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


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RATINGS: 866   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
cargo150 (584) - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rodenbach99 (3158) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BVery (6298) - 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 (553) - 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 (765) - 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 (509) - 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 (712) - 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 (266) - - 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.

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