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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Reviews: 147 | Ratings: 310
Photo of radioscooter
2.32/5  rDev -35%
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.


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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 drpimento
2.62/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I got this beer a while ago from friend Paul who brought it back from out east. So it's a i bit old. Anyway, it poured a foamy tan head with gold highlights that acted like a soda pop - foamed right up and then down to zero. No lace. Both aroma and flavor are caramel, malty sweet with a hint of alcohol. Body is unremarkable. Finish is same way. Altogether forgettable.

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Photo of
2.71/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle.

Very clear, copper brown in color. Large, light tan head.

Aroma faint. Caramel, bit of wheat bread and a grassy/herbal finish.

Crackers and very mild caramel flavor. Overall, flavor very weak. Aftertaste unpleasant, medicinal/plastic.

Body seems to be light to medium, feels thin. Carbonation is low.

For me, this beer just didn't do it. Faint aroma, very mild flavors, and thin mouthfeel. In fairness, I did drink a 3F Robert the Bruce prior to this beer, and I really enjoyed it. This beer may have suffered in comparison. However, I have tried 5 different beers by ABC, and none of the others have done much for me either. This is the last for a while.

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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 jsanford
2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Slightly hazed ruby/scarlet appearance. Not much of a head on the pour. A thin and slightly bubbly light brown collar encloses the surface of the beer. Nice little subdued sweet maltiness on the nose. Maybe a little herbalness and peat as well. There's a little bit of a harshness on the palate. I'm not sure if it's coming from indgredients (peat malt?) or from a flaw. It's not overwhelming, but not that enjoyable either. Some sweet malty tones are evident as well. And some bitterness, that I'm not assuming would be coming from the hops. Hmmmm. This one's throwing me a little. Nonetheless, it's not one of my favorites.

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Photo of StoryOfTheGhost
2.86/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Amber- white head that completely dissipates

S- very faint. A bit grainy. Caramel hops, vanilla

T- Grainy, malty, some sweetness. Don't know if my palate is just shot, but it just does not have any real flavor that is noticeable

M- carbonated, light body, flavor quickly evaporates

O- just not a very good beer. Will not drink again

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Photo of BeerdedEric
2.94/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Creamy smooth beige head. Copper penny color body loaded with carbonation. The head fades down to a creamy head

I get a sweet caramel and grainy smell. Kind of bland

The taste is not horrible and doesn't reflect the aroma much. Caramel, brown sugar, some hints of grass, dark fruits like raisins or grapes but the flavors are quite watery.

Light body, light Carbonation, it leaves the lips slightly sticky. It also makes the mouth feel dry.

I remember this being a lot better. Maybe my palate has changed completely. This is a average brew at best. Try their Batch 666 even though it's considered their Winter Warmer.

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Photo of VonRoll
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Rich deep Red/Honey Amber in color. Poured creamy off white head 1/2" thick, quite bubbly.

Smell: Both hop and malty notes, slightly smokey smell.

Taste: Tastes of light hop notes and smooth malt finish.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth on the palate, light on tongue, heavier on sides and back of mouth.

Overall: This beer is on the lighter side of the Scottish Red Ale style. Not as smooth as a Killians per say. Reminded me more of a Lager with red coloring with a hint of smoked malt. Definitely a beer to try. Just a tad more carbonation bite than most Red Scot Ales.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.97/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Dark reddish brown with more red than brown. 1/4 inch tan head which disappears really quickly

Smell: Rich malt with lots of raisin and smells a bit dirty

Taste: Very malty and sweet upfront with quite a bit of dark fruit throughout especially raisin

Mouthfeel: Medium body and ample carbonation and a bit prickly

Overall: Not a bad scotch ale not sure if I will be seeking this one out again however

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Photo of Metalmonk
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
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 rdub
3/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Photo of HugoGrim
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served from the tap in a standard pint glass at ABC's Harrisburg location. A deep red, copper color with a nice substantial head. The scent was malty with hints of caramel and sweetness. Flavor was malty and roasted with an almost sourdough bread taste and a slightly smokey element. It finishes with a bitterness which leaves with an aftertaste of the same.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Mostly clear, dark amber color with some fluffy, quick dissipating head.

S: Sweet caramel smell.

T: Sweet caramel taste, also a little bitterness.

M: Pretty thin mouthfeel, very smooth with adequate carbonation.

D: Fairly good beer, a smooth drinker but also kind of filling.

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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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Photo of tgbljb
3.04/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

presented as a deep copper color with modest head. Smell is very light and nothing significant noted. Taste is very light and not what I would expect in this style of beer. Mouthfeel is a slight sweetness, but very restrained. Would be a decent session beer, but not what I expect from a scottish ale

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Photo of aaronh
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep copper body beneath a tan head. Mild, sweet malt aroma with some noticeable fruitiness. The taste is very mild with a somewhat distracting and misplaced bitterness. Malt sweetness pushes through mid-taste. Mouthfeel seems a bit thin for a scottish ale, and the drinkability is OK. It's a decent beer, but not all that notable.

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Photo of NolanGTI
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer looked good on the pour with a nice rich auburn color, but head almost instantly dissipated to nothing. Hmm..nose had some malty sweetness present but not overwhelming or very complex. Taste was a bit underwhelming. While not sugary sweet, which some Scotch Ales can be, there jsut wasn't a ton going on in this one. I expected some more complex backround flavors and wasn't able to pick much up.

Pretty thin in the mouth to the point of almost tasting flat. Drinkable, but I certainly didn't order a second pint.

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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 nbbd
3.12/5  rDev -12.6%
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 Kingdom4aPint
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
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 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 mooseisloose
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased a 1/2 gallon to go from Quick Six, a local bottle shop and extortion racket.

Pours a reddish brown with an orangish head that fades fast. No lacing to speak of. Faint sweet smell, but didn't expect much for this style.

Taste is sweet, no discernable hops.

Mouthfeel is thin. Seems like there should be more body to accompany the sweetness.

Drank 2 pints and it was enough. Decent for the style, but I remember this one tasting better to me a few years back.

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Jolly Scot Scottish Ale from Appalachian Brewing Company
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