Robert The Bruce Scottish Ale - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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3/5 rDev -22.7%
Poured into a British pint. Special thanks to IrishColonial for bringing this one back from Chicago. Thanks, Eric!
A: Pours a murky brown color. A quarter finger of cream colored head with decent retention and lacing. Looks good.
S: Sweet biscuit roast, little bit of a grainy malt bill to it. Not too complex or strong. Very pedestrian smelling beer here, I would have guessed it was a brown ale.
T: Again, a thin, grainy sweet taste on this one, with the mildest of roasted malt on the back end. It's not bad, but I think it's too light a style and doesn't have enough bold malt presence. Certainly not what I would expect from Three Floyds based on what I've had from them before.
M: For a Scotch Ale, too thin. Carbonation is decent but the flavors lack depth and complexity.
O: Well, my review makes this look like a bad beer. It's not. In fact I think Three Floyds has made a very good Brown Ale here. It's light, sweet, and has just enough delicate roast to it that makes it highly quaffable. But I grade to style and Robert the Bruce misses the mark in that regard.
11-09-2011 19:29:50 | More by siege06nd
3.83/5 rDev -1.3%
Special thanks to JM03 for this gem.
Bottle into pint glass.
A- Murky brown pour. Root beer color held to the light. No head just wisps on top.
S- Sweet bread vanilla and caramel.
T- Sweet malts. Nice yeast quality. Toffee, vanilla and a slight stone fruit.
M- Medium bodied, chewey sticky on the lips.
O- Simply put, just wonderful!
11-05-2011 01:13:44 | More by korguy123
4.4/5 rDev +13.4%
Poured from a bottle into a Nonic. No date on the bottle
A: Pours a deep mahogany color with a finger of off-white head that leaves a bit of lacing.
S: Caramel and vanilla, some breadiness as well
T: Great balance of flavors. The sweetness from the malt blends seamlessly with the vanilla and toffee/caramel flavors, allowing just a hint of floral hops to escape.
M: The mouthfeel is my favorite part of this beer. It's heavy enough to warrant appreciation for the complexity of flavors, yet light enough to allow for session drinking.
O: I think this a fantastic brew, and one that pays homage to its respective style
11-02-2011 02:37:05 | More by Keithstone44
4.1/5 rDev +5.7%
No date code, but I think this is a seasonal and I believe my sample is fresh. Beer pours out a brownish color with a tan head. Not much lacing or anything too remarkable. Smells like toffee, some faint dark chocolate, molasses, and yet no smoke which I find sorta odd. Tastes nicely bittersweet, some rich dark roasted malts, with a slight bitter aftertaste. Nicely balanced. Not very earthy or peaty like I have found with other Scottish inspired ales. I swear years ago this was a different beer, big earthy malts and sweet alcohol but now it reminds me of a nice brown ale. Don't get me wrong, this is a good beer but quite uncharacteristic of the style and somewhat "normal" for a Three Floyd's beer. Mouthfeel is fine. Overall a decent beer but kinda marginal for such an awesome brewer. And please, date code your beer guys...
11-02-2011 01:48:48 | More by Star80
4.22/5 rDev +8.8%
Had this out the bottle, now it's draft time.
Pours a dark brown with copper edging. A fingers worth of cream colored head sits patiently. Rings of lace coats the glass.
The nose is enriched with cocoa powder, nuttiness akin to a quality brown ale, and some sweet malt.
The taste is nutty and chocolate like throughout. Fantastic on draft. There is some earthiness intertwined as well. The alcohol is well hidden but pokes it's head out a bit in the finish.
The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with a nice amount of carbonation that leaves a great aftertaste. Coats the palate pretty nicely.
Overall, this was a bit nicer on draft as the flavors are bolder. Great brew and im sure glad I have access to it year-round.
