Arcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale - Arcadia Brewing Company
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3.98/5 rDev +9.3%
This brew pours an opaque brown almost black color. The head is three-fingers in height, billowy, and rocky. The aroma is of caramel and cream. The taste is of caramel, toffee, cream. The mouthfeel is amazingly smooth and on the fuller side of medium bodied. Overall, this is a very solid brew. I will certainly have this again.
02-19-2006 18:47:27 | More by KarlHungus
3.3/5 rDev -9.3%
appearance: The pour creates a .2" light than head that soon becomes just a ring around the snifter. The beer is a dark, reddish brown in color.
smell: Pretty subtle stuff going on. The generous hop aroma is probably the most prevalent. Under that I get a caramel like sweetness, with just a little chocolate hiding. A couple people mentioned cola, and they were right. There's a peaty, earthy scent...very light...that reminds me of the mulch we spread over the garden. Upon taking a big whiff, some slight ethanol tingles the nostrils.
mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium, and the body is light for the style...between light and medium.
taste: Definate charred hardwood...Tennessee whisky or Scotch flavors after the initial sip. Pretty tame, a little watery and bland even. Some light sweetness in the form of caramel and chocolate, and the slightest butterscotch note. Light ethanol fumes. No hop flavor, and just a light bitterness in the finish.
drinkability: Not a bad beer, but pretty average and uninteresting.
Brought a bottle back from my trip to Madison, think it came from Woodman's.
02-01-2006 06:19:09 | More by blackie
3.98/5 rDev +9.3%
12oz single, Woodmans - west side
appearance: pours a dark brown/plum with a bubbly beige-lightly tan head that recedes almost immediately.
smell: very sweet, toffee, cola, lightly toasted malt, smooth caramel, syrupy, some dark fruit (plum, grape)
taste: very interesting to say the least...It's probably been a year since I have had this (used to drink arcadia products more often when i lived just across the border from michigan in south bend) and i forgot what a scotch ale not made by Lake Louie tasted like. It's very smooth and quite sweet...packed full of juicy red grape, plum, bittersweet chocolate...lightly toasted malts, hops are faint but juicy...lots of toffee and sweet caramel, alcohol begins apparent as it warms a little
mouthfeel: on the light end of medium bodied, quite creamy
drinkability: enjoyable and pretty easy drinking
01-05-2006 03:36:59 | More by dirtylou
3.73/5 rDev +2.5%
This beer pours a slightly cloudy brown with a tan head that settles to a ring around my glass.
The aroma is mostly of sweet malt.
The flavor is of rich malt and was some malty sweetness. There is some caramel notes in there as well.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.
I think this is a fairly drinkable beer. It didn't blow me away by any means but it is one that I will buy again.
12-17-2005 02:38:35 | More by Brian700
3.65/5 rDev +0.3%
12oz bottle from deejaydan as part of the WTF ASAP BIF. Thanks for the opportunity. "D" and "3" notched on the label, no note as what this indicates.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" tan head above the slightly cloudy brown brew, with burgundy highlights. Head diminshes slowly, with heavy lacing. Aroma is malty sweetness with tinges of alcohol. Taste is grain husks, with a green hoppy character, with alcohol apparent on the swallow, with a slight burn and generous warming. Mouthfeel and drinkability are not bad, but the flavor could be a bit more masking of the alcohol.
11-26-2005 01:10:57 | More by ppoitras
4/5 rDev +9.9%
Presentation: 12 ounce brown bottle sealed with a brass colored crown cap that has the words Arcadia Ales in green Celtic font. The Celtic style text is also prevalent on the gold/white text on black neck label. Main label is a St. Andrews cross centered by a round Shield and a crossed pair of Highlander Claymore Swords .very Braveheart. Labeled as a Scotch Ale, no Best Before Date or Strength listed.
Appearance: Pellucid dark brown with some mahogany traits when backlit. Breaking tan colored head builds quickly but like a Soda it soon rescinds to leave only a thin covering, and with further time it breaks down to just a sad looking halo. Low on carbonation but a gentle swirl reinstates a Coca-Cola like appearance, which soon fizzes back to how it was. No lacing whatsoever. A little more head retention would have been nice.
