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Skull Splitter - Orkney Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,596 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1596
Reviews: 908
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.5%


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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kvnstfrd

Missouri

4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 12 oz. goblet.
Pours a cloudy, medium brown with a small, but creamy, tan colored head that shrinks quickly and leaves a moderate amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is faint, but sweet and fruity with floral hops. First sip is surprisingly hoppy right from the start with an even more bitter aftertaste with a distinct sour note; much like the sour of some Belgian Dubbels. Purposely cupping the glass in my hands to warm it some, the malt flavors are coming through. Raisins and tart cherry flavors with a hint of molasses. Still a long-lasting bitter aftertaste and the sour note is still present, but less pronounced. Definitely getting better as it warms up. Mouthfeel is light to medium with a little more carbonation than I like, but not bad. A bit dry. Not the best I’ve had of this style, but a good Scotch ale I’ve had before and will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 12:25:30 | More by kvnstfrd
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TastyAdventure

Kentucky

4.69/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - dark brown, finger head that quickly goes down to paper thin, but is moderately lacey dow nthe glass.

S - I smelled this the second I cracked the bottle! Before I brought it to my nose, or even poured it, I could tell it was a caramel malt bomb! Strong caramel with hints of dark fruit. possibly plum?

T - smooth malt sweetness.. Caramel. hints of dark fruit. Somewhere in the back after a few drinks you get the oily balancing hops. about midway through the beer it tastes like a strong flavorful belgian dubbel blended with a lightly hopped pale ale. Amazing!

M - medium-low carbonation. nice texture.

O - I AM BREWING THIS NEXT. I could use 5 gallons of this. I don't know why this style isn't more popular and common. Big flavors like a belgian quad or dubbel, without the heaviness and a little more hop balance to it. In my tops beers for sure.

Second Review: interesting. A couple months later I am getting mainly an overwhelming whiskey flavor. Still good, but not a 4.25 for taste...

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 01:31:03 | More by TastyAdventure
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emyers

Illinois

3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter. Best Before October 2014 on bottle.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy rust brown color with a one-inch off-white head. Carbonation looks pretty heavy.

Smell: Dark fruit, caramel, sherry, some smoke. Definite hints of oxidation, but that doesn't detract much from a beer of this style. Quite rich in the aroma department.

Taste: Doesn't live up to the richness of the aroma. Same basic flavors are present with dark fruit and caramel leading the way, but they just don't seem as intense. Sherry-like oxidation flavor is a little more overbearing here than in the aroma, and there's a definite alcohol bite on the finish. Neither of these is a bad thing - in fact, I think they actually give some character to this beer. All in all, I like the flavor profile of this beer, I just wish it brought the same level of intensity as the smell.

Mouthfeel: Definitely less carbonation than I was expecting based on the appearance, which is a good thing. On the thin side for the style. Very smooth.

Overall:

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 00:57:06 | More by emyers
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WissBrauSean

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I poured the beer at about 55 degrees F into a pint glass and it has an amber to brown colour with a tan one finger head that fades to just a ring around the glass and leaves some widespread polka-dot lacing on the glass, not much though.

Wow, there are some nice aromas at work here, first of of note are the caramel malts, smoke, cherries and raisins with a sherry like alcohol twang.

This beer tastes incredible! Pretty much as the aromas smell, this beer tastes. Caramelized sugar malts with smokey peat malt sweetness on top carry you towards cherries and other dark fruits that fade away near the end where alcohol warmth takes over and finally ending with some peppery dry hop flavors. This is sweet, but not syrupy and actually balanced nicely!

The mouthfeel is sweet but not cloying or syrupy at all. It's definitely full bodied but not extremely so. The carbonation is under middle ground but higher than low. Perfect. Nice warming feeling afterward.

