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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Ratings: 3,184 |  Reviews: 998
Photo of BitteBier
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich, clear copper color with some active carbonation but a minimal head. Scents of caramel and sweet malts dominate the pleasant nose. Like the smell, the taste of this beer is pleasant. But like the smell, the taste is also rather weak. Mouthfeel is pleasant enough but the overall feel and flavor is too watery. Sweet malt greets the tongue at the onset and gives way to a distinctively warm finish. There are better Scotch Ales to be had, but this is worth a try, particularly if you consider the McEwans of the world to be *too* syrupy sweet.

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Photo of tar
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An axe wielding Scottsman with a broad grin stares at you from the label. This beer pours a clear brown (red when held up toward light), with a small head which vanishes to all but a trace very quickly. The aroma of roasted malt comes through both during the pour and when lifting the glass for a smell. The taste is very good, it is mild, with smooth malt and a bit of hops. It has an overall very enjoyable taste. Very smooth in the mouth with a medium to full body. A highly drinkable beer, it is not overpowering in any aspect and is very enjoyable glass after glass.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice Scotch Ale from Three Floyds. This beer poured a nice dark amber colour with a small head. The aromas were of alcohol and sweet malts. The taste was sweet, alcoholic, and bready. The mouthfeel was a bit thin for this style but the drinkability was top notch. A very good Scottish style ale!

Cheers to KennyD for the sample!

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Photo of dwarbi
4.51/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was one of my two favorite Three Floyds. Overall, just a great drinking experience. The color is a very dark purple. It has a very white head that sticks to the glass. It smells slightly peppery. Tastes just a little sweet, like berries. Very smooth in the mouth and almost no aftertaste. Very, very drinkable.
(Tasted this beer at the Blind Tiger's Three Floyds event)

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Photo of nomad
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its color had a very light brown base to it but with a large red tint, in fact it appeared quite eerily strange. An almost opaque brew, it had slow but steady little bits of carbonation, a thick light-tan colored frothy head, no lace, and some stain.

Smelled of dark malt, calm roasted wheat, inviting floral hops, and a drop of dark sugar. It opened to an almost black cherry and red grape scent. The taste was first of dark malt, candied sugar, and then came fresh American-style hops that tasted almost grapefruity at first couple swigs. The swallow began with an alcohol buzz then dried out to a sour & bitter hops. Thus it finished softly dry, and the bitter end brought mecalling back for next sip, especially to the sugar/malt up front. In time the taste built up to a nuttiness.

The mouthfeel rolled from watery to oily. Now, in theory, it should have had more body and thickness from the malt, but instead it was very easy to throwback, also in due part to the lack of mention of the high alcohol content.

Simply put, this beer tasted like a combination of sweet scottish malt and characterful american hops. Its actually well-rounded in many aspects with a good balance of elements – adds to drinkability. A nice american microbrew turn on an old-world classic.

P.S. Much better on draft; guessing that sitting around brought out and balanced out it all – bottle had less malt presence in multiple areas.

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Photo of StevieW
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Cool cartoonish Robert the Earl of Bruce depicted.
More of a shiny shoe leather brown than burgundy in color. Creamy white head settles into a thin covering.
Smell was sweetly malt, and spices. Murky, peat and earthy smells are there but not very pronounced, just presented nicely.
Taste is the full malty sweetness you would expect. This one has more of a scotch whisky taste to it. Nice smooth taste, subtle warming. Great smooth, easy finish. No hops to be found.
Mellow finish, that just disappears. A bit more light bodied than I expected but that didn't detract from the mouthfeel. High abv 9.1% is barely noticed. Another winning beer for me. Tip of the hat to MJR for including this one.

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark deep chocolatey brown color with a huge off-white head. Sweet malt aroma with a bit of fruitiness. There is not a lot to whiff coming out of this one.

Loaded with malt, this brew also has a nice roasty characteristic as it dries out. Full-bodied and very smooth all the way through. This is very easy to drink, and just a wonderful brew. It is my first one from 3 Floyds, and it really has me looking forward to more.

