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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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2,400 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,400
Reviews: 934
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 166
Gots: 195 | FT: 12
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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1/5  rDev -74.2%

11-23-2011 06:18:48 | More by spoonhawk
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1/5  rDev -74.2%

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2/5  rDev -48.5%

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2/5  rDev -48.5%

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2/5  rDev -48.5%

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2/5  rDev -48.5%

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2.38/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle received as extra, thanks CruisaC.

Brown bottle with a great looking label on the front, Three Flyods style all the way. No date or batch numbers on the bottle of any kind.

Pours a crystal clear ruby color with no cloudiness what so ever. Head formed with only the slightest help, with a off white hue. The head was a bit thin but hung around for a bit. No lacing threw the glass as it was consumed. The aroma was hardly noticeable for this style. Most brews I have had in this style the aroma is not as strong as other brews but this particular brew was barely there. The taste was up front bitter hops with only a hint of a malty background. The malt was not forward enough for this particular style or really my preference. The carbonation was over done and pushed way to much of the hops forward. I was left with a acidic taste and feeling in my mouth. I was looking forward to try this brew as it is one of my favorite styles but was unable to stomach it. Hopefully I had a old or bad bottle. Probably with age is that I will never know due to the lack of any dating on the bottle. I will give this a try again in the future and re-review if needed.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 22:42:47 | More by BZero007
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2.45/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I am a huge maltmaven, but have never fallen in love with scotch ales, and I'm still not quite sure why.

A: Fairly transparent body that is more brown than red but gives off a nice ruby hue. Head gets to about two fingers but dies down quickly.

S: Nothing too strong. Raisins, maybe some unripe plums.

T: Starts off with unripe dark fruit. In the middle I get booze. What the hell, this is only 6.5%. The middle of the sip also reminds me a bit of a BSDA, with a few notes of spiciness that are reminiscent of Belgian yeast. Not too much taste at the end of the sip, but there is an unpleasant, slightly metallic and bitter aftertaste that sticks around for quite some time.

M: Overcarbonated, especially for the style.

O: I wasn't expecting great things from this beer, but I am still let down. If a fairly new homebrewer tried to do a Raison d'Etre clone, this might be what it would taste like. I'm not sure if I'm even going to finish it. Ugh.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 04:37:35 | More by WorldWideStout
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Quebec (Canada)

2.48/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a brown color ale with a medium dark-white head with low retention. Aroma of hops is clearly detectable with some caramel malt. Taste is lighter then expected with some caramel malt and a bitter finish. Watery feel at the end is very unpleasant. Body is definitely too thin for my liking and alcohol is very well hidden. Definitely not the best from 3FL and not even close to the best of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2005 17:38:48 | More by Phyl21ca
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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

06-17-2013 06:12:31 | More by schmidtmattsays
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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

01-04-2012 01:23:55 | More by IdrinkGas
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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

11-21-2013 19:09:08 | More by teledeluxe
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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

04-24-2012 02:02:57 | More by Deivos
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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

10-11-2012 06:43:11 | More by ScreamBloodyGore
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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

03-04-2012 18:26:13 | More by mhaugo
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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

02-16-2012 00:38:56 | More by birdsellam
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2.58/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brown color with ruby highlights and a two finger tan head with decent retention. The smell is not overly complex, and consists of light caramel and roasted malt. The flavor is also caramel and roasted malt. Not a very strong aroma or flavor.

Lightly sweet, has a somewhat bitter aftertaste, with decent carbonation and a medium body. Overall, not the best Scottish Ale I have had.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 01:52:30 | More by hardy008
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2.63/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into imperial pint glass.
No bottled-on date.

Aroma: Cocoa, some estery spice, brown sugar, and cooked corn (DMS?)

Appearance: Clear body w/ dark, reddish-brown color. Two-finger off-white head quickly falls to a thin layer.

Flavor: Brown sugar-like, malty, cloying sweetness. Definite undeniable cooked corn DMS note in the flavor. Shocked to see this flaw in a FFF brew. Minimal bitterness or hop profile.

