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


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RATINGS: 743   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   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.

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ElDesmadre (3630) - Mikołów, 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 it’s the seaweed but since I don’t know the smell of seaweed that happens not to rot after being spilled on the beachside, I’m not sure. Light tart taste with some dark malts but overall it’s 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, that’s all. I’m afraid it’s more a first world gadget than a beer that is supposed to taste great.

Mjp12 (1959) - 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 couldn’t taste it .

VT (2527) - 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.

melush (4414) - SPAIN - AUG 27, 2014
Botella de 50 cl, adquirida en Cerveceria Internacional. Color negro. Sabor a malta tostada, ligeramente a chocolate, suave.

Alengrin (5629) - 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.

Danev76 (505) - 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.

Toomio (596) - Joensuu, FINLAND - AUG 5, 2014
Tykkään designista. Melko mieto maku, ei vaahtoa, mutta mukavasti happoa. Silti vähän laiha. Kuitenkin minun makuun helposti.

ericsaint (15) - - AUG 2, 2014
Un gout de sauce soja.....belle apparence...je me suis amusé au testing....on ne m y reprendra pas

nicocanta (94) - - 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.

VastActiv (7473) - Oulu/Helsinki, 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.

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