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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,615 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 2,615
Reviews: 940
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 177
Gots: 268 | 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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Photo of DrJoe82
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

DrJoe82, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of amstelcat
4/5  rDev +3.4%

amstelcat, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of JReites
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thank to Imperial_Sapient_Groat for this extra in a trade. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Dark reddish-brown color with a nice caramel head. Light lacing on the glass with each sip.

S - Malty, sweet scotch smells. Slight roast/toasted malt picked up.

T - Roasted caramel malts. Nice sweet, woody flavors. Dark fruit flavors also picked up. It gives a nice, sweet malty flavor. Very smooth and clean.

M - Light and smooth. This is a very drinkable scotch ale, with moderate carbonation.

O - Very balanced and smooth. I prefer this to malt bomb type scotch ales. Very easy drinking, sessionable style ale in my opinion. Would buy if readily available.

Serving type: bottle

JReites, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of Sarunas7
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Sarunas7, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of Bowers-Brew
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Bowers-Brew, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of lswilma
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

lswilma, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: deep ruby red/brown with a fleeting kahki head, a small swirl of tiny bubbles left on top. a vigorous swirl yields a half finger head but its gone before i can get a sip.
S: big aromas of toffee and spices. theres a faint hop presence in the background, but maltiness is up front.
T: roasted malts provide the backbone. some nice sweetness with the toffee and powdered spice notes. this is nice and balanced to me.
M: pretty prickly carbonation brings the malts alive, and rather thick on the palate. im a big fan of the balance of everything here, its not too crazy outside of the box, but very enjoyable. theres hardly a hint of any alcohol so it just feels excellent.
D: ive never been one to drink many scotch ales, but purely because of the super malty nature. this i could have a few and be ok with it. quite nice, and recommended.

Kkottonmouthkngz, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of Evango
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Evango, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of RyanCrawford
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

RyanCrawford, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of WorldWideStout
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
Photo of Marty30
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to dannyfrost for this. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass at fridge temp.

A. Reminds me of rootbeer just a clear darker brown with ruby highlights.Leaves a 1 finger offwhite head.Some lacing stuck to the glass.

S. Smells of big toffee noted with a little caramel and vanilla.

T.Very similar to the smell.I really like the tofee notes as that is the dominant flavor in here.There is some caramel present followed by some earthy notes.

M. Nice medium feel goes down smooth.A little sting on the palate from the carbonation.

Overall another solid beer From FFF. A nice straight forward easy drinking Scotch ale.Not very complex but nice.The more I have from them the more they move up my list of favorite breweries.

Marty30, Jul 22, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

doldham, May 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

bootsdomino, May 02, 2012
Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle with no dates.

Poured a clear dark brown tinged red with a large white head. Head went down quickly, leaving a nice lacework on the glass. The model look of a scotch ale.

Molasses vibes come out front in the smell. Malt o' Meal topped with honey and brown sugar comes to mind. Underlying fruity esters.

The classic caramel taste associated with the style, plus a surprising hop bite in the back. Creamy almost to a fault, very full and smooth on the palate. Black pepper in the finish flows into dry malts.

Truly a nice beer. The assertive hops don't seem to fit in with the classic examples I've had from across the pond, but I find the hops an added layer of excitement. Maybe not as complex as Traquair House, but a more enjoyable brew for me. Thanks to cja711(Joe), for the tasty beer!

Shultzerdugen, Mar 18, 2005
Photo of trep
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle.

Dark amber body with a minimal khaki head. No visible carbonation, no yeast.

Nice, sweet, rich malt, accented by some piney hops. Chocolate malt and a lil caramel aromas are able to be distinguished.

Nice piney hops that meld perfectly for a second with the malt, then the malt takes the reigns. Finishes very clean with only a minimal malty aftertaste.

Thin/Medium body with just the right amount of carbonation. 7% isn't knock you on your ass crazy, but it never shows through and this could be a very good session beer.

trep, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of Alkey
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured a dark amber color with a small tan head that leaves some spots of lace. Smell has a light aroma of roasted malt. Taste is mostly roasted malt with a slight presence of floral hops in the finish. This brew seems to have more body than I would expect due to it not having bold flavors but is still easily drinkable and would make a good session beer.

Alkey, Feb 03, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Fuzzycuffs, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of dwarbi
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was one of my two favorite Three Floyds. Overall, just a great drinking experience. The color is a very dark purple. It has a very white head that sticks to the glass. It smells slightly peppery. Tastes just a little sweet, like berries. Very smooth in the mouth and almost no aftertaste. Very, very drinkable.
(Tasted this beer at the Blind Tiger's Three Floyds event)

dwarbi, Apr 24, 2003
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

DocDownUnder, Nov 14, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

KMitch, Aug 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

vidguy17, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of BeerFink
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A deep brownish red with a fizzy white head. A little lacing can be seen on the glass. A slight grassiness to the smell - there are plenty of hops here. The taste starts off a little bitter, some good hops in there. It quickly changes to a smooth maltiness with the slightest hint of chocolate, and finishes smoothly with some alcohol aftertaste. There is a roasted malt flavor that shines through. Although the alcohol is noticeable, it is a pretty good blend of malt and hops - a good ale.

BeerFink, Jan 20, 2005
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

falcon1, Apr 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

QuentinCall, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of mani
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

mani, Dec 17, 2013
Robert The Bruce Scottish Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
87 out of 100 based on 2,615 ratings.