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


on tap


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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   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.

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cgarvieuk (25222) - 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

MartinT (10014) - 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.

Rune (13182) - Tromsø, 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).

Finn (7831) - Tromsø, 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.

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.

bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 8, 2006
Fairly darker in body than most, red amber then tawny and more pronounced caramel, nose is more fruit than caramel notes, slightly heavier than most, more aroma than previous beers than I have had on this trip.

caesar (7165) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - APR 7, 2006
Cask, Milne’s Bar, Edinburgh. Copper color. Hoppy and malty aroma. Quite bitter, bit dry taste. Regular bitter actually.

GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 15, 2006
[cask from blackfriars] Some toasty notes of caramel give it a good malt back bone, balanced with some hop notes of citrus fruits and pine. decent body slightly dry finish.

DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2006 1. Cask Handpump at the Marble Arch Inn, Manchester 22/03/2003 Dark amber coloured with some richness and sweetness. Dry malty finish. 2. Cask Handpump at Wilkie’s Tavern, Warrington 21/04/2003 Amber mid brown coloured with some fruitiness and a lasting malt finish.

ante (3373) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2005
Cask at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Hazy copper with large creamy head. Fresh, leafyaroma, hints of orange-peels and tropical fruit. Very fruity flavour of oranges, mango, vanilla and cookies wiith long dry aftertaste. Very good session bitter.

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