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

bottled
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RATINGS: 706   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


rgrep's rating

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rgrep (156) - Wellington, - AUG 12, 2006
Jet black with a creamy light brown head. Roasty malt in the nose. Malty body with a little sweetness, chocolate and licorice. Nice clean finish.


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VT (1413) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
melush (608) - SPAIN - AUG 27, 2014
Botella de 50 cl, adquirida en Cerveceria Internacional. Color negro. Sabor a malta tostada, ligeramente a chocolate, suave.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alengrin (1296) - 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 I’d prefer some of their other historical creations.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Danev76 (478) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 7, 2014
Light hoppy aroma. Dark black colour with full head. Malty flavours with hints of coffee in the finish. Light creamy body with low carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Toomio (193) - Joensuu, FINLAND - AUG 5, 2014
Tykkään designista. Melko mieto maku, ei vaahtoa, mutta mukavasti happoa. Silti vähän laiha. Kuitenkin minun makuun helposti.

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
ericsaint (15) - - AUG 2, 2014
Un gout de sauce soja.....belle apparence...je me suis amusé au testing....on ne m y reprendra pas

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
nicocanta (23) - - AUG 2, 2014
Très étonnant ! Bière brune, avec des parfum de chocolat, sur laquelle les brasseurs ont déliré avec des algues. Bon. Passé l’amusement et le plaisir de goûter une telle originalité il ne reste qu’un goût de... siave.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
VastActiv (2782) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle at Oluthuone Leskinen, Oulu. Originally rated 21022012. Colour is dark brown with small head. Aromas and flavours: Chocolate and malts.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (4257) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle at Oluthuone Kaisla, Helsinki. Poured a clear dark brown with a thin off-white head. The aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, earthy mineral. The flavour is moderate bitter with a light malt bitter light hop palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ContemplateBeer (1530) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Aroma: Really resembles an oyster stout overall- very, very slight brine character with cocoa powder and lean roasted malts. Appearance: Dark brown, nearly black pour with a creamy tan head. Flavor: Matches the nose; you get almost nothing from the seaweed until near the finish, and it’s very, very faint. Personally, I would not have known unless informed. You have to look for it, which means it may be mind over matter. Palate: Light body, creamy texture, flat carbonation, lingering finish. Overall: A good beer, but does feel a bit like a novelty.


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