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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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2,410 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,410
Reviews: 934
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 166
Gots: 198 | FT: 12
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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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a murky brown color into the tumbler. Surfing on the beer is a finger-width tan head. The color is pretty dark, a shade of burnt sienna. Bubbles rise and laces descend halfway down the glass.

Smell - Malty thickness with a warm, grainy toast. Pine-resin hops and a whiff of alcohol that avoids smelling solvent.

Taste - Chewy with buttery thick bread and toasted malt and sweet barley. The hops are bitter and pungent, complimenting the heavy, sweet nectar. There's smoke, and a hint of roast, and it finishes slightly warm.

Mouthfeel - Thick and heavy, this ber feels as substantial as it tastes.

Drinkability - I'm a fan of scottish ales, and this beer transcends the category. It's a FFF take on a scottish ale. As one of their least hoppy beers it shows that FFF's can perform more than adequately when they must constrain themselves to a more traditional style.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 21:28:38 | More by BacklitAvenger
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3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a scarlet brown color with a creamy tan one finger head.

Mostly grain with a light scotch scent. Not real strong on the nose as a whole.

Roasted malt with a light and sweet scotch presence. A little brown sugar, some bitterness from hops and a touch of toffee.

Smooth, medium bodied with a slight creaminess. Feels nice.

Pretty easy drinking. I think the alcohol is well hidden. Nothing crazy and groundbreaking, just a solid malty scotch ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 02:44:35 | More by jera1350
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4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: pours up a deep copper reddish color with a toffee colored head rising up just less than two fingers. Minimal lacing.

S: Sweetness. Roasted caramel malts. Even a smell of black coffee.

T: sweet up front, then a little dry hoppy bitterness that comes off a bit spicey? Finishes off on a delightful malty note.

M: Nearing the full-bodied realm. Has a great level of carbonation

D: This is a terrific malty brew that you could easily have 6 of before you knew it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2009 03:57:57 | More by AleWatcher
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3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've managed to pass this beer up on several occasions at the bars around town. They usually this beer and another FFF beer that I want to drink more so I'm glad I sit down with a bottle of this stuff.

It pours a dark brown copper color with about a half inch of tan head. A small amount of lace makes an apperance then quickly slips back into the glass.

The aroma is caramel malt right up front. Hints of fruit and spice. Maybe a bit of chocolate.

The flavor is right in line with the nose. A bit more fruit and scotch then the aroma. Actually very marzen like.

Medium to light body. A decent amount of carbonation. Rather dry.

Overall not the usual toe curler from three floyds. A rather drinkable session beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 22:18:07 | More by beerwolf77
Photo of Strix


4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear mahagony, little head.

Smells of malt, caramel, and a touch of coffee.

Lots of malt and caramel in the taste, also toffee, coffee, and a subtle wash of grapefruit hops. Slight alcohol note in the finish.

Light carbonation, creamy mouthfeel.

I really enjoyed this. Good flavors and nice balance.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2009 05:48:17 | More by Strix
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3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served with a medium, off-white head and no lace. Color is a very dark amber with brown highlights. Aroma is very malty, sweet, a bit roasty, a hint of peat, caramel, toffee, and nice. Flavor's about the same. Perhaps with a touch more peat. Body is perhaps very slightly thin and good carbonation. Finish is pleasing; with a tad bit o' booze. Nice drinking beer. Seems like it's tamer than it used to be.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2009 02:44:24 | More by drpimento
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4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle to snifter. Another good one from Three Floyds. I really enjoyed this. For some reason it reminded me of a creamy Guinness but with a little alcohol at the back.

It went down very smooth and felt very creamy. Nice creamy head. Dark coffee color. Just an exceptional brew.

Could drink this regularly for sure and the first I recall having in the 'scottish ale' category.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 05:11:39 | More by cdrogers
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3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle received from Davey

Poured a deep ruby red with a 2 finger light tan head that faded fairly fast. Smells roasty, caramel, fresh coffee. Tastes VERY malty. not a huge fan of malty beers but this is decent for the style. I wouldnt seek this out again just because of its maltiness.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 04:53:45 | More by mugglesandhops
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New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a big two inch thick tightly packed foam head that is slightly tan. It is chestnut brown and leaves minimal lacing behind.

