Friday, March 5, 2010

248. Three Floyds Robert the Bruce

We’re hitting up that sweet sweet Three Floyds again. Can you blame us? Thus far on our long, strange trip, we’ve had Dreadnaught, Black Sun Stout and Blackheart IPA. Robert the Bruce is a crystal clear root beer color with a thin ivory head. The nose is a combination of brown and roasted caramel malt with some nutty sweetness and low levels of cola and biscuit aroma. It starts with sweet caramelized malt flavor, and moves into a drier middle that is also rich and has a light amount of dark fruit flavor. The finish is even drier, with a touch of graininess or grassiness, but still fairly clean. Robert the Bruce is medium bodied with a clean and dry mouthfeel; carbonation is low to moderate, and there is an overall well-rounded quality to the beer. A well built beer; Robert the Bruce is a very fresh version of a Scottish Ale—the flavors are bright and clean, and while there is malt depth and substance, there is no heaviness in the body or in how they are put together. Good balance across the palate; an excellent and interesting beer.

From the Three Floyds website: “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.”

ABV: 6.5%
IBU: 30


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