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Kelpie Seaweed Ale - Williams Brothers Brewing Company

Kelpie Seaweed AleKelpie Seaweed Ale

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380 Ratings
THE BROS
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good

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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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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"So this is the seaweed beer right?" Asked the store clerk when I picked this bottle up...my only reply was "yep." Pours an almost completely black color with a large white/tan head that quickly became a very satisfying lacing to look at. Smell is quite interesting and nothing at all like i was expecting, very porter or stoutish with some roasted grains, malt, earty tones, a slight saltyness as well. Taste was quite nice as well, more roasted grains with some mild coffee and chocolate flavors coming through. Mouthfeel is light to medium...truly a very easy beer to drink. As for drinkability, the low alcohol content as well as the really nice flavors going on make this a beer that is more then worth having a few of, if only to see what new tastes and smells surface as it warms up a bit. Beers like this are the reason that I enjoy the stuff so much. Didn't really detect any strong seaweed in this beer, but what the hell, it still is a really fun offering to sample.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2006 22:54:36 | More by jamie2dope
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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.

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