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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,226 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 2226
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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codysjb

Florida

3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Three Floyds Robert the Bruce
Poured from a bottle into my Three Floyds Pint glass
A: Brown red with virtually no head (the little bit that is there dissipates instantly). Decent bubbles.
S:Wood, musty, syrupy and caramel notes. Underwhelming but good.
T: Carmel, some small notes of scotch like something.
M: Scotch, some minor hops.
O: Good, would be a decent regular beer. Doesn’t stand out but tastes decent.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 20:41:13 | More by codysjb
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hoppymeal

Michigan

3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark chocolate brown with a cream colored head that fades quick. Stongest aroma is a sweet evergreen, piney hoppiness, behind that there is some malty sweet aromas of ripe strawberries, raspberries, honey, and a little fig. Taste follows the smell pretty closely with piney hops followed by sweet berries, and finishing peppery, a little smoky/ roasted character as well. I was hoping for a little more from the malts and less from the hops, but a decent beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2006 22:31:23 | More by hoppymeal
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Absumaster

Netherlands

3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep, brown beer with a small head.

Smell is perfumy, it reminds me of coriander, but that is probably not in here. Some maltiness and spicy and flowery with some liquorice and syrup.

Taste is sweet and caramellic with some syrupy notes. There is a weird kind of perfumy taste to it, reminds me of heather. Could that be in there? For me this beer is not what I have in mind with a Scottish ale, which are usually sweeter and more pronounced by the yeast flavors. Body was medium and aftertaste was sweet and short.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 13:01:07 | More by Absumaster
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jasonpeckins32

Michigan

3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one looks like a beauty. A deep, perfect mahogany brown color with some auburn outlines. Very unique in its brown shade, an uncommon tint and shade for a beer of this style, or any style for that matter. Has a rich and roasty nose.

The taste is dominated by roasted malts. There are a few other flavors I am able to pick out, hops, coffee beans, maybe dried apricots, but the palate profile is mostly roasted malts.

The taste is bountiful yet the mouthfeel remains light on the palate, leading to a smooth, easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 06:43:49 | More by jasonpeckins32
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travisd13

Washington

3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2007 23:06:38 | More by travisd13
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bobhits

Kentucky

3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The deepest darkest ruby color I’ve seen. Extremely clear with a very decent amount of carbonation given the weight and abv of this beer.

Raisins and apples mixed in a deep caramel malt with a hint of molasses. A swirl gives it a slight rum like note with just a subtle hint of alcohol.

This is an intense dark fruity beer with hops strong enough to keep this from taking on the overly sweet sugar induced mess to just a sweet malty beer. A lot of apple juice flavor with caramel and some raisins mixed in (or maybe plums).

Thicky and nearing syrupy levels in body, but carbonated well enough to lighten the beer.

This beer wants to be a barely wine but isn’t strong enough for it. This beer wants to be some kinda of Belgian style but doesn’t have the yeast. I’m not sure I get the Scotch ale but we’ll go with it. I don’t get why this is the 12 bottled 6 pack from them…many beers they make are better for this, but it is still a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 02:44:25 | More by bobhits
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orsulacp

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This poured reddish brown with a light tan head. Good sweet malt nose and a bit nutty. The taste was sweet malty, I was expecting a bit more peaty/earthy. There was a good roasted malt component as it warmed up. I couldn't pick out any hops. It has a medium body and is very drinkable with a dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2006 15:12:18 | More by orsulacp
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MichaelMeister

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First sip of this beer was very good, second sip pretty good, although it seemed to taste a bit metallic.

This particular Scottish ale seemed to get more blasé as time progressed. The smell of the beer was of caramel, and bread, but no real caramel taste was present, unlike some other Scottish ales I’ve had and liked.

It was a smooth drinking beer, but the finish was fairly spicy, like cloves.

Did not like the way it finished. Another beer I wouldn’t turn down, but wouldn’t go out of my way to purchase.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2006 21:21:19 | More by MichaelMeister
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jcdiflorio

West Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 04:13:40 | More by jcdiflorio
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RickS95

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thin tan head, slow forming. Dark mahogany in color, not clear.

Subtle smell of malt, hops, alcohol. Very ordinary mouthfeel, not much happening.

Taste like a lot of Scottish ales I've had...hops and malt. Not sure of the alcohol on this brew, but the last part of the finish was the warming of the alcohol.

Not a bad beer, just very average.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 02:44:46 | More by RickS95
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LordAdmNelson

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this on tap and from a bottle, and I must say that this is probably my least favorite FFF beer. That's a good thing though, since this guy isn't that bad. A dark hazy brown in the glass with some tan head that sticks around a while. Smell is of some caramel, dark fruit, a hint of chocolate, and something that I can only describe as "bock-y-ness". Typically bocks are not my favorite beers due to something in the malt bill that I can't put my finger on. I know that's a broad claim to make, but there seems to me to be the same quality here. Taste follows suit with some nice notes of chocolate and caramel, but then that bock flavor hits again... reminds me of an artificial grape flavor, really. Little or no hop presence to be noted. Creamy and smooth, the MF isn't bad at all on this beer, and drinkability is a little limited by the fact that I'm not a huge fan of the taste. I can see why people like it, and technically, I think it's a pretty well-crafted beer, it just doesn't appeal to me THAT much.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2010 20:51:21 | More by LordAdmNelson
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark, clear, cherry-wood reddish brown. One finger of orangey tan head; decent retention and a little bit of lacing.

