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Orkney Skull Splitter (Bottle)

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Brewed by Orkney (Sinclair Breweries)
Style: Scotch Ale
Stromness, Scotland
Serve in Thistle

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RATINGS: 1503   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Available filtered in 330ml bottles.
"Named after Thorfin Hausakliuuf, the seventh earl of Orkney, this reddish coloured ale has an intense vinous nose, is rich and satiny in the mouth with a long dry finish and deep rich fruity notes. Described as ’Satiny smooth in the mouth, deceptively light and dangerously drinkable’."


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
UXO (219) - CANADA - SEP 28, 2014
Pours a clear medium to deep amber with a short beige head diminishing to a thin cap, spotty lacing. Nose is toffee malt, dark dried fruit, and molasses - almost rum-like, with a slight hint of alcohol. Taste is medium sweet and mild bitter. Medium to full bodied, medium to low carbonation, and a sweet finish with mild alcohol warming. Not a big fan of wee heavy/scotch ales, so it’s hard for me to be even-handed rating this one. There’s a near-complete absence of hop character, and I can easily see something similar to this having been bittered with gruit in the past - but at least it’s not peaty. Realistically, it integrates the high ABV pretty well, and the fruit/vinoous notes work fairly well. Pretty drinkable for a high ABV scotch ale.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
turbothy (1093) - Bonn, GERMANY - SEP 28, 2014
Pours reddish brown with minimal head. Sweet toffee and raisin flavour, that appears again in the smooth flavour. Very nice ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3301) - McLean, Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2014
From a 33 cl bottle. Poours a clear amber brown with an ecru head. Caramel nose. Flavors of caramel and butterscotch with some herbal notes. Smooth, somewhat sweet finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zwiebel88 (144) - GERMANY - SEP 21, 2014
Rötlich-dunkel im Glas. In der Nase karamellig, dunkle früchte. Am Gaumen dunklenFrüchte, Alkohol, malzig, kaum bitter. Ausfüllender Körper.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigguns22 (682) - Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2014
Pour dark brown with floaters and a medium off white head. Aroma is malty,sweet and dark fruit. A medium flavor beer that’s pretty good that has dark fruits and citrus flavors.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
njnut (245) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2014
Poured into thistle glass a red tinged brown with nice off white head and lace. Clear a little slick and med bodied. Aroma malty, caramel a little nutty. It had some of that holiday cake in the taste along with the malt, caramel, a little alcohol but not much. I love the malty taste here as I am wearing from the overload of IPA’s that seem to flow non stop. Very much enjoyed this one.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
weark (307) - Morges, SWITZERLAND - SEP 16, 2014
Bottle from Au Grain D’Orge - Clear reddish brown color with a decent beige head good lasting and small lacing - Aroma is malty, red fruits, prune, raisin, caramel, hints of roasted malt and alcohol - Flavor of prune, malty, caramel , red fruits and spicy - Medium/full body, fizzy carbonation, light/medium bitterness, sweet , sweet prune caramel finish - Good, slightly overcarbonated for the style, a little bit strange for my taste

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borresteijn (4731) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2014
33cl Bottle, tfs R&J! Clear reddish amber colour, off-white head. Aroma of Christmas cake, red fruits, alcohol, caramel, quite sweet. Flavour is sweet, malty, fruity, red fruits, cake, confit fruits, caramel, alcohol, malty and light-hoppy bitter finish. Medium-bodied, light alcoholic. OK stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arcanor (79) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 9, 2014
500ml bottle from Bark’s beer Cave. Pour dark amber and hazy. Little CO2 and thin head. Floral malt, strong scotch and caramel aroma. Sugar taste, medium body and long caramel finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerme31 (499) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2014
Pours a light brown color, medium tan head giving way to tan lacing. Malty aroma of caramel, dark fruits. Taste is high sweet. Light carbonation, medium body, very smooth sweet finish. Good scotch ale.


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