Arcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale | Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Loch Down Scotch AleArcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
arcadiaales.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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

Our tribute to the Scottish Highlands, this beer offers a gorgeous garnet color joined by the aroma of ripe plums and freshly-baked biscuits. The rich, full-bodied texture reveals notes of roasted chestnuts and caramel in the smooth single-malt style brew. Balanced with just the right amount of hop character, this beer delights with crisp alcohol finish.

Added by zerk on 10-02-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
559
Reviews:
273
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
13.46%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
65
For Trade:
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Ratings: 559 |  Reviews: 273
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5/5  rDev +37.4%

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5/5  rDev +37.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.72/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Dark brown with an very dirty brown head, along with a good amount of lacing along the sides. Almost has the appearance of an Imperial Stout

Smell - Very rich peated scotch, caramel, toffee, yeasts and sweet malts. The malt is very strong with this one.

Taste - Robust caramel, toffee, scotch, yeasts and malts. Very sweet tasting even by Scotch Ale standards thanks to the strong malty backbone, and being incredibly delicious at the same time.

Mouthfeel - Fairly thick body but free from carbonation, so this feels incredibly creamy and it goes along with the flavor perfectly

Overall - Perhaps the best scotch ale I have ever had because it does so many things right with it's flavor and body, along with the rich aroma that comes along with it. I can't wait to try more from Arcadia Brewing!

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Photo of maddamish
4.57/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of the best scotch ale's in existence. Please do whatever you can to pick this one up.

Highlights:

Taste: This beer has it in spades. Dark fruits are the dominant in this beer. Raisin and grape are present as well as a bit of fig. There is also the barest hint of butterscotch in the aftertaste. This beer is fun to contemplate with all this flavor present.

I know this beer is at only 7.5% abv but you can really taste the alcohol. This isn’t a bad thing with this beer. The alcohol really complements dark fruitiness.

Fig is the dominate in the nose with brown sugar bringing backup support.

The Arcadia Scotch Ale is a masterful beer by a great brewery. Thanks!

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4.55/5  rDev +25%
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.

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4.53/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves a one finger biege head that eventually fades into a foam ring at the edge, and there is no lacing. Body is a handsome dark brown.

Smell - dates, raisins, plums, figs, and some spicy alcohol. Mouthwatering.

Taste - as promised by the nose. Dates, raisins, plums, and figs, with a small amount of spicy alcohol. There is a tiny bit of a lemony hop bite on the finish, and also some pitted fruit lingers on the finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - full bodied, smooth, and semi-dry.

Drinkability - this is very good ale, and the abv renders it borderline sessionable.

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4.52/5  rDev +24.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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Photo of malty
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear ruby-copper color with a very thin cream-colored head. Faint and slow moving carbonation.

Scents of Concord grape jelly and peated whiskey malts. After a few more swirls a syrupy plumy aroma is evoked.

Apparent sweet dark roasted malt flavors mixed with a nice encore of the peat makes itself noticed once again. A welcome warmth starts to build-up in the middle of my chest, as I'm halfway through the pint. There's a very unorthodox (for this style) hop presence, which offsets the sweet roasted malts at just the right time. Notes of leather and oak in the finish leaving a tingling on the sides on my tongue, as if I were sipping on a dram of Oban single malt scotch.

Mouthfeel is superb. The carbonation is a notch above normal (again, for this style), which keep the flavors swirling and kinetic. The hops provide a swift dryness to the finish, coupled by the masterful array of sweet, dark and faintly smoky malts.

The medium body and the playful (but very tamed) carbonation make this a joy to drink. Put me fireside with this one and I'd be happy all night.

Overall a stunningly original and poised example of this style. There have been too many overly cloying and syrupy renditions to where I've almost avoided diving back into this style. I'm certainly glad I gave this one a try. Only wish I would have tried it in November, but better late than never!

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of sacrelicio
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good scotch ale. Pours a nice dark brown with reddish highlights into my DT tulip. Nice, tan head, not much lacing.

Smells very nice. Tart, citrusy fruits, sauvignon blanc wine scents, funky cheddar, leather, cedar, spice, nuts, vanilla. Complex and interesting.

The taste is fruity, alcoholic, leathery, spicy, cedary. Very white wine like. Unusual but very nice.

Mouthfeel is rich and full. Very, very good.

Drinkabilty is very good. A good starter scotch ale, or easy standby for scotch ale fans.

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4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber brown, with almost no head... looks just like it should. Aroma of smoked peat, caramel, and alcohol. Quite pleasant on the tongue: sweet caramel notes to begin with, followed by some light smoke flavor, just a touch of bitterness, and some noticable alcohol. Has a nice warming effect. Full bodied with low carbonation. An excellent representation of a Strong Scottish Ale.

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With a brown copper color, it boasts flavors of yeasty dark bread, brandy and black tea, along with the light plum aftertaste. The aroma is dark fruit and bready and while the carbonation a little too brisk, the mouthfeel is great. Overall, this is a pretty solid non-peat scotch ale. Another good Scotch ale in its class will be the Kilt Lifter from Moylan's Brewing Company in Novato (Don't let the not-so-classy beer name discourage you. This is a good beer!) and another original Kilt Lifter from Four Peaks Brewing Company in Tempe, Arizona. If you like some peat with your beer, I recommend Sprecher Brewery’s Piper’s Scotch-style ale, Ale Smith's Wee Heavy and even Belhaven Brewery’s Wee Heavy.

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4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown, even darker than cola colored body, head fades in the blink of an eye, until nothing is left except a couple of specks on the dark surface. Smell is sweet and malty, and a smell similar to potting soil (not in a bad way, though). Taste is sweet, with carmel, sweet apples, a touch of alcohol, and some slightly nutty flavors. Mouthfeel has a low carbonation level, but this is a very smooth drinking, yet strong and delicious beer. This makes up for the Battle Creek Reserve disaster that I recently had from Arcadia.

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4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this beer on a trip to Upstate New York. Had no idea about the brewery, but I had not had it before and it looked interesting.
I was pleasantly surprised with the beer. It has a dark brown color, not quite as dark as a porter. Smelled very malty, and the taste was excellent. It has a very rich, toasted malty taste - not too sweet.
I only had one. I think it would be a bit much to sit down with a few of them.

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4.37/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Wow, this very dark red ale has a big malt aroma! I pour the beer into my glass and it burst with a malt aroma laced with toffee, peatiness and leather. The taste is wonderfully complex, with all the maltiness that one would expect in a Scotch Ale combined with a huge toffee-caramel character along with a slightly chewy date-like fruitiness. All of these flavors are wrapped up nicely towards the finish, which a wine-like fruity and spicy finish that is very pleasant with just the right amount hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is luxurious and smooth, with just the right amount of carbonation that enhances the appearance, leaving a persistent collar of foam down to the last sip. Perhaps this is a little more estery than "real" Scotch Ale (from Scotland) and maybe a touch "husky" in the finish as it warms up (that last sip), but it's delicious nonetheless.

This is really an outstanding beer.

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Arcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 559 ratings.
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