Kelpie Seaweed Ale - Williams Brothers Brewing Company
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Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
4.15/5 rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Presentation: 16.9oz brown pop top with cool label, nice ditty about the beer, and a best before date clearly marked and notched
Appearance: Beautiful dark brown almost black beer with brilliant ruby highlights. A medium pour produces a moderate light tan, somewhat soapy head which soon fades into a thick film.
Smell: Very mild, sweet, and delicious; there is a strong sweet roasted barley presence, along with chocolate, a touch of smoke, and just a hint of salty sea air. I had no idea what to expect, but this is quite nice.
Taste: Stout-like roasted barley (more like a milk stout than a dry stout) with burnt caramel and chocolate notes and a hint of roasted coffee on the finish; this is combined with a hint of smoke and light (but clearly discernible) salty/earthy notes (I'm assuming that's from the seaweed). It's kind of like a sweet stout, with a bit more earth to it. Nice
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and silky smooth
Drinkability: Session. Dark. Ale
Conclusion: This brewery just doesn't seem to know how to brew a bad beer. I mean, you see "Seaweed Ale" on a bottle and you're probably terrified; the mineral-y ocean like notes are very very mild, and under that is a fantastic dark ale that has complexity and drinkability written all over it. Good job to Heather Ale Ltd on another outstanding Scottish beer!
Serving type: bottle
04-22-2009 03:10:57 | More by BedetheVenerable
More User Reviews:
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?
Serving type: bottle
05-13-2014 06:01:53 | More by Bouleboubier
3.48/5 rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-28-2013 18:28:52 | More by ryan1788a5
Kelpie Seaweed Ale from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 389 ratings.