Robert The Bruce Scottish Ale - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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3.49/5 rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
This brew was served from the tap at the Three Floyds Brewpub in Munster, Indiana. It arrived in a generic nonic glass, showing a warm maple syrup brown. It held a one and a half finger tall head of tan, cakey bubbles, showing nice retention. Patterned lacing was seen around the glass. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be mild. The nose filled with notes of warmed chocolate and brown malts, mild woodiness, medicinals, red grape winey bite, raw toffee sweetness, vanilla bean, and sweaty, cheap malts with big metallics on the back. Our first impression was that the flavoring was mild but complex through the grain bill it presented. As we sipped, the taste opened with bitter nuttiness of walnuts and Brazil nuts, toasted brown malts, residual dextrins, burnt soy sauce, and cloying and drying red grape skins. The middle came to a peak with toasty caramel malts, fusel vanilla extract, cooling metallics, adjuncts, seven-grain breadiness, and bittered oak air to pull us to the finish. Here we were met with a curious inclusion of slightly grassy hops, warmed milk chocolates, aromatic toffee sweetness, cranberry sourness, and that same red grapey bite. The aftertaste breathed of sour lemons, vinegar acidity, charred bitterness of caramel and light chocolates, booze, chalked chocolates, and the sweet dryness of iced tea. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium to high. The mouth was coated with slick oiliness following pleasant slurp, smack, froth, pop, and cream. Eventually a tannic astringency and sugary sweet pucker took over, giving final dryness. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank a bit more slowly.
Overall, the thing we liked best about this beer was its complexity. The flavoring remained nicely fruity and sweet, spicing things up stylistically, while the malts took a back seat until thoroughly warmed. Soy sauce saltiness and pale honey sweetness helped keep things a bit more serious, but the residual sugars did become a bit much by the end. The nose felt comparatively cheaper and thinned through. This beer drinks decently but never quite melds as much as you want it too. While I definitely bled with William Wallace, I’m still not sure if I will bleed with Robert The Bruce.
Serving type: on-tap
04-17-2013 20:50:06 | More by TheBrewo
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Robert The Bruce Scottish Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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