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Robert The Bruce - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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2,823 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,823
Reviews: 953
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 184
Gots: 347 | FT: 16
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 AndySR15
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark clean mahogany color. Not much head at all wich left a ring of lace that traveled down the glass as I drank the beer.

S: Very malty, carmel and chocolate come through a lot for me.

T: Very malty, but not as rich and malty as I would have liked it to have been.

M: Once again, the malt presence dominates this beer and it almost has a citrus like finish.

D: A good beer. Didnt do anything special for me but I surely enjoyed it.

Photo of drseamus
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Mahogany colored body with a barely any white head.

S: Sweet malt with maybe a touch of smokiness.

T: Sweet malt which is quickly overtaken by hop bitterness. Returns to sweet malt in the aftertaste

M: Medium bodied and very smooth.

D: It seems like FFF's interpretations of a scottish ale, but not particularly to style.

Photo of Stoneman78
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Clark St Alehouse in Chicago. . .

Appearance is clear red/brown hue, thin layer of off-white head dissipates, fair lacing

Smell is subtle, tones of coffee malts, nuts, toffee, and faint hops, underwhelming for FFF

Taste is full of coffee malts with heavy nut presence, some toffee, caramel, and brown sugar, grassy hops provide some balance midway, finishes sweet and dry

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, smooth and watery texture, mild carbonation

Drinkability is high, this is a very nutty-tasting brown ale with muted aromas and fair texture, easy drinking and masked alcohol presence at 7%, great "session" brown ale that lacks some of the boldness seen in other FFF beers

Photo of abankovich
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Theodorherzl for this one.

Poured with almost zero head. What was there quickly faded away to some lacing around the sides and an extremely thin layer on top. Couldn't find a date on the bottle, so I'm not sure how fresh it is. Deep brown color with some amber tone when held up to the light.

The label was not lying. The smell is distinctly malt and this is certainly a beer for a malt lover, which I am not usually. Based on the smell I'm curious how I will like this. Slight roasty aroma with some chocolate as well.

Again, I usually prefer beers on the hoppy side instead of malty, but the first taste of this was very surprising and pleasing. The sweetness is definitely offset with a very subtle bitterness that I like very much. Some spice flavor is left on my tongue as an aftertaste and also some of the smoky notes I smelled earlier.

Mouthfeel is fairly light, some sweet and wet flavor is left in the back corners of my mouth.

Drinkability is very high. I'm pleasantly surprised as usually I keep reaching for more of this at how easy it is going down. I very much am enjoying this beer.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.22/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle served into a nonic glass.

Hazy,medium copper color. 1" thin light tan head fizzled out quickly.

Very earthy aroma,sweet,burnt carmell aroma, candied like malt aromas. Mostly malt aroma with hints of pine.

Very sweet carmell tastes upfront,with burnt toasty notes.Earthy with some light smoked peat. Finishes with a tart,pine resin.

Medium body with a light tangy feel. Good drinkable beer,just not interesting enough for me,have had a lot of better beers of this style.

Photo of Natural510
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark amber from the bottle, carbonation quickly fizzes away, as with a soda pop.
Roasted (almost burnt) malt aroma, very inviting.
Rich maltiness, which appeases a malt-lover such as myself. Sweet & syrupy, with cinnamon and other spices present. Tangy aftertaste, with something bitter other than the hops, maybe rye.
Unfortunately, the mouthful is the downfall. As stated above, there is zero carbonation to speak of...leaving a very flat brew.
The lack of carbonation also affects what could be a very drinkable malty beer.
I'm hoping I received a bad bottle (it was the last on the shelf), because other than its flatness, this was a very tasty brew.

