Robert The Bruce Scottish Ale - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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3.15/5 rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Package: 12 oz. longneck, crowned brown bottle. No date information or ABV indicated. Pictish mascot with a crown, toothy grin, halberd, and foaming mug of brew. Blurb describes this as a smooth, elegant, robust ale.
Cost: $8.99 per 6-pack at Shop-Rite
Presentation: Poured into a Shaker pint glass at ~45º
Appearance: Pours a ruddy chestnut, with a moderate to large bone-colored head, which maintained a ¼ layer. Body was surprisingly crystal clear, as I believe this is bottle-conditioned, which usually leaves some particulates in suspension. Head leaves some moderate lacing.
Smell: The hops seem to rush in front of the more languid malts, giving this an unpleasant sharpness. The malts come on with hints of caramel, roasted malts, and a faint burnt-coffee aroma.
Taste: The hops again seem to dominate this in a jarring fashion. I guess the expectation of a Scotch Ale distorts ones perception; but the citrusy tang bludgeons the malts. As it warms and I swish it around my mouth, I can pick out the caramel-tinged, roasted malts; but the burnt flavor ruins the malt flavors to some degree. There is also some sweetness, but not the rounded malts I look for in a Scotch Ale. The finish is also oddly short, a bit watery, and clashingly citrusy. Also, the flavor seemed to deteriorate as this warmed.
Mouthfeel: Particularly weak, and reminiscent of Alpha Klaus. Despite a high ABV, the mouthfeel is not very warming, full, or rounded. The carbonation also seemed a touch harsh, exacerbating the watery texture.
Drinkability: I didnt find this very impressive. Despite its high ABV, this isnt a very filling or satisfying drink. Not very "smooth and elegant."
Backwash: Thats two disappointments from 3 Floyds in a row. Im coming to the conclusion that 3 Floyds doesnt really do great versions of classic UK styles (or chooses an iconoclastic approach which I dont quite appreciate yet). Like the Alpha Klaus Porter, this seemed watery, and overly bitter, without providing the hoppy joys of Dreadnaught or Alpha King. I didnt find much balance or the expected maltiness in this beer that Id hoped for. Unlike Dark Lord, which really re-defines its category, Robert the Bruce just seems like a bit of a failure. It doesnt seem to know if it wants to be a New World, hoppy, Scotch Ale (at which it fails for me); or something entirely new (which it doesnt seem to achieve either). Still, 3 Floyds still makes some stupendous beers, and I look forward to the next one I try.
Serving type: bottle
03-21-2005 19:05:03 | More by Dantes
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