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Jolly Scot Scottish Ale | Appalachian Brewing Company

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Jolly Scot Scottish AleJolly Scot Scottish Ale

Brewed by:
Appalachian Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of hdf561
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
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 -11.8%
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 EMV
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
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 -0.8%
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%
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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3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
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 +16.2%
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 generallee
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
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 IronLover
4.04/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Scottish 80 - I like this already. Deep garnet orange in color with perfect clarity. Poured with a light beige foam with medium low retention. Rich, strong malty aroma with toasted and bready malts and light caramel notes beneath. No hop, esters, or alcohol notes. Heavier than medium in body with a slightly viscous feel. Medium drying carbonation through the middle that restrains the maltiness a bit. Light hop bitterness through the middle with no hop flavors. No esters. Surprisingly dry finish considering the balance tips heavily toward the malty side. Overall this is dead on for the style. Easy drinking and incredibly malty. 

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Appalachian in Lititz, PA. Pours a deep amber-red, a really pretty beer. Tan head goes away quickly. A lot of malt, plus some coffee and a slightly bitter finish. Medium carbonation. Quite smooth.

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Photo of jrob21
2.75/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Once again, this one brought back from Nashville. Pours a clear brown color. Flavor is sweet malt. Caramel and some chocolate aromas. Light body and a little thin in the flavor. Missing some of the typical scottish ale characteristics.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.22/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark chestnut color. The head sucks - it's not even a finger high (shade is slightly off-white) and even then, its retention is still poor. Not much lacing is left on the glass. (3)

Smell: It smells exactly like I'd expect a "Scottish" ale to - an amber ale with a touch of additional smoke. The smokiness takes on a slightly peaty tone, too (which I always like). There's some caramel, too...and that's it. All in all, meh. (2.75)

Taste: It tastes better than it smells. The initial flavor is caramel, and a lot of it. There seems to be a decent amount of mid-palate tartness, which quickly transitions into a bready finish. Wisps of smoke linger throughout. Really, this does not taste bad at all - actually, it tastes pretty damn good. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: The first half of the mouthfeel is sweet (if not full), but the second half manages to rather dry - its feel is closer to Ireland than Scotland, if that makes any sense. Still, it's a bit slimier than I'd like. Carbonation is rather effervescent for the style, so that earns it some drinkability points back. (3.25)

Overall: It doesn't smell like much, but it still manages to be pretty tasty. By no means is it a world-beater, though. This would still make a nice everyday drinker, one where I can shut my brain off and just enjoy it. (3.25)

3.25/5: Hey, this would make a good alternative to Smithwick's

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.19/5  rDev -10.6%


Pours a light amber brown, slightly hazy, with an off-white lacing.

Caramel and buttered biscuit malt occupy the aroma.

Flavor is of caramel and biscuit malt with a woody dryness.

Medium body with a tingly of carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

An average Scotch if that. Not outright bad, but boring and falls short of the better Scotch ales. Wouldn't turn my nose up at it, but ABC has better offerings.

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Photo of fourstringer
2.5/5  rDev -30%
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.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.5/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-orange brown color with a smallish off-white head and a little lacing

S-malt, bread, caramel, slight smokiness

T-toasted bread, caramel, malt, hints of dark fruit, slightly herbal bitter finish

F-medium body with light carbonation, smooth

O-pleasant scotch ale with easy drinkability at this low ABV

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Photo of templar316
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour's tall and fades fast. Drink's smooth for ghost's of the past. The soft bready malt's provide hint's of butterscotch and caramel. It's an easy tea bitterness taht settles in after the malty smoothness. It's light and refreshing for those with a sweet tooth. Easy to get and well worth seeking out.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Review from notes.

Poured deep cola brown with some amber/mahogany hues in the light. Mild beige head that lasted a while and left trails of lace. Smell is of sweet caramel and crystal malts, touch of toast, and a bit of smokiness. Bready caramel opens up the palate to notes of raisin, malts, and a grassy bitterness in the finish. A light leathery smokiness is apparent in the aftertaste. Lower carbonation is working well for this beer, but somehow the finish is dry, not sweet like I usually expect. No big deal though. A decent Scottish ale worth seeking out if you want a better example of the style.

