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Skull Splitter | Orkney Brewery

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4.08/5
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2,209 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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-08-1998

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,288
Reviews:
1,008
Ratings:
2,209
pDev:
12.25%
Bros Score:
4.54
 
 
Wants:
205
Gots:
314
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 2,209 |  Reviews: 1,008
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

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

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

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

Dark caramel, deep orange in color. Very good clarity. Poured with a short, creamy, off-white foam with good retention. Medium high, rich caramel aromas with dark fruits, and bready, toasty malt notes. No discernible hop aromas, but earthy characters linger within the maltiness. On the heavier side of medium bodied with medium carbonation. Light, creamy feel and pleasant warmth from the middle to the end. Medium high, complex, caramel malt flavors with, dark fruit and toasted, bready malts. Medium light, earthy, spicy bitter hop bite cuts down the sweetness through the middle. Mellow, boozy warmth along with spicy, earthy hop notes from the middle to the end. Finished with a sweet caramel malt note balanced by a spicy, hoppiness. Rich, flavorful, complex and very enjoyable.

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Photo of Strike00
4.51/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a clear dark brown with a good head and nice lacing.
S: a sweet caramel note as well as dark fruit
T: this follows the nose with the addition of a nice biscuity note.
F: light medium body, relatively smooth

O: great scotch ale that is definitely worth grabbing when you see it.

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Photo of bobert84
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful spicy (sort of) taste. Loved it!

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Skull Splitter from Orkney Brewery
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 2,209 ratings
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