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91
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style
Brewed by Orkney (Sinclair Breweries)
Style: Scotch Ale
Stromness, Scotland
Serve in Thistle

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1604   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2005
Pours dark amber/brown with thin diminishing white head. Aroma is smokey malt. Flavor is salty, smoke, raisins and alcohol. Finish is long and salty, sweet.

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
PeterLikesBeer (104) - Berwyn Heights, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2005
pours a dark amber color with a fast diminishing tan head. there is some lacing but not much. aroma is very faint of some malts but not much else. Taste is strange. it tingles your tongue like carbonated water does. it also reminds me a little bit of ginger ale. definitly interesting and good enough to try once.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
steprous99 (28) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2005
Served in the bottle with the rounded maudite glass. 8.5% didnt really taste as strong as that though. Not that interesting of a taste to me, went down fairly easy. This is one of those strange ones where I like the style but not the specific beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nekronos (4136) - Xalapa, MEXICO - OCT 7, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2006 NICe, this was amazing, the aroma, and the taste, smoked, like chocolate, but it had this wooden flavor alos.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2005 The aroma is malty and sweet but with a name like Skullsplitter it was not as strong as I expected. The appearance is brown with a maroon tint to it. The flavor is not the best. It is very salty. There is also sweet raisins and also wood. Aftertaste is somewhat like red wine.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BT (123) - Westchester, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Poured a rich copper brown; aroma sweet, flavor sweet, "like drinking liquid candy" I said as I finished the glass at My Place in Newtown, CT. Very delightful. A winner.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
garrison (812) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2005
From a 330 ml (11.2 ounce) bottle - This one pours a deep ruddy brown with an absolutely marvelous fruity aroma and a very quickly fading low tan head. Tastewise, Skullsplitter is VERY smooth for a Scotch Ale, with the sweet, fruity fermented maltiness dominating and the presence of peat smokiness and some bitterness in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2005
Pours clear deep red with a one-finger tan head. There is some effervescence, but that may just be because I have a dusty glass. Smells like a Doppelbock with some added smokinessdark fruit, toffee, and an underlying peaty aroma. Very smooth up front, with the slightest fruit (plum, banana, and grape) taste. It finishes with some alcohol and a nice subtle smoky/peaty flavor. Pretty darn good.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Terminus (3615) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 21, 2005
Nice dark brown and red color. Aroma is pure malt. Satin lace around glass and in the mouth. Malt and alcohol make up the taste for the most part. Did not taste any fruit. Very smooth and nice to drink.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tobias (208) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2005
33cl bottle: pour is a deep dark brown with red tinges. light tan head. aroma is sweet malty caramel with fruity chocolatey notes. flavors is mosty caramel and dark fruit, with some slight roasty toastiness. bittersweet chocolate on the end.


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