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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark bronze with some brighter hues. A nice creamy head sits top the poured brew.

S: Plenty of caramel and toffee along with some malty sweetness.

T: A decent bill of layered malt with some mild hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and a mild alcohol warmth.

D: Drinkable for the style, but definitely not a session-type beer, and doesn't have the complexity to really sit and savor.

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Photo of mothman
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Bruery Snifter

Pours a very small amount of light light beige head. No lace left. Color is a murky bark brown.

Aroma: Very rich and malty. A lot of caramel and light toffee notes. It has some very sweet and interesting notes here. Very light orange and chocolate notes. Maybe some spices. Not bad.

Taste: Lots of malts, some roasted malts. I get a unique sweetness with this beer for a scotch. Some fruit notes which I find to be odd. Some caramel with light chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, refreshing, and easy drinking. Medium bodied with a surprisingly lower amount of carbonation. Ends with a dry malty flavor.

Overall, a decent scotch ale, but nothing impressive. It was good trying it, but I wasn't amazed. Fairly drinkable if I wanted to drink more of it of course.

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

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, plum, pear, apple, raisin, toffee, bread, floral, herbal, light pepper, light chocolate, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, pear, apple, raisin, plum, brown bread, light chocolate, floral, herbal, and toast/yeast earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, pear, apple, raisin, plum, brown bread, light chocolate, herbal, and toast/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark malt and yeast ester flavors; with nice robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Scottish ale. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of malt and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber/brown with a pretty thin head that is gone pretty quickley,a subtle aroma of alcohol,caramel and a little earthiness.Taste is mildy sweet and pretty earthy for a Scottish ale with a raisin like finish and aftertaste.A pretty thin compared to many Scottish ales I think but still pretty good and highly drinkable for the style.

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Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to paco1029384756 for this exciting beer. I almost feel compelled to watch Braveheart while drinking this. I did have some scotch earlier tonight too, so I think it's a Scottish night for me. Poured this baby into my Corsendonk tulip glass, and the review must go onward.

A: Very dark caramel rusty brown color with very little light shining through. The two finger head the built quickly dies almost as fast, but maintains a decent head covering that would make my Rabbi blush. The frothy white head has an off balance angled cover that is 1 finger tall on one side and almost gone on the other, almost as if the beer itself were already drunk... either that or I'm already feeling a little slanty for the night.

N: I could start to smell the malts, fruits and raisin while pouring this beast. A closer look affirms my first noses, with lots of dark malts, raisin, deep fruits, some alcohol, some roasted malt quality and slight chocolate aroma. Not what I would think of Robert the Bruce drinking, from the nose at least.

T: Lots of chocolate and roasted malts to start, what... REALLY? Is this a Scottish ale or porter?! A slight deep fruit base adds some character and sides with the raisin/plum quality. Some alcohol adds a slight burn and warmth to it. A deep malt backbone reminds me that it still is a Scottish Ale. I almost get the feeling this beer was born when Robert the Bruce suddenly decided to invade Russia... in the dream I never had. It's pretty sweet as well and slightly juicy chocolate milk quality. This has a really strange and interesting center. Pretty unique, as if someone blended a Scottish Ale, Baltic Porter, Old Ale, and oatmeal stout.

M: Pretty thick and slightly syrupy, pretty good carbonation as well, some alcohol burn and warmth.

F: Finishes slightly sweet with more lingering dark fruits and heavy malts. The chocolate and roasted malts disappear quickly but the fruit lingers for a bit. A slight earthy charred malt and bitter quality come out at the finish. This is what I expect from something with the title it has. Still pretty sticky on the finish. The alcohol can still be tasted along with its burn on the back of the throat for about 10 seconds after. It also dries out on the mouth making your mouth water and become excited in anticipation for the next sip, whoa wait, here it comes... om nom nom...

Final thoughts: I think everything that needed to be said was said. Kinda sweet, more like a porter than Scottish ale. Kinda big alcohol hit with spice and warmth as well as taste, deep fruit, chocolate, roasted malts, and charred earthy tastes. Very complex beer that needs quite a few sips to really experience it. I better keep sampling... for science.

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Photo of chinchill
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Barley's Smokehouse #2 in Columbus, OH.

Dark brown, clear, durable, creamy bone-colored head
A bit more lightly aromatic than expected. Sweet, medium- and dark-roasted malts with a touch of smoke. Subtle touch of smoke in the taste too.
M: Nice smooth feel with medium+ body and well chosen carbonation.

O: quite nice and highly drinkable, but lacks the boldness and complexity of a world class version like Skullsplitter.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A big THANK YOU goes out to Adam & Chris for providing me with this sample.

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Color is medium reddish brown. It leaves a thin, white head, which disappears quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The smell is not very strong, but you certainly smell chocolate, caramel and roasted malt along with some sweetness.

T: A complimentary blend of hops, malt, caramel, bitterness and sweetness all hitting you at once. No one taste stands out more than any other, but if I had to pick one it would be the hops as it goes down. The sweetness sticks around a bit in the after-taste.

M: Very smooth and well-balanced, not much carbonation.

D: A bit filling, but not as much as I expected. If you couple that with the smoothness and it’s more drinkable than I thought it would be, but after a few bottles you may feel a little full. This beer might be something that is better to drink along with a meal. I’m not much of a cuisine-pairing-guy so I have no idea what type of food would go best with it. I haven’t had any beers of this style before, so I’m not sure how much this beer represents the style. Honestly speaking, I did like the beer and if I had more, it most certainly would not go to waste. However, there are other beers that I would choose over this one.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark amber to reddish brown in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a thin (less than a quarter of a finger tall) beige head that quickly reduces to a mottled surface of extremely thin film and a thin ring around the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toffee and caramel malt sweetness with some notes of dark fruits.