Overall, I would have to agree with many reviews in saying that this is world class. I'm no expert but I would think this almost a 5 out of 5. The only issue that I have with it is that the alcohol is pretty noticeable in the aroma and taste, but it is not detracting from the beer at all as the dark fruits are carried along with it like a chocolate cordial.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 01:13:51 | More by WissBrauSean
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lighthabit

Oregon

3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

purchased a 4 pack for a trade for my bro, kept a couple for myself. label is different than the one shown here (mine has a symmetry not shown in the picture, a viking top and center), but I believe it's the same brew.

hides abv well, hint of cherries is a pleasant surprise. very drinkable, this could spell trouble. nose makes me think of scotland (would it have, had there not been a viking on the label?)
doesn't push the envelope of flavor, but what it does, it does it well. wasn't not expecting it, but tends to finish with a subtle cherry flourish, could be a nice one to bring to a group without shocking the non-beer enthusiasts.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 06:29:47 | More by lighthabit
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GreesyFizeek

New York

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased from Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.

Pours a murky hazy brown. Not much head, but laces well down the glass.

Smells like plums, raisins, brown sugar, and toffee.

Tastes relatively the same, with slightly sour dark fruit dominating. Tastes a bit more like a Belgian Dark Ale than a Scotch Ale or Wee Heavy to me. Some burnt sugar and caramel, but tons of dark fruit, like raisins, plums, and grapes.

Full bodied, the alcohol is felt pretty strongly. Very biting.

A worthy beer, but not what I was expecting at all.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 02:33:20 | More by GreesyFizeek
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orkney Brewing's 'Skull Splitter' @ 8.5% a Scotch Ale served from a couple of 330 ml bottle's purchased for $5 each

A-pour is clear dark amber with a small off white/tan head that is leaving a minimal amount of lace along the stein

S-smoky peat malt

T-smoky peat malt , roasted malts , caramel stickyness , exceptionally smooth

MF-low carbonation , full bodied , a big mouthfull into a big mouthfeel ,
a lot of smoke in the aftertaste

Ov-ok/good beer , more good beer due to the exceptionally smooth big mouthfull/big mouthfeel , just a tad too much smoke

sampled alongside 5 of BC better Scotch Ale's which didn't really impress me ,
Skull Splitter did

prost LampertLand

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 21:28:53 | More by LampertLand
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep ruby red colour, ring of white head, no real lace to speak of really. Smell is sweet and malty, fruity with lots of cherry notes and even a bit of strawberry/berry as well, caramel, a little alcohol smells a bit like a barley wine meets strong ale. Taste is sweet and quite fruity, apple, cherry and berries, malty with some caramel flavours, some darker fruits mid palate, sweet in the finish with a slight alcohol burn, fruity aftertaste. Medium carbonation, chewy and medium-full body, felt at times the carbonation here was a touch high. A solid beer, quite flavourful though not all that complex, drinkable but probably something I'm not going to seek out again, glad to have had it once though.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 18:56:09 | More by peensteen
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harrymel

Washington

1.88/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.75

Best by Jul 17 (my anniversary, hopefully a good omen)

It's a good dark brown amber with a etched surface and some loose rim foam. Smells like butter, apple skin, a little bit of malt, some skunk (this died off as the beer warmed); really sad nose. Flavor is malt, rye, tomato, sweet hawaiian bread rolls, some astringency and on the breath after the swallow: booze and butter. Medium bodied and tight moderate alcohol. Profoundly unimpressed with this brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 07:20:52 | More by harrymel
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rickyleepotts

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I wrote this beer earlier this week, and have just been waiting to drink it. The first time I had this beer, it was great. The last time was at a beer class at Total Wine & More, and it was too hot and wasn't as good as I remember. Hopefully taking the time to review the beer here, I will get more of the elements I remember from the first time I enjoyed this. Pretty wicked name, too. Who wants to drink a skull splitter? Plus, the Viking on the bottle is creepy. Oh well, as long as he makes good beer! Let's drink.

In the Glass: It looks almost like an amber ale in the glass. It is dark brown, with a light white head. There is a nice lace on this, though. The tasting notes used the word "winelike", and it does have a nice thickness to it as I swirl it around in the glass. Oh, and can someone explain to me why the bottle is only 11.2 ounces? I want a full 12 ounces for $3.99!

Nose: There is a lot of sweet malty goodness on the nose. We are drinking this WAY too cold, but you can still smell the sweetness all the way around the nose. I am not smelling any hops here… just a blanket of malty goodness!

