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Skull Splitter - Orkney Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,718 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,718
Reviews: 920
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 124
Gots: 106 | 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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Dope

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

01-06-2012 22:14:32 | More by Dope
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StJamesGate

New York

3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cherry red with tight linen foam that cathedrals. Cherry Danish and spice on the nose with a hint of sherry.
Prune, port, earth, red berry – especially currants and treacle leading into a rosehips tea and gingerbread end.
Cherry comeback and burning spicy linger. Light to medium, soft, chewy, smooth.

Hot and a bit harsh. I’d have expected dark fruit over red. Not the style definer I'd heard it was.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 15:08:08 | More by StJamesGate
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JFrankParnell

Washington

5/5  rDev +22.5%

01-06-2012 14:46:48 | More by JFrankParnell
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

01-05-2012 20:30:58 | More by schopenhauerale
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kemoarps

Washington

4/5  rDev -2%

01-05-2012 07:52:20 | More by kemoarps
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match1112

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: murky reddish brown, fingers worth of off white head quickly settles into a thin ring.

s: sweet malts, dark fruits, spicy hops and alochol.

t: toasted malts, molasses, fruits and spice with alochol.

m: sweet full body with decent carbonation and a warming feeling.

o: pleasantly surprised with this beer. i was expecting something over the top with the name, but this is well balanced abd very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 22:50:29 | More by match1112
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

reviewed from notes 12/30/2011.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: medium brown bodied beer with a small white head. spotty lacing.

Smell: Lots of caramel malts and dark fruits. Little toffee and little bit of mild smoke.

Taste: Really spicy and fruity. Not really that sweet or smokey beer. Its a bit boozey for the style, in my opinion. Its making the drinkability suffer a bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation levels. Its a little bit creamy and no really smooth from the booze burn.

Overall: Not a bad beer, ut not what iam looking for in this style of beer. Overly fruity in my opinion, I could use more smoke in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 04:57:44 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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liveKarl

New York

5/5  rDev +22.5%

01-03-2012 19:20:08 | More by liveKarl
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wilfonzo

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

01-03-2012 01:13:27 | More by wilfonzo
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schoolboy

Ohio

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

Just as a correction, the name is now two word instead of camel cased. This is the way scotch ale should always be. This is easily the most complex scotch ale I have tried. There is a lot going on here. Fruity, oaky, malty, hoppy. Not very boozy.

The aroma is sublime. The appearance is less so - a bit cloudy, but pretty colored. This is easily my all time favorite scotch ale and it might even prompt me to give others a try, hoping to find more great ones like this.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 20:54:48 | More by schoolboy
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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

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

Poured a 2" light beige head. Body is brown in masstone but held up to the light it's a deep beautiful auburn amber. It smells like a complex array of malts, maybe a little dried fruit. Taste repeats the malt smells and also has a sweet and salty emphasis to them. Body is medium rich. This is kind of like a concentrated version of the Scoth ale style. And I'll add the price among imports wasn't too bad at all, and though I feared the SkullSplitter name was merely marketing it actually turned out to be deserving of it, both historically and due to the higher alcohol level.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 13:02:44 | More by MoreThanWine
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MyTBeerDrinker

Illinois

1/5  rDev -75.5%

12-29-2011 03:52:43 | More by MyTBeerDrinker
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CoolBear

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

12-28-2011 00:49:11 | More by CoolBear
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Lantern


3/5  rDev -26.5%

12-27-2011 14:19:34 | More by Lantern
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Immortale25

North Carolina

2.1/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head signature snifter. Bottle says BBE MAR 14.

A- Pours a murky, dark brown that's nearly opaque with 3/4 of an inch of head that retains a bit and then goes down to an 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass with nice lacing trailing behind it.

S- Smells metallic and glassy with a bit of skunk in the background. Hopefully I don't have another oxidized import on my hands.

T- Gah! That bites! Now I see why it gets the name. For a mere 8.5% ABV, this one packs a heavy punch of booze. I guess that's why it's a "scotch" ale. It's hard to sip since all I get is burning alcohol on my tongue and in the back of my throat. Struggling to find layers or complexity in this. The label says "deceptively light character" which I must strongly disagree with.

M- Stinging, dry and intense with medium carbonation. It's hard to not make an "ew" face as I take sips.

O- Yuck! I think I may have my second drainpour ever...

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 23:53:00 | More by Immortale25
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bump8628

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -2%

12-25-2011 02:54:47 | More by bump8628
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scott2269

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2%

12-23-2011 02:51:35 | More by scott2269
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AndAShotAJameson

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2%

12-21-2011 22:13:47 | More by AndAShotAJameson
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JacketIPA

Georgia

4/5  rDev -2%

12-21-2011 19:10:38 | More by JacketIPA
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Thullin187

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

12-21-2011 10:57:23 | More by Thullin187
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dowen44

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

12-21-2011 06:28:51 | More by dowen44
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athouve1

North Dakota

4/5  rDev -2%

12-21-2011 03:08:05 | More by athouve1
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mercyfulfate

Missouri

5/5  rDev +22.5%

12-20-2011 06:33:33 | More by mercyfulfate
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animal69

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

12-18-2011 23:08:22 | More by animal69
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eaphikap

Florida

4/5  rDev -2%

12-16-2011 00:34:52 | More by eaphikap
Skull Splitter from Orkney Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 1,718 ratings.