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Robert The Bruce - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,746 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 2,746
Reviews: 948
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 186
Gots: 308 | FT: 14
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:
A full-bodied Scottish-style Ale with a well-rounded malty profile and roasted biscuit-like notes.

24 IBU

(Beer added by: purplehops on 08-06-2001)
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5/5  rDev +29.2%

SelMa86, Mar 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Cerceorf, Mar 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

quilty, Mar 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

redblacks75, Mar 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Mick-e-d, Mar 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

pmarlowe, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of DB0Z
3/5  rDev -22.5%

DB0Z, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of Grinnerman
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Grinnerman, Mar 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

neckbracesub, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of mhaugo
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

mhaugo, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle. May be my favorite FFF artwork with the out of control Robert(in a good way) on the label. Poured into a nonic style pint glass.

A - deep ruby red/mahogany brown toned color. Off white to tan colored head looks as if it's been caked on. Very smooth and thick looking. Provides a tight ring of lace with some pretty good stick.

S - roasted malts and dark fruits highlight this aroma. Some hints of sweet malts and chocolate within.

T - roasted malts front and center. Caramel goodness with small hints of chocolate. Dark fruit flavor never rises above the roasty malts, but is present among the background throughout. Flavor has a sweet character with a slight bitterness creeping through in the finish.

M - medium bodied and smooth mouthfeel. Thick and just plain good in the mouth. Dry finish.

O - what a great tasting brew from FFF. This is one I could enjoy every evening. Malts are plentiful and tasty. It's flavors are complex enough to keep it interesting yet remaining well balanced. Robert the Bruce is way up there on my 'go to' list and is hard to pass up everytime I see it on shelves. What would I do without FFF. Just a solid and great tasting beer.

BradtheGreat7, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of Redglimmer
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Redglimmer, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of blackcompg
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a pint of this on tap at SLYCE coal fired pizza in Wauconda...

Appearance - A deep ruby amber color, nearly transparent, with a solid 1 finger khaki head upon arrival. Wonderful lacing, a defined ring from each sip along the inside of my pint glass at the end.

Smell - Ohhhh dark fruits, roasted malts, touch of molasses and brown sugar, some nice yeast and bready smells too.

Taste - I really love this - starts with roasted malts, burnt toffee and a touch of molasses. Dark, ripe fruits enter in moments, along with a nice touch of sourness - plum peels. Next comes a slight hop flavor, grassy and floral, and maybe just a touch of grapefruit peel. The finish is slightly dry, with little pockets of roasted malts, baked brad, and ripe plums throughout the mouth.

Mouthfeel - is on the high side of medium, mostly from the breadth and depth of flavor. Carb is on the lower side, adding a slight cleansing, but also allowing the many flavors to build and play together to form a wonderful, deep, and complex finish.

Overall - I would and will purchase this one again, really nice flavors here, alcohol is hidden perfectly, and there are so many nice flavors here to enjoy. Stands up well to flavorful salads and pizza. Highly recommend.

blackcompg, Mar 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

DarthGuitarHero, Mar 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

briiguy, Mar 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Zachtheporter, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of samie85
3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep crimson color with two fingers of off white head.

This is more reminiscent of a Black IPA/IPA than a Scottish Ale; big tropical hop notes with some nice caramel backing.

Definitely remains me of the restrained versions of Black IPA's; big tropical notes with some roast and bready malt notes.

Crisp, prickly, clean feel with low carbonation and a light medium carbonation; a little light for a "scottish ale".

Pretty easy drinking but not what I would expect from a scottish ale at all. This reminds me a lot of Pride and Joy from Three Floyd's in that it is a decent beer, but far from close stylistically to the beer it's labeled as.

samie85, Mar 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

RobertMathison, Mar 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

JohnKMcC, Mar 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Loudiamonds305, Feb 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Willywong1962, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Billakowski for the bottle.

Appearance: Hazed deep copper. Small khaki head drops to a thin ring and vestiges of a cap. Some lacing and head production on the swirl. Carbonation looks lively.

Smell: Roasted malts and caramel from the start. Nice punch of bready crust and some dough. Sweetness is present, but remarkably constrained given the malt profile. Soft hints off citrus from the hops. Malty.

Taste: Caramel with hints of toffee. Soft bread and crust mingled with a clean doughy finish. Citrus lingers in the back and adds a little depth to the malt bill. Sweetness lingers. Clean with a big roasted component. Fresh baked bread.

Mouthfeel: Moderate with a chewy take. Carbonation is higher than I would expect from the style, but it helps disperse some of the sweetness.

Overall: Solid, especially for the style. Nice depth of flavor. Tons of malts and sweetness, but it's never overbearing. It mystifies me that Three Floyds can make something this malty and turn around and make their hop juggernauts. Skill.

Goblinmunkey7, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of brystmar
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no freshness date. Dark amber pour, plenty of red hues. Minimal head & lace.

Lots of malt in the nose. Caramel, chocolate, hints of yeast. Taste holds all of the above plus sweet malts. More chocolate than expected, a nice touch.

Medium body, low carbonation, crisp and smooth. A different take on the Scottish Ale style, and I like it.

brystmar, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of beergod1
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy mahogany with ruby highlights and thin tan head which quickly dissipates. The carbonation is moderate and mouth-feel is smooth. The nose is caramel malt, dark fruit, vanilla and Oak?. Taste is caramel, roasted malt, burnt sugar, tangy dark fruits, good bitterness and vanilla towards the end. It’s well balanced and very drinkable.

beergod1, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of WastingFreetime
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

A. Deep dark brown in color, short-lived tan head that recedes back to a collar without any lacing.
S. Smells of a deeply complex mixture of chocolate, nutty, caramel, toffee, biscuit, brown sugar, just about every kind of brown and delicious malt aroma you can think of is fully present. As it warms up to room temp it gains a small herbal hopping and smidges of peat smoke for garnish.
T. Flavor is only just slightly less complex than the aroma had me expecting, but still contains an extremely superb mixture of brown sugar, caramel, nuts, toffee, and a mild herbal hopping in the semi-dry finish. Although I could smell light peat smokiness, I could not taste it.
M. Medium bodied, sticky texture complements the heavy flavors within quite well, carbonation is high enough to frame the flavors properly without being distracting.

WastingFreetime, Feb 27, 2012
Robert The Bruce from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
87 out of 100 based on 2,746 ratings.