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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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2,671 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,671
Reviews: 942
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 182
Gots: 285 | FT: 16
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 Westsidethreat
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Nice frothy head with a mixture of mostly small tight bubbles but with a few larger bubbles mixed in (a sure sign it will die). I don't expect the head to remain this nice the entire beer but it should keep a presence around the rim of the glass...and it hasn't. The head has fallen from an impressive creation to a common o-ring. Crystal clean, dark auburn color. Seductive hue.

S: Familiar smell of roasted crystal malt with hints of chocolate malts. No hops on the nose to speak of.

T: Not as aggresive as I was expecting. I'm thinking glorified ESB. Sweet roasted malt flavor hits the tongue then stays...for a while... until a bitterness gently washes over, but thats about it. Very subtle peet flavors towards the end but certainly not as pronounced as most scottish ales.

M: Decent texture. Good body.

D: Eh. I was really expecting a lot here. A scottish ale from Three Floyds....it should have been great. Instead they pulled on the reigns instead of letting the beer run wild. Nice taste but not very complex.

Westsidethreat, May 16, 2006
Photo of Blakaeris
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours murky dark chestnut brown with moderate carbonation and a slight head.

Smell is mostly caramel malt. Hints of hop, and nut.

Taste is similar to the nose with dominating caramel malt and a nice woody, earthy flavor. Wonderful nutty presence. hints of fruit. Finish is soft and mildly bitter with lingering nuttiness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with very little carbonation.

This is a great brew. I really enjoy the woody, earthy character. Recommended.

Blakaeris, May 16, 2006
Photo of pbr85
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My 50th review...
A: Pours a badass dark cherry brown with small white head.
S: Brown sugar, smells like toast with melted butter (weird, i know). Smells like this is going to be a very sweet beer.
T: Very malty, with a nice bite to finish it off. Reminds me a bit of a sweet tea. Malts are reminiscent of sourdough bread and the hop bite at the end is subtle and I am unable to put a finger on it.
M: Very nice carbonation level, goes down smooth, beer feels a little slick and thick...nice.
D: Certainly a nice break from a hop bomb. I think its the first of its style that I've had, and I would like to have it around. I am starting to really like Three Floyds...

pbr85, May 03, 2006
Photo of mcallister
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on tap the day before Dark Lord Day.

Pours with a generous fluffy white head that fades in too very stick lacing with excellent retention. A choclate caramel color eminates from the pint glass exciting the senses.

Great roasted malt aroma, a side of caramel, choclate, hops, and a bit of love.

Rich caramel flavors that meld into a milk choclate type of finish. Very malted milkball with a tremendous hop texture on the mouthfeel.

I could drink a load of these beers. It's not too high in alcyhol, and has a great hop component that keeps you thirsty. Not a bad little scoth ale at all.

mcallister, Apr 28, 2006
Photo of bigdeuce
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice scotch ale here. I am not crazy about the style, but I am crazy about 3 floyd's and they have a great brew here. Very malty with nice caramel, chocolate notes. Not many hops as true to the style. Little head retention and pretty nice micro-smell. Highly drinkable and a nice session brew.

bigdeuce, Apr 27, 2006
Photo of kaimcm
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle coutesy of BA Bignick poured into a pint glass. Thanks!

A: deep caramel body, thin, fine head. subsides to thin film and ring.

S: rich malt, misc. grain, light and dry hops, sugar

T/M: malt, malt and more malt. carmelized sugar, powdered cinammon, some chocolate as well. has a brilliant balance of hops on the finish that dry and compliment the sugar. body is full and of a good consistency. flavorful but not syrupy like other scotch ales. rock.

D: extremely high. I would drink gallons of this stuff if it were available in Mass. Full of flavor but not too viscous.

kaimcm, Apr 25, 2006
Photo of ProfessorHops
4.8/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I went out looking for gumballhead. I couldn't find it. So being a fan of Scottish Ale I purchased this guy.

A robustly malted brew with a oak woody after taste.

I drank it right from the bottle so my appearance review is not alcohale

Not sure of the acohhale content, but three made me dizzy.