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Photo of AudioGilz
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's a bright Indian red color. The head is large and fluffy for about a minute and then recedes to a nice lace. Caramel and toffee are in the aroma, pleasing. A medium bodied brew, the flavors are mostly caramel maltiness, and then some hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is definitely a little thin, but not watery. It's a malt dominated brew, but stays mellow overall. I too do not believe the 9.1% ABV listing. There is no hint of such. I enjoyed this beer very much. Five more are in the fridge and they will be consumed happily.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I have been hearing good things about Three Floyds, and I ran into this at D's so I picked me up the one that stood out to me, Robert the Bruce. What can I say, I love Braveheart!! This beer pours brown amber tone with an off white quickly dissipating head. Virtually no lace to be seen down the side of my glass. The aroma is a sharp shot of sweet malt almost a smells like a dimmed down barley wine or double bock. I have had McEwann's Scotch ale and I would have to say the aromas are comparable. The flavor is a little lighter than I had expected it to be, there are some fruit tones (fig and raisin) but very faint. Low carbonation very smooth, but nothing spectacular going on here. I don't believe that the alcohol content is 9.1 by volume but if it is then they did an amazing job covering up the alcohol taste. There is no bite here, no off flavors pretty well balanced overall, just a little bland for my taste buds. I could drink a few of these, but one is enough. I probably won't go back to this one for awhile.

Update on 3/10/14:

Found this at my local in Ohio, haven't seen any 12 ounce offerings in Ohio yet, since Three Floyd's came back. I notice the beer label has the same Robert the Bruce with some shiny new reflective gleam compared to the old labels. Nice to see it this fresh bottled on 2/25/14, maybe this will be a sign more fresh 12 ounce bottles coming our way. Pours a dark mahogany brown hue with ruby highlights, light cream colored tan head with fine speckled lacing. Aroma has hints of dark roasted malts, nutty cereal notes...full on malt assault maybe a layer of herbal hops for a bit of balance. The label states it best "this ale will bring a smile to any malt lover's lips!", I'm a malt lover at times but please guys send us some Zombie Dust!!! Flavor has hints of leather, big fruit malt notes, raisin, charred malt, with roasted malts. Some herbal hops in the finish but truly a nice Scottish Ale, this weighs in at 6.5% abv and it's relatively well hidden between burn in the backend. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy textured, tame natural levels of carbonation no off flavors between sips, full malt bodied drinking ale. Overall, I wish I liked this style more, because truth be told I know this is one of the best examples of the style I've ever had, just not my cup of tea.

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Photo of Hobbz
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A medium-pale, copper colored ale which pours with a fine foam layer atop. Smell is fully a malt character, with some metallic undertones. Taste was a bit surprising to me -- not outside the realm of its aroma (which very closely matches), but in my expectations from the bottle's labeling: "Scottish Style Ale." After further information I realized I was not dealing with a bold peat-smoked variety, but rather one from an alternate style in which malt predominates. All in all I found it subtle such that at any given session I might rate it a bit low or a bit higher (thus, fitting average).

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Photo of jtw5877
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange/amber hue with a small white head. Strong butterscotch flavor. Medium to light body, yet an interesting malt profile. I really enjoy this beer. Not the typical scotch ale, yet a neat interpretation. The purist might not go for this one. Yet I find it tasty and smooth.

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Photo of MJR
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: This one has a reddish-amber colored, crystal clear body with a head that starts out tiny and disappears quickly.

Smell: Aroma of sweet malt, with a slight metallic note. The overall smell is faint and weak.

Taste: Has a decent dose of sweet malt and caramel/butterscotch (diacytel) flavor. Finishes with the same metallic note that was in the smell, along with a touch of hop bitterness. Fairly one-dimensional...

Mouthfeel: Slighty oily and chewy with a 'medium-but-closer-to-light' thickness. Not thick enough for me.

Drinkability: O.k. I could drink a few of these if nothing else was available, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

This is a 9%abv brew?!? Didn't see that coming!

I know this is a 'Scottish' ale and not a 'Scotch' ale, which are heavier and maltier, but I'm tired of these wimpy, bland brews calling themselves Scottish-style beers. I want a thick, chewy, malty Scotch ale...I guess I'll have to brew one myself...

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Photo of aaronh
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich, medium chestnut brown body is topped by a rather thin, off white head that recedes to a thin layer of foam. A very subtle lacing results as the beer is consumed. The aroma is fairly subdued, with a touch of malt a caramel. The taste is sweet and very malty. Caramel and smoked peat dominate the flavor, with the creamy sweet malt behind them. A bit of bitterness shows up in the finish, noticeable only because I was looking for it. The mouthfeel is like homemade milk caramel that is still warm: very smooth and creamy, it virtually sticks to your teeth and tongue. For the advertised ABV, it is not a bit noticeable. It is every bit as drinkable as a rich Oktoberfest offering. I really like this beer. Next trip to the beer store, I will definitely put more offerings from Three Floyds in my beer portfolio.

