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

bottled
common

on tap
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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - FEB 5, 2003
Very dark beer with a small head. Spicy, flowery, roasted aroma and taste. Light bitter finish.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 31, 2003
Didn't taste much, just hints of berry and perhaps chocolate and smoke.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 17, 2003
Has a roasted fruity smell and a black, black color. Taste is roasted and finishes with a fruity bitterness. Overall not bad, but not my favorite.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jefyou (39) - Menlo Park, California, USA - JAN 16, 2003
User "dhurtubise" hit the nail on the head when he said "A bit of a cross between an english porter and a scotch ale. Quite roasty and reasonably complex with a relatively thin body, with roasted malts and a little bit of smoked peat smoothing out the profile. Some berry character can be detected, mostly in the aroma. Rich roasted malt finish with guiness like bitter finish." I will add that the Elderberry is very subtle and there is very little head accompanied by a decent amount of carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2003
A bit of a cross between an english porter and a scotch ale. Quite roasty and reasonably complex with a relatively thin body, with roasted malts and a little bit of smoked peat smoothing out the profile. Some berry character can be detected, mostly in the aroma. Rich roasted malt finish with guiness like bitter finish.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2003
Aroma was a little off putting at first but did not resemble the taste. Nice roasted quality to it with a unique fruity finish. I didn’t expect much from this brew because it seemed like a gimmick and maybe that is why it impressed me. I was pleasantly suprised at how well the roasted malty flavor and fruit mixed together. I would drink it much more often it it was not three dollars a bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2003
has a chocolaty fruity flavor. its a little sweet but not too sweet. smooth with a slight bitterness. not as far out as the other heather ale brews, but good none the less.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stephen louis (162) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 29, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2004 average in every way...at its level. reminds me of guinness with out carbonization,or the slightly burnt taste.smooth,slightly friuty aftertaste.something between cartoon_khaki,and that strange cat person(Dasilky1)hits this one as a very good discription.Its not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - DEC 27, 2002
Wow! This is the darkest/blackest beer that I’ve ever had. Nice roasted coffee, wine, fruity sweet aroma and flavor. Interesting. Easy, smooth finish with almost no aftertaste.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
khayman70 (154) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2002
I loved the flavor of this strange dark brew. It almsot has a burnt flavor.


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