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Brewed by Williams Brothers (Heather Ales)
Style: Traditional Ale
Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 689   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottled. A cask version is available from May to July.
"Seaweed Ale"
Prior to the 1850's there were many Scottish coastal alehouses which brewed their own ales, these ales were made from local malted barley which was grown on fields fertilised with seaweed. This environment gave the barley a very specific flavour which we have recreated by the inclusion of fresh seaweed in the mash tun. In addition to the seaweed (bladder rack) harvested on the Argyll coast we have used only organically grown malt - the darker malts roasted by ourselves.
Kelpie is a rich chocolate ale which has an aroma of fresh seabreeze and a distinctive malty texture.
Drink lightly chilled in a wine glass.


3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
edsspoon (146) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2014
Pours very deep red to black with a fizzy brown head which gradually fades to a ring. Aroma is some hints of orange, coffee, slightly salty with some chocolate notes and nuttiness. Taste is chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Slightly salty, hints of vanilla. Medium sweet. Very thin body, lightly carbonated. It’s fairly nice.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dlbeer (663) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 12, 2014
Bottle. Dark pour with tan head. Smells of roasted malts, coffee and slight chocolate. Tastes of the same. Kind of thin and the flavor dies off quickly. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
elbernays (314) - IRELAND - APR 6, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours black with tan head. Aroma is coffee, malts and nuts, some smoke. Flavour is coffee, nuts, slightly salty, earth. No bitterness. Body is light and the beer is watery as a result.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerhunter111 (5660) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 5, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein sehr dunkel rötlichbraunes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig fruchtig, würzig, Karamell. Geschmack leicht röstmalzig, Gewürze, Karamell, fruchtig.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TEJA (1215) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2014
Nice lasting Brown head. Big chokolate aroma. Malty taste blrnded with the chocolate malts is strange but still good. A bit tiny body.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
LowBrau (73) - Tonawanda, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2014
Clear dark brown, tan head. Coffee nose accented by gingerbread note. Light to medium body, slightly slick mouthfeel, but has a club soda-like quality at the same time. Coffee is the dominant aroma. Also in the background (in descending order) - burnt/smoky, chocolate, grassy/plant-like, and skunky aromas. Dry taste, a little bitter, hint of salt.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ianwelby (338) - SCOTLAND - FEB 15, 2014
Dark beer with a bitter malt aroma. Flavour is mild with an odd tang presumably from the seaweed. It’s not really my cup of tea but it’s okay.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scott_ (21) - South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2014
Nice beer, salty aroma with a slightly sea breeze taste, lovely dark malt. Expected more saltiness to it, but that doesn’t take it away from being a nice beer,

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Erzengel (1939) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - FEB 2, 2014
Geruch nach Schokokuchen - sehr vielversprechend. Der Antrunk ist erst wässrig-neutral, zum Hauptteil hin entfaltet sich eine schöne, röstmalzig-schokoladige Espressonote mit angenehmem Herbe-Süße-Verhältnis. Allerdings etwas flach. Der Nachgeschmack ist eher kurz, anfangs schön röstmalzig trocken: etwas torfig-salzig-rauchig. Hat was von einem guten Islay-Whisky. Diese tollen Aromen verfliegen aber ziemlich schnell. Danach schlägt der Seetang voll zu: flach-wässrig-salzig-fade und irgendwie total unpassend an dieser Stelle.
--> Interessantes, aber auch sehr komisches Bier! --> 12+11+7+10 = 10,30

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Luvystypotables (397) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Aroma of sour malt with a rich dark chocolate colour and thick creamy head. Balanced taste with a hint of malt with a watery finish.


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