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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Moravius (707) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAR 30, 2014
Flasche (33 cl) vom Bierzwerg-Onlineversand. - Tiefschwarz mit rötlichem Schimmer, herzlich wenig Schaum. - In der Nase schweres Röstmalz, schwarzer Kaffee, dunkle Frucht, wie bei einem Stout. - Im Antrunk kräftiges Röstmalz, etwas Lakritz und eine deutliche krautige, leicht säuerliche Note. Holunder ist nicht deutlich herauszuschmecken. Die krautige Note dürfte eher vom Gagel (Grut, englisch "bog myrtle") stammen. Nicht süß. Wenig rezent, fast etwas schal; weich im Mund. - Würzig-säuerlicher Abgang mit milder kaffee-artiger Bittere. - Schmeckt wie ein schales Stout, wäre da nicht die leichte säuerlich-fruchtige, krautige Note, die mich wenig überzeugt. Es hat schon seinen guten Grund, daß Grut von Hopfen abgelöst wurde ...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wimpyjoe (5108) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2014
Bottle.from Cheers, Todmorden. Extremely dark with a very thin head. Has a rich sweetness that is balanced between roasted malts and dark fruits. Has a very good nose and almost as good a taste which is not too heavy despite the relatively high alcohol content.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pictoman (709) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 25, 2014
Poured from 330mL bottle. Dark brown with beige head. Aroma of roasted malt with subtle elderberry. Same taste. Light-medium body. Stout-ish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
EyeAmBaldman (354) - Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Pours dark brown with a reddish tinge and a light tan head. Aroma is alcohol, roasted malt, sweet smokiness and figs. Taste is smoky and sweet with a touch of coffee bitterness. Finishes fairly smooth with a dark fruit aftertaste. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
allmyvinyl (5176) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 18, 2014
330ml bottle from Appellation Wines. Pours clear dark brown, red tinge. Aroma has a strange smokey note, fruit and light roast malt. Taste has toffee sweetness, little else. Kinda falls away to nothing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BelgianBeerGal (3289) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Andersons’ Columbus bottle. Very dark almost black pour but almost no head. Aroma is dark roasted malt and coffee. Light mouthfeel. Flavor is a touch simple with just coffee. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
leebotton (272) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2014
Pours deep brown with no head. Aroma of rich chocolate and dark fruit like dates or damson, almost wine-like. Subtle hint of roast coffee / dark malts too. Strong smelling, like delicious nail varnish remover. Flavour mroe cerealy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2014
From bottle. Dark brown-black clear with thin head. Nice boozy-fruity nose with light roasted barley and a little Tootsie Roll. Medium body with medium carbonation. Starts sweet with thin alcohol and light elderberry flavor. Tootsie Roll and some chocolate notes. Carbonic tang. Watery finish and thin after.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jamesie1857 (1537) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2014
330ml bottle from Dobbies Garden Centre! - Dark black body, thin white head, looks ordinary. Nose though is ripe berries, liquorice, coffee and roasted malts. Taste is a sweet berry and roast nut fest, lots of espresso notes there too, and palate is nice and oily. A great surprise from a garden centre!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Idiosynkrasie (4466) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - FEB 3, 2014
330ml bottle. Ruby red glowing, almost black colour with average, frothy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, beige head. Slightly roasty dark malty aroma, a touch of smoke, herbs, a fruity touch of dark/blue berries. Taste is minimally sweet fruit with hints of blueberry, a herbal touch, hints of roast; oily texture, soft palate.

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