Skull Splitter | Orkney Brewery

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2,199 Ratings
Skull SplitterSkull Splitter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Orkney Brewery
Scotland, United Kingdom
orkneybrewery.co.uk

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-08-1998

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,199
Reviews:
1,005
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
12.32%
 
 
Wants:
206
Gots:
311
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 2,199 |  Reviews: 1,005
Photo of liquorpig
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Curt3
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jsalz21
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VoxRationis
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Decanted into conical pint glass. Clear orange-brown color color with minimal head during the pour. Malty nose with hints of citrus fruit and pancakes; moderately sweet with notes of biscuit and peach, but gently bitter close. Medium bodied. Really an enjoyable return to my familial roots.

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Photo of ScottP
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LisaAnnLynch
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, but a little thick and syrupy for my taste.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This pours brown, small head of foam.

Smells of maple, caramel malt, fruity, nutty.

Tastes of maple and caramel, nutty, toffee, slight cardboard.

Low end of medium bodied.

A classic and still holds up.

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Photo of dadplusbeer
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- deep dark, cola like redness in the glass

S- malty sweetness, currant, bready richness

T- cherry, overripe plum, earthy hops, malty sweetness with a bit of alcohol over the top palate cutting the sweetness with precision.

F- bright, carbonation is great, playful smoothness

O- A great malty change of pace for me.. this beer is great by a fire, and with meat.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of twillingthenoz
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PortLargo
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mcouillard
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown body, slight transparency, short off white head, fades like cola. No lacing.

S - Strong hit of malt, sweetness and dough, a bit of funk, and warm alcohol. Deep cherry hints.

T - Following the nose, with fruit and sugar front, middle of bread and raisins, and a bite of acidity and cherry cola in the close.

M - Opens prickly, middle a touch thin, with smart carbonation.

O - A very tasty ale, with warmth and dark fruit. Perhaps a bit too much like a cherry cola for me, but it delivers on the name, so not a beer to be trifled with.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark fruit, rye bread, raisins in the aroma. Cola, sarsaparilla. Cooked figs. Light notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and blueberry. Subtle butterscotch.

Pours slightly hazy, dark ruby/amber, with a light tan/off white head. Ok retention and good lacing.

Figs and rye bread mingle on the palate. A touch more roast than was apparent in the aroma. Blueberries, brown sugar, and bitter molasses. Herbal, earthy hops with a firm bitterness for the style.

Medium full body with medium carbonation. Roast and hop bitterness linger on the palate, otherwise mostly dry.

Rich, robust Scottish ale. Lots of depth with complexities coming out more and more as it warms.

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Photo of JustinAbs
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrKarl
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chestertonian82
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bobstockwell
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Foley67
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tdhoerr03
3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Walleybeer
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BeerCon5
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DanGeo
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oldvines
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Skull Splitter from Orkney Brewery
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,199 ratings.
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