Robert The Bruce - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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2,941 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,941
Reviews: 973
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 195
Gots: 429 | FT: 14
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 sabrills70
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium brown with red highlights. Not much head or lace. Smell of roasted malt with some vanilla, and coffee. Taste is a sweet roasted malt with coffee, vanilla and alcohol coming through. A "light"porter if there is such a thing, that is except for the alcohol content. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy for me, but is good for the style - its more of a nice cool autumn night kind of a beer. Since it is a bit heavy it does not have great drinkability. Its more a a hang out and savor type. Give it a try if you get a chance.

Photo of garthwaite
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle. Appearance is very dark with a reddish brown tint. This bad boy smells of caramel & dark roasted malts. I'm tasting a little caramel and a touch of toffee flavor making it a bit sweet. There are also some subtle, but distinguishable hop flavors coming through, making this brew a bit more unique. Medium to full bodied & quite flavorful. On the sweet side, but relatively easy drinking. Overall, an enjoyable take on the style.

Photo of jackndan
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Robert the Bruce: This is one of those number of beers that I’ve probably had at least 25 times, yet never got around to reviewing. This is a Scottish Ale, a style which I must disclose is not a particular favorite of mine. Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

Pours an opaque orangish/brown, with a fair amount of tannish head. Slight lacing down the side of the glass.

The taste is, happily (at least to me) missing cloying sweetness that frequently ruins the enjoyment of Scotch Ales. Rich maple flavors, mixed with just a bit of coffee flavor are noted. In addition, and although it probably just my imagination, there is a understated hop profile running throughout this beer. I swear that deep into the aftertaste, I can taste just a wee bit of the Dreadnaught.

Smooth mouthfeel, but a little heavy in sweetness and alcohol to make this a session beer.


Photo of mobyfann
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paid $15 even for the Midwest Taster...

The appearence was a cola colored base with a nice tannish head, minimal retention and no real lacing. The aroma of this brew was refreshing; strong hints of malts, lighter hints of sweet, chocolate and smoky flavors!

The taste is out of this world, it brigns together all the flavors the aroma hinted into a wonderful sample. The best part of this is the lack of alcoholic taste for a 9% brew, the best in this abv catergory by far. The mouthfeel is good, nice and smooth from first gulp to last gulp. The drinkability I rate high against becasue of the high abv and the lack of the beer showing it.

Final Thought: This is quite a remarkable final product, my first brew from Three Floyds and definately not the last, I thank the providers of the 'Midwest Taster' for this addition!

Photo of StuFox
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a big fan of this beer. It has a level of chocolate and coffee flavor usually reserved for much heavier stouts, and manages to generate those flavors without becoming too bitter. Much more subtle than other similar scotch ales (i.e. Dirty Bastard). This beer has a complex taste with chocolate, scotch, malt, and hops all playing off each other. The color is a dark reddish brown. High carbonation and smooth going down, this beer hits all the marks. It could have more of a nose though.

Photo of jimdkc
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, clear reddish brown. Nice color. Not much head, but a persistent foam ring that leaves a little lace. Good roasty, toasted malt aroma with hints of carmel and some floral hops. Taste is very malty with some smokiness and a touch of sweetness. Nice malt/hop bitterness on the finish. Alcohol is noticeable, but fairly well masked... you notice it a bit more when about halfway through the beer. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin but not bad. Pretty satisfying, overall.

Thanks to deejaydan for the sample!

Photo of benmiliron
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paid $1.50 for a single.

Dark brown in the glass, kind of translucent. Good, chewy maltiness. Heavy burnt malt, but quite a good selection of malts make it a great balance. Not much notice of hops, but they are there in the background. I could probably drink this all day. I'd love to try this on tap.

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

12oz bottle from a 6-pack purchased at Vienna Whole Foods, Vienna, VA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" beige head over the reddish brown brew, and laced okay. Slight aroma of sweet dark malts with a slightly apparent smoke component, which is as a Scottish Ale should be, as noted in my on-tap review. Nice to see the on-tap and bottled presentation be similar. Taste followed the nose's lead, with the smokieness a bit more prominent. Alcohol not noted in the taste, but the lip-smacking stickness illustrates that it's in there... Mouthfeel and drinkability great for the style.

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

poured out a deep caramel brown with a 1/4 to 1/2 inch head that dwindles and leaves no lacing to speak of.
smell was all malt, caramel some raisin and port. At first pour the aroma almost reminded me of chocolate covered raisins, As it warmed the alcohol was more present in the aroma and the smell was changed to that of brandy and port, still with a hint of the raisin quality. very nice.
taste was the same, chilled it was all malt, caramel with hints of it warmed the alcohol was there with brandy and port flavors lingering.
So I bought another 6er recently and its no where enar what it was. possible bad batch. It was more barley winesque then anything and was plain harsh in the mouth. I dropped my scores based on that. It was harsher but still was a good beer just not as enjoyable as my first tasting.

