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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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2,602 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,602
Reviews: 940
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 177
Gots: 259 | 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 Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Nice Scotch Ale, quite apart from style with a noticeable hoppy side, that does not hinder the malty aspect too much.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Cartoonish FFF illustration on the label, with an image of the eponymous Robert the Bruce holding up a beer and an axe. Small side narrative with an overview of the brew. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Brown pour with a rich frothy head, good retention, surface memory and some lacing.

S - Malty nose, dash of caramel coating it.

T - Taste is malty with the same caramel, toffee, and a surprising hoppy side, a bit floral, that works well pushing up the malt.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

D - While not outstanding, FFF does better than this, this flows rather nicely.

Notes: It's still a good offering from the FFF, and a nice beer at that, and while it sure manages to retain some of the malty sense, and feels rather tasty, the hoppy side makes one not want to file it as a Scottish Ale...

Daniellobo, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%

Brought back from Minnesota from Darkness Day. 12oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger cream head with poor retention. Beer is a dark, blood-red mahogany. Lacing is web-like, patterned, and spotty in parts but with very little stick.

S: Nose is sweet. Brown sugar, toffee, caramel, and roasted malt. A slight tickle of booze in the back. Appropriately deep and inviting but not the most aromatic.

T: Opens rather thin. Sweet booze, brown sugar, and caramel at the start with hints of nuttiness here and there. Warming towards the middle, this one reveals a subtle roasted malt character who's bitterness is suppressed by maple syrup and booze. Also a bit of spice. Finish is sweet and syrupy with a kick of heat. Aftertaste is brown sugar.

M: Light to medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Rather lively in the mouth with ample bubbles. Goes down coarse. Finish is accented and aftertaste is sticky.

D: A style for the beer drinker with a sweet tooth, Robert the Bruce doesn't dissapoint. However, its not as deep and full bodied as I'd like overall. Definitely worth a try as with almost the entire FFF line-up.

SpeedwayJim, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.22/5  rDev +9%

Poured into a very unrefined plastic cup (that's what you get with dinner at the in-laws).

A. Pours brown with a creamy one finger tan head.

S. Roasted malt with lots of caramel.

T. Roasted malt with caramel and a good amount of nuttiness.

M. Medium body with a medium level of carbonation.

D. Very good. A friend recommended this to me awhile ago. I'll definitely be picking up more of this in the future.

BeerAndBourbon, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of Vdubb86
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Served in a pint glass from the cask at The Firkin

The beer is served surprisingly with a finger of ecru foam (though not carbonated in any way) atop a dark brownish red body. The aroma is of hops, caramel and clove. I also detect a hint of herbs that I really don't know the origin. The taste is pretty darn good. It's not a wow beer, but it's really pretty good. The main tastes are of brown sugar, clove and ginger. The fact that this beer was on cask made it all the better. The mouthfeel was nice even though it was warm. And it drank like bottled water...oh so smooth. I would definitely recommend it in this form.

Vdubb86, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Served in a shaker pint glass at The Firkin.

Nice to see this on cask 'round here. It pours a clear dark amber-brown topped by around a finger or so of dirty white foam. The nose comprises brown sugar, light maple syrup, nutmeg, walnuts, and a light bit o' wood. The taste holds notes of light roasted malts, rye bread, brown sugar, flowers, corn, wheat, and toffee. The body is a straight medium, with barely any carbonation and a very smooth feel. Overall, a nice bit of ale, something that could, in cask-conditioned form, catch on if offered more often.

TMoney2591, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of Reaper16
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%

12oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours an amber/rust/murky brown color. It is a boring color and it looks like a lot of other beers. Little head/little lace. Boring.

Nothing boring about the nose of this beer, though. Pro Tip: let this beer warm up a bit. There's all kinds of things going on. Typical grainy, cereal aromas from the grain bill of a Scottish Ale hit first. But then, a ray of sunshine: dark fruits! Lots of raisin, specifically. In fact, this beer smells like it could be an abbey dubbel, only this beer doesn't use a Belgian yeast strain.

