Robert The Bruce | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

Robert The BruceRobert The Bruce
3,158 Ratings
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 Boilermaker88
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a 12oz bottle and poured into an imperial pint glass. It had a clear mahogany color with limited carbonation that only briefly sustained a 1" off-white head. The head shrivelled down to a skim and left no lace.
A sniff or two yielded a lot a nutty malt notes, a touch of chocolate, caramel and a light indicator of peat smoke. Some faint herbal hops notes were noted also. The taste was quite sweet and malty initially with a hefty dose of roasted malts serving as the backbone. Much sweetness was picked up on in the form of caramel and chocolate flavors. As each sip moved back, a nutty, peaty taste came out. A light smokiness briefly showed up before a nice finishing burst of herbal bitterness announced the hops presence. The feel was full and smooth.
3F's Robert The Bruce is quite quaffable and it's hard to believe the ABV is as high as listed here. The alcohol is very well disguised. Smooth, well balanced and sporting a robust and varied taste, Robert the Bruce is a tasty brew worth trying out.

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Photo of CHickman
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy and opaque chestnut brown color with a huge 2 finger creamy tan head that faded very slowly, leaving a creamy/foamy layer on top and decent lacing.

Smells of toasted malt, wood chips, caramel, peat moss, light herbs, light toasted grains, cocoa, toffee, syrup, biscuit and nuts; smells more like a brown ale than a Scottish ale, but still an enjoyable nose that was sweet and malty.

Tastes sweet toasted malt, burnt wood chips, caramel, toffee, syrup, peat moss, herbs, toasted grains, cocoa, biscuit, light floral hops, grass, faint coffee or chocolate and nuts. The sweet malt and syrup flavors almost have a hint of vanilla, and the alcohol is completely hidden, which makes this highly drinkable. Overall the flavor was sweet and earthy, with a roasted presence throughout that borders on a nut brown ale yet sticks to the light Scottish ale guidelines.

Mouthfeel is very light and thin with very mild carbonation, a light body that borders on medium and a slightly bitter finish that’s sweet as it slides down like there’s caramel or syrup in milk. Not a session beer for me because it’s not my favorite style, but this beer went down very easy for 7% ABV and I did enjoy it quite a bit.

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Photo of Jodio
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of meathookjones
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out a light brown with a strong reddish hue when the light hit it. It had a decent sized beige head form that dropped quickly leaving sticky sheets of lace to decorate the glass. Very strong chocolate malty smell rises from the glass that is backed by a slightly sweet fruit presence. The warmer the brew gets the more the chocolate seems to stand front and center. There are also notes of a slight earthy hoppiness that seem to emerge now and then. The sweet malt hits the palette first with ripe dark fruitiness that seems covered in a slightly bitter dark chocolate. There is a bittersweet aftertaste that is pleasant and lasts for a while. Alcohol adds a little bite that comes out when it warms. Mouthfeel is about medium with good carbonation and a smooth feel over the tongue. Drinkability is good, this goes down easy and I could definitely handle a few more. All in all a pretty good interpretation of the style from Three Floyds, that I would recommend you try if you haven’t.

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Photo of jcompton
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: pours brown with an amber tint into a pint glass. head very quickly disappears

smell: fresh baked bread

taste: sweet malts with that same baked bread finish. very little aftertaste

mouthfeel: slightly chewy. very low amount of carbonation, but this works for this brew

drinkability: i'm enjoying this one. could probably have 2, maybe 3 in one sitting. i'm not well versed in scottish ales, but i will definitely have to try some more. i will buy this one again.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy caramel-color with a flecks of mahogany. It had a bubbly, off-white, one-finger head that left a little lace.

S - It smelled of grasses and malts. It also had an oaky aroma.

T -It tasted of sweet maltiness and a slightly bitter hop kick. A little dried fruit flavor, too.

M - It was sharp and dry. A medium-bodied beer.

D - A nice flavorful Scottish Ale.

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Photo of ndekke39
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good friend of mine brought us a load of Three Floyd's, a six-pack of Robert the Bruce included. Drank a 12 oz bottle of this. From the 2006 batch, I'm guessing. Served in a pint glass. Pours a clear, dark ruby color with little to no head. Smells very strongly of toasted malt and caramel. Really love the caramel aromas. Some hints of nuttiness in there, too, which makes it smell closer to a Brown Ale than a Scottish. Taste has a nice, clean center of toasted malt. Almost no bitterness. Mouthfeel is crisp and light-bodied. Overall a nice, easy beer - good example of a Scottish Ale.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A slightly cloudy brown/red liquid. A thin but creamy off white head floats on top. Looks a tad... weak.

