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

12 oz. Almost a mohoghany pour with minimal off white head. Seems about standard.

Aroma, Plenty of malt, toffee, yellow raisin, peat. Light toast and warmth.

Taste, it is malty for sure. Caramel, some red fruit and raisin. Finish has some more bitter roast, light currant and cocoa. Good but maybe just a bit acrid.

Slightly more carbonation than I'd like and I don't think it helps the slightly harsh nature. Some warmth to it as well, not bad, but not sure how good th warming is either.
Worth a try I suppose.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark tan/brown, not much head or lacing.

SMell - Dark fruits, scotch, some sugars, not much smell.

Taste - Scotch and malts make the main flavor. Has a sweet fruit like rasin and plum mixed with some molasses to give it a cola like flavor. Mild chocolate like flavor also comes in.

MOuthfeel - Medium thickness, coats mouth with syrup-like sweetness. Tounge gets some sugars and malts, palette the same. Not real strong flavor and aftertaste is sweet but not long lasting.

Overall - Average, nothing special, and a little to bland/weak flavor. Theres alot better ones out there. Its decent and the price was nice for the bottle, but not worth another purchase.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark cola brown with a half-finger of head that dissipates pretty quickly.

S: I can smell the booze, but I like it. Also some sweet molasses, syrup, caramel, maple, etc.

T: Tastes almost like a cola! Malts, caramel, and molasses on the back end. Pretty tasty!

M: Feels every big like every scotch ale I've had does. Feels great on the palate.

O: Fantastic beer. Love scotch ales and love this one too. Cheers!

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Photo of abgba121
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours black, with a very slight tan head that leaves behind a very light lacing

S: I can smell the alcohol, it is also very sweet to the nose

T: Alcohol very present, along with the strong, sweet and roasted malts

M: medium to thick body and good carbonation

O: a good scotch ale/wee heavy, a must try

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Photo of silentjay
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

a ruby brown body with a small light khaki head that settles to a thin film and leaves a bit of lacing.

a bit of caramel and molasses with a ton of fruity scents (plums, dates, rasins). thats about it.

very sweet and syrupy, almost soda-like with a bit of caramel, molasses, and fruit juice. like plum soda. very sweet and sticky.

soda like in body as well, though less carbonated. I'm just getting the feel I get from drinks high in high fructose corn syrup.

its not a bad beer, its just not great either. too syrupy, though I know that a certain amount is expected in the style.... this just overdoes it.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with light tan head.

Aroma is thick with maple and caramel notes.

Flavor is rich. Some maple. Lots of lingering sweetness. Some red wine,,molasses, very toasted malt,,little bit of hops are in the background.

Little bit of dark xhocolate. Lots of alcoholic warmth.

Medium smooth mouthfedl.

(Bought in manhattan,kansas. Enjoyed at home in oklahoma city)

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Photo of brentk56
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown color with a modest head that quickly fades to a ringlet though it leaves a smattering of lace

Smell: Sweet sugary plums with undertones of chocolate

Taste: Opens with a sweet dried plum flavor with smoky chocolate elements building by mid-palate; after the swallow, the chocolate lingers along with some warmth from the alcohol

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation and some warmth in the gullet

Overall: A bit too sweet, a bit too much fusel alcohol and not enough peaty/smoky complexity, unfortunately

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Photo of jale
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the brewery.

A: Pours brown with a quarter of off white head.

S: Light smokiness caramel and a hint of sweet malt.

T: Slightly sweet smoky malt upfront followed by alcohol heat. Small amount of caramel and nuts. Mild hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium body. Could use a tad more carbonation.

O: Decent scotch ale.

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Photo of jmvecchio1
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours off the draft a deep hazy garnet and the aroma off this beer is equally rich and deep.

There's a powerful pop of plums, candied cherries, and a slight nutty smell.

Surprisingly, this beer does not scream scotch upon the first taste. It's a warming blend of malts with hints of tart fruit and a small amount of hop bitterness.

Overall, a steady beer. But a one and done for me.

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

Bottle was purchased from Siciliano's in Grand Rapids during a road trip. I whipped up a mixed 6-pack of MI brews, and this was the one I chose from Arcadia. I'm on a Scottish/Scotch ale kick... :D

Appearance is very dark brown, mildly cloudy. I wasn't able to evaluate the head formation or retention, as I split the bottle with my wife. We use small sample glasses for this, and thus never get much head.

Aroma... Medium-dark malts. Chocolate. Mild-to-moderate alcohol.

The beer had a medium body, fairly low carbonation.

Taste was of caramel, a slight bourbon-y note, and did I mention caramel. I mainly got caramel from the flavor, with a medium alcohol character. Not barleywine-like, definitely more mild than that, but alcohol was noted.

Overall a good Wee Heavy; would like the chance to try it on tap sometime.

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Photo of ElizabethCraig
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had from a bottle we brought home from our Michigan road trip.

Appearance was a dark brown translucent (opacity was 9/10, you could just see a little light through it when you hold it up a bit). Some pretty copper tones when you hold it up to the light. The head was a pale tan. I can't evaluate the formation since my husband and I split the 12oz into 2 sample glasses.

