Jolly Scot Scottish Ale - Appalachian Brewing Company

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Ratings: 293
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.36%
Wants: 8
Gots: 32 | 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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Reviews by beergeek279:
Photo of beergeek279
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served as a 6 oz. cask sample at ABC. The color was dark amber, with a wispy white head. The smell was a dark, sweet malt. The taste was a strong, slightly sweet dark malt, with a good toffeeness, and a bit of hops. Mouthfeel was nice and smooth. As for drinkability, I'd definitely have me quite a few of these.

When I had it, I was thinking this was a damn weak Wee Heavy, but I didn't realize that this was just a regular everyday Scottish Ale. In that case, it certainly was fantastic, and one I wish to have in the future.

More User Reviews:
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 generallee
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It was served on tap at the Appalachian Brewing Company. The glassware was a basic pint glass.

Appearance: It has a dark coppery amber colored body with good clarity and some visible carbonation. It was topped by a small slightly off white head which settles quickly leaving just a light ring of foam at the edge of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is fairly light overall. I mostly pick up sweet maltiness and caramel candy like notes in the nose.

Taste / Palate: The sweet maltiness jumps right out and dominates the palate. It brings heavy notes of caramel, toffee and syrup in its deep malty character. Hop flavor and bitterness is very light and just noticeable late in the finish. Overall though it still finishes on the sweet malty side. The feel is medium, smooth and softly carbonated.

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 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 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 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 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 nickthetick
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: ruby red when held to the light with a dirty white head that dissipates slowly through the drinking experience. No lacing left in the tasting glass.

S: sweet malt and caramel with little to no hop presence. Much like a biscuit that had been overcooked a minute.

T: mid ranged malts and a lot of the same caramel sweetness. A tad bitter on the tongue but hop profile is almost hidden behind the malt sweetness kind of a toasted oat aftertaste.

MF: viscous and medium body with a weak effervescence. Sweet and the flavor hangs a little too long.

D: a good beer but the mouth feel distracts from the taste a little bit and once again being so exclusive to the pubs cuts from the overall drink ability.

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

Pours a chocolate brown with with a small white head that dissipated into the slightest of rings. The aroma is of caramel, buttery malt followed by some wet wood aromas. The taste is of smooth chocolate, caramel, hint of smoke and wet wood. Nice and malty. The feel is thin for a malty brew, has moderate carbonation and finishes slighty chewy and dry. Probably my favorite out of the sampler 12 pack. It has nice malty flavors, though it is a tad thin.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is clear medium dark copper with ok carbonation. The head is 1 finger off white, and leaves no lace. The appearance is not of a fresh beer.

The smell is ok carmel malt. Slight hopy scent.

The taste follows, Carmal malt is nice, hops are week of light. Not much happening. Freshness is not is question here but the over all theme is dull. Not bad tasting at all just nothing new or interesting enough to want more.

The mouthfeel is bitty from the fiz, medium body.

The drinkability is ok but not on my shortlist to try again. MK

Photo of tone77
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pint glass served at the Harrisburg brewpub.

A: The ale is a ruddy brown color, not so dark that light doesn't shine through. The head was small to nonexistent on arrival.

S: The aroma is malty with a robust thickness that shows off caramel and butterscotch.

T: The first sip is a maltster's heaven. Thick and chewy, the caramel malts have a touch of smoke and thick peat. Hops are nonexistent but they aren't missed in this decadent ale.

M: The mouthfeel is full without overloading the senses. Hops don't get in the way of the malts, allowing the thick bready flavor to really shine through.

D: This is a great session ale, smooth with a robust flavor that doesn't push you around.

Photo of philbe311
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Medium brown color... Translucent... Lighter shades towards the bottom of the glass and darker towards the top... Moderate carbonation... Head quickly faded leaving minimal splotchy lacing...

S - Everything a textbook Scottish Ale should be... Caramel... Peat... Modest dark fruits... Some nuttiness... Toffee... Brown sugar... Figs... The slightest hint of weak coffee...

T - The taste is true to the nose... Caramel... Dark fruits... Nutty notes... In addition, a subtle but assertive bitterness can be detected on the finish and as part of the aftertaste...

M - Medium bodied... Not as smooth or creamy as I would expect for a Scottish Ale... Only slight carbonation can be detected on the tongue...

D - A solid all around Scottish Ale... I could drink these easily one after another... However, there is nothing overly memorable that takes this to the upper echelon of Scottish Ales...

Photo of Dodo2step
3.19/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Market Cross Pub in Carlisle, PA.

A- Light black to Dark Brown in color.

S-kind of like a burnt caramel smell without the sweet aroma.

T- it has a bitter toast burnt flavor and it is ok but not as appealing as i thought it would be.

M-it has that burnt aftertaste feeling in the mouth. I did a couple swishes in the mouth to make sure but it just has that taste.

D- i am not sure if i will ever have this beer again unless i do the ABC tour. Its worth a try but not worth the 6-pack buy.

Photo of fourstringer
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%
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.

Photo of rdrummer
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very interesting Scottish Ale. I was expecting something a little darker and heavier. It poured a ruby to dark brown color with an off-white head and lots of lacing. The overwhelming aroma is one of maoltiness with a bit of hops underneath and a bit of pepperyness. It is a really flavorful beer with a nice balance of the malt to the hops, which lends just a slight bitterness. There was a hint of carmel as if some of the malt may have been carmelized. It was relatively full-bodied with a nice but not overwhelming carbonation. This one was good from start to finish, which caused me to want another.

Photo of jsanford
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a clear, dark copper with a 1-inch off-white head that settles quickly, leaving some patchy haze.
S - Sweet, caramel malt with a buttery quality and a slightly earthy hop aroma.
T - More caramel malt with a bit of roasted nuts and buttered bread. Not much in the way of hops, and the alcohol is not well hidden, even though it's only 5%. Odd.
M - Thin-bodied with sharp, fizzy carbonation. Not a fan of this mouth-feel at all, ruins the beer.
O - Ehh, no thanks. Boring, forgettable example of the style with a mouth-feel that kills it.

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

The third beer in our friday night tasting, Sometimes you are just in the mood for a good Scottish ale right?

The pour on this one was nice, straightforward and fairly typical. Nice caramel color with a small head of off white that hung for a good long while before settling down. Lots of malty goodness on the nose right away. Caramel, nice earthy tones with an almost peat like touch to it as it warms. Nice body, a bit undercarbonated for me, but still decent. Warm bready malts, a light touch of grain and a smooth, rather dense caramel flavor wash over the palate. Intresting blend of flavors, but nothing really show stopping or putting it over the edge for me. Still very drinkable indeed and a nice sessionable ale to get the night going.

Not sure if I would seek this one out or not, but I have to admit it is not really that bad.

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Jolly Scot Scottish Ale from Appalachian Brewing Company
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