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Jolly Scot Scottish Ale - Appalachian Brewing Company

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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.36%
Wants: 8
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Appalachian Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-10-2002

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Ratings: 286 | Reviews: 139
Reviews by WilliamPhilaPa:
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nice copper colored body with some amber highlights. It has excellent clarity; and moderate carbonation. On top lays a small creamy off-white head with decent retention, and leaves a nice creamy collar. On the nose the aroma
of caramel malt, buttery toffee, and biscuits. On the palate more of the same with a caramel maltiness, bicuity/ breadiness, light fruitiness, and a little on the sweet side as it warms but still very enjoyable. The mouth feel is creamy and smooth. Nice brew.

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Photo of LSUExplorer03
4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this beer from an ABC variety for Christmas. Out of the 4 beers this was my favorite!

Color was a deep, red, amber hugh.

I smelt strong hints of butterscotch and caramel. After a few hard swirls in my newly purchased Sam Adams tulip glass, the lingering aromas were very appealing.

It had a medium body with some surprising complexity. Good mouthfeel - very smooth.

This beer may not land a spot on my top 5 favorite beers list, but it is surprisingly good. I would definitely buy a six-pack of this again.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark red hue with head retention circling around the outside of the glass.

Nice and full in the nose with a small bit of malt sweetness.

Good roastiness and well balanced malt makes this beer a pleasure to drink.

Out of the four beers that came in the sample pack I recieved from Appalachian brewing co, this is undoubtedly the best.

Photo of squeakmeister
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of merlin48
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another Pennsylvania craft brew I've sampled, thanks to my distant cousin, woodychandler. This 12 oz bottle pours a hazy, cola copper body with a 2 cm, tan head that quickly drops to a cap, with good patchy lace. Lovely Scotch Ale aroma, with toffee and caramel maltiness, and a hint of smoky peat. Mouthfeel is nice, with moderate carbonation and a light medium body. Taste is primarily toffee maltiness, with a dry hop bitterness for good balance. Faint smoky character resembles peat. Not at all chewy, as some have noted. Body thins a bit as it warms, improving drinkability. Even finish with a smoky malt aftertaste and a note of bitter hops. Very good drinkability. Definitely worth a try for fans of the style.

Photo of KolbMarley
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of iparules
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of squiz
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of glid02
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Harrisburg location.

Pours a hazy brownish-copper color with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of creamy caramel malt with a good deal of sweetness. As the beer warms very small amounts of smoke waft out.

Tastes good. A good deal of sweet yet somewhat dry caramel malt flavors are joined by hints of toffee midway through the sip. The sweetness is reminescent of oatmeal.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this is a solid scottish ale and try as I might I still can't get into this style unless it's Americanized with more smokiness. Worth a shot if you like the style.

Photo of testch09
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Kingdom4aPint
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear attractive ruby red with minimal head which receded quickly to nothing, no lacing whatsoever. Earthy smell as expected for a Scottish Ale. Taste is earthy with smoky malt with touch of hops, more fruity than I would have thought. Sweet. Mouthfeel was ok, a little cloying for me. I thought it drank easily, had no trouble drinking several in a sitting. Decent beer, pretty pricey at least where I purchased it so probably won't buy it again.

Photo of ggaughan
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the ABC Abbey Bar in Harrisburg over the Memorial Day weekend. The beer poured a amber color with a thick white head and slight lacing into a standard pint glass. The nose of the beer gave me some hints of malty sweetness. The taste was a nice mix of caramel tones and malts, very pleasing to the taste buds. The body is medium and easy to drink by my estimation.

Photo of ChickenBugg
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of prdstmnky
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of nbbd
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From notes:

a: average color Thin qucikly disapaiting head

s: Sweet, Maple Syrup,

t: maple- and apple cider (? It is enjoyable, does not taste like a hot fermentation apple...)

m. Thin, smooth, litte astringincy

d I had 3 with dinner.

Drank well with a MonteCristo sandwich. (dash of powder sugar on top no dipping jelly or syrup)

Photo of thefireman
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, dark amber. Fluffy head drops to ring and lace the glass

S: Sweet caramel; malty

T: Sweet malts hit instantly with a slight alcohol bite. Pleasant subtle hop finish. Very pleasant on a cold night.

M: Syrupy, almost thick

D: Nice on a cold night, While not a session beer for me I found it to be real nice. I've been drinking this beer for years. It seems to get better as I get older. A keeper

Photo of Metalmonk
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An amber color with a thin skin of a head, produced plenty of lace, big sheets down the side of the glass.

Aroma is underwhelming, light caramel, not much else detected.

Flavor begins with a soft grassy feel, a light bitter finish, and a fruity sweetness in the middle that turns sour (in a somewhat unappealing way) near the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel was on the watery side.

Between the sourness and the thinness, this was okay with the meal but nothing I'd seek out again.

Photo of LordHammer
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bravotwo for the bottle.

A: Pours a deep clear red, edging towards brown. Head is small, then fades to the smallest lace that rests on the top.

S: Roasty malts, sweet caramel and molasses. Definitely on the sweeter side of things.

T: Distinctly sweet, with subtle undertones of lightly roasted malts. Definite notes of caramelized sugars. Fits the style, if a bit sweet for my taste.

M: Fairly chewy, sticks on the tongue for a minute. Carbonation is light which suits the beer.

D: A couple of these would definitely go well on a cold, rainy evening. Not a spectacular beer, but solid and enjoyable.

Photo of tdm168
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fester71
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Alex-Steel
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A creamy ivory head rests lazily atop a deep-amber/copper body. It's crystal clear; and very tiny bubbles rise slowly towards the surface. The head retention is good, and although it drops fairly readily, it does maintain a very nice collar and lacy surface covering throughout the pint. The nose expresses a very clean, lightly sweet and caramelized/caramelish maltiness that's touched ever so lightly by a background roastiness. The body is medium/full and it's quite creamy and smooth in the mouth. Caramelized sugars dominate in the round maltiness; but it's also accentuated by a very light fruitiness, a whisp of hop flavor, a cusp of gently acidity from a touch of dark malt, and a sublime bitterness. This is an exceptionally well-done version of an 80 Shilling Scottish ale, and it might even be too clean to be considered authentic! Great drinkability! I'd love to try this cask conditioned. Well worth trying.

Photo of Mpenders
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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Jolly Scot Scottish Ale from Appalachian Brewing Company
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