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Robert The Bruce Scottish Ale - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

Robert The Bruce Scottish AleRobert The Bruce Scottish Ale

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very good

2,223 Ratings

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Ratings: 2223
Reviews: 924
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%

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 guityler83


4.5/5  rDev +16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 02:38:40 | More by guityler83
Photo of Libationguy


4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 06:00:43 | More by Libationguy
Photo of whendeathsleeps


4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clean dark mahogany, tan one finger head, not much in retention, very little lacing.

S- Big on the malts! sweet, some alcohol, burnt sugar, smokey, some fruits in the background.

T- Malty, caramel, smokey, big on the dark fruits, slightly chocolatey, light piney hop finish that balances this beer out perfectly.

M- Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, fairly dry crisp finish, a little warming from the alcohol (listed at 7% as per the Three Floyd's website.)

O- I love this beer. I could envision this one being one that would get someone into craft beer. This beer for me ranks among the best out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 19:37:50 | More by whendeathsleeps
Photo of diamonddave


4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber/brown in appearance, almost like the color of maple syrup, with a nonexistent head even after a rough pour.

Smells sweet and malty with hints of caramel and a tiny bit of raspberry (or so it seems to me). The scent really gets the mouth waterin'.

Heavy malt in the taste, with some coffee/caramel flavor and a sweet lingering malt finish and aftertaste. Almost tastes like a porter but without the heaviness in the belly.

Not much I can say except that this is a great beer, it's very easy to drink and you'd never know by the taste that ABV is so high. A definite winner. Next time around I'll have to pick up more than one bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2004 01:26:27 | More by diamonddave
Photo of battlekow


4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2005 04:59:36 | More by battlekow
Photo of Schwarzbart


4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep mahogany in color. There was a very small head when poured that was creamy tan in color and disappeared quickly, but left a halo that provided good lacing. Aromas of roasted malts, malty caramel, perfumy hops and cinnamon bread. Sweet on the taste buds. Caramel flavors with raisins and finishes a little bitter with the taste of hops. There was just a hint of the alcohol as swallowed. Hard to believe the alcohol content was 9%. This was one of the smoothest scotch ales I've ever had. Creamy, smooth and easy to drink. Yum.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2005 00:37:11 | More by Schwarzbart
Photo of Citadel82

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2006 02:33:21 | More by Citadel82
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a ruby center when held up to the light. Thin tan head that disappears pretty quick. Little to no lacing.
Smell is toasted malt. Plums, raisins and brown sugar.
Taste is very malt heavy. Burnt toast(in a good way), liccorice, oak(if that's a flavor), ripe cherries. There is also some very unique hoppiness in the finish that adds complexity. Similar to Highland's Tasgall Ale, but maybe not as hoppy as that one.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style.
Very drinkable and at 7% the alcohol is not noticable.
A good Scottish Ale that I would recommend to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 16:42:17 | More by wcudwight
Photo of budgood1


4.47/5  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!

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 23:27:25 | More by budgood1
Photo of brdc


4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Had this one on tap in Munster.
Dark bronze in color, small tan head, decent retention and lacing.
Nice malty aroma, as expected for the style, dark fruits, caramel, hints of chocolate, dark fruits and even an unexpected apple and a certain, faint but noticeable hoppiness.
Medium bodied yet it manages to be refreshing, perhaps due to the subtle hoppiness. Still, as expected, caramel maltiness leads, followed closely by dark fruits. No alcohol to be noticed, highly drinkable.
Very nice, another great FFF.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2009 13:23:37 | More by brdc
Photo of RJUGA03


4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass
A- Deep brown light penetrable body with a simple and scant 1/16" off white head.
S-Roasted coffee and caramely malts were noticed.
T-Sweet and pleasant up front with a slightly hop tingled malty finish.
M-Thick and syrupy on the draw with a dry carbonated ending.
D-I have been a FFF for 4 years and RTB is a good flagship beer to pair with Gumballhead, Pride & Joy, and Alpha King.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 07:12:52 | More by RJUGA03
Photo of John

New York

4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I find this brew quite flavorful, perhaps a little thin compared to say...Belhaven. But it's clearly a Scottish ale in style and not a Scotch ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2001 13:13:21 | More by John
Photo of frazbri


4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep ruby brown color. The short but creamy off-white head dissappeared a little too soon. Nice sweet malty aroma with just a touch of hops. Full round body, lightly carbonated, creamy texture.
There is a little bit of fruit in its toasted malt flavor. Finishes with a slight alcohol warmth.

Plenty of hops, plenty of malt, plenty of flavor. I love this beer. Perfect for an evening by the fire.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2004 00:13:45 | More by frazbri
Photo of rousee


4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2005 23:57:55 | More by rousee
Photo of Ohiovania


4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells like bright sweet caramelly biscuits with slight ripe fruits.

Deep sugary malts with a slight bitterness. Just a little dry on the finish. There's a vestige of smokiness in the after taste as well.

A wonderful example of the style. Bring this one to OH, FFF!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 03:10:08 | More by Ohiovania
Photo of ChuckFreeze

4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

the Robert The Bruce is definitely my favorite among the Three Floyds. It does have a bit of a bite, but i enjoy that in a good ale. It has a nice dark amber look to it, and has a good balance of flavor. Savage's Ale House in muncie indiana is where i always go to enjoy this ale on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2013 21:44:53 | More by ChuckFreeze
Photo of pezoids


4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep and dark amber brown color. Topped with an eggshell colored head of stiff foam that settled into a film before the first sip. I let this one settle down and warm up a bit to unlock some of the esters. Wonderfully rich aroma of sweet caramel, roasted dark grains, smoked malts and bittersweet chocolates. The taste is dead on with just the right blend of smoky malts, woody bitterness and the tang of malt sweetness. A nice chocolate malt and roasted coffee blend is detectable. This finishes fresh and clean.