Taste follows the nose. A nice, even malt profile provides the structure for the very interesting flavor profile. Lots of raisin and fig (lots for the style, anyway). Not much in the way of hop flavor, but the bittering qualities of the hops were appreciated. This develops in depth of flavor as it warms. Delicious.

fairly impressive mouthfeel and drinkability. The body size is just about perfect; my only hang-up is that it loses its carbonation pretty early despite the beer improving with warmth. Drinkability is likewise almost very good. Respectable ABV for the flavor that the beer has, though there's a bit too much perceptible alcohol if we're being picky.

This is a six-pack beer? Oh, how luck the people of Indiana are. This is a pretty incredible beer to be put into six-packs of 12oz. bottles. One of my very favorite scottish ales.

Reaper16, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of levifunk
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

Thanks Andy (mrpickles) for a bottle of last years. Tasting it side by side with this years.

a - they look the same. dark brown, translucent, head dies down fast.

s - nose is similar. the older one smells a bit more sweet, caramel sweetness. some dark fruit.

t -
new - taste is pretty grainy. more than just malts, maybe some nutty flavor as well. faint hops. sweet, but not overly.
old - pretty much the same, but slightly sweeter and a little less grainy/nutty tasting.

m - feel on the older bottle is surprisingly more thick. I'd say this is the area where the aging had the biggest impact, and there isn't even that big of a difference. I'd call them both medium body.

overall - fun to try a bottle aged a year, but it really didn't make that big of difference. I'd be interested what a couple more years does to it. This beer is too nutty for my preference.

levifunk, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of LairdChisholm
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

A - Pours an opaque reddish, brown color that has a a coppery, orange edge and corners. A one finger, cream colored head has average retention. There is some decent lacing to speak of also.

S - There are some strong caramel malts right after the poor with some slight earthy tones too,

T - Sweet caramel malts really dominate this ale. There is a slight molasses taste here also with a slight hop taste that balances this out nicely. Not very complex but it tastes nice.

M - I wish this was a wee bit heavier but for the taste it pairs well. A good amount of carbonation compliments this ale well.

D - Easy to drink. Sits well with the palate. One of the better Scottish Ales to have with a meal I would say.

LairdChisholm, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of weatherdog
2.85/5  rDev -26.4%

12 oz. bottle poured into a 3 Floyds tulip shaped pint glass

It pours an almost dead looking chestnut brown. The color is just a little darker and a little redder than cola. The deadness of the pour transfers to barely any head forming and what little does quickly dies and leaves a still looking beer in the glass.

The nose is has some caramel malt aromas but it's not really strong. I could really dig the nose but some pretty strong fusel alcohol and acetone aroma were present which was very off putting and distracting.

The taste is very unrefined, and kind of a mess. There are some light chocolate flavors, some sweeter malt and still a little bit of acetone. Thank god the acetone isn't nearly as strong as the aroma suggest. I just really hope hope this is a bad batch because this beer is not close to the quality that FFF usually puts out.

The body is medium to medium/full with a pretty low carbonation level and a with a decent residual sweetness . All of these combine to just not please me that much. Even with all of the above noted problems is still is a drinkable beer but I feel like it could be improved and refined into something much better.

weatherdog, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of Swill5786
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%

Poured a dark, clear ruby red. Minimal head gone in seconds. Nose of roasted malt and slight alcohol aroma. Am I imagining peat malt? Taste of sweet caramel malt up front. Mild hops at the finish. Medium body with mild carbonation. Decent drinkability.

Swill5786, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

On tap in Indianapolis. Served in a Sam Smith tuliped pint.

A nice, semi clear mahogany red. A tight tam head caps it.

Weak on the nose, but still rich and malty. Raisin, fig, toffee.

A very solid, smooth malty beer. Dark fruits and toffee play off each other nicely with a delicate floral hopping.

This went superbly well with a shepard's pie.

