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Robert The Bruce - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 963
Hads: 2,991
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 201
Gots: 448 | FT: 12
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 AdamThomas
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A rich dark carmel brown. Nearly impossible to see through. Held in the light shows a nice red hue.

Smell: Plenty of hops smell but sweet on the nose.

Taste: Heavy on the malt with a balance of bitter.

- Front: Malty body is heavy on the tongue.
-Middle: Sweet flavor sneaks up.
-Aftertaste: Finishes like an after-dinner coffee.

Mouthfeel: A lightly carbonated malt.

Overall: A very malty drink that has the right combination of sweetness for balance.

Serving type: Glass

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a FW teku.

pours a dark brown with a ruby hue and a big white head with nice lacing. mild aroma of malts and alcohol and winter spices. Malty taste with some winter spices..nothing discernible. Fine for the style but nothing incredible. Medium bodied with mild carbonation.

overall a decent scotch style ale. nothing out of the ordinary though.

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Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this one before on tap and thought it was quite good. Review of a bottle given by a kind IL beer guy at Surly Darkness Eve.

A-Poured into a pint glass, a finger of tan head quickly recedes to a skim layer that is sticky. Pretty cloudy and murky brown with some red hues present.

S-Malty, slightly sweet, with some smokiness hitting you up when I first smell this beer. Aromas of caramel and a bit of burnt coffee come to mind.

T-Damn tasty. Very much like the aroma. A very good Scotch Ale. All malt, not hoppy or fruity.

M-Nice creamy mouthfeel, crisp finish with just a bit of a burnt malt finish. Very nice. Some warming in the finish but doesn't hit the palate with any alcohol bite.

O-Rich, malt bomb with some nice smokiness and a little sweetness. Easy to drink with low levels of alcohol bite that many beers of this style contain.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, plum, pear, apple, raisin, toffee, bread, floral, herbal, light pepper, light chocolate, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, pear, apple, raisin, plum, brown bread, light chocolate, floral, herbal, and toast/yeast earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, pear, apple, raisin, plum, brown bread, light chocolate, herbal, and toast/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark malt and yeast ester flavors; with nice robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Scottish ale. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of malt and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown-copper color with a tiny tan colored head. The head fades very fast, leaving some foam islands on the surface of the brew and a tiny bit of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is big and sweet with tons of caramel, toffee, and chocolate. Along with these sweeter aromas is a rather decent showing of a lightly roasted bready smell as well as some smells of yeast. A very light hop aroma of an earthy nature is there as well rounding out the smell nicely.

Taste – The taste begins with a big sweet caramel and toffee flavor mixed with a roasted brown bread taste. Soon after, flavors of chocolate and a bit of some darker fruits of plum and prune come to the tongue sweetening the brew even further. Some cola like tastes later join in as well but at a loss of some of the toffee, diminishing the more buttery smooth sugar flavors of the brew. Toward the end, some hop flavors of an earthy and grassy flavor, as well as a bit of a oaky flavor, come to the tongue. The combination of flavors that is left at the end of the taste ends up leaving a quite sweet, roasty and malty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the averages to slightly thicker side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average. The added thickness of the brew is nice for all the roasted and sweet flavors of the brew although a bit less carbonation may have helped accentuate these flavors even more.

Overall – This is a sweet and malty brew for sure. A fantastic beer for a nice fall or winter day. Lots of sweet sugary taste with a nice brown bread flavor.

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Photo of BB1313
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a dark chestnut brown; very small head that fades very quickly and leaves nice retention and decent lacing. I expected a prettier head from Three Floyds, but the color is great. The aromas are full of chocolate malts. There are also hints of sweet caramel and butterscotch. Some dark fruits in the mix as well. The flavors match the nose. Tons of dark fruits. Lots of caramel and chocolate. Hints of toffee. Some roasted nuts in mix. I'm picking up a decent amount of brown sugar. There's an earthy bitterness to this one. It finishes slightly syrupy. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and thick with active carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed. This is a fun beer to drink.

