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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1611   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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 ’Satiny smooth in the mouth, deceptively light and dangerously drinkable’."

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IndianaRed (5031) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 4, 2006
Bottle Pours a clear mahogany with an average sized light tan head and sparce coarse laccing. Nice woody malt aroma, underhopped it seems for the style. Slightly sweet flaovrs of over ripe apples and pears. Dark malts and not very highly bittered. Fairly thin feel for the style and surprisingly high ABV for the taste.

GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JAN 27, 2006
A very nice ale if you can find it, I’ve only seen it come in 4-packs. The very nice creamy head above a ruby red liquid with a smoky, malty aroma. I’ve been consuming IPA’s lately so this was a very nice change of pace. A rather sweet, smoky flavor almost that of some sort of desert wine but not as snobby. It didn’t have much of a lingering aftertaste, which was good for this brew. A very nice brew, but overall a bit expensive for only 4 bottles.

TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Skull Splitter pours to a beautiful deep garnet color with a slight tan head that fades, and a soft carbonation. The nose on this beer is very warming and inviting with lots of big caramel, sweet malty, and a touch peat smoky aromas, paired with some peppery alcohol. The palate is rich and full, with deep caramel and sweet malty flavors that coat the tongue. Skull Splitter finishes with huge, complex, delicious malt character up front, then ends with a slightly cloying, peppery alcoholic burn. At 8.5% abv, this is a potent brew that is meant to be sipped and savored. Skull Splitter makes a wonderful after dinner drink, and a great night cap brew. It also makes a fantastic desert beer and would match well with a rich and creamy NY Style cheese cake, or with a cheese course of sharp, aged, sheep’s milk cheese.

BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Dark reddish-brown color, small off-white head. Very malty and smoky aroma. Flavor is the same with some peatiness. Very nice thick smooth mouthfeel. A nice, unique beer.

pman (25) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JAN 17, 2006
Didn’t realize this was a barley wine, although the name is appropriate for onw. Fairly bitter, with the alcohol fairly well hidden. Can’t say I’ve tasted anything quite like it, but I’ll probably have it again.

Wolfenstein (96) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2006
Bottle: Poured dark brown with little head. Smoky fig aroma. Felt good on the palate, but finished burnt. Alcohol is well hidden. I’ll finish this one, but it will be my last.

xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2006
Bottle. Sea salts and bitter blueberries wafting off this one. raisins and strong alcohol get added in on the mouth. a little flat, perhaps because of an slightly firm pour. somewhat sour/bitter, not my favorite feeling.

rsmeds (228) - Turku, FINLAND - JAN 11, 2006
Bottle. Very dark brown. Small beige head. Bittersweet aroma of sweet, lightly roasted malt and alcohol. Flavor reflects aroma, but has something of a sweet, dark fruit character. Slightly sour and bitter hop finish. Very smooth.

ATOmemphis (200) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - JAN 8, 2006
Sneaky high alcohol content, very well hidden. Miniscule head. Felt slippery to the tongue and mouth, but in a good way, not oily. Very fruity - slightly more than I’d prefer. Great beer overall, I’ll have a second a’thank you.

beerbomb (232) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2006
bottle-A lot different than SN Bigfoot-i thought this was a scotch ale before i saw the catagory online. Almost no hops- strong, full, musty aroma-tastes of wood, mushrooms, caramel, maybe a tiny bit of over ripe apple. Overall, very full, smokey flavor and tasteful amount of carbonation considering. Different for a barley wine in my experience.

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