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Robert The Bruce - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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2,749 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,749
Reviews: 949
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 186
Gots: 313 | FT: 14
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:
A full-bodied Scottish-style Ale with a well-rounded malty profile and roasted biscuit-like notes.

24 IBU

(Beer added by: purplehops on 08-06-2001)
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Photo of EntryInvalid
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Long time reader, first time reviewer.

I've been on to Three Floyd's for about 6 months now ever since I found a good hook up in the Chicagoland area around my brother's. I haven't been turned off by a single offering I've had from them yet and this one is no exception.

After reading the bottle description I was not disappointed in the appearance, aroma, or taste. Pours a deep copper/brown, a strong alcohol aroma with lots of brown sugar is what I'm picking up personally. The taste has a lot of chocolate on the front but finishes with a bit of bite and reminds me a lot of rasins/figs/dates with the overal after taste. The mouthfeel is a lot lighter than what I would have expected from the aroma and flavor, and I think this works well for the beer.

Drinking this in October definitely did the review favors as I think it has a lot of the sweet, warm, spicy, and fruity characteristics I look forward to in beers when the seasons change.

I saved two bottles for myself out of the 6-pack I purchased for myself and friends so this will be revisited in the near future.

EntryInvalid, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of b3shine
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft to plastic pint glass. Appearance is good; deep amber/bourbon in color. Smell is almost nonexistent, with a subtle malty undertone. Taste is good. Malty. Just not what I expected (although it's still good). Mouthfeel is good; low carbonation for easy sips. Overall, a good beer, but a little subtler than I expected.

b3shine, May 09, 2011
Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Three Floyds pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a nice toasty dark amber color with a nice light cream head that is quite dense and about 1 inch thick. Recedes pretty slowly. Quite nice looking malty beer. Quite typical for the style.

S - Slight carmel and nice toasty bread malts. Sweet freshly baked bread. Hop character is pretty mild. Malt takes the front seat with some nice grain notes.

T & M - Starts off with clean grain and some slight sweetness pops up. There is nice bread as well as some slight caramel. The tosaty malts are quite delicious and refreshing. Not as sweet as expected but definitely a Scottish Ale. The hops are a bit more present in the flavor as a back up bittering flavor. Pretty good ale with some clean flavors and some nice toasty malt and good CO2.

O - Good sweet notes and some good bread grain. Overall a very good Scottish Ale. Quite delicious even though this is not my favorite style.

JoEBoBpr, May 07, 2011
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

This ale poured slightly hazy, dark chestnut color with tan foam that settled flat. The smell was sweet and malty with notes of caramel and a touch of hops. The taste was sweet and very malty with caramel malt prominent and a hint of cocoa. There was mild to moderate hoppiness. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and low carbonation feel. Caramel and malt flavors lingered in the aftertaste. This was a nice Scottish ale.

UncleJimbo, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of drabmuh
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at a small tasting with Paul (Lunch). Thanks Paul. I believe he got this as an extra and this was the first FFF beer that I've had that I was completely underwhelmed with.

Beer is brown and pretty hazy. Forms an off white head that break and leaves some lacing. Carbonation appears low.

Aroma is slight and mostly roasty. Overall very mild.

Beer is simple and smooth, mostly roast in the back of the mouth. Not much else happening really. Just a plain ol' beer.

drabmuh, Jul 23, 2010
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3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Dark, nut-brown with ruby read highlights. Thin, foamy off-white head quickly fades on top leaving thin rings of lace behind.

S - Roasted malts and dark fruits, but neither are very strong. The fruits are more dominant providing a sweetness that lingers with some raisin and plum.

T - Very sweet up front. Nutty with hints of some roasted malts. The dark fruits are present in the taste, but not as strong as they are in the nose. Still some raisin in the taste. Very sweet the entire way through with a very light hop taste mid to late drink.

M/D - Rather thin mouthfeel, but ridiulously easy drinking. A touch more carbonation would be good.

ckeegan04, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of Chaney
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this one many times, including on tap at the brewpub, but not in about a year or so.

A: Pours a dark brown color, with little ruby shards of light showing through in front of a light source, with a pleasant 1/3 inch head.

S: Way too cold at first, but after it warmed a bit, I started to notice brown sugar and a generous amount of nuttiness. It has that same yummy smell as a freshly poured glass of organic almond milk.

T: This tastes more like a brown ale than a Scottish ale. Frankly, I'm not a big fan of Scottish or Wee Heavy ales because, to me, they taste like burnt and/or skunked caramel fondue and have a bit of a dogfood-like smell to them. This one doesn't have any of those characteristics. It is more on the nutty side as opposed to the brown sugary side which I totally appreciate. The aftertaste is the same as the foretaste and the brew itself is about as smooth as this style gets.

M: Like I stated before, the sugary-ness is low and the pleasant maltiness high. The carbonation is spot on.

