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Skull Splitter - Orkney Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,713 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,713
Reviews: 920
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 121
Gots: 103 | 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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Jason

Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Impressively strong not only in alcohol but flavour to. The only thing wrong with this beer is that the bottle is too small.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2001 22:51:01 | More by Jason
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Todd

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2oz brown bottle with a red foil neck. Thorfinn Hausakluif ("SkullSplitter"), the 7th Viking Earl of Orkney pears hauntingly from the label, shield and weapon in hand.

Appearance: Deep murky brown in colour with a cream lace; powder like.

Smell: Alcohol, rich caramel, ripe fruit and the slightest note of hop are all present in the nose.

Taste: Beneath a smooth, creamy, almost chewy mouthfeel lies an 8.5% alcohol that has an aged Scotch profile. This ale screams "caramel!" This dominates the brew with a sweetness that mingles well with a touch of buttery diacetyl, but, is impressively balanced with hints of raisin, alcohol spice and a mild hop leaf flavour. Warming.

Notes: The unique malt profile truly lends itself to the brew. This is an awesome strong ale to be enjoyed slowly, and in relaxation, after a large meal or a cold night.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-1998 00:00:01 | More by Todd
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4.71/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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!!!

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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

Serving type: bottle

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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.

Serving type: bottle

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Skull Splitter from Orkney Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 1,713 ratings.