Robert The Bruce - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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2,791 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,791
Reviews: 951
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 184
Gots: 331 | 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 korguy123
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Special thanks to JM03 for this gem.

Bottle into pint glass.

A- Murky brown pour. Root beer color held to the light. No head just wisps on top.

S- Sweet bread vanilla and caramel.

T- Sweet malts. Nice yeast quality. Toffee, vanilla and a slight stone fruit.

M- Medium bodied, chewey sticky on the lips.

O- Simply put, just wonderful!

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

Pours a dark, clear reddish brown. Nice color. Not much head, but a persistent foam ring that leaves a little lace. Good roasty, toasted malt aroma with hints of carmel and some floral hops. Taste is very malty with some smokiness and a touch of sweetness. Nice malt/hop bitterness on the finish. Alcohol is noticeable, but fairly well masked... you notice it a bit more when about halfway through the beer. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin but not bad. Pretty satisfying, overall.

Thanks to deejaydan for the sample!

Photo of hawks10
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Forcefully poured from a growler (filled yesterday at FFF's) into a pint glass creating about 1/2 finger of head that quickly disappears and leaves little to no lacing. Pours a dark copper color with nice clarity.

Seems to lack much carbonation so has a flat sweet taste with a slight tingle from the alcohol after a few sips.

Good beer, but feel like this growler fill is lacking a little carbonation, not sure if that is the style or my particular growler...I do remember enjoying this slightly more a few months ago from the bottle.

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

This was my first Scottish Style Ale.

Poured a refrigerated bottle into a pint glass. At the end of the pur there was virtualy no foam atop a very dark amber...coppery ale.

The nose was clean. Malt scents were there but not overpowering. It was kind of refreshing actually.

There was a mild malt taste, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Nevertheless it was smooth going down.

The mouthfeel was watery; slippery even. There was a bit of fullness afterwards but not much. This may be due to the low carbonation in this style. I could have a few of these very easily.

After the first couple of swallows I wasn't sure if i would like this style. It seemed like a lightweight Guiness...only less full, less bitter, not as malty...but then I said to my self "self - this is a different style altogether".

This is a very drinkable ale. I wonder though where this falls into the nomenclature and if there is a heavier style...for one of those days.

From BA:
The Scottish style of ales break down into Light, Heavy and Export. In the 19th century Scotland, a nomenclature, based on the now obsolete shilling currency, was devised in order to distinguish each. 60/- (light), 70/- (heavy), 80/- (export), 90/- to 160/- for Scotch Ales.

I was initially planning to buy a sixer but opted to get a few other singles instead. I will definitely pick this up in the future.

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

Pours a murky dark brown, almost cola like.

Slightly fruity scent with hints of roast and chocolate and an ample dose of caramel.

Sweet and smokey flavor while the alcohol is well hidden.

Thick and heavy like it should feel.

Solid Scottish ale. As the alcohol is well hidden I could put four or five down before getting tired of its sweetness.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - This brew has a thin one finger head at the pour, which quickly dissipates to a thin quarter-finger layer of head. It leaves almost no lacing on the way down. The beer itself is a dark and slightly hazy reddish amber.

Smell - Cherry, fig, raisins, and other dark ripe fruits up front. Smells a lot like an old ale. Some sour/bitter hoppiness is present, but not as strong as the fruity aroma. Rich roasted malts in the background. A slight alcohol warmth, but nothing too powerful.

Taste - Again very much like an old ale and a porter cross. The cherry and fig really shine right away. Some sweet candied fruits are present as well, separate from the aforementioned. Some very slight herbal notes from the hops and a tiny peppery spiciness. Moderate richness from the roasted malt character (reminds me of a porter). The finish is sweet with the fruit, tied with a very slight sourness. Aftertaste consists of some earthiness along with some cherry/fig notes, balanced by a fading malt presence.

Mouthfeel - Light- to medium-bodied with decent smoothness. The carbonation is fantastically perfect for this style. It has a quick bite at first, that very quickly fades into a refreshing and tickling carbonation.

Drinkability - Moderate flavors with a rich malt character. This stuff is definitely drinkable, but its richness takes from this category a bit.

My first Scottish ale. Seems like an exact cross between an old ale and a porter (at least in this beer). Very nice flavors, an excellent malt presence, and heavenly carbonation structure. Recommended for sure!

