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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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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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Reviews by shapudding:
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shapudding

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tag dated October '05. 1pt 9oz. Poured out a dark and clear rootbeery brown. Just a bit of large bubbled khaki froth that settled mainly to the one side as a thin ring. No real head to it. Toasty malt scents, merlot and chocolate. I was surprised with the tastes, very nice and dark. Roasty malt flavors, thin coffee, bit of burnt toast. Bit of house red wine left in the flavor at the end. Fairly thin mouthfeel, low carb. Easy drinker, the taste is not too intense and this is thin bodied enough to make it easy to down quite a few in a sitting. Very nice surprise in the flavor, I really did not know what I was getting into with this one when checking out the name, kinda went into it expecting a sea-water flavor, hey- ya never know with some of the experimentation going on out there! But even if it was, I probably still would have tried it!

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2005 20:15:05 | More by shapudding
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3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
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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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Pours a dark brown with a small head. Some lacing on the surface. Smell is very mild caramel malt. Taste is primarily a rounded caramel malt. Low sweetness. Underneath, but still fairly prominent, is what must be the seaweed. It's unlike anything I've ever had. Not at all unpleasant. Tastes like the ocean. Not salty at all... but then again, maybe there is a hint of it. Minerals. Makes me want to reread Innsmouth by Lovecraft- this is probably what they were drinking there. Or maybe rewatch the Wicker Man (the original). Low carbonation. Medium to light bodied. I think the whole is greater than the sum of the parts in this case. Maybe this is just good and not great, but it's a must try all the same.

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