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Robert The Bruce - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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2,879 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,879
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 186
Gots: 384 | FT: 13
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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Ratings: 2,879 | Reviews: 966
Photo of hawks10
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Forcefully poured from a growler (filled yesterday at FFF's) into a pint glass creating about 1/2 finger of head that quickly disappears and leaves little to no lacing. Pours a dark copper color with nice clarity.

Seems to lack much carbonation so has a flat sweet taste with a slight tingle from the alcohol after a few sips.

Good beer, but feel like this growler fill is lacking a little carbonation, not sure if that is the style or my particular growler...I do remember enjoying this slightly more a few months ago from the bottle.

Photo of bsherb
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first review (so far I've just just enjoyed reading others').

A: A deep reddish brown; in a glass, virtually no lacing, which is something I miss when it's not there, but maybe that's just the style. But when is appearance really a drawback if everything else works?

S: I find the aroma very appealing: chocolate, caramel-apple, coffee, rum. Hops aroma mostly hidden in all that maltiness. One of my favorite aspects of this beer.

T: Rich and flavorful. Less punchy than other Scottish ales I've tried, but then again my experience with this style is fairly limited. Smoky and smooth with a lingering aftertaste that is quite satisfying.

M: For a somewhat syrupy beer with low carbonation, it has a nice tingle at first, followed by a warm, light liqueur sensation.

D: I like this beer quite a lot. I'm drinking it for the the first time, and already I'm sure it'll go into my buying rotation. Heavy for a session beer, though. Egészségedre!

Photo of redjameskidd
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

One of my favorite beers on-tap at the best local Champaign, IL watering hole.

Definitive of the Scotch ale style, to me. I've had and enjoyed a handful of others, and they tend to exhibit the characteristics of this one; all malt, sweet, with a very particular tartness that I've only found with this style. I suppose it's the peat or what have you that's supposed to be in scottish ales, but I can tell you that it's good. Not the most drinkable beer in the world, but a great sipper.

Photo of thekanna
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Ruddy brown which looks slightly thin for something of that color.

Smell: Caramel, spices, malts... brown sugar.

Taste: Prominent burnt brown sugar taste, kind of like eating a piece of gingerbread. Slightly smoky. Caramel sweetness and medieval mulling spices round it out.

It's a bit thin overall... I was expecting a little more substance.

P.S. the guy on the label looks like the bastard child of a Scottish king and a Russian nutcracker doll.

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

I used to have this periodically before 3F stopped distributing to OH. I just picked up some more from Chicago over the holidays. The beer is dark red brown with a real thin head. The aroma is malty and roasty, kind of bock-y. Same with the taste, very sweet malty flavors, a long-lasting sweetness in the after-taste. Very little hops in the flavor. Scottish ales aren't really my thing, but this one is very good.

Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: nice reddish brown with a light creamy off-white head that fades leaving light lace and foam clinging to the glass

s: very light toffee; caramel and malts

t: warm toffee; light nuts; warm herbs; light abv

m: smooth and creamy with light abv

d: a decent scotch ale but i feel it could be more flavorful

Photo of sgoodship
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Went to Three Floyds brewpub today with my buddy Brian. Nice afternoon. Got a RTB on-tap.

A: Nice deep reddish brown with a clean one finger creamy head. Some spotty lacing that doesn't stick around.

S: Huge malt. Slightly smokey, slightly medicinal, touch of rum. The sour bread smell is most dominant. Overall, it is a very unique smell but some of the sickly sweetness was a bit much. Not a bad smell, just not resonating with my taste.

T: Just like the smell would suggest, there is a bready malt on one side and a sugary sweetness on the other. I didn't detect strong hops. The aftertaste is malty. There is a little bit of rum but not too much and the alcohol isn't very noticeable.
M: Nice, smooth, creamy medium bodied brew with low carbonation.

D: I think this would be a nice beer but for me, the bittersweet balance wasn't right, so one in a sitting was just right for me. I am no expert on Scottish Ales but I did like this one more than others I have tried in the past. Nice quality beer.

Photo of orangemoustache
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours a reddish brown with caramel colored edges. The light brown cap is a shade darker than tan and about two fingers tall. Little to no lacing is left behind as the cap drops to a thin band around the edges. The nose is caramel malts with just a hint of citrus and leather,not a huge nose,but a pleasant one for sure. Caramel malts are the backbone supporting roasted nutty notes and and subtle whiskey flavors. Some citrus hoppiness peeks mid-way and provides a sweet and slightly bitter challenge to the sweet caramel malt that would otherwise have full control. A medium to full body with very active carbonation and sugary sticky lip coating quality. I enjoy lingering sweetness and this one fails to keep it going for more than a few seconds(my only complaint). Good drinkability for a Scotttish Ale,wish I had two more.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle:

A: Poured a deep cola color, slightly hazy with some red hints when held up to the light, with a creamy off white head that just kind of floats there for awhile.

S: Rich malt aroma that was nice and earthy. There was also some subtle hints of chocolate and bread.

