Skull Splitter | Orkney Brewery

2,191 Ratings
Skull SplitterSkull Splitter

Brewed by:
Orkney Brewery
Scotland, United Kingdom

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

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Photo of andrenaline
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Props to joemcgrath27 for the hook up on this gem...

A - Pours a nice dark copper colour with a solid red hue, finger of head with solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Nice caramel and toffee notes with wooden notes, peat, and bready malts.

T - The caramel and toffee notes dominate with a smokey wooden flavor that lingers alongside hints of vanilla.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and surprisingly dry.

O - This hits all the aspects of the style, loads of flavor, and easy drinking with a dangerous level of abv. Highly recommended and stoked that I had the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of Rojada1988
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before 7/2014.

Pours a murky brown with a 1/2 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, dark fruits, burnt caramel/toffee, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is of malt, burnt caramel, dark fruit, and some earthy, herbal hop flavors. There is an alcohol kick and a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but fairly strong.

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Photo of Sovietfox
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of leagr
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 3/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark red brown with a small tan head and lacing. Aroma of dark and dried fruit, caramel malt, alcohol. Sweet and roasted malts and caramel up front. Light peat middle and light malty finish. A nice Scotch ale. Alcohol well hidden and leaves a nice warm feeling.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of MadScientist
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: This is a fairly clear, medium amber beer with a long lasting tan head of less than a half finger cap on the beer.

S: This beer has a deep malty aroma with malt sweetness, some smokey and almost peaty aromas. There is a moderately-light caramel note in the background. There is the faint aroma of European hops aroma. There is some yeast derived dark fruit notes like plum with molasses and a light touch of alcohol flavor are in there as well.

T: A big malt flavor with a lot of malt sweetness followed by a dry roasted malt flavor. The hops flavor and bitterness are moderately low letting the malt and sweetness dominate the flavor. There is a very light pepper, some alcohol and some bitterness keeping the sweetness in check through the finish.

M: This is a thick, full bodied beer with moderate carbonation and a light alcohol warmth.

O: This malty, sweet and slightly smokey beer would make for a fine after dinner cordial. It's a fairly sweet beer but not cloyingly sweet with the alcohol and light bitterness keeping it in check.

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Photo of Whiskeyjack
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of spinrsx
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from CJ's Potsdam NY for 4$

Appearance - Clear reddish/copper yellow colour with an above average size fizzy/frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for only a short while.

Smell - Malts, breads/grains, butterscotch/caramel, booze

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts mixed with some caramel/butterscotch. There is also a bit of a dark fruit taste and a slight woodiness. It ends with a malty dark fruit aftertaste.

Overall - Lots of scotch flavours going on with this beer. It's a tad on the boozy side, but still quite drinkable. Not my favorite style of beer, but it was still worth a shot.

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Photo of Homebrew35
2.38/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice off white creamy one finger head. Deep reddish body fairly clear. Some retention with no lacing.

Smells like pencil erasers, some sweetness, fruityness and some light alcohol.

Sweet and carmely, slight dark and white fruity notes, medium to light peat. Slight alcohol warmth. The eraser/rubbery smell comes through in the taste as well. I'm not sure if this is an old or infected bottle but this is what I get.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Fairly coating and sticky sweet on the finish.

Overall this beer was a big letdown. I'll try it again someday to see if this was a limited occurrence. The rubber/eraser smell and taste did me in, down the drain this goes.
$3 a single

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

Skull Splitter from Orkney Brewery
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,191 ratings.
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