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Robert The Bruce - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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very good

2,850 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,850
Reviews: 960
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 184
Gots: 376 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: purplehops on 08-06-2001

A full-bodied Scottish-style Ale with a well-rounded malty profile and roasted biscuit-like notes.

24 IBU
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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber/ copper color with a small off white head. In the aroma, roasty sweet and a small peetiness. In the taste, caramel, small hops, and a small peet like spice. A small bite with a medium to big mouthfeel, and a semi dry caramel like aftertaste. A great Scottish ale, nice caramel flavor.

Photo of glid02
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from a friend who was nice enough to haul this all the way down from Champaign, IL. Much obliged.

Pours a very cloudy dark brown with a half-finger off-white head. The head dissipates quickly into a thin ring around the glass. There is virtually no lacing.

Smells of roasted malt and a touch of chocolate.

Tastes good. Roasted malt up front, with a good amount of bitterness at the end. Tastes a little bit like chocolate when it's cold, but as it warms the roasted malt definitely takes over.

Mouthfeel is good. Good thickness with just enough carbonation. Goes down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. Goes down smoothly and quickly.

Overall I'm glad I had the chance to try this FFF offering. I won't seek it out again, but if you're in the mood to roll your R's and say wee a lot, give it a shot.

Photo of roadhouse
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Appears a dark brown mahogany with a one and a half finger light tan head

Aromas of caramel malts, some dark fruit, light chocolate, and a hint of smoke.

Taste is similar with the dark fruit flavors and caramel dominating. There is a light hint of smokiness on the finish along with some hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, it has a good carbonation level and is smooth drinking.

Overall it's not the best beer Three Floyds makes but it's definitely very solid and tastes damn good. I've had it on tap and it seemed to be a bit smokier and better tasting overall.

Photo of gford217
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep copper with a small off-white head that dissipates quickly to a collar leaving only traces of lacing. Smell is grainy up front with a big caramel malt backbone and sweet toffee on top. Taste starts with the grain as well and gives way to the caramel and chocolate malts. There is an underlying molasses sweetness that lingers through the finish as well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sticky with fairly low carbonation. This is a very good Scottish ale and one I would seek out.

Photo of cnally
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a great deep brown coloring. Light has the slightest trouble trying to escape. The smell is very subtle, but there are slight nutty aromas. When this beer hits the tongue is when it all comes together. The texture is very heavy. Surprisingly creamy compared to how it looks. There are notes of vanilla and oak. Easy to drink more than one.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this brew in a trade with brewCzar, Thanks Bryan!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - slightly fogged, amber color with a small beige head that thinned to a ring.

S - sweet caramel malt aroma.

T - sweet and roasted malty taste with a light bittering near the finish.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

D - a little too sweet to have more than one.

Photo of jwinship83
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Deep dark red with the slightest cream colored head

S- Toffee, caramel, ripe fruits, roasted malts, and a hint of smoke.

T- Very roasty and smoky upfront with a very clean faint hoppy aftertaste.

M- Medium body with sufficient carbonation.

D- Pleasant taste, great balance, light body...im sure i could have several of these in one sitting.

Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a decent head that leaves a web of lace

Smell: Whiffs of caramel and nuts

Taste: Caramel and nut flavors dominate the front end, with a bit a fig and grain developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the grain becomes a little bolder, but basically, as you would expect, the malt dominates, with a hint of chocolate in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Fairly tasty, but I am missing the peaty complexity I would expect from a good Scottish Ale

Photo of Rzzzzz
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Anchor Steam pint glass. Dark brown & cloudy with a nice creamy head that soon disipates, but never completely.

Aroma is a potpourri of caramel malt, toasted grains, fig, toffee. Wonderful. And those are the flavors that dominate, plus a hint of tart citrus on the back of the tongue. Basically, big malt flavor in each smooth, creamy mouthful. I love Scottish ales, and this is certainly a fine one.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three Floyds Robert the Bruce
12oz. brown bottle

A: snifter. solid mahogany color with a ruby hue and some haze. creamy tan head with a good retention rate and good lacing.

S: very sweet aroma. nice roasted malts, very syrupy aroma. a lot of fruit in this, some banana(overly ripe), raisins, and some peat. small hop aroma, more resiny.

T: Wow. amazing scotch ale flavors, nice roasted peat and malt flavors. some solid banana and raisin flavors, along with some clove.

M: very robust. good mouthfeel. medium body. solid carbonation level.

D: An amazing scotch ale. I will definitely recommend this to anyone who likes malts brews. Very subtle for 7%.

