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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1508   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
njnut (255) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2014
Poured into thistle glass a red tinged brown with nice off white head and lace. Clear a little slick and med bodied. Aroma malty, caramel a little nutty. It had some of that holiday cake in the taste along with the malt, caramel, a little alcohol but not much. I love the malty taste here as I am wearing from the overload of IPA’s that seem to flow non stop. Very much enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
weark (322) - Morges, SWITZERLAND - SEP 16, 2014
Bottle from Au Grain D’Orge - Clear reddish brown color with a decent beige head good lasting and small lacing - Aroma is malty, red fruits, prune, raisin, caramel, hints of roasted malt and alcohol - Flavor of prune, malty, caramel , red fruits and spicy - Medium/full body, fizzy carbonation, light/medium bitterness, sweet , sweet prune caramel finish - Good, slightly overcarbonated for the style, a little bit strange for my taste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borresteijn (4781) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2014
33cl Bottle, tfs R&J! Clear reddish amber colour, off-white head. Aroma of Christmas cake, red fruits, alcohol, caramel, quite sweet. Flavour is sweet, malty, fruity, red fruits, cake, confit fruits, caramel, alcohol, malty and light-hoppy bitter finish. Medium-bodied, light alcoholic. OK stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arcanor (86) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 9, 2014
500ml bottle from Bark’s beer Cave. Pour dark amber and hazy. Little CO2 and thin head. Floral malt, strong scotch and caramel aroma. Sugar taste, medium body and long caramel finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerme31 (501) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2014
Pours a light brown color, medium tan head giving way to tan lacing. Malty aroma of caramel, dark fruits. Taste is high sweet. Light carbonation, medium body, very smooth sweet finish. Good scotch ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vestergaard (394) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2014
Bottle. Pours very reddish brown with a Nice, lasting off White head. Aroma has banana, sweet caramel malts, licorice, deep, vinous, Dark fruits. Taste has sweet, boozy fruits, caramel, vanilla, plums, port wine and a subtle, watery hop bitterness. Medium full body and medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
aenima (267) - Askim, SWEDEN - SEP 9, 2014
English yeast aroma with caramel. The taste is toffe, caramel and hints if raisins. Maybe a little ower carbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (6559) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Bottle. Mahogany pour with a little orange tint to it. Small ring head. Aroma is biscuit, toffee, caramel sweetness, and a bit of prune/raisin. Medium palate. Somewhat sweet taste but not overly so.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SPDickerman (975) - Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2014
Pours reddish brown with a large beige head. Smells strongly of caramel, subtle fruit, some biscuit notes. Taste is sweet, caramel and red fruits, hints of bread. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Orkney Skull Splitter finishes with a lingering sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sudomorph (642) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2014
330ml bottle from the end of 2012. Pours a clear caramel with a thin, near white head. Aroma has big notes of sweetness. Caramel and dark fruits with a hint of white chocolate and toffee.Taste is not as sweet as it smells. Balanced with mild, flavour notes of bread, caramel, and a bit of dark fruit. Low-medium body with a medium carbonation. Pretty clean in the mouth with a dry finish. Overall an easy drinking ale. Big sweet nose but with a balanced, almost bitter taste. Caramel and dark fruits.

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