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


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RATINGS: 707   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MiP (13598) - 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 (577) - 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 (3140) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cronkenhood (6) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 2, 2013 does not count
nice dark ale . very refreshing with nice aroma and flavour . couldn’t really notice any seaweed though which may be a good thing

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dommod2011 (698) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2013
Share with the wife. She drank it all, not as rich as it could be she said. Bit like me I thought, but I’m happy with what I’ve got.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
northropfrye (2208) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 4, 2013
Bottle at the Kitchin, Edinburgh. Darkish red colour, a touch of hops on the nose. Thankfully not a strong seaweed taste or flavour, just enough to round it out and make it unique. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TATE (297) - Lubec, Maine, USA - JUN 18, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with a thin head. Aroma is molasses. Smooth and creamy for a bottle. Further down in the glass, a chocolate flavor comes out. Not getting any different flavor from the kelp. Pretty good beer with low alcohol good for a session.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cbuk1013 (243) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2013
Very thin. Tastes more like smoked cabbage than seaweed. Wouldn’t buy again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
strangehorse (47) - - JUN 9, 2013
Simply dire - I couldn’t finish my bottle of it. Probably appeals to fans of Scottish heavy ales...not me

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