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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 Gaisgeil
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the oddest example of a wee heavy I've ever tried. It doesn't even look like one... pours a deep translucent mahogany in color, quite unatural for the style which tend to toward the dark and heavy in character. Pours with a respectable but quick to disapate tan head, though a crown does remain throughout. Nose is strong but again, quite unlike the style really, alcohol is the main waft present with some malt and earthy notes far in the background. Taste is quite strong, a bit bitter because of the alcohol which is about proportional to it's actual content. Notes of caramel, chocolate, some root-like notes, almost herbal in character. Finish is quite dry but leaves the palate quite balanced, hops and malt vying equally in the end. Mouthfeel is quite light early on, but as I swallowed it became apparent how slick the brew was as it clung to my palate long after swallowing, seems to be an almost lactose-like character in the end. Everything about this brew is decieving!

This isnt a bad brew at all, quite unlike most wee heavies as I've said, but that's not necessarily bad, just not what I was expecting. As I drank more of this however I warmed to it a bit more as the flavors seemed to mellow and mesh more.

Not bad at all.


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Photo of AnnArborJoe
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

from notes of several tries - on tap at FFF, growler, and bottle.

A - dark brown with a hint of red, small tan head, very little lacing.

S - malty, sweet, slightly smokey, light hop aroma.

T - carmelly and malty, dark fruits, light hops. Excellent balance.

M - medium bodied, moderate carbonation, dry and crisp.

O - excellent. Perfect beer for those not that into craft or for someone who isn't a hophead.

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Photo of codysjb
3.32/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Three Floyds Robert the Bruce
Poured from a bottle into my Three Floyds Pint glass
A: Brown red with virtually no head (the little bit that is there dissipates instantly). Decent bubbles.
S:Wood, musty, syrupy and caramel notes. Underwhelming but good.
T: Carmel, some small notes of scotch like something.
M: Scotch, some minor hops.
O: Good, would be a decent regular beer. Doesn’t stand out but tastes decent.

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Photo of youngleo
3.32/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured to a nice two fingered head with big bubbles. Head was a darkish white in color. Brew itself was dark brown. Kind of reminded me of some type of cola drink that had ice cubes in it. Had some lacing just not a lot. Smelled of chocolate, alcohol, and smoked malt. I thought it had a strong chocolate flavor. You could also taste that smoked malt and alcohol. I thought the alcohol taste might of been to much. Felt heavy in the mouth. That might of been from the smoked malt flavor. Ive had a few FFF brews and I thought this one wasnt typical of what Ive had from FFF. The higher alcohol content was evident. You would have to be carfull with this one. I couldnt make it a session beer.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.31/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle from zrab11 (thanks!). No bottling info. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours russet brown with a half finger pale head. Almost no lacing.

Smells of caramel, roasty malts and a hint of smoke.

Taste pretty much follows the nose. Caramel, brown sugar, undersweetened toffee, toasted grains, smokey hay, earth and dry grass.

Medium light feel with seemigly light but effective carbonation. Burt toffee/caramel finish.

Not bad but this seems to fall short of my prefered examples of the style and isn't among Three Floyds stronger work. It's easy to drink and is a nice little pause from my usual stouts ad IPAs.

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Photo of A_bit_of_the_Sacrament
3.31/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Malty and complex with sweet caramel notes. Good roast ones that is somewhat nutty or biscuity. Good body but not what I would call heavy especially for the style. A little boozey on the backend.

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Photo of bobhits
3.31/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The deepest darkest ruby color I’ve seen. Extremely clear with a very decent amount of carbonation given the weight and abv of this beer.

Raisins and apples mixed in a deep caramel malt with a hint of molasses. A swirl gives it a slight rum like note with just a subtle hint of alcohol.

This is an intense dark fruity beer with hops strong enough to keep this from taking on the overly sweet sugar induced mess to just a sweet malty beer. A lot of apple juice flavor with caramel and some raisins mixed in (or maybe plums).

Thicky and nearing syrupy levels in body, but carbonated well enough to lighten the beer.

