Skull Splitter - Orkney Brewery
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Reviews by BuckeyeSlim:
4.15/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
11.2 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter.
A - Pours caramel colored into the glass and sets up a one-finger head that's fluffy and ecru, which disappears quickly and leaves a very thin sheen of lace and tiny bubbles around the edge. Beer is deep amber sunset orange and slightly opaque. Thin, constant stream of carbonation rises up the middle, leaving an island in the center of the surface.
S - Wonderful, full caramel malts. Rich and dark dried fruits, like figs or moist raisins. A suggestion of booze in the background. Breadiness almost suggests a light, coarse rye.
T - Rich, medium toasted malts mixed with brown, dark sugars, dark fruits, and spices, like muted cinnamon and white pepper. Hints of moderately dark roasted grains. Alcohol and bittering hops snap the sweetness off in the finish.
M - Good carbonation makes it somewhat fizzy. Complex structure with substance and good body. Finish is drier than nose and initial taste would suggest, and doesn't linger, although an echo of the toasted malts shows up later on the palate.
O - Very well put together. Boozy, but delicious. Malts, sugars, spices, and fruits are nicely balanced together as well as against the hops, which clearly exist to create a clean finish, but are not in the nose. A great alternative to a shot of single malt at the end of the day. More of a sipping beer, although two or three across a relaxing evening wouldn't be out of the question. Definitely worth having a four-pak in the fridge for appreciative guests. A sophisticated, amped version of the style.
Serving type: bottle
04-05-2012 02:23:49 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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3.24/5 rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Poured into my 16 oz wide Flying Dog tulip glass. Pours light brown, with a two inch white head that settles very quickly into a film of bubbles.
Smell is fig, brown sugar, vanilla, molasses, and rum soaked raisins.
Taste fallows the nose very well, fig stands out most to me, fairly sweet.
Body is less than medium, wish it had more life, a little dry, and goes down easy enough for its abv.
I was a little underwhelmed, especially with the rave reviews.
Serving type: bottle
03-03-2014 00:32:16 | More by SawDog505
Skull Splitter from Orkney Brewery
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