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

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RATINGS: 753   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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.

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3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 14, 2013
A - Dark brown/red with 1 finger of tan head. S - Roasted malts, cocoa powder, prunes, raisins, hints of soy sauce, alcohol. T - Follows the nose, roasted malt, mildly smoked soy sauce, slightly brackish. The finish reminds me of watered down coke in way. M - Medium thin body, low carbonation. Didn’t get any seaweed notes. The malts are nice but are very mellow and a bit watered down. Serving type: bottle 09-26-2011


3.9
radassace (331) - SCOTLAND - MAY 13, 2017
Pours a dark brown, almost black with a small beige head. Nose is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and I guess salty seaweed is the unusual aroma i’m getting. Pretty decent mouth feel for the abv. Lots of chocolate malt, roasted flavour, coffee and a salted seaweed edge. Pretty smooth, with a slightly unusual finish. Bit of bitterness on the finish. I like it !

3.2
jtclockwork (16581) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2017
Bottle - no label taken - pours dark brown - nose and taste of minerals, earthy nutty malt - medium body

3.5
HourGlass13 (909) - North Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2017
Pours up dark brown with red hues and a tan head. Aroma is sweet and nutty toasted malts. Taste is earthy roast, malt loaf, little raisin. Sweet and rounded taste with a nutty, malty, earthy twang. Some mineral, salty, notes. Moderate carbonation, little brackish finish. Not bad.

3
Niller (1706) - Hammel, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2016
Bottle from Voldby. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma and taste os roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits. Medium body. Soft carbonation. Bittersweet finish.

3.6
Hopverdju (1266) - BELGIUM - DEC 21, 2016
Donkerbruin bier met een grote beige schuimkraag. Geur: geroosterde mout, wat mineraal/jodium, koffie en lichtjes cacao. Smaak: licht zoet, broodkorst, chocolademelk, noten. Lichte tot medium body. Afdronk: licht zoet, mineraal, wat groenten. Niet slecht.

3.6
TheKernOwl (214) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2016
Decent stout-esque beer. Aroma of faint oysters, and sea salt chocolate; much more filter coffee in the mouth. Not the fullest and creamiest of stouts but also not thin. I like this, and so much better than l expected with seaweed involved.

3.1
zvikar (6172) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 16, 2016
Pours brown with a beige head, aroma of nuts, iodine, chocolate, flavor of nuts, caramel, chocolate and bread, medium bodied

3.8
arkanu (52) - Iasi, ROMANIA - APR 23, 2016
Not bad, not bad at all! In fact, it’s quite good! Comes in a dark brown pour that let’s almost no light pass through, with a huge head that stays there for some time. Taste is full of chocolate malt, maybe a tad salty, resembling the sea. Overall, it’s not too bitter (in fact, quite sweet) and really nice to drink! Go try it!

3.6
lokis333 (500) - Biržai, LITHUANIA - APR 21, 2016
Deep dark brown color with nice tan coca foam. (surprised thought it would be pale color) Aromas mainly malt, especialy chocolate malt and in general smells like nice sweet milk chocolate, and thats baout it? Does relly remind of stout or porter. Palate, medium body with light smooth and slick texture leaving nice smoked malt finish. Taste is sweet, smoked malt in a way with chocholate notes. Overall, nice! Does really remind of Lithuanian dark beers, just thoght it might be sour or something like that? Maybe my tastebuds died? I had seaweed ale beffore from another brewery and it was somethign way different. Still this beer is nice, if you like nice soft not overwhelming dark beer it is for you.

3.1
Sjohnh (947) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2016
Dark brown with an almost white head. Body is on the light side of medium. Flavour has chocolate, malt and dark fruit. Seaweed? No idea.


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