Cabra | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Robert the Bruce aged in Templeton Rye whisky barrels with berries.

Added by MasterSki on 08-15-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 62
Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Darker brown, almost old barley wine appearance. No real head. No visible carb
S-Oak, vanilla, dark berries, whiskey
T- Vanilla, oak, and barrel up front. Berries come in on the back. Almost like a blackberry that has been sitting in whiskey for a while
F- Pretty standard feel
O- Complex and interesting blend. I would have love to have tried this fresh. Berries only come through in the nose and one the tail, but still a great brew.

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Photo of Phelps
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is Robert the Bruce aged in Templeton rye whiskey barrels with berries. Bottle into a taster glass.

Murky burgundy. Cloudy. Thin, fizzy tan head.

The nose: Raspberry, blueberry, blackberry. Cocoa, vanilla, caramel. A little dark chocolate, some oak. Very sweet and fruity.

The flavor: Less berry, more chocolate, softer barrel. Alcohol, black, raz, grape, a tiny hint of vanilla and oak. Not a lot of whiskey. Tangy.

Medium body, mild carbonation, holds together well.

More like juice than beer, overall. Good, not great.

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Photo of tut2528
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

First and foremost. I want to thank Sleuthdog for opening this one.So much appreciation man

A: very dark caramel brown, with a huge 2 fingers worth ofan off-white head formation. The lacing is massive and long lasting. Held directly up to the light, just a slight hint of ruby shine through but overall, not much of a color change.

S: this is such a massive nose I don’t know where to begin, but ill try… raspbhery to the exponential power assaults the nose (in a good way). I also get a strong woody/barrel aspect and other dark fruit,with a slight touch of chocolate that attempt to tone the nose down a bit, but the immense raspberries simpy dominate.

T: raspberries right up front and in your face with a decent amount of toffee and slight chocolate sweetness. But there is really nothing else to the body of this. It’s a nice balance, just wish there was a bitmore complexity to it due the price of the bottle.

M: much thinner than it should. No carbonation whatsoever. Possibly held to long??? Doesn’t leave much on the palate other than a hint of raspberry, but its more bitter than tart

O: way off balanced brew here. And I really wanted to like this one. Raspberries right up front from the nose and the taste, and the mouth feel simply lacks. Average beer at best, but not worth the price

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Photo of sleuthdog
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Kuhnhenn tulip

Pour: Dark, dark red? Almost brown in color with a 2 finger head. No light penetration.

Smell: Big notes of the raspberry up front with a sweet caramel malt. Some notes of the Rye with a spice to the nose.

Taste: Again the raspberry dominates and I do get the spice from the rye. A sweet beer for sure and one I'd consider as dessert beer. Sweetness and raspberry with a touch of toffee. Actually a one dimensional beer and not very interesting to the palate.

Mouthfeel: Quite thin and disappointing with little to no carbonation.

Overall: Not mind blowing and pretty disappointing considering the price tag.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 12.22.12
Thanks bstyle
Bottle 476/579

A - Pours a dark brown with a fizzy tan head that fades quickly.

S - Sweet candy, cherry and raspberry.

T - Candy cherry, booze and raspberry. Fake-ish, but welcoming.

D - Good carbonation with a heavy body.

O - Candy cherry and raspberry dominates, not overly sweet, almost artifical tasting, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a FFF tulip

A - Dark brown with a slight ruby red hints. There is a small white head that sits on top

S - Sweet, syrupy raspberries that smells slightly artificial with a rye bourbon kick. Slight maltiness that I'd expect from the Robert the Bruce.

T - Sweet caramel, bready malt with sweet raspberries. There is definitely some templeton Rye barrel presence that you get which gives it a soft spicyness that lingers in the finish.

MF - Thick, sticky body that fits the flavor profile well. There is a slight barrel astringency that lingers in the finish.

O - This is new twist on Robert the Bruce that adds a new dimension wiith the sweeter raspberries and a slight rye presence. Worth tracking down this beer if you want to try the new twist. I do wish it is done in Bourbon barrels or a bigger rye to give it more of a dimension than the Templeton does

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Photo of davey101
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

#243/579. 750ml red waxxed bottle into a tulip glass. Huge thanks to apocalypsezombie for this bottle.

A - Pours a very dark red body with a two finger high light tan head. Settles down to a thin cap with thick edging and tight bubbling. Average amount of lacing and retention. Some thin and quick falling alcoholic legs.

S - Fresh raspberry preserves and booze. In the background is some light rye spice, vanilla, and toffee rich malts. It comes off very alcohol strong and raspberry heavy, but it really is a fantastic aroma.

T - Much different than the nose. Starts off with bright raspberry notes, then comes a very mellow and subdued toffee and butterscotch malty flavor that I associate with scotch ales and wee-heavy's. A touch of vanilla oak tannins, but the whiskey seems present mostly in a very noticeable warmth and not in the rye spice I was hoping for.

M - Light to medium bodied and somewhat creamy. Tons of carbonation, like far too much.