MbpBugeye, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of ratrod53
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

A- It pours a nice dark brown color with vary little head and lace.

S- I smell a lot of malt with some caramel and brown sugar. It's a nice sweet smell

T- The taste is good but not as good as the smell is. I tasted a lot of malt with just a hint of caramel and brown sugar to give it a little sweet taste.

M- Mouth feel is really good it got a good body on it. The carbonation is just right with the body.

D- I have had this beer before when I wasn't really into the good beer. So I guess I kinda forgot about it. Now that I'm converted to the good beer, I really like this beer and will get it again.

ratrod53, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of RunForYourBeer
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%

A: Pours a nice brown color with a thin head.

S: Lots of malt. Caramel and brown sugar stand out along with a bit of hops.

T: Very malty like the smell. Strong on caramel with some brown sugar sweetness and coffee mixed in.

M: Medium with a perfect amount of carbonation.

D: High.

This is a great beer. It has a lot of flavor with a fairly low abv. I have had it before and will certainly have it again.

RunForYourBeer, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%

A: Color, clarity, & appearance are very similar to Cola crowned with a 1/2 finger creamy head.

S: A sweet caramel malt upfront with chocolate malt backbone and a brown sugary sweetness with hints of nuts.

T: A much lighter flavor then anticipated, but a very good example of this style. A caramel malty sweetness with notes of dark fruits, brown sugar, and nuts. Hops are mute.

M: Mouthfeel is exactly how it should be for this style. Smooth & creamy with a medium-light body, light carbonation, & a dry finish.

D: I really enjoyed this beer. At first I kept thinking how much it tasted like a brown ale and wasn't going to review it so high, but after some research it's right on the money. Easy to drink, taste great, wish I traded for more.

BrewCrew2010, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of mdwalsh
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%

A: Pours a great cascading foam with all sorts of bubbles diving to the bottom of the glass, then bursting at the top, but it fades quickly. Sort of sandy colored with no lacing. Beer is reddish brown and clear.

S: Piney and spicey. Really sprucey actually at first. A pretty good strength too. Not overly complex, but nice. Very scottish.

T: A little sweet and caramelly. Maybe some peat. The sweet is like a candy sweetnesss. Watery though.

M: Flat and watery.

D: I'm guessing since the other bottle of FFF I got was also flat that this was old, I will re-review someday.

Here's the Re-review, not a big change but I more or less averaged the numericals since it was apparently the same situation:

A: Dark brown beer with a thin, less than one finger beige/yellowy head of mostly small, tightly knit bubbles. The beer is mostly clear, though not entirely and sort of has a blur to it. The head fades almost immediately, leaving the beer with just a rim of lacing. 3/5

S: Chocolaty malt with some herbal hints. This starts out fairly strong, but is really fading fast and I find it difficult to get much out of this at all. The chocolate is fading to more of a roasted caramelly grain, and the herbalness, which was maybe reminiscent of flowers as well, is pretty much gone. 3/5

T: The taste, at least, seems to be holding up alright. It is primarily sort of a semi-sweet, vaguely chocolate and caramel taste. I wouldn't disagree if someone said it tasted a little like a tootsie roll dipped in root beer or Coke. It's not bad, but it isn't terribly robust, and I think it borders on too much sweetness for so little body and/or carbonation. To me, this beer does and pretty much always has seemed like flat pop. 3/5

M: Thin, thinner than I had always hoped because I had always been told this was a Scotch Ale. It isn't, it's a Scottish Ale, and that makes the thinner body ok. I would say this is only slightly heavier than water or your standard macro produced beer, and could be a bit bigger to help with the sweetness. It however lacks almost any active carbonation, and I really feel it needs SOMETHING in there. 3.5/5

D: This beer is drinkable, but not something I would really seek out. This, like all Three Floyds beers have just failed to impress me, but are still drinkable. 3.5/5

mdwalsh, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of tewaris
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

Thanks to dvelcich (Dan) for this extra!

