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Skull Splitter - Orkney Brewery

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1,782 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,782
Reviews: 922
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 129
Gots: 125 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

OldTime, Mar 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

cmdmzmjm, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of korguy123
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip. Best by date of July 14 (day or year?)

A- Slightly chill hazed burnt copper pour with slight red highlights. Three finger dense off white head leaving copious amounts of lacing around the glass as it settles.

S- Slight alcohol, huge brown sugar, plums, figs and a slight pear. There is a touch of tobacco and leather.

T- Brown sugar, burnt toast, dark stone fruits and a little medicinal alcohol.

M- Medium bodied, slightly creamy, warming alcohol.

O- Very good, Scotch Ales aren't really my thing but I can really see why this is one of the best!

korguy123, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of JayQue
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Wee heavy. Poured into a pint glass as a reddish brown color. Lots of highlights when held to a light. Minimal off white head with a little lacing. Aroma is very good. malty, smoky and spicy....really gets your attention. Tastes good as well...dark fruit...plums and raisins, a smoky peat like quality and caramel sweetness / spices.

Mouthfeel is rich...cut a good bit by the alcohol presence which is fairly prominent. Still goes down easy. Nice drink for a cold evening.

Overall one of the better scotch ales I have tried.

JayQue, Mar 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

MIP229, Mar 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

buckyp, Mar 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

mgobrew10, Mar 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

rderedin, Mar 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Zachtheporter, Mar 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

KrisAyers, Mar 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

tripledbrew, Feb 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Arherring, Feb 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Chugs13, Feb 27, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

Troville1990, Feb 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

dianaelaine, Feb 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

ltdantheman, Feb 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

Arborescence, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of derkfromwi
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before July 2014 stamped on bottle

A: Half-inch just off-white head, hazy orangish amber color, good carbonation, little bit of lacing

S: Dark fruits, malts, touch of ginger

T: Toasty malts, bready, some fruit, warming alcohol and spices

M: Decent feel, creamy, light carbonation, medium bodied

O: Above average Scotch Ale, gonna try cellaring a couple and see what happens

derkfromwi, Feb 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

ensign11, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

jfcaa193, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Blueribbon666
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Enjoyed many times over the years, making it official here. Along with Young's Old Nick one of the very 1st Scotch Ales I ever tried that made me seek out this wonderfully warming style. Poured into Duvel tulip a rich dark amber with a half an inch of dense head that has great retention. Smells of yeast, malt and dark fruits like plum, raisin and fig. Mouthfeel is good and spicy on the front end, retaining it's wonderful maltiness that almost has a peat like quality that mixes with the sweetness of the aforementioned fruits, a bit of yeast and good carbonation. Finishes spicy and velvety on the palate with the 8.5% abv being evident to be sure making it a wonderful winter warmer. I've always wondered about the listed abv of 8.5% as it seems higher and definitely lives up to it's name, Skullsplitter.

Blueribbon666, Feb 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

RrrStory, Feb 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

cates1tg, Feb 16, 2012
Skull Splitter from Orkney Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 1,782 ratings.