Jolly Scot Scottish Ale | Appalachian Brewing Company

Jolly Scot Scottish AleJolly Scot Scottish Ale
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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-10-2002

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Ratings: 315 |  Reviews: 150
Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
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 nmann08
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BEERchitect
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Malty sweet, earthy, and herbal, the team at Appalachian Brewing turns to the time honored and easy drinking Scottish ale for as much depth and flavor as it does refreshment an sensible taste.

Jolly Scott pours bronzen brown color with impeccable clarity. As a gentle froth rises, the mellow scent of toffee, caramel, toast, coffee and chocolate swirl about the nose with a brisk cola-like nuttiness. An initial taste of malt sweetness brings an amplified sweetness of caramel and toffee than the nose suggests before rolling into a coffee and nutty character from toasted grain.

And as the middle palate develops, the ale's sweetness is reduced and the toasty remnants of grain carry a bolder coffee and cocoa character. Laced with the slight bogishness of peat, a hint of smoke, peppercorn and anise become gently apparent. Slimly hopped, the beer's broad woodsy bitterness seems an extension of the toast, coffee and cocoa types of bitterness.

Medium bodied but reading more robustly on the palate, its depth of flavor and dark austere is no indication of the beer's weight on the palate. Its a refreshing, malty dry, drinkable dark beer albeit with hints of persistent cola and grain in finish and aftertaste.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of DrBier
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
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 +0.8%
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 -10.4%
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 smithj4
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of woodychandler
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
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 Slatetank
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of mdfb79
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
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 orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.64/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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

Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.29/5  rDev -7.3%
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 +9.6%
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 Lone_Freighter
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. The appearance was a clear brown colored body with a nice white filmy head that died immediately before I even took a sip. No lacing was left and no carbonation was seen rising. The smell had smokey malts up front with some slight hints of coffee and sweet bread in the background. The taste was dry with the nice light smokiness coming back to add a sweet maltiness. The palate was light, slightly creamy with nothing harsh on the tongue, sessionable. Overall, this was pretty good.

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