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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1597   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 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 (3544) - 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 (7870) - .....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 (12938) - 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.

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