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Barrel Aged Robert The Bruce With Raspberries - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

Barrel Aged Robert The Bruce With Raspberries
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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 13.16%


Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Scottish-style ale aged for one year in a bourbon barrel with raspberries. Just a delight.

30 IBU

(Beer added by: westweasel on 02-17-2007)
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Northdown. Served in a snifter.

A - Tan foam settles to a thick collar and splotchy lace. Very dark brown body with faint ruby notes.

S - Woah! Lots of bourbon here, with some mildly spicy dill notes from the oak. The mixture of intense barrel and raspberry acidity gives this a mild acetone note, and the base Scottish ale is but a distant memory. Did I mentioned the bourbon?

T - The taste is a tad better, with a nice mix of wood, toasted grains, and earthy bourbon, and perhaps a touch of raspberry puree in the finish. The harsh barrel flavors and mild nail polish are thankfully gone.

M - Medium body, that is a tad thin for the listed 9.5% but unsurprising considering the base beer. Lower carbonation, super dry and tannic, but thankfully not overly hot.

D - Considering the intense bourbon flavor it was surprisingly easy to put down the 12oz glass. That being said, I wasn't overly interested in having another glass. One of 3 Floyds' less compelling barrel-aged experiments.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2012 17:46:01 | More by MasterSki
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HoppinDad


4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the second beer I had on my first visit to FFF. It was served in a snifter which is perfect for a brew this aromatic. Visually the beer is very dark and a touch cloudy. The flavor profile is very complex and quite simply amazing. The bourbon flavor is first followed by vanilla-malt and finishes with subtle raspberry. You can taste the alcohol but is in no way overpowering. This is one that should be bottled, but since it is not, I can't wait to get Munster to have this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2012 00:10:14 | More by HoppinDad
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 3 Floyds brewpub. Served in a 8 oz chalice.

A- dark ruby brown. Ring of tan head and no lacing.

S- big bourbon and vanilla aromas, slight smell of rapberries.

T- tart raspberries, bourbon and vanilla.

M- light body and carbonation. Slight acidity at the finish.

O- good ba brown ale. Lighter for a barrel aged beers but the raspberry is a nice twist.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2012 22:43:13 | More by kawilliams81
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phisigben

Kentucky

4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at FFF XV

The color of this reminds me of muddy water but the brown is just a little lighter. Where the appearance was lacking the smell was very good, bourbon with a hint of raspberry and some caramel malt. The bourbon is up front on the taste, a nice subtle oakiness and a pick up a little vanilla the raspberry goes very well with the oakiness from the barrel aging there is also a nice sweetness from the malt. The mouth feel is good but it could have used a little bit more carbonation but the malt really comes through to help the mouthfeel. Overall a really good beer, I am normally not a fan of beers with fruit in it because the fruit is the predominate flavor but with this beer the bourbon is up front and the raspberry come in very subtlety.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2011 19:22:30 | More by phisigben
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Marty30

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at FFF XV party. Served into a plastic cup.

A. Dark muddy brown with a ruby tint to it. One finger offwhite head. A small amount of lacing.

S. Smells of bourbon and raspberries,with an underlying caramel and earthyness.

T. Just fantastic! Bourbon and wood with caramel and toffee with a nice tart raspberrry finish.

M. Medium well carbonated feel kind of a tart dry finish.

Overall one of the highlights of the Party for me. I had 3 glasses of this! I wish I could get ahold of more of this as it was awesome!

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2011 01:55:30 | More by Marty30
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EseLocoSS

Illinois

2.35/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Tasting on tap at the brewpub for the XV Anniversary party.

Pours a murky brownish pour. A frothy tan head dies to a ring, lace is minimal. Aromas are a nice dose of bourbon and raspberry.
Some more vanilla, light red fruit. Initially, it is medium bodied, offering some sweet sticky caramel, toffee, and cocoa. Raspberry flavor is very intense. Finish is raspberries hanging on with oak, vanilla, and caramel. I enjoyed this, fairly complex, a bit thinned out overall, but tasty. Overall, I didn't enjoy this at all. I'll have to rate this one pretty low as I didn't consider it very drinkable. Was only able to take about 2 or 3 sips of it to do the tasting and then just threw it out. I see other people seem to have liked it but it just wasn't my thing I guess. Not a fan of the intense raspberry profile.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2011 04:14:27 | More by EseLocoSS
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mynie

Indiana

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd like to say that there's no way this could possible have been screwed up, but since FFF has a mixed history with lower-strength BA beers I had some trepidation. Still, it was there. Not like I'll realistically have another chance at trying it...

Pours very grainy brown, roughly the same color as organic fruit leather. Smells like smooth oak and smoother raspberries. No tartness, not much sweetness. I never would have guessed this to contain raspberries just from smelling it.

Tastes more traditionally fruity, but again it's just fruit and wood. RtB is too passive of a pallet; it doesn't do anything to assert its beeriness against the stronger flavors. Still, the stronger flavors are each pleasant and they balance one another pretty well.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2011 03:16:35 | More by mynie
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iadler

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at FFF.

A- A murky brown with a thin cap.

S- Tons of oak and raspberries. Some red cherries and caramel malt are present as well. There is a medicinal aroma that reminds me a bit of children's cough syrup.

