Brewed by Orkney (Sinclair Breweries)
Style: Old Ale
Stromness, Scotland


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RATINGS: 681   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
"The nose on this beer is ripe and fruity with slightly vinous esters, married to interesting hop notes - the colour of a glorious red ruby wine."

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 13, 2003
This beer pours very dark and has a large thick head. The taste is not great - I didn't enjoy it at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Panzuriel (1626) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2003
Nice Dark beer with a good head. Malty aroma with a good sweetness. Nice smoky sweet flavor. Good good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holdwine (1135) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2003
Sweet malty goodness. Great Scots ale. First of all, the bottle is very cool. It pours dark cola-brown and leaves a decent tannish head. Smells of the islands- peaty and salty. Hard to figure all the flavors- coffee, Dr. Pepper,smoke... Hops don't bounce in until the finish which is dry and smoky. Nice ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - APR 3, 2003
Cola-colored with sizeable wheaten head (BIG bubbles)--nice honeycombed lace...Aroma is lightly peaty with roasted chocolate traces...Malts greet and dominate the palate--a little smoke, a little tang; hops provide dryness that comes on toward the finish...Balance is decent with fine smoothness...Body is a little light to my sensibilities, but this is a most drinkable and interesting offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2003
Smells a tad like chocolate and port wine, but any goodness that once was, was gone with the first taste. It's finish is incredibly sour and very unpalatable. The flavor just plain tastes like it's watered down, and I really can't make out much maltiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
notalush (5561) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2003
Looks like flat cola. Smells like peat smoked malt. Tastes like skull spliter with less roastiness and fruity undertones. Slighty bitter. Not very complex at all. Thin bodied, watery even. Earthy in an "it tastes like I'm drinking liquified potting soil" sort of way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2006 This one will fool you. Dark amber with a small off white head. Aroma of port, wood, and fruit. Taste of port and roasted malt, smoky woodiness and dried fruit. A dry beer but complex despite its relatively low ABV. I found this superior to Skullsplitter in every way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 31, 2003
dark enough..with a scattered swampy frothiness..a nose of smoked peat, soil, earthy malts and cigar smoker's bubble gum...added hints of dr. pepper and cola with pinches of vanilla..very smokey flavor but overly watery in the mouthfeel...chewy at times..with nice smokey/malty sensations...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2003
Pours a thin light black with a small coating of head. Dark burnt, somewhat smokey aroma. Body is a little thin and unrefined with some roasted earthy notes, salt and a distant peat malt finish. Not bad, but a little over-priced and not as good as the Skull Spiltter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2003
Pours a deep, ruby brown color with a small tan head that does not linger. It has strongly malty aroma with some earth and smoke tones that are typical of scottish ales. Medium body with medium carbonation, the mouthfeel is a little thin but the flavor is rich with malts and toffee. The finish is long and smokey. Great Scottish ale!

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