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Robert The Bruce - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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973 Reviews

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Reviews: 973
Hads: 3,042
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 208
Gots: 479 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States | website

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 CO-Bloom
4.54/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite styles, but unfortunately not a lot of brewers are making it. This is beer is so deliciously malty, with the smokey peat you expect from the style and hints of caramel and toffee. I love scotch ales and to me this rides the difference between the lighter Scottish ales (90 schilling, Laughing Lab and Wee Mac.) and the bigger scotch ales out there (Old Chub, Claymore and Wee Muckle). It is an easy drinking sweet, malty delight. Great gateway into the bigger but less made malty beers. I think 3Floyds kills it in every style they try.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - 4 - Poured a dark mahogany brown with light tinges of dark ruby. Weak head potential, formed about a 1/3 finger of light tan head, weak head retention, no lacing.
S - 4 - Simplistic and bold. Malts and peat smoke.
T - 4.5 - Upfront there is a maltiness with a light sweetness of distant caramel and whiskey, very very distant and light, but present. This fades into a slightly bitter, malty finish.
F - 3.75 - Decent mouthfeel, medium body.
O - 4.25 - One of the best "standard scotch ales" that I've ever had. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Dboyd0041
4.79/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent, Smooth. Wonderful tasting brew from Three Floyds. It is one of the best beers that I have tried overall. I highly recommend it if you can get your hands on it, as it can be quite hard to get from what my local beverage store said. Worth the price, but it is fairly expensive. Keep in mind you are getting a high quality beer.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

O: hard to say why I like this beer, but I really like it. Clean, deep, and earthy. Sweet and perfectly carbonated, with just a touch of dark fruit. I love it.

A: poured opaquish brown, with a 1 cm head. I feel like this could benefit from some more red in the coloring

S: smells musty, with hints of brown sugar and cinnamon. A little coppery, too.

T: flavor is delicious. A little bit of oxidation, but I think that's my fault. There's some cinnamon and dark fruit throughout

F: nice carbonation, on the high medium end. Some good viscosity

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Photo of Jonoesh5
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

A dark brown opaque body without a head

S roasted nuts, heavy malts, mild cleaning solution

T creamy, stout-like, baked bread, peppery

M smooth, alcoholic warmth

O Not my favorite Scottish Ale. Overall, offers a very enjoyable, complex palate

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

Growler poured into shaker pint. Dark brown with copper hues. Solid finger of frothy khaki head.

Aroma is deep malts with a healthy dose of caramelized sugars. Slightly roasted nuttiness and a lightly peated undertone. Doughy and earthy. Toffee and toast. A touch of butterscotch which may either be diacetyl or caramelization. Light fig-like esters. No noticeable hop aromas and a subdued alcohol presence.

Aroma is very richly malted. Smoked peat is more prevalent than it was in the nose. Slightly estery and caramelized brown sugar. Sweet toffee and a slightly bitter roastiness to balance out the finish.

Medium-bodied and a little under-carbonated, but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt due to the growler. Soft mouthfeel with a touch of alcoholic warmth.

Overall, this seems to ride the line between an 80/- and 90/- Shilling. It's richly malted and quite drinkable considering it's 6.5% ABV, though avoids becoming cloying. It's an excellent attempt but doesn't quite match the better Scottish distilleries. Still a pleasant and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of SSS
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

A-Dark brown color with a slight hint of orange, off white head dissipates quickly
S-light toffee, caramel aroma
M-satisfyingly full body, carbonation is slightly peppery
T-Good bitterness that balances the malty goodness. There is a watery component that I can't figure out...
O-Decent beer for it's intended style, I was honestly expecting more, but pleased nonetheless.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am really digging these types of beers lately, but I absolutely loved this one. I grabbed a few sixers of FFF while travelling around, and I'm glad I want to the hassle here.

L (4.5): Pours a nice dark color. Not much head to speak of, but that's okay.
S (4): Has a nice malty smell. Not a whole lot of aroma, but there shouldn't be.
T (5): This beer tastes fantastic. Great malty flavor without being too sweet. Not very hoppy, which is good here. As soon as a put the glass down I grabbed it for another drink!
F (4.5): Pretty good mouthfeel here. It's not super carbonated, which makes it smooth. Not particularly thick or anything. Goes down good!

Overall I really liked this one. I just kinda discovered English Milds and Scottish Ales this year. I found one locally that I really enjoy, and this one is better. I wish I had more than a 6 pack . . .

