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 CHADMC3
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper body with amber hues beneath a foamy tan head as random bubbles of carbonation jump from the base of the beer.

Aromas of sweet malt jump to the nose with caramel and even a bit of yeast.

The palate is similar with caramel malt, a bit of sugar, and possibly even sweet nuts and some bready notes as well.

This Scottish Ale is medium in body with medium to moderate carbonation.

This is a pretty decent example of the lighter Scottish Ale. The sweet malt character comes forward much more as the beer warms giving it a nice amount of traditional flavor and aroma.

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Photo of chaz01
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle courtesy of the Beer of the Month Club into a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Very dark brown and clear. What little head there is recedes to nothing.

S: Peaty, smoky earthy aroma

T: More toasty, peaty malt flavors, with a little dark fruit. Very malty flavors, a little caramel and some alcohol notes.

M: Medium to full bodied, low carbonated and a syrupy mouthfeel.

D: BOMC suggest the beer really opens up as it warms and I have to agree. This is especially good as a nice sipping beer at near room temperature.

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Photo of FishMan123
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A BotMC bottle.

A: Pours a very nice amber brown. Slightly reddish. A thick tan head that dissolves fairly quickly, leaving no lacing.

S: Minimal

T: Somewhat sweet, a bit of roasted barley flavor leads. A nice beer, but nothing too complex or distinctive.

M: Well carbonated

D: Fairly drinkable, a bit more bitterness apparent as beer warms.

This is a good beer, but just good. Nothing to make it stand out as excellent.

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Photo of utah44
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was received at my front door delivered by UPS from the Clubs of America Beer of the Month Club. Poured into a standard pint beer glass and allowed to warm to the appropriate temperature as instructed in the accompanying club newsletter. Beer was dark red in color and exhibited little or no head. Wonderful malty smell and tasted were noted. Mouthfeel was good despite the aforementioned lack of a head. This brew was very drinkable for a Scottish ale. I would recommend it to folks who like this style of beer.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - clear deep amber color with a modest white head that is well retained

S - mild malt aroma with some ester-like fruitiness

T - malt at first characterized by gentle caramel-like flavors, yeast esters are prominent here and the finish is balanced by the low hop bitterness and some alcohol dryness

M - medium body, moderately high carbonation

D - I like this beer. I've only had limited exposure to the authentic 'lighter' Scottish ales, but this one hits the spot nicely, even if it lacks some of the peat-like qualities I like in the Scottish brewery versions. The carbonation is a bit high and that somewhat detracts from it overall.

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

Received this in a BotM shipment.

Poured into a tulip pint: Half-finger of head that drops to a thin collar & very light dusting over a deep amber body with lighter ruby highlights. Some tiny, fast nucleation bubbles. Good color, not-so-great composition.

Smells of light caramel apple, a little honey. A good smell, restrained, not too complex. A little alcohol noticeable, believe it or not.

Some apple, raisin, dark fruit skins. A little caramel & light toastiness. And again, surprisingly for its strength, some alcohol presents itself. Some caramel in aftertaste, with a strong dryness. The further into it I am, the more the pleasant tastes are stripped away to reveal a harsh booze flavor.

A little on the sharp side, with a slightly dry sting from booze. Really wears on the palate for a low ABV beer.

Had I not know this was pretty low ABV, I never would have guessed -- even at its moderate level, there's not enough to hide the alcohol. I also would've thought this was a Belgian dark, with the dark fruits & alcohol content, creating a "muddled" kind of flavor I find so often in that style. Can't say I'm really impressed, unfortunately.

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Photo of argock
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. No freshness date. Received as part of a gift beer of the month club shipment.

A: Dark amber with short, 1-finger, off-white head with average retention and no lacing.

S: Faint herbal hops blend with lightly roasted, caramel malts. There is a light peaty note but not much else going on.

T: Very caramelly, berry-like sweetness with a light smoky, peaty touch. Not much complexity and it seems undermalted as the flavor is good but one-dimensional. Hops are herbal and earthy and provide a mild counterpoint.

