Robert The Bruce - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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2,791 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,791
Reviews: 951
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 184
Gots: 331 | FT: 14
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:
A full-bodied Scottish-style Ale with a well-rounded malty profile and roasted biscuit-like notes.

24 IBU

(Beer added by: purplehops on 08-06-2001)
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Photo of peabody
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle it pours out a dark ice tea color with one finger of slightly off-white suds.
Smell is sweet caramel with a slight hoppiness. Raisin/date aroma as it warms then becomes more fruity.
Taste is sweet coffee with vanilla bean and a tad of hops.
Very mellow mouthfeel. Slight hoppy oilyness as the flavors leave the palate along with a coffee bitterness.
I had this on tap at Galway Tribes in Chicago/Frankfort and it was more drinkable and smoothe. This out of the bottle is still very smoothe and very drinkable.
Good offering from a wonderful brewery.

Photo of sfoley333
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Biere du Boucanier snifter.
Poured a nice head that disappeared a minute latter leaving a small ring of lace around the glass. The color was an amber brown with a light carbonation. The smell of roasted barley and nice fruity yeasty bread. Taste of fruit bread, prune, raisins, toffe, and ripe fruit. A great beer for the style.

Photo of cabsandking
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear dark amber/brown and very short appearance from a fizzy beige head leaving behind scant lace. Sweet malt and caramel in the nose with some faint tropical fruit aromas wafting about. Excellent nutty malts, roasted grains, whole grain bread, brown sugar, cream soda, hints of coffee in the middle, and tart notes at the end. The finish is of burnt sugars, dry, and some tea herbals. Frothy mouthfeel, on a smooth consistency, tingly carbonation on the tongue is lasting. Nice complexities here and quite enjoyable.

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

Poured into a mug a nice brown that shows some copper highlights when held to light. The beer is topped with a decent head that diminishes to a ring. The aroma is of brown malts and a hint of caramel, a little weak, though. The taste is a wonderful blend of malts; some caramel, dried fruits and a hint of smoke. The beer is medium bodied with low carbonation. This is a very enjoyable beer for the style.

Photo of balconybrew
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic glass. Pours a clear dark brown with a decent head that fell leaving a little lace. The aroma is of big malt with slight coffee tones. I taste a small stout and alot of malt with a slight hop note. A very smooth beer, that is rich and creamy. Medium bodied. It is a very drinkable beer that I like to session.

Photo of younger35
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank from a Nonic Pint glass while watching Monday Night Football. Brought back some Three Floyds goodies from Chicago when I was home visiting family.

Appearance- Pours a clear dark brown with hints of copper and dark amber. Big two finger head that slowly receides leaving a nice collar and thin cap. Some lacing but not a whole lot.
Smell- Dark roasted malts are the dominating figure in the nose with an earthy, almost smoky caramel feel. Nuttiness is prevalent along with a dark fruits (plums?). I get quite a bit of alcohol coming through as well.
Taste- Semi-sweet malts leave a toasty nuttiness on the palate. I get little hop bitterness as the malt seems to just dominate. The subtle smokiness is quickly wisped away and replaced by more sweetness and just a touch of alcohol.
Mouthfeel- Thin and kind of watery. Doesn’t have a whole lot of body or carbonation. Small amounts of alcohol warming.
Drinkability- Although kind of tasty, I was expecting something more like Old Chub but I got Old Chub Light. It’s still a good beer and very drinkable it’s just lacking all the big flavor that I expected.

Photo of Kiwano
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a small glass

A:Dark brown, opaque with a tiny head

S: Malty with chocolate and coffe-like overtones

T: Hints of coffee and chocolate and malt has some stout-like qualities.

M: Smooth with a full body. While it opens up as it warms up it has a dense like quality.

D: Very drinkable beer. Stays consistent as you are drinking. Always maintains a nice flavor and is not too heavy yet still has a nice body to it.

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

Appearance: It's a dark, amber brown color. Head is off white and a pretty generous finger and a half. Retention and lacing were good.