Smell is fairly bland. Some toasted malt notes, but I don't get a ton of malt in it. A lot of cooked-vegetable hops, leafy greens. Smells a fair bit like a marzen thanks to all the toasted malt aroma.

Taste is quite nutty with some toasty flavors here as well, fading into bland grassy-vegetal hops. Not bad, but kinda dull and uninspiring. I can drink it, but I'd rather drink something else.

Medium-bodied, pretty chewy in the mouth. Medium-high carbonation lifts it a lot. Wow, this has a lot of zip.

Overall, it's just sort of blah. It's malty, with some overcooked-broccoli hops. Meh.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 03:41:27 | More by zeledonia
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andrewjraab

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep and rich brown with some reddish tint to it. A thick and foamy head quickly boils down to a tight layer of dirty white head. Nice stick.

S - Caramel, coffee, sweet. A nice inviting nose on this.

T - The taste is a bit disappointing after smelling this. Malty, sweet, not much else sticks out. It tastes good, but it is just one note.

O - This is a decent, not great brew. I wouldn't really keep it in a rotation, but worth a try. First FFF brew that I'm not in love with.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 02:03:31 | More by andrewjraab
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packetknife

Idaho

3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I remember it well, up in MN after seeing Braveheart. Suprisingly drinkable for such a horseshoe. Nice deep reddish-auburn. Smells of hay and a little skank. A bit tart on the finish which was bizarre.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2002 19:42:24 | More by packetknife
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MJR

Missouri

3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: This one has a reddish-amber colored, crystal clear body with a head that starts out tiny and disappears quickly.

Smell: Aroma of sweet malt, with a slight metallic note. The overall smell is faint and weak.

Taste: Has a decent dose of sweet malt and caramel/butterscotch (diacytel) flavor. Finishes with the same metallic note that was in the smell, along with a touch of hop bitterness. Fairly one-dimensional...

Mouthfeel: Slighty oily and chewy with a 'medium-but-closer-to-light' thickness. Not thick enough for me.

Drinkability: O.k. I could drink a few of these if nothing else was available, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

This is a 9%abv brew?!? Didn't see that coming!

I know this is a 'Scottish' ale and not a 'Scotch' ale, which are heavier and maltier, but I'm tired of these wimpy, bland brews calling themselves Scottish-style beers. I want a thick, chewy, malty Scotch ale...I guess I'll have to brew one myself...

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2003 19:26:51 | More by MJR
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TheLongBeachBum

California

3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 fluid ounce tall thin brown glass bottle. The main label has an oval picture that contains a crazy looking bearded dude that is dressed like a war mongering mad Scotsman who looks like a stoned Ghengis Khan. No discernable freshness date or strength listed, but labeled as “It’s Not Normal”.

Appearance: Dark brown body with a polished chestnut clarity. Smooth light tan head comprised of very small bubbles lending a velvet appearance to the ¼” thick collar like head. Looks good, has excellent conditioning and leaves a light broken lacing.

Nose: Thick toffee caramel with some sweet sugar hints, like soft chocolate candy covered in frosted sugar. Feint hints of smoked peat’s. A bit tame for a Scottish ‘Style’ Ale.

Taste: Toasted malts, caramel and a light Devon toffee whisp. The smokiness rises in the middle of the beer but it is still restrained. Some malt and hop oils linger in the ending. Rather disappointing, but somehow very drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Medium body that feels lighter than it probably is. Smooth velvety texture with a soft feel on the tongue, malty with a light pine hop oil resiny feel in the after taste.

Drinkability: Well, I was rather astounded to realize that this beer is actually 9%ABV as I entered into my Excel Spreadsheet; it certainly hides it well, maybe too well.

Overall: Dare I say that this beer is all “wind and piss” – it lacks depth, complexity and falls short of a pleasing Scottish Ale for me. Not bad in general for a malty beer, just not great for a Scotch Ale.

Thanks to San Diego’s finest BA, xlperro, for this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2003 03:43:28 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Jackie O's tulip glass on 7/26/11
*From notes

Johnny Boy, I owe you yet another round of applause for putting this one in my hand. Cheers, my brotha....

A: What a gorgeous beer. Wonderfully dark and sappy amber. A good pour yields a 1.5 finger head that fades quickly, and leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

S: Huh - it smells like like a low key, kinda boring Brown Ale. Earthy and slightly charry. Where's the caramel and concentrated malt?

T: Mellow. Laid back without any standout features. Everything here kinda rolls over the palate in a very smooth and blasé kinda way. This would be a nice autumn beer by the bonfire. The finish comes off a bit like a honey infused root beer.

M: Light. Luckily, the carbonation here is spot-on, and it helps to carry this one in a big way.