11-01-2011 19:35:12 | More by ChugginOil
4.28/5 rDev +10.3%
Pours to a dark amber color with a creamy head. Great retention. The malts really come through on the nose of this beer. Lots of caramel with a hint of toffee and bread. As with almost everything Three Floyds produces, I really enjoy the taste of this beer. Very malty, but with a subtle estery sweetness. I taste the caramel notes and the finish is wonderfully bitter. Very smooth with a creamy full body. This is a very good beer. An interesting and refreshing take on the Scottish ale. Nice work again, FFF.
10-30-2011 03:46:07 | More by osusullins
3.98/5 rDev +2.6%
Pours cloudy and opaque chestnut brown color with a huge 2 finger creamy tan head that faded very slowly, leaving a creamy/foamy layer on top and decent lacing.
Smells of toasted malt, wood chips, caramel, peat moss, light herbs, light toasted grains, cocoa, toffee, syrup, biscuit and nuts; smells more like a brown ale than a Scottish ale, but still an enjoyable nose that was sweet and malty.
Tastes sweet toasted malt, burnt wood chips, caramel, toffee, syrup, peat moss, herbs, toasted grains, cocoa, biscuit, light floral hops, grass, faint coffee or chocolate and nuts. The sweet malt and syrup flavors almost have a hint of vanilla, and the alcohol is completely hidden, which makes this highly drinkable. Overall the flavor was sweet and earthy, with a roasted presence throughout that borders on a nut brown ale yet sticks to the light Scottish ale guidelines.
Mouthfeel is very light and thin with very mild carbonation, a light body that borders on medium and a slightly bitter finish that’s sweet as it slides down like there’s caramel or syrup in milk. Not a session beer for me because it’s not my favorite style, but this beer went down very easy for 7% ABV and I did enjoy it quite a bit.
10-30-2011 02:42:32 | More by CHickman
3.98/5 rDev +2.6%
12oz bottle from Marc, thank you sir. Poured into a Rogue nonic.
A: Caramel/amber pour, with an off-tan looking head with some creamy oatmeal consistency. Fairly dark body but not opaque at all.
S: Strong malt presence, roast meets sweet caramel and toffee, with hints of chocolate, oak, brown sugar and dark fruit. Just the slightest herbal hop aroma, with a touch of floral character.
T: Rich toasted caramel, breadiness, followed by that earthy wood/nut character...there are some bittering hops here, with some spicy & herbal flavors...more dark fruits too mixed with the sweetness.
MF: More body than I thought this beer would have; I'm guessing it's in the 6.5 to 7.5 abv range. Creamy mouthfeel with some sugary stickiness.
O: Pretty decent, I would even venture to say 'good' though this style isn't my favorite. A hearty malt-forward beers with good body and fairly decent flavors.
10-22-2011 01:05:00 | More by Scotchboy
4.13/5 rDev +6.4%
Had on tap.
A - Deep mahogany, reddish around the edges. Finger of off-white head. Great head retention. Super thick lacing.
S - Big malty aroma. Caramel and roasted malts. Tinge of smoke and chocolate.
T - Malt bomb. Caramel, toffee, vanilla, molasses all blanketed by roasted malt overtones. Bit of hop bitterness at the end. Alcohol is noticeable.
M - Medium body. Very smooth.
This is one of my go to beers. Very enjoyable. Very drinkable. A good take on the style.
10-21-2011 03:56:21 | More by langm12
3.85/5 rDev -0.8%
A- Pours a dark chocolate brown with light orange highlights. The large off white head of tight bubbles fades slowly with thick lacing.
S- Bright notes of cocoa powder, nuts, toast and fresh leaves. Really exciting.
T- Very different from the nose. While that earthy/woody/nutty character is there, a certain cherry note blends with some bitterness and a bit of alcohol with a whole lot of caramel to give a very different impression than I expected. Really intriguing and well balanced but not as intense as others in the style.
M- Medium high body with medium low carbonation. Pretty smooth.
D- I really enjoyed this one. It was a bit pricey but I'm certainly happy to have bought it, not my favorite of the style but tasty and complex none the less.
10-20-2011 03:46:55 | More by Guden
4.03/5 rDev +3.9%
I have been wanting to try this beer for a while, now lets get the show on the road. Poured into a nonic at 48 degrees.