T: The malt really stole the show here, but it was not overwhelming, balanced well with the earthy-ness and bread flavors. Really well done.

M/D: Medium body, I thought that it was going to be thicker than it actually was, good carbonation level and very easy to drink, but probably would not want to drink to many at one setting. The alcohol was not really noticeable. This is a beer that I will pick up from time to time when I am in the mood for it.

Photo of BMoney575
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 12-3-08

Pours a hazy brown color, with a bit of amber peeking around the edges. No head, no lacing.

Smell is subtle peat, a good amount of smoke, and a great maltiness.

Taste is much like the smell, the perfect balance of earthy and sweet. Slightly smoky with a great hops to even things out.

Mouthfeel is perfect, thick to go with the malty flavors.

Drinkability is very good, sweet but well balanced.

Overall, one of the most drinkable Scottish ales, and a tasty pick.

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

Robert the Bruce, courtesy of Biggness - thanks!! Beer #4 of 6 in my "Three Floyds Countdown to #500" series. Split w/ dkachur, w/ my portion poured into a 12 oz. brandy snifter.

Appearance: A slightly hazy, full-bodied ruby brown body with a fast-fading half-finger of bubbly, tan head. After it recedes it leaves nothing but a thin ring of lace. Lacing is non-existent, though that's probably not too unusual for the style.

Aroma: Buttery malt notes - lots of toffee, caramel, doughyness. There's a fair amount of lighter fruityness, which intermingles pleasantly with a lighter hop presence. Also, a prickly, lighter spiciness, herbal-like, pleasant.

Taste: Incredibly earthy, especially in the finish - you probably shouldn't start a discussion of the taste of a beer by how it finishes, but it was definitely the most noticeable aspect of this beer. The earthyness mingles with a solid herbalness - it's nice spicy, just wholesome and a little leafy - and it lends an almost root beer-esque aftertaste. A mild amount of hop bitterness and a few spicy phenols, particularly in the finish. And, of course, lots of malts - butterscotch, chocolate, caramel, fairly dry, though.

Mouthfeel: Very light, with lots of large, crisp carbonation. The body itself isn't too thick as it is, and the carbonation really lightens things up.

Drinkability: A solid beer, and a good Scottish ale. Not my favorite of the 3Fs I've tried thus far in my journey, but a good beer nonetheless. The alcohol is not unreasonable nor easily detected, and the flavors are interesting and well-balanced enough to make this one pretty darn drinkable.

Photo of abrand
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into tumbler

A- Pours a brilliant amber red. Nice small frothy head that is off-white in color and thins out quickly. Good retention lines the glass.

S- Aroma is smoky and hints of evergreen and floral. Not much alcohol hits the nose and the smell is quite sweet.

T- Mouth is pretty complex with hints of sweet malts and mixed nuts. Moderately bitter with a nice smooth finish. Not overpowering in any way.

M- Light to medium bodied with solid carbonation.

D- Moderately high, fairly low ABV and not a strong beer. Not my favorite style so most likely not sessionable IMO.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark, ruby brown in color. About a quarter inch of head on the pour, but is quickly gone. Smell is malts, licorice and some dark fruit.
Taste is caramel, some heavy malt and some more dark fruit. This is very creamy and smooth on the mouthfeel. Would like to see a bit more carbonation, but the flavor is very nice. Good solid, regular offering from FFF.

Photo of david131
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A slightly cloudy brown/red liquid. A thin but creamy off white head floats on top. Looks a tad... weak.

S- Slightly peaty, smoky, nutty, and biscuity.

T- Sweet and malty. Kind of peaty and nutty. Very well blended together. It is a very refreshing version of a Scottish Ale.

M- Smooth and creamy. The carbonation level is great.

D- A nice take on the style. Nice and easy drinking for the ABV and for the style, which is usually a real sipper for me.

Photo of Spidey13
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Robert the Bruce pours a dark brown color with ruby highlights and a small, tan head. The nose consists of sweet maltiness with hints of dried fruit and a bit of roast.

The taste has some dark bready flavors, with raisins and caramel underneath. There is a brief appearance of bitterness, which is followed by a lingering sweetness. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, with low carbonation and a bit of creaminess.

Overall, a pretty good drinker though nothing to go crazy about.

Photo of botham
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the brewpub in Munster, Indiana. pours a deep garnet color with a single finger of tight, tan head that leaves no lacings and has solid retention.

aroma is rich with caramel malt and earthy undertones, along with a bready base and a lightly sweet character overall. a touch of chocolate upon warming a bit rounds out the profile.

taste is of rich caramel malts and a subtle earthyness, possibly peat, with subtle chocolate notes and a finish of smooth bready malt. a solid scottish ale.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a rich malt quality and a satisfying finish of earthy caramel that warms the palate and is lasting.

drinkability is good. this is a smooth and mild scotch ale with a nicely proportioned profile and a great malt complexity. cheers!

