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

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 864   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
   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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jaymobrown (1652) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2002
Dark, syrup pour. Burnt wood nose. Bitter burnt flavor. Some type of straw, grass taste. Probably the herbs in the description. Some carbonation gives it a little fizz.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2002
This brew poured so black and thick. The head didn’t last long at all and it resembled flat Cola. Coffee aroma with fruit. It was very sweet almost like a wine at times.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2005 The blackness scared me because i forgot it was a ’black ale’...it poured with a tan head but it settled with absolutely nothing, no head, no lace, NADA!...aroma whispered with cocoa coffee veggies..roastedness pops out at first, bitterness weaving its way in and out but...where’s the fruit?? I do taste something pecular, but fruity I’m not sure...besides that confusion, oily..sugary, bittersweet...UH..maybe a wierd 4th dimensional raspberry tartness, not too sure though, craziness, insane, oiley...ah hah..raisins...fruity, crunchy, chewy, sweet raisins...thats the fruitiness in a half shell

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 20, 2002
Best by Feb 2004. Solid black color, with lots of really long lasting tan head. Smells like coffee, which wasn’t what I’d expected. Tastes like a stout, with a smoked coffeeish flavor. Chocolate flavor moves in at it warms. Just didn’t enjoy this one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 12, 2002
Aroma of light malts, olives? Black in hue, tannish head. Light fruit in the backdrop, velvety soft, and rather quaffable. Roasted grains, bitter clean finish. Decent, and enjoyable. Berry flavor comes through a little more as it warms up. Good stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2002
Was expecting much more fruitiness, but it’s barely noticeable. Very surprised at the smokiness of this one, very reminiscent or a mild rauchbier or particularly smoky Scottish Ale. Some hints of maple, herbs, and a few roasts, but nothing to particularly impress me.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
delacerveza (166) - Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2002
syrupy, chocolate color with a tan pillow-puff cloud of a head. roasty, nutty aroma. i was expecting it to scream FRUIT because of the elderberry ingredient but it really didn’t. it tasted a bit like an herbal medicine (like an echinacea tincture if anyone has ever tried one of those) and there was a pronounced smokey aftertaste. really tasted like a porter to me. i’d buy it again, but it was pretty rich so definitely not a session sort of ale.


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