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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
walleye (1067) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2004
pour dark brown with tan head, some lacing.aroma is sweet, chocolate mouth feel is smooth.tasted of chocolate and a little like raisins. finish was a little metallic and dry in a good way.enjoyed this I am glad it didn’t taste like the sea shore smells

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - APR 29, 2004
Dark brown color. Medium tan head. Aroma is choclately. A medium bodied traditional ale. Malts are roasty and choclately. No hop flavors, they are there (I guess) but are very mild. Mostly it malt and musk. Very smooth tasting. There is seaweed added to the mash tun, but if its there I can’t taste any. Taste is more like a robust porter or stout. Nice clean dry finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly sweet with a touch of bitter aftertaste after the aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
obxdude10 (2076) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2004
Just about black in color, huge tan head with nice lacing, some hints of chocolate in the nose, a bit thin in the mouthfeel, faint chocolate in the flavors & finish as well, also a bit thin there, didn't get that aroma of fresh seabreeze that I was promised, I was kinda looking forward to that & was let down a bit, not like you can get a beer to smell like the shore anyway, but still, it was false advertising

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
hotstuff (4269) - Indiana, USA - APR 2, 2004
Bottle. Not as bad as I thought it would be. Just goes to prove, don't let the name fool you as I was anticipating not liking this one even before it was opened. It poured a medium sized tan head that was creamy and contained fine-small sized bubbles that mostly diminished. The body was mostly opaque with very little carbonation detected and the hue was dark brown. The aroma of this beer was malty, sweet and chocolate. The flavor was malty, caramel and chocolate flavors. The mouthfeel was smooth and the lacing was fair. Worth a try.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thedm (4971) - Fort Wayne, USA - APR 1, 2004
OK, once you get past the name, this one is not bad. It poured a large head of fine to large sized brown colored mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a good lacing. The body was a semi-opaque softly carbonated dark ruby brown color. The aroma was malty and contained some mild chocolate notes to it. The mouth feel was tingly yet smooth from start to finish. The flavor was malty with dark malts and mild chocolate notes. Certainly not as bad as one might think of a seaweed ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
JagerQueen (123) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2004 Pours very dark and rich in color, with a sweet, chocolatey aroma mixed with a slight off kilter plant smell. Taste is similar, sharp with the seaweed at first, but then warms into the chocolate and roasted flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2005 2003 bottle. Pours a very thick dark brown/black with some light porter-like reddish tinges. Huge caramel colored head that lasts, lots of lacing. Aroma of light coffee, some dry toffee, salt water. Flavor begins muted, but then slowly builds up some caramel malt and even more chocolate malt. Palate is smooth and even, no real poignant notes or ups and downs, just a nice fairly creamy roasted malt ride with some light bitterness. Medium body and one of the best aftertastes I’ve experienced; dry but rich coffee beans. Tremendous stuff. Maybe could stand a bit more of a body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2004
Tasty rich chocolately undertones pervade this rich ale. Predominantly in the aftertaste, the nose if full of dark fruits and the taste is mostly plums and raisins, with some caramel to round the sweet side, with some earthy peaty bog like notes also in the flavor. Very rich and creamy, highly enjoyable, with a sweet spiced rum finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maltdog (619) - Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2004
Inky brown/black with an almost nitrous mocha head. Rich aromas of dark malts, gourmet coffee, and Myers dark rum. Malty and roasty flavor evolves into a fruity tarness and an unattractive powdered milk taste. Decently full body, a tad oily. Aftertaste of strong diner coffee, Yoohoo, and aluminum. Overall, falls between pretty good and just ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2004
Looks like the run-o-the-mill stout, and has a slightly salty malt aroma. Flavor is quite interesting. Definately more of a stout that what I expected from a traditional ale (granted, I've had only 2 others.) As for stout characteristics, its fantastic. More of a dry stout, with a fantastic palate; good mouthfeel at the beginning, more of an oily feel, then slides into a crisp finish that ends with a good chalky feel on the tongue. What a nice suprise from a seaweed brew.

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