Photo of Floydster
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle purchased from Walnut Liquorette for three dollars, poured into my Ballast Point glass

A-Hazy brown color with a deep orange tint, small 1/4 inch off white head, not much retention, zero lacing

S-Roasted malt, little chocolate, sweetness, hint of dark fruit, nuttines, biscuit malt aromas, and caramel

T-Hoppiness at the beginning, then some caramel malt and toffee, hops in the finish, as it warmed tasted raisins and plums, balance was thrown off by the dryness, tasted watered down and pretty weak, faint dark chocolate flavors at times, chewy towards the end, but the bitterness still dominated the taste, not as complex as I hoped

M-Creamy and crisp mouthfeel, taste did not last long, too much carbonation, watered down, medium body

D-Could drink a few bottles of this, light on the stomach, alcohol is fairly high at seven percent but not too noticeable, smooth and easy to drink

Not one of Three Floyd's best efforts but still pretty good, expected it to be more aggressive as far as taste goes, friend rants and raves about the barrel aged version he had on tap back east, recommended if you are a fan of scottish ales but not worth the price I paid for it

Photo of budgood1
4.46/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a slightly hazy, very dark cherry wood colour with a light tan head that stays and sticks to the glass leaving some eye catching lace. aroma is bright and fruity, definitely hoppy with notes of smoke and peat, with some caramel and toffee maltiness rounding things out very nicely. upon tasting, it's an interesting mix of english style maltiness with a big ol' dose of hops. whiskey soaked plums and raisins...rather layered and complex in the sweetness; malt notes are subtle and delicate...earthy and grainy with ghost like smokiness. a touch of alcohol spice bites the tongue before the hops again come up and provide some spicy, grassy and herbal accents with some citric and pine notes appearing, also. the body is full of malt sweetness and the mouthfeel is round, smooth and velvety at times with a dose of hop bitterness in the back end, where it belongs in this particular brew. finishes with a lingering bitterness, enhancing the malt flavours splendidly. this "scottish style" ale is incredibly drinkable, the flavours meld well within this ale and defy any strict style guidelines. i would describe this well hopped and balanced "malt bomb" as YUMMY! great on an incredibly cold mid winters eve!

another treat from three floyds. comes off as an "imperial esb". definitely recommended!

Photo of jeonseh
2.81/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this from a bottle at BW3 on 1/9/08 and had to suffer through many awkward looks from the waitress because I did not want a frozen glass. No fresh date on the bottle they gave me.

A - a nice darker copper color that was rather inviting to look at but not much in the head department at all. One barely even formed and what did formed was gone in the matter of seconds. Found that to be rather disappointing.

S - mildly fragrant such that one could smell a mild honey fragrance and barely get a hint of a light smokiness mixed in there too. Really, not too fragrant and kinda hard to discern exactly what the nose of the beer was.

T - The taste was there but not really since I thought this beer was rather watery in taste. There was a slight sweet malt taste and then a bit of a bitterness that comes into the end but really not very much taste. Did not really care for this one especially for a 3F beer. The late bitter smokiness was a little heavy especially given the initial nothingness.

MF - once again wateryness predominates. Intially, thought it was really light on the tongue such that it was hard to tell there really was anything in my mouth other than water but as time went one did leave us with a bit of stickiness at the end that gave proof that there was some beer in there.

D- Overall, I found this to be a big disappointment esp given the other beers that I've had from 3F. It was not too complex and rather watery, which makes it easy to drink a lot of but not really makes me desire to go and drink a ton of these. It does have a cool label though as all 3F do. I'd put it in the categories of beer that i would maybe buy for a party or to get drunk off of because it is so light but not one I'd really relish sip after sip. Maybe have to try it again to see if It was just the bottle I had this time or something.

Photo of marcobrau
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this beer...

Robert the Bruce pours a murky, light-brown-amber sort of hue, without much flourish (not much foam). The head falls fairly quickly and leaves and a thick collar of foam with some minimal, but thick lacing. The "Bruce" has a big malt aroma with heavy caramel, toffee accented with raisins. Tastes of heavily caramelized malt (but not burnt) mixed with dried fruit. Hops have got to present, but they're certainly not making themselves known in this beer. This beer has a rather viscous mouthfeel and full body. If this to be called "Scottish" and not "Scotch" Ale, it is definitely a 90-shilling (or more). Much thicker than I remember, but that's alright. Overall, this is a bit of at hick malt bomb (I don't dare to think of the calories), but a relatively enjoyable one. I would drink this again but only winter or only wet, cold day.