Photo of HopHeadKen
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark Copper Orange color with thick cream colored head that dissipates slowly.
Condensation formed on the glass so fast, I could not get a good feel for the clarity.
I do not detect much aroma, just a trace of malt. First taste is carmel malt which lingers.
Every taste is malt; but there is what I perceive to be a trace of smoke (peat ?)

Hops are almost imperceptible, but this could be because I drink so much IPA.
(I waited three days after my last IPA to taste this because I wanted a full experience)
There is overwhelming carmel and malt in every taste. Mouthfeel is good, about average, not thick, and I do not detect any alcoholic flavor. This bottle does not say what the ABV for this beer is.

I will try anything by Three Floyds, and I could drink several of these, but given the choice of an IPA, Stout or Porter, I would probably choose those; especially Three Floyds Alpha King.

Photo of Enygma
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep copper color. Nice 1 1/2 finger head, giving way to a beautful lacing that slides gently down the glass with the beer.

Smell: Malty aroma, definite caramel tones, though overall the smell is subtle. Not a strong aroma, though definitely pleasing to the senses.

Taste: Rich malt up front, with a delicate kiss of hops at the back. The caramel malts come through quite strongly, with slight roasted flavors in accompaniment. The hops then comes in providing a perfect balance for the beginning malty sweetness. Alcoholic tones come accross very minutely, noticeably mingling with the hops to bring about a warming feeling to work alongside the growing drynesss.

Overall: Definitely a quality brew, and exceedingly drinkable considering its alcoholic content. I feel like I could drink this one all night if I were so inclined. I will definitely make a habit of keeping this one stocked in the beer fridge.

Photo of frazbri
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Photo of Sixpack595
2.76/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well it sure smells hoppy, don't know why... Hop flavor and bitterness is strongly evident also. The malt flavor is barely there with a slight carmel flavor. Mediocre beer but a crap scotch ale. It ssems to be lacking all the good qualities of the style and throwing in a few bad traits from others too. I wish they had called it something else so I could have avoided wasting my time. What the heck am I going to do with the other 5?

Photo of ZAP
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasty wee heavy here ...awesome nose of toasted malt...caramel...toffee..vanilla ..and some floral hoppiness....body is full but easy drinking...slides down easy...flavor is big maltiness...a lot of caramel and toffee...this has an earthy feel to it...hops begin to present themselves more assertively on the finish...a slightly dry finish...reddish brown color....

I really like this a lot....just short of being outstanding...I would buy this again if I ever see it...recommended if you like this style...alcohol is not noticable....wish it was just a bit beefier....

Photo of oracle
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

20 oz imperial pint in a traditional english pint glass.

Beer arrived with a 1 inch very dense slightly off-white head that settled to thin head in about 2 minutes. Beer was a clear, but very dark copper.

Immediate smell was pretty typical of scottish ales, with fruit characteristics with strong malts also present.

Tasted tangy, with the fruity flavors almost fighting with the malts for
dominance. Definately less malty than other Scotch ales, with a finish that is hard for me to describe. An associate who also drank one claimed it as a woody, indeed a pine wood like flavor and immediately dubbed the beer Robert the Spruce. I not sure if I agree or disagree yet.

overall a good sipping beer and I will probably order again.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank a sample of Robert The Bruce on-tap at the brewery several months ago and wasn't that impressed. I'm willing to believe that that was at least partly due to the 'plastic cup effect', hence I expect this bottle to impress me a little more. This is Three Floyds after all.

Hazed orangish bronze with a light caramel-colored head that is soft, yet substantial. A thick, short collar of lace is beginning to form as the cap deflates. Ultimately though, the amount of lace that actually sticks is underwhelming.

The nose is reasonably complex and consists of caramel malt with definite notes of fruit (apple) and nuts. It could be a little stronger though. The flavor is more simple than the nose and is sweetly caramel malty to the near exclusion of all else. As it warms I can appreciate chocolate and a hint of smoky peatiness. At least I don't think that the peat is my imagination run amok.

There's a smidgen of hoppy bitterness, but RTB has to be Three Floyds's least hoppy beer by far. The 7% ABV is exceptionally well hidden. My tastebuds don't pick up any alcohol and the beer isn't really warming as it's swallowed, but I can appreciate a pleasant, warm 'bloom' in my stomach after several ounces. Nothing at all wrong with the body/mouthfeel. Medium-full, soft, subdued carbonation.

Believe it or not, Robert The Bruce is only the second Scottish Ale that I've ever had. I'm not sure if my lack of enthusiasm (it's good, but not great) is because I don't care for the style or because it isn't a great representation of that style. Only one way to find out... drink more beer. What a great idea.

