05 January, 2011

Kelpie Seaweed Ale

When Kelpie Seaweed Ale arrived I immediately thought of Dollymount strand in a bottle. Not the most appealing comparison but I guess you link potential flavours with  memory sequence. I've heard people compare the flavour of Schlenkerla Marzen to everything from kippers/ rashers/ Smith's Bacon fries and spiced beef. So nothing is impossible.
This pours similar to the Zeitgeist from Brew Dog - A black lager. This however is an ale with a thin white head which almost immediately dissipates.
The nose was completely different than I anticipated. It initially smells candied - kola and marzipan but after serving 2 customers and reverting back to the so-called seaweed beer - I got it! Thankfully it's not Dollymount strand. It's actually a subtle coastal smell. Salty and almost medicinal.
The palate has a nice carbonation with sweet caramel flavours which finish like slightly bitter salt water...and I just ruined it!!!.
Rory was just in to purchase a can of beer to stuff his chicken with... Nothing illegal - he assures me the chicken is dead. We both tasted it and both liked it. (Back me up Rory!!!)
I suggest you try this with a couple of Californian Sushi rolls or if you're like me and don't buy into the raw fish buzz - Anything that once originated from the sea and that includes Captain Birds eye fish fingers.
Available from Deveney's of Dundrum.


R. said...

Yes, definitley something aquatic / coastal about the Seaweed ale...

The beer-can chicken is progressing, although my oven may be too low-ceiling for it to actually stand up. The recipe is in here http://www.amazon.com/Cliff-House-Hotel-Cookbook/dp/0547338279 Although you'll find a bunch of variations online if you google beer-can chicken.

Deveneys said...

I knew I could count on you...
Let us know how the chicken copes with the can of beer.

BMK said...

you can't make beer can chicken without a metal rubbish bin, some rain and you have to make it naked with only a duvet to hide your embarasment/glory (delete as appropriate)

Deveneys said...

That all sounds pretty seedy!

The Hearty Goodfellow said...

Seaweed is usually the only thing I leave behind at a Sushi bar.

But, somehow, the idea of it in an ale is hugely appealing.

I'm going to hunt this beast down...


Deveneys said...

Love it!!!
Let us know how the expedition works out...