Skull Splitter | Orkney Brewery

2,195 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

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of machalel
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark copper-brown, with a dense off-white head. Medium amount of lacing down the glass.

Aroma: Deep and dark. A slight bit of alcohol, but the main aroma is of raisins, caramel, malt, treacle, and dark plums. There is a bit of oakiness and a touch of butterscotch as well.

Taste: Wow, this is nice! Very deep and rich malts, with a toffee and toast streak through the middle. There is a little bit of alcoholic hotness, but just enough to enhance the flavour, rather than detract from it. Again the raisins, caramel, treacle, and dark fruit make themselves known. Aftertaste is a "woody" bitterness with a little bit of smokiness. Very well blended with a lot of depth.

Mouthfeel: This has a medium body with lowish carbonation. The warming effect of the alcohol matches well with the smooth creamy texture. Rich without being heavy.

Overall: Very very nice! This was my first Scotch Ale, and i chose it without knowing how good it was going to be. It reminds me almost of a really rich and dense christmas pudding that has been marinating in scotch whiskey! One of my favourite beers that I have tried so far!

Other Info: I picked up a second bottle of this about a month after I first tried it, and it was nowhere near as good. The sweetness wasn't there, the bitterness was harsh, and the aroma was almost non-existant. I assume this must have been treated very roughly when being shipped, as it was nothing like the first.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brownish color head, banana bread, Belgium style hops,and malt and the nose, chocolate, caramel, almonds, and some sweetness can be found when tasting, with a peppery finish.

Overall; This is my fourth time having this beer. Great for the style. Covers the ABV well.

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Photo of horshack7
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a rich mahogany witha few amber hues. On top is a off white to light beige head around a finger thick.

Aroma: Molasses, huge amount of bready malty sweetness in the front. Dark fruits, plum, light mossy oak, raisins.

Taste: Dam this has a large malt backbone. Raisins, plum, black licorice. Woodiness, roasted hops are very much on the floral side. Very smooth mouthfeel with a toffee texture.

Notes: This is dam tasty and mighty hefty with a great malt backbone. Cheers.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip. Best by date of July 14 (day or year?)

A- Slightly chill hazed burnt copper pour with slight red highlights. Three finger dense off white head leaving copious amounts of lacing around the glass as it settles.

S- Slight alcohol, huge brown sugar, plums, figs and a slight pear. There is a touch of tobacco and leather.

T- Brown sugar, burnt toast, dark stone fruits and a little medicinal alcohol.

M- Medium bodied, slightly creamy, warming alcohol.

O- Very good, Scotch Ales aren't really my thing but I can really see why this is one of the best!

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3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Wee heavy. Poured into a pint glass as a reddish brown color. Lots of highlights when held to a light. Minimal off white head with a little lacing. Aroma is very good. malty, smoky and spicy....really gets your attention. Tastes good as well...dark fruit...plums and raisins, a smoky peat like quality and caramel sweetness / spices.

Mouthfeel is rich...cut a good bit by the alcohol presence which is fairly prominent. Still goes down easy. Nice drink for a cold evening.

Overall one of the better scotch ales I have tried.

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Skull Splitter from Orkney Brewery
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,195 ratings.
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