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

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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 íSatiny smooth in the mouth, deceptively light and dangerously drinkableí."


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4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
flying_pig (1050) - - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle (330ml):
Sweet-smelling upfront with a lot of sugar and dark malts. There is some sweet caramel and dark fruits too that add to the overall sweetness of the beer. There is a bit of banana in the middle which was a real surprise and some other fruits including but not limited to apple, figs and plums; I can also detect some raisins. A wonderfully complex mix of different aromas make this an excellent smelling beer. There is some oak and even a whisky like aroma right at the back-end.
Reddish, mahogany brown with a thumb sized, off-white head that slowly recedes to leave a creamy head about half that size. There is some light lacing on the glass around the circumference too.
Sweet to begin with. There is some dark fruits to begin with along with some malty, oak like flavours and a touch of sugar. I can also taste some alcohol at this point although it is not overpowering and there is some caramel too along with light spices. This is a truly excellent tasting beer and it leaves a great, lingering aftertaste in the mouth after each sip.
Medium to full-bodied with moderate carbonation and a strong alcohol content that adds to the drink a little. It is smooth, sweet and rich on the palate.

It smells better than almost any other beer I have ever tried for starters. For a beer that is 8.5% it goes down very well and although itís not a beer you could drink more than two of I can see myself picking this up every now and again when I can.


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tekstr1der (82) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Reddish-brown pour with minimal head. Looks almost syrapy. Appearance is itís only low-point. The smell is from heaven - malty and fruity. Flavors are strong malt sweetness with some slight wine notes. Incredibly smooth, and way too drinkable. This one could get me in trouble.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
androman (639) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2015
33cl bottle @ home from Edinburgh. Body is clear deep ruby red, Head is medium, slightly creamy, beige, average lasting, good lacing. Nose is malty, Aroma is fruity, caramel, dried fruits, light licorice, herbs, chocolate. Taste is medium sweet, medium roasty bitter. Finish is medium lasting caramelized roasty bitter-sweet, later more dried fruits. Medium to full body, oily and sticky texture, average carbonation. Easy dessert beer, reminds me to some bockbeers, a bit too sweet for me.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1295) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2015
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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lello4ever (103) - ITALY - FEB 13, 2015
» 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hugi (435) - Waldkirch, GERMANY - FEB 12, 2015
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
twindadplus2 (619) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2015
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.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ordybill (327) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - FEB 7, 2015
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.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
paolo71 (62) - Alviano, ITALY - FEB 5, 2015
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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reggiedunlop (3337) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2015
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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beer_est_deus (790) - Ųrebro, SWEDEN - JAN 20, 2015
Grymmt grumlig och brun med ett vitt skum. Doft: Jšnka, sprit, malt, tuttifrutti. Smak: Som doft.


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