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

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 861   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 18, 2003
I think that I was allergic to this one. I had a wicked headache after drinking it. None-the-less, it was a good beer. Poured a dark brown with a nice roasted aroma with hints of fruit. Flavor was roasted and fruity. It was enjoyable, but it gave me a terrible headache.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2003
Very interesting - the berry taste hits me at the very end - i mean like two minutes after the swallow - a thin and lingering kool-aid flavor. Mostly this tasted like a lowly carbonated bitter ale. Smooth, then a roasty hop ending then later that berry stuff. Body was dark brown with a cocoa head that did have a slight red grape tinge to it. Interesting - in a good way

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 2, 2003
The aroma was rich and fruity and the color a deep brown w/lingering head. The burnt/roasted hoppy flavor had an oily finish. Sort of hard to describe, but it left a residue (or the feeling of one) on the roof of the mouth. Quite tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2003
I'm not sure what an elderberry is, I think its like a raspberry, blackberry, boysenberry type thing. At any rate, its hard to detect a berry taste in this beer. Its dark coffee brown with a mocha head which gradually diminishes. Hops are detectable in the aroma but dominating is well- roasted dark malt. Flavor repeats the theme, adding smooth biscuity malt, coffee, smoke and honey (berries?). There's a nice quality to this beer sort of like a gentle, lightly sweet stout, and the finish has enough bitterness to cleanse the palate between sips. Drink this slowly, and it grows on you - very enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2003
The beer pours an opaque brown with highlights of garnet, the head passable in size, frothy in consistency, light chocolate brown in color, as it evanesces it leaves behind a thick and clinging sheet of lace. Lightly roasted grains, also the aroma of lightly burnt coffee beans, sweet and different to be sure. Start is loaded with malt, sweet, the top middling in feel, with the finish sparingly acidic, the hops personable but not overly so, very dry aftertaste. Quite quaffable, good but not great and well worth a sample.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5013) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 2, 2003
Another interesting ale from Heather Ales. Very dark, black apparence. Starts like a dry stout, then finishes with a fruitiness that I assume is elderberries. I had it a little too cold, so I would like to try it again.

2.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 1/20
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2003
Dark black, Jessie Jackson couldn't handle how dark this is. Licorice smell combined with muchas alcohol fills the air immediatley. An extremely smooth taste to it, kind of like a brandy, somewhat fruity hops, like blackberry's, fig, raisons. Really fucked up taste, yet extremely smooth. Like a bad girl it doesn't give much head. Weird brew here, yet respectable. I would have it again, but would love to have it off the tapper.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WabashMan (1009) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
Very high hopes led to a less than desirable drinking experience. I had hoped for a lot more from this one...

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2003
Deep black, with scant beige/tan head. Quite roasty, with dark chocolate notes and slight bitterness. There's much less fruitiness than I expected, but here in the USA elderberries are unfamiliar, so I suppose I didn't know what to look for. Nice and full-bodied.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Crit (3306) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2003
Black,fast fading tan head. Good roasted,chocolate nose. Bland vaguely fruity,lightly roasted taste


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