Robert The Bruce | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
983
Ratings:
3,090
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
19.43%
 
 
Wants:
214
Gots:
510
For Trade:
11
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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Deep mahogany with amber accents. Dense khaki head

S- Smokey peat, cocoa nibs, crystal malts.

T- Follows nose well. Slight bitterness present for a style that doesn't normally have it. Lots of roasted malts and caramel. Some bready character.

M- Creamy, lighter body. Rich, yet smooth. Dry finish.

O- Very good. Top notch for the style.

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Photo of cbutova
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pour at Kuma's Too in Chicago, Illinois. I think this is the second or third time I have had this one. Reviewed from hand-written full notes.

A- Poured from the tap to my pint glass with a deep caramelized brown sugar body with a very thick, light tan head. Creamy texture and good retention. A small frothy ring leaves sheets of lace with drizzle and webs as well.

S- Toasted, nutty Brown malts pop out of the glass. Maltiness is certainly the center off attention with just a bit of dark fruity yeast. Cereal grains, toasted nuts, toffee and caramel.

T- Heavy malts make for a fairly rich flavor. Notes of toasted nuts, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, cereal grains, slight cocoa roast, biscuit and a moderate sweetness. Yeast provides some balance with dark fruits and a bready feel.

MF- Moderately thick, chewy creamy body that is very silky and smooth. Medium carbonation and a definite lack of any bitterness allowing malts to truly shine.

Toasted Brown malts lead to a semi-decadent, satisfying experience especially along side a massive burger at Kuma's. Great job making a less popular style by FFF.

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Photo of PPOmaha
2.94/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Aroma: Medium-light slightly sweet burnt caramel malt aroma. Sulfur is high, very beany. Medium bright earthy hop aroma. No DMS, No diacetyl. No alcohol.

Appearance: Mahogany with brown highlights. Thin dense tan head.

Taste: Medium toffee malt flavor. Hints of chocolate, coffee, and caramel. Low earthy hop flavor: herbal and woody. Esters aren't detectable. No DMS, No diacetyl.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body with medium low carbonation. Not creamy, some slight sweet slickness that lingers on the tongue. No alcohol warming.

Overall: Well brewed example of a 80 Schilling, nothing stands out here though as special. The sulfur in aroma really detracts from the overall beer. I won't go back to it, but it does hide its alcohol well.

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Photo of Bills453
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice glass.

Appearance - a brown color with a reddish tint. light brown frothy head that leaves quickly leaving a nice lacing.

Smell - the yeasty/bready smell is the strongest attribute. Smells like my wife just came home from a bakery. I want to eat it.

Taste - very much like the bread, i think most of this beer's flavor comes from the yeast. It is not too strong in flavor, but it has a refreshing taste that would make you want to come back for more.

Mouthfeel - goodstuff

Overall - Enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Craigory
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle dated 03/06/14. Poured into a Highland snifter.

A: Pours a deep cola body that reveals ruby tinting when held to the light. Forms a half-inch beige head, which quickly subsides to a cap and ring.; this leaves some nice splotchy lacing as I drink.

S: A little cocoa powder, actually, and a bit of bready malt.

T: Hits with some earthy hops up front, making way for bready malt and a bit of dark-fruit-lightly-dusted-with-cocoa-powder. Not complex for the style, but the hint of cocoa is nice.

M: Medium-bodied, with far too much carbonation. This moves the flavors along a little too quickly, and leaves my tongue tingly after each sip.

O: This is a good beer, but not great for the style. The slight twist on the flavor profile is welcome, but the strong carbonation distracts from this.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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 Franziskaner
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark mahogany color with a quarter inch of beige head. Good clarity. Plenty of Brussels lacing. Nice sweet,dark malty aroma. Lots of sweet,dark malt with a trace of smokiness in the fade. The mouth is a bit sticky and chewy. This is a very subtle beer and I really like the aroma.

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Photo of bnes09
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark, ruby-chocolate color. Thinish head recedes to a ring around the glass with minimal lacing.

Smell is robust and malty with caramel and roasted notes.

Roasted almond upfront in the palate. Sturdy wheat backbone. Buttery. Lots of caramel. Hint of plum. Mild, leafy hop. Rich, malty character overall, as it should be.

Full bodied, smooth feel. Malty, grainy texture. Well carbonated.

Great example of a well executed scotch ale. Haven't had one of these in a while and it sure hit the spot.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is deep red and poured a light frothy one finger head.

Smells nutty, malty, and slightly caramelly.

Nuts, roasted malts, and slightly boozy.

Mouthfeel is a little thin for what I like in a scotch ale.

Overall this is just a mediocre offering from Three Floyd's. They should probably stick with standard pales and IPAs.

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Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Minimal light tan head, dark with a copper/reddish hue in the light
Nose:
rather minimal scents coming from this beer, alcohol, malt, caramel
Palate:
light alcohol presence weaved in and out of this beer, mild malt, sweet caramel, dried fruit flavors in the finish. Light Orange/citrus.
Overall:
I've been becoming a big fan of scotch ales as of late. This is a really well balanced and enjoyable beer. This one ranks high up on my list for this style of beer.

-BeerandWhiskeyHQ.com

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Brown, mostly opaque, with a light tan head that fades mostly to a thin coating that persists. Lacing is extensive.

S - Roasted malts, molasses and brown sugar, caramel.

T - Taste follows the nose, with a swirl of burnt sugars and molasses. A subtle bitter bite in the close helps keeps things from getting to weighty.

M - A bit light, but smooth and brisk, with no build on the bitter close.

O - A fine, fine brew, this is perhaps the most under-appreciated of Three Floyds year-round beers. I need to buy this more.

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Photo of CLEmark
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - dark amber brown an inch head.
Mouth Feel - Typical Scotch ale
Smell - Get the malts up front
Taste - Malty, toasty, not to powerful. Pretty well balanced.

Overall - I'm not a scotch ale fan but this is probably the best one I have had. No bitter or unpleasant flavors. Well balanced and clean.

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Photo of brewtus
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler, pours dark brown with a single finger head. Smell is loaded with malt, lots of roasted barley, Caramel. Taste is full of roasty malt, tons of grain, some subtle dark fruit, small hop presence. Overall this isn't my style but it is very good, very grainy, great balance of malt and hops (traditional FFF hop excessiveness , in a good way), some dark fruit flavors, very drinkable. Not the hallmark beer of FFF. It worth trying for sure.

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Photo of sosuch
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good overall bottle of scot. I enjoy it and glad I can get it. That's it. Really, I have to leave 250 word comment on this beer? OK I rank it up there with one of my favorite scots, good stuff, buy it if you can. Ok? Not enough BS, come on guys, its really good, it's three Floyds what do you expect?

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - dark reddish brown with a tan head
Smell - sweet carmel malty toasted buskit smell
Taste - like the smell but strong taste
Feel - medium full body with medium carbonation
Overall - fantastic Scotch ale

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a dark brown with a one-finger white head.

S - Sweet roasted malts with a light amount of toffee and caramel.

T - Follows the smell. Good amount of sweet roasted malts with toffee and caramel.
Finish has a nice earthy hippiness.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Nice light creamy mouthfeel. Very easy drinking.

O - This is a smooth drinking Scotch Ale. Malt fans will really enjoy this one.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Very dark brown color. The creamy off white head retains well enough,but eventually settles. Spotty lacing.

S: Very earthy on the nose. Dark bread crust. Malt forward with aromas of molasses, chocolate, caramel, and a touch of candy shell sweetness. Figgy dark fruit. Some green and oily hops in the background.

T: Bread crust, cocoa, caramel, molasses, malt. Plum with a subtle tartness. Earthy yeast. Herbal hop oils come out a bit more on the back ends. touch of alcohol. Bready and crusty malt finish.

M: Medium thick body. Creamy and chewy with a slight syrupy feel. Low prickling carbonation.

O: A very solid interpretation of the style. Perhaps just a bit more hoppy than average, but all marks are hit. A quietly enjoyable beer to drink.

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Photo of sully11277
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pour out of a 12 oz bottle into my English pint class.

A- It has a dark brown with a red tint. a nice tan head that sticks around.

S- Very sweet with a lot of roast flavor with a vanilla hint.

T/M- Very malting and sweet with nice caramel, roast, and some nice hops notes. you can get a hint of some chocalte too. Very light beer but you can taste it for awhile after you take your sip.

O- It is a well balanced beer with flavors that work well with each other and it also goes down very smooth.

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Photo of patpbr
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a ruby brown with a tan head.
S - Plenty of roasted malt and sweet notes.
T - Its similar to the smell with a more pronounced rich and roasted malt character with vanilla. Hops are nicely added.
M - Medium body with a heavy creamy and malty finish.
O - Lots of malt in this flavorful Scottish ale.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark brown and tan with a minimal head and lacing.

Smell - Roasty sweet malts, some caramel , toffee, some bready notes, molasses and a little rasin and plum finish.

Taste - As expected plenty of caramel malts mixed in with a mild hop flavor. Has a herbal flavor mixed with the sugars. A bready flavor comes out giving this a English brown ale flavor. Plums, raisins, and some nutty flavors are also present.

Mouthfeel - Malts really make up the most flavor on tongue. Palate late in the finish gets some dark fruits and sugars. Aftertaste is malty, a little bitter and dry.

Overall - Not bad, not as over the top as what 3 floyds usually does. A safer, milder and easy drinker. Worth the drink if your a scotch ale fan or looking for something heavy on the malts.

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Photo of AdamThomas
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A rich dark carmel brown. Nearly impossible to see through. Held in the light shows a nice red hue.

Smell: Plenty of hops smell but sweet on the nose.

Taste: Heavy on the malt with a balance of bitter.

- Front: Malty body is heavy on the tongue.
-Middle: Sweet flavor sneaks up.
-Aftertaste: Finishes like an after-dinner coffee.

Mouthfeel: A lightly carbonated malt.

Overall: A very malty drink that has the right combination of sweetness for balance.

Serving type: Glass

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a FW teku.

pours a dark brown with a ruby hue and a big white head with nice lacing. mild aroma of malts and alcohol and winter spices. Malty taste with some winter spices..nothing discernible. Fine for the style but nothing incredible. Medium bodied with mild carbonation.

overall a decent scotch style ale. nothing out of the ordinary though.

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Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this one before on tap and thought it was quite good. Review of a bottle given by a kind IL beer guy at Surly Darkness Eve.

A-Poured into a pint glass, a finger of tan head quickly recedes to a skim layer that is sticky. Pretty cloudy and murky brown with some red hues present.

S-Malty, slightly sweet, with some smokiness hitting you up when I first smell this beer. Aromas of caramel and a bit of burnt coffee come to mind.

T-Damn tasty. Very much like the aroma. A very good Scotch Ale. All malt, not hoppy or fruity.

M-Nice creamy mouthfeel, crisp finish with just a bit of a burnt malt finish. Very nice. Some warming in the finish but doesn't hit the palate with any alcohol bite.

O-Rich, malt bomb with some nice smokiness and a little sweetness. Easy to drink with low levels of alcohol bite that many beers of this style contain.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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 Darkmagus82
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown-copper color with a tiny tan colored head. The head fades very fast, leaving some foam islands on the surface of the brew and a tiny bit of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is big and sweet with tons of caramel, toffee, and chocolate. Along with these sweeter aromas is a rather decent showing of a lightly roasted bready smell as well as some smells of yeast. A very light hop aroma of an earthy nature is there as well rounding out the smell nicely.

Taste – The taste begins with a big sweet caramel and toffee flavor mixed with a roasted brown bread taste. Soon after, flavors of chocolate and a bit of some darker fruits of plum and prune come to the tongue sweetening the brew even further. Some cola like tastes later join in as well but at a loss of some of the toffee, diminishing the more buttery smooth sugar flavors of the brew. Toward the end, some hop flavors of an earthy and grassy flavor, as well as a bit of a oaky flavor, come to the tongue. The combination of flavors that is left at the end of the taste ends up leaving a quite sweet, roasty and malty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the averages to slightly thicker side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average. The added thickness of the brew is nice for all the roasted and sweet flavors of the brew although a bit less carbonation may have helped accentuate these flavors even more.

Overall – This is a sweet and malty brew for sure. A fantastic beer for a nice fall or winter day. Lots of sweet sugary taste with a nice brown bread flavor.

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Robert The Bruce from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 983 ratings.
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