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:
#2,409
Reviews:
1,011
Ratings:
2,223
pDev:
12.25%
Bros Score:
4.54
 
 
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208
Gots:
324
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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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Photo of Franklin-Yeo
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SeemyAK47
4.66/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of j0hnc2468
2.97/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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

Photo of 1971bernat
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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Photo of sebgrossi
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of TheCrowsEye
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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Photo of StanleysCup
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GrumpyGas
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle BBE APR 20 poured into a pint glass, (thistle was still in the sink from over use) shows a clear dark copper colored body, without a cap, only an edge-hugging ring of cream colored bubbles and little, to no, lacing.

Aroma is sweet caramel malt and biscuit.
Flavor builds from there to include booze and more malt, with a slight tea taste.

Mouthfeel is a solid medium with a wet finish.

Overall it is very good, bit I won't have more than one at a time.

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Photo of stegmakk
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark with good lacing..looks fine.
Aroma...not what I was expecting. Not blown away not turned off...meh.
Taste...This is a fiiine beer. Not the typical scotch ale I have come to know. More subtle but not subtle in a bad way but subtle in a balanced playful way. Like a model posing for the camera. She gives a little spice, then oh no she teases you with a bit of alcohol, and switches to a playful malt, and finishes with just a hint barely there sweetness.
While I got this from a neighbor, I am going to definitely seek this one out again.

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Photo of Marklar9000
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Hephaestos
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Yeldarb92
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of unclekeith
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SFNC
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shortbox81
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

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Skull Splitter from Orkney Brewery
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 2,223 ratings