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.
Ruthxx

6 comments:

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.
Thanks.
R.

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...

Brian
That all sounds pretty seedy!
R.

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...

Jaws-style!

Deveneys said...

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