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


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RATINGS: 753   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alengrin (4919) - 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 Id prefer some of their other historical creations.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Toomio (567) - Joensuu, FINLAND - AUG 5, 2014
Tykkn designista. Melko mieto maku, ei vaahtoa, mutta mukavasti happoa. Silti vhn laiha. Kuitenkin minun makuun helposti.

   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 amus au testing....on ne m y reprendra pas

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
nicocanta (94) - - AUG 2, 2014
Trs tonnant ! Bire brune, avec des parfum de chocolat, sur laquelle les brasseurs ont dlir avec des algues. Bon. Pass lamusement et le plaisir de goter une telle originalit il ne reste quun got de... siave.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
VastActiv (6297) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (8539) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ContemplateBeer (2053) - 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 its 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
milewide (2151) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Concept far exceeds brew! Bland, sweet, taste and light brown color. Thin! I didnt detect any salty contribution.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (9954) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 28, 2014
500ml bottle from Appellation Wines. Pours clear dark brown, thick beige head. Aromas of chocolate and malt... So maltesers then. Taste had a very faint saltiness, but you need to search for it. Otherwise, chocolate malt. Nice enough, if a little thin.

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