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Skull Splitter - Orkney Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,954 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,954
Reviews: 944
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 157
Gots: 190 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-08-1998

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Ratings: 1,954 | Reviews: 944
Photo of Bogdawg
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mikerems
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BurlaNation
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stephenlee
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brunnworth
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of goalie35
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrMullet
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep copper color. Thin creamy lace that persists. Mild fruit smell. Up front taste is a moderate fruit/date flavor followed by a tinge of caramel. Complex indeed. I like scotch ales and this is perhaps my favorite.

Photo of jds16
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bunuelian
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of curlybird
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hophugger
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SackBlabbath
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of 50wolves
3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours amber/ copper with small head, slight carbonation was foggy when poured however became increasingly clear once it warmed up. Aroma - Earthy aroma. Taste - all I can taste is the fig. Feel - has a warmth to it that I do appreciate, quite smooth, has astringent elements to it. Overall - appearance and taste do put me off, not a beer that I would drink again, however I think it is more a case of me not appreciating the beer style than the actual beer. Brewer appears interesting and I would try other products.

Photo of jgeddis
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No bottle date

Look - Pours a deep garnet with a beige head. Head dissipates rather quickly to form a thin cap. Average distribution. Limited lacing. 4 paws.

Smell - Lots of dried dark fruit aromas. Hints of wine and port with a touch of alcohol. Hints of tobacco and the faintest bit of cinnamon. 4.5 paws.

Taste - Smoky tobacco flavors up front finishing with taste of dates and bitter almonds. The sweetness is balanced excellently by the alcohol. Baker's chocolate, and a surprising twist of lemon. Finishes like a fine brandy. Very complex and exquisite. 4.75 paws.

Feel - Rather thin for the style and amount of flavor, surprisingly effervescent. Tingle on tip of the tongue. 4 paws.

Overall - Excellent beer and one of the most pleasant surprises I've had in a while. Definitely recommended. 4.5 paws.

Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eziel
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ajm5108
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bcm75
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Atom_Bomb
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BodiesLexus
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vegtam
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bfer1
4.89/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tekstr1der
4.78/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Reddish-brown pour with minimal head. Looks almost syrapy. Appearance is it’s only low-point. The smell is from heaven - malty and fruity. Flavors are strong malt sweetness with some slight wine notes. Incredibly smooth, and way too drinkable. This one could get me in trouble.

Photo of Oldmankeebler
3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It is sweet with a flavor that is a mix of molasses and raisins and figs.

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Skull Splitter from Orkney Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 1,954 ratings.