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

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2,480 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,480
Reviews: 935
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 176
Gots: 220 | FT: 13
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 Bonis


3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours amber in color, slightly hazy. Huge off white head, decent retention, spotty lacing.

S - Not much on the nose. Caramel malts are most prevalent, along with some toasted malts, toffee, and earthy grains.

T - Mostly all malts. Caramel and toffee carries on. There is a light roasted malt character as well. A little on the drier side, as the malts dont come thru with much sweetness. There is a minute hop bite to balance things out a bit on the swallow. No alcohol in sight, which surprises me for the ABV/style, but it isn't something I'll complain about. No real complexity in flavors, but this one is pretty good.

M - Thin and watery mouthfeel, a bit flat as far as carbonation goes. Lingering bitter dryness sits in my mouth. Not a great feeling beer, the worst aspect of Robert the Bruce.

O - This is a good beer, but nothing I'll be looking to get again anytime soon. The most impressive aspect of this one was drinkability. Goes down very easily, and the alcohol is masked very well. That being said, I WAS hoping for a more robust and bold beer, given the ABV. I don't have much experience drinking Scottish ales, but I'll be looking to try more in the future. I was fairly impressed with this one, but I'm hoping to try some that are a bit tastier.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 04:18:17 | More by Bonis
Photo of Brenden


3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BYOFB threw this in a trade as an extra, so thanks to him.

A clear yet opaque red in color with some brown in the depth, this beer develops a slightly red-brown tinted head a little more than a finger tall with good retention. When it does fade, it remains as a nice, thick foam that leaves good deposits of lacing.
This is definitely a heavily malted beer. Besides caramel, there's lots of toast to it with some light smokiness, a touch of alcohol, and a sugary sweetness akin to what I'd expect from a tripel or the like in the aroma. It seems a little...indistinct? Undefined? I'm not quite sure the word.
A lot of earthy and smoky elements come out in the flavor with a distinctly barley backbone. The sweetness is still there, sugars and caramel along with a touch of dark fruits. I get a little peat as well. Hops are also here, but FFF never backs down from their "Go big or go home" mentality, and they put it in the malts here. I still feel like it doesn't gel perfectly, but it's pretty good.
The body is on the fuller side of medium. Carbonation is moderate. There could be a touch more crispness but there is some, and a nicely flowing smoothness keeps it alive.
I like this beer. From 3 Floyds, though, I always expect something exceptional. I wouldn't shy away from this one, regardless.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 02:48:44 | More by Brenden
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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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 16:56:36 | More by Knapp85
Photo of Holland


4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: dark brown color with brown highlights. Tons of large bubbles in the big head, but then it dissipates quickly leaving a small head.

S: smells of peat, malt, and smoke. Can't wait to taste it. The smell is not as strong as it could be.

T: tastes of peat, malt, slight bitterness and some acidic flavor. Leaves a nice aftertaste of scotch and malt.

M: medium body with a crisp carbonation in the finish. Lets the flavor stick with you forever.

O: solid beer, but may not be worth the 3F's billing. They have plenty of other beers, and this is not their best. It's not even the best Scottish ale in the world, but it's fine, and there aren't many available so here it is. Only better scottish ale I had was a home brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 01:16:52 | More by Holland
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3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - It pours a copper colored body with an inch of beige head.

S - The aroma is caramel/toffee malt.

T - Huge malt flavor with a hint of alcohol.

M - Medium. Nice and smooth

O - It's a nice tasting beer with an alcohol kick, which I like.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 16:32:11 | More by buschbeer
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3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to pint.

Pours a dark copper brown with a light tan head that settles fairly quickly to a thin collar.

Strong malt aroma. Almost like a whiff straight from a can of amber malt extract. I like! A bit of roasty caramel in there as well.

Taste is as expected; heavy on the malt with a bit of caramel and some sweetness. Medium mouthfeel though a bit light on the carbonation.

Lingering malty sweetness that finishes on the dry side. A hint of dark roast malt sticks around.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 00:31:49 | More by BYOFB
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3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a single of this at The Beer Trappe in Lexington, KY for $1.79.

A - A nice warm mahogany, though quite cloudy... unfiltered? Very short head of a caramel color.

