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Kelpie Seaweed Ale - Williams Brothers Brewing Company

Kelpie Seaweed AleKelpie Seaweed Ale

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380 Ratings
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Ratings: 380
Reviews: 276
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.77%


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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PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Dark brown, almost black, opaque. Some bubbles swirl around in a feeble attempt to form a head but disappear before amounting to anything. No lacing.

S - On the surface Kelpie smells like any other modest stout or porter. Roasted grain, minerals, and a touch of chocolate and coffee. Behind this aroma is a slight briney aroma much like seawater. Interesting, but not as "seaweed-y" as I would've expected.

T - Mild roasty flavors with a bit of burnt bread and old coffee grounds. Mineral-like flavors (hard water/beach water) kick in mid palate and are followed up by a vague notion of seawater. Mild char and hints of brine are present in the finish with a soft bitterness.

M - On the light side of medium bodied with medium high carbonation. On one hand I'd like this stuff a little thicker, but on the other the higher carbonation keeps things moving and helps to accentuate the briney flavor without lingering too long on roasty notes.

D - For something with "seaweed" in the name, Kelpie is damn drinkable. I don't know that I'd sit back with more than one of these, but it's easy to get down and quite unoffensive. An interesting spin on a medium-dry stout/porter.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 06:05:10 | More by PatrickJR
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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.

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Kelpie Seaweed Ale from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 380 ratings.