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Skull Splitter - Orkney Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,787 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,787
Reviews: 922
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.75%
Wants: 130
Gots: 128 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

rapayn01, Jun 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

bigclydeoliver, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of firemedic1343
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving Type: Bottle with nice design, very appealing.

Appearance: Nice dark look with a nice reflection of light.

Taste: Delicious, dark fruit, wow, pleasantly surprised for the first time in a long time.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, filling feel in the mouth.

Overall: A new and instant favorite. You must try!

firemedic1343, Jun 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

CarolinaKev, Jun 26, 2012
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Cyhops, Jun 18, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

VillageDrunkard, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of BeerDocT
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chilled pint glass.

-Appearance 3.5: Poured out a cloudy amber with a half-inch head that was the color of double cream. The cloudy color is quite attractive.

-Smell 4.0: Big, malty bouquet with a slight hint of oak. Very nice.

-Taste 4.5: Front is slightly sour, but very smooth. Middle is a very intense maltiness and a further extremely pleasant and light sourness, with a slight hint of medium-bodied hops. Finish is a much lighter malt flavor with a very slight hint of oak and subtle hints of toasted malt and hops. Finish is a satisfying warm alcohol wave, followed by a very nice alkaline hop taste that coats the back of the throat. Wonderful.

-Mouthfeel 3.5: Above average. This brew is lightly carbonated, which certainly adds to the drinking experience.

-Overall 4.0: Excellent brew, but not perfect. I am a fan of the Scottish ales, and Skullsplitter is the apex of the style. It takes the style as far as it can possibly go. Earl Hauskaluif would be proud.

BeerDocT, Jun 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

dsaltzb, Jun 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

jdcooper88, Jun 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

MarkyMOD, Jun 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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WynnO, Jun 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

pin, Jun 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

nh2032, Jun 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

VJBraegger, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip 26/5/12

A clear dark amber with a stream of tiny bubbles raising up the side of the glass, loose cream colored foam retains well sticking to the side in thick chunky partial rings

S wet wood and mild peaty notes with some nutty toffee and candied cherry, has a nice mellow earthy thing going for it too, smells great

T as it smells but not as strong, the fruits not as sweet and there's some earthy hops and burnt brown sugar

M a little syrupy and sticky on the lips, creamy from the bubbles and a nutty aftertaste lingers faintly

O smells great and pretty good in every other area, very well concealed booze and just a smooth beer in general

yet another welcome addition to our shelves here in Alberta. I want to age a bottle but its already smooth and has no booze detected, not sure if time would improve it, for less the 5$ I'll find out anyways

wordemupg, May 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

bigbeers84, May 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

outdoor7or24, May 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

adxss, May 21, 2012
Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

*Poured into a snifter, straight from the fridge*

A- Dark cooper. Very hazy. Some of the sediment is present, but the beer is so cloudy you have to stare at the glass to see it. Nice 1 finger head forms, but dies down to a rim around around the glass in a matter of minutes. Some carbination is seen, but not much. Lacing is quite prevalent!

S- Some kind of dark fruits, oak, bourbon, and a hint of vanilla. The scent also has a small amount of the alcohol-like spice to it.

T- Very malty, with a spicy note. Somewhat sweet. The dark fruits are noticed on the taste as well. There is a real nice citrus-type hop presence. A slight alcohol presence is detected, but it's not overpowering at all. Finish is moderately, not heavily, bitter. The finish is dry!

M- Medium to full-bodied. Velvety on the palate! Again, the finish in the mouth is dry and doesn't leave much bitterness in the mouth. A tad too heavy for me, but real nice regardless!

*Overall this was a nice change of pace for me. This is my first Scotch Ale, and so far, so good! I think the 100 rating by the bros may be a little steep, but I really think it's a great beer from Orkney Brewery! A+

ThomasMetal75, May 21, 2012
Skull Splitter from Orkney Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 1,787 ratings.