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

bottled
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RATINGS: 872   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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkobes (2141) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2004
This is the one I like. Deep black in color with a lasting head. Fruity. Very smooth roasty flavor like a stout. Enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2004
Pours a deep clear brown with a lasting tan head. Spicy stout like roasty aroma. Smooth roasty flavor, with hints of fruit and spice. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Well made.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2004
A dark beer with a lacing tan head.Hints of berries and coffee.Not much else.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5401) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2004
Black (not opaque) with no head. Caramel, malty, slightly fruity, blueberry aroma. Very fruity (elberberry?). Bitter berry taste with some roast as well. Also notes of oak, with an average mouthfeel.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jercraigs (8070) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2004
Black headless body with some ruby tinges at the edge of the glass, Slightly fruity and sweetly malty "rematch" (Don't take notes while watching video games...) aroma. Flavour is similar but unexceptional. Not unpleasant but I wouldn't buy it outside of the gift set.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivo (2590) - GERMANY - JAN 18, 2004
Pungent alcohol-laden nose of roasted malt, dark dark but clear brown color (appearance of being black), tan sticky head. Malt body with dark fruit tastes (raisins) and a spicy middle of cloves and pepper. Dry coffee finish, but an unpleasant cardboardy aftertaste. Long lingering palate. A little adventurous and a little rough around the edges, but nice.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 10, 2004
(cask at RFD, Washington DC) black in color with tan head. Low in carbonation as expected from a cask ale. Roast malt aroma. Flavor was coffee, floral, mediciney.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
YogiBeera (2498) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2004
Big foamy head. Black color. Malty sweet toffee nose. Weak milk chocolate taste, sweet but also fruity and roasted. Smooth finish. Interesting.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 24, 2003
DArk ruby color with a light tawny color. The aroma is lightly sweet and fruity, dark figs and a citrus. The up front flavors are present and solid, not too bad. This is as expected from heather, light hoppy, moderate malty.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2003
Dark brown pour with light brown edges a small white head that leaves quickly and small, spotty lace. Malt aroma with a small smokiness about it. A slight fruity aroma, perhaps that elderberry from the name. The fruit really shows itself in the flavors. Dominating the malt and a bit of a mustiness. Odd palate and medium body that finishes slightly dry. Different.


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