This is a very nice Scottish Ale. It's well crafted and a good example of the style. It's worth checking out if given the opportunity.

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Photo of Jho3325
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No date on the bottle; however, given my proximity to Three Floyd's it is a safe bet it was bottled relatively close to consumption.

A: Pours dark brown with just a hint of amber. Once held up to light the beer appears a rich amber to red. Poured to a relatively thin, one-finger head that dissipated quickly but with nice lacing.

S: Definite caramel tones along with hints of chocolate. As the beer warmed up, some sweet notes came out. This is definitely a malt fest!

T: This ale is quite smooth and very well balanced. There is enough hoppiness to balance the heavy malt influence. Definite caramel taste along with roasted nutty tones. This ale is smooth with a dry, malty finish.

M: A medium body with mild carbonation. It is slightly viscous and warms more in the throat and body than the mouth.

O: This is a smooth, imminently drinkable ale. While perhaps not the most representative sample of is class (as it drifts toward a brown ale) it has a wonderful balance with layers of roasted malty tones. To me, this is a fine ale for all purpose enjoyment.

Would recommend.

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Photo of metalhead_001
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the first beers I've drank and has made me a malt lover ever since. Finally getting around to reviewing.
Drank in a pint glass from a bottle
A-dark brown, a head that was about an inch, but dissipated quickly. It looks slightly carbonated, but that goes away after a while too. A dark brown color, but when you hold it up to a light, it turns bright red. Epic looking thing.
S- I can definitely smell a lot of roasty, nutty smells. Definitely some caramel malt in there as well. Little to no traces of any hop-y scents either. Definitely my kind of beer
T-Pretty much like the scent. Lots of malt. Smooth as hell. I can't quite identify the hops that are in here, because it's so underneath the huge amounts of malt.
M-lots of bubbling on your tongue and in your mouth at first, but if you hold it in there for a while, it settles down and you can concentrate on the taste. Super easy to drink, especially if you let it warm up a bit
O-One of my favorite scotch ales ever so far. It's pretty much what got my excited about craft beers and is still one of my favorites today.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked up a 6er from the brew pub maybe an hour ago. enjoyed from beer hunter taster glass. brew poured a chestnut purple with a massive head (truth be told, the bottle got shook up quite a bit on the journey from the car)...as the head dissipated, left nice lacing. nose is nutty and brown sugar with very earthy malt. taste is really nice, but more of a brown ale than a scottish ale. tasty, but missing something for a wee heavy. big brown sugar notes and earthiness...some dark fruit. medium bodied. definitely a scotch ale, but tows the line of a brown ale. glad to have a 6er and really diggin this one, but not a classic wee heavy.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich cola color with a moderate head of fine, beige foam. Aroma smells of molasses, brown sugar, honey, hazelnut, and a mild but pleasant bouquet of hops ranging from herbal to citric. The nose isn't overpowering, but it has a very nice complexity that's suggestive of a similarly refined malt character.

There's a full, rich sweetness up front complemented by just enough citric, resinous hops to balance. The malt sweetness is akin to coarse brown sugar, lacking the nuance of the nose. There's also a slightly nutty aspect as well. Alcohol is surprisingly present considering the unremarkable ABV and bold flavors. Despite the objective balance between malt and hop elements, they never quite mesh in the cohesive way one would desire. The disparate character of each is usually obvious even though neither is overrepresented in its own right. A raw sweetness lingers in the finish along with palpable alcoholic vapors. The body is medium and slightly sticky, and the carbonation is mostly acceptable, though a little too prickly on the front end.

This brew has plenty of pop and character, but it never quite comes together for me in the way I'd like, especially considering the promise suggested by the aroma. It's flavorful and intriguing, albeit a little heavy handed, and the alcohol is distracting. Then again, Three Floyds were never much for subtlety. This is worth trying, but not something I'd seek out.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a murky and swampy brown with ruby highlights, small creamy off white head that has excellent retention, leaving behind some lacing. A few random black dots sitting in top of the head.

