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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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2,560 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,560
Reviews: 938
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 179
Gots: 246 | 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 biga7346


3.88/5  rDev 0%

Major raisiny, plum, breadiness, gristy-yeasty and brown sugar notes in the nose. Up front I get bourbon to vanilla bean presence, more of the toastiness almost like charcoal, rum cake, pineapple-upside down cake, some milk chocolate, leather and a little suggestion of hay, very dark, rich maltiness. This thing drinks like a chocolate milkshake w/out being overpowering on the alcohol/sugary side, but it is chewy for sure.

Very velvety, creamy lactic mouthfeel. The aftertaste lingers big time w/ yeasty stickiness.

This is one of the more stick-to-your-ribs kind of beers I have ever had, would be excellent I think w/ bbq or maybe as a digestif paired w/ chocolate cake.

05-15-2011 16:54:38 | More by biga7346
Photo of trappistlover


3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

(12oz bottle courtesy of Fata2683!!). Pours clear mahogany with massive tan head. Active carbonation and some lacing developing. Aroma has caramel, dried fruit (apricot and dates noticeably) and some florals. Taste is sweet with caramel malts and dried fruit again. Medium bodied with slick texture and very smooth finish. A really easy beer to drink. Nice!

05-15-2011 04:18:16 | More by trappistlover
Photo of rickyleepotts


3/5  rDev -22.7%

I have had this beer before… but never like this. This is the first beer on our journey of 1001 bottles of beer. As the title says… 1001 bottles of beer on the wall.

I have been to this brewery before. It’s located in Munster, Indiana just south of Chicago. It’s actually located in an industrial park… a very random place for there to be a brewery. Regardless, they pump out some pretty incredible beers and have managed to make a name for themselves with their Alpha King and their Dark Lord Imperial Stout. (This beer is made in VERY small batches, and is often referred to as the best beer in the world.)

Regardless, on to Robert the Bruce. This beer is a Scottish ale… whatever that means. It smells fantastic. I am picking up a hint of chocolate there… makes me think of a nut brown ale… something that isn’t quite as unique as the folks over at Three Floyds want it to be.

After one sip… I want more. The sweetness is apparent, and the beer drinks extremely smooth. Most beers that come from “local” breweries (granted, Three Floyds is anything but local) have a certain carbonation to them… this beer doesn’t. Its smooth, but thick enough so you know it’s not just a typical domestic brew. (Speaking of domestic beers, why aren’t all beers that are made in the United States considered domestic beers?)

This beer is good… most beers that I have had from Three Floyds are. I would drink this early and often if given the chance. It’s not a hard beer to find here in the Midwest… it’s actually one of the most well known beers from Three Floyds. That and the Alpha King.

To sum this beer up… it’s good, not great. Now, may I have another?

05-14-2011 03:03:27 | More by rickyleepotts
Photo of bobhits


3.28/5  rDev -15.5%

The deepest darkest ruby color I’ve seen. Extremely clear with a very decent amount of carbonation given the weight and abv of this beer.

Raisins and apples mixed in a deep caramel malt with a hint of molasses. A swirl gives it a slight rum like note with just a subtle hint of alcohol.

This is an intense dark fruity beer with hops strong enough to keep this from taking on the overly sweet sugar induced mess to just a sweet malty beer. A lot of apple juice flavor with caramel and some raisins mixed in (or maybe plums).

Thicky and nearing syrupy levels in body, but carbonated well enough to lighten the beer.

This beer wants to be a barely wine but isn’t strong enough for it. This beer wants to be some kinda of Belgian style but doesn’t have the yeast. I’m not sure I get the Scotch ale but we’ll go with it. I don’t get why this is the 12 bottled 6 pack from them…many beers they make are better for this, but it is still a nice beer.

05-14-2011 02:44:25 | More by bobhits
Photo of WoodBrew


3.68/5  rDev -5.2%

Had a "meeting" with the boys tonight at a place called Scoreboards....was I surpirsed they had three floyds and more!!!! Anyway had RObert the Bruce as my starter. The color was a dark brown with rich foamy head that laced quite well. The aroma and taste was dominated by malt and caramel. The body on the beer was a little too weak I would have liked to have a bit more heavy body. The mouthfeel was ok. Certainly could do 3-4 of these....no problem.

05-12-2011 21:46:03 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of Franz4


3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

Growler poured from the brewpub on 5/7, consumed on 5/9

Solid scottish ale, appearance a dark burnt sienna with some auburn around the edges in the translucent areas. Nose was somewhat muted and the malts didn't come through in a big way. Taste was well balanced and enjoyable, a solid scottish ale for sure.

