TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Jolly Scot 80-(shilling) Scottish Ale. This beer has a very interesting history. Harrisburg, PA was settled by Irish, Scottish, and German immigrants, and Appalachian Brewing Company, is not the first Harrisburg brewery to brew a beer called Jolly Scot. In fact, their beer, is a tribute to the original Jolly Scot beer that was brewed in Harrisburg for decades by the R.H. Graupners Brewery that closed in 1950. This is an absolutely delicious, malty Scottish ale, with lots of flavor and character.
The Jolly Scot Scottish Ale pours to a beautiful, deep caramel to ruby red color with a thick and creamy tan head, and a soft to moderate amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is wonderful, with lots of big sweet malt aromas of caramel, toffee, and light toasty aromas. The palate is firm, with lots of good sweet and caramel malty flavors, paired with flavors of buttered toast, and just a hint of butter scotch/toffee in the back ground. Jolly Scot finishes with more sweet malty flavors up front, then ends with just enough hop bitterness to balance this beer, so it is not too sweet or cloying.
This is a delicious, very malt accented brew. I was very impressed with this beer. xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2006
Bottle. Brownie nice head. Looks right. Tastes smoky, meaty, would go excellent with a sheperds pie and a cigarette, two of Scotland’s favorite things. Grr. Malty, alcohol comes across well. Something weird about it that I both do and don’t like. Ambivalent about this one but it’s not bad. Styles (2016) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2006
Bottle courtesy of kramer17801. Transparent mahogany with minimal off white head. Faint sweet caramel malt aroma, hints of smoke in the background. Sweet caramel malt flavor has some fruit hidden in background, smoked peat malt a little more prononounced in finish. No hop presence like description indicates. Very watery mouthfeel. axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2005
Probabely my favorite session offering from this brewery. I’m not sure what it is, but something in the finish of most Appalacian beers just doesn’t work. Not to mention the weak palate. alobar (3993) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2005
No head. Pours an attractive copper color. Tastes of butterscotch malts, but seemed watered down. Ligth body. A bit disappointing.
pbjclimber (150) - Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2005
I have not been too impressed with Appalachian Brewey, but this is one of their better ones. Pours a medium to light brown with tan head. The main taste is carmal and butterscotch malts, there is a slight distracting metallic flavor in the finish. desurfer (1302) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2005
Dominated by caramel maltiness, this is pretty one-dimensional save for a hint of smokiness and a lingering sweetness. Also some light bitterness in the finish. thedm (6319) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 22, 2005
This bottled brew bottled in July of an unknown year poured a medium sized head of light brown colored fine to large sized mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a light brown colored transparent softly carbonated body and a good lacing. The aroma was sweet with malty doughy notes. The palate was soft mild malty and on second taste a little tingly. It had a smooth crisp malty sweet flavor. hotstuff (5289) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 21, 2005
Bottle. Medium ivory head that diminished, poor lacing, fine-large sized bubbles, transparent, carbonated, and a red hue. Malty, sweet and a subtle scotch aroma. Sweet, malty, caramel, smooth, and thin flavor. I enjoy drinking scottish ales, but this was absolutely disappointing in regards to the flavor. Very weak tasting. Lacks balance. Smooth, watery, thin mouthfeel. Light body. MarkBarnes (419) - Waterville, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2005
12 oz. bottle from Appalachian sampler 12-pack. Ruby-colored, little head, little or no lacing. Aroma’s a bit sweet and metallic; the flavor’s a bit better. Not really familiar with "Scottish Ales" -- tastes like a "Brown Ale" to me. A tad on the weak side, but some delicious malts come through. Not bad at all, and certainly wouldn’t mind having another . . .