Skull Splitter | Orkney Brewery

2,198 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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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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2/5  rDev -50.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great full bodied Scotch Ale, travels well from Scotland because of the high alcohol. Deep rich color with some red hues. Malty, sweet and strong. Very satisfying. Pairs well with a good steak. No hop aroma or flavor but there really shouldnt be ny in this beer. If you are looking for a smokey scotch ale well then this isn't it. It is clean and refreshing.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It's going to be extremely hard for me to not be ridiculously biased in this review. I love, love, love my scotch ales and I especially love Skull Splitter. It's my bloody avatar, for god's sake. However, after trying several other scotch ales, I decided to return to the good old Orkney brew and compare it to others I've enjoyed in the past couple of months. Almost nothing has changed (what a surprise, he lied).

Serving Type: 330ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: An aggressive pour leaves a dark-brown opaque body with a thick white head. Bewdeful.

Smell: Chicory, caramel, toffee, plum, apricot and wood(?) dominate the nostrils, with some subtle booziness unraveling itself as smelling persists. It literally begs for me to take that first, prolonged sip. Oh, temptress!

Taste: Wham! There's so much going on here that it's hard to isolate the flavours. Fruitiness, nuttiness, bitterness,'s all here. Wrapped up in a neat little bow (or glass?) for you to enjoy.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light for a scotch ale, but not to the point where it comes off as watery and plain. The body is definitely there, but it takes a few sips to truly embrace the intensity of this ale. The taste throws the first punch, and the developing body is the knockout hit.

Overall: There's a reason I hold Skull Splitter above the many other scotch ales I've had, and that's because I'm biased. But why, you scream and point accusingly? Because it's simply everything you'd want in a beer of its kind (strong caramelised taste, decent strength, consistent body) plus more. Open a bottle, take a sip and split your skull. Split it beyond the point of repair. You won't regret it.

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark rusty mahogany with a satiny tan head. Very deep and murky. Etches a few thin lace rings.

Malty dark fruits (plum, raisin, and fig), an exotic yeast with complexity, and robust grain roastiness. Notes of leather and vanilla. Exquisite.

More caramelized dark fruits. Lots of date and fig, but still with malty and savory elements of a Wee Heavy, proper. Plum, leather, tobacco, fig, vinous tones, blackberry, meaty malts, and herbal phenolics. Almost reminiscent of a Belgian Quad. Alcohol is soft and rosy. Some tannic bitterness and a strange presence of earthy aged hops. Hints of spiciness toward the late-middle.

Wooly body with some girth. Still, rather soft, with some thinning alcohol. Carbonation is gentle, but pleasingly so. Nice feel for a big beer.

One of my favorite Scotch Ales. Highly recommended.

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Skull Splitter from Orkney Brewery
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,198 ratings.
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