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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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served from the tap at the Three Floyds Brewpub in Munster, Indiana. It arrived in a generic nonic glass, showing a warm maple syrup brown. It held a one and a half finger tall head of tan, cakey bubbles, showing nice retention. Patterned lacing was seen around the glass. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be mild. The nose filled with notes of warmed chocolate and brown malts, mild woodiness, medicinals, red grape winey bite, raw toffee sweetness, vanilla bean, and sweaty, cheap malts with big metallics on the back. Our first impression was that the flavoring was mild but complex through the grain bill it presented. As we sipped, the taste opened with bitter nuttiness of walnuts and Brazil nuts, toasted brown malts, residual dextrins, burnt soy sauce, and cloying and drying red grape skins. The middle came to a peak with toasty caramel malts, fusel vanilla extract, cooling metallics, adjuncts, seven-grain breadiness, and bittered oak air to pull us to the finish. Here we were met with a curious inclusion of slightly grassy hops, warmed milk chocolates, aromatic toffee sweetness, cranberry sourness, and that same red grapey bite. The aftertaste breathed of sour lemons, vinegar acidity, charred bitterness of caramel and light chocolates, booze, chalked chocolates, and the sweet dryness of iced tea. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium to high. The mouth was coated with slick oiliness following pleasant slurp, smack, froth, pop, and cream. Eventually a tannic astringency and sugary sweet pucker took over, giving final dryness. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank a bit more slowly.

Overall, the thing we liked best about this beer was its complexity. The flavoring remained nicely fruity and sweet, spicing things up stylistically, while the malts took a back seat until thoroughly warmed. Soy sauce saltiness and pale honey sweetness helped keep things a bit more serious, but the residual sugars did become a bit much by the end. The nose felt comparatively cheaper and thinned through. This beer drinks decently but never quite melds as much as you want it too. While I definitely bled with William Wallace, I’m still not sure if I will bleed with Robert The Bruce.

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of mjc3151
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

A - slight head, dark color that is standard for the style

S - not much going on here, slight roasted malt smell but not much.

T - yum. Not my favorite scottish ale, but it is up there. Not as sweet and sugary as Founders Dirty Bastard, with more of a roasted taste to it (but it still has a strong malty flavor to it). If you like roasted malts, you will like this.

M - slight carbonation, not too much and not too little

O - Definitely try this if you enjoy scottish/wee heavy ales, but personally I prefer the Pipeworks Last Kiss and the Founders Dirty Bastard.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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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%

Photo of Mythos82
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours smoothly with a small tan head. Bubbles never larger than a small BB.

S: As I am not a coffee drinker, the bold smell of coffee and toffee was powerful, but loved the warm feeling that this beer exudes.

T: As I have stated earlier I do not drink coffee, but at one time I did, so the robust taste of a dark roasted coffee is refreshing in moderation. Finishes with a sweet butter toffee feel with strong notes of a dark cocoa.

M: There is a good feeling of bright carbonation on the tongue and a gentle coating not quite unlike a great cup of hot chocolate.

O: Overall this is a great beer to sip on a good cold night. Sitting back and enjoying a great movie with your slippers and a hot roaring fire is what this beer is made for.

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a glass.

A: Cinnamon brown with hazy scarlet. Quarter finger of tan, soft head that disintegrates into tiny clear gems.

S: Grapes, cherries and raisins. Dark fruit. Pepper spice.

T: Starts with cherries and raisins, then a honey - syrupy - caramel finish.

M: Low carbonation, medium-heavy body. Syrupy, like honey. Low acidity, low bitterness.

O: This surprised me for some reason. My expectations were lower I guess. Love the look of this scottish ale.

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