05-10-2011 03:48:02 | More by Franz4
Photo of THECPJ


3.83/5  rDev -1.3%

Reviewed from notes:
Thanks goes out to Cuzco for sending this one my way.

appearance: dark brown black with minimal off white head

smell: lots of malts, caramel,

taste: malty, caramel,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: Not a bad scottish ale but not one that blows me away. Glad I finally got to try it.


05-09-2011 23:54:37 | More by THECPJ
Photo of b3shine


3.8/5  rDev -2.1%

Draft to plastic pint glass. Appearance is good; deep amber/bourbon in color. Smell is almost nonexistent, with a subtle malty undertone. Taste is good. Malty. Just not what I expected (although it's still good). Mouthfeel is good; low carbonation for easy sips. Overall, a good beer, but a little subtler than I expected.

05-09-2011 18:43:47 | More by b3shine
Photo of lsrose


3.93/5  rDev +1.3%

A - Beer poured a fairly thick 2 finger creamy white head and left a solid cover and lacing throughout drinking the beer. Dark amber in color.

S - Toasty caramel malts smell.

T - Malty caramel and molasses taste with a bite of hops. Thick creamy mouthfeel.

Overall this was a pretty good beer. Very drinkable with a 6.5% ABV. Also had one of my favorite labels... very neat to look at ha

05-08-2011 02:00:22 | More by lsrose
Photo of Georgiabeer


4/5  rDev +3.1%

Pours a nice dark chestnut color with a fairly thin head that fades to a ring and thin swirly cap. Lots of firm malt with a tofee and Horlick's powder aroma. Similar very firm maltiness in the taste with a bit of a sweet almost vanilla finish as well as some earthy and piney hops that play a supporting role to the malt. Long finish and almost chewy mouthfeel make this fairly nive as well. Quite decent.

05-08-2011 00:04:43 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of JoEBoBpr


3.8/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured into a Three Floyds pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a nice toasty dark amber color with a nice light cream head that is quite dense and about 1 inch thick. Recedes pretty slowly. Quite nice looking malty beer. Quite typical for the style.

S - Slight carmel and nice toasty bread malts. Sweet freshly baked bread. Hop character is pretty mild. Malt takes the front seat with some nice grain notes.

T & M - Starts off with clean grain and some slight sweetness pops up. There is nice bread as well as some slight caramel. The tosaty malts are quite delicious and refreshing. Not as sweet as expected but definitely a Scottish Ale. The hops are a bit more present in the flavor as a back up bittering flavor. Pretty good ale with some clean flavors and some nice toasty malt and good CO2.

O - Good sweet notes and some good bread grain. Overall a very good Scottish Ale. Quite delicious even though this is not my favorite style.

05-07-2011 17:16:41 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of deadonhisfeet


3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

This beer poured a very dark mahogany with a thin foam lacing on the surface. The nose very faint. I could make out some nuttiness.

Flavor-wise, this beer is very malty and rich. The brewer calls it `a malt lovers delight'. That about sums it up! I taste some nutmeg, raisins, molasses, and a very subtle smokiness.

This is the second time I've had this beer. I'm not sure it's a great example of a Scottish ale, but it's a very good beer in its own right. It's very flavorful without being overpowering. A very drinkable, very rich beer. If you're a fan of brown ales, this is a real treat.

Addendum - I got another growler of this recently. I don't know, I guess I really like it! I have to regrade the nose and give it higher marks. When I was drinking this growler, I found myself holding the empty glass up to my nose after finishing a serving of this. I freaking loved the aroma coming out of that glass. It had this nice nutty, sweet, rich home-made pie kind of smell. This beer is definitely growing on me.

05-01-2011 12:10:16 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of AgentZero


3.68/5  rDev -5.2%

A - A dark brown color that turns a little ruby on the edges. Minimal head, didn't stick around for long.

S - Caramel and malt forward, with a kick of hops on the backend. For a Scottish Ale, I'm not getting a ton of smoke or any peat really.

T - Sweet caramel, some earth tones, little grainy. A bit of dark fruit and some citrus hops on the end. This is pretty nice and easy to drink. A slight touch of booze in there as well.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - Pretty good beer, not a fan of Scottish Ales in general, but this is easy to drink and non-offensive. Wouldn't mind drinking it again.

