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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,674 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 2,674
Reviews: 942
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 183
Gots: 287 | FT: 16
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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Ratings: 2,674 | Reviews: 942 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A surprising combination of malts, hops, barley in a scotch aroma. Chicory and roasted malt. Doesn't all quite work out that great, but different as you would expect from this brewery. Layers of taste that evolve as you work through the bottle. Mild taste, medium to even thin mouthfeel. Barley doesn't work all that great in it, like a homebrew. Bitter aftertaste. Needs food to offset. Thanks Wohlfs.

Sammy, Dec 27, 2004
Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

t0rin0, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -22.7%

djrn2, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +3.1%

spycow, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark bronze with some brighter hues. A nice creamy head sits top the poured brew.

S: Plenty of caramel and toffee along with some malty sweetness.

T: A decent bill of layered malt with some mild hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and a mild alcohol warmth.

D: Drinkable for the style, but definitely not a session-type beer, and doesn't have the complexity to really sit and savor.

Thorpe429, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

acurtis, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +3.1%

nmann08, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
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
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Texasfan549, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a decent head that leaves a web of lace

Smell: Whiffs of caramel and nuts

Taste: Caramel and nut flavors dominate the front end, with a bit a fig and grain developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the grain becomes a little bolder, but basically, as you would expect, the malt dominates, with a hint of chocolate in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Fairly tasty, but I am missing the peaty complexity I would expect from a good Scottish Ale

brentk56, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank a sample of Robert The Bruce on-tap at the brewery several months ago and wasn't that impressed. I'm willing to believe that that was at least partly due to the 'plastic cup effect', hence I expect this bottle to impress me a little more. This is Three Floyds after all.

Hazed orangish bronze with a light caramel-colored head that is soft, yet substantial. A thick, short collar of lace is beginning to form as the cap deflates. Ultimately though, the amount of lace that actually sticks is underwhelming.

The nose is reasonably complex and consists of caramel malt with definite notes of fruit (apple) and nuts. It could be a little stronger though. The flavor is more simple than the nose and is sweetly caramel malty to the near exclusion of all else. As it warms I can appreciate chocolate and a hint of smoky peatiness. At least I don't think that the peat is my imagination run amok.

There's a smidgen of hoppy bitterness, but RTB has to be Three Floyds's least hoppy beer by far. The 7% ABV is exceptionally well hidden. My tastebuds don't pick up any alcohol and the beer isn't really warming as it's swallowed, but I can appreciate a pleasant, warm 'bloom' in my stomach after several ounces. Nothing at all wrong with the body/mouthfeel. Medium-full, soft, subdued carbonation.

Believe it or not, Robert The Bruce is only the second Scottish Ale that I've ever had. I'm not sure if my lack of enthusiasm (it's good, but not great) is because I don't care for the style or because it isn't a great representation of that style. Only one way to find out... drink more beer. What a great idea.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 12, 2004
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With fortified malty flavor and structure, Three Floyds Brewing shows that the quality of worldly ales extend well beyond the hoppy American-style ales with this honorary Strong Scottish version.

Pouring a deep brown color and with a mild haze, this somewhat bullyish beer forms a stern tan head of dense cream and broken rings of lace.

Strong yet refined aromas of nutty coffees, earthen malts, lightly scorched toffee, medium buttered toast, and rich barley malt all frame the masculine aromatics with a brilliant smoky undertone.

Creamy flavors of true barley malt, heavy cream, and rich molasses set the tone in this malt-focused ale. Complementary flavors of coffee, toast, brown sugar, barley malt, and walnuts all contribute to the rich and malty taste. Slight earthy components of bitter and piney hops, light peat, and yeasty dough all give and elegance and grace to the boisterous brew.

Full bodied, yet with a suble gentlemanly quality, the texture is rich and volumnous due to the high malting rates, moderate attenuation, and slight dryness. The early portion of taste is extremely malty, yet the finish is pleasantly semi-dry with a malty-sweet linger of walnut oil resin.

