Robert The Bruce
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Style:
Scottish Ale
Ranked #5
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #17,242
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 10.8%
Reviews:
1,019
Ratings:
3,274
From:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
 
Indiana, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  238
Gots
  579
SCORE
87
Very Good
Robert The BruceRobert The Bruce
Notes: A full-bodied Scottish-style Ale with a well-rounded malty profile and roasted biscuit-like notes.

24 IBU
Reviews: 1,019 | Ratings: 3,274 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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HopHunterCL from Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep brown color with one finger of off white head.
The first thing that came to mind when smelling this was pretzels. Very roasted malty aroma.
Slightly sweet bready flavor. Transitions to an herbal bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel is silky smooth medium body with light carbonation.
I really enjoyed the malt flavor of this brew. A nice change of pace from the hoppier beers that dominate the shelves

Jul 05, 2021
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Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Gorgeous brown/ruby with a thick creamy head and great lacing.

S: Somewhat subtle, but very nice caramel with a touch of roast and faint herbal hops.

T: Firm bitterness for the style, balancing out the sweetness of lush caramel flavors. Some toasty/roasty elements too. Not much in the way of hop flavor, but perhaps some light herbal notes.

F: Full bodied, very creamy and smooth.

Overall: A really outstanding scottish ale. Probably more bitter than is traditional, but it really helps cut the sweetness. I could definitely see having a sixer of this around every now and again. Recommended.

Mar 11, 2021
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Robert The Bruce brewed by 3 Floyds Brewing Co. , with an ABV of 6.50 % This Scottish Ale pours out of a 12oz bottle into a pint beer glass. The color is a nice light brown color with a nice off white head. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with roasted goodness, mixed with grains and malts. There is also a nice sweetness in the smell as well. So far Robert The Bruce is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors. You pick up a nice amount of sweet roasted grains and malts. The body of Robert The Bruce is a solid medium. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. I can't get over how smooth this brew is, it is really hard to pick up on the 6.50% ABV in this brew, it is just that smooth. The mouth feel is Bold, Sweet, Roasted, Clean, Smooth, and Refreshing. Overall I going to give Robert The Bruce a 4.25 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again givin the opportunity too. 3 Floyds Brewing Co.,did a super nice job with this style of brew.

Dec 19, 2020
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

**
09/03/20

Bottle to snifter.

Look dark brown. Medium beige head, with cream anus and legs. Very good retention.

Aroma is malti and PT. Strong on barley, hints of Raisin, plum and brown sugar.

Taste is grape, red wine, raisin, baking soda.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and lacking in carbonation even though carbonation is evident in the appearance. Body is medium to full which may account for the lack of perceived carbonation.

Overall a very nice Scotch ale.
**

Sep 04, 2020
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John123will from Indiana

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall a solid beer. It is a dark, almost black beer. Not great head retention but it did have a nice white head when first poured. The smell and taste had a nice malty and toasted quality that is perfect on a fall day. There was also pretty good mouthfeel. Little bit of prickliness and a nice toasted aftertaste.

Jun 14, 2020
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark tan head is thin and creamy atop, 1/2 inch, with a very active surface from the carbonation as well audible tones. The head quickly dissipates to a polished surface in mere seconds. The pour was a rich cola, with a noticeable strong carbonation and weak window dressing.

S: Deep caramelized malts, toasted grains and bread. Dried molasses sweetness with earthy notes of peat, damp moss and sweet figs. Some creamer coffee of good strength and backnotes of chocolate.

T: Spicy cola and toasted caramel for flavor has a solid strength and backbone per style that wows you from the start. Deep munich malts, touch of honey sweetness, and dried toffee. Earthy coffee, roasted nuts and sweet raisiny notes of figs. Toasted oak is highlighted by some vanilla. Light spiciness of cinnamon, licorice, and cardamon. Final thoughts of smooth wet charred oak barrels with a light smokey and chocolate touch.

M: Solid mouthful, oily feel, full bodied with a slick and spicy warmth on the hold.

O: Overall its refreshing to revisit this lesser produced style. You forget just how good beers can be malt accented, other then being hypnotized by the hops. Earthy deep toasted malts and grains, sweet, spicy with a big captivating flavor that reels you in from the first sip. Outstanding flavor, great drink-ability and gets progressively better with each sip. Multi-worthy and an outstanding rating per style and as a standalone even if you are not.

Feb 29, 2020
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Dark red-brown, similar time a sun brewed black tea. Thin caramel foam fades to a ring with only temporary lacing.

