Skull Splitter Rich Ale – Orkney Brewery

From Scotland’s Orkney Brewery on the Orkney Islands comes their “Skull Splitter Rich Ale”.  This imperial ale is not as scary as the name implies.  The beer pours a brownish colour with a tan head.  The aroma of this ale consists of malts, sweet fruits and floral hops.  The flavour consists of sweet fruits, malts and a good kick of hops bitterness and an ever so slight alcohol burn to finish it off.  The alcohol content comes in at a hight 8.5%.  My skull is still intact but this ale did pack a punch!  To much and you may just think you cracked your skull.

Commercial Description:  Skull Splitter is our strongest ale: which is named after Thorfinn Einarsson who was the 7th Viking Earl of Orkney. Sophisticated, satiny smooth with a deceptively light character, it is a tribute to our colourful forbear.

Food Pairing as per brewery:  Norman Sinclair recommends drinking his Skull Splitter Ale with pate, redmeat dishes and strong cheeses.