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


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RATINGS: 910   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skortila (5276) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (4864) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 26, 2004
Bottle. Poured a small sized light brown head with fine-large sized bubbles that completely diminished. The body was opaque and thus no visible carbonation and the hue was black. The aroma was malty, coffee, roasty and somewhat fruity. All I got from the flavor was maltiness and coffee from start to finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and somewhat watery. This was a medium bodied beer with no lacing. Not a beer that I would go out of my way for. Not bad, but nothing to really get excited about in my opinion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (5668) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 26, 2004
This bottled brew poured a very small head of medium to large sized mostly lasting brown colored bubbles that left behind a poor lacing. The body is an opaque unparticulated black with no hope for visible carbonation. The aroma is very nice with notes of molasses and dark malt. The mouth feel is smooth and thin with a finish of coffee flavor. The flavor is very subtle at first then is sneaks up on you and grows into a more tasty molasses coffee mix.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
guzzler67 (1665) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2004
Draft. Totally dark appearance with a big head and good lacing. Aroma was earthy, like a peat bog. Smooth, malty taste with no noticable elderberries (if they even have a taste). Mild finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Crockett (1089) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2004
Pours like a stout, not black: Super dark red. Big tawny head disipates quickly. Aroma is fruity and roasty with some malt and smoke. Fairly heavy. Lots of bitterness in the flavours. Oily, medicinal, herby, berries, malty, roast, earthy. Not as wonderful as I first though. Complex? Maybe not in a good way. Certainly interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 19, 2004
33cL bottle, shaker glass. Toasted grain, mild coffee malt (M); banana, plume, raisin, ?elderberry?, ruby port aromas. Fruity, yet unimpressive. Average, frothy, tan head is quickly diminishing and tops a deep garnet body (nearly black). Moderately sweet, astringent flavor becomes a lightly bitter, astringent finish. I guess fruit tannins cause astringency just like grain tannins. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: man, they’ll put anything in their beers in Scotland!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkobes (2142) - 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.

   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.

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