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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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2,614 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,614
Reviews: 940
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 177
Gots: 267 | 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 EStreet20
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce brown glass bottle poured into Duvel tulip. My second time trying this, first time at home with my computer.

A - A deep brown with some red coming through on the edges when held to the light. A small white head that disappears fast.

S - Roasted malt and some fruitiness. A bit of chocolate in the smell that mixes with the fruitiness nicely.

T - Very malty flavor with some dark bread notes in there. Shortly after a big spicy kick comes in briefly and then sudsides to a dry bitterness.

M - A nice bit of carbonation for this style and some alcohol warming going down.

D - Goes down smooth but I think this one would get old if you tried to drink more than two. The ABV also must be watched out for.

EStreet20, Oct 25, 2005
Photo of hero27
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish-brown into the pint glass..moderate off-white head. Aroma is surpringly hoppy..I figured this to be a much more dominantly malty brew. Taste is very bittersweet, and the alcohol is very well hidden. I would guess more around 6-7%, not 9. Great blend of malt & hops, and it's definitely a quality scotch ale that doesn't skimp on flavor. Nothing mindblowing, but definitely another solid offering from FFF.

hero27, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of yelterdow
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfect brew for a cold, damp night at home. Served in a Duvel tulip at cellar temperature.

Appearance- A hazy, vinous dark amber beer *glugs* its way out of the bottle. Good inch thick mat, bone white in color, reduces to a thin foam after several minutes. Good cling, islands of small lace.

Smell- Sweet caramel and nougat right out of the gate, much more appealing than I would have ever imagined. Definitely some roasted malts, but not at all burnt. Hops are masked almost completely, just a wispy note. I get some coffee as we go forward.

Taste- Big, huge roasted malts that roam freely over the tongue, opening up to a slightly nutty and sweet middle, and finishing with a perfectly placed mild hop bitterness. No noticable alcohol to detract from the taste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Medium bodied with good, smooth carbonation that drinks amazingly easy for a beer at 9%. This makes a delicious dessert beer that could accompany chocolate cake or tiramisu, as I am getting some chocolate flavors now too. What a surprise... I had no idea this would be so good.

yelterdow, Oct 11, 2005
Photo of Bumpon10s
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours suprisingly dark with a thin had that dissapeared almost before I got to see it. Brown color that shows red against the light.

S - Not a massive smell to speak of, but there are very noticable sweet and bitter malts in this brew.

T - Starts very smooth and sweet and then hits a bite of bitter at the end, a nice combo of bitter hops and malts to round it out. There is really a battle of bitter and sweet that occurs in your mouth.

M - Again, starts off very light and smooth and then hits you in the back of the tongue and mouth, but still rolls down nicely.

D - While this has a pretty high ABV, and slightly bitter, I could see this being a close to regular beer. It is a solid beer to drink midway through you session and doesn't totally kill the pallete or leave you fall over drunk.

Bumpon10s, Oct 05, 2005
Photo of Ricochet
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All 4.0 Review. Rare for me, but this was a good sipper, a good drinker, a warm-up beer, a wind down beer. I don't have too many scotch ales, but I was impressed with this one.

Appearence: dark, amber, not quite a porter but pretty close. Had a thin head that went away fast.

Smell: Rich, smelling the malts and alcohol in this.

Mouth: Very nice, it bites a bit, foams nice on the tounge and leaves with an alcoholic sting to show this was high ABV.

Taste: Licorice, hop fruityness, raisin, then the alcohol was there but subdued only until the end. Again, a note reminding me of spanish olives but everything else taking center. Great stuff.

Drinkablilty: Just like my last scotch ale review, this one would be great in a six ounce snifter and drinkable like wine after good food.

Ricochet, Sep 27, 2005
Photo of Px2GrafX
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

presentation: 12oz. bottle with a wildly illustrated label. overall brown with an oval in the center encircling a scottish knight wearing armor, a crown and plaid; carrying an axe and a stein of brew. a list of the awards won by this beer encircles the center oval. a three floyds explanation of the brew sits on the right hand side of the label, along with a map to the brewery. no abv or freshness date displayed.

appearance: pours a deep dark brown with red-brown highlights in a snifter glass. almost no head. a think capper of light tan head drops to a thin ring within seconds. some lacing however.

smell: mostly alcohol, but there's an undertone of sweet malts. there's a roasted aroma along with some chocolate sneakin' in. maybe some dark fruits. this is in a snifter glass, so overall not an impressive aroma.

