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

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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 40
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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Photo of EseLocoSS
2.35/5  rDev -43.5%
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.

EseLocoSS, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Wadsey
2.85/5  rDev -31.5%
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. 

Wadsey, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of Savearth
3/5  rDev -27.9%

Savearth, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of iadler
3.15/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

iadler, Nov 14, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

BillMueller, Oct 09, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

antoines15, Jun 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Dontcounttoday, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

MasterSki, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of BUNZILLA
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

BUNZILLA, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of Sean9689
3.95/5  rDev -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.

Sean9689, Sep 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

CaptainNomihodai, Dec 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

jegross2, Jun 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

VaTechHopHead, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Thecherryman, Apr 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

brandoman63, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Jerry, May 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

THEOPTIMATOR88, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

RichH55, Dec 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

redblacks75, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

ADTaber, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

mynie, Nov 14, 2011
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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Robert The Bruce With Raspberries from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.