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


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RATINGS: 911   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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.

edgallow's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
edgallow (3680) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 14, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2012 12 oz pours black with a tan head. Aroma of Chocolate, yeast, and a bit of black malt with mild sweetness and a charred hint of roasted grain, mixed with fresh elderberries and grassy, slightly floral hops. Taste of Chocolate and roasted malt with notes of coffee, cinder toffee, and a lingering toasted grain undertone with some oat sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
GoufCustom (1648) - HONG KONG - OCT 16, 2016

330 ml bottle bought at CitySuper in Habour City, Tsim Sha Tsui.

Looks: Clear, deep blackish red colour; Less than one quarter finger head with residual soapy white foam which fades in 15 seconds; Good sticky lacing with near zero carbonation.

Aroma: Quite fragrant dark malt, with milk chocolate, light roast, caramel, strong sticky toffee, cream, light dark berries, sugar, alcohol and light grass.

Taste: Mid to light sweet fair dark malt, with caramel, light toffee, light chocolate, light berries, fair cream, light floral, light molasses, biscuits, lemon, medium bitter hops and grass.

Body: Mid to light body. Thin and slightly slick palate.

Mouth Feel: Fair dark maltyness in a slightly sluggish background. Very watery feel with caramel and toffee, everything else are pretty light from berries, cream, floral, sweetness. Quite dry with lemon to round. Barely okay.

Hoppiness: Light grass in nose. Light floral, lemon and grass in taste; Bitterness is fair for an abrupt, mid to low astringent caramel fruity finish.

After Taste: Quite dry. Light fruity and quite easy to mouth.

Comments: After the nice Alba, this got to be an anti-climax: intriguing chocolate aroma but too low-fi, too thinned for chocolately malt taste to impress, with too light berries and mild hopiness. Drinkable but hardly impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
batneil (618) - - JUN 19, 2016
Pours dark red/black colour with almost no head. Very malty aroma. Predominant taste is malts with a slight fruitiness. Quite dry aftertaste. (K)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HourGlass13 (621) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 29, 2016
Pours up a deep dark red with a foamy light brown head. Aroma is biscuit, caramel and dark berries. Taste is dark berries, some caramel, roasted malts. It is a little sour.. Medium body, low carbonation. Smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
labeerinthum (564) - Milano, ITALY - MAY 16, 2016
Bottiglia. Al naso arriva il luppolo, poi il frumento ed infine l’orzo. Il cappello di schiuma a bollicine fini e carbonazione bassa resiste poco e si fa ricordare per un bel pizzo sul vetro. Il colore è scuro impenetrabile. Il corpo è strutturato ma duttile e presenta nuove sfaccettature. L’amaro è deciso. L’intensità gustativa è elevata. La persistenza gustativa è buona. Il gusto è godereccio e voluttuoso. Il finale è felpato, lungo, pulito e complesso. Il retrogusto è intenso e persistente. L’aroma in bocca riporta sentori di miele, frumento, orzo, pane tostato, resina , sambuco e mirto.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ciocanelu (1420) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - MAY 3, 2016
Dark brown color with red highlights and tan head. Aroma has roasted malt, some dark fruits and a hint of liquorice. Taste starts roasty and malty, quite bitter with some earthy spices on the finish. Light body with medium carbonation. Quite interesting beer, easy drinking and it has a quite unique flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rondphoto (4094) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - APR 12, 2016
bottle @ Jungle Jims / Cincinnati OH --- Aroma of malt and light berry. Opaque black color, deep tan head that drops to the rim, strings of lace. Taste is malt with berries in the background. The swallow offers light carbonation along with more berry. A lightly bittered finish keeps the balance. Light, somewhat still, but, agreeable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
alex_leit (2506) - Minsk, BELARUS - APR 5, 2016
Bottle. Brown with garnet color. Aroma: malt, diacetyl, caramel, slightly grassy and berries. Taste: caramel, butter, a little wine, elderberry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zilb (181) - Fontenay Sous Bois, FRANCE - APR 1, 2016
Arôme d’alcool et de café froid léger. Bière noire couleur Coca avec léger reflets rougeâtres. Fine mousse beige. En bouche, aqueuse. Aucune amertume, très douce et torrefaction légère en finale : chocolat, café, arrière goût fumé avec alcool (bien que pas très forte) . En association avec un carré de chocolat noir, l’impression de manger un chocolat alcoolisé type "mon chéri" mais sans la cerise. Bière sympa pour ce style que je n’aime pas trop habituellement.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
uckelman (645) - Durham, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2016
Pours clear, dark brown. Quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma is honey, berries, and cocoa. Bitter, turning to sweet and flowery on the finish. Interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bawelt (573) - Lyon, FRANCE - FEB 22, 2016
Passable. Pas un goût ou une présence extraordinaire et un tout finalement plutôt fade malgré les nombreux étudiants. Le nez porte sur une petite stout, avec un fond de cerise et de très légères notes poivrées. La bouche part sur une brune avec un peu de levure, un peu caramélisée. Le sua au ne se sent quasiment pas. Le poivré est pour ainsi dire absent. Le tout est assez insipide, buvable mais franchement pas grandiose.

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