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Skull Splitter - Orkney Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,800 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,800
Reviews: 924
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.75%
Wants: 131
Gots: 132 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Orkney Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-08-1998)
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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4/5  rDev -2%

a beautifully balanced strong ale/scotch ale that reminded me of a traditional English brown ale on steroids.

aroma: mineral toffee with sticky spice, slight date and figs

taste: yeasty toffee with spice, slight brown sugar, a touch of rum, slight cheese, date and figs and slight chocolate.

admiral, Monday at 12:12 PM
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4/5  rDev -2%

Poured from a half liter bottle into a schooner glass. A moderate pour produces a short-lived, creamy white head that reduces to a ring and wispy islands of lace. The beer is a murky deep brown....with floaties!! WTH? I take a close look at the label, which seems to indicate a bottling date of 2011 (it is now 2014).

So, even though this beer is a bit aged, it does have a yummy aroma and flavor. Tons of mineral, caramel, dark fruit, and a touch of spice. Maybe a touch of diacetyl. The flavors are smooth and complement each other. Creamy mouthfeel with some alcohol warming, though the booze is well-hidden. The floaties seem to dissolve and don't catch on the tongue.

This beer is quite mellow and delicious overall, despite the fact that it's probably past its prime (the seller shall remain anonymous, except to me of course). Despite the rather horrid appearance, this is probably the best Scotch ale I've tried so far. Maybe the extra aging helped it. Awesome label art, by the way, with a cool (if historically inaccurate) Norse chieftain/king on the label.

archyquaffer, Friday at 03:04 AM
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Skull Splitter from Orkney Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 1,800 ratings.