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

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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RoyceH (1196) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - NOV 23, 2007
Cask, Aikmans Cellar Bar, St Andrews. Clear golden, thin off-white head. Nose is spicy and earthy with some clear roasted maltiness. Mouth is bitter hops with some more spicy tones, but finishes clearly bitter with a malty balance.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pivnizub (9004) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - AUG 1, 2007
Cask (Fort William): Clear, amber coloured, off-white, lacing foam; distinctive fruity (raspberries and cinnamon) and toasted-malty nose; bitter flavour with a light acidity, light bodied; cinnamon again detctable in the bitter-fruity finish. Spicy, but a bit demanding...........

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2008 Cask conditioned - gravity dispense - Derby BF. An amber coloured beer with a ruby hue. The aroma is slightly sweet and nutty with caramel and fruit. The taste is sweet, malty and has caramel. An Ok beer. (6,3,6,3,13(3.1))

Tried again at JDW Rugby Handpumped.Really nice this time. Malty and fruity with woody notes and brambles. Some toffee in the nose Very decent and drinkable. (7,4,8,3,15(3.7)
Score is an average of the two.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 20, 2007
Half pint pulled at The Market Porter at London Bridge (London), a clear brown with a bubbly off-white head. A good flowery malt aroma with just a touch of spice. A smooth palate, sweetish at first, but then more biscuity malt flavours come through with a drying finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maria (10176) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2007
August 11. 2005 in Tail Race Inn in Kinlochleven, Scotland, draught. It’s a very dark brown beer with a nice and lasting head. The aroma is malty with hints of fruit. The flavour isn’t as malty or sweet as I had expected, but it does have light sweetness and clear notes of roasted malt, caramel, fruit, berries and licorice and a nice bitter finish.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
cgarvieuk (15163) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 2, 2007
UPDATED: APR 4, 2007 dark brown/red, strong roasted malt aroma, full bodied fruity malt let dwon for me by too strong a bitter linger

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8127) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2007
Any first impressions?
-A thick head of foam stands atop the fiery clear brown russet.
-Attractive caramel maltiness grabs on to the nostrils, expanding into fruity components, diversified by earthy hoppiness.
-Dry cereal toastiness renders complexity the caramel maltiness, and remains balanced because of the hoppy finish.
-Well-malted, and never flaccid even though carbonation is tranquil, its mouthfeel is drinkable and nearly velvety.

What if you dig deeper?
-The malt’s underlying fruitiness is somewhat baccate and produces licorice once linked to the caramel.
-The recurring wet earthiness pleases the supporting leafy hops.
-The introductory malt sweetness is aptly dried up to invite a quicker following sip.
-This is a comforting scottish ale (or a sweet bitter, if you do not believe in the existence of scottish ale), not too complex, but entirely satisfying for the malt head.

On cask at the Guildford Arms, Edinburgh.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (8466) - Tromsř, NORWAY - OCT 17, 2006
Half pint on gravity. Mahogany body with a low layer present. Strong malty aroma, almost peaty to the nose. Earthy and roasted malty flavour with some bitter sweetness (St Albans Beer Festival 27.09.2006).

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Finn (4402) - Tromsř, NORWAY - OCT 15, 2006
Cask/gravity at The St Albans Beer Festival 27 Sep 06. Brown coloured with a small creamy head. Rich fruity flavour with a faint bitter aftertaste.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 30, 2006
NERAX 2005 Deep copper in color with no head. Nice aroma and flavor of nuts,caramel and a touch of roast malt. Flavor is somewhat sweet but malty.


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