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


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RATINGS: 703   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 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5099) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 14, 2004
Saw the label and a friend convinced me to try this. What a pleasure. Very dark with some ruby coloring. A small white head with little lacing. Coffee and malt in the aroma. The flavor is full bodied with some ash, and roasted coffee. Similiar to a strong porter. Slight apple towards the end of a glass. This is interesting and I would try this again. The seaweed got me to try this and I don't regret it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 1, 2004
Dark black color with very little head and none to light lacing. The aroma has some chocolate and spicy hop notes, livens up after it warms up a bit; very rich. The flavor has lots of roasted chocolate notes with a finish of kombu & bonito, very light dashi. Finishes like a nice balanced chocolate with some coffee roasted into the background. The seaweed is detectable and so deliciously blended into this fine ale. Another winner from Heather, I find this to be the best!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2004
Black hue with a decent light brown head. Roasted malt aroma. Roasted, toasted taste with coffee and chocolate tones. Tastes like a porter. A good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2004
Asked my roommate to grab me something ridiculous from the store and he got me this. Random choice but good choice. Chocolatey and smooth, can't taste too much of the seaweed, a little saltiness comes out. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 4, 2004
Unusual aroma, with malt, chocolate and a faint saltiness. Starts with a chocolatey, light malt character, and a smooth texture. The saltiness does develop in the finish, along with some restrained hops. It's interesting but with a short, rich finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (8019) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2004
Very dark and still. The aromas are smokey malts and peat. Flavours are also smokey peat with some fruit acidicy. Unusual but decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5218) - 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 (921) - Minneapolis, 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 (9586) - 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 (3667) - 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.

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