taste: mild malt flavors. molasses and some caramelly sweetness over a dessert bread or cake. alcohol is apparent and warming. some sweetened prunes and raisins. very little bitterness and hop flavors. a hint of black cherry. woody and maybe a little paper flavor as the brew warms. yeasty and a little dry in the finish.

mouthfeel: smooth medium body with very little acidity or carbonation. where's the bite? rolls and swallows smooth, however. pretty good, but more carbonation would have given this higher marks.

drinkability: drinkability is a little rough. alcohol flavors are noticible and hinder just a bit. a little bit of paper in the finish and aftertaste slows me a bit as well.

overall: disappointing as this brew has a lot of potential. lots of flavors in there, they just don't seem to meld well together. carbonation is almost nonexistent as well. so close to being excellent in many points but just missing on all of them. so overall just average.

Px2GrafX, Sep 24, 2005
Photo of KarlHungus
3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a dark brown color with alarge fluffy white head. The aroma is malty with some alcohol peaking through. The taste is malty, but not very strong. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, a lot little than other wee heavies I've had. Overall, this is an average brew at best. There are a lot better wee heavies to be had.

KarlHungus, Sep 21, 2005
Photo of asabreed
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass for a little something different, as I'm really sick of my pint glasses being used for everything.

Appearance: Not much head or lacing, though the color is somewhere between ruby, amber, and brown, which saves it a bit from the dead head and lacing.

Smell: Nice things going on, but it doesn't seem to be as dominant as it should be. There's some chocolate, toasted malt, some coffee and mocha flavors. And as it's slightly unbalanced, it's still pretty pleasant, though nothing that's extremely noteworthy.

Taste: The chocolate and hops come through most, yet it's balanced pretty well. Some mocha and coffee flavors, some caramel. Mostly malty of course, and slightly yeasty, and some hop bitterness at the end of the swallow. Quite nice but has the potential to be much better.

Mouthfeel: Slightly slick and watery, but the carbonation levels seem to be pretty nice. Not too much and not too little, and that's saving it a bit. If the mouthfeel wasn't as watery, I imagine the taste would could be pretty amazing. I say that because it's still pretty goddamn good. It's full, but not so thick it becomes hard to drink.

Drinkability: I give the drinkability a 4 because the lack of thickness somehow makes this easier to drink. Were it much thicker it might be a lower rating. That may sound weird, but for a scotch ale I could easily make this a session, and for about 7% the ABV doesn't show at all.

Worth checking out if you're a fan of the style and want a brew of the style that you can really drink.

asabreed, Sep 20, 2005
Photo of rajendra82
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer looked reddish amber with a one finger thick head, and decent lacing. The smell was earthy, spicy, floral, nutty, and slightly smoky. The taste was malty sweet and chewy, and continued on into nutty, spicy, and chalky flavors that lingered on, and faded into peat smoke. Reminded me quite a bit of a Dopplebock, but was a little more sour. The mouthfeel was thick and sticky, and aftertaste soothingly sweet. A complex beer that you don’t have to sip.

rajendra82, Sep 05, 2005
Photo of blitz134
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An extra in a trade from fdrich29...thanks man...

Crystal clear mohogany body with a one finger light tan head. Aroma is sweet malts with a dose of sweet alcohol. Some caramel sweetness as well finishing off with some floral and straw hops. Quite pleasing...

Light caramel malt flavors dominate. A bit of nuttiness as well. Some sweet tea notes in the finish. Tasty. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin feeling. Coats the mouth well but dissapears quickly. Drinkability is good due to the good overall flavor and aroma but its hard to drink too many brews with this octane level.

blitz134, Aug 30, 2005
Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beatuiful reddish brown with an off white head. Head fades fast.

Smells malty sweet with a nice hint of hops. It smells Scottish!

Nice malty taste up front with a rounded hop flavor that follows.A little bit of alcohol noticable as well. Perfect for style.

Nice full body to this one. It is just as meaty as it smells.

Super easy to drink, a perfect example of this style.

MaltyGoodness, Aug 28, 2005
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours a crystal clear dark amber with a one-finger off-white head. Aroma is your typical wee-heavy, caramel malts and alcohol with condiderably more hoppy spicy/floralness. Taste follows the same pattern, sweet caramel malts, a hint of chocolate, some citrusy fruit, and a nice floral hop/alcohol kick at the end. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with medium carbonation as well. A very drinkable wee-heavy here, dangerously so for 9%. A solid offering from 3 Floyds here, and also my first.

