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 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 sulldaddy
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is another brew that I got from DeadGuyAle. Thanks!
I am pouring a chilled sample into a pint glass. The brew pours a clear mahogany with rich ruby tints intertwined.
A small off white head foams up and very quickly disappears to nothing.
Aroma is malty with caramel toffee and some brown sugar scents coming forth. I also get a mild earthy hop presence.
First sip, average carbonation, with a decently thick body. Flavor is all caramel up front and is all malt overall. I do get a bit of a grainy biscuit flavor on the finish. This brew is very smooth and easy to drink. I will drink this one again!

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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 99bottles
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have had this multiple times in ABC variety cases, but I never reviewed it. As my tasting experience has grown, my fondness for this beer has waned. Oh well, as it stands now...

Apperance: The Jolly Scot pours a rich reddish brown color with some small fizzy-foam head, that doesn't seem to have much staying power. Light lace entwines the inside of the pint glass as the beer is drank.

Smell: Glug, glug, glug. Sweet malt is all over this one, with overly sweet notes of syrup, molasses, and brown sugar. Faintest tingle of hops, or maybe peat?

Taste: Given the nice look and interesting smell, the taste doesn't match up. Nothing inherently wrong, but the flavors just aren't as intense as I would have liked. Again, very sweet carmel malt backbone that comes off as very soft and friendly. There are some interesting hop notes that go well with the notes of damp moss and earth. I wish these flavors could come through in the aftertaste, but the malt presence is too much. Just not as flavorful or intense as other Scotch Ales I've had.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light on the tongue and palate, even on the edge of thin. Malts make for some body, but again, this is not quite right.

Drinkability: If anything, you could drink multiple Jolly Scots and not get bogged down. The problem is, I'm not sure you'd really want to. I still like the beer as a whole, but I've had better examples of the style. I'd love it if they tweaked this into a Wee-Heavy and beefed the flavors up.

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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 simmons
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Jolly Scot is a Scottish ale that is dark brown with a slightly reddish tint to it. This beer has no head at all as well as no aroma about it at all. The malt is kind of mild but hold nice and the hops are just as mild as the malt but all blends well in the end. The Jolly Scot is available year round and it is a tribute to the Irish, Scottish & German immigrant that founded the city of Harrisburg where the Appalachian brewery is located in. over all pretty tasty. ABV 5.32% IBU18.20

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

A nice malty aroma with a fat head that quickly dissipates to nil. The even ruby-copper color makes it a very attractive glass. Carmely smooth with a slight bitter bite at the end. Just a hint of hops and a bit on the malty side. It's a fine beer yet the flavors don't make me all that excited.

Good local brewski.

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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 stirgy
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served as part of a sampler tray at their brewery. I remember enjoying this beer from the bottle earlier in the year and the draft version didn’t disappoint either. A very light Scotch ale indeed! This version is more hoppy than malty. I think of a malty beer when I think of a Scottish ale, but this tastes just fine. Nice fruitiness in the flavor, too. In itself, this is a very good and easy drinking beer, although I would like to see a ramped up version of this beer. Maybe the Jolly Scot’s big brother? Or the not so jolly Scot? hmmm....

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Photo of francisweizen
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very well rounded scotch ale. This stuff pours a dark red colour with a small, fizzy head. The aromas are of scotch, alcohol, and heavy malts. The taste is very scotch-like, soothing, warm, and boozy. The mouthfeel is heavy, but not overly heavy and the drinkability is damn good.

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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 frank4sail
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet caramel nose with a slight hint of cherries. Scarlet colored with a tan head. Very carbonated bubbly look in the glass. Chewy sweet malt taste with a biscuity hazelnut finish. Quite clean tasting. Medium thickness to the mouth with a slight dry finish left on the tongue.

Cheers to the BA Victory Beer Exchange for the sample!

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a dark copper color with some hints of red and crimson. Covered in a big pillow of off-white foam that lingers and leaves lace all over the glass. A nice sweet maltly aroma with notes of roasty malts and toffee.

Malts dominate with a rich sweetness. Very nice roastiness character joins for a good balance. Toffee really comes in to add a bit more complexity. The body is medium to full with light carbonation making for a very smooth mouthfeel. It is also a pretty good drinker. A few at a time would be no problem. A very nice scottish ale.

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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 RonfromJersey
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Metallic red body topped by foamy loose beige head, which settles to a thin top in a hurry. Nice malty nose. A hint of smoke, maybe some peat? Or is that just my imagination (running away with me)? Nice deep malt taste, a feeling of substance. Mouthfeel is smooth, rich not oily. Drinkability is surprisingly high (to me at least, perhaps some Scotch Ales I've had before were more alcoholic). A good "telling tall tales at the pub" brew. or after tossing some telephone poles.

Acquired at the Philly BA Gathering Beer Exchange.

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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 SchmichaelJ
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was a bit surprised when the barkeep planted my pint of Jolly Scot before me...despite a nice dark, clean red hue, it held a very thin head with practically no noticeable carbonation. There was no apparent lacing, and very little head retention. It looked nice, but kind of flat. The smell was a little more reassuring with a sweet malt and subtle hop hints. The taste held a pleasing maltiness, with a good balance. It was smooth, and full, yet had an almost average overall taste for a Scottish Ale. The Ale was very active in the mouth, with a tingling, prickly sensation. Not too full, decent mouthfeel all around. ABC's Jolly Scot is not a bad Scottish Ale, but I wasn't extremely impressed. I'd gladly down a few of them, but would probably seek out another Scottish Ale if in the mood for the style.

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Photo of cretemixer
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep auburn in color with a fairly thick tannish head. Light carbonation noted as the head subsides. Smoky roasted malts dominate the nose. Really good roasted malt taste to match the aroma with a very slight hop bitterness coming through about mid-glass. Decent lace. Overall pretty well balanced and smooth. Thin mouthfeel but overall pretty drinkable.

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Photo of Jarod
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a dark caramel / nut color as it reflects in the glass. A surprisingly thick head that seems to last. It drags down the glass as it leaves its lace. Beige in color. It has a sweet malt aroma and a slight sweet malt flavor with hints of flower and hops. Good beer.

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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 goindownsouth
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yet another solid brew from Appalachian. This is probably one of my favorites from this Harrisburg staple. It is nice and dark with a little hoppiness and a slightly sweet aroma. The head is moderately thick and remains that way for about half the glass until it gets lacey. A very drinkable bier, this is one to try when you have the opportunity to try the brews from this Pennsylvania brewery.

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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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Jolly Scot Scottish Ale from Appalachian Brewing Company
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