Tasting: June 27, 2014
Style: Scottish Ale
Robert the Bruce
I may be an obsessive channel surfer but there are certain movies that make me stop in my tracks and put the remote down regardless the time left or how many times I’ve seen the movie. I call these movies “roadblocks” and off the top of my head I’ll give you a few from my list: “The Shawshank Redemption”; “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and “Braveheart”. A couple of months ago, TBS aired The Shawshank Redemption multiple times over the course of a week — suffice to say, I saw various parts of the movie on a few successive nights.
I guess one of the benefits of watching a film so many times is that you pick up on things that you may have missed in previous viewings. One such tidbit was from Braveheart. You should recall the scene in which William Wallace is being executed. Off to the side are several midgets in jester’s costumes dancing around the stage – acting out the torture that Wallace was about to endure…watch again, the pint-sized jesters pulling a rope out of a box – disemboweling.
One part of the movie that I haven’t figured out involves the character Robert the Bruce. He is a revered hero in Scottish history but the film portrays him as – well – a coward. But history does show that after Wallace’s defeat at Falkirk that Robert the Bruce ultimately becomes the protector of Scotland and
What does this beer have to do with Robert the Bruce – nothing but a connection that this is a Scottish Ale (or Scots Ale). Scottish ale is usually has a big malt base. I wouldn’t call Robert the Bruce a big malt base. I’ll give it plus marks for smooth flavor and lack of carbonation and some interesting caramel and spice (like cinnamon). It’s a bit soapy and demure. Totally drinkable – but very run of the mill. 86 points.