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 mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, bottled on date 10/01/2015, so relatively fresh. Finally getting around to reviewing this year-round offering from Three Floyds.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a very dark cola brown, with hues of dark ruby showing through when held to the light.

S - Aromas of slight alcohol fumes, molasses, brown sugar, brown bread.

T - Taste follows the nose: sweet notes of toffee / caramel, creamy malty nuttiness, brown bread, brown sugar, & hints of molasses.

M - A smooth & creamy body. Medium-full with good low lying carb. Easy-drinking.

Overall, a fairly simple but enjoyable Scottish ale offering from Three Floyds. Not their best year-round release in my opinion. I'd like to see what the barrel-aged treatment is like.

Three Floyds Robert The Bruce -----3.5/5

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can't say much about appearance, as it was poured straight into a non-transparent drinking vessel. Dark brown, for sure. At least semi-transparent. Didn't really detect much red. Tannish head. Toasty on the nose. Sweet malt character, a bit roasty or smokey on the palate. Medium-bodied, well-carbonated, and smooth. Would love to revise this review and rating when I can appreciate this beer in a more appropriate setting. Enjoyed at an event at a friend's house. Had it once about a year ago as well, straight from the source. Cool, looks like I'm the 3000th 'had'. What do I get?

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks real dark with some reddish hues. Creamy 1 finger head that sticks around. Smells good. Smell a little of that alcohol. Getting a real strong malty aroma. Little smoky. Tastes really good. A little crazy right up front. Caramel tastes. Roasted favors. I dig it. I like Scottish ales like this, and this ones real good. Overall like it a lot.

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Photo of youngblood
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried on 08/20/2004

Had this on tap at Olde Town Ale House in Fishers.

First experience with a Scottish Ale. When poured there was maybe a fingers worth of head, the body giving off a dark caramel color. Quite pretty to look at. The smell hinted at delicious malts, caramel, and a bit of alcohol. The taste is very mellow malt, with an ever so slight bitterness. Almost bourbon taste at the back of the tongue. Alcohol is hidden very well, I had no idea its ABV was so high until I jumped on here. Delicious all around. Due to high ABV, drinkability is reduced.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the bottle in a snifter. This classic from 3 Floyd's delivers with a fantastic dark mahogany brown color and a nice off white head of foam that settles to a thin layer and thick ring with subtle lacing. Nose of brown sugars, fresh dark bread and crust, and light hops. Flavors follow the nose with fresh dark bread and brown sugars making merry on all sides with a raisin like quality towards the middle and settling on a spicy hop note on the back. Crisp and effervescent mouth feel is lively finishing clean with a nice alcohol warmth on the background. Exceptional. A constant "go to" Scottish style made in Indiana. A classic.


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Photo of gcasher
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sweet malt
More alcohol than typical scotch ale
Hopped up
Definitely an American interpretation of the style while preserving the Scotch malt
Appears like a cola with a one finger brown head
Easy drinker

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours deep chestnut under a 1” cream colored foam collar that leaves whore stocking lace.
S: Malty aromas, fresh baked bread crust.
T: Slightly sweet beginning with very rich, bready malt flavors including caramel, a trace of chocolate, slight toffee and a little grainy astringency on the finish from the use of unmalted barley. Moderate levels of hop.
F: Medium full body, medium low carbonation.
O: Tastes like a marriage between a double brown and a Scotch ale. Has a little more hops than usual for a Scotch Ale and a lot of the malt character tastes like it is from specialty malts rather than from a long boil and under modified malt. Still, it is a very good beer.

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Photo of Bone53
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brown pour with a reddish amber hue when put up to the light, and a creamy two finger beige head

Smell: Lightly toasted toffee malt sweetness

Taste: Clean toasted toffee malt sweetness and a light bready finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body; Smooth with the right amount of carbonation that hits your tongue right away, and a moderately bitter finish

Overall: This is the type of beer that doesnt have off flavors but nothing that jumps out at you either; It needs more alcohol to boost flavors to compete with my favorites in the style (Dirty Bastard, Old Chub). But it's a basic, light, yet enjoyable Scotch ale.

