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Kelpie Seaweed Ale - Williams Brothers Brewing Company

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Kelpie Seaweed AleKelpie Seaweed Ale

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396 Ratings

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Ratings: 396
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 18
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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.

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Photo of TubbyDullard
3/5  rDev -17.1%

TubbyDullard, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of lwadd
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

lwadd, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of Schmoog
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Schmoog, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

ryan1788a5, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of JakeDebus
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

JakeDebus, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of ajdemma
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

ajdemma, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of AngusOg
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

AngusOg, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

ygtbsm94, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of NeoClassicist
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

NeoClassicist, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of Druss157
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Druss157, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of burnstar
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

burnstar, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev +10.5%

dcmchew, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of leitmotif
4/5  rDev +10.5%

leitmotif, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Ciocanelu, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

harpus, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of Number3red
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Number3red, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of outdoor7or24
3.51/5  rDev -3%
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

outdoor7or24, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of Kelp
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Kelp, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of Act25
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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!"

Act25, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of Wrex68
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Wrex68, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of John_Squires
1.75/5  rDev -51.7%

John_Squires, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of manutdfan
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

manutdfan, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
2.65/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

TappaKeggaBrew, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of Hugh37
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Hugh37, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of MatthewMartinson
3/5  rDev -17.1%

MatthewMartinson, Aug 07, 2013
Kelpie Seaweed Ale from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 396 ratings.