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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 | 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

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Photo of bashiba
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving was a 12oz bottle.
This poured a very nice Ruby/bronze color with a heavy carbonation. The Tan head lingered for several minutes and left heavy lacing down the side of the glass.

The scent was very light with traces of malts and some hoppiness.

The flavor up front is a huge sweet Caramel Nutty Malt flavor with some small alcohol taste, but is quickly followed by an equally big bitter hoppiness that lingers on long afterword. Very balanced as the sudden sweetness of the malts disappears quickly to the pleasant hops.

Has a very nice mouthfeel with the nice mouthfeel with a pleasant warming with the alcohol notes and the complexities in flavors going on.

A very drinkable Beer, hard to beleive it is 9% ABV. Drinks easier than a lot of 5percenters in the same style. This beer will quickly find a spot in my fridge on a semi regular basis.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This beer pours a nice deep ruby brown color. There is no head to speak of. The nose is nice roasted malts, a little bit of caramel, a litle bit of lightly roasted coffee. The flavor on this one is fairly roasty, nice deep caramel, just beautiful. The aftertaste is really nice caramel sweetness. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but the flavor makes up for it. Drinkability is phenominal. Thanks to clvand0 for bringing this one by.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a 12oz bottle and poured into an imperial pint glass. It had a clear mahogany color with limited carbonation that only briefly sustained a 1" off-white head. The head shrivelled down to a skim and left no lace.
A sniff or two yielded a lot a nutty malt notes, a touch of chocolate, caramel and a light indicator of peat smoke. Some faint herbal hops notes were noted also. The taste was quite sweet and malty initially with a hefty dose of roasted malts serving as the backbone. Much sweetness was picked up on in the form of caramel and chocolate flavors. As each sip moved back, a nutty, peaty taste came out. A light smokiness briefly showed up before a nice finishing burst of herbal bitterness announced the hops presence. The feel was full and smooth.
3F's Robert The Bruce is quite quaffable and it's hard to believe the ABV is as high as listed here. The alcohol is very well disguised. Smooth, well balanced and sporting a robust and varied taste, Robert the Bruce is a tasty brew worth trying out.

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Photo of flaminghomer
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

i'm not a scottish ale fan at all. but this one is a good example. a dark ruby transparent with an off white head. smell is malts which i use to love but can't stand too of much these days. it does have good hop flavor, as good as a scottish ale gets. it hides it's abv well. i just noticed that it's 9% and have decided i should only have one and switch. if you like scottish ales, i'm sure you'd love this one.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Robert the Bruce pours a deep dark ruby brown with very little head to speak of. Looks quite nice in the glass and when the light hits it the ruby erupts to catch your eye. The smell is a mix of caramel, chocolate, toffee, nuts, with a nice hoppy backbone. Quite a mix of scents coming through here.

The first taste is a wonderful trip down malt lane. A roasty, nutty malt flavor prevails along with hints of caramel, candied fruits, chocolate and just enough hops to bring it all together nicely. This is my first scottish style ale and it's quite tasty. This is a departure for the super hoppy beers I normally turn to...but it's a nice change of pace with a unique flavor.

Mouthfeel is nice...possibly a little too light...but it goes down smooth and is easy to drink. This is 9% abv and I can hardly even tell. Drinkability is good as well...I could definetly down a good 2-3 of these babies. When I want a nice chage of pace and nice malty brew I will turn to my new friend Robert the Bruce.

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Photo of FormatKid
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another beer I received as part of my BIF XII and another beer I’m excited to try from the great Three Floyd’s brewery. Packaging is a standard 12oz bottle with Three Floyd’s signature slick, professional looking label.

I poured this beer out into a standard tumbler pint glass. The body is a ruddy transparent brown, similar to that of a good brown ale. Scattered, medium sized carbonation bubbles cruise slowly to the top. What small amount of head was there disappeared rather quicly into a partial, greasy looking film on the top of the brew. This like every other FFF’s brew I have tried has chunks of stuff floating in it, hop matter is my best guess.

The smell is sweet caramelly, I pick up toffee, and I’m also picking up a smell that reminds me of chewing tobacco. Also picking up a bit of pine from the hops in the nose.

The flavor is sweet, and almost a bit to the mild side. The malts are the dominate flavor throughout, they cycle from sweet, caramelly, to nutty, to roasty. Chewing tobacco registers in the flavor as well as light, roasted coffee. A slightly resinous hop flavor slides it’s way into the finish. Carbonation is very soft and light and the mouthfeel seems a bit less than I would like it to be. There is no evidence at all at the bigger ABV at all in smell or flavor, this could be a dangerous one, because it is also easily poundable if one would want to approach it that way.

A good beer! Admittedly I have little experience with the style, but I liked this one enough. If I could ask for anything it would probably be a little more hearty of a mouthfeel.

