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

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RATINGS: 877   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.


milewide's rating

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
milewide (1653) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Faint fruit aroma and taste on top of a decent porter or stout. Clear black color, with medium head and body. Didn’t cure my "sciatica"! :-)


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
McSherman (221) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - MAR 1, 2015
Farbe: tief dunkles rot, beinahe Schwarz Schaum: wenig und schnell zerfallend Geruch: malzig, süßlich, holzig Geschmack: Röstmalz, Kaffee, ungewöhnliche leichte Bitterkeit, trockener Abgang Gutes Bier!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
60minuteman (965) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2015
Dark colored brew, minimal white head. Roasted malt, berries, earth, barley. Taste is growing on me with every sip. Wifey also used it in her chili recipe. Should be interesting... :)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBlueSky93 (275) - Sutton Coldfield, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2015
Bottle from GingRealAleTrail (Bought from The Curious Hop) Pours Dark Brown with single finger tan head-goes away quickly. Aroma of Dark Fruits, Burnt Malts. Initial taste of Dark Fruits, then touch of Elderberry-sweet then bitter, then dark chocolate, burnt malts, toffee, caramel, coffee and then a lightly smoky finish, with a wee kick from the ABV. Very nice!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
puredelusion (101) - Lviv, UKRAINE - JAN 4, 2015
0,33 bottle. Pours dark brown colour with thin light brown head that is mostly diminishing. Hazy liquid, soft carbonation, medium body, oily or creamy texture. Aroma is burnt malt, toffee, a little bit of black currant (or is this elderberry?), some floral. Initial taste is light sweet and light bitter, some roastness is present, coffee, prunes and currant notes. Aftertaste overall smooth and short. Little bitter, dark chocolate, burnt bread.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SarkyNorthener (2619) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2014
New years eve beer no 11 seeing me through big ben. Bottle shared thanks to s_hartshorne. Very dark brown beer with small tan head. Aroma of licorice, roast malts and dark malts. Taste is figs, dark malts, sweet toffee and a little licorice. Good stuff. Happy new year.

2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
AtronSeige (797) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 8, 2014
Aroma: Medium toasty, melanoidin, licorice Appearance: Body: Dark brown, opaque. Head: Thin, light brown, low retention. Flavour: Malt: Licorice, Medium bitterness. Medium sweetness. Light alcohol. Medium Medium dry, tart finish with lingering licorice. Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, medium carbonation. Overall: I can’t pick up any elderberries (but I have no idea what elderberries smell/taste like). The base recipe is good, but I expected more elderberries. 330 ml bottle, poured. Thanks Andre! 20. Fruit Beer 12C. Baltic Porter

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mircoas (161) - ITALY - NOV 2, 2014
40cl @ tap. Scura scozzese davvero particolare. Fatto con le bacche di sambuco, antico rimedio contro l’influenza. Dolce e ottima.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Derbeth (420) - Kraków, POLAND - OCT 21, 2014
Bottle. Black colour, beige head that does not stay long, good lacing. Nose is quite intensive dark chocolate, with a something floral. Mouth is surprisingly smooth, a floral accent dominates and roasted malt is just the background; also some liquorice. Light sweetness, light bitterness. Soft carbonation, the beer feels smooth. Somewhat reminds me of Bracia, but of course this one isn’t so intensive in taste. Overall, quite drinkable, quite interesting, but I don’t think I’ll return to it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
PsychoGunnar (200) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 12, 2014
Does not taste like elderberry, but more like good black smoky black ale. Hints of coffee, smells wonderfully cozy of oil, prunes, rock candy and chocolate. My judgement skill and alcohol tolerance is descending as I taste this - whereas I recognize the excellent experience of how this is, I don’t know how to express it. Smoke is a main theme, viscosity is another.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrHult (378) - SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2014
Flaska delad med @thaalcoholic. Svart med ljusbrunt skum. Helt ok ale med lite rostad smak...


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