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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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

These notes were taken at Rocky's in Toledo not too long ago.

Skullsplitter is a deep bronze-brown, thick with a somehow coexistent murky yet clear quality. A tan head sits about a finger high on top and retains itself well. Lacing is dropped in patches as it recedes.
Fruit pops in the nose, all kinds of raisin and dark fruits aromas pouring out. While a beauty, the only issue is that other elements that come out in the flavor are muddled underneath this powerful dark fruits note. Otherwise, I do get a bit of caramel, a lightly herbal and floral hops note, a bit of alcohol, and a gentle spiciness.
The flavor is where things really start popping. This beer, while offering caramel and plenty of fig, raisin, and other dark fruits, contrasts with an herbal, even vinous flavor. I assume it's the result of English hops varieties, and it works very nicely here. Alcohol is warming, easily noticeable but not overwhelming. Malts also provide some toastiness along with the caramel.
The feel is smooth, creamy and almost chewy, making this beer one that, while you're not forced to sip, may make you want to anyway.
This is a fantastic beer and one of the best Wee Heavies out there.

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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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

A-Pours a nice amber color with a thin cream head. Mild carbonation. Excellent looking brew.

S-Bready, malty, sweet. Dark fruits, figs, dates, raisins. Mild spice.

T-Real spicy up front from the hops. Toasty after taste, mild dark fruits. Real nice balance going on here.

M-Unbelievably drinkable, real smooth, mild spice.

O-This is the best scotch ale I've ever had. Real complex flavor, but highly drinkable. Can't really taste the 8.5% ABV. Unreal stuff.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

OMG -- this is stone cold money!! A great, smooth, and flavorful Scotch Ale. Had it many times, rarely in a glass - straight from the bottle. A wonderfully balanced, round mouthfeel with a nice little hoppy kick. Scotch Ales can easily get too sweet, or even "mediciney" tasting, but this one is brilliant!! I left the appearance as a lower score because I don't think I've ever poured it out of the bottle :-)


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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.71/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 ounce bottle poured into pint glass

A- Dark Mahogany with a red/ orange tint. Light brown one finger head/
S- First smell, it reminds me of an English brown ale, faint caramel malts, some alcohol warming. Not a very strong aroma.
T-Big dark fruits, figs, dates, raisins, caramel, and a variety of spices. A well balance of some of the best beer flavors I have come across.
M- Unlike some other scotch Wee Heavy ales I have come across, this does not leave a sticky mouth feeling. It has enough thickness to leave behind an aftertaste. Very smooth for this beer style. Medium carbonation. Leaves you with a warming feeling but at 8.5% i had it coming.
O- This beer is magnificent. It is the best of its style and perhaps one of the best beers available. My only gripe is that 4 11.2 ounce bottles are 12$ but its worth it and then some.

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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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