M: Pretty light and almost watery body. Carbonation is mid-range. Aftertaste is sweet caramel and some papery malt.

D: Not terrible but not really a brew to look far and wide for. Needs an upgrade in the maltload department.

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Photo of BeerMonarch
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Got this in a variety pack up in Harrisburg.

Poured into a goblet (it's what was around) it was a beautiful dark red.

Smelled of dark malts.

Mouthfeel was a bit light, but that just added to the drinkability.

Taste was of rich malts.

This is one of the more drinkable Scottish ales I've had and would be a good session beer.

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Photo of wac9
4.48/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this is my favorvite scottish ale a good beer from pa . pours a dark copper color , with a big white head,the taste is sharpe and crisp , a great mouthfull and drinkability is excellant i could drink this all night and have , its a winner so go enjoy this beer

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

The flavors in this beer were certainly in-line with the Scottish Ale style - roasted malt, a touch of malting smoke and some sweet caramel and toffee notes. Overall, however, this seemed a bit like "Scottish Ale Light" as the body was lighter and the flavor profile more reserved thany the prototypical Scottish Ale. Pleasant, but not memorable.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 6-pack of this from the Harrisburg location during the last week of January. Now's the time to get into it, a little refreshment before the Canada-USA Gold Medal hockey game.

Color of the Scot is a clear, deep cherry-wood hue. Head is very thin, rimming the glass with fine, tight bubbles. There's a touch of lace, but not much, overall. Aroma gives off some decent malty sweetness, caramel and toffee being present. There's some light bubblyness on the tongue, though it's not prickly at all. Body is a middle of the road medium.

Flavor? Like the aroma, light malty sweetness in the form of caramel and toffee layers the palate. That aspect doesn't last, though, with a floral hop bitterness showing up and tending to mask the sweetness thoughout the finish. Not a bier with much complexity, and the lack of more malt here is a bit of a downer. Not bad, but could have been so much more. Prosit!!

look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 3.5


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Photo of aubuc1
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to a tulip pint glass.

Pours a amberish brown with a steady but somewhat thin off white head.

Smell is a light, sweet biscuity malt with a slight hop presence.

Taste is a very good mix of malt, bread, molasses sweet and a dry hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel is good and drinkability is very good.

A surprise gift from a friend led to a pretty good beer.

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

This brew poured a deep red color with a decent tan head that was about an inch high following a medium-hard pour, but it's settled to a very thin lace rather quickly.

Smells of malty goodness, along with some hints of fig in there as well. Very little hop aroma here.

Taste- A well rounded, smooth, drinkable Scottish ale. Malts are the star here just as they should be.

Mouthfeel is medium full. You get some bite from the carbonation, but it fades rather fast.

I could definitely drink these for a while, but I could see myself getting sick of these after about 4 or so.

Morey's Bottom Line: A good example of a Scottish Ale. One of ABC's best offerings IMO. I also love their Major Hops Old Ale on cask.

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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 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 psycroptic
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had from a liqour store in a mix-a-six. Never actually had anything from Appalachian, so new shit sherlock.

A: Poured dark brown with a brownish-tan approx. two-finger sized head. Looks quite chocolatey.

S: Subdued toffee, caramel & chocolate malts with even more subedued floral-like hops; definitely no cascades here that my sniffer can pick up. I like it - definitely low-key on the aroma front, but everything I can smell seems swell.

T: Complimenting the smell, it's all back of the taste buds for me. The chocolatey-ness shines throughout along with notes of caramel; very little hoppiness, just enough to balance out the sweetness of the malts. I'm most def a malt fan, so props from my mouth.

M: Thin. Not Bud thin or anything, but just... like I said subdued. For a dark-looking beer I actually expected something heavier, an "attack" if you will of super dense malts & what not. No bad tastes left on the palate, but nothing super-exceptional. Not to say it's bad, nor that it's even watery or anything cause there's enough going on here, it's just very easily...

