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: 459
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 11
Gots: 21 | 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 Hautacam
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown with very little head.
Smells of malt and yeast...reminds me of my father's home made root beer smell from the 60s...the ones that didn't explode.
Very sweet , caramel malt, cherry-vanilla , an almost almondy, medicinal phenol , with just a hint of bitter hop at the end.
No smoke or alcohol detected.
Medium mouthfeel with very low carbonation.
OK drinkability. Worth a try.

Photo of NolateM
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Almost a black beer (with almost no light getting through), but there's a little hint of mahogany color. Tan soapy bubbly head, which lingers pretty nicely.

The aroma was SURPRISING. Here I am expecting to smell sweet-smokey malts, and I'm smelling... wild yeast??? The smell is actually reminiscent of a homebrewed lambic/cider combo I once tried. I'm very confused.

Wow. That wild yeast actually carried through in the flavor. Cidery, acidic yeasty flavor really dominates the beer, with a whisp of hoppiness. Very little hop bitterness. Almost an absence of malt flavor. All I'm tasting is the yeast. It is interesting, but it could use more hops. It tastes like it might be a bit old (though not stale by any means, just a bit aged), but there's no born-on date.

Mouthfeel... not bad. Slightly drying, but extreeemely smooth. I wouldn't mind a bit more carbonation.

Pretty easy to drink despite the fact that it's on the slightly-high-gravity side. The alcohol is well-masked to the point of almost seeming absent in the flavor and mouthfeel. I wonder if I got a weird batch, because what I tasted didn't match up with the other reviews AT ALL...

...or maybe it's everyone else that's crazy!

Photo of trentley87
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark mahogany color with about 1/2 in. of foamy tan head, which quickly dissapates.

Nose is very mild, hardly any scent at all in this bottle.

I really enjoyed the flavors in this beer. There are definite sweet overtones at first but they are well balanced by some smokiness and hops flavors. There is a very mild flavor of alcohol but it blends nicely in my opinion. Pleasant, but very mild aftertaste.

I do not enjoy a lot of carbonation, but this beer did seem slightly undercarbonated. However, I felt that the very light/thin mouthfeel and low carbonation paired well with the sweet flavors of the beer.

This is one of my current favorites since I'm a Michigan boy and it is easily available and not overly expensive.

Photo of shivtim
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served up in a pint glass, a deep brown with rich red highlights and no head or bubbles at all. Nose is very mild, with just a bit of smoky malts and a hint of hops. Taste is malty with an earthy sweetness, some hops and a lingering caramel sweetness. The alcohol is there but not overpowering. Nice combo of malts and sweetness. Well done. Mouthfeel is a little undercarbonated but still smooth and nice. Drinability is good, it's a quality winter brew.

Photo of jimbomill
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour is standard on this one. The nose is moist, in traces its earthy.

The drink is a dark one - filtering light well. I can see bubbles from the carbonation.

The first taste is one of delight as there is a smooth delivery with a slightly fruity finish - how do they get the malt to do that? I expected a stronger ale-like presence, but this is a pleasant surprise. This is a very tasty treat, have had before, will again

Photo of BlackAngus
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Rich tan head, two fingers thick, that lasts a while. Deep amber color.

S - Caramel, toasted malt, bready yeast aroma.

T - Sweet, caramel flavor, nice hop balance. Dark fruits, rich maltiness.

M - Nice smooth medium body, fairly clean. Nice carbonation.

D - Very drinkable, the alcohol is nearly indistinguishable. Could be dangerous. ;-)

Photo of yelterdow
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served at cellar temperature in a tasting tulip. Freshness code is not notched on this bottle; the cap is actually a bit rusty.

Appearance- Pours a deep, clear chestnut with red highlights in the bottom of the glass... the head expands to about an inch, a deep bone color. Lacing is minimal.

Smell- A mildly peaty smoke aroma blends with rich, bready malts... there's a subtle toasted nose happening, along with some toffee and caramel.

Taste- Sweet and malty, the rich toffee flavors work well here... big and wonderful character offering dark fruit and a quick, perfectly placed fleeting hop finish right at the end. The alcohol is nowhere while in the mouth, but evident after the swallow.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Very quiet upon entry into the mouth... it rolls silently on the tongue, and with a little coaxing the beer gently, gingerly swells to a miniscule foam. Not bad, but I love my Scotch Ales to be more alive in the mouth... it brings out the smoke, the malts, the flavor. This beer is smooth, without question. Where is falls a "wee bit" light in mouthfeel, it drinks extremely well overall and deserves praise.

Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a dark mohogany with a tan off white head that quickly drops into a slight rim around the edge of the glass.
the aroma is malty, hint of hopsack.
the flavor is very rich with malt, some hop spice, carmelized malt.
arcadia's scotch ale is very good and rich.

Photo of bditty187
2.2/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Notes from August:

Dark brown with garnet highlights; beige foam that was quite loud as it dissipated. At the apex the head was only a half finger tall and the bubbles rapidly faded to a soapy collar. I am not impressed. There was no subsequent lacing. At best I’d call the appearance decent.

Very faint dark fruit hints with some caramel suggestions. Extremely low potency… this is unbelievable, I can hardly smell anything. My bottle was near room temperature when I poured it. Yikes. The nose is awful; I can’t smell a damn thing!

The palate is malty, alcoholic, and fruity with a vegetable twang along with plenty of diacetyl. What I taste is totally unpleasant. Harsh aftertaste and cloyingly sweet… I’d rather taste nothing over this mess. Gross.

Medium/medium-full in body, low carbonation, the mouthfeel is adequate.

This beer shows signs of respectability but it is too flawed. I love Scotch Ales but this one is a joke. Is my bottle bad? It would seem but not much from Arcadia has impressed me much. Surely not every beer I’ve tried (aside from London Porter) was off? What are the odds? Maybe this brewery doesn’t do it for me. Nevertheless, thank you RedHaze for the opportunity.

Photo of sacrelicio
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of UnionMade
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear mahogany brown. Thin, receding cream head. No lace. Heady caramel aroma, modestly smoky. A touch of fruitiness. Broad caramel flavors, integrated plum fruitiness. Soft smokiness in the finish, a whisp of herbal hops and a moderate alcoholic presence. Soft, gentle carbonation, very smooth on the palate overall. Lingering caramel malt flavor, ending off sweet. Full bodied and quaffable. Solid, though it doesn't stand out for the style in any way.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice deep mahogany color. Low aroma-sort of vanilla and caramel thing going on. Has the metallic notes of their oatmeal stout I just had. Malty flavor-touch of alcohol which is suprising for only 7.5%. Some caramel sweetness though I keep getting the same sort of flavor as the last beer. Decent enough mouthfeel. Average scotch ale. I am put off by the "odd" flavors. Make your own opinion-I cant recommend this one.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - this scotch pours a dark crimson, faint carbonation is visible in the red haze

S - a very sweet hoppy candy like aroma, like a quality scotch ale, rich in the molasses, a dark sinister smell, very enticing

T - light flavor up front, then it swarms in, a nice vanilla/molasses hoppy taste, a great tasting scotch

M&D - smooth like a good scotch ale should be, a nice mouthcoat, highly drinkable

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

Pours the color of black coffee with no head and little visible carbonation. Not much to look at. Aromas of bananas and rum, some coffee, and present alcohol that detracts from the whole thing. There's also a yeastiness to the aroma that's a touch unpleasant. On the tongue, big-time dextrine sweetness at the front gives way to smoked malts and hints of chocolate, along with a yorkshire-like sourness. Very smooth and still, with some acidity at the mid-palate and a sweet finish. Overall, this goes down easy, but the flavors are a bit dull and don't mesh together well. A bit disappointing.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed August 10, 2005. 12 Oz Bottle. Slightly murky ruby brown pour, with a rich creamy, faded tan head. Slightly bourbon, rice and port aroma. Flavor is mostly of slightly alcoholic plain caramel malt and brown sugar, backed with a peculiar but not unpleasant barbecue sauce note, a touch of ketchup, and some dusty malt. Palate is sugary, backed with a light butterscotch and raisin flavor. Alcohol dominates the backend and the aftertaste. Light nutty smack.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark walnut that becomes darkest cherry with orange peel edges when backlit. The cap is on the small side due to what appears to be a less than optimal amount of carbonation. I still managed to get two fingers for a brief instant. The toasted tan foam is nearly featureless as it fades away and isn't the least bit sticky, resulting in a clean glass.

The nose is better than average, though not by a whole helluva lot. It needs to be stronger, maltier, peatier, smokier... something to engage the olfactory lobe. I can appreciate moderately roasted dark malt, cocoa and--oddly enough--a whiff of maple syrup. I certainly hope that Scotch Ale has something more to offer on the palate.

It does and it doesn't. It comes on like gangbusters at first, but there's very little depth or complexity, very little substance underneath that initial flash of flavor. As a consequence, it's tough to tease out many facets to the flavor profile. Let's see... black malt, chocolate, licorice (especially)... that's about it. There's just a hint of peaty sourness and no smoke that I could detect.

