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Skull Splitter | Orkney Brewery

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Orkney Brewery
Scotland, United Kingdom

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

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

Pours deep amber with a great, creamy, beige head. Great lacing. Aroma is rather mild, some caramel, light vinious and some dried fruits (raisins). Super creamy mouthfeel. Pleasantly sweet, subdued roasted, wonderful toffee, great caramel, vinious. Great!

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4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 11.2oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a maroon-amber hue with a thin, 2-finger, white head that slowly dissipates down the side of the glass and ends in a wispy lace.

S: Very pleasant sweet malt and wine-like aroma. Hints of dark fruits and caramel.

T: Smooth and sweet wine like flavor with a nice alcoholic punch. Similar to the smell dark fruits and caramel present. Finishes on the spicy side.

M: Very strong and boozy. Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Awesome Scottish Wee Heavy . Enjoyed every sip of this amazing brew.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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

This clear, deep ruby-orange beer is topped by a moderately tall, thick layer of foam with a hint of tan and a hint of red. The head admirably persists, then leaves behind a thin but extensive coating.

The nose brings to mind bing cherries and caramel. There's a decidedly fruity, cherry-like aspect to the taste at first. It culminates in a crisp, refreshing woodiness with a very slight alcohol sting. As the beer warms, a sweetness reminiscent of orange-colored candy "circus peanuts" develops, but without any artificiality. It's very pleasant, but simple. I suppose one might characterize it as an honest, forthright simplicity.

The mouthfeel is smooth, and fairly rich. Overall, a worthy exemplar of the genre.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one pours an amber the richness of a dark tea with a thin short lived head that is light tan in color and leaves barely any lacing down the glass. Most likely due to the high alcohol content.

The nose is very sweet with hints of plum, bread and dark roasted malt.

The taste is very strong as one would expect from a Viking styled beer. I have no idea how these people could have been such great warriors with such strong beer. The beer is very bitter and is not well balanced with the malt. There is a lingering bitter aftertaste that is less than pleasant. I am a little disappointed because the appearance and the nose are far superior to the actual flavor of this beer.

The mouthfeel is actually acceptable and the alcohol is not overwhelming, which surprised me. I think the bitterness is increased in order to hide the alcohol. Which trades one negative for another.

Overall I can drink this beer, but I will be passing on it in the future.

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