Brewed by Williams Brothers (Heather Ales)
Style: Traditional Ale
Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland


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RATINGS: 878   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Bottled. A cask version at 5.8% is produced in October and November.
"Elderberry Black Ale"
Introduced to Scotland by Welsh druids in the 9th Century, elderberry black ale was part of the Celtic Autumn festivals when the "elders" would make this strong ale and pass the drink round the people of the village. The recipe was taken from a 16th Century record of domestic drinking in the Scottish Highlands. Elderberries were used for many natural remedies to cure sciatica, other forms of neuralgia, influenza and rhumatism as they contain tannins and fruit oils.
Ebulum is made from roasted oats, barley and wheat boiled with herbs then fermented with ripe elderberries.
A rich black ale with fruit aroma, silky soft texture,soft roasted flavour and gentle finish.
Recommended with stewed and baked foods.
Drink lightly chilled from a straight glass.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrHult (387) - SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2014
Flaska delad med @thaalcoholic. Svart med ljusbrunt skum. Helt ok ale med lite rostad smak...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
charlotte (4474) - rødovre, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2014
Bottle.Dark brown colour with medium beige head.Aroma of elderberry’s roasted malt and wood,good roasted flavour and malty smooth taste light spicy taste and smooth finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maneliquor (3372) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 13, 2014
Sample bottle. Actually pretty good. The label doesn’t do much for this which is a shame in regards to selling it but the beer inside is good. Sort of comes across like a slightly tarty dark lager. Definitely a nice ripe berry presence which adds something. Tasty beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mibeersnob (50) - Howell, Michigan, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Poured into tulip glass. Single finger head. Smell of elderberry comes through. Smell of fruit and hints of bread. Smooth on the palate. Overall, rather good tasting, Would recommend, but drinking more than one at a setting might be difficult.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
peponi (588) - Krakow, POLAND - AUG 4, 2014
Aroma: roasted dark malts, elderberry, roasted seeds of sunflowers. Appearance: black color, very good beige head. Taste: low bitterness, dark roasted malts, roasted caramel, elderberry, dark chocolate, coffee substitute, slightly watery. Palate: low body and medium carbonation, roasted smooth finish. Overall: Classical / Old ingredients brings to Williams Bros. beers a certain kind of nobleness. That’s what I really like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MarcoDL (2562) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 24, 2014
Strange beer. Spicy and grassy, like it’s made from herbs of the woods. At the same time, it has some bitter notes of fruit. Tastes like an old medieval beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (3370) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle 0.33l at home, Oulu. Originally rated 04072012. Colour is dark brown with small head. Aromas and flavours: Berries, caramel, sweetness and malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jksipa (455) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2014
Bottle from the LCBO. Pours a dark opaque brown with just a surface film of tan head. Nose is roast malt with caramel, coffee, dark fruits and a hint of vanilla. Medium sweet with cocoa and coffee and light berry notes. Mouth is medium and creamy with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (5371) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 4, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours dark brown, sweet blackberry, dry and sweet, toffee, fruity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kamwitsta (149) - POLAND - JUN 1, 2014
The aroma is faint, roasted, malty with a bit of caramel. Slightly reddish black, clear so far as the blackness allows, the head is small and not for long. Sweetish, a bit bitter, a bit tart. The body is below medium, the carbonation soft, and the finish oily and sweetish. The whole is not actually bad but one could easily find something better.

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