Flavor: (I am going to see what the bottle says so the beer can heat up a little before I drink it.) After writing what the bottle says, the head is still there. Not as thick as before, but still covers the entire top of the glass. That is impressive. Remember those malts that I talked about earlier? Imagine those same malts coating the inside of your palate leaving you with an alcohol heat all the way down. Those malts then turn drying and just stick to the inside of your mouth and the top of your tongue. With every swallow, the flavor becomes more drying, but this beer leaves a long enjoyable finish. I have never seen this on tap, but I am sure it is amazing on tap. Most of the flavor hits toward the back of the palate, as there is not much up front… but the experience you get as you begin to swallow this beer is worth every sip.

Mouthfeel: There are a few bubbles up front, but the beer quickly mellows out as you swallow. The sweetness really comes in after two or three drinks. I did take a sip to swish around in my mouth, and by doing that, the bubbles went crazy. By doing that, with most beers, you can find more flavor that was once hidden in the beer. With this, the bubbles overwhelm the palate, and the flavor pretty much leaves all together. I am going to let this one sit for a few minutes and try to enjoy the last sip at room temperature.

Aftertaste: At first, the malty sweetness that you can smell and initially taste becomes almost too sweet… but quickly turns drying and you are left with a lingering drying finish. Not Irish stout dry, but a cracked pepper dry. The malts they use here are obvious, and this is a beer that you are fully aware of the ABV. It;s only 8.5%, but you can taste it with every sip. As the beer gets warmer, it does become more balanced.

This is what I remember Skull Splitter tasting like. I wish it wasn't so expensive, because this is a beer I could see myself enjoying all night long. They also don't make bombers of this, but if they did, it would be a bomber that you could spend an entire night with! The bottle says, "500 years in the making." Job well done, Orkeny!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 18:40:02 | More by rickyleepotts
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

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

Skull Splitter opens to a sweet, sugary nose that brings immediate notes of wildflower honey, honeysuckle, pink grapefruit, rose petals, candi sugar, lemon, and brown sugar, as well as a nice assortment of orange, berry, and apricot fruit esters. What could otherwise be an overwhelming sweetness is held in check by earthy breads and biscuit notes, mixed with touches of toast crust. A bit of white pepper adds further grounding. The initial sweetness of the nose does fade after a bit, but a good amount of sugars still remain. As a whole, the nose is heavily geared toward sweet aromas, but is still nicely balanced, and bears more of a resemblance to a honey mead than a beer in many ways, its main fault being lightness and a fast-dissipating presence.

On the tongue, the beer is immediately sweet, the sugary notes from the nose translating almost directly: honeysuckle, wildflower honey, rose petals, pink grapefruit, and lemon, as well as orange, berry, and apricot fruit esters. There is, however, a much stronger earthy and dark presence on the tongue, with brown breads, toast crust, and biscuit mingling with dark caramel and even small hints of molasses and vanilla. A slight vodka-like whiff of alcohol comes through, but mingles nicely with the fruits and sugars. Late in the mouthful a touch of Grape Nuts cereal mixed with ash even comes through very faintly. However, the main body is sweet, again in many ways resembling mead, but with a grapefruit, lemon, and pine resin edge from the hops, as well as bits of white pepper to bite at the tongue. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main mouthful, with a larger hop presence, and a bit more grains, and lingers for a decent while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is very nice beer, and the 8.5% ABV perfectly meshes with the fruits and sugars to create a sweet, alcoholic goodness. The beer as a whole is very sweet, but there’s just enough of grains and hops in here to keep it from becoming cloying.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 18:34:16 | More by jondeelee
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DougT

Ohio

4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dated BBE May 15. Poured down the middle of a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown. Not black but barley passes any light. Froths a nice 1 1/2 finger head of light, small bubble foam with little lacing. Takes minutes to dissipate and leaves thin layer of foam behind that stays stuck to the sides of the glass.

Smell is dark fruit and hops, but very subtle. No bread or yeast smell. Clean but a little weak.

