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Skull Splitter | Orkney Brewery

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BA SCORE
4.08/5
Exceptional
2,213 Ratings
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-08-1998

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,313
Reviews:
1,009
Ratings:
2,213
pDev:
12.25%
Bros Score:
4.54
 
 
Wants:
207
Gots:
315
Trade:
0
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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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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

Photo of _nickg_
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of themayorkoch
3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of chicagoish
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dar482
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopOnTheCraftBeerTrain
2.03/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Looked and smelled fine when poured into a glass, but holy cow this was undrinkable for me. Maybe I got a bad one, but for me this flavor was completely and not reminiscent of any other Scottish ale I have had. Very malty, but in a highly unpleasant manner.

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

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Skull Splitter from Orkney Brewery
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 2,213 ratings
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