D: "It's Not Normal" is the FFF slogan. This is definitely not a normal Scottish ale - If it were, it wouldn't have been so dang drinkable.

Chaney, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of scruffwhor
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a deep yet rubinesce brown. For such a deep Guiness-like brown, the head was a slightly tan, eggshell hue. The head retention was alright. But not up too par with other brews by the triple F.

Smell- A mix between Founders Dirty Bastard and a good German schwarzbier. Deep roasted malts with very muted hop notes.

Taste- The general flavor makes me think of a schwarzbier. A good schwarzbier though. But this schwarzbier-like scotch ale has a very sheep plooker flair. :p... Strong roasted malt presence with a hint of dried fruits and heather.

Mouthfeel- Pretty creamy and smooth with a lager like feel. pretty easy to pund down if it wasn't 7% abv. A malty sweet palate mostly with very little hop bitterness. Its almost like the malts play double duty wth the sweet and not-so-sweet.

scruffwhor, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of botham
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the brewpub in Munster, Indiana. pours a deep garnet color with a single finger of tight, tan head that leaves no lacings and has solid retention.

aroma is rich with caramel malt and earthy undertones, along with a bready base and a lightly sweet character overall. a touch of chocolate upon warming a bit rounds out the profile.

taste is of rich caramel malts and a subtle earthyness, possibly peat, with subtle chocolate notes and a finish of smooth bready malt. a solid scottish ale.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a rich malt quality and a satisfying finish of earthy caramel that warms the palate and is lasting.

drinkability is good. this is a smooth and mild scotch ale with a nicely proportioned profile and a great malt complexity. cheers!

botham, Nov 17, 2008
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3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle a deep gold/brown with a large head of foam that dissipated slowly leavings a fine layer with some lacing.

The smell is of malt and I also sense some fruitiness there.

The taste is of very nice roasty malt up front with more than just a touch of sweetness(caramel) that comes through mid way and then, the finish has a pleasant, all be it mild bitterness that's pretty long lasting and enjoyable. This is a good Scottish Style Ale.

Bottom line: I can't remember the last time I had a beer of this style made in the US but..this one's a goody. Give it a try.

Bitterbill, Apr 07, 2006
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3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in Indianapolis. Served in a Sam Smith tuliped pint.

A nice, semi clear mahogany red. A tight tam head caps it.

Weak on the nose, but still rich and malty. Raisin, fig, toffee.

A very solid, smooth malty beer. Dark fruits and toffee play off each other nicely with a delicate floral hopping.

This went superbly well with a shepard's pie.

MbpBugeye, Oct 24, 2010
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3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Yancey82, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of TongoRad
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany brown with a very fine tall tan head. Aroma is surprising for the style- big shots of dried flowers from the hops are front and center, underneath that is a hint of roast malt, caramel and dried berries. It comes across more fresh and airy than earthy. It is still nice once you get used to it. Palate is full with, again, quite a bit of hoppy bitterness for the style. Caramel is dominant but the roast malt and flowers linger on the finish. For a big beer this is quite quaffable.

TongoRad, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of TheGordianKnot
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a very very deep, but not opaque brown color. The color is very intriguing and alluring. The only reason this is a 4 is because it really poured no head at all for me, which is disappointing...

S- This beer is all malt in the nose. Smells like a very carmalized malty bourbon almost. Not too much alcohol in the smell, but you can tell there is some in the beer. Has an earthiness to it, more of an woody aroma.

T/M- Just like the smell (and style) this is very malty. Extremely sweet caramel flavor with a biscuit tinge makes this remind me of drinking a cinnamon roll. Very enjoyable and nice flavors all around, but I would like the flavor to be a bit more pronounced. As is, the flavors are somewhat subtle; however, I will say that the bigger gulps you take, the more flavor becomes stronger... The earthiness resides on the tongue in the aftertaste. The body is medium with light carbonation, and leaves the mouth a bit dry.

D- Fairly drinkable. Starting out I thought it was an easy drinker, but the further I go, the less that becomes. It could be the dry mouthfeel or the warming alcohol and earthiness, but two would suffice me for a night...

Overall, solid offering and Scottish Ale from FFF. I like the flavor balance of the different malts. With todays craft beers trying to make the biggest and baddest DIPAs and a balance of malt and hops; its nice to get a beer that has an interesting bouquet of MALT flavors...

TheGordianKnot, Aug 02, 2010
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3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Supervintendo84, Oct 19, 2014
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3.79/5  rDev -2.1%

APH, Oct 20, 2014
Photo of Reverand
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep in red in color that finishes off with a fluffy head. Very well balanced medium hop taste. Very drinkable for the alcohol content. Beer label is very cool!!

Reverand, Mar 22, 2002
Photo of gnoeou
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Beer poured a dark brown with a light head and was crystal clear in the Dark Horse Brewing Co Pint Glass. There was some very faint lacing that dissipated quickly.

