Robert The Bruce - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Robert The BruceRobert The Bruce

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very good

2,944 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,944
Reviews: 974
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 196
Gots: 430 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: purplehops on 08-06-2001

A full-bodied Scottish-style Ale with a well-rounded malty profile and roasted biscuit-like notes.

24 IBU
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Ratings: 2,944 | Reviews: 974
Reviews by SportsandJorts:
Photo of SportsandJorts
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12 oz bottle
Glass: Snifter
From: Big Red Liquors in French Lick, IN
Price: $11 a six-pack

Appearance: pours a coppery brown color. nearly no head but some tan foam that fades quickly to nothing. pretty close to opaque

Smell: Caramel malts, slight hoppiness

Taste: malt, chocolate, earthy hops, some but nowhere near overpowering smokiness or roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: A touch sticky but overall nice drinkability and feel

Overall: Another solid brew by three floyds. The first beer by them that I have rated above above average, but they have all been good. this is a good beer that is well done and drinkable. certainly worth a try if you can get your hands on it

More User Reviews:
Photo of do_ob
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 1/12/2015. Sampled and reviewed on February 22, 2015.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Pours a dark reddish brown with a nice 3 finger white head of foam. This beer looks brown at all angles, but has a red hue when looked at in front of light. Kinda reminded of blood, haha. Smells of malt, honey, spices, and cream. Initial taste brings a lot of malt flavor with a slight hop presence. Creamy, full flavored, and sweet. The malts really come to life as it goes down, then a quick kickback of hops, then more malt. Incredibly delicious and incredibly drinkable.

I lucked out and got the last 6'er from the local beer store tonight, and damn. I can see why this stuff sells out so fast. It's smooth, it's tasty, and you get six, not just a bomber. I'll be picking this up every chance I get. One of my new favorites.

Photo of WermDog
4.69/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Best Scottish Ale I have had (and I have tried many!). Full flavor, not bitter and a taste that lingers on the tongue perfectly. Very slight nuttiness. Great with a hearty meal or even better all by itself. Strong recommendation!

Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber/brown with a pretty thin head that is gone pretty quickley,a subtle aroma of alcohol,caramel and a little earthiness.Taste is mildy sweet and pretty earthy for a Scottish ale with a raisin like finish and aftertaste.A pretty thin compared to many Scottish ales I think but still pretty good and highly drinkable for the style.

Photo of RoyalT
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one showed a beautiful, pitting head atop a wonderful dark brown body.

Smell – This is a complex nose of caramel malts, sharp hops, notes of alcohol, and a bit of smoke. The classic scotch aroma rings true in this Three Floyds effort.

Taste – This is a Scottish monster. The toasted malts are full of caramel, very sweet, and rightly balanced by some stiff piney hops. The finish is straight mashed summer fruits, consisting mainly of watermelon, cantaloupe, and green raisins.

Mouthfeel – This is medium to full in the body and “wee heavy” for sure. The sugars and fruits are sticky in the mouth. Excellent.

Drinkability – I truly enjoyed this interpretation of the style and had no trouble putting the bottle away. The 9.0 ABV showed just enough of itself to make things fun.

Comments – This much-appreciated ale came from BIF 5.0 and the MFIC himself, Mr. qarre. Thanks Mark for a terrific bottle.

Update – I originally received this back in 2003 in my first ever BIF and was lucky enough to get a bottle of 2006 vintage from BeerGuy. The only thing that struck me differently is that it looks so much better. It looked good before, but now the head was just perfect, just off-white, retentive, and depositing some of the coolest lacing I have ever seen. I’m raising the Appearance to a perfect 5.0 and calling it a day. Cheers to Frank!