Smell: It's mostly a strong malty aroma with some roasted nuts blended in. I'm picking a decent whiff of alcohol. On the outskirts is a nice combo of chocolate, molasses, and dark fruit.

Taste: Malty sweetness and molasses are initially noticeable. There is a strong flavor of dark fruits. I was expecting alcohol to be noticeable from the smell, but it's actually blended pretty well.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light to medium bodied. Carbonation is good. Goes down pretty smooth. I probably wouldn't session it, but it's reasonably easy to drink. Overall, it's a good scottish ale.

Photo of trevorwideman
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle sent to me by demcorhip. Thanks man! poured into a snifter.

Pours quite dark with a bit of plum, orange, and brown colouring. Fairly mild carbonation. A vigorous pour gives about 1/8 in of head, and just a swirl of lace. Just a little on the flat side appearance-wise. Aroma is very malty with some buttery caramel notes, vanilla, plum, raisin, and a bit of chocolate with alcohol driving it all straight to the pleasure centre.

Flavour-wise, there's a bit of licorice, caramel, cocoa, plum, raisin, and definite alcohol. Enjoyable herbal character to it as well. It's not as complex as a lot of Scotch Ales I've had, but it's enjoyable and the flavours all stand on their own, not muddy or awkward. Mouthfeel is medium carbonated, and the body is much lighter than I was expecting. It's really quaffable, and at 7% you can have a couple at least.

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

Poured from the bottle a dark drown with a highlight of red. Head was two fingers and quickly faded. No real lacing to speak of.

Aroma bursts with the scents of sweet malts, toffee, and caramel.

Taste is real close to it's smell. Toffee, burnt caramel and sweet malts roll over the tongue. Slight burnt aftertaste is present at the finish.

Creamy, smooth, and actually a bit crisp.

This is a real nice scottish ale from FFF and one I'll have again for sure.

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

Pours a dark copper brown with a 1 finger off-white head that always leaves a nice covering. Smells of sweet caramel and molasses.

Tastes of caramel and molasses. Flavor is relatively simple and straightforward, but nice. Touch of brandy. Alcohol is slightly present.

Mouthfeel is pretty rich with a nice creaminess and the drinkability is good.

Recommended. A nice, tasty Scottish Ale. Not overly different or unique, but definitely tasty.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, procured at the Walnut Liquorette,

A: Dark brown, with a rather thick, tan head, which dissipates rather quickly.

S: Some faint hops, dominated though, by various forms of sweet malts.

T: Very malty, this is the dominant flavor, not a lot of depth though, it is quite tasty, however, very sweet.

M: Smooth, a bit cloying, sugary, medium-bodied.

D: A quite drinkable beer, a good effort from 3 Floyds, not something I would seek out though. Above average, in conclusion, I'm glad I tried it, as I am a fan of Scottish history.

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

A - Pours a nice dark chocolate brown color. Has a light head that is retained.

S - The first smell that I identified is the malt. Its a dark grain - almost roasted.

T - A very malty concoction. It has a nice sweet flavor that doesn't overpower. No lingering negative aftertaste. I can taste the complex mix of malts.

M - Very smooth drink - could border on watery. Carbonation is not strong or overpowering.

D - A tasty beer that I could drink a few of. The malt flavors are strong enough that I'm not sure I'd drink these all night long.

Another good choice from 3F.

Photo of Flyer
2.93/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A fair Scottish ale, but I think it could be better. It pours a deep caramel color. Little aroma, not much head. Up front, there's a solid maltiness, and something that reminds me vaguely of peat, though I'm pretty sure nothing in here is peat-smoked. There's not much middle at all -- it kind o disappears on your tongue, until an aftertaste with a mild but pleasantly sour tang and a hint of alcohol comes in. A good beer for drinking with food, I think, but nothing to get excited about.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

doubtless the best scotch ale i've had. this was a clear ruby brown with a tan head and lacing. notes of toffee, caramel, molasses, whisky/rum, smoke, and dried dark fruit in the nose. i give this high marks for the very complex and powerful nose in this even though i don't dig smoky or whisky smells/tastes in my beer. the peaty notes repsonsible for the above are more subdued and in the background than some others i've had of this style. taste was of nice, sweet dark malts with enough hops to balance it out to a nice finish. slightly past medium in body. more of a winter warmer or sipping beer than a session beer.
update: have had this many times since...i wish they made less of this and more of some of their other many times have i seen this and p+j as the last 3Fs stuff on the shelves...sometimes i think people only get this stuff (although i know a few who are fans of it) b/c they didn't have the chance to buy gumball or zombie.