T- Medicinal qualities are in the taste as well with raspberries and earthy oak. Sweet caramel malt is in the background with cherries.

M- Medium carbonation and body with a syrupy mouthfeel that finishes sweet.

O- I was pretty disappointed with this beer. The medicinal qualities and the sweetness really hurt the drinkability and this is just a beer that didn't seem to handle the barrel aging process too well. Worth a try, but not something I really would get again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2011 00:24:52 | More by iadler
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at FFF. Poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a muddled brown color, thin collar, that's about it.

S - Raspberries right up front, nice caramel sweetness, brown sugar, light booze. Really enjoy the raspberries and burnt sugary notes.

T - Similar to the nose. Raspberries, burnt sugars, oak, light booze. The raspberries pretty much dominate the base beer, but there's still some sweetness and caramel notes left over.

M - Light to medium, light carbonation, decently fruity sweet finish.

O - I dig the base beer and I dig raspberries, so this one was enjoyable. The booze doesn't overpower the rest of the beer like I find with many of their other offerings. I would have again, no doubt. Give this one a try.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2011 15:41:13 | More by Sean9689
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Wadsey

Indiana

2.85/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

BA Bobby with Razz, according to the brewpub chalkboard on September 7, 2011 

Served in a snifter

A: Appears cloudy amber-brown with minimal head. Minimal retention and lacing. 

S: Raspberries are front and center. Combined with the strong presence of raspberries, the barrel treatment comes off like brandy. 

T: Dry raspberries, like the ones that have sat on the bush a little too long. Alcohol is represented disproportionately on palate, considering the beer's relatively low abv. Woody.  Medium-light bitterness. 

M: Medium-heavy body and medium-light carbonation. Limp mouthfeel and astringent. 

O: I wasn't convinced going in that Robert the Bruce would work as a base for a barrel-aged beer, but the raspberries drew me in. I found BA Bobby with Razz to be too much of a one-note beer, and the note wasn't particularly well executed. Mediocre. 

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2011 22:52:16 | More by Wadsey
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cosmonick

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky reddish brown ale with a small fizzy light red head.

Aroma: As the name would have you expect, I smell a lot of bourbon and raspberries. I really don't pick up on much else, but it smells great!

Taste: The brew starts with a tart raspberry front, a little sweet malt in the middle and finishes with a very smooth bourbon flavor. I scarcely detect any evidence of Robert the Bruce, which is fine as the Scottish Ale flavors compliment the raspberry and bourbon flavors.

Mouthfeel: It's a a little thicker than water with minimal carbonation.

Overall: I really enjoyed this ale. It was a fun and flavorful variation of a great beer.

Eis Igian,
Randall

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2011 23:27:47 | More by cosmonick
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a rosy mahogany brown with a slim sudsy beige head. Nice color - definitely raspberry-infused.

Smell -- Definitely one of the best-smelling of the FFF barrel-aged treatments, save for Dark Lord. Toffee and bourbon sweetness meet the gentle tartness of raspberry, boysenberry syrup, and an underlying roasty/caramelized malt note from the base beer. Smells like a posh brunch place.

Taste -- Gently tart raspberies, sweet bourbon, vanilla and toffee, well-caramelized malt from the Robert The Bruce. The palate is largely dominated by the sweet/tart interplay of the burbon and raspberries, though that's not to say that the base beer is completely overwhelmed. Rather, Bruce lays down a subtle malty baseline. Lingering flavor of sour mash bourbon and boysenberry.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with medium carbonation. Perhaps a hair lighter than regular Robert. Gentle throat warming from the bourbon; no harshness from the spirit, which got me to bump the mouthfeel score by 1/2 point.

Overall -- By a wide margin, this is the best low-ABV barrel-aged treatment from FFF. The bourbon booziness is well in proportion to the relatively lower ABV of RtB, and the raspberries work incredibly well - good call, whoever had the idea. The base beer doesn't ring out as well as I woud ideally like, but I'd still put this above regular RtB, and I would consider that an accomplishment.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2011 00:11:37 | More by yeahnatenelson
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youngblood

Indiana

4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Olde Town Ale House in Fishers.

First experience with a Scottish Ale. When poured there was maybe a fingers worth of head, the body giving off a dark caramel color. Quite pretty to look at. The smell hinted at delicious malts, caramel, and a bit of alcohol. The taste is very mellow malt, with an ever so slight bitterness. Almost bourbon taste at the back of the tongue. Alcohol is hidden very well, I had no idea its ABV was so high until I jumped on here. Delicious all around. Due to high ABV, drinkability is reduced.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2009 14:30:47 | More by youngblood
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westweasel

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the brewpub on 2/17/07. This beer was aged in a Woodford Reserve Bourbon Barrel for 1 year, and contained Raspberry Puree.

Smell - Strong bourbon scent with just a hint of raspberries.

Appearance - A hazy dark brown color with a red tinge. Very little head on the glass. No Belgian lace.

Taste - Light chocolate and faint caramel are there, but the strongest taste is the bourbon flavor. There is a wonderful late raspberry taste followed by a little lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Fairly full-bodied with a dry finish.

Drinkability - Excellent - not too sweet, too bitter, or too bourbony. The raspberry touch at the end makes you want to take another sip.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2007 23:10:59 | More by westweasel
Barrel Aged Robert The Bruce With Raspberries from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.