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Photo of madelfonatree
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - Brown, almost amber. Thin ivory head with weak bartender pour. Little lacing.

Smell - Plum. Malt. Caramel.

Taste - Plum. Malt. Caramel. Toffee. Tootsie roll.

Feel - Medium feel. Medium carbonation and almost a carbonation bomb. Very little bitterness on finish and aftertaste.

Overall - Solid brown/Scottish ale. I don't know what's not normal here.

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Photo of Brackh
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark with some light passing through. Smells nice and malty. Very smooth taste. Slight bitterness all the way through. Well balanced. Would like to drink side by side with OB Old Chub.

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Photo of TheRock7755
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I have to get a friend to drive this one down to me. I hope the South East can get this Brewing Co. into the market. For a Scottish Ale, this is a real well rounded brew.

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Photo of KellyScottMad
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a good scottish ale. I thought it would be better coming from 3 Floyds, but it is still a good beer. This is in my top 10 of scottish ales, but it din't crack my top 5.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Dated 2/23/2015. Served in a FFF pint glass 4/13/2015. Surprised I haven't gotten around to this one; I had this for the very first time two years ago when I first visited Three Floyds... this one brings back memories for sure.

A- Darker reddish-brown body, illuminates only the faintest brown in the light. Two finger thick, effervescent off-white head with very good retention time, not a lot of lacing.

S- Toasted malt, toffee. A bit boring on the nose, to be honest. No complexity although it doesn't smell bad or give off any off-flavours in any way.

F- Clean toffee, toasted malt, English biscuits, a bit of crisp, fresh earthy flavour, slight graininess, plenty of flavour. Not complex, but tasty and reasonably balanced although there is definitely a lean towards toasted malt sweetness.

M- Medium bodied, substantial, slightly slick and sweet but in a very drinkable way. No off flavours, a mild earthy bitterness on the backend that makes this more balanced than most other Scottish Ales out there.

O- A solid Scottish Ale, and one has to appreciate the history of this beer as it is one of the ones that put Three Floyds on the map well before Zombie Dust.

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Photo of WermDog
4.69/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Best Scottish Ale I have had (and I have tried many!). Full flavor, not bitter and a taste that lingers on the tongue perfectly. Very slight nuttiness. Great with a hearty meal or even better all by itself. Strong recommendation!

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Photo of stompilator
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a mug.

A - Poured a dark, almost opaque brown, with a very pronounced head.

S - Creamy, buttery, biscuit-y. Light malt aroma.

T - Shame those biscuit notes didn't really translate into the flavor. Nonetheless, very buttery and nice, even malt flavors. Leaves the palate with a light tinge of hops and booze, which comes off as a little jarring, but isn't too pronounced.

M - A little on the fizzy side, but still had a nice, medium body.

O - Nothing too outstanding here, but that's where it shines. Very smooth and easy while still having some complexity to it.

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Photo of do_ob
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
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 Vogie
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 1/12/2015. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a dark red with an inch of white head that doesn't linger and offers no lacing. Aromas of light roasted malts, caramel, green grape skins. Taste is similar with a light caramelized roasted malt presence, grape skins, maybe a touch of chocolate, slight alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is light in body and malty. No bitterness or hop presence to speak of.

My first Three Floyds experience. I realize this one doesn't garner the hype like the rest of their lineup but nevertheless this didn't disappoint. Almost sessionable due to its light nature. If you like malty beers then give this a try. I could easily enjoy a couple of these at the pub.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at South Park Tavern, Dayton OH. Served in a snifter glass

Appearance: Very dark brown with ruby red highlights. Initial thick 1/3” head died back to a thin skin across the top. Some small strands of lacing.

Smell: Malty with a hint of citrusy and woody hops.

