Robert The Bruce Scottish Ale - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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4.18/5 rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5
Huge thanks go out to Wade (BA sprucetip) for sending a random box of generosity my way from the great midwest. Killer box wade, thanks dude.
Pours a clear and vibrant blood red ruby color with a small white head that retains ok, but leaves minimal lacing.
Nose is full of dark english malts, some slight peat, almost a sour peat like nose, some light smoke as well, but deep fruity malt sugar is king in the nose here.
Taste follows with an excellent english malt profile, some lighter peat notes, which is nice. I like it when its noticeable and enjoyable like it is in this beer without being overpowering. I hate it when scottish or scotch ales are like getting junk-punched with a giant thing-hand of degoba bog myrtle. Minimal smokiness. A nice dark fruit sweetness carries the profile from the middle on, and leads to a suprisingly bitter finish. Certainly more hops in here than your average scottish ale. Now i don't intend to indicate that it is a bitter beer, as it is not, and it is clearly and dominantly malt driven as it should be. But for the style it is quite crisp, hoppy, and unusually dry on the finish, which is a nice take, but not to style by traditional standards. But i like it, so f*ck style. The dark fruit profile lingers on into the finish with some almost rock candy like sugars lurking in the background.
The mouthfeel is right where it should be as far as viscosity. I would like the tiniest bit less carbonation in this one, but really not gripeworthy in that regard. Unusually dry and slightly bitter on the finish, which, again, is not to style, but shaking things up is not exactly out of FFF's sphere of comprehension and i commend them for it.
Drinkability is where this one really shines, as this beer is very easy to pack away in a style that is usually pretty heavy and not so sessionable. The abv is also not anywhere near noticeable. Excellent here.
Overall, a very enjoyable beer. Maybe not 100% to style in some areas, but its mostly there, and if we all made the same scotch ale, then all of them would be boring. I like the dryness on the finish, i like the extra hop presence (even if it isn't that much extra, its fun to see what its like) and i really like how drinkable this beer is for the style. An excellent beer, would love to try the barrel aged version as i think we might have a backwoods bastardish experience. A very nice beer.
Serving type: bottle
02-04-2010 07:31:00 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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