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Skull Splitter - Orkney Brewery

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1,820 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,820
Reviews: 926
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.75%
Wants: 135
Gots: 139 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

jeremiahoden, Sep 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

DoctorsOrders, Sep 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

Poured from a half liter bottle into a schooner glass. A moderate pour produces a short-lived, creamy white head that reduces to a ring and wispy islands of lace. The beer is a murky deep brown....with floaties!! WTH? I take a close look at the label, which seems to indicate a bottling date of 2011 (it is now 2014).

So, even though this beer is a bit aged, it does have a yummy aroma and flavor. Tons of mineral, caramel, dark fruit, and a touch of spice. Maybe a touch of diacetyl. The flavors are smooth and complement each other. Creamy mouthfeel with some alcohol warming, though the booze is well-hidden. The floaties seem to dissolve and don't catch on the tongue.

This beer is quite mellow and delicious overall, despite the fact that it's probably past its prime (the seller shall remain anonymous, except to me of course). Despite the rather horrid appearance, this is probably the best Scotch ale I've tried so far. Maybe the extra aging helped it. Awesome label art, by the way, with a cool (if historically inaccurate) Norse chieftain/king on the label.

archyquaffer, Sep 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Drink it when you find it.

MistyMountainHops, Sep 09, 2014
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2/5  rDev -51%

ohiobeer29, Sep 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

A: rich caramel color, with almost no head and light carbonation. It is pretty in the glass.

S: aromas of bread pudding, but without the sweetness. Some dried dark fruit, a little molasses.

T: Follows the smell, with dried fruits (figs, raisins) and a caramel/toffee dense bread pudding flavor. The downside here is that while this shouldn't be a hoppy beer, the finish is just lacking in something. Either a dose of hops or carbonation might help.

M: Medium bodied, not thick or viscous and dominated by the very light carbonation.

O: a really very good beer, with some great flavors. I find myself thinking that it could be better however.

HuskyHawk, Sep 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

Burt, Sep 03, 2014
Skull Splitter from Orkney Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 1,820 ratings.