This beer wants to be a barely wine but isn’t strong enough for it. This beer wants to be some kinda of Belgian style but doesn’t have the yeast. I’m not sure I get the Scotch ale but we’ll go with it. I don’t get why this is the 12 bottled 6 pack from them…many beers they make are better for this, but it is still a nice beer.

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Photo of beveritt
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. No indication of age on the bottle.

Appearnace: Dark copper colored beer, perfectly clear. Lighter than I am used to seeing for Scottish Ales. Nice creamy head that drops quickly leaving a little bit of a coating on the sides of the glass.

Smell: You can smell the hops first, strong, but not overwhelming. Not as much malt aroma as I would expect.

Taste: Similar to the smell, you get a lot of hops in this beer, but not enough malt. Certainly not like some of Three Floyd's other beers, but there is a decent hop level. The sweet malty flavor is almost hidden as an aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation left, even after a hard pour. Flavor lingers nicely.

Drinkability: This beer seems typical of a lot of Three Floyd's offerings, very hoppy, especially considering the style. Not as malty and creamy as I like my Scottish Ales.

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Photo of Px2GrafX
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

presentation: 12oz. bottle with a wildly illustrated label. overall brown with an oval in the center encircling a scottish knight wearing armor, a crown and plaid; carrying an axe and a stein of brew. a list of the awards won by this beer encircles the center oval. a three floyds explanation of the brew sits on the right hand side of the label, along with a map to the brewery. no abv or freshness date displayed.

appearance: pours a deep dark brown with red-brown highlights in a snifter glass. almost no head. a think capper of light tan head drops to a thin ring within seconds. some lacing however.

smell: mostly alcohol, but there's an undertone of sweet malts. there's a roasted aroma along with some chocolate sneakin' in. maybe some dark fruits. this is in a snifter glass, so overall not an impressive aroma.

taste: mild malt flavors. molasses and some caramelly sweetness over a dessert bread or cake. alcohol is apparent and warming. some sweetened prunes and raisins. very little bitterness and hop flavors. a hint of black cherry. woody and maybe a little paper flavor as the brew warms. yeasty and a little dry in the finish.

mouthfeel: smooth medium body with very little acidity or carbonation. where's the bite? rolls and swallows smooth, however. pretty good, but more carbonation would have given this higher marks.

drinkability: drinkability is a little rough. alcohol flavors are noticible and hinder just a bit. a little bit of paper in the finish and aftertaste slows me a bit as well.

overall: disappointing as this brew has a lot of potential. lots of flavors in there, they just don't seem to meld well together. carbonation is almost nonexistent as well. so close to being excellent in many points but just missing on all of them. so overall just average.

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Photo of ommegoose
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (no date) into a pint glass, at about 50 degrees. Even a hard pour doesn't yield much in the way of head, which is a bit surprising considering how much carbonation is visible in this one. A fairly dark mahogany color, with reddish clarity when held to the light.

Some chocolate, chicory scents when the beer is colder. Bready caramel malt. Smells sweet and syrupy. Something herbal or peaty when it warms.

This one grew on me a bit. Big caramel flavor. Bready and smooth, lacking toastiness or smokiness. A Ricola-like honey-herbal back end, likely from any peat in here. Hops are just right. I was worried they would be too much. Lightly bittering with that herbal flavor that blends well with the caramel. Just kind of like an extra malty brown ale. For me this was a rare brew where I thought it tasted better when cooler. The finish was rich caramel with a little hop snap, but earthy notes started to take over and leave an odd aftertaste.

The feel is kind of weird. I can feel the alcohol on the tongue, and this isn't even a real strong beer. It's creamy, but thinner than it should be in spite of that, and it leaves sort of a soapy slickness behind. The alcohol is just really unexpected. Really, how am I left with a lingering tingling here? Odd.

Not a repeat buy at $10 a sixer. Not unpleasant to drink, but wow, there's so much else that's so much better at this price. Finds a bad middle ground where it's too heavy to session, and not interesting enough to want to sip on for a while. I kind of kept wanting this to be a Scotch ale, and that my have been a source of my middling reaction here.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep, brown beer with a small head.

