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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1503   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’."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - FEB 18, 2003
How can you go wrong with a moniker like "Skull Splitter"? Big nose of roasted chocolate malts, honey, spices, flowers and earthy yeast. The brew pours a dark ruby copper with a large beige creamy head that is mostly lasting and has fair lacing. The brew starts sweet with a non-acidic warm middle. The long finish is sweet, spicy and slightly bitter with the roasted malt flavor predominating. The rich and full palate is soft and syrupy/creamy. The finish feels alcoholic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
orangelazarus (53) - USA - FEB 15, 2003
Metallic, vinous nose. Orange-brown in color, with an airy head that dissapates slowly with little lacing. Taste is yeasty and almost salty, like whole grain bread in a glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2003
The alcohol stays well hidden, a suprisingly smooth drink. I did not find any appreciable bitterness other than a slight bit as it warmed. I must say this is one the better Scotch Ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2003 A lovely garnet color and nice tan head start off this brew. Nose is somewhat sweet, with malty notes as well. The flavor is where this beer really excels. Great depth and complexity, lightly sweet, a nice dry finish. This is a pretty good scots ale, and probably my second favorite among the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2003
Malt. Roasty, and most of the bitterness comes from that. Deep red-brown, with a slight tannish head. The alcohol is well-hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Darkover (1517) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2003
Dark red color with a small beige head, pretty heavy lacing. Sweet malty aroma. Flavor is mostly roasted coffee, only a little sweetness. Bitter roasted finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - FEB 7, 2003
Pours a light brown color, cloudy, with a small tan head. Aroma is champaign-like at first, with a good waft of malt. Flavoris smooth throughout, with a great balance of malt and sweetness, with a touch of alcohol in the finish and just a slight bitterness as it warms. A great brew overall! The only real criticism I would offer is that it might be a bit too carbonated. Personally I liked the flavor at a little lower temp than I normally do.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (9171) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2003
This beer rocks! A sparkling clear, beautiful deep copper hue. Medium-sized, frothy, khaki head. Slowly diminishing with decent lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, French Oak, mulch and alcohol. Astringent with notes of English toffee, butter and dates. Nice caramel and buttermilk aromas arrive as the ale warms. Red wine and tawny port, dried apricots and light molasses surface at warmer temperatures as well. Ok, how about the flavor? Very rich, malty, roasted flavor up front with a hint of buttermilk and red wine. Alcoholic, well-hopped and slightly astringent on the backside with a slight pungency. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Long, earthy, moderately bitter, alcoholic, woodsy, dry finish. Fine Scottish Ale! Highly recommended!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2003
Poured a dark reddish brown with a small tan head. sweet caramel malt aroma , taste was of caramel malt with hints of fruit and smoke. light bodied with a slightly bitter and smoky finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 30, 2003
Good beer. Beautiful color, nice head that quickly faded. A little bitter on the aftertaste though.

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