Arcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale | Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Loch Down Scotch AleArcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
arcadiaales.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
559
Reviews:
273
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
13.46%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
65
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Peyton5410
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of joshsbeerblog
2.77/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

my first michigan beer. we don't get many of the midwestern beers here in massachusetts, and the ones we get aren't really the ones you want. exhibit a, right here.

unusually dark. sweet malts capture nose and a little spice. not a bad taste, but a little muddled: bready, spiced, molasses. medium bodied, very lively in mouth. but a pretty dull wee heavy.

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Photo of SerialTicker
2.77/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Looks like Coke or something -- dark reddish brown with about a finger of head that quickly bubbles away. Absolutely no lacing whatsoever, and very few bubbles stick to the side of the glass.

Smell: Really Scotchy with some traces of alcohol. Caramel malts are there as well, but this is distinctively Scotch-like.

Taste/feel: Now, there's no bottle date on this, but I have to think it's past its prime. Dark fruits and Scotch on the front, and it really stays the same the whole way through. Slight bitter aftertaste. Quite carbonated, and with a pretty thin feel.

This is the second Scotch Ale that I've had in a row (the other being Innis & Gun's Oak Aged) that has just been unappealing to me. This is considerably better than the I&G beer I had, but I still feel like it has to be an old bottle. It looks ugly, it smells "bleh", and it doesn't taste very good. I'd say it could be because I don't like the style, but I find Dirty Bastard and Old Chub to both be tasty brews. Not feeling this one by Arcadia.

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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 plumberman63
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Dark caramel, brown, descent light tan head. Caramel/ toffee/ alcohol smell. Taste follows smell, drank with a gourmet mushroom/pineapple/pepper cheese burger. At 8% wouldn't want to drink more than 2 in a setting.
This is OK but not a favorite.

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Photo of Sammy
2.84/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nice black colour, with a bit of head. But did not deliver but a faint taste of licorice and molasses. Malt. Recently bought. Some numbing carbonation. Medium mouthfeel. More of an Inoffensive brown ale, particularly since licorice on the aftertaste.

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Photo of RenownedHack
2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into tall wine glass.

A: The appearance isn't anything too horribly remarkable. Quite dark, slightly light-permeable, with about a finger of head which dissipated moderately quickly, leaving some light lacing.

S: There's a booziness there. The first thing I thought of was Jack and Coca Cola - maybe SoCo. Definitely some bourbon oakiness in this one. The nose really isn't that impressive.

T: I really hate to say this, but the balance on this one is off. I took a sip, waiting to see what the taste was reminiscent of, and it was just kind of...flavor. Nothing at all standing out, nothing at all balanced with or supplementing anything else. Just a blob of various flavors with an oaky finish. Very light hops for a moment or two, but that flavor dissipates quite quickly.

M: It doesn't feel bad in the mouth; it really doesn't. It feels pretty medium-bodied, just the right amount of carbonation, and no irksome, syrupy hanglings. It's really pretty basic, though, truth be told.

O: I really feel like so much more could have been accomplished by this brew, and that it's onto something. I feel like it fell short of its goals somewhere, however, and just kind of faded into the woodwork. It's disappointing, because it felt like it was getting there with smell, taste, mouthfeel...then it just stopped without peaking. A bottle rocket when you wanted a mortar shell firework.

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Photo of Jmamay22
2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a two finger head that disipates into nearly no head. The beer itself is an opaque brown black. Looks as dark as some imperial stouts. The nose is intriguing and smells of dark sugar and nuts. The smell fails to develop and is fairly one dimensional. Tastes of sweet dark licorice, but like the smell it fails to develop and lack complexity. This really needs to develop more of a roasted malt backbone. Alcohol is evident, but in place and not overwhelming. Lacks carbonation and features a thin mouthfeel.

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Photo of kwalters
2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Arcadia's Scotch Ale can best be described by me as a very average product. However, it's also one of the cheapest scotch ales I've seen and therefore will probably find it's way back into my fridge. I love scotch ales!

The head disappeared quickly and the beer beneath it appeared oily and dark. The taste was obviously dominated by malt, but wasn't as pleasant or sweet as other scotch ales I've had. It felt thick going down. I'd probably limit myself to two bottles per session.

Average, no more, no less.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
2.91/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bottle was poured into a sampler glass and shared with three other samplers. The ale poured a murky brown with little apparent head. One sampler described the aroma as smelling like old lady hair. If you have beer been to the salon with your grandma and smell the chemicals that go into the hair of the elderly, that is the essence of the aroma. The initial taste was that of a grapey scotch. The maltiness of the scotch is presented in the background and falls rather awkward with the grapiness. Dark fruit such as prune is also present, though the sweeter aspects of these fruits are absent relative to the drier aspects. The grape aspects turned medicine in the aftertaste, leaving a coating on the back of the throat. I really enjoy scotch ales, but I found this one to be quite flawed.

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Photo of bashiba
2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a very dark brown with a thin line of tan head.

Smell was thin with just a bit sweet caramel and alcohol.

Taste has a strong alcohol taste with a sweet bit of toasted grains, a light bit of earthy bitter hops with a touch of mint.

Mouthfeel is thick and oily, almost a bit cloying.

Overall not great, seems to hot and a bit on the bland side.

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of JustLikeMyDad
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice coffee color, a dark brown color with a thin foam head that stays forever.

Smells of malts, warm, almost sweet.

Tastes of lightly roasted malt.

Feels smooth, creamy, full bodied.

Overall, pretty good, not the best Scotch Ale but not the worst, but good.

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of billbeers
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Arcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 559 ratings.
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