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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: 446
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 11
Gots: 16 | 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 chilidog
4.6/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, Many thanks to CRJMellor for this sample. An overlooked brewery on my part, this Scotch Ale has opened my interest. It pours a very dark ruby that cascades to a soft, small tan head. No lace is left behind. A sweet aroma of butterscotch malt show's the way. This beer is smooth, easy to drink even-though the alcohol level is up. The taste has a soft alcohol hint to it. The taste is more of a candied beer. Lots of malt, mixed well with caramel, toffee and even a hint of vanilla in the sweetness. The mouth is pleased with a butter-like feel. Dispite the ABV, this would make a good anytime beer or at least a good dessert beer.

chilidog, Mar 21, 2004
Photo of Bighuge
4.53/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one pours with some viscosity. It creates a ruby brown beer with a light brown head. The head recedes to a tight coating that leaves sparse lace. The aroma is pretty thick. Chocolate, smoke, tobacco juice and rum come to mind. This beer has a big and full body. Creamy texture. Feels great in the mouth. The taste is very nice. Chocolate and peat characteristics mix nicely. The English malts lay a great foundation of toffee and toasted flavors. I really like this one. I've been drinking it for 5 minutes and it's almost gone.

Thanks marburg.

Bighuge, Mar 17, 2004
Photo of jsolack
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown... looks slightly hazy. Rich head.

Slight butterscotch scent. Lighter smell than I would think.

Very smooth and sweet taste. Carmal flavor... mild sweet bitterness and alcohol in finish. Very nice.

Thick and coating in mouth. Carbonation is mild and that works well with taste.

This is a very tastey beer. Goes down smooth and leaves you wanting more! Quenches thirst well.

jsolack, Mar 07, 2004
Photo of SheepNutz
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a dark brown, almost black color with one finger of head that dies off quickly. There is very little lacing. The smell is rich in slightly roasted malts and alcohol. Smells more like a single malt than a scotch ale. The taste is also very very malty, not a bit of hops in sight. Dark chewy malts and bits of caramel and toffee dominate. A good little alcohol punch as well. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and strong. The drinkability suffers a little due to the 7.5% not being masked very well. Not a bad Scotch Ale.

SheepNutz, Feb 13, 2004
Photo of beerluvr
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out with a miniscule ivory head, opaque brownish liquid lies beneath. The nose is fruity and malty-sweet. Flavors of tart cherry, chocolate, roasty malt and a stealthy hopping combine for a bold, big-tasting Scotch Ale. Thr finish is caramelly and fruity...banana perhaps? A top notch Scotch, even though I'm not a huge fan of the style this was maybe the best I've ever had the pleasure to quaff.

Props to CRJMellor for the bottle.

beerluvr, Feb 03, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown with auburn highlights. As most casks do produced a fairly frothy amber head that died down and left loads of lace on the glass. Aroma dominated by heavy, peaty malt, liquor, butterscotch and hints of banana or clove. Main difference between other versions is that the peaty malt flavor is more mellow but more complex.
Flavors of heavy deep malt with peat highlights, not sweet but earthy and chewy. Minimal bitterness at the very end.
Mouthfeel is very smooth and alcohol warming very apparent. Absolutely delicious, which I could find it more often.

CRJMellor, Jan 25, 2004
Photo of kwalters
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Arcadia's Scotch Ale can best be described by me as a very average product. However, it's also one of the cheapest scotch ales I've seen and therefore will probably find it's way back into my fridge. I love scotch ales!

The head disappeared quickly and the beer beneath it appeared oily and dark. The taste was obviously dominated by malt, but wasn't as pleasant or sweet as other scotch ales I've had. It felt thick going down. I'd probably limit myself to two bottles per session.

Average, no more, no less.

kwalters, Jan 22, 2004
Photo of marburg
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This isn't a particularly loud or boisterious brew. It seems content to be mellow. But that's not to be mistaken for lacking in depth of character. Arcadia Scotch Ale has a creamy milkshake feel to it, primarily in the nose. Oaky wood chips and buttery smoothness. Deep and robust flavor reminds me of malted milk balls and sweet, sugar-coated mixed-nuts -- almonds perhaps? Down to earth peanut butter smoothness. Surprisingly, this isn't that heavy of a brew. And the alcohol hides itself well behind smoked woodchips and malty sweetness. Balanced to perfection; you simply can't tell where one phase of this beer ends and another begins.

marburg, Jan 17, 2004
Photo of proc
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out to a brownish to amber color in the glass. Nose gives off faint hint of liquor and malt. Taste is good, but not remarkable. There is a slight taste of butterscotch and malt that gives way to a swallow that allows for the presence of the alcohol. A nice interpretation of the style, but not a beer you would choose to drink all night.

proc, Aug 30, 2003
Photo of BierReise
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark amber ale with a slight head that faded quickly leaving no lace at all. Aroma is sweet malt with and a plumb like aroma. Medium to full bodied and very smooth. Flavor is typical for a Scotch ale with a strong sweet maltiness. Has quite a punch and a bit warming.

