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Jolly Scot Scottish Ale - Appalachian Brewing Company

Jolly Scot Scottish AleJolly Scot Scottish Ale

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Ratings: 248
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.68%

Brewed by:
Appalachian Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-10-2002)
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Photo of fourstringer


2.5/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured pretty damn aggressively from a 12 oz bottle into a typical pint glass. No date on the label. Bought it on a whim this evening.

A: Orange-tinted dark amber with an anemic 1/2 finger of fizzy off-white head. Poor retention. Surface film at 30 seconds. Pretty clear.

S: Sweet malt. Light, indistinct fruit. Rubber?

T: Roasted malt sweetness up front with a touch of hop bitterness on the finish. Semi-dry to somewhat sweet. Some tang in the aftertaste. This seems to quickly replace the flash of initial flavor. Faint traces of toffee, dark chocolate linger. Half-way through now and a bitter alcohol flavor seems to dominate.

M: Moderate carbonation. Relatively thin body for the style and flavor profile. Better out of the bottle.

O: Wow, this went downhill fast. Started off tolerable and really just nose dived into unpleasant off-scents and off-flavors. I'm not dumping it or anything - let's be real - but not a whole lot of redeeming factors. The one I had directly from the bottle seemed better.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 08:51:23 | More by fourstringer
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead


3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into dimpled mug. Coppery brownish red, translucent, with a small fizzy off-white head that fades quickly into some patchy foam on top, with sluggish bubbles rising and moving off to the sides.
Smell is sweet toasted malt, nuttiness, and very light earthy hop scents adding some crispness.
Taste is simple; nutty crackery caramel malt, slight leafy hops and a slight herbal bitterness over the wet finish.
Mouthfeel is thin and slick, and the low carbonation is a nice tickle here and there.
Overall, a simple and serviceable scottish ale. A good beer for people who love malt flavors, although I usually prefer their stronger scotch brethren.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 02:21:11 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
Photo of MDDMD


3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-orange brown color with a smallish off-white head and a little lacing

S-malt, bread, caramel, slight smokiness

T-toasted bread, caramel, malt, hints of dark fruit, slightly herbal bitter finish

F-medium body with light carbonation, smooth

O-pleasant scotch ale with easy drinkability at this low ABV

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 01:06:45 | More by MDDMD
Photo of templar316


3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour's tall and fades fast. Drink's smooth for ghost's of the past. The soft bready malt's provide hint's of butterscotch and caramel. It's an easy tea bitterness taht settles in after the malty smoothness. It's light and refreshing for those with a sweet tooth. Easy to get and well worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 04:48:59 | More by templar316
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New York

3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Review from notes.

Poured deep cola brown with some amber/mahogany hues in the light. Mild beige head that lasted a while and left trails of lace. Smell is of sweet caramel and crystal malts, touch of toast, and a bit of smokiness. Bready caramel opens up the palate to notes of raisin, malts, and a grassy bitterness in the finish. A light leathery smokiness is apparent in the aftertaste. Lower carbonation is working well for this beer, but somehow the finish is dry, not sweet like I usually expect. No big deal though. A decent Scottish ale worth seeking out if you want a better example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2013 02:19:37 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Lititz pub:

In a pint glass:

A: clear brown colored body with a nice white filmy head that died immediately before I even took a sip. No lacing was left and no carbonation was seen rising.

S: smokey malts up front with some slight hints of coffee and sweet bread in the background.

T: dry with the nice light smokiness coming back to add a sweet maltiness

M: light, slightly creamy with nothing harsh on the tongue, sessionable

O: this was pretty good, I'm glad when I picked up the variety pack from ABC that this was in it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2012 20:20:56 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of DIM


3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dry-hopped with east kent golding

a: This was a clear, cola brown. It was served to me with medium sized, bone-white, creamy looking head.

s: Mild smoky peats with hints of coffee and a little sweet bread.

t: The dry hopping really elevates an average beer. Lightly smoky, earthy peats with a bit of earthy, floral coffee and just a touch of sweet breadiness.

m: Light overall, but creamy.

o: A very pleasant surprise.

