Skull Splitter - Orkney Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,879 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,879
Reviews: 929
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.75%
Wants: 144
Gots: 156 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-08-1998)
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4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fipoceilz7
4.81/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The aroma includes toffee and a little chocolate but is not overly sweet. Some spiciness and dark fruitiness are also present, along with some soft but pronounced woody, roasted malt. It appears mostly clear with a lovely, orange-ish mahogany body and a light tan head. There is plenty of rich maltiness in the flavor but it feels light in the mouth. The malt is somewhat sweet but is not as toffee-like as in the aroma; it instead has a roasted and woody quality. The flavor overall produces an impression of nicely balanced sweetness and bitterness, which is soon followed by some warming alcohol which appears briefly and swiftly fades, and which contributes nicely to the pervading spiciness and dark fruitiness of the esters. What lingers is a lightly sweet and grainy maltiness with just a bit of husky bitterness. The feel is smooth with a mid-range body—neither too heavy nor too light. Some alcohol warming is present, but it works very well with the other qualities without overstaying its welcome.

Overall impeccable, really. All of the qualities work very well together, especially the well-structured and judicious flavors and the carefully attenuated carbonation and carbonic crispness. The flavor and aroma are consistently complex and expressive without being overwhelming.

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3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Caveworm
4.69/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Skull Splitter - Orkney Brewery. Poured from the bottle into a glass mug, its got a 2 finger thick mildly porous eggshell brown head with lateral lacing, and a medium-dark amber body.

I smell spicy roasted malts, along with scotch-like sweetness. Not much hop presence going on.

Tastes like roasted /caramelized malts, spiced fruits, and molasses. Not too much, it ends before that happens. Again, scotch profile type of sweetness. Not really picking up much hop taste.

Skull Splitter's mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Only a slight warming sensation, no sting. Goes down smooth, perhaps a little TOO smooth.

I'll give Skull Splitter - Orkney Brewery a 4.75 overall. This will split your skull with a Nordic buzz that is comfortable and still sociable. SKALL !!!!!!!!

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.12/5  rDev +1%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

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4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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3.8/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.28/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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2.9/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Skull Splitter from Orkney Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 1,879 ratings.