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


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RATINGS: 887   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2014
Bottle at the Doric Arms, Edinburgh on 16 May. Poured a very dark ruby, with a beige head, which dissipated to a halo. Aroma of blackcurrant cordial, burnt malt and herbal, medicine-esque notes. Fairly light body, but I don’t think it’s supposed to be a thick stout kind of a dark beer. Fruity flavours, more blackcurrants, blackberries, prunes, mixed with coffee. Finish was burnt bread, dark chocolate and raisins.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Calisky (1618) - ALSACE, FRANCE - MAY 13, 2014
Couleur noire, pas de mousse. Nez de malt grillé, note de chocolat, note de baies(?). Gout doux et grillé de malt et café. Texture huileuse et savoureuse, fin de bouche longue au palet de malt doux

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DroolYeast (450) - Aalborg, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2014
Bottle @ home. Aroma of some smoke. Fruit. Maybe the elderberries. Very dark brown. Tiny lasting off-white head. Smoked. Caramel sweetness. Light bitterness. Finish is little bitter. Soapy to oily texture. Light carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sissio (867) - Orsenigo, ITALY - MAY 10, 2014
Hazy dark brown, minimal brown head Licorice and riped fruit, dry apricot, sweet toasted malts Licorice, wild honey Really well balanced and enjoyable beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Unm4rk3d (82) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2014
From Belair Fine Wines. Floral & slight fruity aroma. The elderberry over powers to much in this beer. It lingers a bit to much i think.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SilverfoX (686) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2014
vanilla, woody, raisin, resin, aromas, body is black with reddish hue, no head, medium sweetness, medium body, creamy, flat, with a cherry kind of flavoured aftertaste, its nice but not incredible. bottle from beers of europe.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Meilby (9444) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 9, 2014
Bottle 330ml @ home
Pours dark reddish brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, caramel and dried fruits. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerhunter111 (10321) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 5, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein sehr dunkel rötlichbraunes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig fruchtig, würzig, Karamell. Geschmack leicht röstmalzig, Gewürze, Karamell, fruchtig.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jice (172) - Grenoble, FRANCE - APR 4, 2014
couleur très sombre, belle mousse. Le malt grillé est puissant et on ne distingue pas les baies de sureau. Pas désagréable cela dit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Moravius (807) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAR 30, 2014
Flasche (33 cl) vom Bierzwerg-Onlineversand. - Tiefschwarz mit rötlichem Schimmer, herzlich wenig Schaum. - In der Nase schweres Röstmalz, schwarzer Kaffee, dunkle Frucht, wie bei einem Stout. - Im Antrunk kräftiges Röstmalz, etwas Lakritz und eine deutliche krautige, leicht säuerliche Note. Holunder ist nicht deutlich herauszuschmecken. Die krautige Note dürfte eher vom Gagel (Grut, englisch "bog myrtle") stammen. Nicht süß. Wenig rezent, fast etwas schal; weich im Mund. - Würzig-säuerlicher Abgang mit milder kaffee-artiger Bittere. - Schmeckt wie ein schales Stout, wäre da nicht die leichte säuerlich-fruchtige, krautige Note, die mich wenig überzeugt. Es hat schon seinen guten Grund, daß Grut von Hopfen abgelöst wurde ...

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