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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: 465
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 10
Gots: 25 | 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 neonbrown82
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of meathookjones
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 didn’t 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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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."

Photo of maxpower
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Skidz
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ken3c
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of marc77
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

A tasty beverage...i like these types but this falls a little short overall...Pours a russett brown....minimal head...very sweet malty nose...sweet berries, brown sugar, maybe even a little rum....body is on the higher side of medium...taste is sweet malt goodeness....lacks some smoky, peaty qualities..even a little chocolate flavor...finshes a little dry....the taste does not match the nose but it's decent enough...

Overall a beer I wouldn't turn down and if it was accessable by me I'd buy 12 or so a year...still not a top tier scotch ale by any means...lacks the heftiness and sweetness I desire in a true wee heavy but not a bad brew by any means.

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

Muddy auburn brown with a thin dirty beige head.
Nose full of blackberry brandy, grungy caramel, and prunes.
Starts all full of molasses and caramel and toffee and brown sugar. Prunes and raisins loudly join the gathering sweetness. Development is stunted from this moment onward. Sure, its a bit doughier towards the middle, and the Fuggles impart a tiny grassy bitterness at the close. But nothing significant happens from that point forth. Except that blackberry brandy appears again around the swallow.
Rotund and robust in the mouth with minimal carbonation.
It's not really a good Scotch Ale. It's malty, yes. But it's hamfisted, grabby, and off-balance. I'd like a little earthiness and smoke to balance the sweet. Even McEwan's does this better.
Marginal as is.

Photo of oracle
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

20oz imperial pint in a traditional english pint glass

Other than nice lacing, the beer did not have much to commend or reject with respects to its appearance. Clear dark mahogany in color, with medium thickness dense head.

Smell strongly fruity but ever-so slightly sour.

Taste was more fruits than malts or hops with a finish that was reminisent of either a wine or raisons.

An interesting beer, but probably not on the list for a re-order.

Photo of tavernjef
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coffee brown with caramel highlights, breifly thin tan head, keeps a thin collar, lacing in slow dripping spots and smaller globs. Aroma is a bit weird, moslty alcoholic esters that are a bit like chewing tobacco or snuff with some tootsie roll sweetness and molasses. Taste has a simple appeal of toffee and molasses smoothness with a nice darkened sweet chocolate undertone and earthy sod notes that all add up to one fine easy drying tone in the finish. Feel is quite slick and creamy, very smooth, slight roasty twinge, medium bodyish, great subtle closing finish in its drying aspects. A great drinker, not weighty what so ever and the 7.5% is never evident.
Thanks Hugey, this one's more like it!

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

Dark brown pour with light white head. Smells like roasted malts, smoke, and chocolate. Hits you with an unexpected full taste. Malts run wild along with slight chocolate notes and moderate alcohol taste. Very big beer here. Robust all around and some interesting flavors are found within. Full bodied and good carbonation, very drinkable beer. I was impressed.

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

Served with a light white head and dark brown body.
Very malty/ roast smell, little hop scent.
Malty flavor, with low hop presence, definitely a big malty, filling beer with hints of caramel.
Almost chewy in its maltiness, very good for a change from the ever present "hop haven" beers. This could have potential for inexperienced drinkers, as it is very flavorful without the assault from hops.
Very good beer, but its maltiness forces me to limit myself to 2. Definitely a once in a while treat.

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

Poured out into a sniffer and had a tiny and then quickly nonexistant head and a deeply dark brown body, almost black, attractive.

Smell was inviting, primarily malts and caramels.

Taste was full, satisfying; roast, hops, alcohol, some chocolate, caramel, and dark fruit all make an appearance and to good effect.

Mouthfeel is good and medium thick, while the drinkability was also in the good range. Solid beer.

Photo of RoyalT
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – This poured a nice brown in color with a big, full head.

Smell – I picked up some light peat and smoke along with some caramel undertones to go along with the lightly-toasted malt base.

Taste – The caramel sweetness from the nose came out well at the taste along with the other aromatic notes.

Mouthfeel – This was light to medium in the body. I thought the flavors were a little clumsy here and could have been better blended.

Drinkability – I was hoping for something a bit more “wee heavy” out of this one, but it was a tasty Scotch Ale nevertheless.

Photo of Gusler
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After disemboguing from the 12 ounce brown bottle it sets in the glass a beclouded brown, the head modest and light tan, the lace a thin shield to protect the glass. Nose is sweet malt, fresh and crisp to the senses, start carries the sweetness from the nose, nice malt presence, and the top light to moderate in feel. Finish has a mediocre acidic bite, the hops pleasing to the palate; aftertaste is dry, a nice drinking beer and a nice change of pace from the bad boyz I seem to sample much to often!

Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a tawny brown with a slightly off white head,aroma is rainy and fruity with almost a vanolla note.Taste is of burnt fruit and raisins with a biscuit malt back bone with a pleasant soft fruitiness thru the finish.A real nice night cap beer even better than expected,another good one from Arcadia.

Photo of chilidog
4.55/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +24%
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.

Photo of jsolack
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of SheepNutz
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of beerluvr
4.32/5  rDev +19%
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.

Photo of CRJMellor
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Arcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 465 ratings.