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Skull Splitter - Orkney Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,691 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,691
Reviews: 917
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 120
Gots: 98 | FT: 2
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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erz316

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4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle into duvel tulip

A - a dark brown-red translucent colour describes the body; light only serves to highlight the red tones in the body. not much of a head, as I had to give it a strong angled pour to get much to begin with; the head then settles very fast leaving only a dot in the middle where the scoring at the bottom of the glass gives off bubbles--minimal lacing either.

S - primarily is the vinous alcohol, with some fruiter notes in the back. the malts come out in a subtle caramalized notes, though I smell more of a simple sugary scent than anything distinct.

T - a dominant sweetness restrains the booming alcohol presence. initial taste is the booze and sweet notes mixing, the sweetness is refined and has a distinctive fruity character. a little astringency hits the tongue at first, but quickly subsides to the other flavours. alcohol during finish is not dissimilar to the character of a cask strength scotch, really bold, and perhaps a bit dry. there is also a moment during the finish where it seems a bit phenolic, when the brew hits somewhere near my nasal passage at the top of my throat.

MF&D - a very warming beer; the alcohol is quite spicy going down and it really gets one cozy--perhaps a bad idea on such a hot day. the consistency is smooth and unassuming, not heavy at all, which makes it very easy to drink. moderate carbonation. I think I'll go watch braveheart now.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 19:18:17 | More by erz316
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Skull Splitter from Orkney Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 1,691 ratings.