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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1556   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 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
EKGoldings (616) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Suttree (5631) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
maltdog (621) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

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