Skinners Keel Over

Skinners Keel Over

Rated 3.284 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Skinners Brewery

Truro, Cornwall, United Kingdom

Style:  Bitter

4.2% Alcohol by Volume

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A classic, Cornish mid strength bitter. Amber in colour and beautifully balanced with a smooth finish. Visibility good - becoming poor! Commissioned by the National Maritime Museum, Falmouth and named by a competition winner at the museum.

ID: 17499 Last updated 15 years ago Added to database 15 years ago

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Overall Rank10768
Overall Percentile76.6
Style Rank55 of 834
Style Percentile93.4
Lowest Score2.9
Highest Score4.5
Average Score3.567
Weighted Score3.284
Standard Deviation0.000

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  • ANTE 2674 reviews
    rated 2.9 13 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Pours out in a pale amber colour with a small white foam. Grains, resin, nuts and milky chocolate in the subtle aroma. Mild flavour of milky chocolate, almonds, ryebread, raisins and hay. Light-bodied. Nutty and slightly resiny finish with notes of fudge and hay.

  • SIGMUND 3827 reviews
    rated 3.3 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    500 ml brown bottle, courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger. ABV is 4.2%. Some of the profits of the sale of this beer benefits the National Maritime Museum Cornwall. Clear deep golden to amber colour, big white head. Very moderate aroma, stale water and dusty attic, a hint of honey and caramel comes through as the beer warms up. Flavour is moderately hoppy, hints of toffee and biscuits, fairly dry, some fruit in the finish. Nothing offensive in the flavour, this is an easy drinking session bitter, but definitely not a beer that stands out from the crowd. Unremarkable and relatively short aftertaste.

  • EYECHARTBREW 1451 reviews
    rated 4.5 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 10

    Sampled cask-conditioned at The Towan Blystra, Newquay, Cornwall.

    To me, it seems all rather redundant for small breweries like Skinner's to have so many different beers, and yet they're all in the 4.0-4.5%ABV range. Is the English Bitter style really robust enough to support enough of a variance to have so many beers under one brewery's banner?

    In this case, I would say yes. Clasified as Skinner's "mid-stength bitter", this does indeed fall right about in the middle of their extansive line of cask conditioned beers. And while one might think that this might fall into the "neither here nor there" category (i.e. not "light and easy drinking" nor "bigger and bolder"), I think this particular beer works quite well all-told.

    I hate to quote directly from a brewery's website, but I think in this one case, it fits to a tee. "Beautifully balanced", indeed. Quite easy on the palate, but with enough going on to make sure that you sit up and take notice before the beer is gone from your Imperial Pint glass!

    Like many other Cornish Real Ales, this features the now-rather-familar combo of Challenger or Northdown and Goldings -- with perhaps mixed up a little with some Styrian Goldings or Fuggles in the mix. We're only talking about perhaps 30 IBUs, so let's not over-think the hop-bill, eh?

    No, like so many other well-made cask-conditioned beers, this beer's true strength lies in the carefully crafted and aligned malt bill, to give this beer much more interest and depth than one would normally think possible from a mere 4.2%ABV beer. Call it trickery if you must, as long as the end result is as balanced and as tasty as this...!

    One of the rarer cask-conditioned beers in Central Cornwall -- and also one of my favorites. A winner in all aspects, IMHO....

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