thin bodied. And with rather firm hopping. Not terrible, but odd for a Wee Heavy.

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Photo of emerge077
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish brown mahogany edges, long lasting sticky tan foam that never dies down completely.

Complex malt aroma, brown sugar, figs, crushed acorns, fall leaves. Sweet with a light toffee caramel vibe happening. Drizzled over them acorns.

Burly malt flavors, some fruity yeast notes, plum and fig, some dry toastiness that lingers. Dry woody finish, lightly sweet and vaguely boozy toward the end as it warms up. Medium bodied, slightly astringent with a bigger sip. Still fairly smooth. Overall it a good Scotch Ale, and worth another try.

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Photo of bnes09
2.8/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark leather brown. Fairly weak head that forms some lacing.

Big malty aroma of wheat toast, molasses and almonds.

Malty flavor, toasty, cherry sweetness. Rough and stale hop flavor ruins the experience. Old and musty aftertaste. Unpleasant.

Medium to full bodied. Low carbonation and strange texture with a dry finish.

I'll pass on this one. I am a fan of scotch ales but this is just not good.

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Photo of Ratman197
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of adnielsen (thanks AAron) poured a cklear reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of toffee,tobacco, grapes and light carmel. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of toffee, tobacco, grapes and light carmel with a crisp lingering tobacco finish.

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Photo of lstokes
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For starters, the new label is awesome, but the beer is dark with some orange highlights and headless. Nose is barley and some sweetness, the taste brings in chestnut and coffee, more roasted barley, anise, fruits, and florals, a lot of nice interplay of flavors, really, but there is this unresolved sweetness that I've found in a lot of their beers. Still, very complex and a nice example of the style, although it could have more peat as well as richness in the mouthfeel, which is on the dry side. Would buy again.

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Photo of lurpy1
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A rock solid Scotch Ale. Smell is predominantly molasses, sugary, and clearly some alcohol content. The taste is all of the above, with caramel, raisin/grape, and a surprising twist of smoke thrown into the mix. Alcohol runs interference with the mouthfeel a bit, even for a wee heavy, it ran to the heavy.

Overall, definitely liked it. My first Arcadia experience was not a great one, but after talking with a beer store guy who is a big Arcadia suporter I gave them another try. Glad it panned out.

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Photo of smwesson500
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark Brown

S: Dark Malts, with a hint of coffee. Think of how a guinness smells and its pretty darn close.

T: Starts of wonderfully. Dark malts mixed with molasses transitioning into coffee. However, a bitter metallic taste conquers the finish and is mildly displeasing. Still better than most.

M: Beautifully sculpted body until the metallic finish then it puckers the mouth.

O: I do like this beer. The metallic taste at the end of the beer throws it off. But the other attributes contribute enough to save this beer from mediocrity.

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Photo of abraxel
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark brown, almost opaque, but some copper light gets through. There's a finger or so of sand-colored head, but it drops to a thin film pretty quickly, but stays around 'til the glass is gone.

S - A fair amount of toffee and a touch of smoke. Some sweet fruitiness, too.

T - Smooth, sweet toffee, but not a ton of it. There's a touch of smoke and some roasty bitterness, but this is altogether pretty sweet and smooth. Pretty tasty, but definitely among the subtler wee heavies.

M - Moderately full, with a fair amount of carbonation that prickles the tongue.

Overall, this is a fine beer. I've definitely had better, but I certainly wouldn't turn this down.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Stole a bottle o' this from my brother, but I figure I helped pay for it (in a way), so this is my cut. ...Right?... Anyway, it pours a dark ruby-burnt sienna topped by a finger of dirty tan foam. The nose comprises figs, raisins, light red grapes, candi sugar, brown sugar, caramel, maple syrup, and cinnamon. The slightly acrid fruitiness up front worries me, but I trudge onward. Nothing to worry about here in the taste: The figs return, but the grapes are left behind; in their stead stand brown sugar, toasted toffee, molasses, and a surprising amount of alcohol. The body is a strong medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly thick, slightly oily feel. Overall, a pretty good scotch ale, a bit boozy for its size, but not bad.

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Photo of climax
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Loch Down pours a very deep black bear color. The head is surprisingly spry for an 8% Scotch. The retention is admirable, yet it leaves without much lacing.

The aroma is fuming from the get-go. Dark flavors of chocolate and black cherries are accompanied by an obvious but pleasant warmth of alcohol. More subtle, yet definitely detectable notes include: coffee, maple, licorice, and vanilla.

The flavor doesn't come across quite as bold as the nose. The flavors are warm and the alcohol is very evident. That complexity just isn't present in the way I was hoping.

The body is actually quite thin. The carbonation starts of like synthetic cotton and leaves a slightly sharp bite. My stomach definitely feels warm from the alcohol, which could be more refined.

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Arcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.