30 IBUs
12 oz bottle with no freshness date poured into a New Belgium snifter

Appearance 4/5
Moderately clear and dark, but not terribly dark, reddish-brown with deep caramel highlights when held up to light. Thin tan head that started off as huge, but subsided rather quick and left little lacing.

Aroma 4/5
An intense caramel nose which is so strong that one would think that they are smelling warm, fresh caramel itself. Certainly promising of flavor over mere sweetness, like a good tasting dessert, with undertones of dry fruit; I am thinking raisins and figs. However, I don't get any of the roast that's mentioned on the label and in that sense, it's rather one dimensional. No hops, obviously.

Taste 4/5
Malty sweet with the flavor described above, but disappointing, when compared to the aroma. Some bitterness and astringency from the roast shows up near the long, sweet finish and stays afterwards, resulting in a chocolate-caramel aftertaste. There's no discernible hop flavor, which is proper. Slight warming from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel 3/5
So thin, that I don't know what to think of it. I think that if the beer had a bigger body, it could've helped the taste too, which is good but not strong enough. The carbonation is low, as expected and desired.

Drinkability 4/5
Alright, but this one needs a stronger body.

tewaris, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of Augustiner719
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass:

Pours a nice brown ruby color with a tiny head and a small white cap on top. Smells of nice silky caramel, toffee, with some sublte spices and a bit of brown sugar. Taste is on point with the few i have had in this style. Its not up to par with the better ones i have had like old chub. slightly off balanced with a bit of astrigency on the finish. Dry mouthfeel with some alcohol dryness on the finish. not a bad beer, but i would have expected more balance on this one comming from FFF.

Re review 10-9-10

Pours a very hazlenutty brown color with a small tan head that leaves nice lacing for it's style. Aroma is caramelized brown sugar, raisin and some figs. Also has a nice malty aromas that is perfect for the fall. The flavor is big time caramelized malts, almost like a piece of raisin bread. Big toffee notes followed by some sweet caramel notes. There is a nice smokey component that leaves way to a bran like cereal note. The mouthfeel is perfect with medium carbonation. This does have some astringent flavors that leave the palate dry and a bit austere. I really like this the second time around, may e it's the fall now, or the beer came to it's own, but this is really good.

Augustiner719, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of kooy005
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%

I poured this beer from the bottle into an imperial pint glass. The smell of this beer is very enjoyable to me. The first thing that hits nose is a nice whisky smell followed by carmel, coffee, and fresh wet earth. The color is a nice dark golden brown with just a little quickly dissipating head. The taste of this beer is an almond and carmel with a coffee and wet earth finish. The beer really changes in your mouth is what i like about it. You experience all the different changes of flavor. This beer is full of nice rich flavors but also light and earthy enough to be very drinkable. I can never go wrong with a Robert the Bruce.

kooy005, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of morimech
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

Crimson brown color with a small head that did not last long before settling to a thin layer of suds. Just a little lacing is left on the glass. Rich malty aroma. Hints of caramel, vanilla, a little fruit, and some wet earth. The flavor is not as impressive as the aroma but it is still a good example of the style. Mostly caramel with a slight herbal edge in the finish. There is a alcohol flavor at the finish as well. This is not overly sweet which is a good thing in my book. The alcohol in the finish hurts the body a little. It starts off as having the sensation of being thick and rich until the alcohol comes in and it seems to evaporate the beer off the tongue. One of the better examples of a somewhat unexciting style of beer.

morimech, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of billshmeinke
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

12 oz. Poured into a pint.

Quarter inch off white head. Quite dark brown body with some amber highlights. Retention is solid, not much lacing left behind.

Smells of sweet amber malts that are reminiscent of a dark fruits and caramel one would smell in a barleywine typically.

The taste is similar. Strong sweet malt presence. Reminiscent of plumps and some brown sugar. Also some toasted bread in there. Slightest hint of chocolate and coffee mid palate. A touch of nuttiness. Some subtle leafy/earthy hops on the back end.