D: Drinkable! I've only got one in my mix but I could absolutely session this one. The subduedness really conceals the brew, particularly its 5.2%; didn't take any time at all to be over halfway done with it. Sorta creeps up on you tbh.

It's overall quite solid imo. Would definitely consider more of this as well as more from this company, as like I said I haven't had any others. Kudos.

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Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Has a nice amber color that is semi-transparent with a small head. Looks kind of like an amber ale.

Smell: Has kind of a sweet, fruity smell. I couldn't quite place the fruit other than to say maybe strawberries or raspberries, but make no mistake; this is not a fruit beer. The aroma is somewhat subdued and appealing.

Taste: This has a very strong flavor. The fruit flavors are noticeable, but they aren't strong enough to hide the alcohol flavor. It also has a very bitter aftertaste. Good, but a bit much.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin without being too watery.

Drinkability: While this beer is good to have one, I don't know if I would want another. The flavor is so powerful it took me aback a little bit. If I were to get this again, I could only have one in a given night.

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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 ZimZamZoom
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice deep brown, with a light tan head that is very airy, and fades fast. You can hear the fizz.

Earthy malt aroma, some mild peat and ripe fruit. Taste of damp peat, sweet malt, some sour cherry in the middle turning to a warm alcohol finish. Lingering sour fruit, though the sweetness wins out in the end. Just a tickle of hop bitterness in the back of the throat. Nice.

Smooth and perfectly carbonated, with a nice creamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied, easy drinker.

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

Live review. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle purchased by my brother in Erie, PA and traded for by me for something else. "Bottled on" listing on label but no "month was checked or marked. Oh well... Poured into my Murphy's Irish Red pint glass.

A Medium brown body lets light through but is somewhat opaque, glows a ruby red in front of direct light. All too brief 2 cm head dissipates too quickly, leaves ring around the top of the beer and no lacing. 3.5

S Medium roast body that reminds me of a dopplebock in its malt profile. 3.5

T The medium malt smell carries right over into the taste where the comparisons with a dopplebock continue. This is much thinner, mind you, than many other dopplebocks that I have had but the taste is in the same range for me. It is not completely out of its style (Scottish Ale) but simply emulates the dopplebock taste. 3.5

M Medium with minor syrupy stickiness, thickness as in a light version of a dopplebock. 3.5

D I would say good drinkability with reasonable ABV and interesting tastes. 4.0

Notes: This Scottich Ale is very close to a dopplebock in taste although it is thinner.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes. This beer has a very dark ruby color. It pours clear, but it is too dark to see though. There was almost no head; what bubbles were present disappeared quickly. Not much of an aroma, just a bit of caramel malt. Interesting mouthfeel; it feels light, but it isn't really that light. Not too much carbonation, but more than the ABC barleywine. I can taste a bit of hop flavor and some caramel up front. There is an interesting flavor in the finish, perhaps raspberry? It is hard to say, but it is vaguely fruity and it lingers after you swallow. Very nice.

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Photo of philbe311
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Medium brown color... Translucent... Lighter shades towards the bottom of the glass and darker towards the top... Moderate carbonation... Head quickly faded leaving minimal splotchy lacing...

S - Everything a textbook Scottish Ale should be... Caramel... Peat... Modest dark fruits... Some nuttiness... Toffee... Brown sugar... Figs... The slightest hint of weak coffee...

T - The taste is true to the nose... Caramel... Dark fruits... Nutty notes... In addition, a subtle but assertive bitterness can be detected on the finish and as part of the aftertaste...

M - Medium bodied... Not as smooth or creamy as I would expect for a Scottish Ale... Only slight carbonation can be detected on the tongue...

D - A solid all around Scottish Ale... I could drink these easily one after another... However, there is nothing overly memorable that takes this to the upper echelon of Scottish Ales...

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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 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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Jolly Scot Scottish Ale from Appalachian Brewing Company
3.57 out of 5 based on 311 ratings.
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