Everything about this beer seems gross.
Seaweed Ale? Yuck.
Even the name, Kelpie, makes me want to barf.
Kidding. I love the Scots...especially the ginger ones.
I've never been so apprehensive about tasting a beer.
But, part of the journey is getting out of our comfort zone.
So, here goes.
Look-I was expecting it to be lighter but it's actually very brownish black. Like the color of...seaweed. I'm an idiot.
Smell-Strong on the nose. Toffee perhaps? Something tart.
Taste-Smoky. Not like a smoke beer...like actual smoke. Unusual sensation.
Mouthfeel-Feels like a stout or porter in the mouth. Full bodied. Hearty (barley/malt). Smooth finish.
Overall-Never judge a book by its cover. This "seaweed ale" is actually a delicous mix of dark chocolate, hearty flavor, with a smooth finish. See...told ya I love the Scots.
About Kelpie Seaweed Ale:
Prior to the 1850's Scottish coastal alehouses brewed with malted barley, grown in fields fertilised by seaweed. This environment gave the barley a very specific flavour which we recreate by the inclusion of fresh seaweed in the mash tun. A rich dark chocolate ale, which has the aroma of a fresh Scottish sea breeze and a distinctive malty texture.