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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: 447
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 11
Gots: 17 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

HardyA, Feb 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

tbeer40, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of kdahnke123
2.28/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured into snifter. From brewery so presume to be recent bottling.
A - Thin medium brown pour with minimal head.
S - Smells sour, like an old stale beer.
T - Tast is similar to the smell. The sourness overwhelms any malt or hops that could show through.
M - Thin, lightly carbonated.
O - Not a good representation of a Scotch Ale.

kdahnke123, Feb 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

vader06, Feb 17, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

ChicagoShakeAndBake26, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of jeffwright
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

jeffwright, Feb 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

ryanpj, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of beergorrilla
3/5  rDev -17.4%

beergorrilla, Feb 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

jscheuf, Jan 31, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -38%

vinny21bal, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of jzlyo
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

jzlyo, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of biegaman
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Loch Down is as dark as the lakes of the Scottish Highlands and neither more carbonated nor clear; for all I know there could have been a mythical creature living in the bottle. I won't find out now until the glass is empty. This ale is opaque despite a trim of chestnut highlights.

The aroma showcases subtle alcohol esters and a rich, nutty-sweet maltiness that emits hints of dried fruits and licorice. It's almost a bulls-eye for the style, though it's missing the optional peatiness and smoky characteristics that so many - myself included - love about Scotch Ales. It's not a deal breaker, but it would have bumped the score that extra little bit.

Scotch Ales have a lovely way of caramelizing the palate after every sip. They aren't overly sweet - this one especially not given the more generous hop bill - but do contain a lot of residual nuttiness as well as traces of dried fruits and toffee. It's not long before these flavours mingle with an herbal, tea-like bitterness.

There's just enough maltiness to satisfy the style's high expectations in the mouthfeel department; Scotch Ales are also referred to as 'Wee Heavy', a name reflective of a full-bodied ale that can be so viscous as to almost be chewy. There's no knife or fork required for this one, but there is enough sticky-sweet malt to entirely disguise the sizable 8% alcohol.

Arcadia is a reliable brewery - they've never steered me wrong. Every beer of theirs I've tried has been average at the very least. Loch Down is better than that: it is a solid, perfectly serviceable offering in its own right and moreover makes a great ambassador for the style.

biegaman, Jan 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Murphious, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of PaulyB83
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a stemless wine glass.

A- A very dark murky brown, not much light coming through but some on the edges reveals a deep garnet. Small slightly off-white head dissipates slowly to a ring.

S- Surprising presence of alcohol coming through. Lots of malts and some dark fruits. Getting a lot of the yeast and adds some spiciness.

T- Similar to nose but with an added bready yeast on the finish and finishes dry, which is different than others of the style that I've had. Slight malt sourness as well.

M- A medium/heavy mouthfeel in line with the style.

O- An okay beer could help with a little more sweetness. Not up to the standard of Dirty Bastard and Scotty Karate.

PaulyB83, Jan 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

DMarlinJ, Jan 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Hopheadjeffery, Dec 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Ohiovania, Dec 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

kirkse, Dec 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Waveoff, Dec 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

enelson, Nov 29, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

mwar, Nov 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Morakaton, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undated 2013(?) bottle poured with some vigor into a snifter.

Clear despite a coat of sediment on the bottom of the bottle. Only a thin tan head with weak retention, but some spotty lacing.

Rich, malty aroma and flavor with an excellent finish and aftertaste. Lightly sweet well into the aftertaste. Some dark fruit. Peppry with faint hints of other spices.

Feel: medium+ body; fine, low carbonation.

O: Nicely true to style, particularly the malty aroma, but with the higher ABV a bit more obvious. Best ale I've had from this brewery.

chinchill, Nov 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Troville1990, Nov 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Jordy777, Nov 12, 2013
Arcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 447 ratings.