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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Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a nice deep amber color with a tan colored head on top. The smell of the beer had a healthy amount of malts and grains on the nose. The taste of the beer was slightly sweet with a nice earthy tone in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel of the beer was decent, nothing too out of the ordinary here. Overall this beer was pretty good I thought.

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

On the murky side, a modestly flavored brown ale. Attractive golden brown in the wine glass topped with a nice head. Pleasant creamy carbonation. Smell of cooked cereal. Hint of oxidized wine flavor. Watery mouthfeel. Roasted malt is the main flavor with some burnt sugar included. Some sweetness as it warms up. Slight bitterness suits the unassuming style.

Quite drinkable example of the lighter version of what I still call Scotch Ale. Would be a good quaff on tap.

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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 mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The third beer in our friday night tasting, Sometimes you are just in the mood for a good Scottish ale right?

The pour on this one was nice, straightforward and fairly typical. Nice caramel color with a small head of off white that hung for a good long while before settling down. Lots of malty goodness on the nose right away. Caramel, nice earthy tones with an almost peat like touch to it as it warms. Nice body, a bit undercarbonated for me, but still decent. Warm bready malts, a light touch of grain and a smooth, rather dense caramel flavor wash over the palate. Intresting blend of flavors, but nothing really show stopping or putting it over the edge for me. Still very drinkable indeed and a nice sessionable ale to get the night going.

Not sure if I would seek this one out or not, but I have to admit it is not really that bad.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From 06/04/11 notes. Thanks to Jud for sharing this one. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a reddish dark brown color with one inch of light tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel, toffee, biscuit, alcohol and fruit. Pretty nice nose.

t - Taste is caramel malts, bready malts, toasted malts, toffee, and fruit.

m - Pretty light, water body and moderate carbonation. Would have like a thicker body to it.

o - Overall a decent scotch ale. The body was a like too thing, but it had a nice nose. Worth checking out if you like the style.

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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 RblWthACoz
3.29/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks nice. Ruby hued brown color with a tan head. Nose is basically nothing. Flavor is tangy and malty as is usual when this style is brewed in the U.S. Sweet and edgy, it isn't horrid. But it is no more than a sipper as it might be a bit much for some to deal with.

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Photo of Tone
3.89/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, brown/amber color with a lighter tan color along the bottom of the glass. 1/5 inch head of an off-white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, yeast, caramel, and slight chocolate. Fits the style of a Scottish Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, yeast, slight sweet malt, slight caramel, hint of dark citrus, and slight grain. Overall, a good body, blend, and aroma.

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Photo of Gavage
3.26/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear reddish burgandy color with a 1" off white head. Not much lacing to speak of.

Smell: the nose barely picks up some caramel and ripe black plums.

Taste: the taste follows the nose as caramel and plums are in there, but add in a bit of pepper, mild bitterness, and a hint of smoky tones.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp from start through the finish. The aftertaste is short with caramels tones. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: not bad, but I felt this leans more towards a red ale than anything else. So-so offering.

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Photo of tone77
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts and caramel. Taste is also malty, some caramel, a bit on the sweet side. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appalachian Jolly Scot Scottish Ale

Pours a deep red color. Aroma of caramel, toffee, light peat and bread. In the flavor, nice roasted flavor, burnt sugars, flash of herbal hop for balance. Tastes like a standard Scottish Ale, malty, sugary but not overdone. A well crafted, quite decent brew. Like most Appalachian offerings, this one is easily drank.

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Photo of plaid75
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and good lacing.

The smell featured sweet, earthy malts and a light smoke.

The taste was earthy and slightly sweet with a grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style.

Overall a tasty and simple Scottish Ale. It lacks full depth however.

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

Concentrated amber color with ruby highlights are topped by a frothy, half-finger thick (and I tried to summon more), tan colored head. The aroma is sweet with malt notes being prominent. Concentrated notes of caramel and toffee mix with notes of toasted caramel bread. There is a note here that seems to remind me of diacetyl; it is a butterscotch type note that is almost buttery. This could just be the malt character, but I think that there is some diacetyl here as well. It is light enough to just add to the complexity of the aroma though.

The taste is fairly dry up front, but picks some sweetness through to the finish where it is most apparent. This beer has a bit of a phenolic edge to it that seems like it might be derived from a bit of peat smoked malt. The beer is actually pretty light on the palate, but it is quite rich and flavorful with lots of malt character. Again notes of toffee and caramel are prominent in the flavors, but it is not just this, some light roasted grain notes and some interesting toasted grain notes round out a full suite of malt character that is a bit more complex than I have described.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium brown with a deep red tint, it has a thick fluffy head. The smell is sweet and of malts, butterscotch, and a flowery sent. The taste is smooth and sweet with sweet malts, butterscotch, a slight hoppiness, and a very satisfying after taste.

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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 rfgetz
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean mahogany color with small spots of off-white head, some sticky lacing. Scent is of caramelized malts with a splash of roastyness, light fruitiness and earthy hops. Taste follows scent, the caramel notes are clean and not overly sweet, roastyness helps cut through that. Lightly holy and fruity on the back end. Medium bodied, lightly sticky. A nice Scotch ale, not overly sweet or sticky, quite clean overall increasing drinkability.

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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 Suds
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew is a deep ruby color with a frothy brownish-tan head. The aroma has a pleasing toasted grain and malt quality. It has lots of toasted nutty sensations in the aroma, with less of the syrupy malt smells that many Scottish ales present. Very light hop smell (almost an afterthought). Taste is moderately sweet, moderately malty. Caramel and very faint smoky flavors. I expected more sweetness and fullness of flavor, considering the “80 Shilling” on the label. Finishes just slightly bitter, wish a fleetingly soapy sensation. Medium body. This brew is pretty good, but not particularly inspiring.

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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 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 glid02
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
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 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 Pencible
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear dark copper with moderate light tan head.
S: It smelled like copper hops and nutty malt, with some caramel and oak and a bit of butterscotch.
T: It tasted like nutty malt with copper hops and sweet earthy caramel and butterscotch. It had a very clean and mild bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a decent Scottish ale, but not in the top tier. The scent and taste were good not great. The body was great and it was easy to drink. Not bad but not memorable.

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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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