S - Nice and malty. Maybe not the most traditional Scottish Ale, but very nice either way. Sweet warm caramel and toffee are the bulk of the Bruce's aroma, but he also has some sweet alcohol to display as well.

T - Sweet, rich, and a malt bomb. But these are all things that are welcome in this style. The beer lacks finesse and tradition, but makes up for it with gusto.

M - Medium bodied, with carbonation just a hair too much imo.

O - A very satisfying brew, this would be easy to session and not grow tired of after the 3rd or 4th. I don't say that about many a beer, so FFF must've done something right.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 08:54:10 | More by Spider889
Photo of Paincane


4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber colored pour into my Founders Imperial pint glass. Thin tan head that is gone in the blink of an eye and without much lacing.
S: Sweetness of malt, caramel and toffee are all very evident.
T: Roasted and sweet malt flavor with hints of caramel.
M: Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Sweet with a dry finish.
O: Delicious ale that did lack hop bitterness I would expect of this style. It is a sweet malt bomb that I would definitely enjoy again.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 01:38:36 | More by Paincane
Photo of avaldivia


3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from Cetherid. Poured into a Chimay Glass.

A: Dark brown color. Not very much head after a vigorous pour. Little lacing.

S: Nice roasted malt smell. Very malty. A little caramel like smell.

T: Nice roasted malts. A little toasted cereal. A bit of caramel sweetness.

M: Medium bodied. Very carbonated. Finishes a bit dry.

O: Nice Scottish ale. very malty. I am happy that I was able to try it. I would order this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 06:59:49 | More by avaldivia
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4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Darkened amber upon pour, with intricate and brilliant lacing on the glass. A+ on presentation!

Nose is expectedly malty, with a peaty, earthy quality.

Rich taste -- malty sweet up front with hints of maple, peat, and dried dark fruit. I didn't catch the hops presence in there, but even without, this is a superlative ale worthy of repeat purchase.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 01:28:57 | More by secondtooth
Photo of BarrytheBear


3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle consumed waiting for my deep dish green olive and pepperoni pizza to cook itself into a gooey sodium laden artery buster.

Pours a murky rusty umber with a quickly rising and falling head that seems content to mellow as a thin white collar. Some modest sticky lacing adorns the glass after each sip.

Smells of caramel malt, toasted grain, and light toffee.

Taste opens up more than the nose predicts. Green apple melds with toffee, biscuit, powdered cocoa, and rye.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and sticky with moderate carbonation.

Admittedly, I'm not the biggest fan of the style. But this beer acquits itself just fine. Not something I will purchase on a regular, or even semi-regular basis, but a beer worth trying. Now, it's time for pizza.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 00:49:58 | More by BarrytheBear
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3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap last night at Scotty's Brewhouse at Purdue. Trying to recall all of the subtleties, a day later.

A- Came to me in a standard pint glass. My first reaction was that it was darker than expected. A dark mahogany with little head, but I expect it was poured and sat on the bar waiting for my waitress.

S- Malty and not a lot else. Really surprised me with lack of smell complexity, but the aroma was a pleasant malty one.

T- Hits you strong off the bat with a fairly stiff malt and hop combo. Probably the most flavorful beer I've had in awhile, and the alcohol was a little noticeable. As you finished the hops came back a little stronger, but finished nice and clean with little aftertaste.

M- Fairly well carbonated and balanced weight on the palate. Nothing special, but then again, left little to be desired.

Overall, I would order this beer again. It was $3.50 pint night, so I couldn't pass up a value like that on a beer that's normally $5. If i'm in the mood for something a little heavier with some more flavor, especially in the coming colder months, I'll know where to turn for a solid brew.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2011 13:37:37 | More by boilermakerbrew
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a FFF pint glass
A: Deep brown color with a very thin head that dissipates quickly.
S: Roasted coffee, toasted grain and toffee all come through.
T: Similar to the nose, with toasted grain, coffee and caramel notes. Also some fruit notes, and a bitterness on the end.
M: Creamy at first, but the bitterness at the end is a bit unbalanced.
O: I like it. Perhaps my least favorite FFF I've had so far, but that's like picking the least favorite of a Lamborghini, Ferrari and Bentley.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 21:44:23 | More by ONUMello
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3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown leather, no head or lacing. No sediments.

S - Smell is toasty, malty, little bit of coco. Roasted nuts?