Mouthfeel is fairly light and slick. Well carbonated. Decently smooth.

An easy drinker overall. Kinda like a toned down barleywine.

billshmeinke, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of Chaney
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

I've had this one many times, including on tap at the brewpub, but not in about a year or so.

A: Pours a dark brown color, with little ruby shards of light showing through in front of a light source, with a pleasant 1/3 inch head.

S: Way too cold at first, but after it warmed a bit, I started to notice brown sugar and a generous amount of nuttiness. It has that same yummy smell as a freshly poured glass of organic almond milk.

T: This tastes more like a brown ale than a Scottish ale. Frankly, I'm not a big fan of Scottish or Wee Heavy ales because, to me, they taste like burnt and/or skunked caramel fondue and have a bit of a dogfood-like smell to them. This one doesn't have any of those characteristics. It is more on the nutty side as opposed to the brown sugary side which I totally appreciate. The aftertaste is the same as the foretaste and the brew itself is about as smooth as this style gets.

M: Like I stated before, the sugary-ness is low and the pleasant maltiness high. The carbonation is spot on.

D: "It's Not Normal" is the FFF slogan. This is definitely not a normal Scottish ale - If it were, it wouldn't have been so dang drinkable.

Chaney, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of JackieTH
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

Appearance: Dark red with a thin white head.

Smell: Bready and malty with faint dark fruit.

Taste: Bready, toasty, roasted malts, brown sugar along with a slight herbal hop that helps to prevent from becoming cloying. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body that has a tendency to coat the tongue.

Drinkability: I enjoyed this one, it was bready and malty sweet but didn't become too cloying for me, I could handle a couple three a night.

JackieTH, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of cetherid
3.6/5  rDev -7%

poured into a pint glass


pours a dark reddish brown. Minimal head.


A nice roasted malt smell. hint of caramel smell in there as well.


similar to nose. very malty with some sweet flavors of dark fruit and caramel or brown sugar. almost tastes like it could have a hint of whiskey in it as well.


medium bodied. minimal carbonation.


doubt I could have more than 2 in a sitting. the combination of sweet and malty, along with it being medium bodied would make me too full. doubt i'll pick up another 6 pack of this, but I wouldn't turn it down if offered one.

cetherid, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of DaveHS
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%

Big thanks for Urbancaver for hooking me up with this. Poured into my Hopdevil pint glass.

A-Ruby red, like dark cranberry juice.Thin, eggshell white head that leaves no lacing.

S-Bready and inviting, touches of fig. The malty nose reminds me of a vintage English Barleywine.

T-Not as full-flavored as the nose lead me to believe. There is a nice balance of bready and sweet malts that prevents it from being cloying, which is a refreshing change of pace for the style. There's an off-putting coppery flavor that emerges on the tip of the tongue and stretches all the way to the fairly abrupt finish. I think it can be attributed to the hops. There is also a lightly acidic flavor that washes over the tongue towards the end.

M-Medium bodied and roasty, with an abrupt finish.

D- Not too high, considering Three Floyds isn't distributed out here. If it were available to me all the time, I'd probably get one every once in awhile.

DaveHS, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of emsroth
2.73/5  rDev -29.5%

12oz bottle

App: Opaque Dark brown with some ruby hues on the edges. Thick, frothy head that leaves decent lace.

Smell: A malt dream. Strong roasted character that shows itself in coffee aromas. A fruity undertone, perhaps from the hops, that is key for the malty beers. As it warms faint hints of chocolate emerge.

Taste: Disappointing beginning and middle with just a slight sweetness that fades into some alcohol and herbal hops. Ends well, though, with a smooth chocolate finish and just the right amount of hops. Nothing kills me more than an overly hoppy scotch ale.

The body is full, but the flavor is lacking and watery so it is confusing to drink.

emsroth, Sep 13, 2010
Robert The Bruce Scottish Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
87 out of 100 based on 2,602 ratings.