The scent was a rich dark chocolate malt. I'm trying to learn to be more specific about what I'm smelling, but there you are: dark chocolate malt was all I could get.

Low carbonation, a sweet chocolate malt with a high alcohol 'burn' going to a coffee bittersweet, to chocolate malt sweetness at the end.

I am a malt freak, but admittedly not the best person to review this style of beer.

I don't care for the higher alcohol burn in this beer, and if I recall correctly it's a character of the style. Looking it up in the Android BJCP app didn't help me much on that. What can be a 'mild alcohol' taste to one person may be overwhelming to another.

This was my first Arcadia beer, and I will seek them out to try more.

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Photo of ssimpson89
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 3/23/11

Pours almost stout like black, with hint of ruby around the edges when held to the light. Aroma is almost non existent, but did pick a faint peat like smell. Small tan head quickly evaporated leaving small bubble around the ring.

Roasted malty flavor with a hint of dark fruits and smoky peat, although the flavors are not very prominent. Thin and crisp mouth feel with a dry finish. The flavor did improve as the beer warmed.

Very drinkable for a Scotch Ale although I would have preferred a stronger flavor profile.

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Photo of thegodfather1076
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was served out of a 12oz. bottle dispensed into a glass....

Presentation - Cool graphics on the label.

Appearance - Pours out a rootbeer brown with a 1 finger tan head that dissipates rather quickly into a light foam ring. Left a light lacing on the glass.

Smell - Smells of a sweet toasted caramel malt with hints of vanilla.

Taste - Tastes of a toasted nutty malt and raisin. Finishes off as toasty and smokey.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light carbonation. Slightly creamy feel.

Drinkability - Very tasty, smooth, and drinkable.

I believe this was my first Wee Heavy and I really enjoyed the flavor profile and mouthfeel that this brew had. I would definitly recommend trying this and I will probably end up trying it again in the future.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Loch Down pours a very dark tawny brown with a light tan head. The beer is surprisingly dark and looks a bit murky. The head has moderate staying power and leaves run of the mill lace.

The aroma is a bit one dimensional. It has a lot of malty sweet and not much else. It is a very caramelized sweetness that has a pleasant character to it, but I just wish it was a bit richer and had some peat. Some earthy hops and a bit of alcohol are also present, but way in the back.

The flavor is much like the aroma, but it does have a bit more going on. The caramelized malt is once again front and center. It is also joined by some dark fruity notes, a tad of roastyness, a touch of molasses and some earthy hops.

The mouthfeel is medium with a very low amount of carbonation. It is a sweet beer but finishes without being terribly cloying. Some nice malty flavors linger on my tongue.

Overall this is actually a pretty decent beer, though it seems a little weak for a scotch ale. It drinks a lot more like a smaller beer, which I guess is a good thing. If you want a more aggressive scotch ale with more peat character, look elsewhere.

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Photo of BangerNYC
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Trappist Roquefort Chalice...

Seeing that this is my very first review, please bear with me here...

I tried this Scotch Ale two ways: 1) Fridge temp & room temp...

Aroma: With both pourings, I noticed a distinct oak barrel with underlaying scotch, caramel & fruitness, i.e prune & slight hint of orange (maybe some coriander?)

Cold pouring, I failed to unleash the sediment, but..

Pour: Cold poured; little to almost no head; and room temp, (where the sediment was released,) poured a nice head that subsided quickly. Both had little or no glass lacing.

Mouth: The barleys are not overpowering and are very pleasant. Cold, the yeasts aren't as active, but room temp, they danced on the pallet. I've only had one other Scotch Ale, but the hops seemed to be a little more present, but added to the taste.

Finish: The 8.0% is seductively there with a trace of pumpernickel and walnuts.

Overall: A very nice Scotch Ale whether you are chatting with your buds in Alaska or just want something different while in The keys!

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Photo of Magpie14
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: large amounts of copper-orange and red from a chestnut earthy brown, slight transparency at the base of my glass. Capped off with dusty white foam with average retention. Bits and pieces of lace

S: nose is very subtle considering the style. Still, the stalwart scents of malted caramel and big roasted notes exist. Light herbal notes are present as well

T: my taste buds unlock plenty of toasted malts and caramel with some bread hints. Even more pronounced than the nose is the herbal tea-like flavors, in addition they finish with a soft bitterness. All in all this is not a very complex brew. No real depth of flavors. This is a sessionable Wee Heavy, although it's hardly "heavy" in terms. It is more assertively hopped than others within the style

M: slick and mild. Medium body has no quarrels. Very easy to drink, especially at room temp. At 8% this is very doable...and troublesome

O: I grab this brew only a few times a year for a change of pace. Overall, nothing I really crave within this one. Not as complex as it should be. Needs a little boost in flavor and complexity

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Photo of TwoHeartedMale
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: almost black very little head that left almost nothing.

s:sweet coco with ritch malt.

t:roasted malt with a rich coco and a sour scotch finish.

m:med levil of of carb. sweet and smokey whisky aftertaste.

o:this beer is great but not anything new. its a nice scotch all nothinf more nothing less.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a oversized snifter. Pours a mahogany plum color, with an off white head that quicjpkly dissipates to a thin riming around the edge of the glass and a little atoll floating in the middle of the beer.mince lacing as the beer is swirled.