Golden2wenty1, Aug 26, 2005
Photo of unklesyd
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My experience with Scotch ales is pretty mixed.

With so much variation, I never know what to expect. Sometimes smoky, sometimes sweet... often too much so.

This beer allayed my anxiety when it came out of the bottle a beautiful burgundy/black color, with a half inch head that faded fairly quickly.

The aroma was pretty light, consisting of some dried fruits and slight piney hops.

The taste and mouthfeel were done very well. Just carbonated enough to give it a very slight effervecence yet remaining very smooth; just shy of creamy feel on the tongue.
This was on the sweet side of the spectrum, but melded very well with burnt chocolate and roasted barley undertones. The balance of hops was subdued, which was a relief after having some of their other mega-hoppy ales.

Drinkability? As far as flavor, this is a very drinkable brew, but a little thick to be drinking more than a couple at a time. But one should do you well anyhow.

unklesyd, Aug 22, 2005
Photo of tjthresh
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Big time chocolate and roast with hops in the background to keep you going. Garnet, brown and red, tones. Thin tan head. Chocolate and roast with supporting bitterness. Flavor seems to fade as beer warms. Too much carbonation. Maybe too thin. I like this beer a lot, but best characteristics faded as the beer warmed.

tjthresh, Aug 22, 2005
Photo of battlekow
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Robert is a muscular chocolatey brown, with a small head. His appearance does not belie his overall qualities; he is a fine, manly brew, yet possesses a delicate sweetness. Hops and chocolate dominate his delectable odor and taste, and Robert is a man of excellent balance. He feels thick and chewy in my mouth. Robert compares well to another fine gentleman who has been kind enough to bless me with his company, Dirty Bastard. I love you, Bobby.

battlekow, Aug 17, 2005
Photo of Vancer
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bueno! Just Bueno! A solid offering from 3F again!. Good start, good finish - will get some more of these bad boys.

Clear mahogany brown pour, dense ivory head, lace city! Very good malty and chocolate vapors entice the nose, they transcend into the quaff, along with some hints of anise and caramel. On the sweet side, a good change from all the IPA type brews I’ve had this summer. A very smooth and enjoyable brew - only had 2, but i bet over 4 brews would sneak upand smack ya with that axe!

Their web page states 7.2%

Vancer, Aug 15, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Neat picture on the label.Poured a deep amber color with off-white head that fell to a thin ring. Smell is sweet and of caramel with toatsed malt and vanilla present. Taste is is sweet, caramel and nice malty texture. Leaves a nice sweet taste in the mouth that is very enjoyeable. Very good drinkablilty for a 9% beer.

tgbljb, Aug 13, 2005
Photo of froggyfrog
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

An attractive dark chocolaty red hue fills my Lucky Dog St. Patrick's Day pint glass as I decant this "Scottish Style Ale".

I'm looking at one to two fingers of bubbly eggshell tinted head.

The bouquet is very malty with alcohol undertones.

A medium to light mouthfeel delivers full malty flavors along with delicate chocolate syrup and notes of oak. The 9% ABV is moderately noticeable in the finish with a nice warming quality as the beer is swallowed.

This beer is very smooth and easy to drink. It sits quite lightly compared to other scotch ales that I have enjoyed. This would make a very nice session beer but for the high alcohol content.

I can't pick out much in the way of hops in this beer; the flavor is much more on the malt side. But it's not too heavy or sweet.

Overall a very satisfying experience. Or in my two-year-old daughter's words: "I wike dis one!"

froggyfrog, Aug 10, 2005
Photo of karengarys
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This pours dark mahogany, with a slight haze and leaving a finger head which dissipates fairly quickly. The ring sticks to the glass.

This smells wonderfully malty and chocolaty and some bit of a spicy hop. These are all apparent, yet not stinging, and very well balanced.

The taste is malty and chocolaty, with just right snip of a hop balance.

The mouth feel is nice and creamy, with a hint of coarseness which adds to the richness. The coarseness is a good thing, it is NOT like pop, it is just a thicker creamy bubble.

The finish is clean, but the creamy mouth feel continues on its way down the throat. I can't think of another beer which retains the creaminess in the mouth like this one.

This has a nice rich body, too.

9% alcohol? 7.5%? 7%? I've read many different numbers, but regardless it does have a higher than normal dose of alcohol - but you can't really taste it for it is hidden so well!

