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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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Ratings: 465
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 10
Gots: 25 | 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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Photo of pmcadamis
3.45/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of uwmgdman
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of billybob
2.3/5  rDev -36.6%
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.

Photo of jwc215
1.94/5  rDev -46.6%
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.

Photo of enfield249
3.07/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Photo of smcolw
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of marcobrau
4.37/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

Photo of MillRat
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of funkengruven
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of soupyman10
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of Vancer
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of BBM
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of whynot44
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of scoobybrew
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of kirok1999
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of WesWes
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of Jmamay22
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Photo of cbreitro
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

Photo of bashiba
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a very dark brown with a thin line of tan head.

Smell was thin with just a bit sweet caramel and alcohol.

Taste has a strong alcohol taste with a sweet bit of toasted grains, a light bit of earthy bitter hops with a touch of mint.

Mouthfeel is thick and oily, almost a bit cloying.

Overall not great, seems to hot and a bit on the bland side.

Photo of hammer09
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with good carbonation yet minimal head development. Smell is malty and porterish. Not as sweet smelling as I would expect from this style, however. Taste is very sweet and malty with mild bitterness. Fairly smooth, but strong and warming. Overall drinkability is good; I would definitely buy this again.

Photo of Billolick
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz. bottle, acquired in trade, poured to a "La Rulles" tasting glass. Label is fairly lackluster design effort (two sword crossed behind a round shield; notched at 'F' and '1" to indicate when it was made, but I have no idea what the letters/numbers mean...

A: Deep mahogany brown, with almost no head as is typical. A thin ring of off-white creamy film encircles the glass. Clarity shows when held to light, as does a moderate amount of rising carbonation.

S: Nice husky smoke & peat smell. Sweet spices and molasses. Nothing standing out as "hops" in the aroma, maybe a little spice and mint(?)/herbalness.

T: Flavor is full, earthy and tantalizingly spiced. Molasses, caramel and some raisin notes. Smoked cereal grain gives a delicious sweetness. Hops don't dominate the maltiness; rather their bitterness rounds off and dries out the cocoa-like finish. Nice balance in this beer.

M: Crisp and lively carbonation. Sweeter malts do tend to stick on the palette, but it's in a pleasant, warming sort of way.

D: I found this to be a pleasure to drink - good flavors and balance, enticing aroma, alcohol that's present but well-concealed. Enjoyed it alot and would hope to have it again...thanks go out to CRJMellor for sending.

Photo of oelergud
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown almost opaque body. Creamy tan head with low retention and little lace.
Sweet molasses, prune and raisen scent. Spiced hops and a slightly burnt character.
Refreshing malty flavors. Burnt caramel and raisen. Wheat and a hint of pear. Aftertaste of lingering molasses and a lightly sour hay note.
Medium mouthfeel and coating. Very dry finish.
Good drinkability.


Arcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 465 ratings.