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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1618   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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obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 20, 2004
Nice deep brown with fine head. Roasted malt nose with some ruby fruit, some tootsie roll. Nice prickle in the mouth, somewhat creamy mouthfeel, nice chocolate notes, and a mid palate sweetness. Almost a roasted coffee quality. long lingering finish with nuttiness on the end...Great beer!

KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2004
I admit I bought this one because,well, ’Skullsplitter’ is a kick hiney name for anything. (The label on my bottle is different from the one pictured here, as it features a real guy holding a sword instead of the cartoon dude. I like the cartoon dude better.) This is an interesting offering... very sweet at first and then it fizzles. The alcohol is noticeable almost immediately. This should go good with the tapes of the British Open from this past weekend that I am watching. (Trip to New Orleans, y’all, but at least I taped it... and don’t tell me who won!) I like this one. I rated the appearance low because it looks like a watered down Coke when poured. Otherwise, good stuff.

robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2004
Red/Brown Coloring. Good Sized White Head. Smokey. Caramel. Roasts... An ’out there’ beer but still very good.

beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 21, 2004
Softly glowing scab red color, a one finger high, foamy vanilla hued top adorns the top, crumbles down slowly to leave a good collar and lacing sticks in minimal strings. Aroma of smokey malts, salty meats, caramel, and some undecipherable darker fruits. Some fusil alcohol creeps. The nature of its nose seemes suppressed and slow. Taste has a good amount of darker malts, not on a roasty level, more of a deep sweetness then anything with a subdued tang. Some wonderful smokey flavors meld within some of the darker fruity nuances. Bits of caramel show through in the middle. Mouthfeel is mega big, thick and sweet, nearly full, creamfully chewy in a malty way. It coats the mouth like a thick fog over a cold morning lake. A slow sipper to be sure.

turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JUN 20, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2004 dark red brown color with nice head. taste is sweet chocolate caramel candy like. very rich tasting great when your craving something sweet. my kids say the viking on the bottle looks like me also, so thats cool!!! im getting more of this!

JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUN 20, 2004
Brown, with nice white creamy head. Smells or raisins,german hops, and brown sugar, dusty basement.Very strong, sweet taste. Blows the mouth away with caramel, toffee, roasted malts. Aftertaste is butterscotch

AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 16, 2004
clear dark red appearance, fizzy tan head, sweet fruity nose cherries/apples, sweet smoket flavor, very woody flavor, like tree bark, caramel, molases, the alcohol is well hidden, this is tastey, and I’m digging the viking on the bottle, aaaarrrrrgghhhh.

presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 9, 2004
Dark brown with ruby highlights. Almost no head but enough carbonation to maintain a ring of bubbles and some bubbles on the top. Sharp ascetic and plum aroma with dark spice. Rich malty taste, spice, fruit and nuts. Bit of a sour edge and finish.

SlimJimDrinker (115) - Nørrebronx, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2004
Extreme soy prune like aroma... Taste is inspired by a mix of cheap vodka and chocolate... Bad finish... Cool name... Shitty beer

Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - MAY 26, 2004
Deep brown coloured. Malty aroma with too many raisins and prunes in it. The flavour is very sweet and it tastes rotten like a too old beer. Too many raisins and prunes in the flavour as well. A big dissapointment. I expected much from a brew with such a cool name and label. This is not for vikings, this is for skunks.

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