Kelpie Seaweed Ale

Rating: 2.4

An unusual Seaweed Ale now, this one from the Williams Brothers brewery based in Alloa, a brewery I have had a lot of beers from in the past which is part of the reason I decided to give this one a go. The other reason being that it was relatively cheap in Aldi about five weeks ago when I picked it up & as you might have guess I have been putting off trying it since then. I can’t see it being a classic or for that matter a beer I am likely to drink very often, if at all but maybe it’ll be an interesting and enjoyable beer anyway and not as salty or soggy as I am imagining in my head.

Kelpie Seaweed Ale

Appearance (3/5): Dark brown in colour with an almost black look to it and a lively looking body. There is a thin, centimetre tall head on top that is an off white colour and settles to a patchy lacing after a few seconds.
Aroma (5/10): Almost nothing in the way of an aroma here when I first smelt it. There is some roasted malts and a hint of chocolate along with a faint stout like aroma. There is also a smell similar to miso soup as well but none of the smells are strong ones.
Taste (5/10): Basic in taste as well with some basic dark malts and a hint of chocolate along with that same basic stout characteristic. It does seem a lot stronger than the 4.4% mentioned on the bottle though.
Palate (2/5): Light medium bodied with an alcohol laced flavour and medium carbonation. There is a slightly gassy feel to the beer as well.

Overall (8/20): A rather poor beer for me here, it was far too light on the nose and tasted with a cheap stout mixed with salt water. Nothing about this one really appealed to me and it won’t be one I’ll have again.

Brewed In: Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland
Brewery: Williams Brothers Brewing Company
Also Known As: Heather Ales Kelpie
First Brewed: 2001
Type: Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale
Abv: 4.4%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Aldi
Price: £1.39

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