Bourbon Barrel Aged Robert The Bruce With Raspberries | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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87
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60 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
3floyds.com

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Scottish-style ale aged for one year in a bourbon barrel with raspberries. Just a delight.

30 IBU

Added by westweasel on 02-17-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
60
Reviews:
13
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
13.9%
 
 
Wants:
56
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of rmalinowski4
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of MeisterSmudge
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of EseLocoSS
2.4/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Tasting on tap at the brewpub for the XV Anniversary party.

Pours a murky brownish pour. A frothy tan head dies to a ring, lace is minimal. Aromas are a nice dose of bourbon and raspberry.
Some more vanilla, light red fruit. Initially, it is medium bodied, offering some sweet sticky caramel, toffee, and cocoa. Raspberry flavor is very intense. Finish is raspberries hanging on with oak, vanilla, and caramel. I enjoyed this, fairly complex, a bit thinned out overall, but tasty. Overall, I didn't enjoy this at all. I'll have to rate this one pretty low as I didn't consider it very drinkable. Was only able to take about 2 or 3 sips of it to do the tasting and then just threw it out. I see other people seem to have liked it but it just wasn't my thing I guess. Not a fan of the intense raspberry profile.

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Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd like to say that there's no way this could possible have been screwed up, but since FFF has a mixed history with lower-strength BA beers I had some trepidation. Still, it was there. Not like I'll realistically have another chance at trying it...

Pours very grainy brown, roughly the same color as organic fruit leather. Smells like smooth oak and smoother raspberries. No tartness, not much sweetness. I never would have guessed this to contain raspberries just from smelling it.

Tastes more traditionally fruity, but again it's just fruit and wood. RtB is too passive of a pallet; it doesn't do anything to assert its beeriness against the stronger flavors. Still, the stronger flavors are each pleasant and they balance one another pretty well.

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Photo of iadler
3.17/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at FFF.

A- A murky brown with a thin cap.

S- Tons of oak and raspberries. Some red cherries and caramel malt are present as well. There is a medicinal aroma that reminds me a bit of children's cough syrup.

T- Medicinal qualities are in the taste as well with raspberries and earthy oak. Sweet caramel malt is in the background with cherries.

M- Medium carbonation and body with a syrupy mouthfeel that finishes sweet.

O- I was pretty disappointed with this beer. The medicinal qualities and the sweetness really hurt the drinkability and this is just a beer that didn't seem to handle the barrel aging process too well. Worth a try, but not something I really would get again.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at FFF. Poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a muddled brown color, thin collar, that's about it.

S - Raspberries right up front, nice caramel sweetness, brown sugar, light booze. Really enjoy the raspberries and burnt sugary notes.

T - Similar to the nose. Raspberries, burnt sugars, oak, light booze. The raspberries pretty much dominate the base beer, but there's still some sweetness and caramel notes left over.

M - Light to medium, light carbonation, decently fruity sweet finish.

O - I dig the base beer and I dig raspberries, so this one was enjoyable. The booze doesn't overpower the rest of the beer like I find with many of their other offerings. I would have again, no doubt. Give this one a try.

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Photo of Wadsey
2.84/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

BA Bobby with Razz, according to the brewpub chalkboard on September 7, 2011 

Served in a snifter

A: Appears cloudy amber-brown with minimal head. Minimal retention and lacing. 

S: Raspberries are front and center. Combined with the strong presence of raspberries, the barrel treatment comes off like brandy. 

T: Dry raspberries, like the ones that have sat on the bush a little too long. Alcohol is represented disproportionately on palate, considering the beer's relatively low abv. Woody.  Medium-light bitterness. 

M: Medium-heavy body and medium-light carbonation. Limp mouthfeel and astringent. 

O: I wasn't convinced going in that Robert the Bruce would work as a base for a barrel-aged beer, but the raspberries drew me in. I found BA Bobby with Razz to be too much of a one-note beer, and the note wasn't particularly well executed. Mediocre. 

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Photo of cosmonick
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky reddish brown ale with a small fizzy light red head.

Aroma: As the name would have you expect, I smell a lot of bourbon and raspberries. I really don't pick up on much else, but it smells great!

Taste: The brew starts with a tart raspberry front, a little sweet malt in the middle and finishes with a very smooth bourbon flavor. I scarcely detect any evidence of Robert the Bruce, which is fine as the Scottish Ale flavors compliment the raspberry and bourbon flavors.

Mouthfeel: It's a a little thicker than water with minimal carbonation.

Overall: I really enjoyed this ale. It was a fun and flavorful variation of a great beer.

Eis Igian,
Randall

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a rosy mahogany brown with a slim sudsy beige head. Nice color - definitely raspberry-infused.

Smell -- Definitely one of the best-smelling of the FFF barrel-aged treatments, save for Dark Lord. Toffee and bourbon sweetness meet the gentle tartness of raspberry, boysenberry syrup, and an underlying roasty/caramelized malt note from the base beer. Smells like a posh brunch place.

Taste -- Gently tart raspberies, sweet bourbon, vanilla and toffee, well-caramelized malt from the Robert The Bruce. The palate is largely dominated by the sweet/tart interplay of the burbon and raspberries, though that's not to say that the base beer is completely overwhelmed. Rather, Bruce lays down a subtle malty baseline. Lingering flavor of sour mash bourbon and boysenberry.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with medium carbonation. Perhaps a hair lighter than regular Robert. Gentle throat warming from the bourbon; no harshness from the spirit, which got me to bump the mouthfeel score by 1/2 point.

Overall -- By a wide margin, this is the best low-ABV barrel-aged treatment from FFF. The bourbon booziness is well in proportion to the relatively lower ABV of RtB, and the raspberries work incredibly well - good call, whoever had the idea. The base beer doesn't ring out as well as I woud ideally like, but I'd still put this above regular RtB, and I would consider that an accomplishment.

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Photo of westweasel
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the brewpub on 2/17/07. This beer was aged in a Woodford Reserve Bourbon Barrel for 1 year, and contained Raspberry Puree.

Smell - Strong bourbon scent with just a hint of raspberries.

Appearance - A hazy dark brown color with a red tinge. Very little head on the glass. No Belgian lace.

Taste - Light chocolate and faint caramel are there, but the strongest taste is the bourbon flavor. There is a wonderful late raspberry taste followed by a little lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Fairly full-bodied with a dry finish.

Drinkability - Excellent - not too sweet, too bitter, or too bourbony. The raspberry touch at the end makes you want to take another sip.

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