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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1500   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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’."


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - AUG 28, 2003
Smooth beer considering the alcohol content. Sweet aroma, sweet to the taste. Overall an excellent beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobBestwick (588) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 20, 2003
raisiny sweet aroma, pours with a dark tawny hue and small head, very creamy taste, developing flavours like a Dundee fruit cake dunked in port, the finish is quite toasty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5557) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2003
Has an enticing stick to your ribs malty aroma. Ruby red pour with little to no head or lacing. Has hints of chocolate, fruit and molasses. Just a tad too yeasty for my taste though - low palate points for that as well as the metallic aftertaste. The 8.5% ABV is hidden extremely well. Decent Scottish Ale - have had much better.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
YogiBeera (2475) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2003
Malt, cheese and dough nose. Big foamy head, amber color. Sweet and syrup, candy sugar, alcohol taste. Thin though.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2003
A favorite from the first time I tried it. Big & malty, with excellent hop balance. Slight alcohol flavor, but, does not detract from the overall experience. Highly recommended.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2003
Other than the exceptionally dark bloody crimson red color, this particular beer poured with an unimpressive appearance, very light lacing and even less head. The nose is sweet and fruity, the favor is heavily malted, every toasty, resiny, also strong note’s of fruit, pears, plums, figs, cherries, and maple syrup, in both flavor and texture. I also pick up on a wood like, maybe cask conditioned flavor. When all is tasted and rated, this is a pretty decent beer; not one that gets me super excited but pretty damn good stuff.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - AUG 10, 2003
Should be called "Skull Smoker". This is definately a "wee heavy" scottich ale. Unfortunately the smoke flavor was a bit much for my taste. I could ferment a bottle of "liquid smoke" for such tangy charcoal madness. There was some malty sweetness peeking from behind the viking power of the smoke flavor, but it was too sheepish and weak to balance such a masculine afront. Bottomline, not what I expected.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - AUG 9, 2003
Very dark amber color and minimal head. Apple butter brown sugar chocolate cake that you should have got out of the oven two minutes ago aroma. Full bodied and very sweet, with slightly sour/salty notes. A little sticky and dry in the finish. No wallflower here.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
EKGoldings (526) - Radford, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2003
Pours red amber with thick fluffy head that takes a minute to disappear. Aroma is mild, slight toffee and fruit. On tasting flavors jump at you. Malty, fruit, some leather, longlasting finish. Slight acidity goes with the style. This beer hides it's alcohol well, especially cold. Once the beer warms up you get an even more complex aroma.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Suttree (5144) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 4, 2003
Dark copper/bronze, with a thin, tan head. Appealing aroma of cinnamon and toffee, which is also present in the initial flavors. Huge alcohol flavor, and the a crisp, pappery finish. Definately a big beer, but a bit one dimensional. Cool label, though. And It sure does sound cool to order a "Skull Splitter" in a bar.


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