Photo of deereless
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Deep ruby red, nice layer of head, crystal clear - 4.75, S: Strong aroma of ripe cherries with a hint of maraschino, a subtle herbal or earthy hop aroma 4.25, T: A good amount of caramel, again - some ripe fruit likely cherry, a little hop bite on the tail end of the beer, flavorful but not out of this world - 3.50, M: A touch on the side of runny syrup - 3.00, D: I have high expectations of Three Floyds and this one missed the mark in my opinion, a decent beer but not one that I'd seek out - 3.00

Photo of stumac
4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm finally starting to try more and more Scottish Ales and I'm learning to appreciate the style for what it is.

this brew pours up a nice dark brown color with a very thin tan head. the nose is a malt bomb! subtle chocolate, malt, malt, and more malt. WOAH! the taste is maltylicious! coffee, chocolate, caramel, subtle hop balance, medium to full body, low carbo. An awesome beer! Hands down!

Photo of baos
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into goblet.

A: Small head that completely disappears. Lacing goes away too. Looks like coca cola in your cup.

S: Nice caramelly and hoppy.

T: Kinda hoppy with a rum bite on the git go. Got some caramel and bitter dark chocolate hints in there as well. Ends with a nice bitter dryness.

M: Light to medium.

D: Not too bad

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub, served in a pint glass

A crystal clear ruby red body underneath a slightly off-white cap. Good retention with little to no lace.

Aromas of dried fruits, nuts, toffee, caramel, and a hint of hops. Very broad nose and overall, rather sweet.

Toasted grains, loads of caramel, brown sugar, nuts, and grassy hops. A super clean beer, the finish is crisp and dry.

Maybe a tad thin for the style. A light, medium body. Very smooth.

At 7%, this beer drinks extremely well. The alcohol is very well hidden and is scary sessionable. Handle with care.

Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy chestnut brown. A thin white head quickly settles. Some stickiness and a little bit of lacing.

S-Deep caramel malt with some toffee and a bit of fig. Some alcohol in the back too, unexpected for a 7% ABV but not unpleasant.

T-Sweet and intensely malty. Caramel and cherry with a bit of raisin and chocolate notes. The alcohol noted in the nose does not really make an appearance here. Very nice.

M-Light and modestly effervescent.

D-Sure, I would love to have another.

Another fine beer from Three Floyds.


Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the Brewery tour, a dollar well spent... Into the nonik Tyranena glass...

A - One finger tan head that disapeared quickly, and left no trace. Dark maroon body.

S - Big aroma. Fruity and malty, with lots of vanilla and alcohol. Smokeyness is present, but not quite as much as I like. Solid.

T - Strawberry sweetness on a big malt body with some sweet chocolate is the first thing I noticed. The alcohol is asertive, but never overwhelming. Smoke dominates by the midpalate, and lingers long into the finish. I noted a nice nutty (pecan?) flavor that seemed to show up towards the swallow and grew into the finish. Black current adds a tart bite to the finish.

M - Full and silky, like one would expect from the style and APV.

D - This beer seems to get ignored a lot when people talk about good beers from FFF. A great, asertive, balenced, and delicious beer here. Great fall beer, and among the best American examples I have ever tried.

Photo of champ103
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep reddish mahogany color. A small white head forms and leaves little lace.
S: Dark fruits and lots of roasted malt. Just a hint of peat aroma.
T: Very fruity. Lots of cherries and plumbs. Sweet candy like malt. Hardly any peat flavor though, which is what I love about Scottish Ales.
M/D: A full body that is rich and creamy. Well carbonated. A pretty smooth beer to drink for the high ABV. Something I could session.

This is a very good beer. Though it does not hit the spot as far as Scottish Ales go. That being one of my favorite styles, I am a bit more harsh on my review. If it had more peat flavor this might be one of my favorites of the style.

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

Got this on trade from jwinship83 - thanks!

A - Deep dark amber color with a small fading head

S - Dark fruits,cherry, roasted malt nose with alcohol

T - Tastes like the smell... dark cherry and roasted malts. Thin and sweet almost juice-like. Crisp and smooth with a cherry after taste. 7% hidden very well. I like it.

M - thin and watery, fades away to quickly for me. Very light carbonation

D - This is a thin brew, low carbonation and the 7%ABV is hidden very well so this makes it an easy drinker.

Similar to a Scottish Gruit style brew.

Photo of dnichols
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It had a deep dark brown body with a tan head that stood nearly two fingers tall. The head retained well and there was spotty lacing that clung to the side of the glass.

S: It presented a range of aromas including sweet toasted malts, caramel, smoky moss and nuts and spicy hops.

T: The flavor profile was dominated up front by sweet toasted malts with a strong emphasis on caramel, complemented by bittering and flavoring hops including flavors of pine nuts and white pepper. There were hints of sweet ripe fruits including green grapes and bing cherries.

M: It was medium bodied with modest carbonation and a sticky sweet feel on the tongue. It finished warm and sweet with some of the sweetness lingering on in the aftertaste.

D: It was a truely wonderful Scottish Ale. Very well balanced yet complex. It may be a bit much for a session beer but I think it could stand up well over a moderate session.

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Robert The Bruce from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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