S: Some light toffee, burnt caramel, burnt coffee and some bitter chocolate

T: The burnt coffee and bitter chocolate notes come out mostly. its much roastier than than sweet. It is tasty but reminds me a bit of abrown ale

M: Slightly watery with medium body.

D: A good sipping beer, just slightly out of the sessionable range

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 19:54:48 | More by mikey711
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3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Dexter's Pub in Madison.

Pours a dark, burnt brown color with a touch of amber in the right light. Forms a dense, creamy, light brown colored head, that floated on top of the beer through the whole glass.

The aroma has a heavy yeast character to it, along the lines of fresh baked bread, but also lingering in the scent is a healthy dose of malt-centric aromas such as dark brown sugar and slightly toasted caramel with a very mild smoky component.

The flavor seems to drop the breadiness contained in the aroma, being replaced by a fair amount of toasted nuttiness, as well as the typical malty character, consisting predominately of malted milk ball flavor, without the chocolate (if that makes any sense, lol). The finish is quite sweet, but there is enough of an earthy hop character to be quite noticeable, that adds just a touch of bitterness.

Not incredibly heavy, more medium I would say, although, despite the clingy head I thought the carbonation was a bit on the flat side, which I guess isn't that horrible considering the clean malty flavors. Not a bad scottish ale by any means, but i did feel it to be lacking in the flavor area. particularly with the clearly evident hoppiness, which I don't particularly like to find in my scottish ales.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2009 05:38:29 | More by Soneast
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3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Unibroue Tulip. No date or info. Great label though!

Thanks to Damonic for the trade!

A - Dark mahogany brown with ruby highlights. The beer is clear and poured very effervescent. If your eyes were closed you'd think it was BMC. The noisy, low tan head disappeared instantly to nothing at all. Boo.

S - The alcohol is apparent right away but it's a sweet, warming nose, not solvent-like. In the background are dirty, a touch smokey toasted malts. It smells somewhat like the guy on the bottle would smell. Interesting that it's good when it comes to beer...A mild hop hint to the finish.

T - Noticeably well balanced at the first sip. The heavy malt backbone that has a hefty coffee ground taste with a bit of smoke and dirt blends well with the dry and floral hops which finish the beer out. A hint at raisin and plum is in there too with a complimentary sweetness.

M - Medium-full bodied but crisp amid the sweetness of the malts. Dry, hoppy finish that ends sweet with a carbonation crispness.

D - The appearance is disappointing to begin with but the nose is right and inviting. The flavor coupled with the mouthfeel really brings the glory out of this beer. Rich and complex it's worth reveling in but one will go far enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 22:51:02 | More by BeerFMAndy
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not what I usually expect in a Scottish Ale, because it was a lot heavier than I have experienced, but that is really my only complaint. Or the price, I guess, since 3F always costs a bit more.

Dark brown look, 1 inch head dissipating quickly, with a medium carbonation.
Smell was malty and fresh, a little apple and muffin.
Taste was full-bodied and carmel-y, strong alcohol presence, sweet and clean.
Little bubbles in the mouth, reminiscent of a Doppel.
Good finish and makes me thirsty for more.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2009 03:32:15 | More by chetripley
Photo of fropones


4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty dark reddish brown with practically no head. Smell is toffee, molasses, and toasted malt. A hint of chocolate, too. Taste is more toasted malt with some sweetness in the back, then again more toasted malt. A nice balance of flavors with the maltiness and sweetness. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Good drinkability, a delicious brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 01:14:45 | More by fropones
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South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this and other three floyd products up while in Indiana, or rather drove to Indiana to aquire said deelights.

The appearance is appropriately dark, with a slight cream colored foamy head. When held to the light a dark inviting brown with a hint of ruby edges around the glass.

I get chocolate nose right up front followed by the roasty malts.

Tastes of roasted malts but not in an astringent way, fairly sweet. A considerable alchohol note, i was surprised it is only 6.5%.

Mouthfeel was not too heavy, a bit velvety. an appropriate carbonation level for the style.

