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Arcadia Loch Down Scotch AleArcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale

Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
OG 1080; 28 IBU
Formerly called Arcadia Scotch Ale

Added by zerk on 10-02-2002

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Photo of smwesson500
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark Brown

S: Dark Malts, with a hint of coffee. Think of how a guinness smells and its pretty darn close.

T: Starts of wonderfully. Dark malts mixed with molasses transitioning into coffee. However, a bitter metallic taste conquers the finish and is mildly displeasing. Still better than most.

M: Beautifully sculpted body until the metallic finish then it puckers the mouth.

O: I do like this beer. The metallic taste at the end of the beer throws it off. But the other attributes contribute enough to save this beer from mediocrity.

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Photo of abraxel
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark brown, almost opaque, but some copper light gets through. There's a finger or so of sand-colored head, but it drops to a thin film pretty quickly, but stays around 'til the glass is gone.

S - A fair amount of toffee and a touch of smoke. Some sweet fruitiness, too.

T - Smooth, sweet toffee, but not a ton of it. There's a touch of smoke and some roasty bitterness, but this is altogether pretty sweet and smooth. Pretty tasty, but definitely among the subtler wee heavies.

M - Moderately full, with a fair amount of carbonation that prickles the tongue.

Overall, this is a fine beer. I've definitely had better, but I certainly wouldn't turn this down.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Stole a bottle o' this from my brother, but I figure I helped pay for it (in a way), so this is my cut. ...Right?... Anyway, it pours a dark ruby-burnt sienna topped by a finger of dirty tan foam. The nose comprises figs, raisins, light red grapes, candi sugar, brown sugar, caramel, maple syrup, and cinnamon. The slightly acrid fruitiness up front worries me, but I trudge onward. Nothing to worry about here in the taste: The figs return, but the grapes are left behind; in their stead stand brown sugar, toasted toffee, molasses, and a surprising amount of alcohol. The body is a strong medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly thick, slightly oily feel. Overall, a pretty good scotch ale, a bit boozy for its size, but not bad.

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Photo of climax
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Loch Down pours a very deep black bear color. The head is surprisingly spry for an 8% Scotch. The retention is admirable, yet it leaves without much lacing.

The aroma is fuming from the get-go. Dark flavors of chocolate and black cherries are accompanied by an obvious but pleasant warmth of alcohol. More subtle, yet definitely detectable notes include: coffee, maple, licorice, and vanilla.

The flavor doesn't come across quite as bold as the nose. The flavors are warm and the alcohol is very evident. That complexity just isn't present in the way I was hoping.

The body is actually quite thin. The carbonation starts of like synthetic cotton and leaves a slightly sharp bite. My stomach definitely feels warm from the alcohol, which could be more refined.

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Photo of mactrail
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Winey, medium bodied amber ale. An intriguing scent, like apple mash at the cider press. A hint of whiskey and alcohol fumes. Dark butterscotch color in the tulip glass, nice lacing after a modest head. Quite fragrant in the nose. A whiff of mince pie and brandy, maybe a touch of smoke but not much. Not very sweet but plenty of dark malt flavors. Long aftertaste with some bitterness and more dark fruit. More subtle than the smoky sweet examples of the style. Very sippable.

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Photo of Bung
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Almost a mohoghany pour with minimal off white head. Seems about standard.

Aroma, Plenty of malt, toffee, yellow raisin, peat. Light toast and warmth.

Taste, it is malty for sure. Caramel, some red fruit and raisin. Finish has some more bitter roast, light currant and cocoa. Good but maybe just a bit acrid.

Slightly more carbonation than I'd like and I don't think it helps the slightly harsh nature. Some warmth to it as well, not bad, but not sure how good th warming is either.
Worth a try I suppose.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark tan/brown, not much head or lacing.

SMell - Dark fruits, scotch, some sugars, not much smell.

