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Kelpie Seaweed Ale - Williams Brothers Brewing Company

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Kelpie Seaweed AleKelpie Seaweed Ale

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BA SCORE
82
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392 Ratings
THE BROS
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good

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Ratings: 392
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 18
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Williams Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
At least four hundred years ago, the coastal & Island farmers of Scotland used seaweed beds to grow their cereal crops. This barley produced very interesting flavors in the ale and whiskey they produced. Including bladderwrack seaweed in the mash tun along with organic barley gives this wholesome dark ale a distinctive flavor.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2001)
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patre_tim

China

4.34/5  rDev +19.9%

A: Chocolaty black with a ruby tinge when held to the light. It’s semi-transparent, no carbonation and 3 fingers of foamy beige head.

S: Chocolate, chocolate and cream, coffee and toffee. Fresh sea breeze? Sure if you inhale deep enough.

T: Chocolaty with a certain sea like brininess that comes off more in the background. Roasted toasted notes, lightly sweetened coffee.

M: Medium body that’s smooth and creamy and slick like the slipperiness of kelp. Medium low carbonation.

O: Excellent brew. Love the bottle, style, and name. Seaweed lover myself living in Asia, the idea of a Kelp beer doesn’t bother me. The kelp is really in the background, and the flavor of this stout like beer is great.

08-11-2014 05:06:50 | More by patre_tim
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thufflife

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

08-06-2014 14:42:05 | More by thufflife
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navband

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

08-03-2014 17:14:26 | More by navband
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Howlader

Alberta (Canada)

1.5/5  rDev -58.6%

07-20-2014 19:32:44 | More by Howlader
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

07-18-2014 23:55:56 | More by Oakenator
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DeadWalkerAir

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

07-09-2014 19:51:43 | More by DeadWalkerAir
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KAF

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

07-06-2014 22:09:07 | More by KAF
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

06-21-2014 03:41:10 | More by kylehay2004
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dradair

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

06-05-2014 17:09:07 | More by dradair
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jleidner

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

05-29-2014 02:20:49 | More by jleidner
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mklisz

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

05-19-2014 18:48:03 | More by mklisz
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev +4.7%

A: gorgeous, deep rusty red - the color you'd expect in a "wee heavy" - crystal clear ... some light tan foam puffs up then dies down into a messy cap

S: cocoa-dusted chocolate, dried salty seaweed (a la nori), dried blueberries(?)... faint touch of espresso in the back, dark cherry cough drop... all mellow, no intensity

T: oh, wow! - unmistakable earthy seaweed up front... solid, yet soft and dry malty base - kind of reminds me of a dunkel lager - the chocolate malt stands out remarkably clear above all else, minimal sweetness... something like a mix between a cherry pit note and walnut shell in the aftertaste... green, leafy thread throughout, mildly briny bitterness via the plants, with added complexity from the dark malts

M: broad and smooth, lightens in the finish... not much viscosity, delicate foamy wash... just a firm malty foundation

O: pretty good, well made, but could be more interesting... the brawny chocolate malt muscle is laid out, just pile on the seaweed - dry weed it, even - it has an interesting, distinct, somewhat umami quality that should be exploited and abused... could be a little more salty, maybe... I enjoy and advocate balance, but make this a little manlier, huh?

05-13-2014 06:01:53 | More by Bouleboubier
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nate_lyon

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

03-25-2014 20:27:00 | More by nate_lyon
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ediaz

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

03-16-2014 03:59:47 | More by ediaz
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JIMTRK16

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

02-26-2014 23:37:07 | More by JIMTRK16
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ubufan2112

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -24%

02-16-2014 22:58:35 | More by ubufan2112
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WGO

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -17.1%

02-10-2014 00:56:51 | More by WGO
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Chemister

Russian Federation

4/5  rDev +10.5%

02-07-2014 16:12:47 | More by Chemister
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zenithberwyn

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

02-05-2014 09:29:42 | More by zenithberwyn
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lesdemonsamaporte

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

02-03-2014 17:48:31 | More by lesdemonsamaporte
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RevCraig

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

01-25-2014 20:47:10 | More by RevCraig
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TubbyDullard

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -17.1%

01-24-2014 23:32:15 | More by TubbyDullard
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lwadd

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

01-22-2014 01:01:25 | More by lwadd
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Schmoog

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

12-29-2013 14:09:42 | More by Schmoog
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -3.9%

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Very dark brown in color. Good clarity. Creamy tan head retains well enough. Thin rings of lacing.

S: Briny, salty, sea air, seaweed. Rich chocolatey undertones with backing flavors of brown bread, molasses, and toffee. Perhaps a suggestion of saltwater taffy.

T: Toffee, molasses, brown cocoa, brown bread. Treacle. Cola. Milk chocolate undertones. Steely/metallic. Saltiness builds, but it doesn't have the layered and nuanced flavors of the sea that the nose held. Slight sooty roast. Salt, cola, and cocoa on the finish.

M: Rather light in body. Very creamy and soft with a nice smoothness, but it lacks a little something and ultimately comes across as watery. Soft carbonation seems to knock itself out rather quickly.

O: The nose promised greater things. It falls a little flat, especially on the finish. Needs a little more body too.

12-28-2013 18:28:52 | More by ryan1788a5
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Kelpie Seaweed Ale from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.