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Skull Splitter - Orkney Brewery

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1,906 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,906
Reviews: 932
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.75%
Wants: 148
Gots: 169 | 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

No notes at this time.
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4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a signature Newcastle Brown Ale glass. I just love the label on this beer. That dude on the bottle means business. The pour is a beautiful dark brown and slightly murky. It almost looks like cola. There is a beautiful fluffy off-white head that dissipates quickly. The nose is very malty and a little fruity. You detect some dry hop aromas, herbal character and some chocolate.

Taste is pretty complex. It's rich and malty and has an earthy, grassy quality. I get nice flavors of bread, oak, nuts, leather, raisins, and dates. There's a little bit of alcohol warmth on the finish. Nice lingering smoky note on the finish. Lots of body and a very firm, slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Wow. This beer is a spectacular example of this style. It's really malty and complex and engages the drinker by constantly presenting you with new flavors. This beer presses lots of buttons on my palate. I'll definitely be drinking it again.

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3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From iPod notes

Pours a massive three finger off white head, over brown body.

Aromas of treacle, roast malts caramel.

Taste is dry and treacle driven, little hops present but a dry taste prevails. Caramel notes initially on back palate surprisingly but treacle burnt toffee takes over as bottle goes down.

Mouthfeel quite heavy, almost cloying

A well made beer but not the best Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy I have had

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

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Dark brown body with blood red highlights when viewed closely. Wonderful looking head of white foam sits on top. Plenty of carbonation. Smell has aromas of cherry and dark rum. The flavor was delicious. Plenty of notes of fresh plums and fig, with a gentle sweetness coming from the malt. Mouthfeel was on the thin side for a scotch ale. Never would have guessed the abv at 8.5%. A wonderful beer that I wish I had more of in order to cellar for a while longer.

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4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Props to joemcgrath27 for the hook up on this gem...

A - Pours a nice dark copper colour with a solid red hue, finger of head with solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Nice caramel and toffee notes with wooden notes, peat, and bready malts.

T - The caramel and toffee notes dominate with a smokey wooden flavor that lingers alongside hints of vanilla.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and surprisingly dry.

O - This hits all the aspects of the style, loads of flavor, and easy drinking with a dangerous level of abv. Highly recommended and stoked that I had the opportunity to try it.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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

Best before 7/2014.

Pours a murky brown with a 1/2 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, dark fruits, burnt caramel/toffee, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is of malt, burnt caramel, dark fruit, and some earthy, herbal hop flavors. There is an alcohol kick and a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but fairly strong.

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4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 3/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark red brown with a small tan head and lacing. Aroma of dark and dried fruit, caramel malt, alcohol. Sweet and roasted malts and caramel up front. Light peat middle and light malty finish. A nice Scotch ale. Alcohol well hidden and leaves a nice warm feeling.

Skull Splitter from Orkney Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 1,906 ratings.