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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Reviews: 147 | Ratings: 311
Photo of MichaelMeister
4.55/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this Scottish Ale as part of our sampler group when visiting and having dinner at the Appalachian Brewing Co.

What a tasty Scottish Ale. Very nice color, excellent caramel flavor and finishes off nicely.

Whenever we visit Harrisburg from Atlanta we try to bring back a few bottles as this particular beer is not available here.

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Photo of wac9
4.48/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this is my favorvite scottish ale a good beer from pa . pours a dark copper color , with a big white head,the taste is sharpe and crisp , a great mouthfull and drinkability is excellant i could drink this all night and have , its a winner so go enjoy this beer

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Photo of psugrad98
4.4/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great beer from a quality brewery. Nut brown in color with a slight hint of redness. Nice foamy head. Smell is of sweet flowers for fruit. Coats the entire mouth, goes down smooth and packs a wollup. Dorn't drink and drive!!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A creamy ivory head rests lazily atop a deep-amber/copper body. It's crystal clear; and very tiny bubbles rise slowly towards the surface. The head retention is good, and although it drops fairly readily, it does maintain a very nice collar and lacy surface covering throughout the pint. The nose expresses a very clean, lightly sweet and caramelized/caramelish maltiness that's touched ever so lightly by a background roastiness. The body is medium/full and it's quite creamy and smooth in the mouth. Caramelized sugars dominate in the round maltiness; but it's also accentuated by a very light fruitiness, a whisp of hop flavor, a cusp of gently acidity from a touch of dark malt, and a sublime bitterness. This is an exceptionally well-done version of an 80 Shilling Scottish ale, and it might even be too clean to be considered authentic! Great drinkability! I'd love to try this cask conditioned. Well worth trying.

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Photo of barleyroad
4.34/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

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Photo of DarthMalt
4.32/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! I thought a beer like this was beyond the scope of any American brewer. Apparently not. I need to get out more.

It's got all the honeysuckle notes, plenty of butterscotch, and the perfect hint of oak in the mix. The water is a little too Pilsener soft for style, but it actually kind of works better, in my opinion--makes it sweeter.

Funny, the only thing that makes this brew suspect is, it is from an American micro. It's kinda' like the California wine effect--"Can't be good if it's from here"--you know?

Enjoy this one, and support these guys if you ever see them. The cashier had to practically vacuum these off before scanning them. Sad fate for such a good beer.

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Photo of psycroptic
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had from a liqour store in a mix-a-six. Never actually had anything from Appalachian, so new shit sherlock.

A: Poured dark brown with a brownish-tan approx. two-finger sized head. Looks quite chocolatey.

S: Subdued toffee, caramel & chocolate malts with even more subedued floral-like hops; definitely no cascades here that my sniffer can pick up. I like it - definitely low-key on the aroma front, but everything I can smell seems swell.

T: Complimenting the smell, it's all back of the taste buds for me. The chocolatey-ness shines throughout along with notes of caramel; very little hoppiness, just enough to balance out the sweetness of the malts. I'm most def a malt fan, so props from my mouth.

M: Thin. Not Bud thin or anything, but just... like I said subdued. For a dark-looking beer I actually expected something heavier, an "attack" if you will of super dense malts & what not. No bad tastes left on the palate, but nothing super-exceptional. Not to say it's bad, nor that it's even watery or anything cause there's enough going on here, it's just very easily...

D: Drinkable! I've only got one in my mix but I could absolutely session this one. The subduedness really conceals the brew, particularly its 5.2%; didn't take any time at all to be over halfway done with it. Sorta creeps up on you tbh.

It's overall quite solid imo. Would definitely consider more of this as well as more from this company, as like I said I haven't had any others. Kudos.

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Photo of bmills1608
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, almost murky red brown color. While the appearance is mostly clear, there is a definite haze. Head is slightly tan in color, fairly thick, nice and solid. Head hangs around for a few minutes, eventually hitting the road leaving behind a thin layer of film on top.

On the nose is sweet sticky malts, tons of fruit (black cherry, slight raisin). Taste is much like the nose, slick malts, caramel, slight cherry, various other almost ripe fruits and more chewy malt. Taste is clean, fairly sweet and a not overly complex, but definitely not dull either. I really nice combination of malt and fruit. Overall I was hoping for just a bit more punch, but still very solid. Things improve as it warms, more malty goodness shines though.

Finishes sweet-tart, with a nice touch of dry astringency and an almost cherry coke like flavor that sort of lingers around a bit.

Overall - I really enjoy this beer. Scotch/Scottish ales are one of the styles I personally like, but for some reason are not nearly as common as other styles in my area. Glad to see a local brewery producing this.

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Photo of tkepx182
4.23/5  rDev +18.5%
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

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Photo of Phatz
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With out a doubt this is the best beer I have had from Appalachian in a bottle. I have been a bit disappointed with some things in the past but not this time round.

Appearance: Pours a rich caramel amber color with a light tan head and little lacing. The body is partly transparent.

Smell: It has a full nose of caramel malts and sweet fruits. Toasted caramel and plums dominate with an earthy toffee undertone and a hint of wood and booze. Very nice.