Taste - Scotch and malts make the main flavor. Has a sweet fruit like rasin and plum mixed with some molasses to give it a cola like flavor. Mild chocolate like flavor also comes in.

MOuthfeel - Medium thickness, coats mouth with syrup-like sweetness. Tounge gets some sugars and malts, palette the same. Not real strong flavor and aftertaste is sweet but not long lasting.

Overall - Average, nothing special, and a little to bland/weak flavor. Theres alot better ones out there. Its decent and the price was nice for the bottle, but not worth another purchase.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Fresh bottle from the brewery store.

Dark cola like in appearance. Not an abundance of head or carbonation or anything interesting. Just a 3/4 collar of foam and slight traces of lace, with the head slowly dying down and barely making it to the finish line.

The aroma is almost nonexistent for me. Getting raisins or prunes mostly with hint of vanilla.

Taste is earthy peaty sweet bready malts washed away by a gentle bitterness. Treacle. Black strap molasses. Plummy. Coke like aspects are at play. Cherry cola almost, or chocolate covered cherries. Alcohol is a tad abrasive.

Medium mouthfeel, smooth, a little watery. Could use some beefing up.

Overall it's just okay for me.

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Photo of CWBlues
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark cola brown with a half-finger of head that dissipates pretty quickly.

S: I can smell the booze, but I like it. Also some sweet molasses, syrup, caramel, maple, etc.

T: Tastes almost like a cola! Malts, caramel, and molasses on the back end. Pretty tasty!

M: Feels every big like every scotch ale I've had does. Feels great on the palate.

O: Fantastic beer. Love scotch ales and love this one too. Cheers!

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Photo of abgba121
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours black, with a very slight tan head that leaves behind a very light lacing

S: I can smell the alcohol, it is also very sweet to the nose

T: Alcohol very present, along with the strong, sweet and roasted malts

M: medium to thick body and good carbonation

O: a good scotch ale/wee heavy, a must try

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Photo of silentjay
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

a ruby brown body with a small light khaki head that settles to a thin film and leaves a bit of lacing.

a bit of caramel and molasses with a ton of fruity scents (plums, dates, rasins). thats about it.

very sweet and syrupy, almost soda-like with a bit of caramel, molasses, and fruit juice. like plum soda. very sweet and sticky.

soda like in body as well, though less carbonated. I'm just getting the feel I get from drinks high in high fructose corn syrup.

its not a bad beer, its just not great either. too syrupy, though I know that a certain amount is expected in the style.... this just overdoes it.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with light tan head.

Aroma is thick with maple and caramel notes.

Flavor is rich. Some maple. Lots of lingering sweetness. Some red wine,,molasses, very toasted malt,,little bit of hops are in the background.

Little bit of dark xhocolate. Lots of alcoholic warmth.

Medium smooth mouthfedl.

(Bought in manhattan,kansas. Enjoyed at home in oklahoma city)

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Photo of brentk56
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown color with a modest head that quickly fades to a ringlet though it leaves a smattering of lace

Smell: Sweet sugary plums with undertones of chocolate

Taste: Opens with a sweet dried plum flavor with smoky chocolate elements building by mid-palate; after the swallow, the chocolate lingers along with some warmth from the alcohol

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation and some warmth in the gullet

Overall: A bit too sweet, a bit too much fusel alcohol and not enough peaty/smoky complexity, unfortunately

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Photo of jale
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the brewery.

A: Pours brown with a quarter of off white head.

S: Light smokiness caramel and a hint of sweet malt.

T: Slightly sweet smoky malt upfront followed by alcohol heat. Small amount of caramel and nuts. Mild hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium body. Could use a tad more carbonation.

O: Decent scotch ale.

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Photo of jmvecchio1
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours off the draft a deep hazy garnet and the aroma off this beer is equally rich and deep.

There's a powerful pop of plums, candied cherries, and a slight nutty smell.

Surprisingly, this beer does not scream scotch upon the first taste. It's a warming blend of malts with hints of tart fruit and a small amount of hop bitterness.

