NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - MAY 4, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From growler #2 of my trip to the brewery. Dark orange-amber hued, minimal head that diminishes almost fully. Earthy, slightly peaty aroma, not much hop nose. Ample mouthfeel, and a nice melding of smokish-tasting malt and hop bitterness. True to form for Three Floyds, this beer has more hops than typical for the style, but remains a well-crafted and drinkable brew.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 4, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I got this in a big Growler filled off the taps at the brewery. A unique interpretation of the style but overall a very enjoyable beer--easy to drink. It is a dark copper color and has a malty aroma. A lot of hop but is still well balanced with a chocolately malt flavor. Very smooth to drink, easy to settle up with. Once again a winner from Three Floyds.
aracauna (2855) - Georgia, USA - APR 25, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
With the scottish ale type I was expecting less hops. Hop flavor overwhelms what would be a nice Scottish ale however. It did get better the closer to the bottom I got however. Color was a bit average for a brown too.
JMerritt (1676) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Just ok. Not much else to say about it.
duece (103) - Waterford, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2002
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Aroma was citrusy but too much alcohol for me. Poured a little cloudy and had a very thin head. The flavor was much too sweet and malty.
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2003 I'm used to drinking McEwans Scotch Ale and was interested to see how this compares. It didn't. Nowhere near the maltiness and sweetness I was expecting. Beer hides 7.2% alcohol content extremely well. A very good beer, but not my favorite Scottish style ale.
Terminus (2893) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAR 31, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2004 not my cup of tea-to malty for my liking, but appropriate for the style. I will stick to the alpha king and hopefully. Even the new munster brewed bottles dont really do it for me.
Raytailgater (105) - Rockledge, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Damn good beer.
JoeM500 (1900) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2004 I gave the Bruce another try and found that the balanced flavor is quite enjoyable. Unfortunately for the Bruce, it resides between Three Floyds Pride & Joy, and Bell's Two Hearted Ale at my favorite spot, so I often neglect this fine Scottish Style Ale.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
have had various results with this one. a couple bottles provided a nasty burnt funk on my toungue that I had also tasted in other scottish ales (just not so pronounced) Most of my run ins with this beer have been much happier; a nice balance, nice roasted malt flavor. will have it again. One other thing though - this does not relate to most other scottish ales that iíve tasted - would you really consider this scottish ale? Maybe itís just 3Floyds twisted take on the genre. (as hinted at in Robert the Bruceís portrait)