Taste is far more complex than the smell. A bit of alcohol, dark fruit, and the yeast missing in the smell shows up in the taste. A slight hint of hops. The aftertaste is slightly bitter, but not unpleasantly so.

Mouthfeel. Smooth and effervescent. Medium body, coats the whole mouth nicely. The bubbles wake up the taste buds and leave a nice sparkle through the aftertaste.

A very nice bottle of beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 03:39:55 | More by DougT
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330mL bottle. stamped on neck is BBE JUL 15, which I would interpret as meaning "Best Before End of July 2015", but I could be wrong.

the beer appears a dark copper color, ruby highlights. smooth creamy head of 1/2" of super fine bubbles. great head retention and lacing. smells of spicy herbal esters, a little booze. toast. taste is slightly sweet, but also a little smoky in the finish. a bit of brown sugar and yeasty flavors too. medium body, higher carbonation than expected, could be lower.

overall - okay, but not great, a bit disapointed based on the high average score

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 04:23:34 | More by jmdrpi
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yamar68

Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to alelover for this one - no indication of the vintage:

Pours a murky caramel colored body with a small finger of khaki head that provides some oily lace.

Interesting... plenty of spicy red fruits and caramel cake. Great sense of balance between hops and malts... some sweet corn and no discernible alcohol contribution.

I'm very glad to find something other than a malt bomb meeting my palate. Tasteful figs or dates with a spicy hop presence. Smooth, some leafy tobacco and metallic dark malts. Again, the booze is rather tame, leaving plenty of room for the rest of the beer to make itself known.

As Joel knows, I'm not typically much of a Scotch Ale fan. He sent this one because it's one of his favorites in the genre and I'm glad he did. Thanks man!

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 04:39:08 | More by yamar68
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ELLHOBGOBLIN


5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Real Review from experiance , Bent and Bong's Beer Festival mid nineties , I would recommend a pre nuptial night with this beer, if you can survive this and you are still fianced you are sorted
I gave away my camra/festival badge to a mystery lass , arranged a motorbike ride with another lass and had a disaggreament with some round table people.
Good Night Out , caramel blah blah blah

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2013 01:17:07 | More by ELLHOBGOBLIN
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JK4Stout

Virginia

3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Ok, so I am an idiot. I poured this beauty and looked at it for a bit and said...outloud, "Man, this looks just like a Scotch Ale." So the fact that I then discovered it is actually a scotch ale only makes me feel worse. Anyway, a great chalky brown just dark enough to you can't see through the glass.

S: Not too strong, but a great little spice to the nose. Reminds me of those spirament gum drops you get at Christmas.

T: Maybe I bult this up too much in my head, but even though it was very smooth and delicious I just feel that there are far better examples of style out there. The aftertaste is wonderful though Just enough spice to make you feel refreshed after a good swig.

M: Medium. Not too heavy for Wee Heavy though. I'd almost like a bit more on there.

O: No complaints. A good time. A great bottle. Fantastic name. What more could you want?

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 00:37:08 | More by JK4Stout
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.59/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a clear amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of deep caramelized malt with lightly sweet undertones and light toffee notes. Taste is also a mix between some caramelized malt notes with some toffee notes and a dry aftertaste. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed and quite enjoyable though overall dryer then I had expected.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 21:14:49 | More by Phyl21ca
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mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

2.46/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Deep copper. Small and short-lived beige head, decent lace. Sharp, boozy aroma with light raisin and toffee notes. Tastes mildly sweet with notes of caramel, raisin, and dried cherry. Mild bitterness in the finish. It's boozy, and I find that unpleasant without some strong flavours to balance things out. Light-bodied with low carbonation. It feels thin, and I think it contributes to the alcohol coming across harshly. I didn't enjoy this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 20:51:19 | More by mintjellie
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silverking

Florida

3.29/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

It pours a clear crimson with a tan head. Head retention is good, and the lacing is very nice. Aromas of malt and grape, along with alcohol, are all present. The taste is very much like red wine.IT gives some good malt flavor up front. After that It's fruity and acidic, but there is a slight bitterness throughout. It leaves a dry feeling in the mouth. The mouthfeel is moderate, and the carbonation is low. I really can't get past the acidity in this one. Not my style of beer at all.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 00:45:54 | More by silverking
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Moose90

Colorado

2.8/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BBE: May 15

330mL bottle

A – Dark mocha brown, almost leathery appearance. Big fluffy head from an aggressive pour, disappears quickly. Lacing is patchy, thin and just odd.