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

In brief... When I was young this was my favorite Scotch ale. Then I discovered the great Dane and it became my second favorite. Then Lake Louie came along and all the Scotch Ales on earth were suddenly less than adequate. Today this one hovers high on the drinkablility list but low in all other categories. I must say that this is one beer that is certainly more desirable on tap than it is in the bottle. The mouthfeel alone is a good point better out of the keg. One other particular note that I must also mention is that it has a nice sage brush aroma that is rare in a scotch ale. Otherwise this is a strong brown ale. I don't find much strength or peat in it. The alcohol is too well covered. It reminds me not of Scotland or any other scotch ales. If there were a scotch ale light, this would be it. It is quite a nice beer but not a very good scotch ale. That being said, I still enjoy it and will continue to drink it from time to time.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a mirky rust color with a thin tan head. The nose is a big waft of hop resin, chased by slight maple. The taste starts with a high-pitched sweetness. Next comes a soft touch of fruity hops,which bow out to a quick alcohol moment which almost washes the palate in preparation for a smoked, petey, scotch-whiskey impersonation. The smokeyness hangs on and turns into a roasted aftertaste. There is a soft ale-fruit undertow throughout.

Mouthfeel is mid-wieght and pleasantly fuzzy.

I have a had alot of scotch/ scottish ale this winter and this one really knocks em out of the park. Its like a big soul-warming bear hug.

Photo of kaimcm
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle coutesy of BA Bignick poured into a pint glass. Thanks!

A: deep caramel body, thin, fine head. subsides to thin film and ring.

S: rich malt, misc. grain, light and dry hops, sugar

T/M: malt, malt and more malt. carmelized sugar, powdered cinammon, some chocolate as well. has a brilliant balance of hops on the finish that dry and compliment the sugar. body is full and of a good consistency. flavorful but not syrupy like other scotch ales. rock.

D: extremely high. I would drink gallons of this stuff if it were available in Mass. Full of flavor but not too viscous.

Photo of StoutHearted
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a rich brown with little to no head (meaning it foamed a bit at its initial pour, but rested comfotably at a lace.) It smelt of a typical Scottish ale with emphasis on molasses. On the tongue, it was full-bodied with little grittiness. No discernable fruit flavors or herbs that I could place. Quite the lager of Scottish ales. Very average, but a well-done average Scottish ale.

Photo of weatherdog
2.8/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a 3 Floyds tulip shaped pint glass

It pours an almost dead looking chestnut brown. The color is just a little darker and a little redder than cola. The deadness of the pour transfers to barely any head forming and what little does quickly dies and leaves a still looking beer in the glass.

The nose is has some caramel malt aromas but it's not really strong. I could really dig the nose but some pretty strong fusel alcohol and acetone aroma were present which was very off putting and distracting.

The taste is very unrefined, and kind of a mess. There are some light chocolate flavors, some sweeter malt and still a little bit of acetone. Thank god the acetone isn't nearly as strong as the aroma suggest. I just really hope hope this is a bad batch because this beer is not close to the quality that FFF usually puts out.

The body is medium to medium/full with a pretty low carbonation level and a with a decent residual sweetness . All of these combine to just not please me that much. Even with all of the above noted problems is still is a drinkable beer but I feel like it could be improved and refined into something much better.

Photo of sgoodship
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Went to Three Floyds brewpub today with my buddy Brian. Nice afternoon. Got a RTB on-tap.

A: Nice deep reddish brown with a clean one finger creamy head. Some spotty lacing that doesn't stick around.

S: Huge malt. Slightly smokey, slightly medicinal, touch of rum. The sour bread smell is most dominant. Overall, it is a very unique smell but some of the sickly sweetness was a bit much. Not a bad smell, just not resonating with my taste.

T: Just like the smell would suggest, there is a bready malt on one side and a sugary sweetness on the other. I didn't detect strong hops. The aftertaste is malty. There is a little bit of rum but not too much and the alcohol isn't very noticeable.
M: Nice, smooth, creamy medium bodied brew with low carbonation.

D: I think this would be a nice beer but for me, the bittersweet balance wasn't right, so one in a sitting was just right for me. I am no expert on Scottish Ales but I did like this one more than others I have tried in the past. Nice quality beer.

Photo of wrycon
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A lighter mahogany with about an inch of off-white foam. Smells like a malt farm doused in caramel. Some slight chocolate and butterscotch notes. Quite smooth in the delivery. High carbonation and roasted malt at the start that disintegrates into a sweet mid and finish. The mid is a bit watery. It ends really pleasantly for a Scottish, quite sweet and not very boozy. If it were a bit more robust in the middle, it would be extraordinary.

