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


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RATINGS: 730   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Luvystypotables (1057) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Aroma of sour malt with a rich dark chocolate colour and thick creamy head. Balanced taste with a hint of malt with a watery finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mike5326 (1135) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2014
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rob_D_UK (1265) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2014
Pours dark with a thin head. Slight chocolate aroma. Taste is chocolatey with a bitter coffee finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
reit0101 (6) - Minnespolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2014 does not count
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1419) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 2, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarkSachon (746) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
leebotton (312) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarcoDL (2889) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 25, 2013
Malty taste of chocolate, with indeed a salty undertone of the seaweed. Surprisingly nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dermi (769) - 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.

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