Arcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale | Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Loch Down Scotch AleArcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale

Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

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

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Ratings: 558 |  Reviews: 273
Photo of EddieJoe
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of litheum94
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 11/1/11.

Deep brown body with sienna hi-lites. Scant, brown head leaves a patchy cover.

Kola nut, molasses and peat, with a slight smoke essence. Vanilla and caramel malts as well, with no hops.

Caramel and nutty malts. Vanilla and cream soda flavors. Some earthy peat. English toffee leads into light hopping on the finish, with a pine and floral essence.

Decent scotch ale. Definitely above average, but there are better examples out there.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of rudy0908
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of matjack85
4.37/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL as part of a build your own six pack for $9.99, so that would make each selection $1.67. My label is completely different from the one on the BA web page as mine has a picture of a Scottish castle on top of a hill rather than a coat of arms, but I'm sure it's the same beer judging from the alcohol content, color, and other features common with other reviewers here. No freshness date.

The beer poured a nice dark chestnut brown color, but only made a ½-finger of beige head and left very little lacing.

Very nice smell with lots of roasted malt, molasses, dark fruits, and a bit of alcohol.

Good malty backbone with sweet caramel and molasses leading the way, followed by plum and raisin fruit notes, and a very noticeable and warming alcohol finish. Tea-like hops provide a mild bitterness for balance. I loved it.

The mouthfeel may be the best part of all. A smooth and creamy texture create a medium to full bodied brew, and the medium carbonation level is perfect. There's enough alcohol to make it feel like a warm liqueur going down your throat.

At 8% abv it's definitely not sessionable, but it sure is a great and tasty sipper. I highly recommended trying this one.

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Photo of russpowell
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
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

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of FungusBrewer
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep brown-chestnut pint with average head retention. Grab a spoon for this one. Loch Down ale tastes a bit buttery, heavy, and malty. Slight burnt toffee characteristics, but not "dried fig" like some old ales. At 8%, without the balanced hops, you taste the booze.

Best enjoyed while watching Highlander.

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Photo of cynical1027
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of JDizzle
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of micromaniac129
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A rich chestnut brown color. Very little in way of carbonation that produces very little head, even when poured vigorously. Aromas of roasted malts cocoa and licorise. there is also a high level of diaceyl in the nose. The taste finds rich malts cocoa and licorise like in the nose but also a big dollup of alcohol. At 8 ABV it's sits right there in the open daring you. Not hidden at all. The diaceyl that was quite present in the nose retreats to a more subdued level on the palette.
The beer drink smooth and somewhat dry even though the beer itself is rather sweet overall.
A bit plain jane as far as scotch ales. I'd could take it or leave.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of BellsFan
3/5  rDev -17.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of xnicknj
3/5  rDev -17.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of cquinn17
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first review ever! I just decided it was time I guess and happened to be pouring this beer.

12 oz. bottle poured into a NB globe.

A- Dark brown with a very minimal head and little retention. good amount of visible carbonation

S- I get lots of roasted malt and some alcohol notes. Also some sweeter molasses notes present as it warms.

T- Starts off with some smoky and roasted malt flavors, as it moves across the tongue I pick up some peat notes. Finishes slightly bitter and has a touch of alcohol at the end.

M- thinner mouthfeel than I would have liked, good amount of carbonation

O- Nothing really stands out about this scotch ale, but its not bad. A pretty good example of the style that doesn't do anything to crazy. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of WuAnquo1
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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

I think I may have been a little harsh with straight 4's on this, but I am just starting to get an appreciation for this style. I previously had avoided scotch ales, but I am starting to like them, as I said in a review last week.

This one has a unique malty flavor. It makes no appologies for its' booziness. The color is a pretty brown and the head is pretty weak. The aroma is pretty interesting, .ike the taste. I would definintely buy this again. It is another step towards my appreciation of scotch ales.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.13/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Arcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
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