In addition, it's at least as bitter as it is sweet, maybe more so. That's certainly an odd personality quirk for a beer of this style and it isn't an altogether welcome one. I drink Scotch Ales for their complex malty sweetness, not for their hoppy bitterness. It tastes and feels like the ABV is at least a percentage point higher, but I don't mind a bit.

The mouthfeel falls into line behind the appearance, the aroma and the flavor. It could stand to be bigger, creamier and more bubbled, yet still manages to get the job done. I wouldn't mind the lack of carbonation so much if the beer was bigger overall.

My hope was that ASA would at least as good as Arcadia's superb London Porter and Imperial Stout, but it isn't close. Most of the necessary elements are present, they just need a huge spark in order to create something the least bit electrifying. As currently constructed, Scotch Ale generates nothing more than a minor buzz. Then again, that could be the alcohol talking.

Photo of beermanbrian
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle purchased at the brewery.

Dark brown color but enough light gets through to tell that it is crystal clear. Looks almost like a flat Coca Cola. Thin tan head that turns into a halo around the outside of the glass rather quickly. Smell of roasted malt with some caramel sweetness. Taste of mild malt and toffee flavor but lacks any real kick at first. About halfway down flavors of raisin and a touch of smokiness comes through. 7% alcohol shows itself and gives a nice warming feeling to the finish. No bitterness at all and no aftertaste is left by the dry finish. My first impression was not very good but as i drank it improved some.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty good looking dark brown colour with amber hues and a virtually non-existent head, and whatever of said head exists dissolves rather quickly, leaving this one to basically look like flat cola.

The aroma is malty with hints of berries, chocolate and some caramel throughout.

The flavour is basically more of the same but with caramel sweetness starting this one off before moving quickly into a berry flavour which mixes well with the malt for the remainder. Hints of alcohol comethrough at the finish as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly slick and oily.

This one wasn't bad. I enjoyed it and it was well balanced, but there really wasn't anything that stood out to make it memorable.

Photo of xymyl
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep reddish/brown intense carbonation with very small bubbles but not much of a head.

Aroma was toasty malt then sour and a faint wiff of smoke.

Taste is sweet with overripe fruit, caramel and coffee then slightly bitter and dry. After a few sips the sweetness starts to hang on longer.

Medium bodied but at certain points it starts to feel huge, then it thins out again.

It is quite enjoyable, but I like a like an American Scotch Ale (or any Scotch Ale) to be a bit more peaty and/or complex.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color, with a few ruby highlights around the edges. Thin off-white head disappears fairly quickly. Fairly robust malty aroma. Good toffee flavor, caramel and slightly roasty. Just enough bitterness to keep this from being cloying, but still pretty sweet. Medium body, with a low amount of carboantion that seems very appropriate. Not a bad version.

Photo of mcallister
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Deep mahogany. Somewhat cloudy with a tine tannish head quick to fade away. No apparent lacing.

faint aromas of fig, cassis, and sweet caramel malt. Again hard to pull out aromas probably due to the smokey bar.

Thick creamy mouthfeel. Big flavors of fig, honey suckle, caramel malt, cassis, toffee. Residual sweetness is a tad high. Not much carbonation. A little too sweet for my liking to drink in abundance. But an overall tastey beer.

Photo of maddamish
4.58/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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 isn’t 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!

Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear burgandy brown color with a decent 1" head. No lacing lacing develops.

Smell: slight roasted malts and a bit of nuts are light in the aroma category.

Taste: roasted malts, hints of nuts, prunes, bits of peat, and a nice bitterness make this a nice brew to sip.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start and finish. The maltiness lingers briefly on the tongue. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: very easy drinking and a decent session brew. Well worth giving this a try.

Photo of bruachan
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

much chocolatier (chocolatey-er?) than your average scotch. heavy caramelization lends a nuttiness. substantial hop flavor (matches the hood?). mild bitterness

dark garnet with an off-white head that fades to a film and collar. very bready aroma

it's a different animal from something like skullsplitter. less of an old ale and almost more towards the stouts. esters are low, but present a dried fruit character (dark, not light fruit). hint of coffee and plum

it's good.

Photo of nflmvp
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very dark brown. As near to opaque as you can get without being completely black. A 1/2 inch light tan head was gone in about a minute.

Smell was smokey but I don't get much more out of it than that. Tastes smokey and a little like oatmeal. Mouthfeel is good. smooth and very drinkable.

I just cracked the second bottle and I'm enjoying it immensely. Looking forward to the 3-6 bottles.

Bought this at Woodman's in Appleton (which has yet to be accepted as a store on the BA site). This sixer cost me $6.49 but sells at another local establishment for $8.39. Now, if I could only get the Imperial Stout and

Arcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 459 ratings.