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

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 887   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2004
Dark brown with red highlights. Weak tan head. Aroma was alcohol. Some wine essence. Wasn’t very berry-like in aroma or flavor. Medium to light body. Pleasant flavor but, again, not the expected elderberry taste. Not bad.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 30, 2004
Ooh, this was fun. Hints of malts with some fruit. Not so much the pulp but the skins. Fairly sweet with some bitterness in the end. Not all that bad.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 29, 2004
Faint berry aroma. Taste is earthy, dry with some hints of berry. Nice that this isn’t overly sweet like other berry beers.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - MAY 12, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2005 May 2004. Una din cele mai stranii si enigmatice beri in viata mea. Are o aroma de boabe necunoscute, cereale prajite, ierburi si inca ceva. Gustul este dominat de note medicinale, griu si cafea. Asta-i ceva [5]. August 2005. Not as complex as I remember it: more flat and neutral taste... [4.1].

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - APR 27, 2004
Opaque black color with a medium beige head. Roasted malt and wine aroma. Sweet roasted malt, wine, and berry flavors. Soft feel, light carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
haf (525) - Gijon, SPAIN - APR 20, 2004
Cerveza muy negra, color cafe. Aroma fuerte con intensidad (cafe). mucho cuerpo. Es una cerveza muy original

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
caesar (5765) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - APR 9, 2004
UPDATED: APR 7, 2006 Deep black color, lasting brown head. Aroma is heavy roasted malts, coffee, bacon, smoked, a hint of fruit. Taste is also smoked and heavy roasted malts. Smoked palate.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2004 Good stuff. It tasted like what I imagine a smoked beer would taste like. It tastes roasted with a fruit undertone. I don't know if it tastes like elderberrys as I never had one. I will say it is something very different and worthy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skortila (4820) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - APR 7, 2004
Aroma of roasted malts (coffee), sweet, fruity (blackcurrant) and meat. Black coloured with a lasting off-white head. taste is roasted malty, sweet, fruity, some vanilla/butter, nutty and meat. More bitter in the end. Bit thin palate. very nice brew.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 31, 2004
Very nice dark black color with ruby tones, a small head and light lace. Delicious malty, fruity/vinous aroma. Sweet, fruity flavor, big but not overpowering berry (elderberry?) flavor, lightly roasted malt, a little too sweet and thin. Very nice beer, could be refined a little bit to be great.


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