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

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 872   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.


3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
leebotton (235) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nate (3778) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jamesie1857 (1477) - 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!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Idiosynkrasie (4090) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
andriesradu (513) - ROMANIA - JAN 19, 2014
33cl bottle @ Beer Zone. Pours black with a small beige head. Sweet , roasted malt and a bit winy aroma which is great. Flavor is sweet, roasted malt with notes of elderberries.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElDesmadre (1716) - Mikołów, POLAND - JAN 9, 2014
Bottle. Dubbel-ish in aroma, stout-ish in taste. Biscuit malts, a light roasted note that becomes stronger as the beer warms, a bit chocolatey as well. The aroma also has a strong red wine quality to it. Notes of flowers and berries (redcurrant, blueberry) that go really well with the dark malts. The taste is different. The floral and fruity notes move to the back, the beer becomes more malty, in the finish even roasted-cofeeish. It is also leaning unexpectedly on the dry side of things, has much less body than fathomed. Slightl;y biting carbo and overall impression. Well, i is complex surely, interesting as well, but ’only’ merely good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
cargo150 (773) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 5, 2014
Couleur d’un noir intense avec un col moyen et résistant beige. Nez de malt grillés et légèrement fruités et chocolaté. En bouche le gout le plus dominant est celui du malt grillé en accord avec le chocolat qui est plus discret sur une touche de la baie de sureau par ses saveurs acres! Une bières unique en son genre un peu bizarre mais qui se bois bien!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rodenbach99 (3257) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 5, 2014
Bouteille de 330ml meilleure avant le mois de mars 2015. Une robe noire très dense avec une superbe mousse beige. Un nez de malt grillé et rôti qui masque toute trace de sureau. La bouche est mince, liquide avec des notes de chocolat. Le sureau est absent que ce soit en fleur ou en fruit. Une finale aqueuse de chocolat.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BVery (6963) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Freaky_tiki (637) - 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.


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