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Photo of deejaydan
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark carmel color with a sizeable head at first that works down to a think one quickly. Aroma of lightly roasted malts mostly, slight raisin tint to it as well. Taste of slightly smokey malt, blending into huge malt... ending with a pretty big hop burst for the style. I like this beer, alcohol is hidden fairly well for what it is, and it's a easy drinker. Perhaps my favorite from 3F.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out a light brown with a strong reddish hue when the light hit it. It had a decent sized beige head form that dropped quickly leaving sticky sheets of lace to decorate the glass. Very strong chocolate malty smell rises from the glass that is backed by a slightly sweet fruit presence. The warmer the brew gets the more the chocolate seems to stand front and center. There are also notes of a slight earthy hoppiness that seem to emerge now and then. The sweet malt hits the palette first with ripe dark fruitiness that seems covered in a slightly bitter dark chocolate. There is a bittersweet aftertaste that is pleasant and lasts for a while. Alcohol adds a little bite that comes out when it warms. Mouthfeel is about medium with good carbonation and a smooth feel over the tongue. Drinkability is good, this goes down easy and I could definitely handle a few more. All in all a pretty good interpretation of the style from Three Floyds, that I would recommend you try if you haven’t.

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Photo of BarrelBrother
4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

OK, I love Scotch ales in general and Robert the Bruce in particular. Balanced malty taste with strong carmel flavours and a smooth finish make this a winner to me. The color is deep amber and develops a nice frothy head when poured in a classic English pub mug. The aroma tickles the nose with a slight smoky, nutty, carmel sensation.

I love deep, complex, nutty flavored brews and the Bruce doesn't disappoint. I think the taste is well balanced considering the alcohol content and a couple of these will ease your pain quickly, especially after work on Friday. An outstanding beer at a reasonable price (7.99 a sixer in Chicagoland). I also love Three Floyd's label artwork in general and Robert the Bruce in particular.

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Photo of soper2000
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This has been a staple of mine for at least a year and I just now realized that I've never properly reviewed this beer. It pours a nice amber color with a quickly disappearing tan head. Aroma is wonderful. Notes of chocolate and a little bit of roasted malt. Very pleasant just to sit and sniff. Taste belies the aroma as a nice malty backbone is present but notes of chocolate are notably absent. There is also a nice hop bite to this brew which hides any evidence at all of alcohol. Body seems a little bit thinner than what I was expecting. This beer seems to be straddleing the line between a heavy desert bit and a malty session beer. For me, it's a perfect complement to my U2 "Elevation" dvd in the background and I definately will be seeing more of this brew in my future.

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Photo of clvand0
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown and orange color with a tan head that sticks around, but leaves no lacing. Nice aroma: strong in the malt area and some smoky essence and chocolate roastedness. Extremely smooth flavor - chocolate is the dominant characteristic, but there is also some smokiness and a slight hint of alcohol. This is a very well-made beer.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium brown with red highlights. Not much head or lace. Smell of roasted malt with some vanilla, and coffee. Taste is a sweet roasted malt with coffee, vanilla and alcohol coming through. A "light"porter if there is such a thing, that is except for the alcohol content. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy for me, but is good for the style - its more of a nice cool autumn night kind of a beer. Since it is a bit heavy it does not have great drinkability. Its more a a hang out and savor type. Give it a try if you get a chance.

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Photo of garthwaite
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle. Appearance is very dark with a reddish brown tint. This bad boy smells of caramel & dark roasted malts. I'm tasting a little caramel and a touch of toffee flavor making it a bit sweet. There are also some subtle, but distinguishable hop flavors coming through, making this brew a bit more unique. Medium to full bodied & quite flavorful. On the sweet side, but relatively easy drinking. Overall, an enjoyable take on the style.

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

Robert the Bruce: This is one of those number of beers that I’ve probably had at least 25 times, yet never got around to reviewing. This is a Scottish Ale, a style which I must disclose is not a particular favorite of mine. Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

Pours an opaque orangish/brown, with a fair amount of tannish head. Slight lacing down the side of the glass.

The taste is, happily (at least to me) missing cloying sweetness that frequently ruins the enjoyment of Scotch Ales. Rich maple flavors, mixed with just a bit of coffee flavor are noted. In addition, and although it probably just my imagination, there is a understated hop profile running throughout this beer. I swear that deep into the aftertaste, I can taste just a wee bit of the Dreadnaught.

Smooth mouthfeel, but a little heavy in sweetness and alcohol to make this a session beer.


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Photo of mobyfann
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paid $15 even for the Midwest Taster...

The appearence was a cola colored base with a nice tannish head, minimal retention and no real lacing. The aroma of this brew was refreshing; strong hints of malts, lighter hints of sweet, chocolate and smoky flavors!

The taste is out of this world, it brigns together all the flavors the aroma hinted into a wonderful sample. The best part of this is the lack of alcoholic taste for a 9% brew, the best in this abv catergory by far. The mouthfeel is good, nice and smooth from first gulp to last gulp. The drinkability I rate high against becasue of the high abv and the lack of the beer showing it.

Final Thought: This is quite a remarkable final product, my first brew from Three Floyds and definately not the last, I thank the providers of the 'Midwest Taster' for this addition!

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Photo of StuFox
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a big fan of this beer. It has a level of chocolate and coffee flavor usually reserved for much heavier stouts, and manages to generate those flavors without becoming too bitter. Much more subtle than other similar scotch ales (i.e. Dirty Bastard). This beer has a complex taste with chocolate, scotch, malt, and hops all playing off each other. The color is a dark reddish brown. High carbonation and smooth going down, this beer hits all the marks. It could have more of a nose though.

