Robert The Bruce
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Style:
Scottish Ale
Ranked #5
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #14,485
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 10.8%
Reviews:
1,014
Ratings:
3,251
From:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
 
Indiana, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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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: 1,014 | Ratings: 3,251 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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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.

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beerthulhu from New Jersey, Feb 29, 2020
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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.

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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington, Jan 04, 2020
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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.

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Buck89 from Tennessee, Nov 14, 2019
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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.

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justintcoons from Pennsylvania, Nov 08, 2019
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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!

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MikeWard from Pennsylvania, Oct 17, 2019
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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.

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WickedBeer from Alabama, Sep 01, 2019
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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.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Sep 01, 2019
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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)

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Bouleboubier from New Jersey, Aug 25, 2019
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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.

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beersampler6 from Michigan, Jun 24, 2019
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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

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Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts, Apr 22, 2019
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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.

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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.

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TooManyGlasses from Alberta (Canada), Feb 07, 2019
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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.

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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania, Jan 16, 2019
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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

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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania, Nov 25, 2018
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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.

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Milktoast75 from Wisconsin, Aug 12, 2018
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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.

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Czequershuus from Minnesota, Mar 26, 2018
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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.

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jkblr from Indiana, Jan 30, 2018
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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.

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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.

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Harrison8 from Missouri, Nov 05, 2017
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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.

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TheSixthRing from California, Oct 21, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an awesome Scottish ale. These guys at Three Floyds are simply amazing in their efforts to produce such high quality rich hop front flavored beers..... another winner here.

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Hackattack from Indiana, Jul 17, 2017
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3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown into a fifteen ounce mug the same temperature as the beer. One finger of tan head that dissipates rapidly. Decent lacing.

Nose is sweet dark roasted malts along brown sugar and some caramel. Dark fruit. No discernible hoppiness.

Taste follows the nose with malty sweetness up front. Followed by brown sugar, caramel and dark fruits. Some bready graininess.

Feels a little thin and watery. Lacks the chewiness of Founders Dirty Bastard. Average carbonation.

Overall comes across as a Scottish Ale Lite. Not enough flavor nor body to make the grade.

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Rufus1 from Kentucky, Jul 15, 2017
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4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

For years, I've fallen off of the "good beer" bandwagon from what I saw was a huge popularity push towards pale ales and putting out the next most bitterest and hoppiest beer. That didn't do it for me, I just stopped drinking beer and focused on scotch. Then, something happened and I became interested in good beer again - attending my first Dark Lord Day at Three Floyds. It rejuvenated my love for good beer and opened my eyes that there is a metric ton of the good stuff out there. Back to Three Floyds. I've always been a supporter of my local businesses, and I got to re-try the one beer that, up until now, was the only beer I had liked from Three Floyds - Robert the Bruce. I've enjoyed it before, but now I can discern why. This beer looks fantastic, and has that malty smell that I desire in a beer. The pour was less amber than it was brown, and it looks fantastic. The taste is what I really want in a beer: malty, not overpoweringly hoppy, and as refreshing as an ale should be. Speaking of hoppy, there's really only a small noticeable presence of hops, and it balances great with the caramel, almost buttery (in the good way) taste that rolls through the mouth. This is one of Three Floyds first brews, and from what I remember, back from when they were brewing at their first location in Hammond. This beer is what turned me on to good beers all those years ago. I still remember it occurred when the fledgling (at the time) brewery set up a booth at a beer fest at Indiana State University around 2001. This is a solid choice. Everybody could rave about and buy out Zombie Dust year long. I'll take Robert the Bruce any day of the week.

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4.24/5  rDev +9%
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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Bdubz94 from Wisconsin, Apr 22, 2017
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3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
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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beergoot from Colorado, Feb 13, 2017
Robert The Bruce from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 3251 ratings