Serving type: cask

09-18-2012 22:13:10 | More by DIM
Photo of Rifugium


3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at the Collegeville brewpub

Reddish mahogany pour, dark but translucent, with a couple of stray bubbles on top, but otherwise no real head to speak of. Pretty typical for the style. Aroma is distant but expectedly sweet and malt-driven. Taste is a bit bland, but sweet and malty, slightly woody, caramel and brown sugar with a touch of dark fruit and phenol. Medium body, fairly smooth and drinkable, with a much tamer ABV than your typical Scottish ale, which is not necessarily a good thing, but I suppose it appeals more to the masses. Not bad, but nothing I'd get again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2012 02:17:44 | More by Rifugium
Photo of woodychandler


3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have been awash in bottles for too long, but the end is now in sight! My local trader, tone77, keeps bringing me more and more bottles to try and I appreciate it, but I gotta ramp The CANQuest (TM) back up before too long.

From the bottle: "Our fine lagers & ales are handcrafted in small batches & carefully nurtured to perfection. Please visit our reeally cool brewery!"

This is an 80 shilling or Export version of the style, according to the label.

Out, out, brief head! I had a finger of light-tan head initially and then I took a short break (ahem!) and when I returned, it was wisps. Color was a deep reddish-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was sweet, rich and even a little hot. Mouthfeel was approaching full, slightly viscous and as expected, it was a malt bomb on the tongue. Phew! It seemed bigger than the reported ABV. Finish was likewise very sweet. It was a fine beer for the style but just not my cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 00:25:07 | More by woodychandler
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pored from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Poured a wonderful copper color with a one finger off white head. The head faded over a moderate amount of time to leave a very light amount of lacing.

Smell – Malty aromas are the heaviest. Lightly roasted breadiness with some notes of caramel mixed within.

Taste – Starts out with a roasted malt flavor with an ever so light sweetness. The sweetness fades and leaves only a roasty malt flavor on the tongue. This flavor sits alone for quite some time, until at the end the taste bitters up a very light oak and alcohol flavor coming to the tongue. Overall it leaves a slightly dry and kind of boring flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body is slightly below average with the carbonation level being rather average as well.

Overall – Nothing too special here. It has a decent lightly roasted flavor, but is somewhat boring; nothing to really go out of the way for

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 00:36:31 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of tlazaroff


3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not much on the nose, some caramel and maybe like a burnt toffee character. Not much else going on.

The beer pours out extremely clear with a tan head that falls into the beer rapidly and leaves no lacing.

I get that burnt roast caramel and toffee character mostly, backed up by a bit of chocolate. Bitterness is detectable, but the malt is the winner here. A slight carbonation bite on the finish.

Mouthfeel is solid at medium carbonation and a moderately big body. Some residual sweetness after the finish is nice. Not bad overall, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 01:51:28 | More by tlazaroff
Photo of ChrisPratz


3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours to a deep brown with a fingers worth of head that dissipates to a thin veil around the edges with some patches of lace across the top.

S: Nice toasted malt, toasted bread, some burnt caramel, malt and raisins. Slighty grainy/grassy note as well.

T: Nice dark malt flavor with some of that burnt caramel flavor coming thru with a bit of toffee as well. Alcohol is slightly noticeable at the end.

M: Moderate carbonation works with the bold flavors. Left with a slight dryness in the mouth.

O: Nice scottish ale, all of the usual characteristics are here and are well balanced. Would like to try this on tap.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 03:52:46 | More by ChrisPratz
Photo of bubseymour


3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance - murky iced tea look to this one. No head or retention

Smell - Some sweetness and malt

Taste - Nicely flavored but too light in flavor. No hop presence or crispness.

Mouthfeel - tastes very flat and watery

Overall - This was very average and easily forgetable. Drinkable but boring.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 23:04:23 | More by bubseymour
Photo of DarthKostrizer


2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Dark reddish brown with more red than brown. 1/4 inch tan head which disappears really quickly

Smell: Rich malt with lots of raisin and smells a bit dirty

Taste: Very malty and sweet upfront with quite a bit of dark fruit throughout especially raisin

Mouthfeel: Medium body and ample carbonation and a bit prickly

Overall: Not a bad scotch ale not sure if I will be seeking this one out again however

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 18:27:33 | More by DarthKostrizer
Photo of StoryOfTheGhost

New Jersey

2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Amber- white head that completely dissipates

S- very faint. A bit grainy. Caramel hops, vanilla

T- Grainy, malty, some sweetness. Don't know if my palate is just shot, but it just does not have any real flavor that is noticeable

M- carbonated, light body, flavor quickly evaporates

O- just not a very good beer. Will not drink again

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 02:43:18 | More by StoryOfTheGhost
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3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a chilled bottle the beer was a clear amber color with lots and lots of rising carbonation. The khaki colored head retained well and left spots of lacing down to the end. The aroma was of slightly toasted malt, nuts, a little earth and bread along with a slightly musty note. The flavors were nice, a blend of sweet malt, citrus, apricot, a touch of figs and a caramel malt finish. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body medium and the carbonation frothy. Very easy to drink and quite pleasant though not as assertive as many beers of the same ilk.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 02:13:50 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of VonRoll


2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Rich deep Red/Honey Amber in color. Poured creamy off white head 1/2" thick, quite bubbly.

