Jolly Scot Scottish Ale - Appalachian Brewing Company

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Jolly Scot Scottish AleJolly Scot Scottish Ale

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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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Ratings: 293 | Reviews: 140
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 Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of chefhatt
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of barleyroad
4.34/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

Photo of tkepx182
4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
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

Photo of beer2day
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep red pour with 1-finger medium cream head. No retention and faint lace.

Sweet, caramel nose with essence of strawberry licorice. Not bad, but no peat here.

Bigger essence of strawberry licorice in the flavor. Fairly rich feel, but not enough smoky peat - even for an 80 shilling. Sweet caramel malt provides the backbone. A very sweet glass of beer.

Overall, not bad but not my favorite interpretation of the style.

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

Pours a clean mahogany color with small spots of off-white head, some sticky lacing. Scent is of caramelized malts with a splash of roastyness, light fruitiness and earthy hops. Taste follows scent, the caramel notes are clean and not overly sweet, roastyness helps cut through that. Lightly holy and fruity on the back end. Medium bodied, lightly sticky. A nice Scotch ale, not overly sweet or sticky, quite clean overall increasing drinkability.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appalachian Jolly Scot Scottish Ale

Pours a deep red color. Aroma of caramel, toffee, light peat and bread. In the flavor, nice roasted flavor, burnt sugars, flash of herbal hop for balance. Tastes like a standard Scottish Ale, malty, sugary but not overdone. A well crafted, quite decent brew. Like most Appalachian offerings, this one is easily drank.

Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On the murky side, a modestly flavored brown ale. Attractive golden brown in the wine glass topped with a nice head. Pleasant creamy carbonation. Smell of cooked cereal. Hint of oxidized wine flavor. Watery mouthfeel. Roasted malt is the main flavor with some burnt sugar included. Some sweetness as it warms up. Slight bitterness suits the unassuming style.

Quite drinkable example of the lighter version of what I still call Scotch Ale. Would be a good quaff on tap.

Photo of mdfb79
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From 06/04/11 notes. Thanks to Jud for sharing this one. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a reddish dark brown color with one inch of light tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel, toffee, biscuit, alcohol and fruit. Pretty nice nose.

t - Taste is caramel malts, bready malts, toasted malts, toffee, and fruit.

m - Pretty light, water body and moderate carbonation. Would have like a thicker body to it.

o - Overall a decent scotch ale. The body was a like too thing, but it had a nice nose. Worth checking out if you like the style.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deeper amber color bordering almost to chestnut. Very little head formation and no lacing. Carbonation is on the week side.

Aroma is of caramel malts and toffee.

Flavor is rich sweet malts with hints of toffee and biscuits. I think I can even taste a little smokiness or maybe roasted malts.

Mouthfeel seems to be a bit thin and definitly weakens towards watery as it warms up. Slightly dry finish.

A good drinking beer.

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 matty
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is caramel malts.Taste is caramel,biscuit with a hint of sweetness.Pretty smooth goes down relatively well.It would work well on a hot or cold day.I would recommend and most likely purchase this again.

Photo of radioscooter
2.32/5  rDev -34.8%
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.


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

12 ounce bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip. Nice, clear oily lacing, not too sticky slides on the glass. Aroma is of sweet caramel malts, some phenol alcohol and some brown sugar. Taste is sweet and caramel-like, with some pitted dark fruits. No alcohol noted in the taste, easy to drink, quite tasty actually, pleasantly surprising.

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.

Photo of CHADMC3
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper body with amber hues beneath a foamy tan head as random bubbles of carbonation jump from the base of the beer.

Aromas of sweet malt jump to the nose with caramel and even a bit of yeast.

The palate is similar with caramel malt, a bit of sugar, and possibly even sweet nuts and some bready notes as well.

This Scottish Ale is medium in body with medium to moderate carbonation.

This is a pretty decent example of the lighter Scottish Ale. The sweet malt character comes forward much more as the beer warms giving it a nice amount of traditional flavor and aroma.

Photo of chaz01
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle courtesy of the Beer of the Month Club into a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Very dark brown and clear. What little head there is recedes to nothing.

S: Peaty, smoky earthy aroma

T: More toasty, peaty malt flavors, with a little dark fruit. Very malty flavors, a little caramel and some alcohol notes.

M: Medium to full bodied, low carbonated and a syrupy mouthfeel.

D: BOMC suggest the beer really opens up as it warms and I have to agree. This is especially good as a nice sipping beer at near room temperature.

Photo of FishMan123
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A BotMC bottle.

A: Pours a very nice amber brown. Slightly reddish. A thick tan head that dissolves fairly quickly, leaving no lacing.

S: Minimal

T: Somewhat sweet, a bit of roasted barley flavor leads. A nice beer, but nothing too complex or distinctive.

M: Well carbonated

D: Fairly drinkable, a bit more bitterness apparent as beer warms.

This is a good beer, but just good. Nothing to make it stand out as excellent.

Photo of utah44
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was received at my front door delivered by UPS from the Clubs of America Beer of the Month Club. Poured into a standard pint beer glass and allowed to warm to the appropriate temperature as instructed in the accompanying club newsletter. Beer was dark red in color and exhibited little or no head. Wonderful malty smell and tasted were noted. Mouthfeel was good despite the aforementioned lack of a head. This brew was very drinkable for a Scottish ale. I would recommend it to folks who like this style of beer.

Photo of scoobybrew
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - clear deep amber color with a modest white head that is well retained

S - mild malt aroma with some ester-like fruitiness

T - malt at first characterized by gentle caramel-like flavors, yeast esters are prominent here and the finish is balanced by the low hop bitterness and some alcohol dryness

M - medium body, moderately high carbonation

D - I like this beer. I've only had limited exposure to the authentic 'lighter' Scottish ales, but this one hits the spot nicely, even if it lacks some of the peat-like qualities I like in the Scottish brewery versions. The carbonation is a bit high and that somewhat detracts from it overall.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Remember the commercial , I'd walk a mile for a Camel? Well I'd walk a mile for a cold brew, but since this one arrived at my door from BOTMC I only had to walk about 10 feet. Let's give it a whirl. Popping the top yields a molasses, honey and caramel smell. Pours to a slightly cloudy dark orange bronze. No head at all, that doesn't seem right. I have more to try and will edit review if there is a change. Taste is brown ale-like with a very dry chaulky hop flavor. Mouthfeel has good carbonation despite the lack of head but it is kind of thin and watery, not much body. Taste is consistent throughout, although the finish is sweeter than the start and middle. A respectable beer but nothing too special.

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received this in a BotM shipment.

Poured into a tulip pint: Half-finger of head that drops to a thin collar & very light dusting over a deep amber body with lighter ruby highlights. Some tiny, fast nucleation bubbles. Good color, not-so-great composition.

Smells of light caramel apple, a little honey. A good smell, restrained, not too complex. A little alcohol noticeable, believe it or not.

Some apple, raisin, dark fruit skins. A little caramel & light toastiness. And again, surprisingly for its strength, some alcohol presents itself. Some caramel in aftertaste, with a strong dryness. The further into it I am, the more the pleasant tastes are stripped away to reveal a harsh booze flavor.

A little on the sharp side, with a slightly dry sting from booze. Really wears on the palate for a low ABV beer.

Had I not know this was pretty low ABV, I never would have guessed -- even at its moderate level, there's not enough to hide the alcohol. I also would've thought this was a Belgian dark, with the dark fruits & alcohol content, creating a "muddled" kind of flavor I find so often in that style. Can't say I'm really impressed, unfortunately.

Jolly Scot Scottish Ale from Appalachian Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 293 ratings.