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


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RATINGS: 713   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snowdog140 (46) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tia (1010) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
HopTsing (443) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorm (1464) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mikkopen (873) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cuso (5092) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AUG 16, 2013
Bottle from friend. dark brown color with samll off-white head. Strong coffee aroma with roasted malt, dark chocolate, light smokiness. Taste, coffee, caramel, dark malt, chocolate. Light sourness in finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MiP (13799) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2013
Cask at BBF13. Weak fruity aroma. Black colour, seems cloudy. Stable light brown head. The flavour is sour with a sort of fruity winegum note to it. Surprisingly thin mouthfeel. Tastes OK, but

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Blade86 (664) - Wrocław, POLAND - AUG 6, 2013
17th IBBF - tap Very dark, small beige foam; chocolate aroma, roasty; chocolate flavour, lightly sour; soft carbonation, thin feel, rather light body; Overall: quite good but nothin really special

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bamsen78 (3426) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - AUG 4, 2013
Draught @ BBF13. Pours cloudy dark brown with airy beige head. Faint aroma of malt and roast with a subtle metallic note. Roasty flavour with notes of malt and yeast. Very mild, slightly sour finish. OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
geophagus (244) - Lubin, POLAND - AUG 4, 2013
(Cask at 17th IBBF, sample) Very dark brown color, watery texture, low carbonation, light to medium body. Aroma: Cofffee with milk, roasted grain, a little sweet. Taste: Roasted malts, minimal sour, moderate roastiness, medium long, roasted and a bit sour finish. Sour and burned aftertaste. Solid stout.

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