Smell is perfumy, it reminds me of coriander, but that is probably not in here. Some maltiness and spicy and flowery with some liquorice and syrup.

Taste is sweet and caramellic with some syrupy notes. There is a weird kind of perfumy taste to it, reminds me of heather. Could that be in there? For me this beer is not what I have in mind with a Scottish ale, which are usually sweeter and more pronounced by the yeast flavors. Body was medium and aftertaste was sweet and short.

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Photo of hoppymeal
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark chocolate brown with a cream colored head that fades quick. Stongest aroma is a sweet evergreen, piney hoppiness, behind that there is some malty sweet aromas of ripe strawberries, raspberries, honey, and a little fig. Taste follows the smell pretty closely with piney hops followed by sweet berries, and finishing peppery, a little smoky/ roasted character as well. I was hoping for a little more from the malts and less from the hops, but a decent beer overall.

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Photo of RickS95
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thin tan head, slow forming. Dark mahogany in color, not clear.

Subtle smell of malt, hops, alcohol. Very ordinary mouthfeel, not much happening.

Taste like a lot of Scottish ales I've had...hops and malt. Not sure of the alcohol on this brew, but the last part of the finish was the warming of the alcohol.

Not a bad beer, just very average.

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Photo of devilben02
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Unfortunately, this is the only Three Floyds beer at the store I visited on a trip to Indy for the Final Four. Knowing the reputation of the brewery, though, I had to give it a try. The color is as dark as can be while still being able to see the ruby red glow shining through the middle of the glass. A one-finger fizzy head forms with the pour, but it disappears after a few minutes, leaving only the dark, reddish liquid that looks like a glass of Dr. Pepper. The aroma is grainy, but in a more positive way than I normally use that term, with an underlying caramel sweetness. The flavor is relatively smooth and mild but is still quite sweet and bready, especially as it warms. The texture isn't very robust, with only a very fine carbonation saving it from being too thin yet almost syrupy. This one is certainly interesting, but it is not a reason for me to want Three Floyds to expand their distribution.

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Photo of MichaelMeister
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First sip of this beer was very good, second sip pretty good, although it seemed to taste a bit metallic.

This particular Scottish ale seemed to get more blasé as time progressed. The smell of the beer was of caramel, and bread, but no real caramel taste was present, unlike some other Scottish ales I’ve had and liked.

It was a smooth drinking beer, but the finish was fairly spicy, like cloves.

Did not like the way it finished. Another beer I wouldn’t turn down, but wouldn’t go out of my way to purchase.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brown in color. Full 1" head, tan in color. Mixes the nuttiness of a scottish ale with the penchant for hops at FFF.

This is definitely a bolder hopped Scottish ale than most. Hoppy for style, don't expect Zombie Dust here people. Has the usual malt descriptors for style: smoke, peat, wood, brown ale malt.

Hints of sweetness along with it. Worth checking out once, but probably not a second time.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark, clear, cherry-wood reddish brown. One finger of orangey tan head; decent retention and a little bit of lacing.

Smell is fairly bland. Some toasted malt notes, but I don't get a ton of malt in it. A lot of cooked-vegetable hops, leafy greens. Smells a fair bit like a marzen thanks to all the toasted malt aroma.

Taste is quite nutty with some toasty flavors here as well, fading into bland grassy-vegetal hops. Not bad, but kinda dull and uninspiring. I can drink it, but I'd rather drink something else.

Medium-bodied, pretty chewy in the mouth. Medium-high carbonation lifts it a lot. Wow, this has a lot of zip.

Overall, it's just sort of blah. It's malty, with some overcooked-broccoli hops. Meh.

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Photo of mgbickel
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. Aggressive pour yielded only a 1/2 finger "too much cream in my coffee" colored head that wisped away quickly leaving no lace behind. The body is hazy and teeters between dark ruby and mahogany brown.

Hmmm...I was expecting the nose to have lots of caramel and malts...they are present, but is lesser quantities. The dominate aroma is a deep grassy/earthy character that isn't as appealing as the caramel would have been...

