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Robert The Bruce Scottish Ale - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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2,612 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,612
Reviews: 940
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 177
Gots: 265 | 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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1/5  rDev -74.2%

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1/5  rDev -74.2%

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1.75/5  rDev -54.8%

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2/5  rDev -48.3%

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2/5  rDev -48.3%

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2/5  rDev -48.3%

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2/5  rDev -48.3%

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2.28/5  rDev -41.1%

Dd183, Friday at 09:44 PM
Photo of BZero007
2.38/5  rDev -38.5%
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.

BZero007, Feb 08, 2011
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2.45/5  rDev -36.7%
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.

WorldWideStout, Oct 10, 2012
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2.48/5  rDev -35.9%
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.

Phyl21ca, Oct 25, 2005
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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

schmidtmattsays, Jun 17, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

IdrinkGas, Jan 04, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

mhaugo, Mar 04, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

birdsellam, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of hardy008
2.58/5  rDev -33.3%
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.

hardy008, Jun 09, 2010
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2.63/5  rDev -32%
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.

mdvatab, Aug 14, 2011
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2.63/5  rDev -32%
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.

Stubbie1, Nov 10, 2003
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2.7/5  rDev -30.2%
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.

harrymel, Feb 12, 2011
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Robert The Bruce Scottish Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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