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Skull Splitter - Orkney Brewery

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1,935 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,935
Reviews: 941
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 150
Gots: 176 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber with a great, creamy, beige head. Great lacing. Aroma is rather mild, some caramel, light vinious and some dried fruits (raisins). Super creamy mouthfeel. Pleasantly sweet, subdued roasted, wonderful toffee, great caramel, vinious. Great!

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4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 11.2oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a maroon-amber hue with a thin, 2-finger, white head that slowly dissipates down the side of the glass and ends in a wispy lace.

S: Very pleasant sweet malt and wine-like aroma. Hints of dark fruits and caramel.

T: Smooth and sweet wine like flavor with a nice alcoholic punch. Similar to the smell dark fruits and caramel present. Finishes on the spicy side.

M: Very strong and boozy. Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Awesome Scottish Wee Heavy . Enjoyed every sip of this amazing brew.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This clear, deep ruby-orange beer is topped by a moderately tall, thick layer of foam with a hint of tan and a hint of red. The head admirably persists, then leaves behind a thin but extensive coating.

The nose brings to mind bing cherries and caramel. There's a decidedly fruity, cherry-like aspect to the taste at first. It culminates in a crisp, refreshing woodiness with a very slight alcohol sting. As the beer warms, a sweetness reminiscent of orange-colored candy "circus peanuts" develops, but without any artificiality. It's very pleasant, but simple. I suppose one might characterize it as an honest, forthright simplicity.

The mouthfeel is smooth, and fairly rich. Overall, a worthy exemplar of the genre.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.06/5  rDev -25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one pours an amber the richness of a dark tea with a thin short lived head that is light tan in color and leaves barely any lacing down the glass. Most likely due to the high alcohol content.

The nose is very sweet with hints of plum, bread and dark roasted malt.

The taste is very strong as one would expect from a Viking styled beer. I have no idea how these people could have been such great warriors with such strong beer. The beer is very bitter and is not well balanced with the malt. There is a lingering bitter aftertaste that is less than pleasant. I am a little disappointed because the appearance and the nose are far superior to the actual flavor of this beer.

The mouthfeel is actually acceptable and the alcohol is not overwhelming, which surprised me. I think the bitterness is increased in order to hide the alcohol. Which trades one negative for another.

Overall I can drink this beer, but I will be passing on it in the future.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: In color it sits somewhere between ruby and brown. Khaki-colored head settles a bit, but never disappears. Lots of wispy and patchy lacing.

S: Very rich and inviting on the nose. Aromas of cinnamon and spices, Christmas pudding, caramel, vanilla, fig and baked apples. Brown bread and bread crust. Hint of black pepper. Hops are spicy and herbal. This is absolutely one of the best smelling beers I've come across to date.

T: Caramel and slightly burnt bread crust. Very toasty with hints of caraway and sesame seed. Herbal hops wield an impressive bitterness for the style. Dried fig and apple. Spike of peppery alcohol. Brown sugar. Slight molasses. Long finish of herbs and spices, caramel and bread pudding.

M: Thick and chewy in body with a slight viscosity that is cut by the moderate but prickly carbonation. Full and very well-rounded. Very warming and soothing. Very smooth.

O: This is one hell of a hearty beer. Highly complex and challenging on the palate. It gets a little rough and jarring at times, but in a good way. The 8.5% abv is felt. It drinks rather like a whiskey. A great beer for the dead of winter.

Skull Splitter from Orkney Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 1,935 ratings.