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Skull Splitter | Orkney Brewery

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

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2/5  rDev -51%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Williamsburg Winery wine glass.

A: Pours a deep, dark, slightly cloudy reddish color, featuring a two finger off-white head with impressive retention/lacing.

S: Both dark and lighter red fruits dominate the nose, along with a vinous touch.

T: Flavor-wise, this reminds me of a malty, yeasty red wine. No other way to describe it. Prunes, figs, currants on the opening, while the malty notes become a little stronger near the end. The yeast is subtle, but can be tasted throughout.

M: Medium bodied, with a dry, slightly chalky finish. Very low carbonation.

O: Who would have thought that a beer named SkullSplitter, featuring a burly Viking on its front, would seemingly be so appealing to the wine drinking (read: female) demographic? This kind of beer isn't normally up my alley, but I would pick this up again.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Skull Splitter has a medium, creamy, beige head and a hazy, apricot color, with particulate matter floating throughout. The aroma is of dark fruits, figs, and prunes. Taste is of sweet, dark fruits, prunes, figs, chocolate, and there is some spicy hop presence. One gets a strong alcohol profile with this, and it is reminiscent of brandy. Mouthfeel is medium, and Skull Splitter finishes fairly dry, rich, and smooth. Overall, this is a fabulous beer.


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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Jimmys
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330mL bottle into tulip. BBE Mar. 14.

A: a hazy, dark burnt orange. looks like there is some hazein this body. head is white with hints of light brown. retention is O.K. and leaves some nice lacing.

S: sort of a sour apple smell. a very definitive oak. maybe a little bit of peated malt in there as well lending an earthy smokiness.

T: caramel. a dried tobacco. similar to the nose, you can taste some sort of woody, oak aspect. it is actually very prominent throughout the bulk of the palate. finish starts pretty sweet, but dries out quickly after.

M: definitely between medium and full body. moderate, fine carbonation bubbles.

D: very unique scottish. cant remember ever having one that is this woody, has a smoke element, but is not dominant on either aspect. my first brew from orkney, excited to try more.

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4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark, with a nice deep blood red hue to it and a thick off-white head nicely settled over time. Smells of dark fruits, malty, a bit of hops and alcohol. Taste malty, dark molasses, fruits, spices with a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is sweet, rich, full body w/ good carbonation; warming. I really enjoyed this beer. Loved the color on it, aroma and taste were great, especially for being 8.5%. Definitely a beer I will be picking up again.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a super deep amber color with a big sticky off white head. Nose is huge on dark malts. Lots of ripe dark berries and fruit. Some buttered toast scent as well. Smells like a fantastic malt bomb.

Surprisingly crisp and lighter in body then expected. Flavors are incredibly subdued for some reason. Gonna give this a bit to warm up see if it'll bring some stuff out.

Beers warmed a bit. A bit more detectable alcohol but not too much going on flavor wise. Lots of caramel malts with some buttered toast notes as well. Lingering earthy finish.

Not a bad beer, extremely drinkable but there's also not a lot there, was definitely expecting more.

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cherry red with tight linen foam that cathedrals. Cherry Danish and spice on the nose with a hint of sherry.
Prune, port, earth, red berry – especially currants and treacle leading into a rosehips tea and gingerbread end.
Cherry comeback and burning spicy linger. Light to medium, soft, chewy, smooth.

Hot and a bit harsh. I’d have expected dark fruit over red. Not the style definer I'd heard it was.

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: murky reddish brown, fingers worth of off white head quickly settles into a thin ring.

s: sweet malts, dark fruits, spicy hops and alochol.

t: toasted malts, molasses, fruits and spice with alochol.

m: sweet full body with decent carbonation and a warming feeling.

o: pleasantly surprised with this beer. i was expecting something over the top with the name, but this is well balanced abd very drinkable.

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3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

reviewed from notes 12/30/2011.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: medium brown bodied beer with a small white head. spotty lacing.

Smell: Lots of caramel malts and dark fruits. Little toffee and little bit of mild smoke.

Taste: Really spicy and fruity. Not really that sweet or smokey beer. Its a bit boozey for the style, in my opinion. Its making the drinkability suffer a bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation levels. Its a little bit creamy and no really smooth from the booze burn.

Overall: Not a bad beer, ut not what iam looking for in this style of beer. Overly fruity in my opinion, I could use more smoke in this beer.

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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