SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 31, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
ah, another great beer from three floyds. this one, as the deScription says is definately "a true malt-lover’s delight." but it also has a satisfying slight hoppy finish to balance it out nicely.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2008 This one surprised me. Very pretty deep Bock-ish coloring. At first smell, like a Brown ale. First taste is the same. Once I get past the dark malts, the same hops that are used in the AK are used here, though to a lesser degree. This is how a dark malt based beer should taste. No weird grainy tastes, just the finer nuances of the malts, complemented with a luxurious hop complex. Simply wonderful.
madsberg (11069) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled: Dark amber coloured. Light beige head. Malt, butterfatness, some sweetness and a light touch of hops in the aroma. Light caramel, bread, hops and some spices in the flavour. Medium bodied, but finishes a litlle weak. Some bitterness is present on the palate.
Metalhead (641) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2004
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep deep amber,thin head,not much in the nose except a little hops and sweetness. Not as sweet as it smelled. Decent mouthfeel but the taste was basically caramelly, a bit bitter and dryish with only a hint of malt. Ok but not impressed. I will give em a thumbs up for hiding the ABV but then again 7% is not that high.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 15, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Murky brown with little head. I could smell the hops as well as the malt which isn’t normal for me. Has a roasted smell with a hint of chocolate. Very smooth with the initial malty taste dying fast. Taste is rather bland other than decent malts with a hint of chocolate and possibly raisin with a weak finish that doesn't hide the alcohol.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 14, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured the color of the bottle with some surprising level of carbonation. The aroma had the prune/raisin smell of a belgina bruin. The malt quantity was NOT as advertised, as the alcohol tore right through the flavor. There is a "roastiness" to this, that reminds of an old-style ale. There doesn’t appear to be any sweetness or biterness, yet the dark chocolate hints were there. Sir Robert did finish with a lively kick, but alas it might have been his last kick down my throat.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep copper/brown with a beige, foamy head. Aroma is malty, fruity, and a touch of citrus/hops. Medium bodied with a creamy smooth texture. Full, robust flavor, sweetness, maltiness. Excellent.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 1, 2004
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a deep brown with a slight off-white head. Aromas of grass, caramel, and roasted malt. Mouthfeel is a little thin for the style and light-bodied??? a surpsrise considering most scotch ales seem to be at leat medium bodied , if not full.. Flavors of caramel, raisins and a slight prune flavor. A dissapointment from one of the better brewers in the world.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 30, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle Dark brown/amber, fizzy, no sustained head or lace. Big dark malt aroma, some roasty slightly smoky notes too. Full bodied, bittersweet malty beer. I’d agree with Eyedrink it did remind me of an Old Ale a bit. Some nice chocolate, roasty accents. Very enjoyable beer with a nice lingering malt finish. Thanks to jsquire for sending this one my way!
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating # 525
Major thanks to TheBeerGod for sending me this brew not once but twice! The first bottle was murdered when it was violently pushed out of my closet by a bottle of DFH WWS. Mike caught wind of the tragedy and sent me a back up bottle, Thanks Very Much, Bro!
Aged for 7 months.
Pours with a deep and rich cherry wood amber body. The head is a creamy tan cap that sits atop. Aroma is malty.. Full with thick fruits and butterscotch and toffee. Notes of apple, pears, peaches, apricots, plums, figs, and a toasty toffee malt are in abundance here! A hint of coffee, lightly kilned chocolate malt adds some smokiness as well. Those toasted malts and ripened fruits are insanely delicious! Wow, the body is oily and buttery… delectable and hospitable! Man, this is earthy with a toasty biscuit quality… Damn, the Bruce is Totally Delicious!