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


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RATINGS: 877   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5317) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 1/20
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WabashMan (1016) - 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...

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Crit (3450) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2003
Black,fast fading tan head. Good roasted,chocolate nose. Bland vaguely fruity,lightly roasted taste

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

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