T - Similar to smell, toasty, malty, little coco, roasted smokey flavor. Not over the top, very balanced for the style.

M - Lower carbonation, but the small bubble fizzy side breaks through at the end. Slightly watery and not to thick at all. Close to a smoked porter but not.

O - Over all a good Scottish ale that deserves respect. A little watery but the taste makes up what is not there in the mouth-feel. I don't really know the style that well so its kinda hard for me to judge this one. Thanks Dave!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 00:30:08 | More by SDtastentune
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South Africa

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle 6,5% Abv.
Served chilled in a tulip wine glass.

I have always been told that my family descends from Robert the Bruce, whether its true or not I'm not sure. I just hope my first 3 Floyds brew is a good one.

Appearance: Robert the Bruce appears dark brown in the glass but backlighting reveals a copper red body. A few small particles are noted. The caramel coloured head doesn't last long but leaves good lace.

Smell: Sweet caramel-biscuity malt, sweet golden fruit (golden delicious apples, sultanas and a touch of figs), hints of chocolate, nuts, spices and smoke. While the nose is very pleasant, I must admit I was expecting a little more.

Taste: Sweet upfront with caramel malt, toffee and golden fruit. Slightly nutty with just a hint of smoke.
Floral hops make a short appearance in the finish.
No alcohol is noted.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and initially well over carbonated. It needs a fair amount of swirling to bring the carbonation down to an enjoyable level.

Overall: A good beer and one I would happily enjoy, but I think I expected a little much.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 12:16:10 | More by Thehuntmaster
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3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 08-24-2011
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Thistle
Purchased: Single from Chuck's, Bowling Green, KY

A: Color is dark ruby and the head is tan, with a big 4-finger head in my thistle glass. Lacing is good.

S: Very little aroma at all - what I do get is some nutty smells and the aroma of wet wood or bark.

T: Rich taste, with caramel, toasted malts and an earthy hop bitterness. Seems a bit hot with the alcohol.

M: Creamy texture with a full body. The finish is bittersweet, with flavors of the dark toasted malts and the hops balancing well. Got a bit of a kick to it at 7.0% ABV.

O: This one is difficult to rate. I had high expectations for my first Three Floyds beer and I really like big, malty Scottish brews. This one didn't quite meet those expectations, even though it is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 03:06:40 | More by sommersb
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4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, unknown date. Served at around cellar temperature.

Pours somewhat hazy reddish brown with a small light beige head that quickly recedes.

Aroma is fruity and lightly smoky with apples, golden raisins, some dark fruits, also a good deal of toasted bread, toffee and caramel. Good strength, could be better.

Flavor is dark fruits, cherries, raisins, some apples, good dose of caramel and toffee, a little chocolate, rather sweet although some hop bitterness comes through on the finish along with a bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied, somewhat sticky with prickly carbonation.

A very robust and tasty Scottish Ale. Big thanks to Eric for bringing this treat by!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 21:47:49 | More by elgiacomo
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4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A nice simple light caramel head a bit foamy and descend slowly off the pour. Body is a dark chestnut brown with some small red hues. Held up to the light it glows red.

Bouquet is a surprising malt milk chocolate, with even a mild coffee roast character.

Taste brings the pleasant surprise from the nose. Milk chocolate in the palate with a distinct pine like hop bitter just enough to announce its presence. Grows from a chocolate to a bitter mixing well, not syrupy or boozy either. Texture has some slight carbonation that could be toned down or all together thrown out.

Overall i've never had a scotch ale like this. It's different not really smokey, or even malty, but it has some fantastic characters that make it extremely appealing. Really a distinct beer that blurs the lines.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 01:32:25 | More by smakawhat
Photo of oline73


3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish brown color, looks murky but really isn't when you put it in front of some light. There is a half finger of off white head that goes away quickly and leaves a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet and malty with some brown sugar and dark fruit.

Taste: Quite sweet. I think it could use a little more bitterness to balance things out. Lots of bready/nutty malt, sweet dark fruit with a mild bitterness, roast, and a little alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, mild carbonation with a very slick finish.

Overall: A bit too sweet if you ask me, although no one did. I would have liked a little more balance, but not bad at all. Not sure if I'd have another or not.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 04:31:45 | More by oline73
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2.63/5  rDev -32.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 02:04:12 | More by mdvatab
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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After hearing so much about three floyds, and realizing that there are a few selections to try in my back yard, decided to start with this scottish ale.

