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


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RATINGS: 898   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JUL 7, 2004
Another interesting fruit ale from the Williams Brothers. This one has a subtle smoke flavor and aroma and a purple head. The elderberry flavor, which isnít a strong flavored berry, comes in nice and subtle with an almost blueberry touch. The malts are dark and simple, the flavor a bit watery overall with muddled flavors. The color is like prune juice. Overall, a tasty beer with a genuine flavor and interesting catch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Silphium (3190) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2004
Interesting if nothing else, the beer tasted and smelled like the blueberry beers Iíve tried, and the fruit character seems to derive largely from its "skin," making this beer tannin-heavy, bitter, earthy, and only slightly sweet. Dry overall and backed by roasted malt. More of a fruit/spice beer, and there are very few of these I really enjoy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
walleye (1082) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2004
poured dark brown small tan head. aroma dark berries and molasses, alcohol, dark brown sugar and hints of coffee I hop the flavor is as good as the aroma. flavor sorry to say but no weak.strange as I tasted this I kept getting differant flavors with each sip.!st sip was molasses 2nd the berries came out, 3rd malts and honey.than it started over. It wasnít as sweet as I thought it would be. not a bad beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nuffield (3912) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2004
Oh gosh, this was nice. Dark brown with ruby notes, a caramel and pink-tinged head suggesting the fruit. An aroma halfway between a milk stout and a raspberry Imperial stout, roasted and fruity, some elderberry, blackberry, raspberry, a little bit of alcohol (esp. as it warms), plus chocolate. Thin body suggesting more porter than stout. The palate is a weak spot: nice frothiness, like a soft Belgian ale, but once that fizzes away in the mouth there isnít enough body in it (slightly watery). The finish is nicely burnt, not really bitter in any degree. This is underrated--a very nice fruited porter, essentially. And it cures influenza and rhumatism too!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
wvernon1981 (21) - Springfield, Oregon, USA - JUN 16, 2004
Has a small head that does not last long. The aromas and taste remind me of a stout. Unfortunately the bottle I had was rather flat. The body was a deep, deep red. I donít know if I care for the flavor. I drank it too warm. Overall, it could have been better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pailhead (6026) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2004
Bottle: Very malty, fruity, and chocolate. Strong alcohol too. Pours a dark brown almost balck with virtually no head. Flavor of coffee and chocolate. Bitter finish and strong coffee aftertaste. There is a very light "berry" taste in the finish but itís pretty insignificant. Oily mouthfeel. This seems more like a stout than an ale. There are virtually no "berry"-like flavors outside of the aroma and slight aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 13, 2004
Bottle. Very dark brown or black. Completely opaque with ruby around the edges. Tanish head. Aroma is fruity like a dark berry. Taste has a nice maltyness with some berry but not much. Has a bit of a bitter finish, but i like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 12, 2004
Dark Coloring. No Head. A bit of a berry Taste. Pretty even tasting. Little Thick. Not their best beer but worth trying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sayravai (4700) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 9, 2004
Very dark brown color with a tiny head. Quite dry and flowery, slightly wineous aroma with berries. Quite mild, malty flavor with berries, some chocolate and a very dry, chalky aftertaste. A bit thin, alcoholic palate. An interesting ale, but the taste is not quite up to the aroma. Still quite OK overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
badgerben (4682) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 8, 2004
Pours a dark black color with zilch head. Aroma has a fruitiness to it, but I canít peg it as any particular one. The taset was very much like a heavily malted beer; it is not nearly as light as advertised. I could certainly taste the berries; Iím not sure if it was really like Elderberries because Iíve never had Elderberries. This is not a bad beer, but my least favorite from this brewery.

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