Thursday, December 8, 2011

Three Floyds Robert The Bruce


I always get Scotch Ales and Scottish Ales mixed up. Which one is also known as a "Wee Heavy"? Anyways, this is Three Floyds entry into one of those styles. They're known for their hoppy beers - can they do a malty one as well?

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (586) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2011
I received a 12oz bottle in a trade with a guy named Robert. I poured it into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Opaque maroon so dark it borders on black. Forms a large, tan, creamy head which retains and laces well.

Smell: Subdued nose of bready malt, dark fruits and a hint of smoke.

Taste: Robert The Bruce is a Scottish style ale, not to be confused with the stronger, more robust Scotch or "Wee Heavy" ales. Considering this is a Three Floyds beer, it’s surprising they didn’t opt for the latter style. So what we have is a beer that’s definitely tasty and well balanced, but seems like so much more could be done.

It begins with pretty big fruity/malty flavors - the same you’d get in a Belgian dark ale, but without the actual Belgian quality. I notice a cherry sweetness and tartness is quite prominent, followed by a plum flesh. The back end is slightly bitter with baker’s chocolate and toasted malt. The finish is slightly sweet, but leaves a clean aftertaste. A good palate as a whole, but it’s not amazing and unique like most beers from this brewery.

Mouthfeel: Thick, soft, wet, cold, low carbonation, creamy texture with a mostly clean aftertaste.

Drinkability: What Three Floyds Robert The Bruce lacks in energy is makes up for in drinkability. The thick density and creamy texture make it extremely smooth. The 7% ABV actually seems a little high as there doesn’t seem to be a lot of energy or weight to this palate. This beer probably works better as a meal companion rather than a beverage on its own. Still, it’s not a challenge to drink at all and would make a good introduction to the Scottish style.
Grade: 7/10