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Skull Splitter - Orkney Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,718 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,718
Reviews: 920
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 123
Gots: 106 | 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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Murph

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium amber/copper color with a nice thick tan head that slowly sinks toa solid 1/8 inch level and leaves moderate lace. Big chewy maltiness in the nose with some nice chocolate type sweetness mixed with some fruity figs, prunes, and slight grape skin aromas. Somewhat in between a doppel bock and a barley wine, this brew is definitely a tasty one, and very appropriate for the winter weather. Nice big maltiness with softly sweet tones like a doppel. Nice chocolatey characteristics are there before the complex fruityness comes in. Big prunes, figs, some slight orange zest, and more slightly tart grape flavors. The brew ends with big maltiness but nicely avoids becoming cloying and syrupy. Very clean and very light for the amount of maltiness and big fruit flavors. Not that it is light or clean, there is just a ton of flavor in this brew and it isn't over the top in delivering it. Very tasty, very consumable (perhaps dangerously so), and definitely very recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2002 17:39:38 | More by Murph
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A perfect example of the style. Rich, malty, and complex, with darker fruit notes, and hints of peat. Slick, slightly oily mouthfeel, and a creamy, lingering head. Dangerously drinkable, and insanely well done. (I'm on vacation, so this is a half-assed review.) Cheers!!!

Serving type: bottle

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3.15/5  rDev -22.8%
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Had this while eating muscles in garlic sauce. First mouthful gives the impression of cough mixture, but this soon dissipates to a smooth drink. Pours lovely from the bottle with a nice colour to it. Enjoyed the experience but don't think I'll be adding it to my regular list

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Bottle at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of malt
Head small (1 cm), off white, creamy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring and broken layer
Lacing virtually none
Body dark red amber
Flavor of sweet malt and caramel; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl, no peaty smokiness
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation

I first had this in a restaurant in Kirkwall, before I knew what a wee heavy was. Then I didn’t particularly care for it. Now, however, I find it to be a delightful drink with the alcohol well hidden. This meets the criteria for a Scotch ale very well.

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Skull Splitter from Orkney Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 1,718 ratings.