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.

palantides77's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
palantides77 (5) - USA - JUL 10, 2009
I must say I did not like this at first taste. But the flavor is very complex and very different. It grows on you. This is the most interesting beer I have ever had. I loved it by the time I finished the glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martin243 (920) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2015
Live rating of a 500 ml bottle that’s been in the cellar for some time. Poured into an English pint. Tar and farmyard aroma with something a little briney. Properly black stout with a creamy off-white head. Smooth Chocolate and vanilla flavours. The brininess does not persist or intrude, but this is a rather delicious, mellow stout, with a bonus point for a particularly velvety mouth feel. Unexpectedly ungimmicky, and rather lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (6022) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2015
Bottle at home. Black / dark brown coloured pour with reddy hues and alasting light tan head. Aroma is sweet nutty toasted malts, earthy roast, malt loaf, little raisin. Sweet and rounded malts on the nose. Flavour is composed of nutty, sweet malts, earthy, mineral, little salty, sweet plumy fruits, dried fruits. Palate is medium sweet, moderate carbonation, little tang in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrNosha (119) - Baden Württemberg, Germany, GERMANY - SEP 5, 2015
Flasche aus Helsinki. Dunkle Farbe. Der Geschmack ist malzig und leicht salzig. Das Seegras kommt leicht im Abgang. Mit nur 4,4% etwas leicht, aber trotzdem recht gelungen. Erinnert an ein Porter

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
martin00sr (1696) - Haderslev, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2015
Clear dark brown, small offwhite head. Malty, light roasted aroma. Roasted, malty flavour. Ok bitterness. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marcius (347) - Geneva, SWITZERLAND - SEP 4, 2015
Black color and white average head. Roasty aroma (coffee, chocolate). Taste is very well balanced - not too bitter, sweet or sour. Palate with medium body. Great dark ale... love it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nilsas (2511) - Bryne, NORWAY - JUL 8, 2015

Lukt: Frukter, kaffe, lakris og karamell.
Utseende: Mørk brun, nesten sort.
Skum/kullsyre: Dekkende skum, heng langs kant.
Smak: Kaffe, malt, lakris.
Hvor: Kjøpt@Det Gode Brygg, Sandnes, Nydt@Hjemme.
Medium: Flaske@500ml, ABV@4,4%, Når@07.07.2015
Drukket Som Alias@Kelpie Seaweed Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamaty (1431) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 10, 2015
Caoba, casi negra. Espuma ocre cremosa tipo guinness. Aroma a bizcocho, café, chocolate,... Estilo gruit (sustituye lupulos por hierbas...) aunque en este caso lleva lúpulos, mezclados eso sí con algas. Las algas dan un ligero toque salado a una cerveza muy potente de sabor (con predominiomde chocolate y café) y a la vez muy suave de beber. Notable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
niquillis (1910) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2015
Cask at Congress, Longton. Pours black brown with a light tan head. Some salt, chocolate, malty. Very porter like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
huineman (430) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 7, 2015
Pours dark amber with green shades. Rapidly disappearing ivory head. Aroma is rich espresso coffee. Seaweed not noticeable. Fresh and light, with intense flavor of coffee beans.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
AirForceHops (4798) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 7, 2015
500 ml bottle shared by Wilrunforbeer in a cellar clean out afternoon. Dark brown color thin white head, no lace or retention at all. Aroma is light roasted malt, caramel and hints of ash. The flavor shows me ash, old malts, light vegetal with a light hint of salt in the finish. The body is thin but maybe that is a good thing for this. The finish has a mild off putting vegetal note in a porter like brew. On the strange side for sure.

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