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Kelpie Seaweed Ale - Williams Brothers Brewing Company

Kelpie Seaweed AleKelpie Seaweed Ale

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BA SCORE
82
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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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rsdaugherty

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3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into pint glass
A – Saturated brown brew spawned a 3 finger tan head with good retention and just OK lacing 3.5
S – A rich malty nose with a salty sweetness that reminds me of a chocolate pretzel 4
T – Malts are roasted with cocoa notes and a soft hop floral/herbalness, a mild “sea” character is present which I assume is the seaweed, a good tasting brew 4
M – Thin in my opinion with a moderate body, mild to moderate carbonation, good drinkability but could improve 3
O – A tasty easy drinking beer that I am glad I tried, just don’t think I’ll be buying it again 3.5

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 05:10:39 | More by rsdaugherty
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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.

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.

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