Rogue Skullsplitter

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


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RATINGS: 110   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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omhper (25116) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2004
Bottled, thanks Dr.Bill! Dark brown, small head. Loads of licorice along with grapefruit. The mouthfeel is clean and the lingering finish is very bitter.

Ratman197 (14834) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2005
Almost opaque black with a brown head. Roasted malt aroma, with a hint of citrus. Flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, and a bit of citrus. Dry bitter finish.

Lubiere (13905) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2008
Rogue Black Brutal Bitter. A deep dark clear brown ale with a thin light moka head. A good floral hops, lots of C-hops, light chocolate notes. In mouth, a rather nice floral hops bitterness, faint chocolate, overall a nice nutty IPA. At Tap and Mallet, August 15 2008.

hopdog (12510) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2005
On tap at the Drafting Room in SH as part of the John’s Locker Stock program. On the menu as Rogue Black Brutal Bitter. Poured a dark, dark brown color with a very small sized off white head. Lighter aromas of roasted malts, light chocolates, and coffee mixed in with some hops. Strong hoppy taste and finish. Pine and grapefruit.

Sammy (12201) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2008
A really good bitterness, enjoyed on-tap yesterday at the Tap and Mallet. Perhaps the way it was served, was getting only a modest roast and citrus hop. Dark ruby colour, lots of creative lace on my glass.Very fresh, was getting chocolate malt and coffee.Drinkable but more of a sipper than an IPA. Cross betwee IPA and a shwartzbeer, with good citrus.

hopscotch (11101) - 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.

kp (10882) - 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

DocLock (10683) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Had this at MacGregor Ale House, Cary, NC. They told me it was "Rogue Black Brutal Bitter", but it did not taste 9% ABVish to me, and 6% is supposed to be the NC limit. I will rate it as I saw it, and rerate if necessary. The pour was deep black with huge hop aroma, coupled with chocoff. Tastes very hoppy, with chocoff in the finish. Tasted like a lighter, less balanced and complex version of Alpha Klaus.

3fourths (9345) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2006 Bottle - Dark brown. Big west-coast hop aroma. Feels and looks like a stout, but smells like a big regional IPA. Roasty, chocolaty, coffee-y with big big hops. I could smell this one all day. Thanks to legion for bringing this one. I hope this makes it into regular Rogue brewing schedules, but if it doesn’t at least I can say I tried it.

Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2007
First pint out of the keg on tap @ Mellow Mushroom Tampa. Pours out a murky muddy brown with thin tan head. The aroma is a quick whiff of sweet malts that get run over by big pine hops and streaks of citrus. The flavor is all hops. I don’t sense any malts making it through the iron curtain of bitter pine and grapefruit hops. Could certainly use either more malts for balance or more age to take some of the edge off the hops. The more of it I drink the more the grapefruit dominates.

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