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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

2,615 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 2,615
Reviews: 940
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 177
Gots: 268 | FT: 15
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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Reviews by guytyping:
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

guytyping, Mar 22, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

oberon, Apr 20, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

RoyalT, Feb 21, 2004
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.

DaPeculierDane, Dec 15, 2005
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

DanGeo, Mar 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

MadScientist, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

JudgeRoughneck, Feb 23, 2006
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

kaimcm, Apr 25, 2006
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.

StoutHearted, Sep 09, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Schlais, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of weatherdog
2.85/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

weatherdog, Oct 27, 2010
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

SanFranJake, Oct 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

dmheinz57, Mar 01, 2014
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.

sgoodship, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of wrycon
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
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

wrycon, Nov 29, 2011
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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.

orbitalr0x, Sep 23, 2004
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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.

blitz134, Aug 30, 2005
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

bulldogg915, Mar 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

ddodger41, Feb 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

danthehopslamman, Aug 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

DaftPatrick, Mar 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

Kappakoosh, Jul 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Jared14, Friday at 06:14 AM
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

dgfool, Sep 13, 2013
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Robert The Bruce Scottish Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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