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 salinasa
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of emerge077
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish brown mahogany edges, long lasting sticky tan foam that never dies down completely.

Complex malt aroma, brown sugar, figs, crushed acorns, fall leaves. Sweet with a light toffee caramel vibe happening. Drizzled over them acorns.

Burly malt flavors, some fruity yeast notes, plum and fig, some dry toastiness that lingers. Dry woody finish, lightly sweet and vaguely boozy toward the end as it warms up. Medium bodied, slightly astringent with a bigger sip. Still fairly smooth. Overall it a good Scotch Ale, and worth another try.

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Photo of CaptainHate
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of rsitarski
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of RudiNicole
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of bnes09
2.8/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark leather brown. Fairly weak head that forms some lacing.

Big malty aroma of wheat toast, molasses and almonds.

Malty flavor, toasty, cherry sweetness. Rough and stale hop flavor ruins the experience. Old and musty aftertaste. Unpleasant.

Medium to full bodied. Low carbonation and strange texture with a dry finish.

I'll pass on this one. I am a fan of scotch ales but this is just not good.

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Photo of Ratman197
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of adnielsen (thanks AAron) poured a cklear reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of toffee,tobacco, grapes and light carmel. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of toffee, tobacco, grapes and light carmel with a crisp lingering tobacco finish.

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Photo of abp02
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of MacStinson
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of brandoman63
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of rab53
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Another6Pack
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of FedExPope
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Neffbeer
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of sm0key
5/5  rDev +37.4%

Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of DocDownUnder
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of lstokes
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For starters, the new label is awesome, but the beer is dark with some orange highlights and headless. Nose is barley and some sweetness, the taste brings in chestnut and coffee, more roasted barley, anise, fruits, and florals, a lot of nice interplay of flavors, really, but there is this unresolved sweetness that I've found in a lot of their beers. Still, very complex and a nice example of the style, although it could have more peat as well as richness in the mouthfeel, which is on the dry side. Would buy again.

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Photo of lurpy1
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A rock solid Scotch Ale. Smell is predominantly molasses, sugary, and clearly some alcohol content. The taste is all of the above, with caramel, raisin/grape, and a surprising twist of smoke thrown into the mix. Alcohol runs interference with the mouthfeel a bit, even for a wee heavy, it ran to the heavy.

Overall, definitely liked it. My first Arcadia experience was not a great one, but after talking with a beer store guy who is a big Arcadia suporter I gave them another try. Glad it panned out.

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Photo of smwesson500
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark Brown

S: Dark Malts, with a hint of coffee. Think of how a guinness smells and its pretty darn close.

T: Starts of wonderfully. Dark malts mixed with molasses transitioning into coffee. However, a bitter metallic taste conquers the finish and is mildly displeasing. Still better than most.

M: Beautifully sculpted body until the metallic finish then it puckers the mouth.

O: I do like this beer. The metallic taste at the end of the beer throws it off. But the other attributes contribute enough to save this beer from mediocrity.

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Photo of abraxel
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark brown, almost opaque, but some copper light gets through. There's a finger or so of sand-colored head, but it drops to a thin film pretty quickly, but stays around 'til the glass is gone.

S - A fair amount of toffee and a touch of smoke. Some sweet fruitiness, too.

T - Smooth, sweet toffee, but not a ton of it. There's a touch of smoke and some roasty bitterness, but this is altogether pretty sweet and smooth. Pretty tasty, but definitely among the subtler wee heavies.

M - Moderately full, with a fair amount of carbonation that prickles the tongue.

Overall, this is a fine beer. I've definitely had better, but I certainly wouldn't turn this down.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Stole a bottle o' this from my brother, but I figure I helped pay for it (in a way), so this is my cut. ...Right?... Anyway, it pours a dark ruby-burnt sienna topped by a finger of dirty tan foam. The nose comprises figs, raisins, light red grapes, candi sugar, brown sugar, caramel, maple syrup, and cinnamon. The slightly acrid fruitiness up front worries me, but I trudge onward. Nothing to worry about here in the taste: The figs return, but the grapes are left behind; in their stead stand brown sugar, toasted toffee, molasses, and a surprising amount of alcohol. The body is a strong medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly thick, slightly oily feel. Overall, a pretty good scotch ale, a bit boozy for its size, but not bad.

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Photo of climax
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Loch Down pours a very deep black bear color. The head is surprisingly spry for an 8% Scotch. The retention is admirable, yet it leaves without much lacing.

The aroma is fuming from the get-go. Dark flavors of chocolate and black cherries are accompanied by an obvious but pleasant warmth of alcohol. More subtle, yet definitely detectable notes include: coffee, maple, licorice, and vanilla.

The flavor doesn't come across quite as bold as the nose. The flavors are warm and the alcohol is very evident. That complexity just isn't present in the way I was hoping.

The body is actually quite thin. The carbonation starts of like synthetic cotton and leaves a slightly sharp bite. My stomach definitely feels warm from the alcohol, which could be more refined.

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Photo of mactrail
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Winey, medium bodied amber ale. An intriguing scent, like apple mash at the cider press. A hint of whiskey and alcohol fumes. Dark butterscotch color in the tulip glass, nice lacing after a modest head. Quite fragrant in the nose. A whiff of mince pie and brandy, maybe a touch of smoke but not much. Not very sweet but plenty of dark malt flavors. Long aftertaste with some bitterness and more dark fruit. More subtle than the smoky sweet examples of the style. Very sippable.

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