Barrel Aged Robert The Bruce With Raspberries - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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Ratings: 54 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
3.75/5 rDev -9.9%
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.
06-26-2012 17:46:01 | More by MasterSki
4/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
11-14-2011 03:16:35 | More by mynie
3.95/5 rDev -5%
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.
09-15-2011 15:41:13 | More by Sean9689
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
05-10-2012 22:43:13 | More by kawilliams81
4.43/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
09-08-2011 23:27:47 | More by cosmonick
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
09-07-2011 00:11:37 | More by yeahnatenelson
Barrel Aged Robert The Bruce With Raspberries from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
91 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.