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Skull Splitter - Orkney Brewery

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1,950 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,950
Reviews: 944
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 156
Gots: 190 | FT: 2
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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Ratings: 1,950 | Reviews: 944
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3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a dark amber, good head, little lacing
S: surprisingly subtle, good British hop aroma when cold, very malty when it warms up
T: very smooth and easy drinking for such a large beer, rich and thick. Caramel, dark fruit, and British malts dominate the flavor profile.
M: rich, smooth, high alcohol but not seemingly so. The flavor stays on the palate to remind you of this delight.
This bad boy will sneak up on you. I could have easily had three of these without realizing that I was face down on the floor. Perfect compliment to an Irish meal!

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle poured into a Kuhnhenn snifter.

Appearance - Deep amber with a tinge or orange more than red. Nice khaki head. Excellent uneven retention.

Smell - Fruity esters with even some phenols. Booze is prevalent as I take big whiffs. Standard butterscotch lingers.

Taste - Much more caramel forward, but the phenols persist. Dark fruit and banana. The buttery diacetyl comes late in the game and even throws me off. Bitter in the finish, not sure if it's hops or a byproduct of the yeast and malt.

Mouthfeel - The diacetyl is to style, although the bitterness does not blend well with it. Still nice to drink. The bottle says it's deceptively light, which is true. Doesn't feel like an 8.5% malty beer, but it is.

Overall - Good stand-by scotch ale. It's a solid standard-bearer for the style. This was one of those beers that got me into craft beer. Still good to this day.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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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%

Photo of Serge
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!

Photo of ckollias
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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Skull Splitter from Orkney Brewery
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