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

bottled
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RATINGS: 866   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (35066) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2006
Bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of burned malt with elderberry and some tobacco undertones. Malty flavor with elderberries. Dry bitter finish with some alcohol presence.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (31220) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2007
33 cL bottle. Pours pitch black and with a dense light brown head. Spiced and dark roasted aroma. Roasted malt and mild chocolate smoothness in the initial flavour. A set of wineous notes and spices appear before the finish, a citric/fruity note of elderberries too - but if I didn’t know from the label that it contains elberberries I wouldn’t have guessed/sensed it. The finish itself holds a solid bitterness with a liqourice note. Nice, but lacks some more powerful flavours to be more interesting, subtle flavours are plentiful yet too vague.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (29332) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2004
A pitch black beer with a fine brown head. The aroma is of sweet caramel. The flavor is sweet and roasted combined with spices and berries. More special than good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 11, 2006
(Bottle 33 cl) Clear, almost black with a reddish hue and a small, creamy, light brown head. Some roasted malt in the aroma and distinct berries. Medium body with roasted malt notes and then a distinct, tart fruitiness from the berries with an astringent bitterness. Interesting. 101206

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
joergen (20807) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2005
Bottled at DBF 2005. Black coloured with a medium sized head that disappears fast. Aroma of chocolate with roasted notes. Low carbonation. The flavour is a bit watery with dominated by chocolate and roasted notes and notes of berries.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (20333) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 16, 2007
Bottled. Pitch black colour, mediumsized brown head. Aroma is berries, wood, roasted malts. Flavour is sweetish roasted malts along with some wooden hints. Some berries and other stuff when it gets warmer.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (19378) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 28, 2002
Black in colour. Fullbodied with some indefinite fruit aroma.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (16691) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 7, 2006
Bottle. Pours a black almost black colour with a small tan head. Roasted malty aroma with some hints of chocolate. Roasted malty flavor with some hints of elderberries. Roasted malty finish with some bitterness.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
madmitch76 (15073) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2010
22nd March 2006
Warning! Early amateur rating! Thick smooth ale. Moderate carbonation. Quite smoky. Slighty fruity undertone. Soft, dry and slightly bitter finish. Okay.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (14552) - 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.


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