Photo of umustdrink
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very deep brown color, slightly red around the edges. Head quickly fades to a thin film. Minimal lacing.

S - Sweet and spicy malts, slightly caramely with a nice bitterness. Very characteristic Scotch Ale smells, slightly more hoppy though.

T - Starts very bitter and sweet, then some nice carroty cardamom spices, cinnamon, brown sugar and a hop bite. Finish is a spicy, sweet malty taste with a hint of coffee.

M - Medium to thin consistency with medium to high carbonation. Overall somewhat thick with a nice bite, which I believe is good for the style.

D - A nice treat, sorta sweet, pretty hoppy, and a good representation of the style.

Photo of zdk9
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours out a very dark cherry with a finger of head and some medium lacing.

S- Carmely and piney hops

T- A carmel, sweet malt bill is balanced by classic American hop flavors- pine and grapefruit. Its not single minded, but perhaps just double minded, complexity is not a word I would use to describe this beer. It's also a little sweet for my taste, but maybe that's better than a little bitter for my taste.

M- Sweet almost to the point of syrupy, but interesting.

D- Great taste, and unique enough that I would enjoy this one again and again.

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

$2.00 12oz bottle Kwik Liquor North Green River Rd. Evansville, Ind. USA

Even a gentle pour yielded an enormous pillowy head the remained in place for ages atop the slightly hazy orange bronze body. The smell was quite powerful and made its way to my nose in less than 5 seconds after removing the cap. This brew is all malt, for certain. Sweet notes of toasted cereals and grains dominate without question with perhaps a modest touch of caramel. There is even some fairly easily identifiable candied fruit nuances in this one, as well. Taste begins with a sweet malty flavour that almost seems to border on being chocolatey, but not quite. The middle is very slightly bitter for only a fraction of a second, and then the sweet grains return for a smooth, pleasantly sweet finish. This is a good representation of the style, and a great beer! Too bad this isn't available in Ga. Regretably, I had only this one.

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark golden amberish color, poured into my Pizza Port pint glass, zero lacing.
S: Sweet, carmel with lots of malt. Sure this is a Scottish Ale?
T: Delicious semi-sweet malt explosion, with just the faintest quiver of hops in the background. Scottish Ale?!
M: Solid medium body
D: Quite drinkable. Goes down very easy, and if you like malt, you ought to like this beer.
Note: if you're expecting a true to the form scotch ale, this isn't your beer. At first it struck me as the lovechild between a brown ale and a scotch ale. Don't get me wrong it's very good, and I will gladly consume more in the future.

Photo of greenbeaner
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a 1 and a half finger head, no lacing what-so-ever. Deep, hazy copper, head quickly thins to a ring around the glass.

Nice and sweet on the nose, with lots of roasted grain and malt up front. Caramel notes toward the finish. Slight hops.

Taste is lightly malted up front then quickly moves to toasty grains and caramel. Finishes sweet, with a very slight hoppyiness overall.

Feels light in the mouth when it's cold but as it warms, it thickens up quite a bit. Much better when it warms a bit. finishes sticky and wet.

A decent beer. It doesn't really stand out too much, but it's pretty drinkable and it's got some interesting flavors, just nothing that really stands out overall. I'm not sure i'd get it again now that I've tried it, but it was definitely worth a go.

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

A - Slightly hazy dark amber/red bordering on brown. 2 finger head reduces to a collar after a few minutes.

S - Really toasty and grainy. Toast, roasted grains, slight coffee notes, and some supporting hops.

T - I taste toast big time. Powerful but not overpowering hops back up the caramel and toast malt flavors.

M - Light bodied with some creamy carbonation. Sort of firm in the mouth.

