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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1592   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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’."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (12668) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 8, 2005
Bottle poured a clear garnet with a large amber head that quickly dissapated. Aromas of plums, raisins,and very vinous. Palate was heavy and oily. Flavors of dark fruit, a hint of smoke and a peculiar dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hefevice (72) - Brisbane beer desert, AUSTRALIA - SEP 5, 2005
Tasted this one under completely the wrong circumstances. Had spent 2 hours walking around Genoa (Italy) on a sunny Sunday afternoon trying to re-adjust my body clock after nearly 24 hours of travel from Australia. About 1.5 hours in I noticed that I was a bit thirsty and perhaps should stop to re-hydrate. Problem is Genoa is not the most lively place in the world on a Sunday afternoon, and it took me another 30 minutes to find somewhere, by which time I was very hot and bothered. I ended up stumbling upon (and into), of all things a Scottish themed bar. After a few false starts (my Italian is non-existant) I managed to get a menu out of the waitress, and lo and behold at the top of the menu was the legendary Skullsplitter. I was not going to miss this opportunity so I ordered one immediately. Sadly, it arrived with a Tennents Lager glass, which looked like it had spent most of its life in a dishwasher. Also, the label indicated it was right on its use by date. This aside, poured deep garnet with a fairly good light brown tightly packed head. Aroma was butterscotch, caramel and just the faintest whiff of hops. These aromas also came out in the flavour with a slightly bitter finish preventing them from being cloying. The 8.5% ABV was only very subtly noticable. Mouth was reasonably soft and creamy, carbonation was about right. This is a definitely a beer for a cold winters night, not to cool down after a long overheated march. Note to self, taste it again in the right circumstances.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 4, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2005 Dark brown with orangish hints. Aroma of dusty yeast, toasted malts, and molasses. The aroma has some components that I’m at a loss to describe. Taste is sweet and a bit harsh. Flavour consists of spruce, alcohol, and brown sugar. Not very complex or well balanced. Dark brown with orangish hints. Aroma of dusty yeast, toasted malts, and molasses. Taste is sweet and a bit harsh. Flavour consists of spruce, alcohol, and brown sugar. Not very complex or well balanced. Could have been an old bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - SEP 3, 2005
Bottle. Pours muddy red-brown with very thin white head. The aroma is sweet, with traces of caramel, nuts, and not-fully-ripe fruit. Very smooth palate. The flavor is big and smoky and includes some cedar, raisins, semi-sweet caramel, and surprisingly little alcohol. Good stuff, this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 1, 2005
Almost no head with low carbonation. Reddish brown hue. Dry and light smoke but rich fruity smoothness. It is a complex taste with an underlying bitterness throughout. A caramelish sweetness hits the tongue first and as it goes down it expands to sweet bitter fruitiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2005
Bottle: Burnt caramel, small off-white foamy head, fairly nice lacing, very little carbonation.   Smoked peat nose, fig & soft apple skin as well.   Heavy smoked aspect on the tongue, peaty, some charcoal or charred wood.   Slightly sweet.   Body and mouthfeel are fairly moderate.   Loads of apple skin on the exit.   Starts out as a Scottish but finishes not as peaty or smokey as it started.   Tiz decent tho.   Thanks mattbob for sharing!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
shendrix (478) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 26, 2005
Perfect if your looking to get falling down drunk, though of little merit otherwise. It certainly lives up to its name on the morning after an overly generous consumption. Fun as a novelty, but lacking as a beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2005
Dissappointedly oiley and my label is different. Too much carbonation settled quickly leaving little lacing (weird). But minus the texture issue, nice taste chocolate covered cherryesq with a finish of too much sweetness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rballs01 (282) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2006 Drank this one out of a 12oz. bottle. The packaging was different and much more badass than the picture shown here and that’s what caught my attention. The flavor was smoky and ashy. I was disgusted at first buy it grew on me and became delicious. Still to this day i don’t know if i enjoyed it or not. Definitly unique in its own filthy way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - AUG 14, 2005
This is an extremely drinkable beer, even though it has such a high amount of flavor and alcohol. Reminds me of a belgian ale.

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