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

bottled
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RATINGS: 861   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rikstar (654) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2013
Thuis uit 0,33l fles. Donker bruin tot zwart bier met een bruine schuimkraag. In de geur rogge geroosterde noten en aardse tonen. Smaak is bitterdroog met een tikkeltje dun mondgevoel wel een mooie volle bittere afdronk.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mgajdaczewa (425) - Katowice, POLAND - DEC 13, 2013
W zapachu mamy nuty palonego słodu, lekki popiół, zioła, niestety jest mało owocowo. W smaku równeż lekki popiół, niezła treść słodowa i ziołowość - wiele niezidentyfikowanych nut znanych ze spacerów po łąkach. Dość sycące, średnio pijalne. Może być.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vadie (624) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2013
Noir sombre avec une teinte rouge. Presque mas de mousse. L’arôme de malt rôti et des fruits mûrs. Le goût est d’abord du malt rôti, ensuite un peu de fruits sucrés, avec un amertume moyenne en finale. Un peu moins carboné que normale avec les bulles vif.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Mild aroma of roasted oat. The flavor is similar to a stout, including roasted coffee and a sweetness of the elderberries. Long lasting and dry aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrinkinWell (225) - - NOV 27, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2014 Pours dark black with tan head. Semi-sweet flavor stems from chocolate, red cherry, and grape notes. Smooth drink with toasty malts and a dry finish. Not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pizd (432) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2013
(Bottle): Pours almost black with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet fruit, roasted malt, burnt/smokey character. Flavour is a nice balance between roasted malt, burnt toast, dark fruits and slight chocolate on the finish. A tad watery but overall very drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (9358) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 5, 2013
Bottle at home. Pours clear black with dark brown highlights and a small, bubbly beige head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is toast, caramel, and nutty malt, peat smoke notes, grapes, figs, and berries with light earthy hops. Flavor is dark and peat smoked malt dominant, lightly tart dark fruits, light hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Medium body and light carbonation.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Graphirus (48) - - OCT 23, 2013
A- Pours a black beer with with a copious amount of creamy tan, tight bubbled head. Good lacing. S – Smells elderberry, heavier coffee earthy and caramel tones, dark malts come through. T – a dry vineous character, strong herbal notes with berries and dark fruit notes. Finish is abrupt and dry, with a mild roast malt note in the aftertaste. M – Light bodied with medium carbonation. Quite refreshing with a hint of tartness toward the end. O - Overall an excellent brew but personally I'd like some more elderberry flavour. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prokroustis (679) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - OCT 16, 2013
Pitch dark brown body with an off white head. Very nice aroma with roasted malts, caramel, ash, berries, honey, black coffee. Medium, smooth body with little carbonation. Nice balanced flavour with cereal, bread, caramel, licorice, berries, a herbal bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
generallee08 (523) - New York, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 330ml bottle into a small mug. The label lists the abv at 6.5% and there is a "Best Before End" date. Appearance: It has a black body which is nearly opaque. When held up to the light there is dark reddish hue near the edge of the glass. A light tan, two finger tall head rests on top. It is thick and long lasting. Lacing is minimal and slick. Smell: The aroma has dark roasted maltiness with hints of roasted coffee. Elderberry notes are noticeable but very light and subdued. I would like just a bit more of the berry. Taste/Palate: Its flavor runs right with the aroma. There is a dark roasted base with notes of dark chocolate/bitter coffee and just the slightest hint of elderberry. The finish has a mild herbal and berry tartness to it. Its palate is medium bodied with a very smooth light texture. Notes: I found this beer to be very interesting. The fruit is light and delicate. I think it is better to be light on fruit vs. heavy and syrupy.


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