Robert The Bruce | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Robert The BruceRobert The Bruce

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

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

Added by purplehops on 08-06-2001

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Photo of Bdubz94
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle dated march 30th-- three weeks old.

Pours a very dark brown color. Red around the edges and almost completely opaque. Thin tan head and leaves minimal lacing.

Sweet, malty, bready, and roasty aroma. Only downside is that the smell is relatively weak.

Taste is very roasty, slightly boozy. Very smooth any malty overall.

Feel is heavy and smooth upfront and slightly dry on the end. Moderate carbonation. Very drinkable.

Overall I enjoyed this one more than I anticipated. The drinkability and smooth malty and roasty flavors make this one a winner for me.

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Photo of beergoot
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown body; thick, foamy head. Nutty aroma; some dark malt notes. Flavor follows the aroma; roasted grain flavor dominates; light yet prominent bitterness. Medium body; gentle warmth with a nutty, earthy quality throughout.

A solid, well-crafted ale. Malt-forward, relatively light in grain sweetness with a corresponding balance of warm, crisp hop bitterness. A fine brown ale...

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Photo of basaywhat
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours a medium brown, little bit of off-white head. Aroma rich, caramel malts, maybe some smoked elements. Body medium, creamy, finish sweet and rounded.

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Photo of BeerGuy8315
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 12/20/16. Poured into a flared pilsner glass (due to lack of available glassware at the location).

A: Pours a slightly translucent, dark brownish color with very slight reddish tinge. Short tan head with minimal retention. Thick tan lacing throughout.

S: Notes of cola accompanied by toasted, biscuity, and sweet malts.

T: Taste matches the nose fairly well. Definitely malt forward here. Mostly toasted and biscuity malts accompanied by more subtle notes of caramel and toffee.

F: Medium bodied, smooth, and crisp with good carbonation.

O: Overall, a decent brew. Not too much experience with Scottish Ales, but it was okay. Nothing I would go out of my way for, but worth the try.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a tan head.
Aroma is brown sugar, toffee, malty.
Taste is sweet and malty with a touch of dark fruit.
Mouthfeel is medium, smooth and creamy.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi clear deep brown with uniformly distributed dust like particulates. Effervescence streams up from the bottom. The pour produces a solid 2 fingers of foamy, tan, moderately lasting head that leaves thin, pasty webs of lacing. Aroma is dark roasted malt, earthy with hints of dried dark fruits, molasses & bitter chocolate. Taste is dark malt, pumpernickel, a blend of Hershey's chocolate syrup, bittersweet cocoa & toffee with hints of smoke, char & dark fruit. Finishes with dark bread & chocolate, molasses , prune, char, smoke & a little prickly spice. Very little bitterness throughout even in the burnt, bitter, unsweetened chocolate, pepper, caramel & molasses aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation, a little thin but not overly so, slightly creamy with a nice prickliness. Becomes a little chalky late in the aftertaste.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brown in color. Full 1" head, tan in color. Mixes the nuttiness of a scottish ale with the penchant for hops at FFF.

This is definitely a bolder hopped Scottish ale than most. Hoppy for style, don't expect Zombie Dust here people. Has the usual malt descriptors for style: smoke, peat, wood, brown ale malt.

Hints of sweetness along with it. Worth checking out once, but probably not a second time.

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Photo of FBarber
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nut brown color. Thin tan head dissipates rather quickly leaving a ring of foam around the outside of the beer.

Smell is subdued but has notes of dark malts, roasted nuts, with a slight hint of vanilla. Very earthy and nutty aroma overall.

Taste follows the nose with notes of malts and biscuits. Flavors of roasted nuts, toffee and a touch of caramel. Very malty overall. There is a hint of spice on the finish and lingering onto the palette.

Feel has medium carbonation up front providing a slight tingle. Very smooth with a dry finish.

Overall a really nice scotch ale - Definitely one I'll revisit regularly.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at MacNiven's in Indianapolis. Poured into a pint glass.

Not much experience with Scottish Ales, but definitely one of my favorites to date.

A - Pours a reddish brown with a small off white head 3.75

S - Small off white head. 3.25

T - Sweet biscuits. 4.25

MF - Medium heavy with a semi-dry finish. 4

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Photo of rapayn01
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I drank this in mid-February 2016, but the (gift) bottle was dated October 2014. Does a friend's fridge count as cellaring? It tasted of roasted malt with notes of coffee.

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one beer that has everything going for it. This baby pours a cloudy reddish brown with a small beige head. Lotsa candy flavors here making this a sweet brew. Smooth easy during beer.

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4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The is another one of those beers that I am really surprised that I have never taken the time to review. It is arguably the beer that really made me fall in love with the style many years ago, and I still really enjoy this one today.

My string pour easily gets me three fingers of light biscuity tan head. Body is a deep mahogany brown tone. Nose is full of woodsy, metallic tones as well as sweet bread malts. The flavors are sweet and malty yet bold and complex. Rich spicy notes come through big time also on the back of the tongue. If you like bug malt bomb brews that aren't just about being sweet this beer is right up your alley.

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Photo of adamette
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from 12 oz. bottle that I traded at 12 oz. bottle of Bell's Hopslam for about a year ago from a friend. 09/16/2014 stamped near the neck of the bottle.

Look. Dark Mahogany, brown body under a light brown head.

Smell. Wonderful malt goodness that is a bit distant. perfect for the style.

Taste. Really nice Scottish Ale malt goodness with some barley aftertaste. It is brewed to style but with a nice depth that I do not always perceive in Scottish Ales.

