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


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RATINGS: 699   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   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 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jamedra (447) - Hostivice, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 7, 2013
Láhev 500 ml. Aroma je příjemně jemné krémové a svěží připomínající závan moře. Pěna je vysoká, jemná a sametová krásné jednolité světle hnědé barvy. Pivo samotné je temně hnědé skoro do černa proti světlu má temně měděnou barvu přecházející až do ruda. Chuťově je pivo velmi příjemné a pitelné, připomíná jemný zelený čaj který není příliš hořký a má velmi příjemný lehce kyselí okraj. Jedná se o vskutku výtečně pitelné a dobré pivo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
SirCabbage (2) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - JUN 5, 2013 does not count
Tried this from the bottle, expiration date was almost a year ago, but still not horible. Excellent smell of mocha and a rather bitter coffee like taste, but I would pass on giving this another try and wouldn’t recommend it, but still better than most beer we have in the US.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
garthicus (2658) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 5, 2013
Bottle. Appearance: cola black/brown, small mocha head. Aroma: mild chocolate, coffee, earthy, milky, toasty, smells good. Flavour: chocolate and malt, some metallic notes, creamy soft mouthfeel, marshmallow and toast, a little bitter too with a good chocolate finish. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
abemorsten (2618) - Mosterřy, NORWAY - MAY 20, 2013
Shared bottle at Cardinal. Clear coca cola colored body wit a light brown small head. Toasted tobacco and malts on the nose. Smooth and medium bodied. Toasted malty and a hint of salty dark fruits. Lovely.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Karol (599) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAY 14, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2013 Bottled. Another bottle from my batch of 26 bottles I got for my thirsty five b-day. Aroma of roasted malt, some espresso, dark chocolate. Medium carbonation, soapy head, vanishing quickly. Taste is watery, similar to a stout. Refreshing. Some hints of dark chocolate. Bitter finish. Overall this beer is weak, but I think this is not my type of beer (yet). One of my worst experiences with English ales.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 14, 2013
A - Dark brown/red with 1 finger of tan head. S - Roasted malts, cocoa powder, prunes, raisins, hints of soy sauce, alcohol. T - Follows the nose, roasted malt, mildly smoked soy sauce, slightly brackish. The finish reminds me of watered down coke in way. M - Medium thin body, low carbonation. Didn’t get any seaweed notes. The malts are nice but are very mellow and a bit watered down. Serving type: bottle 09-26-2011

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
bartlebier (1530) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - MAY 10, 2013
33cl bottle, bierpost.de - Pours a brackish brown with neglectable head. Aroma is understated, vegetable broth, grainy dark malt soup and some tang. Watery body makes most of the briny taste apparent only as velar aftertaste, where the seaweed does leave the strongest impression, as this weak porter/ESB is too weak and watery to transport any of the chocolate malt qualities. Still pleasant, but with the seaweed afttaste overpowering even the natural hops, not sure when this will be needed again...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DanielBrown (3717) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2013
Bottle from Global Wines, Bearwood. Dark. Very smooth in the gob, washes over the tongue and tonsils. Balance of sweet malt and err choc and water. Not sure I can detect the seaweed. Like it a lot, even though it seems like a weak Porter or dark, smooth ESB.

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