Appearance: A one finger head that is creamy and foamy with good retention. The color of the head is off white near ivory. The color of the beer is a dark mahogany with dark copper hues. The clarity of the beer is slightly hazy with some carbonation bubbles. The head left no lacing on the glass. A very good showing for a Scottish ale.
Nose: A very robust malty aroma that has caramel and burnt notes. The body of the beer is peaty, earthy, and hint of smoke. A very tasty nose.
Taste: A complex malty flavor with caramel and burnt notes. Earth, peat, smoke, and touch of salinity. A very drinkable beer.
The mouth feel of the beer is dry, sweet, and slightly carbonated.
Overall: The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium as well. This a good scottish ale; however I would have preferred a bit bolder flavor. Good beer overall. Now I am going to don my kilt and start to dance....
10-19-2011 01:05:33 | More by colts9016
4.03/5 rDev +3.9%
I admit I've been quite excited about the Three Floyds rollout in Ohio. Everything I've read speaks volumes about the craft put in this craft brewery. And, they're especially known for their many variations on the IPA, my favorite style of brew.
All that said, I'm glad my first review of their brew is of a Scottish Ale. I figure if they can do this well, then it will testify to the quality of their other brews.
I'm having this at Lizardville in a squat mug. Pours a ruddy brown, with a persistent two finger tan head that slowly reduces, leaving a net of lacing down the sides of the glass.
Has a malty toffee aroma tempered with peaty notes. A mild hop aroma lingers, with bits of roasted chocolate.
Quite smooth, this is a creamy malt bomb with tons of toffee. Vanilla, molasses, and mild honey are present, with the slightest hint of bitter to finish. Very smooth and tasty.
Medium bodied, this beer is quite easy on the palate.
Robert the Bruce is an uncomplicated ale; malty, sweet and smooth, with a whisper of bitter to finish, I could easily put down a few of these in an evening. This ale is comfortable and familiar, easy to have around and pleasant to drink. It won't shock the tastebuds, but will instead embrace and console them. Give ol' Robert a try!
10-13-2011 01:21:30 | More by TheHoppiest
3.65/5 rDev -5.9%
12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.
Appearance - Deep amber body with hardly a bubble topping it. What is there doesn't last long and eventually the beer looks dead.
Smell - Some fruitiness in the aroma, but I'll tell you what. It smells like dry malt extract more than anything. I don't dislike the smell, but it's a strange smell to come across. It also has an interesting earthy smell that reminds of smelling an old ale from 2 or 3 feet away.
Taste - I can't find anything wrong with the taste, but I also can't say it blows me away. Caramel up front that fades to a slight butterscotch. It finishes with an earthy bitterness. Not intense, but present.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Drinkable, but uninteresting on the palate. Low carbonation.
Overall - Not great, but not bad. Glad I tried it. Nothing bad about the beer, just not so interesting. It's a style that I don't know a lot about, but it seems to me that this beer wants to be bigger than it is.
10-07-2011 21:50:11 | More by Alieniloquium
4.13/5 rDev +6.4%
Fridge on the fritz- temp. at 65ish. poured into pint.
A- Dark brown to amber. off white foamy head. lacing persists though head does not.
S- Dark malts and dark fruits. Hops are very low.
T- Smell dark fruits but really only get a slight raisin taste. Dark malts and mild molasses. Sweet but not too sweet. Low hops. Very very minimal copper/metallic tones.
M- Medium carbonation, and a full body. Slight warmth from alcohol.
O- haven't delved too much into Scottish ales...just dirty bastard which isn't technically a scotch ale. But this was pretty good.
10-07-2011 01:49:37 | More by Flux
3.58/5 rDev -7.7%
Bought a 12 FL OZ Bottle of this from Payless Liquors in Fischer, IN for $2.29. Poured from the bright gold colored bottle stating "Its Not Normal" 3x & Robert the Bruce on the front into a Crown Royal Shaker Glass. Does not have a freshness date (FFF never does).
