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Orkney Skull Splitter (Cask)

Brewed by Orkney (Sinclair Breweries)
Style: Barley Wine
Stromness, Scotland
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Cask; Regular.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BLADT (198) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2014
From tap. Fruity. Wood. Really complex nose. Hints of sherry. Taste is cherries and cork. Done treacle. Lots of flavors. B hard to say this is great. Easy to say this is interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VastActiv (2175) - Oulu, FINLAND - FEB 2, 2014
Cask at Gallow’s Bird, Espoo. Originally rated 21012012. Colour is clear copper with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Sweetness, caramel, fruits and malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Holmen1 (2001) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JAN 28, 2014
Kveldens siste på Mandag i annen jan-14: har bare drukket denne fra flaske, kjekt å få den på cask. Vakker rødbrun farge og en farlig lett aroma - dette kombinert med bærsødmen tilsier at den burde komme med en advarsel. Kanskje navnet er nettopp advarselen? Skallen var heldigvis intakt morgenen derpå.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (2124) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2013
9 oz. draft serving dispensed to a snifter at Lunar Brewing Co., showing good clarity to the deep mahogany color, an off white/light tan, silky layer of head foam, and decorative waves & spots of lacing. The aroma was dark fruit, mainly cherry, and caramelly sweetness. The taste was similar but more involved, with a port-like nature, moderate & lingering hop bitterness, a bit of astringency, some booziness, with pleasant dryness to the finish. Fuller character, and much more to my liking than the bottled version.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mike5326 (660) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Poured from a tap. Light brown caramel color, light white head. Slight sour smell. Lip smacking tart, malt flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Luvystypotables (383) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Pleasant nose hint of malt, a bit of yeast, warm bread. Dark colour like burnt caramel. Smooth taste with a Belgian palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sockamania (42) - - JUL 13, 2013
A very nice beer with gentle but strong toffee and caramel taste. Would definitely have again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jstraw (1900) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Chocolate-brown with light, creamy, beige head (barrel-aged?) / Smooth, malty, woody nose of dark fruit and chocolate / Medium to full body, smooth with woody astringency, some sourness, hot but good balance and bitter finish / Complex flavors of sour malt, cider, milk chocolate, oak, dark cherry, and prune / Wouldn’t call this a barley wine in either character or at 8% abv, more of a Belgian brown.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Finn (3759) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2013
The 8th Redhill Beer Festival 2 Nov 12. Søt fruktaroma. Smaken er tung frukt. Litt syrlig. Ettersmak av syrlige plommer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (7348) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 1, 2012
Poured from gravicask, half pint shared with Finn as our last drink at The 8th Redhill Beer Festival. Headless, slightly hazy, dark brown coloured body. Dried fruity aroma. Dark plums, prunes, raisin and bread in a rather well blended flavour supported by alcohol warmth on the swallow. Full bodied. Very nice even though it’s quite heavy to drink, 02.11.2012).

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