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 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 jmendels
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

An overall enjoyable beer. While I didn't find it to be anything impressive, it's a good craft brew. The taste has a bit of toffee with some subtle roasted characteristics. It's medium bodied and leave s you warm after drinking. The after taste was a tad too bitter, I feel like this beer could have been balanced better.


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

Clear mahogany brown. Thin, receding cream head. No lace. Heady caramel aroma, modestly smoky. A touch of fruitiness. Broad caramel flavors, integrated plum fruitiness. Soft smokiness in the finish, a whisp of herbal hops and a moderate alcoholic presence. Soft, gentle carbonation, very smooth on the palate overall. Lingering caramel malt flavor, ending off sweet. Full bodied and quaffable. Solid, though it doesn't stand out for the style in any way.

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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 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 McAfee85
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tigg924
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: chestnut brown with no head and minimal carbonation. It looks like it is just sitting there in the glass.

Smell: earth, malt, a bit of wood, to me it smells like chardonnay

Taste: sweet chocolate malt and a touch of wood, a slight touch of grapefruit

Mouthfeel: heavy, dry, a bitter start with a sweet finish

Drinkability: To me this tastes like the beer equivalent of chardonnay--dry, a bit sour, and a bit sweet..a complex beer that I could have two of in a sitting, but not much more...I think it is good for its style.

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Photo of JustinSparks
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 morris786
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with minimal head and lacing. The smell is very much of scotch and some Carmel notes. The taste fairly complex. Hard to get a grasp on it, smokey scotch taste with Carmel and vanilla with alcohol very present. Surprisingly smooth and drinkable for how much alcohol you taste. Not the best I've had but would have again.

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

Solid, yet unremarkable. Pours a deep ruby amber into my glass. Aroma is syrupy, almost like frozen grape juice. Taste is good, malty, but a tad clingy and cloying. Mouthfeel is thick, carbonation is nice. A good beer, but perhaps a tad too thick and run-of-the-mill.

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

Pours out to a dark reddish-brown body with a thin tan head that has some lacing, little retention and good carbonation. The smell is some apples, caramel, some dark fruits and overall a malty aroma. The taste is a mix of apples, caramel followed by chocolate with raisins coming at the end. I also taste a slight hints of hops at the very last drop leaving that along with the apples and caramel in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is soft on the cheeks and back of tongue, but has a little bit of a tingly feel on the lips and tip of the tongue. This is a nice beer to drink and feels lighter than I would have expected. I'm guessing it is a medium to full body instead of just a full bodied beer. Pretty good stuff, but not quite as good as Dark Horse or Founder's, still worth a try.

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Photo of JimGlonke
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smithj4
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wamba
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HarrySTruman
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown/deep red hues. Looks almost like a dark Diet Cola without the fizz. Not a lot of carbonation, virtually no head, lacing is minimal.

The mouthfeel was filled with alcohol, but it finished with a dry, yet fruity taste. The after taste was fantastic, really the highlight of this beer.

I'm certainly not an expert on scotch ales. I've always enjoyed Belgian Ales and thought I would buy this beer to support a local brewery. The taste wasn't as bold or as complex as most of the Belgian Ales I have had, but that very well may be the point.

I enjoyed this beer and would call it better than average. I would certainly drink it again and check out other options from this brewery.

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Photo of tempest
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tasty example of a scotch ale. Not amazing and the appearance doesn't have much going for it, but still not a bad brew. Rich caramel grain flavor with a touch of alcohol when it gets warm. Very smooth drinking and a medium mouthfeel, about right for the abv.

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Photo of BierFan
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black. Thin tan head.

Smell: Dark malt aroma, almost seems a bit smokey. Unlike any other Scotch ale I've had. They usually have a very "in your face" caramel aroma. The smell honestly reminds me of a dry stout. Not true to the style, but it still smells nice.

Taste: Very sweet. Alot like the smell. Dark malts, a little smokey, no huge caramel presence.

Mouthfeel: Rich, and slick.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I wouldn't mind knocking back a few of these in an evening.

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Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 10Crumra
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. Very dark brown in color with very little head on the pour and minimal lacing.

Smell has some caramel notes with a tinge of funkiness. Vanilla and alcohol also present.

Taste is malty and smoky. Alcohol is definitely present in the taste. Some vanilla and toffee flavors. Very light carbonation but nice medium to heavy-bodied mouthfeel.

This is a very nice, drinkable beer. It doesn't wow me but it is something that even at 8% I could come back for multiple in a sitting. It is smooth and drinkable with respectable flavors.

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Photo of Frosty80
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: pours med brown. sits clear, deep brown-amber

Smell: a mild fruitiness. red grapes. extremely subtle, mild hops

Taste: has a very mild bitterness to it. mostly malt sweetness but not much dark fruit. hint of yeastiness. pretty mild flavors all around

Mouthfeel: med body. low carbonation

Notes: unfortunately this is only my second scotch ale, following scotty karate. very mild relatively speaking to that, but a decent representative of the style nonetheless

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Photo of Gemini6
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheDM
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a transparent dark brown colored body and a medium head of fine mostly lasting bubbles. It had a strong malt aroma and a fizzy coffee flavor with good lacing. It was smooth initially and finished very strong. We had this at the festival in Frankenmuth, MI.

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

Pours a chestnut brown color with a nice thick head that settled into a solid cap. Lots of yeast floaters floating about. The aroma is of brown sugar, some woody spice, bready malt and apple/raisin sweetness. The taste is sweet and woody. Sweet raisin and oak like flavors, a deep bready malt, and a touch of spice. The feel is chewy with airy carbonation, a little sweet and sticky. A nice malty beverage, seems to have oxidized or aged a bit. Not the most intense "scotch" flavor but still a decent example of the style.

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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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Arcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 560 ratings.
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