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look 10/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 7/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 88/100

Real nice Scottish Ale, monster malt bill. Has an almost chocolatey/malt ball taste. Could almost be confused with a light porter or possibly a bock if I didn't know better. It's a deep red, the color is really beautiful. Leaves a faint after taste maybe tobacco? I can only compare this to Founders 'Dirty Bastard' I will say Founders has a bit more full high octane feel. Maybe more balanced and smoother. This is ever so slightly more watery... However, this is very drinkable and has good medium body~

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Photo of BigDaddyfromtheNati
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Sneaky brew. Great taste, lots of flavors. It packs a punch but doesn't seem strong. It's my new favorite. I order it every time I find it on tap.

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Photo of HuskyHawk
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle. Color is a deep rich red mahogany. Just gorgeous, nearly fully opaque. Smell is candied yams, and caramel. Taste was impressively balanced, there is a little sweetness, but never cloying. Lots of caramel flavors, some dark raisiny fruit coming through as well. Mouthfeel was very full, rich and round. The carbonation is light, but it suits the style. Just a delicious scotch ale.

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Photo of dar482
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

The beer comes in a dark copper color.

The aroma has high grain wheat toasted bread with some caramel sweetness.

The flavor follows with that grain toasted bread flavor that offers some nuttiness and toasted seeds. A medium caramel sweetness. A medium to medium minus mouthfeel.

A middle of the road brew that is well made, but I don't feel a desire to return to it.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass. Date on bottle says 08/25/2014.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish amber with a lot of rising bubbles. About one finger of beige head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A toasty and fairly sweet malt forward aroma with hints of caramel and biscuit. Roasted barley malt with upfront hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, toast, and yeast along with hints of chocolate, cream, and nuts. Also some hints of smoke, peat, and leather. Sweet scent of brown sugar. Hops are pretty light. A solid malty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a toasty and sweet malt driven taste with notes of caramel, biscuit, and chocolate. Upfront roasted malt with notes of caramel, toffee, chocolate, toasted bread, biscuit, yeast, and nuts. Sweet notes of brown sugar along with some cream. Subtle notes of peat, leather, and smoke. Subtle notes of earthy hops. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and very smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty solid malty Scottish Ale. Solid toasty malt notes with some nice creamy smoothness.

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Photo of rudzud
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice crystal clear dark mahogany hue with a thin half finger off white head that fades to leave a creamy halo and a very, very thin blanket. 4 (x .05 = .2)

S - Aromas of loads of caramel and malt sweetness, nice roasted notes, touches of a cereal grain. Lighter yeast, light nuttiness, almost brown ale like. 3.75 (x .2 = .75

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Rather malt heavy, big brown sugar, sweeter malts, caramel, light toffee, touches of chocolate. The yeast balances it out and there are some nice grains, but not getting much roast. 3.75 (x .45 = 1.688)

M - Mouthfeel is lighter bodied but almost heavy and syrupy. Just weighed down by a stickiness. 3.5 (x .1 = .35)

O - Overall, I've had much better representations of this style of beer. Had high hopes for it but just way, way to sweet/malt heavy. 3.5 (x .2 = .7)

Total Rating Score: 3.69
Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of Gear54
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a pint glass.

A: pours dark red with about 1/4 inch of thin foam that disappears quickly. I did get several rings of lace that clung to my glass through out.

S: dominated by yeast and malts.

T: a bit sweet at times giving off brown sugar notes. Yeast, malts, and a bit of oak bitterness at the end.

M: smooth and quite easy drinking. I would say medium for mouthfeel

O: not even close to my favorite from Three Floyd's or even a Scottish Ale for that matter. Not bad...but not great either.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Deep mahogany with amber accents. Dense khaki head

S- Smokey peat, cocoa nibs, crystal malts.

T- Follows nose well. Slight bitterness present for a style that doesn't normally have it. Lots of roasted malts and caramel. Some bready character.

M- Creamy, lighter body. Rich, yet smooth. Dry finish.

O- Very good. Top notch for the style.

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

Draft pour at Kuma's Too in Chicago, Illinois. I think this is the second or third time I have had this one. Reviewed from hand-written full notes.

A- Poured from the tap to my pint glass with a deep caramelized brown sugar body with a very thick, light tan head. Creamy texture and good retention. A small frothy ring leaves sheets of lace with drizzle and webs as well.

S- Toasted, nutty Brown malts pop out of the glass. Maltiness is certainly the center off attention with just a bit of dark fruity yeast. Cereal grains, toasted nuts, toffee and caramel.

T- Heavy malts make for a fairly rich flavor. Notes of toasted nuts, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, cereal grains, slight cocoa roast, biscuit and a moderate sweetness. Yeast provides some balance with dark fruits and a bready feel.

MF- Moderately thick, chewy creamy body that is very silky and smooth. Medium carbonation and a definite lack of any bitterness allowing malts to truly shine.

