Skullsplitter Orkney Ale

Orkney Brewery


Skullsplitter was the nickname of Thorfinn Hausakluif (obviously an accountant), the 7th Viking Earl of Orkney. Y'all should know that I bought this about 5 or 6 years ago in New Jersey. Since then, I've moved twice, for some inexplicable reason moving this beer with me. It was fairly strong in alcohol (8.5%), leaving that almost burning alcohol flavor in the back of my throat (the kind you get after drinking Scotch or whiskey). There was also a distinct sweet taste and smell to it, kind of like whiskey. I think this would appeal to hard-liquor drinkers and barley-wine fans.....not for alcohol level but for taste. Overall, not bad. Even after 6 years.

Reviewed: May 01, 2004

Rating: 5/10

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