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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 866   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.


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 (2475) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LordHedgehog (144) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2003
Very deep brown with a fizzy carbonation, but a creamy thick head. The aroma stank of bad berry juice, but the taste was delightful. Goes down as a cross between a lambic and a dark beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ladyhedgehog (34) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2003 Deep mahogany hue with beautiful and thick cream head. Strong aroma of burnt wood and fruit. Smooth woody fruit taste with a sweet finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2003
Nice black color,medium sized tan head that had a nice long hang time.The aroma was very good,malty chocolate and mild fruit and maybe a slight malted milk ball aroma as well.The flavor malty fruity but only lightly with a mild hop presence,with flavors of chocolate and mild coffeeish flavor slightly bitter at the end but not bad.The finish is decent malty and hoppy a bit bitter but almost seems to be a bit dry and fleeting.IMO this is a very decent brew and well worth looking for.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SirTom (88) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Better than I expected. 'Your father is a hamster and your mother smells of this beer.' Whatever the heck an elderberry is, it's good in this beer!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2003
Bottle pours black with no color showing through light. The head is minimal and brownish. The aroma is malty like a Scotch Ale and smoky like the Alaskan Smoked Porter I just rated with not much in the way of a hop. The flavor starts out like a porter, but then goes into a fruity and salty middle, and somewhat acidic finish. I think I now know what an elderberry tastes like. It seems to linger for some time. The palate is nice and rich and smooth. Overall, I like this.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dorwart (2374) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2003
Ok brown head with almost no carbonation. Dissipates to nothing after a couple of minutes. Smokey aroma that is dry and slightly fruity. Color is black. Flavor contains coffee, smoke, roasted malts, and a touch of hops. Very smooth texture. Finish is dry and slightly bitter and leaves a pasty aftertaste. A interesting beer that tastes a lot like a porter with many of the same characteristics. And no my mother was not a hamster and my father does not smell of elderberries.


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