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


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RATINGS: 735   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 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2004
Black with a small head. Aroma is smoky with licorice and cocoa. The smoke is there in the flavor as well ,together with cocoa and coffee. Quite a malty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IndianaRed (3042) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 27, 2004
Bottle Pours black witha light tan head and nice lacing. I expect strong aroma form something so stout-looking, but though there are the dark malt and roasted, coffee and chocolate, they are mild, mellow and faint. Flavors are of coffee and charcoal and a little sour something. Seaweed? Bitter but in a good way, smokey aftertaste and a sort of thin feel. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2004
Smells like chocolate and slightly like coffee and as it was pouring I smelled the seaweed. After that it has a nice sea smell to it. Pours black with light brown head that goes down quick. You taste the chocolate upfront then taste more of the seaweed in the back. It isn’t all that bad really, not that overpowering. It has a slightly strange aftertaste but it didn’t last long. I am surprised that seaweed could taste so good, overall not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2004
Dark Black Coloring. Small Head. Had in Fort William, Scotland and Have Tried Here. Definitly Better On Tap. Had More Chocolate Tones on Tap. Some Coffee. Very Tasty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (14695) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 14, 2004
Black, small head.Aroma brings cocoa, coffe and milk choclate. Somewhat brunt and with some licorice. Flavor is malty with some toffee, coffee and cocoa. Complex and really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (6186) - 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.

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