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Skull Splitter - Orkney Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,908 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,908
Reviews: 932
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 148
Gots: 172 | FT: 0
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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Photo of DerekMorgan
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rizzy17
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NathObx
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FadetoBock
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DOCRW
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of atryes
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of slusk
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear mahogany with a thin tan head. Bright caramel malt aroma with a small raisin background. No hop nose. Beautifully malty brew. Clean upfront caramel malt with some raisin. low hop bitterness. a slight tinge of alcohol warmth. Medium body and smooth. Finishes semi-sweet. Love this beer. Fine example of a scotch ale.

Photo of jancona
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of FightinIrish88
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Neil_Pfeifer
2.65/5  rDev -35%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Decent but not as good as it's rated on here.

Photo of Lianne_Weaver
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Yancey82
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of R_Kole
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mrcraft
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dmgeng
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Skull Splitter is just such an appealing name and after passing it by 4 times I finally decided to try it since I only had gotten big >10% ABV beers in my other 5 sampler pack slots.

A - Rich copper color. Slightly murky with light eggshell head and decent lacing. Poured lighter than I was expecting.

S - A robust character with malt, toffee, dark fruit, burnt sugar, and alcohol present. Smells like a Scottish beer with more alcohol.

T - Rich in flavor with toasted marshmallow, malt, toffee, some dark fruits and alcohol. Very similar to the smell but with more of the dark sugars. No discernible hops but not cloying sweet so there are some on the backside to assist the alcohol to make this beer easier to drink. On the sweeter side but not too sweet.

M - Medium mouth-feel with light carbonation. It's definitely got some sort of sugar to both add to the burnt sugar flavor but also make the alcohol stand out and the body get thinner. Not the heaviest wee-heavy I've had in the past.

Overall, a good tasting beer. I would prefer a heavier and more robust beer instead of a sugary, lighter, and boozier offering. It is mostly stylistic but the toasted marshmallow is not as delightful as just rich malt in my opinion and I would prefer Dirty Bastard to this beer. I understand that drinkability is what the goal was for this beer and it does deliver on a high impact with lighter body but since I drink to take it all in and not to get drunk I would pass on this beer next time. I would recommend this if you prefer to drink to get drunk but don't like commercial american beers.

Glass- Snifter

Photo of Botulizard
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of dmberger
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JMUduke
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Drew26
3.59/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of Phoodcritic
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of okono
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Skull Splitter from Orkney Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 1,908 ratings.