Kelpie Seaweed Ale | Williams Brothers Brewing Company

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Kelpie Seaweed AleKelpie Seaweed Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Williams Brothers Brewing Company
Scotland, United Kingdom
williamsbrosbrew.com

Style: Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
420
Reviews:
291
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
13.74%
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
25
For Trade:
0
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Chocolaty black with a ruby tinge when held to the light. It’s semi-transparent, no carbonation and 3 fingers of foamy beige head.

S: Chocolate, chocolate and cream, coffee and toffee. Fresh sea breeze? Sure if you inhale deep enough.

T: Chocolaty with a certain sea like brininess that comes off more in the background. Roasted toasted notes, lightly sweetened coffee.

M: Medium body that’s smooth and creamy and slick like the slipperiness of kelp. Medium low carbonation.

O: Excellent brew. Love the bottle, style, and name. Seaweed lover myself living in Asia, the idea of a Kelp beer doesn’t bother me. The kelp is really in the background, and the flavor of this stout like beer is great.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: gorgeous, deep rusty red - the color you'd expect in a "wee heavy" - crystal clear ... some light tan foam puffs up then dies down into a messy cap

S: cocoa-dusted chocolate, dried salty seaweed (a la nori), dried blueberries(?)... faint touch of espresso in the back, dark cherry cough drop... all mellow, no intensity

T: oh, wow! - unmistakable earthy seaweed up front... solid, yet soft and dry malty base - kind of reminds me of a dunkel lager - the chocolate malt stands out remarkably clear above all else, minimal sweetness... something like a mix between a cherry pit note and walnut shell in the aftertaste... green, leafy thread throughout, mildly briny bitterness via the plants, with added complexity from the dark malts

M: broad and smooth, lightens in the finish... not much viscosity, delicate foamy wash... just a firm malty foundation

O: pretty good, well made, but could be more interesting... the brawny chocolate malt muscle is laid out, just pile on the seaweed - dry weed it, even - it has an interesting, distinct, somewhat umami quality that should be exploited and abused... could be a little more salty, maybe... I enjoy and advocate balance, but make this a little manlier, huh?

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Kelpie Seaweed Ale from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 420 ratings.
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