Feel. Good depth and thickness in the feel, which is not consistently found in Scottish Ales.

Overall. Very solid Scottish Ale.

Notes: I am glad that I traded for this one. Add this to my long list of beers that I have appreciated from Three Floyds.

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Photo of mgwagman
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

IF you like scottish style ales or ales this a good one. This is the first 3 floyds I got my hands on after having Zombie Dust a few years ago. It pours a chestnut brown, smells of roasted hops. Caramel lacing with nice lacing. It is not my flavor of beer but still excellent.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

BOD 2/3/16. Dark brown cola like pour that is clear and turns a beautiful garnet under intense light. Outstanding head volume and retention, world class lacing.

Outstanding nose of toasted malt with subtle notes of char and smoke over a caramel substrate with a dark fruit element, probably plum.

Almost medium body with a very smooth texture that has creamy aspects. World class carbonation with a nice effervescent middle and a rollicking finely bubbled prickly finish that tickles the tongue.

The flavor profile is quite outstanding. Intensity is moderate, complexity is outstanding and balance is perfect. In short, this tastes great but doesn't hit you with in your face flavor intensity. This is a malt forward beer that begins toasty, progresses to a moderate sweetness with strong caramel notes and a subtle molasses aspect then flows to the middle. The middle delivers just enough bitterness to perfectly balance with a pine and roast character that delivers a touch a char and a dose of smoke. These flavors slowly fade into the malty finish that brings a slight dryness and a hint of plum. Alcohol remains completely covered and a nut character emerges during the fade which also brings the strongest molasses aspects.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown body with ruby tints, dense light tan head with striations of lace. Nose and taste of rich nutty toffee, buttery caramel, toasted malt and faint raw grain, oak, slight brown sugar, with mild hop bitterness keeping pace with the sweetness. Rich mouthfeel, tongue-coating, with lively but soft carbonation.
This is at once warming and full bodied and easy drinking. Rich feel and rich malty flavors and sweetness mixed with balancing bitterness. It shocked me early in my journey, and many great beers later it still impresses me.

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Photo of c014572
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ignore the other rating that pan it for not being a Scottish Ale. It does have a nice malt profile, not overly hoppy, but it does have (to me) a hop profile more like a brown ale but has a bigger body than it should. In keeping in the "it not normal" mantra of FFF, I really enjoy this as a malty, not overly hopped, brown ale.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a pleasant surprise the first time I Had it and remains good the several times I returned to it. The surprise came early in my beer-drinking career because I thought 3 Floyds brewed just for hop-heads. Robert The Bruce is smooth and is saved from being sweet by having just enough hops. Balanced.

Deservedly on the "1001" list. I seem to like this more than BA Bell Curve.

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Photo of farrago
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Couple fingers of brownish to tan foam, fairly frothy which slightly reduces retention, thinnish wispy lacing, however, it does stick around decently. Opaquely cloudy liquid, brownish with brighter orange rims, not much in terms of visible carbonation. Strong, boozy nose of caramel, malts, butterscotch, cola, the light fig to plum fruit scents overcome by a peppery, grainy spine, perhaps not as overpoweringly sweet as many in the style. Medium-bodied, presents a strong churn to the carbonation alongside a drying breadiness. Cola, caramel, molasses, scone, orange peel, and range of plum to peach fruit flavors comprise most of the experience. Dry ending without losing flavor intensity, has some alcoholic heft which suggests it is best consumed with food.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Deep walnut brown with ruby tint, thin head fades quickly. Sweet caramel aroma. Taste is sweet caramel malt, but not overly slow, gives way to a balanced bitterness in the finish. Medium creamy mouthfeel. Overall enjoyed this scotch ale, not too overpowering or thick, very drinkable.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours a clear, very dark, deep amber brown color with some lighter amber/ruby highlights when held up tot eh light. Has a slightly tan/off-white head that is about an inch thick when first poured that settles to a very thick surface coating film layer of foam along with some pretty good lacing. Aromas of toasted caramel malt and bread along with notes of molasses and brown sugar. The taste pretty much follows suit, with toasted caramel malts and bread that gives way to molasses and brown sugar notes along with a hint of nut brown roastyness too. Rounded out with a slight hop bitterness, but the malts and other sweet flavors certainly dominate this flavor profile. Also a bit boozy too taste wise, and I feel that aspect compliments this beer nicely. Has a nice, crisp, slightly chewy and sticky, also smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in a very nice way indeed. A very solid, spot on representation of this style and another very excellent beer from Three Floyds!


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Photo of A_bit_of_the_Sacrament
3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Malty and complex with sweet caramel notes. Good roast ones that is somewhat nutty or biscuity. Good body but not what I would call heavy especially for the style. A little boozey on the backend.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Taste is caramel malt smooth, complex, semi sweet notes with hint of spice.
Dark amber/brown in color, clear in clarity. Malt with some vanilla notes to the nose with a hint of hops in the aroma.
Medium body with delicate lace after the creamy head dissipates. One of my go to beer from my buddies from 3 Floyds

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Photo of Brook
4.46/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- reddish brown, fairly clear and lively medium bodied

S- Sweet, toasted bread notes

T-Balanced, doesn't overkill with the malty-ness but still rich in flavor

MF-Medium, carbinated w/ smooth finish

Overall- A very smooth and balanced Scotch. Not exciting in the best way.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On fraught at djs restaurant. Brilliant reddish brown with fluffy head. Sweet malts on the nose. Taste is the same. Delicious and creamy. My first Scottish ale, for sure not my last.

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