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


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RATINGS: 864   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BVery (6103) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Bottle. Nice very dark pour with a small beige head. Nose is mild and slightly sweet. Medium to lighter palate. Light roast and sweetness on the taste. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Freaky_tiki (525) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2013
Pours cola brown with an slight sheet of white foam on top. Aroma doesn’t tell me much. And at first sip if you didn’t tell me elderberries were in this brew I wouldn’t know. Not that this subtleness is a bad thing. Because as the glass lowers the complexity of the brew emerges. North American brewers & drinkers could learn something from this - not every brew has to be a slap to the face. As Miles Davis once said, sometimes less is more.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mmacleod75 (107) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2013
Poured black with slight red when held to light. Very thin tan head, no carbonation. Roasted malt with slight fruity aroma. Weak malt flavour, slight fruitiness, but nothing standing out to me. Slight bitterness. Drinkable, but I was expecting more flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rikstar (728) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mgajdaczewa (488) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vadie (670) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrinkinWell (262) - - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (9596) - 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.

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