Like It? Yeah

Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Robert the Bruce pours a deep dark ruby brown with very little head to speak of. Looks quite nice in the glass and when the light hits it the ruby erupts to catch your eye. The smell is a mix of caramel, chocolate, toffee, nuts, with a nice hoppy backbone. Quite a mix of scents coming through here.

The first taste is a wonderful trip down malt lane. A roasty, nutty malt flavor prevails along with hints of caramel, candied fruits, chocolate and just enough hops to bring it all together nicely. This is my first scottish style ale and it's quite tasty. This is a departure for the super hoppy beers I normally turn to...but it's a nice change of pace with a unique flavor.

Mouthfeel is nice...possibly a little too light...but it goes down smooth and is easy to drink. This is 9% abv and I can hardly even tell. Drinkability is good as well...I could definetly down a good 2-3 of these babies. When I want a nice chage of pace and nice malty brew I will turn to my new friend Robert the Bruce.

Photo of blitz134
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An extra in a trade from fdrich29...thanks man...

Crystal clear mohogany body with a one finger light tan head. Aroma is sweet malts with a dose of sweet alcohol. Some caramel sweetness as well finishing off with some floral and straw hops. Quite pleasing...

Light caramel malt flavors dominate. A bit of nuttiness as well. Some sweet tea notes in the finish. Tasty. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin feeling. Coats the mouth well but dissapears quickly. Drinkability is good due to the good overall flavor and aroma but its hard to drink too many brews with this octane level.

Photo of Guden
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark chocolate brown with light orange highlights. The large off white head of tight bubbles fades slowly with thick lacing.
S- Bright notes of cocoa powder, nuts, toast and fresh leaves. Really exciting.
T- Very different from the nose. While that earthy/woody/nutty character is there, a certain cherry note blends with some bitterness and a bit of alcohol with a whole lot of caramel to give a very different impression than I expected. Really intriguing and well balanced but not as intense as others in the style.
M- Medium high body with medium low carbonation. Pretty smooth.
D- I really enjoyed this one. It was a bit pricey but I'm certainly happy to have bought it, not my favorite of the style but tasty and complex none the less.

Photo of Duster72
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light brown into pint glass. Very little/no head with aggressive pour. Very minimal lacing. Aroma is roasted malts with a little carmel. Taste is very nice toasted malts with cocoa, coffee, and dark fruit. Bit of floral hops at the end makes for a dry finish. Slightly too roasted for my taste but still very drinkable.

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter.

A - Copper orange on the pour. One-and-a-half finger head of fluffy, ecru foam floats on the surface, slowly dissolving into a solid sheen of very tight bubbles. Held to a full-spectrum light, beer is a rosewood red-orange in color and quite cloudy and opaque.

S - Lots of dark caramel malts, brown sugar, hints of toffee and peat. Classic noble hops in the background,

T - Toasted, almost roasted malts, slightly burnt multi-grain bread, dark sugars like molasses, hints of bitter orange rind. Bittering hops of floral and pine push forward in the finish, and that's what lingers rather than the sugars.

M - Rather fizzy. Moderate carbonation. Well-integrated structure with good body, although just a tad thin for all the dark sugar. Finish fades at a moderate pace, and is drier than one would expect due to the hops.

O - It's a pretty good, malt/dark sugar brew, but presents just a tad too much burnt/bitterness to make it jump to the front of the pack. I'll definitely buy more because I enjoy the style, and it's close - like a pitch on the corner - but it's not the best in its class. I'd like to see the finish linger longer, and feature more of a straight-ahead caramelized malts with just a touch of peat smoke quality where I'm left remembering the malts and sugars rather than the hops.

Photo of Jason
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Beerguy for the sample.

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with no freshness date to be found. Picture on the label show a crazed Scots man wondering if he should drink the ale first or go to battle with his battle axe.

Appearance: Perfect clarity of a deep reddish mahogany tone, caked on foamy head subsides in to a thin yet extremely stick off white lace. Lighter color than most strong Scottish Ales.

