Skull Splitter | Orkney Brewery

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Orkney Brewery
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-08-1998

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4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: amber-brown body; somewhat cloudy or murky; one finger light tan head; some lacing

Aroma: Rich caramel malts and grains; dark fruits – fig like

Flavors: Rich malts, toasted grains, molasses, candied dark fruits

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, smooth feel,

To the Point: this is the only Skull Splitter I have had … I would like to try it again.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a tulip.

Appearance: A clear dark amber color with medium bubbles on the body, head is off white rising to roughly just over a finger's length...thick at first with quick settling.

Smell: Pretty strong wine barrel smell before I could take a sniff from the glass. Very appetizing scent.

Taste: I was expecting a little more but it more bland instead of potent. You can tell it's a scotch ale right from the beginning but has that alcohol feel with rum like taste to it. Not much else, lacking any complexity.

Mouth: Medium bodied at best, might come off flat to some people, personally what I like about it is how well the after taste sticks to you.

Overall: Good beer but not the best scotch ale you will have, could definitely use a lot of tweaking. I love scotch ales to death but this one itself being from Scotland, could take some pointers off it's American counterpart. Salud!

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big, malty beer, with lots of caramel and sweetness. Very different from the other Scotch Ales I've had--a bit more in your faces. And why not considering the name? But still, while others are a bit more subtle, this provides a bold taste keeps you enticed and wanting more. Very tasty and glad I tried this.

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3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at the brewery.
A - dark chestnut brown, a good sticky tan soapy head, good lacing, dark thick body.

S - dark toffee maltiness, sticky toffee pudding, red fruits with cherries, nice rich caramel, molasses, rich and vanilla toffee, some coffee, a bit of a sourness and cloying aspect.

T - cherry syrupiness, sweet caramel start, tons of malty sweetness then drying alcohol spice, some herbs and nice dry mildly hoppy finish. Brown sugar, and sticky coffee, but a lot of sweetness allround. Long lingering finish.Complexity is good but the sweetness dominates too much.

M - big, malty body, yet a light fruity element, coating caramel feel. A coating toffee sweet feel, the carbonation is really slight a bit of soft refreshing crispness and the alcohol is not present at all.

Found this overly sweet with tons of caramel brown sugar dextrose but still some nice hop character coming through. It holds the alcohol strength really well but I was expecting a bit more from this, tasty and full bodied though, I have a bottle so will have to do a reappraisal soon. On the second time I still find the caramel and slight boozey sweetness to be a bit overbearing, it does have a lot of complexity and is a very good beer but Im left wanting more bitterness and crispness on the end feel.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

in many ways the quintessential scotch ale, although not my favorite one out there. it pours a syrupy dark bock color, dense, with a small off white head showing very little carbonation. the nose is peaty but not smoky like some tend to be. its alcohol is obvious, and its sweet grain is saturated with a toasted aroma and a very earthy vibe. no hops to speak of. the taste is like birch syrup or something lighter and a little less sweet than maple. the texture is like that too. earthy, right from the soil sort of autumn compost heaviness really challenges me in warmer weather, but I am imagining a cold snowy night in front of a fire, a much more enjoyable setting for this brew. I love the grain features, complex and rich. the feels is odd, but I like it. its thick, almost sticky in my mouth, lacking carbonation. American scotch ales have bastardized this intentional weight with high carbonation gimmicks and lighter grain bills, but this feels more authentic, although very heavy and hard to drink a whole bottle. it improves as it warms, and just takes me to the dead of winter. its a nice beer, but not the first scotch ale I would reach for, even though its authenticity is appreciated.

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4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear copper pour with a tall tan head, very compact. Slow dissipation leaves rich lacings.

S: Sour and tart. Cherry kernel bitterness. Very rich and sweet maltyness - molasess. Dark dried fruits.

T: Rich sweet malt, caramell. Molasses. A bit sour. Dark dried fruits. Very complex. Some alcohol.

M: Full thick body and low carbonation makes this a very smooth beer. Aftertaste is rather short and very sweet.

O: A nice and complex Wee Heavy. The high ABV adds to the complexity.

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

Skull Splitter from Orkney Brewery
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