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Photo of DIM
3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dry-hopped with east kent golding

a: This was a clear, cola brown. It was served to me with medium sized, bone-white, creamy looking head.

s: Mild smoky peats with hints of coffee and a little sweet bread.

t: The dry hopping really elevates an average beer. Lightly smoky, earthy peats with a bit of earthy, floral coffee and just a touch of sweet breadiness.

m: Light overall, but creamy.

o: A very pleasant surprise.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at the Collegeville brewpub

Reddish mahogany pour, dark but translucent, with a couple of stray bubbles on top, but otherwise no real head to speak of. Pretty typical for the style. Aroma is distant but expectedly sweet and malt-driven. Taste is a bit bland, but sweet and malty, slightly woody, caramel and brown sugar with a touch of dark fruit and phenol. Medium body, fairly smooth and drinkable, with a much tamer ABV than your typical Scottish ale, which is not necessarily a good thing, but I suppose it appeals more to the masses. Not bad, but nothing I'd get again.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have been awash in bottles for too long, but the end is now in sight! My local trader, tone77, keeps bringing me more and more bottles to try and I appreciate it, but I gotta ramp The CANQuest (TM) back up before too long.

From the bottle: "Our fine lagers & ales are handcrafted in small batches & carefully nurtured to perfection. Please visit our reeally cool brewery!"

This is an 80 shilling or Export version of the style, according to the label.

Out, out, brief head! I had a finger of light-tan head initially and then I took a short break (ahem!) and when I returned, it was wisps. Color was a deep reddish-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was sweet, rich and even a little hot. Mouthfeel was approaching full, slightly viscous and as expected, it was a malt bomb on the tongue. Phew! It seemed bigger than the reported ABV. Finish was likewise very sweet. It was a fine beer for the style but just not my cup of tea.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pored from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Poured a wonderful copper color with a one finger off white head. The head faded over a moderate amount of time to leave a very light amount of lacing.

Smell – Malty aromas are the heaviest. Lightly roasted breadiness with some notes of caramel mixed within.

Taste – Starts out with a roasted malt flavor with an ever so light sweetness. The sweetness fades and leaves only a roasty malt flavor on the tongue. This flavor sits alone for quite some time, until at the end the taste bitters up a very light oak and alcohol flavor coming to the tongue. Overall it leaves a slightly dry and kind of boring flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body is slightly below average with the carbonation level being rather average as well.

Overall – Nothing too special here. It has a decent lightly roasted flavor, but is somewhat boring; nothing to really go out of the way for

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not much on the nose, some caramel and maybe like a burnt toffee character. Not much else going on.

The beer pours out extremely clear with a tan head that falls into the beer rapidly and leaves no lacing.

I get that burnt roast caramel and toffee character mostly, backed up by a bit of chocolate. Bitterness is detectable, but the malt is the winner here. A slight carbonation bite on the finish.

Mouthfeel is solid at medium carbonation and a moderately big body. Some residual sweetness after the finish is nice. Not bad overall, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

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Photo of ChrisPratz
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours to a deep brown with a fingers worth of head that dissipates to a thin veil around the edges with some patches of lace across the top.

S: Nice toasted malt, toasted bread, some burnt caramel, malt and raisins. Slighty grainy/grassy note as well.

T: Nice dark malt flavor with some of that burnt caramel flavor coming thru with a bit of toffee as well. Alcohol is slightly noticeable at the end.

M: Moderate carbonation works with the bold flavors. Left with a slight dryness in the mouth.

O: Nice scottish ale, all of the usual characteristics are here and are well balanced. Would like to try this on tap.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.04/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance - murky iced tea look to this one. No head or retention

Smell - Some sweetness and malt

Taste - Nicely flavored but too light in flavor. No hop presence or crispness.

Mouthfeel - tastes very flat and watery

Overall - This was very average and easily forgetable. Drinkable but boring.

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