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RATINGS: 1560   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
A bold Scottish ale with a complex malty body derived from roasted and crystal malts balanced with just the right combination of hops. This ale pours a deep ruby color, has a sweet malty nose with layered caramel and roasted notes and a full body. Robust yet smooth, Robert The Bruce is a malt lover’s delight.
2011 vintage - 7.0% abv

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
YogiBeera (2570) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2004
Medium brown orange color, medium frothy head. Butterscotch toffee and malt nose - very light though. Also the flavor is light, malt, raisons and pepper - kind of weak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
celluloiddroid (25) - Hebron, Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2004
First 3 Floyds I tried, and I liked it. Nice bitter taste, very beautiful reddish brown color. Head was large but seemed to dissipate quickly. It warmed up quickly and the taste malty but still had a nice hop flavor to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 8, 2004
In the bottle. Dark reddish brown in color. Thick creamy head of substance. Tiny bubbles. Aroma of malt, possibly a little wine-like. Slightly buttery up front, but a little disappointing in the mouth-feel body category. Head disappeared rapidly. Subtle raisin flavor. Back of the tongue bitterness. As this warms up, I get a better feel for the maltiness. This one really should be slurped at room temperature. I guess I expected more from my first 3 Floyd’s ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jde123 (775) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 5, 2004
Doesn’t have the strong malt smell as with other scottish ales, and the sweet taste kind of throws it off a little bit. I didn’t mind it too much, just a little strange.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ClarkVV (5800) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 30, 2004
UPDATED: APR 21, 2005 2003 bottle, thanks to EddieG for the trade. Pours a wonderful warm rosy-red, with some light magentas, auburns and darker browns. Good creamy looking off-white head. Aroma of roasted barley, caramel and light smokiness. Flavor is immediately dry of roasted barley, medium dry chocolate malt and light hops in the background. Heavy roast flavor really keeps this beer dry with the chocolate trying to add sweetness. There is a decent complexity and you can really pick out the different malts, but I just wish it was a tad bit sweeter. The beer was very clear and filtered which seemed to detract from the flavor. No wateriness at all, and a medium body. Lots of bitterness on the finish emerges after warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2004
Generous, creamy head, aroma includes toffee, vanilla, soft caramel notes. Dark brown in color. Solid malt here, but very, very hoppy. Sweet, mild, but still a stout and hearty ale, very enjoyable. One of my favorite Scottish Ales. Hail Robert the Bruce!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2004
Nice scent and color. I had this on draft and it got better as it warmed though it was initally too hoppy. It got creamier as it went down though and while I would not go out of my way for it I would drink it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (11498) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2004
This brew is a deep mahogany color with a thin dark beige head. Fair lacing. Heavy malt in the nose, along with sweet caramel and a touch of chocolate. Rich bodied, just how I like my Scottish Ales, with flavors of malt, caramel/butterscotch and chocolate. The finish is lightly bitter with hops and a touch of coffee. Pretty good!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2004
Thanks to atpayne for this one. Pours very dark brown with a great white head. Good aroma of toffee, molasses, caramel, port, cognac, and even slight tobacco. This aroma reminds me a little of the Stoudt's Fest bombers. Tastes very malty, with a sweet, crisp, pure taste, including hints of caramel, port, toffee, hops, and brown sugar. Very complex. I noticed different flavors and aromas as it warmed. It's no wonder to me that this is a multiple award winner. An exceptional brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 22, 2004
Medium off white head, clear dark red body. Seems to maintain a creamy head around the edges. Thick malty aroma; dark fruit masked by a slightly chocolaty and very light coffee malt. Hop aroma seems to pick up as the glass warms. Has more hops in taste than aroma. The hops taste flowery... malt adds some caramel and raspberry esters. Somewhat creamy texture, but a bit of a carbonation burn. Didn't pick up on there being "a lot" of hops like others talk about, but I think my bottle isn't too fresh. But, it tastes fine, and I'll pick up more!

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