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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: 483
Reviews: 258
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 11
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 483 | Reviews: 258
Photo of Greggy
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Dark ruby/black just see through color with a light tan head, 1 finger, that recedes into a cap with minimal lacing.

S- Not as pronounced as most scotch ales but after some swirling and coaxing in my tulip I gathered the familiar scotch and light peatiness from scotch ales but have to say it is a bit less on the nose of the arcadia than the others I have tried. The peatiness also has a touch of a cherry component to it. Beyond this, there is a light toastiness, and honey.

T- Initially, a get a super light scotch, dry peatiness, and followed by some dry baking chocolate, and even a touch of coffee in the finish. By far, the least pronounced scotch ales I have tasted.

M- low carbonation but works well with the style.

D- I found that this gets definitely better as it warms so try to start out warm. It was a good scotch ale, but currently, of the 2 others I have had, this is my least favorite.

Photo of Lanoke12
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

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

Poured into a pint glass. No bb date available on the bottle but says it was bottled on 1/23/2010, but i think it was probably bottled on 11/23/2010, i don't know if it would be a year old, i just bought it from the store today and they haven't been selling Arcadia in Kansas for that long. It pours a nice and thick dark brown, almost to a black color but more of a nice mahogany. It gave a nice foamy light tan head that went away very quickly. Opaque to look through and shows descent signs of carbonation. Has a bit of a bite on the tongue and even more on the back of the throat. Ive had a few scotch ales and this one delivers on the full flavor. Compared to O'Dell 90 shilling this is a bit more flavorful but its def. a little hard to drink, its a sipper. Leaves a nice film on the tongue and palate, roasted malt and grains for sure, barely, almost a soft milk chocolate. I think its a little unbalanced as there isn't enough hop flavor to even the brew out a bit but i still enjoy the brew. Cheers.

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.

Photo of lochef81
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This scotch ale pours a dark mahogany color with a generous off-white head that quickly gives way to a nice film and lacing. The aroma is very malty with hints of vanilla, alcohol, caramel, peat and a little yeast. The mouth is pleasantly thick and sticky. The flavor is malty but not overly sweet. It is a balanced blend of booze and earth. Not the best scotch ale I've had but not bad at all.

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 GuinnessAtRogerWilco
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle given to me by my sales rep to check out. Poured into a Chimay goblet.

AP: Dark muddy brown colour. Not much of a head on this, only about 1/8" right after the pour which quickly fizzled to just a sliver around the rim.
AR: Dark fruits (raisin, fig, black cherry), toffee, licorice, brown sugar, brown bread and a hint of vanilla. Faint Earthy hops in the background.
T: Taste is a bit thicker and sweeter than the nose led me to believe, which is fine. It's not an overly sweet beer, nor would I call it straight up sweet, but it does have some sugary sweetness to it. I also get some molasses in the taste along with the other aromas I described above. Nice little soft note of bitter Earthy hops on the aftertaste, not enough to balance the sweetness but enough to let you know it's there.
M: Low carbonation, medium body which with the sweetness and ABV of this beer I would say the body is a bit lighter than I would expect it to be, smooth and silky on the palate. Finish is kind of off dry, it doesn't coat your tongue with sticky flavours like you might think.
OV: Decent flavours and very drinkable, hides the ABV well. Not as chewy as I'd like it to be. A good sipper for a cold night.

Photo of shivtim
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served up in a pint glass, a deep brown with rich red highlights and no head or bubbles at all. Nose is very mild, with just a bit of smoky malts and a hint of hops. Taste is malty with an earthy sweetness, some hops and a lingering caramel sweetness. The alcohol is there but not overpowering. Nice combo of malts and sweetness. Well done. Mouthfeel is a little undercarbonated but still smooth and nice. Drinability is good, it's a quality winter brew.

Photo of smithj4
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jdhilt
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a four finger light tan head that fades slowly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Deep mahogany color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Malty nose. Flavor is sweetish molasses and some caramel. $1.79 for a 12oz bottle from Yankee Spirits South Attleboro, Ma.

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 CHickman
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque black with a small creamy tan head that faded quickly; zero lacing, and I mean zero.

Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, toast, cocoa, grains, caramel, coffee and a barrel aged or smoky aroma; nice roasted nose overall.

Tastes of roasted malt, chocolate, burnt toast, cocoa, toasted grains, caramel, coffee, toffee, herbs, light citrus hops, licorice, pepper and faint alcohol; the barrel aged/smoky flavor adds a nice sweet touch before the bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with very little carbonation, a heavy body and a smoky slightly bitter finish.

Good drinkability, this was tasty and went down with relative ease. Will seek this out again, as this was a nice slow sipper and not a session beer.

Photo of Grand-Raggedy
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scruffwhor
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, but very dark ruby color. Quick head and foam. Seems close to what most other Scottish ales I've had.

Heavy toast, a little roast, and caramelized plums on toasty muffins.

The roast is heavy on the front of the palate, But the middle has a great combo of roast and toast malt flavors come together. The two flavor categories push out some very bready, muffiny flavors with a caramelized sweetness.

The palate is malty, a little sweet, and somewhat syrupy. You get a little warmth on the finish.

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 DruC4
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of zachrotc
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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

This offering pours a cloudy brown with a decent following head. Smell is decent, presenting a light smoky quality. Taste is sweet and rich in its maltiness...also presenting that nice smoky quality. Mouthfeel is slightly chewy, syrupy...very nice. Overall a very nice sipper.

Photo of jduprey007
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of kirkse
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of bigaddy
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of tommy5
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

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Arcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
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