mike5326 (807) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from a bottle. Dark brown color, full off white head. Sour malt aroma. Light watery taste with a faint malt presence and no real finish.
Rob_D_UK (689) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark with a thin head. Slight chocolate aroma. Taste is chocolatey with a bitter coffee finish.
reit0101 (6) - Minnespolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2014 does not count
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can actually smell a bit of sea weed like aroma. Very nice color with a small amount of golden head. Underwhelming taste. Just ok for me.
Chad9976 (1138) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I poured a 500ml bottled into a nonic pint glass. It had a best before date of June 2014 (though it appears to have been bottled in 2012). It cost $4.49 ($0.27 per ounce).
Appearance: Seemingly opaque black but actually a deep shade of ruby red. Pours to a somewhat large, tan, frothy head which laces and retains well.
Smell: Typical pub-style stout aroma. Some roasted barley, chocolate notes, a hint of salt.
Taste: If you were to judge this beer by its name you’d probably have some unusual expectations. Truth be told, Kelpie Seaweed Ale is essentially just a British pub-style stout that’s brewed with seaweed in the mash. Everything else about it normal, with the addition of some slight salty to tangy character. In fact, it’s almost a bit disappointing that the beer is so normal. That being said, I’ll take normal and good to unusual and bad any day.
The palette is quite familiar, especially to that of a sessionable, classically-brewed stout. Roasted malts are accounting for the majority of the taste - creating for noticeable dark chocolate flavors, plus some sweet cola-like notes, too. Not much else happening, though. No real hop presence to speak of, though there is a combination of minor bitterness, saltiness and tanginess on the finish. How much of this comes from hops, seaweed, and the fact the bottle is likely old I’m not sure. Still, it’s a satisfying brew.
Drinkability: I was nervous about drinking this bottle since the beer is only 4.4% ABV. Beers of such light weight tend to expire quickly, but Kelpie Seaweed Ale has held up quite well. It definitely has a lot of flavor for an otherwise light-bodied, easy-drinking, sessionable beer. It is noticeably thin in the mouth and finishes almost completely clean. This would be a great session beer if the price were right.
kiwianer (3319) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 2, 2014
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
FDBK 2012 The head is ok, the body brown.It smells roasty, darkmalty, bit seaweed. The taste is mild, almost no kelpie, roasty, less hoppy.
MarkSachon (555) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Hal"s on Babcock in Pittsburgh. Dark and red on the pour with minimal foaming. Tastes of the sea and weeds and brine. Similar to an oyster stout without the heavy aftertaste. Satisfies in its uniqueness.
leebotton (185) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Aroma dark, mildly chocolate, slightly cereal with a glint of sea breeze as advertised. Interesting. Black / Cola in appearance with a thick off-white head. Bubbles are quite large. Ever so slightly salty, a little metallic. Some unusual tastes and I do appreciate the seaweed addition and can detect this but in general the beer does not excite me.
MarcoDL (2060) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Malty taste of chocolate, with indeed a salty undertone of the seaweed. Surprisingly nice.
Dermi (625) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 19, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
50 cl, bottled. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma: Roasted malt. Taste: Medium-low sweet, low bitterness. Salty component. Seaweed. Palate: Medium body, feels a bit thin, tho. Carbonation can be noted. Roasted aftertaste. Ok.
Theydon_Bois (7944) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle split at JF’s, from Hogs Bacl shop, cheers James 03/11/13.
Very dark mahogony brown with a good sized light tan covering.
Nose is dark fruits, cake mix, slight lactic notes, dark toffee, pinch of spice.
Taste comprises light roast, earthy, cocoa notes, spice, toffe, herbal notes.
Medium bodied, a little thin, very subtle bitter notes in the finish.