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Friday, August 28, 2009

Orkney - Skull Splitter Ale

Dead Viking Warrior
Where to Dig Up More About This Beer
Skull Splitter Ale
Sinclair Breweries Limited
The Orkney Brewery
Orkney, Scotland UK
Est. 2006

Brain Damage Quotient =8.5 % ABV
Fluid Oz. = 11.2 

Postmortem Brew Review
Brown with ruby tones.
Malted smell with distinct hop aroma
Fruity, fig notes in aroma.
Minimal head that dissipates rapidly.
Some lacing throughout the glass.
Medium bodied, complex mouth feel and zingy hops finish.

Grim Reaper's Eulogy
Tickling hop notes after each sip were found on this high ABV ale from Scotland. As distinct as the hops were, they were subtle, punchy even, but not overpowering. Nor was there a hint alcohol aftertaste as in some high ABV's, but a strong buzz prevailed after sucking the brains out of this noble lord.

The label's bold looking Viking however, was not nearly as subtle. With a winged helmet, leather shield and bright read warrior cloak, it was no surprise what lay in wait inside this brown glass vessel. Red lettering and matching red foil neck wrap showed this was not a beer nor Viking to take lightly. This dude was going down fighting!

Reading the bio of Thorfinn Hausakluif (Skullsplitter) added to the charm of this brew. He was the 7th Viking Earl of Orkney from the tip of the northern Scottish Isles and roamed those islands and seas around 1,000 AD, making him an official 'dead soldier' in the Reaper's book. I feared him not, as the barkeep's church key was enough to decapitate Thor and claim his broadsword for king and country. Muahahaahaaa!

All hail the Vikings...Long live Thor! Long live Orkney!

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