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

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 882   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2002
Okay, this is the Heather Ale I been waiting to try. Growing up on a farm, we had elderberrys and dishes made from them like pies, jams/jellies, crisp/crumble and of course wine. So how does a beer version fair? It poured out an amazingly dark color and had a dark tan head. I had it at a warmeer temperature that may account for that. Interesting aroma of malts and elderberry. The taste definately had elements of Elderberry and chocolate. A good dark beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - JUN 16, 2002
I found this rating on a piece of paper in my desk hence no insightful comments.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2002
Chocolate, coffee aroma. Deepest brown, cappuccino head. Coffee, reminds me of a stout.Extr smooth/

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 15, 2002
Where the hell are the berries? This is a ’berry’ beer, is it not?! Tastes smoky, like a rauchbier with malt. Bummer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3412) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 22, 2002
Black body with a thick chocolate head that sat a tad too thick. The roastedness of the aroma had a fruit note or two and lent a robust quality to this brew. Medium body with berry notes which add a pleasant component to this barley-rich beer. The grainy component of this beer along with the light berry/wine notes makes this an enjoyable experience and a beer worth trying again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2002
Not what I expected at all. The fruit flavor is very mild - not overly sweet or sour. Good roasted malt black ale flavor, excellent hop bitterness, with just a subtle hint of citrus (if I had not seen Elderberry on the label, I would have never been able to guess the fruit). I will definitely try this one again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boto (1921) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - APR 14, 2002
Very Tasty. Lightly carbonated, dark, flavorful malty beer. Fruit flavors are very subtle. A bit of a stout/coffee type after taste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - MAR 18, 2002
Very dark with hints of deep garnet. Thin head. Nose of malt,cocoa,currants and blackberry. Roasty on the palate with some nice soft touches of berry and cocoa. Finishing with some coffee bitterness. Nice body, nice balance and pretty tasty!

4
   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.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (20568) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 28, 2002
Black in colour. Fullbodied with some indefinite fruit aroma.


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