Toasted Brown malts lead to a semi-decadent, satisfying experience especially along side a massive burger at Kuma's. Great job making a less popular style by FFF.

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Photo of PPOmaha
2.94/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Aroma: Medium-light slightly sweet burnt caramel malt aroma. Sulfur is high, very beany. Medium bright earthy hop aroma. No DMS, No diacetyl. No alcohol.

Appearance: Mahogany with brown highlights. Thin dense tan head.

Taste: Medium toffee malt flavor. Hints of chocolate, coffee, and caramel. Low earthy hop flavor: herbal and woody. Esters aren't detectable. No DMS, No diacetyl.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body with medium low carbonation. Not creamy, some slight sweet slickness that lingers on the tongue. No alcohol warming.

Overall: Well brewed example of a 80 Schilling, nothing stands out here though as special. The sulfur in aroma really detracts from the overall beer. I won't go back to it, but it does hide its alcohol well.

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Photo of Bills453
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice glass.

Appearance - a brown color with a reddish tint. light brown frothy head that leaves quickly leaving a nice lacing.

Smell - the yeasty/bready smell is the strongest attribute. Smells like my wife just came home from a bakery. I want to eat it.

Taste - very much like the bread, i think most of this beer's flavor comes from the yeast. It is not too strong in flavor, but it has a refreshing taste that would make you want to come back for more.

Mouthfeel - goodstuff

Overall - Enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Craigory
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle dated 03/06/14. Poured into a Highland snifter.

A: Pours a deep cola body that reveals ruby tinting when held to the light. Forms a half-inch beige head, which quickly subsides to a cap and ring.; this leaves some nice splotchy lacing as I drink.

S: A little cocoa powder, actually, and a bit of bready malt.

T: Hits with some earthy hops up front, making way for bready malt and a bit of dark-fruit-lightly-dusted-with-cocoa-powder. Not complex for the style, but the hint of cocoa is nice.

M: Medium-bodied, with far too much carbonation. This moves the flavors along a little too quickly, and leaves my tongue tingly after each sip.

O: This is a good beer, but not great for the style. The slight twist on the flavor profile is welcome, but the strong carbonation distracts from this.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

if you like the scottish style ales, this is one for you, a true beauty on the malt bill, and while not as complex as some of the other three floods beers, it certainly exudes the same high quality and attention to detail as the others. dark caramel in color with a nose that smells like caramel in the works, sugar melting into butter, with just a slight burning toast character. not much more than a quarter inch of tan foam on it. the flavor is awesome, and it comes in layers, with the sweet part of the malt coming and going quickly with a saint brown sugar flavor, but it moves into a richer, more bready, almost german malt complexion, with maybe the faintest hint of smoke as it finishes. rich is the best way to describe it, but not decadent, just full flavored and even fuller bodied. i find it remarkably drinkable nevertheless, and enjoy the punctuating carbonation. one of those beers that wins awards because its well done and real true to style. i love the grain flavors on this, its different than most, with even a hint of maple or honey as it goes down. i like this a lot in fall weather, but it works here in early summer too, especially in a morning drinking context, especially because the alcohol isn't stupidly high for no reason, i could have multiples of this no problem.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark mahogany color with a quarter inch of beige head. Good clarity. Plenty of Brussels lacing. Nice sweet,dark malty aroma. Lots of sweet,dark malt with a trace of smokiness in the fade. The mouth is a bit sticky and chewy. This is a very subtle beer and I really like the aroma.

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Photo of bnes09
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark, ruby-chocolate color. Thinish head recedes to a ring around the glass with minimal lacing.

Smell is robust and malty with caramel and roasted notes.

Roasted almond upfront in the palate. Sturdy wheat backbone. Buttery. Lots of caramel. Hint of plum. Mild, leafy hop. Rich, malty character overall, as it should be.

Full bodied, smooth feel. Malty, grainy texture. Well carbonated.

Great example of a well executed scotch ale. Haven't had one of these in a while and it sure hit the spot.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is deep red and poured a light frothy one finger head.

Smells nutty, malty, and slightly caramelly.

Nuts, roasted malts, and slightly boozy.

Mouthfeel is a little thin for what I like in a scotch ale.

Overall this is just a mediocre offering from Three Floyd's. They should probably stick with standard pales and IPAs.

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Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Minimal light tan head, dark with a copper/reddish hue in the light
rather minimal scents coming from this beer, alcohol, malt, caramel
light alcohol presence weaved in and out of this beer, mild malt, sweet caramel, dried fruit flavors in the finish. Light Orange/citrus.
I've been becoming a big fan of scotch ales as of late. This is a really well balanced and enjoyable beer. This one ranks high up on my list for this style of beer.


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Robert The Bruce from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 973 ratings.