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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: 475
Reviews: 258
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 10
Gots: 26 | 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 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.


Photo of NJpadreFan
2.21/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Arcadia- Scottish Ale

Appearance- Reddish brown (looks like cola) with an enormous head That won't go down.
Smell- Sweet caramel malt with corn syrup.
Taste- Like flat coca-cola. Caramel malt and coke syrup.
Mouthfeel- Flat and sweet. Sour aftertaste.

Overall- tasted like flat coke thats been in the fridge for a month. Bleech.

Photo of alexgash
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark stained-oak brown with a russet sheen. Frothy, cobwebby, dirty khaki brown head with decent lacing. Brown sugar, plums, raisins, light peat, shoe leather, and a whiff of smoke. Nice and malty. Scorched sugar, sweet dark fruits, and rum cake make up the malty introduction. This is followed by hints of herbal bitterness around a peaty, whiskeyish, warming middle. Brown sugar, toffee, a hint of licorice, and a slight vegetal twang make up the chewy finish. Medium-full bodied with a creamy feel. The alcohol is perhaps a little too noticeable but otherwise a nice Scotch Ale.

Photo of tempest
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tasty example of a scotch ale. Not amazing and the appearance doesn't have much going for it, but still not a bad brew. Rich caramel grain flavor with a touch of alcohol when it gets warm. Very smooth drinking and a medium mouthfeel, about right for the abv.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am drinking this beer at cellar temp poured into a pint glass. The beer is a slow gusher with soft creamy foam raising out of the glass even before I pour. Large creamy beige head foams up with gentle pour and I only get about half the bottle in the glass.
The head is slightly rocky as it recedes slowly to a sturdy yet fluffy 2 cm head.
Sweet malty aroma is obvious from the pour. A nice mix of brown sugar and dark fruit (plums) mix nicely. However there is a hint of funk that may be an indication as to why this was so foamy. I think a few more days and this may have gone south quickly. But it is fine right now.
The first sip reveals a smooth silky textured brew with mild almost non-existent carbonation.
Flavor is sweet malt through and through, with some caramel and chocolate that give way to a bit of brown sugar and dark fruit and again just a hint of tangy funk in the background. This doesnt make the beer bad IMO, but I believe is an indicator of things to come if the bottle wasnt consumed soon.
I also get a bit of peaty smoke notes on the finish that linger a bit with the beer. A good beer that may have been better fresh, the only freshness tab is clicked next to a letter G so that doesnt help me any.
I would try again if I found the beer fresh and compare to this experience.

Photo of jjayjaye
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost opaque dark brown color with amber hues. The light tan head fades quickly and no lacing is present.

Medium bodied with little carbonation... lends to a simpler, uncomplicated beverage. I enjoy a Wee Heavy that's wee heavier, but this'll do.

The flavor is a nice balance between roasted malt and caramel.

I'm reading "Ambitious Brews" and i imagine early American dark brews being very similar to this. I'm call'n it drinkable; this one falls above the line.

Photo of Atlas1
3.17/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was not familiar with the Arcadia line of beers, so I grabbed a few at the store today. The Scotch Ale is the first to be opened. I'm not sure I understand the whole Celtic design of the brand logo, especially considering this is a Scotch ale, but whatever. I'm always up for trying new beers.

Pours a deep, dark brown color. Not much head to speak of here and what does exist thins out real fast. Smells sweet and woody. Sugary malt aroma with some heavier, earthen scents, keeping in line with the style but nothing spectacular. Taste is a bit bland as well. Smooth, but flat. There's some kick up front, with a burst of hops and lots of raisins. Some coffee here too, which I would not have expected. I mean, it's nice enough, but it doesn't do much for me. Not a great example of a Scotch or a Wee Heavy. I probably won't return to this one.

Photo of Hautacam
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
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
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
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
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
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
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
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
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
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
4.32/5  rDev +19%
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
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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
2.21/5  rDev -39.1%
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.

Arcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 475 ratings.