Nose: Edinburgh Toffee!! And lots of it. Caramel, toasted malts, wholewheat, sweetbread and flashes of cocoa beans hidden in a dark chocolate cloak.
Taste: Hmmmm. Lovely. Warming malts with a roasted chestnut middle. Licks of dark Rum and old Brandy meld with Walnuts and some rich dark chocolate cake in the finish. Smooth yet dessert like.
Mouthfeel: Pleasant feel throughout, quite the ride through the warming malts, alcohols and dark chocolate liquors but it is always smooth and at times richly creamy like a mix between a soft fluffy chocolate sponge cake and Baileys Irish Cream.
Drinkability: A solid brew, I utterly destroyed this one, finished it long before I got to this part of the Review.
Overall: A very good offering, highly enjoyable, rock solid taste profile with a supremely attractive and exceptionally lovely mouthfeel, which is maybe the best part of this brew.
Thanks to the young William BigHuge Wallace for this one, the best of the 3 Arcadias to wing my way for sure. Slainte Mhath! Slainte Mhor!
11-23-2005 05:44:31 | More by TheLongBeachBum
3.58/5 rDev -1.6%
Solid, yet unremarkable. Pours a deep ruby amber into my glass. Aroma is syrupy, almost like frozen grape juice. Taste is good, malty, but a tad clingy and cloying. Mouthfeel is thick, carbonation is nice. A good beer, but perhaps a tad too thick and run-of-the-mill.
11-09-2005 22:09:26 | More by deejaydan
3.35/5 rDev -8%
Pours copper brown with ruby highlights and a relunctant tan cola head that shies fast to leave just a hint of film. This brew looks flat and dead. Smells of light caramel and roast notes.
Tangy syrupy grape and honey lays into roasted malts with a hint of butter and coffee. Tangy bite is a little too prevalant and I would like mroe biscuit and butter notes. Aftertaste is syrupy. MOderate body and delicate carbonation is lost in the tanginess.
Not bad, but not great. Probably my least favorite offering from Arcadia so far.
10-31-2005 16:30:13 | More by sopor
2.85/5 rDev -21.7%
Nice black colour, with a bit of head. But did not deliver but a faint taste of licorice and molasses. Malt. Recently bought. Some numbing carbonation. Medium mouthfeel. More of an Inoffensive brown ale, particularly since licorice on the aftertaste.
09-25-2005 02:37:45 | More by Sammy
3.88/5 rDev +6.6%
Rough pour in my Grindstone pint glass results in little head that fades quickly.
Inviting caramel and coffee aromas with earthy wafts from hops and some alcohol. Crisp flavors are toffe and caramel. Initially acidic but not tart. Medium-full body and dextrinous mouthfeel. Roasted malts linger in the finish that could use more IBUs
09-14-2005 17:38:15 | More by karst
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
4.43/5 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
3.98/5 rDev +9.3%
Dark brown appearance with chestnut-colored highlights. Smallish head, last about half a minute at the most. Very little lace to speak of. Impressively malty aroma, accompanied by a little anise and tobacco as well. Mouthfeel is medium along with carbonation, fairly hefty but not at all sticky. Candyish flavors, caramel, candy popcorn with a touch of diacetyl, slightly cashew nutty. Just a slight sense of bitterness, no real chance to put a finger on the hop impression. Pretty good beer at hanging on to its flavor and agreeable mouthfeel, dries a bit to a dusky unsweetened cocoa at the close. An enjoyable brew.
09-06-2005 22:40:34 | More by ADR
3.75/5 rDev +3%
This is my first scotch ale. I must say, I was pretty impressed. The first smell I took of the beer was good. A little bit of fruit? Maybe, it's hard to tell. The taste definitely was not fruity. The first taste definitely had a coffee flavor. It was a good flavor though. It wasn't overdone. I could also taste the alcohol.
The beer is very smooth though. Good drinkability with this scotch ale. I would drink another one of these.
08-12-2005 14:46:37 | More by Applesauce1
3.88/5 rDev +6.6%
Not a regular Scotch Ale drinker, though I've downed a few. But this one was more of an experiment.