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Photo of avylover
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just got this one home....9% eh? Packs a punch but I don't know about 9%. Anyway, on with the review. Pours a nice golden caramel color, not quite as dark as I expected. Nice 1/2 inch head full of tiny bubbles that sticks around..smells. Not a real strong scent here...mainly alcohol & sugary malt scents. Taste is sweet and malty at first, somewhat doughy then ends on a hoppy/bitter/metalliic note. Suprisingly not much alcohol detected in the taste. Mouthfeel is much thinner than expected...quite nice. This beer actually reminds me of the recent batches of Salvator (Which were nowhere near as good as a few years back). To sum it up, tastes like an american hopped doublebock if there is such a thing. Good, but not great.. worth trying if you enjoy the german doublebock style as I do. Maybe they should rename this one.

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Photo of cokes
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper bodied with a thinnish beige head.
Nose of deep toffee malts with just the tiniest edge of smokiness.
Taste is surprisingly subdued coming form 3F. Caramel/toffee malts are mingled with the slight smoke. Grassy hues enter late (from the hops and beyond). A dash of floral hops at the conclusion.
I cannot (and do not) believe that this is anywhere near 9%, the mouthfeel comes across somewhat bland and thin.
A decent, simplistic Scotch ale, but nothing to shout about.

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Photo of Jarod
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours into the glass a medium red/burnt orange color, very clear. Carbonation present. The head was creamy and beige in color, somewhat lasting and there was some lace stretched on the sides of the glass. The aroma was faint, I had to swirl it and cover to get something. I nosed caramel, malt, fruit (faint) and some hops (faint) and alcohol. The taste was surprisingly decent. Tastes of roasted malt, some mild hops, fruit and alcohol all became present on my tongue. The end feeling after this left me a little warm on the inside, d/t the alcohol (not drunk, just that warm feeling you get from alcohol). Three Floyds makes good beers, this one is not disappointing.

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Photo of cretemixer
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Burnt orange brew with a thin tan head. A little bit of lace clings to my pint glass. Deep roasted malt aroma is foremost with a tinge of pungent hop burried beneath. Thin mineral taste comes across at first...going to let it warm up just a bit and see what happens...The mineral taste is gone now that the beer has warmed, much better. Smooth malts are coming through now with a slight hop note. Slightly sweet, well carbonated with a decent mouthfeel. Keep 'em coming.

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Photo of doho95fu
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark copper in color. Not much of a smell for my nose, probably due to the complete absence of hops which results in a flavor that I am not so used to. I am sure that is indicative of the style, but this brew lacks flavor altogether, indistinct malts, little to taste at all. Surpisingly, even the alcohol did not get noticed. Love Three Floyds, but this did not impres me. May have to edit once I gain more experience with the style.

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Photo of ThreePistols
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep golden brown color, tan foamy head that dissipates fairly quick, sweet, toffee-like, malt nose, sugar sweet, malty, mildly roasted flavor, buttery feeling. The finish has notes of caramel and slightly bitter. The high alcohol content is noticable, the effects are nice.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Generous, creamy head, aroma includes toffee, vanilla, soft caramel notes. Dark brown in color. Solid malt here, but very, very hoppy. Sweet, mild, but still a stout and hearty ale, very enjoyable. One of my favorite Scottish Ales. Hail Robert the Bruce!

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Photo of Jon
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a deep amber color with an almost non-existent head. Subtle notes of sweet malt linger in the nose, but aren't nearly pronounced enough. Taste is pretty good with that sweet malt flavor and notes of alcohol throughout. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but for a beer of its epic proportions, it's fairly easy to drink. Not Three Floyds' best, I was a bit disappointed with this one. Still a good beer, regardless.

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Photo of frank4sail
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth and quite a darkish brown color. Notes of chocolate and sweet malt cover the tongue on tasting. Quite rounded and drinkable. Quite rich tasting and would be a good cold weather brew. Tasted at the brewery on tap.

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Photo of zerk
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber with a quickly dissapating tan foam. Very malty in aroma and taste, athough not very sweet, with a bitter finish. High alcohol, is detectable, and has a warming effect. Pretty high in carbonation for a Scottish Heavy Ale, with a medium body. Not one of Three Floyd's best brews, and not one of the best Scottish Heavy's I've had, but a solid offering nonetheless.

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Photo of Wildman
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark reddish amber color with a white head that didn't hold and left only a small amount of lace. It had an aroma of malt and caramel. The taste was of malt, hops and caramel. The body was lighter than other scotch ales, but sweet with a slightly dry but bitter finish. Not the best scotch ale, but no slouch, although it could have been a bit heavier in body.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Murph for the sample.... Poured a bright, clear copper color, with a thin, tight head, and just a hint of lacing in the glass. Nose was subdued, malty, with some peaty notes. Good mouthfeel for the Bruce. Taste exhibited some malt, but too weak. Some smoky/peaty action in there, as well as a touch of hops at the end lending some bitterness. I was looking for more malt and sweetness....not to be found here.

overall: 3.55
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5


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Robert The Bruce from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 3,184 ratings