A very solid beer. I could have another but i'm not one to pound back scottish-style ales.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 19:58:58 | More by singlebarrel
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North Carolina

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

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Dark brown, some direct light reveals a dark amber, head opens up nicely then settles to a covering foam

S: Strong hop aroma up front, but big sweet malt flavor comes roaring up, toasty, toffee, molasses

T: Tastes like it smells, mostly big sweet malts, alcohol is present, but more felt than tasted, well balanced with the hops past the middle of the taste, not a real powerful bite, just enough to cut the sweetness of the big malt

M: Light, creamy tasting, good and very pleasant, really helps with all the roasted flavors

D: High drinkability for a malty beer, well balanced, but doesn't sacrifice much flavor to be so

Notes: A nice overall beer that has good balanced elements, one of my more favorite scottish ales. I like the big malts, but sometimes it can be overwhelming, does a good job of being both malty and sweet and hoppy without covering either one up by overcompensating.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 03:38:30 | More by dpodratsky3
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4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass - a big thank you to Don (iconoklaztor) for the fantastic extra!

Pours a beautiful dark ruby brown with a thinnish light-khaki head. Nice stickage to the head as well.

Nose is fruity, almost candy like, with dark fruits and just a bit of earthiness to it.

Taste is fruitcake and a bit of caramel up front, darker fruits, light cocoa, very cake-y, hint of smoke and just a bit of earthy dryness to balance towards the finish. Finish is light but rich, lingering cocoa and dark fruits. Delicious.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, a bit dry, light carbonation up front that does just enough to lift up the flavors.

Drinkability is impressive - alcohol stays tucked away and hidden, flavors are rich and yet balanced, complex and flavorful. Very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 20:09:54 | More by JohnQVegas
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3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at Finch's, served into conical pint glass.

the brew didnt have much head, and was a muddy brown colour. the nose was quite malty, but still had a good amount of hop in it. the taste was exactly like how my home brew tasted, so maybe they're doing it wrong or i'm doing it right. the hops are the most noticeable thing in the brew, they seem to cut right through the medium malt body. the alcohol also sneaks up on you. overall the brew is a good one, but nothing of which I would want to have too much.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2009 00:12:40 | More by erz316
Photo of Thorpe429


3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark bronze with some brighter hues. A nice creamy head sits top the poured brew.

S: Plenty of caramel and toffee along with some malty sweetness.

T: A decent bill of layered malt with some mild hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and a mild alcohol warmth.

D: Drinkable for the style, but definitely not a session-type beer, and doesn't have the complexity to really sit and savor.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2009 14:33:27 | More by Thorpe429
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3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up incognito at a nearby bottle shop after the owner returned from a trip to Chicago. I never picked this one up when it was available here, not sure why. Poured into a shaker glass. RtB appears a hazed copper color with about an inch of cream light rust colored foam. Tastes and smells of molasses, caramel malts, as it should, somewhat fruity, biscuits, sweet, malty, toasted bread. Medium in both body and carbonation. Worth a try if you like scotch ales.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 05:07:24 | More by ClockworkOrange
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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade from cdflem.
Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Not much of a head at all on this. What did develop fizzled out fast. Dark cherry wood complexion, and pretty heavy looking. Not much visible carbonation.
Smells sweet and malty with notes of dark ripened fruit. Hints of wheat.
Chocolaty and malty taste, natch. Actually picked up a touch of raisin on the finish, which was clean but long. Very faint hops note.
Felt pleasantly syrupy and full bodied. Coated the mouth very well.
All in all a very good beer. I'm not a huge Scottish ale drinker, but this was a great example of one, and I'd readily have more.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2009 00:27:23 | More by jlb307
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4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to paco1029384756 for this exciting beer. I almost feel compelled to watch Braveheart while drinking this. I did have some scotch earlier tonight too, so I think it's a Scottish night for me. Poured this baby into my Corsendonk tulip glass, and the review must go onward.

A: Very dark caramel rusty brown color with very little light shining through. The two finger head the built quickly dies almost as fast, but maintains a decent head covering that would make my Rabbi blush. The frothy white head has an off balance angled cover that is 1 finger tall on one side and almost gone on the other, almost as if the beer itself were already drunk... either that or I'm already feeling a little slanty for the night.

