Kelpie Seaweed Ale

Kelpie Seaweed Ale

Rated 3.453 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Williams Brothers (Heather Ales)

Kelliebank, Alloa, United Kingdom

Style:  Stout

4.4% Alcohol by Volume

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Prior to the 1850's there were many Scottish coastal alehouses which brewed their own ales, these ales were made from local malted barley which was grown on fields fertilised with seaweed. This environment gave the barley a very specific flavour which we have recreated by the inclusion of fresh seaweed in the mash tun. In addition to the seaweed (bladder rack) harvested on the Argyll coast we have used only organically grown malt - the darker malts roasted by ourselves. Kelpie is a rich chocolate ale which has an aroma of fresh seabreeze and a distinctive malty texture.

ID: 10063 Last updated 17 years ago Added to database 19 years ago

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Overall Rank4095
Overall Percentile92.3
Style Rank70 of 844
Style Percentile91.7
Lowest Score2.5
Highest Score4.3
Average Score3.494
Weighted Score3.453
Standard Deviation0.344

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  • THOMASSOVA4 1037 reviews
    rated 3.6 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    It was good ... A solid stout, but more like a porter as it was on the thinner side. Some brine, but overall, a nice beer. There were some chocolate notes and the color was a medium brown. Not bad at all.

  • RICHSBEER 1894 reviews
    rated 3.2 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Had a flash back to my hippie days when I saw the seaweed label, so i had to give it a try, was surprised it was brewed in Scotland. I had low expectations on the drinkability of this beer but over all was pleasantly surprised. I enjoy a smokey and malty bev. with a dark brown color, with a head that stays around for a while. a nice pleasant ale

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 3.8 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    My second order at World of Beer. A black colored beer with a small, creamy textured white head rising briefly above. The name is a bit of a misnomer and may have people looking for something it is not. Yeah it is smokey in nose and taste. As well as a pinch of saltiness, though no where near overwhelming. It is, as it warms mostly about chocolate. It is a little lighter body than I’d prefer. But the tastes more than make up up for that. I was pleasantly surprised.

  • DOULOS31 1349 reviews
    rated 3.7 13 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Apr. 2010 - Didn’t read the bottle, so I was expecting this to be a lighter. Dark pour, smallish head. As described on the bottle, a "chocolate ale". Lots of chocolate, but not overly sweet, with some roast. I really didn’t detect any seaweek, but I still pretty much liked it.

  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 4.3 13 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Has a very interesting aroma - malty and also salty. (Well, it is made with seaweed!) Beautiful deep, nearly opaque brown with a thick, tan head. Flavor is superb - rich, malty, with some sea tang and a hint of molasses. The finish is a little watery, but overall this is a very pleasant ale, smooth and distinctive.

  • HONKEYMOFO 1000 reviews
    rated 3.4 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    It pours out a very very dark brown with thin tan head and some lace. Aroma of roasted malts, light hops, seaweed I guess, raisins/dates, light citrus, and mild spices. The mouthfeel is smooth, rich, and full-bodied. Flavors of roasted chocolate malts, citrus, light hops, seaweed I guess, light molasses, and mild spices. Good, but nothing special, I just think it tastes like a stout.

  • KAIJAPSKA 67 reviews
    rated 3.9 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    An unusual stout in ways I can't put my finger on. It isn't the seaweed/kelp, that didn't really come into it. It had a slight burnt taste which is good.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 3.3 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 5

    had with stu+mel .. . smells of peat and chocolate .. . dark stuff .. . earth, chocolate, tar, and peat flavours .. . scottish .. light and mellow .. . better than most would expect... an interesting take .. .

  • RAINMAN 892 reviews
    rated 3.6 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    ours a nice dark brown with a good tan head. Aroma is faint but of chocolate. Mouthfeel a bit watery, but the flavor makes up for it. I didn't get any seaweed in mine, just a good solid beer.

  • OIZNOP 431 reviews
    rated 3.6 15 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Interesting in it's own right. Kelpie Seaweed has a thin tan head that evaps in a hurry into the clear dark brown hue. Aromas, believe it or not, of the ocean, salt air and shell fish are what grabbed my attention. Kelpie has a semi sweet maltiness to it with some dark caramel & chocolate overtones. It's lighter than most dark ales. I could not taste any seaweed, however. Oh well, pour me a pint of Skull Splitter, laddy!

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