S- Slightly peaty, smoky, nutty, and biscuity.

T- Sweet and malty. Kind of peaty and nutty. Very well blended together. It is a very refreshing version of a Scottish Ale.

M- Smooth and creamy. The carbonation level is great.

D- A nice take on the style. Nice and easy drinking for the ABV and for the style, which is usually a real sipper for me.

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Photo of mmcave
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown almost black, like black licorice. Held in front of the light there are red high lights. Medium head that slowly dissipates the contrast between the body and the head is lovely. The sent is not as strong as most three floyds I've smelled, but this is still very pleasant. Mild alcohol, anise, carmel, little to no fruit notes, the bitter hops is much tamer then most three floyds, but still there. The taste is great, I haven't had too many scottish ales, but I really enjoy this one. The mild sweetness of the finish coupled with the bitterness is excellent. This is definitely a beer I could drink.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a ruby-brown color with just a ring of tan around the edges. Leaves spotty lacing. The aroma is malty, roasty and chocolatey. Has a slight bit of peat malt aroma as well. A bit caramelly too.

The flavor is malty, a bit roasty and chocolatey. Has a nice toasted malt flavor too. It is medium-full in body and is drying in the finish. Its a nice drinker.

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Photo of cbl2
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6/13/2005 $2.00 12 oz. 9.00% No best by date.


Pours a murky dark brown with hints of red within. A thin tight white head rests on top.


Roasted malt with some nutty/coffee characteristics, and a healthy dose of caramel are the predominate aromas with some subtle hints of mild hops.


Extremely smooth with upfront malt sweetness and a touch of smoke. Midsip a wave of alcohol takes over, but is quickly replaced by a caramel sweetness & viscousy mouthfeel that envelops the tongue. Spot on for style, though alcohol is a tad high. Definitely worth seeking out, though at this price, not an everyday brew.

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Photo of Hop_God
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a thin light brown head. The beer itself is a deep amber-red color, and is pretty clear. Aromas of dark fruit, malt, and a hint of alcohol waft from my glass. The taste is sweet, malty and fruity as well. Some of the fruit seems to be hop derived, though the hops are fairly subtle here. There is a hint of roast malt in the finish, which adds a nice stylistic touch. This is quite a malty brew, with notes of caramelized malt, cherries, and raisins. This is most definitely a good straight forward example of a Scottish ale

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Photo of auroracrisis
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a traditional pint glass from the bottle.

Pours a light bodied brownish red with a small half inch head.

Smells like sweet molasses, caramelly malts with a bit of piney hops in the background but not much.

Taste is similar to the smell. Sweet molasses with a bit of caramel. The hops didn't shine through until my second gulp. There they are! This wouldn't be a FFF brew without the hops, that's for sure. Not too complex but definitely good.

Mouthfeel is good. Pretty much the definition of medium body with a tad bit of carbonation that can only be felt on the tip of the tongue as the brew enters your mouth.

Drinkability is high due a combination of good taste, middle of the road ABV and the mouthfeel.

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Photo of lucky_rodent
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Minimal light tan head, dark with a copper/reddish hue in the light
rather minimal scents coming from this beer, alcohol, malt, caramel
light alcohol presence weaved in and out of this beer, mild malt, sweet caramel, dried fruit flavors in the finish. Light Orange/citrus.
I've been becoming a big fan of scotch ales as of late. This is a really well balanced and enjoyable beer. This one ranks high up on my list for this style of beer.

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Photo of Pabs311
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark, clear brown with a slight amber hue to it. a decent beige head sits atop the beer settling to leave some minimal lacing.

S- Sweet caramel maltiness are most prominant here. there are some hints of earth, grass and hay. not overpowering with the earthy tones which is nice.

T- Very similar to the nose of this beer. same characteristics. caramel malty sweetness and those same earthy tones poke through a little bit.

M/D- medium bodied with a good touch of carbonation.good mouthfeel and good drinkability. smooth.

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Photo of Gear54
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a pint glass.

A: pours dark red with about 1/4 inch of thin foam that disappears quickly. I did get several rings of lace that clung to my glass through out.

S: dominated by yeast and malts.

