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

bottled
common

on tap
unknown

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1606   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   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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pilsnerrogge (2984) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JAN 27, 2005
(Bottled) Nut brown colour. Nice head. Smokey aroma with notes of tar. Dry, smoked and peaty flavour with a touch of toffee. An excellent alternative to single malt whisky.

5
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.

5
LordErasmus (4) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 9, 2007 does not count
My personal favorite, all time champion, which probably says something about my taste in beer. Its a malt wallop explosion in your mouth with a huge honey sweet kick and a clean finish with a lingering peaty smoked out aftertaste. Mix in one of the best names/bottle combinations of all time and we got a winner. I think I’m going to move to the Orkney’s just so I can drink this straight from the tanks.

5
AllHailtheAle (6) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2014 does not count
This might be my favorite beer. Really it has this excellent flavor that just is exactly what I look for in a beer.

5
dutchomatic (19) - Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2017
Strong, but oh so nice.....all levels. My grandfather there on the bottle. Skál!

4.9
solifugid (16) - New Paltz, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2008
Sweet, fruity, lasting head, dark-reddish amber color, notes of fig and dark fruit. Doesn’t taste as boozy as I’d expect an 8.5% beer to taste. My favorite beer, by far.

4.8
goldie99 (5) - USA - OCT 15, 2001 does not count
My favorite scottish ale. Lots of chocolate and some carmel malts. Strong alcohol on the palate.

4.8
finewinematt (8) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 12, 2011 does not count
Malty, spicy, with caramel sweetness and a good body. Probably my favorite beer from Scotland. High alcohol and a meaty mid-palate. Extraordinary.

4.8
MarkSachon (1044) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2012
From the 120z bottle purchased at 1 for the Road in Wexford, PA. In the barley wine category this has be one of the best. Immediate greetings of sweetness from the nose hinting of the smoother flavor within. No heaviness here as often happens with the barley wines, just a nice balance somewhere in the middle range for body and texture. Plenty of ingredients to ponder, unless you become incoherent due to the 8.5% alcohol level, which will register with even one bottle. Great to see this so readily available here in Pennsylvania and at a very reasonable price at less than $2.00 a bottle. Hope I can spread the good word on this one to my friends.

4.8
freekyp (2387) - 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.


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