fsquirrel29 (75) - Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2012 I bought this in a 4 pack of Ancient Scottish Ales made from recipes before the popularity of hops. I don’t like "hoppy" beers, so this should be right up my alley. I’ve tried this twice. Once very good and the second time, it was extremely flowery. A little bit low on the alcohol side (at least for the Scottish ales that I typically drink), but this is a decent "lighter" beer., but be forewarned - it’s not for everybody.
LowBrau (70) - Tonawanda, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear dark brown, tan head. Coffee nose accented by gingerbread note. Light to medium body, slightly slick mouthfeel, but has a club soda-like quality at the same time. Coffee is the dominant aroma. Also in the background (in descending order) - burnt/smoky, chocolate, grassy/plant-like, and skunky aromas. Dry taste, a little bitter, hint of salt.
ianwelby (313) - SCOTLAND - FEB 15, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark beer with a bitter malt aroma. Flavour is mild with an odd tang presumably from the seaweed. It’s not really my cup of tea but it’s okay.
Scott_ (21) - South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice beer, salty aroma with a slightly sea breeze taste, lovely dark malt. Expected more saltiness to it, but that doesn’t take it away from being a nice beer,
Erzengel (1714) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - FEB 2, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Geruch nach Schokokuchen - sehr vielversprechend. Der Antrunk ist erst wässrig-neutral, zum Hauptteil hin entfaltet sich eine schöne, röstmalzig-schokoladige Espressonote mit angenehmem Herbe-Süße-Verhältnis. Allerdings etwas flach. Der Nachgeschmack ist eher kurz, anfangs schön röstmalzig trocken: etwas torfig-salzig-rauchig. Hat was von einem guten Islay-Whisky. Diese tollen Aromen verfliegen aber ziemlich schnell. Danach schlägt der Seetang voll zu: flach-wässrig-salzig-fade und irgendwie total unpassend an dieser Stelle.
--> Interessantes, aber auch sehr komisches Bier! --> 12+11+7+10 = 10,30
Luvystypotables (334) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma of sour malt with a rich dark chocolate colour and thick creamy head. Balanced taste with a hint of malt with a watery finish.
mike5326 (615) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from a bottle. Dark brown color, full off white head. Sour malt aroma. Light watery taste with a faint malt presence and no real finish.
Rob_D_UK (598) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark with a thin head. Slight chocolate aroma. Taste is chocolatey with a bitter coffee finish.
reit0101 (6) - Minnespolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2014 does not count
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can actually smell a bit of sea weed like aroma. Very nice color with a small amount of golden head. Underwhelming taste. Just ok for me.
Chad9976 (1066) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I poured a 500ml bottled into a nonic pint glass. It had a best before date of June 2014 (though it appears to have been bottled in 2012). It cost $4.49 ($0.27 per ounce).
Appearance: Seemingly opaque black but actually a deep shade of ruby red. Pours to a somewhat large, tan, frothy head which laces and retains well.
Smell: Typical pub-style stout aroma. Some roasted barley, chocolate notes, a hint of salt.
Taste: If you were to judge this beer by its name you’d probably have some unusual expectations. Truth be told, Kelpie Seaweed Ale is essentially just a British pub-style stout that’s brewed with seaweed in the mash. Everything else about it normal, with the addition of some slight salty to tangy character. In fact, it’s almost a bit disappointing that the beer is so normal. That being said, I’ll take normal and good to unusual and bad any day.
The palette is quite familiar, especially to that of a sessionable, classically-brewed stout. Roasted malts are accounting for the majority of the taste - creating for noticeable dark chocolate flavors, plus some sweet cola-like notes, too. Not much else happening, though. No real hop presence to speak of, though there is a combination of minor bitterness, saltiness and tanginess on the finish. How much of this comes from hops, seaweed, and the fact the bottle is likely old I’m not sure. Still, it’s a satisfying brew.
Drinkability: I was nervous about drinking this bottle since the beer is only 4.4% ABV. Beers of such light weight tend to expire quickly, but Kelpie Seaweed Ale has held up quite well. It definitely has a lot of flavor for an otherwise light-bodied, easy-drinking, sessionable beer. It is noticeably thin in the mouth and finishes almost completely clean. This would be a great session beer if the price were right.
kiwianer (3305) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 2, 2014
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
FDBK 2012 The head is ok, the body brown.It smells roasty, darkmalty, bit seaweed. The taste is mild, almost no kelpie, roasty, less hoppy.