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Skull Splitter | Orkney Brewery

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BA SCORE
4.08/5
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2,213 Ratings
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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-08-1998

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,314
Reviews:
1,009
Ratings:
2,213
pDev:
12.25%
Bros Score:
4.54
 
 
Wants:
207
Gots:
315
Trade:
0
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,213 |  Reviews: 1,009
Photo of mcouillard
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
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 +4.4%
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 +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrKarl
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chestertonian82
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bobstockwell
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Foley67
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tdhoerr03
3.54/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Walleybeer
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BeerCon5
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DanGeo
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of oldvines
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bitterandtwisted
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dragginballs76
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FrancisM12
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dasotelo50
3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Kyles67
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.39/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat blurring the lines for me is this beer, equal parts wee heavy, scotch ale, barleywine, old ale, winter warmer, it offers up a little from all these categories.

Pours a deep amber color, 1/3" off white head. Aroma had all the candied malts, strong alcohol notes, a tiny bit of red/peat feels.

Taste was a strong red ale, alcohol very up front and not hiding from anyone. Brag to your volunteer firefighter or rugby touch butt crew about how strong this is, that's the type of people I always see being dumb asses drinking this beer and Guinness. Has a wooden old world feel.

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Photo of kuhndog
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodchip
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bluehende
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of harrisjohnson
4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Skull Splitter from Orkney Brewery
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 2,213 ratings
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