Arcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale | Arcadia Brewing Company

Arcadia Loch Down Scotch AleArcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale
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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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 560 |  Reviews: 273
Photo of allergictomacros
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear, dark, ruby red. Good head of tan foam.

S - Malty with toast, dark fruit - cherries and raisins - and caramel.

T - On the sweet side with a rich fruity body, some metal,licorice, toast and spicy alcohol. Drawn out bitter finish.

M - Chewy body with low carbonation.

D - Nice rich brew. Lots of flavour.

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Photo of marcellaproust
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark but translucent amber-brown. No head to speak of, except tonsure, and not too much perceptible aroma. Very spunky carbonation and great fizzy mouthfeel, as well as an appropriate weight. Only problem is alcohol much too evident on the front end; perhaps for this reason, the maltiness is a fairly vague taste of toast, slightly brown-sugary but not sweet taste. Perhaps less drinkable than McEwan's, but more drinkable than most fine American microbrew Scotch Ales given this less distracting profile. Again, few can beat the carbonation perks here. Post facto taste is substantial . . . smokiness and peat do linger on far after the beer's done (but before food is consumed). All in all quite pleasurable.

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Photo of champ103
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown with some ruby around the edges. A one finger beige head forms and gently fades to a ring. Some good lace is left behind.
S: Musky malt. Some toffee, chocolate, and just a bit of peat. A big metallic and mineral aroma.
T: Chocolate and caramel malt. Some peat as well. Again a large metallic flavor that follows the nose. A bit more of a roasted and peat flavor though.
M/D: Rich, creamy and well carbonated. The alcohol shows a little. This is a sipping beer.

A so so Scotch Ale. Not bad at all, but does not compare to the upper tier for the style.

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Photo of tedsox31
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this from a 12 oz bottle into an Arcadia India Pale Ale pint glass.

The appearance is a pretty dark red/brown with a small head that dissipates very quickly.

Smell to me is of some malt, wood, alcohol, and caramel.

I notice in the taste a lot of caramel and malt, with some hops in the background. This doesn't remind me too much of some Scotch Ales I have had in the past, but it still tastes pretty good.

Mouthfeel is carbonated and goes down pretty easily. Not as creamy as some, but certainly not bad.

A quaffable ale. I enjoyed two or three tonight, and it didn't get old on my tongue. It might not be recommended to drink more than one because of the high abv, but for me it worked out just fine.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a small tan head that thins. Mild, speckled lacing on the glass.

Caramel malty, earthy aroma with a nice nuttiness, a slight smoky smell, and a hint of heather. Herbal hops are also detectable.

Malty and nutty upfront with a light, pleasant smokiness. Mild bitterness and herbal hop flavor and a hint of heather. Finishes with a slight lingering nutty flavor and hop bitterness.

Full body, mild carbonation.

A solid and very drinkable Scotch ale. Happy to have discovered this nice domestic rendition of an under-represented (and under appreciated)style.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a dark copper with lots of carbonation. The head is tall, 3 fingers, light tan and leave good lace. This head really makes this brew look good, it is lively, creamy and has good retention.

The smell is faint yet very malty, also seemingly spicy, strange I was looking for smoke and alcohol.

The taste is good, nice malt, just a hint of spice that is kind of smoky, almost like a mild incense. The hop finish is light yet good and makes for a nice balance.

The mouthfeel is ok, medium body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is ok and get better as it warms.

Prosit, MK

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Photo of nrbw23
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brownish color with a small tan head that leaves pretty much no lacing.

S- Smells of yeast, light caramal malts, tiny bit of fruit, and some nuts.

T- The taste is malty and sweet. I could pick up some dark fruits, bready, and some spices. Not to bad but not the best I've had for the style. Kind of the bland side of things.

M- Smooth overall, medium in body and carbonation.

D- Fairly easy to drink just not my favorite.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a four finger light tan head that fades slowly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Deep mahogany color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Malty nose. Flavor is sweetish molasses and some caramel. $1.79 for a 12oz bottle from Yankee Spirits South Attleboro, Ma.

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Photo of irish53b
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. The label on the neck says Premium Two-Row Malted Barley and Premium NW Hops. The larger label features a notched freshness marker, but not a way to decipher it. Mine was notched D3

The beer develops half a pinky's thickness in head, it dissipates slowly but leaves a ring on the sides that lasts throughout. The color is a dark bourbon or brandy color.

The smell is bit on the clean side but some plum and spiced cake notes come through.

The taste is quite good, very citrus with a caramel sweetness to finish the roasted notes are not as pronounced as in most scotch ales but it has a peppery finish on the lips that I highly enjoy.

The mouthfeel is somewhat slick and medium in weight. The carbonation breaks up the slickness and is enjoyable.

I enjoyed two back to back. The high ABV may make it a non-cession brew, but the beer is nicely balanced and doesn't wear out the palate. The pepper finish and elevated ABV remind me of a fine whiskey.

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Photo of Contagion
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The coloring was a rich dark brown with a ruby tint. Light passed through it with some difficulty, but was able to pass through. It poured no head. The best I got was a ring around the edge of the glass. It left no lacing and after a couple of minutes the thin, barely noticeable ring had faded to nothing.