D - Good. I would pick this up again for sure. This is a good beer, but it's not really up to snuff for 3F as it really does't compare to some of their other brews.

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

Poured this baby into a new tGoose Island tupip glass I got at a tasting...I love it! Anyways, I was told that Bobby the Bruce and Alpha King were the most well-known of FFF, so I picked up a sixer of bottles and am ready to review.

Pours a medium see-through brown, kinda average I suppose. The carbonation, however, is amazing. When poured correctly, this brew gives us an almost nitro-stout like cascade. Although less retention and the 1 finger head distinguish the two, its still a nice sight to see in an ale.

Roasted malts are very apparent. I will even go so far as to say I don't find caramel or chocolate malts, just light and dark roasted malts. Malty aromas dominate, and when I say malt I mean like those that might be added to a chocolate shake. This beer runs the malt gamete. For a malt mouth like myself. Take that hop heads. Speaking of hops they are kinda light in this brew, but perceptible enough to give it that "beer" taste.

The mouthfeel is also aided by the carbonation. What can I say I'm crazy about it. I'm interested to learn if there is any bottle conditioning going on or what, but its good and it has that carbo-bite and gives this brew a snap to the mouthfeel. Also heavier than some ales, but my experience with scottish ales is not enough to really compare this selection to others. Will edit review upon education.

Another fine brew from the 3 Fs. I drink drink a bunchabout three of these before the flavor gets a little annoying, but in a bar next to a Heineken I could drink this one all night. A decently malted brew, my next trip to Indiana will certainly include a trip to Three Floyds with ol' Bobby in mind.

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

Bottle into tulip glass. A: Light colored head, moderate lacing. Dark red/amber. S: Sweet, some light coffee notes with dark fruit. Hops only slightly detectable. T: Firm malt/maple syrup backbone up front, followed close by plums, blackberries, lots of sweetness. The hops register on the finish but only slightly. Really great balance for such a sweet beer. M: Moderate carbonation, a tad thin. For a high ABV the alcohol is nearly imperceptible. D: All around very nice, though the label made it seem much more malty than it actually was. Very drinkable, I’d definitely buy it again.

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

a: deep maroon color with about a half inch of head that does not dissapear very fast, leaves a little lacing
s: roasted caramel, hints of smoke, not much hop aroma
t: toasted caramel malts really come out in the malt, not much hop presence but still very nice
m: medium to full bodied with an average amount of carbonation

overall this is a very nice brew, i really enjoyed it, could be very refreshing on a hot summers day i really enjoyed it, not sessionable though

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

So I've been staring this one down for years, always on the shelf when on beer runs to Wisconsin. But only now that I have this dangerous Scottish Ale/Wee Heavy addiction do I have the need to try it. Picked up a sixer, on my fourth bottle, from notes, beer we go.

Into a nonic glass, pours a clear, blood amber hue, the head small and compact, a thin tannish silky smooth foam after the initial shrinkin, a gentle swirl bringin it back to life. The lacing breaks into round globules, gently falling back into the mix.

The taste is almost disappointing, particularly for it being a Three Floyd's product. I figured it'd be some wicked hoppy wacky masterpiece, but not so, much more tempered and even keeled than I'd imagined. But this isn't bad, just out of character. So, as it is, The taste is a little empty at first, a sweet malty backbone coming to greet you first with a gang of hopped pixies flitting around its shoulders, tempting you to think "Three Floyds Hop Bomb! Three Floyds Hop Bomb!"... but it never happens. And its almost better that way, almost. The nose is pretty good, some sweet malt caramels, toffee, flittering hops taking on earthy peat tones, but otherwise kind of boring.

The mouth is medium full, smooth and silky with a subdued carbonation, very much so as it warms. There should be more warming from the alcohol, but there isn't, its very mysterious. And after a while, you wish it were more warming, cause all of the sudden you feel it.

Overall, its a very, very drinkable beer, one I'd definitely get again (particularly because its the best available Scotch Ale around, probably). But I was really hoping for this beer to be the top of the crop for my Scotchy addiction.

Robert The Bruce from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
87 out of 100 based on 2,791 ratings.