Rogue Skullsplitter

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


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RATINGS: 109   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Skullsplitter is an off-the-charts giant of a beer that is a towering product of John Maier’s 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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LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2008
Draft - Sold as Rogue Black Brutal Bitter. I’m 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..

BrewDad (5667) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2008
Pint - Eastside Club Tavern - Olympia, WA
Aroma – Nice dark malt with a light amount of hops.
Appearance – Dark brown color, Nice thin head and clear.
Flavor – Tons of dark malt and hops flavor this was a great Schwarz bier.
Palate – Great Mouthfeel, Awesome texture with a good dry finish.
Overall – What a wonderful fid for the night. This beer was at the top of the list and wow what a flavor. This was a wonderful beer. A total surprise to find I was for sure there would not be a new beer here at the Eastside. What a great day.
Under the name Black Brutal Bitter

MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2008
Bottle-Deep dark brown with reddish hues letting light through. Head is fluffy and off white. Nutty, malty,roasted toffee nose with a pile of hops and fruit. Fruity flavour profile with roasted nutty caramel malts alongside adequate hopping. Coffee and milk chocolate towards the finish with lots of hops to balance. An interesting experiment.

Aurelius (5651) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2008
A big beer. Like a roasty IPA, lots of west coast hops, caramel, citrus. Viscous mouth. Boozy. Thought this was a Scottish.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Black Brutal / Skullsplitter
Date: 06/15/2005
Mode: Draft
Source: Summits - Cumming

black, thin fine tan head, thick lace, rich malt aroma with a good chocolate character and floral hops fighting to get through, flavor is a perfect match for the aroma, creamy body a bit thin at first but appropriate for a lager, long lasting bitter finish with a too much burnt black patent malt that keeps it from being a superstar
-------- /> Name: Black Brutal / Skullsplitter
Date: 02/15/2006
Source: Summits - Cumming
Score: iii to ii
Words: Draft

dark with ruby edges, nice fine tan head, good lace, light roasted malt aroma with a touch of sweetness, smooth body, creamy chocolate and roasted flavors, light bitterness,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *4

JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2007
Pours dark amber and gives a decent sized head. The aromas of fruit from the hops rolls into a nice bitter hop like chracter. The finish shows some decent bitterness as well.

ruffneck2 (2) - USA - JUN 14, 2007 does not count
Tried it at Old Chicago by just random choice, and it was one of the best beers i had, great citrus feel to it, smooth coffee like, love it

FROTHINGSLOSH (8267) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2007 Sampled on draft at Mad Mex in State College PA this beer poured a black color with a small creamy khaki head. The aroma was sweet, roasty and hoppy. The flavor was bitter with a noted floral and fruity presence and a light roasty malt undertone with hints of dry chocolate on the finish.

hellbilly (3306) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - APR 16, 2007
UPDATED: APR 18, 2007 man, that’s brutal on tap @ papago. smells like a smokey IPA tastes like satan...but wait, it starts out really hoppy and bitter with citric tones and ends smooth with malt and alot of likes coffee. this one really grows on me...waitress!

whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2007
"Rogue Black Bitter". Pint at the Drafting Room Spring House. Clear, dark reddish-brown body with a cottony tan head. Prominent fresh hop profile with notes of mango and resin, plus roasty cigar notes. Flavor has tobacco and burnt fruit characters and is fairly dry with substantial hop and roast bitterness. Somewhat astringent. A very hoppy black ale, like a DIPA meets a Schwarzbier. Different, but I’m not crazy about the synthesis here.

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