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


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RATINGS: 697   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5165) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2004
Pours near black with a tall fluffy tan head. Nose is unexpected but nice! Roasted malt, and a light hint of wood. More of the roasted malt with some sweet tones and a hint of smoked wood. Finishes very smooth and has a rich creamy mouthfeel. WAY better than expected. Very porter-like to me. Great beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Bottle pours a deep amber, almost black, color with a decent off white head and no lace. The aroma is of roasted malt. The flavor is of smoky roasted malt and a sour fruit finish with an additional acidic favor in the back and a slightly coating nature. Overall, this is OK, but will avoid looking for it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (9356) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2005 Bottle. Pours black with brwon hints and an edgy tan head. Hoppy and dark chocolate maple nutty malt with alcohol aroma. Watery caramel malt chocolate milked coffee flavor. Dark and thin watery palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nuffield (3657) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2011 I can’t say I know what seaweed tastes like. Ther eis a wood/bourbon cask vein to this, yet fruity, like strawberry. Mildly sour, with a milky/lactic quality. Peanut shells come to mind for the dry saltiness this leaves. Thin, low carbonation palate. Nut-brown color. Curious. (Sampled at Southern Ratebeer Gathering, Austin, TX, December 6, 2003) Rerated in Dec. 2011 with a larger glass and found it too flat and watery, with a slightly smokey note. 2.6 on rerate after original 3.3 rating. Averaged for current score.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2003
Does seaweed count as an adjunct? I like the cola appearance and palate of this beer, but the aroma and flavor are too pronouncedly seaweed for my liking. Very nice burnt flavor, but I just can't get over the fishyness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2003
Woddy aroma, fruity malts, raspberries. Dark amber appearance with a thin whispy head. Mouthfeel was somewhat thin with flavors of tobacco, tea....pretty watery though. Uneventful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2003
Never thought I'd like a beer made with seaweed, let alone drink it. Aroma light and fruity with a deeper smell. Appearance is dark brown. Flavor is slightly harsh up front with a nutty, salty finish. Not excellent but definitely decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TChrome (1409) - Bedford, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2003
Have to pass on this one next time. Weak aroma. Lackluster flavor. Not very immpresive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (7857) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2003
Sweet aroma of wood, spice and maple syrup. Very carbonated but still thin mouthfeel. Bland flavor, somewhat woody and nutty, but not too much going on. A decent beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - DEC 7, 2003
Bottle. Effervescent, amber, fizzy. Tobacco-ish aroma and flavor. Decent mouthfeel, but this doesn't make up for the weakness of flavor. More like a plantation than the ocean...BTW that last comment was for the FIRST beer in a huge tasting session. How uninspired of me...

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