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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
82
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446 Ratings
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Ratings: 446
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
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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Photo of dsa7783
2.55/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Single, 12 oz bottle copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Pours a deep, dark-brown hue with a modest foamy head and no lacing to speak of...
Dusty, malty, slightly bitter aroma that wasn't too enticing or appealing...
Taste seemed unnatural and artifical and way too unbalanced and sweet for a Scotch Ale - heavy on the malts, but shaky on the overly sweet and nutty flavors that dominate this one...
Based on aroma and flavor, this had to be one of the most mediocore samples of the style, despitely the relatively hefty 7.5% ABV...
Artifical mouthfeel coupled with a poor level of drinkability make this an inferior suggestion of the style... poor stuff from Arcadia - really expected more from them than this sub-par offering...
Not recommended...

dsa7783, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of orangemoustache
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a prune juice brown very murky but semi transparent around the edges,it has a small one fingers worth of tan head that leaves behind no lacing to speak of

S-it reminds me of a Bit-o-Honey candy bar not that it smells like honey all that much, but more the sweet man made toffee presence,a little chocolate,and alcohol are also detectable

T-quite a blast to the taste buds on the first sip like a big swill of Brandy mixed with chocolate flavored rubbing alcohol followed by some spice maybe cinnamon and a hint of nutmeg,its a very interesting on the palate and then it kind of mellows out and is pretty well finished,maybe its the abrupt start that leaves the finish a little surprising,but it does finish very clean

M-mouth feel or belly feel, this brew has a unique warming effect on both the tongue and the gut,it feels like it would have a little bit higher of an ABV-it has good carbonation along with a strong medium body that delivers a nice punch along with some great texture

D-this is a wonderful brew,but to me its a sipper and that's where it starts and stops for me

orangemoustache, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of mmmbeer
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with F6 notched on the label - brewed with Pacific NW hops. The beer is deep brown with crimson flashes, low in carbonation, and topped with a two-finger, fluffy tan head that sticks fairly well. Smells of whiskey (bourbon, hint of scotch), a touch of sourness a la oud bruin, and a late earthiness. Earthy and malty on the palate, sweet, with a touch of green hops. There's also slight oxidation and some noticeable alcohol that makes the beer a bit too hot. On the palate, it is medium in body, carbonation and finish. My sample tastes a bit soured, but it could be an old bottle; either way, make sure to let it warm up plenty before serving.

mmmbeer, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of Doomcifer
2.58/5  rDev -28.9%
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 baos
2.4/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz into Atlas Mason jar.

A: Doesn't look too bad as it pour a drak brown, except theres a serous lack of head.

S: An off caramelly smell, and a sour rum smell.

T: Nicht so gut. A sour-bitter caramel. Maybe I got an old bottle or a bad batch.

M: Not terrible.

D: I dumped it. Maybe next time I'm up in Michigan, Papa.

baos, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of shaebs99
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown with a tan head that leaves behind very little lacing

S: Sour yeast smell with a bit of nut and some toffee caramel notes

M&T: Sweet, some fruitiness and nuttiness, and some sweet malt flavor (though light). Not as smooth as I would expect and a bit of alcohol present

D: Fairly good. Could barely tell this was an above average amount of alcohol. Not something I am going to go searching for, but if the mood strikes me and I feel the need to support Arcadia, and none of their bombers are available (which I enjoy thoroughly) then I may pick this up again. Not foul, but I felt it fell a bit short

shaebs99, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of pmcadamis
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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 uwmgdman
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark brown with a ruby glow and good clarity. There is a thin but steady off-white head. The aroma is moderate-high caramel sweetness as well as a bit earthy/woody. The flavor has a highly bittersweet caramel note and hop bitterness is low. The beer finishes with a slightl alcohol prick and some residual sweetness. The body is medium-full and carbonation is moderate. Overall a decent brew, but nothing out of this world.

uwmgdman, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of billybob
2.33/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

don't like to do this but this beer just does not do it for me. pours a murky brown color with a small head with a hard pour and almost no lacing. smells of roasted malt and alcohol. tastes the same with some sweetness. mouthfeel light and carbontion ok. no complexity to this beer and i tried it at three differant times.

billybob, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of jwc215
1.95/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours very dark brown with a huge foamy tan head that descends, quite loudly to a rocky cover then a thin lid that eventually disappears.

The smell is fruity, yeasty and sour. A hint of caramel and a touch of peat are subdued.

The taste is sweet, sour and fruity. Some caramel and only a vague hint of peat are present - though they take some patience to allow them to come through at all. The Pacific NW hops - usually welcomed - do nothing here and seem out of place. It's off on the style, and is too clumsy as a beer regardless of style. Sourness is too dominating. Sweetness is misplaced.

It is on the lighter side of medium bodied. The rush of carbonation in the first half disappears in the second, leaving something of a watery character to the body.

Too flawed to be enjoyable. Misses the boat on the style. Odd.

jwc215, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of enfield249
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark, dark brown with ruby highlights in the corners. Ring of white foam that sticks around, no lacing.

S - Strong malty bready aroma, and some alcohol.

T - First thing I get is some alcohol burn, which is surprising. Then some sweetness from the malt. Followed up by more alcohol.

M - A bit thin feeling. Maybe that's the style, but it feels a little weak.