Smell: Both hop and malty notes, slightly smokey smell.

Taste: Tastes of light hop notes and smooth malt finish.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth on the palate, light on tongue, heavier on sides and back of mouth.

Overall: This beer is on the lighter side of the Scottish Red Ale style. Not as smooth as a Killians per say. Reminded me more of a Lager with red coloring with a hint of smoked malt. Definitely a beer to try. Just a tad more carbonation bite than most Red Scot Ales.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 20:48:35 | More by VonRoll
Photo of Pencible


3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear dark copper with moderate light tan head.
S: It smelled like copper hops and nutty malt, with some caramel and oak and a bit of butterscotch.
T: It tasted like nutty malt with copper hops and sweet earthy caramel and butterscotch. It had a very clean and mild bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a decent Scottish ale, but not in the top tier. The scent and taste were good not great. The body was great and it was easy to drink. Not bad but not memorable.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 20:55:42 | More by Pencible
Photo of jifigz


3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: The beer has a great deep burnt red/brown color with a nice tan head that lingers for a short period of time. This beer appears to be bottle conditioned as well and I have only had ABC beers a few times so I am not sure if this is their norm or not. Either way, there is yeast in the bottom so try not to drink that.

S: This beers aroma is very malt and candy sweet. That's what I was expecting and it fits the style.

T: The taste is mostly malty and very sweet. There is a little bit of a stale cigarette style flavor that hits me about half way through and then travels back into malts (I have noticed a similar taste in ABC's IPA.) The beer tastes kind of like a musty basement.

M: This is pretty standard and average.

O: This is nothing too spectacular, but a good beer nonetheless. I probably wouldn't purchase this, but I sure as hell would drink it if someone was giving it to me (which is what happened in this case.)

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 18:16:30 | More by jifigz
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New Jersey

2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Creamy smooth beige head. Copper penny color body loaded with carbonation. The head fades down to a creamy head

I get a sweet caramel and grainy smell. Kind of bland

The taste is not horrible and doesn't reflect the aroma much. Caramel, brown sugar, some hints of grass, dark fruits like raisins or grapes but the flavors are quite watery.

Light body, light Carbonation, it leaves the lips slightly sticky. It also makes the mouth feel dry.

I remember this being a lot better. Maybe my palate has changed completely. This is a average brew at best. Try their Batch 666 even though it's considered their Winter Warmer.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 06:41:45 | More by 9InchNails
Photo of tone77


3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts and caramel. Taste is also malty, some caramel, a bit on the sweet side. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking and enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 14:35:10 | More by tone77
Photo of Knapp85


3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a nice deep amber color with a tan colored head on top. The smell of the beer had a healthy amount of malts and grains on the nose. The taste of the beer was slightly sweet with a nice earthy tone in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel of the beer was decent, nothing too out of the ordinary here. Overall this beer was pretty good I thought.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 01:49:43 | More by Knapp85
Photo of chefhatt


3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a nice amber color body with very little head, that doesn't stay around long. The smell is sweet and carmely. The taste starts off sweet, then the hops and malt comes through on the middle and back of the tongue. Very nice mouth feel and Overall a good and drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 02:39:17 | More by chefhatt
Photo of barleyroad


4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smooth and slight sweet flavor of the malt and oatmeal. Amber to dark amber in color with a hint of red. Nice to the nose and very good to the tonge. Over all we found this beer to be eveything it was advertised to be. Worth having again, would go well with shepards pie or a spicy dog.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 02:21:23 | More by barleyroad
Photo of tkepx182

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This is a dark amber beer, it is a very clear beer, showing all of the possible carbonation that the beer had to offer

S: It had the pleasant smell of hops and malt

M: It had a really nice feel to it

T: The balance in of the malts barley and hops was very pleasing in the beer

O: This is one of the better beers that I have found in the Scottish style of beer, it is better then the samuel adams variety

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 01:50:06 | More by tkepx182
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Jolly Scot Scottish Ale from Appalachian Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.