This beer means a lot to me. I have never been one to drink beer ever. Not even in college. Never liked the flavor. A waiter suggested this, and it changed how I look at beer. I still don't like major brand beers, and I still would rather not drink those. But, beers like this are very flavorful and enjoyable. It is this very beer, Robert the Bruce, which made it so I can appreciate beer. It has been my all time favorite, my cornerstone beer. I would recommend to anybody who is looking for a non-miller to give this a try. Caution: it has flavor. It will accost the taste buds of those who like lite beers. For me, that is what beer should be for.

karengarys, Aug 10, 2005
Photo of rousee
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My first offering by 3 Floyds. Some big thanks go out to Frank--BA Beerguy. Very much appreciated young man !!

The pour is a dark cedar-like murky wooden cider. No head or lace.

The smell is plenty malty. I think I know why this brewery has such a good reputation. It appears that they are very conscious of not overdoing anything. There is some strong beautiful malt on the front with a nice caramelly toffee type middle and just the slightest of a berry-fruit lingering effect. Very close to perfect for the style. I dont even like Scotch ales much and I have tried many in my days. This is right on target for the style.I am upgrading smell and taste scores.

The mouthfeel is also worthy of an upgrade--from 3.5 to 4. The drinkability is average, although when paired with the proper food, I could see it getting much better.

rousee, Aug 07, 2005
Photo of Higravity
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid 4 beer. Everything about it was right on for a strong scottish ale. A deep Red that gave it a beautiful ruby stained glass color. It had a nose of toffee candy mixed with fresh cracked malt. It wonderfully hid the alcohol and was a delightful drink of carmalized wort sugar meet with a light touch hop spice. Slgihtly thin body that lent it to a very easy drinkable beer.

Higravity, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of murrayswine
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried this after a Pils so my chops might be dulled a bit.

The aroma is true to a deep Scots ale with a lot of sweet chocolate and a hint of coffee bitters and plum/raspberry.

Pouring into my delirium tulip, the color is like a dark mahogany with a shade of ruby red. The head is not much to speak of and actually dies out rather quickly.

Taste is as expected, deep toffee with a slight bitter malt taste. all in all though it's a well rounded balance.

The mouthfeel is average at best, but still good. I found it slightly more carbonated than other Scotties like Founders Dirty Bastard.

As smooth as the body is, I would rate this beer as easily drinkable. I will buy this again.

murrayswine, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

07/31/05- Received via mail order from Archers Liquors.

Presentation- 12oz undated bottle. Poured into my City Steam pint glass.

Appearance- Dark brown with auburn highlights. Solid 3/4 inch head with light lacing.

Smell- Dark and sweet malt scent. Maybe a touch of caramel and some smoke.

Taste- Scottish ale all the way. Super dark and super sweet malt. A touch of a smoked profile. Some hops too which I found fairly odd. Actually a good amount of pine hops.

Mouthfeel- Average carbonation. Sticky sweet.

Drinkability- Not my favorite style of brew, but this one hits home as one of the better ones I have had of style.

GClarkage, Jul 31, 2005
Photo of SupaCelt
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearances: Ruby colour with a large head from a vigorous dump. The head crashes into surface spit rather abruptly but does leave some clingy lace for posterity. Some bubbling carries on although not overly volatile.

Smell: Toasty grains and brown sugars mostly. Nice sweet brownishness, with some hops that lie beneath the maltiness. Not overly nosey and somewhat ambiguous.

Flavours: Again with the ambiguity. A bizarre creaminess greets me with the malt flavours and then the taste shifts into a hop quality. This beer feels as if it is reacting with my mouth and bubbling up like pop rocks or something. I just cannot figure out where this thing is going. Blurry in terms of character. Bizarre after effect as well. I am just at a loss here. The malt profile seems decent, but there is another indescribable entity lingering around that just does not work all that well. I usually look for distinction and this brew is just not well defined in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: The feel is fine. It does exhibit the weird change when it hits my mouth and consequently ends up feeling a bit too thin. This wee heavy should be a wee bit heavier.

Drinkability: This beer is not organized enough for my personal preferences. It just does not have any solid characters that would lead me to persue another glass. An exercise in anonimity in my opinion.

SupaCelt, Jul 25, 2005
Photo of rkhaze
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish amber with a nice creamy tan head.

Smoky sweet malt and caramel smells.

Sweet and tangy flavors. Roasted malt, caramel a bit of red fruit and a smoky undertone that really lingers. Barely perceptable hops if any.

Medium bodied with a rich, full mouthfeel and good carbonation.

Decent flavors and good balance although a little rich.

rkhaze, Jul 21, 2005
Robert The Bruce Scottish Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
87 out of 100 based on 2,614 ratings.