Photo of jpkoch1962
2.98/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very nice mahagony with a thin dirty tan head. The aroma is dominated by toffee, burnt ashes, and sweet caramel. An intense sweet maltiness dominates. Achohol and other fusels come throught the middle, with burnt ashes in the background. The finish attempts to dry-out, but a cloying sweetness mixed with alcohol remains. As a positive, the body is firm and smooth, with almost perfect carbonation for this style.

This ale is a bit of out balance. While 90 and 120 Schilling Scotish Ales should have a prounounced maltiness, they should not be cloying. The cloying sweetness detracts from both the taste and drinkability.

Photo of travisd13
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured a dark brown with little to no head. What little head there was dissipates very quickly.

S - Smells of toasted malts maybe a little chocolate. Little to no alcohol present.

T - Just enough hops to slightly over power some of the malts. I wish the hops where a little more secondary. Once again alcohol is easily hidden.

M - Texture is smooth and crisp. Nicely carbonated. A darker beer that could easily be enjoyed in the summer.

D - Very drinkable. One of the litter scotch ales I've had the pleasure of drinking. Could put down a few of these bad boys.

Photo of rmcnealy
3.12/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Robert the Bruce - 3F - Munster, IN

Poured dark brown. What little head accumulated faded almost immediately. Good smell. Aromas of dark chocolate. Slight sting. Taste of alcohol. Slight cranberry taste. Roasted nuts. Decent beer. Good alcohol content. Nothing special.

Photo of meechum
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this in a trade with Almalkin.

A - Poured a copper/amber into a pint mug with a considerable off white to light tan head that fell slowly and left an impressive lace down the glass

S - The smell was heavy with malts and very biscuity along with a nutty smell and a hint of the grassy hops in there

T - The taste was a malt lovers dream. Very malty with a heavy biscuity/nutty taste and just a bit of raisin or plum in there also along with a grassy hoppy finish. This was great

M - The mouthfeel was thick and coated the tounge with just a bit of bite at the end from the hops and just a little warmth from the alcohol

D - Extremely drinkable and it's a damn shame I can't get that stuff on a regular basis here

Photo of tayner
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured shoe leather brown into a snifter. Lots of carbonation bubbles adhered to the glass but not alot of head, just a ring that didn't lace too much.

Smell was malty sweet with a floral hop.

Tasted of sweet caramel on first sip followed by a floral hop upon swallowing. as the beer warmed up in my glass the sweetness got stronger. The floral hop taste is sticking to the back of my tongue though, not a crisp finish at all but instead a very lingering hop finish... wont go away either. For a scottish ale i would prefer the hops to finish clean with not so much of a lingering flavor. the malt should be the lingering flavor but i am losing the malt to the finishing hops.

Mouthfeel is good, perhaps slightly overcarbonated.

I could drink a couple of these, but even after one i feel like hops are growing on the back of my palate and tongue.. would be hard to drink more than 1 or 2 at a time, tops.

Photo of hellcatsjg
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown beer with a finger of tan head. Head fades to a thin layer while leaving a slight amount of lacing.

Smell: Maltiness and caramel with a faint bit of hops.

Taste: Good sweet caramel taste at the beginning of the sip gives way to a nice bready maltiness. Like the nose, you get the faintest hop flavor at the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel: Quite smooth with a good thickness. Sweet flavor coats the mouth nicely and you get a bit of a hop aftertaste that sticks around for a few seconds.

Drinkability: Very drinkable beer. The low-ish ABV helps, as does the smoothness of the beer. Very good beer that does not overpower but has a nice taste, you could drink several of these in a sitting.