Photo of aaronbeach69
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

very good... especially when it gets bitter at the end.
I enjoy this for a suprising punch, it's a real man's beer, not the strongest thing you'll ever taste, but something that little sissies can't just sit around and enjoy, kindof makes you feel good as you enjoy it and know that this enjoyment is something you have acquired... I gave my freind one the other day and he had to come to me and ask me if I wanted to finish it for him.... in front of everyone. I could just see his bud-light-drinkin face trying to hold back the defeat after tastin a real beer...

as for taste, very hoppy. At room temperature I could only enjoy the hoppiness for about half the beer, but slightly chilled the hoppiness was very nice till the last drop and the feeling the high-gravity leaves on your tounge compliments the fruity aftertaste. An exotic beer.. almost spicy... A manly adventure well advised

Photo of CSquared
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

Appearance: Deep brown/mahogany with a medium brown head. Head quickly dies, leaving mild lacing.

Aroma: Roasted malts and chocolate. Faint smokey notes present.

Taste: Alcohol presence is noticeable, but not pronounced for 9% ABV. Nice roasted maltiness, but on the weak side for a scotch ale. Bitterness and sweetness are nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Decent. Smooth with mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent for a Scotch Ale, due to subdued alcohol prsence. Quite smooth drinking. This beer could easily get you in to trouble though quickly.

Photo of Gritsak
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

dark brown with a quickly dissipating head that laces well...when you hold it up to the light a little burgandy color shows through.

smell is roasted nuts and malt

taste is nice and full..the malt really shows through. and leads sweet finish..alcohol is dectable, but not overly

mouthfeel is very full and thick with medium/low carbonation

drinability is decent. with the strong flavor (and abv%) i wouldnt want to drink more then one or two at most in a sitting. otherwise i think the flavor would become a bit much.

resembles some of the barley wine that ive tasted (again probably because the 9% abv), but with much more malt and roasted flavor. while this isnt my favorite beer to date, its nontheless a good one.

Photo of ark57
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a beautiful dark mahogany that is clear and has a thin tan head. The aroma is malty with a little bit of everything (caramel, nuttiness, smokiness, and slight chocolate) except that there is no discernable hops. The body is malty, yet it seems a bit thin for the style. It is slightly smokey and nutty with a sweet fruity finish. The carbonation is a bit too much and there is also a tinge of alcohol throughout, but overall an enjoyable brew.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a polished cherry wood color into a pint glass. Small head maintains a light covering and collar.

Aroma - a smoky, coffee-laced nose and some alcohol esters. A little wisp of raisins now and then.

Taste - starts out with some decent, mildly sweet malting. As the carbonation breaks that up, some soft whiskey notes emerge and some low key hops. Malty, scotchy finish, a balanced ending. Hides its 9% abv well at times and other times it comes through quite noticeably.

Mouthfeel - smooth, of average weight and carbonation.

Drinkability - good Scottish ale, I'd buy it again. A style that I'm beginning to enjoy more.

Photo of Ellbert
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nice deep brown color with a little bit of haze and floaties at the bottom. There is a nice rocky head on this beer that leaves some nice lace.

Smell: There is alcohol in the smell and sweet roasted style malts are in the nose. Some caramel slips in there also.

Taste: Big malt flavors with subtle hop flavors. Alcohol is there but get very evident as the brew warms.

Mouthfeel is a little weak on this beer. Alcohol proabably has something to do with this.

Overall a good beer that I will probably buy again.

Photo of Skidz
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nice brown color and sits dark crimson in the class with a thick tan head on top.

Smells lightly roasted with sweet caramel, chocolate and a bit of spiciness/herbal character to it. Good hops covering the whole aroma.

Tastes of sweet malts with a light hoppy overtone. Spice and malt continue into finish along with a bit of nuttiness and bitterness finishing it up.

Extra smooth and silky in the mouth, with light carbonation. So smooth and tasty, it goes down with no effort. A delightful brew.

Photo of Bighuge
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking mahogany tone to this brew. Thin, creamy beige head. Lacing is adequate. Nose is smokey and chocolatey. Some roasted grain in the background as well. Pretty nice. There's a nice charred malt presence on the palate, with some peaty and bittersweet tones as well. Taste is very nice. Nice chocolate characteristic. Just damn smooth and enjoyable.

Photo of Redrover
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the Twisted Spoke in Chicago.

The beer was poured with virtually no head, it was a dark brown with nice lacing.

The nose was of roasted malts, a hint of coffee and the nice fresh rye bread smell.

The taste was nice. Definitely sweeter than I expected. Lots of smoky malt taste with a subtle bit of molasses thrown in. As I worked through the beer, an alcohol presence started to emerge, but it was not overpowering or distracting.

Beer had extremely low carbonation, which I thought suited the style very well. The mouthfeel was a combination of smooth and oily that was fine. Easy enough beer to drink, but I’m not sure you would consider this one a session beer.

Robert The Bruce from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 2,941 ratings.