Good flavor chuck for of malt, but not near the end of the spectrums extreme.(Imperial Stout)

Also beer is very refreshing after a hard day at the office.

ProfessorHops, Apr 24, 2006
Photo of Citadel82
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the best thing to come out of Indiana since...well it's just the best thing I know of.

The Three Floyds stable of brews have begun appearing locally wth some regularity...I am guessing this is due to Mike and the great folks at Hunterdon. Regardless this brew is tasty.

A Quintesssential Scots Ale in my humble opinion. I have sampled this beer on several occassions, though this is my first review. If you like a good Scots Ale get this and drink it up!

Pours a deep clear chestnut with an off-white head. Aroma of sweet malts and dark bread. Taste is toffee and treacle and whole grains. This is a rich malty drinkable brew, Some notes of smoke and molasses round out tihs rare treat.

Citadel82, Apr 15, 2006
Photo of PatYoda
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly murky caramelly brown with a small cream colored head that dissipates very slowly, leaving some lacing.

The smell is good, but not great. Sweet caramel and a smokiness dominate. There is also an undesirable plasticky aroma. So I take a sip. Mm, now this is better. The caramel really comes out at the start in its sugary goodness, then the more complex malt hits. It's smoky and bready, with that signature scottish ale peatiness. The finish has some significant hop bitterness, though not compared to Three Floyds usual offerings. This is definitely pushing a 4.5, but lacks the punch necessary to really wow.

The mouthfeel is also good but not great, becoming a tad too thin when the carbonation wears out. This is very drinkable.

PatYoda, Apr 12, 2006
Photo of nflmvp
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark, dark brown with a nice tan head that faded to a light creamy foam. Smell was sweet and a little alcoholic for the ABV. I usually suspect this kind of alcohol on the nose indicates and even higher ABV (not that 7.0 is anything to sneeze at). Also a little hoppy but nothing over the top.

Taste was sweet and malty with hints of syrup, malt and barley. Mouthfeel was moderate. Not too thick for the style.

A very drinkable offering from 3F. I look forawrd to the next one.

"Cerevisia Supra Omnia"

nflmvp, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of Naerhu
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Robbeer for bringing this beer all the way to Japan.

A - Dark amber with a thick fine cola foam colored head.
S - Rich tabacco maltyness with sappy undertones. Smells very American, despite its earthyness, and by that I mean extremely hoppy.
T - Tasty tabacco, leather, rich earth, with a small amount of peat. The sweetness balances very well with the hoppy bitterness.
M - Mild carbonation. But there is a bit more acidity than I would hope for.
D - This is a great session beer.

Naerhu, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of Bitterbill
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle a deep gold/brown with a large head of foam that dissipated slowly leavings a fine layer with some lacing.

The smell is of malt and I also sense some fruitiness there.

The taste is of very nice roasty malt up front with more than just a touch of sweetness(caramel) that comes through mid way and then, the finish has a pleasant, all be it mild bitterness that's pretty long lasting and enjoyable. This is a good Scottish Style Ale.

Bottom line: I can't remember the last time I had a beer of this style made in the US but..this one's a goody. Give it a try.

Bitterbill, Apr 07, 2006
Photo of sopor
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby-red/brown with golden highlights under a finger of creamy tan head that leaves a film through most fo the beer. Sweet caramelly malt with touches of smokey roast malt make up a very light nose, I wish I could smell more.

Very candy syrupy sweet carmelized malt starts out followed by some smokey roast and peat malt. Hops are very light, as they should be, allowing teh complex and tasty, but not overpowering, malts to shine through. Touches of biscuity malt come out as the beer warms. A malt-lovers dream. My overall impression of FFF is they like hops, lots of them, sometimes a little too much, but this beer proves they know what malt is all about!

Moderate body is not too heavy to lend itself away from being easy to drink. Spectacular stuff, give it a shot!

sopor, Mar 30, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With fortified malty flavor and structure, Three Floyds Brewing shows that the quality of worldly ales extend well beyond the hoppy American-style ales with this honorary Strong Scottish version.

