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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-10-2002

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Ratings: 319 |  Reviews: 152
Reviews by Misfit138:
Photo of Misfit138
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A- Nice medium brown with nice two inch head.

S- Was expecting a little more scent. Caramel Malts

T- A little smoky followed by caramel with some hoppyness at end

M- About what a Scottish Ale should be moderate with slight carbonation

D- Not bad, I wouldn't turn one down. Its not my favorite style but its good. Its a good alternative beer for people who like red or standard brown ales. I could down a few.

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Photo of LSUExplorer03
4.04/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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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 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 squeakmeister
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of merlin48
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of KolbMarley
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of iparules
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of squiz
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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 glid02
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of testch09
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Kingdom4aPint
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of JMS1512
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ggaughan
3.8/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of ChickenBugg
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

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 prdstmnky
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of nbbd
3.12/5  rDev -12.1%
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)

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Photo of thefireman
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
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

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Photo of Metalmonk
2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of LordHammer
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fester71
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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Jolly Scot Scottish Ale from Appalachian Brewing Company
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