Overall, a steady beer. But a one and done for me.

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Photo of ModemMisuser
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle was purchased from Siciliano's in Grand Rapids during a road trip. I whipped up a mixed 6-pack of MI brews, and this was the one I chose from Arcadia. I'm on a Scottish/Scotch ale kick... :D

Appearance is very dark brown, mildly cloudy. I wasn't able to evaluate the head formation or retention, as I split the bottle with my wife. We use small sample glasses for this, and thus never get much head.

Aroma... Medium-dark malts. Chocolate. Mild-to-moderate alcohol.

The beer had a medium body, fairly low carbonation.

Taste was of caramel, a slight bourbon-y note, and did I mention caramel. I mainly got caramel from the flavor, with a medium alcohol character. Not barleywine-like, definitely more mild than that, but alcohol was noted.

Overall a good Wee Heavy; would like the chance to try it on tap sometime.

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Photo of ElizabethCraig
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had from a bottle we brought home from our Michigan road trip.

Appearance was a dark brown translucent (opacity was 9/10, you could just see a little light through it when you hold it up a bit). Some pretty copper tones when you hold it up to the light. The head was a pale tan. I can't evaluate the formation since my husband and I split the 12oz into 2 sample glasses.

The scent was a rich dark chocolate malt. I'm trying to learn to be more specific about what I'm smelling, but there you are: dark chocolate malt was all I could get.

Low carbonation, a sweet chocolate malt with a high alcohol 'burn' going to a coffee bittersweet, to chocolate malt sweetness at the end.

I am a malt freak, but admittedly not the best person to review this style of beer.

I don't care for the higher alcohol burn in this beer, and if I recall correctly it's a character of the style. Looking it up in the Android BJCP app didn't help me much on that. What can be a 'mild alcohol' taste to one person may be overwhelming to another.

This was my first Arcadia beer, and I will seek them out to try more.

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Photo of ssimpson89
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 3/23/11

Pours almost stout like black, with hint of ruby around the edges when held to the light. Aroma is almost non existent, but did pick a faint peat like smell. Small tan head quickly evaporated leaving small bubble around the ring.

Roasted malty flavor with a hint of dark fruits and smoky peat, although the flavors are not very prominent. Thin and crisp mouth feel with a dry finish. The flavor did improve as the beer warmed.

Very drinkable for a Scotch Ale although I would have preferred a stronger flavor profile.

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Photo of thegodfather1076
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was served out of a 12oz. bottle dispensed into a glass....

Presentation - Cool graphics on the label.

Appearance - Pours out a rootbeer brown with a 1 finger tan head that dissipates rather quickly into a light foam ring. Left a light lacing on the glass.

Smell - Smells of a sweet toasted caramel malt with hints of vanilla.

Taste - Tastes of a toasted nutty malt and raisin. Finishes off as toasty and smokey.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light carbonation. Slightly creamy feel.

Drinkability - Very tasty, smooth, and drinkable.

I believe this was my first Wee Heavy and I really enjoyed the flavor profile and mouthfeel that this brew had. I would definitly recommend trying this and I will probably end up trying it again in the future.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Loch Down pours a very dark tawny brown with a light tan head. The beer is surprisingly dark and looks a bit murky. The head has moderate staying power and leaves run of the mill lace.

The aroma is a bit one dimensional. It has a lot of malty sweet and not much else. It is a very caramelized sweetness that has a pleasant character to it, but I just wish it was a bit richer and had some peat. Some earthy hops and a bit of alcohol are also present, but way in the back.

The flavor is much like the aroma, but it does have a bit more going on. The caramelized malt is once again front and center. It is also joined by some dark fruity notes, a tad of roastyness, a touch of molasses and some earthy hops.

The mouthfeel is medium with a very low amount of carbonation. It is a sweet beer but finishes without being terribly cloying. Some nice malty flavors linger on my tongue.