Thought the simplicity of the flavor make up is compensated with malty richness, breadiness, and caramelization, it still lacks the refinement of the true Scottish Ales of Tranquair or Belhaven.

BEERchitect, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +3.1%

kjkinsey, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Phyl21ca, Oct 25, 2005
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

GRG1313, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a few of these in a trade recently as I had not had them before and have really like the style lately. Cool looking 12oz bottle was poured into a pint glass. The look was very nice, with a dark, caramel colored brown coming out of the bottle. Some nice, light ruby colored tones mixed in throughout as well really did a nice job of lightning it up a bit. Some haze, but pretty good clarity. A nice one inch foam head of white then came over the top and settled down slowly, leaving behind a broken crown and some decent side glass lace.

The aroma was totally malt driven as you would expect, with lots of nice caramel and earthy tones. Nice hints of grain and a touch of almost a raisin or fig like flavor as well. Very nice, but a touch on the light side would be my only complaint with it. The flavor largely followed suit, not being as sweet as I thought it would be, there were several touches of fruit, and a ton of grain in the flavor. The caramel malt driven back coming through very nicely as well. Your classic scotch ale flavor here, with not a whisper of alcohol anywhere to be found. Great Mouthfeel with a really smooth carbonation profile and no thinness or watered down flavor whatsoever. For something that was 7% I was surprised at just how drinkable this actually was. I could easily throw down this one and several more right after it, it was really quite nice on the palate and a smooth easy drinker.

Overall not a bad scotch ale at all. Not my favorite for the style or from Three Floyds, but still a very solid effort overall. If this were available locally I would have no issue with trying to track down some more of it, it was very solid.

mikesgroove, May 25, 2008
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

jaydoc, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap while up in that area for Thanksgiving, review is from notes.

A: single finger tan head on a copper/amber slightly hazy body. Some lacing.

S: overall mild but mostly toffee, caramel and nuttiness.

T: roassted and caramel malts throughout which is nicely done with a subtle dark fruit, mostly fig and cherry and cocoa/mild chocolate notes.

M: fuller body than I expected making this one rather smooth with moderate carbonation.

Overall: another impressive brew from a great brewery. Flavorful, close to the true spirit of the style with the mouthfeel to improve the drinkability.

kylehay2004, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is really nice, the brew pours as a nice brown color with a light tan colored head. There isn't too much lacing but the retention holds for a while. The smell of this beer is sweet with malts and it also has a little bit of earth of in there too. The flavors of caramel and malts set this beer off in the right direction. The aftertaste is a little nutty and dry. Not major bitterness in this brew at all. The mouthfeel is really easy to drink, could put a few of these down pretty quick if you wanted too. Overall this is a very nice Scotish Ale.

Knapp85, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a clear dark mahogany body with a thin, tan-colored head that dissipated fairly quickly.

Smell: The aroma is dominated by a heavy, sweet maltiness, mostly caramel, but one can also find some chocolate and cookie crumbs in the scent, too. Also, there's some hints of smoke and spruce twigs.

Taste: A clean, smooth flavor of toffee with heavy notes of chocolate and bread crusts. As the beer warms, the sweetness takes on a nutty aspect akin to eating sugar-coated walnuts. A trace of floral hops streak across the tongue late in the taste. For all its initial sweetness, this beer does finish semi-dry with a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Low carbonation.

Drinkability: Another flavorful quality brew from Three Floyds. Hmm, this one could make for a surprisingly good session beer.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev +3.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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 JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

JAHMUR, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of largadeer
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark but clear reddish-amber color. The head falls flat pretty quickly, lasting only about 30 seconds before settling into a ring.

Smell: A big malty aroma of caramel, nuts and toasted grains with a hint of something vegetable.

Taste & mouthfeel: Tons of malt again, very similar to the nose; caramel and toast, slight alcohol, hints of dried fruit. Not much of a change in flavor from start to finish. Medium in body and carbonation, this stuff goes down pretty easy but isn't overly interesting. Still, a very good brew and one I'd gladly drink again.

largadeer, May 18, 2008
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Robert The Bruce Scottish Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
87 out of 100 based on 2,674 ratings.