Pouring a deep brown color and with a mild haze, this somewhat bullyish beer forms a stern tan head of dense cream and broken rings of lace.

Strong yet refined aromas of nutty coffees, earthen malts, lightly scorched toffee, medium buttered toast, and rich barley malt all frame the masculine aromatics with a brilliant smoky undertone.

Creamy flavors of true barley malt, heavy cream, and rich molasses set the tone in this malt-focused ale. Complementary flavors of coffee, toast, brown sugar, barley malt, and walnuts all contribute to the rich and malty taste. Slight earthy components of bitter and piney hops, light peat, and yeasty dough all give and elegance and grace to the boisterous brew.

Full bodied, yet with a suble gentlemanly quality, the texture is rich and volumnous due to the high malting rates, moderate attenuation, and slight dryness. The early portion of taste is extremely malty, yet the finish is pleasantly semi-dry with a malty-sweet linger of walnut oil resin.

Thought the simplicity of the flavor make up is compensated with malty richness, breadiness, and caramelization, it still lacks the refinement of the true Scottish Ales of Tranquair or Belhaven.

BEERchitect, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of tastybeer
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear deep mahogany brown color and light head. Nice head but no retention or lacing really. Aroma of lots of malts, vanilla, cream, bread, and occasionally a sweet alcohol. Sweet caramel cream, big malts, biscuit, and hidden in the background, fresh juicy grapefruit hops. (aka Three Floyds hops) A good satisfying scotch style ale. Nice and drinkable too.

Alpha King is still my favorite Three Floyds brew but this one ain't bad. + The warmer the hoppier it gets.

tastybeer, Mar 26, 2006
Photo of wedge
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogony color with a creamy light-tan head. Mild, sweet, creamy malt aroma - lightly toasted. Taste is malty sweet with those familiar Three Floyds hops tucked away in the background. There's an overall peaty character and some chocolate notes as well. Light lingering sweetness. Very smooth, medium mouthfeel that drinks very easily for a 7% ABV ale.

Very enjoyable - perhaps the least hoppy beer I've had from this brewery. Fairly balanced though and another satisying beer from Three Floyds.

wedge, Mar 26, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, Riley's, $1.79 i believe

i have had this a few times, surprised i never rated it

appearance: pours a cola-mahogany that is clearly ruby tinted when held to the light, a light khaki head forms but dissipates rather quickly...served from a chalice as a nightcap after some great tournament games

smell: sweet and malty, roasty aromas, sugary sweet, thick caramel, toasted grain, traces of biscuit, light smoke, touch of smooth chocolate

taste: easily the least hopped out 3F beer i have sampled. even though you wouldnt expect a hop monster for a scotch ale, it certainly isnt something to put paste 3F....taste is primarily caramel driven, very smooth, gummy...a certain roastiness is present throughout, light grassy hops, loads of toffee, touch of smoke, minimal alcohol...good but not lake louie

mouthfeel: smooth, creamy, gummy

drinkability: very drinkable

dirtylou, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of ultralarry2006
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vigorous pour resuting in 1/2 inch head that rapidly subsided, and almost no lacing. Nice deep redddish brown color. Aroma was malty, not overpowering and not too sweet, and ironically did not have the slight acridness of roasted malt even though bottle says it is roasted malt. Very faint hop aroma, almost not there. Upon tasting there was no hop bitterness (which is as per the style), but rather a very mild, very pleasant malt taste that was not overly sweet, and then finished with faint taste of roasted malt without acridness that sometimes is result of roasting. Very smooth and full mouthfeel. I rather enjoyed this (even though I am a hophead), and had another and will have after that -that is, this very drinkable, and something I would get when taking a break from hops. Another great offering from TF.

ultralarry2006, Mar 24, 2006
Photo of jlh8643
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into an Imperial pint glass. No date on bottle.

A: An off white, slightly tannish head that leaves good sticky lace.
Clear dark, chestnut brown body.