D - Overall, not bad. A bit to much alcohol flavor however.

enfield249, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of smcolw
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

smcolw, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of marcobrau
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

marcobrau, Nov 22, 2007
Photo of MillRat
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cola brown with a disappearing white head. Aromas of malt with a little citrus hop in the background. Solid malt body, natch, with some sweet fruit in the background. Fairly heavy overall, as is to be expected from a scotch ale. The body hides the higher alcohol well. Not a session beer, but pretty drinkable for the style it is.

MillRat, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of funkengruven
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured very dark, with a fizzy head that quickly dissipated. Smell is sweet and malty, some figs and prunes with a touch of alcohol in there too. Taste is also sweet and malty, more sweet I'd say, and a little boozy. It does however go down relatively smoothly considering that it is a little higher on the ABV.

This actually makes for a good Fall beer. Warms you up a little on those cool nights.

funkengruven, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of soupyman10
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A near black beer with small amber highlights and a finger of big bubbled head that dissolves too fast. Aromas of grape and wine and lots of sourness. Taste is similar - drying sourness with light toffee, wine like the nose. Body is highly carbonated and medium bodied. An okay beer, the best I've had from Arcadia, although not one of the better scotch ales I've had.

soupyman10, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of Vancer
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Arcadia can be all over the board with the quality of their brews, but I must say I was pleased with this one.

Almost black – but a dark oak brown, little head unless poured aggressively. Luv the caramel , toffee and raisons(?) in the aroma. Taste was a solid scotcher – sweet malts mixed well with the previously mentioned attributes. In fact, the only ding would be that it stays a bit on the sweet side. Rich and full bodied for the style.

Still a tasty brew – smooth and either shippable or poundable.

Note: Whoa! I see on BA it’s 7.5% - alcohol not noticeable in the least, nice.

Vancer, Sep 14, 2007
Photo of BBM
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass a dark, thick cherry wood color with a one finger beige head. Aroma was musty, herbal and sweet, very reminiscent of other wee heavies I've had.

There is a strong roasted malt flavor up front, along with caramel and an herbal tangy hop note. Dark fruits begin to emerge as the beer warms (raisins, plums, cherries) along with a slight hint of oak. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. This is a very good tasting beer and a nice example of the wee heavy style (which apparently people either love or hate... I personally love them). It is a bit heavy and high in alcohol content to be a sessioner though. Still, recommended.

BBM, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of whynot44
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with ruby highlights around the edges and a decent off-white head that subsides fairly quickly but does manage a bit of sticky lace.

The aroma is toasted malt, caramel, plums and hints of chocolate.

The taste is primarily sweet toasted malt, caramel, plums, chocolate with hints peat and smoke. The finish is still sweet but with a touch of citric hops and a nice note of alcohol warmth. The aftertaste has notes of coffee and chocolate.

Medium/full bodied, smooth and filling. A nice treat on a cool fall day.

whynot44, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of scoobybrew
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams glass. It has a dark ruby, nearly opaque, color with a modest head that is well retained. The aroma is primarily peated malt with a touch of fruitiness. The flavor is dominated by sweet peated malt with a touch of smoke character. There's not much hops detectable, but this is typical to style. It has a medium body with moderately high carbonation.

Overall, this is a decent enough Scotch ale. However, I usually prefer some oak or wood-like qualities in the style which is absent here.

scoobybrew, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of kirok1999
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A real dark reddish brown, very little head or lacing.
Smell is pretty nice, earth, sweet malts, peat.
Taste is a little hollow, not sure where it lacks, it just doesn't match up to the smell. Nice peat notes, a little cakey chocolate, fine carbonation, dark malts.
A fine cool evening sipper, well done for the style, just not my favorite Scotch Ale.

kirok1999, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of WesWes
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a sour yeast scent that is paired with pale, crystal, and roasted malts. There may be others present, but I can't tell the difference because of the contamination. The taste is average. It has a bold malt presence. It's rich with crystal, peated, and roasted malts. It goes down and warms on the finish. There is a sour finish. It's not as pronounced due to the high dark malt component. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer is at least drinkable, but not one I'd buy again. The contamination is too distracting.

WesWes, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of ultralarry2006
4.53/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

ultralarry2006, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick foamy lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark fruit, vanilla, spices, chocolate and caramelized malts.

T: The taste is malty and sweet with flavors of cherries, chocolate, vanilla and some spices. There's very mild hops presence, but that is expected for the style. The after-taste is sweet with a touch of tartness.

M: Smooth and deceptively crisp, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, very good representation of style, it's not really a beer that you can pound down, but that's not what you look for from a Scotch Ale. It's a very good beer that you would want to relax with and sip slowly. This is another good beer from Arcadia.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of Jmamay22
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a two finger head that disipates into nearly no head. The beer itself is an opaque brown black. Looks as dark as some imperial stouts. The nose is intriguing and smells of dark sugar and nuts. The smell fails to develop and is fairly one dimensional. Tastes of sweet dark licorice, but like the smell it fails to develop and lack complexity. This really needs to develop more of a roasted malt backbone. Alcohol is evident, but in place and not overwhelming. Lacks carbonation and features a thin mouthfeel.

Jmamay22, Jul 28, 2007
Arcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 446 ratings.