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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: 474
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 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
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
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
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
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
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
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
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
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
4.57/5  rDev +25.9%
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
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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 aroma...mt. 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
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Better than most of the standard Arcadia brews. Dark amber / brown-ruby. Nice firm head retention, lightly tanned. Smells quite malty, with a nutty, caramel, toffee, and chocolate flavor that melds together wonderfully. Noticable alcohol in the flavor, and mouthfeel, becomes a bit phenolic, but light. Medium to firm body that remains quite drinkable. The sweetness could use a bit more hopping to contribute balance and character. Finishes a bit sweet and a bit rough. Roughness from harsh carbonation and alcoholic strength without the depth to mask.

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

Pours a thin tan head over a black body. Aromas of musty roasted grain and faint dark fruit. The flavor isn’t nearly as acrid, and is actually quite well rounded. Smooth sweet caramel malt up front. Bits of plum and other dark fruit mingle with a tea-like bitterness, a bit of tobacco and light peat. Despite that laundry list, there's good flavor harmony. Mild bitterness. Full-bodied, but not nearly as sweet or slick as some high shilling ales. Low carbonation. Slightly crisp with a slightly drying finish.

Quite a bit of depth and complexity in the flavor. A bit more balanced than some Scotch Ales, in that the malty sweetness isn’t as much of a presence. Still, this is a big beer. It has generous amounts of malt that have several interesting and well-blended flavor characteristics.

Photo of malty
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear ruby-copper color with a very thin cream-colored head. Faint and slow moving carbonation.

Scents of Concord grape jelly and peated whiskey malts. After a few more swirls a syrupy plumy aroma is evoked.

Apparent sweet dark roasted malt flavors mixed with a nice encore of the peat makes itself noticed once again. A welcome warmth starts to build-up in the middle of my chest, as I'm halfway through the pint. There's a very unorthodox (for this style) hop presence, which offsets the sweet roasted malts at just the right time. Notes of leather and oak in the finish leaving a tingling on the sides on my tongue, as if I were sipping on a dram of Oban single malt scotch.

Mouthfeel is superb. The carbonation is a notch above normal (again, for this style), which keep the flavors swirling and kinetic. The hops provide a swift dryness to the finish, coupled by the masterful array of sweet, dark and faintly smoky malts.

The medium body and the playful (but very tamed) carbonation make this a joy to drink. Put me fireside with this one and I'd be happy all night.

Overall a stunningly original and poised example of this style. There have been too many overly cloying and syrupy renditions to where I've almost avoided diving back into this style. I'm certainly glad I gave this one a try. Only wish I would have tried it in November, but better late than never!

Photo of KarlHungus
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of blackie
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of dirtylou
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Brian700
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ppoitras
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of deejaydan
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Arcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 474 ratings.