S-Not a strong aroma, but the faint aroma that I was able to pick up was toasty and slightly fruity. The malt characteristics were in the forefront of this beer.

T-At first the taste was a bit bland, possible due to the overly cold serving temperature. As the glass warmed, a distinct caramel malty-ness became more present. A very complementary grassy hop note flourished as time wore on. It was a very balanced brew.

MF-A smooth texture followed by a pleasant aftertaste made for an enjoyable mouthfeel. A bit on the high side in regards to carbonation, but didn't detract too much from the overall enjoyability of the beer.

D-Being my first 3F beer, I definitely enjoyed this one. I would consider smuggling one back to Ohio in my checked baggage if I get a chance to stop at a bottle shop on my way to the airport

gnoeou, May 18, 2010
Photo of jackndan
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Robert the Bruce: This is one of those number of beers that I’ve probably had at least 25 times, yet never got around to reviewing. This is a Scottish Ale, a style which I must disclose is not a particular favorite of mine. Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

Pours an opaque orangish/brown, with a fair amount of tannish head. Slight lacing down the side of the glass.

The taste is, happily (at least to me) missing cloying sweetness that frequently ruins the enjoyment of Scotch Ales. Rich maple flavors, mixed with just a bit of coffee flavor are noted. In addition, and although it probably just my imagination, there is a understated hop profile running throughout this beer. I swear that deep into the aftertaste, I can taste just a wee bit of the Dreadnaught.

Smooth mouthfeel, but a little heavy in sweetness and alcohol to make this a session beer.


jackndan, Sep 02, 2004
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3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Dan3279 for yet another great trade.

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (no date) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 1/2-finger tan-colored head that slowly dissipates after a couple minutes to a thin, even dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a hazy deep ruby brown with tons of particles swirling about and a couple streams of small carbonation bubbles. Great lacing can be seen clinging to the glass in sheets but never sticks around long.

The nose is dominated by malts aromas, containing notes of caramel, butterscotch, brown sugar, cream, and roasted nuts. Just a slight hint of floral hops is detectable in the background, but is rather difficult notice without really digging.

Each sip starts with loads of malts flavor with notes of caramel and sweet cream. As the beer is swallowed, the hops come out a bit to help balance things out along with flavors of caramel, toasted nuts, and cinnamon. The finish is very clean with just a smokiness lingering on the palate between sips.

Medium bodied with excellent carbonation, this beer is a bit too dark for how drinkable it is. The body is smooth and slick and does not become sticky or coating at any point. The carbonation is just fizzy enough to increase the drinkability without inhibiting the flavors.

output01x, Feb 20, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 12 oz bottle served in a tumbler. The ale is chilled to cool.

Appearance: The ale has a deep amber color with a thick white head. The head laces well.

Smell: There is an ever-lingering amarillo hop bite, but this one is subdued and allows the smoky malts to emerge.

Taste: The ale has a nice smoky flavor that is well balanced against the potent amarillo hops. The malts are chewy and thick, providing just enough of the smoke to come out.

Mouthfeel: The ale sits well on the palate, due in part to the low level of hops.

Drinkability: This is quite drinkable and a welcome change of pace from a brewery known for its love of hops.

akorsak, Jul 29, 2006
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3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany color, with some ruby edges. Thick off-white head hold rather well, and when it does disappear, it leaves some nice patches of lace. Aroma is of candied fruit, caramel, and a hint of ripe fruit. Flavors are strong cararmel, toffee, slightly toasty malt, a hint of smoke, and candy fruit. The fruity flavors are subtle, but do not seem to be citrusy. Low carbonation, and a medium body. Overall, a good brew, maybe not what you expect from a stronger scottish ale, but still soild and drinkable.

Bierguy5, Jul 09, 2006
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3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy dark amber-brown in color and has a very slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that faded away, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are very light aromas of caramel malts in the nose along with some hints of dark fruits.
T: The taste has complex flavors of caramel malts along with notes of toffee and hints of peat in the finish. There is some malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The smoke leaves a little dryness in the finish.
O: This beer seems very easy to drink compared to some of the other beers in the style.

metter98, Sep 17, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, with a tan head that usually goes away fairly quickly. Lots of malts, sweet malts, some chocolate in there too, but not much. Basically malts, with a nice hop aftertaste that doesn't rip your tongue off like everything else FFF brews. Highly recommended, this is the staple beer at most of my friend's and I's parties in the winter.

HoboAGoGo, Mar 01, 2005
Photo of AndySR15
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark clean mahogany color. Not much head at all wich left a ring of lace that traveled down the glass as I drank the beer.

S: Very malty, carmel and chocolate come through a lot for me.

T: Very malty, but not as rich and malty as I would have liked it to have been.

M: Once again, the malt presence dominates this beer and it almost has a citrus like finish.

D: A good beer. Didnt do anything special for me but I surely enjoyed it.

AndySR15, Mar 25, 2008
Robert The Bruce from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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