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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1601   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nekronos (4101) - Xalapa, MEXICO - OCT 7, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2006 NICe, this was amazing, the aroma, and the taste, smoked, like chocolate, but it had this wooden flavor alos.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2005 The aroma is malty and sweet but with a name like Skullsplitter it was not as strong as I expected. The appearance is brown with a maroon tint to it. The flavor is not the best. It is very salty. There is also sweet raisins and also wood. Aftertaste is somewhat like red wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BT (123) - Westchester, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Poured a rich copper brown; aroma sweet, flavor sweet, "like drinking liquid candy" I said as I finished the glass at My Place in Newtown, CT. Very delightful. A winner.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
garrison (811) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2005
From a 330 ml (11.2 ounce) bottle - This one pours a deep ruddy brown with an absolutely marvelous fruity aroma and a very quickly fading low tan head. Tastewise, Skullsplitter is VERY smooth for a Scotch Ale, with the sweet, fruity fermented maltiness dominating and the presence of peat smokiness and some bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2005
Pours clear deep red with a one-finger tan head. There is some effervescence, but that may just be because I have a dusty glass. Smells like a Doppelbock with some added smokiness—dark fruit, toffee, and an underlying peaty aroma. Very smooth up front, with the slightest fruit (plum, banana, and grape) taste. It finishes with some alcohol and a nice subtle smoky/peaty flavor. Pretty darn good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Terminus (3566) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 21, 2005
Nice dark brown and red color. Aroma is pure malt. Satin lace around glass and in the mouth. Malt and alcohol make up the taste for the most part. Did not taste any fruit. Very smooth and nice to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tobias (208) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2005
33cl bottle: pour is a deep dark brown with red tinges. light tan head. aroma is sweet malty caramel with fruity chocolatey notes. flavors is mosty caramel and dark fruit, with some slight roasty toastiness. bittersweet chocolate on the end.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SudsMcDuff (8084) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2005
This deserves to be #100 ...i finally got ya! Pours a dark tan with red tint..very nice head, exceptional lacing..strong pleasing aroma..has a sweet tang to it, toffee like..sweet bitterness, kinda subtle fruity notes..a beutiful beer that i will have to stock up on next time i can track it down again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 10, 2005
Sweet malty aroma with just a hint of hops, dried fruit, and maybe caramel. Malt carries over into the flavor but it’s complimented by more dry fruit, chocolate, caramel, and something that I would liken to motor oil. Over all it’s a little too thick and syrupy sweet to be a favorite but I’d never turn it down.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (13266) - 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.

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