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Photo of jimdkc
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, clear reddish brown. Nice color. Not much head, but a persistent foam ring that leaves a little lace. Good roasty, toasted malt aroma with hints of carmel and some floral hops. Taste is very malty with some smokiness and a touch of sweetness. Nice malt/hop bitterness on the finish. Alcohol is noticeable, but fairly well masked... you notice it a bit more when about halfway through the beer. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin but not bad. Pretty satisfying, overall.

Thanks to deejaydan for the sample!

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Photo of benmiliron
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paid $1.50 for a single.

Dark brown in the glass, kind of translucent. Good, chewy maltiness. Heavy burnt malt, but quite a good selection of malts make it a great balance. Not much notice of hops, but they are there in the background. I could probably drink this all day. I'd love to try this on tap.

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

12oz bottle from a 6-pack purchased at Vienna Whole Foods, Vienna, VA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" beige head over the reddish brown brew, and laced okay. Slight aroma of sweet dark malts with a slightly apparent smoke component, which is as a Scottish Ale should be, as noted in my on-tap review. Nice to see the on-tap and bottled presentation be similar. Taste followed the nose's lead, with the smokieness a bit more prominent. Alcohol not noted in the taste, but the lip-smacking stickness illustrates that it's in there... Mouthfeel and drinkability great for the style.

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

poured out a deep caramel brown with a 1/4 to 1/2 inch head that dwindles and leaves no lacing to speak of.
smell was all malt, caramel some raisin and port. At first pour the aroma almost reminded me of chocolate covered raisins, As it warmed the alcohol was more present in the aroma and the smell was changed to that of brandy and port, still with a hint of the raisin quality. very nice.
taste was the same, chilled it was all malt, caramel with hints of port.as it warmed the alcohol was there with brandy and port flavors lingering.
So I bought another 6er recently and its no where enar what it was. possible bad batch. It was more barley winesque then anything and was plain harsh in the mouth. I dropped my scores based on that. It was harsher but still was a good beer just not as enjoyable as my first tasting.

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Photo of HopHeadKen
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark Copper Orange color with thick cream colored head that dissipates slowly.
Condensation formed on the glass so fast, I could not get a good feel for the clarity.
I do not detect much aroma, just a trace of malt. First taste is carmel malt which lingers.
Every taste is malt; but there is what I perceive to be a trace of smoke (peat ?)

Hops are almost imperceptible, but this could be because I drink so much IPA.
(I waited three days after my last IPA to taste this because I wanted a full experience)
There is overwhelming carmel and malt in every taste. Mouthfeel is good, about average, not thick, and I do not detect any alcoholic flavor. This bottle does not say what the ABV for this beer is.

I will try anything by Three Floyds, and I could drink several of these, but given the choice of an IPA, Stout or Porter, I would probably choose those; especially Three Floyds Alpha King.

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Photo of Enygma
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep copper color. Nice 1 1/2 finger head, giving way to a beautful lacing that slides gently down the glass with the beer.

Smell: Malty aroma, definite caramel tones, though overall the smell is subtle. Not a strong aroma, though definitely pleasing to the senses.

Taste: Rich malt up front, with a delicate kiss of hops at the back. The caramel malts come through quite strongly, with slight roasted flavors in accompaniment. The hops then comes in providing a perfect balance for the beginning malty sweetness. Alcoholic tones come accross very minutely, noticeably mingling with the hops to bring about a warming feeling to work alongside the growing drynesss.

Overall: Definitely a quality brew, and exceedingly drinkable considering its alcoholic content. I feel like I could drink this one all night if I were so inclined. I will definitely make a habit of keeping this one stocked in the beer fridge.

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Photo of frazbri
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep ruby brown color. The short but creamy off-white head dissappeared a little too soon. Nice sweet malty aroma with just a touch of hops. Full round body, lightly carbonated, creamy texture.
There is a little bit of fruit in its toasted malt flavor. Finishes with a slight alcohol warmth.

Plenty of hops, plenty of malt, plenty of flavor. I love this beer. Perfect for an evening by the fire.

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Photo of Sixpack595
2.76/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well it sure smells hoppy, don't know why... Hop flavor and bitterness is strongly evident also. The malt flavor is barely there with a slight carmel flavor. Mediocre beer but a crap scotch ale. It ssems to be lacking all the good qualities of the style and throwing in a few bad traits from others too. I wish they had called it something else so I could have avoided wasting my time. What the heck am I going to do with the other 5?

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Photo of ZAP
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasty wee heavy here ...awesome nose of toasted malt...caramel...toffee..vanilla ..and some floral hoppiness....body is full but easy drinking...slides down easy...flavor is big maltiness...a lot of caramel and toffee...this has an earthy feel to it...hops begin to present themselves more assertively on the finish...a slightly dry finish...reddish brown color....

I really like this a lot....just short of being outstanding...I would buy this again if I ever see it...recommended if you like this style...alcohol is not noticable....wish it was just a bit beefier....

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