Skull Splitter | Orkney Brewery

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Skull SplitterSkull Splitter

Brewed by:
Orkney Brewery
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-08-1998

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3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330mL into a tulip. Pours a murky mahogany brown w/ a 1-finger head that dissipates to a thin layer of seafoam, minimal lace.

Aroma is minerally, bready and spicy. Brown sugar, clove and dried fruits.

Taste is malty and spicy. Caramel, molasses, toffee, brown sugar, fruit. Lots going on here. Reminds me vaguely of Rochefort 10 or other BSDAs/quads.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, yet full-bodied. Bright carbonation tickles the palate. Probably my favorite aspect of the beer.

Overall a very nice beer that I seem to enjoy more with each sip.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Finger and a half tall large bubble head the color of cream or a off white egg shells. It sustained quite well before falling into the murkey dark brown, hazelnut colored beer.

S: Very pronounced dark fruits, plums, raisins, prunes and sweet red grapes. No noticable hop aroma and a nutty like aroma that might be coming from yeast esters or from the malts.

T: The flavor is very similar to the nose on this one, no surprises. Plums and dark candy sugar with prunes and toffee along with a smokey character. All of these come out even more as the beer warms up. It is a little on the sweet side as expected for the style but there is enough bitterness to keep it from being cloying.

M: Large amount of body and a low to medium amount of carbonation. I actually think the carbonation is a little to high on this one but i'm splitting hairs.

O: A flavorful, robust scotch ale thats not too sweet and has a rad name. Yeehaw.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of RickS95
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, I found this beer in the back of my fridge. I had a previous bottle too many years ago to remember, long before I joined this site, so I have no idea if it's any good or not. But, I'm praying that at 8.5% ABV, it ages well.

It's kind of strange looking. It's very clear, though the pour is a dark mahogany/red color and is full of particulates suspended in the beer. There's no head to speak of although there are some random bubbles around the edges up top.

The scent is what you'd imagine from a Wee Heavy named Skull Splitter. It's all malt. Alcohol dominates. Dark ripe fruits, figs, dates and raisins are plentiful. Maybe some cinnamon, possibly some chocolate. With a second pour after a first sip, caramel malts really shine, I would imagine since the beer has warmed for a few minutes.

The taste is extraordinary, and far better than I remember, and probably because it's aged and my palate is a bit more mature. Everything from the smell is there. Large quantities of malt, caramel, dark fruits are all prevalent. It's slightly Scotchish in taste, but over time has developed a Belgian quality. It's really good and the alcohol has been tamed from what I remember.

it's sweet at the front of the tongue, but not too much so. In midsip it evolves into more tart as there may be some pear in there, before eventually turning faintly hot, slightly bitter, and somewhat carbonated. It's medium to full bodied and leaves your palate clean with its crisp finish.

Much better than the one I had a decade ago. Still a sipper, but it comes in a small European bottle so it won't do too much damage. Tastes nothing like other Scotch ales I've had, presents more like a Belgian, and that's a good thing.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Skull Splitter from Orkney Brewery
Beer rating: 84.5% out of 100 with 2,203 ratings
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