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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: 723   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.


2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
leebotton (280) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2013
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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarcoDL (2597) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 25, 2013
Malty taste of chocolate, with indeed a salty undertone of the seaweed. Surprisingly nice.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dermi (718) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 19, 2013
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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (11550) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2013
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. Ok.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
djoeye (2141) - Tromsř, NORWAY - NOV 10, 2013
Brown 50 cl bottle abv 4.4 from Kilpishalli the other day. Beige head, lacings in the mug, dark dark red body. Scents of dark malts, shoe polish, some spices. Taste; dark malts, little hops, choco-crackers, prunes in an ashtray. Full bodied, tasty on palate. Ends with chocolate, roasty malts, and overall very tasty. But the bladderwrack (bladder rack??) was well hidden. RateMeetWRune/FuneralFeast4TromsoIL-2

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MIBRomeo (2569) - 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 (3342) - 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 (2153) - 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 (1947) - 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 (7960) - 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.


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