Mouthfeel: A bit on the flat side. Medium body. Cloying sweetness coats the tongue.

Overall: I had heard and read good things about this brew, so I was pretty let down by what I found. I love FFF, and love this style as well. Unfortunately, IMO, a good Scottish ale, does not Three Floyds make. It came across as a mediocre homebrew.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 02:04:12 | More by mdvatab
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2.63/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Deep mahogany in color, little head or lace present. Aroma is sweet, caramel and mild hop tones (citrus, pine) are noted. The taste is smooth malt tones with that mild sweetness coming into play but that is about it. Nothing really going on with this beer. It seems to be lacking more flavors. It just starts to get interesting then comes to a quick stop. Yea, you could drink this all night but with the missing flavor, why do it. Overall it is ok.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2003 13:26:18 | More by Stubbie1
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2.7/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to tat2dhllblly for this as an extra.
Poured to NB globe.

A: Brown ale with superb clarity. Little to no head formation. Wait, I just poured more, with the bottle completely upside down...there we go. 1/2 finger peanut head dissipates quickly.

S: I have yet to be less impressed with the nose on a beer. This smells like malt and vomit. Horrible.

T: Thank you lord, the taste does not match the nose! Roasty, toasty. Reminds me of freshly baked dryly salted pretzels. Nice. Good.

M: medium body with moderate carbonation. Would prefer a little less carbonation on a beer of this style. Leaves mouth slightly dry, but not too bad at all.

D: So long as I was not smelling this, and just drinking it liberally, I could drink this all night, quite drinkable in that regard. Otherwise, I would only purchase this once in a blue moon to try and recall if this is no good. I will, however, likely try this again once I get another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 08:29:15 | More by harrymel
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2.7/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle received from arvjunk in trade. Thanks Ankur!

A: Pours a hazy, deep, dark brown, with mahogany edging. Less than half finger of white head, which dissipates quickly without leaving lacing.

S: Roasted, charred malts stand out here to provide a nice balance alongside sweet dark fruit flavors of grapes, plums, and cherries.

T/M: Too sweet and syrupy; this beer coats the throat and leaves a stinging sweetness without the flavor or balance to back it up, and exacerbates that by beginning to taste medicinal as it warms. Really no bitterness, or otherwise balancing qualities are detectable; even the charred malts from earlier are totally overwhelmed by sticky sweetness. But, aside from the negatives and just to describe some qualities of the beer: it has a thick body, is quite creamy (and sticky), with mid-light carbonation.

D: I wouldn't want another glass of this; if i have it again it will probably be for a re-review at the insistence of someone else.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 06:23:26 | More by AwYeh
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New York

2.73/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle

App: Opaque Dark brown with some ruby hues on the edges. Thick, frothy head that leaves decent lace.

Smell: A malt dream. Strong roasted character that shows itself in coffee aromas. A fruity undertone, perhaps from the hops, that is key for the malty beers. As it warms faint hints of chocolate emerge.

Taste: Disappointing beginning and middle with just a slight sweetness that fades into some alcohol and herbal hops. Ends well, though, with a smooth chocolate finish and just the right amount of hops. Nothing kills me more than an overly hoppy scotch ale.

The body is full, but the flavor is lacking and watery so it is confusing to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 03:53:22 | More by emsroth
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2.73/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a very impressive apperance. Other than that it is seriously lacking. It has a bite that is quite raw and it is void of any interesting flavor. The mouthfeel is remincent of brackish dishwater and I would take a bud lite over this any day.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2003 03:51:20 | More by beerbill
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New York

2.75/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this beer at Barcade in Brooklyn. It is a very dark amber beer with a decent head that dissipates quickly. Slight nut scent to it.

It has a smoked nut taste with a lot of carbonation in the back of the throat. Very very burnt flavor, perhaps too burnt for my taste. The aftertaste is quite sour.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2009 17:55:22 | More by Amalak
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Robert The Bruce Scottish Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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