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


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RATINGS: 721   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 15/20
rickgordon (3845) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 31, 2004
Bottled. Almost black in colour. Light bodied and oily with notes of chocolate, tar and seaweed. Nicely salty. No bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2004
Surprising. Seaweed? Not really. Opaque black with weak, medium tan head. The surprise was the aroma of chocolate and coffee. Rich and robust. Not at all what I expected from an ale, especially one with seaweed in the name. Quite good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 30, 2004
Darker in colour with just a tiny tan head. The nose is malty with just a hint of... what is that.... grain? Maybe? The taste is smoothe and somehwat bitter with some malts. Let me say tho, seaweed... I was just a little worried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FormatKid (7) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 24, 2004 does not count
500 ml bottle with an interesting history on it. It pours out an extremely dark shade of brown, almost black. Small creamy white head diminishes quickly with no real sign of lacing. Scent is very porter-like with coffee and bitter chocolate tones, a faint saltiness is evident in the nose as well. It possesses a very full rich flavor. Slightly astringent. Led by flat bitterness which transitions into a thin dark coffee flavor. A briny, saltiness makes in appearance in the middle followed by the final earthy pangs of bitter hops in the finish. Carbonation is mild. I enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
RichardGretton (4364) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2004
Flat looking porter like appearance with a dense wheat like aroma and a dry floury flavour. Overall quite a flat and disappointing beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10593) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2004
Bottled @ DBF2004: Dark brown coloured. Beige lasting head. Coffee, roastyness and chocolate in the aroma. Coffee and cocoa in the flavour. Nice bitterness in the end, that has an edge of seaweed to it. Nice one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2004
Dark brown almost black in color. Roasted coffee overtones with choclate undertones. Not really bitter at all, but still enjoyable. When it warms the seaweed flavor can be found in the after taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (10060) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 10, 2004
very dark brown colour with a nice slightly brown tainted head, roasted coffeish and herbal aroma, smooth and rather light-bodied, the finish is dry, earthy and moderately bitter - balanced and interesting

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
walleye (1072) - 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 (5319) - 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.

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