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


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RATINGS: 713   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.

gdaigle's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gdaigle (12) - North Oaks, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2007
Impressive! Who knew you could make such a tasty beverage with seaweed? I often enjoy it at the local sushi bar when Iím not in the mood for sake. It doesnít exactly make a good match for sushi as it tends to overwhelm sushiís subtle flavors but I love it anyway.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
AtronSeige (695) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 14, 2014
Aroma: Malt: Medium, Dark, roasty, dark chocolate, dark fruit. Medium-light spicy. No Hops. Appearance: Very dark brown body with red hues. Massive, tan, long lasting, rocky head. Lacing. Flavour: Malt: Medium, roasty, dark fruit, Dry finish with lingering dark malt bitterness. No hops. Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-low, creamy carbonation. Overall: I am not picking up the seaweed. Good porter. 500 ml bottle, poured. Thanks 21A. Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer 12A. Brown Porter

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AbbeyRoade (397) - Missouri, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Pretty malty flavor. Not sweet. Tiny, tiny, tiny hint of seaweed aroma/flavor....but might just be my imagination. Decent ale. Nothing great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
julesjis (141) - Oregon, USA - NOV 6, 2014
Poured from a 22. Appearance is much darker than I expected. Mouth feel is very light and easy. It does have a roasty flavor and even though it is thin, it has a nice balance to it. I liked this beer, it was not weird at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
liquidhedonism (169) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - NOV 6, 2014
22 oz bottle. Appearance: color was darker than I expected. Aroma: roasty and slightly malty, with hints of caramel and chocolate. Taste/Palate: thin throughout; begins sweet and crisp, and finishes creamy and slightly salty and astringent. Kind of a strange beer, but not entirely undrinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iznogud (826) - CROATIA - NOV 3, 2014
Cask at the Clachaig Inn, Scotland. Pours dark red brown with small off white head. Chocolate malty aroma. Light chocolate flavor, roasted, spicy, sour. Drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ElDesmadre (1716) - Mikołůw, POLAND - NOV 2, 2014
Bottle. Porterish aroma of chocolate, roast and some coffee. Some mineral notes in here and also an element that I am not able to name. Maybe itís the seaweed but since I donít know the smell of seaweed that happens not to rot after being spilled on the beachside, Iím not sure. Light tart taste with some dark malts but overall itís watery and lacking any punch. For a malt-forward beer like this a bit more body would be welcome. Ah yes, the seaweed. Well, there seems to be a salty note in here, thatís all. Iím afraid itís more a first world gadget than a beer that is supposed to taste great.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mjp12 (424) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2014
Malty aroma, but some bitterness on the taste, thought there might be a salt kick from the seaweed, but couldnít taste it .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VT (1666) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 27, 2014
500 ml bottle as Kelpie Seaweed ale. Pours a brownish-reddish with a short lived white head. Aroma is smokey, meaty, salty. Flavor is similar, with some chocolate and peat notes. Light to medium body, soft mouthfeel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
melush (969) - SPAIN - AUG 27, 2014
Botella de 50 cl, adquirida en Cerveceria Internacional. Color negro. Sabor a malta tostada, ligeramente a chocolate, suave.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alengrin (2425) - BELGIUM - AUG 21, 2014
The seaweed ale, referring to an old Scottish tradition in which blatterwort was used as a fertilization agent for grains. Blackish beer with sticky, moussy head and malty aroma, in which indeed a faint suggestion of fresh seaweed seems to be recognisable, as well as in the taste, which is otherwise dominated by dark and roasted malts. Pretty interesting, porter-like ale, though Iíd prefer some of their other historical creations.

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