Photo of SMark
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured into a pint glass creating slightly less than 2 fingers of beige colored head and tiny bubbles sticking to the side of the glass. Beer color was red, copper, and amber. Quite a bit of lacing occurred as the level of the beer in the glass became lower and lower.

There was a sweet caramel aroma that opened up more and more as the temperature rose from being sequestered in the refrigerator.

The taste was sweet caramel with spice somewhat like nutmeg. The taste was very interesting and required sipping time and time again.

There was some carbonation affecting the tongue with the sweet caramel sliding over the roof of the mouth and down the back of the throat. There were nice ethereal qualities when drawing in air after swallowing.

This was a good beer that I would probably limit my consumption if drinking while out but worth a shot at polishing off the growler at home. Even with help we backed off in order to save some for the next day.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my Nugget Nectar pint glass

A: Deep caramel-amber with a thin head that disappears rather rapidly leaving no trace

S: Malty with caramel, toffee, nougat, mildly bready and mildly nutty. Surprisingly simple.

T: Rich and malty to start with with caramel and nougat that fades rather fast leaving a rather strange sweetness on the finish - almost jaggery-like?

M: Medium bodied with great carbonation

D: Goes down fairly easier but i was hoping for more from a FFF beer.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a few of these in a trade recently as I had not had them before and have really like the style lately. Cool looking 12oz bottle was poured into a pint glass. The look was very nice, with a dark, caramel colored brown coming out of the bottle. Some nice, light ruby colored tones mixed in throughout as well really did a nice job of lightning it up a bit. Some haze, but pretty good clarity. A nice one inch foam head of white then came over the top and settled down slowly, leaving behind a broken crown and some decent side glass lace.

The aroma was totally malt driven as you would expect, with lots of nice caramel and earthy tones. Nice hints of grain and a touch of almost a raisin or fig like flavor as well. Very nice, but a touch on the light side would be my only complaint with it. The flavor largely followed suit, not being as sweet as I thought it would be, there were several touches of fruit, and a ton of grain in the flavor. The caramel malt driven back coming through very nicely as well. Your classic scotch ale flavor here, with not a whisper of alcohol anywhere to be found. Great Mouthfeel with a really smooth carbonation profile and no thinness or watered down flavor whatsoever. For something that was 7% I was surprised at just how drinkable this actually was. I could easily throw down this one and several more right after it, it was really quite nice on the palate and a smooth easy drinker.

Overall not a bad scotch ale at all. Not my favorite for the style or from Three Floyds, but still a very solid effort overall. If this were available locally I would have no issue with trying to track down some more of it, it was very solid.

Photo of Goliath
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with ruby hues with a very fine layer of head. Poor retention.

A very plesant aroma. Sweet caramel and toffee.

Taste is nice. A strong caramel presence stands out to me, but the alcohol is also apparent. I think the alcohol in a 7% beer should be hidden a little better.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, thick and creamy. Carbonation is low but adequate and refreshing for the style.

Drinkability is moderate. Alcohol is relatively low and flavors are alright, so it's fairly easy to consume.

Photo of largadeer
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark but clear reddish-amber color. The head falls flat pretty quickly, lasting only about 30 seconds before settling into a ring.

Smell: A big malty aroma of caramel, nuts and toasted grains with a hint of something vegetable.

Taste & mouthfeel: Tons of malt again, very similar to the nose; caramel and toast, slight alcohol, hints of dried fruit. Not much of a change in flavor from start to finish. Medium in body and carbonation, this stuff goes down pretty easy but isn't overly interesting. Still, a very good brew and one I'd gladly drink again.

Photo of BrewmasterNPB
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My Mom brought this back from Indiana. I sent her for Three Floyds and she brought back Robert the Bruce and the Black Sun stout.
It is a dark mahogany color with very little head that dissapated quickly. The aroma was mostly roasted malt. The taste is dominated with roasted malt and has a heavy malt balance, which is appropriate for style.
There is a relatively low hop profile with a bite at the end which is accentuated with some dryness and a definate alcohol presence.
I liked this beer, it's one of the better scottish Ales I've had.

Photo of pwoods
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Sam's in Chicago, poured into a pint. No dating.

A: Pours a dark woody brown with some visibility. Short head forms and dies to a skim within a minute. Only a few wisps of lacing.

S: Very malts. Not too sweet. Very woody with a light peat scent. Maybe a touch of juicy fruit, but nothing citric.

