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

bottled
common

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unknown

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RATINGS: 713   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ComradeK (1052) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - MAY 26, 2014
500ml bottles. Pours a clear deep ruby, with a small off-white head, which lasts reasonably well and leaves a little lacing. Slight seaweed notes mix with toffee and chocolate malt in the aroma. Briny seaweed and citrus hops up front give way to a malty body of chocolate and rye toast. Mild leafy hops and a touch more seaweed come in at the finish. I’m not really sold on this one: I don’t feel that the seaweed adds all that much to what is otherwise a fairly plain brown ale.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DroolYeast (298) - Aalborg, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2014
33 cl bottle @ home. Aroma of roasted malts. Very dark brown. Small off-white head, tiny lasting. Taste is moderate bitterness. Roasted caramel sweetness. Finish is sweet. Watery texture. Light to average carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bif (1563) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear dark mahogany color with a tan head and ample lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and bit of dark fruit. Taste is similar with roasted malt and chocolate. Light bitterness and a clean finish. Moderate body, smooth and slightly creamy. Nice take on the style.

3
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilverfoX (416) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2014
had this at a beer festival and must have had it at the end of the night as ive not left any notes that are legible.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
edsspoon (537) - 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 (842) - 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 (629) - Dublin, 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 (8393) - 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 (1372) - 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 (79) - 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.


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