S- as expected, straight up malt bomb on the aroma. Big caramel notes with some sourdough bready aroma, toasted grains with some earthy notes

T- the sweet malty flavors follow the aroma, sweet caramel/toffee with a hint of earthy/herbal bitterness, alcohol is noticeable at mid-palate but compliments the malty flavors, grainy and earthy sweet finish with more caramel on the linger

M- medium body with low carbonation, creamy and velvety mouthfeel comes from the releasing head retention, smooth and silky finish. Great drinkability

O- a malt lovers beer, packed with caramel, bready and toasted malt flavors, amazing mouthfeel to compliment the flavors. A style I should explore more of

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From: Tenuta's, Kenosha, WI
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Standard US pint glass

A big, sweet ale that could pass as a heavy brown ale or slightly estery bock if you wanted it to, Three Floyds' Robert the Bruce is a malt-forward beer that satisfies most desires for a rich, bread-like beer. The brewery seems to focus on Maillard reaction products (caramel and toasted bread like sweetness) with subtle nuances from roasted malt and leafy, herbal hops. At 6.5%, this is not a sessionable beer, but one or two in a night satisfies just fine.

Pours a 2cm tall head of off-white color, made up of bubbles of small and medium size, giving a sponge-like appearance. Retention is average, the foam lasting about one minute in decline to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is minimal, a few dots cling to the sides of the glass. Body is a dark amber brown color, with light bringing out orange-brown highlights. Carbonation is not visible through the nearly opaque (70% opacity) body.

Aroma of substantial, heavy caramel-like sweetness and toasted bread crusts, with lightly charred toast, cocoa powder, dried leaves, and brown sugar making up the complex, subdued backbone of this beer.

Front of palate finds heavy caramel-like sweetness and toasted bread crusts, with lightly charred toast, cocoa powder, and brown sugar: heavy Maillard reaction flavors meets a bit of roasted malt with good result. Mid-palate continues the rich malt flavors, with heavy caramel-like sweetness, toasted bread crusts, dried figs, with cocoa powder and brown sugar residing a bit less accessibly below the surface. Back of palate experiences continued caramel-like malt sweetness with toasted bread crusts and mild bitterness along with dried leaf-like and herbal hops, all with a touch of ethanol. Aftertaste is of charred toast with heavy caramel-like sweetness, toasted bread crusts, and a touch of astringency and ethanol.

Beer is medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a foamy (2/5) and smooth (3/5) mouthfeel that seems fitting for the beer and the style. No impression of ethanol on throat or in nostrils. Closes dry, with moderate stickiness clinging to the palate.

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Photo of Maxwell
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice dark and syrupy ruby-brown with a little head of miniscule, light tan bubbles that fizzle away to the smallest of rings around the glass. In body, the beer is clean of particles, but dark and a little murky, like looking through a bottle of Aunt Jemima’s syrup. On the nose, the beer smells richly of bready malts. Brown sugar-coated raisins mingle with soft peat smoke and light bacon scents atop the rich, caramel bread smell which gives this beer’s nose a backbone. There is a light touch of sweet alcohol, and definite rich biscuit, chocolate, and bread notes as the beer warms. On the tongue, this beer tastes richly sweet with malts. The beer finds balance through light bitter roast and light savory bacon flavors from the smoked malt. Ever-so-soft herbal hops also gently bitter the tongue beneath all of the other tastes, while slightly cloying alcohol does touch on the middle of the sip. On the tongue, the beer feels medium in body with a lightly chewy, yet velvety mouthfeel and a very soft carbonation and prickle on the tongue. As the beer warms, the mouthfeel seems to thin out a little, which is too bad. The flavor begins as sweet raisins and light bacon and peat smoke, slowly moving slightly towards a cider-like flavor and then swiftly to warm caramel bread with a touch of cola. Faint herbal bitterness can be sensed throughout the sip, and the beer finishes with a nice long touch of bacon-like flavors and a touch of chocolate and bread. The aftertaste lingers with smoke and caramel sweetness while the tongue feels oddly scraped and dry. Slight maple syrup flavors can also be sensed. Overall, this is a nice beer with great malty complexity and a terrific transition of flavor as the beer warms. The closer you get to room temperature the more maple syrup notes you get from the malt, but you also get a touch more the herbal hops. A beer to try for sure.

