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Orkney Skull Splitter (Cask)

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Brewed by Orkney (Sinclair Breweries)
Style: Barley Wine
Stromness, Scotland
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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Regular.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
nihtila (1727) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 12, 2015
Cask at SRAF. Pours clear ruby. Nose is fruity, sweet malts, nuts. Tastes sweet, red fruits, nuts, booze, light spices. It was slightly boozy already in bottle and unfortunately these turn out to be worse in cask. Aroma promised more.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
jjsint (1397) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2015
Cask at the Cavens Arms, Dumfries. Light brown clear. Off white head. Honey, caramel, hazelnut and whisky aroma. Scottish as fuck. Sweet taste with a slight herbal/salty note. Plums. Aftertaste is a warming bourbon sweetness. Medium body. Easy drinking (dangerously so).

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (4493) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2014
Cask at the Craven Arms; dark amber pour with a creamy beige head, big sweet aroma, taste has tangerine, sweet malts, big booze.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sam_rates_beer (23) - Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 24, 2014
Thick with sweetness, not far from alcoholic syrup. Fruity aroma, no lacing. Sticky copper.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
guzgorog (461) - FRANCE - AUG 22, 2014
Brune / rouge. Peu de mousse. Nez bizarre : alcool, calva. Bouche étrange également : prune, mirabelle, gnole (fort gout d’alcool). Carbonation honnête pour ce type de bière. Corps puissant : liquoreux et alcoolique. Mal équilibré.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamestulloch (2132) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 4, 2014
Cask from the brewery. Clear amber body with a thin white head that quickly fades. Faint lacing. Aroma of cranberry and caramel. Flavour of boozy watermelon, toffee apple and berries. Medium body with an oily texture. Faint carbonation prickle. A very drinkable Scotch Ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (6508) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 12, 2014
Cask at SRAF. Pours pale brown, nose is light fruit, sweet toffee, taste is rich caramel, fruity, marzipan, thin, toffee.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stuartyboy (935) - SCOTLAND - JUL 10, 2014
On cask at SRAF 2014 a cloudy amber beer with big fruity armoa flavour is fig raisins sweet and smooth slightly smokey finish very nice

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NikkTwist (2008) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Draft pour at Farmers Cabinet. Clear but very dark red brown color with a decent off-white head. Medium-light dark caramel body. Oversoaked burnt cereal. Bit like a wet sock unfortunately, but this is likely an overripe pour. Dark amber fruit. Plums. Apricot ears. Black cherries. Light liquorice. Portobello mushrooms. Somewhat complicated but feels way too thin and past due. Have had in the bottle (which also read a bit thin) where it felt fresher. Know that the age of this keg is a detrimental factor, but still find it hard to imagine a worthy proper Barleywine coming out of this. Will try again, but cannot recommend for now.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
miquelcrush (1785) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUN 17, 2014
Bona cervesa molt equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza muy equilibrada y sabrosa.


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