04-18-2011 19:26:59 | More by AgentZero
Photo of Brunite


4.38/5  rDev +12.9%

A: Dark, hazy brown...like iced tea. Slight tan head that is gone quickly...shallow cap remains.

S: Sweet malts, dark fruits, & apple

T: Caramel malt...sweet...fruity....alcohol slightly noticeable...dry finish. This is a great malt forward beer. The colder when drank....the less the alcohol is even evident. This has the caramel malty goodness that I love in a Doppelbock and the dark sticky fruit (plum) I get from a great Dubbel or Quad. Buttery Black Walnut seems to be a predominant flavor that I was finally able to identify after several bottles.

M: Medium....sticky...good carbonation.

O: An excellent beer. One of my first of the style. A good representation of what I'm told it should be. My favorite FFF beer.

04-15-2011 21:33:13 | More by Brunite
Photo of SummitVA


3.65/5  rDev -5.9%

A - Ruby, brown. Little head and low carbonation.

S - Herbal hop character and sweet malts. Brown sugar along with a bit of molasses. Some oxidation.

T - Sugary sweetness followed immediately by a bit of bitterness. Molasses flavors, and a distinct prune-like syrupy sweetness. Herbal hoppiness in the finish.

M - Medium bodied.

Overall - Nice to see a Scottish Ale in bottles. Very quaffable even at this ABV. Happy to have tried it, but I'll seek out other FFF's brews before picking up more than this.

04-09-2011 01:46:09 | More by SummitVA
Photo of BuckyFresh


3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

Thanks to zoso1967 and TCHopCraver for bringing this one back from the brewery for me!

Appearance: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a large wine glass. Pours a beautiful deep ruby/mahogany color that is the picture of clarity. Head is about one finger of khaki froth that recedes fairly quickly. Lacing is spotty, yet pervasive. Minimal carbonation is visible in the glass.

Smell: Big roasted caramel malt aroma and quite sweet; I swear I detect the scent of freshly baked brownies in there! There is also a touch of bitter chocolate or coffee lingering in the background as well. Alcohol is discernible, but not overwhelming.

Taste: Flavor is definitely malt-driven as well, but the back-end gives you a kick of toasty bitterness to balance things out. I'm picking up some of the same sweet brownie presence I got in the nose, but the candy sugar punch is a bit more subdued. Alcohol is there, but it doesn't disturb the creamy, delicate composition of this one.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, creamy, and smooth. Starts off fairly sweet and ends with some bitter roasted malts and hop punch. Fairly dry finish considering the malt punch this one packs.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. It was kind of a malt showcase, but there was enough roasty bitterness on the finish to balance things out and keep your palate interested. Pretty drinkable, given the ABV.

04-07-2011 00:30:43 | More by BuckyFresh
Photo of chicagoabbot


3.85/5  rDev -0.8%

12 oz straight out of the bottle...I've had this out of a glass before but didn't write a review and had back to back straight bottles of this at an after-bar tonight so figured I better post a review before bed.

Hard to tell on appearance, but it was nice and black. Smell is tons of malt and subdued hops...appropriate for the style. Taste is pretty smooth. Although I'm Scottish, this isn't my favorite type of brew, but plenty respectable. Mouthfeel is exceptional on this, surprisingly smooth and easy to drink. Overall, I like it and recommend it as a fine example of its style.

04-03-2011 10:51:31 | More by chicagoabbot
Photo of azdback


3.93/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured into a Sam Adams Lager glass. Dark mahogany color. Head is off white and almost non existent. Lace doesn't look like its gonna stay a while.

The smell is really enjoyable. Malt sweetness, hop sweetness. This has the nose of a barleywine. It is a little boozy.

This is a tasty one. The malts are toasted and sweet like the taste you get from a roasted marshmallow with caramel on top. A bit of a mellow sweet hop, a bit tart.

The mouth is a bit watery even for a Scottish Ale. The carbonation is great and this is a bit silky to the end.

I must say that I have never had something bad from Three Floyd's and this is true with this one. I don't believe I will ever run into one of their beers that is not above par. Thanks to CaptainNomihodai for this one.

04-03-2011 05:45:39 | More by azdback
Photo of dmfrench


2.88/5  rDev -25.8%

Lager-ish, almost adjuncty tasting, un-smoky forgettable Scottish Ale


A: Nice looking deep copper orange body with a fleeting two finger yellowed white head.

