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: 3,173 |  Reviews: 996
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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Photo of beerluvr
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours with an average, slightly off-white head, amber colored liquid with a malty nose..not much hop presence at all. Tastes slightly sweet, then quickly drys out. A little on the light-bodied side for a Scotch Ale...not 100% true to the style, but still very enjoyable nonetheless. Quite deceptive given it's strength. Good beer from a good brewery.

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Photo of packetknife
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I remember it well, up in MN after seeing Braveheart. Suprisingly drinkable for such a horseshoe. Nice deep reddish-auburn. Smells of hay and a little skank. A bit tart on the finish which was bizarre.

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Photo of aracauna
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

With the scottish ale type I was expecting less hops. Hop flavor overwhelms what would be a nice Scottish ale and it is a bit thin. It did get better the closer to the bottom I got however. Color lacked a lot of the reddish color that a lot of the really good scottish ales have.

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

Pours a nice bright amber with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Caramelish malt and light citrus hops in the nose. Sweet malt shoulders the flavor but gives way to a nice tangy citric hop flavor. Tangy and smooth on the palate and highly drinkable. This is a bit thinner than some scottish heavies and quite a bit hoppier, but I like the variation on the style. A well made beer.

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Photo of Reverand
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep in red in color that finishes off with a fluffy head. Very well balanced medium hop taste. Very drinkable for the alcohol content. Beer label is very cool!!

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Photo of mophie
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I agree with some of the other reviewers that this is a bit thin. Other than that, it's a nice brew. Nice, brown color, just as I would expect a Scottish ale to be. The taste is a combination of sweet and tangy, actually quite pleasant. Strangely, I hardly noticed the alcohol. Again, this beer was a bit thin for my taste. Still, it's generally impressive, and I'll drink it again.

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Photo of ADR
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Some smell of alcohol...Flower and spice early in the sip, feels well-bodied in the mouth...malt is slightly bready. I like it though its more "scotch" than "scottish" in its noticeable alcohol body and presence. Its style is not advertized on the bottle as heavy, so I was expecting a strength more like a bitter...

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Photo of John
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I find this brew quite flavorful, perhaps a little thin compared to say...Belhaven. But it's clearly a Scottish ale in style and not a Scotch ale.

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Photo of Brent
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark bronze color, with no particular aroma. The malt was mellow with caramel notes that had a sweet rather than roasted quality. The hops finish was restrained. Mouthfeel was fairly thin, and even in consideration that this is on the lighter end of the Scottish style, I felt it needed a little more substance.

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Robert The Bruce from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 3,173 ratings