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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1620   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimgraz (11) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 15, 2012
Not sure I would recommend this for people looking for a barleywine. That is what it is described as, but it pours, tastes and smells more like an old ale. Hardly any hops at all, but very malty from beginnign to end. Pours a reddish amber with a thin, white head. Some elather and clove with raisin and vanilla. Complex combination of malts that simply works from beginning to end.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MNAle (169) - Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2017
Dark ruby with a tan to off-white thick head, leaving nice lacing. Georgeous aroma of cherry, caramel, nutty, and more, with some alcohol in there, too. Moderate feel. Complex flavor, fruits - cherry, raisens - caramel, earthy and sweet, alcohol is obvious but not overpowering in the taste. The finish has fruits, malts, alcohol, and some bittering. The taste is very nice and complex - there is a lot going on here that is difficult for me to describe it all, but the combination is a really good Scotch ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
PanMarek (418) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2017
Clear, deep reddish brown pour with moderate beige head that lasts along the side of the glass. Caramel malt is dominant in the nose but there are notes of dried fruit and alcohol. Medium body and fizz with a slightly dry finish. The sweet roasted malts at the beginning fades a little toward the end, preventing the beer from being too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2857) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2017
Dark amber/cider color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted sweet malt, rich fruit, & caramel; Flavor of smoky sweet malt, spicy hops, fruit, caramel, and molasses; Finish is dry; Pretty good - very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jabic (531) - Plainfield, Vermont, USA - MAR 20, 2017
Ar: Deep, sweet maltiness; caramel and toffee; raisins, dried cherries, some butterscotch; a bit of alcohol. Ap: Deep amber mahogany; clear; medium tan head with moderate retention, leaves a bit of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass, an uneven ring of medium bubbles, and a very thin cap of fine bubbles; T: Deep, rich maltiness with medium and dark caramel; a bit of acrid malt and tannin, very low bitterness; moderate sweetness up front, but dries up quickly; rich malt throughout, marked fulness of malty flavor, with a lingering, sharp but low bitterness. P: Medium-full body with medium-high carbonation; finish is medium-dry. O: A classic wee heavy; full in the malt flavor and mouthfeel departments, with great specialty malt complexity--some roasted notes, a range of caramel notes, and lots of great base malt richness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GoufCustom (1946) - HONG KONG - MAR 19, 2017

330 ml bottle bought at HK Brewcraft in Central.

Looks: Cloudy hazy burgundy red colour with a thin ring of dirt-like yeast sedimentsNear zero head with residual soapy white foam which fades in 15 seconds; Good sticky lacing with zero carbonation.

Aroma: Very fragrant and sweet rich amber malt, with strong Brandy, strong caramel, toffee, figs, dark fruits, strong brown sugar, strong spices , dough, yeast and light grass.

Taste: Close to medium sweet Amber malt, with strong caramel, toffee, light toast, light dark fruits, light floral, fair molasses, spice, dry biscuits, yeast, light lemon, fair to light bitter hops and thin grass.

Body: Medium body. Slick and quite oily palate.

Mouth Feel: Strong amber maltyness in a thick background. Dry biscuity throughout. Booze is omnipresent but much less liquor-ish than the aroma suggest. Light dark fruits with caramel and toffee. Surprisingly moderate sweetness. Spicy and light lemon to round. Quite nice!

Hoppiness: Strong spices and light grass in nose. Light floral, spice, light lemon and thin grass in taste; Bitterness is low for a n abrupt, low astringent biscuity malty finish.

After Taste: Dry. Spicy boozy and light bitter to mouth.

Comments: This ones nose is intimidating with liquorish Brandy which suggest strong Belgian Ambre, but the taste is pretty timid, doughy dry maltyness with minimalistic dark fruits and strong spices. Easy to drink for sure but a bit hollow for the style. Still worth trying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
freekyp (2142) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 5, 2017
The gold standard for Scotch ale, Skull Splitter pours deep mahogany with gorgeous ruby highlights. Big earthy peaty caramel malt nose portends the flavors perfectly. Dark fruits and some leathery notes mingle seemlessly with the rich malt flavors. Sweet but not cloying, and thick. Hoist your flagon high on this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HourGlass13 (803) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2017
Pours up an amazing clear mahogany in the glass, with a good tan foam head. Aroma has notes of dark fruits, sweet, toasty, caramel. Medium body, average carbonation. Taste is malty with dried fruits, toast and caramel...a wonderful and classic scotch ale.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dutchomatic (16) - Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2017
Strong, but oh so nice.....all levels. My grandfather there on the bottle. Skl!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
colui72 (941) - HONG KONG - FEB 21, 2017
Pours brown with a big white head, some sticky lacing. Aroma of sweet malts and dark, ripe fruits. Strong fruity notes and toasted malts in its taste too, with molasses and boozy warmth. Sweet character but with a dry finish. Slick to the palate, a nice sipper, very tasty evening ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
john44 (3034) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2017
Bottle. Dark Reddish-Brown in colour. Very Malty; sweet toasted malts, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, hint of chocolate? Very Fruity; raisins, dark fruits, dates & figs. Hoppy; spicy peppery hops. Smoky, peaty notes. Viscous, syrupy. Warming alcohol noticeable near the finish. Fairly sweet (but not too sweet) fruity malty throughout. Dry finish. Liked this. Nice beer! (2009-04)

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