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

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RATINGS: 1476   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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’."


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2004
Mostly clear medium brown. Off-white ring. Candyish earthy nose with werthers original and almond skin suggestions. Mild hoppiness. Nice scotch ale typical flavor, not too sweet fortunately. Very earthy, soft grassy bitterness. Almost floral at times, bitter peanut oil finish. Oily medium body, well-balanced indeed.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 18, 2004
330 ml bottle. Very silky, smooth and drinkable but from Orkney I expected something more original.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4785) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2011 There was a time when I held this beer in high regard. When the subtle fruit flavors could outpace the smoke. But now all I taste is smoke when I take a swig. Sampled from a 12 oz bottle this beer pours a dark blackish color with a nice brown head. The aroma is roasted malt. The flavor is dominated by smoke. Roasted malt and cherry lie just under this smoky cloud. The aftertaste was malty and smoky. In recent years I have had an aversion to smoke and thus I can not longer find this brew to be enjoyable. But for those not hindered by this prejudice the beer would be rather tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrockLanders (771) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2004
I think this bottle sat on the shelf in that liquor store fridge for a long time. Boy did it smell old----and I definitely think it spent some time in a can ’cause I smell that too. After that though things got better....burnt sugar/caramel nose with some alcohol, yep definitely some alcohol. First taste is smokey but after that a roast barley/ coffee note takes over before a slightly cloying sweet note in the aftertaste. Still good though.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rajendra82 (946) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUL 31, 2004
Deep copper brown color and a good two finger sized head underlain by medium carbonation made this an attractive looking beer. The aroma was roasty and sweet chocolate malts and faintly grassy hops. The sweet fruity taste had notes of apples, melons, toffee, and pears, the hops were floral and spicy, and the yeast provided earthy accents, however the emphasis was primarily on malt here. The overall taste was very similar to a Belgian Dubbel, except the hops are a bit stronger here, and the beer lacked the dusty powdery yeast that marks the Dubbles. The mouthfeel was medium thick, and had a mouth coating stickiness. The beer was quite drinkable despite being on the big side. A very good treat for all the maltmouths out there.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - JUL 26, 2004
It was quite disgusting at first, but after an inch or so it started to taste pretty good. I suspect that my initial disgust was caused by the ESB still coating my mouth. At 8.5% it was too strong for me to risk getting a second opinion.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2004
Hand pull at Olde Dolphin Inn Beer Festival, Derby. Looked a little sludgy but had a great nose of pepper and hedgerow fruits. Malty but rounded, nothing too harsh, disguises it’s strength rather well.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hangover (1056) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - JUL 23, 2004
Medium brown color with a thin, tan head. Aroma is very malty with some dried fruit. Alcohol is noticeable in the taste and this one will warm you up. More dried fruit, some smoke, caramel and some more alcohol. Big in body, big in taste, and best suited to sip by a fire, or outside on a cold evening. Not my thing, but good!

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 20, 2004
Nice deep brown with fine head. Roasted malt nose with some ruby fruit, some tootsie roll. Nice prickle in the mouth, somewhat creamy mouthfeel, nice chocolate notes, and a mid palate sweetness. Almost a roasted coffee quality. long lingering finish with nuttiness on the end...Great beer!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2004
I admit I bought this one because,well, ’Skullsplitter’ is a kick hiney name for anything. (The label on my bottle is different from the one pictured here, as it features a real guy holding a sword instead of the cartoon dude. I like the cartoon dude better.) This is an interesting offering... very sweet at first and then it fizzles. The alcohol is noticeable almost immediately. This should go good with the tapes of the British Open from this past weekend that I am watching. (Trip to New Orleans, y’all, but at least I taped it... and don’t tell me who won!) I like this one. I rated the appearance low because it looks like a watered down Coke when poured. Otherwise, good stuff.


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