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Photo of JohnG190
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a see-through reddish-brown with little head and very little lacing. Aromas of cocoa powder and caramel waft from the glass. Nice. Pleasant roasted malt hits the palate first. Sweet, with a hint of smokiness that ends a bit dry. Very smooth. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Overall, this is an extremely well crafted beer. Very drinkable for a beer of 9% ABV.

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Photo of mtomlins
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.
Many thanks to iguenard for the trade!

A: Dark brown with a reddish hue in color and very clear. Pours to 1 finger of tan, bubbly head that falls quickly to a thin, disappearing collar and no lacing.

S: There is a really nice, sweet malt nose, lots of caramel and dried fruits (raisins), a bit plummy. A bit light on the nose.

T: As the style dictates, the flavor is very malt forward with loads of sweet caramel malt, raisins and plums; some brown sugar and hard candy. There is a pleasant mild hop bitterness helping to dry the palate. The finish is surprisingly clean and short. There are no standout flavors; it is very balanced.

M: Medium body and carbonation; a bit light in body.

O: A really nicely balanced brew and highly drinkable for the style. The nose and body are a bit lacking. The whole though is greater than the sum of its parts and The Bruce finishs strong for me!

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Photo of screamking
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap poured into a pint glass.

Dark red/brown pour, with a thick off white foamy head. I must say three floyds beer never disappoints in the looks dept. Aroma is filled with dark roasted toffee, mostly figs and plum. Lots of caramel in their too. Hints of citrus as well. Taste is smooth with the toffee and sweet caramel combining very nicely and even. Hints of a orange note and also some butterscotch. Mouth feel is medium bodied, lower ABV make this one a easy drinker. I think this scotch ale can stand up to most of the other ones on the market. I'm glad more and more three floyds is making its way to Ohio, I have a feeling that our dreams might come true and get full distribution sooner than later.

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Photo of chinchill
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Barley's Smokehouse #2 in Columbus, OH.

Dark brown, clear, durable, creamy bone-colored head
A bit more lightly aromatic than expected. Sweet, medium- and dark-roasted malts with a touch of smoke. Subtle touch of smoke in the taste too.
M: Nice smooth feel with medium+ body and well chosen carbonation.

O: quite nice and highly drinkable, but lacks the boldness and complexity of a world class version like Skullsplitter.

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Photo of guityler83
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A cream colored 3 finger tall head was produced in the 3Floyds Teku glass. As it started to receed it became chunky and left a bit of lacing on the edges. The beer is moderatly hazy with a dark brown / maroon color with crimson hugh coming through when held to the light.

S: Cocoa is dominant with some smokey tobacco and toffe malt aromas. Nutty and caramel scents become more aparent when it warms up.

T: Mocca and cocoa mixed with a smokey caramel and toffee malt flavors. Tobacco and mapley tastes come through more as it warms up. Bitterness is low but keeps the malt sweetness from being to cloying so its actually quite drinkable. Lots of malt flavor.

M: Moderate carbonation with a larger body. A numbing mouthfeel for sore some reason.. its enjoyable however.

O: Malt forward, flavorful, scottish ale. I think this beer is overlooked from the 3Floyds regulars since its not hop forward. is a shame! a sham!! drink it, love it, repeat.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into an imperial pint glass at the Three Floyds brewpup in Munster IN.

