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Jolly Scot Scottish Ale - Appalachian Brewing Company

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Ratings: 280
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 9
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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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1.75/5  rDev -50.8%

Reagan1984, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of radioscooter
2.2/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an amber/red body (clear) with a good-looking 1 finger head.

Smells malty, earthy.

Taste - Holy crud. Who told you you were making a Scotch Ale? seriously. It's absolute, over-carbonated, BMC swill.

Forget Craft beer and replace it with Crap Beer. Sorry, but seriously, WTF?

Why would you watse a paper label on this piss?

More details?

Tastes like a sour, light, un-sweet, un-malty overcarb'd, pile of caca.

If someone told me this was a light beer from a place that had no knowledge of Scotch Ales and just read about them on BA, I'd still smack the in the teeth and say what were you thinking?!

No resemblence to anything LIKE a Scotch Ale or anything even remotely palatable. Please don't BM me with pleas from Harrisburg. I'm from Pittsburgh and I don't care about your stupid Troeg's bullshit. Keep working on your hops beers. Give UP on your malt beers. This blows.


radioscooter, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of ChickenBugg
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

ChickenBugg, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of bonbini26
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

bonbini26, Jan 11, 2012
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.

fourstringer, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of drpimento
2.6/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I got this beer a while ago from friend Paul who brought it back from out east. So it's a i bit old. Anyway, it poured a foamy tan head with gold highlights that acted like a soda pop - foamed right up and then down to zero. No lace. Both aroma and flavor are caramel, malty sweet with a hint of alcohol. Body is unremarkable. Finish is same way. Altogether forgettable.

drpimento, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of
2.68/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle.

Very clear, copper brown in color. Large, light tan head.

Aroma faint. Caramel, bit of wheat bread and a grassy/herbal finish.

Crackers and very mild caramel flavor. Overall, flavor very weak. Aftertaste unpleasant, medicinal/plastic.

Body seems to be light to medium, feels thin. Carbonation is low.

For me, this beer just didn't do it. Faint aroma, very mild flavors, and thin mouthfeel. In fairness, I did drink a 3F Robert the Bruce prior to this beer, and I really enjoyed it. This beer may have suffered in comparison. However, I have tried 5 different beers by ABC, and none of the others have done much for me either. This is the last for a while.

, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of flyingmick
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

flyingmick, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of jp312
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

jp312, Mar 29, 2014
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.

jsanford, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of Bighuge
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Slightly hazed ruby/scarlet appearance. Not much of a head on the pour. A thin and slightly bubbly light brown collar encloses the surface of the beer. Nice little subdued sweet maltiness on the nose. Maybe a little herbalness and peat as well. There's a little bit of a harshness on the palate. I'm not sure if it's coming from indgredients (peat malt?) or from a flaw. It's not overwhelming, but not that enjoyable either. Some sweet malty tones are evident as well. And some bitterness, that I'm not assuming would be coming from the hops. Hmmmm. This one's throwing me a little. Nonetheless, it's not one of my favorites.

Bighuge, Dec 12, 2003
Photo of StoryOfTheGhost
2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
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

StoryOfTheGhost, Feb 09, 2012
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2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served from the tap in a standard pint glass at ABC's Harrisburg location. A deep red, copper color with a nice substantial head. The scent was malty with hints of caramel and sweetness. Flavor was malty and roasted with an almost sourdough bread taste and a slightly smokey element. It finishes with a bitterness which leaves with an aftertaste of the same.

HugoGrim, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of 9InchNails
2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

9InchNails, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of VonRoll
2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

VonRoll, Feb 01, 2012
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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.

Metalmonk, Apr 16, 2007
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2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
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

DarthKostrizer, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of squiz
3/5  rDev -15.7%

squiz, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of Mpenders
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Mpenders, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of Larrydoherty
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Larrydoherty, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of mikefuski17
3/5  rDev -15.7%

mikefuski17, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of Mudawg
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Mudawg, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of Goldndomer
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Goldndomer, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of Ri0
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Ri0, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of rdub
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my Appalachian Brewing pint. Medium copper color and one finger head looked beautiful in the glass. Not much lacing but still OK. Smell was sweet malt and true to style. Pretty nice flavor for a PA produced Scottish Ale. Mouthfeel was medium thick and minimally carbonated.

rdub, Jan 02, 2011
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Jolly Scot Scottish Ale from Appalachian Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.