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

Reviewed from notes:
Thanks goes out to Cuzco for sending this one my way.

appearance: dark brown black with minimal off white head

smell: lots of malts, caramel,

taste: malty, caramel,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: Not a bad scottish ale but not one that blows me away. Glad I finally got to try it.


Photo of CSquared
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

Appearance: Deep brown/mahogany with a medium brown head. Head quickly dies, leaving mild lacing.

Aroma: Roasted malts and chocolate. Faint smokey notes present.

Taste: Alcohol presence is noticeable, but not pronounced for 9% ABV. Nice roasted maltiness, but on the weak side for a scotch ale. Bitterness and sweetness are nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Decent. Smooth with mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent for a Scotch Ale, due to subdued alcohol prsence. Quite smooth drinking. This beer could easily get you in to trouble though quickly.

Photo of warrenout330
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from my Growler of a top secret source, since 3F is hard to come by in Warren.

A- pours a dark mahogany brown.... nice 1in finger of off white head that disappears

S- smells of rich caramel malts up front followed by an awesome chocolate cake funk with a hint of smoke in the back

T- pretty much like the smell... very caramel malt foward with this awesome cakey Chocolate smack in the back....

M- the carbonation is average, does decent for the style even though i'd like a little more stickiness from this beer with a little less carbonation.

O- a very nice job on this Scotch beer from 3F... I know they're known for not being normal with styles but who's to say you can't make a beer within the style and execute it very well? Kudos 3F for my first beer from you and to many more

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

A - Pours a nice dark chocolate brown color. Has a light head that is retained.

S - The first smell that I identified is the malt. Its a dark grain - almost roasted.

T - A very malty concoction. It has a nice sweet flavor that doesn't overpower. No lingering negative aftertaste. I can taste the complex mix of malts.

M - Very smooth drink - could border on watery. Carbonation is not strong or overpowering.

D - A tasty beer that I could drink a few of. The malt flavors are strong enough that I'm not sure I'd drink these all night long.

Another good choice from 3F.

Photo of MacQ32
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Boilermakerryan for this one!

A - Pours a deep dark mahogany brown with nearly a finger of chocolate/caramel head. Retention is a bit weak, lacing is nearly non-existent.

S - Woody/sweet scotch flavors, chocolate malts, roasty/toasted malts, biscuit, mild grassy hops, and some raisin/fig type dark fruit flavors.

T - Sweet toasted caramel malts and quite a bit of dark fruit (plum and figs) initially. Woody flavors and slightly bitter grassy hops kick in along with the dark fruit flavors follow. Aftertaste is malty sweet and scotch like flavors.

M - Lightish bodied, a little too light for my liking for this style. Fairly heavily carbonated. On the other hand it is quite drinkable for the style.

O - Fairly simple flavors but well balanced and quite tasty. Not fantastic but nothing to scoff at either.

Photo of spacecake9
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

This is a very balanced, easy to drink Scottish Ale.

Photo of bditty187
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark garnet with brown influences, clear; beige foam, at the apex the head was less than a half finger tall. The bubbles quickly fell to a soapy collar, naked in the middle. Weak. There was no subsequent lacing. The appearance is fairly average really.

The nose is malty with lots of caramel and nutty aromas; dark fruits follow with some toasted and chocolate aromas arrive at the finish. There are hints of smoke too. I’ve always found the nose to be simplistic and yet I like it. Moderate potency; inviting!

The palate is somewhat restrained; malty with caramel and nutty flavors, weak dark fruit hints; somewhat chocolatey and faintly smoky. Bitter in the middle but minimal hop flavors; the finish is bitter-sweet with some dark fruits and caramel. The palate, like the nose, is simplistic… and yet I like it. This is a good Scottish Ale, nothing more and nothing less.

Medium/medium-light in body; moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is somewhat thin but it fits the flavor profile well enough.

Every now and then I buy a six-pack of this and after about four bottles over the course of a few weeks I get kind of bored with it. I don’t know why. IMO, this beer is the weak link in the 3F portfolio. At best I find this a situational beer. Robert The Bruce is available in six-packs in Council Bluffs, IA. Worth a try.

Photo of abankovich
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Theodorherzl for this one.

Poured with almost zero head. What was there quickly faded away to some lacing around the sides and an extremely thin layer on top. Couldn't find a date on the bottle, so I'm not sure how fresh it is. Deep brown color with some amber tone when held up to the light.

