Chad9976 (1421) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Scotch Ale is not one of my favorite styles, but whenever I have a really good example of one Iím always impressed. I donít think Iíve ever actually had a Scotch Ale from Scotland, though. Iíd heard good things about Orkney Skull Splitter, but I was a little disappointed to find that it wasnít quite the world class standout I was expecting. That being said, itís definitely a classic, to-spec example of the style. Itís just a little more mild than Iíd prefer.
I poured an 11.2oz bottle into a goblet. It had a best before date of June, 2017 and cost $5.05 ($0.45 per ounce).
Appearance: Dark maroon or garnet color, but translucent. Pours to a small, tan, frothy head which laces and retains pretty well.
Smell: Mild overall with dark fruit dominating and the faintest trace of smoke or peat; some alcohol is noticeable.
Taste: Scotch Ale has a lot of the same flavor profiles as Belgian Abbey ales: dark fruit (especially dried fruit: plum, fig, raisin, red grape) at the front with sweeter, more confectionery-like taste on the finish (toffee and caramel, especially). Those flavors are all present in Orkney Skull Splitter, but theyíre surprisingly tame. Not much in the way of hops, though the alcohol does account for a good portion of the palette. I do enjoy the finish, though, as thereís a rum-dipped cherry flavor that gives it a bit of a tang.
Drinkability: One thing I do enjoy about beers like this is just how smooth and comfortable they are in the mouth. This is a thick beer, but itís incredible soft and yet in way cloying. At 8.5% ABV itís pretty hefty, and the alcohol does generate significant head Ė which is a little distracting at first, but it quickly becomes part of the experience.
lello4ever (251) - ITALY - FEB 13, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
» una scotch ale prodotta in scozia, colore marrone e una schiuma poco persistente. Molto buona, tendente al dolce ma in modo equilibrato con malto e caramello, il sapore Ť abbastanza complesso e si gusta meglio dopo 2-3 sorsi. Líalcol cíŤ ma Ť nascosto, si nota poco.
Hugi (463) - Waldkirch, GERMANY - FEB 12, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light brown, clear, slightly tanned head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, malts. Sweet-malty taste with biscuit and caramel and notes of pears. Full malty body, low bitterness, medium carbonization.
twindadplus2 (629) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
ruby brown color with a thin beige head. Aroma is sweet, toasty malt, dark fruit and brown sugar. . Taste is sweet malt with a tang of hops, dark fruits with a strong, crisp finish. Medium to full bodied with a smooth, creamy palate. Very drinkable and satisfying.
ordybill (665) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - FEB 7, 2015
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass
Aroma- Has a great malt smell with a hint of fruit on the follow through.
Appearance- A deep dark reddish brown with a small light brown head.
Taste- Excellent flavor!! You can really taste the malt and has a hint of caramel.
Palate- This is a great medium bodied beer with a creamy finish, mildly carbonated.
Overall- This is an excellent beer. I love the name, the flavor and the finish.
paolo71 (112) - Alviano, ITALY - FEB 5, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
In bottle. Dark amber, a bit cloudy. Beige, rocky, fairly persistent head. At nose intense and fairly persistent.Dark honey, raisin, prunes, a bit of sherry. Strong taste, intense, warming sensation, alcohol, medium body and carbonation.
reggiedunlop (3451) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice clear ruby pour with a medium tan head...nice lacing and retention. Aroma has mild booziness along with nice toasty malts, dark fruits...raisin, prune, and a bit of burnt toffee. Flavor follows suit and adds nice earthy/leathery bitterness...definitely boozy. Mouthfeel is medium and silky smooth with a dry earthy/leathery almost woody finish. Fabulously delivered for such a boozy beer.
beer_est_deus (911) - Ųrebro, SWEDEN - JAN 20, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Grymmt grumlig och brun med ett vitt skum. Doft: Jšnka, sprit, malt, tuttifrutti. Smak: Som doft.
CharlieTwoPies (32) - United Kingdom, - JAN 13, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bright deep red colour. Thin white head. Aroma is chewy malt, fruity spicy hops, caramelised sugars. Fresh red grapes. Lots of caramel malts but hops too. Taste is fruity and rich thick malt sugars. Sweet. Soft tangy edge, but not exactly bitter. Vinous fruits with a finish that hides its strength moderately well. Pretty decent mouthfeel. A little one dimensional but thatís probably more representative of the style rather than the beer. Overall it is highly drinkable and smooth. Good amounts of fruit too.
mbgrayson (622) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - JAN 11, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a very cloudy dark amber, with white head. Aroma of dried fruits and wine. Taste is smooth and ale like, with mellow notes of fruit. Alcohol kick is there, for sure. Palate is fairly non-descript. Overall, not too bad, but not a great beer.