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

bottled
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RATINGS: 753   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   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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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Finwe (436) - Grankulla, - DEC 11, 2012
500ml bottle from Geronimo, Tapiola, Espoo. Pours dark reddish brown with a tan head. Malty, roasted aroma, some dark bread, coffee and chocolate. Roasted malt dominates the flavour, theres some chocolate, coffee and tobacco and a hint of hops. The seaweed I cannot distinguish. Dry, roasted finish.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Niller (1560) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopverdju (958) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zvikar (5593) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arkanu (52) - Iasi, ROMANIA - APR 23, 2016
Not bad, not bad at all! In fact, its quite good! Comes in a dark brown pour that lets 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, its not too bitter (in fact, quite sweet) and really nice to drink! Go try it!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
lokis333 (448) - Birai, 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sjohnh (854) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
wombat23 (1083) - Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2016
Shared 16.9 oz. bottle. Dark brown with a surprisingly light off-white head. Nose is roasted malt, chocolate, with maybe some mineral/vegetal notes that Id hesitate to call "fresh sea breeze". Taste follows, with almost an imperceptible saltiness. More watery than expected given the style, but not bad.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
darbeer75 (762) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2016
Aroma: seawater with chocolate mixed in; Im scared; Appearance: dark brown with an unnaturally white head; some lacing; Taste: a watered down chocolate stout; Palate: medium body (was expecting heavy) with a watery finish that wasnt all bad; Overall: "not as bad as the other one" (Lobster Lovers). Wouldnt buy again.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Russo (2012) - Hemhofen, GERMANY - DEC 24, 2015
Bottled. Deep black color with a nice beige head that not last longer but keep a nice lacing. Aroma is roasty, dry fruits and coffee. Flavor is bitter from toasted malt, slightly sweet, notes of dark fruits like plums. Low carbonation, medium body and thin textures with a sweet bitter finish.


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