Robert The Bruce - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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2,796 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,796
Reviews: 951
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 184
Gots: 331 | FT: 14
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:
A full-bodied Scottish-style Ale with a well-rounded malty profile and roasted biscuit-like notes.

24 IBU

(Beer added by: purplehops on 08-06-2001)
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Photo of 1FatJ
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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) 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.

Photo of MaximalC
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of Treyliff
4/5  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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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.9/5  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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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Maxwell
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of JohnG190
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
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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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of mtomlins
3.91/5  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!

Robert The Bruce from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
87 out of 100 based on 2,796 ratings.