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:
558
Reviews:
273
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
13.46%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
65
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Ratings: 558 |  Reviews: 273
Photo of psmith161
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of davisrin
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Nice mouthfeel, kind of heavy on the tongue. Darker than I'm used to with Scotch ales, but really good taste, once it warmed up a bit. .

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Photo of metter98
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is dark reddish brown in color. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that quickly settled down, leaving a bit of lacing on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of plums are present in the nose along with hints of brown bread.
T: The initial taste starts off with some flavors of plums but has later notes of nutty malts and hints of brown bread. There is only a light amount of bitterness, but the hops mostly serve to negate any sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and yet a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The relative lighter body nature of this beer makes it a little easier to drink compared to others in the style.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Buddance
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MeIquiades
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look : One finger white head, brown body.

Smell : Dark fruits, some caramel, a little peat, and interestingly enough some barnyard funk.

Taste : Dark fruits, some caramel, mild peat, a touch of coffee, a hint of belgian yeast?

Feel : medium-high carbonation, medium body. Slight alcohol bite. A bit more carbonation than I'm used to in a scotch ale.

Other: This is not a normal scotch ale. There is some odd Belgian notes in the flavor and smell.

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Photo of oldman888
4.11/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bwbetts
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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!). 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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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice coffee color, a dark brown color with a thin foam head that stays forever.

Smells of malts, warm, almost sweet.

Tastes of lightly roasted malt.

Feels smooth, creamy, full bodied.

Overall, pretty good, not the best Scotch Ale but not the worst, but good.

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Photo of Ottoj55
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice glass, beer was deep chestnut brown with white foam that very quickly faded. Sweet malty smell with caramel and toffee. Sweet malty taste, caramel, toffee, nutty, a bit of warm alcohol and something that was vaguely cola like to me, no real hop presence. Smooth mouthfeel, silky with low carbonation. Really well made example of a wee heavy.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dfhhead25
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Always have enjoyed this brew----Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. This fine Scotch ale pours a murky dark mahogany with a nice head of off white foam that settles over time to a thick ring, thin layer, and nice lacing. Nose of brown sugars, peat malt, dark rye bread, and subtle caramel malts. Flavors exceed the nose with brown sugars and peat smoked malts on the front and middle, cherry and peach notes mingle with dark rye bread on the sides, and caramel malts with moderate alcohol notes hits on the back with a touch of cocoa. Very nice mouth feel; coating, smooth, and lightly dry on the finish. Overall a great brew perfect for a session.

Cheers

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Photo of plumberman63
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Dark caramel, brown, descent light tan head. Caramel/ toffee/ alcohol smell. Taste follows smell, drank with a gourmet mushroom/pineapple/pepper cheese burger. At 8% wouldn't want to drink more than 2 in a setting.
This is OK but not a favorite.

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

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/20/2015. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, cocoa, raisin, plum, apple, light peat smoke/tobacco, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, cocoa, raisin, plum, apple, light peat smoke/tobacco, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, cocoa, light peat smoke/tobacco, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from hop/roasted notes as well. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and slightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Scotch ale style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Fishwhisperer
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of scootercrabb
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of WesMantooth
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brew pub. A very dark chestnut brown pour. Almost black. Decent tan head. Smells of rich malts, toffee/caramel, and a bit nutty.

Tastes much the same. A bit of smokey peat moss, but more dominated by rich caramel flavor.

Body is on the fuller side. Pretty syrupy, but not too sticky. I thought this was a very nice Scotch

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Photo of Jbix1995
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smelled caramel and sweet. The tastes were very subtle but well balanced. Surprisingly smooth going down. I would be willing to try again but it didn't knock my socks off.

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

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of barczar
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is a 2012, so it's got some age on it.

Aroma is sweet, caramelly, toasted, and nutty, with light floral and specialty malt fruity notes. There's a hint of peat.

Flavor is initially specialty malt fruit dominant, a touch tart, but it mellows to a toasted, toffee malt backbone, becoming slightly smoky in the finish. The fruity character is overwhelming, and the finish is overly bitter. There's a lingering plasticy note.

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Photo of MDM
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Arcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 558 ratings.
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