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


on tap

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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garrat (1347) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2005
From the bottle.Black in colour,small head,butterscotch angel delight and salted dark chocolate flavours.A Cthulhu of an ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (12083) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2005
Poured a dark reddish, brown with a large (3 finger) tan head. Roasted and chocolate aromas. Nice smelling. Different tasting. Light saltiness (must be the seaweed) in the taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
XO (52) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2004
When I saw this in the cooler of my local beer store, I had to give it a try, although I was a bit skeptical. Im glad I did. It pours very dark with a tan head that dissolved away fairly quickly. The aroma is a bit hard to describe - choclate, coffee. I could bairly detect the kelp, I was expecting a mouhful of seaweed! Had a touch of saltiness in the aftertaste that stayed awhile.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2004
A dark brewwith a good head. It left sip lines but the head faded quickly. The brew is dark but not strong. A good, but not a lasting flavor, slightly sweet but pleasant. It had a short aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10951) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2007 Bottle... Extremely dark Scotch ale. Crystal clear crimson when held up to bright light. Small, creamy, well-tanned head with decent retention and stratus lacework. The aroma is malty with notes of must, sweat, chocolate, toffee and very light smoke. The flavor is mostly nondescript, but very well-balanced with tiny notes of earth, toffee and smoke... a whisper of salt. Medium-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Short, crisp, clean finish. Thanks to robertsreality for the bottle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DeepBlack (386) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2004
Bought in the bottle from the excellent "Beers of Europe" shop near Kings Lynn. Very dark Red-ish Black colour. Smell of Iodine & tastes of Chocolate. Hmmmm reading that back it sounds bad, but it was very nice :)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2004
Does one dare try a seaweed beer? Why yes they should!! Chocolate and mahogany with more than enough roasted lurking stuff to compliment a good serving of seaweed. Fresh and tasty indeed!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 2, 2004
Nice dark ale, in a bottle. Poured out like an oily dark premordial swamp. Smelled like a porter. I was a little wary of the kelp but I really couldnt detect it (a good thing I think). This is a good beer, although if you are looking for a seaweed tasting beer (who are you) u might be disapointed. But I really appreciated the craftmanship of this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 27, 2004
Pours almost black with a thin off-white head. Slight roasted coffee and dark chocolate nose. Mouthfeel was a bit thin. The coffee and chocolate come through in the flavor. I didnt really notice any seaweed, though. But would I know what seaweed tastes like? It was a bit sweet and fruity, mostly dried fruits. Long lingering dry finish. Not a bad ale. Id drink it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lizzy (44) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 21, 2004
Just let me say, I have a seafood phobia, so this beer and I didnt get off on the right foot to begin with. Anyways, once I got past the ocean thing, this is an enjoyable beer. Sweet, chocolate, fruity.smells like chocolate and vegetables, which sounds gross, but really its good!

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