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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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in a pint glass.

A- pours a dark amber color with deep red tones. 1-plus finger of creamy off-white colored head. Big rings of lacing. It has the "nitro" look as the head forms, cool.

S- earthy and roasty. Very strong malt nose with hints of toffee, coffee, caramel. Some sweets, some peat. Very Scottish!

T- it is malty sweet. Not as roasted as I'd have thought, yet the malts carry the beer. Some sweetmess from dark fruits as well.

M-Syrupy, very little carbonation (as observed in its appearance). Lots of body, hearty, not heavy.

O- I like tyhe style, I like this take on it.

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of magictacosinus
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks for the extra bottle, Todd. Poured into a a nonic pint glass from a 12oz bottle. Had this before, but that bottle was slightly oxidized, so this is a better one.

Pours a deep reddish brown tinged color with about 1.5 fingers worth of head in the glass. Head retention is surprisingly low, descending rather rapidly in the glass and laving nothing but a thin ring behind by the end of consumption. Some bubbles, almost like cola or ice cream, pop at the top as it descends. Lacing is almost inexistent, as are bubbles. While it loses points on those factors, it is, I admit, and excellent color and take on the style, and is viscous and thickened enough to count as eye candy on its own. I've found this to be true of all FFF beers thus far, no matter how bad head retention usually is from their bottles.

The aroma is pretty awesome, consisting of sweetened, juicy red and dark fruits, ranging from raisins, plum forwardness, pruned dryness, figs, as well as slight earthy notes from the hop profile. The malts provide, as they should, a caramelized toasted sweetness that big and bold, but it does get a little too syrupy as this warms up. It actually eventually counteracts with the alcohol and makes things even *more* sweet as a result. As always with FFF, this contains a pungent hoppy, very grassy profile that adds a lot of character to the beer, which would otherwise be way too much on the malty, syrupy side.

The flavor consists mainly of a lot of the malty syrupy thickness and sweetness combined with brown sugar, slight molasses, prunes, raisins, dates (!), and a tad bit of orange peel and grassiness lurking underneath. Very juicy on the mouth, often to the point where this is very meal-like in the bottle - although definitely more "dessert-like" the more the sweetness continues to linger about. Honey and brown sugar are at the back, to point of providing a sweetened, caramelized flavor to the rest of the beer. Very thick and hearty, with excellent carbonation, to the point where the fruitiness is far more juicy and accentuated as a result. A little too sweet, syrupy, and boozy at the finish, but the feel is spot-on and pretty easy to drink.

A solid offering of FFF, although gets way too sweet even with the finer fruity and malty textures that it has to offer. I haven't had too many Scotch or Scottish ales from the Midwest (other that Founders' Dirty Bastard, and maybe one or two more), but it's definitely a region that makes them the right way, and I think because the hoppiness is pungent and earthy enough to round up the assertive malt bold properties. While I could do without the excessive sweetened, boozy finish, I could definitely have this again. Pairs very well with all kinds of food. Recommended for fans of FFF.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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2/5  rDev -48.5%

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4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Thanks to enelson for this bottle!

Poured into a snifter. Pours a dark cherry mahogany with a thick faint-beige head. Good lace left behind. Nose is best described as a sweet musty aroma. Candied roasted malts, heavy sweet syrup, mixed with a dry husky scent.

Good depth. Moderate carbonation. Slightly syrupy going down. A malt-lovers dream no doubt, this beer is malty to the max. Caramel, toffee, mild pale fruits, sweet-tea like finish. A treat of a beer. Not a style I visit often, but this reminds me why I should revisit this time and again. A nice beer here.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a deep, dark amber with ruby highlights and 2 fingers of an off-white head.

The aroma has some grassy, earthy hop notes, some toffee and caramel, a bit of roasted notes and some peat as well.

The flavor starts off with some of those grassy hop notes and that leads right into the sweet toffee and caramel. The roasted notes come through pretty heavily and there is some lingering butterscotch taste as well. The peaty smokiness is a bit mild and it finishes pretty dry.

The body is medium-full and the mouthfeel is slightly crisp.

This is a nice Scotch style Ale, but it's not mindblowing. The sweeter notes blend perfectly with the bitter hops and slight smoke and it makes for a very nice and easy drinking beer. It's a good and solid example of this style, but nothing to get too excited over.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Robert The Bruce from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 74.4% out of 100 with 3,157 ratings
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