S: Sweet figgy pudding with light booziness. Sweet tobacco.

T: Caramel malts, sweet tea, earthy, and toffee. Mostly dry.

F: Moderately thin, high carbonation.

O: Not bad for the style. I like that it’s on the drier end of the spectrum.

Jan 04, 2020
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. A slightly hazy amber color with a thick tan head. Aroma and taste were aligned and featured rich caramel malt, toast, and subtle toffee. Balanced well with a floral hop presence. Medium bodied and clean finishing. Overall this was an outstanding Scottish ale. One of the best shelf versions that I have tasted.

Nov 14, 2019
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Dollar Store #beerking glass.

Appearance
Mahogany with ruby highlights. Good clarity with moderate carbonation. 1 finger of tan head.

Nose
Molasses, toffee, caramel, and peat smoke.

Taste
Biscuit and peat smoked malt. Molasses, caramel, and toffee.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, smooth, and sweet.

Overall
Smooth and sweet makes for a decent Scotch Ale.

Nov 08, 2019
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2 12oz bottles into a glass mug tonight, courtesy of my friend Josh.

Looks good in the glass, clear reddish brown body with a small off white head which persists in some form throughout, leaving a little lacing initially.

Sweet aroma, toffee, sugars, molasses.

Tasty brew. The sweetness is the big story, but it's not cloying at all. Syrup and molasses, malty goodness. As nice break from the usual hop assault on my taste buds

Mouth is a little above medium, finish a slightly sweet wash.

Overall, a nice surprise to find this one at a family gathering tonight. Thanks Josh!

Oct 17, 2019
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 06/10/19.

Deep, dark, crimson-hued brown pour. The head is ivory in color, without much rising up above the beer, but settling into various shapes on top of the beer.

Caramelized sugar and toffee on the nose, with subtle earthy hints that round out the initial sweetness well. Sweet malt serves the backbone.

Similar to the nose, with much more maltiness coming out immediately. Balanced nicely by molasses and caramel, it’s sweet but there’s a mild earthy bitterness that cuts through and prevents it from being overly so. As it warms, toast and licorice begin to emerge.

Medium-bodied, with a mild syrupy quality and soft but effervescent carbonation. Finishes with small amounts of residual mouth coating and an appropriate warmth on the tail.

Sep 01, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 2/3/16; drank 3/13/16 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque brown/purple appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice tan head; nice frothy lace.

Brown sugar, molasses & autumn leaf notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Acorn, brown sugar & molasses flavors. A bit too malty & sweet; mildly enjoyable but lacking in balance.

Sep 01, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(16 oz pint, at Monk's... review from notes, verbatim)

A red-brown ale... somewhat toasty-bitter... bit of alcohol and over-dried burnt cherry in the finish... rather American interpretation...

follow up (12 hours later)... basically, this tasted (and looked) like a red American brown ale... twas good, subtly-flavored, but the caramel and ester character were not Scottish really... I did have this one other time (and rated it), at the brewery in 2014... I wasn't impressed with it then... if it happened to be readily available in NJ, I might grab a sixer once in awhile, but if I was craving the Scottish malt character (which does happen for me relatively often) I'd probably opt for a stronger drop, like Dirty Bastard or Old Chub... RtB would be better off toning things down and bumping up some mineral twang and/or bitterness or bumping the abv up a bit and just becoming the strong Scotch ale it mocks (1483)

Aug 25, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very interesting Scottish ale from a renowned brewery that’s new to me. Tried this one on tap at 3 Floyds. Looks great, deep, dark rich brown color with a little white head and lots of spotty lingering lacing. Very nice aromas of malt, raisin, caramel, toasted bread, roasted nuttiness. Tastes similarly, maybe with the addition of a little fig and brown sugar. Smooth, a little syrupy, rich, viscous and nice mild mouthfeel. Feels like more than a 6.5% ABV beer. Decent amount of carbonation. A very enjoyable beer and even though I don’t always enjoy this style, this one was very tasty.

Jun 24, 2019
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Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tan head with dark Carmel brown color above average lacing. Smell main lice malt sweetness and followed by toasty toffee notes. Taste similar malt with rasin and little burnt notes . Mouthell almost crisp and thin was looking for some chew.. but it does balance out the malt sweetness

Apr 22, 2019
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puck1225 from Texas

4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Underrated beer! Poured it from a bottle into a tulip glass. Thick, rich beige head atop a clear dark brown body, great lacing. Sweet and nutty smell and taste. Great malty beer. Of the Three Floyds beers I have had so far, this is my favorite- this includes Zombie Dust.

