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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 | website

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
Reviews:
269
Ratings:
530
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
18.63%
 
 
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13
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Reviews: 269 | Ratings: 530
Photo of micromaniac129
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A rich chestnut brown color. Very little in way of carbonation that produces very little head, even when poured vigorously. Aromas of roasted malts cocoa and licorise. there is also a high level of diaceyl in the nose. The taste finds rich malts cocoa and licorise like in the nose but also a big dollup of alcohol. At 8 ABV it's sits right there in the open daring you. Not hidden at all. The diaceyl that was quite present in the nose retreats to a more subdued level on the palette.
The beer drink smooth and somewhat dry even though the beer itself is rather sweet overall.
A bit plain jane as far as scotch ales. I'd could take it or leave.

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Photo of sopor
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours copper brown with ruby highlights and a relunctant tan cola head that shies fast to leave just a hint of film. This brew looks flat and dead. Smells of light caramel and roast notes.

Tangy syrupy grape and honey lays into roasted malts with a hint of butter and coffee. Tangy bite is a little too prevalant and I would like mroe biscuit and butter notes. Aftertaste is syrupy. MOderate body and delicate carbonation is lost in the tanginess.

Not bad, but not great. Probably my least favorite offering from Arcadia so far.

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Photo of proc
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out to a brownish to amber color in the glass. Nose gives off faint hint of liquor and malt. Taste is good, but not remarkable. There is a slight taste of butterscotch and malt that gives way to a swallow that allows for the presence of the alcohol. A nice interpretation of the style, but not a beer you would choose to drink all night.

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Photo of ssimpson89
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
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 champ103
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
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 deafcat
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11/18/10 poured from bottle into smuttynose tulip glass

a - dark brown with one inch head that dissipates slowly, great retention with just a slight layer of head that hangs around

s - strong burnt coffee notes, decent sense of alcohol

t - whoa! this is dark, bitter, roasted, and heavy; this is my first scotch ale, so perhaps this is common. Still, this was overwhelming. slight coffee notes, a little bit of burnt toast, not really sweet - good sense of the alcohol, though. you can really taste it.

m - okay, light carbonation, not very heavy, smooth, dry aftertaste

d - not bad, could probably have another one of these or two; alcohol makes it an unlikely choice for a session beer, though. Would rather something maltier, less burnt tasting.

overall a decent brew. This was my first scotch ale so hard to judge based on style. Didn't mind drinking it. Tried pairing it with some gouda cheese by recommendation but think it might have been a little too overwhelming in the burnt taste. Still, not a bad choice.

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Photo of MillRat
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cola brown with a disappearing white head. Aromas of malt with a little citrus hop in the background. Solid malt body, natch, with some sweet fruit in the background. Fairly heavy overall, as is to be expected from a scotch ale. The body hides the higher alcohol well. Not a session beer, but pretty drinkable for the style it is.

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Photo of mcallister
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Deep mahogany. Somewhat cloudy with a tine tannish head quick to fade away. No apparent lacing.

faint aromas of fig, cassis, and sweet caramel malt. Again hard to pull out aromas probably due to the smokey bar.

Thick creamy mouthfeel. Big flavors of fig, honey suckle, caramel malt, cassis, toffee. Residual sweetness is a tad high. Not much carbonation. A little too sweet for my liking to drink in abundance. But an overall tastey beer.

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Photo of beergod1
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark mahogany pour with a thin tan head. Very sweet and deeply roasted malty aroma with hints of fruit and smoke. Malty sweetness dominates the flavors, a scotch like profile, but leaves me wanting more of something. Mouthfeel a bit thin and finish very much in need of a hoppy finish. Not very well balanced. Decent tasting beer, but missing some key scotch flavors.

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Photo of shaebs99
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
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 wvsabbath
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
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 kzoobrew
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
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 marcellaproust
3.39/5  rDev -7.1%
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 cokes
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Muddy auburn brown with a thin dirty beige head.
Nose full of blackberry brandy, grungy caramel, and prunes.
Starts all full of molasses and caramel and toffee and brown sugar. Prunes and raisins loudly join the gathering sweetness. Development is stunted from this moment onward. Sure, its a bit doughier towards the middle, and the Fuggles impart a tiny grassy bitterness at the close. But nothing significant happens from that point forth. Except that blackberry brandy appears again around the swallow.
Rotund and robust in the mouth with minimal carbonation.
It's not really a good Scotch Ale. It's malty, yes. But it's hamfisted, grabby, and off-balance. I'd like a little earthiness and smoke to balance the sweet. Even McEwan's does this better.
Marginal as is.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours decent for the style. There's about a finger thick light tan head, and the body is dark brown and barely see through.

