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RATINGS: 1542   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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 loverís delight.
2011 vintage - 7.0% abv

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2003
Rich, medium chestnut brown body is topped by a rather thin, off white head that recedes to a thin layer of foam. A very subtle lacing results as the beer is consumed. The aroma is fairly subdued, with a touch of malt a caramel. The taste is sweet and very malty. Caramel and smoked peat dominate the flavor, with the creamy sweet malt behind them. A bit of bitterness shows up in the finish, noticeable only because I was looking for it. The mouthfeel is like homemade milk caramel that is still warm: very smooth and creamy, it virtually sticks to your teeth and tongue. For the advertised ABV, it is not a bit noticeable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - SEP 28, 2003
Mohagony colored with a creamy, thick off-white head. The aroma was not as full as I had expected...malty sweet for sure...some earthy, brown sugar, and citrusy hops tones (odd for this style.) The flavor was more rounded and full with a solid malty core...some caramel, and earthy tones. The aftertaste hinted at those citrusy hops. Medium bodied beer with a smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3507) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 25, 2003
Very nice, focus on malts, but not syrupy or overdone. Good flavors, well brewed. Brown, hint of orange, nice head. I'm always impressed by a bit of subltety from a brewer known for beating it's customers over the head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2003
Dark amber to brown color, lots of malt as advertised. Nothing spectacular, but a good beer. Maybe just not my style--not enough hop flavor for me, although I know I shouldn't be drinking Scottish ales if it's hops I'm looking for.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2003
What a great fall sippin' brew. Deep mahogony brown with a sweet aroma and slight head. The beer initially starts sweet with the ever-so-slight hint of alcohol. Mildly hopped by 3F standards with a huge malt body. Caramel and cocoa overtones are most present. Bottled at Munster.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 23, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2005 Okay, this stuff is just plain great. Great dark purple orange colour to it. It kinda looks like thick paint all swirled together on a palate where at points you see darker or redder and othes wher it isnt quite so clear what colour it is. The nose is sweet with a noticable amount of hops but still sort of sublte. In the taste there is definately malts and hops and feel of constant quilibrium. Medium sized head that fades but leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass. Medium body. Overall, I was very impressed.

6-11-2005 Had this Cask Conditioned at the Blind Pig in Champaign Illinois. WOW it was very very good, much more mellow and slick than I expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzzler67 (1563) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2003
Beautiful reddish brown appearance with a malty sweet aroma. Nicely balanced hoppiness with the toasted malt taste. Flavorful nut-like finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
steview (1036) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 9, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2005 Sweet, full, smooth, and delicious. That was my old rating and memories of drinking it from the Ulm bottles a way back when... (when I would drink rum with it, anyway) ... Anyway, I had one fresh from a tap at the brewery in Munster and it was a lot darker and maltier. It had more of a caramel/cocoa flavor and looked a lot darker as well. It definitely is better there. Also, I brought bottles from the brewery and it was actually different. Thatís odd. The bottled beers seemed to be lacking the full punch in the mouth. Hmm. UPDATE: shared a couple pitchers with friends at the canopy club for the MMW show on november 13. excellent. a lot easier to go down. something was in the air, perhaps, but i never tasted robert the bruce as smooth and unoffensive as that. UPDATE: bottle... a little bit watery, but still excellent. mellow, grapefruit/floral punch that rides a creamy coffee/coco sweetness. itís actually balanced nicely, despite a lack of something... finishes chalky? well, itís a warmer. big, smooth, though i just want more. hmm. so, iíll keep drinking. UPDATE 2/10/05: english pint / awesome, as usual. very smooth, very pretty (could be a little bit more active), very good flavor and aroma of caramel, toffee, and a little bit of hops. as exquisite as an afternoon tea yet the high alcohol still kicks me! uprated palate to cause an excellent score!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - SEP 8, 2003
I've been wanting to sample this one for some time. Pours a dark ruby copper. The dense tall off white head is mostly lasting with average lacing. The nose is snickerdoodle cookies in a citrus grove, with spices one might find in a pumkin pie. While evaluating the flavor it occurs to me that I don't have a fresh sample. The balance is nice but it is kind of thin over all for the stlye. Floral front is followed by a buttery middle and a peppery bitter finish. The medium dry body is soft and finishes clean. A good representation of the style, I'd like to re-rate a fresh sample.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2637) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - SEP 1, 2003
Minimal tan head that fades quickly.Clear, dark amber brew. Med/full body. All malt here! some roastiness. Malty sweet finish. Alc. is well hidden.

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