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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1550   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 ’Satiny smooth in the mouth, deceptively light and dangerously drinkable’."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2004
Reddish brown in color. Nice tan head. Malty aroma. Well balanced. enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2004
Nice reddish brown clear color with a nice tan head. Smokey malty aroma, with a touch of well blended alcohol. Big malty flavor and a touch of smoke. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
sethatuml (38) - USA - FEB 11, 2004
Great name for a great beer. Totally full of flavor. Sweet and malty. The only drawback is a bit of a metallic finish. Maybe I shouldn't have pretended I was a viking and bit off the cap...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2004
Beer pours ruby red with a decent head that completely dissipates. I am awarding two full points for the awesome label picture and the beer name "Orkney Skullsplitter." Aroma is nice with notes of malt, licorice, and alcohol. Flavor is where things really get good. Delicious malt on the front end finishing with some smoked flavors. Very good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hershiser2 (1419) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
Paid $1.50 for a 11.2 oz single. No freshness date. Very red, almost blood red, with a small soft tan head. Smells like alcohol and metal... Interesting taste. The alcohol isn't up front, but it's not buried either. Tastes a bit like red wine, with maybe a hint of caramel. A decent brew... Great color, which is the best thing about it, but it's worth checking out!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2004
dark brown, bog off white head. complex aroma of malt, dark bread, jammy fruit, smoke, toffee and mild chocolate. equally complex flavour, and as the beer warms sweet caramel and roasted nutty flavours come out. excellent. thanks doug!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 29, 2004
11.2 oz bottle: transparent dark brown, patchy/sticky off white head. Deep, burnt sausage aroma with a light piney bitterness. Flavourful peatiness that combines with smoke for a decent taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2004
Strong amber colour rich lingering beige head. Lace is determined to make it's mark. Aroma is strong caramel malts, flavor is malty sweet with middling carbonation and a bittersweet dry finish but a strongly sweet lingering aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 24, 2004
Way better than the aecht schlenkerla( yeah I know I'm comparing apples to oranges but the flavours were quite similar), at least as far as a smoke flavoured beer goes. poured a light orange, brown with an off white but quickly diminishing head. A nose of smoke, maple syrup and malty goodness. The reason I like this better than the Aecht is the balance between flavours. ( .ie I could taste something other than smoke).Sweet and malty with a big enough dose of smoke,dry with a lingering finish. First rating of a big slew of beers I picked up on a roadie to Bottleworks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2004
From the looks, quite carbonated, amber/brown beer with little to no head. The smell is faint but quite sweet. Smells like a nut brown. The taste is quite sweet, smoked, dry, and quite smooth. It is thick and thin at the same time. The only problem I have is with the syruplike sweetness. I know that Scottish ales are quite sweet but this one is a little too sweet for me.

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