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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: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Cask; Regular.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
guzgorog (344) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamestulloch (1568) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (3544) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
miquelcrush (1506) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUN 17, 2014
Bona cervesa molt equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza muy equilibrada y sabrosa.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NikkTwist (1745) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stuartyboy (718) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (6944) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2014
Taster on tap at Ei8ht Ball. A standard CO2 tap, as far as I can tell. Mustiness, dark fruit, and light spice in the aroma. Caramel in the flavor, light spice, some dry oxidization-type flavors. Bigger bite to it. Moderate to bigger bitter taste. Moderate sweet. Some toasty spicy malt flavors. Light earthy hop. Some mild, light dark fruitiness. Clear amber brown color. Minimal ring of off-white head, couple bits of lace. Bigger body. Smooth, light carbonation. More dry finish. Decent UK strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (5877) - Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2014
Draft at Ei8ht Ball. Pours a clear amber brown color with a thin off white film. The aroma and flavor have sweet malts, dark fruits, caramel, some wood and a hint of earthy bitterness and light spices. Very smooth from the cask, but sweet.

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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (11070) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2014
Tap sample. Poured hazy reddish color with a moderate frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate dark fruit, wet wood and small alcohol aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate dark fruit sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. This is a soft beer for style.

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