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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SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 7, 2007
On tap at El Bait Shop. Being sold as John’s Locker Brutal Black. Pours sepia in color with a huge tan-colored concrete head. This beer is tough- it has chunks in it. Very very dark brown. Serious heavy hop aroma. Strong coffee roasted flavor. Almost acrid. Awesome lacing. The body is very thick- super thick for the style. Has a long roasted bite on the tongue with a dark chocolate finishing aroma.

redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2007 on draft @ summite wayside. Piney, resin aroma, hints of roasted malts. Pours very dark brown, with reddish hints on the outside and a think tan head. Citrus hops up front with a sweet flavor, notes of tar, burnt coffee, crisp hoppy finish. This beer is very smooth on the palate.

Stine (1793) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2007
On tap at the Happy Gnome. Clearish sienna brown in color. Seems to be a hoppy pale ale gimmicked up with black and maybe roasted malt. Piney cascade aroma, dust and paper. Intense but sort of plain bitterness like sucking on plastic combined with a soapy black malt aftertaste. Hard to know what impression this brew was really intended to make, I guess, as nothing about it says “Schwarzbier,” while at the same time everything about it (re: hop overkill) says “Rogue.”

11thMan (20) - Dennison, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2007
On tap at Happy Gnome, but under the name of Black Brutal Bitter. The beer had a great nose and a very nice dark color. The flavor was good, but not great. Left a bit of an after taste that was not great.

MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2006
Pint at Summits in ATL - Aroma is hoppy with burnt toffee and malt. Pours deep red with a medium bubbley head and good lacing. Flavor matches aroma with a malty finish. Not a bad brew, unfortunately I had it in a smokey bar which I’m sure degarded the score.

unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - AUG 27, 2006
Had this one at Brewery in 2004. A heavy hitter. Great hop aroma that overpowers the roasted malt. It doesn’t have that roasted malt flavor at all. Gave me bit of a hung, honestly.

hopscotch (11161) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2006
Draft... Clear, deep mahogany lager with a small, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. Roasted malt and PNW hop aroma. Citrus fruit and toffee notes. The flavor is between medium and heavily bitter (a bitter Rogue beer, imagine that) with lots of roasted notes. Full-bodied and prickly with fizzy carbonation. Lengthy, very bitter finish.

MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2006
Keg @ Oliver Twist, Stockholm
Dark brown with small head. Dark choclate/fudge aroma. Hops, pines and chocolate taste. Phlegm producing bitterness. A big beer.

Svesse (8615) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2006 (Draught at Oliver Twist, Stockholm) Colour is very dark brown, almost black, with disappearing off-white head. Surprising nose, expecting loads of roasted malt, but is initially met by loads of fresh hops, some chocolate and after a while notes of raw fish and coriander, maybe some asian fish sauce and even some teriyaki sauce. Strange but amazing. Taste is roasted, with chocolate and fresh hops. Surprisingly dry, full bodied with a long, hoppy finish. Alcohol is well hidden. (Is this really a schwarzbier? It looks like a stout or porter, smells like an IPA and tastes like ... well, I’m not sure. Let’s just skip the categorization and be content with the feeling of a seriously strange, but amazing beer).

ante (3373) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2006
Draught at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Hazy dark brown colour topped with a big beige foam. Malty aroma of roasted grains, cracker, toffee, caramel and smoke with a hoppy grapefruity note. Full and intense flavour of grapefruit, roasted grains, licorice with a light vinous undertone. Clean mouthfeel. Long bitter finish of grapefruit.

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