O: Three Floyd's Robert the Bruce is a good, not great Scottish Ale. I can't really pinpoint what Three Floyds was going for here - whatever it is I certainly didn't get it.

Having said that, this is still a flavorful and easily drinkable beer. I hope to someday meet Robert again, and see if we can't get along a little better.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 17:49:41 | More by Rhettroactive
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syrupjoe

Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint glass

Pours a deep amber color with a light tan one finger head. No particulates.

Nose gives off hints of caramel malt, graininess, and some weird notes of oregano or something that reminds me of pizza.

Taste is syrupy and sweet, with simple caramel flavors and little graininess. Also a bit of plum fruitiness. A little hop zing.

Quite sweet on the uptake, with slightly bitter and acidic aftertaste. Moderate carbonation.

Overall this is an enjoyable beer, but boy is it sweet. Sweet enough to keep me from having more than one at a time. Wonder if it's under-attenuated? I think it could finish a lot more dry.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 01:12:30 | More by syrupjoe
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dankster

Colorado

3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

thanks to jamie for this bottle.

A- deep dark burnt red color. very little if any head

S- Peet and smoke malt. almost scotch whiskey like

T- Malt bomb x2 barely any hops to be tasted. peet and earthly notes. some herbal farm like taste.

M-thick and rich. a little heavy for me. but not bad

O- I am not a big fan of scotch ales but this one is ok. one is more than enough by itself. a hearty winter meal would be good to suit it.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 21:57:45 | More by dankster
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biker30x

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint with a deep glowing coffee color with medium rough head that left only a little lacing throughout. I don't normally love scottish ale (it's the peat). But the nose of this is dominated by malt and a burnt sugar sweetness. The taste is likewise light on peat, heavy on the toated malt and sugar. A spicy toffee rules over very thin hops and a hint of smoke. A surprising aftertaste of scotch whisky followed me all evening. Medium body with significant carbonation tends to cover some lack of depth. While it's one of the best (to my taste) Scottish Ales I've had, I wouldn't see this as one to drink all night or after the snow melts.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 17:34:45 | More by biker30x
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Kkottonmouthkngz

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: deep ruby red/brown with a fleeting kahki head, a small swirl of tiny bubbles left on top. a vigorous swirl yields a half finger head but its gone before i can get a sip.
S: big aromas of toffee and spices. theres a faint hop presence in the background, but maltiness is up front.
T: roasted malts provide the backbone. some nice sweetness with the toffee and powdered spice notes. this is nice and balanced to me.
M: pretty prickly carbonation brings the malts alive, and rather thick on the palate. im a big fan of the balance of everything here, its not too crazy outside of the box, but very enjoyable. theres hardly a hint of any alcohol so it just feels excellent.
D: ive never been one to drink many scotch ales, but purely because of the super malty nature. this i could have a few and be ok with it. quite nice, and recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 00:54:06 | More by Kkottonmouthkngz
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Stone Ruination IPA pint.

A- Dark amber, 2" light mocha head and decent blotching remains on the glass.

S- sweet amber malts, slight smoke and vanilla.

T- roasted amber malts, slight smoke/peat, and some hop bitterness.

M- medium body with a semi-dry dry finish that lingers.

O- I haven't had this beer in a few years and since I fell in love with IPA's. I wasn't missing a lot. This is a ok beer and a decent scotch ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 04:37:41 | More by kawilliams81
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SmithwicksNut

Missouri

3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark amber/mahogany color with a thin tan head that left lacing.

S - Strong maltiness, roasted, with butterscotch and a smokey hint with an ever-so-slight hoppy finish.

T - Strong maltiness with lots of roasting and a butterscotch aftertaste. Incredibly strong in flavor. Very tasty.

M - Crisp but smooth. Syrupy in flavor and texture but more medium in body.

D - It's overwhelming flavor paired with its medium body doesn't lend towards a very drinkable beer but it's certainly good!

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 22:00:02 | More by SmithwicksNut
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Kbogac

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip. Dark brown with a nice initial head, dissipates quickly. I don't get much for smell. A little malt but I have to work at it. I was a little disappointed. Taste is mostly malt with a little hops. Kind of dark roasty & sweet. More hoppy than I expected. Most of the flavor is towards the middle and finish. A good heavy but not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 03:23:32 | More by Kbogac
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divineaudio

Michigan

3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz into a tulip. from notes.

appears dark brown when poured, but is actually a very deep red when held up to a light. gave me a thin cap of tan head that went away quickly. no lacing.

s - caramel malt and a bit of dark fruit.

t - a serious malt bomb here. carmel and toasted malt character with a lot of brown sugar sweetness. some dark fruity notes crop up as does a light bitterness in the finish. almost makes me think of a toned-down barleywine.

m - thick and sticky sweet. could use more carbonation to lighten it up a bit.

o - pretty tasty and seems to fit the style, but i can't imagine having more than 1-2 of these in a night. it would be like ordering 2 desserts and realizing halfway through the second one that it was a bad idea.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 00:13:35 | More by divineaudio
Robert The Bruce Scottish Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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