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Robert The Bruce Scottish Ale - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Robert The Bruce Scottish AleRobert The Bruce Scottish Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,454 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 2,454
Reviews: 935
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 175
Gots: 209 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
30 IBUs - A bold Scottish ale with a complex malty body derived from roasted and crystal malts balanced with just the right combination of hops. This ale pours a deep ruby color, has a sweet malty nose with layered caramel and roasted notes and a full body. Robust yet smooth, Robert The Bruce is a malt lover’s delight.

(Beer added by: purplehops on 08-06-2001)
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Dantes

New Jersey

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 one’s 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 didn’t find this very impressive. Despite its high ABV, this isn’t a very “filling” or satisfying drink. Not very "smooth and elegant."

Backwash: That’s two disappointments from 3 Floyds in a row. I’m coming to the conclusion that 3 Floyds doesn’t really do great versions of classic UK styles (or chooses an iconoclastic approach which I don’t 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 didn’t find much balance or the expected maltiness in this beer that I’d hoped for. Unlike Dark Lord, which really re-defines its category, Robert the Bruce just seems like a bit of a failure. It doesn’t 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 doesn’t 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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Robert The Bruce Scottish Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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