The beer smelled of a nice smoky peat you get with a good Scottish ale. A mixture of sweet spices and molasses helped round off the scent. The first sip revealed a taste that was a combination of smoked grains, caramel and a slight raisin accent. It had a rich malty flavor. There were some hop accents, but not much, almost no bitterness at all.

It had a good medium body to it. A slight creaminess helped coat the tongue and mouth. There was a nice level of carbonation that gave a slight bite to the tongue.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arcadia Scotch Ale pours a very dark chocolate "black" body beneath a huge dollop of creamy dark tan foam that shortly dies down into a thin, thick head. The retention is good but the lacing could be better (must be due to the alcohol).

The nose is grainy with a hint of roasted barley, some very dark chocolate notes, and perhaps even a bit of smoke.

The body is full, and it's creamy and smooth across the palate.

In the mouth, it's richly malty, sweetish, caramelish, and delicately fruity and floral with a bit of anise as well... surprisingly complex, yet still right on for the style - this one gives the Scottish quite a run for their money!

Worth trying. Arcadia does well with English styles, and apparently Scottish styles as well!

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Photo of Greggy
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Dark ruby/black just see through color with a light tan head, 1 finger, that recedes into a cap with minimal lacing.

S- Not as pronounced as most scotch ales but after some swirling and coaxing in my tulip I gathered the familiar scotch and light peatiness from scotch ales but have to say it is a bit less on the nose of the arcadia than the others I have tried. The peatiness also has a touch of a cherry component to it. Beyond this, there is a light toastiness, and honey.

T- Initially, a get a super light scotch, dry peatiness, and followed by some dry baking chocolate, and even a touch of coffee in the finish. By far, the least pronounced scotch ales I have tasted.

M- low carbonation but works well with the style.

D- I found that this gets definitely better as it warms so try to start out warm. It was a good scotch ale, but currently, of the 2 others I have had, this is my least favorite.

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Photo of kzoobrew
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with moderate head. Head has a nice creamy tan color. Cream ring left after couple minutes with no noticable lacing.

Smell is that of sour malt and bourbon. Every so slight chocolate aroma is present.

Taste is slightly sour up front, slight smoke, bourbon and very slight hop bitterness follows. Taste seems to work better as the brew has some time to warm. Cellar temp or slightly colder.

mouthfeel is some what medium but not heavy. Well carbonated.

The brew is drinkable. If someone offered this to me I would'nt turn it down, but then it would not be my first choice in this style. Over all it is a decent brew

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Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a cloudy looking dirty brown color. Smallish light khaki head recedes quickly and leaves barely any lace.

S: Nice aromas of roasted malt, smoke, sour grain, dark chocolate, and pan roasted nuts.

T: See above with the addition of cocoa, caramel, sweet dark fruit, milk and dark chocolate, and a bit of spicy tobacco.

M: Sweet, spicy, and peppery. Prickly yet sweet during the long middle and finish.

D: Good stuff. The alcohol becomes slightly more apparent as it warms but it's not off-putting in the least.

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Photo of dsa7783
2.56/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Single, 12 oz bottle copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Pours a deep, dark-brown hue with a modest foamy head and no lacing to speak of...
Dusty, malty, slightly bitter aroma that wasn't too enticing or appealing...
Taste seemed unnatural and artifical and way too unbalanced and sweet for a Scotch Ale - heavy on the malts, but shaky on the overly sweet and nutty flavors that dominate this one...
Based on aroma and flavor, this had to be one of the most mediocore samples of the style, despitely the relatively hefty 7.5% ABV...
Artifical mouthfeel coupled with a poor level of drinkability make this an inferior suggestion of the style... poor stuff from Arcadia - really expected more from them than this sub-par offering...
Not recommended...

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Photo of orangemoustache
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a prune juice brown very murky but semi transparent around the edges,it has a small one fingers worth of tan head that leaves behind no lacing to speak of

S-it reminds me of a Bit-o-Honey candy bar not that it smells like honey all that much, but more the sweet man made toffee presence,a little chocolate,and alcohol are also detectable

T-quite a blast to the taste buds on the first sip like a big swill of Brandy mixed with chocolate flavored rubbing alcohol followed by some spice maybe cinnamon and a hint of nutmeg,its a very interesting on the palate and then it kind of mellows out and is pretty well finished,maybe its the abrupt start that leaves the finish a little surprising,but it does finish very clean

M-mouth feel or belly feel, this brew has a unique warming effect on both the tongue and the gut,it feels like it would have a little bit higher of an ABV-it has good carbonation along with a strong medium body that delivers a nice punch along with some great texture

D-this is a wonderful brew,but to me its a sipper and that's where it starts and stops for me

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with F6 notched on the label - brewed with Pacific NW hops. The beer is deep brown with crimson flashes, low in carbonation, and topped with a two-finger, fluffy tan head that sticks fairly well. Smells of whiskey (bourbon, hint of scotch), a touch of sourness a la oud bruin, and a late earthiness. Earthy and malty on the palate, sweet, with a touch of green hops. There's also slight oxidation and some noticeable alcohol that makes the beer a bit too hot. On the palate, it is medium in body, carbonation and finish. My sample tastes a bit soured, but it could be an old bottle; either way, make sure to let it warm up plenty before serving.