Overall this is actually a pretty decent beer, though it seems a little weak for a scotch ale. It drinks a lot more like a smaller beer, which I guess is a good thing. If you want a more aggressive scotch ale with more peat character, look elsewhere.

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Photo of BangerNYC
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Trappist Roquefort Chalice...

Seeing that this is my very first review, please bear with me here...

I tried this Scotch Ale two ways: 1) Fridge temp & room temp...

Aroma: With both pourings, I noticed a distinct oak barrel with underlaying scotch, caramel & fruitness, i.e prune & slight hint of orange (maybe some coriander?)

Cold pouring, I failed to unleash the sediment, but..

Pour: Cold poured; little to almost no head; and room temp, (where the sediment was released,) poured a nice head that subsided quickly. Both had little or no glass lacing.

Mouth: The barleys are not overpowering and are very pleasant. Cold, the yeasts aren't as active, but room temp, they danced on the pallet. I've only had one other Scotch Ale, but the hops seemed to be a little more present, but added to the taste.

Finish: The 8.0% is seductively there with a trace of pumpernickel and walnuts.

Overall: A very nice Scotch Ale whether you are chatting with your buds in Alaska or just want something different while in The keys!

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Photo of Magpie14
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: large amounts of copper-orange and red from a chestnut earthy brown, slight transparency at the base of my glass. Capped off with dusty white foam with average retention. Bits and pieces of lace

S: nose is very subtle considering the style. Still, the stalwart scents of malted caramel and big roasted notes exist. Light herbal notes are present as well

T: my taste buds unlock plenty of toasted malts and caramel with some bread hints. Even more pronounced than the nose is the herbal tea-like flavors, in addition they finish with a soft bitterness. All in all this is not a very complex brew. No real depth of flavors. This is a sessionable Wee Heavy, although it's hardly "heavy" in terms. It is more assertively hopped than others within the style

M: slick and mild. Medium body has no quarrels. Very easy to drink, especially at room temp. At 8% this is very doable...and troublesome

O: I grab this brew only a few times a year for a change of pace. Overall, nothing I really crave within this one. Not as complex as it should be. Needs a little boost in flavor and complexity

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Photo of TwoHeartedMale
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: almost black very little head that left almost nothing.

s:sweet coco with ritch malt.

t:roasted malt with a rich coco and a sour scotch finish.

m:med levil of of carb. sweet and smokey whisky aftertaste.

o:this beer is great but not anything new. its a nice scotch all nothinf more nothing less.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a oversized snifter. Pours a mahogany plum color, with an off white head that quicjpkly dissipates to a thin riming around the edge of the glass and a little atoll floating in the middle of the beer.mince lacing as the beer is swirled.

Hefty aroma of alcohol, port, yeast, and tannic fruit. Hints of oak leaves, leather and brown sugar as well.

The taste starts with a hint of port, mild malt, yeast, and peat, before opening up to more of an alcohol, perhaps scotch like taste. Becomes more fruity as it warms, with buttery fig, prune and raisins prominent. Ends with decent bitterness and alcohol warmth.

Medium bodied, this beer becomes drier as you finish the glass.

Perhaps I started it too cold, but this really improved as it warmed. A decent scotch ale that I acquired as part of Arcadia's mixed 12 pack. I'd get this 12 pack again, if for no other reason than to have the nice assortment of quality beer from Arcadia.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Harpoon 100 barrel series tulip glass.

The color is a dark black with some dark maroon highlights and a brownish head with some thin lacing left on the glass.

The smell is dark malts at first with some roasty aroma. There is some sweetness mixed with almost an oat or wheat like aroma.

The taste is toffee with a toasty bread flavor that is dark malt with a little tobacco mixed in. There is even a sugary peanut butter flavor that touches just for a moment then is gone into some sweetness.

The feel of this beer is medium but leans toward a large beer since this does have a bit of a kick to it. It does drink well and has a smooth, milky feel as it goes down.

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Arcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.