T/M: More of the juicy fruit notes with a bit of citrus.. more of a balance to the malt focus. Rich malts that aren't too heavy. Sweet, but not overly caramelized with pleasant woody notes. More of the peaty notes. There is a soft but persistent alcohol character; just adds a nice twang to things and maybe just a touch of warmth. Body is about medium with subdued carbonation.

D: Although 7% isn't really considered session material, this would still be great during a night of cards. Very smooth and easy to drink and doesn't sit heavy on the palate or 'over work' your taste buds.

Photo of tiger88
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a deep reddish brown with an off-white head that settled down rather quickly. Smeel of caramel and fresh bread. taste backs up the smell almost identically. Very heavy on the caramel malt taste. clean mouthfeel with little to no aftertaste. Very easy to drink and very good beer to introduce to people who are hesitant to try craft beers.

Photo of MusicaleMike
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this 12oz bottle of Scottish ale into my red wine glass. Considering everything that I have tasted from Three Floyds, I expected the world from this ale. However, I will not let that color my review.

A: It pours a very hazy, dark red/ruddy color. The thin cream head sits on top and seems to stay well. There is a lot of active carbonation. Not much lacework.

S: There is a sweet malty presence, accompanied by an alcoholic smell, like bourbon? There is the faintest smell of hops. The smell in general is not strong. I would have liked a bigger smell.

T: The taste is sweet. There is not much else that stood out to me. It has hints of caramel and there is a warming alcohol presence.

M: The mouthfeel was smooth and rich! Wet, maybe? It was not syrupy, but it coated. The carbonation helped smooth everything out.

D: I didn't find this beer interesting enough to buy a six-pack. It is easy enough to drink, but too expensive to be worth it.

Photo of SchmoTerp
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first taste of Three Floyd's outside DLD....

Pours an opaque brown with some red highlights showing when through light. Head is small and quick to leave. The taste was quite interesting being sweet, malty, and somewhat creamy - a sensation I wasn't expecting. I also detected some hints of what feels like cherry. Malt flavors hang around for a bit longer than I'd like.

Very interesting beer...still have two left so I'll be looking forward to them.

Photo of Gehrig
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seeing this at the terrific Neil St. Piccadilly, this was a must-grab. A thin finger of slightly tan froth tops an orange bronze body, but the froth has little durability. It's a bit disappointing, as is the aroma. Plenty of roasted malt, but little else, confronts the nose. I like the overtures of caramel and slight hint of coffee, but this should be bolder.

The same goes for the taste. It's smooth, pleasant, nice and malty. But this is far from overwhelming. It's...nice. The mouthfeel is a good assist, with the creaminess adding a nice finish to Robert the Bruce. I'm more than willing to admit that Scottish Ale is not my favorite style. Representatives tend to be nice and malty, but not very complex. This needs a flavor boost. Diverse and bolder malt selection would do wonders for a nice, steady beer. On the whole, pretty good.

Photo of charlzm
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 04/25/08.

Dark copper appearance. One finger tan head that sticks around for a while.

Sweet aroma of dark pitted fruits (prunes, I thought).

Grainy up front. Well balanced between hops and malt. Some prune and toffee flavor. An unfortunate metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel a little thick but otherwise unremarkable.

Not everything I had been hoping for.

Photo of donteatpoop
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nut brown with some ruby red coloring behind it.

Smells of toffee and chocolate malt.

The flavor is very malty. The toffee and caramel notes are also present, but the malts seem to dominate.

Thick in the mouth, a heavy beer with a good balance of sweet and bitter.

Very drinkable, great brew. I'm going to buy more of these so that I can pound them down.

Photo of Slynger
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tangerine-amber with a fairly creamy, dirty white, lid. Sweet caramel and red apples with hints of nuts in the smell. Medium-full and smooth, with a light creaminess. Light chocolate flavors accompany the return of sweet caramel malts and red apples from the nose. Lightly roasted with nuts in the finish.

Robert the Bruce is a pretty straight forward Scottish Ale without any "normal" crazy 3floydish standout qualities. It is decent, but does not rival most of this brewery's other offerings.

Photo of bgramer
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out a dark amber color and there wasn't much head. The carbonation is light but that's not a bad thing.

There's a subtle hop smell and taste, but there's a good smokey taste to it that's not overpowering. There's a rich toffee and nutty - smooth and creamy but big body. There's a hint of smoke and chocolate on the finish. This goes down easy and the subtleness of the ABV makes this a sessionable beer.

Robert The Bruce from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,850 ratings.