T: a bit sweet at times giving off brown sugar notes. Yeast, malts, and a bit of oak bitterness at the end.

M: smooth and quite easy drinking. I would say medium for mouthfeel

O: not even close to my favorite from Three Floyd's or even a Scottish Ale for that matter. Not bad...but not great either.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Marc, thank you sir. Poured into a Rogue nonic.

A: Caramel/amber pour, with an off-tan looking head with some creamy oatmeal consistency. Fairly dark body but not opaque at all.

S: Strong malt presence, roast meets sweet caramel and toffee, with hints of chocolate, oak, brown sugar and dark fruit. Just the slightest herbal hop aroma, with a touch of floral character.

T: Rich toasted caramel, breadiness, followed by that earthy wood/nut character...there are some bittering hops here, with some spicy & herbal flavors...more dark fruits too mixed with the sweetness.

MF: More body than I thought this beer would have; I'm guessing it's in the 6.5 to 7.5 abv range. Creamy mouthfeel with some sugary stickiness.

O: Pretty decent, I would even venture to say 'good' though this style isn't my favorite. A hearty malt-forward beers with good body and fairly decent flavors.

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Photo of kaimcm
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle coutesy of BA Bignick poured into a pint glass. Thanks!

A: deep caramel body, thin, fine head. subsides to thin film and ring.

S: rich malt, misc. grain, light and dry hops, sugar

T/M: malt, malt and more malt. carmelized sugar, powdered cinammon, some chocolate as well. has a brilliant balance of hops on the finish that dry and compliment the sugar. body is full and of a good consistency. flavorful but not syrupy like other scotch ales. rock.

D: extremely high. I would drink gallons of this stuff if it were available in Mass. Full of flavor but not too viscous.

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Photo of Duster72
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light brown into pint glass. Very little/no head with aggressive pour. Very minimal lacing. Aroma is roasted malts with a little carmel. Taste is very nice toasted malts with cocoa, coffee, and dark fruit. Bit of floral hops at the end makes for a dry finish. Slightly too roasted for my taste but still very drinkable.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cask into pint glass @ Birreria Paradiso in Georgetown.

Almost ruby red, a deep brown with a two finger tan head. The aroma was loaded with caramel and dark fruit, a bit of alcohol, and a distinct maraschino cherry smell. The flavor had plenty of the caramel in it, this time it comes along with a strong coffee flavor. Some of the alcohol is detected. Full bodied with lower carbonation (as expected with cask). Slightly acidic.

A rather enjoyable Scottish Ale, great on cask. Recommended.

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Photo of Bills453
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice glass.

Appearance - a brown color with a reddish tint. light brown frothy head that leaves quickly leaving a nice lacing.

Smell - the yeasty/bready smell is the strongest attribute. Smells like my wife just came home from a bakery. I want to eat it.

Taste - very much like the bread, i think most of this beer's flavor comes from the yeast. It is not too strong in flavor, but it has a refreshing taste that would make you want to come back for more.

Mouthfeel - goodstuff

Overall - Enjoyed this one.

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Photo of dstc
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler I got while passing through Indiana from Michigan on the way home to Florida into a pint glass. Looks like it made the trip okay. Pours a clear ruby brown color with a big light tan head that falls to minimal one. Very thin lace.

Sweet malt aroma. Alcohol is present but other than that it's a bit thin.

Nice sweet boozy malt taste. Nice malts, a bit of a roasted flavor. Alcohol is obvious.

Medium bodied in the mouth with low carbonation.

Decent tasting Scotch but could use a bit more "wow". Like it a lot though.

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Photo of Enygma
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep copper color. Nice 1 1/2 finger head, giving way to a beautful lacing that slides gently down the glass with the beer.

Smell: Malty aroma, definite caramel tones, though overall the smell is subtle. Not a strong aroma, though definitely pleasing to the senses.

Taste: Rich malt up front, with a delicate kiss of hops at the back. The caramel malts come through quite strongly, with slight roasted flavors in accompaniment. The hops then comes in providing a perfect balance for the beginning malty sweetness. Alcoholic tones come accross very minutely, noticeably mingling with the hops to bring about a warming feeling to work alongside the growing drynesss.

Overall: Definitely a quality brew, and exceedingly drinkable considering its alcoholic content. I feel like I could drink this one all night if I were so inclined. I will definitely make a habit of keeping this one stocked in the beer fridge.

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Robert The Bruce from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 3,158 ratings
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