It poured a dark brownish (dare I say black?--though not in the Guinness tone) color with a very small, tan head. The lace was minimal and came from the center of the glass up--i.e. not very visible from the sides.
Smell was malty, roasty, with a bit of caramel and floral scents at the end. Overall dominated by sweetness. Good though from its full aroma.
It had a nice, bold taste with deep malt flavors. Caramel and chocolate were noticeable in the undertones. Its bitter aftertaste helped to give it a complex and complete overall feel.
In the mouth it was full but creamy. Despite its heaviness and general sweetness this Scotch ale goes down easy.
Overall, despite the relatively high alcohol content and really full flavor, this is a surprisingly easy beer to drink. Perhaps better suited for a fall or winter night than one at the end of July, but....
07-30-2005 00:28:28 | More by macpapi
3.55/5 rDev -2.5%
This is my first Scotch Ale... we'll see how she treats me.
Pours a very dark brown color. Not quite black, but close. A nice tan colored head rises from the beer, but leaves quickly. This beer smells sweet and malty, maybe a little nutty as well. The taste is milder than I had expected at first, but that gives way to a sweet, carmelly, syrupy, and warm-as-hell aftertaste that just sticks and sticks and sticks. I also notice chocolate and maybe some fruity notes. This one is definitly heavy-bodied. Any heavier and we'd be slugging out of an Aunt Jemima's bottle. It's really warm going down, seems much higher than the listed 7.5% which is still very nice. The drinkability is good as long as I sip it slowly. I'm sure I'll be trying this one again, along with other beers of the same style to compare. Cheers!
07-29-2005 13:23:38 | More by jasonpeckins32
3.45/5 rDev -5.2%
This beer was acquired from the beer cache in Amana, IA. Poured extremely heady into my most thistle-like glass: a Duvel tulip. I couldn't pour the entire 12 ounce serving into the glass due to the massive foam. The liquid itself was a dark nutty brown with a ruby red haze when held to the light. It seems to have no active carbonation, but it is a beauty of a beer.
Smells very berry phenolic with a healthy dose of alcohol. Very fruity and caramel malty. Quite pleasant.
The smell is much better than the taste, however. The alcohol is huge up front, and even tastes like a shot of scotch. Also contains a bit of a dark caramel roast along with some chocolatey flavors in the aftertaste. Not bad, but the flavors don't seem to blend well.
The finish is very dry, sour, and bitter. It isn't very pleasant in the mouth, and I was not able to see the sediment when I poured due to the darkness of the contents.
This beer is not highly drinkable, and surely wasn't intended to be a session beer. It also rates fairly low on the "would I like another" scale. Not nearly as well done as the last Arcadia brew I had (the nut brown ale). I'm glad I was able to try it, though, as Arcadia brews are not available in the area.
07-07-2005 05:12:04 | More by neonbrown82
3.23/5 rDev -11.3%
Poured out a dark brown with a smallish tan head. Spotty lacing and a short lived head. Sweet caramel malt and a strong nutty character. There was an odd burnt smell as well that was a bit detracting. Flavor starts off with a kick of caramel malt and a light roastiness. Some earthy qualities but the odd burnt flavor is present in the taste. It tasted like almost an over roasted malt that didnt quite fit in. Seemed more like a brown ale over all to me. Mouthfeel was about medium and quite creamy and smooth. Pretty drinkable stuff despite the off flavor. Decent beer just not what I would want out of a scotch ale.
06-30-2005 12:41:40 | More by meathookjones
3.85/5 rDev +5.8%
Dark, caramel brown color, small, fizzy head, soon dissolved.
Aroma is toffee and nuts, cola and little else. Sweet, nice enough.
Taste: chocolatey sweet, thick presence on the palate, but not too much so, in fact a bit lacking in character. A bit one-dimensional. Huge malt, mocha and cocoa, sweet and delightful, but not much beyond that.
Tasty, rolls easily off the tongue, long, gritty cocoa finish, fuller bodied.
A good tasting, easy drinker.
