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


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RATINGS: 874   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2002
Different, Delicious, Dark.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (20166) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 28, 2002
Black in colour. Fullbodied with some indefinite fruit aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2002
I usually hate fruit beers, and got this one in a gift pack. But it is very good. The fruit is not dominant, but adds a little around the edges. It also seems to give the beer a nice color. Overall a good ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2002
Good looking dark bear, faint berry taste, not much into fruit beers, but was one of the better ones, I’ve had

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 11, 2002
Bottle best by date is 6/03, drank on 1/11/02. It is a little on the weak side, and a bit strange tasting (not really in a bad way). The fruit taste is unique. The finish is smooth and creamy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (15378) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 10, 2002
Dark ale, with red shades, wonderful thick head. Roasted malt aroma, lightly fruity. Classic stout taste; the fruits are very difficult to distinguish, they just add a light acidity. Good roasted and hop final.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 7, 2002
Dark brown porter appearance with a tiny bubbled grape juice looking head. Intriguing aroma of cocoa, roasted malts, grain and berries. Nice mix of flavors. Some light peat smoke, roasted malts, barley and fruity slickness. Light to medium body, fairly dry. Finishes with an espresso like bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6418) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2001
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2003 Head is initially small, fizzy, light brown, fully diminishing. Body is black (but not opaque). Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, dark chocolate), with light notes of anise and blackberry jam. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Nice aroma, though the acidity doesn't work all that well for me in this context. Rather watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - OCT 21, 2001
This is the darkest beer I’ve seen, an intense silky black with a wonderful head that it retains all the way down. The taste is dark as well, though unassuming, with subtleties of both roast and fruit. This is a pleasant, grab a book and sip by the fire in the evening brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 20, 2001
Beautiful pour and body -- looks just like Guiness! Nice elderberry/spicy nose, flavor interesting, but a bit too sour for me. Nice finish though.

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