Mar 31, 2019
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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single acquired from Mack’s Beverage in Cleveland. Pours a dark reddish brown/caramel colour with finger of light tan head.
Aroma is sweet caramel malt - muted but more prominent as warms - bit bready and nutty.
Taste is much as the aroma - bready, caramel/toffee - sweet dark fruits, brown sugar and just a touch of smokiness.
Smooth mouthfeel - creamy on a medium full body - very drinkable and delicious.

Feb 07, 2019
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a tasty Scottish ale malt is perfect and biscuit malts are spot on. Would have it again! Guess if I want to hit the review character notes it would be to say it downright drink able.

Jan 16, 2019
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very malty - as you would expect - some dark & slightly smokey flavors, warm nut, burnt cereal...perhaps a tas too husky, but otherwise a wholly decent scotch ale

Nov 25, 2018
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Milktoast75 from Wisconsin

3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks like the style. Dark, not opaque, with a reddish tint. As far as taste; a bit of a tang upfront in the form of light carbonation on the tongue. Smooths quickly to a very nice malty warm finish. Not sticky or sweet. The thing that jumps out to me with this beer is that nothing jumps out to me. That’s not a bad thing at all. An extremely smooth easy drinking scotch ale.
IMHO a higher ABV would give this beer a nice warming finish and justify the high retail price.

Aug 12, 2018
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a very dark reddish brown with a moderate head. The aroma features notes of toffee, roasted nuts, date, and banana bread. The flavor is semi sweet, with notes of walnut bread, orange peel, banana bread, dates, toffee, dried cranberry, almond. The mouthfeel is medium full but with a dry finish, and sudsy carbonation. Overall this is a really great beer - the flavors have good depth and hold, the body is just right. A nice relief in a world of over the top flavors.

Mar 26, 2018
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jkblr from Indiana

3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottled 12/6/17 poured into a 3Floyds tulip pint glass at fridge temp, no ABV listed on bottle. The beer pours bright light brown in color with red highlights and dense mocha brown head. Retention and lacing are above average. The aroma is rich toasted malt and maybe a hint of chocolate. The taste is smooth malt, slight roast and very faint chocolate. There is a sharpness to the taste that I can't place, maybe acidulated malt? Anyway, mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, well carbonated and dry in the finish. Overall, good enough, but I'm guessing fairly off charts in terms of style.

Jan 30, 2018
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Been a long while since I had this. And the last time I did, I didn’t know a Scottish Ale from an IPA. Excited to try it again.

Pouring from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass this beer pours out like a cola and forms beautiful, rocky, one full finger width of khaki colored crown. Settles down to pinky width. Dark brown in the glass with ruby highlights.

The smell brings hints of almonds with slight nuttiness. A little touch of roastiness but really smells rather bland and underwhelming.

The taste comes with much more, bringing sweet notes of caramel, toffee, nuttiness. Maybe some molasses, fruit cake, cereal.

The mouthfeel is sticky from the sweetness. Full bodied for the style and well carbonated.

Overall, a solid Scottish style ale and one that I will need to grab more often.

Dec 10, 2017
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Harrison8 from Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, deep burgundy with a finger of khaki head that retains fairly well. Good lacing starting from the very first sip. Aroma is malty, with sweet notes of caramel, and toffee smoothed out over oak. Toasted, biscuit, and earthen malts give it a solid foundation. Mouth feel is toffee, and caramel. It starts off just a tinge sweet, before the malts take over. Malts are caramel, biscuit, and toasted. Mouth feel is smooth, but not velvety. It looses that creamy feel to a touch of fizz. It has a medium thickness. Overall, a solid standard scottish ale. Not overly sweet, nor is it dull.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

Nov 05, 2017
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TheSixthRing from California

3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours clear and dark copper red with a sandstone colored, finger width head. Good retention before revealing a thin, broken layer of suds. Not much for lacing.

Smell - Malty; toasted malt meets toffee sweetness. Faint earthy hops along with a trace of grass.

Taste - Follows the nose. Mostly toasted malt with a touch of grain upfront, then the toffee sweetness kicks in. Faint earthy, almost herbal character from the hops that keep their distance. Lesser caramel undertone. Finishes sweet with a hint of booze.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick, easy drinker with a dry, boozy finish... at 6.5%?

Overall - A good Scottish ale. Not the smoothest, but it's got decent flavor development.

Oct 21, 2017
Robert The Bruce from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 3274 ratings