Photo of jeffmonarch
3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Dark cloudy amber red color with a light tan head that has some staying power.

S - Sweet malty scent. Very light smell.

T - Sweet malty flavor. Very smooth. A little citrusy.

M - Medium body. Good carbonation.

D - A little too sweet for me.

Photo of Tadbubbs
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer has a nice, amber color, which foreshadows the tastey carmel flavor soon to follow. Not much of a head to speak of.

Taste: A very pleasent carmel taste. The alcohol gives the beer a nice warming effect.

Mouthfeel: OK, I think this beer lacks carbonation. It felt more like a liqueur than a beer. I noticed that others weren't saying this, so, perhaps it's just me.

Drinkability: This is a beer your drink slowly and enjoy.

Photo of Steaks
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I grabbed a six-pack and poured this dude into a tall pom glass due to a lack of pint glasses at my house. The bottle itself is a work of art and the beer isn't far behind. For being a higher ABV beer, it went down pretty smooth. One of my favorite TF beers. Mmmmm.

Photo of ryantupy
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A - This beer pours a nice mahogany red hue. A nice foamy head develops that sticks its whole way down.

S - Smells mainly of toasted malt. Hints of caramel are present through the mild sweet toasted malt character. As this brew warms you will notice the alcohol and hints of coco.

T - A nicely balanced brew that has a dominate malt character. The malt is very toasty with hints of caramel and burnt chocolate as the alcohol warms. A mild hop character helps keep this beers balance in check.

Photo of Sixpoint
2.81/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm usually a fan of Three Floyd's beers, but this one did not impress. Scotch Ale rarely impresses American consumers...perhaps the style is not tailored for the American palate - but this beer missed the target.

What I found was lack of complexity. Since the style inherently has muted hop flavor and aroma, one must work the complexities of the malt, yeast, and cellaring processes in order to compensate. That is exactly where this beer fell short. I felt like this beer was simply a well attenuated, crystal-malt darkened American pale ale labeled as a Scotch. Sure, it was drinkable, but as far as developing the nuances of a completely unique style, I was left hanging.

Photo of auxiliary
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

appearance - Dark brown with a nice tan head that formed but then dissipated.

smell - Sweet malts and some hops here, but just a little.

taste - Nice and sweet and lot of malt here.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Very tastey, glad I got my hands on one of these since they are no longer found in new england.

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

Light red to amber in color with a thick foamy head that hung around for half of the ride.

Smell of Fruity bicuit like malt.

Taste is malty caramel taste. A bit metallic. A medium hoppiness that balances out the malt.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, a very drinkable brew.

I could purchase these often. This drink is something I will definitely go back to time and time again.

Photo of sleazo
4.64/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Monsone for the beer.

A-Pours a dark reddish brown with a cream coloured one finger head. Dissipates in a few minutes to a minor slick. A good halo of lace clings to where it was.

S-Not as sweet and cloying as many scottish ales smell. There is that caramel but you also get a healthy dose of piney hops and a hint of alcohol. An excellent aroma.

T-Rich roasted caramel and bread like malt invade the mouth when the first sip is consumed. This is followed by some delicious hop bitterness and a wonderful spicy sweet Scottish malt finish. very well balanced between the sweet and bitter. There are minor hints of alcohol which are welcome here. it adds to the overall character. Notes of a cinnamon like spice presence hit when it gets warmer.

M-Very DIPA for the mouthfeel, slightly syrupy, slightly oily but with a healthy dose of carbonation to cut through it all.

D-This is one hell of a beer. I would consider this a cross between a IPA and a Scottish Ale.

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

Poured an attractive brown color with hints of red. Nice slightly off-white head that hung around for a while. Aroma is of caramel, chocolate, and roasted malts. Flavor is of the same and taste improves as it warms slightly. Lacing on glass was decent and mouthfeel was very nice. Drinkability was good for a beer of 7.2% abv. Good stuff.

Robert The Bruce from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,823 ratings.