Jolly Scot Scottish Ale | Appalachian Brewing Company

Jolly Scot Scottish AleJolly Scot Scottish Ale
BA SCORE
3.55/5
315 Ratings
Jolly Scot Scottish AleJolly Scot Scottish Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Appalachian Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
abcbrew.com

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-10-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,804
Reviews:
150
Ratings:
315
pDev:
12.39%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
49
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 315 |  Reviews: 150
Photo of brpendergast85
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. The appearance was 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. The smell had smokey malts up front with some slight hints of coffee and sweet bread in the background. The taste was dry with the nice light smokiness coming back to add a sweet maltiness. The palate was light, slightly creamy with nothing harsh on the tongue, sessionable. Overall, this was pretty good.

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Photo of joshautry
2.76/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BEERchitect
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Malty sweet, earthy, and herbal, the team at Appalachian Brewing turns to the time honored and easy drinking Scottish ale for as much depth and flavor as it does refreshment an sensible taste.

Jolly Scott pours bronzen brown color with impeccable clarity. As a gentle froth rises, the mellow scent of toffee, caramel, toast, coffee and chocolate swirl about the nose with a brisk cola-like nuttiness. An initial taste of malt sweetness brings an amplified sweetness of caramel and toffee than the nose suggests before rolling into a coffee and nutty character from toasted grain.

And as the middle palate develops, the ale's sweetness is reduced and the toasty remnants of grain carry a bolder coffee and cocoa character. Laced with the slight bogishness of peat, a hint of smoke, peppercorn and anise become gently apparent. Slimly hopped, the beer's broad woodsy bitterness seems an extension of the toast, coffee and cocoa types of bitterness.

Medium bodied but reading more robustly on the palate, its depth of flavor and dark austere is no indication of the beer's weight on the palate. Its a refreshing, malty dry, drinkable dark beer albeit with hints of persistent cola and grain in finish and aftertaste.

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Photo of Brew_ski
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ryften
3.09/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Photo of Colin32
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheOakKing
3.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chicagoish
3.07/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of flgimp
3.34/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hdf561
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on draft in a pint glass at Gettysburg Appalachin Brewery.

Pours dark red with no head but lacing that lasts through out. Smells like nuts and maple.

Taste of maple, nuts, light hops.

Mouth feel is smooth but warm like a warm blanket for the tounge would be a better winter beer but it's great.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

6/14...deep maroon reddish brown amber, foam settles to be completely still. Soft malty nose, earth tones. Maybe some cinnamon spice hints too? Woodsy peat flavors, some dark fruits, slight astringent bitter. Flat mouthfeel (aged too long?) Quick flavor and finish. A little off.

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Photo of dfconnor
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not really a wee heavy. This is a glorified brown ale. Just OK.

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Photo of EMV
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

L: Pours a caramel color... off-white head with reasonable lacing.

S: Caramel and brown sugar.

T/F: Fairly one-dimensional flavor profile. Nice and malty, caramel and brown sugar... toffee notes and there is great carbonation... but overall definitely lacking something. It needed both more smokiness (which I expect from a wee heavy) or at least a more noticeable hop presence to counter the malts.

O: Not bad, but fairly average and again... just lacking a little something to balance out the brew.

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Photo of 57md
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy brownish copper color with very little head. The nose has some malt essence. The flavor is a touch sweet but the body is awful thin for the style.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.64/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: November 28, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Victory HopDevil nonick... OCCASION: Cavs/Nets nail-biter after the lighting of our Christmas tree... APPEARANCE: dark amber body, reminiscent of a black and tan; thin, off-white head that holds to a balanced disc... almost too dense to detect effervescence... AROMA: malt-forward, with fruity hops suggesting cherries making for a nuanced aroma; traces of peat, but the sweetness of toasted malts rides the nostrils... PALATE: medium-bodied, textured and warming; a sessionable feel at 5.2%... slightly active at the teeth, with a paradoxically soft, lingering aftertaste... resisting the urge to suggest cola, but it has the bubble and late fizz... TASTE: light in this aspect, with some toasted bread malts and a touch of smoky peat.. otherwise, a blunted, malted end...some nutty flavor, like hazelnut, as well... OVERALL: a pleasant, easy-drinking pint that can easily be seen as "brewpub favorite," as the company line states...a great match for a rainy night such as this...

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamesGrove
3.09/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost two fingers of biscuity tan head is achieved with a solid pour. Bubbles crackle big and fade fast leaving just a skim and no lace. Body is a rich tone of brown with hints of ruby glow when held to light. Nose has sweet malt tones with noticeable graham cracker notes. With first sip you get a very smooth creamy mouth feel up front. Sweetness is accompanied by roasted malts that are more woodsy than sweet. There is a small bit of fruity tartness there also. All together the flavor profile comes up a little hollow and short. Mouthfeel is soft and fuzzy and a hit cloying. Drinkability is good but overall this is not a beer I would seek out when wanting a Scottish style ale.

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Photo of bmeehan
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a good beer. Full bodied and full of flavor, it doesn't get in the way of what you're eating and it's really smooth on the finish. After about a week in the fridge, though, it had lost significant head and carbonation. I was pretty bummed to see how it didn't keep very long.

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Photo of therealJAYZ
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jschwamb
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of generallee
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of amattocks2
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kraut6363
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Jolly Scot Scottish Ale from Appalachian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 315 ratings
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