The aroma is bready and toffee in character, and a hint of metallic hops.

The taste is more of a brown ale to me... Caramel, sweet dark breads, but not as much of a hops profile as I expected.

Feels lightly carbonated, a bit wetting to the palate with a warm finish.

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Photo of PirateUlf73
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque black color with a small, tan head that dissipated quickly.

S: Big caramel sweetness and some dark fruit in the aroma. Some slight roasted notes as well.

T: Intense toffee and caramel tastes up front, with a slightly smoky backing. A touch of raisin-like flavor and some mild hop bitterness rounds it all out.

M: Sturdy medium body and lower carbonation. Feel is slick, yet a little sticky and the finish is quite sweet.

D: A sipper, in my opinion, and one that opens up as it warms.

This is my first go at a Scotch ale, and I can definitely see the appeal. I'm pretty sure that this was an old bottle, so I'd love to try a fresh one. Sweet, but not overly so. I like it.

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Photo of Hautacam
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown with very little head.
Smells of malt and yeast...reminds me of my father's home made root beer smell from the 60s...the ones that didn't explode.
Very sweet , caramel malt, cherry-vanilla , an almost almondy, medicinal phenol , with just a hint of bitter hop at the end.
No smoke or alcohol detected.
Medium mouthfeel with very low carbonation.
OK drinkability. Worth a try.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.43/5  rDev -6%
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 LairdChisholm
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Pours a deep amber color with copper highlights. There is about a one finger, tan head that has wonderful retention along with lacing that is just as good.

S - There is some roasted, caramel malts and dark fruits. Maybe a little bit of maple syrup also.

T - Has smooth dark roasted malts up front. There are notes of dark fruits, mostly plums. At the end there is an aftertaste of burnt brown sugar.

M - This is where this Ale suffers. There is not nearly enough carbonation which makes this way too thin for any ale, let alone a Wee Heavy.

D - This tastes fine but the mouthfeel really holds this ale back.

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Photo of rmasen
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Very very dark brown (could not detect light through until I held it to the light) with an almost khaki foam head

S: very sweet malt scent with hints of alcohol

T: Very warm flavor the malt sweetness tinges the back of my jaw a sharp feeling of alcohol and carbonation attack the tounge when held

M:very full texture with a good amount of carbonation

D very strong malt flavor not recomended for anyone who regularly drinks lighter beers but the sweetness is intriguing

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Photo of RoyalT
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – This poured a nice brown in color with a big, full head.

Smell – I picked up some light peat and smoke along with some caramel undertones to go along with the lightly-toasted malt base.

Taste – The caramel sweetness from the nose came out well at the taste along with the other aromatic notes.

Mouthfeel – This was light to medium in the body. I thought the flavors were a little clumsy here and could have been better blended.

Drinkability – I was hoping for something a bit more “wee heavy” out of this one, but it was a tasty Scotch Ale nevertheless.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
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 maxpower
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy reddish-brown, has a small foamy off white head that leaves some lacing in my glass, has a sweet fruity, bready and nutty aroma. Nice sweet fruity, smokey plum and caramel flavors, nice sweetness in the finish, medium body with a smooth creamy mouthfeel, not bad.

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Photo of Erish
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
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 beermanbrian
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle purchased at the brewery.

Dark brown color but enough light gets through to tell that it is crystal clear. Looks almost like a flat Coca Cola. Thin tan head that turns into a halo around the outside of the glass rather quickly. Smell of roasted malt with some caramel sweetness. Taste of mild malt and toffee flavor but lacks any real kick at first. About halfway down flavors of raisin and a touch of smokiness comes through. 7% alcohol shows itself and gives a nice warming feeling to the finish. No bitterness at all and no aftertaste is left by the dry finish. My first impression was not very good but as i drank it improved some.

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Arcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
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