N: I could start to smell the malts, fruits and raisin while pouring this beast. A closer look affirms my first noses, with lots of dark malts, raisin, deep fruits, some alcohol, some roasted malt quality and slight chocolate aroma. Not what I would think of Robert the Bruce drinking, from the nose at least.

T: Lots of chocolate and roasted malts to start, what... REALLY? Is this a Scottish ale or porter?! A slight deep fruit base adds some character and sides with the raisin/plum quality. Some alcohol adds a slight burn and warmth to it. A deep malt backbone reminds me that it still is a Scottish Ale. I almost get the feeling this beer was born when Robert the Bruce suddenly decided to invade Russia... in the dream I never had. It's pretty sweet as well and slightly juicy chocolate milk quality. This has a really strange and interesting center. Pretty unique, as if someone blended a Scottish Ale, Baltic Porter, Old Ale, and oatmeal stout.

M: Pretty thick and slightly syrupy, pretty good carbonation as well, some alcohol burn and warmth.

F: Finishes slightly sweet with more lingering dark fruits and heavy malts. The chocolate and roasted malts disappear quickly but the fruit lingers for a bit. A slight earthy charred malt and bitter quality come out at the finish. This is what I expect from something with the title it has. Still pretty sticky on the finish. The alcohol can still be tasted along with its burn on the back of the throat for about 10 seconds after. It also dries out on the mouth making your mouth water and become excited in anticipation for the next sip, whoa wait, here it comes... om nom nom...

Final thoughts: I think everything that needed to be said was said. Kinda sweet, more like a porter than Scottish ale. Kinda big alcohol hit with spice and warmth as well as taste, deep fruit, chocolate, roasted malts, and charred earthy tastes. Very complex beer that needs quite a few sips to really experience it. I better keep sampling... for science.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 03:38:32 | More by jlindros
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle to a dark brown with a hint of red, a thin off-white head that lingered thru mid-glass and okay lacing. Nose was malty chcolate, a hint of roasted nuts and alcohol. The mouth was a bit on the thin side, and the flavor picked up the malty flavors, but the alcohol was most noticeable. Finish was short, a little bitter (the hops finally made themselves known) and a tad watery.

Not bad, but FFF has done much better.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 12:56:14 | More by kimcgolf
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3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark amber/mahogany color with a thin tan head that left lacing.

S - Strong maltiness, roasted, with butterscotch and a smokey hint with an ever-so-slight hoppy finish.

T - Strong maltiness with lots of roasting and a butterscotch aftertaste. Incredibly strong in flavor. Very tasty.

M - Crisp but smooth. Syrupy in flavor and texture but more medium in body.

D - It's overwhelming flavor paired with its medium body doesn't lend towards a very drinkable beer but it's certainly good!

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 22:00:02 | More by SmithwicksNut
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3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

*Based on tasting notes from 07 Aug 09 vist to the brew pub.*

The beer was presented in an imperial pint glass. Color was deep brown with a minimal head that soon dissipated.
The nose didn't have much of a hop aroma to it. The malt sweetness was very prevalant, maybe even a little bit of a nutty aroma.

The taste was good, but not spectacular. The malts come through straight away. I perceived a little nutty taste as well as a faint roasty taste. Again, the malts are the star of this ale. I was hoping for a bit of a heavier mouthfeel to this brew, but it just wasn't there.
I would drink this if it was more readily available, but not if something like Alpha King or Moloko were available as well.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2009 13:42:55 | More by KrisPaulk77
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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a traditional pint glass from the bottle.

Pours a light bodied brownish red with a small half inch head.

Smells like sweet molasses, caramelly malts with a bit of piney hops in the background but not much.

Taste is similar to the smell. Sweet molasses with a bit of caramel. The hops didn't shine through until my second gulp. There they are! This wouldn't be a FFF brew without the hops, that's for sure. Not too complex but definitely good.

Mouthfeel is good. Pretty much the definition of medium body with a tad bit of carbonation that can only be felt on the tip of the tongue as the brew enters your mouth.

Drinkability is high due a combination of good taste, middle of the road ABV and the mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 06:40:31 | More by auroracrisis
Robert The Bruce Scottish Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
87 out of 100 based on 2,410 ratings.