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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: 688   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MIBRomeo (2492) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 12, 2013
Dark pour whispy tan head. A light smokey aroma hints ofba red ale. Flavor is a touch salty malty smoky avg pal. Surprisingly drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3283) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 12, 2013
Super dark cola colored body with a bubbly head. Aroma is slightly salty seaweed. The flavor is lightly chocolate and sheets of nori with sweet malted barley. Medium full body.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niall73 (1054) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2013
Bottle bb 12/14. Pours a dark ruby colour with a off white head. Slight funk choccy aroma. Medium body, medium carbonation. Toasty, nut, rummy, dark fruits and some toffee. OK.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TET (1434) - FINLAND - SEP 25, 2013
A colablack beer with a medium nad beige head. The nose is nice, strong salt liquirice, sweet chocolate and roastines, hint of lactose. Taste is roasted and slightly chocolate, some salt liquirice and herbs. In the end there are some unique herbal like taste. Maybe also some sea salt or then it’s my imagination. At least, the salt is there with salt liquirice. Only light bodied, and thus, the taste is quite short. The good aroma and also rich of flavours, only light body is slightly disturbing. The good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (5025) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2013
16.9oz bottle, from Jungle Jim’s in Fairfield. Shared with caterwaul. Bottle says Best before Feb. 2014. Very dark brown color. Thin bubbly khaki head. Good ropes and bits of lace. Nice briny and roasty aroma. Some dark chocolate in the finish. Medium-plus body. Smooth, lighter carbonation. Lightly soft. Moderate sweet taste, lightly savory / salty. Interesting beer. I dig the seaweed component.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snowdog140 (22) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2013
Beautiful dark appearance with a slight head, as well as a pleasant, full, almost chocolate like aroma. A chocolate taste and even a bit of vanilla, definitely one I’m buying again.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tia (849) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2013
Bottle shared with HopTsing. Dark brown with decent tan head that dissipated- light lacing. Was a little dubious about trying this, but its not bad. I get chocolate and wine. I think I do get something "salty" but it could be the aroma of the Chicken Vindaloo we cooked for dinner. Only a hint of sweet in the background. Almost borders on astringent. Totally not what I expected and not too bad.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
HopTsing (401) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2013
From the bottle poured a dark brown brew with a thick tan head. Slight aroma of vanilla, chocolate, and hints of something roasty. Nicely balanced flavors of biscuit malt and hops.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorm (844) - Sandnes, NORWAY - AUG 30, 2013
Mørk rødlig farve med lyst beige skum. Lukt av malt, sjokolade og kaffe. Smak av malt, sjokolade og kaffe. Supermarked.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mikkopen (788) - Oulu, FINLAND - AUG 20, 2013
500 ml bottle. Dark reddish brown colour, thin tan head. Sweetish roasted aroma with chocolate notes. The flavour is roasted malty, with notes of sweetish molasses and chocolate, and a slightly sour, toasted finish. Not bad.


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