The label was not lying. The smell is distinctly malt and this is certainly a beer for a malt lover, which I am not usually. Based on the smell I'm curious how I will like this. Slight roasty aroma with some chocolate as well.

Again, I usually prefer beers on the hoppy side instead of malty, but the first taste of this was very surprising and pleasing. The sweetness is definitely offset with a very subtle bitterness that I like very much. Some spice flavor is left on my tongue as an aftertaste and also some of the smoky notes I smelled earlier.

Mouthfeel is fairly light, some sweet and wet flavor is left in the back corners of my mouth.

Drinkability is very high. I'm pleasantly surprised as usually I keep reaching for more of this at how easy it is going down. I very much am enjoying this beer.

Photo of flaminghomer
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

i'm not a scottish ale fan at all. but this one is a good example. a dark ruby transparent with an off white head. smell is malts which i use to love but can't stand too of much these days. it does have good hop flavor, as good as a scottish ale gets. it hides it's abv well. i just noticed that it's 9% and have decided i should only have one and switch. if you like scottish ales, i'm sure you'd love this one.

Photo of jmalko
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Ivan52
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of JLeege
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft - poured into a tulip

Appearance- Pours a deep dark copper with a creamy finger and a half of bone white head.

Smell- Caramel malt, a bit doughy, citrus hops. Not a big nose on this one.

Taste- Again lots of caramel and toffee. Notes of dark fruits, particularly plum, a hint of chocolate as well. Earthy throughout. A nice citrus hop finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation. Nice and smooth.

Overall- It is a nice beer, but not my favorite. I love the label, but I could list out a dozen other beers from FFF that I would choose before this.

Photo of ne0m00re
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Live review of a 12 oz bottle purchased from the brewpub.
A: Clear dark reddish brown, the head settled fast into a thin cream collar.
S: Caramel malt and scotch whiskey alcohol, walnut and earthy hops with a bit of vanilla cream, and some candied fruits.
T: Nutty (walnuts and peanuts), with a scotch whiskey alcohol finish and a backbone of banana bread and caramel. Hops tingle on the end with an earthy and slightly leafy character.
M: Thicker with a mildly frothy carbonation... a little undercarbonated for my taste. There is a cleansing finish, though.
D: Not too bad. More than one pint would get boring, though.

Photo of Ninjabrew
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Overall not an overpowering beer. Too complex to call it a session but very drinkable with little carbonation. Taste is quite malty for an ale, in fact if I did a blind taste test I would probably think I was drinking a german schwartz bier (black beer).

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

A big THANK YOU goes out to Adam & Chris for providing me with this sample.

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Color is medium reddish brown. It leaves a thin, white head, which disappears quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The smell is not very strong, but you certainly smell chocolate, caramel and roasted malt along with some sweetness.

T: A complimentary blend of hops, malt, caramel, bitterness and sweetness all hitting you at once. No one taste stands out more than any other, but if I had to pick one it would be the hops as it goes down. The sweetness sticks around a bit in the after-taste.

M: Very smooth and well-balanced, not much carbonation.

D: A bit filling, but not as much as I expected. If you couple that with the smoothness and it’s more drinkable than I thought it would be, but after a few bottles you may feel a little full. This beer might be something that is better to drink along with a meal. I’m not much of a cuisine-pairing-guy so I have no idea what type of food would go best with it. I haven’t had any beers of this style before, so I’m not sure how much this beer represents the style. Honestly speaking, I did like the beer and if I had more, it most certainly would not go to waste. However, there are other beers that I would choose over this one.

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

12 ounce bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours a nice reddish-brown. Head is heavy at first, but quickly falls to less than half a finger...with some decent legs on the side of the glass.

Smells of cinnamon, brown sugar, light hops, syrup. Definitely malty...which it should be.

Tastes of cinnamon...that's right up front. Maybe unsalted crackers, figs, brown sugar, hazelnut, and malty sweetness.

This has a good mouthfeel...light and crisp with a good, spicy finish. Drinkability is average, but doesn't mean I would crack open another one of these...the sweetness is well balanced, and the overall taste is very solid.

Photo of BPMeyer27
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Taken from notes on 3.20.11

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a dark auburn brown color with a very thin, almost non-existent heat that quickly fades to the edges.

S - Raisins, grape, and cranberries.

T - Boozy, old fruit, and brown sugar.

D - Very flat, no carbonation. slightly sweet and mouth coating.

Photo of SimonM
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Robert The Bruce from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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