Aroma- Has good malts and caramel aroma all around. No hops or any other attributes. Easy going.
Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that dies immediately. The body is a light brown color and is clear. Not much after lace except for suds.
Flavor- Taste starts off with a caramel flavor and medium malts. Not much roastiness or rich characteristics that I'm looking for. Low hop bitterness at the finish.
Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and only a light amount of caramel flavor on the palate afterwards.
Overall Impression- Not one of FFF's best brews... I thought I would never see the day that I would say this but this one just wasn't bodied enough for me. Also should have had more richness and flavor. Will be moving onto my next FFF beer and will probably not come back to this anytime soon...
10-06-2011 02:55:14 | More by DCon
3.8/5 rDev -2.1%
Long time reader, first time reviewer.
I've been on to Three Floyd's for about 6 months now ever since I found a good hook up in the Chicagoland area around my brother's. I haven't been turned off by a single offering I've had from them yet and this one is no exception.
After reading the bottle description I was not disappointed in the appearance, aroma, or taste. Pours a deep copper/brown, a strong alcohol aroma with lots of brown sugar is what I'm picking up personally. The taste has a lot of chocolate on the front but finishes with a bit of bite and reminds me a lot of rasins/figs/dates with the overal after taste. The mouthfeel is a lot lighter than what I would have expected from the aroma and flavor, and I think this works well for the beer.
Drinking this in October definitely did the review favors as I think it has a lot of the sweet, warm, spicy, and fruity characteristics I look forward to in beers when the seasons change.
I saved two bottles for myself out of the 6-pack I purchased for myself and friends so this will be revisited in the near future.
10-05-2011 03:50:56 | More by EntryInvalid
3.53/5 rDev -9%
A- Clear dark brown color with ruby highlights when light is shown through. Thin off white creamy head that is persistent with moderate tracings of lace on the glass.
S- Toasted malt jumps out hard upon the first whiff with sweet malt. Caramel and and small amounts of chocolate become more apparent after some time with a small fruit ester as well.
T- Strong toasted malt in the front with lingering sweetness. The taste follows the smell as caramel is prominent behind the toasted malt and small shades of chocolate find their way through. The caramel continues into the finish. Still get small traces of the off fruit taste.
M- Medium full body with smooth moderate carbonation. Sweet from start to finish.
O- Not my favorite pick from Three Floyds, but nonetheless a solid beer. With a couple tweeks it could be even better.
10-05-2011 02:29:22 | More by Lolli1315
4/5 rDev +3.1%
On tap for the FFF Ohio release and got to keep the glass! On-tap at VE last night.
A- Body is a deep dark chestnut brown hue. Not much light to hold it up to but appears browner under the light. Served with a minimal head that retains very well at about 1/2 finger and leaves traces of lacing all the way down the glass.
S- Smell is deep and robust. Malt everywhere. Lots of molases, caramel, and a hint of roasted chocolate.
T- The taste is very similar to the smell. Sweet caramel and molasses upfront with a hint of toffee in the background. The finish adds the slightest hint of roasted malt bitterness to but some balance in the mix.
M- Good. Thick, sticky, and smooth with low to medium carbonation.
O- Now this is a Scottish Ale. One of my favorites from the Scdottish and Scotch Ale family. Big, deep, robust, malty flavor. Very enjoyable and well done by FFF
10-01-2011 00:15:10 | More by PittBeerGirl
4.18/5 rDev +7.7%
Three Floyds : Robert the Bruce
Pours a deep amber color with a chill haze. Little, silky head dies down to nothing. Aroma is full of roasted malt, peaty, and a touch floral. In the taste, malty, notes of chocolate, moss, peat and smoke. Mild bitterness combatting big roasted malt and brown sugar. Herbal, tea like notes along with a suggestion of American bittering hops. Fairly complex and completely delicious. Medium bodied, smooth & a good carbonation level. Overall, a fantastic Scotch ale with bold, yet enjoyable flavors.
09-30-2011 15:46:37 | More by Stinkypuss
Robert The Bruce Scottish Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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