Brewed by Orkney (Sinclair Breweries)
Style: Bitter
Stromness, Scotland
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Cask; Regular.
Three Sisters Scottish Ale (4.2% abv) is a dark, fruity, refreshing ale that proves a perennial favourite, and is named after the dramatic range of mountains in Glencoe.
Chocolate Malt helps to give this beer its very attractive dark ruby colour, as well as contributing to some of the toasty and liquorice flavours in the beer.
However, a very large charge of whole-flower hops balances the dark malt character with an abundance of hop fruit flavours. These include dried and fresh fruit flavours as well as some more citrus tones not normally found in such a dark beer.
There’s enough ‘going on’ in Three Sisters to keep even the most demanding real ale aficionado happy, whilst the very approachable fruit makes this a popular drink across the board.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stravale (2567) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - DEC 29, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2012 Take 2: Cask @ Kimberly Arms, Findhorn
Dark amber brown....clear frothy white head ...good lacing
Aroma - Caramel malt...light roast malt...some sweet maltiness...light grassy hops
Taste - Dark caramel malts...toasted malts...bitter grassy slight earthy hops in background..bit of fruitiness
Palate - soft carb...sweet dark malts...tangy light bitter. Finish as main flavour...dry...bitter slight roast...clean finish
Overall - Quite a good scottish ale
Original rating: Cask @ The Castle Tavern, Inverness 29122011 5/3/6/2/10 - Not in great condition

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 7, 2011
On cask at Cloisters. Pours a dark amber colour with a decent beige head. Aroma of coffee, yeast, caramel and treacle. Similar flavours. Nicely bitter with mild carbonation and lingering coffee and roasty malt characters. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (3244) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 2, 2011
Cask at nobles. Looks good, clear red with white head. Mild hoppy aroma. Taste is fruity hop with caramel malt. Very thin and watery, bitter finish. Not bad

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
flying_pig (1251) - SCOTLAND - OCT 17, 2011
On Cask at Edinburgh Airport:
A heavy bitter aroma from this one along with plenty of burnt toast & some dark, sweet malts blended in as well. Some dark fruit along with some spice too.
Ruby black colour with an off-white, thin head that stays the same throughout.
Lots of heavy malts on the taste buds and a fair bit of coffee as well. The spice and burnt toast from the nose are both here, as is the sweet malts & dark fruits with a little bit of coco at the end too.
Smooth bodied & medium in body with a lot of bitter on the palate. It has okay balance & fair drinkability.

A fairly average cask ale in my book that is no different from scores of others I have tried in the past. It taste & smells okay but doesn’t do anything out of the ordinary to really impress me I’m afraid.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (23671) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 5, 2011
Cask@GBBF2010. Reddish amber colour with a small beige head. Aroma is caramel malts, mild nutty and leathery notes as well as some floral and grassy hops. Flavour is caramel malts, some wooden and herbal notes as well. Also some mild leathery and floral notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (13913) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 3, 2010
Reddish-amber. The aroma is very toasty, breadcrusty - nice - with some fiery, almost smokey warmth to the aroma. The body is toasty, malt-accented but dry, with a hint of burnt breadcrust. Complex malts without being overly sweet. Good balance. This Scottish ale is one of the few I found in Scotland that is close to what Americans think a Scottish Ale is.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (40504) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2010

Cask (handpump) @ Halfway House, 24 Fleshmarket Close, Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 1BX.

Clear medium amber color with a small to average, frothy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, caramel, fruity, light to moderate hoppy, citrus - orange, apple and toffee notes. Flavor is moderate to light light heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20100205]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2010
Cask @ Abbotsford, Edinburgh. Deep red with stable head and lacing. Really nice aroma. Fruity and spicy with a big fresh malt. Flavors are bread, fruit, and spice. Balanced with dry, hoppy, toasty finish. Nuanced but integrated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
patrick767 (3804) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2010
cask at Bow Bar in Edinburgh - Pours dark red with a small, lasting head. It has a caramel and toffee malt smell. The flavor is smooth caramel malt with mild hops. The sweet malt leads though. While pretty unremarkable, it’s good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bullit (4285) - Burgos, SPAIN - JUN 26, 2010
Cask @ Scottish Real Ale Festival 2010. Clear dark golden colour, creamy off-white head. Aroma is slightly toasted malts, caramel. Flavour is roasted malts, caramel malts, fruits.

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