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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rickgordon (3846) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (6129) - Billdal, SWEDEN - AUG 12, 2004
Bottled. Almost black. A burnt aroma. Rather salt with some late sweetness. Burnt flavour with coffee and chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 9, 2004
Probably, the most “usual” from Historic ales, but, nevertheless, original and unforgettable. Dark, roasty and sweetish, like a weak porter, with nice salty caramelly aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - AUG 6, 2004
(on bottle)"A traditional ale"? Excuse me, but aint nothing traditional about seaweeds in my beer. This is probaly the beer with the most fullness to it, I´ve ever had, considering the mere 4,4%. Pitchblack with a green-brown shade.It has loads og liqurice in the nose and mouth, but mixed with any food, there apeares some herb-notes witch I only can discrbe as "seaweed". Fresh, minimal hoppy ending makes me take another sip.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2004
Bottled. I had no idea what to expect with this one... Was it going to be like drinking a sushi plate or what? Well, I am pleasantly surprised with how good this tastes (and how little the seaweed comes into play, evidently). This little beauty is a mild chocolate offering that can either be savored slowly or, perhaps, as a session beer. It’s that versatile. I recommend this one, if for nothing other than you can say you drank seaweed. What a world!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 19, 2004
Very dark, amber brown, almost night like with little or no head. Charcoal, burnt sugar, salt air. Molasses, with sour aromas. Soft mouthfeel, light on the palate, water like feel with little carbonation. Toast, light salt liquorice and an earthy greeness...Fun beer, very enjoable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3251) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 17, 2004
Dark brown brew with a light tan head. Some roasty aromas, some chocolate too. The flavor is slightly bitter, not quite a Porter, but not a Brown Ale either. Not bad, but I failed to detect anything that would indicate any flavor or aroma coming from the seaweed.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2004 Bottle from Wycombe Wines, High Wycombe, Bucks. Like a stout, seaweed doesn’t appear to stand out too much. Roasty, slightly sweet, not great.. I am not a fan of most stouts, this is no exception.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2005 Bottled. A burnt roasty smell to this very dark, if not black ale. There is also some sort of vegetable smell in there, which I guess must be the seaweed. The taste is more akin to a stout with its roastiness. The whole beer is a nice drink but a tad thin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
haf (525) - Gijon, SPAIN - JUN 6, 2004
Cerveza negra escocesa, yo diria que es la menos medieval de las del pack. No esta mal.

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