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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: 459
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 11
Gots: 21 | 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  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of AwYeh
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Upon pouring, color closely resembles Coca Cola, with less than a finger of light brown head.

S: Aroma is of caramel and dark fruit.

T: Taste follows through on the smell, adding a significant malty sweetness.

M: Medium bodied and syrupy, with moderate to soft carbonation.

D: Decent drinkability, but too one dimensional with the sweetness to really engage my interest while drinking it.

Not a bad beer, just doesn't bring much to the table, especially in the Scotch Ale category.

Photo of danielharper
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark amber coloration, very nearly brown. Thick brown head that thins but does not disappear and leaves a small amount of lacing.

Smell: Strong aroma of bread, malt. Slightly sweet. Not a lot there, but it's not bad.

Taste: Strongly sweet, cloying. Quite dry on the finish. Notes of apples and cherries, a touch of citrus and grapefruit. It's pretty clean overall, but it doesn't even come close to the kind of immense complexity that a really fine Scotch Ale like Skullsplitter can offer.

Mouthfeel: Watery, but leaves a coating along the tongue and palate. No carbonation, no hops, very flat.

Drinkability: Overall I feel like my numerical ratings are a bit unfair for this beer. It's not really a bad beer (I'd probably buy it again sometime) but it's not really giving me anything to work with. A decent high-ABV programmer, nothing more.

Photo of enfield249
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark, dark brown with ruby highlights in the corners. Ring of white foam that sticks around, no lacing.

S - Strong malty bready aroma, and some alcohol.

T - First thing I get is some alcohol burn, which is surprising. Then some sweetness from the malt. Followed up by more alcohol.

M - A bit thin feeling. Maybe that's the style, but it feels a little weak.

D - Overall, not bad. A bit to much alcohol flavor however.

Photo of SundayLobotmist
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%

Photo of lackenhauser
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice deep mahogany color. Low aroma-sort of vanilla and caramel thing going on. Has the metallic notes of their oatmeal stout I just had. Malty flavor-touch of alcohol which is suprising for only 7.5%. Some caramel sweetness though I keep getting the same sort of flavor as the last beer. Decent enough mouthfeel. Average scotch ale. I am put off by the "odd" flavors. Make your own opinion-I cant recommend this one.

Photo of buschbeer
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured into a pint glass to one finger of mocha head. It is dark brown in color. Alcohol, toffee and caramel are the predominate aromas. This beer starts out with a sweet alcohol taste and finishes with a burnt almost smokey flavor. It mellows out as it warms. It is an average beer.


Photo of jjayjaye
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost opaque dark brown color with amber hues. The light tan head fades quickly and no lacing is present.

Medium bodied with little carbonation... lends to a simpler, uncomplicated beverage. I enjoy a Wee Heavy that's wee heavier, but this'll do.

The flavor is a nice balance between roasted malt and caramel.

I'm reading "Ambitious Brews" and i imagine early American dark brews being very similar to this. I'm call'n it drinkable; this one falls above the line.

Photo of Skipster
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of SickGnar
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with garnet highlights. Medium size head popped up then fell so fast I barely got a look at the color – maybe a sort of light ecru. Clear with a fair number of bubbles rising. Very limited for retention and no lace. Okay look for a dark higher abv beer.

S: Dark fruit & scorched molasses sweetness. Pretty good hint of alcohol that grows as it warms. Quite clean. Surprisingly lacking in malty richness.

T: Initial dark fruit and scorched molasses/burnt cookie sweetness that fades into a fairly hefty roast aspect with noticeable peated component. Peaty bit grows as it warms and becomes a touch unpleasant. Background toasted biscuity pale base malt shows through in fits and starts along with a small bit of dark toffee. Balancing hops provide mostly bittering without much character, but they are an the strong side balance-wise for a Scotch Ale. Quite present spicy / sweet alcohol note.

M: A slight bit over medium, but still pretty low relative to abv. Carbonation is also low. Noticable alcohol bite. Overall a flaccid, slightly boozy feel. Roast and alcohol take it a bit drying.

D: Boozy & peaty. A bit roasty too. About mid-range for style abv, but alcohol is quite forward in aroma and palate. Flavor emphasis for malts is reversed. Roast & peat, that should be hints, are at the fore. Deep, malty richenss – with big caramel – that should be the burly backbone, is but a hint. Also a bit too attenuated / thin bodied. And with rather firm hopping. Not terrible, but odd for a Wee Heavy.

Photo of Atlas1
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was not familiar with the Arcadia line of beers, so I grabbed a few at the store today. The Scotch Ale is the first to be opened. I'm not sure I understand the whole Celtic design of the brand logo, especially considering this is a Scotch ale, but whatever. I'm always up for trying new beers.

Pours a deep, dark brown color. Not much head to speak of here and what does exist thins out real fast. Smells sweet and woody. Sugary malt aroma with some heavier, earthen scents, keeping in line with the style but nothing spectacular. Taste is a bit bland as well. Smooth, but flat. There's some kick up front, with a burst of hops and lots of raisins. Some coffee here too, which I would not have expected. I mean, it's nice enough, but it doesn't do much for me. Not a great example of a Scotch or a Wee Heavy. I probably won't return to this one.

Photo of uwmgdman
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark brown with a ruby glow and good clarity. There is a thin but steady off-white head. The aroma is moderate-high caramel sweetness as well as a bit earthy/woody. The flavor has a highly bittersweet caramel note and hop bitterness is low. The beer finishes with a slightl alcohol prick and some residual sweetness. The body is medium-full and carbonation is moderate. Overall a decent brew, but nothing out of this world.

Photo of russpowell
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a chestnut tinged mahogany with a thumb of tan head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Plums, cherry & taffy

T:Dark fruit, woody hop notes & cola notes up front, along with some raw boozey notes. Molasess, carob & cherry are there as this warms, Finishes with raw boozeynes cherriess a touch smokeynesss

MF: Medium bodied, light carbonation, warming but rough around the edges

This is better than previous bottles I've had, but still not much to get excited about. Another run of the mill beer from Arcadia

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.

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of oracle
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
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 WesWes
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a sour yeast scent that is paired with pale, crystal, and roasted malts. There may be others present, but I can't tell the difference because of the contamination. The taste is average. It has a bold malt presence. It's rich with crystal, peated, and roasted malts. It goes down and warms on the finish. There is a sour finish. It's not as pronounced due to the high dark malt component. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer is at least drinkable, but not one I'd buy again. The contamination is too distracting.

3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle of fresh winter 2010 "Loch Down".
A: A good deep brown to black body with slight red hues around the edges. Head holds well and lace is almost non-existing.
S: A nice example of the classic elements, but a strange chalky note. Good bit of intensity.
T/M: The front is a watery and almost vacant sensation until a sweetness of the body hits and throws in a bit of a caramel, barley note. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and too smooth. Finish is short and on the low intensity side of things.
D: Does not really have me running back for more, even so the rest of the beer was a bit off thinking about the false and empty front on this beer. Element all a bit short on this one.

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.

Arcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 459 ratings.