06-07-2005 08:45:59 | More by feloniousmonk
3.98/5 rDev +9.3%
This is a fine microbrewed example of Scotch Ale. This one is actually more balanced than many other takes in the same style, not overly malty like many, but not too heavy on the hops either. Don't get me wrong, Scotch Ale is supposed to be malty, but some really take that idea too far.
This one pours a darker copperish-brown, reminds me of a porter in some ways with a thin medium tan head. Lacing is moderate through the whole pint. The nose is very nice, in retrospect you can really smell everything that you end up tasting if you really pay attention. In this case, what you smell is exactly what you get. So in both cases malts are easily detected as they should be, with some caramel, fig and an almost whisky-like presence hinted at. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, goes down quite easily. The aftertaste is very nice, warming and pleasant throughout. Overall just a nice example of the style, and from Michigan too! Bonus!
Also, really dig the label! A little overdone/gaudy, but I like holding the saltire in my hand, nice!
Uncle Hamish says: "Whut tha' fuch dew ye Yanks know abou' ale anyway!? ...Mm, tha's gewd."
02-07-2005 16:07:47 | More by Gaisgeil
3.48/5 rDev -4.4%
Cloudy reddish-brown, has a small foamy off white head that leaves some lacing in my glass, has a sweet fruity, bready and nutty aroma. Nice sweet fruity, smokey plum and caramel flavors, nice sweetness in the finish, medium body with a smooth creamy mouthfeel, not bad.
12-11-2004 19:35:44 | More by maxpower
3.9/5 rDev +7.1%
Pours out foggy brown and sits chocolate brown in the glass with a very smll off-white head going fast to nothing.
Smells of caramel chocolate and laced with alcohol. Sweet and tangy with a hint of raspberry puree on the nose.
Taste is full of brown sugar and carmel. Nice flavorful and citric hop flavors. Finishes mildly bitter with lingering citric (oranges) and nutty flavors.
Smooth and easy going with light carbonation in a medium-full body. Good tasting beer and soothing in the mouth.
11-17-2004 04:15:57 | More by Skidz
4.05/5 rDev +11.3%
Very small head dwindles to very thin wisps. Murky dark brown color.
Malt, carmel, and peat aromas dominite the aroma with a hint of alcohol. There is also a "brewery" smell common to most Arcadia brews. I wish I could describe it better but I rather like it.
Sweet malty taste up front with a roasty malt finish.
Foamy mouthfeel is strange considering that there is no foam. Full bodied. Warming.
I just really like Arcadia beers. It feels like -my- beer. It's not great or inspiring or delicious. It just makes me smile.
11-04-2004 23:34:40 | More by ken3c
3.98/5 rDev +9.3%
Typical brown with varying shades, most action off of the pour is minimal. Possibly a thin head but doesn't always show the malty thickness I'd expect from a Scotch Ale.
Smell is a good combination of malty dark and earthy scents with a generally smooth texture. Pure and calm malts on the nose turn to something different flavorwise, as either chocolate malts or roasted barley were used in abundance. Acrid toasty bitterness washes over a decent backbone of pale malts. Had the attenuation and mouthfeel of the style but almost stout-like roast pungency.... But when I come back to this beer a couple more times, each one is much more rounded and smooth, showing more smooth maltiness.
10-06-2004 13:05:28 | More by nomad
3.9/5 rDev +7.1%
Bister hue, with flashes of hazy garnet when held to light. Steadfast one fingered, dense, light beige head leaves lace. Dilute light roast coffee, with hints of molasses and earthy hop in aroma. Dark toffee hints arise as the beer warms. Tame, but well rounded aromawise. Incipient in flavor is a snap of acidic roasted grain, which is immediately superceded by stalwart, deeply caramelized malt. Virtually bereft of esters, save a raisiny twang complementary to the static sweet toffee presence. Mild notes of baker's chocolate and grainy biscuit surface as the beer breathes. Nearly full in body, with an agreeably dextrinous mouthfeel that suits the malt backbone well. Finishes with hints of candied nuts and more molasses, but not at all cloying in that regard. A well crafted scotch ale. Not as complex as some, but more balanced than most. Tasty. Thanks to Huge for the delivery.
07-26-2004 01:07:52 | More by marc77
Arcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.