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


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RATINGS: 887   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2003
Nicely carbonated, in comparison to some other ratings here. It does look a lot like Coca Cola. Very nice earthen and leathery nose, slightly hoppy (pine needles, moss) - buttery elements in the aroma as well. Complex, yes, from the 4-pack - a hint of fruitiness that purports to be elderberry, but I don't know. Good roastiness, well-balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (4762) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 29, 2003
(330ml Bottle) Another headless beer from Heather Ale. Pours a body exactly like Coca-Cola. Nice roasted malt nose. Smoked Flavour of cocoa, licorice, oak, leather and tar. Most enjoyable from the 'Historic Ales from Scotland' gift pack and the most complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobBestwick (659) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 25, 2003
strong malty nose with hints of elderberry, jet black appearance with small off-white head, roasted malt flavour, red wine like feel, gentle malt finish, very rich.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GregClow (2974) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2003
Very dark black with reddish hue and a tan head. Aroma of malt, molasses and fruit. Flavour of coffee, molasses and light berry notes. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2003
Black w/ grayish head. Light fruit on the nose w/ coffee & molasses. Firm, moderately chewy body. Flavour is roasted (coffee) & sweet (molasses, prunes, date) w/ also a light fruitiness (elderberries I suppose).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 2, 2003
This beer pours the blackest of black beers with a slightly red tone around the edges, almost no head and no lacing. The aroma reminds me much of a dark wine with hints of alcohol overpowering slight hints of fruits. The taste is very sweet and tastes of berries, but the alcohol is very apparent as well. This beer is too sweet for my tastes and the alcohol is very poorly masked. This is not a bad beer at all but I don't see myself drinking it again.

   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.

   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

   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.

   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.

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