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Skull Splitter | Orkney Brewery

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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:
#2,287
Reviews:
1,008
Ratings:
2,209
pDev:
12.25%
Bros Score:
4.54
 
 
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours dark, translucent amber with a thick eggshell colored head. The head recedes slowly and there appears to be moderate carbonation in the beer. Poured into a pint glass. Pours dark, transluscent amber with a thick eggshell colored head. The head recedes slowly and there appears to be moderate carbonation in the beer. The taste has that roasted malt and toffee flavor that I detected in the nose. It's pretty bready with some of those dark fruit flavors. Those grassy hops come through and I get that nice back end hop bitterness that really helps to balance this beer. I get some of the alcohol as well. The body is full with moderate carbonation. The beer coats the mouth well and there are warming qualities from the 8.5% ABV. This is an excellent beer to have as the weather turns cool.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a dark amber, good head, little lacing
S: surprisingly subtle, good British hop aroma when cold, very malty when it warms up
T: very smooth and easy drinking for such a large beer, rich and thick. Caramel, dark fruit, and British malts dominate the flavor profile.
M: rich, smooth, high alcohol but not seemingly so. The flavor stays on the palate to remind you of this delight.
This bad boy will sneak up on you. I could have easily had three of these without realizing that I was face down on the floor. Perfect compliment to an Irish meal!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle poured into a Kuhnhenn snifter.

Appearance - Deep amber with a tinge or orange more than red. Nice khaki head. Excellent uneven retention.

Smell - Fruity esters with even some phenols. Booze is prevalent as I take big whiffs. Standard butterscotch lingers.

Taste - Much more caramel forward, but the phenols persist. Dark fruit and banana. The buttery diacetyl comes late in the game and even throws me off. Bitter in the finish, not sure if it's hops or a byproduct of the yeast and malt.

Mouthfeel - The diacetyl is to style, although the bitterness does not blend well with it. Still nice to drink. The bottle says it's deceptively light, which is true. Doesn't feel like an 8.5% malty beer, but it is.

Overall - Good stand-by scotch ale. It's a solid standard-bearer for the style. This was one of those beers that got me into craft beer. Still good to this day.

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