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Kelpie Seaweed Ale - Williams Brothers Brewing Company

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Kelpie Seaweed AleKelpie Seaweed Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

398 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 398
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 20
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2001

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.
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

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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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into sniffer, purchased at hop city in ATL for $4, exp date Oct 2013.
A: pours a dark reddish chocolate brown, one finger light khaki color foam head, some spotty lacing
S: malt, chocolate, some salty aroma, slight sweetness, hint of hops
M: light body, smooth, clean finish at the end
T: roasted malt, salty, chocolate, Cola, hint of hops
O: first time for a Scottish gruit brew, interesting flavor, would drink again, easy drinking dark ale

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is dark walnut (near black) in color with translucent amber, fiery highlights, sporting a beige creamy head that doesnt last but does lace well.No carbonation visible.

S: Plenty of very good, inviting aromas of roasted, chocolaty malts along with something unknown but interesting, is it the notes of the seaweed? Intriguing, rustic, mysterious.

T: Follows the smell, the taste is dominated by chocolaty malts. Sweet, cola-like, hearty, grass and peat, and a bit smokey, but not much seaweed. Although it's probably the smokeiness.

M: Too light-bodied on the palate with a light carbonation. There is a slight amount of overall dryness. no real hop bitterness. Nice after dinner beer, nice session, and nice converational beer. Made me reach for some cheddar after dinner.

D: Great work preserving a one-of-a-kind tradition. I dont get seaweed, but I do get the smokey outdoors, and peat, so perhaps that's it. Gladly would have another.

I rank this "Must try!"

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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1.75/5  rDev -51.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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2.66/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Clear, but dark brown color doesn't let much light through. Head is just half a finger of golden blond foam that fades without leaving much lacing.

S: The toasty grain is there for sure, but what I notice most is the soy sauce and seaweed aroma, reminding me of something from a sushi restaurant more than a beer.

T: A little sweet malt and well-toasted grain balance each other early. Then the seaweed shows up with its smoky, briny flavors. It really isn't a good combination. Only by pairing it with some spicy food was I able to finish the glass without a lot of effort.

M: Thin, watery, and flat. Even most macrobrews are better on the palate.

O: Creativity in brewing is only a virtue when the result is enjoyable. This one tastes like an experiment, needing a few more attempts and adjustments to get it right.

Kelpie Seaweed Ale from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 398 ratings.