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 xnicknj
3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of fonts30290
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 todesengel135
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of AlMarzo
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Kerrie
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of abp02
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of BradBuchanan
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of DavidRandall
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of mds1101
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of rixcat
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Eziel
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Monsta-beer-drinker
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of FBarber
3.04/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color. Thin tan head dissipates rather quickly leaving no residual head. The lack of head is disappointing.

Smell is a rather subdued aroma of stone fruits - prunes and plums with a hint of malts. Appears sweet on the nose. Rather underwhelming.

Taste has notes of sweet plums and prunes initially giving way to a bland bread-y malt backbone. Slight bitterness on the finish cuts the sweetness somewhat. You really just end up with a very sweet raisin flavor. Its a bit watery.

Feel is light and drinkable. Amazing how thin and light this beer is for an 8.5 ABV - and thats not necessarily a good thing. Medium carbonation.

Overall this beer is just OK. I wouldn't drink it again, there are just too many other good scotch ales out there.

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Photo of Buddance
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of danielharper
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark amber coloration, very nearly brown. Thick brown head that thins but does not disappear and leaves a small amount of lacing.

Smell: Strong aroma of bread, malt. Slightly sweet. Not a lot there, but it's not bad.

Taste: Strongly sweet, cloying. Quite dry on the finish. Notes of apples and cherries, a touch of citrus and grapefruit. It's pretty clean overall, but it doesn't even come close to the kind of immense complexity that a really fine Scotch Ale like Skullsplitter can offer.

Mouthfeel: Watery, but leaves a coating along the tongue and palate. No carbonation, no hops, very flat.

Drinkability: Overall I feel like my numerical ratings are a bit unfair for this beer. It's not really a bad beer (I'd probably buy it again sometime) but it's not really giving me anything to work with. A decent high-ABV programmer, nothing more.

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Photo of entenduintransit
3.07/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of enfield249
3.07/5  rDev -15.7%
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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Photo of SundayLobotmist
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of lackenhauser
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice deep mahogany color. Low aroma-sort of vanilla and caramel thing going on. Has the metallic notes of their oatmeal stout I just had. Malty flavor-touch of alcohol which is suprising for only 7.5%. Some caramel sweetness though I keep getting the same sort of flavor as the last beer. Decent enough mouthfeel. Average scotch ale. I am put off by the "odd" flavors. Make your own opinion-I cant recommend this one.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost opaque dark brown color with amber hues. The light tan head fades quickly and no lacing is present.

Medium bodied with little carbonation... lends to a simpler, uncomplicated beverage. I enjoy a Wee Heavy that's wee heavier, but this'll do.

The flavor is a nice balance between roasted malt and caramel.

I'm reading "Ambitious Brews" and i imagine early American dark brews being very similar to this. I'm call'n it drinkable; this one falls above the line.

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Photo of Skipster
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%

Arcadia Loch Down Scotch Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 558 ratings.
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