Taste: Very smooth – malty like a scotch ale, but not cloying. Very finely balanced between malt (caramel, toffee) and bitter finish, which is part English type bittering hops and just a hint of American type citrusy bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Nicely thick, just right carbonation. A little bit sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: Easily could drink more, tasty, but not overpowering or really strong in flavor. A finely balanced scotch ale that goes really well with food (gyro pizza in this case) and I think would be really good all on its own. I'll have to try to get back to South Park Tavern next time they have it on tap and I don't have to get back to work right away.

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Photo of CO-Bloom
4.54/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite styles, but unfortunately not a lot of brewers are making it. This is beer is so deliciously malty, with the smokey peat you expect from the style and hints of caramel and toffee. I love scotch ales and to me this rides the difference between the lighter Scottish ales (90 schilling, Laughing Lab and Wee Mac.) and the bigger scotch ales out there (Old Chub, Claymore and Wee Muckle). It is an easy drinking sweet, malty delight. Great gateway into the bigger but less made malty beers. I think 3Floyds kills it in every style they try.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - 4 - Poured a dark mahogany brown with light tinges of dark ruby. Weak head potential, formed about a 1/3 finger of light tan head, weak head retention, no lacing.
S - 4 - Simplistic and bold. Malts and peat smoke.
T - 4.5 - Upfront there is a maltiness with a light sweetness of distant caramel and whiskey, very very distant and light, but present. This fades into a slightly bitter, malty finish.
F - 3.75 - Decent mouthfeel, medium body.
O - 4.25 - One of the best "standard scotch ales" that I've ever had. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Dboyd0041
4.79/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent, Smooth. Wonderful tasting brew from Three Floyds. It is one of the best beers that I have tried overall. I highly recommend it if you can get your hands on it, as it can be quite hard to get from what my local beverage store said. Worth the price, but it is fairly expensive. Keep in mind you are getting a high quality beer.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

O: hard to say why I like this beer, but I really like it. Clean, deep, and earthy. Sweet and perfectly carbonated, with just a touch of dark fruit. I love it.

A: poured opaquish brown, with a 1 cm head. I feel like this could benefit from some more red in the coloring

S: smells musty, with hints of brown sugar and cinnamon. A little coppery, too.

T: flavor is delicious. A little bit of oxidation, but I think that's my fault. There's some cinnamon and dark fruit throughout

F: nice carbonation, on the high medium end. Some good viscosity

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Photo of Jonoesh5
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

A dark brown opaque body without a head

S roasted nuts, heavy malts, mild cleaning solution

T creamy, stout-like, baked bread, peppery

M smooth, alcoholic warmth

O Not my favorite Scottish Ale. Overall, offers a very enjoyable, complex palate

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

Growler poured into shaker pint. Dark brown with copper hues. Solid finger of frothy khaki head.

Aroma is deep malts with a healthy dose of caramelized sugars. Slightly roasted nuttiness and a lightly peated undertone. Doughy and earthy. Toffee and toast. A touch of butterscotch which may either be diacetyl or caramelization. Light fig-like esters. No noticeable hop aromas and a subdued alcohol presence.

Aroma is very richly malted. Smoked peat is more prevalent than it was in the nose. Slightly estery and caramelized brown sugar. Sweet toffee and a slightly bitter roastiness to balance out the finish.

Medium-bodied and a little under-carbonated, but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt due to the growler. Soft mouthfeel with a touch of alcoholic warmth.

Overall, this seems to ride the line between an 80/- and 90/- Shilling. It's richly malted and quite drinkable considering it's 6.5% ABV, though avoids becoming cloying. It's an excellent attempt but doesn't quite match the better Scottish distilleries. Still a pleasant and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of SSS
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

A-Dark brown color with a slight hint of orange, off white head dissipates quickly
S-light toffee, caramel aroma
M-satisfyingly full body, carbonation is slightly peppery
T-Good bitterness that balances the malty goodness. There is a watery component that I can't figure out...
O-Decent beer for it's intended style, I was honestly expecting more, but pleased nonetheless.

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Robert The Bruce from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
3.87 out of 5 based on 3,126 ratings.
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