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

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 1592   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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’."


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rajendra82 (1030) - 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 (1104) - 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 (567) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2004
Red/Brown Coloring. Good Sized White Head. Smokey. Caramel. Roasts... An ’out there’ beer but still very good.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 21, 2004
Softly glowing scab red color, a one finger high, foamy vanilla hued top adorns the top, crumbles down slowly to leave a good collar and lacing sticks in minimal strings. Aroma of smokey malts, salty meats, caramel, and some undecipherable darker fruits. Some fusil alcohol creeps. The nature of its nose seemes suppressed and slow. Taste has a good amount of darker malts, not on a roasty level, more of a deep sweetness then anything with a subdued tang. Some wonderful smokey flavors meld within some of the darker fruity nuances. Bits of caramel show through in the middle. Mouthfeel is mega big, thick and sweet, nearly full, creamfully chewy in a malty way. It coats the mouth like a thick fog over a cold morning lake. A slow sipper to be sure.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JUN 20, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2004 dark red brown color with nice head. taste is sweet chocolate caramel candy like. very rich tasting great when your craving something sweet. my kids say the viking on the bottle looks like me also, so thats cool!!! im getting more of this!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUN 20, 2004
Brown, with nice white creamy head. Smells or raisins,german hops, and brown sugar, dusty basement.Very strong, sweet taste. Blows the mouth away with caramel, toffee, roasted malts. Aftertaste is butterscotch


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