Robert The Bruce | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
87
very good
3,136 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good
Read the review
Robert The BruceRobert The Bruce
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,136
Reviews:
990
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
10.85%
 
 
Wants:
219
Gots:
542
For Trade:
10
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 3,136 |  Reviews: 990
Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A surprising combination of malts, hops, barley in a scotch aroma. Chicory and roasted malt. Doesn't all quite work out that great, but different as you would expect from this brewery. Layers of taste that evolve as you work through the bottle. Mild taste, medium to even thin mouthfeel. Barley doesn't work all that great in it, like a homebrew. Bitter aftertaste. Needs food to offset. Thanks Wohlfs.

 402 characters

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap while up in that area for Thanksgiving, review is from notes.

A: single finger tan head on a copper/amber slightly hazy body. Some lacing.

S: overall mild but mostly toffee, caramel and nuttiness.

T: roassted and caramel malts throughout which is nicely done with a subtle dark fruit, mostly fig and cherry and cocoa/mild chocolate notes.

M: fuller body than I expected making this one rather smooth with moderate carbonation.

Overall: another impressive brew from a great brewery. Flavorful, close to the true spirit of the style with the mouthfeel to improve the drinkability.

 598 characters

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

if you like the scottish style ales, this is one for you, a true beauty on the malt bill, and while not as complex as some of the other three floods beers, it certainly exudes the same high quality and attention to detail as the others. dark caramel in color with a nose that smells like caramel in the works, sugar melting into butter, with just a slight burning toast character. not much more than a quarter inch of tan foam on it. the flavor is awesome, and it comes in layers, with the sweet part of the malt coming and going quickly with a saint brown sugar flavor, but it moves into a richer, more bready, almost german malt complexion, with maybe the faintest hint of smoke as it finishes. rich is the best way to describe it, but not decadent, just full flavored and even fuller bodied. i find it remarkably drinkable nevertheless, and enjoy the punctuating carbonation. one of those beers that wins awards because its well done and real true to style. i love the grain flavors on this, its different than most, with even a hint of maple or honey as it goes down. i like this a lot in fall weather, but it works here in early summer too, especially in a morning drinking context, especially because the alcohol isn't stupidly high for no reason, i could have multiples of this no problem.

 1,296 characters

Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is really nice, the brew pours as a nice brown color with a light tan colored head. There isn't too much lacing but the retention holds for a while. The smell of this beer is sweet with malts and it also has a little bit of earth of in there too. The flavors of caramel and malts set this beer off in the right direction. The aftertaste is a little nutty and dry. Not major bitterness in this brew at all. The mouthfeel is really easy to drink, could put a few of these down pretty quick if you wanted too. Overall this is a very nice Scotish Ale.

 557 characters

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy dark amber-brown in color and has a very slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that faded away, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are very light aromas of caramel malts in the nose along with some hints of dark fruits.
T: The taste has complex flavors of caramel malts along with notes of toffee and hints of peat in the finish. There is some malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The smoke leaves a little dryness in the finish.
O: This beer seems very easy to drink compared to some of the other beers in the style.

 685 characters

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

With fortified malty flavor and structure, Three Floyds Brewing shows that the quality of worldly ales extend well beyond the hoppy American-style ales with this honorary Strong Scottish version.

Pouring a deep brown color and with a mild haze, this somewhat bullyish beer forms a stern tan head of dense cream and broken rings of lace.

Strong yet refined aromas of nutty coffees, earthen malts, lightly scorched toffee, medium buttered toast, and rich barley malt all frame the masculine aromatics with a brilliant smoky undertone.

Creamy flavors of true barley malt, heavy cream, and rich molasses set the tone in this malt-focused ale. Complementary flavors of coffee, toast, brown sugar, barley malt, and walnuts all contribute to the rich and malty taste. Slight earthy components of bitter and piney hops, light peat, and yeasty dough all give and elegance and grace to the boisterous brew.

Full bodied, yet with a suble gentlemanly quality, the texture is rich and volumnous due to the high malting rates, moderate attenuation, and slight dryness. The early portion of taste is extremely malty, yet the finish is pleasantly semi-dry with a malty-sweet linger of walnut oil resin.

Thought the simplicity of the flavor make up is compensated with malty richness, breadiness, and caramelization, it still lacks the refinement of the true Scottish Ales of Tranquair or Belhaven.

 1,386 characters

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a decent head that leaves a web of lace

Smell: Whiffs of caramel and nuts

Taste: Caramel and nut flavors dominate the front end, with a bit a fig and grain developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the grain becomes a little bolder, but basically, as you would expect, the malt dominates, with a hint of chocolate in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Fairly tasty, but I am missing the peaty complexity I would expect from a good Scottish Ale

 539 characters

Photo of oline73
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish brown color, looks murky but really isn't when you put it in front of some light. There is a half finger of off white head that goes away quickly and leaves a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet and malty with some brown sugar and dark fruit.

Taste: Quite sweet. I think it could use a little more bitterness to balance things out. Lots of bready/nutty malt, sweet dark fruit with a mild bitterness, roast, and a little alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, mild carbonation with a very slick finish.

Overall: A bit too sweet if you ask me, although no one did. I would have liked a little more balance, but not bad at all. Not sure if I'd have another or not.

 769 characters

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a brown color ale with a medium dark-white head with low retention. Aroma of hops is clearly detectable with some caramel malt. Taste is lighter then expected with some caramel malt and a bitter finish. Watery feel at the end is very unpleasant. Body is definitely too thin for my liking and alcohol is very well hidden. Definitely not the best from 3FL and not even close to the best of the style.

 413 characters

Photo of largadeer
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark but clear reddish-amber color. The head falls flat pretty quickly, lasting only about 30 seconds before settling into a ring.

Smell: A big malty aroma of caramel, nuts and toasted grains with a hint of something vegetable.

Taste & mouthfeel: Tons of malt again, very similar to the nose; caramel and toast, slight alcohol, hints of dried fruit. Not much of a change in flavor from start to finish. Medium in body and carbonation, this stuff goes down pretty easy but isn't overly interesting. Still, a very good brew and one I'd gladly drink again.

 575 characters

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

 382 characters

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Robert The Bruce from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
3.87 out of 5 based on 3,136 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe