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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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Photo of OStrungT
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this from MABZ as part of the 2006 Great Race BIF. I have wanted this beer for some time now, just havent been actively looking for it. Thank you MABZ for giving me the chance to have it.

This beer pours brownish mohogany color with a creamy tan color head. The head fades slowly, leaving few laces.

This beer has a rich caramel sweet aroma. It smells slightly bready. There is a nutty aroma also. I get a very slight raisin aroma. Not much hop aroma.

This beer tastes much like the aroma. It has a sweet flavor. I taste a caramel malt flavor. It has a bready flavor also. It has a very slight smokey flavor that was not present in the aroma. Still not much on hops.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a malty sweet aftertaste. This beer is carbonated perfectly for the style.

I think this beer would make a good session beer. It is not too alcoholic, and the flavor is not too agressive.

Once again, thank you MABZ for helping my get such a great beer.

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Photo of nick_asian
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pretty dark brown. Almost like a walnut color if it were chard. The head is also kind of like an almond brown/creamy color.
S: Nice roasty malts and some raisins and plum going on, too.
T: Get a lot of toast, some fruits, and a little woody. Some good hops balance in there, too. No booze taste at all. After taste is a little bit funky, but it doesn't bother me none. I actually welcome it.
M: Good medium body that's smooth. excellent balance of carbonation.
O: Really great beer. FFF knows how to make a balanced beer in whatever style.

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Photo of guityler83
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A cream colored 3 finger tall head was produced in the 3Floyds Teku glass. As it started to receed it became chunky and left a bit of lacing on the edges. The beer is moderatly hazy with a dark brown / maroon color with crimson hugh coming through when held to the light.

S: Cocoa is dominant with some smokey tobacco and toffe malt aromas. Nutty and caramel scents become more aparent when it warms up.

T: Mocca and cocoa mixed with a smokey caramel and toffee malt flavors. Tobacco and mapley tastes come through more as it warms up. Bitterness is low but keeps the malt sweetness from being to cloying so its actually quite drinkable. Lots of malt flavor.

M: Moderate carbonation with a larger body. A numbing mouthfeel for sore some reason.. its enjoyable however.

O: Malt forward, flavorful, scottish ale. I think this beer is overlooked from the 3Floyds regulars since its not hop forward. is a shame! a sham!! drink it, love it, repeat.

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Photo of BigDaddyfromtheNati
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Sneaky brew. Great taste, lots of flavors. It packs a punch but doesn't seem strong. It's my new favorite. I order it every time I find it on tap.

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Photo of Libationguy
4.49/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish-brown color with mild carbonation. Off-white thin head with medium-retention.

Rich on the nose with roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, nutmeg, orange zest, cocoa powder.

Light hop spice, light resin, citrus, hazelnuts, brown sugar, molasses, cocoa powder. The overall feel on the palate is rich, lush and brown with the lighter notes as a gentle counterpoint in the background.

Rich, medium-full bodied mouthfeel that pushes all the way back across the palate. The beer has so much richness that it feels almost off-dry although it is very clean. Really a wonderful sense of balance in this beer. Great job with the American version of this style.

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Photo of cdrogers
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle to snifter. Another good one from Three Floyds. I really enjoyed this. For some reason it reminded me of a creamy Guinness but with a little alcohol at the back.

It went down very smooth and felt very creamy. Nice creamy head. Dark coffee color. Just an exceptional brew.

Could drink this regularly for sure and the first I recall having in the 'scottish ale' category.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Maroon body, hazy when held to the light. Not much head after a conservative pour.

Smell: Coffee, alcohol (whisky), raisins, very strong and pungent. Lots of malt.

Taste: Sharp with alcohol, coffee, and some carmel sweetness going on, . Finishes dry and sharp, good hops. The flavor is guided by strong roasted malt flavors. Very good, one of the best Scotch Ales I've had ever.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and sharp, the alcohol and carbonation give this beer a real edge, very enjoyable.

Drinkability: Thanks to Px2Grafx for another great beer, I could session this one, if not for the lack of availability in Minnesota. Highly recommended.


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Photo of battlekow
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Robert is a muscular chocolatey brown, with a small head. His appearance does not belie his overall qualities; he is a fine, manly brew, yet possesses a delicate sweetness. Hops and chocolate dominate his delectable odor and taste, and Robert is a man of excellent balance. He feels thick and chewy in my mouth. Robert compares well to another fine gentleman who has been kind enough to bless me with his company, Dirty Bastard. I love you, Bobby.

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Photo of whendeathsleeps
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clean dark mahogany, tan one finger head, not much in retention, very little lacing.

S- Big on the malts! sweet, some alcohol, burnt sugar, smokey, some fruits in the background.

T- Malty, caramel, smokey, big on the dark fruits, slightly chocolatey, light piney hop finish that balances this beer out perfectly.

M- Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, fairly dry crisp finish, a little warming from the alcohol (listed at 7% as per the Three Floyd's website.)

O- I love this beer. I could envision this one being one that would get someone into craft beer. This beer for me ranks among the best out there.

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Photo of brdc
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Had this one on tap in Munster.
Dark bronze in color, small tan head, decent retention and lacing.
Nice malty aroma, as expected for the style, dark fruits, caramel, hints of chocolate, dark fruits and even an unexpected apple and a certain, faint but noticeable hoppiness.
Medium bodied yet it manages to be refreshing, perhaps due to the subtle hoppiness. Still, as expected, caramel maltiness leads, followed closely by dark fruits. No alcohol to be noticed, highly drinkable.
Very nice, another great FFF.

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Photo of diamonddave
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber/brown in appearance, almost like the color of maple syrup, with a nonexistent head even after a rough pour.

Smells sweet and malty with hints of caramel and a tiny bit of raspberry (or so it seems to me). The scent really gets the mouth waterin'.

Heavy malt in the taste, with some coffee/caramel flavor and a sweet lingering malt finish and aftertaste. Almost tastes like a porter but without the heaviness in the belly.

Not much I can say except that this is a great beer, it's very easy to drink and you'd never know by the taste that ABV is so high. A definite winner. Next time around I'll have to pick up more than one bottle.

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Photo of Schwarzbart
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep mahogany in color. There was a very small head when poured that was creamy tan in color and disappeared quickly, but left a halo that provided good lacing. Aromas of roasted malts, malty caramel, perfumy hops and cinnamon bread. Sweet on the taste buds. Caramel flavors with raisins and finishes a little bitter with the taste of hops. There was just a hint of the alcohol as swallowed. Hard to believe the alcohol content was 9%. This was one of the smoothest scotch ales I've ever had. Creamy, smooth and easy to drink. Yum.

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Photo of Brook
4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- reddish brown, fairly clear and lively medium bodied

S- Sweet, toasted bread notes

T-Balanced, doesn't overkill with the malty-ness but still rich in flavor

MF-Medium, carbinated w/ smooth finish

Overall- A very smooth and balanced Scotch. Not exciting in the best way.

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Photo of budgood1
4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a slightly hazy, very dark cherry wood colour with a light tan head that stays and sticks to the glass leaving some eye catching lace. aroma is bright and fruity, definitely hoppy with notes of smoke and peat, with some caramel and toffee maltiness rounding things out very nicely. upon tasting, it's an interesting mix of english style maltiness with a big ol' dose of hops. whiskey soaked plums and raisins...rather layered and complex in the sweetness; malt notes are subtle and delicate...earthy and grainy with ghost like smokiness. a touch of alcohol spice bites the tongue before the hops again come up and provide some spicy, grassy and herbal accents with some citric and pine notes appearing, also. the body is full of malt sweetness and the mouthfeel is round, smooth and velvety at times with a dose of hop bitterness in the back end, where it belongs in this particular brew. finishes with a lingering bitterness, enhancing the malt flavours splendidly. this "scottish style" ale is incredibly drinkable, the flavours meld well within this ale and defy any strict style guidelines. i would describe this well hopped and balanced "malt bomb" as YUMMY! great on an incredibly cold mid winters eve!

another treat from three floyds. comes off as an "imperial esb". definitely recommended!

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a mirky rust color with a thin tan head. The nose is a big waft of hop resin, chased by slight maple. The taste starts with a high-pitched sweetness. Next comes a soft touch of fruity hops,which bow out to a quick alcohol moment which almost washes the palate in preparation for a smoked, petey, scotch-whiskey impersonation. The smokeyness hangs on and turns into a roasted aftertaste. There is a soft ale-fruit undertow throughout.

Mouthfeel is mid-wieght and pleasantly fuzzy.

I have a had alot of scotch/ scottish ale this winter and this one really knocks em out of the park. Its like a big soul-warming bear hug.

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Photo of Citadel82
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the best thing to come out of Indiana since...well it's just the best thing I know of.

The Three Floyds stable of brews have begun appearing locally wth some regularity...I am guessing this is due to Mike and the great folks at Hunterdon. Regardless this brew is tasty.

A Quintesssential Scots Ale in my humble opinion. I have sampled this beer on several occassions, though this is my first review. If you like a good Scots Ale get this and drink it up!

Pours a deep clear chestnut with an off-white head. Aroma of sweet malts and dark bread. Taste is toffee and treacle and whole grains. This is a rich malty drinkable brew, Some notes of smoke and molasses round out tihs rare treat.

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Photo of RJUGA03
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass
A- Deep brown light penetrable body with a simple and scant 1/16" off white head.
S-Roasted coffee and caramely malts were noticed.
T-Sweet and pleasant up front with a slightly hop tingled malty finish.
M-Thick and syrupy on the draw with a dry carbonated ending.
D-I have been a FFF for 4 years and RTB is a good flagship beer to pair with Gumballhead, Pride & Joy, and Alpha King.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells like bright sweet caramelly biscuits with slight ripe fruits.

Deep sugary malts with a slight bitterness. Just a little dry on the finish. There's a vestige of smokiness in the after taste as well.

A wonderful example of the style. Bring this one to OH, FFF!

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Photo of TheBungyo
4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to trader extraordinaire Nlmartin for this one!

Body is amber and bordering on brown. Head is a half finger of white foam. Damn what a malty nose! Lots of caramel and grapefruit. As for taste, it's a world of caramel, syrupy cherry, a slice of wheatbread, and lots of hoppiness. It tastes marvelous but to be honest, I would have rated this higher had the hops not been so dominant. It seems I get far more hops than I should for the style. I love hops, but I wish this were a beefy version of the style instead of a hops infused one. Carbonation is active but not in your face. Mouth feels very big. I know I complained about the assertive hops, but this does taste really good. I wouldn't reach for this first when looking for a Scottish Ale but I would reach for this when looking for something malty and tasty.

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Photo of rousee
4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My first offering by 3 Floyds. Some big thanks go out to Frank--BA Beerguy. Very much appreciated young man !!

The pour is a dark cedar-like murky wooden cider. No head or lace.

The smell is plenty malty. I think I know why this brewery has such a good reputation. It appears that they are very conscious of not overdoing anything. There is some strong beautiful malt on the front with a nice caramelly toffee type middle and just the slightest of a berry-fruit lingering effect. Very close to perfect for the style. I dont even like Scotch ales much and I have tried many in my days. This is right on target for the style.I am upgrading smell and taste scores.

The mouthfeel is also worthy of an upgrade--from 3.5 to 4. The drinkability is average, although when paired with the proper food, I could see it getting much better.

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Photo of ChuckFreeze
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

the Robert The Bruce is definitely my favorite among the Three Floyds. It does have a bit of a bite, but i enjoy that in a good ale. It has a nice dark amber look to it, and has a good balance of flavor. Savage's Ale House in muncie indiana is where i always go to enjoy this ale on tap.

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Photo of do_ob
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 1/12/2015. Sampled and reviewed on February 22, 2015.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Pours a dark reddish brown with a nice 3 finger white head of foam. This beer looks brown at all angles, but has a red hue when looked at in front of light. Kinda reminded of blood, haha. Smells of malt, honey, spices, and cream. Initial taste brings a lot of malt flavor with a slight hop presence. Creamy, full flavored, and sweet. The malts really come to life as it goes down, then a quick kickback of hops, then more malt. Incredibly delicious and incredibly drinkable.

I lucked out and got the last 6'er from the local beer store tonight, and damn. I can see why this stuff sells out so fast. It's smooth, it's tasty, and you get six, not just a bomber. I'll be picking this up every chance I get. One of my new favorites.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A nice simple light caramel head a bit foamy and descend slowly off the pour. Body is a dark chestnut brown with some small red hues. Held up to the light it glows red.

Bouquet is a surprising malt milk chocolate, with even a mild coffee roast character.

Taste brings the pleasant surprise from the nose. Milk chocolate in the palate with a distinct pine like hop bitter just enough to announce its presence. Grows from a chocolate to a bitter mixing well, not syrupy or boozy either. Texture has some slight carbonation that could be toned down or all together thrown out.

Overall i've never had a scotch ale like this. It's different not really smokey, or even malty, but it has some fantastic characters that make it extremely appealing. Really a distinct beer that blurs the lines.

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look 10/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 7/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 88/100

Real nice Scottish Ale, monster malt bill. Has an almost chocolatey/malt ball taste. Could almost be confused with a light porter or possibly a bock if I didn't know better. It's a deep red, the color is really beautiful. Leaves a faint after taste maybe tobacco? I can only compare this to Founders 'Dirty Bastard' I will say Founders has a bit more full high octane feel. Maybe more balanced and smoother. This is ever so slightly more watery... However, this is very drinkable and has good medium body~

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Photo of wcudwight
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a ruby center when held up to the light. Thin tan head that disappears pretty quick. Little to no lacing.
Smell is toasted malt. Plums, raisins and brown sugar.
Taste is very malt heavy. Burnt toast(in a good way), liccorice, oak(if that's a flavor), ripe cherries. There is also some very unique hoppiness in the finish that adds complexity. Similar to Highland's Tasgall Ale, but maybe not as hoppy as that one.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style.
Very drinkable and at 7% the alcohol is not noticable.
A good Scottish Ale that I would recommend to anyone.

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Robert The Bruce from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
3.86 out of 5 based on 3,103 ratings.
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