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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1556   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   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 íSatiny smooth in the mouth, deceptively light and dangerously drinkableí."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BillyM (151) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 25, 2005
Creamy tannish-red-brown semi dark. I noticed the Scotch taste up front, but it quickly smooths out to a smoky malty taste and then to a sweet malty and mocha taste where it finishes very smooth. Semi-rich mouthfeel and good smooth finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5653) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2005
Poured a reddish copper color with a small, light tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet caramel malts, chocolate, wood and toffee. Taste of sweet malts up front, light bitterness, citrus, some mocha, smoke and an alcohol finish. Nice flavors, that kinda "fell out" quickly.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2005
Sour Bottle: was chunky, probably because it spent a year in a friends fridge... had started to go acetic, hops were undetectable... will try a fresher bottle to re-evaluate

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stephen louis (164) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 20, 2005
One of my bigger disappointments of late,that being said it still was a decent beer. This beer poured nice and I thought,based off the nose, it would be a real winner.Unfortunately in my mind/mouth it is just above average. This beer starts malty and has a backbone of hops,but no complexity to it. It has no glaring faults but no amazing features either. As a wee heavy it is too simple and lacks a real depth or mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7407) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2005
Poured a clear reddish-brown with a rather small head. Vinous nose with a slightly smoky note. Very smooth in the mouth with smoke, toffee, caramel, and some grapes. Beer was rather dry, and was a little warm going down. Good stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hansen (7807) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2005
A real fine beer. Dark-brown. Large head. Aroma very malty, something belgian over it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
winkle (477) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16, 2005
Bottled. Dunno how this suddenly appeared in the bottle shop but Iím glad it did. Reasonably fresh too! Poured an impressive reddy/brown with a big vinous/fruity nose. Flavours feature a big dollop of smokey malt and caramel, with barely noticable alcohol lurking in the background. Very sooth and somewhat sticky mouthfeel - almost cloying but not quite. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimstrassburg (57) - Germantown, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2005
Thick tan head. Deep red-brown color (more brown than red). Nose is malty and fruity as is the taste. Very sweet and good. This is my first scotch ale so I donít have much to compare it too but I do like it. Finish is dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Excellent. Not a style I know much about right now, but Iím willing to dive a little deeper after this one and Traquair. Interesting hint of smokiness behind a large malt body. Estery like only Europeans seem to be able to do.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Pours a deep mahogany with hints of cherry red around the edges. 1/4 in light tan head that thins but is lacy as hell. Smells of rich sweet malt and sour cherry fruitiness. Tastes of sweet fruity malt. Sour cherry flavors underneath and a light but persistent hoppy bitterness in the finish. When cold, it is a bit thinner than you would expect and seem sa bit too fizzy. As it warms however the sweet malt asserts itself and the beer actually seems to thicken in your mouth. Seems not so fizzy too. Nicely balanced and REALLY smooth for a bigger beer. Itís strength is subtle and really sneaks up on you. Warming sensations and a sticky sweet aftertaste. Dangerously drinkable. Literally, one of the first craft brews I ever had and havenít had it in years. While initially disappointed, the Skullsplitter did not forsake me and still can deliver the goods.

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