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: 310
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 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 thekevlarkid
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a chilled bottle the beer was a clear amber color with lots and lots of rising carbonation. The khaki colored head retained well and left spots of lacing down to the end. The aroma was of slightly toasted malt, nuts, a little earth and bread along with a slightly musty note. The flavors were nice, a blend of sweet malt, citrus, apricot, a touch of figs and a caramel malt finish. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body medium and the carbonation frothy. Very easy to drink and quite pleasant though not as assertive as many beers of the same ilk.

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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 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 jifigz
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: The beer has a great deep burnt red/brown color with a nice tan head that lingers for a short period of time. This beer appears to be bottle conditioned as well and I have only had ABC beers a few times so I am not sure if this is their norm or not. Either way, there is yeast in the bottom so try not to drink that.

S: This beers aroma is very malt and candy sweet. That's what I was expecting and it fits the style.

T: The taste is mostly malty and very sweet. There is a little bit of a stale cigarette style flavor that hits me about half way through and then travels back into malts (I have noticed a similar taste in ABC's IPA.) The beer tastes kind of like a musty basement.

M: This is pretty standard and average.

O: This is nothing too spectacular, but a good beer nonetheless. I probably wouldn't purchase this, but I sure as hell would drink it if someone was giving it to me (which is what happened in this case.)

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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 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 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 chefhatt
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a nice amber color body with very little head, that doesn't stay around long. The smell is sweet and carmely. The taste starts off sweet, then the hops and malt comes through on the middle and back of the tongue. Very nice mouth feel and Overall a good and drinkable beer.

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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 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 beer2day
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep red pour with 1-finger medium cream head. No retention and faint lace.

Sweet, caramel nose with essence of strawberry licorice. Not bad, but no peat here.

Bigger essence of strawberry licorice in the flavor. Fairly rich feel, but not enough smoky peat - even for an 80 shilling. Sweet caramel malt provides the backbone. A very sweet glass of beer.

Overall, not bad but not my favorite interpretation of the style.

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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 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 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 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 micromaniac129
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deeper amber color bordering almost to chestnut. Very little head formation and no lacing. Carbonation is on the week side.

Aroma is of caramel malts and toffee.

Flavor is rich sweet malts with hints of toffee and biscuits. I think I can even taste a little smokiness or maybe roasted malts.

Mouthfeel seems to be a bit thin and definitly weakens towards watery as it warms up. Slightly dry finish.

A good drinking beer.

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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 matty
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is caramel malts.Taste is caramel,biscuit with a hint of sweetness.Pretty smooth goes down relatively well.It would work well on a hot or cold day.I would recommend and most likely purchase this again.

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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 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 nickthetick
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: ruby red when held to the light with a dirty white head that dissipates slowly through the drinking experience. No lacing left in the tasting glass.

S: sweet malt and caramel with little to no hop presence. Much like a biscuit that had been overcooked a minute.

T: mid ranged malts and a lot of the same caramel sweetness. A tad bitter on the tongue but hop profile is almost hidden behind the malt sweetness kind of a toasted oat aftertaste.

MF: viscous and medium body with a weak effervescence. Sweet and the flavor hangs a little too long.

D: a good beer but the mouth feel distracts from the taste a little bit and once again being so exclusive to the pubs cuts from the overall drink ability.

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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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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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Jolly Scot Scottish Ale from Appalachian Brewing Company
3.57 out of 5 based on 310 ratings.
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