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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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Ratings: 2,209 |  Reviews: 1,008
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4/5  rDev -2%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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4.12/5  rDev +1%
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 -14.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
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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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
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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2.38/5  rDev -41.7%
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 +10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

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4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark red brown with a nice red hue. There's a tiny tan colour head which quickly disappears.

The smell is dark fruits, plums and rasins as well as some roasted malts and a touch of alcohol.

The taste is very similar to the smell. It's very rich the dark fruits and malts taste great.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and slightly dry with a low to medium carbonation.

Overall an excellent beer and it's also from my home country which is a bonus. The alcohol is present but not over powering and the fruitiness is excellent. This is classified as a Scotch ale bu I wouldn't read too much into that.

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4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - mostly clear cedar browth with a tall tan head that retained well and left nice lacing
S - big hit of maple syrup and brown sugar, candied cherry, light cedar wood, all very rich aromas
T - toffee and maraschino cherries up front, followed by woody and earthy hops notes, touch of burnt sugars and light booze to finish
M - big and creamy smooth, sticky and sweet, finishes full, very easy drinking without the bit of the high ABV
O - a very big beer that drinks like a mild ale, all very rich full flavours make this a real treat, looking forward to my next venture into this brewers repertoire

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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

Serving Type: Bottle with nice design, very appealing.

Appearance: Nice dark look with a nice reflection of light.

Taste: Delicious, dark fruit, wow, pleasantly surprised for the first time in a long time.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, filling feel in the mouth.

Overall: A new and instant favorite. You must try!

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