O - The aroma is excellent, but the taste is just average. I did enjoy it very much, and it actually succeeded in being a rather unique brew. But is it worth $35? Probably not, but it was worth the experience. Perhaps some aging will mellow out the booze a bit,

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Photo of seedsofchaos
3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Was fortunate enough to stumble into the brewpub as they were pulling the last 7 cases of Cabra out for sale. The guy at the beer to go point of sale said that he was certain it was all gone until they broke these few cases and and told him they were the final cases. I'll say it up front, it's a decent beer overall but not worth the $35/bottle except for the novelty of it all. It's a beer worthy of the changing of the seasons and a nice transition but not lofty enough for the price tag.

The pour is fairly uneventful with light lacing and no discernible head. Bourbon brown and a touch oily... The nose makes up for what this brew lacks in appearance coming in with heavy raspberries, a touch of woodiness/earthiness (maybe oak), light whiskey, sweet malts... Pretty inviting.

At first, my palate seems tricked. I almost taste a touch of sourness as this dry-finishing beer sweeps across my tongue. Definite berry flavor dominating most others... What seems to be caramel/crystal malts seem to strike a cord with sweetness which rounds out the perceived sourness quite nicely. Although good, this is fairly mediocre which I don't typically expect from FFF. Again, dry finish makes one feel as if they are drinking a wine more so than a beer and it's dryness that lingers in my mind as the dominant character of Cabra.

Overall decent. It's a novelty, as I mentioned previously. If this was a fall release, I'd gladly pay ~$10 a bottle but no more.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean for the share.

A - Dark brown beer with a bit of a tan head that formed a decent ring and left some random spots on the glass.

S - Surprisingly, the base beer is not demolished by the other stuff going on in this. Robert the Bruce comes through nicely, with a bit of butter and butterscotch. That said, there is a ton of berry aroma, and only a touch of the whiskey.

T - Decent taste on this one. Berries, caramel, butter, a bit of sweetness and a touch of oak. Not a ton of whiskey, but that's probably good as it might have wrecked the beer by overpowering it. They really didn't scrimp on the berries, as there is a lot.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - Nice beer, something different that worked. Very unique, I'd recommend trying this for people who are looking for a new type of beer experience.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle generously shared by Sean. Served in a Bell's tulip.

A - Tan foam settles to a thick collar and partial cap, leaving a few specks of lace behind. Murky and turbid dark brown body.

S - There's a truckload of berries here - raspberries are the most obvious but there seems to be some other varieties in the mix as well. Chocolate and buttered biscuit malts, a touch of spicy oak and a vague dill note that I get from extended barrel-aging. Not much alcohol, but not much overt rye whiskey flavor either - just loads and loads of berry goodness.

T - The taste isn't quite as good, but it's still plenty enjoyable. Caramel and milk chocolate malts, some oaky vanilla, as well as a ton of berry sweetness - perhaps a tad artificial at times but ultimately quite enjoyable. Again, rye whiskey is pretty muted.

M - Medium body, lower carbonation, creamy texture, and a moderately tannic finish. Not much alcohol, especially in comparison to the bourbon version I tried at Northdown.

D - I liked this more than I expected, and while $35 is a tad steep it's a pretty enjoyable beer. I could have used a bit more Templeton influence, as the flavor is somewhat mono-dimensional, but otherwise this is surprisingly easy to drink.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker brown color, tan-colored head, spotty lace, thin collar. Nose is lots of berries, some malty sweetness, light oak, smooth booze. Reminds me of Bramble, but less booze and more berries (if that's even possible). Flavor is berries, dark fruity, oak, smooth booze, with perhaps a trace of the base beer left after 18 months in barrels. Medium body, good carbonation, creamy sweet finish.

I would call this beer Bramble Lite, as it has a ton of berries but less booze when compared to fresh Bramble. I really enjoyed this one and had a second pour and our group killed the bottle, which is saying a lot. The booze is perfect right now and I'm curious to see how the fruit does over the next few months in the bottle. As with Bramble, I think you either like it or hate it...not much in between. Overall, not sure why this one is getting such hate...I liked it.

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Photo of Auracom
2.93/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle# 269 shared by Mike. Thanks big brother! 4 oz. poured in an FFF Rastal on August 18th, 2012.

A - Similar coloring to Robert the Bruce albeit notably thinner. Very little tan head with minute lacing.

S - Raspberries, no doubt about it. Very light oak and rye, but not at all rounded. Can barely detect the base beer in the aroma.

T - Lots of front-end effervescence, mid shows the raspberry off, rear gets the robert maltiness with a bit of rye bread. Here I don't detect the whiskey barrel.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, semi-sweet finish. Fair bit of alcohol warming.

D - Disappointing. I wish the barrel made a bigger impact and the raspberry lesser so. The aroma shows almost none of the base beer and the taste isn't consistent. Random uninspired release here.

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Cabra from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 62 ratings.
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