I once had this at their brewery and enjoyed it then. As far as I can tell this is the same beer I remember. A quality Scotch Ale and, as the the style goes, one of my favorites. Thanks to qarre for the beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2004 22:44:46 | More by pezoids
Photo of claytri


4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a clear dark amber with an off-white head. The aroma is of malt with heavy tones of dark fruit, then a bit of floral hops in the background. The taste has the good malty flavor you'd expect from a scottish ale, but it's also backed up with a healthy dose of dark fruits, and has a nice floral hop finish. The feel is medium, smooth, and oily. This beer was a wonderful find. I was looking for a good scotish ale and this was the only offering. I was not disappointed and will be purchasing more when available.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2006 02:59:23 | More by claytri
Photo of auxiliary

Rhode Island

4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 20:50:27 | More by auxiliary
Photo of elfcounsul


4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this at a CVS drugstore. Imagine that.

Small head, good lacing. Delightfully warm brown in appearance.

The malts hit your nose first. An earthy/cocoa aroma is in there too.

The taste was sweet and smooth with a light touch of bitterness at the end. Good balance, not challenging to the point where your friends would look upon it with confusion and fear.

Mouthfeel is nice, with little carbonation. That's fine with me because I like lower carbonation when the malts are more pronounced.

It's a good drinking beer, but high alcohol content keeps it from being a good session beer.

My first experience with Three Floyds has been a good one. I Look forward to trying more of their offerings. Recommended

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 03:34:41 | More by elfcounsul
Photo of BrewCrew2010


4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Color, clarity, & appearance are very similar to Cola crowned with a 1/2 finger creamy head.

S: A sweet caramel malt upfront with chocolate malt backbone and a brown sugary sweetness with hints of nuts.

T: A much lighter flavor then anticipated, but a very good example of this style. A caramel malty sweetness with notes of dark fruits, brown sugar, and nuts. Hops are mute.

M: Mouthfeel is exactly how it should be for this style. Smooth & creamy with a medium-light body, light carbonation, & a dry finish.

D: I really enjoyed this beer. At first I kept thinking how much it tasted like a brown ale and wasn't going to review it so high, but after some research it's right on the money. Easy to drink, taste great, wish I traded for more.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 19:06:46 | More by BrewCrew2010
Photo of smakawhat


4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A nice simple light caramel head a bit foamy and descend slowly off the pour. Body is a dark chestnut brown with some small red hues. Held up to the light it glows red.

Bouquet is a surprising malt milk chocolate, with even a mild coffee roast character.

Taste brings the pleasant surprise from the nose. Milk chocolate in the palate with a distinct pine like hop bitter just enough to announce its presence. Grows from a chocolate to a bitter mixing well, not syrupy or boozy either. Texture has some slight carbonation that could be toned down or all together thrown out.

Overall i've never had a scotch ale like this. It's different not really smokey, or even malty, but it has some fantastic characters that make it extremely appealing. Really a distinct beer that blurs the lines.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 01:32:25 | More by smakawhat
Photo of mynie


4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I ain't had this in forever. Ain't never reviewed it from the bottle, neither, so I might as well give it a go.

First off, the difference between Scottish ales and Scotch Ales/Wee Heavies needs to be paid more attention to. The latter are sweet and boozy, the former are more amenable to Americanization. When reviewing, please review accordingly.

Secondly, the reason I came to that conclusion is because this beer is so canonical. If you entered the beer geekdom game even a couple of years before me (in, say, 2001), your idea of the ideal ale from Scotland would be more like a wee, more like Skull Splitter. Coming in when I did, when stuff like Robert the Bruce was new, kind of ruined me, because I thought that all Scotch ales should taste like this kind of wonderfully weird American hybrid. I--I really need to re-evaluate both styles. So does most of BA.

This here beer is therefore a standard bearer, meaning it is to some degree beyond reproach. (That ain't the only degree, though, because otherwise Sierra Nevada Pale would get a perfect 5 on this here site). Mostly, though, it pulls off the rare feat of blending a brewer's completely unique, completely recognizable identity with enough of a style's signifiers to still count as belonging to that style without being a boring, boilerplate example of that style.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 05:11:53 | More by mynie
Photo of Shultzerdugen


4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle with no dates.

Poured a clear dark brown tinged red with a large white head. Head went down quickly, leaving a nice lacework on the glass. The model look of a scotch ale.

Molasses vibes come out front in the smell. Malt o' Meal topped with honey and brown sugar comes to mind. Underlying fruity esters.

The classic caramel taste associated with the style, plus a surprising hop bite in the back. Creamy almost to a fault, very full and smooth on the palate. Black pepper in the finish flows into dry malts.

Truly a nice beer. The assertive hops don't seem to fit in with the classic examples I've had from across the pond, but I find the hops an added layer of excitement. Maybe not as complex as Traquair House, but a more enjoyable brew for me. Thanks to cja711(Joe), for the tasty beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2005 14:00:58 | More by Shultzerdugen
Photo of Naerhu


4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2006 13:15:41 | More by Naerhu
Robert The Bruce Scottish Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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