S: I know it's impossible, but I'd swear I smell adjunct. Really not a very pleasant nose... just a hint of sweet malt and spicy hops... maybe the faintest hint of smoke, but it comes across as dirty rather than peaty.

T: Sweet caramel malt, a dirty earthiness, spice, a hint of plum, drying hops, and again, maybe a faint hint of smoke... not much, thats for sure. Tastes like a Lager.

M: Middle of the road, though high carbonation make sit seem lighter than it is... grainy, slightly unpleasant texture.

O: Not the strongest effort from FFF

03-24-2011 21:52:08 | More by dmfrench
Photo of JLeege


3.8/5  rDev -2.1%

On draft - poured into a tulip

Appearance- Pours a deep dark copper with a creamy finger and a half of bone white head.

Smell- Caramel malt, a bit doughy, citrus hops. Not a big nose on this one.

Taste- Again lots of caramel and toffee. Notes of dark fruits, particularly plum, a hint of chocolate as well. Earthy throughout. A nice citrus hop finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation. Nice and smooth.

Overall- It is a nice beer, but not my favorite. I love the label, but I could list out a dozen other beers from FFF that I would choose before this.

03-22-2011 04:25:06 | More by JLeege
Photo of gdrydenc


4.33/5  rDev +11.6%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours with about an inch of caramel head. The color is a dark brown with red highlights.

S - The first smell I can detect is sweetness. There is a good amount of caramel in the nose. Lots of sweet fruits, some chocolate and some coffee.

T - Much like the nose, the sweetness of chocolate, caramel/butterscotch, and candied fruits. There's a bit of smokiness in the flavor, which I like a lot. This is pretty reminiscent of some solid brown ales, but more intense.

M - Creamy in the mouth, but also a little bit watery. Not a bad way, though. The carbonation is medium, with small solid bubbles.

Overall, good beer. I like the flavor of it, and it's a well crafted brew.

03-21-2011 01:57:19 | More by gdrydenc
Photo of CaptainIPA


3.85/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours a deep chestnut color with ruby tones and a thin, foamy head that fades to a paisley island of foam.

Aromas of toasted malt and candied fruit combine with whiffs of alcohol, chocolate, peat and smoke.

Medium bodied with a low to moderate level of carbonation. Opens with a roasted hit of mellow malt before moving into flavors of caramel and butterscotch. Earthy suggestions of peat and smoke enter the fray. Subtle hop character. A bit of heat on the back end. Finishes bone dry with its malt backbone intact.

Enjoyed the complex character and drinkability of this Scottish Ale. Although not well versed in the style, the taste profile of Robert The Bruce appears spot on.

03-20-2011 02:22:07 | More by CaptainIPA
Photo of zrab11


3.88/5  rDev 0%

A- Pours a nice Dark Brown with a 1 finger head

S-Smells of roasted malts and hints of smokeyness with some spice notes

T-Has a nice smokey malty flavor with some nice toffee hints and finish with a nice coffee flavor

M-Medium Bodied

D-Really like this beer. Very balanced and easy to drink. LIke to drink this on a cold day or even a nice summer evening!

03-19-2011 16:31:30 | More by zrab11
Photo of JohnnyChicago


4.15/5  rDev +7%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Caramel brown with a latte head.

S: Caramel and chocolate, with coffee 'n' cream notes and roast.

T: Taste follows the smell. Its pretty sweet, with a lot of dulce de leche flavour and a really strong malty back.

D: Alcohol is very well hidden and the crispness and complexity of this makes its a joy to drink.

Overall: This was a pleasant surprise from 3Floyds. This beer does not get enough love; it is one of the best Scotch ale's brewed stateside that I have had. Another success for a great brewery.

03-18-2011 18:35:25 | More by JohnnyChicago
Photo of NODAK


4.38/5  rDev +12.9%

Fairly malty sweet and smoky aroma. Definitely pretty much what I'd expect for a Scottish ale.

Taste is pretty complex here. Starts with a bit of chocolate and sweet caramel malt pairing together quite nicely. Really just a heavy sweetness there. Mouthfeel is rather thick for the style too...feels heavy to me. Finish shows some roasted malts (hint of coffee perhaps?) with a small but lingering hop bitterness that finishes it out.

To sum it up, it's caramelly and chocolate in the front, small roasted and coffee notes in the back. All in all, one of the best examples of style I can think of. Complex, drinkable, and impressive.

03-16-2011 01:09:05 | More by NODAK
Robert The Bruce Scottish Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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