T: Moderate amounts of malty sweetness with notes of toffee and caramel. There are also some notes of dark fruits. Slight amounts of iodine flavors from the peat smokiness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: I was hoping for a little bit more peat smokiness in my scottish ale... This is a little easier to drink than a lot of other offerings in the style as it is not as sweet as they often are. A very solid offering and one I would have again.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a clear dark mahogany body with a thin, tan-colored head that dissipated fairly quickly.

Smell: The aroma is dominated by a heavy, sweet maltiness, mostly caramel, but one can also find some chocolate and cookie crumbs in the scent, too. Also, there's some hints of smoke and spruce twigs.

Taste: A clean, smooth flavor of toffee with heavy notes of chocolate and bread crusts. As the beer warms, the sweetness takes on a nutty aspect akin to eating sugar-coated walnuts. A trace of floral hops streak across the tongue late in the taste. For all its initial sweetness, this beer does finish semi-dry with a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Low carbonation.

Drinkability: Another flavorful quality brew from Three Floyds. Hmm, this one could make for a surprisingly good session beer.

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

I drank a sample of Robert The Bruce on-tap at the brewery several months ago and wasn't that impressed. I'm willing to believe that that was at least partly due to the 'plastic cup effect', hence I expect this bottle to impress me a little more. This is Three Floyds after all.

Hazed orangish bronze with a light caramel-colored head that is soft, yet substantial. A thick, short collar of lace is beginning to form as the cap deflates. Ultimately though, the amount of lace that actually sticks is underwhelming.

The nose is reasonably complex and consists of caramel malt with definite notes of fruit (apple) and nuts. It could be a little stronger though. The flavor is more simple than the nose and is sweetly caramel malty to the near exclusion of all else. As it warms I can appreciate chocolate and a hint of smoky peatiness. At least I don't think that the peat is my imagination run amok.

There's a smidgen of hoppy bitterness, but RTB has to be Three Floyds's least hoppy beer by far. The 7% ABV is exceptionally well hidden. My tastebuds don't pick up any alcohol and the beer isn't really warming as it's swallowed, but I can appreciate a pleasant, warm 'bloom' in my stomach after several ounces. Nothing at all wrong with the body/mouthfeel. Medium-full, soft, subdued carbonation.

Believe it or not, Robert The Bruce is only the second Scottish Ale that I've ever had. I'm not sure if my lack of enthusiasm (it's good, but not great) is because I don't care for the style or because it isn't a great representation of that style. Only one way to find out... drink more beer. What a great idea.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours ruby red/brown, deep brown when not held up to the light. A one finger tan head formed upon pouring and quickly dissipated to a thin layer of fine bubbles on top. Nice rings of lace around the glass.

S: Not extremely strong, some roasted malt, coffee, and a bit of bitter chocolate.

T: Malt forward with a good bit of caramel. There is some chocolate, some dark fruit - fig and a little bit of raisin, and a bit of cocoa.

M: Smooth, medium bodied with low carbonation.

O: A pretty good beer, its not blowing me away, but quite drinkable for style.

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Photo of russpowell
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent brown/auburn with 3 fingers of tan/brown head. Above average lacing average head retention

S: Much malt, some smokey notes & caramel

T: Rich maltyness & some brown sugar & toffee & a touch of peatyness up front. Dryness & maltyness dominate as this warms, plus a touch of boozeyness & cakeyness. Finishes dry, sticky with toffee notes & a kiss of leafy hoppyness

MF: Medium bodied, but over gassed a touch

Nice, not perfect take on the style, really hits to spot on cool/cold North Carolina evening

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

Picked up a few of these in a trade recently as I had not had them before and have really like the style lately. Cool looking 12oz bottle was poured into a pint glass. The look was very nice, with a dark, caramel colored brown coming out of the bottle. Some nice, light ruby colored tones mixed in throughout as well really did a nice job of lightning it up a bit. Some haze, but pretty good clarity. A nice one inch foam head of white then came over the top and settled down slowly, leaving behind a broken crown and some decent side glass lace.

The aroma was totally malt driven as you would expect, with lots of nice caramel and earthy tones. Nice hints of grain and a touch of almost a raisin or fig like flavor as well. Very nice, but a touch on the light side would be my only complaint with it. The flavor largely followed suit, not being as sweet as I thought it would be, there were several touches of fruit, and a ton of grain in the flavor. The caramel malt driven back coming through very nicely as well. Your classic scotch ale flavor here, with not a whisper of alcohol anywhere to be found. Great Mouthfeel with a really smooth carbonation profile and no thinness or watered down flavor whatsoever. For something that was 7% I was surprised at just how drinkable this actually was. I could easily throw down this one and several more right after it, it was really quite nice on the palate and a smooth easy drinker.

Overall not a bad scotch ale at all. Not my favorite for the style or from Three Floyds, but still a very solid effort overall. If this were available locally I would have no issue with trying to track down some more of it, it was very solid.

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Photo of billab914
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Southern Tier pint glass. Pours a dark brown with a slight reddish hue when held up to the light. it poured with a one finger off white head that settled out quickly and clung to the sides of the glass.

Aroma is sweet and malty with a little roasted malts, chocolate and caramel. Taste is a lot like the nose in that it is sweet and malt focused with some roasted malt flavors with hints of chocolate and caramel.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, I really liked this one. It was very tasty and went down very easy. I would definitely buy this one again.

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Robert The Bruce from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
3.87 out of 5 based on 3,121 ratings.
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