The flavor redeems the nose (somewhat). Starts off with some bitterness...hops I imagine that fades into the grainy/grass from the nose. The finish comes on with sweet malts and ends with a small alcohol burn.

Medium mouth feel, very slick and oily with moderate to high carbonation.

Meh...this one just isn't doing it for me. It is drinkable, but the grainy backbone makes this one a little on the weaker side.

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Photo of travisd13
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured a dark brown with little to no head. What little head there was dissipates very quickly.

S - Smells of toasted malts maybe a little chocolate. Little to no alcohol present.

T - Just enough hops to slightly over power some of the malts. I wish the hops where a little more secondary. Once again alcohol is easily hidden.

M - Texture is smooth and crisp. Nicely carbonated. A darker beer that could easily be enjoyed in the summer.

D - Very drinkable. One of the litter scotch ales I've had the pleasure of drinking. Could put down a few of these bad boys.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep and rich brown with some reddish tint to it. A thick and foamy head quickly boils down to a tight layer of dirty white head. Nice stick.

S - Caramel, coffee, sweet. A nice inviting nose on this.

T - The taste is a bit disappointing after smelling this. Malty, sweet, not much else sticks out. It tastes good, but it is just one note.

O - This is a decent, not great brew. I wouldn't really keep it in a rotation, but worth a try. First FFF brew that I'm not in love with.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this on tap and from a bottle, and I must say that this is probably my least favorite FFF beer. That's a good thing though, since this guy isn't that bad. A dark hazy brown in the glass with some tan head that sticks around a while. Smell is of some caramel, dark fruit, a hint of chocolate, and something that I can only describe as "bock-y-ness". Typically bocks are not my favorite beers due to something in the malt bill that I can't put my finger on. I know that's a broad claim to make, but there seems to me to be the same quality here. Taste follows suit with some nice notes of chocolate and caramel, but then that bock flavor hits again... reminds me of an artificial grape flavor, really. Little or no hop presence to be noted. Creamy and smooth, the MF isn't bad at all on this beer, and drinkability is a little limited by the fact that I'm not a huge fan of the taste. I can see why people like it, and technically, I think it's a pretty well-crafted beer, it just doesn't appeal to me THAT much.

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Photo of orsulacp
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This poured reddish brown with a light tan head. Good sweet malt nose and a bit nutty. The taste was sweet malty, I was expecting a bit more peaty/earthy. There was a good roasted malt component as it warmed up. I couldn't pick out any hops. It has a medium body and is very drinkable with a dry finish.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one looks like a beauty. A deep, perfect mahogany brown color with some auburn outlines. Very unique in its brown shade, an uncommon tint and shade for a beer of this style, or any style for that matter. Has a rich and roasty nose.

The taste is dominated by roasted malts. There are a few other flavors I am able to pick out, hops, coffee beans, maybe dried apricots, but the palate profile is mostly roasted malts.

The taste is bountiful yet the mouthfeel remains light on the palate, leading to a smooth, easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.24/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Jackie O's tulip glass on 7/26/11
*From notes

Johnny Boy, I owe you yet another round of applause for putting this one in my hand. Cheers, my brotha....

A: What a gorgeous beer. Wonderfully dark and sappy amber. A good pour yields a 1.5 finger head that fades quickly, and leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

S: Huh - it smells like like a low key, kinda boring Brown Ale. Earthy and slightly charry. Where's the caramel and concentrated malt?

T: Mellow. Laid back without any standout features. Everything here kinda rolls over the palate in a very smooth and blasé kinda way. This would be a nice autumn beer by the bonfire. The finish comes off a bit like a honey infused root beer.

M: Light. Luckily, the carbonation here is spot-on, and it helps to carry this one in a big way.

O: Three Floyd's Robert the Bruce is a good, not great Scottish Ale. I can't really pinpoint what Three Floyds was going for here - whatever it is I certainly didn't get it.

Having said that, this is still a flavorful and easily drinkable beer. I hope to someday meet Robert again, and see if we can't get along a little better.

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Photo of packetknife
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
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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Robert The Bruce from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
3.86 out of 5 based on 3,103 ratings.
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