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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,612 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 2,612
Reviews: 941
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 177
Gots: 260 | 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 Flux
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Flux, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of DCon
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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...

DCon, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of EntryInvalid
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

EntryInvalid, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of Lolli1315
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Lolli1315, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

PittBeerGirl, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Stinkypuss, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of thain709
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deuane shared a bottle with me after his trip to the brewery.

A - Poured with a ruby-brown body and a one finger, light brown head...head retention went to a thin cap then to a spotty cap...some decent lacing was left behind

S - This one is all about the caramel and toffee...there is some slightly roasted and toasted malts as well...a touch of dark fruits

T - The roasted and toasted malt aroma carried over to the palate...the malts are handled in a way that they give off that roasted aspect without provided any bitterness...caramel and toffee flavors reign supreme with some dark fruits (dates, figs) lingering in the background...if you search hard enough you might even find a slight hop bite towards the end

M - Medium bodied...malty yet the roastiness takes away from having the beer finish too sweet

O - This is a nice Scottish Ale that had the perfect roast on the malts and really let the caramel and toffee flavors come to the forefront...with the higher ABV I couldn't see myself having more than one or two of these

thain709, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of Bonis
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Bonis, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of Brenden
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Brenden, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Knapp85, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of Holland
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Holland, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of buschbeer
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

buschbeer, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of BYOFB
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

BYOFB, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of Spider889
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Spider889, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of Paincane
4.22/5  rDev +9%
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.

Paincane, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of avaldivia
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

avaldivia, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

secondtooth, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of BarrytheBear
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

BarrytheBear, Sep 10, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

boilermakerbrew, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

ONUMello, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of SDtastentune
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

SDtastentune, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Thehuntmaster, Aug 25, 2011
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3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

sommersb, Aug 25, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev +8%
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!

elgiacomo, Aug 21, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

smakawhat, Aug 20, 2011
Robert The Bruce Scottish Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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