Smell: Highly toasted malt and an unidentifiable candied fruit seem most dominant in the aroma. A mellow subdued alcohol starts to warm, small whiffs of chocolate and smoke find their way to the nostrils.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a sizeable malt palate and a pretty smooth mouth feel, carbonation is at a moderate level. Maltiness is quick to give away caramel, cake-like, chocolate and roasted flavour all in mellow layers. Hints of chicory and carob as well. This is all pushed away by a semi-brash highly toasted malt character that won't let go with a slow dryness. Hops play a perfect balancing act and tag along with the growing dryness. Alcohol is noticeable though seems a bit devious in that it warms the body more than the tongue can detect with slight fumes warming the mouth and nose, it becomes apparent in your body that this does have a quite sizably large alcohol content. Dry malt finish leaves you wondering what happened to the body.

Notes: A strong brew in the alcoholic sense but a tad thin in the malt department with the loss of body and sweetness, oddly this adds to its drinkability. More of a Double Brown Ale IMO rather than a Scotch Ale.

Photo of tjthresh
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Big time chocolate and roast with hops in the background to keep you going. Garnet, brown and red, tones. Thin tan head. Chocolate and roast with supporting bitterness. Flavor seems to fade as beer warms. Too much carbonation. Maybe too thin. I like this beer a lot, but best characteristics faded as the beer warmed.

Photo of merlin48
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber, minimal head with even lacing.

No overpowering aroma in the glass, hints of citrus, grapefruit, and pine. Crisp, well balanced mouthfull, but nothing exceptional there.

Nice balance of malt, caramel, and hops. Leaves an extra fine finish with no bitter aftertaste and a touch of sweet caramel malt.

Overall, a very nice experience. Wish I had brought several more of these home.

Photo of fdrich29
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6 pack purchased at City Limits in Providence, RI. Thanks again to Nick from Bauer and Frank the distributor for telling me about this place.

So as it turns out my family can trace it's roots back to ancient Scotland. Our family, the MacMillan's once did a favor for Robert the Bruce and as payment he allowed our family's tartan to sport the Scottish colors of yellow and orage. Enough about the Rich family tree and onto the drinking!

Quite plummily asthetic. Smells like malts. So far this smells exactly like what I've been looking for in a brew for the past 3 weeks. I've been craving sweet malty goodness.

Malty perfection in a glass. Chewy malt character. This birthday keeps getting better and better and it's less than 30 minutes in.

9% alcohol but you really wouldn't know it. No strong alcohol intruding on the maltitude of joy this brew delivers.

This is a smooth, enjoyable brew. So much so I am about to take it off my "Gots' list because I want the rest of the 6 pack for myself.


Photo of warriorsoul
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bignick for this one...
Dark brown in color...very attractive as some artificial light passes through.
Very little head, off white in color and no lacing.
Roasty malts, caramel, subtle scotch in the nose.
Even though it is not going overboard on the scotch has enough to stay true to the style, but I'd prefer a bit more.
Huge malt profile...sweetens this one up beautifully. Hitting me like a winter warmer at this point.
Mouthfeel is above average and goes down too easily...the carbonation is perfect IMO.
Easy drinking ale here...another goodie.

Photo of codysjb
3.32/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Three Floyds Robert the Bruce
Poured from a bottle into my Three Floyds Pint glass
A: Brown red with virtually no head (the little bit that is there dissipates instantly). Decent bubbles.
S:Wood, musty, syrupy and caramel notes. Underwhelming but good.
T: Carmel, some small notes of scotch like something.
M: Scotch, some minor hops.
O: Good, would be a decent regular beer. Doesn’t stand out but tastes decent.

Photo of badbeer
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brownish red color with a tannish head leaving no lacing. Caramel, toffee, and roasted barley, plenty of hops present as well. Sweet caramel and toffee paired with roastiness, a lingering cocoa finish. High carbonation, medium to full bodied. Pretty decent beer to have once in a while, worthy of a try.

Photo of bsp77
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Chocolate color (with a hint of red) that has a thin light tan head.

Smell: Toffee, cherry, floral hops, and a touch of peat.

Taste: Malty and somewhat sweet upfront with toffee, cherry and plum. Turns more peat-like, floral and spicy toward the finish, with a long, lingering bitterness that is out of place.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium full body, dry finish.

Overall: Pretty hoppy for a Scottish Ale, giving it a little more complexity than most. However, I feel that the bitterness is a distraction from the malts.

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Robert The Bruce from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,944 ratings.