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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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very good

2,680 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,680
Reviews: 942
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 182
Gots: 290 | 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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Photo of dbol
3.25/5  rDev -16%

dbol, Apr 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

DanGolfs86, Apr 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

BeerdNick, Apr 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

macrosmatic, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of jjanega08
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No freshness dating on the bottle.

A= Pours a rich malty brownish coppery color with a finger of tan head on it that holds some steady retention and spotty lacing. When you hold the beer to the light you can see a bright transparant amber color.

S= The smell is a nice malty mix. There's a bit of sweetness to it as well as some buiscuity malt and a great sort of mash tun grainy aroma.

T= The taste is once again just a complex malty scottish beer. There is a big sweetness that hits you up front with a nice smokey darker roasty malt that is quick to follow and sort of take over the sweetness. The finish is a nice buiscuit malt with a slight bitterness on the back of the tongue.

M= Very light on the carbonation. I would say maybe a little undercarbonated.

O= This is a solid example of an underepresented style. Great malty character with a nice display of the complexity malt can have on a beer. Worth trying over and over again.

jjanega08, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of zeledonia
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark, clear, cherry-wood reddish brown. One finger of orangey tan head; decent retention and a little bit of lacing.

Smell is fairly bland. Some toasted malt notes, but I don't get a ton of malt in it. A lot of cooked-vegetable hops, leafy greens. Smells a fair bit like a marzen thanks to all the toasted malt aroma.

Taste is quite nutty with some toasty flavors here as well, fading into bland grassy-vegetal hops. Not bad, but kinda dull and uninspiring. I can drink it, but I'd rather drink something else.

Medium-bodied, pretty chewy in the mouth. Medium-high carbonation lifts it a lot. Wow, this has a lot of zip.

Overall, it's just sort of blah. It's malty, with some overcooked-broccoli hops. Meh.

zeledonia, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of TheFightfan1
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The last of many from BDEE. Thanks again.
Poured into a mug. Poured a clear mohagany color with a nice light tan colored heading. Left some lacing behind.

Mostly getting caramel, and toffee in the nose not much else.

Earthy malts and nutty flavors. One thing that does stand out is how rich the taste is. Some molasses and finishes with touch of creaminess and piney hops.

A shade lighter than full bodied, very good carbonation, and good balance.

Slightly disappointed in this one. I think I was just expecting something else.

TheFightfan1, Apr 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

ABisonEgo, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of 312HopBomb
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from the brewery. Poured into an American pint glass.

A vigorous pour develops a three finger head that falls to a thin covering that lasts. Gorgeous clear ruby color looks like a Scottish ale.

Nose portrays biscuit malts of medium roast and earthy with light smoke. Subdued hop aroma.

Taste carries some sweetness with brown sugary malt roastyness (is that a new word?). Some noticable alcohol bite.

Most likely my favorite Scottish Ale. They are usually way too boozy for my taste. Thank you 3 Floyds. Highly recommended. Looking forward to dining at the brewpub for my birthday this weekend.

312HopBomb, Apr 04, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pint glass the beer arrives a mahagoney amber brown color with a 1 finger off-white head. Excellent retention and lacing. The nose is that of roasted malt, dark fruits, sweet caramel, and a hint of chocolate. No hint of alcohol at all. The flavor begins with the roasted malt and is soon merged with the caramel malt sweetness found in the nose. A subtle chocolate flavor blends well with a dark fruit tone. Mildly bitter. Finishes creamy and smooth with a lingering caramel sweetness. A little dry. Medium bodied and creamy. Nice mouthfeel. Overall, this isn't a style I flock to though this is a good beer and one that I would enjoy again and again. Recommended.

hopfacebrew, Apr 03, 2012
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3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This poured about a 2 finger head of light tan foam. Body is fairly dark. Reddish, brown, amber in color. Some light lacing.

S - Malty and nutty. Some vanilla and toffee, almost a barrel aged scent. Probably my favorite part of the beer.

T - It has that roasty malt and biscuit flavor. Some slight bitterness on ths finish and drying.

M - Pretty average all around. Medium body and carbonation. A little drying.

O - Amazing scent, but pretty average (slightly above) after that.

RuckusDu, Apr 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

AlphaKing414, Apr 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

ChiBeerGuy, Apr 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Davit, Mar 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

jrpapajcik, Mar 30, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip - thanks to grohnke

Pours an opaque chestnut brown color with a thin beige head. Patchy film retains, leaving some patchy and spotty lacing on the glass.

Bits of chocolate and nuttiness in the nose. Slightly sweet with some hints of smoke and booze. Malty and rich.

Slight bitterness before a wave of chocolate and sweetness. Rich, robust malts with some nutty tones. Hints of smoke lie underneath the backbone, which is heavy and lingering. Some caramel and breadiness, leading into a slightly warm finish.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, creamy and smooth on the tongue. This is a really nice scotch ale without an overbearing booze presence.

xnicknj, Mar 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

MSandahl23, Mar 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

egrace84, Mar 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

gamecock74, Mar 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

buddyvelt, Mar 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

modernartblues, Mar 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

McNuts, Mar 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

LuckyClassof08, Mar 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

TheBierBoutique, Mar 24, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Scout11, Mar 23, 2012
Robert The Bruce Scottish Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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