Hefty aroma of alcohol, port, yeast, and tannic fruit. Hints of oak leaves, leather and brown sugar as well.

The taste starts with a hint of port, mild malt, yeast, and peat, before opening up to more of an alcohol, perhaps scotch like taste. Becomes more fruity as it warms, with buttery fig, prune and raisins prominent. Ends with decent bitterness and alcohol warmth.

Medium bodied, this beer becomes drier as you finish the glass.

Perhaps I started it too cold, but this really improved as it warmed. A decent scotch ale that I acquired as part of Arcadia's mixed 12 pack. I'd get this 12 pack again, if for no other reason than to have the nice assortment of quality beer from Arcadia.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Harpoon 100 barrel series tulip glass.

The color is a dark black with some dark maroon highlights and a brownish head with some thin lacing left on the glass.

The smell is dark malts at first with some roasty aroma. There is some sweetness mixed with almost an oat or wheat like aroma.

The taste is toffee with a toasty bread flavor that is dark malt with a little tobacco mixed in. There is even a sugary peanut butter flavor that touches just for a moment then is gone into some sweetness.

The feel of this beer is medium but leans toward a large beer since this does have a bit of a kick to it. It does drink well and has a smooth, milky feel as it goes down.

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Photo of Erish
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Chimay chalice. No date code found.

A: the color of root beer without the head, what little head there is quickly falls into a miniscule cap with very little lacing. Seems a tad dark for a Wee Heavy.

S: the malt aroma is subdued, and it features a roasted note, there is also a bit of a vanilla/oak note, a bit of toasted caramel, roasted nuts, and a touch of damp earth. Not as expressive as I'd hoped for.

T: the caramel malt competes with the toast and oak rather than complimenting it, there is a plum and raisin fruitiness in the middle (actually my favorite part of this beer), which leads to a crème brûlée and burnt toast flavor at the "end of the middle", and finally there is a smoky, roasted, and charred herbal finish. It is a good combination in theory, but the flavors do not seem to marry for some reason. Maybe this beer needs to bottle age for a bit.

M: medium-bodied, creamy texture, moderate carbonation, and a lingering smoky finish.

O: I partly drank this for inspiration, as I am brewing a Wee Heavy tomorrow. I'm glad I did, as it sharpened my definition of what I want out of a Scotch Ale. I would want my Wee Heavy to be lighter in color, have better head retention, be a bit sweeter up front, and a bit more aromatic. Can I do it? I will certainly try!

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Photo of output01x
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (dated 03/16/11) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yeilds an unimpressive 1/2-finger off-white head that diminishes almost as quickly as it formed. Only a thin ring of foam clinging to the glass edge is all that remains throughout consumption. The body is a thin-looking near black with traces of maroon when held to light. Very little lacing leaves a glass that looks far too clean.

Plums, brown sugar, and a syrupy sweetness in the nose. A warm toffee is also present.

Flavors of toffee and caramel, followed by sweet malts with dark fruit notes. A medicinal alcohol warmth finishes each sip. A little more of a hop profile would have helped balance this beer and increased its drinkability.

Full bodied, this beer risks having a syrupy mouthfeel, but is luckily saved by the excessive carbonation.

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Photo of BB1313
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 10/27/10. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a hazy color similar to iced tea, with ruby red hues. Decent head and lacing. Great aromas! I'm picking up alot of milk chocolate, along w/ some hazelnuts. Those can be picked up in the taste as well. Very roasty and toasty. Lots of caramel, toffee, and malts; practically no hop presense. There's also some brown sugar and molasses in the mix. Mouthfeel is slightly over-carbonated, but remains smooth. Finishes slightly warm; medium-bodied.

I can't say I've ever been the biggest scotch ale fan, but this is definitely one of the better ones I've come across. Recommended.

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Photo of AJacob81
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Mahogany, with auburn highlights. Creamy one-finger head sticks around as a soapy white ring, leaving sporadic lacing.

S - Roasted malt, molasses, brown sugar, and a hint of caramel.

T - Follows the nose, with the addition of a warming alcohol presence that complements instead of overpowering. No hops at all, really.

M and D - Medium body, moderate carbonation. Drinks super easily.

The price is reasonable, and this is a pleasant enough example of a Wee Heavy. Will probably get this again.

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Photo of Davidpgibbons
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been saving for a year to see if its changed with age but i couldnt tell a differance
Pours a nice finger size creamy head that vanishes quickly. Smells just like any ord scotch ale but taste pretty smooth with minimal bozziness, heance the 8abv. I can taste notes of toffee and something sweet on my tongue, perhaps caramel? Aftertaste is great. Lots of lacing, and good carb
Overall i decent beer, not my fav scotch ale but pretty good. Im a decent fan of arcadia so....

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Arcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
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