Rogue Skullsplitter

Formerly brewed at Rogue Ales
Style: Schwarzbier
Newport, Oregon USA


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RATINGS: 109   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Skullsplitter is an off-the-charts giant of a beer that is a towering product of John Maiers fertile beermagination. Amarillo dry hops give a tangerine-citrus nose that is enveloped by a burnt toffee aroma. AN inky palate with roast and caramel notes teases before the attacking, intense bitterness. Let this one warm in your glass before sipping.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (4056) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Draught from Tylers. Bartender told me this Brutal Bitter, but when I saw the dark brown color I was thrown. Then I tasted it, definitely not Brutal Bitter. Maybe she meant black Brutal Bitter or maybe I didnt hear her. I digress...This beer is similar to BB, but this has much more roasted malt and cocoa notes. Alcohol nicely hidden and pretty well balanced overall. No off flavors or any noticeable flaws. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1909) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 21, 2008
On tap @ Brouwers. Looks a nice thin black. Aroma is hoppy and fairly malted. Couldnt tell it was 9% whatsoever. Nicely bittered with citrusy and pineapple notes. A bit dry. Goodness!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 15, 2008
In short: A Schwarzbier trying to be a Black-IPA. Excellent.
How: Tap at Brew Kettle (Cleveland)
The look: Dark mahogany body with a medium beige head
In long: Lots of roasted malts with a light biter black chocolate flavour. The beer is very hoppy. Hop profile is somewhere between an American IPA and an English Bitter on steroids. Tasty finish with black chocolate bitterness blending in with the leafy hops bitterness. Body is fluffy, very fluffy (like a spongy black cake or something) with is quite pleasantly unusual for a beer of that kind. Very tasty but never aggressive. Enjoyable in large quantities. Unbelievable, Rogue going nuts on the hops although the style doesnt call for it. Hops are to Rogue what sugar is to McDonalds. Damn both of you for my love handles.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
oldpainless (34) - fort mill, South Carolina, USA - MAY 12, 2008
Big beer. Bitter finish. Original take on the schwarzbier. Strong 9% so be careful it will put a hurt on you. Not a session beer though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - MAY 10, 2008
On tap at Blind Tiger. Poured a dark brown,small head. Had a slight hop nose. Full bodied beer with chocolate notes, roasted malts, with a smoky somewhat bitter finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - APR 30, 2008
Cask. Opaque black pour with a huge and fluffy white head. Smoky sweet malt aroma full of roasted malt and burned coffee. Flavor is bittersweet and chocolaty, almost burnt. Fantastic contrast between the roasted malt and bitter hops. Very nice.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - APR 27, 2008
3/22/08 On draught at the Cask Festival. Aroma is roasty and metallic in its bittering. Appearance is dark brown with a moderate maintained white head. Flavor is roasty with moderate bittering. Mouthfeel is medium/high bodied with a moderate carb feel. Overall, not bad, but I dont get the IPA character out of this that others do.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jefcon (1775) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2008
Mmmm. A papery, dry, burnt and very malty character. Plenty of charcoal-colored beer in the glass under a thin head. Bitter bite of peach/orange hops followed by an undertow of malts that lean heavily on dry coffee flavors. Really an ingenious treatment of schwarzbier and like nothing else I have tasted.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
troopie (2304) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - APR 12, 2008
Draught. Sold as Rogue Black Brutal ck Bitter. Poured black with thin head. Not much lacing. Lingering citrus and toffee nose. Full flavour, Malt, caramel, toffee and coffee. Very Hoppy finish without being overpowering. This is also much stronger than it tastes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2008
Draft - Sold as Rogue Black Brutal Bitter. Im surprised to see this is a swarzbier. The beer poured black and has a very bitter finish. An excellent beer loaded with flavors of burnt malt, caramel, and tons of hops. This beer tastes like a cross between an IPA and Stout, but in a very nice way..

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