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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
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392 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 392
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2001)
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confer

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

07-04-2013 02:05:39 | More by confer
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

07-03-2013 12:42:20 | More by mrfrancis
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fionn13

Ireland

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

06-26-2013 16:49:22 | More by fionn13
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kingmaker

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

06-23-2013 17:00:03 | More by kingmaker
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Hultkrantz

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

06-16-2013 08:38:54 | More by Hultkrantz
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

06-15-2013 18:18:06 | More by Evil_Pidde
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.5%

05-25-2013 13:08:29 | More by Slatetank
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magnusdave

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

05-20-2013 03:04:57 | More by magnusdave
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seinfeldette

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

05-16-2013 20:19:23 | More by seinfeldette
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Murrhey

Montana

2.4/5  rDev -33.7%

Poured from a standard pressure-cap 500ml bottle into a conic pint glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Half-finger off-white head with low retention. Limited spotty lacing. Dark chocolate color, very little light permeates.

S- Caramel, toffee, funky-earthy smell. Slight salinity in the nose, along with a very distinct fun that must be the seaweed. Very hard to describe.

T- Earthy, slightly watery, funky. Caramel, toasted malts, some vegetation.

M- Very watery. Not a very nice feel.

O- Swing and a miss.

05-14-2013 02:18:15 | More by Murrhey
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lenbert

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

05-05-2013 01:08:27 | More by lenbert
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blknikon

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

04-30-2013 20:00:30 | More by blknikon
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TheRevMatt

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

04-28-2013 16:27:41 | More by TheRevMatt
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BDeibs

Colorado

2/5  rDev -44.8%

04-27-2013 00:48:59 | More by BDeibs
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weaselchew

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

04-25-2013 03:48:33 | More by weaselchew
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schoolboy

Ohio

3.76/5  rDev +3.9%

Alright, here is something very out of the ordinary for me. And unique works for me most of the time - this not being an exception.

It looks great in the glass with a firm head. The aroma is a typical English malty with a hint of freshness from herbs (seaweed?).

The flavor is lightly roasty, slightly bitter, a little bit herbal, all nicely balanced into a very palatable beverage. This was a cool treat.

03-31-2013 20:54:08 | More by schoolboy
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SadMachine

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

03-22-2013 04:39:33 | More by SadMachine
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spycow

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

03-11-2013 04:21:51 | More by spycow
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Arborescence

Finland

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

Appearance: Dark, but not pitch black. Pours a nice, fairly creamy and persistent one finger head.

Aroma: Malty, but with some fresh & salty sea aromas. Somewhat mild aroma.

Taste: A little sharp at first, with a citrus-like bitterness. Quickly settles to a nice malty flavour though, with a salty aftertaste, probably due to the seaweed.

Mouthfeel: Quite thick and smooth, medium to heavy body.

Overall: This is an old acquaintance, one of the Scottish druid / ancient recipe ales that I quite like. For me, they deserve points for originality (even if the recipes are ancient!). Many contemporary attempts at herbed or spiced ales don't produce similar results.

02-20-2013 16:55:07 | More by Arborescence
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Beerstorian

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

02-16-2013 14:05:46 | More by Beerstorian
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DmanGTR

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

02-10-2013 16:16:18 | More by DmanGTR
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Nachos4two

Illinois

2/5  rDev -44.8%

02-07-2013 21:31:36 | More by Nachos4two
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matjack85

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

02-02-2013 06:47:51 | More by matjack85
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JackRB

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -24%

01-31-2013 02:17:38 | More by JackRB
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wonothesane42

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

01-25-2013 00:01:48 | More by wonothesane42
Kelpie Seaweed Ale from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.