S – Pilsner here, typical pils hop and malt characteristics. Light fruit, raisins and figs. Quite assertive and bitter.

T – Very sweet and fruity, like a Fig Newton in a glass. Plum, fig, and fresh cut oats. Some odd spice notes as well.

M – Sticky and smooth with a long finish. Odd tastes rounds out to an okay package.

O – Crazy brew. A lot going on, maybe too complex and trying too hard.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 07:33:43 | More by Moose90
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themind

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orney brews a quality beer in Skull Splitter. This beer has a bite ( boozy) but is a good example of a scotch ale. Slam down a few of these and you will feel like a viking on a ship in the middle of a perfect storm.

Bottom Line: Never had it? buy it! it's worth the jingle.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 00:04:57 | More by themind
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BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear; very rich brown with a slight mahogany tinge, like high grade maple syrup; head sizzles quickly to nothing

Aroma: red grape, like wine; dry spice; caramel and toasted malt; alcohol; toffee malts coming to the fore, but really just big malt flavours in general

Taste & Mouthfeel: syrupy sweet with a sharp bite that takes over in the finish, twisting into a citrus pith bitterness; some pine; alcohol is very present, providing some excitement on the palate; caramel and toffee malt flavours, some dried cherry or robust wine - like port; these start to take over and along with the spice notes make for a very interesting and dynamic profile from start to finish; silky smooth and medium body, good carbonation

Overall: in the end, smooth, spiced toffee and rich dark fruit with a mild sense of heat prevails (almost like spiced rum), making for a great winter beer that isn't heavy; love the interplay and transition of flavours from first sip to last (don't give up on it)

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 01:34:25 | More by BGDrock
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, 330ml into a tulip.

Burgundy with a tan head. Film of retention with light lace. Nose has grapes, caramel, candy and a very nice beautiful malt character all around. Taste has some complex malt notes, sweeter caramels and toasty grains. Moderate bitterness. Alcohol is prevalent, and almost takes away from this a bit. Lower carbonation, this one warms the bones.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2013 01:46:05 | More by liamt07
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sennoma

American Samoa

2.84/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Did not enjoy. Another reviewer put it well -- "wears its ABV on its sleeve". Probably would have split my skull but I didn't finish it -- thin mouthfeel, bitterness unbalanced by body -- not nearly as rich or warm as I was expecting from a strong beer. Have never had a Scotch Ale before so maybe I just don't care for the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 21:53:53 | More by sennoma
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: A dark brown body with crimson notes that boasts steady and ample carbonation. Sadly the head produced a mere finger that quickly receded and did not lace.

Smell: Malt and grapes dominate the nose, but that's not saying much as it required warming to come out. Nothing all the complex or particularly off or pungent here.

Taste: Starts with a creeping molasses taste that turns abruptly into an explosion of malt as prunes, grapes, caramel and a very abrupt booze taste comes forward as it wears it's ABV on it's sleeve. It then winds down with light peat and smoke that is accented by a touch of grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: This beer is not at all delicate with it's transitioning, it goes from mild, to malt and back to mild and the carbonation seems to only accent the malt hit. Points also get deducted for a complete lack of head. It also leaves a bit of a solvent aftertaste as it doesn't conceal the alcohol.

Drinkability: This stuff hits way too hard and serves more of a wake up call then something to drink regularly. Medium bodied but seems to be a bit rough on my gut.

Final Thoughts: I guess with a name like Skull Splitter, I should have expected a beer that drinks like an axe to the head. I guess this beer is for more adventurous tastes as unlike Belgians who tend to hide their high alcohol content, this beer seems to want to be blatantly upfront about it.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 01:09:03 | More by TheHammer
Skull Splitter from Orkney Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 1,596 ratings.