1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Kelpie Seaweed Ale - Williams Brothers Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Kelpie Seaweed AleKelpie Seaweed Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.

399 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 399
Reviews: 279
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 19
Gots: 16 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2001

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.
View: Beers (40) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 399 | Reviews: 279
Photo of hophugger
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep brown with an amber-reddish brown along the edges where a little light comes through. Smell is mild with malts and maybe a hint of seawater on the nose. Taste, IMO, was a let down. Although there is some malt and a touch(very light touch) of saltiness, this brew is very watery, too light and is missing any depth at all. Carbonation is plentiful but still does nothing for this brew. Where is the body. Don't get me wrong, this is not crappy, just lacking a little oomph that I was expecting...

Photo of jason_nwx
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wiz99
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Sellen
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of stomioka
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of scoot64
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of Elicoleman
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of patre_tim
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of thufflife
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of navband
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Howlader
1.5/5  rDev -58.6%

Photo of Oakenator
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of DeadWalkerAir
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of dradair
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jleidner
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of mklisz
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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?

Photo of nate_lyon
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of ediaz
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of JIMTRK16
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of ubufan2112
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Photo of WGO
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Chemister
4/5  rDev +10.5%

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Kelpie Seaweed Ale from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.