A: The beer is a dark brown that cna be seen though. Head was 2 fingers thick and light tan/cream colored.

S: Toasty with caramel malts underneath. Malt bomb is coming up. Slight alcohol is detectable in there with some notes of liquor/bourbon/scotch.

T: Yep this is a chewy malt bomb. Caramel malts fill the mouth quickly, and a toasty and bready note remains throughout. A bit of alcohol in the finish with a bit of a peaty or scotch note quickly. Solid beer.

Overall this is good, but can be somewhat cloying. Went well with a burger at the brewpub but on its own is somewhat overwhelming.

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Photo of BWED
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pint pour at Roscoe's, Richmond, IN.

A- Dark brown with amber highlight. Light tan head hangs at a half finger. Retains well. Good spots of lacing.

S- Caramel maltiness. Slightly vinous, but not much of a hop character in the aroma.

T- Very sweet, a caramel malt bomb. Yum.

M- Medium body. Sweet and smooth finish.

O- Very great beer. It's a good break from FFF's hop-forward beers.

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Photo of nick_asian
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pretty dark brown. Almost like a walnut color if it were chard. The head is also kind of like an almond brown/creamy color.
S: Nice roasty malts and some raisins and plum going on, too.
T: Get a lot of toast, some fruits, and a little woody. Some good hops balance in there, too. No booze taste at all. After taste is a little bit funky, but it doesn't bother me none. I actually welcome it.
M: Good medium body that's smooth. excellent balance of carbonation.
O: Really great beer. FFF knows how to make a balanced beer in whatever style.

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Photo of willth
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 pack last night at Binny's- no bottle date that i saw but the worker said they got it on Thursday, poured into a ccb pint glass.

Appearance: Deeper color then i thought it was going to be, close to a cola color but a touch lighter. The little head that it had went away quickly

Smell: Roasted malt and a lot at that. A sweet almost vanilla overtone.

Taste: wow this is a malty beer then the sweetness came into play. That vanilla tone came back that really makes this full body ale really something good.

Mouthfeel: Carbination was right on point and very balanced.

Overall: I really like this beer and wish that I could find a BA version. I have only had a few scotch ales but this is right at the top. I wish that i would have picked up more and will next time that i am in Chicago.

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Photo of Smurf2055
4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark Mahogany with very little head.

Smell is sweet and malty, almost a bit spicy. Scottish ale smell for sure. Some black licorice.

Taste is super malty, sweet maple. Woody texture. Wet and viscous at the same time.

Super drinkable.


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Photo of Libationguy
4.49/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish-brown color with mild carbonation. Off-white thin head with medium-retention.

Rich on the nose with roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, nutmeg, orange zest, cocoa powder.

Light hop spice, light resin, citrus, hazelnuts, brown sugar, molasses, cocoa powder. The overall feel on the palate is rich, lush and brown with the lighter notes as a gentle counterpoint in the background.

Rich, medium-full bodied mouthfeel that pushes all the way back across the palate. The beer has so much richness that it feels almost off-dry although it is very clean. Really a wonderful sense of balance in this beer. Great job with the American version of this style.

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Photo of Watershed
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The appearance and aroma of this beer are lacking in comparison to the best Scotch Ales (I'm thinking in particular of Belhaven Wee Heavy). It looks just a touch darker than cola, and the nose picks up little more than malt, with maybe a hint of fruit.

The taste, however, is superior: like many American examples of UK styles, this is noticeably hoppier than your average Scottish ale, lending a nice herbal note to the usual malty-fruity-peaty trifecta. And though the mouthfeel is lighter than that of many of its brethren, a lingering aftertaste of liquored fruit lends the beer a nice complexity.

The label says "Scottish Style Ale" rather than straight-up Scottish Ale, and that's what this is -- and a damn fine one.

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Robert The Bruce from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 963 ratings.