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


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RATINGS: 910   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
edsspoon (858) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2015
Bottle - deep dark red with a foamy light brown head. Good retention and lacing. Aroma of coffee, biscuit, caramel and dark berries. Taste of coffee, caramel, grass, roasted malts, a little sourness and porridge. Medium body, low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bastarda (430) - Freiburg, GERMANY - APR 6, 2015
aromas of dark and milk chocolate, mild roast, vanilla, herbal, fragrant hops, and really a whiff of elderberries. Silky smooth mouthfeel, thinner towards the end, a lot of dark chocolate again, nicely balanced by vanilla/oak, herbs (majoram) and a light sourish feel and taste at the end.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1394) - BELGIUM - APR 3, 2015
Bière noire aux baies de sureau hièble (donc ebulum), introduite par les druides gallois en Écosse au 9 ème siècle. Qu’est-ce qu’ils ont bien fait, et surtout de garder la recette !! Ceci dit, celle qui prévaut à la réalisation de cette bière date du 16ème. Insistons aussi sur la magnifique étiquette à la superbe graphie. Niveau abv de 6,5 % . Les céréales sont de l’orge et de l’avoine, et puis nous retrouvons en ingrédient notre imparable myrte des marécages. Couleur noir intense, d’une opacité quasi totale. Mousse qui est un nappage beige moyen à 1 mm, très joli. Arômes de café noir très délicat, chocolat fondant, fondant au chocolat, malt noir, noisettes grillées. Superbe. 1ère bouche soyeuse à la splendide entame sur le café noir, chocolat noir, pointe de baies sèches très fines. Arrière-bouche longue, dense, complexe. 2ème au magnifique équilibre, malt noir/café/baies/céréales grillées. Arrière-bouche très fine, pleine de nuances, à la magnifique tenue. 3ème à la tenue exceptionnelle, et montée en puissance sur l’avoine grillée. Arrière-bouche quasiment parfaite. Longueur avec une avoine de plus en plus fine. Jambes très finement marquées. Levure douce, végétale. Alcool à la progression douce sur la longueur, mais très efficace sur les saveurs, et au niveau parfait pour cette bière. Finale qui est un plaisir, un régal, un pur bonheur. CONCLUSION : l’avoine est une céréale exceptionnelle, je l’ai déjà dit ailleurs, mais elle est portée ici à un réel sommet. Nous pouvons aussi souligner le mérite d’avoir retrouvé cette ancienne recette, et de la brasser aussi bien. Rien que pour cette bière, la série des Historic ales from Scotland mérite amplement d’exister. Nous en remercions les Williams Brothers du fond du cœur.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nihtila (2903) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 28, 2015
28.2.2015. Very dark brown. Aroma of some berries, probably elderberries, sweet jam, dark malts, dark fruits. Taste has dark malts and fruits, feelsquite thin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
McSherman (543) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - MAR 1, 2015
Farbe: tief dunkles rot, beinahe Schwarz Schaum: wenig und schnell zerfallend Geruch: malzig, süßlich, holzig Geschmack: Röstmalz, Kaffee, ungewöhnliche leichte Bitterkeit, trockener Abgang Gutes Bier!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
60minuteman (1337) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2015
Dark colored brew, minimal white head. Roasted malt, berries, earth, barley. Taste is growing on me with every sip. Wifey also used it in her chili recipe. Should be interesting... :)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBlueSky93 (524) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2015
Bottle from GingRealAleTrail (Bought from The Curious Hop) Pours Dark Brown with single finger tan head-goes away quickly. Aroma of Dark Fruits, Burnt Malts. Initial taste of Dark Fruits, then touch of Elderberry-sweet then bitter, then dark chocolate, burnt malts, toffee, caramel, coffee and then a lightly smoky finish, with a wee kick from the ABV. Very nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
puredelusion (269) - Lviv, UKRAINE - JAN 4, 2015
0,33 bottle. Pours dark brown colour with thin light brown head that is mostly diminishing. Hazy liquid, soft carbonation, medium body, oily or creamy texture. Aroma is burnt malt, toffee, a little bit of black currant (or is this elderberry?), some floral. Initial taste is light sweet and light bitter, some roastness is present, coffee, prunes and currant notes. Aftertaste overall smooth and short. Little bitter, dark chocolate, burnt bread.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SarkyNorthener (4071) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2014
New years eve beer no 11 seeing me through big ben. Bottle shared thanks to s_hartshorne. Very dark brown beer with small tan head. Aroma of licorice, roast malts and dark malts. Taste is figs, dark malts, sweet toffee and a little licorice. Good stuff. Happy new year.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
AtronSeige (1269) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 8, 2014
Aroma: Medium toasty, melanoidin, licorice Appearance: Body: Dark brown, opaque. Head: Thin, light brown, low retention. Flavour: Malt: Licorice, Medium bitterness. Medium sweetness. Light alcohol. Medium Medium dry, tart finish with lingering licorice. Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, medium carbonation. Overall: I can’t pick up any elderberries (but I have no idea what elderberries smell/taste like). The base recipe is good, but I expected more elderberries. 330 ml bottle, poured. Thanks Andre! 20. Fruit Beer 12C. Baltic Porter

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