Taste: The flavors delivers slightly less than the nose, but really is quite pleasant. For a brewery I have come to, unfortunately stereotype as mainstreamed, this is really a full rich Scottish ale. Nicely done. It has a terrific vinous character and sweet caramelized malt flavors along with figs rum soaked raisins wood and dark fruits and toasted tastes.

Mouthfeel: It is a fine line between the Scottish Ale and the Scotch Ale Wee Heavy. I think this beer is closer in flavor to the Wee Heavy but the mouthfeel is a bit lighter than that though is full enough for an 80 shilling Scottish Ale.

Drinkability: Splendid. I love the style and typically they are beer I can stay with all night. Though I would call it a session beer It is still a beer I could start and end the night with a 6-er of this beer.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nice copper colored body with some amber highlights. It has excellent clarity; and moderate carbonation. On top lays a small creamy off-white head with decent retention, and leaves a nice creamy collar. On the nose the aroma
of caramel malt, buttery toffee, and biscuits. On the palate more of the same with a caramel maltiness, bicuity/ breadiness, light fruitiness, and a little on the sweet side as it warms but still very enjoyable. The mouth feel is creamy and smooth. Nice brew.

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Photo of BeerMonarch
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Got this in a variety pack up in Harrisburg.

Poured into a goblet (it's what was around) it was a beautiful dark red.

Smelled of dark malts.

Mouthfeel was a bit light, but that just added to the drinkability.

Taste was of rich malts.

This is one of the more drinkable Scottish ales I've had and would be a good session beer.

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Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pint glass served at the Harrisburg brewpub.

A: The ale is a ruddy brown color, not so dark that light doesn't shine through. The head was small to nonexistent on arrival.

S: The aroma is malty with a robust thickness that shows off caramel and butterscotch.

T: The first sip is a maltster's heaven. Thick and chewy, the caramel malts have a touch of smoke and thick peat. Hops are nonexistent but they aren't missed in this decadent ale.

M: The mouthfeel is full without overloading the senses. Hops don't get in the way of the malts, allowing the thick bready flavor to really shine through.

D: This is a great session ale, smooth with a robust flavor that doesn't push you around.

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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 beergeek279
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served as a 6 oz. cask sample at ABC. The color was dark amber, with a wispy white head. The smell was a dark, sweet malt. The taste was a strong, slightly sweet dark malt, with a good toffeeness, and a bit of hops. Mouthfeel was nice and smooth. As for drinkability, I'd definitely have me quite a few of these.

When I had it, I was thinking this was a damn weak Wee Heavy, but I didn't realize that this was just a regular everyday Scottish Ale. In that case, it certainly was fantastic, and one I wish to have in the future.

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Photo of pavandal
4.09/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served On-Tap at the ABC Brewery in Harrisburg, PA.

Beer poured a beautiful dark amber with a small creamy head. Didn't lace as the drink went on.

Nearly no smell on this. If I stuck my nose in the glass, I could pick up a slight fruit smell, but really, there wasn't much;

Taste was outstanding! Lots of malt! If you're into that (which I am), This is a great beer. Not very bitter at all.

Was very light on the mouth, a good beer to have with a heavy meal.

I'm thinking about picking a six of this up for poker tomorrow night, so of Course I'd drink it again!

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Photo of rdrummer
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very interesting Scottish Ale. I was expecting something a little darker and heavier. It poured a ruby to dark brown color with an off-white head and lots of lacing. The overwhelming aroma is one of maoltiness with a bit of hops underneath and a bit of pepperyness. It is a really flavorful beer with a nice balance of the malt to the hops, which lends just a slight bitterness. There was a hint of carmel as if some of the malt may have been carmelized. It was relatively full-bodied with a nice but not overwhelming carbonation. This one was good from start to finish, which caused me to want another.

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Photo of LSUExplorer03
4.04/5  rDev +13.2%
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 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 gestyr
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark Amber...almost brown with a creamy tan head.

Smell: Malt, caramel and a hint of smoke

Taste: Again, Malty, not much bitterness or hops detectable, carmel and smoke in the background

Mouthfeel: A bit thin...I had expected it to have more body

Drinkability: Yes, I would drink it again. Next time I will have to try a glass at the bar to see the difference.

ABC is a good company that puts out consistantly good beers. I think it is one of the areas best kept secrets.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
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 ZimZamZoom
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice deep brown, with a light tan head that is very airy, and fades fast. You can hear the fizz.

Earthy malt aroma, some mild peat and ripe fruit. Taste of damp peat, sweet malt, some sour cherry in the middle turning to a warm alcohol finish. Lingering sour fruit, though the sweetness wins out in the end. Just a tickle of hop bitterness in the back of the throat. Nice.

Smooth and perfectly carbonated, with a nice creamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied, easy drinker.

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Photo of 57andcounting
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has very little or no head. Has a nice red/tan color and looks nice in the glass. Has a faint smell of malt and little hops. I like the taste. It is a mix of malt and berries with a slight hop aftertaste. The mouth feel is soft, has a little body, but leaves a fresh clean feel. All and all this is a beer I stop for when I am having more then one.

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Photo of thefireman
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
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 KickbacksSteve
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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