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

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 1532   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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’."


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
EKGoldings (586) - 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 (5317) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
maltdog (619) - Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2003
Hazy brown with a reddish orange tint. Light tan head thins quickly but never disappears. Rich aromas of peat smoke, sweet malt, fruity and woody notes, caramel, hints of cherries and pecans. Flavor is decadent malt, dark caramel, fruity, slightly tangy. Lighter in body than the aroma would suggest. Lingering mellow bitter finish, malty, peaty, oak/vanilla, dry but with some tongue-coating oiliness. Do not drink this ale cold! Would probably pair well with barbecued brisket or peppery smoked sausage and aged gouda.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JUL 29, 2003
Smokey, peaty. This beer has been hanging out in the wilderness grilling up steaks over an open fire and frying fresh salmon. yes, this beer is not afraid to get a little dirty. Nice for something different, but it is just not my type. I'd rather the camping trip be kept OUT of the bottle.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2003
coal-hot embers embedded in brown, rufous tones like a fox sparrow or thrasher; head was the color of brown rice-- a large hulking froth for a moment, but it dropped like it'd been tagged by a sedative-laden dart gun. aroma sprang up heroically to fill the void: rauchbier notes vie with leathery malts, overripe chutney fruits and alcohol. sweet and smooth with an ample exertion of bitterness; dark peasant bread and chesnuts, flavors that jostle playfully with lingering charcoal. now, i myself have never jostled playfully with charcoal, but when the robust malts do it, you get a peat smoky and nicely hopped taste of the windswept scottish islands. but don't expect a "skull splitting" unless you drink twelve of them, my skull in fact was soothed and cerebrially massaged by the experience.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mw1030 (5) - Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, USA - JUL 23, 2003 does not count
Wonderful! Smoky, dry, raisiny. Velvet mouthfeel. Beautiful mahogany appearance. One of my new favorites.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holdwine (1097) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2003
Who said Highland Park is the only reason to visit Orkney? This heavy Scots Ale is quite the tour de force. Dark amber in color with a slight tannish head, the nose is of alcohol, grapey and dirt. Kick butt malt with nice slightly fruity flavors. Dry finish with out an apparent hop attack. Nicely done.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2003
Very good Ale.Tasted strong but u didn't really feel it.I have read alot of the ratings for this beer and pretty much agree with everyone that this is another fine brew form the Scots.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3186) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 9, 2003
Pours a dark red/brown color with a thin white head. Aroma is malty and earthy. Flavor is, likewise, malt-dominated, with emphasis on woody and earthy notes, as well as a bit of dried fruit, and definite alcohol presence. Another good example of a Scottish ale, though the alcohol presence might be toned down a bit.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2003
Pours a deep orangey brown with a medium head. Aroma is fruity and malty. Flavor has strong alcohol taste with a good mix of fruit.


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