BierReise, Aug 12, 2003
Photo of TheDM
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a transparent dark brown colored body and a medium head of fine mostly lasting bubbles. It had a strong malt aroma and a fizzy coffee flavor with good lacing. It was smooth initially and finished very strong. We had this at the festival in Frankenmuth, MI.

TheDM, Jul 19, 2003
Photo of granger10
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one alcoholic tasting drink. I taste the alcohol the whole way through and it is strong. That's not always a bad thing but here it almost goes overboard with alcohol taste. Once I get past the alcohol I taste roasted almonds and some woody flavors in this beer. It finishes slightly bitter but not too strong. All in all a good drink.

granger10, Jul 11, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Scotch Ale poured a tan head with medium bubbles. There was no lacing on the sides of my glass. It had an amber colored body. The taste of this brew was smooth which is much to my liking. It had no bitter taste to it. This was indeed a good drink.

hotstuff, Jun 15, 2003
Photo of dwarbi
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice slightly off-white head. Creamy in a stout-like way. Decent lacing. Dark purple beer. Really not much of an aroma. If you try real hard, there are hints of cherry and oak. Lovely taste. Slightly sweet. Some woody flavors. Very nice, semi-sweet aftertaste and clean mouthfeel.

dwarbi, May 27, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very, very dark cherry mahogany body with lovely ruby accents. The brew is clear and has a small beige head that departs very quickly. Insignificant lacing from the residual. The nose is light and hints of toasted malt and toffee. The taste starts much like a porter but as the brew warms begins to show its Scottich side as it becomes less roasted in flavor and a bit more malty. Smooth and easy body with just a bit of ending crispness, a very small bit. Light hints of alcohol despite its relatively high ABV, so this must be fairly well balanced beer. Seems as if it crosses styles and is not as true to the Scottish heritage as its name implies.

AtLagerHeads, May 20, 2003
Photo of Mitchster
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Nice looking brew pours out to a clear mahogany color with pretty ruby highlights and forms a thin, but creamy light tan head atop small to medium-sized bubbles. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is potent with caramel, toffee, nutty character, and a fruity ferment. Hops are barely there, with no smoke character noted. Mouthfeel is extremely soft and smooth with a medium body. Lacing is sparse. Taste begins unpleasantly with some strong and nasty off-character fusel and isopropyl alcohols, leading into a metallic note, but halfway through, this beer becomes tolerable. The wet, soft finish is characterized by nutty, toffee amber malts with a subtle light molasses note and some faint rubbery hops. Smoke is not perceptable. It looks nice and has a nice finish, but that's not enough to make me want to recommend this brew to anyone, even Scotch Ale lovers. It seems these Peter Austin systems make all beers taste the same...this is the 3rd brewery I've tasted to use them, and they all brew unimpressive beers. Yawn...

Mitchster, Mar 10, 2003
Photo of darklager
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a reddish/brown color with a small head that left a lacing all the way down the glass. Aroma is mostly of malt. Flavor also is mostly malt. This is an ok beer, but I think it would benefit from a bit more hops as it is a little sweet for my tastes.

darklager, Mar 09, 2003
Photo of cretemixer
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This offering from Arcadia pours a deep mahogony with ruby highlights noticable when held up to a light source. A dark tan head fades to a thin layer almost instantly. Some spotty lace is left on my glass.

Smoky roasted malt aroma, like sifting through the wet ashes after a bonfire. Some grassiness as well and a toasted bread aroma.

Taste is malty and ever so slightly bitter. Smooth with a slight mollasses sweetness.

Medium to full body with minimal carbonation. Nice smooth mouthfeel.

This is one very tasty and drinkable beer. So far my favorite from Arcadia.

cretemixer, Feb 13, 2003
Photo of zerk
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber brown, with almost no head... looks just like it should. Aroma of smoked peat, caramel, and alcohol. Quite pleasant on the tongue: sweet caramel notes to begin with, followed by some light smoke flavor, just a touch of bitterness, and some noticable alcohol. Has a nice warming effect. Full bodied with low carbonation. An excellent representation of a Strong Scottish Ale.

zerk, Jan 06, 2003
Photo of Dogbrick
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of an Arcadia sampler: I found this to be a really good Scotch Ale. Poured a dark brown color with minimal head and thin lacing. Aroma of malt, cinnamon and alcohol. Flavor is stong malt with caramel and alcohol present, along with a zippy tongue feel. This is one of the better Arcadia brews I have tried so far. This beer is also deceptive in that it feels like you are drinking a higher-alcohol beer than you actually are.

Dogbrick, Dec 13, 2002
Photo of Wildman
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

@ Arcadia's Brewery/Brewpub

This beer was black as sin and had a light bubbly head that that left some oily lace. The aroma was of malt and sweetness with a slight hint of alcohol. The flavor was of malt and some sweetness I could not place. The body was lighter than some others of this style, but not a bad start for this company.

Wildman, Oct 02, 2002
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Arcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 446 ratings.