S: Sweet, toasted malt with bits of chocolate/cocoa and piney hops

M: Slight prickle of carbonation otherwise smooth and kinda
creamy. Lots of caramel and roasted malts with 3F's signature
but more subdued hop profile

D: Another easy drinker but with an alcoholic kick that will take
you by surprise if not careful. Remeber, it's not normal!

jlh8643, Mar 24, 2006
Photo of zjungleist
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear but dark brown color with a reasonable off-white head. Smell is pretty malty with the blend of hops that I have come to associate with Three Floyds. The malt flavor is fairly complex, with roasted and smokey flavors, sweet caramel and toffee, and finishes with a slight tang of herbal hops. The mouthfeel is more or less medium with slightly low carbonation. Overall, fairly well balanced and easy to drink.

zjungleist, Mar 18, 2006
Photo of ghostwalker
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark caramel-brown body, very little head, (< 1 finger of off-white foam).

Nose is rich malt with a slightly boozy overtone.

Flavor is one of a serious malt-bomb. Rich and tasty, caramel and toffee-like. Even a little bit of smokiness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is just beyond medium, maybe even slightly syrupy. Low carbonation.

Drinkability seems pretty good. I would love to sample this on tap.

ghostwalker, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of Zorro
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled through the efforts of Murrayswine and UTBIF.

Pours a clear chestnut brown beer with a tan head.

Smell is malty and a bit smoky with a nice fruitiness to it. After it warms up a bit more the smell becomes agreeably spicy. This is fairly malty in scent but that just isn't the strongest part of the aroma. Vanilla and toffee round out the aroma.

Taste is malty smoky and a bit bitter in the first sip. Good malt level isn't oppressive or too sweet. Fruity and smoky this quite a tasty ale. There is a bit of bitterness in the finish here that is quite agreeable and not overly strong.

Mouthfeel is quite good.

Quite a tasty beer here but it isn't quite perfect. Pleasant Scottish Ale but I would have liked a bit more intense of a flavor. I could see buying this if it was $10 or so a six pack.

Zorro, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of MuddyFeet
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really am beginning to appreciate the simplistic complexity of Scottish ales and Scotch ales. There's something nice about having a beer with a solid malt base and not being overwhelmed with bitterness.

Poured a brick red in color with a creamy head that took its time to recede. No lace.Light was able to break through but it was strinkingly tainted like stained glass. Nose is very malty and hints at an earthiness that I find very calming.

A slightly hopped up version of the style. And I say that "hopped up" lightly. The hops are more than just a whimsy of the senses in this beer. But this beer is first and foremost about the malts--sweet, earthy, raosted, caramelized and peaty. Nice balanced with the hops. However, I have a hunch that if the hops were milder/lesser the malts would seem kind of thin. The hops support the malts and really bring them out. Medium body with a slight bit of heat from the alcohol that comes across as a spiciness. Tough to put this one down.

MuddyFeet, Mar 04, 2006
Photo of warriorsoul
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bignick for this one...
Dark brown in color...very attractive as some artificial light passes through.
Very little head, off white in color and no lacing.
Roasty malts, caramel, subtle scotch in the nose.
Even though it is not going overboard on the scotch flavor...it has enough to stay true to the style, but I'd prefer a bit more.
Huge malt profile...sweetens this one up beautifully. Hitting me like a winter warmer at this point.
Mouthfeel is above average and goes down too easily...the carbonation is perfect IMO.
Easy drinking ale here...another goodie.

warriorsoul, Mar 03, 2006
Photo of TongoRad
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany brown with a very fine tall tan head. Aroma is surprising for the style- big shots of dried flowers from the hops are front and center, underneath that is a hint of roast malt, caramel and dried berries. It comes across more fresh and airy than earthy. It is still nice once you get used to it. Palate is full with, again, quite a bit of hoppy bitterness for the style. Caramel is dominant but the roast malt and flowers linger on the finish. For a big beer this is quite quaffable.

TongoRad, Mar 02, 2006
Robert The Bruce Scottish Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
87 out of 100 based on 2,671 ratings.