A: Pours reddish brown with a light 1/2 inch head that settles quickly.

S: Hoppy scent, but not too overpowering.

T: Wow. Nice balance on this one. Hoppy, a slight roasted flavor, some sourness but mild and even a bit of sweetness.

M: Nice smoothness, warmness at the end.

O: great overall, very balanced scottish ale. Looking forward to moving along the FFF roster.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 22:35:17 | More by Pete0714
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District of Columbia

3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Jackie O's tulip glass on 7/26/11
*From notes

Johnny Boy, I owe you yet another round of applause for putting this one in my hand. Cheers, my brotha....

A: What a gorgeous beer. Wonderfully dark and sappy amber. A good pour yields a 1.5 finger head that fades quickly, and leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

S: Huh - it smells like like a low key, kinda boring Brown Ale. Earthy and slightly charry. Where's the caramel and concentrated malt?

T: Mellow. Laid back without any standout features. Everything here kinda rolls over the palate in a very smooth and blasé kinda way. This would be a nice autumn beer by the bonfire. The finish comes off a bit like a honey infused root beer.

M: Light. Luckily, the carbonation here is spot-on, and it helps to carry this one in a big way.

O: Three Floyd's Robert the Bruce is a good, not great Scottish Ale. I can't really pinpoint what Three Floyds was going for here - whatever it is I certainly didn't get it.

Having said that, this is still a flavorful and easily drinkable beer. I hope to someday meet Robert again, and see if we can't get along a little better.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 17:49:41 | More by Rhettroactive
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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a tap into a snifter at a bar/restaurant in the North Side of Chicago.

A: rich, swampy opacity. Light, milky foam that doesn't hold for too long.

S: dark and earthy, yet brightened by something fruity—is that bergamot? I sniff at this beer like a basset hound on a street corner: I could do it all day long.

T: perhaps no beer is going to live up to the expectations set by the smell, but damned fine. It could be a tad less sweet and I'd be happier. Not much hint of alcohol; would have guess this had the ABV of a stout (or a soda).

M: just the right bubbles.

D: this is not a beer to be paired with much food: the amplitude of all its flavors would crowd most things out. Like its namesake, it's strong and defiant, aggressive even, but you're not put off because it's on the right side.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2011 20:44:57 | More by Veillantif
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3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Thin head, opaque caramel color

S: Toffee and maple

T: Sweet and malty, the toffee carries over well. Flavor brightens up well as the beer warms up a bit.

M: Smooth while in the mouth, but leaves behind a slightly sticky film on the roof of the mouth--nothing too bad though, considering the style.

O: Very drinkable--the 6.5% ABV is virtually undetectable. Goes down well. This is my first example of the style, so I'll have to try other varieties to really get a sense of how this compares. I like it, though. Mellow, rich, malty beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 00:44:52 | More by shamsoftabriz
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4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, purchased at Schmidt’s Economart in Spooner, WI (I never thought I’d see the day when I could buy FFF in Spooner!) into a Duvel tulip.

A: Slightly cloudy garnet body supporting two fingers of rich, dense tan foam. Good retention and lots of lace. Attractive beer.

S: Dark chocolate and coffee roast open things up, with some lighter nutty malt aroma underneath. Generous amounts of citrus hops lie in the background, giving a bit of a chocolate orange aroma when combined with the malt. Big, rich, and balanced – great.

T: Sweet roasted malt is front and center, with chocolate and caramel vying for dominance. Maybe a hint of coconut. The hops deliver solid bitterness on the finish, but not as much citrus flavor as I was expecting. Very good, but not quite as impressive as the nose.

M: Thick, syrupy body with an ample dose of creamy carbonation. A little sticky, but quite nice.

O: This is the last of the FFF year-rounds that I’ve tried (although I still haven’t gotten around to reviewing Alpha King somehow), and it’s definitely just as impressive as the rest. The malt is rich, the hops lend both balance and complexity, and it manages to be both decadent and drinkable. I’d certainly prefer it in the winter, but even on a warm day in July it’s a satisfying brew.


Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 23:44:10 | More by woosterbill
Robert The Bruce Scottish Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
87 out of 100 based on 2,480 ratings.