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Photo of Doomcifer
2.63/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown, giving way to burgundy hues when held up to light. Small, light brown head that retains very well for what's there. Aroma is very earthy, very malty, figs, citrus notes. Taste is characterized by a very off flavor. Slightly sour and tart and just way off. Underneath that, their is earthy malty flavors and finishes with a dry hop, bitter flavor. Subtle Peat Moss on the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is kind of light bodied for the style in my opinion. Very carbonated and dry finish. Fair drinkability. Better Scotch Ales out there. I'm not sure what that off flavor that gets in the way of the taste is all about.

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Photo of baos
2.43/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz into Atlas Mason jar.

A: Doesn't look too bad as it pour a drak brown, except theres a serous lack of head.

S: An off caramelly smell, and a sour rum smell.

T: Nicht so gut. A sour-bitter caramel. Maybe I got an old bottle or a bad batch.

M: Not terrible.

D: I dumped it. Maybe next time I'm up in Michigan, Papa.

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Photo of shaebs99
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown with a tan head that leaves behind very little lacing

S: Sour yeast smell with a bit of nut and some toffee caramel notes

M&T: Sweet, some fruitiness and nuttiness, and some sweet malt flavor (though light). Not as smooth as I would expect and a bit of alcohol present

D: Fairly good. Could barely tell this was an above average amount of alcohol. Not something I am going to go searching for, but if the mood strikes me and I feel the need to support Arcadia, and none of their bombers are available (which I enjoy thoroughly) then I may pick this up again. Not foul, but I felt it fell a bit short

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A 1/2 inch cap reduces to a wispy haze within a few seconds, and in the process does something that I've never seen before...the right half of the head disappeared five or six seconds before the left half. Asymmetrical reduction? What's up with that? Anyhow, the beer itself is a dark brown color that shows hazelnut highlights. No real lace is left on the glass.

S - Dark grape jam notes...almost like that dark blueberry pancake syrup that you can get at IHOP. Some earthy notes and a hint of chocolate are there too. Alcohol is detectable, and there aren't many hop notes here.

T - Boy is that sweet! Wow. Tastes like heavy molasses and pancake syrup mixed with some muddy earth and loads of rich dark chocolate. This is boozy as hell, and that adds to the cognac-like viscosity of this brew. Tastes like higher than 7.5% to me. I was really disappointed with the look and smell, but this is stepping it up a few notches!

M - Heavy, viscous, and extremely boozy. This feels like motor oil in my mouth! Carbonation is almost non-existant, but what little tingle there is helps keep this from being too fat and flabby. The alcohol also helps keep this from feeling too dead and heavy, but that being said this is one hefty motherf*cker.

D - Since I love scotch, bourbon, and even the occasional cognac I have a special place in my heart for big heavy booze bombs, and although 7.5% isn't really outrageous, this beer sure tastes like it's more alcohol laced than that figure suggests. Many will be put off by the motor oil and brandy mixture, and this is surely not a session brew.

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Photo of uwmgdman
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark brown with a ruby glow and good clarity. There is a thin but steady off-white head. The aroma is moderate-high caramel sweetness as well as a bit earthy/woody. The flavor has a highly bittersweet caramel note and hop bitterness is low. The beer finishes with a slightl alcohol prick and some residual sweetness. The body is medium-full and carbonation is moderate. Overall a decent brew, but nothing out of this world.

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Photo of billybob
2.3/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

don't like to do this but this beer just does not do it for me. pours a murky brown color with a small head with a hard pour and almost no lacing. smells of roasted malt and alcohol. tastes the same with some sweetness. mouthfeel light and carbontion ok. no complexity to this beer and i tried it at three differant times.

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Photo of jwc215
1.94/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours very dark brown with a huge foamy tan head that descends, quite loudly to a rocky cover then a thin lid that eventually disappears.

The smell is fruity, yeasty and sour. A hint of caramel and a touch of peat are subdued.

The taste is sweet, sour and fruity. Some caramel and only a vague hint of peat are present - though they take some patience to allow them to come through at all. The Pacific NW hops - usually welcomed - do nothing here and seem out of place. It's off on the style, and is too clumsy as a beer regardless of style. Sourness is too dominating. Sweetness is misplaced.

It is on the lighter side of medium bodied. The rush of carbonation in the first half disappears in the second, leaving something of a watery character to the body.

Too flawed to be enjoyable. Misses the boat on the style. Odd.

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Photo of enfield249
3.07/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark, dark brown with ruby highlights in the corners. Ring of white foam that sticks around, no lacing.

S - Strong malty bready aroma, and some alcohol.

T - First thing I get is some alcohol burn, which is surprising. Then some sweetness from the malt. Followed up by more alcohol.

M - A bit thin feeling. Maybe that's the style, but it feels a little weak.

D - Overall, not bad. A bit to much alcohol flavor however.

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Arcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
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