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


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RATINGS: 901   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.

skoll's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Dark dark color. Burgundy hues. Slight pinkness to the head. Aromas are rich and fruity, continuing the vinous theme and the elderberry imparts a subtle complexity. A really well balanced beer in which the fruit enhances but doesn’t overpower the flavor of the grains. I never knew the history of this brew I have made elderberry wine before maybe next year elderberry beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mark_Eck (1376) - - FEB 3, 2016
Bottle. Pours a black color. Aroma and taste are largely dark fruits and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sudomorph (994) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2016
330ml bottle. Pours a near black brown with a half finger, khaki head. Aroma has fruity notes of caramel, a hint of licorice and roast, cola, and dark sugar. Taste is balanced. Roasted malts mixed with dark chocolate, cola, caramel, dark fruits, and a hint of fruity coffee at the end. The roast isn’t overwhelming. It is just there to back up the other malts. Medium body and carbonation. Clean in the mouth with a dry finish. Overall really nice. Dark caramel and toffee with hints of dark chocolate and roast. A bit of smoky wood and fruitiness as it warms up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Russo (1957) - Hemhofen, GERMANY - DEC 22, 2015
Bottled. Deep black color, opaque with a beige head that not last longer but keep a lacing for awhile. Aroma is dry black fruits like plum, smoke notes, chocolate, wood and roasted malt. Flavor is also like aroma, strong notes of berries and slightly alcohol. Flat carbonation and full body, creamy texture and long finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HippyHop (545) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 25, 2015
Dark pour with a reddish hue. Nose is all dark fruit. I'm guessing it's mostly just elderberry but I get black currants and blackberries, plums and grapes with some chocolate and caramel. Really pleasant stuff, especially the night after the first snowfall of the year. Texture is a little thin but otherwise this stuff is pretty tasty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KoNrRiI (959) - Århus, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2015
0.33 bottle. Clear. very dark brown color and a small, tanned head. Aroma of dark malts, wood, a tad of elderberries, and some roast. Taste is malty, caramel, chocolaty, a wee floral, and not as full of elderberries as one might suspect. Medium body, creamy texture, and average carbonation. Finish is more malty, chocolaty, obviously somewhat resemblant of elderberries. Overall not a bad beer but the elderberry part could be emphasized. Just a tad below Alba.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olsvammel (4942) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2015
Bottle at Haket in Gothenbourg. Dark malty smell. Sweet taste with dark malts, caramel and chocolate. Nice, well made.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cunningham (6238) - Halden, NORWAY - NOV 2, 2015
Deep ruby color with a fine off white head. Rich fruity aroma with some caramel notes. Medium + body and a smooth carbonation. Complex flavor. Mild fruity, caramel sweetness, light roasted malt, licorice and vanilla. Nice tasty ale.
[Bottle from Oddbins in London, England]

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lonick (1121) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 25, 2015
Bottle @home. Pours almost black with red tinge and with a tan head. Malt on the nose and some elderberry. Some toffee on the taste buds, with a big dollop of fruit, just not my cup of tea.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dunc1981 (36) - - OCT 17, 2015
"A rich black ale with fruit aroma, silky soft texture, soft roasted flavour and gentle finish." That sums it up really. The aroma is a lovely fruity one. The taste is of toasted fruit and it's a very smooth beer. Excellent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nybol (497) - DENMARK - OCT 11, 2015
Der er en del frugagtig smag i denne øl, mere end der plejer at være i forhold til stilarten, men det rammer nu godt.

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