Skull Splitter | Orkney Brewery

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4.08/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Orkney Brewery
Scotland, United Kingdom
orkneybrewery.co.uk

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-08-1998

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,671
Reviews:
1,011
Ratings:
2,233
pDev:
12.25%
Bros Score:
4.54
 
 
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of LarrysDeerGut
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SGR1220
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnnyLarue
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Chinaskifan1
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bottmfeedr
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mtimmerman84
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of enslamment
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Joedonlon13
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deep Dark color
Thick head
clean easy body, not cloying
aromas, background flavors of toast, figs

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Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mmilyko
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Manthon
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 330ml bottle into glass. Best by date is stamped on bottle neck as 'NOV 19'.
Deep amber colored body, cloudy appearance. Off white colored head settles to cap. Scattered spots of lacing.
Fruity malts on the nose and lots of alcohol, with hint of dark fruit and spice.
Lighter, toasted malt for taste, along with prunes and raisins. Some molasses and spiciness. Really is strong with alcohol.
Thin mouth feel, lower level of carbonation.
Seems like more of a commercial version of a Scotch Ale, when compared to some of the ones brewed in Scotland. More raw, less refined, and less sweet.

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3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.66/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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2.97/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of slaraka
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is my personal favorite beer! This is a Scotch Ale/ Wee Heavy that is a little different from the standard of the style.
Very dark amber/ copper color that is still somewhat transparent. Hardly noticeable bubbles and limited lace. The taste is malty, boozy, and sweet (in that order!) Tastes of molasses, buckwheat, and "red twizzlers." I can't put my finger on that last taste but you get the idea, I don't like Twizzlers but this is delicious (lovely balance with the other flavors.)

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4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a thistle, the appearance was a semi-dark murky amber to brown color with a good steadying foamy eggshell white head, seemed to come across somewhat rocky and slid off at a fair pace. Lace clung high and spider-webbed into some nice looking legs.
The aroma had some sweet peat with red delicious apples, expected clean sweet tobacco/earthiness, sweet grass to slightly herbal to floral hop low key hop presentation.
The flavor leaned into the sweetness of the blend of the malts with a keen smoky underlying quality. Slight dry to smoky to peaty and apple-like aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fine sipping quality about it. Carbonation was nice and low as expected for the style with a nice dryness rolling over my tongue, semi-smooth.
Overall, this is up there with the standards of the style. Me, I wouldn't mind coming back to with Founders Dirty Bastard, maybe a side by side just to see if I could perceive any differences.

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Skull Splitter from Orkney Brewery
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 2,233 ratings